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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ T. Merton
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280 Posts
8 Threads

Pronouns: Him/He
Age: 34
Occupation: Artist /Earl of Morton
Plotter: https://bywitandwhitby.rpginitiative.com...hp?tid=369
Height: 6'5"
Registered: Sep 2020

it's the look of a killer, a madman, ye better watch him/her closely

EYE COLO(U)R: blue
HAIR COLO(U)R: dark blonde
HEIGHT: 6'5”
BUILD: Muscular and brawny
AGE: 34
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Douglas has blue eyes and dark blond hair that tends to be short but shaggy. He is about six foot five inches tall and 195 pounds. He is muscular and brawny.
TYPICAL DRESS STYLE: He generally wears what is expected of a gentleman but it usually has paint somewhere on it when he is not out about. He doesn’t really care what is in style. He wears what is comfortable to him.
OTHER NOTES: Sarcastic and somewhat dark to those that don’t know him and tends to keep others at arm’s length. To those that get close, if he lets that happen, he is actually quite sentimental about places and things from the past.
the human mind is amazing in its natural evil, this one's no exception
LIKES: Sculpting, painting, and drawing, and being quite intense about finishing a job once he starts it. Douglas likes being outdoors and the joy of creating the image of what he sees in some medium so that others can share it.
DISLIKES: He is quite uncomfortable with closed-in spaces, snakes, and he is allergic to shellfish. He despises most forms of “modern art” and considers cameras to be sacrilege to true art.
ASPIRATIONS: To be able to live a quiet life without harming others nor having others harm him. Creating something that will truly show the beauty within. He has achieved this a few times but always strives to do it again each time he begins a project.
FEARS: Losing his eyes.
HOBBIES: He creates works on canvas and three dimensional. To see a work by Gordon is to see something amazing.

PLAYBY: Josh Holloway
history's our only way of knowing what a man/woman might do again
PARENTS: Meagan and Dugal Gordon
EDUCATION: Private Tutors when at home, as well as the local school, and then apprenticing with famous artists

TITLE: Earl of Morton
Douglas was born in the highlands of Scotland. The times were hard for those of the highlands that still followed the old ways. Douglas’s parents, Meagan and Dugal Gordon were among those that strove to adapt. His mother and his father were of the peerage but neither family had followed the Jacobite cause, so had survived better than those that had.

Douglas was a bright boy with a cheerful temperament. He drew from the time he was given his first slate and chalk for school. He struggled with most subjects but his skill in rendering the tiniest details of a flower, a girl’s braid, or a small insect drew the attention of one of the artists known in the region and Douglas became this man's apprentice. He became even more skilled and was moved to the city to study under an even more renowned artist.

Even within his artistic studies, Douglas’s first twenty years were filled with war. When he reached the age of 24, he was recruited to help depict scenes from the front line for the papers using his artistic talents. It was his works that gave the brave, dead, and dying a face for those that read the papers. In truth, his drawings depicted the pain and horror of the front lines.

Though he began to hate his talents as much as he hated the things he had to witness, he continued. At the age of 26, it became to much and he collapsed. His health had been failing for a year and his superiors sent him home to recuperate for as long as needed.

Douglas spent much of the first six months sitting on the highest cliff he could find letting the clean highland air cleanse the darkness and painful suffering he had witnessed from his soul. He didn’t pick up a charcoal or paintbrush for the entire time. His parents feared that what he had seen in the war had killed the part of him that he cherished most. It took a year of walking the highlands with his favorite dog, Dodger before his relieved parents found that he had gathered some clay and begun sculpting faces of the local children. It wasn’t painting, but he was at least tapping into that part of him that brought him such joy once again.

In the fall of his 29th year, his father and he went out hunting to stock up the food stores for the coming winter. Turning to attack, he watched his father’s death by a boar. In a rage, he went after the boar with the butt end of his gun. He did mortally wound the beast with his hunting knife during the battle. He carried his father’s body home with great sorrow and dedicated his resources to caring for his mother.

He lived out the rest of his mother’s life there in the highlands, painting portraits and sculpting statues from clay and rock for their livelihood. At her death, when he was 33, he mourned deeply, visiting often her grave and that of his father’s there beside her. He sold their second home, the one that his parents had moved into when they had put Douglas into control of the main properties,  and furnishings taking only his art supplies and a case of clothing to wander the world and working to capture its beauty even when the rest of humanity seemed to focus on the work of death and destruction.
  He had of course the main property and lands in the highlands where he returned regularly to check in on things and visit with the people that lived there.[/size]
nothing gets the word around like a poorly written newspaper
KNOWN FACTS: Douglas is now greatly in demand in Scotland for portraits. His paintings and statures bring great prices and are shown off in various high society homes, not just in Scotland but now in England and the Americas.
TABLOID NEWS: Douglas inherited a mental illness along with his artistic prowess. He tends to be a recluse to keep it from being found out.
GOVERNMENT FILE: Douglas gives much of his profits to programs that help veterans and soldiers that have nowhere to go.

on file created by mousie of rpg-underground


Potential Threads
  • A commission for a portrait
  • Joining an artists group or a club
  • Romance is always interesting.

Existing Relationships
  • Mr. Micheal Roberts: (think Sir John Gielgud) Douglas's butler in Whitby.  He is from back home in Scotland.  Had been the second footman there, but was promoted to the first footman in the London house.  Now is the butler in Whitby.
  • Mr. Georgie Fraiser: (think Irving Bacon) Douglas's Valet.  He is from back home in Scotland.  He travels where ever Douglas goes if it is to be a long stay.

  • Current Plots

  • friendship / portrait with Tristan
  • meeting Philippa
  • hiring part time maid Anna
  • hiring cook - Lorna

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Senior Member

280 Posts
8 Threads

Pronouns: Him/He
Age: 34
Occupation: Artist /Earl of Morton
Plotter: https://bywitandwhitby.rpginitiative.com...hp?tid=369
Height: 6'5"
Registered: Sep 2020

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1861 – Douglas born to Meagan and Dugal Gordon in the Highlands of Scotland
1862 - age 1 -
1863- age 2 -
1864- age 3 -
1186- age 4 – tutors brought home to start his education
1866- age 5 – started school but continues at home with the tutors to prepare him to become Laird one day
1867- age 6 -
1868- age 7 -
1869- age 8 -
1870- age 9 – His skill with drawing was noticed and some special teachers were brought in to train him more.
1871- age 10 -
1872- age 11 -
1873- age 12 -
1874- age 13 – sent to boarding school where he could have master artists to work with him.
1875- age 14 -
1876- age 15 – finished basic schooling but continued with even more well known art masters in Spain
1877- age 16 – spent another year as an apprentice to yet another master artist traveling over around the continent until they get to Italy
1878- age 17 – spent the next couple of years in Italy where he lived a very liberal life but got to meet the Pope as the man was a friend of the master he studied with.
1879- age 18 -
1880- age 19 – Returned to Scotland to work with his father and learn more about the tenants and the land, still painting and selling some of his drawings, paintings, and sculptures
1881- age 20 -
1882- age 21 – Had first invitation to do a show of his work in London at a well known gallery
1883- age 22 – had more gallery shows in various countries and in spare time started doing some drawings for the newspapers of local events, but focused on his painting
1884- age 23 – became more and more well known as an artist
1885- age 24 - he was recruited by the military to help depict scenes from the front line for the papers using his artistic talents and traveled with the army
1886- age 25 – traveling with the army drawing what he saw there
1887- age 26 - it became to much and he collapsed and went home and was not able to draw or do art at all. He was found walking in the highlands mostly, not visiting with even his family much during this time. He had bad nightmares waking up the castle with his screaming. So, he would avoid sleep and drink a lot or go out walking.
1888- age 27 – Spending time with the tenants he began to work around doing things they needed done. Finally was able to draw and sculpt again in the last part of the year.
1889- age 28 – He became to beloved by his tentents and staff after he became more himself and took up much work that required physical efforts not just as a leader of the place
1890- age 29 - father’s death by a boar thus Douglas becoming the next Earl, he spent most of his time there on the property taking care of things there to be worthy of his father’s title
1891- age 30
1892- age 31
1893- age 32
1894- age 33 – mother dies and due to his great sadness at her death, he spent more and more time out doing his gallery shows around the world and traveled to paint new places. Though he returned home from time to time to make sure things were going okay
1895- age 34 - Several shows in New York then London, he goes to Whitby in March to see some sites he had heard about and ended up buying a cottage to make a studio and stay there for awhile while traveling to London to do shows and business, and also back to Scotland to see to business there from time to time

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