Okay, so a wolf, a bear, three gael'braugh, and a phookik all walk into a
ritual... Sound like the beginning of a bad joke? It is; it's the beginning of Tadrin's
life. The totem ritual that gael'braugh go through went disastrously wrong for poor Tad,
and he ended up with slight physical characteristics of both wolf and bear, but mostly
phookik. Appearances aside, Tad thinks he's a phookik; rather, he knows it just as any
other phookik does.
When Momma Phookik happened into the ten foot radius of the botched ritual and caused
Tadrin to become what he is today, she immediately saw opportunity in him. Tad grew up in
the Winter Court with the rest of his new family, and as far as he was concerned, he had
As the young phoo'braugh grew older, he began to notice how fascinatingly beautiful things
that sparkled were. This interest grew into obsession, and with the help of Momma, he soon
had learned all there was to know about any object that reflected any amount of light in
shiny fashion. During his studies, Momma took the time to teach him specifically about the
shiny metals; see, she really was a very smart phookik and manipulated her adoptive son
into becoming a master smith for the sake of knowing all about sparkly things. The
manipulation was done in love, though, and regardless, Tad never really realized he had
been tricked into becoming useful.
Not that Tad wasn't useful already. Though his mind was fully phookik, his body still
retained the healing powers of the gael'braugh, the usefulness of which bore no end.
various botched experiments with traps and Il' Pappa's clumsiness (he may have been a good
leader, but let's face it, the guy's as klutzie as any other phookik), Tad soon came to
rationalize his nickname of 'Special Brother' to mean that he, and only he, kept the
together - literally. Sure, Barrow could raise bodies and make them do things, but only
Tadrin could truly bring bodies back to life. (And, he could do it better than any silly
old gael'braugh he ever met!)
Appearances aside, Tad is very different from the rest of his brothers and sisters. His
brain seems to work differently, and this is likely due to the fact that it is still that
of a gael'braugh. He is very much exactly what he is: a gael'braugh who thinks he's a
Secretly, he blames himself for every sibling lost to the Unseelie court, though he never
shows it on the outside. The only manifestation of this hidden sorrow is his absolute
insistence to help anyone he's grown attached to whenever he can. Mostly, he is just
attached to his family, but when friends outside the family are made, Tadrin wants to help
them just as much.
Tad will make friends with anyone who will let him. It takes a certain type of patience to
put up with him, but as soon as anyone does, he's a friend for life. Depending on who the
person is, Tadrin may even pursue a friendship despite previous instructions to bugger
off. Beautiful walking trees are great examples.
Perhaps the letters A, D, H, and D are best used to describe the young poo-bra. Tad is so
excited about everything and can't sit still for long unless he is eating or tired. Some
of this is a facade put on to lure others into a state of complacency; however, most of it
is just that he's a phookik at heart. Friendly to the end, Tadrin will do whatever he can
to please those around him, and he never has quite figured out why people aren't as
interested in his 'shinies' as he is.