25 (?) | 5’11” | they/them | whisper elf | witch
… Maybe they’re just a chill guy.
Cheerful and bubbly, Salem might seem like your best friend … unless you say something that doesn’t sit right with them, and their tone will shift instantly. This shouldn’t be much of a concern, though – they’re rather open-minded, even to things that might skeeve out a normal person. Their positive attitude can sometimes be misplaced and they generally disregard the mood of the room, even if read properly. The comfort of others is not something Salem is often concerned about.
If anything is important to them, it’s work performance. They do their best to uplift everyone on the team, believing that positive reinforcement is an important key to success. In the same breathe, however, they may easily tear into their own contributions, not seeing themself as a necessary asset. This can lead to making self-sacrificing decisions at the expense of their group and boss.
Tall and lanky, Salem covers their stick-like figure with layers of clothing. Their closet consists of jester-like frills and billowy sleeves, often white. They loom over everyone close to them, though their bad posture makes them less intimidating.
Their dark complexion is lightly freckled, and their hair is scraggly and haphazardly tied up. (When down, it’s just past shoulder-length.) They have short hair danglies, and strands are often in their face.
Crystal blue eyes hide behind their glasses (frame shape is up the artist’s discretion) and they have pretty eyelashes! They don’t wear makeup, but have a natural, bishonen beauty to them. They are almost always wide-eyed and smiling.
Down their back runs a tattoo of a white snake – though it seems like it may be missing some elements to it.
Leader of the Gilded Talents, magical patron, and the object of their obsessions; Salem owes Orev a great deal. If asked, they would tell an elaborate story of how the two of them met, ending in how Orev heroically saved their life.
Orev hates Salem. Orev is very open about this. But Salem can’t really blame him for disliking them! After all, they are sort of useless – but Salem has a duty to fulfill and is determined to fulfill it!
A small, albino viper gifted to Salem by Orev. (Affectionately named by Salem.) The snake can usually be found hiding somewhere inside their clothing and functions as their magical familiar.
Angel has questionable opinions of its current owner.
The perceived smartest of the group, Salem thinks that Anjay shows a lot of valuable initiative. He even tried taking Salem’s job from them already! Pretty ballsy!!
Surprisingly persuasive, and not just because of the time they went feral and slashed Salem to unconsciousness!
Plays with her food well! Salem enjoys watching Kyrielle crush her enemies’ willpower before taking them down.
Anjay’s shadow, Hemakshi does what’s necessary to keep him safe. Hopefully this extends to the rest of the group. Could probably pick Salem up!
Anjay’s brother! Nisus helped Orev create the Gilded Talents, which Salem is obviously grateful for and is in no way jealous of how well the two of them work together.
Salem does not have a lot of experience with affection. As a child, they had people around who tried to foster relationships; but anyone who got close either vanished out of discomfort or met an unfortunate end.
Both of their parents died while Salem was very young (an unexplainable accident) which resulted in Salem floating between homes. They never settled long enough to form any meaningful relationships, and eventually took to the street after no longer wanting to be a burden on anyone.
the gilded talents
After the creation of The Gilded Talents, Salem happily took their (self-appointed) position as Orev’s right-hand assistant. They do what they can, completing various missions to further the organization’s wealth and influence.