Post by The Master on Jun 19, 2020 23:34:38 GMT
"You see, Doctor, you’re my intellectual equal. Almost. I have too few worthy opponents. When they’ve gone I always miss them."
✧ THE BASICS,
ALIASES. It is a rather long list, as he often takes them up. Koschei is the oldest and the most forgotten.
AGE. He claims to be around 2000, but he is undoubtedly much older as his age is probably the one thing he's always paid the least attention to, particularly with how easily he goes through regenerations.
DOB. Long forgotten
SEXUALITY. Biromantic Demisexual
TIME OF ORIGIN. It is a bit complicated, even by his own standards.
PLACE/PLANET OF ORIGIN. Gallifrey
OCCUPATION. It tends to change quite often. Does evil mastermind count?
APPEARANCE. Like any Time Lord, the Master's appearance has changed over time. For better or worse, he appears to have about the same recollection that one can expect of a Time Lord from the Time War- or, at least, those who were capable of living long enough to say anything about them. Whether that is because of the fact he went through many of his regenerations in his youth or the fact that his mental state deteriorated the older he grew is arguable. What is clear is the ones he can recall hold notable similarities in appearance.
Currently, the Master has taken to looking as he had long before he had begun to steal bodies of others or his body had begun to degrade. Overall, he appears to be around his late thirties. He has a light tan. Like the majority of his regenerations, he is quite short, standing at only 5'6". His hair, on the other hand, is dark brown but holds clear signs of age. Unlike his more recent regenerations, his hair is clean cut, neat, and plentiful. Moreover, he appears to have taken to his old ways of having facial hair. His eyes linger somewhere between grey and blue.
Unlike his previous regenerations, his current regeneration appears to be more willing to expand his wardrobe. While dark colors are his favorite, he notably holds more of a preference of dressing more as he did when he was younger, allowing for lighter colors and different styles. To some species, this may leave the impression that his style is fairly over the top.
The Master currently holds a rather calm and serious demeanor, a stark contrast to his more recent regenerations. Chances are that this Master may come across as cold as, unlike other regenerations, he is unwilling to openly express everything on his mind too openly. Genuine smiles never cross his face. Instead, it is more common for a frown or disgusted look to cross his face. He is a master of subtleties, using words instead of actions to express any happiness that may flicker to the surface...if it even exists.
FACE CLAIM. Benedict Cumberbatch
✧ THE DEPTH,
PERSONALITY. Madman is normally the first impression that the Master leaves upon people and, to be honest, he likely is to some degree. However, such a description does not capture all that is this Time Lord despite what the majority of those who encounter him might like to believe. He is made up of layers, complexities- all of which appear to lead straight to the Doctor.
The Master is not a kind man and likely has not been one in a long time. There is little about him- and at specific points in time, there was none at all- that can be described as kind or caring. Any innocence was cruelly destroyed by his own race when he was still Koschei. Usually, when the Master takes to acting in a manner one might deem kind, he is doing it because he thinks the situation might work to his advantage or because the current situation is poor enough that he needs to work towards the greater good. In other words, it is often an act. However, there are rare moments where it is real. In this particular regeneration, the Master may display it to a select few, but he will only display it to those select few. He is never open about it and it is unlikely that he will be kind to others just for that individual.
Despite this, it is arguable whether one may even desire his kindness. Oh, he is polite and charming enough. In fact, he is quite good at charming others, at twisting words so that even his lies sound like truths. However, when he truly cares, he is the sort of person who would be willing to see the world burn for another.
A fact that seems to have never changed and still has not is the Master's intelligence. Even for a Time Lord, he is brilliant.
He has never been the most moral of individuals and this has not changed. In fact, his morality can often be questioned, as he appears to find no regret in harming others. To some degree, he even appears to find humor within it. Unfortunately, this seems to have been true even when he was young, as he shows sadistic tendencies.
Unlike in the past, the Master presents a clear need for attention, something which may come from either how he regenerated, as his previous regeneration had been unstable had still been lingering on an obsession with the Doctor and held self-loathing. Like any of his regenerations, he enjoys having himself on display. The only real difference is that he has less of a desire for his actions to be on display as they had before
The Master is a highly ambitious person, though one could argue that it has gained less direction in recent years. This trait often manifests itself both positively and negatively in his person. Sometimes, the Time Lord aims merely to achieve greatness and will do anything to achieve it. Yet, at the same time, anything will truly mean anything in his book, thus leading him astray. In his current regeneration, he is just as ambitious but appears to lack any direction as he once had. But then...one may argue that is exactly what makes him dangerous.
For his entire life, the Master has always been tied to the Doctor. However, the longer he lives, the more his grudge appears to grow into something of an obsession. In his current regeneration, this appears to have diminished somewhat, no longer hate-filled or driven by insanity as it once was. At the same time, it appears to be just as obsessive, perhaps in the same spirit as his younger regenerations. In his own mind, he needs an equal after all and the Doctor appears to be the closest to one.
Normally, the Master is polite to others, only a biting amount of sarcasm laced throughout his words. He normally keeps this demeanor to those he hates as well. However, in recent years, he has also become mildly manic, something that has likely come about from going through too many regenerations. While not as bad as his previous regeneration, the Master does occasionally switch from polite to ill of mood, his words usually becoming biting and rude. Unlike his previous regeneration, he does not tend to fall into violent moods.
The Master does have a select few that he tends to treat poorly no matter what. Like some Time Lords, he can be quite xenophobic. In particular, he has come to despise humans over the years, viewing them as stupid. Moreover, he holds the ever-popular view among his people that Time Lords are a superior race. It is only in this recent regeneration that this belief has mellowed slightly and he has come to dislike his own people a fair amount, particularly for Rasillion’s actions towards him.
BIOGRAPHY. Born to the House of Oakdown, a prominent house on Gallifrey, the Master grew up a short distance away from the Capitol. Unfortunately, this childhood, as he now often recalls, was not one where he was allowed to actually indulge in his youth. Instead, he was presented with duties, an attitude that eventually shaped the Master’s lackluster personality.
In truth, most enjoyment could be found in the company of his then childhood friend, the Doctor. Possessing the same heritage and upbringing, the Doctor and Master possessed a deep friendship that lasted for many years. In truth, the two were actually quite different, but such differences, at the time, were quite subtle and would not be noticed for many years.
The two often played together, spending their time in the fields near his father’s estate. It was not uncommon for the two to go off and get into trouble. For instance, they commonly snuck off to the Capitol, getting into fights because of the Master. Moreover, it was the Master who taught the Doctor hypnotism when they were young.
When they were young, the two were cruelly bullied by another boy by the name of Torvic. Such bullying became savage enough that the Doctor was eventually forced to kill the boy in order to save the Master’s life. Unbeknownst to the latter, it was because of this incident that the Master was made the champion of the personification of Death after the Doctor refused to become her disciple, suggesting the Master instead.
As was proper, the Master gazed into the Time Vortex through the Untempered Schism when he was eight for his initiation. However, when he did this, a rhythm of four beats was implanted into his head. It was this rhythm that would, among other reasons, slowly begin to drive him into insanity.
During his days at the Academy, the Master was friends with The Doctor and The War Chief, the former being tutored by Borusa with the Master. It was also at the Academy that the Master was given the nickname “Koschei” and was in charge of end of the term parties.
During his time at the Academy, Koschei was part of a clique of young Time Lords called the Deca. The Doctor and Master also spent a fair amount of their time getting into trouble at the Academy. In fact, the Master spent most of his time at the Academy causing trouble. It was quite common for him to hypnotize others as a joke, an action that would go unpunished, as would other misdemeanors he would commit.
Unfortunately, the two’s friendship could only last for so long. The two’s friendship began to fray during their time at the Academy. While an overall intelligent person, the Master did not perform well at the Academy. Instead, the Doctor, who was later expelled during the Master’s time there, outperformed the latter. Jealous from the prizes and the praise the Doctor received as a result, the Master slowly began to hate the Doctor, his ambition and thirst for power becoming greater than his friendship with the Doctor.
Sometime after he graduated the Academy, the Master has claimed to have had a daughter. However, whether this is true or not is difficult to tell as it is a claim he often changes depending on the regeneration.
Sometime after his time at the Academy, the Master took advantage of a period of unrest in Gallifrey and led many students of the Academy to start a revolt against Lord President Pundat the Third. During this plot, he attempted to recruit the Doctor and convince him to take the position of President. However, the Doctor chose to stay out of the revolt. After the revolt, Pundat died of stress; however, when it was discovered that Lady Larn was being groomed to be the next president, another revolt was planned. Unfortunately, in trying to gather the Doctor to the cause, the coup was discovered and blood was shed. Believing the students ready for a second coup, the Master killed Lord President Slann. Unfortunately, he was incorrect in his assumption. As a result, he took advantage of the situation, stole a TARDIS, and fled Gallifey.
Ironically, it was on this same day that the Doctor stole his TARDIS as well.
The Time Lords had become cautious had planted a spy on Koschei to monitor his actions. The Time Lady Ailla posed as a human so that he would take her on as a companion. Unfortunately, Koschei later learned about this. The revelation that Ailla was a spy destroyed what good had been left within him. No longer was he Koshei. Now, he was the Master.
Afterwards, the Doctor would trap him in a black hole, causing the Master to swear revenge.
From thereon, the two held a game of cat and mouse. More often than not, the two were at each other’s throats. The Master would create his schemes and the Doctor would aim to foil them. However, this was not always the case, as, from time to time, the two would team up.
It was only once the Time War came that things changed. While the Time Lords wished to use the Master as a weapon, the Master held no wish to have any part in the war. Early on in the war, before the Doctor locked Gallifrey in the Time Lock but long after the Master’s parents had died, the Time Lord took to acting in a manner that he would normally criticize the Doctor of: he ran. The Master ran far, running until he reached the end of the universe. Once he was there, he used his fob watch to change his identity and rewrite his biology. Taking up the identity of the kindly Professor Yana, the Master gained the trust of the humans at the end of the universe. No longer in possession of his memories, he took to helping the humans with their project.
However, as was often the case, the Doctor eventually found him, connected as they were. As opposed to normal, he did not recognize the Lord Doctor this time around. The Doctor, Martha Jones, and Captain Jack Harkness attempted to help with the project. Unfortunately, during the process, Martha recognized the fob watch Professor Yana had on his person for what it was. Due to her actions, he was led to open the watch and remember.
His mind immediately became set back on track where it normally had been, consumed with ideals of power and ambition. However, Chantho, the assistant of the man who had been Professor Yana, recognized that she needed to stop the Master after he set the Futurekind on the Doctor and fatally harmed her. As such, she shot him, leading to the Master locking himself in Doctor’s TARDIS and regenerating.
This time around he was far younger, his mind far more insane than it had ever been before as the rhythm drummed louder than ever. Unfortunately for those around him, he might have been insane, but he was still brilliant.
The Master was lead to the 21st century, an action that was meant to work against him but worked in his favor. He took up the guise of Harold Saxon. As Harold Saxon, he seduced and married a human woman by the name of Lucy Cole, viewing her as the perfect pawn to gain the trust of other mortals. He entered the election to become the British Prime Minister, setting in place his plan to take over the world. By the time the Doctor and his companions had returned from the end of the universe, the Master had already been elected as the Prime Minister.
It was on the day that the Earth was to “meet” the Toclafane that the Master managed to capture most of the group. Aging the Doctor 100 years, he managed to capture both him and Jack. Only Martha Jones was able to escape.
In his arrogance, he did not realize that this was his undoing.
For a year, the Master ruled the Earth, planning to further his reign beyond the planet. His rule was cruel and manic, resulting in many deaths. However, it was during this time that Martha walked the world, spreading the idea of hope, of the Doctor. Through the idea, the Doctor was able to re-age to his proper age. Disarming the Master, he forgave the other Time Lord. However, the Master was unwilling to admit defeat- and, though he would not admit it, acknowledge the forgiveness. He teleported the Doctor and himself to Earth. The two got into a brief fight there. The Doctor managed to teleport them back the Valiant just as Jack destroyed the Paradox Machine within the TARDIS that had bee created by the Master. The year rewound. As a result, the year that the Master reigned became the Year That Never Was and became forgotten by most.
It was at this moment that Lucy chose to shoot the Master, having become so full of hatred once she recognized what the Master was truly like. However, this was no tragedy, not for the Master. Stubborn, selfish, and cruel, the Master refused to regenerate, if only because he believed that in breaking the Doctor’s heart had he truly defeated him for once.
As per usual, the Master would live on.
When the Doctor had him cremated, there was a woman, a member of the Disciples of Saxon, there to pick up his ring. On this ring was his biological imprint. Years later, the Disciples of Saxon brought Lucy Saxon from her prison cell so that they could resurrect the Time Lord. Using a book that had been left to them by the Master, the cult managed to bring him back, even though there were people in place to thwart the plan. Unfortunately for those working against him, the elixir that was made to counteract the potion made to bring him back merely damaged the Master, and at the cost of the lives of everyone else present.
Once again, the Master outlived another spouse.
The Master’s form became unstable, his body being torn apart. Slowly, he was dying. On the bright side, he had gained the ability to control electricity, but it had come at the cost of tearing apart his very being.
The Master had never been a quitter, though, and he was quite stubborn when it came to living.
The solution to his problem was relatively simple. He had to replace life force for life force, resulting in him eating a great amount. The Master took to disguising himself slightly, wearing far different clothing and dying his hair a slightly different colour.
As per usual, the Doctor eventually found him. This time around, things were a bit different. The Master showed him the rhythm in his head, proving that he was not hearing something that was not there.
Later, the Master was captured and taken to fix the Immortality Gate. However, he was able to easily take control of it. The Doctor came to stop him too late. Once used, everyone, every human, on the planet turned into him.
After the Doctor was able to escape because of the Vinvocci, the Master recognize that a signal was being transmitted to him, specifically from the Time Lords. Recognizing that he could bring the Time Lords out of the time lock, the Master seized the opportunity. Using the Whitepoint Star, he pulled them back through, believing that he could use this moment to benefit himself and finally gain the praise and glory he had always wished for.
Whether fortunately or not, the Master quickly realized what the situation actually was. The Time Lords had started the rhythm in his head, giving him this burden that had driven him into insanity. Moreover, they even had the gall to call him a disease.
True, unadulterated anger filled the Master, rawer than anything he had felt in years. After the Doctor destroyed the link instead of shooting him, the Master decided to return the favor. It is difficult to say why. Perhaps it was his anger, their old friendship, or even just a whim. No matter the reason, he attacked Rassilon. Unfortunately, this came with the consequence of him being pulled into the Time Lock.
Now stuck in the Time Lock, The Master was quickly locked away in Gomer's Asylum by the Time Lords after he was "cured". However, before anything of consequence could happen, the Master managed to escape, blowing up the War Room in the process. Regaining the ability to regenerate in the process, he left Gallifrey in his Tardis.
Everything went off without a hitch, or at least as much as one could expect from a man who enjoyed making a show of himself even while the worst sort of war was going on. Were he prone to believing in them, he might have even described it as a miracle.
And so the Master lived. Aimless, the Master had few plans but it soon was discovered that he did not have to seek them out as a future, female incarnation of himself by the name of "Missy" approached him. Possessing a plan to gather individuals to hypnotize viewers of The Battle of the Bands Beyond the Stars, she had approached him, his decaying thirteenth incarnation, his incarnation that had possessed Tremas, and his incarnation that had possessed someone named Bruce. For decades they had practiced, only to eventually reveal themselves to the Twelfth Doctor and his companion.
Unfortunately, despite plans, Tremas began to fight with Missy over control of the device, possessing belief that he alone could control the universe. Things escalated with the other Masters turning on her as well. In a turn of irony, it appeared as if he might have been the sanest, only joining in the madness out of a sick sense of fun. Such actions soon seemed to destroy them all.
But as always, the Master was not so easily ridden of.
The Master eventually landed on a Mondasian colony ship. Easily, he took over the city on Floor 1056 and effectively lived in luxury until they inevitably rebelled against his cruelty. Quickly, he attempted to escape; however, he ended up getting stranded on the colony ship. Asa result, he chose to disguise himself as someone named Razor and oversaw the "genesis of the Cybermen." It was there that he eventually began studying the woman who was traveling with the Doctor, the ever familiar Missy. It was at this time he eventually realized she was a future reincarnation of himself who was trying to turn good. Fairly concerned about this, he lured Bill, who he had spent ten years with on the lower deck, into a surgery for full cyber-conversion, full well knowing the reaction it would gain from the Doctor.
It was through this that he revealed himself to Missy and the two gloated to the Doctor about the fate of his companion. In the proceeding chaos that followed, the two headed back down to the colony ship to regain control of the Cybermen. Unfortunately, the Mater was unable to do so.
After two weeks, the two managed to find disguised lifts. However, Missy accidentally summoned the Cybermen while she tried to escape. The Master soon explained to Missy that he had blown his dematerialisation circuit in his Tardis. In response, she pushed him against the wall and insisted that he always keep a spare one on his person before revealing she kept a spare one.
When the Doctor arrived, he tried to persuade the Master to stand with him in battle, an offer the Master refused, before leaving with Missy. As they were preparing to depart, he offered him a hug, claiming her enjoyment for having been him, only to fatally stab him in the back to force a regeneration. As she helped him into the lift, he demanded an explanation, only to be told that she would stand with the Doctor. Furious, he shot her in the back with his laser screwdriver at full blast after declaring he would never do so. Laughing at what he believed to be a perfect ending to them, he made his way back to his Tardis.
Whether it had been a miscalculation on Missy's part or entirely purposeful, he did not regenerate into the Mistress. Either, he would note, seemed possible with how little attention he paid attention to the numbers. Unlike the Doctor, he had often manipulated his regenerations, many possessing the same faces. Perhaps somewhere along the way a number or face had been forgotten. Or, perhaps she had not forgotten and was just speeding up the process.
Either way, the Master merely became another Master, seventeen into eighteen. He was a much younger figure, particularly when compared to how much older his previous incarnation had grown. Moreover, he seemed cut from the past, a sweet middle ground that only seemed to be proving Missy's words true if his clearer sanity but complete fixation on the Doctor was anything to go by. The only question now was where did he start?
OTHER/MEDICAL INFORMATION. Like any other Time Lord, the Master is fatally allergic to aspirin. Arguably, the Master may be showing negative signs to taking upon regeneration cycle; it specifically seems to affect his behavior. Moreover, he seems to have always had mental health problems, a fact he is likely somewhat aware of but not too keen to do anything about.
Outside of this, it should be noted that the Master is an expert in hypnosis and disguise. Moreover, he is talented at using a sword, science, and seems to have an uncanny talent for not staying dead.
SAMPLE. A bitter feeling had quickly enveloped the Master as he was locked away in Gomer's Asylum. He was not a daft man. Time Lords did not tend to smile, but the tones they spoke to him with were placating and sweet. They claimed they had cured him as if he had been sick to begin with. They did not have to sneer for him to grasp that they thought he had done something wrong, as they thought he had no right to be angry with Rassilion. But he did, he had every right. The beat had been inside his head because of the other Time Lord, because of all of these other Time Lords.
How dare they act like he was wrong. He would show them. He would show them all. They thought these bars could withhold him? How foolish! They were already underestimating him and that was their first misstep.
He would get out of here and do what none of them had managed. After all, he was The Master and he was better than them.
It was a simple plan. So often, it appeared people forgotten what he was capable of. However, getting out this time was likely easier. Nostalgically, he pondered how long it had been since he had last seen anyone from Gallifrey, anyone outside of the wretched Doctor. He only had to gather the attention of the nearest guard and from there it was child's play. Of course, Time Lord's were good at defending their minds, but he had always been better, the best, in fact, when it came to hypnosis. The door practically opened itself.
If it was foolish to put on a show, the Master did not realize it. Getting a Tardis would be quite a long travel, particularly with all the chaos already going on. What were a few other stops along the way? Besides, he needed extra measures, needed to make sure this body was not as weak as a human's was. Inevitably, alarms were blaring as he went about to get not only another regeneration but blew up the War Room, maniacal laughter trailing along the way.
He hardly realized as he was shot along the way. Had it been a guard? Likely. He'd have noticed if it was a dalek. It hurt more. Moreover, they always knew to shoot twice.
Managing to get into a Tardis, he locked the door, before staring at his hand. "Oh," he breathed, "That's not good." Stumbling slightly, he made his way to the console. He had to get away from here. "Away from here," he muttered, "What's the way out?" There was always a way out, even from death.
In an explosion of gold, he became someone new, but...perhaps someone old as well. The Master stumbled, his lips pursing. His gaze flickering over the console as he began typing at the console, a whirling sound making it clear he was beginning to leave. "Ugh," he muttered, "This was a terrible idea." But, it was certainly better than staying here.
Grabbing a level, he pushed it forward and away he went!
✧ THE PLAYER,
OOC NAME. Momo
PREFERRED PRONOUNS. She/Her
METHOD OF CONTACT. Discord or PM