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“For I am own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex — asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.”
- Austin Osman Spare


John, a Chicagoan, has been in Prospect about three years now. For the past two years he's owned Off the Record, a local media shop and cafe that caters to quirky, intellectual occultists and obscure music aficionados; you aren't likely to find much in the way of massively popular music or 'literature' there. However, what he does have in stock is darkly entertaining, and the coffee's outstanding. Studious and acerbic, John's got a keen intellect, and he is far more perceptive than sometimes given credit for; sharpening his wits by indulging his drive to solve puzzles at any opportunity. He is an emancipated student of Stella Amunet's, and holds the status of Third Degree Practicus within the Order of Hermes; with membership in the Chantry Fellowship of the Secret Word. Sometimes he DJs at Rhapsody, an all-ages club he owns. Recently he formed an LLC called A Balancing Act with Ethan Sienna, his manager at Rhapsody, and they purchased Steamed and Hammered Tavern. Dreaming-side, he has a storefront, Rêves à Vendre, in the Lost in Time Market, where he deals in bespoke dreams.

Also notable are the symbols he wears around his neck: the silver Owl of the Arcanum, the copper sigil of the Cult of Isis, and an unusual violet and silver starburst.

RP Hooks
  • Occultism: How far down that rabbit hole do you want to go?
  • The Art of Divination: He practices it - to rather eerie and uncomfortable effect. He's no charlatan, but a Cassandra.
  • Industrial Subculture: He's neck-deep in it. He'll deign to go to Neofolk/pagan and Goth events, too.
  • Problem-Solver: Got an enigma to deal with? Perhaps a conundrum? He's brilliant with puzzles.
  • Esoteric Media: Like weird books and weirder music? So does John. He could probably even sell you some.
  • Merchant of Dreams: Kith and Kin seeking Dreams need only visit his shop Rêves à Vendre in the Lost in Time Market.
  • Hermetic House Merinita: Do you know of them? He is desperately seeking them out. Possibly for hereditary reasons.
  • Nightmares: Do you suffer from them? He can help you with them better than drugs or a psychiatrist could.
  • Freehold Guardian: He and Ethan are official Guardians of Rhapsody Freehold, and liaison to the Barony of the Shadowed Souls for new arrivals.
  • Barony of the Shadowed Souls - John is the sworn Knight to its Baroness Philomène Antionette De LiliJudicaël of House Beaumayn.
  • Arcanum: He's currently the only active ranking member in the city. Does the Owl know you? Do you want to know the Owl?
  • Alternative Entrepreneur: He owns Off the Record, an industrial record store/cafe; Rhapsody, an all-ages club, and co-owns Steamed and Hammered Tavern, a steampunk bar.
  • Changelings: Give sanity a longer leash, some of us have sharper teeth.
  • Shifters: The tenderness of wolves.
  • Vampires: Under shivering stars the sickness is gliding.
  • Sorcerers: Seduce, let loose the vision and the void.
  • Psychics: See the future leaking through.
  • Mages: At the heart of it all.
  • Wraiths: Who should I say is calling?
  • Demons: This is not paradise lost, but paradise disowned.
  • Mummies: Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you.
Theme Songs

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John Balance
Birthday: March, 1986
Occupation: Owns Off the Record.
Nature Visionary
Sphere: Sorcerer/Changeling
Sect: Cult of Isis/Arcanum
Affiliation: Order of Hermes
Race: Sluagh Kinain
Craft Name: Cousin of Spiders, Torchbearer of Isis, Avatar of Tutu, Father of Dreams, Vanquisher of Nightmares.
Title: Knight
Oneiromancy 6
Divination 3
Hellfire 2
Mind Shields 2
Pyrokinesis 3
Telepathy 3
Intelligence 4
Perception 4
Wits 4
Awareness 4
Empathy 5
Enigmas 4
Fortune-Telling 4
Gremayre 4
Intuition 3
Investigation 4
Lucid Dreaming 5
Melee 4
Occult 5
Research 4
Demon Lore 1
Fae Lore 4
Mage Lore 3
Mummy Lore 2
Sorcerer Lore 3
Vampire Lore 2
Wraith Lore 1
Chantry 2
Demesne 3
Dream 4
Kinain 4
Library 2
Oracular Ability 3
Resources 4
Title 2