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Mar. 21st, 2008 09:08 pm
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1. In life, he was Hrothbert of Bainbridge, Leyburn, England. It was a young thirteen year old wizard by the name of Harry Dresden who first called him "Bob." (Hrothbert is the medieval form of Robert.)

2. Bob is a bit of a peacock in his fashion sense. He is always nattily attired.

3. Bob is a hopeless romantic who loves romance novels and cries at chick flicks.

4. After centuries of serving masters with less than altruistic tendencies, Bob rather likes being one of the good guys for a change.

5. It bothers Bob that he cannot effect the physical world around him, especially when it prevents him from protecting Harry.

6. Bob was once a powerful sorcerer. So powerful, in fact, that various members of the High Council were jealous of his abilities.

7. Bob loved the sorceress Winifred. Contrary to what the history books (and Justin Morningway) would have others believe, their story was not one of lust and power. It was one of love and loss. Bob loved Winifred with all of his heart and soul. He loves her still.

8. When Winifred was murdered, Bob could not bear to live without her. Although he resorted to the Black to resurrect his beloved, he is not inherently evil.

9. Afraid that Bob would place a death curse upon them, the Council ordered him killed by a single axe blow to the back of the head before he reached the place of execution.

10. Although the texts bear certain discrepancies about his age, Bob has been a ghost for approximately 800 years.

11. Bob's soul is cursed to be bound to his mortal skull for all eternity. He wears manacles on both wrists, literally binding him to that sentence. He cannot venture further than a few yards from the skull.

12. Although a ghost, Bob has a few tricks up his impeccably tailored sleeve. He can inscribe lettering upon the air and has the ability to transmute his form into the original image of any biological material he touches, no matter how miniscule. He can also sense magical presences.

13. Bob is a veritable walking library of arcane knowledge, both historical and magical. His knowledge of potions making is unrivaled.

14. Justin Morningway owned a copy of one of Bob's first grimoires. After Morningway's death, Harry burned the book because there was some "pretty nasty stuff" inside.

15. Bob did not know that Justin Morningway murdered Harry's father, Malcolm, until well after the fact.

16. Bob has no hope of ever being free of his curse, believing himself dead and damned for all eternity. By mentoring Harry, he hopes to prevent the younger wizard from making the same mistakes that he made in life.

17. Bob will never, ever betray Harry, even at the risk of his own destruction.

18. Bob must obey and answer to the master of the skull, but has managed to "interpret" certain orders to suit his own purpose. When Justin Morningway ordered him to teach Harry the darker arts, Bob did as he was told. He taught Harry about Black magic—and how to defend himself against it.

19. Bob does not suffer fools gladly. Unless it's one of his masters; then he has no choice in the matter.

20. Although he will probably never admit it, Bob loves Harry like a son.

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Date: 2008-03-22 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
((Feel free to delete if your not into ooc on your journal.))

Nice facts and welcome to the comm. Twelve made myself and one of the other mod's giggle. Also, loved your Mark Twain license artistic post.

It's still a new comm and theres not a lot going on there yet, but were getting there. Feel free to tag my Harry whenever. He talks to TV show muses, though hes a bit perplexed by the "other" Chicago.

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Date: 2008-03-22 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, both for the welcome and the kind praise. :) I'm afraid I've been a bit lax with Bob's license artistic prompts because I've been concentrating on finishing a few Bob prompt tables for [ profile] fanfic50, but I'm going to make an effort to be a bit more on the ball.

I love the idea of a Dresden-centric RP comm and came running over as soon as Lara-mun pointed it out to me. Thank you, too, for the invite to tag your Harry. I'm still not certain how the book-verse muses feel about the tv-verse counterparts, especially when they're so divergent (Bob/Hrothbert is clearly *not* air elemental Bob, for instance).

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Date: 2008-03-22 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lara's mun heaped tons of praise to me on your behalf and I think the TV!Murphy mun probably squeed when your request to join the comm came in.

I think you'll find most of the Book!typists TV friendly, one of them even has muses in both verses and I look forward to reading your stuff.

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Date: 2008-03-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. To be honest, I'd never heard of TDF until the series (I started watching it for Terrence Mann). I fell in love with the characters and immediately went to the original source. I'm now as much a fan of the books as the series and try to put a bit of both in my fics. I have to admit that, while I enjoy book!Bob, he'll always pale by comparison to the tv!Bob (but then, I'm a wee bit biased).

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Date: 2008-03-23 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This may be of interest (or not):

Saxon names like Hrothbert fell out of common use in Britain not long after the Norman Invasion in 1066. So if, say, Bob was born in that same year, he would be 942 years old in 2008.

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Date: 2008-03-23 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my! Yes, that is a wonderful little fact. Thank you! :) I was picturing him to be alive around the time of Steven and Maude's argument over the throne, but I do so like 942 better. It was actually one of Jim Butcher's interviews with the SciFi channel where he mentioned Bob was 800. Then another interview he says Bob is 500. Hence the comment about a discrepancy in his age.


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