Appearance: Xander stands at 5’8, with dark brown eyes and brown hair. He is of a slight Asian heritage, from his grandparents.
Personality: Xander is curious about everything. Sometimes he gets scared, but has the will to fight back. He loves things that help him in strategizing. He is a nice boy, although he might be a snob for some times.
History: Robert Leighton grew up in wealthy family, but not the loving and caring kind. As his parents, who were of some Asian heritage, were at work, his uncle was the one who took care of him. As a military commander, he brought Robert at camp trainings and drills. Robert became fond of those things. When he was fifteen, he practiced using different firearms, starting with the basic shotgun, then military stunts with the help of his uncle.
He graduated at a military school in Britain, but moved to America with his uncle. His parents never did care, and so does he. Starting then, he had a good life. But when his uncle—who was the only one with him—died in a battle with rebels, his life went vile. At first it was good, for he had Ariana, his girlfriend. But then he saw her with some other guy in a quiet alley, cheating on him. That was what ruined him, for he loved Ariana so much.
Since that time, he started going to clubs, drink with some friends. But he kept his good moral in his job. During those times, he met Olivia, a nice girl who wants to be in the military. She had guns for practice, and was totally tough. Olivia, who became fond of Robert, immediately fell in love with him with all the times they spent out together. Robert was, too. They were so close, that time to time they visit each other at their home, sometimes under the dark of the night.
They had walks and affairs, and Olivia never left. In their first year together, Robert wanted them to marry, since Olivia gave birth to baby boy, who they named Xander. But Olivia suggested that they would marry after some years in abroad for work, for the fear of delaying and canceling of her work in Germany. Robert agreed, and took care of Xander lovingly.
Xander grew up with his father taking care very much of him. When he was just about five months old, Olivia came back, for just short time though—as the goddess just happened to 'pass by'. With Robert missing her so much, they went out for some couple dates and everything else, with Xander under the watch of a trusted friend. Olivia soon left again after just two days—not even a whole. Robert waited for her patiently.
Xander liked everything that is connected to military and the like. He loved playing strategic and war games with his dad, starting when he was six. That time, his mother, Olivia came home, with another child, who was a year younger than Xander, named Ryder. Olivia told Robert it was their second child, whom she bore and took care in Germany. Robert was happy, having his wife back and two sons.
But after soon after that, Olivia soon left again, but promised she will always be there for him and the kids. Robert didn’t understand, but he knew she would come back. But she didn’t. After six years of waiting, Robert became very conscious about his partner. He tried contacting her, but no reply. Not a trace of her was seen again. This broke him one more time.
Xander and Ryder were close to each other, but have seen the rage in their father’s eyes. Robert again started drinking his loneliness out. Starting with this he became more and more vicious. He started having a go with other girls, and maltreated his sons. Both of the kids tried to calm him down every time, but no such luck.
Xander had just turned 12 when his first harpy attack arrived. He just got some firecrackers near a fireworks store and decided to bring them home. Down the alley, the monster came and screeched. Xander ran and squeezed inside a tiny hole in the wall where he can almost barely fit. The harpy still tried grasping him. Scared, he took out his lighter, lighted the tip of his firecracker and threw it out at the harpy before it made another dive. The firecracker was crazy, driving the harpy out for a while. Taking that chance, he ran fast, with the other firecracker in his hand.
When Xander was almost 13, he barely made it out from another single harpy attack—who tried to grasp him with its sharp talons but failed—thanks to a large crowd that suddenly came passing by him. He hid in the crowd blending with them as he quickly rode on a taxi, driving him farther from the harpy—which he didn't mind after, thinking it was a hallucination.
One time, when both kids just went out, Robert 'saw' some things he couldn’t describe in their house, some like humans and he 'said' it attacked him like a hungry beast and left him after seconds—which was only one of his hallucinations because of drinking too much alcohol and made-up stories to wanting to get rid of his sons. So he blamed them for what happened when they got home, calling them ‘sons of devils’. Sometimes he even thought they were the monsters and bad guys already.
Xander tried his best to be patient with his dad. Both of them still continued schooling but with sideline jobs at 14 and 13 to help their family, for their dad sometimes lose money due to bets and gambles. They had a hard life, but never did their father care. They worked in a little farm, whose owner cared for them and just let them work as they wished.
For almost a year, and Xander turned 15, their life was like that. There was no defining and end to it, when Xander thought of running away.
He told this to his brother, but that only disappointed him. “This is madness, Xander. You can’t possibly do that,” he said. But there was no stopping him. He pleaded Ryder to come, but he stayed for their dad, though Ryder looked scared, too. After a couple of days, he escaped, .
There was no telling of the things that might happen to him. He thought it was better out here in the streets, away from his father. Soon enough, he was under the care of a foster. But it was worse than home.
Bullies, lack of food, strict 'parents' and lack of food. Xander thought of coming back to Ryder, but he already had made a choice. One time he decided to go out for a while, away from the noisy life in foster home. That was an unusual time for him.
He was out away from people, which is difficult for New York was always fully crowded. He stayed by a beach, feeling the breeze. There was no one around, a miracle. But he heard a slithering sound and a hissing one after. He thought it was just a snake. He turned around, and saw the weirdest thing in his whole life.
A woman, but with snake tails for legs (which was a dracanae). This stunned him for a while before it started chasing him. Scared, he ran, fearing that it might get him. It had, and a second before it jabbed him with a dagger it was holding, it burst into golden powder. Terrified, he looked around slowly, and saw another woman, obviously older, clutching a gleaming bronze sword in her hands. She smiled, and started to speak when Xander ran.
He just ran, not knowing where he was going. He had hitchhiked, which left him far from the New York proper, far away from the fosters. He tried not to think about it. After a couple of days in the streets, someone who worked in a foster group home took him in. This time, it was silent. Too silent and disciplined. He thought it was driving him mad.
He stayed there for some months, 15 he still was. The memories of last time went back to him. The monster, the woman, her sword. Whatever it was, he pushed it aside. Then a strong wind rushed in the sleeping quarters, blowing the curtains and blankets. Xander tried to sleep. As he was to lie down, he felt something cold beneath him, something gleaming. He took it, thinking it was a shard of some glass. When he pulled the blanket above it, he was shocked to see a long and bronze blade lying on his bed, its edges very sharp that he cut himself in just a smooth.
Xander started to call someone, but a screeching sound interrupted him. Curious about everything, he went out, this time with the sword. In the backyard were weirder things. Two winged thingies that looks like women (which were harpies)—like the one almost two years back. One cawed and dove for him. Instincts made him move, and suddenly, he felt strength seeping into him. He sliced his sword in front of him, almost cutting the chicken lady in half, turning it into gold dust. Xander realized it was the same thing that had happened to the monster months ago. This couldn’t be happening again, he thought. Just like the other one, it dove, but he dodges this time, rolling on the ground. The monster made another dive, which he rolled backward and point the sword's blade up. The harpy, too excited for a snatch, didn't miss the blade and it cut it's head almost on half with the impact. Gratefully, Xander maintained his grip on the sword, and the monster bursted into gold dust.
With all of this, he left the sword and ran away again. He’d been in a lot of fosters, jumping and jumping away. The sword reappeared every time beside him, and there were more monsters that came for him. One time it was the same chicken girl. It was almost another year, him turning 16, when a hellhound attacked, in which a guy had helped him finish it. The guy intoduced, and told Xander to follow him.
They rode a bus and arrived at Long Island. The moment he was there, the guy asked him if he had a sword—which somehow Xander's mother had informed him. Xander was surprised, and asked the guy how he knew, to which the guy smiled and just walked away. Curious, he followed him, until they reached a forest, in which they went deeper in. The guy suddenly took his pants off, and to Xander’s surprise, legs of a goat appeared. He searched for his sword, and remembered he left it in the last place he’s been. But as if responding, it reappeared in his hands, and he pointed it at the guy, asking a lot of things.
The guy just laughed, and told him everything he needs to know about. He told Xander about demigods, and that Xander was a demigod, and he was a satyr and that he had been following him since he was near Long Island. He told Xander about Camp Half-Blood, a safe haven for demigods. He kept explaining while walking, they reached the camp in a matter of minutes. He led Xander in, and explained a lot more things, including the sword, which might be enchanted or created by whoever his godly parent was to return to its owner.
Xander almost didn’t believe, but he saw people near his age showing off their fighting skills. Some was controlling water and quickly making grass go. That made him believe. The satyr told him about the monsters, to which Xander agreed he had fought.
He decided to stay, wishing his brother was here, and might me in danger any time now. He asked the satyr if he could go to his brother and bring him here, but the satyr replied, “You can only go back once you’re ready. This is not that easy as you think, Xander. Patience will help.”
Xander took the satyr’s reply, and promised to do his best for his brother.
Weapon: A Celestial bronze sword that reappears everytime it is away from him
Yo, SJ. This claim certainly isn't on the short side, so that problem has been averted, but there are still some issues with it, unfortunately.
(Nitpicking, probably. Based on the statement of "They had walks and affairs, and Olivia never left.") Assuming Nike is Olivia, then she would in fact have to leave for long periods of time. The absolute tops time spent with a mortal is like a year, with lots of leaving and such. They're gods with duties, they don't just slack off.
Nike would have left ASAP after Xander was born. I'm not sure on the staying for two months thing. It's okay to have her come back and conceive Ryder, but she couldn't keep the latter for more than a few months for feeding, so she'd be back in less than a year to leave him with his father.
Again, Nike would've left ASAP, both with Ryder and Xander. I highly doubt she'd be allowed to stay with TWO demigod kids and their mortal father for 3 months, especially when they're way past being newborns.
How old were Xander and Ryder when they had their first attack? Didn't see it specified anywhere x.x Double demigods would have increased their scent, so they'd be younger than the usual 12 years.
Hey, thanks for checking. I've made it shorter—the stays of Olivia. About the attcks, Xander had his when he was 14—his dad was too mundane, yes, though he had the Sight. And that time, Xander and Ryder were separate. About Ryder, can I put that in another claim? Cos I'm making for both of 'em.
They use foster care systems in America, not orphanages. Thank youSuch is life~ lol.Broken
Yes, putting Ryder in another claim is fine, albeit messier.
If I'm reading this correctly, Nike waited 5 years before returning with Ryder? Goddesses unfortunately can only keep their child for a few months (for feeding, etc.) before handing them over to the mortal parent. She couldn't have kept Ryder for 5 years.
Monsters don't attack mortals, clear-sighted or not, unless they get in the way of the demigod's annihilation. So Robert couldn't have been attacked unless he was protecting either of his kids.
The weapon is potentially OP (believe me. I love making potentially op weapons.), unfortunately. Could you specify/nerf how it appears next to him every time it is away from him? Thankee c:
"Moment he was there" almost kind of seems like a miracle, unless the satyr had been following him for a long time and had finally caught up to him or something.
hi ill be your claim checker for today and there are a few thing i would like you to fix before i can claim this
Where does Xander stay when nike comes back to his father? Because She wouldn't be able to interfere with Xander at all while with the mortal parent.
when did nike have Xanders brother and how long did she keep him for?
if im reading this correctly you say Nike continues to come and go after having xander. Usually after having a child with the mortal parent the god/godess dont come back in order to not break the direct interferance rule. Of course if she comes back to have another child with the mortal parent then thats fine but it needs to be explain properly so that it is know that she doesn't interacte with Xander
Hi there I'll be your claimer today and I have to say good claim but I have to request you make the first monster attack sooner than 14 for there are two demigods living under the same house which means they would be attacked more faster
Hey June, this claim is really good! The only thing I think you need to fix is that it appears that you still need to fix Mel's point about 14 being the age at which Xander is first attacked. Since he's living with his brother who is also a demgidod, he would most likely experience his first monster attack prior to 13.
In the US, a kid cannot stop schooling until the age of 16, and they cannot work until at least the age of 14. Two little boys wouldn't be able to carry a family financially as it is.
If a kid is already caught in a harpie's talons, he wouldn't be able to suddenly just escape in the crowed, he would have to somehow get loose from the monster's strong grip. The Harpy would follow the crowd, and his sent, and follow him and catch him again once he leaves the crowd. It is very difficult to escape a monster once it's found you.
Monsters wouldn't just show up in their house looking for them, the scent wouldn't be strong enough, as it doesn't linger for long. UNLESS the kids where in the house, and in that case, they'd be attacking
An untrained demigod would have a lot more trouble killing two harpies... people seem to get the misconception that everything in this world can be killed by one cut, and that's just not the case. He more than likely wouldn't survive two harpies.
You would definitely not be able to simply just run from a flock of birds... Running from a monster almost never works, unless you take something that's really fast, like a horse, or a car, but the monster will almost always catch up again at some point, and on top of that, you are going to just attract more monsters.
How long has this kid been running around in the streets? What did he eat, where did he sleep? According to the claim, he left at 15, and arrived at camp at 16, this kid would be long dead by then, more than likely killed by a monster by how he acts when he sees them. If not, then starvation, or hypothermia.
Summer I told you before first attack HAVE to be before 13 cause there's two demigods in the house and I doubt monster would come into the house while the two demigods are our cause the monster have a sense of smell they would notice where the demigods are please change it
Ok summer let me just list down the things you need to fix
Omnia already mentioned this to you to how monster WILL NOT attack mortals unless they are in the way of the demigods and as far as I can see robert was in no way near his children so please adjust that
Hidden already mentioned to you how kids cannot stop schooling before 16 and how they cannot work until their 14 so why am I seeing both those points still in the claim?
How did the satyr knew about the sword? who told him about it??
I dont think anyone can be foster parents...I think they're assign rather than someone picking up kids off the street (you can prove me wrong of course)
Ok. Sorry bout those things. Anyway, it was just a hallucination. No real monsters or whatnot. No one really did attack him, just images of his mind. As for working age, I made them sidelines, and that yes, teens—13 or 14— can work, as long as it doesn't interrupt school sessions. Works possible can always be in agriculture. The satyr knew for Nike informed him before going to to field. The last one I've fixed, and I've put them all up there. :)
Hallucination? explain? how can he get them cause I dont think someone can just get hullucination just randomly one day you know? did he take medicine? anyhow so his first attack is 12? how about his younger brother? (I know his info would be on with the next claim but I just want to make sure all the points is worked out sorry >,<)
Hallucinations on alcohols. :) And yes, his first attack was when he was 12. His younger did have monster attacks whenever he leaves home, but he decides not to tell anyone in his family. Well, he has this friend that'd help his way through after Xander left. :)
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