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Berrick "Brick" Hearthstone
immortal . unemployed . Dominic Monaghan . fae . salamander
In human form, Brick is 5' 7" and he's thin and scrawny. His size varies when he shifts, depending on the situation. Naturally he has blonde hair that lightens in the sun. He usually keeps it short, but occasionally it'll grow out along with a beard if he's feeling lazy. His eyes are blue-green in human form. They change when he shifts, depending on what he's shifting into. When using his fire affinity in human form his eyes become orange-yellow.
As a man he paints his fingernails and has a habit of writing and drawing on himself. He has a number of tattoos he can glamour out of sight if he chooses. As a Fae creature disguised as a man, he can have many distinctive features. When using his fire affinity his eyes turn orange or yellow and his skin may appear to glow from within (as your hand seems to do if you hold a flashlight beneath your fingers in the dark). His body temperature runs hot and he often feels warmer than he should. Occasionally he will partially shapeshift, which can give him new or altered features. When traveling by fire or shifting from fire form he leaves soot and ash in his wake and can sometimes leave or carry a smell of sulfur.
Berrick's demeanor reflects his connection to fire. He can be explosive and wildly unpredictable. He's also passionate and fierce. What he feels, he feels deeply and intensely. On the surface he generally has a warm and sunny disposition and tends to seem approachable, if not particularly outgoing. However, he's easily slighted and can be vengeful.
Shapeshifting: Brick can shift into various forms. The easiest and most natural thing for him to change into is a black and yellow tiger salamander about twelve inches long. Using his fire affinity and quite a bit of energy, he can shift partially or fully into fire. With effort and magical aid, he can shift into almost any reptilian or amphibious creature either partially or entirely.
Disease Immunity: He is immune to most human diseases, but not magical ones like those caused by curses.
Rapid Healing: Brick heals quickly from injury, though not as quickly as other types of creatures.
Fire Affinity: His fire affinity allows him to manipulate existing fire with his will. He can also touch fire without being burned. Brick can become fire with effort and energy. He can withstand intense heat without ill effects. Calling on the element of fire during spells and rituals will add power to whatever he's doing and make it more effective.
Energy Manipulation: Brick can absorb energy from other sources (the sun in particular, fire, electrical sources, battery-powered electronics) with his will to use his abilities, perform a spell, or to replenish his energy to perform magic or heal. He can also act as a conduit for certain types of energy, transferring it from one being to another or from one place to another. He has to be at full capacity to do this and it's helpful if the beings involved are receptive to him doing it. If he attempts energy transference while poorly energized he'll drain the energy source he's pulling from.
Fire Travel: He's capable of traveling using fire. He can hop from one fire source to another. He can reach into a fireplace, be consumed by it, and travel to another fireplace or fire pit, etc. Dowsing a fire in water as he appears in it will send him back to the fire source he came from.
Magic: In addition to having a natural gift for magic that comes from within, Brick has trained himself in several kinds of magic. He has several spells he's mastered and memorized he can do without much preparation provided he has the energy. Brick can perform most spells and rituals, even those that are complex, with the right ingredients and adequate time to prepare.
Music: Although he doesn't have much of a singing voice, Brick is skilled with many musical instruments. He can play the guitar and piano; he's decent with drums. He can't read music, but he can play almost anything by ear.
Water: As he's attuned to fire, water hinders his abilities. The presence of water alone isn't enough to affect him, but water touching him will prevent him from accessing his fire affinity. Magic calling on the element of water will counteract his own magic. He cannot shapeshift if he's drenched in water. Brick can't swim.
Cold Temperatures: A heat-driven creature, Brick doesn't do well in the cold. It takes him longer to get cold than it may take others, but once he starts feeling discomfort from the cold (goosebumps, teeth chattering, etc.) it doesn't take long for him to become incapacitated. He can stave off the cold using his fire ability, but it will drain him of energy and he'll only be able to keep it up as long as his energy and the sources around him allow.
Invitation: As part of his personal moral code, Brick respects the private homes of others. He can't and won't enter a home without having been invited by someone living in it. He also must leave a home if he's outstayed his welcome and his invitation is revoked unless the living space is one he shares with someone else. Brick's definition of a home is anything someone considers his or her living space and can include motel rooms as well as open land (such as a section of forest a werewolf pack claims).
Combat: In human form Brick isn't terribly strong. He's also not very good at fighting physically.
Protective Items: Some will or belief based objects will affect him. Protective talismans tied to magic are particularly useful in warding him off as he has a strong tie to magic himself and, therefore, a strong belief in it. Items blessed with holy water are also effective because their protection is based in water, which hinders him. Other kinds of protective items (like salt and iron believed generally to harm Fae or like rosaries thought to be generally protective by those who believe in them) may repel him, depending on the amount of belief the one wielding them has in the objects.
Name: Anyone who learns his true name has the power to banish him from this plane or summon him at will.
Berrick was born of fire. He crawled out of a blaze in his home world and emerged a small juvenile salamander. He remained in that form for a time as he matured and developed intelligence and coherent thoughts. After growing into a fully mature salamander he gradually learned to change his appearance in small ways at first (the color or pattern of his skin, his size, his eye color). Over time he learned to revert back to his native form of fire and back again to his salamander form. Eventually he used this ability to cross over to the earthly plane, reverting to fire and traveling from one dimension to the other.
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