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“For I am own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex — asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.”
- Austin Osman Spare


John, a newly-widowed Chicagoan, has been in Prospect about five years now. For the past four years he's owned Off the Record, a local media shop and cafe that caters to quirky, spoopy Goth-Industrial fans and adolescent occultists. You aren't likely to find much in the way of massively popular music or 'literature' there, but what he does have in stock is darkly entertaining, and the coffee's outstanding. Sometimes he DJs at Rhapsody, an all-ages club he owns as part of the LLC, A Balancing Act, that he operates with Ethan Sienna, his best friend and manager at Rhapsody. Their holdings also include Steamed and Hammered Tavern, Feather of Maat Bookstore, and Furor Poeticus, a mixed-use arts space and cafe. Dreaming-side, he has a storefront, Rêves à Vendre, in the Lost in Time Market, where he deals in bespoke dreams, and oversees operations at the Blue Boar Inn after the passing of his Trueheart, Gliadrachan ni Gwydion. He has also accepted a teaching position at the Covey-Fychell College of Fae Arts, Laws and Courtly Etiquette, a school for Unsained Kithain Nobility, Commoners, Kinain, and those undergoing their Dream-Dance. He also holds the status of Third Degree Practicus within the Hermetic House Merinita, though currently belongs to neither cabal nor chantry. Notable are the symbols he wears around his neck: the silver Owl of the Arcanum, the copper sigil of the Cult of Isis, and an unusual violet and silver starburst.

RP Hooks
  • Occultism: How far down that rabbit hole do you want to go?
  • The Art of Divination: He practices it - to rather eerie and uncomfortable effect. He's no charlatan, but a Cassandra.
  • Industrial Subculture: He's neck-deep in it. He'll deign to go to Neofolk/pagan and Goth events, too.
  • Problem-Solver: Got an enigma to deal with? Perhaps a conundrum? He's brilliant with puzzles.
  • Esoteric Media: Like weird books and weirder music? So does John. He could probably even sell you some.
  • Merchant of Dreams: Kith and Kin seeking Dreams need only visit his shop Rêves à Vendre in the Lost in Time Market.
  • Hermetic House Merinita: He is a member of it, a Third Degree Practicus by rank.
  • Nightmares: Do you suffer from them? He can help you with them better than drugs or a psychiatrist could.
  • Freehold Guardian: He and Ethan are official Guardians of Rhapsody Freehold, and liaison to the Barony of the Shadowed Souls for new arrivals.
  • Barony of the Shadowed Souls - John is the sworn Knight to its Baroness Philomène Antionette De LiliJudicaël of House Beaumayn.
  • Covey-Fychell College: Rumored to be teaching the Polemics Against the Prodigals class when the College opens.
  • Alternative Entrepreneur: He owns Off the Record, an industrial record store/cafe; Rhapsody, an all-ages club, and co-owns both Steamed and Hammered Tavern, a steampunk bar and Furor Poeticus, an arts performance space. Recently acquired Feather of Maat Bookstore.
  • Changelings: Give sanity a longer leash, some of us have sharper teeth.
  • Shifters: The tenderness of wolves.
  • Vampires: Under shivering stars the sickness is gliding.
  • Sorcerers: Seduce, let loose the vision and the void.
  • Psychics: See the future leaking through.
  • Mages: At the heart of it all.
  • Wraiths: Who should I say is calling?
  • Demons: This is not paradise lost, but paradise disowned.
  • Mummies: Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you.
Theme Songs

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John Balance
Birthday: March, 1986
Occupation: Owns Off the Record.
Nature: Visionary
Court: Unseelie
Sphere: Sorcerer/Changeling
House: Beaumayn
Tradition: House Merinita
Race: Sluagh Kinain
Craft Name: Cousin of Spiders, Torchbearer of Isis, Avatar of Tutu, Father of Dreams, Vanquisher of Nightmares.
Title: Knight
Oneiromancy 6
Divination 3
Hellfire 2
Mind Shields 2
Pyrokinesis 3
Telepathy 3
Intelligence 4
Perception 4
Wits 5
Awareness 4
Empathy 5
Enigmas 4
Fortune-Telling 4
Gremayre 5
Intuition 3
Investigation 4
Lucid Dreaming 5
Melee 4
Occult 5
Research 4
Demon Lore 1
Fae Lore 5
Mage Lore 3
Mummy Lore 2
Sorcerer Lore 3
Vampire Lore 2
Wraith Lore 1
Homebase 5
Demesne 5
Dream 5
Kinain 4
Library 2
Oracular Ability 3
Resources 5
Title 2