The project began with only four “children,” three of which did not live very long. After the US Military failed in an attempt to acquire the fourth child, its caretaker absconded with it to France. The caretaker, “Father,” forced the child through corrective surgeries to make it appear as human as possible. Unfortunately, due to the lycanthrope’s anatomy, important arteries were located in the tail and it still remained.
The child was named “Quatre Bornes,” and was enrolled into a military academy in which Father was employed. Quatre Bornes does not know any of this, and believes himself to be a human born with a birth defect (a tail). He never questioned it and is still in denial today.
Father had wanted Quatre Bornes, also known as “Q,” to become a strategist. Q did not want to follow this path, instead wishing to become a sniper. Father and Q’s relationship began to suffer because of this.
Eventually, a boy named Vespasien, also known as “Ves,” caught Q’s attention. Ves told Q he had a dream of moving to the USA to become a mafia lord. If Q joined him, Ves would teach him how to be a sniper. Shortly afterward, Q developed feelings for Ves and eagerly agreed to aid him.
During a fight with Father over Q wishing to attend sniper school, Q revealed that he loved boys. Enraged, Father grabbed a rapier and disfigured Q’s face with it, shouting, “If you like men, then you don’t deserve the face I made for you!”
At 18, Q and Ves decamped to the USA via ship. Ves began the French mafia in New York, Q became his translator and right hand. Although he wasn’t the best, he took to sniping rather easily, and the mafia grew beneath them.
Later, a man named Alexandre began to consult with Ves, stating a homosexual-led mafia was not very threatening. In response, Ves began publicly doting on women, eventually completely ignoring Q. Frustrated, Q left the mafia, feeling abandoned and betrayed by his now ex-boyfriend.
Q became a low brow hitman and went back into the closet, becoming a violent, sexist homophobic. If his father disowned him because he liked men, and his boyfriend abandoned him for women, then being gay must certainly be wrong, Q surmised.
Note: His first name is “Quatre Bornes.” It’s double barrel. “Bornes” is not a middle name.
Aliases: Bornes, Lee, Q, Quatre, Qua
Note: He hates “Quatre.”
Occupation: Gun for hire
Legal Status: Illegal Immigrant
Marital Status: Single
Base of Operations: Vagrant
Group Affiliation: None. Contractor.
Former Group Affiliation: French Mafia
Origin: Quatre Bornes was born on Mauritius, a french-owned island off the coast of Africa. He grew up in France but immigrated to his current state of origin about the time he turned 18. His mother was a Mauritian, whereas his father was French/Chinese.
Height: 6 feet
Hair: Formerly black, currently grey. Down to chinline, parted to one side.
Eyes: Dark green. Eyes are extremely sensitive to light; exposure to daytime sun is painful and potentially blinding. At night, they can be bioluminescent. Pupils are oval-shaped, narrowing to slits in light.
Skin: Tanned or dark
Age: 25 – 28
Languages: French; English
Quatre Bornes has a diagonal slash-like scar over his face from just over his left eye, across his nose, to the bottom of his right cheek. His grey hair is parted over the side, covering an eye, in effort to cover both it and the scar.
The man has two black whisker-like tattoos on either cheek, coming up from his chin line, and a golden ankh tattoo over his back.
His most defining feature, aside from his animalistic green eyes (described earlier) is his tail. It is black, the color of the hair on his head before it greyed, and goes down to his knees. It resembles the tail of a saluki, as it is feathered and slightly curled at the tip, albeit monocolored. Saluki reference.
While his vocal chords are somewhat damaged, he can still imitate many canine sounds with surprising accuracy.
His sense of smell and taste are normal or subnormal.
Hearing is exceptional, in tune to both higher and lower frequencies than a normal human.
Vision is normal to exceptional. Pays close attention to detail and movement, has wide peripheral vision, and can see further distances than humans. Quatre Bornes can also see perfectly in the dark, his green eyes sometimes glowing.
Hearing is sensitive. Prolonged noises outside the normal human hearing range induces headaches.
Vision is incredibly sensitive. Daylight causes headaches and can be potentially blinding. Sunglasses must be worn. Vision itself, while keen, has a limited color spectrum.
Due to the chronic headaches caused by sunlight, Q self-medicates by smoking and/or cigarettes.
Quatre Bornes’s tail is also extremely sensitive, having what could be called whiskers lining down the base. If stroked the right way, it can induce arousal. If pulled or tugged, it will cause extreme pain and discomfort. If cut, exsanguination is possible.
Born on Mauritius, Quatre Bornes “Q” Lee was quickly brought to France, and raised in military academies. Born a lycanthrope/human hybrid, treatments and surgeries were performed upon him during his childhood to make him appear human. These, like most of Q’s childhood, are not remembered. Q believes he is entirely human.
Pushed to succeed his father as a strategist, Q rebelled to become a sniper instead.After many fights over Q’s intended occupation, the last one being where he got his scar, Q left his home and ended up in the country where he is today.
He is a contracted killer, and while he may have the best shot around, he isn’t so great at the other needed talents of sniping. For this and other less-important reasons, he only accepts contracts for less than one hundred thousand dollars, which makes him a prime target to take advantage of– and people have done it before. He is a mockery to the underground business and many wetworkers consider him a fool, however he isn’t dead yet so he must be getting some business and doing something right.
Q cannot, and could never transform. At least not physically. A mental transformation can be achieved in specific conditions, usually during times of extreme pain or stress.
Q considers himself human. He dislikes his body, and the tattoos he received he thinks of as “adolescent mistakes.” By the time he reaches 24 years old, his mannerisms become more bestial. At this, he continues his denial, calling himself 100% human.
Inside a seabag, he carries everything he needs- clothes, toiletries, basic cooking wares and some canned goods. If he were stranded on a deserted island, he’d be able to survive for at least seven days (provided he found a water source, as there’s no water in his seabag). Inside the bag, at the very bottom, is 20,000USD in cash.
Other than the seabag and what’s inside, he carries a hard violin case which harbors an M40 sniper rifle with extra ammunition for it and his handguns. In addition, he owns a WASP Injector knife, despite rarely using it. Although normally on his person, his two Baretta M9s (handguns), in shoulder holsters, may also be in the violin case. He also wears a SOG Seal Knife at his hip in its sheath.
Lastly are his specially prescribed sunglasses, which never leave his person. Without them, he wouldn’t be able to see in the daylight.
Aged 20 – 23
Quatre Bornes is a confounding mix of sanity and insensibility. On the one hand, he can be cool and calculating. On the other, he can be explosive and over-reactive. He is somewhat emotionally unstable, often acting on instinct and influence rather than expertise when it comes to interpersonal communication.
Q can bury his emotions deep within himself and carry out jobs and business with unscrupulous low-lives with ease. Killing from a distance is his game, and it his ability to turn himself off that allows him to do his job with no remorse. However, when it comes to his off time, he has no friends and prefers to drive people away. A vagrant at heart, he wishes for partnership but also does not allow himself to get too connected to people as he knows he will have to leave them.
When Bornes talks of his father, he never uses possessive pronouns. Bornes’s father is not “my father” it is simply “Father” with a capital F. Father insisted Q was normal and did all he could to make Q so; Father almost disowned Q for admitting he liked boys. Q now subconsciously tries to bang every woman to win back Father’s love. Bornes needs to prove that he is not Father’s failure.
As such, he seeks out prostitutes to get the false sense of being wanted. He’ll often get drunk for an inflated ego boost. He views himself as human with a terrible genetic defect (his tail). While normally he’ll hide this defect, when he is drunk he believes himself to be “greater” than a normal human, and that what women want is really an animal– lucky for him, he is part one.
He goes to exotic fetishist clubs almost exclusively as he knows the people there will “accept” his flaws and view them as triumphs. He feels that no “normal” person could ever accept him fully, and even if they did, he’d never be able to have sex with them as he acts very bestial in bed, animal sounds and all. In a normal situation with a “normal” person, he is very self-conscious of this.
The older Q gets, the worse his conditions become.
Starting at 24, but peaking at 25, Bornes finds even low light to be intolerable. He begins wearing his sunglasses at night and avoids day light as much as possible. He becomes strictly nocturnal around this time.
Due to the eye sight and his sensitive hearing, he has chronic headaches. Ages 24 – 25, he tries to completely drown everything out with alcohol. By 25 – 26 he stops cold turkey and goes into withdrawal. He realizes the alcohol negatively impacts his fainting spells.
In between ages 24 and 27 Q develops lung cancer and/or Emphysema due to the excessive smoking.
Prior to age 24, Q growls and roars when angry but generally has full control of his more “animal” personality traits. This control begins faltering at age 24 and progressively worsens as time wears on. By 26, Q prefers to communicate via growls and grunts versus any human language.
In some roleplays, at 25+, Q will begin to spend more time with animals and may even begin communicating with them.
For the majority of Q’s history, the character had low blood pressure, producing chronic fainting spells, which he self-medicated by smoking. This aspect of the character was changed in 2015. The chronic headaches due to sunlight were increased, and that is now the main weakness of Q.
Main Character Variations
The “main” and “canon” Q is that he is a gun for hire.
Aggressively homophobic, ex-french mafia, mercenary.
The older he gets, the more he smokes and drinks.
Rather than a lycanthrope/human hybrid, Q is part hellhound. His occupation is either male body mod model or demon hunter. Something awakens within Q and he begins to hear the voice of Apollyon, telling him to kill demon hybrids that disrupt the ‘veil.’
In the story of ConstantChaotic(an old web serial I wrote), Q is a ‘Talvian’ who left his country to serve Edmond Dantes in order to kill the Phoenix Soul. The Phoenix had killed Q’s parents. Q trains with Edmond and they eventually become inseparable. Q wears a limiter and a negator so he cannot use his ki or rez (magic energy). These are microchips embedded into a dog collar Q wears at all times.
Should the collar ever be broken, it would be revealed that Q is the Soul Stealer, a Resonance Soul just as evil, if not moreso, than the Phoenix. The Soul Stealer can steal peoples resonance souls, swap them, and kill them. Q is deathly afraid of his Rez and hides from it. But once it’s free, the Soul Stealer is a killing machine.
He also has a music obsession, it being the only thing that seems to calm him down. Because of this, he frequently wears large headphones.