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Morull

Morull the Penitent, once a monk, now tea-boy and janitor at the Hornpile. Also, adopted 'son' of the Signless.

stratosChatter is the Chumhandle of Morull Vantas (previously Morull Falyor). Morull is an adult Troll who was once a penitent Monk in the Cult of the Signless and gave up his lineage-name and Sign to become closer to his Lord, even sawing off his own horns as a gesture of self-denial. These acts have been supplanted by his being adopted by the Signless (sufferingwithoutaSign) himself. Since the destruction of his native universe, Morull moved to the Hornpile permanently to serve the Vantas lineage and grew trusted and close enough to them to be awarded the honour of joining them by sufferingwithoutaSign/Signless. While he now no longer considers himself their servant (that just plain makes no sense) he still tends to defer to 'natural-born' Vantas' opinions. He mixes Human and Alternian traditions and ideas freely, calls the Signless 'Dad' and Karkat 'Little brother' or just 'bro' and the dead incarnation of Calcus Mirada (algerbraicallyClueless) 'sis'. He has a rediculously high metabolism and is often snacking, but always has room for a good meal on top of it all.

His typing quirk is to replace double-o's with the cancer symbol. It might also be considered a 'quirk' of a sort that he makes all efforts to type correctly with regards to spelling, capitalisation, grammar and punctuation and corrects any mistakes when spotted.

Morull started out as almost a butler at the Hornpile. Over time, however, he has relaxed, learned, grown and joined the group at large, winning a respectable circle of friends and workmates (at the Genelab, Biolab and Ectobiology Suite, notably Kannus Vertex/fearlessExtant and Feferi Piexes/corpseCommunion) and entrenching himself squarely in the thick of the asteroid's social network. He has formed a strong Matespritship with cluelesslyAlgebraic (Calcus Mirada) which has been cemented with a human-style marriage, and made all-but-unshakeable by their successful efforts to conceive a child together (don't ask how they did it, really you don't want to know. Let's just say it involved a lot of biological research in the Hornpile's labs and extensive consultation with Kanaya Maryam). The appearance of an alternate-timeline 'dead' Calcus once caused him much emotional discomfort and self criticism (where was her Morull when she needed him? Is he somehow to blame for her death?), but he has since resolved these issues by entering into a tentative Moiraillegiance with her. It remains to be seen how this will work out. He has also discovered deep Hatred for the first time in 6 sweeps in the person of Braire Lepori/cottontailCureall, the only troll ever to make him resort to caste-based insults and prejudices... something he hates himself for even considering as much as he does her for inspiring them in him.

Physically strong, tough, fit, resistent to pain and more than capable with a staff and his own bare hands thanks to his training and sweeps spend in penitent self-harm, he has also displayed another talent; he's a minor Psionic (Telerecieve the Dead only). Out on the Hornpile, among the dreambubbles and after the extensive training that let him quiet his own mind information 'comes to him' as needed, the dead subconsciously whispering the secrets of reality into his ear whenever his mental state calls on them. Overusing this power weighs on his mind and animates his thoughts and hands with energy and motion not his own, leading him to epiphanies and techniques he previously had no concept of as if he was being piloted from inside his own head or he were a marionette whose string were being pulled by an expert puppeteer. He has used these skills to great effect in renovating, repairing and maintaining the Hornpile and he has undertaken several major overhauls of Asteroid-wide systems, as well as extensive work on genetic therapy and retroviral treatment to counteract the worst excesses of the mutant blood of the Vantas lineage in an effort to save the life of his adoptive brother, Karkat/copperSteampunk. It seems the more Morull listens to the dead, the louder, more frequently and more clearly they speak to him. Since he first realised the full extent of this talent (during an harrowing event where the ghosts got into his mind almost completely) he suffers frequent headaches and some severe migraines. Oddly, the dead shut right the hell up as soon as he spots Braire, something Morull isn't sure if he finds reassuring or not.

His distinguishing features are his horn-caps, made of Chromium. Due to some shenanigans involving the Sgrub powers of a Witch of Life his horns have grown back inside the caps, splitting them down the back. He also wears a massive greatcoat, banded in all the colours of the Haemospectrum, a  black button-up shirt with the Cancer/Vantas symbol stencilled onto it in olive green by his own hands, a simple gold wedding ring and carries a specially designed Signless-cult bladed Monk's staff which can seperate into two scythe-like hand weapons. The Relic Modus which he accesses through his coat is extensive and versatile, allowing him to carry an obscene amount of objects on his person at any one time (probably including at least one fully-stocked refridgerator and a large battery or Skaianet hub).He used to wear a large iron Sufferer pendant, but considers it redundant now and rarely bothers.

Initially having a deep, intense dislike of Highbloods in general and Makaras specifically (since they are agents of Lord English and historical enemies of the Signless) Morull developed a friendship with motherfuckingHonkalicious/Gamzee, who first alerted him to cluelesslyAlgebraic/Calcus' attraction to him and whom he misses keenly. In memory of his missing friend, Morull is now willing to give Highbloods rather more leeway than previously, something which has stood him in good stead socially speaking since there are now several Highblood residents in the Hornpile. Despite his adoption into the vantas Lineage, copperSteampunk/Karkat is still his chosen Lord and charge. If push came to shove, Morull would obey Si over Karkat but it would be the source of much soul searching later.

If the Alternian astrological calender were translated into the Human zodiac, Morull would be a Saggitarius.

Age - 12 sweeps (26 yrs)
Strife Specibus - Staffkind/Fistkind(martial arts, actually)
Sylladex - Relic Modus (Coat)
Blood color - Olive
Sign - Skype-looking thing (Renounced) Cancer/Vantas (current)
Lusus - Giant Cobra (presumed dead)
Matesprit - Calcus Mirada (cluelesslyAlgebraic)
Moirail - Calcus Mirada (Dead but still here, algebraicallyClueless)
Kismesis - Braire Lepori (cottontailCureall)
Auspistice - None

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