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- The Friar
- Posts: 23
- Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:45 pm
- Gender: Male
- Species: Red/Bengal fox
- Location: Chicagoland metro
Name: Philippe Célestine de Lourdes
Nicknames and Aliases: “Le Frère de les Grottes”, more simply “Le Frère" or “The Friar”
Species: Bengal fox
Birthplace: Lourdes, Domus
Current Occupation: Hermit
Relatives: Frère Fourier (adoptive father), deceased; Viclau Alard (surrogate brother), presumably deceased; unknown parents
The Friar is a tall fox, about 6’ 3”, with a lean build resulting from a combination of poor nutrition and a daily routine of intense physical activity. The Friar’s pigmentation is common for his species. The majority of his coat is silver, with an orange-ish white extending from his lower jaw, down the front of his neck, and covering his chest and abdomen. The same orange-ish white coats his socks and the tip of his tail. He has dark blue eyes, and a tousle of silver hair which he wears in a fringe extending past his right cheek. A pair of thick, circular glasses are the only thing obscuring his natural handsomeness.
The Friar wears a pitiable outfit. The main aspect of this outfit is the tattered remains of a gray religious habit. The cord is missing, along with everything below the waist, along with the left sleeve up to the elbow; there is a massive tear in the hood, which renders that part of the garment practically useless. The Friar also wears a pair of loose-fitting, black pants and a pair of worn boots.
The Friar was left on the doorstep of a Foi Ensemble monastery in Lourdes not long after his birth. The monk who found the infant, Frère Fourier, was granted permission to raise him as a member of the order. Fourier gave him the name Philippe Célestine, and he would later take the surname “de Lourdes”. Viclau Alard, a peasant boy the same age as Philippe who lived near the monastery, became best friends with the young monk. Though Viclau did occasionally drag Philippe into trouble, Philippe’s friendship with the boy was tolerated. Philippe lived a good life at the monastery, being taught good, though harshly moralistic, values and ideals. Though known for being very devout, Philippe’s constant questioning of one aspect of the Foi brought him the ire of his other religious brothers. Viclau was always a kind, joyful fur, and Philippe refused to believe that Viclau’s poverty was a result of sins in some past life. When the elder members of the order attempted to convince the abbot to expel Philippe from the order, Frère Fourier stepped forward and successfully defended his rebellious ward. One of the embittered monks started a vicious and persistent rumor that Philippe and Fourier’s relationship was more than just familial, that the two were romantically involved. When Philippe was 16, and the rumors were at their height, Fourier took his own life. Blaming the entire order for his adoptive father’s demise, Philippe took Viclau and went into the caves of the Cocotte Mountains so they could live in isolation. Philippe soon became a sort of folkloric figure in Lourdes, being seen as either a martyr or a pariah, and his new name became Le Frère de les Grottes, the Friar of the Caves. Of the many reports from those who have delved into the wilderness seeking the Friar, only three things are consistent among their stories: that Viclau has disappeared without explanation, that the Friar speaks to people who are not there, and that anyone approaching the Friar’s home with ill intent will become the victim of numerous hidden traps. The Friar himself has only descended into civilization twice since his self-inflicted exile, and has explained that he does not like leaving the wilderness out of fears that he may be arrested for heresy or some other criminal act.
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