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Name: Preincarnation: Makalaure "Maglor" Kanafinwe | Post: Arnold Benedict
Canon and Medium: Tolkien's Silmarillion (book)
Age: ....*older than the moon and sun* | 41
Pre-Incarnation Species: Noldorin Elf
Pre-Incarnation Appearance: sadly Tolkien *never describes him* But assuming typical Noldorin Elf, tall (6 foot plus), long dark hair, grey eyes, lean rather than bulky, pointy ears. Also he glows.
Any Differences: No glowing, no pointy ears. Also I think I will say he is a bit shorter than 6'6"~
Starting Location: Locke/Las Vegas

Pre-Incarnated History: ...ahahaha I WILL TRY TO BE BRIEF

So. Maglor is the second son of the most infamous elf in Tolkien history, a mad genius upon whom 99% of things that go wrong that are not cause by Dark Lords can be blamed. Maglor is born in Valinor in the time of the Two Trees, the lights before moon and sun. He is raised in what is, quite literally, Paradise. A land which did not know true darkness, and certainly did not know violence or death. Further, his father was the heir to the throne (although this is more symbolic than anything meaningful, considering this is an idyllic world without death and populated by immortals), making Maglor nobility. During this period his father Feanor found a way to trap the blended light of the Trees in three crystalline structures called the Silmarils. They were so beautiful that the Powers of the World, the Valar, blessed them that nothing evil would be able to touch them (remember this, it is important later). Sadly, they were also so beautiful that Feanor became incredibly possessive of them, and they attracted the attention of Ultimate Evil himself. At this time said Ultimate Evil (whose name is Melkor) was living in Paradise after convincing the Valar that he was reformed, really! But when he came to Feanor to ask to see the jewels, Feanor realised he was a liar, and slammed the door in his face. This... was while brave, not entirely bright. Melkor proceeded to stir dissension by spreading rumors about Feanor & his stepbrother, and his already rocky relationship with his father and stepbrothers got worse, and eventually after a lot of things went down, Feanor was exiled from the city. His wife, Maglor's mother, refused to go with, but all his sons went with him - Feanor was the sort who could command a great deal of loyalty, and one thread that is very clear throughout is that all seven were almost insanely loyal - to dad, and eventually, to each other. Not satisfied with this Melkor made a deal with Ungoliant, a giant Void Spider, and they crept into Valinor, killed the trees, and since Feanor was away, killed his father and stole the Silmarils. This is a highly traumatic time for everyone - canon details how when the Darkness came, which none of them had known before, everyone panicked. and then when Melkor arrived, they fled in fear before him, leaving their grandfather behind. It is fair to say this shaped a lot of what was to come, and is an event that probably deeply affected Maglor.

So. Feanor finds out dad is dead, and his most priceless treasure is stolen. He swears a terrible oath to get his jewels back, irregardless of who or what gets in his way, and all seven sons swear it too. They then proceed to lead all of the Noldor away from the city with the aim to cross the sea to Middle-earth in pursuit of Melkor, now named Morgoth. BUT they have no boats. So they go to the Teleri, the sea-elves, and ask to borrow theirs, only to be told "no"... and Feanor... attacks them. This is called the First Kinslaying, and would have been the very first time in his life Maglor killed anyone.

Having done that, they now have boats. They now also have very angry members of their own armies, mostly under the leadership of Feanor's younger two stepbrothers, who did not realise the reason for the fight, and are understandably pissed. Also, there are not enough boats for everyone. Debating, the whole host marches north, towards the ice bridge... and are stopped by Death (technically Fate, its complicated) who reproves them for the Kinslaying, curses them, and warns them all to turn back. Finarfin, the youngest of the three, repents, and taking all who agree with him, does so. But the others all keep going. So Death/Fate pronounces what is called the Doom or the Curse of the Noldor on them. Specifically relevant are these words:

Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass.

But Feanor keeps going, and his sons all follow. Fearing treachery after that, he puts his most loyal on the boats and crosses - and then, rather then send them back for his brother and his men... he burns them. Unfortunately for him... the youngest of his sons was still onboard, and died. Nolofinwe will eventually take his people across the ice bridge, but we'll come back to that. IN THE MEANTIME. Morgoth has been busy in Middle-earth. You see, the Trees, their light? that was ONLY for Valinor. Middle-earth lay in darkness & starlight - perfect of Morgoth to breed orcs and start his army, right under the noses of the Valar. So Feanor's group were attacked very quickly. At this point they discover that not all the elves are in Valinor - there are actually locals! But unlike Feanor & co, they are all lightly armored & mostly using bows instead of swords, apart from one location, essentially living a very rustic sort of life. Say hello to the Sindar and Silvan. ANYWAY. In one of these early battles, Morgoth manages to taunt Feanor enough (not hard, especially as Morgoth can't touch the Silmarils, and thus is wearing them in his crown for all to see) to draw him out in a suicidal charge, whereupon he is beset by Balrogs. His sons arrive in time to drive them off, but Feanor is mortally wounded and dies, but not before he makes all of them swear the same Oath again. So that is both grandfather and father killed because Maglor could not get there in time.

ANYWAY. At this point we're going to speed through roughly 500 years of history bear with me. SO. Maedhros, the eldest, is now high king. The world is still in starlight. Maedhros is captured by Morgoth, and Maglor is now High King - considering we hear nothing of this time period, we can probably assume he was smart and bunkered down, rather than risk his forces on a suicide mission to rescue his brother. Fingon, Fingolfin's eldest and Maedhros' BFF arrives in ME after the harrowing crossing (it took them maybe 15 years in Antartic conditions with minimal provisions) around the time moon & sun first rise and rescues Maedhros. In thanks, Maedhros turns the kingship over to Fingolfin's house, which canon indicates pissed off all the brothers, but remember what I said about insanely loyal? Yes. Rather than allow tensions to build, Maedhros moves them all East, and they set up a 400 year long siege against Angband, Morgoth's stronghold. Maglor is given charge of the weakest point in their defences, an area they will call Maglor's Gap, which he holds by dint of (1) being the only known calvary in Middle-earth at that time, and presumably by (2) being a smart, sensible war-leader.

VARIOUS THINGS GO DOWN, MOSTLY BAD but sometimes okay. A SILMARIL MAKES ITS WAY INTO THE HANDS OF AN ELF KING CALLED DIOR. Since Elf-kings are much more approachable than Ultimate Evil, Maedhros et al send to Dior for the Silmaril. He refuses. They attack and raze the kingdom to the ground. The three middle brothers are killed... and the silmaril escapes with Dior's daughter. Eventually when they work out where it is, they send to her... and she refuses. So they attack her kindgom (more like glorified refugee camp) and in desperation she takes the Silmaril and jumps off a cliff into the sea (she does not actually die, but is transformed into a bird, flies to her sailor husband, who uses the light of the Silmaril to get to Valinor to beg the Valar to get off their butts and help, and winds up as a star. No, really). She leaves behind twin sons - Elrond, and Elros. And rather than kill them, Maglor and Maedhros (the last surviving twin, their youngest brother, dies in this attack) take them in. Presumably as hostages but canon tells us "and love grew between them, as little might be thought" so we can assume that despite the extremely strange circumstances, Maglor & Maedhros make for good fathers. Enough so that when Elrond & Elros are next mentioned, they are part of Gil-galad's army - because Maglor and Maedhros let them go, rather than bind them to their cause.

SO ANYWAY. Earendil & Elwing made it to Valinor, and the Valar get off their butts. Well. Not literally, but they send their armies to Middle-earth to fight. That war goes on for over 40 years, but the good guys win, and the Silmarils are reclaimed. And now Maglor and Maedhros have a problem. Maglor, canon tells us, begged Maedhros to accept the pardon of the Valar and return to Valinor to be judged, and there, hopefully, to find a way out of their Oath. Maedhros however argues that they're already damned and the only salvation from the Oath will be to fulfil it. Maedhros wins. They sneak into the camp, kill the guards and take the jewels. Now. Remember what I said about them not being able to be touched by evil? Yeah. The jewels burn both brothers when they touch them. In despair Maedhros takes his and jumps into lava, but Maglor manages to get down to the sea where he throws his in. Depending on which version you read, he then proceeds to either follow it and drowns, or, as I prefer to think "And it is told of Maglor that he could not endure the pain with which the Silmaril tormented him; and he cast it at last into the Sea, and thereafter he wandered ever upon the shores, singing in pain and regret beside the waves. For Maglor was mighty among the singers of old, named only after Daeron of Doriath; but he came never back among the people of the Elves"

Reincarnated History:
Arnold Benedict was born into a life of plenty, one of the lucky ones, in the summer of 1970. The only child of wealthy parents, he attended exclusive private schools and eventually went to an Ivy Leauge college. He did reasonably well in school, but tended to only perform well in subjects that interested him. He attended Dartmouth as a Business Major, only to get bored, drop out, and move to Yale to do Art. He met Lisa there, and fell pretty much head over heels for her. He courted her persistently for five years before she agrees to go out with him (many thought out of pity) but it only took another year after that before they were married. Between Lisa and himself, they opened an art gallery, and using his parents connections as a springboard he quickly made a name for himself. When the children were born he dedicated most of his time to them, allowing Lisa to pursue her own interests. While not as interested in the environment as she is, he made a dedicated effort to at least make sure he used Free Trade products and so on. How exactly they are still together is a mystery no one has been able to solve, but he remains utterly dedicated to her, and whatever her complaints she has yet to even look at another man.

Once the kids were old enough he went back to art, and made a name for himself as a seascape painter. In particular he had a set that was done after the Light went up over Locke, and he saw an article of a man who was  a bird. This is widely considered to be his defining piece of work, despite the melancholy that permeates through the whole set. He dabbled in the stock market in his spare time, and made most of his fortune that way. He still tries to keep in touch with both twins but has a tendency to lose himself in his painting and forget important things like dates and times. He has an enduring fascination with the sea ever since his parents first took him to Hawaii as a child. 

First Echo: When the twins are born and put into his arms, he develops a phobia of the twins and accidents involving any combinations of boats, fire, sharp pointy objects and heights

Also: Arnold on the STE Fourth Wall - taking the threads here as canon, his Second Echo was seeing Julien and remembering Elwing (see the first sample), and his Third Echo is his pointed elf ears from Liam.


Pre-Incarnation Personality: 

Like all his family, Maglor is stupidly loyal, stubborn, proud, prone to making of rash oaths, but also of keeping them... and not entirely sane. He is a man (elf) of his word - if he says he will kill you if you don't hand over the jewel, he will. But if you give it up, he'll turn right around and leave. He is capable of immense cruelty - he has a body count likely in the thousands to his name, considering that he is the only one of the seven to survive the First Age, and note that this would have not just been soldiers but Sirion was a refugee camp. His count likely includes children, women, and general non-combatants as well. He is also capable of a good deal of gentleness - witness his treatment of Earendil's twins, who grew to love him, despite the circumstances. He can make the hard decisions - he left Maedhros to Morgoth for some 15 or more years, simply because he knew that it would only give the Enemy what he wanted. He is a bard, which makes him a performer, and also a romantic at heart. Based on how little we hear of his rule (NADA) he probably prefers to follow orders rather than give them, but seeing as he held his lands for more than 400 years I think we can safely say he is perfectly capable of giving them too.

Maglor specifically was said to have more of his gentler mother's personality, and is likely to have been the peacekeeper of his headstrong brothers. 'Makalaure' was his mother-name, and Tolkien indicates that mother-names often had special significance in regards to either the child's future or personality - Maglor's means 'gold-cleaver' or 'forging gold' (depending on how you translate it) and is said to be due to his voice and harp skill - he was said to be the best bard of the Noldor, and is counted second only to Daeron of Doriath. He wasn't as charismatic as his father, Maedhros or Curufin (all of whom were capable of causing civil unrest pretty much with just one speech), but he is extremely skilled with words. His most famous work is actually the 'basis' for a chunk of the Silmarillion - the Noldolante is the story of his family's fall, and Tolkien says that it was Maglor who wrote it - thus, despite him being one of the most despised First Age Elves, his song is the one that they still sing about those days.

Despite his gentler temperament, he was a strong and capable war-leader, holding Maglor's Gap, the weakest part of their defences, for 4.5 centuries against their world's equivalent of Satan. He was level-headed enough and commanded enough loyalty to refuse to go on a (suicidal) rescue of his older brother Maedhros and held that stance as the High King for the next ~15 (its hard to count when you have no sun) years until Fingon was crazy enough to stage a rescue. Maedhros, in gratitude, turned the high kingship over to Fingolfin's (Fingon's dad) house, which his brothers disagreed with - it is likely that Maglor was the only one to back him on that decision. He was also politically savvy enough to be one of only 2 of the brothers to stay on good terms with both Fingolfin & Finarfin's house (Maedhros, unsurprisingly, was the other). He is loyal to a fault - Tolkien says that he kept the Oath more for love of his family than for any care for the Silmarils, and regretted his actions deeply by the end. He is especially close to Maedhros - they are rarely mentioned without each other - either because they are the two eldest, or the two sanest (probably some combination of the two - I headcannon in politics they played Good Cop/Bad Cop and then Maglor would get you in the back while you were gaping at Maedhros). He's the second eldest of seven, with umpteen younger cousins, and probably has big brother/protector drilled into his bones.  

By the end of his story, he's lived through (1) 3 kinslayings in which he was an active participant (2) the loss of his entire family in horribly tragic and partially self-induced circumstances (3) being unable to fulfill his oath as the Silmaril burnt his hand due to all the evil he had done (4) the loss of pretty much everything he's ever known with Beleriand being drowned at the end of the War of Wrath and (6) being an Exile who can never go home. Emo Elf is Emo, but seriously, he's very depressed. He probably has insomnia due to the horrible nightmares of his past, almost certainly suffers flashbacks, and has a huge guilt complex. Much of his drive is a wish to in some way make repatriation for his sins and assuage himself of the broken Oath (he has long given up being forgiven and returning home, but somewhere buried deep inside he still holds hope for some form of redemption). He's lonely as all get go, but canon says he "came never back amongst the elves" (largely, I suspect, because he does not dare bring his Curse - 'to evil end will all things turn' - into range of other people) but "wandered ever upon the shores, singing in pain and regret beside the waves". He also has lots of unresolved issues with his family, and the only thing he hates more than himself is Evil in any shape he finds it.  

Any differences?: The most important one is that Arnold is sane. Maglor, by the end of his life, is, at a minimum, clinically depressed with post traumatic stress disorder, and is likely psychotic as well. Arnold, on the other hand, has sworn no soul tearing oath or become a mass murderer. He's still an absent minded artist, but unlike his pre-incarantion self, he's happy with his path in life. Like Maglor, Arnold is born into wealth, but where Maglor would have learnt to do without, Arnold... hasn't needed to. He is a bit spoilt, and does not always realise that his lifestyle is something that others dream of. In many ways Arnold is what Maglor could have been, if there was no Oath. Arnold tends to act like a ditz, cheerful, childish, and a bit dumb - the best description here would be "obfuscating stupidity" - he acts like that because he is a ditz, but he is a lot smarter than he seems. 
Abilities: Oh dear.
OKAY let's do the simple racial ones to start:
(1) immortal - by which we mean "does not noticably age after a certain point" and not "cannot be killed"
(2) stronger, faster, more durable than Men as a general rule, with better eyesight and hearing
(3) able to walk silent and very very lightly up to leaving no footprints on snow
(4) requires no sleep but rests in "waking dream" state
(5) mind reading. SORT. OF. Tolkien never explains it properly but it basically boils down to "very very keen perception of what the other person is thinking but not quite actual mind reading" unless you are Galadriel.
(6) tied to the natural world - elves talk. To Everything. after a while, things (rocks. trees. animals) started talking back. 
(7) perfect recall - elves see time differently, being immortal, but they also have absolute perfect recall of everything. This means that an elf with a grudge against someone remembers exactly how they felt when it happened and how it happened - and can never forget it. Don't piss off elves, they don't forgive easily.
(8) Elves glow. No really. This is especially true of those elves who lived in Valinor beneath the light of the Two Trees ('s a long story) - it's very faint, but in dim light, you'd see the faintest of gleams, as if the moonlight was especially concentrated around them. Also their eyes are often said to be piercing and hard to meet - technically, this is their spirit/soul shining out of their eyes - essentially, Elves, especially those who have lived in Valinor, have... bright. souls. (I know this sounds dumb) and their bodies can't quite contain them. This does also mean, incidentally, that they can perceive things in the spiritual world clearer than most, being as how they're kinda half there already 
so Tolkien had this weird thing where elves don't have magic (except when they do) and what they can do is closer to "art" than magic and then he never explained it properly. THINGS WE CAN CONJECTURE. Middle Earth is actually born from Song - the Music of the Ainur, the Holy Ones. Thus, you can use song to affect the world. What elves do, apparently, is because they are so deeply tied to the natural world, is that they understand it in such a way that they can convince it to... help them out. Since Song is the underlying theme of the world, it follows then that the most effective way to do that is by singing. So! Since Maglor is the second best bard in existence, and he's from a family who are known to have people who can pull down towers (hello Galadriel) and fight epic rap duels with the Lieutenant of Absolute Evil (hi Finrod) it follows that he can use Song for "magical" effects. Based on examples shown in canon this would include putting you to sleep, disguising oneself, pulling down towers, and fighting epic rap duels. 
Apart from that: Maglor is a very very good fighter - one does not survive the First Age without being so. The fandom has collectively decided that we like him as a dual wielder at some point. We know he led a calvary, making him probably an excellent horseman, both saddled and bare back. As a bard, and the son of the guy who invented the alphabet and nearly started a civil war over the pronunciation of his mother's name (Yes, really), Maglor can be conjectured to be very good with, and likely interested in, languages. Feanor almost certainly taught him forge work, although likely not much stuck, and he would probably have been more interested in things like jewelry than forging weapons & armor. 

What kind of involvement would you like your character to have in Save the Earth?
At this stage I have no real plans! Arnold is worried about Liam, and would like to make sure he's doing okay, and he's interested in Liam's friends, as well. But otherwise I do not know!


- Third Person: 
Later, Arnold will realise that this is what they call an Echo, triggered by the newspaper reports on the numbered, and featuring the young man who is also a bird, but right now, he is dreaming.  

He stumbles along an unfamiliar coastline, and the sea calls beside him. The sea calls and it promises rest but there is no rest for him. He has always been drawn to the sea, but not like this, not like this. There is a star in his hand but no, it is in the hands of a lady, fair and desperate

"Give it to me!"


And she takes a step back, and when did they get on top of this tower? And the star falls, in the hands of a woman, no, a bird. A great white gull with a star on its chest wings its way West, and Arnold wakes with tears on his face and the burning itch of inspiration to paint in his hands. 

- Network: 
Ah... hello, hello? 'Scuse me~

[  A cheerful face with long dark hair and a beaming smile pops up ]

Oh there we go! Hello everyone! Nice to meet you! Ah, I thought I should introduce myself - I'm Arnold Benedict - some of you may know my son Liam! I've only just found out what he's been up to here, tsk. We're worried, you see, his parents! And since it seems I'm actually Numbered too, Lisa agreed to let me come and see how things are going. 

[ he leans in close and hisses ]

Technically, she ordered me, but you don't disagree with your wife, you know?

Anyway! Thank you for looking after Liam, while he has been here! I hope to get to meet you all soon - I'm holding an art exhibition this month - that's what we're telling the company is the reason for my move - and I hope you all can come by and see the pictures! Bye!

Arnold on the STE Fourth Wall 

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