JOHN ROGER ARAPMOI
NICKNAME: Roger (Pronounced Roget)
HANDS OF POWER: Air
MERITS: Martial Arts, Security, Drive
FLAWS: Amnesia (Does
not remember where he is from or what happened to him; only that he was sent to
protect Natalie Talamasca), Hunted (They already
tried to kill him once)
Arapmoi is an African man of average height
with an athletic build. He is a more than competent hand-to-hand
combatant allowing him to protect himself when his magic fails. His
skin is even while his eyes contain an odd tint of green. Always well
groomed, Arapmoi fits all he wears very well. His body bears scars
gained recently in an attack that nearly cost him this life. He has a
tattoo of an upside down three tined trident on his left bicep.
Arapmoi has no memory of the significance of this piece of body art.
PSYCHOLOGICAL:Trustworthy, faithful, and
vigilant would describe
Arapmoi to a tee. His current amnesia frustrates him yet he doesn't
show it. In his own words, "I remember I was sent to protect Natalie,
and I remember the magic. It will have to be enough." While he wishes
to explore his past, he knows that his first duty is to the Clan. His
second duty is to discover who tried to kill him and why.
Once charged with a mission, Arapmoi will be completely dedicated to
that mission's completion. This can sometimes cause him to lose sight
of personal issues he is involved in.
While he is a keeper of tradition Roger sees flaws in the
Justicanal. It can be too easily manipulated to give the desired
outcome to a select few. He always remains wary of this antiquated
justice system. Dark magic frightens him. Roger is a firm
believer that no one can wield it safely. As your skill with it grows
so does its ability to warp the user. It is a major sticking point
between he and his friend John Constantine.
While he has never been close to any of the nobility Roger
always believed in an ordered House. Succession was to be handled in
the proper fashion. The recent coup that has deposed Gitanne truly
disturbed him. He sees Darian as an unstable element in a world that
is in upheaval. He is a soldier and awaits the call to battle from
The Past - Arapmoi's first incarnation was in 1878. He was a skilled
Zulu warrior that played a key role in handing the British their
worst defeat prior to World War I at the Battle of Isandlwana. He was
the personal guard of Chetswayo half-brother of Shaka. Always knowing
he was different, his true nature was revealed to him by Thomas
Helmsford a British Soldier and Witch belonging to Clan Talamasca.
Thomas referred to him as the `Lost One' due to the fact that he knew
Arapmoi was Talamasca but could not define his lineage. Arapmoi
learned the `Ways of the Air' from Thomas after he returned with him
to England as his servant.
Arapmoi and Thomas grew close as time passed. Thomas never ceased
trying to identify Arapmoi's lineage. Leaving no stone unturned,
Thomas looked into the literal meaning of his charge's name.
Arapmoi's mother was from the People of Africa's Rift Valley. His
name translates to `Son of War'. Thomas saw a Protector in making and
turned his teachings towards providing a future guardian for the Clan.
His second incarnation came in 1941 where he served with the 332nd
Fighter Group known as the Tuskegee Airmen. As a fighter pilot he
spent hours in the open sky that he loved. In this life, Arapmoi died
protecting the young Talamasca heiress from an assassination attempt
launched by the Diablo.
The Present - Arapmoi was sent to watch over Natalie Talamasca. The
Prophecies state that this is to be her last life and that she will
be murdered. He will do everything in his power to prevent this. An
attempt on his life by a Feranti assassin has left him with amnesia.
His mind is healing but oh so slowly. His hope is to regain all of
his memories so that he may be a more useful protector and to find
the people that tried to kill him. The latter will not be an issue,
as the Feranti remain in pursuit. Somewhere in his darkened memory
lies an important truth about the Feranti that would aid the
Talamasca in these darkening times.