|Born in Hull, near the East Coast of England, to a Corax father and a normal mother. Both he and his brother are Kinfolk to the Corax, but Raven seems to have taken an actual interest in Paul. During his pre-teen years, his father told him about the Corax, the spirit world, and the metaphysical war between the Triat. Whether he believed
it or not, it stuck in his mind, and he heeded his father's warnings about not telling his mother or brother, both of whom were not as special in Raven's eyes.
From an early age, Raven's influence was evident in Paul, his immense curiosity at that time turning into a lust for learning. He was one of the brightest students his schools had ever seen, and his teachers lamented that he could not find the time out of school to carry on learning. He was doing, but in his own way he was learning about life outside the lessons taught, devouring books at an almost alarming rate.
When he was nine, he was first introduced to the world of the computer. These strange machines that could do almost anything captivated him, and he spent a lot of time learning how to operate and program them. From the Commodore 64, through various games machines, to a shaky Amstrad 80286 that was his first taste of a PC for his 14th birthday. He was hooked. The machine was tinkered with, and
optimized, and generally cared for as only a true natural could. Raven was apparently happy with the path he took, he often picked up components on the cheap as people just happened not to need exactly what he was looking for.
In the summer of 1997, Paul was introduced to the Internet, and was captivated
once more. His lust for knowledge and insatiable curiosity could be sated at last. Connecting either through his friends' relatives' businesses, or through the link at his college, he spent a great deal of time on the net. Needless to say, he did not go unnoticed. Scott McNair, a Virtual Adept, became close friends with Paul. He believed Paul had what it took to join his Tradition, and through a series of mind-bending puzzles and questions showed him the way to Awakening.
His Awakening was not all all sweetness and light. His father, feeling estranged from everyone bar Paul, had become disenchanted with the perfect life that he had thought he wanted. Seeing his son spending so much time secluded on his own, he believed that even Paul had lost his fascination with the world of Spirits and suchlike that his father often told him of. Paul spending three days straight locked in his room going through his Awakening
was the last straw. Leaving a note stuck to Paul's door explaining how he felt and why, his father took off for the Deep Umbra, loosing the sun. He has not been seen since. Three days later, Scott was killed by unnamed sources, believed to be part of a Nephandic cult he was investigating.
Since his father's departure, the general attitude of his family changed. Paul spent his days at college or walking the
streets, not wanting to be in the house. At night he would continue tinkering with his computer or net connection, constantly trying new theories. His mother and brother grew distant, and
arguments between them became more frequent. Paul grew used to the idea of not having a family,
instead finding a form of surrogate family with two close friends, Luke Wilson
and Stewart Hamilton. The three became a force to be reckoned with, growing
closer than many families in the process. His mother and brother were glad when he
gained a place at Staffordshire University on a Computing degree, but Paul
once more felt the terrible wound of losing the people closest to him.
He quickly realized that with his Magickal training, he could ace the degree, and skipped lectures in
favor of being outside, finding out about his locale. He readily helped his friends pass modules of the degree, even though he had hardly been to any lectures. using the University internet connection, along with hardware that he had bought, cajoled or stolen, he was able to rig together a Trinary computer and connect to the Digital Web. His initial effort too up most of the space in his student flat, but once he was able to confer with other Adepts he redesigned and rebuilt a lot. The other adepts helped him understand the intrinsic properties of what he was working with, and how his particular
technological style of magick could help reduce his design.
Though his Christmas holiday was spent at home, his mother hardly saw him. he was either out with a girl that she thought was his girlfriend, or being online.
In actual fact, that period was a Seeking, where he made contact with his Avatar for the first time since his Awakening. She helped show him that he could mesh his father's teachings of the Corax with what the other Adepts had taught him. It was a harrowing
period, which lead to a breakdown and attempted suicide upon his return to University.
Finally dragging himself through, and stronger because of it, he successfully merged the seemingly unconnected paradigms into one, and was stronger emotionally because of it. Trusting in Raven to provide for him, he took his stuff and instead of returning home over Easter he was lucky enough to catch a cheap flight to Kansas City.
Renting a cheap apartment in the slums of the city, he set out quickly to
His first foray into the mazelike
streets and alleys of the city brought him to the nearby ruins of the Bradford
Suites Hotel. There he encountered Dara MacNeil, and after the initial shock
wore off, he left with a lingering wonder if he would ever see her again.
First however, he met others, including Zelda Cliff, Matt Sunchaser, and
Saskia Ivierska. With Saskia's agreement and help, he has learned the language
of the Corax, and more details about the supernatural entities in the area. He
met again with Dara whilst walking the alleys one night, and as a result of
events that transpired that night the pair are currently residing together. he
is puzzled, and slightly worried by the fact that being around so many
supernatural beings seems to have started up some kind of developing
Awareness, but Saskia and others have helped him come to terms with that.
Indeed, his life seems to be getting
weirder all around. Depressed by the lack of direction his life had, and the
fact that he seemed to be achieving nothing, he attempted to kill himself.
Saved at literally the last moment, a long discussion ensued, whereupon he
attempted to reverse the depression with mainly positive results. This also
lead to a confrontation with Dara, which was swiftly resolved. He has since
become involved with SubTech Zero, spending every other night at their HQ. He
still returns to Dara whenever he can, and if the group ever took him too far
from her he would leave without hesitation.
The Subtech group has taken up most of
his time, be it trying to assist Saskia, or his main assignment, finding the
killer of fellov Virtual Adept Francesca Dalessandro. The fact that he is now the
"Ranking" VA in the group is bothering him, and he is finding it somewhat hard to
concentrate on his assignbment as it stands.