Adoptable Characters

Adopt a Character

How to adopt

If you have an existing character on Horizon:

  • Using one of your existing accounts, PM a roleplay sample of the character you are applying for to the contact listed on the adoptable

  • If your audition is approved by the contact over PM, register as that character using the application form

  • Post in the Joining forum using the form listed there and have the audition contact post a note approving your application

  • If any information is left up to you, feel free to be creative when applying. You may also elaborate on/change the Brief Description if indicated by the character's owner.

  • Once the adoption contact posts approving your application, staff will review it!

If this is your first character on Horizon:

  • Sign up using the application form and prepend "Audition-OOCName-" to your character's first name (for example, if your name is Chels and the character is Bob, enter "Audition-Chels-Bob" into the Wolf's Name field)

  • PM a roleplay sample for the character you are applying for to the contact listed on the adoptable

  • If your audition is approved by the contact over PM, post in the Joining forum using the form listed there and have the audition contact post a note approving your application

  • If any information is left up to you, feel free to be creative when applying. You may also elaborate on/change the Brief Description if indicated by the character's owner.

  • Once the adoption contact posts approving your application, staff will review it!

Characters Available for Adoption

Buck
Buck
Gender Male Birthplace
Age 4 yrs, 10 mos. (Adult) Parents &
Size & Build Large, Muscular Spirit Symbol hoof
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Zak}



History: Born to a mother who only ever bore two pups, he was the favorite—intelligent, strong, and independent. He was named after his father. His life as a pup was not unusual; he learned basic hunting skills, survival, and pack order. As a pup, he tried his best to provide assistance in anything he could, which included caring for his younger brother, Zak. They were conceived in the same litter, however, Buck was the first to surface. For that reason, he has always been considered older. That really bothered Zak. Buck excels at anything he puts his mind to. He was the alpha male in his family after his father passed due to an unidentified illness. This caused a great dispute between his brother and himself, a fight they never got over. Ultimately, Zak ended up withdrawing from the pack to search for a different home. Buck continued leading his pack for a while until his mother died. Feeling no reason to stay with the pack, he resigned his position as alpha and left. Appearance: Buck is very stocky, full of muscle. He is handsome and usually found attractive. His coat is thick and full of colors, an array of browns, whites, and greys. His eyes are bright and brown, usually carrying a twinkle. This wolf's height caps at roughly 3 feet to his shoulder, only adding to his thick appearance. He is very in-shape.

Contact for more info: Zak




Petunia
Petunia
Gender Female Birthplace Waterton Lakes, Canada
Age 4 yrs, 8 mos. (Adult) Parents &
Size & Build Very Large, Muscular Spirit Symbol hoof
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Randy}, Todd, Brutus



Appearance
Cloaked in rich tones of tans, browns and creams, she's a bit darker like her brothers but her mother's timber coloration is still present in the majority of her pelt. Tall and strong with powerful muscles hones by years of training, her eyes are like murky puddles of mud. If mud had a cold, calculating glower powerful enough to stop a raging bull in its tracks.

Personality
The toughest out of all three boys, Petunia was unanimously elected the unofficial leader of the bunch early on. She was the only one who really seemed to enjoy Dad's training, though she never showed it -- being the perpetually stone-faced, stoic type and all. She has reputation to uphold and blatantly showing her feelings like that only get in the way. She likes to make sure that everyone knows she is strictly business.

Often considered wise beyond her eyes, she more or less acts as the voice of reason anytime either Randy or Todd think about doing something stupid. She tries, but sometimes not even that infamous stare is enough to keep those two from getting into trouble. She has an innate sense of almost overbearing protectiveness that often extends to others outside her immediately family as well, especially those younger or weaker than she is.

She was close to Harroway and took his death the hardest, as she was often his partner in crime, helping him keep her unruly brothers in check. She's still not quite done grieving and will sometimes go off on her own for long periods of time without much warning or even become angry and lash out on very rare occasions.

History
During the fight, Harroway had died and their mother mysteriously disappeared in the chaotic aftermath. The pack had retreated for the time being, but fearing they would return, the grieving siblings took only a short while to recover before moving on to follow Randy across No Man's Land and hopefully to safety.

Their history together is mostly set in stone, but whatever he did when he wasn't training and after they all made it to No Man's Land -- whether they stuck together until reaching Horizon, got separated, or simply split -- is up to the players.

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Mostly up to the player. Appearance and personality are flexible. Check Randy's profile for more about their history together.

Contact for more info: Randy




Sicily
Sicily
Gender Female Birthplace North America
Age 3 yrs, 4 mos. (Young adult) Parents &
Size & Build Very Large, Muscular Spirit Symbol bone
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings


Physical Appearances: A white wolf with blue eyes, and darker points on her muzzle, ears, and chest, Sicily’s defining characteristic is that she is very large and muscular. She does not conform to the physically defining traits of her gender and is proud of it. Earlier in her life she was scarred across her left eye leaving large gashes.

Personality/History: I would like to see her be a slightly sadistic character as well as confident, whether this branches into overconfidence or is reflective of her abilities is up to you as well as the rest of her personality. Her history should include extensive fighting experience and training as well as an explanation for how she got her scars. Everything else is up to you. This character does not have any direct relationship with any other wolf on this site and is a blank slate.

Contact for more info: Retel




Oscar
Oscar
Gender Male Birthplace
Age 2 yrs, 5 mos. (Young adult) Parents &
Size & Build Large, Lean Spirit Symbol None yet
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings


Appearance:
Oscar is a leggy creature. Tall, but not particularly large, he may still be growing into his figure. His coat is a combination of soft browns and greys, with the darker shades presenting on his face and back. His eyes are a pleasant shade of amber.
Personality & History:
Personality and history are largely up to you! He has been close friends with {Ravit Sethi} since childhood, and semi-recently left the place where they were raised in favor of traveling the valley. His specific motives for leaving are up to you, however, before he left he told Ravit to come find him if he ever got bored. At the most basic level, Oscar is a decent and likely somewhat adventurous wolf.
Feel free to add a last name, or PM me with any questions or ideas!

Contact for more info: Ravit




Catrine
Catrine
Gender Female Birthplace Kingdom of Bor
Age 5 yrs, 2 mos. (Adult) Parents Vandrad & Marthe
Size & Build Average, Stocky Spirit Symbol hoof
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Rabanastre}



Catrine is white. Certainly a cleaner white than her brother, and with a nice light grey stripe down her back. Very smart. Catrine is a bit larger than her brother, but still no larger than your average wolf in height or length. She is, however, rather, er...Thick. That is to say she is not a skinny girl. Catrine was born to be a knight, so not only did she train and build muscle, she also indulged in the fancies that knights were rewarded: aka, lots and lots of food.

Personality is mostly left up to the player. She was a knight, and in indulgent one at that. The rest is up to you to decide. Her childhood history, including her travel history, is also up to you. I am happy to discuss the more private points of Rabanastre's history to better help you with Catrine's own journey, and why she would have the Kingdom!



Contact for more info: Rabanastre




Urd
Urd
Gender Female Birthplace Far North, Esron Pack Territory
Age 5 yrs, 7 mos. (Adult) Parents Magni & Saga
Size & Build Average, Average Spirit Symbol bone
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Skuld}
Verdandi



Appearance
Almost entirely black, if not for a small bit of white on her face and chest. Urd is of average height, making her the shortest of the siblings, and is of average build. She inherited the pure blue eyes all the siblings have.

Personality
Judging is a natural thing for Urd. She possesses a sharp sneer, and is quite sarcastic, but she would never actively show her distaste for someone. She prefers to lead people on and judge them in quiet, and will certainly gossip about them behind their backs. But, she will help people. Her sense of justice is harsh, but actively good as she will take the side she believes is in the right. Urd has a superiority complex. She wants to be better than others, and will aim to be the centre of attention, but she won’t become aggressive. Instead, Urd becomes resentful and will start to see the threat to her superiority as an enemy. But, she is cunning, and will never want to fight.

Background
From an early age, Urd showed prowess in many things, despite her size against her two sisters. This was due to her strong level of determination, which unknowing at the time was due to her superiority complex. She trained hard in spirituality, and got along with Skuld very well, as they would often practice together for hours on end. Therefore, it was only natural they both became oracles for their pack, although Urd still believed she was better than Skuld. They worked together to help their pack in spiritual means, and both became very well respected. Shortly after, Skuld developed the ability to read the stars and read the future. Urd attempted this, but could never grasp the skills required, and due to this, the pack often gravitated towards Skuld as the better oracle. Urd started to resent Skuld greatly, and she distanced herself from her sister. When Skuld was chased from the pack, Urd showed no signs of distress. She hated her sister, and now she was gone, she could finally be the primary oracle. But it was never the same, and the people seemed to be wary of the spiritual family. When new leadership came around, Urd was stripped of her title, as the leader believed they no longer needed oracles. With Verdandi gone, Urd left too, believing that her life falling to ruin was all Skuld’s fault. And she was going to know this. If she was even alive.

Contact for more info: Skuld




Verdandi
Verdandi
Gender Female Birthplace Far North, Esron Pack Territory
Age 5 yrs, 7 mos. (Adult) Parents Magni & Saga
Size & Build Large, Lean Spirit Symbol feather
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Skuld}
Urd



Appearance
Mostly black, with a white neck and chest, and dustings of white across the body. Verdandi is only a tiny bit shorter than Skuld, which makes her the second tallest in the family.

Personality
Verdandi lives in the present, and she’s mostly happy with life as it is. She’s very relaxed all of the time, and doesn’t really get too excited by anything. You’ll never see her bounce around in joy, just because she’s too chill. This laid-back attitude also means she can bounce back from negative events easily. The relaxed outlook on life makes its way to Verdandi’s sense of justice too. She is generally seen as a good judge, because much like Skuld, she doesn’t take sides, however unlike Skuld, she will help. Verdandi is a firm believer in Skuld’s beliefs, although she does not practice them herself. She also does not blame Skuld for the death of Freyr, and felt her pack was in the wrong sending her away.

Background
Verdandi was always relaxed, which didn’t help her growing up in the family of spirituality. She tended to slack off in her studies, even falling asleep during meditation and spirit sensing. But, she always got on really well with her siblings. So when they other two became oracles of the pack, Verdandi was so happy for the two of them. Life went well for many years, and Verdandi even adored how Skuld managed to grab the attention of Freyr. Skuld was very open to Verdandi about her relationship, and the sister was so excited for Skuld’s potential children, and her nephews and nieces. However, she was heartbroken when Skuld was literally chased out of the pack. The only person she could turn to was Urd, but even she was doubtful of Skuld. Since then, all the happiness she showed at the pack had a hint of regret to it, as she had to talk to the people who wanted to kill her own sister. When a new leader took over and changed the atmosphere of the pack, Verdandi decided it was time to seek her sister, to see if she was still alive.

Contact for more info: Skuld




Dyani
Dyani
Gender Female Birthplace Roger's Pass
Age 3 yrs, 8 mos. (Young adult) Parents Wakadin & Seneca
Size & Build Average, Lean Spirit Symbol feather
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Taho}, Ayani, Machk



appearance
Slender and long of leg, Dyani is a gorgeous female. Shapely and graceful, her frame is outfitted in tones of gray and brown with black saddle markings and a black tail tipped in white. Her underbelly and legs are a creamy off-white color.
personality
Dyani is warm and maternal, with an old soul. Family is her first priority and she will make it her duty to do whatever is required of her to keep them out of harm's way. She is the glue that binds the bond of her siblings, advising all of them in times of strive. She is hospitable to others but in a guarded way, and she does not accept new friendships lightly. Always worried about the motivations behind a stranger's actions, she is often quiet and observant. Still, she'll let you hang yourself on your own rope before she'll call you out on a lie.

Pros: Wise, altruistic, motherly, mature, loving.
Cons: Self-sacrificing, has a hard time admitting when she's wrong, guarded.

history
Born within a close-knit familial pack, Dyani was raised in the remote, northeastern forests with her brothers, Taho and Ayani. Her mother was a youthful female only in her third year named Seneca, and her father was a much older male named Wakadin. While Seneca was a figure of love and indulgence when it came to her children, Wakadin was a stern, harsh male with little patience for children.

Her older brother, Machk also ran with the pack. A wolf born of Wakadin's previous union with the late female, Mitena, Machk was closest to Wakadin, his reverent second in command who aided in hunting and scouting beside their cold father.

For all of Wakadin's imperfections, he proved to be a thorough provider for his family and harnessed a wisdom that lead them through even the toughest times. Of the litter that included Dyani, Taho and Ayani. Dyani was Wakadin's unspoken favorite. While he made pains to keep this fact underwraps, long midnight talks were a common event between father and daughter.

At the age of nine months, Taho dispersed and Dyani has not seen him since. Dyani and Ayani stayed with their mother, father and older brother until the age of three, when their mother became ill. Once she passed away, the pack seemed to grow cold until eventually, both her and Ayani decided to strike out. This was hardest on Dyani, as she was warm to her father and older brother. Still she thought Ayani wouldn't do too well on his own and left with him anyway. Currently they are seeking out Taho to tell him the news of their mother's departure.

Note: While the pair left together, they may have become separated during their search. This is mostly just due to the fact that the likelihood of two players picking up the roles of Ayani and Dyani at the same time may be slim.



Contact for more info: Taho




Akela Koena
Akela
Gender Female Birthplace Koena Cove, Far south.
Age 3 yrs, 9 mos. (Young adult) Parents Huka & Kala
Size & Build Average, Lean Spirit Symbol feather
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Makoa}



Appearance: Akela, like her brother, sports quite an average coat. A mixture of grays, tans, and creams. She also has the same, faded blue eyes. She stands around average height but remains on the leaner side when it comes to her build.
Personality: Akela has a lot of wiggle room for her traits - she and Makoa were separated and raised entirely differently. Her personality can really be anything - though her strongest trait she does currently have - is her love and devotion for her family. She loved her mother deeply, as well as he older brother, Koa. She's also quite intelligent, spending a life time studying herbs and illnesses.
History: Makoa and Akela's father died on the night of their birth, Told he died in a hunting accident. To survive, their mother took a new love on. Tua. Akela never really knew him, though he took Makoa away from her and her mother to do militia-related training. Akela grew along side her mother and learned the art of herbs.

As the years went on, she soon learned of her step-fathers abuse towards their mother. Soon after she discovered that Koa had ended Tua's life for his actions towards Kala. With that, she rejoiced with her sibling. Only to soon part ways again when Makoa left the cove for good. She supported his motion entirely, missing him but understanding staying would be too hard. Months after Koa left, their mother had passed away from unknown illnesses. Akela had left the pack to track Koa and inform him of said event.

Contact for more info: Makoa




Scotch McGibbon
Scotch
Gender Male Birthplace British Columbia
Age 3 yrs, 9 mos. (Young adult) Parents Brew McGibbon & Malt McTavish
Size & Build Average, Stocky Spirit Symbol antler
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Whiskey} and Brandy



History

Very much the most morally-rounded McGibbon, Scotch opted to a quiet life of hunting and staying close to their parents while his two adventurous siblings went off for a life of thievery. He is the youngest sibling, and would have been happy staying behind, only, an illness happened to take both his parents, and they passed away a few months after Brandy and Whiskey left. Feeling obliged to go tell his littermates they were now orphans, Scotch attempted to track their long, winding path through British Columbia. Along the way, he heard from another wolf who'd met Whiskey that his sister had been killed- and Whiskey was taking the blame. Utterly distraught, and furious at his older brother for not protecting Brandy, he's now attempting to track the male down.. And make him explain for his actions.

Very much up to the player what happened between Whiskey leaving with Brandy and now- Must include his finding out about Brandy, but what happens in between, feel free to develop!

Personality

Scotch loves the lazy life. Travelling is not his forte, and he would be the type to morbidly complain about it. His best type of day includes napping, eating, and sassing up the ladies (though he is absolutely horrid at flirting). He has a strong moral compass, more so than his family, and is loyal to said family- Believing Whiskey had a hand in Brandy's death wounded his trust greatly, and he is shaken by it. To him, justice must be paid, and his moral compass may not align with what actions he takes in the process.. Scotch is not against killing, though he is loathe to do so. He prefers to settle things in non-lethal scraps, as he isn't that great with sitting down and passing the feeling's stick around. Actions speak louder than words.

Appearance

Average in height, like most of the McGibbons, Scotch boasts the heavy build of someone who likes to eat. He's mostly chub, but there's a certain amount of muscle behind it that makes him a contender in a fight. He'd be happy to sit on you till you surrendered, if all else fails. His coat holds the lighter grey tones of the McTavish clan, but the yellow eyes of a McGibbon.

Appearance can be totally altered if you like, whatever you think will suit him best! I have two more stock images of this wolf if you'd like them, just shoot me a pm!

Contact for more info: Whiskey




Jabulile Shaka
Jabulile
Gender Male Birthplace Imbali Valley
Age 6 yrs, 8 mos. (Adult) Parents Kgabu Shaka & Thadie Shaka
Size & Build Large, Average Spirit Symbol stone
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

Oldest:
Ulwazi (F), Amahle (F), Lerato (F)
Littermates:
Funani (M)
Youngest:
Phila (M), Siyanda (M), {Idemoni} (F), Liyana (F)



Large size and average build, black coat with a small white patch on the chest; his eyes are a yellow-golden color. Although being from the middle litter and getting closer to the ''elder'' age of his life, he looks a lot younger than most of his siblings when it comes to facial features. Even the coat around his face has yet to turn grey. He looks even younger than his one year younger sister, Idemoni.
Sent out to hunt down Idemoni, Jabulile is loyal to a fault, but to the wrong wolves. Trust me, he isn't a bad guy. He's actually very sweet and caring and kind. But religion has made him hate his sister, for she's a ''demon'', due to her different colored eyes. A gentleman and even very shy and soft-spoken at times around strangers, friends and family. A real family man, but a serious hunter when it comes to his younger sister.
He could have loved her, had his family not stuffed his head with false stories about demons and their god Insindiso, and their faith. He would have been the type to stand up for Idemoni during their younger years, but he had never done that because he was afraid his parents would label him a traitor.
They had never given him a chance to get to know her, and thus he grew distant towards her. She's not his sister in his eyes, but a demon he needs to get rid of. And any other ''demon'', for that matter (look on Idemoni's profile to see the description of a ''demon'' wolf). He was brainwashed from a young age to hate her, that she was a danger to his family.
He tends to hold off on killing other demons, though. He wants to get rid of his sister first so his family will praise him. Other demons are for a later time... unless they seem to pose a threat. Upon meeting a ''demon'', Jabulile will be wary, but not yet dangerous. He will come off as cold and serious. If he believes they pose a threat, he will not be a friend to them... And even if they were friendly and he would act decent towards them, he would never consider any of them friends.
Compared to his sister, Jabulile isn't too deeply woven into his faith. In fact, he might believe in his god and his family's ways, but he doesn't pray to Insindiso. He's less words and more actions. Idemoni dreams and hopes her dreams come true, without really doing anything for it. Jabulile acts and takes steps to get his dreams to come true, even if that means he has to fight.
Right from the start when they were born, the siblings were shunned from Idemoni, Jabulile as well. He was a sweet little potato, but hiss family turned him into a monster. Mainly because they wanted him to hate his sister, they wanted him to believe in the stories and heir god. And that's what happened. The pups grew up, he grew up, and he grew strong.
He despised his sister, and never talked to her. He always stood a distance away and stared at her with angry eyes, judging her. When Idemoni accidentally caused a pack mate to die during a hunt, his misplaced hate towards her grew even more. She could choose between death and exile, and chose to be exiled, much to Jabulile's dismay.
Soon after she left, alive, several hunts went bad, and the pack almost died of hunger. Almost. They managed to pull themselves back up, but they believed it was Idemoni's bad luck that had caused them to almost succumb. They regretted giving her a choice, and decided they should send out a strong fighter that could take down their pack's former demon. She had to die. And Jabulile was the one offering his services. He would go out and kill his sister, and return with one of her limbs to proof his worth, and Insindiso would praise him. His family would praise him. He was 4 years old when he left. He has been searching for his sister for more than two years.


Info on their god Insindiso is on Idemoni's profile (still WIP for now). And Idemoni changed her name later on in life, secretly; Jabulile knows her by her birth name, Ida.

Contact for more info: Idemoni




Paragon Silvestre
Paragon
Gender Male Birthplace Darkmire Coven
Age 2 yrs, 5 mos. (Young adult) Parents Unknown & Unknown
Size & Build Average, Average Spirit Symbol eye
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

{Paradox}
Lotus
Solstice (Deceased)



Paragon Silvestre

The Witch Hunter

Appearance

Average in every way. Average in height. Average in weight. Average in even his eye color. For, you see, that's his job. To blend. To be so average that no one suspects his true motives

Personality

Cold. Unforgiving. Hes very easily flustered by flirting and often shuts down if someone gets too close to him. He hates heat, and often misses the damp forests of his home. The rest is up to you!

History

Paragon was born to a witch, but dumped soon after birth. He was dumped on the doorstep of a nearby pack, who took him in and nursed him. He grew with his brother, Solstice. And things were good

But, things went wrong. During a hunt, Solstice crossed the boundary into the Coven's ground in the dead of winter. He was found a few days later, slaughtered in the snow. The pack knew of his murderers. The Coven. But, the witches were too secretive to go after. So, Paragon went after the two recent branches that had been spread from the pack

His sisters

So now he hunts them. He awaits them to slip up. And he will hunt them down and bring their heads back to show the Coven what they had taken from him



Contact for more info: Paradox




Bryndis Sørensen
Bryndis
Gender Female Birthplace Agnethe Hollow
Age 2 yrs, 4 mos. (Young adult) Parents Bartram & Dagny
Size & Build Very Large, Muscular Spirit Symbol feather
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

Hjördis
Göran
Havelock



Bryndis Sørensen

The Strong Woman

Appearance

The first thing you notice about Bryndis is that she is very, very tall. Like, obscenely tall for a female. And if you ask the giant woman herself, she has absolutely no clue. Other than her obscene stature, she is very muscular, even more muscular than literally every other male in her pack. But also, she is a very pleasing mix of colors, some brown, some grey, some black, some cream. But still. Very tall and strong

Personality

A very gentle giant. She is very cuddly and easygoing at times, often seen with her tail wagging. She enjoys singing. Well, more of belting out song lyrics and shantys from back home. She is slightly honor driven, and, if attacked, will not hesitate to throw her weight around. Valhalla awaits her, and the gods are watching to see if she gets her honorable death

History

Born into a pack in the cold north, by a calm lakeshore. She was the largest puppy the pack had ever laid witness to. Her mother didn't know who her father might have been, considering she was taken from the pack in a raid by an opposing pack. So, the puppy was adopted by the community at large. She came to be known as Bryndis. Of strong armor. As she grew, her massive size became more and more apparent. She was growing too big for the pack to keep up with. So, the giant woman was surrounded by hobbits.

Eventually, she realized the amount of resources she was sapping. Her appetite was too large for the pack to handle. So, she left, after saying goodbye to the wolves who raised her, to seek honor in her years, before she would ascend to Valhalla and fight for Odin in Ragnarök

Beliefs

Believes in Norse gods. Believes an honorable death will send a Valkyrie to her side to take her to Odin's grand hall of Valhalla.



Contact for more info: Caesar




Ragnar Volsunga
Ragnar
Gender Male Birthplace North of Horizon
Age 3 yrs, 1 mos. (Young adult) Parents Asmund & Asta
Size & Build Very Large, Stocky Spirit Symbol print
 
Coloration
 
 
 
 
 
Siblings

Rune Volsunga
Brida Volsunga
{Kara} Volsunga



A true Viking, raised to be a powerful Volsunga. He is hot-headed, but valiant in nature. Despite often being very impulsive, he is capable of restraint. He has practiced his self-control and learns to remain silent when it is needed. Ragnar has found a balance between being belligerent and being calm. He is loyal to a fault to those whom he stands by, and is one to keep his word. He views those who break their word as lesser being. In fact, he views many as lesser beings. Nevertheless, he does not believe in unwarranted cruelty even to lesser beings. Though his idea of what is warranted or not rather fickle. Other wolves can become very irritating very quickly. Trustworthy to those who he pledges his loyalty to, but a threatening force to those he deems as his enemies.

More can be found on his page Ragnar

Contact for more info: Kara