Morpheus

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Morpheus is the god of dreams, leader of the Oneiroi, currently unscribed, voiced by Michael Beckett.

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Know Your God

Height: 6′

Weight: 180 lbs

Hair Color: Dark brown, long, thick waves, brushing top of shoulders

Facial Hair: Usually clean-shaven, but sometimes appears with stubble

Eyes: Violet

Distinguishing Features: Morpheus, like his brothers, has articulated wings similar to a bat or gargoyle, with black bones and phalanges and webbing of deep charcoal grey.

Family

Parents: Nyx (solo)

Siblings: Morpheus and his brothers make up the Oneiroi

Spouse: None

Children: None

Professions

Morpheus owns an art club named Synefoenía (a variation of Sýnnefo Enniá, or Cloud Nine in Greek).

Residence

The Underworld. Morpheus lives on the Isle of Oneiros in the Underworld, which is bordered by the River Lethe.

The Dream Realm. Morpheus does not live in the Dream Realm, only frequenting it as part of his tasks (similar to “going to the office”). While in the Dream Realm, Morpheus is basically untouchable unless the Dreamer has both the ability to dream lucidly and the power to take on the Dream King in his place of power.

God Complex - Floor 9. Morpheus has apartments in the God Complex on Floor 9. Since Zeus called the Gods to return, Morpheus has taken to venturing to the surface more often to integrate his operations with mortals at Zeus’ request.

Personal Information

General Overview: Morpheus is the prime of Dreams, one of the thousand Oneiroi gods born to Nyx during the beginning of time. Though unlike other gods, he is almost completely powerless when in the physical realm, but is all powerful in the dream state.

Nicknames: None.

Likes: Darkness. Reading. Poetry. Music that provokes an emotional response. Building within the Dream -- a form of architecture combined with creative art that creates new spaces for Dreamers to wander. Altering substances that make the Dream more vivid or bring it into the waking world. Good scotch and berry-based brandies. Silk.

Dislikes: Alarm clocks. Barking dogs. Loud noises. Rude behavior. Bright light. Fast food of any kind.

Flaws / Weaknesses

Wrong Century. Morpheus sometimes appears and acts like he is from another time. Among the artistic community, this eccentricity is applauded though he can sometimes appear and conduct himself in overly formal ways. Piss him off and you half-expect him to say “Pistols at twenty paces?”. He is a consummate gentleman in a world that is rapidly losing all civility, but that sense of propriety makes it hard for others to get to know him.

Weaker In The Flesh. Even though he is still more powerful than mortals in the flesh, Morpheus knows he is strongest within the Realm of Dreams. Morpheus feels the lack of physical strength as a vulnerability and goes to great lengths to cover for it, keeping his emotions tightly under lock and key. He developed his skill with the sword to offset this vulnerability, which does not help with the impression he makes since people don’t just keep swords ready to hand, much less know how to use them.

Skills / Abilities

Immortality. Technically immortal. Immune to the effects of aging, cannot die by any conventional means, and is immune to all known mortal diseases and infections. As a deity, they are able to teleport, or "pop" anywhere in the mortal plane with a few exceptions, the God Floors of the GC HQ are mystically protected, so no teleporting to or in between them, anything on the non-mortal plane, i.e., the Underworld, Atlantis, and the Void, are non-accessible without a guide.

Mother Tongue:. As the bridge between the mortal world and the divine, they speak all languages mortals do, even the long dead ones.

Dream King. As master of the Realm of Dreams, Morpheus may assume any humanoid shape or form within a dream, his or another’s. Morpheus may travel the landscape of dreams to deliver messages to both mortal and immortal dreamers. Morpheus also has the ability to create constructs within the dream that appear real to the dreamer.

Waking Dream. Morpheus has the ability to cloak himself in the veil of the Dream World and take on the appearance of any mortal being. The illusion is strong enough to fool mortal senses, though immortals can see through it. If a mortal has strong ties to the Dream Realm or has met Morpheus before, they can potentially see through the illusion.

Personal Attire

Normal Daily Wear: Morpheus dresses elegantly at all times. Tailored pants, silk button-downs, brocade vests, overcoats (often with tails), fine leather shoes.

Alternate Dress Wear: When work requires it, his “casual” mortal dress is black jeans and a black t-shirt and black boots. Even then, he carries himself like he was wearing a three-piece suit.

Magical Artifacts/Weapons

Poppy Tea. Morpheus knows how to concoct a tea blend comprised of the Dream Poppies that grow in Oneiros on the banks of the River Lethe. The tisane brewed from these poppies acts as a painkiller and can also be used as a supportive aid to facilitate lucid dreams. The poppy tea can induce group hallucinations and may also be used to help with analyzing messages.


Historical Synopsis

Morpheus is the God of Dreams. Born of Nyx, Goddess of Night, firstborn of Chaos. Leader of the Oneiroi, his siblings by Nyx. Ruler of the Realm of Dreams.

Morpheus was known as a messenger of the Gods, bringing messages in human guise to Kings while they slumbered in the Realm of Dreams. The root of his name, morphe. signifies shaping or molding. As the ruler of his kingdom, Morpheus is responsible for shaping dreams, both beautiful and terrible, for all that sleep.

He resides in the Underworld with the rest of the Oneiroi, who fly forth from the Gates of Horn and Ivory to deliver both prophetic and false dreams to man and gods. Like his siblings, Morpheus is black-winged, but that is the extent of the similarities as the myths make it very clear that Morpheus is set apart by his ability to appear as a mortal in the dreams of mortal men.

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