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Nov 28 2014, 09:51 PM
NPC Creator: Mek >_____>
NPC Usage: Recurring - it'll become more or less active and aggressive depending on Amelia's mental state.
NPC Permissions: Amelia's account - though in cases where you think it'd make sense for you to use it, just ask permission first.

Name: The Babadook
Age: He doesn't really have one - it could be he fully came into being for the first time a few months ago.
Archetype: Villain.

Personality: The Babadook is the physical manifestation of Amelia's negative emotion and deteriorating mental state - an extension of herself and her most powerful emotions.

For all he represents, you can easily imagine that he's a less than benevolent presence.

When Amelia is 'stable' - in control of herself, functioning fully, not giving in to fear - the Babadook is passive. It's weak enough to be contained in a single room, and generally quiet and docile - it has occasional flareups of rage, but it can be calmed by Amelia herself, if she in turn is in any state to lend her own sense of calm to it. If she can keep her fear in check.

When she can't, and it strengthens, it becomes a blatantly toxic, malevolent, hateful entity bent on hurting people. As an extension of Amelia itself, it harbors some of her subconscious resentment and loathing, which is why negative influences in her life tend to be targeted the most quickly. The Babadook is not a creature of remorse or empathy, and seems to revel in the suffering of others - drawing strength from it.

Even when it has the capacity to kill, it often chooses to terrorize and antagonize its victim for long periods of time beforehand. It's violent and gruesome and vicious - but it can also be astoundingly clever and deceptive in its workings, making it even more frightening when it resorts to psychological tactics over physical ones.

History: See Amelia's becaaause it'll be fully explained there.

    if it's in a word, or it's in a look
    you can't get rid of the babadook

      the babadook cannot physically harm or affect people who are safely ignorant of his existence. however, once you know about him - if you pick up his book or hear his name or discover him through other means - you both gain the ability to see him, and give him the power to affect you.

    if you're a really clever one, and you know what it is to see
    then you can make friends with a special one, a friend of you and me

      he is, however, most drawn towards antagonizing the people in amelia appleby's life - particularly, the ones who have (whether advertently or inadvertently) caused her some kind of deep distress. if these people are suffering from paranoia or despair or deep negativity of their own, he is able to draw even more power from that.

    a rumbling sound, then three sharp knocks: ba-BA-ba dook! dook! dook!
    that's when you'll know he's around - you'll see him, if you look
      the babadook is, for all intents and purposes, a demonic or ghost-like entity. intangible and immune to all but strictly spiritual attacks (and even those only tend to damage or banish him temporarily, at best - since his existence is so strongly tied to amelia), the babadook is not an entity that can be combatted regularly. that, in addition to his ability (when he's at full power) to move through walls and appear and disappear at will, mean that if you find yourself in his's usually best to run.

    this is what he wears on top...he's funny, don't you think?
    see him in your room at night, and you won't sleep a wink

      the babadook's presence alone tends to induce inexplicable feelings of dread and despair in those he is visible to - because he draws people's negativity closer to the surface. repeated or extended exposure to the babadook can cause the victim to experience vivid nightmares, heightened anxiety or paranoia, or even a temporary comatose state.

    i'll soon take off my funny disguise (take heed of what you've read...)
    and when you see what's underneath - you're going to wish you were dead

      the truth of the matter is inevitable: the babadook, being an extension of amelia, draws the most power from her. the more she deteriorates, the worse her condition gets, the less control she has over her emotions and the more she succumbs to fear and grief and anger - the more the babadook grows in power.

    you start to change when i get in
    the babadook growing right under your skin

      worst case scenario - well, he can actually accomplish possession.

      amelia is the most likely target of this, because the babadook is quite literally a part of her - but he could also potentially accomplish this with another person if they were enough of an emotionally and mentally deterioriating state, particularly if said person is close to amelia herself.

      possession by the babadook entails a complete loss of free will, but a total awareness of what is happening - until such a point in time where he releases you, or you manage to fend him off through strenght of will.

    i'll wager you, i'll make you a bet
    the more you deny me, the stronger i'll get

      when amelia is at her very worst, and the babadook is drawing the most power from her, he's quite capable of actually interacting with the physical world - of inflicting physical harm on people, or using his own telekinetic abilities to otherwise affect them.

    LET ME IN.
Weaknesses: wELL thankfully there are a couple. there are people here who have some attacks of a spiritual nature, and those will at least prove more effective against the Babadook than physical ones - even if he can't really be permanently eliminated while he's still feeding off of Amelia. Just as her negativity strengthens him, however, her self-awareness and struggles to overcome that negativity and shows of love weaken him (and of course you could always uh....try to kill her to ensure the Babadook stops existing, for good). And though it doesn't depend on them for its continued existence in the same way, it's also somewhat repelled by positivity from other people.

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Nov 28 2014, 03:39 PM
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<td valign="top"><div style="text-align: left; font-family: century gothic; font-size: 10px;"><br>"if you touch my son again, i'll <i>fucking kill you</i>."
<b>ALIASES:</b> constance langdon, judy martin, fiona goode, elsa mars, etc. (nah she has none) <br>
<b>AGE:</b> Forty. <br>
<b>GENDER:</b> Female. <br>
<b>SPECIES:</b> Human. <br>
<b>CANON:</b> The Babadook.<br>
<b>ALIGNMENT:</b> Neutral.
<b>PLAYER:</b> Meeks.
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  • <b>You can't get rid of the Babadook...:</b> Really more of a weakness, than an ability. But the fear and paranoia, stress and grief and anger - all of the negativity stemming from both her mental illness and her personal experiences - have become so sharpened and toxic and overwhelming that they've actually manifested in a demonic entity that <i>feeds</i> off of that negativity. It'll get its own NPC app (unless someone wants to app it???) explaining its abilities and weaknesses in detail, but it is essentially a spiritual entity that strengthens and gains power when Amelia loses emotional control or gives in to her own despair, and weakens when she struggles to overcome these things. At full strength, the Babadook targets and antagonizes both her and the people who she feels the most distressed or distraught because of. It's almost a legitimate self-defense mechanism of Amelia's, attempting to terrorize and eliminate the most prominent sources of negativity in her life (which uh due to her self-loathing and self-destructive tendencies....includes herself) - though anyone who even merely becomes aware of its existence is also at risk.
  • <b>david rain:</b> Her most prominent talent is her writing - it's expressive, imaginative, and engaging. Prior to the death of her husband, she made a career out of it, writing magazine and newspaper articles as well as children's books - a few of which were quite successful.
    She hasn't written (well, consciously...) in a good while, now. She still has the talent for it - but the motivation and inspiration has left her in the face of her heavy depression and overwhelming grief.
    It's worth noting, though, that it's likely through her words that she shaped the Babadook itself - Amelia is literally David Rain except 70% less omniscient and 200% more frightening.
  • <b>it's been 84 years...:</b> Most recently, Amelia's found work in a nursing home - and to acquire that position, she recieved basic medical and psychological training (which she formerly went to school for while she wrote on the side). It's not something she's ever pursued with the same passion as writing, but it brings in money, and she does have the skill for it - and things like knowing how to treat superficial wounds or the effects of specific medications or how to react to a psychological episode (except apparently when it comes to her own??) might come in handy here.
  • <b>fifty points to gryffindor:</b> Perhaps Amelia's defining positive characteristic is her courage - not for her own sake, maybe, but in the face of the people she cares for being threatened. The strength of her feelings for those closest to her, and the courage she's willing to show on their behalfs, is something of an achor for her - something that allows her, on occasion, to find the clarity and ferocity she needs (which is necessary for banishing the Babadook) - something that even allowed her to strengthen her will enough to fight its possession of her.
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  • <b>tfw grieving widow:</b> Since witnessing her husband's horrific, gruesome death - on the day of their child's birth, no less - Amelia has been all but consumed by trauma and grief. It was this incident that really, fully triggered the instability of her mental state - and she has such an inability to really, fully move <i>past</i> it. Part of this is pretty obviously due to the fact that she refuses to talk about it with absolutely anyone - too afraid that she's weighing other people down, too ashamed that she hasn't gotten <i>over</i> it in what she considers to be the "appropriate" amount of grieving time (though refusing to confront it only makes it worse). So she bottles it all up and keeps it to herself, despite the smallest reminder of the incident setting her off and sending her spiraling again.
  • <b>all work and no play...:</b> She's not exactly an <i>adaptable</i> person. Amelia is easily antagonized by stressful or intimidating situations - and when something stresses her out, she has no developed <i>outlet</i> for it, and so it accumulates over time until she feels - quite literally maddeningly - cornered. Single parenthood, in particular, is something she was never equipped for - and her son's highly energetic and destructive (and sometimes disturbing) behavior has been a large source of anxiety and even <i>resentment</i> for most of her life.
  • <b>the fashionable explanation for sin:</b> All of her grief and distress, however, only contribute to and feed the real problem: Amelia suffers from mental illness. Depression and anxiety have been things she's battled for most of her life, but since her husband's death, her symptoms have escalated <i>dramatically</i> and her condition has become far more serious.
    During her good spells, she can function - especially if she has something to focus on, like her work or raising her child. In her worse periods, however, she becomes subject to fits of heightened paranoia, visual, auditory, and sensory hallucinations, and periods of "lost" time in which she dissociates and cannot recall anything she's done in that period of time afterwards (it's usually a span of hours - but sometimes, it's as much as a couple of days).
  • <b>the more you deny, the stronger i get:</b> Her favored habit of dealing with her illness - largely in part because she's afraid of it affecting anyone around her, particularly her son - is suppressing and ignoring it. It's true that there are times when it can be superficially effective - periods where she <i>seems</i> just fine and completely stable. It's not addressing or treating any of her problems, however, and thus results repeated relapses rather than full recovery...and uh also ensures the Babadook's continued existence.
  • <b>why don't you just eAT SHIT:</b> Under the weight of <i>so</i> many different issues, without any opportunity for an outlet or for confrontation or relief, Amelia has developed decidedly violent tendencies. Particularly when she's going through her darker periods, if she's pushed through too much stress in <i>addition</i> to that, she has a tendency to lash out. She's not just grieving, ultimately - she's resentful, and she's angry, and terrified - and she's not capable of <i>dealing</i> with all of that. She bottles things up to the point where she's prone to explode - and when she does, she has little control over her actions.
  • <b>wakes up with ur hand around my neck:</b> Because the poor lady doesn't have enough on her plate - Amelia also has a lot of trouble sleeping.
    Part of that was due to the fact that her <i>son</i> had trouble sleeping, and so she was up most nights with him, leaving her even more irritable and resentful towards his behavior. But even apart from that, when she does get to sleep, horrific dreams surrounding her husband's death or the Babadook itself often wake her.
    She doesn't deal with sleep deprivation well.
  • <b>don't tawch me, motherfawker:</b> Amelia has trouble with physical affection - affectionate or loving gestures, or moments of intimacy, are far too tainted by grief and unease. However much she might <i>want</i> to be tactile, to feel a little less alone, it's uncomfortable at best for her to do so - and sharply triggering at worst. She generally needs to develop a firm bond of love and - more important, <i>trust</i> - to overcome this.
  • <b>don't let him in:</b> And of course, the Babadook is an ever-present - and ever-terrifying - part of her life. Haunting her and the people close to her is enough by itself - the fact that she's already lived through that and now has to live <i>with</i> that is even more so - but there still lurks a very real, even deeper danger.
    If Amelia succcumbs too much to negativity and despair, if she fully loses touch with the part of herself that she recognizes, then she invites the Babadook to <i>possess</i> her - to use her body for its own will, at which point she is stripped entirely of control over her own actions, unless she garners the strength of will to fight him off again.
    And even when she manages that, it's a problem that <i>never goes away</i>. The Babadook is, truly, a part of her - a manifestation of the <i>darkest</i> part of her - which may go dormant, but will never truly <i>leave</i> until all of her inner demons do.
  • <b>#noramontgomeryproblems:</b> Despite the fact that she and Sam had such a strained relationship, and how much she struggled with single motherhood, and all the problems it caused for her - he was her <i>child</i>, and she still loved him fiercely in the best way that she could. Being parted from him here is going to leave her pretty distraught - and the last thing she needs right now is more to grieve over.
  • <b>disheveled jessica lange look:</b> Amelia has a tendency to become physically self-neglegent when she's going through one of her darker periods. It seems like fairly minor things, at first - she's not bothering to brush her hair, or put make up on, or dress with the same effort she usually does. More concealed and serious elements of this, however, are symptoms as drastic as her outright refusing to <i>eat</i>. The fact that she had a child to feed as well previously insured that she was putting forth enough effort to get by, but here, there wouldn't even be that to keep her going if things escalated to that point.
  • <b>home alone traps:</b> are the WORST. nah but Amelia is entirely human, entirely mortal, and entirely killable. You know the drill.<br>
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<div style="width: 400px; height: 200px; overflow:auto; text-align: justify; overflow: auto; font-family: century gothic; color: #221122; font-size: 10px;">There was nothing particularly unusual about Amelia's early life. She was born and raised in Australia, with two parents and one sister (Claire) and, despite the anxiety and depression that struck in her late teens, she managed to find relative stability. She married fairly young - at twenty-two - to a man named Oscar, who she found to be one of the few people she'd ever met who lended her confidence and security.
The pair went through a sort of extended honeymoon period in which they lived together in relative happiness for years. Amelia pursued her passion for writing, and published several successful children's books and regular magazine articles while attending nursing school.
Amelia and Oscar became so caught up in their lives - their relative careers, and their happiness together - that it was a little over ten years after their marriage before they decided to settle down and start a family. A few months later, Amelia became pregnant - and eight months later, ahead of schedule, she gave birth. Or started to - quite abruptly, in their own home.
Oscar rushed her to the hospital in their car, but in the panicked midst of this, they were struck by an oncoming truck. Amelia and her baby survived miraculously, for the most part, unharmed - but the truck had hit on Oscar's side, and the gruesome injuries he sustained killed him instantly.
Amelia was left to raise their child - a boy she named Samuel - alone.
Their relationship was founded, at least in part, on resentment from Amelia's side. Sam's birth was tainted by her husband's death, an association that haunted her so aggressively that she refused to even celebrate Sam's birthdays on the proper date for years afterwards. On top of this, Amelia's mental state quickly deteriorated after Oscar's death - and Sam, responding to his mother's distantness and insecurity and feeling unsafe because of it, started to act out.
Years passed, and it reached the point where Amelia could hardly control her child at all. Growing increasingly frustrated and distressed, she did little to get either of them proper help as even more strain was put on their relationship. There were times when Amelia was not at all herself, and Samuel - watching his mother suffer and not understanding the cause of it - responded by lashing out, growing aggressive, and even developing a habit of building weapons and fixating on the imaginary idea of "saving" his mother for security. To cope.
There came a certain point where it all got to be too much.
Though she'd long since abandoned her writing career, there was one night when Amelia picked up a pen for the first time in quite awhile. She spun out words, drew vivid illustrations, bound the book together - and within weeks, she had created something she was not even consciously aware of. A book into which she poured all her negativity, all her fears and insecurities and delusions, all of her horrible, secret worries - and she gave them shape.
The book was entitled "Mister Babadook", and featured the titular demonic creature and its attempts to terrorize a mother and son. The strength of Amelia's accumulated fear and despair, however - the sheer negative <i>aura</i> that had gathered around her like a dark cloud - breathed life into her creation. And so the Babadook, in reality, took form - as a sort of extension of the darkest part of Amelia's self, but never the less very <i>real</i>.
Sam, after having found the book, latched on to the idea of the Babadook - it was much easier for him to blame all their troubles on a monster in the closet, rather than to actually try to understand what was happening to his mother. So, he became obsessed with it - and started to act out more than ever, bringing weapons to school, reacting violently to other children who claimed that the Babadook wasn't real (including his cousin, which infuriated Amelia's sister Claire).
Amelia, having no memory of writing the book herself and in firm denial of the creature's existence, frantically sought help for her son. Eventually, out of sheer desperation (Sam had not allowed either of them to sleep for <i>weeks</i>), she settled on accepting a prescription of sedatives for him. However, the medicine ultimately only served to heighten Sam's own paranoia - and then, around his seventh birthday, the Babadook manifested to both of them for the first time.
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