Weekend Writing Warriors 13 October 2019 (ER, FA, LGBT, SF)

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At that moment, a very tall man with long brown hair, a neat beard and mustache, iridescent green eyes and a glowing green jewel in the middle of his forehead strode casually into the room. With one long finger, he pressed a button with a large X engraved in the center. The room stopped shaking as the engines powered down. The man had an amused look on his face as he extended his hand to Leah.
“Welcome to Castle Necros,” he greeted. “I am your host, the Marquis Ciaran Kabral.”
“Leah La Sirene, witch queen of New Orleans,” Leah returned in a subdued voice. “I do humbly apologize for nearly launching your tower into space. I am not quite sure how it happened.”
~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~
This snippet is part of Team Netherworld's current WIP, Castle Necros, which is due for release on Kindle on Halloween 2019. Our hapless adventurers have found themselves in a foreboding dark tower which began making preparations for takeoff when they entered. Castle Ne…

50 Questions About Your O.C.: Marc Cumming

Marc Cumming is the most unlikely secret service agent ever, which works to his advantage.
Free-use image from Pixabay

Full name: 
Marcos Manlove Cumming

Species:
Human


  1. How old are they?
  2. 56

  1. What sex are they?
  2. Male

  3. What is their romantic/sexual orientation?
  4. Bisexual

  5. How tall are they?
  6. 5' 9"

  1. What do they look like? 
  2. Marc is a pleasant-faced middle-aged man of medium height with a medium build and thinning, gray-brown hair.

  3. What are their defining features?
  4. Marc's defining feature is being strikingly ordinary-looking.

  5. Does their name have a meaning?
  6. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel of the New Testament. Marc's family is Catholic, and they chose faith-based names for their children.

  7. What family do they have?
  8. Marc is nine years divorced from his Swedish-born ex-wife, Kia. He has four children: Raakel (age 22), Tulle (age 20), Ciarán (age 12), and Hild (age 8, born 5 months after her parents' divorce).
  9. Marc comes from a large extended family. His sister Katherine, a missionary, has one biological son and three adopted children: Quiang (age 13), Rolfe (age 7, biological son with Kate's then-fiance, now-husband Buck), Xochipilli (age 5), Eka (age 4).

  10. Do they have a good relationship with their family?
  11. Mostly, but being strict Catholic, Marc's family members tend to be homophobic, which led to Marc being ashamed of his bisexuality.

  12. If not, why not?
  13. Marc loves his family but feels that he has to hide who he really is from them.

  14. Where do they live? 
  15. Los Angeles

  16. Is it a safe place?
  17. It's Los Angeles

  18. Are they poor, middle-class or wealthy?
  19. Middle-class

  20. Do they look up to anyone?
  21. Marc always looked up to his older male relatives. There were some priests he looked up to as well. He grew up admiring certain political figures such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He also looks up to his partner and best friend, Dale Dicking, whom he thinks is very brave and clever.

  22. Who is their best friend?
  23. Dale Dicking, who is like a younger brother to Marc.

  24. Do they have any enemies? 
  25. Captain Abigail Botterill, the corrupt head of the Alien and Supernatural Search Squadron.
  26.                   
  27. Who is the person they hate most in the world?
  28. See Captain Abigail Botterill, the corrupt head of A.S.S.S.

  29. Do they have any love/hate relationships?
  30. Only with himself. Sometimes Marc thinks that being Marc is pretty cool. Other times he can't think of a more lametastic fate.

  31. Have they ever fallen in love?
  32. Marc has been in love with his senior college literature professor, Brian Godfrey, since 1984.

  33. Who is the person they love the most in the world?
  34. Marc has a big heart. He loves many people. He is a devoted dad and brother and a good friend.

  35. Does that person love them back?
  36. Marc's family and friends love him.

  37. Have they ever hurt or lost anyone?
  38. Yes.

  39. Are they a good shoulder to cry on?
  40. Yes.

  41. Are they well-liked?
  42. Overall, Marc is very well-liked.

  43. How do they handle being complimented? 
  44. He is uncomfortable with it.

  45. Are they an affectionate person?
  46. Yes.

  47. Are they very driven?
  48. Marc is very driven to do the right thing.

  49. Are they very political?
  50. Marc votes in every election and attends the occasional rally or town hall if it seems extremely important. He doesn't consider himself terribly political.

  51. What kind of state is the world that they live in?
  52. Same as the modern United States, unless he falls through a wormhole into a dark past in a werewolf-filled forest and finds himself in a castle filled with demons and vampire necromancers--which happens to be his current situation.

  53. What are the world leaders like?
  54. To understand this, we need to give a brief language lesson.
  55. In Germany, a trump is a fart.
  56. In Great Britain, a pence is a small amount of currency.
  57. In the United States, we currently have a cheap fart running the government.

  58. Does the character worry about their place in society?
  59. He would like a world where everyone could have an equal footing in society. He isn't particularly worried about his own place in society at this time.

  60. If they could change one thing, what would it be?
  61. He wishes that people would be kinder to each other.

  62. Do they like themselves?
  63. Marc generally accepts himself, although he thinks of himself as rather uninteresting and uninspiring.

  64. Are they a good person?
  65. Yes.

  66. Are they very forgiving?
  67. Marc tends to be pretty forgiving.

  68. Do they believe in destiny?
  69. Marc is an agnostic. He believes destiny is a possibility but doesn't give it much thought.

  70. Are they trustworthy? 
  71. Yes

  72. Are they a good liar?
  73. He's a secret agent. It comes with the job.

  74. How do they react to criticism? 
  75. Marc tends not to take criticism very well.

  76. What is their moral alignment?
  77. Neutral good on the Dungeons and Dragons alignment scale.

  78. Can they fight?
  79. Yes, although he prefers not to.

  80. Would they ever purposefully hurt someone?
  81. Only if necessary to save his own life or save someone he loves.

  1. Have they ever been seriously injured?
  2. Yes.

  3. Do they know first aid?
  4. Yes.

  5. Do they have any other survival skills?
  6. General Boy Scout knowledge and the ability to fly by the seat of his pants.

  7. Are they a fast learner?
  8. It depends on his level of interest in the subject.

  9. How intelligent are they?
  10. Marc has higher than average intelligence, which is not readily apparent as he tends to present as a bit of a ditz.

  11. What is the school system like?
  12. Marc attended school in the American public school system and went to UCLA, where he obtained a degree in criminal law.

  13. What is their job?
  14. An undercover agent with the deep cover espionage unit, Alien and Supernatural Search Squadron.

  15. Do they enjoy their job?
  16. Marc loves his job, although it does get him into some tricky situations.

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

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