The Lion King
Brock was one of two brothers born of a werewolf and a witch, his father being the Alpha of his pack. His family is a known royal family of witches, dating back centuries in Britain. The cruelty of his father ended the life of his mother, and with her final dying breath, she swore that their sons would never end up like him. Her final curse seemed to take away Brock's werewolf heritage, which made him the recipient of his father's cruel ways. Yet, when Brock was old and strong enough, his shifter heredity kicked in, and the true nature of his mother's curse came to light when Brock changed into a lion. Killing his father, Brock became an Alpha and then shattered the pack to become rogue and go on his own way. His mother's curse was revealed to affect the whole House of his family, and it befell upon Brock to take up the mantle of leadership.
Brock is a bit torn. He has much that he has to come to terms with. For one thing, he used to know one way of life, and in some ways he still does. But since his come into power and liberation from his father's dominance, he is able to sort through the past pain and actually be his own person. This might make him seem a bit haunted at times, but it is unlikely that you'll catch him being depressed or broody unless he is under the influence of Thorns. He keeps his problems tight and closed into his chest, not letting them known, so he mostly comes off as a punchy, loud, opinionated, doofy bastard of an Aussie that isn't afraid to say what-is-what and what he wants or feels. But he is usually pretty respectful with his more personal matters. Generally, he is lovable.
Brock's soul was tempered into that of a heroic nature, and thrust suddenly into the world he lives in. Despite his heroic nature, he can be rather selfish because of his past oppression. He despises being told what to do or forced into any sort of submission. Most of his actions before were hedonistic and he hasn't quite lost that quality, but he possesses the potential to achieve greater things, and is a part of a bigger picture. Brock's soul seeks something to save, something to protect and perhaps in return, something will save him. Begrudgingly he will not admit it, but Brock is indeed a hero, albeit dark sometimes. His heart is in the right place, his methods, a little intense, and as much as he won't own up to, he isn't as selfish as he seems.
He is a very physical being, whether it be violence or affection, and he has no regard for personal bubbles, since he really has none himself. He has a range of behaviors and his expressive movements are highly developed, while seen as rather bestial. He will perform peaceful tactile actions such as licking or rubbing/bumping heads, nuzzling and other common actions for lions, as well as a variety of vocalizations such as purrs, snarls, miaws and hissing. As a human they're a bit more subtle however.
Confidence is key with Brock. And one usually has to understand that he is not afraid to do anything at any moment. One could call it arrogance, but it isn't misplaced. He is unafraid to take risks, and be the one to initiate actions. Assertive and engaging, Brock often times can be intimidating in the fact that he gets along easily with most people, and jumps into a role of familiarity with the strangest of strangers.
Brock may be an outgoing guy, but he is very secretive about his personal actions. He is not quick to trust or show his true intentions or deeper feelings. He tends to keep people at arm's length in regards to his business, and will defend his secrecy with his bestial ferocity. He is not the type to let his standing as royalty become a social issue, and in fact, he often fights the title and responsibility whenever the chance comes.
It is the duty of the king to protect the people and rise up to meet any threat, and to inspire many with his position. When fighting with allies by his side, and when faced against impossible odds such as a hell-god or sinister force come to destroy the world that is effortlessly dropping heroes with insurmountable power, or even a ridiculous numbered army, Brock's Majesty takes an epic turn, boosting it to Supernatural levels. His eyes take up a golden glow as does his entire body as he slips into an instinctual state. Allies fighting along with him become emboldened with vigour, courage and strength. In practical terms, Brock's strength levels are duplicated onto everyone allied with him, granting them all Supreme-level physical strength. This ability typically lasts for a scene. Under certain conditions (such as the discretion of the other players and the GM of a plot scene), this may override the triggers and conditions for characters' signature abilities, allowing them to be activated even if the normal conditions have not been met.
Brock is quite the athlete. His sheer size and physique is testament to that. Aside from his supernatural enhancements, Brock stays very active and trains daily. In school (when he went) he participated in football and wrestling and weight lifting competitions, and he now works as a personal fitness trainer. He is stronger than he is nimble.
Brock is not just a fighter, he is a warrior. He exhibits all of the traits of a Warrior Archtype and has been fighting his whole life. Being bullied and having to struggle to get peace and his activities in street-fighting growing up have made him very formidable when it comes to nearly any form of combat. His father, being a general, tortured military training into his body, adding to his expertise.
Brock able to utilize shapeshifting with his physical combat, changing his form for attack, defense, movement and distraction, forming his natural weapons at the right moment, etc; Sometimes being fully shifted is not the best choice for movement, but the strength that shifted characteristics provide are advantageous. It can help in time when Brock needs to make a leap that he may need an extra push to make, shifting his legs momentarily for the power, and then returning to human to maneuver. When he wants to punch through solid objects such as steel or cut through a foe, it helps if he shifts just his arm or his claws at the right moment to offer the power and weaponry needed to accomplish the feat. Or calling upon his shifted arms to block an oncoming blow for a bit of extra toughness. Brock has made a mastery of this technique, using his body and abilities to their fullest.
Brock knows a bit about first aid. He isn't a doctor or official, but he can put out the skills of a combat medic and knows how to handle and recognize wounds.
Brock grew up in a supernatural society. His mother was always teaching him things, preparing him for the world that tries to hide. His mother's Book of Shadows is in his possession, and since he was taught how to read it, it provides him with lore about various creatures.
It's a little known fact is that Brock can sing. Not just sing but SANG. He can also play two instruments quite well: guitar and the drums. It is a talent that he kinda keeps under his hat, because he is humble in thinking he cannot sing, but he is very wrong. Brock's supernatural sonic vocals help to make him skilled.
Brock comes from a magic wielding family. But he was tilted more toward the were side than the witch side, though he does know how to do some basic rituals and have an understanding of magic workings.
When it comes to survival, Brock has his animalistic instincts. In addition to that, there is the military tactics of survival that he picked up from his father.
Mostly his willpower comes from his supernatural ability; his mane in particular. But other than that, Brock is very mentally sound, grounded and indomitable for the most part. This is when he is trying to put up resistance. When he is under the influence of his own vices and flaws, he can be quite easily influenced of manipulated.
Brock is far more agile than even the best human, but not as nimble as most werewolves or other shifters. Brock is much stronger than he is quick, so other shifters tend to outdo him in this area.
Brock has multiple forms, like werewolves do, only lion instead. He has a man-beast form, a lion-man form, a sabertooth cat form, and a beast lion form in addition to human. He can shift these forms at will. One advantage Brock has in this uniquely over most is his size. Brock is MUCH larger than many other shifter types. His human form is kinda giant for an average person itself, but nothing that is seen as anything more than unusual mundanely. Yet his strongest supernatural form scales just over 10 feet. Which can have a good or bad effect, depending on his environment.
Like regular alphas, Kings have limited telepathy and mental influence over their subjects, it comes in the form of a strong distant sense when one or the other is in some sort of danger. Distance isn't a factor, and he is given a sense of their location, which is not to say that he can instantly get there. While in the same vicinity as his subjects, roughly the equivalent of a city block, Brock can convey simple thoughts and commands based off of his majestic leadership. This influence can also be perceived by other shifters, who will be able to sense his status as a King.
Like werewolves, Brock possesses a palpable predatory nature that can dominate, but for Brock it extends beyond simple domination. He holds a majesty, a supernatural radiance of nobility. He can not only be intimidating with this, but he can also be very inspiring. His visage can instill courage where there is none, ease fears, inspire hope or belief in anyone that looks at him.
This power can help charm people into doing what he desires, or invigorate and boost morale to give someone the courage and drive to do something that they would otherwise be inhibited or afraid to do. This ability can even push people to briefly reach the heights of their potential. This is of course for those that are on his side. When facing against him it can have the opposite effect, instilling fear and shaking confidence.
Like most of these types of influences, it can be resisted. It counts as Enhanced-level mind-based influence and may be resisted with at least Competent level Willpower or powers that provide mental shielding or defense.
Brock's mane is a mantle of power in itself. As long as he has his mane, it provides him with a supernatural resistance to abilities and spells that would alter his free will. Mind control, emotional control, puppetry, illusion or suggestion, so long as he is putting up a resistance.
In his many forms, Brock has powerful claws and teeth. Combined with his strength, he can rend his way through metals or snap through hard woods and bones with ease. His claws are retractable, and he is actually able to retract a set of claws in his human form, which puncture through his fingertips. He doesn't possess anything but normal teeth in human form however.
Like werewolves, Brock has senses far superior to a human's, able to see farther and employ night vision, to hear clearly at a distance, and perhaps most especially, able to pick up individual scents, even old ones, and track via scent. Other things can be sensed due to these enhanced faculties, such as illness.
Brock's roar is a bit more mystical and powerful than a typical lion's roar. Coupled with his Majesty, Brock can emit highly enhanced destructive and deafening scream of high amplitude. The flow of destructive sound waves can often cause accidental destruction to objects in its path such as breaking glass or causing weaker structures to collapse, and can cause vertigo or damage to hearing in targets caught in the cone of it. More so to those with enhanced or sensitive hearing. A direct hit from a short burst roar directed at a target has enough sonic concussive force to cause push-back. A normal sized human would get slammed back several feet if hit directly, possibly shatter bone; cause internal injuries. It's sonic nature can cause structural damage in certain things like stone through vibration through repeated exposure. Brock is not immune to his own roar, so in the event that it is turned upon him, he will suffer the same effects. This ability is rendered utterly useless when either his mane is removed or if the user is gagged by any means.
Brock is a pillar of strength in all of his forms. The lion that he is--is a powerful creature to be sure, and his strength ranks up into the levels of where he can bend and twist metal, flip vehicles, toss around tons and leap great distances. This is in his beast forms, while in his human form, he is more along the level of just Enhanced but on the higher scale of Enhanced than most others of that level.
As a king/alpha, a werelion's bite or scratch is not transformative, unless he deems it so, on account of the mystical mane he possesses.
In all of his forms, Brock is resistant to minor or medium damage, toxins, diseases. Even lethal or vital blows may not keep him down, since he possesses the shifter's gift for regeneration. He will heal from most injuries pretty quickly, and can even regrow limbs. He also possesses great stamina, being able to run long distances without being tire, or holding his breath for extended periods.
When Brock's mother passed, expelling great magic with a curse, she also ended up binding her spirit to him in a haunting manner. Brock has not been able to see her, but her influence has affected him in one certain way. More of a hindrance than an actual help most times, Brock is pulled by her influence, though to him it just seems like fate, to end up going where he is needed. What seems to be circumstance and often just luck will place him in the area to where something of a crisis will happen, and it will push him to be involved, often getting him in trouble or danger, or sometimes he is just at the right place at the right time. Notably, mediums or others who can perceive ghosts and spirits may be able to sense her presence.
As werewolves have a True Alpha made by merit of character, werelions have Kings. Like true alphas, they are rare, and unlike werewolves, they actually occur through succession within a family line, and it started with Brock, being the first changed by the spell. There can only be one King within the family bloodline, though there can be many alphas. In death or at will, a King can bestow and pass on his status to an individual. But that does not immediately make him a King. He must have at least 2 other werelions, even other alphas, bow to him and accept him as such before the attributes of the title take place. A King can banish individuals from his pride and his lordship, or a lion can choose to no longer accept him as their King. Either situation is irreversible, and the lion that is separated from the pride is left with ronin status, having to find another pride or form one of their own.
Those who follow him loyally benefit in strength when with their King. They find themselves bolstered and filled with more energy. In practical terms, this does not increase the characters' power ratings to a higher level than is on their sheets, only pushing them higher within that range of ability.
Brock is a part of the Bryant House of witches, and he is the direct product of a very powerful death curse that affected his whole family. His blood is a potent mystical component in itself, though when it is used by a magic user that shares a bloodline with him, it has the potential to become even more potent than any other mystical component. It can be used to boost rituals.
Brock comes from British royal witches, mundanely of house Windsor. As such he has access to a duke's wealth and lifestyle. Granted he had ventured out to make his own, the life and he duties are always there. He is next in succession after his grandmother Bethany Bryant passes or steps down to pass the full title over to him.
Spared the burden of arranged marriages, Brock inherited a ring that was enchanted by the powerful witches in his family and belonged to his ancestors. A duke and duchess that lacked the ability to conceive. Not only was the ring a display of their true love, but the magic of the rings was linked to an ark relic that took the essence and genetics of the pair wearing the rings, creating a child of the two within the ark as opposed to the traditional manner. It's a process that mimics the natural thing, taking the same amount of time and producing a newborn. It was likely that Brock may have similar conceptual issues, so the ring was given to him for when he decides to wed. The royal line needs successors after all.
When it comes to things that Brock wants, he can be a complete beast about that too. When there is food that he might find delicious, or is attracted to someone, he almost regresses into a much more primal state, and makes feral efforts to obtain it. He doesn't entirely lose himself to the beast inside, but he is certainly drawn to do follow through.
DUTY TO SUBJECTS
A King can never betray or intentionally kill one of his subjects. It is a supernatural compulsion that prevents him from taking the action. Physically harming is another story, as lions and beasts of that nature tussle and fight all of the time. But it is impossible for a King to strike a final blow against one who has accepted him as their lord. In accordance with this, a King will never allow another individual to do the same. He will die himself before allowing another to kill one of his subjects. It is possible bit not unheard of for kings to accept other individuals into a pride other than lion.
The Beast has a solid hold on Brock's existence. Brock exhibits many characteristics of a manimal. He is much more prone to instincts and following his more primal urges when faced with a choice between logic, emotion or instinct. It comes off as a bit odd when he is growling or acting animalistic towards people who are normal.
Just as silver can be the bane to werewolves, his mother's curse made Brock inferior against gold. Wounds from gold and gold weapons cause much greater pain, and give him a difficult time in healing them with his regeneration. Likewise, binding him in bonds or chains made of gold will sap his supernatural strength and prevent him from changing until removed.
Bravery, Regality, Fortitude and Valor; all traits that make up the imagery of a lion's heart. Brock is afflicted by a compulsion to act and do good things. He is always drawn to places to where he needs to be and it takes great willpower for him to resist acting out the right thing to do. This is not to say that he is constantly out to do what is right, but usually in a crisis situation he is driven into just that. If there is someone in danger, he will have little choice but to jump in and save them, or if a robber is getting away, he will be compelled to stop them. This comes with a few other drawbacks as well: when following his compulsion, he may have to make difficult decisions, even ones that might go against his personal feelings. This can include slaying someone he has an attachment to such as a loved one corrupted to evil or turned into something or subjecting himself to injury to prevent others from harm. It often puts him in danger more often than not.
While his hair and mane is a source of strength for him, it is also a source of weakness. As long as his hair/mane remains intact, Brock has access to his powers. Yet if it is cut or burned or removed through other means, he loses all of his powers until it grows back. Damage to his mane heals fast, but not as fast as most wounds. It could take him a few days to grow back a destroyed mane.
Brock has made an enemy of his father's pack of werewolves, after he killed the Alpha, his father and became an Alpha himself. He disbanded and shattered the pack, leaving them without an Alpha on account of how he was treated before by them. They never quite went after him directly, they took his kid brother, who has not come into his shifter self, and is assumed to be like Brock. With this advantage of a hostage, the pack has the confidence to try to stalk and hunt Brock, just as much as he is hunting them.
Richard Draven is a male witch that rivals the strength and age of Bethany Bryant. He has a vendetta against the coven of House Bryant, and is leader of a coven of his own. A coven composed of commoner witches that share in his hatred for the aristocratic Bryants. His reasoning as of yet are shaded in mystery, but he and his coven have been at a deadlocked war with the Bryants since Bethany came into power. He is (currently) the antagonist NPC antagonist for the Bryant family.
In truth, Richard is the grandfather of Brock and Brodie, and Bethany's first love. Yet they were denied to be together on account of his lack of true royal status, and Bethany was betrothed to another for the sake of her family. Bethany chose her family and their way over her love, and Draven grew enraged. He swore to bring down the house of Bryant and all mystical aristocrats like them. A very powerful witch in his own right, his contempt took him deep into the dark arts, and blackened his soul into an unrelenting crusade to topple the family, making his love for Bethany twisted the drive for his goal. He is every bit meticulous as Bethany, and as devious as he is powerful. His methods are clearly self oriented as he will not allow anyone under him to outright kill or attack any of the Argent family without his word. He would even go so far as to protect them from anyone else, wanting to be the one to strike them down personally. Somewhere, deep within him perhaps, resides the man that he was before he was corrupted, and both his love for Bethany and his grandchildren are what keeps him from a full on assault. But this is unknown.
The wood of the rowan tree, also known as mountain ash, creates a supernatural barrier against most (if not all) supernatural creatures, Brock included.
Werewolves are influenced by the moon. As a lion, Brock is influenced by the sun. It gives him strength, and keeps him healthy. He is stronger when in sunlight, and must receive at least two hours of direct sunlight a day (A solar cycle) in order to maintain his abilities. If he is denied this, he becomes unable to shift and call upon his strength or powers, and he even gets sick, exhibiting flu-like symptoms. It will not kill him if he is denied light for extended periods, but he will remain weak and ill until he is given light. Light from UV lamps and the like can be used as a substitute to direct sunlight.
Brock's rage is terrible. He will develop at times, a mystical condition that is named Thorns. Denoted by the appearance of a magical sliver imbedded in his hand or his paw. While afflicted with this, he goes through a period of intense anger that he cannot quell no matter how hard he tries. Every little thing sets him off, and he can be somewhat of a bully. The Thorns will go away by themselves eventually or can be removed through magical means. The weight of the world and its problems seems to be the cause. Over time, the more he is needed to fight and protect, the more this supernatural negativity builds up and causes this affliction to occur. Being heroic hurts eventually, and this condition is something of a supernatural depression of sorts. Really the only way to avoid it for him is to not shoulder everything onto himself. Mundane methods to curb this really do not have much of an effect on curbing this, Brock will have to either take a break, stop trying to take on everything, get mystical treatment or just endure.
Brock was born into a royal mystical house of witches based in Britain, House Windsor. His grandmother is the current reigning duchess, and a very old and powerful witch. His mother a princess and a witch of exceptional power and lineage. His father, a werewolf and a general in the Australian army. He has a younger brother by 6 years, and was mostly raised by his father, who would one day be his alpha when Brock came of age to change. But Brock's father was very militant and cruel, and he treated his son quite harshly, much to his mother's disdain. His mother was very gentle and kind and nurturing to him.
Brock was 10 when his father made his intentions on raising Brodie much the same way he did Brock. Aria, their mother put up protest and fought that her children would no longer endure his harshness in their upbringing. She refused to let them go back with him which resulted in a struggle that pit witch against beast, ultimately ending with her falling to his bestial rage.
Just before she died, with her last breath, she released a powerful curse, saying that their sons would never grow up to be like him. At the time, it was believed that she took away their shifter heritage with that final curse, entirely, but it would have a much bigger impact on the whole house than they actually thought.
Their mother's death hit Brock rather hard, and he became a bit rebellious against his royal heritage. He grew up strong, and skilled, tempered by his father's training, but it seemed he would always lack the strength to set himself free of the desire for revenge for what he did to his mother. But at the age of 20, the true nature of their mother's curse was revealed, when she had said they would never be like him, she twisted their bloodline rather than removing it.
When the boy's father returned for his sons, Brock tried to stop him as usual, but their father knocked Brock aside and continued after the second son. Brock never quite feared his father, and his desire to protect his brother was unshakable. Brock underwent a change, coming into his shifter self, which turned out to be a lion instead of a werewolf. Once he attained his powers, Brock was far stronger than his father was, and their fight ensued, ending in Brody ripping out his father's throat and killing him.
This made him turn Alpha, and push into his true strength, proceeding over his father's pack of military soldier werewolves. They always treated Brock and Brodie as outcasts, and were just as cruel as their father was, and now they had to suddenly respect him as their alpha. Brock was disgusted with them, and he turned his back upon the pack, shattering their connection and their structure, sending them all into chaos. He left them behind, taking his brother and went about his own way, without fear that they could harm him. But they stole Brodie away in the night, and spirited him away from his brother, knowing they could now hunt him for what he did to the pack.
Brock cast out for the Americas, where they took his brother, and landed somewhere near Beacon Hills where they took his brother. After a severe rescue, Brock and his brother took up as residents of the town, to keep an eye on things that had been happening unusually. This is where they had learned that the royal house had been on lockdown for some time, which was ok with Brock since he didn't have to be burdened but his expectations.
Bethany eventually appeared before her grandson and told him that the curse that had been cast by his mother had affected more than just the brothers. It fell across the entire house, and werelions were popping up left and right throughout their bloodline. His duty had changed and a new threat had arisen, and it was time for Brock to step up and take responsibility in his station. A moment he had be dreading for some time.