Cyrus Auberon Vinge (a.k.a. The Garbage Man)
If the Creator refuses to clean up this accursed refuse-world, then I will do it for him.
The Garbage Man (formerly known as Cyrus Auberon Vinge) the highest-ranking member of the 125 Hands
. The Garbage Man is an Elovisian
citizen of the Commonwealth of C
who was psychologically twisted by the disaster that befell his native Tartagloam
during the War of Reunification
. He embodies a dangerous combination of misanthropy, madness, and the unnatural power to shift
objects across dimensions
Travel, Chaos; Retribution
The Garbage Man is tall, lean, and toned, though only of average musculature for a human
man of his age.
Years of sleeplessness and emotional turmoil have taken a toll on The Garbage Man's visage. Although the green irises of his eyes glow with intensity, his eyes are sunken and dark-ringed, the wrinkled bags beneath them blending with his creased, pockmarked cheeks. His lips are always held firm, as though in quiet umbrage at whatever he's seeing, though his nose and mouth are often concealed by a dust resipirator.
The Garbage Man's back is covered with a large tattoo depicting 125 black hands spiraling outward in concentric layers, a more extensive and ornate version of the 125 Hands logo. The hands are colored in with tiny runic script, rather than solid color, which details the current sum of his 'revealed knowledge' about the nature of the Manifold as dictated by him to his personal tattoo artist.
An imposing figure, The Garbage Man walks with the absolute confidence of a man who does not fear death in any circumstance. He practices maintaining a bold posture to intentionally inspire fear in others, as he finds that this, coupled with displays of his unusual power, is often enough to dissuade opponents from resisting him.
The Garbage Man is believed to be the only human being who is capable of pulling
things (including himself) from one cube
layer to another without recourse to travel through inflection layers
. Evidence suggests that he will always appear in roughly the same cube region as the one he just left. This has led to speculation that he is, in fact, the only human being to exist in more than three dimensions, perhaps even being capable of striding across all five known spatial dimensions
without any apparent effort.
The Garbage Man appears to be able to 'gift' other objects in his immediate vicinity with his ability, causing volumes of matter to spontaneously shift from one cube layer to another (swapping places with any material at the equivalent destination volume) with calamitous results. A cuboid chunk of a skyscraper, for example, being shifted into the air over a populated village fairground would likely result of the deaths of many fair-goers, everyone inside the chunk of skyscraper, and anyone unfortunate enough to have been halfway into the shifted area of space when the shift occurred. Similarly, The Garbage Man could conceivably use this to move hazardous materials into vulnerable locations without needing to handle the material itself (as was the case when he stole the Menger Catalyst
from the research complex in Vianne Tributaries
The Garbage Man wears the green jumpsuit, rubberized black work gloves, rubberized black coveralls, and steel-toed boots of a waste management worker in all his appearances.
While The Garbage Man does possess powers beyond those of normal three-dimensional beings, he remains a creature of flesh and blood. Therefore, he is often seen wearing a dust respirator, goggles, and five panel cap to protect him from unforeseen environmental conditions.
Cyrus A. Vinge was born in 9952 in the Commonwealth
city of Tartagloam
, the eldest of three children. At sixteen, Cyrus met his girlfriend, Freia Love, through his classes at Tartagloam High.
Cyrus has always had a knack for mathematics and spatial reasoning. He used his gifts to excel in primary school and was considering either acquiring a degree in mathematics or joining the Navigator's Guild
upon the completion of his studies - until the Siege of Tartagloam put an end to his ambitions.
The Garbage Man took the title for himself because, at the time of the destruction of Tartagloam, he worked mornings before his classes as a municipal sanitation worker
. In the Manifold, where careful recycling and reprocessing
of waste is a matter of serious economic importance
, 'garbage men' serve a valued role in society. Cyrus had considered the possibility of joining a hazardous-condition salvage reclamation
company, using his mathematical acumen and experience as a garbage man to boost reprocessing yields.
During the Siege of Tartagloam in the year 9970 AR, Cyrus' parents, brother, sister and fiance all died as the result of Voxelian bombardment and the subsequent meltdown of the local polymer plant. The trauma of this incident would break Cyrus' faith in the House of the Unexpected
, leading to his conversion to an extremist sect of Forgism
. He joined the 125 Hands
to get bloody satisfaction for the wrongs the Manifold had inflicted on his people. Eventually, as his faith deepened, he developed a case of Folded Hands Syndrome
, during which he awoke to his unique power and shed his original name. Now, the Garbage Man uses his powers in service of his vengeance.
Like all members of the 125 Hands, The Garbage Man is a cynic and a nihilist. Motivated primarily by vengeance, The Garbage Man's philosophy revolves around a sense of personal justice that most would find extreme.
While The Garbage Man has been seen in many unsavory environments, he is surprisingly meticulous about his own personal hygiene. When encountered, The Garbage Man often smells faintly of ozone, rubber, and lemon zest, though never to an unpleasant degree.
Because of his exposure to harsh aerosols during the Siege of Tartagloam, The Garbage Man's deep voice has a distinctive, gravelly quality; like with many Siege survivors, this is a known symptom of mild polymer lung
The Garbage Man is fond of nihilistic philosophical musings and edgy, cynical remarks which serve to demoralize opponents. At the same time, when discussing his ongoing mission to "overthrow the Manifold itself," The Garbage Man takes on a more proselytizing tone, encouraging any who show a weakness in this regard (i.e. disaffection with the status quo) to join his cause to "seek (one's own) justice."
After Felix quit the Register Cam Dogs, he sought out and joined the 125 Hands as a way of rebelling against the ingratitude of his peers. While he lacked the level of personal trauma Cyrus had to endure, he shared the man's zeal. As a celebrity, Felix wasn't overawed by the ability of The Garbage Man and was able to relate to Cyrus as a fellow 'overburdened man of the public sphere.'
Nicknames & Petnames
Felix is one of the only people who The Garbage Man allows to call him Cyrus.
Greggor believes firmly in the cause of The Garbage Man and his 125 Hands. Though The Garbage Man regards Greggor as a blunt instrument on the battlefield, he sympathizes immensely with the man's personal struggle in the wake of their shared trauma in Tartagloam. In some ways, The Garbage Man regards Rudd as an adoptive son.
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