Name: Martin O'Connor
Nickname: Marty (called this at seminary by his good friends), Mr. Martin (called by Nyx)
Birthday: January 12, 1985
Weight: 150 lbs.
Weapon: Vines conjured by his earth magic which he can use like whips or restraints.
Appearance: He is fairly average in size and height, looking somewhat younger than he really is with pale skin and freckled cheeks with flaming red hair. He wears glasses and usually a black, collared Clerical shirt with a gold crucifix and black slacks. Though he's not currently preaching at a parish, he does his best to help with whatever people might be around him in need of spiritual advice, teaching, or simply in need of some help in whatever capacity he's able.
Personality: He is very bright, with a high IQ and a very enthusiastic, energized personality, especially when working on or talking about one of his passions such as the Bible, ancient languages and history, mythology, his Irish heritage, theology, and literature. He's a voracious reader and will read pretty much every book, though his favorites are history books, ancient epic poetry, fantasy fiction, and theology. Despite his eccentricity, he's also a natural dad: very kind, caring, fair, and always ready to help and offer advice to his juniors. He's always willing to help people in need, despite what he may or may not be doing at any given time. He's also very protective of Nyx and will lay down his life for them if need be.
+Irish and Middle Eastern mythology
+going to the pub
+C.S. Lewis (what self-respecting Christian doesn't? XD)
+'90s grunge and alternative rock
-messing with Nyx in any way
-People messing with his research
-Intolerance of his religion and between religions in general
-Mistreatment of those who can't fight back
-Problems he can't fix
-Misinterpretation of the Bible
-The downtrodden going without help
Martin O'Connor was born in Sligo, Ireland to a powerful family of mages whose ancestry can be traced back to the ancient Druids. He was raised with full knowledge of his magical talents and was raised as a pagan for most of his life. His mother too special interest in him, grooming him to be a powerful wizard. He trained hard and long with his magic since he was a child, possessed of prodigious magical gifts and a sharp, agile mind. He grew up amidst the Troubles, the fighting between Protestant British loyalists and Catholic Irish republicans. The O'Connors generally kept out of it, content to wait it out while the foolish Christians killed each other. The fighting ranged too close for comfort, however, and Martin moved with his family to Oxford, England at the age of 8.
When he was a teenager, Martin discovered Christianity by means of checking a Bible out from the library out of curiosity. It was the one book his parents forbade him to read and he wanted to know why. What's more, he wanted to know what in that book compelled the various factions of the forbidden faith to fight as they did back home in Ireland. He read the Bible, getting quite into it both as literature and as religious instruction. He was especially attracted to the Christian ideals of service, humility, and the essential equality of men under God. These were especially enticing since his family's flight from Ireland seemed like a wasted opportunity. To him, his family could have helped victims on both sides of the conflict with their magic, capitalizing on their neutral standing in the conflict as pagans.
His teenage years were also period of reckless experimentation with his magic. Having learned about Jewish mysticism from his biblical studies, he was determined to play around with it. He managed to acquire some ancient cabbalic scrolls from an antiques dealer, who let him borrow them after seeing his eagerness and earnestness.
He set to work trying to combine the spells within with his own earth magic, with varied results. His life was forever altered by one of these experiments when, at age 15, he attempted to create a golem using both the techniques he learned and his own plant-based earth magic. He combined both plant and earthy material to create a body and was beginning the incantation to bring it to life, when the golem suddenly opened its eyes and began to speak. Absolutely dumbfounded, and completely by accident, Martin O'Connor had become a father at 15 without so much as laying a finger on a girl. While quite intimidated at the prospect at first, Martin adopted the sexless, sentient golem, who happened to be named Nyx as his own child and the two became quite close.
This experimentation and accidental creation of a whole new being did not go unnoticed, however. This caught the attention of one Wyatt Faulkwine, bloodwritten, earl and head of the British Crown's elite force in dealing with the supernatural: Her Majesty's Royal Occult Corps. Seeing the potential of Maritn's prodigious magical talent and the potential risks involved if his experimentation was allowed to proceed unchecked and unfettered, Earl Faulkwine promptly recruited the youth, moving him to London and compensating his family. Martin worked for the Occult Corps for 15 years, growing further in in newfound faith and entering seminary in the Church of England at the age of 22. He became the priest of a small parish, juggling his time between fighting demons for Earl Faulkwine, raising Nyx, and ministering to his congregation. It was a hectic life, but he enjoyed it immensely, as he was using all his talents.
In the autumn of 2014, his life took another turn when he met and befriended one Darci Leigh (soon to be Baptiste) when she was recruited by the Earl. Records are sketchy as to the exact events of the following months, but in January of 2015, Martin had resigned from both his parish and the Royal Occult Corps to take up a scouting position with the Reapers with Nyx in tow.
Items: Martin has a golden crucifix which he is quite fond of, a present from Earl Faulkwine. He also carries around copies of various ancient texts for studying. He also usually has some sort of novel on hand which he'll dip into whenever he has downtime, usually fantasy.
Other: It is unclear how or why he left the Occult Corps. Some Reapers sources suggest a botched relationship with a new recruit. Storms, amputees, and copious amounts of beer may have been involved.