Name: Meleph (mell-eff)
The long arm of the COR's law reaches far into infinite voidspace, bullying even outsiders and rebels into obeying its regulations, or risk life working in the underground, like bugs under a rock. But though the COR is powerful, infinity is still infinity - and there are many cold spots of space where they have yet to poke their feelers in. Meleph once occupied one of these spaces - born an orphan Fragment, he had no Timeline to call home, and instead travelled voidspace, evaluating Timelines as places to settle down in. During these early, chaotic years, he encountered the Magnitude Fragment Dijamant, and offered - supposedly - a tip regarding a habitable, stable, small, and devoid-of-Fragments Timeline. This place would later become the Diamond Collective's headquarters, and thus a Blessing was bestowed upon Meleph. Or so the story goes. Sometimes, of course, his Blessing comes after his subjugation of the Bitter Scope, and Dijamant is rather impressed by his power, poise, and conceptual wavelengths. Sometimes, it's after he helps Dijamant overtake Omega - though, considering the Collective had been established by then, this tale has the most holes in it.
Meleph seems unbothered, face resting in smug confidence, as he tells blatant lies of his past and history. What is obvious, however, by any who visit, is his absolute control over the Bitter Scope - a set of Timelines once out of reach from the COR, united under his banner in an earlier age. He rules them fairly enough, aware that the COR takes delight in persecuting warlords, and only acquires new Timelines under his command through espionage, manipulation, and polity, as per the COR's rules regarding unaffiliated Timeline consolidation. He has long taken a vested interest in the Spire - a strange and powerful Timeline, once ransacked for its powerful Fragments and once the victim of a brutal war over its independence. In that war, he moved as an opportunist, a snake among the giants who spilt blood over the Spire's dreamscape, but ultimately failed to maintain a stake in it.
No matter, he claims with a smile, he'll have it eventually.
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His darling. Why? A few reasons - fun to tease, easy to fluster, falls apart so nicely under his hand. He's a high-strung little mess of a scholar boasting no special abilities from the Spire except for a constant cloud of anxiety. Do the others even know how insecure that makes him? Hahaha, no, of course he doesn't trust them. Either way, he's quite cute in stockings.
A useful man to have in the pocket. Though his work is questionable, his ethics are moreso - which can be exploited, of course. One can source many things as bywash from Ophion, or launder others through his lab to erase a dubious source. And, he has an easily-manipulated soft spot for his pet assistant, which makes dealing with him even simpler.
♥♥♡♡♡ Ivy Trellis
They both know it'd be easier for her to hand over the Spire. Sign the documents and kiss the keys goodbye, so to speak. They both know he could protect it from its dozens of adversaries, and that he wouldn't apply the kind of absurd rules they avoid joining the COR for. But he supposes that silly little thing called "pride" ruins the minds of lesser beings, especially when she thinks of the old leaders. If only she knew what happened to them.
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♥♥♡♡♡ River Pebble
Ivy's pet. He has a cute, youthful face with round cheeks and a bright smile, which makes him somewhat attractive aesthetically. But he doesn't bear a burden of responsibility, which stops that attraction from blossoming into something more. He's also painfully a yesman to Ivy, which is always a turnoff. A shame.
A do-gooder vigilante who won't join the COR for fear they'll put a stop to his more questionable judgments and acts as both judge and executioner. It's a tragedy he has the good sense not to get swept up in bureaucracy, considering his absolute insistence that Meleph give up the Bitter Scope.
Depressingly "in" with the COR, despite being a magic trafficker. He supposes that is the benefits of being a two-faced COR lapdog - to be allowed to break its rules so long as it suited them. Sigh.
Relationship: Nuisance x2
A problem that struts around with too much power and too much awareness of that power. If she had more scruples or more anxieties, she'd be easier to work around. But no. Ugh. It's best to keep well out of her way and give short answers to her interrogations, lest one draw the wrong attention.
He is no Mag cultist, mind, but he still bears a reverence towards Dijamant for his power, influence, and Blessing. Oftentimes, he finds himself daydreaming about the alien lives of the Mags - mystical beings beyond even Frag's ken, concepts given life, their machinations in the world having ripple effects he could barely fathom of. To be such a powerful creature... it would make the rest of the world insects.
Relationship: A Coward
Though Meleph initially applauded Sundae for making quite the rebellious break for independence from the COR - with rather fringe opinions coming from an Overseer, at that - that praise left as Sundae settled into the Haven. Haha, rebel? What rebel? He's just made himself a straitjacket to safeguard against Rendgen; the Haven maintains almost all the ideals and rules of the COR, simply without the work.
Relationship: A Powerful Enemy
He's only met Jubilee in person once, and that's honestly one more visit than he'd have liked to share. Something about Jubilee is so very off - perhaps it is the weight of his opinions and the way he carries himself, aware that the entire might of the COR is at his beck and call, mixed with world-weariness yet the sharp eye of a politician. Honestly, Meleph could think of no better man to be the face of such an organization.
A living case study in why not to meddle with the Fragment Underground or Black Market for too long. At least shed this "Taffy" identity and procure a new one? People can be so foolish. He's lucky to have found Ophion.
And this is a living case study in why not to become a Mag cultist. Eldritch conceptual entities such as they are not to be venerated above the self, lest one be left with no self outside of them. This one can't even carry on a conversation about anything except the Diamond Collective.
- The Bitter Scope is about sixty-two Timelines, all unified by subzero temperatures, constant blizzards, and almost no Natural Fragments among them.
- Of the sixty-two, about thirty are under Meleph's control. He'd hoped to keep their existence secret from the COR a bit longer so he could capture a few more, but ah... such is life.
- He provides raw magic, fertile soil, and clean water to the Bitter Scope as part of his rule. He still wants to make them work for sustenance, hence no direct food gifts, but is aware they're not great places to live so he eases their lives.
- Enjoys rubbing elbows with other powerful unaffiliated Frags, but generally avoids the Underground.
- Thinks socks are very cute, possibly attractive. A spicy opinion in Numbers where nobody wears footwear
because I can't draw it well.
- Often claims his Blessing predates the foundation of the Diamond Collective. Nobody can verify this (except Dij, but nobody's asking him).
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- Main horn curves back, ends in a three-pointed diamondy shape.
- Socks have a metal trim around the thigh. Don't ask me....
- Magic color is dark blue, like eyes, but can take on a cyan hint when he's channelling Dijamant magic.
- Tail is poofy and fluffy, like a fox's. It wriggles when he emotes.
- Left eye is diamond-shaped, other is normal.
- Confident, smug, powerful poses/expressions. Does not get himself into positions where he'd be the underdog.
Generic Anatomy Notes
- Muzzles are small and boxy, and they don't have a kitty or dog nose.
- Eyes can be stylized as you'd normally draw.
- Please note that they have four fingers and three toes.
- If the character has glasses, don't omit them!