Paul's magickal style has
changed greatly since his awakening and Seekings. Whereas previously it was
the teachings of the Virtual Adepts alone that shaped his ability to hack
reality, his confrontations with his Avatar (see reference) have lead him to
branch from even that society of loners. Whilst he is still considered a
member of their tradition, he is constantly questioning whether he has more to
learn from them or from others.
His style at present
works in part from his understanding of the Triat and the spirit world, and in
part from an "object oriented" view of reality. He believes that the
Wyld creates objects, but the Weaver locks them down into patterns. In the
case of Life, the Wyld has more of it's freedom, and the patterns are more
complex, and he has not yet been able to hack any of them. In the case of the
Changing Breeds, the energy of the Wyld allows them to alter their own
weaver-pattern, to a limited degree.
His own ability is not
to work with dynamic patterns such as this but to work with the more 'static'
patterns of energy and matter. Each object's pattern contains a set of
attributes that define that object. Some are public, accessible to anyone that
can access any patterns. In general, only simple 'tag' bit-fields and location
attributes are available to him at this level. It is through this that he
works his Correspondence Arts. His ability to access the Private attributes of
Patterns of Forces and Matter enable him to make much greater changes, but he
still cannot totally rewrite fields or create new ones from scratch.
All of this alteration
is accomplished by complex programs vocalized or typed into his hip-mounted
Trinary computer or his Trinary laptop. Another thing about these computers
that marks him out from the average Virtual Adept is the fact that each
requires a "spiritlink modem" to sufficiently interface with the
patterns he utilizes.
As his understanding
meshes with the Corax worldview as he has been taught by many, he is at risk
of deserting the Adepts entirely and becoming a kind of techno-Corax mage.
Whether this would be a good thing or not remains to be seen, though he has
started to collate a group of programs mimicking some of the Corax spirit Gifts
that he can duplicate the effects of. These can be used, provided one of his
Trinary decks is on, with little more than concentration, and maybe a single
word or keystroke. It is entirely possible that he will find a way to surpass
this in the future.
Paul's Avatar is
obviously an aspect of Raven, though with a cyberpunk twist to suit his more
technologically-oriented style. Appearing as either a beautiful young woman in
an ebony top-hat and tails carrying a silver tipped cane, with her left arm
and eye replaced with sleek cybernetic replacements befitting Raven, or as a
large, jet-black raven with one wing gleaming a metallic silver, and one eye
replaced by a camera.
Whilst his Avatar has
not had a long-running involvement with him, whenever it does show up it
signifies something major is going to happen. The raven-form is taken more in
the Digital Web, where it matches Paul's own Icon, that of a half-cybernetic
raven to the point where they could be considered mates. In this form it
usually provides guidance in the literal sense, leading him to his
The form of the woman is
taken less frequently, but is seemingly more significant. Appearing to him
when he needs guidance of a more aetherial kind, she speaks mainly in riddles
and single lines, getting him to think 'out of the box' for himself. The one
time 'she' appeared for more than a few minutes was the Christmas before he
moved to Kansas when she engaged him on a whirlwind romance, intending to
prove that two seeming opposites could indeed meld and be stronger. Only since
that Seeking has his worldview altered to mesh the techno-punk and Corax
natures within him.
His most-used focus is a
computer, obvious to anyone that knows of his V-dept heritage. He has
one Trinary decks that he uses, as well as a portable uplink to it. The
actual machine resembles a slim line laptop PC, with ports for mouse, VR
gloves, and a transmitter base for his glasses. This machine is in inherently
more stable than normal due to surge buffers and various hacks to it's
Pattern. It can run practically any piece of software, triple-boots Windows,
Linux and BeOS, and can read and write to
floppy disk, optical disk, DAT tape, all forms of CD and DVD. It has all of the
features of a souped-up Trinary deck.
The remote uplink is
his usual "fast action" deck. About the size and shape of a personal
stereo, it has a bank of ten keys on it's surface, and a small transmitter for
the gloves and visor he wears, abut the size of a small mobile telephone, and
connected by a single wire. It is perfect for field work as it lets him keep
in contact with his Trinary without actually endangering the main machine by
exposing it to hostile environments. It's small size and shiny nature however,
make it a prime target. It's
input is usually either speech from the microphones in the glasses, or data
straight from the virtual keyboards of the gloves. Most often used functions
can be set to one of the five non system specific keys on the unit, usually
encoded to local motion enhancement and deflection programs (Rotes). Output is
via the speakers and video of the glasses, or built in speakers in the machine
itself. It cannot
however link with any other devices beyond the laptop.
His glasses, slightly
bulkier than those of other Adepts, contain integral headphones and
microphones, and have an internal video display which alters in opacity by
subvocalised command. An experimental system to measure eye movement and use it as input is
mounted on the inside, but only the laptop can make use of this. They
communicate with their base unit by either radio waves or hard-wiring to the
laptop. Paul is experimenting with other means of linking the glasses and
seems to have a plan, but without further experimentation and assistance from
someone more accomplished with the manipulation of energy his plan for Umbral
linking must remain just a plan. Obviously, the glasses are just as unique as his
computers and would cost about as much to replace.
His gloves look to be
thin black leather gloves, with rigid parts around the tips of each finger and
around the body of the hand. They act as virtual reality gloves for all intents and
purposes, using standard gigahertz frequency radio waves to communicate with the main
unit. Both the laptop and the remote deck contain software for a virtual
keyboard, which allows him to input data to his machine silently by 'typing' on
air. Said keyboard moves with his hands, and there is one 'side' of a standard
keyboard per hand. They are
often used when silent data entry is needed, or advanced programming is
required in a situation when voice-activation would not be prudent.