Raleigh's a necromancer who is associated with the local Necromancer's Guild. Their primary job is to usher ghosts into the afterlife (their ectoplasm is toxic to mortals). Along with his primary necromancy job, he also does freelance magic-related jobs for clients, for additional income.
Cecil (kinda, sorta... maybe?)
He was born to a poor family. His mother Victoria, was a Biomancer (healing-specialized wizard) and his father John, was a drunk who tended to jump from job to job. He also has a younger sister named Natalia. Natalia and Raleigh were pretty close while growing up and still are on very good terms. Natalia is currently married to a merchant named Trenton. They have a daughter named Eileen. While Raleigh dotes on Eileen and is a very good uncle to her, he's pretty much disliked and distrusted by Trenton, who sees him as nothing more than a useless drunk.
He's 6'6", overweight, middle-aged cripple (right leg). His hair is black, wavy and untamed. Facial hair is a pointed beard and a small mustache. Prominent on his face is a large, beaklike nose. Brown eyes. Pale skin. Wears glasses and shabby, dark-colored clothing. Looks rather shabby and unkempt overall.
He's mostly blunt, rude, and down-right condescending at times. This, combined with an overly-emotional and distrusting nature makes Raleigh a rather difficult person for most people to deal with. He detests formality and frivolity with a burning passion. Despite his asocial tendencies, though, he can be very generous and tries to help others (while still being utterly condescending). He has a strong sense of duty to his job, but is often rather lazy when it comes to physical activity. Has a powerful paternal instinct, despite having no children of his own. He also has a love-hate relationship with alcohol. He loves to drink and has a tendency towards low-self control when it comes to drinking, but also fears becoming like his father and experiences guilt after he sobers up.
Deep, rough voice. Has what sounds like a Cockney accent.
The setting he lives in is a world in which most of the "technology" (food storage, transportation, lighting etc.) is run on magic and alchemy. There is no specific time period and the cultures of various fantasy races reflect various time periods in terms of aesthetics (ex. Gnomes have a very Rococo aesthetic). A lot of areas in this world have been recently devastated by a terrible wizarding war called "The Conjurer's War", in which many of settlements (including civilian settlements) were destroyed. A lot of the poorer areas have been rebuilt using scrap metals and building scraps (see something like Fallout). Raleigh lives in an apartment in one of these poorer areas.
Raleigh was born in a city named Golgmond in North Stokand (fictional country for a fictional world). He pretty much grew up poor (mostly due to his father's drunken antics). He grew up close to his mother, resenting his father. He also grew up with a keen interest in magic.
Raleigh grew up and went to Arcane University (wizarding school) to learn Necromancy. He moved to Colendia (another country). After his education, the Conjurer's War started and Raleigh was dragged into war. The war ended and is pretty much just doing what he's doing now.
Raleigh is currently doing his job as a necromancer as well as freelance jobs. He lives in a crappy apartment and tries to scrape out a living. He has currently been saddled with two apprentices, Alister & Edgar. The comic that I'm using them in is their ~*~MAGICAL~*~ adventures.
-LIKES- alcohol, reading, military history, magic, children, horses, studying, writing, lounging about, casual company, skeletal figures/taxidermy, black pudding, meat, pipe-smoking, outdoor markets, the city, cemeteries (because NECROMANCER!), interests in burial/death customs/ghosts/ and other kind of macabre shit relevant to his job, sunrises/sunsets, the smell of smoke
-DISLIKES- alcohol, frivolous/fancy things, fops, upscale events and/or places, physical labor, exercise, formal attire, summer, hot weather, nature, spicy food, ships/sailing/being on the any large body of water
STRENGTHS- intelligent, articulate, can be compassionate & generous, can be charismatic, good with children/paternal, highly principled, protective of those he care about.
-WEAKNESSES- rude, assholeish, skittish, temperamental, openly hostile towards people he decides that he doesn't like, secretive to the point of being annoying, can be nosy, way too quick to give opinion (even when it isn't asked for), tendency towards being a drunk, overbearing, suffers from PSTD from Conjurer's War
Has a weird relationship with Cecil. Necromancers in the Necromancy Guild take a vow of celibacy (like monks). One reason is to try and live a more "spiritual" existence since they are the only few wizards to traverse between the physical and spiritual world (the afterlife), which means abstaining from the physical connection of sex. Also since Necromancers are so connected with death, it seems almost insulting for them to engage in an act that is so connected with procreation.
This being said, Raleigh has a homoromantic relationship with Cecil, a childhood friend. Cecil understands that Raleigh as essentially taken a vow of abstinence and while it's difficult, the two respect each other enough to keep a relationship on a romantic level. So it is more of an odd relationship then anything else.
Does your character collect anything?
taxidermy, bones, and beer bottles
Kind of clothing?
shabby, old clothing (subscribes to the idea of "I will NOT waste money on new clothes until the ones I have are literally falling apart")
His mother taking him to market. They were buying some new blankets for their home. He was talking to her about how he liked the red, fleece blanket.
Least favorite animal?
What element would they be?
Parting Glass (traditional Irish folk song)
Deadly sin that best represents them?
Which animal would they be?
Socioeconomic level as a child?
reading, studying, writing, irritating the hell out of shopkeepers, spending time with Cecil, complaining, traveling, tending to his horses, drinking
Special skills / talents?
beautiful handwriting, can talk a good game usually, talented writer, expert at necromancy, good stragetist
has high patience level for children, but low for other people
Suffers a bit from "survivor's guilt" after the Conjurer's War and sometimes regrets not being able to save his fellow comrades in war.
"The Military History of Colendia"
Dream place to live?
any place better then where he is now
Mode of transportation?
horse & cart
raven named Gruhama (technically it's his familiar)
Most appropriate TV trope(s)?
"Jerkass with a Heart of Gold" or "Papa Wolf"
Pipe smoke and old books
How do they feel about love?
Love is a good thing and is often a lot more self-sacrificial then he let's on.
Least favorite color?
Golgmond, Northern Stokand
Where they live now?
Dead Turn, Colendia
Makes a living by?
Necromancer/Freelance Wizarding Jobs