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.
- Chill: The eldest of the Ceaseless, Chill was here at the beginning,
permeating the edges of the solar system, waiting for the sun to form from the
gasses around him. Wrapped in his heavy brown parka, bearing a large slab of
ice, he tickles our feet on fall nights when they poke out from under the
covers, nibbles at vegetables left in the garden too long, keeps your ice cream
- Ideal: At times genderless, sometimes male, sometimes female,
occasionally both, Ideal coaxes its siblings into combining their powers
perfectly on the first day of spring, driving humans and other animals into a
mating frenzy. It teases us with summer breezes and gentle puffs of cloud into
fields and onto mountains, often allowing the balance to tilt and collapse
before we have begun to enjoy ourselves.
- Weird: The youngest of the ceaseless, her hair flowing and changing,
one eye filled with fear, the other with exhilaration. She runs her fingers up
the backs of our necks before storms; she sends the cats scurrying under
couches during winds that seem to blow in exactly the wrong directions. She
whispers in our ears on still nights, urging us to run to the door if we wish
to make it inside alive.
- Wet: Nora Bergensen, AKA Rainy Day Woman, currently holds the office
of Wet of the Ceaseless, having recently replaced her grandmother. She is
Sprin'kull in the ancient tongue, Caller of the Worms to the Sidewalks,
Dampener of Large Manly Men's Clothing. She is by far the youngest current
officeholder, but is well-liked by the others. They do not, however, approve of
her public use of her powers as a superhero and member of
- Heat: Kra'kull is a tall, gaunt, brown man, his wild black hair done
in thick braids that swung every which way. He wears only a flowing, almost
amorphous black loincloth, which he adjusts, constantly and uncomfortably, in
an eternal effort to get sand out of it and to prevent wedgies. He sends the
soothing warmth into your muscles as you bask in the sun's light; he warps the
cassette tape you carelessly leave on the dashboard.
- Wind: Unattractive -- some might say ugly -- some might say
downright hideous -- Wind sits alone at the far end of the table when the
Family gathers. She brings the breezes that sway the straw and flutter the rose
petals, she fills the sails of the fishing boats as they tack across the Sound
in search of the day's catch, but she also emits fairly noxious odors.
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