Hobbies and Interests
Virgil is fascinated by art, specifically dadaism and street art. He spends a lot of his time in various remote locations constructing piles of nonsensical garbage from random objects he found lying around. Usually it looks pretty random until he adds the finishing touches, especially as Virgil rarely ever specifies what he is making outside of his mental plan. Virgil always finishes his junk sculptures with a severe misuse of his reality-bending powers. With a click of his fingers, he can form creepy blinking eyeballs, leaking static, harsh black shadows and all sorts of oddities that shouldn't be possible in the physical realm. They're filled with strange symbolism, have a visceral and dark quality and are highly surreal. Most people find them creepy, especially because of the strange locations they're placed in and the fact that, like most art, they're meant to shake their perception of the world. Nevertheless they're rather fascinating to look at, especially because of the fact that the reality-bending aspect is almost always temporary, with them eventually stuttering back into a pile of trash. Virgil leaves them around anonymously and they've gained a bit of a cult following on online message boards. Any photographs of them end up completely corrupted so they can only really be seen in person. This contributes to the mystery around them.
He also really likes visiting art galleries although he wouldn't go to them of his own volition, partly due to lack of money, partly due to lack of initiative. However when he's taken, he'll get very excited. He easily considers art to be humanity's crowning achievements. This also extends to an intense interest in art history.
Some say that you can find good in the strangest of places. However they probably didn't mean finding angels in trash cans.
When one has wings, it seems a shame not to use them, and Virgil uses his to full effect. When he doesn't have somewhere to be, he'll be somewhere no one can find him, wandering aimlessly through wherever strikes his fancy.
Virgil on occasion wields a golden arming sword, although he rarely uses it for fighting, unless asked.
Receptiveness to morality
As previously mentioned, Virgil has the ability to sense people's moralities. It's a very passive ability, and Virgil is unable to stop it in any way. It can take a bit of a spiritual toll when he's around evil for extended periods of time. Virgil would equate it to emotional fatigue and he often needs a break alone or with someone who has none of that rotten quality to recuperate mentally.
As for what morality means in this case... Virgil is not entirely sure, but 'intent to harm' appears to be the main factor. When it comes to strongly evil people Virgil is even able to specify the nature of their crime, and sometimes even predict their next crime.
He also has a protective instinct towards his friends that stems from this. He'll subconsciously regard himself as their guardian angel, and as a consequence instinctively know when they're in danger. He's completely unaware of this though.
Virgil has both active and passive healing powers, although he's so unpracticed at healing others that they might as well not exist. Virgil can recover from pretty much any wound, poison or death in a reasonable amount of time. It's not instantaneous, and he suffers the same pain and physical effects as a regular human, but it never lasts longer than a day or two. Virgil doesn't mind the pain at all, with his usual reaction to pain being laughter. He doesn't ever do anything to avoid pain either. He'll keep his hand in a flame until it burns rather than take it out. Some may call him a masochist. Whether that's true or not? Unknown.
However this is the ability that's most restricted. Not by much, granted, but it is. Virgil can only use it with a specific purpose. Usually that purpose is making strangely symbolic art pieces. However the more accurate purpose of these powers is to act as a dark mirror for humanity. Virgil can reach into people's hearts and completely transform the landscape into a mix of their fears, wrongs and regrets, in their own personal hellscape.
Virgil cannot create or materialise physical objects from thin air. Nor can he transform one object into something completely different, although he can visually influence it. For instance Virgil can change a circular object into something resembling a halo, but he cannot transform it into a square shape.
They also tend to be temporary, unless Virgil puts in the effort to make something more permanent. They'll only last as long as it takes to fulfil their purpose, or in the case of his art pieces, will revert to cold normality before the viewer can take a second glance and before the rumour even begins to circulate.
Simply being in his non human 'true' form will automatically bend reality, due to being so foreign that regular reality cannot accommodate it.
Virgil has wings that allow him to fly. He can retract them at will, but rarely does so.
Virgil is a good looking guy of Iranian descent with tanned skin and a sturdy build. He's slightly muscular, although this tends to be hidden under long sleeves and dark clothes. He's above average in height. Sprouting from his back are prominent wings that resemble a barn owl's wings in shape and colouration. In the feathers, subtle eye patterns can be discerned. He has a golden tattoo-like marking winding around his right forearm, a physical manifestation of the binding spell linking him to Beatrice.
Virgil has a slightly long face with a rounded jawline, medium-thin eyebrows, a slightly aquiline nose and a prominent gap between his front teeth. His ears are slightly pointed with attached lobes. Virgil has piercings in both his ears and his lower lip, all of which he did himself, in a highly unsafe manner (it's likely only his angelic biology that saved him from infection) His face is framed with soft dirty blond hair that is tinted red near the roots.
Probably Virgil’s most distinctive feature is his eyes. Hooded in shape, they are bright yellow and curiously lightless, apart from occasional sparks of excitement. Their lifelessness is compensated by their constant movement, as Virgil rarely keeps his gaze focused on one thing. However when he does stare, they give him a very intense but unreadable look. Virgil’s cheeks are constantly stained by large metallic tear tracks. In fact Virgil almost always appears to be crying dark silvery tears. This is an unconscious reaction apparently caused by ‘being in the presence of sin’. Whatever it is, Virgil has given up with wiping it away. Because of these tears, many people initially assume that Virgil is very innocent and emotional.
Virgil is also frequently covered in blood. It's never certain whose blood it is, but it's certainly fortunate that his clothes are dark or red and can conceal the bulk of the stains, otherwise Virgil would probably look like he emerged straight from a slasher film.
Virgil has a rather husky mid-range voice which has traces of a German accent in it. Virgil actually speaks in a lower tone than his natural voice because he somewhat dislikes it. When speaking at his natural pitch, he has a rather high and flutey voice, comparable to a soprano. He's pretty good at maintaining his lower pitch in most situations and the fact that he deliberately lowers it is not something people are aware of.
- Signature Colours: Red, Gold, Black, Rust and Iron, Yellow
- Metal Colour: Rusted iron, burnished gold
- Clothing style: 80s Punk
- Caution tape
- Tv Static
- Thorns/barbed wire
- Electricity pylons
Fairytale – The Girl Without Hands
How does Virgil come into it?
Virgil's pet is, perhaps unexpectedly, a rabbit. He didn't really expect to be owning a pet, but he seems to have a knack for finding lost or hurt animals. Virgil never really mentioned where he got the rabbit from, but Beatrice half suspects Virgil stole it from a neglectful owner.
The rabbit, who someone named St Peter is a German lop and is pretty bullheaded for a rabbit. Virgil finds lil Peter hilarious and while he doesn't spoil him, he's definitely slightly obsessed with his new pet.
- (St Peter's name was suggested by Zena!)
- Virgil, Beatrice and Dante are named as a reference to the Divine Comedy. That said, Virgil has never read it.
- Dextrum means right in Latin and can be used to refer to right-handedness which was commonly associated with good.
- Virgil is occasionally referred to under the epithet The Angel of Inbuilt Obsolescence
- Virgil cannot swear. When he tries to, the very heavens open to censor him with angelic choir.
- Virgil’s real tears, when he's actually crying and not just unconsciously dripping tears, are completely molten. Crying leaves him with blistered cheeks.
- Before coming to EAH, the only two movies he had seen were Titanic and White Chicks.
- Virgil can rip an apple apart with his bare hands.