Name: Quinn Byrne, PhD.
Archetype: Irish - Blackfield
Faction: Blackfield - College
Occupation: Professor; Clincal Psychologist; Captain, U.S. Army (Ret.) 75th Rangers
Theme Song: Kiss My Irish Ass
Born to Mary Sullivan of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., and Brian Byrne of Clara, County Offaly, Ireland, the boy was raised in his father's homeland until the age of fifteen. Following his father's death, he and his mother returned to her home in Boston and he completed his adolescence and his education there. Fiona was a White Circle arcanist and doctor before leaving Boston and had worked with the White during her years away, returning smoothly to the fold after her husband's early demise.
She also shaped the boy to appreciate and use his mind, encouraging athletics but emphasizing education. Brian had worked for the White as well, but as a soldier, and the boy idolized his father. Despite her influence, the son was obviously drawn toward the straightforward combative promise of the military rather than the subtler mistique of the intellectual. She did not oppose the inevitable, but she did leverage her motherly status to secure from him a promise of a graduate degree, planting seeds that she hoped would grow into wisdom someday.
At 18 he joined the U.S. Army and spent his first enlistment as a Human Intelligence Collector (35M) while beginning his B.S. in Psychology. He succeeded at Ranger training and began working with Special Forces teams in hot spots around the world, eventually serving with the specialized units that deal with supernatural threats. Accepted into officer training in 2006, he collaborated with indigenous allies to track terrorist supers and eventually his people skills and sharp mind produced effective enough results that he came to the notice of the CIA.
As his ability to work with people matured, he grew more and more interested in the human mind. He completed the Bachelor's and had begun his graduate work when he was offered a chance to enroll in the CIA's 18-month Clandestine Service Trainee program. In 2009 he left the army as a captain wearing two Purple Hearts and a Combat Infantryman Badge with two stars. In late 2010 he returned to the hot spots as a CIA Operations Officer, and by 2011 he was working as a Paramilitary Operations Officer, tracking terrorist supers on the ground with Human Intelligence assets. Between assignments he plugged away at a PhD in psychology in Reno, satisfying both his mother's wish and several aspects of his cover.
+Where I fit in a Supernatural World+
After four more years of successfully unearthing terrifying renegades and fanatics, Quinn was assigned to the new plexus of supernatural insanity: Haven, Massachusets. The long haul through school was over and he had the background and credentials to get leveraged into a professorship at Blackfield College. At Blackfield...beneath Blackfield...he learned things about himself that had long been hidden from him; he learned that he had not just ended at Blackfield, but that he was from Blackfield.
+How I Cope with the Lurking Horrors+
Quinn's entire world was rocked one day beneath Blackfield. He is not sure anymore who or what he is, so he searches for belonging and for love. He is often written off as frivolous or flippant by those who do not have the interest or skill to look more deeply, but many who get to know him seem to see something worth staying around for. In a world chaotic with the hustling special interests of endless bustling faction members, he is simply trying to find family.
ø People - Quinn cares about people over organizations, factions, causes or things. His attachments to friends are stronger than anything else and supercede any social judgments on your behaviors, alignment or character. He often deals with his Alumni in a loose network across society boundaries wothout really seeing their alignment-he sees his old friends from campus. He deals with the supernatural politics all day, but his private life is about personal relationships and finding meaning in life beyond flag-waving-he finds meaning in his interactions with people.
ø Love & Women - Quinn rarely gets intimate with someone just for the physical. He gets attached and he likes it like that. He is an adult and if the attachment is clearly not returned, he will sadly walk away without making a dramatic disaster out of it-after all, a relationship takes two. He is morally, emotionally and intellectually opposed to stalking or chasing. If a commitment is made, it can only be broken by death, by the other person leaving or by her telling him to leave.
ø Teaching - Quinn loves to teach and help his students grow. He will often do extra for them, helping them meet society leaders or buying them starter gear. He will often do spontaneous tutoring or classes more easily when approached than through advance scheduling because he is so often using his free time to answer some special request. (Or attend to yet another campus crisis!)
ø The Mind - Quinn is okay with suffering because he understands where it comes from. He enjoys his emotions, but has a kind of Zen perspective on them: it is okay to feel an emotion, but he is not required to act on them. His academic passion is the human mind, how it works and why it so often torments us. He is not scared of pain or of dying, and only a little of being alone. In the end, he considers people to be understandable and he enjoys working with their motivations and thinking immensely.
ø Noteworthy Ability - Quinn is a soldier who later finished school to take up teaching. His abilities reflect that path, a combination of warcraft and mental manipulation.
ø Noteworthy Ability - Quinn is Blackfield. He has the resources of Blackfield, with all that means.
"Of course, Professor, I could learn quite a lot more about that... but why the dorm rooms? Doesn't this college have actual classrooms, or offices?" - Leilani
“We remember what humanity is. Sometimes, I suspect it's a curse, to know what it was to be a person with a soul and a heart and to feel these things so keenly now. Make no mistake, Quinn: we are the lifeblood of the world, not the monsters.” – Eve
"Dearest Demonic Knight, it is good to have you at my side. Others may chide and ridicule me for keeping you, but they do not know you as I do. They will never understand. But I know that I can count on you, through it all. Literally to Hell and back again, on a whim, on a prayer. Now, we have work to do." - The Demoness Witch
"No one will ever know how much loyalty begets loyalty. I'm a very happy woman." - Your Gelly Bean
"It is unfortunate that we didn't have more time, but I hope you managed to learn something from me, child." - Somnus
"Might be an educated man, but he sure as shit don't apply it." - Witter
"Of course - this is just my personal, probably misguided, opinion, and I will comply with any decision Blackfield might choose to take on this, as in any other matter." - Jennifer Smith