Name: Philip Patrick Sullivan
Origin: United States
Talent: Unconfirmed Dreamer
Loyalty: Catholic Church
Aura: White & bright blue
Played By: Asc
The Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God, Patricus I.
A handsome man, with etched cheekbones, greyed hair, pretty blue eyes, and a soft, round mouth. He is fully aware of his attractive appearance and often scorns others for pointing it out.
He’s slender and although engages only in aerobic exercise, he eats quite sparse. He’s 5’10” and about 155lbs.
He’s a finicky and precise dresser, wanting only the best papal accoutrement history has to offer. He wears a beautifully tailored white cassock and short cape so recognizable of his office. Early in his Papacy, he wore plain white, but as the years progressed, the white is now adorned with gold filigree embroidery. The pectoral cross that is always pressed to his chest is also gold with a small diamond encrusted at the center. Unlike other popes in recent history, he has taken to adorning himself in rich attire of medieval tradition, including velvet red shoes, antique rings of the fisherman, and ornate mantums.
He is irritable and vindictive. Philip has always had a prodigious memory. He will crack jokes, but typically only when the subject is an extremely offensive topic with the sole purpose of arousing shock from others. People treat him as though he is second only to God, something he himself believes fully, placing himself on equal footing with Christ himself.
When it comes to personal relationships, he behaves with utmost formality and expects the same of others. Formality is an anchor with which he latches himself into the boundaries he operates within. For to bend even one bar of that self-imposed kingdom even a little and the whole thing would break. It is his mantra a a priest, man, child, and servant intersecting with the world in which he lives but does not participate in.
Philip does not struggle with desires of the flesh like other clergymen. Once his dedication is laid, it is forever. Therefore, he is truly married to the Church and will forever be its servant. He believes he is without sin, but knows that such arrogance is itself a sin. There has never been a single insinuation about misbehavior nor even a wayward glance in his life. His morality is irreproachable.
Philip began acquiring college credits when he was a freshman in high school such that by the time he graduated at 17, he was over half-way done with completing his Bachelors. The pre-seminary degree was required studies in Philosophy and set him on the career in the priesthood.
He completed major seminary (a Masters degree) at 24 years of age, making him eligible to be ordained at 25, the minimum age for Priesthood. He always knew he would enter service in the church, even as a child.
He was appointed Bishop of the diocese of Baltimore at 35, also a minimum eligible age. Surprisingly, he was elected as pope when he was barely 40 years old. This was an unprecedented age and he was cleanly the youngest pope in modern history by 20 years.
He is fluent in spoken and written English and Latin, verbally fluent in Spanish and competent in Greek and Hebrew.
His chosen Papal name is quite significant: Patricus I. Given that the first pope is identified as the Apostle Peter, and every subsequent pope is his heir, none have replicated the apostle’s name. Often the new pontiff’s choice of name upon being elected to the papacy is seen as a signal to the world of whom the new pope will emulate, what policies he will seek to enact, or even the length of his reign. Since Saint Peter was the first Pope; no Pope of Rome has chosen the name of Peter, Petrus, or even Patricus as a derivative. When asked, Philip alludes to the example of Saint Patrick rather than aligning himself as Peter II. Saint Patrick was said to have visions from God, one of which led to his freedom after being held captive by pirates for many years. Saint Patrick was a pious man with complete and utter faith in God. He feared nothing – not even death. Otherwise dismissed prophecy states that Pope Peter II, Peter the Roman, would be the last pope before the destruction of Rome and the church.
There’s nothing outside your obedience to Patricus the I, nothing except hell. A hell you may know nothing about, but I do.
Cardinal Secretary of State (to be named) is the chief curial official and presides over the Secretariat. He is second in authority to the Pope. If all the Pope’s closest collaborators comprise the Roman Curia, then the Secretariat of State is the center of that circle.
Archbishop Jean-Guy Cheney, Second Section of the offices of the Secretariat of State primarily deals with the Holy See’s relationships with foreign governments. In his domain are diplomatic relations, political matters, and contacts with international organizations, particularly delicate situations that require negotiations with civil authorities. He is described as an overweight, balding Frenchman with a large mole on his face.
Other notable persons
Fr. Revene Ando, an aged priest over a church in Tartu, Estonia, one of only a few Roman Catholic priests in the area.
Nimeda, a dream figure he met in Tel’Aran’Rhiod when he was washed away by a river flood. She named him ‘Noctua’ in the dream.
Tuuru, the arboreal construct encountered in the dream world that was activated by the arrival of himself and Nimeda.
Thalia, the waking world counterpart to Nimeda that he sought out because he believed she was in danger.
Armande, the former Regus of the Atharim whom he met after his confirmation as Pope. He has a tentatively mutual respect for Armande, primarily for the man’s intellect and devotion to his cause.
Key of Cunning
While in the world of dreams, the combination of intense need of two powerful dreamers drew them to a Pocket in the pattern, a hidden place, like a fold in the dream. Within, they encountered the Four-Way Pillar. Philip was given the key of Cunning, a dreamstake that upon his activation of it, disappeared from the world of dreams and reappeared in the equivalent location in the waking world. Philip assumed the shard was a figment of the dream, and does not know that its real counterpart waits in the forests for his arrival. Three other dreamstakes exist, and all four must be joined together to be fully functional.
A flood that washed up through the trees and swept everything bare. | Revealed that a tragic tsunami would strike somewhere in the world. This indeed happened the day after in Indonesia.
A dove circling in the air above his head as he watched from the ground | Inferred he should remain patiently in place.
Dreamed he was being chased by technically advanced, autonomous robotics through the streets of Rome. Ended with the destruction of St. Peter’s and him jumping into the Tiber River. | Symbolizes the destruction of the Church and advancement of the CCD to unseat him as Pope.
“You don’t look like someone of importance, but you must be to gain an audience with the Holy Father.”
“I believe because it is absurd.”
“What was suppose to happen? I see this thing and am instantly a believer? Well, it fucking worked.”
”Do I believe you?” he shrugged, glistening lips pursed thoughtfully. ”I have no reason not to, but it doesn’t matter. I have no reason to believe in God either.”
”I see that your journey is not that you have asked for too much. It is that you have been satisfied with too little.”
“The Pope should be old, like our Father Ando inside. He has the hump of a Pope, although I dare say, not the alarm clock of one.”
“Most address me Holy Father, but I also accept Your Holiness if you’re feeling particularly cheeky.”
“You know what is so beautiful about questions? It is that we don’t have the answers.”
“Patience: a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”
To be left to ruling one’s own life was to concede oneself to tyrannical mayhem. Just a bad idea. There was no fear in jumping because death was the safest activity that existed.
“When you return, just remember that Rome is a suburb of Vatican City.”
“The dead have spoken before, but I am not surprised they seek me out.”