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Influences by Mind Map: Influences

1. Surface Life (notable moments)

1.1. Parents' death

1.1.1. In his second year at Oxford, his mother fell ill

1.1.2. Gabriel received a letter from his father stating: That his mother would not live That her illness was contagious That his father wished to remain with her That he understood that it might kill him

1.1.3. His mother and father died within a week of each other

1.2. After John's murder

1.2.1. The official investigation fell apart quickly

1.2.2. So Gabriel took matters into his own hands

1.2.3. He returned John's body to his family in America... He suspects John's mother had guessed at the nature of their relationship She said nothing, but seemed to take against him

1.2.4. ...and proceeded to travel to all kinds of places (for almost four years) looking for answers ...spending his entire inheritance in the process

1.3. Departure

1.3.1. Returned to England with no money, no real answers and no efficient way of getting to the Neath

1.3.2. Considered circumstances: Resentment of homosexuality laws Extreme self-loathing for failure so far Necessity of travelling to the Neath immediately Complete lack of anything left to lose

1.3.3. Sought out a town near the old site of London

1.3.4. Arranged to be discovered, in public, with another man ...who is, as far as Gabriel knows, still in prison

1.3.5. Was tried and found guilty ...and sent directly to the Neath. Score. Sort of.

2. In-game traits

2.1. Personality traits

2.1.1. Subtle 17 He thinks before he acts, always He'd rather have things done right than quickly And let's face it, he's not at all good at being direct

2.1.2. Melancholy 15 Let's just say he's got a lot to be sad about

2.1.3. Magnanimous 13 He's a detective -- helping people is what he does He will /not/ hurt the people he cares about His low self-worth means he's kinder to others than to himself

2.1.4. Steadfast 11 It's been six years since his lover died. He's still hunting the killer. Will always do his utmost to keep his word Ties himself into ethical knots whenever two of his responsibilities conflict Blame the circumstances of his parents' death for this

2.1.5. Daring 10 If it will get him closer to revenge, he'll do it no matter how it terrifies him

2.1.6. Austere 6 He was raised to self-denial and has never forgotten any of it Not (technically) religious, just very ascetic

2.1.7. Ruthless 6 He can be pragmatic and unpleasant when his revenge is at stake Or, indeed, when he wants to alienate you

2.2. Titles

2.2.1. Ambition: Nemesis Came to the Neath hunting his lover's killer ...and all the issues surrounding that would need their own mind map

2.2.2. Scholar of the Correspondence Not so much any longer, but he retains a private interest in its study (let's not talk about the University; he certainly won't)

3. Acquaintances/Friends

3.1. Asher

3.1.1. Encountered once, briefly

3.1.2. Seemed friendly enough; would like to know better

3.2. Bartholomaew

3.2.1. Helped to rescue him; they spoke afterwards

3.2.2. They seem to have things in common

3.2.3. Would appreciate the chance to speak with him more

3.3. Eris

3.3.1. Awkward beyond measure

3.3.2. Wants to be friends, but doesn't want to lead her on/hurt her

3.3.3. Really wants her to be happy, and isn't sure that he can facilitate it

3.4. Gabriel Coppercrow

3.4.1. Initially underestimated him horribly

3.4.2. A good conversationalist, which makes him nervous

3.4.3. Likes him, but isn't sure how much he'd trust him

3.5. Henrik

3.5.1. An instinctive and irrational platonic attachment

3.5.2. Snuggling! Lots of snuggling!

3.5.3. Since their last conversation, he's nervous about Henrik's well-being Deeply fears losing him

3.5.4. Has provided a reason for him to be honest re: what he wants Which is scary for now... ...but, in the long term, probably a good thing.

3.6. Israel

3.6.1. Met him at the Crimson Ring

3.6.2. Somewhat intimidated by him

3.6.3. Doesn't know him well, though, so won't judge yet

3.7. L. S. Cassius

3.7.1. Grateful for their sympathy and conversation at Eris' party

3.7.2. They have work in common

3.7.3. Would like to know them better

3.8. Louis

3.8.1. Made him very nervous at first!

3.8.2. Now, though, finds him bizarrely endearing

3.8.3. Admires his crafting skills

3.8.4. Does not mind being used as a lending-library in the least

3.9. Nathan

3.9.1. Met at the Feast, then again at the Crimson Ring

3.9.2. Rather bemused by the paper flowers, but took the gesture kindly

3.9.3. (It hasn't occurred to him that Nathan might be responsible for the wreath)

3.9.4. Would definitely like to know him better

3.10. Narciso

3.10.1. Confused attraction that will probably never find expression

3.10.2. Simultaneously terrified of him and in awe of him

3.10.3. Intends to solicit crossdressing advice. (Or, you know, get Henrik to do it for him.)

3.11. Scarlet

3.11.1. Met while rescuing Bar Impressed by her skill in organising matters then

3.11.2. Her line of work, though, makes him very nervous

3.11.3. So, apparently, does her ability to push his buttons so easily.

3.12. Theodor

3.12.1. They have met, spoken and resolved to get to know each other better

3.12.2. A little in awe of him still, though

4. Detective work

4.1. How he started out:

4.1.1. His mentor at Heidelberg died after a long illness which he concealed from his friends (which provided him with awful flashbacks to his parents' death and his own ineffectuality)

4.1.2. His first impulse was to regard himself and his work as useless

4.1.3. His second impulse was to make himself useful, however he could

4.1.4. He does this, then, to be useful and helpful to those who require it (instead of, as he sees it, hiding in his studies and accomplishing nothing worthwhile)

4.1.5. Even if most of the time he can only provide closure, it's something.

4.2. On the surface:

4.2.1. Lived and worked in Colchester

4.2.2. Acquired unexpected renown after solving a high-profile murder case ...and proceeded to become a recluse He never wanted renown, and it made him nervous He stopped inviting clients home; work became his entire life

4.2.3. Often didn't charge for his services, considering his family's wealth

4.3. In the Neath:

4.3.1. He works full-time, and charges for it whenever he can justify doing so ...mostly because of what having no resources drove him to on the surface

4.3.2. It's primarily a way to fund his revenge (although he'll still crucify himself for a failure)