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Character notes for "An Ember of the Old Emotions"

These are the character notes for "An Ember of the Old Emotions."


Blaize (Ophelia Plath) -- She has fair skin, dark blue eyes, and straight hair that falls just past her shoulders. Most of her hair is black, but on top of her head it is white-blonde, creating a dramatic two-toned look. She is a centaur with a bay coat, two white socks in front and two stockings in back. Blaize is 16 years old at the time of rescue. She was 10 when her father died, and her mother began to entertain a series of boyfriends. Blaize spent more and more time away from home, especially at the library. When she was 13, a procurer invited her to a writing group, then drugged her and sold her to Carl Bernhardt. Blaize is a talented writer, especially poetry. People like her because she is a good listener and very patient. She hates small spaces, though, and once released she resists going back indoors.
Origin: Mad science torture. Carl Bernhardt cut her in half and spliced her upper body to the lower body of an Anglo-Arab mare.
Uniform: None. She is kept nude.
Qualities: Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Patient, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Wisdom, Good (+2) Writer
Poor (-2) Claustrophobic
Powers: Good (+2) Toughness, Average (0) Centaur
Centaurs are stronger and faster than ordinary humans. Most of the surviving centaurs have an additional superpower which helped them to withstand the trauma of their creation. The more common ones include Healing, Regeneration, Toughness, Super-Constitution, and Super-Immunity. Some of them also have Super-Strength or Super-Speed, and they are stronger or faster than other centaurs.
Vulnerability: Poor balance.
Due to Carl Bernhardt's erratic practices, centaurs also tend to have physical problems. Blaize has difficulty coordinating movements between her human and equine halves, leading to balance issues.
Motivation: To escape.

Anglo-Arab horses are graceful with good temper.


Sorley Xanthopoulos -- He has tawny-fair skin that quickly turns pinkish in the sun. He has blue eyes and short brown hair. He is a centaur, a palomino quarter horse with a sock on the left hindleg and a stocking on the right. His tail is nearly white. The sooty gene dulls his coat to a sandy color with faint dapples and a few dark spots. Sorley has a Celtic cross tattoo on his left shoulder with Greek key band. He is strong and stocky. His birth mother is Irish-American, his father Greek-American. His foster fathers are Scottish-American. Sorley belongs to the centaur herd rescued from the Umsetzung Complex. He is 15 at the time of rescue. He was 11 when he came to the compound, stolen during a trip to sport camp. He was 9 when he went into foster care due to neglect, but had bonded well with his new family. Strong and agile, Sorley does well with sports and other physical activities. He's a good follower, but not a self-starter.
Origin: Mad science torture. Carl Bernhardt cut him in half and spliced his upper body to the lower body of a palomino stallion.
Uniform: None in captivity. He is kept nude.
Qualities: Good (+2) Agility, Good (+2) Follower, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Sweet
Poor (-2) Initiative
Powers: Average (0) Centaur, Average (0) Super-Immunity
Compared to ordinary humans or horses, centaurs have enhanced strength, speed, and stamina although not necessarily in super range. Generally, if a centaur and someone else have the same rank, the centaur is more powerful; if the other person has one rank higher, they're closer to equal. Most of the surviving centaurs have an additional superpower which helped them to withstand the trauma of their creation. The more common ones include Healing, Regeneration, Toughness, Super-Constitution, and Super-Immunity. Some of them also have Super-Strength or Super-Speed, and they are stronger or faster than other centaurs.
Vulnerability: Neuromuscular issues.
Due to Carl Bernhardt's erratic practices, centaurs also tend to have physical problems. In Sorley's case, the quarter horse tendency toward neuromuscular difficulties is exacerbated by mad science. Too much dietary starch causes aches and twitches. He requires a low-starch diet.
Motivation: To get by.

Palomino horses have a golden body coat with blond mane and tail. The sooty gene can turn the color to dingy brass.

Equine polysaccharide storage myopathy is a muscular disorder appearing in some quarter horses.


Laydon Allaway -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short curly brown hair with a beard and mustache. His ears are pierced, and he usually wears small studs in them. He is short with a round face. He is 44 years old. After graduating from high school, Laydon earned a Certificate in Home Improvement and Maintenance
at the St. Louis Community College in River City. Later he completed the Master Woodworking Program, Master Professional Woodworking Program, and Production Woodworking Program at the American Woodworking Academy in Fenton, Missouri a suburb of River City. He spaced out the programs because it took time to save up money for each set of classes, as well as time to master the previous skills before moving up. After he got interested in foster parenting, he earned a Certificate in Advanced Trauma-Informed Care from the St. Louis Center for Family Development. Laydon is the husband of Dearil and foster father of Sorley Xanthopoulos. They live at the New Hope Wilderness Camp for troubled youth just outside of Ava, Missouri. Laydon does repairs around the farm. He also teaches woodworking and repair skills. He tends to be timid, and works with people who have anxiety issues to show them how to get around those limitations.
Qualities: Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Handyman, Good (+2) Patience, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Wilderness Skills, Good (+2) Woodworker
Poor (-2) Timid

Certificate in Home Improvement and Maintenance
at the St. Louis Community College in River City

In T-America, Home Improvement and Maintenance offers full-length classes, not just short workshops. You can earn a certificate in this subject by passing at least 10 classes. This is enough to get a job as a maintenance man, building supervisor, etc. or to start a home business repairing or selling tools for house and yard work. There is also a minor available, which is popular as an adjunct to majors such as Interior Design, Small Business Essentials, Electrical Engineering Technology, Child and Family Development, and General Studies.

Home Improvement and Maintenance
Personal Enrichment Offered through Continuing Education @ Meramec
Spruce things up with Home Improvement classes. Explore basic car maintenance and small engine repair. Learn about tiling, interior design, power tools, remodeling and more. Our classes are the perfect fit for the Do-It-Yourselfer.

Introduction to Handywork (T-American)
Learn the basics of handywork tools and techniques. Do you have a box of random tools and supplies you don't know how to use? Come assemble a proper toolbox and find out what each item can do.
Introduction to Home Repair (T-American)
When something breaks, you can fix it yourself. Everyone should know how to do simple repairs such as tightening a loose hinge, replacing a broken drawer handle, or spackling over a nail hole.

Give Your Home a Budget-Friendly Face Lift
What could be better than redecorating for pennies? Let an experienced designer help you unlock your imagination and recreate your own signature look! Explore the excitement of creating a whole new style while using your own valued possessions and supplementing with those great garage and estate sale finds. In this class, learn how to select pieces to keep and which to let go, and how to revitalize those old color schemes.

Repairing Games (T-American)
Board games and video games are lots of fun, but it's frustrating when they fall apart. You can fix them instead of having to buy new ones. You can even learn to replace lost pieces. We'll explain how to fix board games, video games, and more.

Repairing Toys (T-American)
Everyone loves toys, but not when they break. If you learn to repair them, you won't have to throw them away. Come explore how to patch up plush, plastic, wooden, and metal toys.

Basic Car Maintenance (T-American)
Do you have a car? You should know how to take care of it! Learn to wash your car, refill windshield cleaner, check the oil, change a flat tire, and more.

Intermediate Car Maintenance (T-American)
Boost your skills at car maintenance and save money. Discover how to change spark plugs, change oil, detail your car, and more.

Basic Power Tools (T-American)
Expand your efficiency by learning to use power tools. Contrast electrical cord vs. battery models. Explore drills, sanders, jigsaws, rotary tools, and cordless screwdrivers.

Fearless Home Repair: Simple Plumbing Repairs for Kitchen and Bathrooms
Have a leaky faucet or just want to upgrade to the latest style? Has your running toilet caused your water bill to skyrocket? Don’t get sticker shock by calling a plumber. Instead come to this hands-on class and learn how to fix minor plumbing issues yourself!

Hands on Home Repair: Electrical Fixes
When something needs fixing, who do you call? Fix it yourself and save time, money and hassle! A variety of simple home repairs will be presented with a hands-on focus. We’ll talk about electricity and safety, most people’s number one concern. If you need a new light fixture, wall switch or outlet, this class will guide you. We’ll talk about other small electrical problems, differences between aluminum and copper wiring and how to work with both. We’ll look at how-to, when-to and when it’s safer not to. You won’t need to fear performing your own simple DIY electrical repairs or have to pay someone else to do it for you after this class.

DIY Ceramic Tiling
Learn how to repair, re-grout or install new ceramic tile and grout on floors and walls in your home. Distinguish between the different sizes of tile and why each are used in certain places. You’ll learn how to design, layout, prepare, cut and install ceramic tile and grout. See the tools you’ll need and watch a demonstration of how and why to use them.

DIY Drywalling
Our experienced handy-person will show you how to measure, cut and hang drywall. You’ll learn how to prep the room prior to installing 2x4 framing, including proper layout. Instruction includes cut-to-size with minimal drywall seams and cut out for electric boxes. Also learn how to apply seam tape (both paper and self-stick mesh tape) and mud (joint compound). If you have a drywall project in your future, get to this class before getting started!

Small Engine Repair - Electric (T-American)
Many appliances rely on small electric engines. Learn how to maintain and repair mixers, blenders, garbage disposals, vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, and more.

Small Engine Repair - Gas (T-American)
A lot of yard equipment runs on small gas engines. Study the maintenance and repair of lawn mowers, tillers, snowblowers, chain saws, outboard boats, motorcycles, and more.

Handywork as a Home Business (T-American)
Have you considered starting a home business or taking a job as a handyman? Make sure you know the business skills first, such as writing job orders and keeping an inventory of supplies.

Gizmology as a Hobby (T-American)
Beyond everyday technology lies the cutting edge of gizmology. Do you love the hottest new releases? Come geek out over current developments and learn about ways to follow contemporary inventors. You can even try your hand at inventing things yourself.


The Master Woodworking Program consists of the following courses:
MODULE I
Course # Course Titles
LAB-001 Lab Time
SPI-600 Fundamentals of Woodworking
SPI-601 Basic Cabinetmaking
SPI-603 Basic Furniture Making
SPI-604 Basic Lathe Turning
SPI-611 Basic Frett & Scroll Techniques
SPI-626 Joint Making I

MODULE II
Course # Course Titles
LAB-002 Lab Time
SPI-607 Intermediate Cabinetry
SPI-613 Intermediate Furniture
SPI-615 Advanced Furniture Making
SPI-621 European Design and Techniques
SPI-625 Joint Making II
SPI-617 Intro to Joinery

MODULE III
LAB-003 Lab Time
SPI-610 Advanced Cabinet
SPI-614 Children's Play Furniture
SPI-623 Advanced Fundamentals
SPI-624 Joint Making I
SPI-627 Jigs and Fixtures

Professional Master Woodworking Program, 21 or 42 weeks or 28 weeks
MODULE IV
Course # Course Titles
SPI-616 Intermediate Lathe
SPI-654 Fundamentals of Veneering
SPI-656 Detail Application for Furniture
SPI-649 Windsor Chair Construction

MODULE V
SPI-620 Exterior Woods
SPI-612 Exterior Closure and Design
VF-109 Intermediate Level Manufacturing Techniques
SPI-628 Basic Carpentry

MODULE VI
SPI-653 Production Techniques II
VF-104 Fundamentals of Manufacturing
VF-106 Advanced Level Manufacturing
SPI-618 Advanced Lathe Turning

The Production Woodworking Program consists of the following courses:
Production I
Course # Course Titles
LAB-004 Lab Time
SPI-650 Windsor Furniture for Kids
SPI-651 Furniture for Infants
SPI-658 Entry Level Production
LAB-005 Lab Time

Production II
LAB-006 Lab Time
VF-100 Fundamentals of Production Techniques
VF-102 Basic Production Techniques
VF-103 Production Techniques I
LAB-007 Lab Time

Production III
LAB-008 Lab Time
SPI-648 Turning Green Wood
SPI-652 Kid's Blanket and Toy Chest
VF-105 Production Techniques II
LAB-009 Lab Time


St. Louis Center for Family Development
Trauma-Informed Training Initiative

Exposure to traumatic events is very common in today’s world. Over the past decade, major shifts have occurred in the attention that exposure has on individuals, families and communities.
The term Trauma-Informed Services developed in response to meeting the needs of individuals who have had exposure to trauma, and to help ensure that systems and services do not behave in ways that are harmful to the clients.

In T-America, the STLCFD program is similar to the one from CCETIC. Laydon has taken 25 classes out of L-American 37 or T-American 45. He has earned a Certificate in Advanced Trauma-Informed Care.

California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care in Santa Cruz, CA
Most of these are 1-2 day training sessions. A few are partial-day or 3-day ones. In T-America, the CCETIC offers a summer intensive during which sessions of all their trainings are offered. Students can earn a Certificate of Completion for each individual class, or a Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care for 10 classes plus a weekend practicum and final exam. They can earn a Certificate in Advanced Trauma-Informed Care for 20 classes plus a practicum of 1-4 weeks and a final exam. CCETIC has an arrangement with the University of California in Santa Cruz to credit a minor in Trauma-Informed Care for students who complete all 40 classes plus a set of courses on the UCSC campus.

L-American Classes (20)
Implementing ‘Seeking Safety’
Trauma-Informed Services
Overview of PTSD and Complex Trauma
Substance Abuse and Trauma
Self-Care and the Impact of Trauma
Domestic Violence and Trauma
Addressing Self-Harm and Self-Injury
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
Advocating on Behalf of Survivors
Child Sexual Abuse
Children and Trauma
Human Trafficking
Native Americans and Trauma: Addressing Historical Trauma in the Present
The Neurobiology of Trauma & Trauma-Informed Communication
Preventing Teen Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Assault Survivors
Suicide and Trauma
Trauma and Eating Disorders
Trauma and Personality Disorders
Trauma-Informed Services for Children, Youth, & Families

Additional T-American Classes (4)
(Laydon took Communal Trauma, Flickering, Generational Trauma, and Superpower-Related Trauma)
Communal Trauma
Evolution of Terms for Traumatic Stress
Flickering and Other Manifestation Issues
Funding Options for Trauma-Informed Care
Generational Trauma
Politics and Trauma
Superpower-Assisted Healing for Trauma
Superpower-Related Trauma


Dearil Allaway -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short curly red hair with a beard and mustache. He is tall with a long face. He is 40 years old. Dearil grew up in River City. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Equestrian Science with a minor in Psychology at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. He had originally intended to go into equine-assisted therapy, but then he got interested in foster care. So he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Foster Parenting with a certificate in Trauma Studies at the University of Missouri-River City. Dearil is the husband of Laydon and foster father of Sorley Xanthopoulos. They live at the New Hope Wilderness Camp for troubled youth just outside of Ava, Missouri. Dearil takes care of horses and teaches equestrian skills. He can be temperamental, and works with people who have anger issues to teach them coping skills for stormy emotions.
Qualities: Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Foster Care, Good (+2) Horsemanship, Good (+2) Quick Thinker, Good (+2) Wilderness Skills
Poor (-2) Temperamental

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Equestrian Science
at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri
Make a 1,100 lb. difference.
William Woods University Equestrian Science graduates can be found in every corner of the equestrian world. Our graduates are professional horse trainers, riding instructors, clinicians and veterinarians. They’re horse show judges, teaching at the college or university level, boarding facility owners and more.
As a Bachelors in Equestrian Science student at William Woods University, you can pursue a successful career in your dream field, and make a difference in a growing industry. We hold high standards in horse healthcare, training and teaching. Utilize the most advanced technology, learn the best practices in equine healthcare, and enjoy practical experiences that are relevant no matter which way your equestrian career takes you.


Psychology Minor Requirements/Curriculum
The minor in psychology at William Woods University includes 6 required course credits and 12 required elective course credits.
Courses you may take
PSY 101 General Psychology I -S 3.00
PSY 102 General Psychology II -S 3.00

Electives
MAT 114 Elementary Statistics -M 3.00
PSY 313 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3.00
PSY 324 Cognitive Psychology 4.00
PSY 450 Psychology Seminar 3.00


Bachelor of Science in Foster Parenting
at the University of Missouri-River City (T-American)


Compare with:
B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood: minimum of 132 hours
B.A. Psychology (25-26 hours)
B.A. Sociology (33-45 hours)

Foster Parenting (18) + Child Advocacy (16) + Education (15) + Social Work (18) + Psychology (18) + Sociology (15) = 100

Foster Parenting (18 hours)
Introduction to Foster Parenting (3)
* Foster Care Survivors take FP 1001A
* Everyone else take FP 1001B
FP 2001 Advanced Parenting Skills (3)
* Prerequisite FP 1500 Basic Parenting, being a parent, or instructor permission
FP 2500 Navigating Family Services (3)
FP 3001 Family First Aid (3)
* Waived for students with current first aid credentials
FP 3200 Attachment Theory and Bonding Activites (3)
FP 4001 Creating and Maintaining Permanence (3)

Child Advocacy Studies (16 hours)
Courses
CAST 3290 Traumatic Stress in Childhood and Adolescence: 3 semester hours
CAST 4398 Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach: 3 semester hours
CAST 4498 Forensic Investigation of Child Abuse: 3 semester hours
CAST 4598 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention: 3 semester hours
CAST 4698 Internship in Child Advocacy Studies: 3 semester hours
CAST 4700 Field Education Seminar in Child Advocacy Studies: 1 semester hour

Education -- Students may choose to specialize in a certain age range (early childhood, late childhood, adolescence) or take an overview of all ages.
Overview (15 hours)
Early Childhood Education
TCH ED 3001 Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners 1
ECH ED 3303 Curriculum And Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler 1
ECH ED 3304 Curriculum And Practice Laboratory: Preschool 1
SPEC ED 4315 Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs 3

Elementary Education
ED PSY 2212 Child and Adolescent Development 3
SPEC ED 4323 Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings 3

Secondary Education
TCH ED 3310 Introduction to Methods of Teaching 2
TCH ED 4391 Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas 3

Social Work (18 hours)
ECON 1005 Family Economics and Household Development 3
SOC WK 2000 Social Work And Social Issues 3
SOC WK 2001 Social Work and Social Issues Lab 1
SOC WK 4110 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups 3
SOC WK 4800 & SOC WK 4850
Supervised Field Experience In Social Work I
and Supervised Field Experience In Social Work II 8

Psychology (18 hours)
PSYCH 1003 General Psychology 3
PSYCH 4330 Hormones, The Brain and Behavior 3
PSYCH 4349 Human Learning and Memory 3
PSYCH 3340 Clinical Problems of Childhood 3
PSYCH 3820 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
PSYCH 4250 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination 3

Sociology (15 hours)
SOC 1010 Introduction To Sociology 3
SOC 3230 Research Methods 3
ANTHRO 1021 The Body In Culture 3
ANTHRO 2105 Human Variation 3
ANTHRO 3236 Sex Trafficking in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3

Undergraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies
The trauma studies certificate is designed for students who are interested in a focused specialty in trauma studies or victim services in addition to their own major. It is appropriate for students in the College of Arts and Sciences or any of the schools of the university. It is particularly appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in psychology, social work, sociology, criminology, law, public health, or nursing.

Requirements
A student may earn a trauma studies certificate by completing 18 hours with a GPA of 2.0 or better from at least three departments from the following courses:
Select at least four of the following: 12
Psychology
PSYCH 2232 Psychology Of Trauma
Social Work
SOC WK 3100 Introduction To Strategies for Social Work Practice
SOC WK 4602 Child Welfare Practicum Seminar
Sociology
SOC 3250 Sociology Of Victimization
Select up to two of the following: 6
Social Work
SOC WK 4630 Gender Issues in Social Work
Sociology
SOC 3268 The Sociology Of Conflict
SOC/CRIMIN 4340 Race, Crime, And Justice
Total Hours 18

See Laydon and Dearil closeup and full view.


Nellie Stafford -- She has fair skin, hazel eyes, and straight brown hair that falls just past her shoulders. She is a centaur with a dark gold champagne coat and a snowcap over her haunches. Her horse half is Missouri Foxtrotter, bought from the Eppinger Equestrian Farm. Nellie is 14 at the time of rescue. She was 10 when her uncle got tired of her and sold her to some friends of his, and 12 when she was sold to Carl Bernhardt. She has only been a centaur for about a year. Nellie is a survivor of child pornography, which has left her with some inappropriate habits. She has little sense of boundaries, her own or anyone else's. Tolerant and inquisitive, she likes exploring new things and readily accepts people for who they are.
Origin: Mad science torture. Carl Bernhardt cut her in half and spliced her upper body to the lower body of a Missouri Foxtrotter filly.
Uniform: None. She is kept nude.
Qualities: Good (+2) Curious, Good (+2) Cute, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Tolerant
Poor (-2) Child Pornography Survivor
Powers: Average (0) Centaur, Average (0) Super-Constitution
Compared to ordinary humans or horses, centaurs have enhanced strength, speed, and stamina although not necessarily in super range. Generally, if a centaur and someone else have the same rank, the centaur is more powerful; if the other person has one rank higher, they're closer to equal. Most of the surviving centaurs have an additional superpower which helped them to withstand the trauma of their creation. The more common ones include Healing, Regeneration, Toughness, Super-Constitution, and Super-Immunity. Some of them also have Super-Strength or Super-Speed, and they are stronger or faster than other centaurs.
Vulnerability: Atypical juncture.
Due to Carl Bernhardt's erratic practices, centaurs also tend to have physical problems. In Nellie's case, she has a very different juncture between human and horse halves compared to other centaurs. Most are joined at the human waist. Nellie still has her pelvis, original reproductive organs, and upper part of her buttocks attached to her horse shoulders. As a result, she has some musculoskeletal problems, but it does make her more flexible and assists in keeping her torso upright. The worst problem is that her human reproductive system has no outlet, effectively creating an issue similar to endometriosis. However, this would be easily fixed with Aunt Flo's Flushies. Alternatively an exit could be recreated.
Motivation: To get attention.

Champagne Gene
Gold champagne is produced by the action of champagne on a chestnut coat. The coat is gold, and the mane and tail are typically ivory. In some cases, the mane and tail may be self-colored, matching the body coat. These gold champagnes are sometimes called "dark gold" and may be an all-over apricot shade.[8][9] Dark gold champagnes can be confused with red dun, while those with paler manes and tails were historically called "pumpkin-skinned palominos."

See some appaloosa patterns, including snowcap.
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