The Ceaseless

Created by: Bill Dickson

Current author: Bill Dickson


The Ceaseless is a family, the anthropomorphizations of the fundamental elements of weather on Earth. The Family and its offices are eternal; the offices themselves, however, are filled by mortals, and handed down along familial lines. When a new mortal fills an office, he or she stops aging indefinitely. Upon settling down to raise a family, normal aging resumes where it left off. Thus, several of the offices have been occupied by a given person for many centuries.

Being a fundamental element of weather isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be. Sure, it's got some advantages: the rules of the cosmos state that only mortals and other Family members may spill your blood, and you get to live for a good long time, and you get some pretty keen powers. But contrary to popular belief, you don't get all kinds of ultimate control over weather.

In general, a Family member has influence over his or her element -- Wind could raise a fairly stiff wind, enough to make sailing interesting but not really dangerous. But to achieve particularly strong effects, cooperation with other Family members is usually required. This is not often easy to get, as they tend to have a fairly laissez-faire additude toward their elements. The weather is perfectly capable of functioning on its own, of course; the Ceaseless simply exist to bring a sort of sense to it.

This is not to say they are pushovers. With their powers combined, the Ceaseless can wield essentially limitless power over the planet's weather system. And they are fickle -- the strangest insult to a Family member, real or perceived, could provoke a catastrophic response. It usually doesn't, since almost nobody knows they exist, but it could. The one thing guaranteed to provoke such a response would be for an immortal to break the rules against harming a family member. The only one ever to get away with it was Radian, the Dark Goddess.

The Ceaseless are, to put it mildly, an eccentric bunch. Their most reliable trait is a strong, unwavering love for good chocolate chip cookies.

The Family is made up of the following brothers and sisters. One brother is missing; his identity has yet to be revealed.

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