Todd – now called Tad, because that’s more fem…Tad Schwartz is a 25 year old computer programmer (database admin) who prefers to spend his time either lost in a sci-fi/fantasy book or online gaming, where he invariably plays a good-aligned healer class character. He does not like football or sports. He thinks he would prefer wine to beer, but he doesn’t really know because he’s only had probably one beer in his life and a glass of cheap champagne at his cousin Freddie’s wedding (Freddie is a girl) when he was 16. He’s dated unsuccessfully – and only laid once – to a complete stranger who picked him up at the Circle K when he was in collage. She didn’t call him back, obviously. He shops at International Male, because the clothes are nice. He likes to look clean cut and tidy. Brown hair, hazel eyes behind glasses, below average height for a man, thin, muscular in a never-spent-a-day in the gym but still sculpted body (which will go away when he’s in his mid-to-late 30s, especially if he discovers he likes beer). He doesn’t know he’s hot, and so at first look women want him, then they talk to him and they say “nope.” His co-workers and family, except his overbearing mom, think that he is gay. His few real-life friends (two), believe him to be secretly gay and are just waiting for him to come out. His online friends think he’s actually a she playing a he.
He is not unhappy with his job, but he’d really love to own a bookstore that sells cool books and gaming supplies, with a place in the back for gamers to meet and play 40K or Magic the Gathering. He’d call it Things for Thinkers [which as you may recall, was a real store over on Speedway just west of Swan. They folded.]
His overbearing mother thinks he should meet a nice church-going girl who wants to settle down and have kids, and be his housekeeper for the rest of her life, and he agrees most of the time, however, secretly he’d like to have a kick-ass valkyrie who’d take him off on an adventure.
Tad lives in a second-floor apartment down the street from work. He walks or rides his bike. He has a pos dull-green vw beetle.
Taddy-waddy, Tadpole, just a Tad, a Tad in the right direction. Tad is short for Thaddeus. In the New Testament Thaddeus is listed as one of the apostles, probably equivalent to the apostle Jude. Hey Jude.
Possible other characters (or passing characters):
– Tad’s mom, Gloria Schwartz. Overbearing and over-protective. Jewish mother stereotype except that she’s not Jewish.
– Tad’s friend Mickey (Michael) O’Toole. Irish. Mickey went to school with Tad, and plays the same online game. He feels sorry for Tad because Tad can’t seem to grow out of his mother’s shadow. Tad has a heart of gold but is kind of doofy.
– Tad’s friend and co-worker Sarah Voight. Cute but too ‘wild’ to fit into his mother’s typing and not wild enough to fit his secret desire. And she has a huge manly boyfriend, Robert, who often tells her and Tad that Tad’s gay. Tad doesn’t respond to the implied insult and wonders if it is true.
-Tad’s co-worker and sometime friend Elesha Kayne. Black with attitude.
– Tad’s neighbor (and druid) Mrs. Okey. Yup, she’s got a lawn-gnome in a potted plant on her tiny balcony. She has the power to get him in or out of trouble.
– The Girl
– a keg of evil leprechauns (*a keg is a whole shit-load, where as a litre of evil leprechauns would be about 1/4 of that shit-load, and a dram of evil leprechauns would be about three) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprechaun
– Meg (Peggie?) the Leprechaun Princess, who is capriciously offended when Tad takes a bet from Mickey on St. Patrick’s Day.
– a flock of vampires, including an extremely sexy Mistress of the Vampires (who would fit in Tad’s fantasy of the right woman) and her second-in-command, a bi-sexual or gay male vampire who thinks that yes, Tad is a hot gay guy who’d make a great vampire fledgling. (*a flock is 15-20). Mistress Kitten. Phillip “Phi-phi” (second in command)
Tad was just a normal guy until his friend Mickey convinced him to go out to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day. “Kiss me I’m Irish” the woman’s t-shirt said. His friend dared him, so he did. And now all the leprechauns in XX city, X state are out to get him. He is dragged into the unknown world of XX city, where vampires, werewolves and, yes leprechauns, hang out. It is a world of sin, like Las Vegas, and yet it is a world of magic and amazing beauty. It is also a world of adventure beyond Tad’s TV-limited imagination.
– Tad’s work
– Tad’s apartment
– The Crocked Shank Pub. A seedy hole-in-the-wall Irish Pub on the wrong side of town that caters to neighborhood locals and denizens of the sub-world of XX city.
This kick-ass fighter chick with pale white skin and long wavy black hair, and grey eyes like stones in a stream has no time for geeks, nerds, weaklings, or long lines at the drive thru. She meets Tad during some conflict and saves him just because she recognized that he is a good guy but that’s all she is going to do for him. Later, when they are continually thrown together, she comes to find that he’s not such a geek and he finds that she’s not so bitchy as she first appeared.
Morrigan is comfortable with the hidden faerie/vampire world and often hangs out there. She is not specifically not a vampire hunter, zombie raiser, or demon slayer. She might be a tax collector/thug, working for the Vampire Mistress in the afternoon/nights and a CPA during the day.
Morrigan was in the pub when Meg (Peg?) slapped Tad for kissing her. When she first meets him, she says, “I remember you. You’re the one who stole a kiss from Peg.” Tad says “Oh god, I’m never going to live that down am I?” followed by, “Was everyone in the world at the pub? How do so many people know about it? A strange guy come up to me on the street this morning and told me I was either an idiot or a brave man.” “I’m guessing idiot,” she responds. Tad bemoans his fate, and Morrigan says “Didn’t your mama ever teach you not to kiss Princesses without permission?” “No.” “Well, what kind of X are you?” “I’m not.” “Then how’d you get into the pub that night?” Tad shruggs, “I was with Mickey.” “Mickey’s an idiot too for taking someone in there without proper instruction on X edicate.” X = person who knows about/is a part of the sub-world – like a Goth; and X = the name of the sub-world culture.
What is the relationship between the vampires and the faeries?