Theodore Whiteside Parsons (a.k.a. Astral) (he/him)
archetypeThe Astral archetype is a powerful alien magician who leads a cult. Alien origin stories vary from abductions, visitations, and psychic reincarnation, but no matter the cause he has been gifted extraordinary powers. Even in worlds where magic isn't part of the accepted reality, he can conjure balls of flame in his palms and heal his injuries with waves of his hand. Quasi-divinity makes manipulating vulnerable people a piece of cake.
basicsAstral projects a laid-back persona, just some hedonistic hippie guy into New Age spirituality, free love, and sex magic. He is into all of those things, but he's also a mega control freak, excitable to the point of emotionally volatile, and vain. He wants very badly to be important and one of the ways he hopes to achieve that is to help sow the foundational seeds of endearing the entire planet Earth to the side of his alien species. On Earth or in space, Astral meets his wife, another alien soul like him. Where he projects flexibility, Teresa projects energy. Their energy is out of this world. Among the humans Astral knows, he likes Mac a lot. Mac is a good boy, a good dog, and one day he'd be a good man. "Love" doesn't come to Astral very often, but when Georgie winds up in his life, he falls for her hard. He's obsessed with her and desperate to hide it, sometimes even punishing her for it.
fun facthe's infertile. for now.
General Physical Condition
Apparel & Accessories
Accomplishments & Achievements
Failures & Embarrassments
embarrassmentsknown that he was put on this earth to create a self-aware human-alien hybrid child who would then go on to lead the way toward a joined future. but, a stumbling block is his own infertility. it embarasses him that this obstacle has been placed before him, and it is up to him to fix it immediately.
failuresIn the prototypical version, he plagiarized his master's thesis on metaphysics heavily. Once he was discovered part of the way through the early parts of his doctoral program, he felt that the world doesn't deserve his genius and attempts suicide by driving his truck into a river. Luckily, the world changed its mind, and instead of death he was greeted with the realization that he was an alien creature from another planet and needed him. an attempt at enforcing the rule of destiny ended up going awry. georgie's destiny became clear when astral, after georgie risked the future of the world and disobeyed astral, locked georgie in a stable with nut the horse. georgie ended up killing and reviving the horse but ran away only to be picked up by pasadena police, who took her back to her abusive father. things had just gone so wrong. it's the only thing he'd come close to saying is a real failure.
Savvies & Ineptitudes
savviesAstral's always been good at "catching on" and "picking up" things. He's aware of the intellectual holes in his own knowledge and can fill in the gaps when necessary. As such, he's been a jack of all trades since he was a kid. He played baseball briefly, acted in the school productions briefly, in the marching band briefly, and in the student council... briefly. If asked what his most honed skill was, he'd say writing. Given his propensity toward niche topics, he can run circles around someone rhetorically. A shameless liar, he is an adept storyteller. In some iterations it's just a thing he does to disseminate some stock information about how to get involved with the Connection, and in some his predominant profession is a writer. He writes about the accounts of other people's experiences with things like UFOs, alien abductions, demonic possession, warlock magic, and the power of energy healing. Some accounts are more metaphorical than others. But people buy them and some become very passionate and dedicated fans of his work.
ineptitudesUndoubtedly, Astral's The normal ebb and flow of conversation is outside of her reach. She's prone to wandering away or interrupting others. Whether she's able to make eye contact with her conversation partner is unpredictable. This ineptitude is never treated as such by the other characters. It can be a learning curve to figure out the best way to communicate with her, but it's always rewarding.
Likes & Dislikes
- loony tunes
- plain spaghetti
- touches on the elbow
Towards Astral Parsons
Towards Georgie Palmer
Georgie idolizes Astral for his magical powers and feels indebted to him for any number of reasons. There's an undercurrent of jealousy between them as they contend for Teresa, not helped when Astral is messily and possessively in love with Georgie herself.