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Hertz Toivo-Escan

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Hertz has been destroyed... the man he trusted, the man he loved; violated and betrayed him. Everything he believed in, everything he thought he knew was a lie. Hertz may take a long time to recover, he doesn't even have it in him to take care of his children... allowing Aether his 'brother' to take that on. Hertz has allowed the madness back in. He spends most of his time in his bed or hallucinating, reliving the good times... and the bad. A ghost lives alongside him, sometimes this is a comfort; sometimes this is a curse. As their memories bleed together, and their suffering increases and intensifies; feeding off one another's pain and sorrow. Can anyone pull him from this infinite hell? Can anyone free him? Will he be locked in his room forever?

Hertz has some minor magical ability, although not nearly as much as Aether and Simon. However he has very recently exhibited some powers that might be beyond what he had as Bastion. Namely the ability to open portals when he is upset in a 'mad state' and the ability to summon blue fire and chains from nothing. What this means or where these new abilities originate from is yet unknown. He also has a very close connection to the living entity that inhabits the club and his home. How this connection works is largely a mystery although we do know it has something to do with his insanity. Hertz has fallen back completely into his insanity, the madness has warped his mind; he is almost constantly hallucinating at this point. .

Hertz is complicated, at one point he and Aether were the same being. Aether is one aspect of the Storyteller as Hertz is one aspect of the Storyteller. Hertz beginnings was Bastion who long long ago was an aspect of the original Aether an Orikai who was conducting the Grand Meditation. The Grand Meditation is a maturity ritual that the Orikai must commit in order to become 'adults'. During this ritual they manifest 14 aspects of themselves through time and space and reality throughout the whole multiverse and then they must hunt these Aspects down and absorb them. However Bastion who at the time was marrying Reese and pregnant with their first child Isabella did not end up getting absorbed. The original Aether could not bring himself to absorb a mother to be and instead broke the rules of the Grand Meditation and allowed himself to be absorbed instead. This led to a bit of an anomoly, with two Bastions; one of which was still 'human' (to an extent); and the other was now an Orikai taking Aether's place. This new Bastion the Orikai took the name Aether to honor the original. The 'normal' Bastion remaining with Reese and giving birth to their firstborn child Isabella. However millions of years have passed since then and Bastion and Reese both eventually died of old age. However Reese was reincarnated as REDACTED eventually and the Mage who resurrected the Storyteller knew this. Of course when the Storyteller was resurrected this resurrected Bastion as well ... as Hertz. When the Storyteller was again able to break himself into his three aspects of light, neutrality and darkness; Hertz who was neutrality retained the memories of Bastion in some ways and Ashton who had been the true reincarnation of Bastion and DO NOT SAY HIS NAME's prior husband. Yes it's all a bit confusing we know, but that is timey whimey and spacey wacey and bendy reality for you. In the end the point is that Hertz is a reincarnation of Bastion and NO NO NO. Hertz also retains his identity as the middle aspect of 'The Storyteller' representing neutrality and being the most human of three parts that make up the Storyteller.

 

Now the time is warped even further as the children of the past have been brought to the future, as Hertz and Bastion past and present have become one. A cataclysm is brewing as his heart breaks... as the Storyteller breaks. However this devestation is slow, the decay isn't rapid... they'll die at some point or they'll change forever. However the case ... there was never a Dagger. 

 

Only a Scorpion King. 

Hertz lives in a house behind the Broken Toys club. He has Isabella, Noah, Freddy, and Skyler as well. The four spend most of their time at Aether's though... as Hertz can't seem to be motivated to do anything... to even be a mother right now. He can't manage it... his heart hurts too much... everything hurts too much.

Hertz looks... lost, he wears long-sleeves almost always, has bandages that cover his hands and arms. He wears dark to gray clothes, has dark brown hair and hazel eyes; although lately those eyes are almost black inky pools. He seems hollowed out, you can feel it coming off of him. He has very little to nothing left.

Height 5'10" Weight 145lbs.
Species Human(ish) Status Single
Date of Birth July 15th
Likes What is there to like?
Dislikes Everything
Talent Writer, Artist, Reading