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Introduction
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Joshua Dean Sumter
"I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about I'm sure, but don't worry. You will someday."

xxxxxJoshua Dean Sumter was born 45 years ago, in the sleepy little town of Seville, deep in the heart of Texas. His childhood was an uneventful one. He grew up, he went to school. He wasn't the brightest of lights, but he did well in athletics. He lifted weights, he played football, and while he enjoyed doing those things, it was when he was sprinting on the track, going as fast as he could possibly push himself... that was when he felt really alive.
xxxxxJosh had an uncle, a man named Don, who was part of an OMC in nearby Houston. Mom and dad never talked about him much--he was the 'bad boy' of the Sumter family. Josh never saw him outside of visits for Christmas and his birthday. But even as a boy, he was fascinated by Uncle Don's Harley. Sometimes, when he thought his parents wouldn't find out, Josh would beg Uncle Don to take him for rides. The sensation was like nothing he could ever have at home, and he craved it. When he turned sixteen, his parents gave him money to pick out his very own car. He horrified them both by leaving the car dealership and going to the lot selling old Harleys across the street. The fight they had that night led to Josh leaving home and moving in with his Uncle Don. He would never see his parents again.
xxxxxWhen he was eighteen, Josh became a legal adult. But his grades, while enough to earn him a high school diploma, weren't nearly high enough to win him any scholarships. Though Uncle Don had taught him how to work on his Harley's engine, he didn't feel that the life of a mechanic was for him. Nor did he truly feel that his uncle's OMC was the place for him either. He was an adult now. He was free, or so he thought. He wanted to go out and see the world. He wanted to do more than he had before. After careful consideration, he decided to enlist in the United States Army. He finished his basic training just in time to be shipped to Iraq for the First Gulf War.
xxxxxArmy life would change Joshua forever. He got used to being called by his last name, Sumter. With his knowledge of mechanics, he was able to find a posting servicing military vehicles in Iraq. But as the months drew on, he found himself realizing that this wasn't the life he wanted either. The regimen was all well and good, and the Army kept him in peak physical condition. But everything else--the rules, the regulations, the protocols--they felt like a straitjacket, or a noose around his neck. When his four years was up, he mustered out and returned to the States.
xxxxxRootless and unemployed, Sumter began wandering the highways on the back of his Harley. He took day jobs at the various cities he passed to earn money. When he could afford it, he'd rent a cheap motel room for a few days to rest and relax. It was better than the life he had had before, but there was still something he was lacking. It wasn't anything he could ever put his finger on. He just knew, deep in his heart, that something was missing. He had to keep riding. He would find that missing piece of himself high in the Colorado Rockies, and it would change him forever.
xxxxxIt was a clear, cool night in July. He'd just left Leadville, riding down Highway 24. The sky above was breathtaking. There was nearly zero light pollution where he was, and he'd never seen such incredible stars. The more he saw, the more he wanted. The more he needed. As his gaze beheld the North Star, something in him shifted. His mind exploded with awareness. His Avatar burst into radiant wakefulness. The sudden rush of enlightenment flooded his body with rapturous ecstasy the likes of which he had never known. So intense was the experience, he completely missed the bend in the road. He slammed into the guard rail and went flying down the hill, breaking several bones. But luck was smiling on Sumter that night, for he landed only a couple hundred feet from a small commune of hippies living off the land. One of them, Janice, was an old soul, a Seer of Chronos, and she recognized the newly Awakened Avatar brimming in Sumter's heart.
xxxxxThe commune took Sumter in and nursed him back to health. As he convalesced, Janice taught him about the Seers of Chronos, or Cult of Ecstasy as some called them. She told him of the Cult's long history, and of its mission to shatter the barriers of perception, to behold the Truth of the universe. Sumter devoured those lessons with rapt fascination. At long last, he'd found what he'd been looking for. Over the course of long months, he became Janice's apprentice, then her lover, and she taught him all about the miracles he could now bring forth. When winter had passed and spring returned, he was recovered from his injuries and ready to strike out on his own. He has never forgotten Janice and the lessons she taught him, and corresponds with her regularly to this day.
xxxxxToday, Sumter is an accomplished Seer of Chronos himself. He's still riding all around the country. His journey is neverending. He may stop and lay over for a time in some place or another. He'll need work to earn some cash, or he'll find someone in need of his help. Now and again, he'll find someone who was just like him, someone searching for the Truth. He'll stay with them for a time, sharing what he knows and helping them find their own moments of Ecstasy. So far, it's been a good life. It's the life he's always yearned for.
xxxxxAnd now, Sumter's travels have brought him to Prospect. Something about the City of Hope has drawn his attention. He's ready to settle down for a few months, maybe a year, and see what this place can offer. If it turns out to be nothing, then he'll continue his journey. If not... he's ready to explore that too. The world flows on. Time never stops. The road to Ascension is long and dangerous. But that doesn't mean it has to be boring.

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Stereotypes


Vampire "Some say they're cursed. Some say they're monsters. But not a one of 'em chose what they are. They didn't want it. They can't help it. If they're good people, even despite being what they are, then ain't that enough?"
Wraith "Why do you stay? Your life is over now. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. But it's okay. There's no reason to suffer anymore. You can let go. When you do, you'll have a whole new life ahead of you. Just let go."
Fallen "Rebel angels escaped from Hell? Can't say as I like the sound of that. You can't get anywhere loving only yourself. Nowhere worth getting, anyway."
Hunters "Hey! Now knock that off! I'm not the bad guy!"
Changeling "I've heard that they're dreams in the clothing of flesh. I knew a Seer who claimed to be related to 'em. I don't know if that's true, but I like to think that it is. You can find Ecstasy in your dreams."
Mortal "Nobody is 'just' mortal. Nobody. We're all divine. All of us. I feel so sorry for folks who can't see that."
Shifter "I understand why they're so angry. I get it. It's hard not to be pissed at the way the world is. But imagine what they could do if they could get past their fury."

Akashic Brotherhood "They have more in common with us than they want to admit. Their discipline is to be respected, but taking anything to extremes is dangerous. That's including self-denial."
Celestial Chorus "A higher power? Absolutely. I'm with you 100%. Until you start passing judgement in your divinity's name. God doesn't need you to fight your battles for Him."
Dreamspeakers "It's a damn shame what happened to their people. They have so much to share with us. Folks just don't believe in things they can't see. But the Dreamspeakers do. Gotta respect 'em for that."
Euthanatos "We may come from the same place, but I don't think I could do what they do. Time is forever, but all they understand is endings. That's gotta take its toll."
Order of Hermes "Look, Merlin. You can keep your wands and your spellbooks. You can have your towers and claim to govern the Council. My magick is just as real and important as yours."
Sons of Ether "Hell yeah! I fucking love these guys! Sure they have a few who're uptight prudes, but most of 'em remember that Science should be something that inspires you!"
Verbena "They really get a bad rap from the rest of the Council. Every bushel's gonna have its bad apples. But the Verbena I've met have all been honest, reverent folks who care very much about Mother Earth. I can't see anything wrong with that."
Virtual Adepts "I don't get these folks. I'm okay with the whole techno-anarchy thing, but would it really kill 'em to leave their basements and go outside once in awhile? I guarantee, the graphics are a hell of a lot better'n anything their computers can show 'em."
Hollow Ones "Are you just gonna sit around and bitch all night? Come on, kid. There's all kinds of reasons to celebrate. Let me show you some."

New World Order "I didn't start this fight. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be one. But I'm not gonna get in line and conform just because you tell me to."
Iteration X "God Almighty damn. Why would you do that to yourself? What's wrong with the body you were born with? How can you feel anything with metal skin?"
Progenitors "These fuckers just make me sick. They could do so much to help folks, but instead they let disease and misery flourish so they can have research material. Fuck these assholes."
Syndicate "Everything that's wrong with the world--consumerism, capitalism, materialism, apathy, misery, poverty--that's all 'cause of these bastards."
Void Engineers "If there's anyone in the Technocracy I could understand, it's them. They see something beyond the world we live in. I just wish they could just appreciate those other places, instead of needing to go out and conquer them."
Nephandi "Billy-Boy, you done goofed. I hate the thought of killing anyone. But you're the exception."
Marauder "Jesus Christ. And people call me crazy. They ain't never seen a Marauder before."

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Contacts
Adora
Chandler
Adora.jpg It's kinda funny. I kin see the future. But I sure's hell din't see this. But I couldn't be happier. There might be others come along for the ride, but it's you I'm comin' home to.
"The sparkle in your eyes keeps me alive."
KatrinaLaw1.jpg Well now. I sure's hell din't see this comin'. But I'm glad it did. You'll always have a spot in my heart.

"I'm a science genius girl."

Brohain
River
Brohaincane.jpg I don't know whut yer game is. But I know where you come from. You've had yer fun. Now you jest stay away from my girl. Else things might could git ugly. Let's not have that.

"You know you're a super creep."

River 2.0 Pic.jpg You may not have the same kindsa powers t' rest of us do. But you got a good heart. That's even more valuable, I think.

"Sister walk through these fields of delight."


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Soundtrack
  • Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
    Staring at the blank page before you
    Open up the dirty window
    Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
    Reaching for something in the distance
    So close you can almost taste it
    Release your inhibitions
  • Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
    Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, call me what you will
    And I take my time anywhere
    Free to speak my mind anywhere
    And I redefine anywhere
    Anywhere I roam
    Where I lay my head is home
  • John Lennon - Imagine
    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance With Me
    She took my arm
    I don't know how it happened
    We took the floor and she said
    Oh don't you dare look back
    Just keep your eyes on me
    I said you're holding back
    She said shut up and dance with me
    This woman is my destiny
    She said ooh ooh, shut up and dance with me
  • Pink - Raise Your Glass
    Slam slam, oh hot damn
    What part of party don't you understand?
    Wish you'd just freak out
    Can't stop, coming in hot
    I should be locked up right on the spot
    It's so on right now
  • Daft Punk - Lose Yourself To Dance
    I know you don't get a chance to take a break this often
    I know your life is speeding and it isn't stopping
    Here take my shirt and just go ahead and wipe up all the
    Sweat, sweat, sweat
    Lose yourself to dance
  • Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
    I'm burning through the sky
    Two hundred degrees, that's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit
    I'm traveling at the speed of light
    I wanna make a supersonic man out of you
    Don't stop me now
    I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball
    Don't stop me now
    If you wanna have a good time, just gimme a call
 
  • Prince - 1999
    If you didn't come to party, don't bother knocking on my door
    Got a lion in my pocket, and baby he's ready to roar
    Everybody's got a bomb, we could all die any day
    But before I let that happen, I'll dance my life away
    They say two thousand-zero-zero
    Party over, oops, out of time
    So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999
  • Muse - Madness
    And now I have finally seen the end
    And I'm not expecting you to care
    But I have finally seen the light
    And I have finally realized
    I need to love
    I need to love
    Come to me
    Trust in your dream
    Come on and rescue me
    Yes I know I can be wrong
    Maybe I'm too headstrong
    'cause our love is madness
  • Rascal Flatts - Life Is A Highway
    There's a world outside every darkened door
    Where the blues won't haunt you anymore
    For the brave are free and lovers soar
    Come ride with me to the distant shore
    We won't hesitate to break down the guarding gate
    There's not much time left today, yeah
    Life is a highway
    I wanna ride it all night long
    If you're going my way
    I wanna ride it all night long
  • Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity
    So if you care to find me
    Look to the western sky
    As someone told me lately
    Everyone deserves a chance to fly
    And if I'm flying solo
    At least I'm flying free
    To those who'd ground me
    Take a message back from me
    Tell them how I'm defying gravity
    I'm flying high defying gravity
  • Final Fantasy 14 - Beauty's Wicked Wiles
    Fire, born of the flames of desire, this fire
    Give in to the hunger, give in to the hunger
    Cast off inhibition, let passion run wild!
    Desire, for the unquenchable fire, desire
    Rise high, high above your rivals
    Spread your wings, spread them wide
    You needn't hide
    Keep high, free to ever slumber
    Open the door, close your eyes
    You are the dreamer
 

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Paradigm


Magick: Dancing in the Flow


xxxxxThe Seers of Chronos are an ancient Tradition, a grouping of visionaries and prophets dedicated to one thing--to destroy the illusion that is the world and reach out to embrace the Truth that lies beyond it. Many people spend their lives Asleep, wrapped in the bliss of ignorance. For them, the world is as it appears to be, and they never think to see it any other way. But sometimes, they have a moment so profound, so fundamental, that it defies everything they have known to that point. That is when they experience true Ecstasy, which is something far beyond simple pleasure. The Seers of Chronos--or the Cult of Ecstasy, as they're also known--understand that Time, like all things, is an illusion. Its movement, from moment to moment, forms a Flow of unbroken events, chained together by that illusion. But through the power of Ecstasy, they liberate themselves from the Flow, and begin to see beyond the curtain of illusion. Every time a Seer uses his magick to break the barriers of the world, he creates a momentary miracle. Put enough together, and you can change the world forever.

Quintessence and Paradox: Ojas and Granthi


xxxxxThe Flow pulses. It moves and is never still. Even when it seems quiescent, the Flow is in motion. The energy of that Flow pools and eddies, collecting within and making up all things of existence. This is Ojas, the radiant, vibrant energy of the cosmos. Mages who study Prime magick are able to collect, store, move, and transform this Ojas, using it for the working of miracles. Moments of Ecstasy can generate Ojas, the vital spark of creation. However, to tear through the curtain of illusion can have dire repercussions. This is Granthi, a metaphysical knot that can lash back against the Seer and chain him to the Flow. By tying him down and restricting him to the merely possible, Granthi can restrict a Seer in many ways. Injury, delusion, even demented manifestations are all possible. To avoid this, it is important to weave miracles in ways that move with the Flow rather than against it. Eventually, even the luckiest Seer will be lashed to the Flow and will pay the price for creating a Granthi.

Avatar: The Atman


xxxxxLike all things in reality, mortality is an illusion. The Seers of Chronos understand this important principle. Our bodies may be temporary, but within, we carry the Atman, the eternal self. Like the universe, the Atman is a part of the Truth that lies beyond the illusion. All humans are possessed of this eternal self. For most, it remains Asleep and unaware, bound up in the motion of the Flow and incapable of perceiving the Truth. But when the Atman Awakens, all of that changes. The stronger the Atman, the more capable it is of storing and chanelling Ojas, the vital energy necessary for the working of miracles. Sumter's Avatar is the Primordial Expression of the North Star, the Pole Star that has guided wanderers and wayfarers since time out of mind. It is the deepest, utmost expression of Travel, of Motion, and guides him along his path through the illusion and towards Ascension. In his mind's eye, it appears as a radiant silver sphere, sometimes as distant as physical Polaris itself, sometimes intimately close, but always present. No matter how distant it may seem when it appears, its voice is a soft whisper in his ear. As his understanding of the Flow grows deeper and more intricate, the North Star reveals newer, more complex layers of the Flow, and helps Sumter grasp the subtleties of deeper and more profound mysteries and miracles.

The Spheres: Shastras


xxxxxLike all mages, Sumter is familiar with the nine Shastras. Nine fundamental ways that a Seer can break past the barriers of illusion, and nine ways that miracles can be made to manifest within the Flow. Since the Truth is limitless and Time is eternal, there are an infinite number of ways that a Seer's will can be worked, and countless miracles that can be born.

Correspondence
Correspondence
Distance is meaningless. Where things are has no bearing on the Truth of their position. When a Seer creates a Correspondence miracle, he draws this principle into the Flow and manifests it in many ways. He may view other places, move himself or others, open doors between locations, and prevent motion through space entirely. To manifest miracles of Correspondence, Sumter makes use of a yantra, a sacred diagram, to focus his will.


Entropy
Entropy
Nothing is random. Everything happens for a reason. This is the basis of karma--the delicate balance of virtue and wickedness that determines the ultimate worth of a person. Through the miracles of Entropy, chance disappears. Fortunes may be turned, chaos may become order, and the eternal can be made nonexistent. If Sumter ever studies the miracles of Entropy, he will turn to ash to manfest them. Any ash will do, even one tapped from the end of his cigar. But the best ashes come from bhasma, ashes prepared from ritual sacrifices of wood and ghee.


Forces
Forces
Energy is more than photons, electrons, or gravitons. Energy is not insensate. It is alive and vibrant. It is song and fury, it is heat and motion, it is attraction and illumination. Sumter has learned to apply his will to manifesting miracles of Forces, using his magick to lend speed to his bike, keep himself warm when he has to sleep outside, and many others. To focus on these miracles, he uses a pinpoint of flame to help him see beyond the illusion of energy and sieze its Truth. His lucky Zippo that he's carried since his days in the Army holds particular sentimental value for him.


Life
Life
The body is the instrument upon which the universe plays its music. It is the vehicle through which we experience Ecstasy. Life itself is a miracle unlike any other. Through the power of these miracles, living organisms may be healed or harmed. They can be strengthened, or changed. If Sumter ever learns the miracles of Life, he will focus his will through touch. Of particular use will be knowledge of reiki techniques, which will serve to direct his will and manifest his miracles with pinpoint precision.


Matter
Matter
Material things are illusion, just like everything else within the Flow. When one understands this, it becomes a simple matter to change them. Through the miracles of Matter, objects may be shaped, transformed, or even brought into being with a burst of Ojas. If Sumter were to study Matter, he would use water as a base element for transformation and clarity. The best water would come from the hands of a Hindu archaka, carrying the blessings of the universe to draw back the curtain of illusion.


Mind
Mind
Through consciousness, we attain awareness. Through awareness, we attain enlightenment. These are the fundamentals that are contained within the miracles of the Mind. When shackled to biological processes, the Mind is limited. But freed through the use of miracles, its power becomes limitless. Emotion, memory, communication, even projection of the astral self become possible through this magick. To focus upon the miracles of the Mind, Sumter chants meditative mantras. His favorite is the Buddhist Heart Sutra, which he's learned to sing by rote, and provides the surest connection to Mind Truth.


Prime
Prime
The Prime Sphere deals with cosmic energy itself--Ojas. Called Quintessence by the Council of Nine, it is the foundation of all things within the Flow of the universe. Though any mage can utilize the Ojas he carries within his Avatar, the miracles of Prime enable him to perform even more dramatic feats. He may expand his Avatar's capacity to contain Ojas, fashion it into a crude but effective weapon, or draw Ojas into himself. With greater knowledge, a Seer may consecrate Talismans, creating objects of wonder that can work miracles on their own. To bring forth miracles of Prime, Sumter utilizes a series of yoga asanas. Each carefully controlled posture helps him to align the chakras in his body, so that he can monitor and control the flow of Ojas through his metaphysical self.


Spirit
Spirit
Beyond the barriers of belief, there are countless other worlds, all of them inhabited by countless entities. Some are bright and benevolent. Others are dark and corrupt. Call them angels or devils, devas or asuras. Call them gods. Call them aliens. Whatever they are, they are not and have never been human. The miracles of Spirit empower a Seer to deal with these entities, as well as to pass beyond the Gauntlet that divides our world from theirs. He may communicate with them, command them, even compel them to inhabit an object in the form of a fetish. If he were to study the miracles of Spirit, Sumter would manifest them by burning incense to focus his will. His personal Ganesha idol, a gift from his mentor, would lend particular potency to any spiritual workings he would create.


Time
Time
The greatest illusion of all is the one that time must pass. That it is limited. The Truth is simpler and more complex all at once. Each moment has an existence of its own. Past and future are one and same. The Eternal Now is everlasting and infinite. When one understands the true nature of Time, then they may learn to work their will upon all other aspects of the universe. In the Council of Nine, the Seers of Chronos have always been recognized as the undisputed masters of Time, and Sumter is no exception. It is the Sphere he has studied most closely. With his knowledge of these miracles, he can see past and future as clearly as he sees the present. He can cause time to flow faster or slow to a crawl. He can even move himself along its path, though his range is limited to seconds at most. As his knowledge of Time grows, he will learn to step outside the passage of time entirely, and increase the length of time he may travel. To focus upon Time, he turns to the tools every Seer understands--Ecstasy. Whether speeding on his bike at a hundred miles an hour, dancing to exhaustion at a rave, or making love to a beautiful woman, this Ecstatic rush is all Sumter needs to make a miracle of Time. His favorite just so happens to be marijuana. It's amazing how different the passage of Time feels when you're stoned.


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Sumter
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Overview
Full Name:Joshua Dean Sumter
Species:Human
Sex:Male
Race:Mage
Tradition:Cult of Ecstasy
Nationalities:USA
Age:45
Apparent age:Middle 40s
Occupation:Biker
Concept:Eternal Wanderer
Nature:Optimist
Demeanor:Bon Vivant

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RP Hooks
Ride or Die: Sumter's a biker, which means he rides a bike. In his case, a 1995 Harley-Davidson Road King touring bike. It's been his constant companion since his return from Iraq, and he's kept it up with spare parts he's managed to scrounge, earn, steal, or otherwise procure. He's not a member of any MCs, but he's not above hiring himself out to them when they're in need of an extra set of hands. Do you enjoy bikes? Do you like Harleys? You and Sumter might have something to talk about.

Party On: Every Ecstatic loves a good party, and Sumter's no exception. Anywhere people are gathered to cut loose and have a good time, you'll find him there. Seedy dive bars, hippie drum circles, technicolor raves, he does 'em all. You never know when you might experience Ecstasy or what form it might take. He drinks heartily when he's not expecting to be riding anywhere, enjoys smoking really good pot, and isn't above getting busy with a willing partner. That said, he's always careful not to push to the point of burnout, and never allows his vices to chain him. Are you a partier, of any shape, size, or persuasion? Let's have some fun!

Namaste: Sumter's upbringing as a Seer of Chronos was heavily influenced by his Tradition's Hindu origins, and he incorporates Buddhist and Daoist ideas in his practice as well. He carries an idol of Lord Ganesha, deity of limitless compassion and the remover of obstacles. The Buddhist Heart Sutra is a favorite of his. Are you Hindi or Buddhist? You and Sumter may share some common beliefs.

Inked: Sumter's collected quite an array of tattoos over the years. His shoulders sport tribal shields, and he has Celtic scrollwork encircling both biceps. On the back of his neck, he has a flowering lotus blossom, and a complex Hindi yantra adorns his back. On his right ankle, a small gift from his mentor Janice--a small peace sign. Do you like ink? You and Sumter might be interested in checking out each others' work.

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Tropes
Badass Biker: Yeah, Sumter's a big guy, wears a leather jacket, and rides a Harley. He fits the classic image of a biker. But he's hardly a thug. Look past the appearance, and you may learn something surprising.

Boisterous Bruiser: Even in the World of Darkness, there is beauty. There is joy. There is Ecstasy. Sumter's seen some bad shit in his day, but that's all in the past. Time cannot imprison him anymore, and he lives to bring that clarity to others. He's got a heart the size of his native Texas and a physique to match, and would rather be a lover than a fighter. He's in his element when he's at a party, laughing uproariously and knocking back prodigious amounts of booze.

The Drifter: Sumter's always had a wandering heart. There's a whole world out there to see, new things to experience, roads he's never traveled and things he's never known. The whole wide world is his home. There's no easier way to liberate yourself from the trap of material things.

Cigar Chomper: Sure, Sumter smokes. It's a habit he picked up from his days in the Army, and it's stuck with him ever since. Enjoying a cigar while watching the sun set over the ocean is one of his favorite pasttimes.

Badass Beard: Seriously. Just look at it.

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