55 - Candi Dice
story: Renegade Gods
Candi lives “below the arteries” (as people in the grim, partitioned future that Renegade Gods takes place in say), but through a combination of presenting herself as a scandalous conversation piece, and pretending to be something she’s not, she has made many “upper air-light” connections and “”“friends”“” which allows her to spend half her life pretending she is wealthy elite and doesn’t have to share a scummy street-level apartment with a conspiracy theorist/drug addict/hair-trigger anarchist roommate named Van Stern. Though Candi has watched Van painstakingly plan and ramble on about his grand opus for years, when his revolution comes and he upsets the very foundation of the society they live in she is completely unprepared- and ridiculously over-dressed.
54 - Cabaret
story: Black Nail Polish
Cabaret is the incredibly spoiled daughter of Pompeii (a demon), and The Sphinx (Pompeii’s wife). She has lived her entire life in the court of the City King, and knows nothing of the world outside of her father’s incredibly lavish night club, and all the perks that come from being the child of people who are close, personal friends with royalty. She is beyond self-absorbed and gets really bored really easily, and heaven help you if your topic of conversation doesn’t involve her in some way. “Tantrum” does not even begin to describe the fits she can throw.
53 - Bruhk McLarr
Bruhk is a short 5’something who went grey at age 17. He owns a coffee shop called the Café White Fox and he shares the apartment above it with his friend Risigo, and that’s all there is to say about Bruhk. He is intensely closed off about the comings and goings of his life- he has no hobbies or interests, and a pronounced fear of silence means he’s always watching TV or listening to the radio (often both at the same time). At a glance he’s witty and intelligent and a fun guy to be around, but he thinks human interaction is a game that he’s got to win, and is abnormally vindictive, manipulative, and probably a sociopath. He’s spent his entire life creating relationships where people despise him, but need to rely on him completely, and he owes them nothing whatsoever.
His name looks stupid, and it’s really just pronounced like the word “brook.”
52 - Brett Brecht
story: Hell Is A Denny’s
Brett is a lousy guy. He owns a bar called The Iron Fist that he won in a fight and he hates it and hates the people that go there and hates himself most of all. He spends his free time getting into fights with strangers (he had a [dis]organized bare-knuckle fighting circle he held in an abandoned building in the lot behind his bar for years… and maybe he still has it, who knows), making people feel bad about themselves, and mooching free wifi from his neighbours to watch bad reality TV on Netflix. He lives a life of bad choices and instead of making any effort to change he just shifts the blame and digs in deeper. He used to have friends and a girlfriend and an IMDb page but I don’t think he has any of those things anymore.
51 - Brian Oak
story: Weird Pets
Brian attends trade school and is a classmate of Max in the metal fabrication program. Brian is an island boy (from Nanaimo)- big, quiet, and still not entirely convinced he wants to be Max’s friend (despite the two of them being housemates, and eventually opening a metal shop business together). He doesn’t talk about it, but he got his girlfriend pregnant in high school- They broke up a few years ago, but he still supports her and spends long weekends and holidays with his daughter. Brian keeps Max on a need-to-know basis (for instance: Max doesn’t know Brian’s girlfriend was a selkie), because Max has a habit of being a gigantic insensitive oblivious asshole and Brian honestly can’t cope with half of the things Max does/says without thinking.
Brian pretty much only wears Canucks gear and forgot to shave his playoff beard after last season. He’s not taking the lockout well.
50 - Brayden Knight
Brayden is Devin’s friend/business partner in the short comic/story I’ll never write called Crossplay. Brayden’s look is described (by him) as “beard drag”- it started as a social experiment and a gesture of solidarity for his gender non-conforming friend (who was getting a lot of flak at the time), Devin, but it really stuck and took root when Brayden realized he looked damn good in skirts and cute dresses paired with outrageous patterned tights and leggings. Brayden is the tech-savvy internet-friendly side of Devin’s online costume/cosplay business. Together they share half a house, and live a life surrounded by partially finished custom costumes, and Brayden’s impressive laserdisc collection.
49 - Bone
story: Point-and-Click Collaboration [Rue Scribe]
Bone is part of the Rue Scribe land (aka: my level) in the Point-and-Click Collaboration. She can be found in the Bestiated Town- a scummy, old stone city that borders the pirate infested ocean- working with her partner Rag. Together they pull a cart along the uneven flag stone streets, buying, selling, and trading with the town’s monstrous residents- and the few pirates that venture in from the docks. Bone is always on the look out for a good deal, and has an impressive collection of skulls and animal teeth that she uses to barter with.
48 - Bonaparte
story: Existential Café
Bonaparte is a creature known as a sanguinary creep- an autumnal beast who haunts under harvest moons and is always ready to recite scratchy ghost stories. Bonaparte is not so awful- but regardless, tries really hard to cultivate the awful image.
47 - Blanche Noir
story: Skin Deep
Blanche is a white stag- the only child of Edith and Emerson Noir. He comes from a rich, established, respected family and doesn’t have a sweet clue how good he’s got it, so he is super spoiled, self-obsessed, and flaky. As a white stag Blanche has a lot of natural magic in him, but it manifests in really (according to him) “uncool” ways- he can move extremely fast and evade being caught, his shadow has a mind of its own and likes to wander off (he’s lost it more than once, and that’s always unsettling), and he has been known to stumble into alternate worlds and sacred realms with no clue how to retrace his steps.
His best (maybe only) friend is a guy named Anthony, and together the two of them spend pretty much all their time watching movies, inventing complicated alternate universes for their favourite characters/tv shows, and caring way too much about whether or not there will ever be a Ghostbusters 3.
46 - Blackfish
Blackfish is the embodiment of the waters of the Pacific west coast of British Columbia- specifically the area around the Sunshine Coast and Haida Gwaii. She takes her name from orcas, who along with being called ‘killer whales’ are also sometimes called ‘blackfish.’ She is the sea, and is part of the sea, with a kelp forest for hair, the midsection of a seal, the hindflukes of an orca, and a heart that is an octopus. Sometimes she is small enough to fit inside the shell of a hermit crab- other times she becomes so large that humpback whales are like salmon fry to her. She doesn’t speak, though she sings wordlessly and laughs often- you can always know where she’s been because she leaves floating rafts of kelp drifting in her wake.