Oct. 14th, 2013

Nathan Petrelli

Flying Senator to the State of New York, Head of Internal Security, former CEO of the pharmaceutical giant Pinehearst, former ADA for NYC, FO for the US Navy, served in three wars, baseball star and valedictorian; husband, father, brother, son.

Thoughts, Feelings, Sensations

flying: a sensation of weightlessness, freedom, and velocity. Nathan flies once a day to remind himself that the Tranquility is real and that he's not in any messed up Silent Hill world where natural laws don't exist. For other characters, this might manifest as the sudden feeling of there being no ground under your feet, or the sensation of falling when you're standing still. It might be as dangerous as having the absolute certainty that you can fly, and that if you step off a balcony in the gardens you'll be able to soar safely down into the belly of the ship, with waterfall spray on your face.

exhaustion: Nathan considers himself important to the function of the ship, and he keeps busy. As a result, he's often drained. Other characters might experience tiredness when they've only been awake for a few hours, or it might manifest in caffeine jitters when you haven't drunk a cup--Nathan's tolerance is very high, but the same can't be said for everyone.

animal contentment: he talks and plays with his (brother's) pet dog Izzie at the very least twice a day. Studies show that interaction with animals gives an endorphin rush, so for others moments of unexplained happiness are a possibility, or irritation out of nowhere, such as happens when throwing a ball stops being a game and turns into a chore.

suspicion and paranoia: exactly what it says on the tin. As one of the few remaining characters on Smiley's original list - at least that retain their original numbers - and having been subjected to some of the worst of the Tranquility's maliciousness, Nathan experiences rushes of paranoia. The feeling of being watched this month won't improve that. Characters might be speaking to someone during a perfectly normal conversation and feel a rush of certainty that they're concealing something; not telling the whole truth.

ambition: one of Nathan's strongest motivators. He wants to know it all, and come out on top of the pile. This will manifest as unexplained feelings of superiority, which might be stranger for some than others. It isn't about suspicion that you're better, it's knowing absolutely that it's true. A superiority complex boasts the side effect of stepping on other people to get your way, and walking the path of the morally gray, and decision making will be biased toward what profits you, in the long term, the most. Remember, it's not about selfishness, it's about status, so the long game is what's important.

Ways to recognize his memories

Nathan is 'Mr Petrelli' to most people, and called it frequently. He's Nathan to his family, Petrelli to colleagues and bosses, and most of the people on the Tranquility. In some memories he'll be called 'Senator'.

He wears good suits, usually with a Republican red tie, and is frequently surrounded by American flags of all shapes and sizes. And bunting. Lots of bunting. The general effect is one of affluence. Accents will usually be a variety of New York dialects, and cabs will be yellow. The air will smell of car engines, garbage and the ocean, but he will always be meticulously clean and carry the aroma of a rich, sandalwood scented aftershave (unless you get bearded Nathan in which case the scent is Eau d'Alcool and broken dreams).


  • Nathan reads to baby Peter in a tent fort by torchlight.
  • When teaching Peter to skate, age 5, he wobbles out into the middle of the rink where the elder kids are racing in circles, and Nathan rescues him.
  • A first flying lesson in a shiny Piper training aircraft. Confidence at the controls, and a feeling of belonging.
  • This is a repressed memory, as in Nathan doesn't even remember it. I'm going to reserve it for characters who also have some telepathic ability: Nathan's girlfriend dies in a pool accident, and his mother helps him cover it up.
  • A family Christmas. There's a sense of loss but the melancholy hanging over the occasion is broken by an enormous black labrador with a bow around its neck.
  • The sensation of high speed flight, an accelerated slingshot takeoff, and the hair raising experience of landing a jet plane on a moving ship.
  • Nathan speaking to his mother from a base. Peter is missing, and Nathan conceals the fact that he gave him the keys to his apartment.
  • A seemingly empty city - Sarajevo - broken vehicles, burned houses, the scent of burnt human flesh, and death.
  • A young blonde woman meets Nathan in a bar. They hit it off in fine style. She challenges all his best pickup lines, and they leave together. She is Claire's mother.
  • Nathan teaches Peter to fly, lets him take the controls for the first time. This is no little Piper aircraft, but a vast cargo plane, and indicative of Nathan's approach to his brother's 'education', always forcing him to run before he can walk.
  • Marriage, back in New York. His bride has black hair and incredibly pale blue eyes, and the marriage is luscious and overstated, in classical red and white; Peter is Nathan's best man.
  • The birth of his first son. Nathan is invited into the hospital room to see and hold the little boy for the first time. It's the proudest moment of his life.
  • Nathan comes to his father to demand he supports Peter no matter what, when his brother turns toward medicine. "He's your son as much as I am." Arthur, disgusted, instructs Nathan to stop trying to live Peter's life for him, and informs him that he has to get his head around the fact that he's always going to be more important, destined as he is for bigger things, than his younger brother. "Peter will never be anything special, and if you're smart, you'll cut him loose before he brings you down with him."

  • Any moment in canon is available to those who know it, but Nathan's motivations are complex and guarded, and I'd prefer to keep a lid on any play by play intimate I was there knowledge of the entire series, if that's okay. That said, these are just a small collection of possible moments for those that don't know the canon (or prompts for those that do), and if more details about something are necessary, drop a comment below, and i'll elaborate.
  • Driven off the road by another vehicle, Nathan flies out of the car and it crashes while still at high speed, with his wife in the passenger seat.
  • Peter jumps from a rooftop, having phoned Nathan to make him show up. Nathan flies up to catch him.
  • Nathan meets Claire's mother in the trailerpark where she lives. She shows him a picture of Claire, then bribes him to keep her mouth shut. As they drive him away, a stone smashes the rear window of the car.
  • Nathan destroys the painting of Peter's death with a pot of black paint.
  • Peter has been brought, dead, back to the house, a shard of glass in the back of his head. Nathan is devastated, holds him and cries. While Angela plots to conceal his death until after the election, Claire slips into the room and removes the shard, bringing Peter back to life.
  • S1 finale. Nathan approaches Kirby Plaza from above. Landing, he tells Peter that the future isn't set in stone, and "You saved the cheerleader so that we could save the world." They take off together, Nathan burning from the radiation, lets Peter go and he explodes. He falls unsconscious in mid air believing it to be the moment of his death.
  • Nathan believes Peter to have died in the explosion. After he wakes up, miraculously healed, his life crumbles. He takes to drinking, his wife leaves him, taking his children with her, he defaults his position as Congressman, and he grows a hideous beard.
  • During his quest with Matt to find his brother - and now thankfully shaven - Nathan finds himself telepathically imprisoned by Maury, where - in a nuclear ravaged city - he fights with a radiation burned version of himself, until they realise they're fighting each other.
  • Nathan is about to announce the existence of people with powers to the world. He's shot twice in the chest, and dies. Peter revives him. The next time he wakes, he believes himself to be an angel, and his visit to the hospital chapel is recorded by the news.
  • Nathan - along with the Senator's aide, whose life he saved when she jumped off a bridge - discover that their abilities are synthetic--and then Spider!Mohinder tries to kill them.
  • Peter, Nathan and the Haitian find themselves moving through the jungle. They're hunting for the Haitian's brother (who is usually invulnerable and has decreed himself a god and dictator thanks to his powers) during the eclipse, while all of them have lost their powers. After they kill the dictator, Nathan leaves, abandoning his brother on the island. He believes that this is only another example of powers being used for ill, and that he has to stop it from happening again.
  • Peter is trying to destroy a drug that would give people synthetic abilities.They fight, and Nathan takes to hitting him with a section of steel pipe. The spilled drug catches fire. Seeing no other escape route, Peter injects himself with the last dose of the synthetic ability and saves Nathan's life. Outside, Nathan tells Peter that he wouldn't have saved him and flies away as the building burns.
  • Nathan sits in a limousine with the President of the United States (played by Michael Dorn). He's told him about people with special abilities and drafted a way to address the problem, selling them out.
  • Peter was one of the first to become sick during the Stasis Sickness event. Nathan stayed with his brother, even after he was put into a medically induced coma, until the sickness consumed him.
  • During the Silent Hill event, Nathan experienced a return of his burned reflection haunting him, and then found himself in a world where New York had been destroyed by the bomb. There was a strong impetus for him to climb to the top of the nearest tall building and jump, believing he could fly, but each time he would die, the sidewalk coming up to meet him.
  • Nathan discovers his mask, which is Sylar's face. He studies it for a while, drawn like everyone else, but catches it shifting out of the corner of his eye into his own face. He locks it in a box, unsettled and disgusted.
  • Nathan finds a folded flag and a rose in his locker, along with the bloodied clothes of his own demise. He resentfully dresses in the clothes, but zips the jacket up to the top, and hides the flag and rose.


Orphan, medical student, chef, musician, historian; psychologist, serial killer. Stone cold sociopath.

Thoughts, Feelings, Sensations

Overarching theme: ALL memories, thoughts, feelings and sensations will accompany a a strong sense of physically moving through a vast building with high ceilings. This is Hannibal's memory palace. No memory or thought will exist on its own; imagine if you will that the memory itself is linear, but someone's gone through the text commenting on every facet. If the memory is of Hannibal eating dinner with Clarice, a large portion of his thoughts will be on the relevance of that moment, its place in relation to the past, the future, and further the taste of the food, the origin of the steak, the make of the tablecloth, the first time he saw candlelight on her hair. It is all relevant to Hannibal, and so it will be a sensory overload to anyone looking in on it.

HOWEVER anyone experiencing his memories will also not feel quite right. At first, it'll be difficult to explain exactly why, but the more indulged the link is, the more obvious Hannibal's detachment will be. He does not moralise, he finds grim things amusing but he is never amused, and nor will he really be feeling any emotions or empathy at all. Any sense of loss must come from the receiving side. Hannibal knows he's a sociopath, he knows he doesn't feel the way other people do, and he will not feel a sense of loss to clue other people in to that absence, so while deeply inside any memory it will feel natural.

Which leads me to my first offering:

morality suspended: As mentioned above, Hannibal doesn't suffer the burden of empathy. Characters will be subjected to the feeling of nothing. They could be in the arms of their lover, looking deep into their eyes, be told 'I love you' for the first time only to come up completely blank. Faced with moral decisions, Hannibal's unbalanced morality will disrupt decision making. In his mind it doesn't matter if good or evil prevails, he's only interesed in how interesting the process is, and what level of control it affords him.

sense of smell: When Hannibal cooks each evening, or brews tea in the gardens at lunchtime, these might bombard you more frequently, but scents of clinical antiseptics, rain, jungle undergrowth, or even the smell of the urinal, are all potent enough that with his sense of smell they'll jump. Characters experiencing this will suddenly be struck by intense scents from which they should be able to pick out minute details, even if they've never come into contact with the ingredients before.

sense of taste: Hannibal is a magnificent chef, and he cooks mostly for himself. Characters may experience the most delicious thing they've ever tasted settling in under their tongue for whole minutes at a time. It will be mouthwatering.

shifting interest: Hannibal doesn't have much time for things that bore him. The same will apply to other characters who will find that dull subjects long and conversations with no real meat to them will suddenly become completely unendurable. This is only because Hannibal's focus shifts so quickly that the feeling of it being so will reach across, it'll just be more effective if your character is also bored.

unexplained music: did you hear a harpsichord playing? are your ears decieving you? it's all very odd. Hannibal plays classical eastern European music, and his favourite is Bach. He prefers to play when the gardens are quiet in the late evening, so characters who head to bed around that time may find themselves unable to sleep through the melody in their heads.

dark fantasies: lesser so, but on the very odd occasion someone will be rude to Hannibal, and he will let his mind run over the potential retribution. Images conveyed will be incredibly violent, and accompany scents, the blurred concept of ingredients, flavors, names, times, a sequence of thinking so fast it's hard to track the intent. Because these are all borne from his imagination, the feeling of moving through the memory palace will be much more intense.

Ways to recognize his memories

Medical profession will narrow the list of possibilities down extraordinarily. For most of his life, Hannibal has been known as Hannibal, or as Dr. Lecter (apart from Mischa who called him Aniba). His Ataraxion memories will identify him as Dr. Fell, but a mix of the two is quite acceptable.

I am quite willing to have Hannibal's identity and his crimes come out during the process of this plot, since it'd be difficult to avoid without not involving him at all. Ideally, I'd like to see the results impact moral thinking and approach to law on the ship, though that would depend how brave your character is. Hannibal kills people he suspects might know enough to reveal him, and the only way to beat that is to get to the reveal before he has the chance.


  • A bright young boy is showing his younger sister how to read a sundial. They live in a beautiful castle in the forest.
  • Hannibal is sitting in a cart behind a horse with his mother and father, and his little sister. There is a feeling of urgency as they plod through a late summer forest.
  • Living in a little cottage hidden in the woods, safely hidden away during the war. A tank crashes into the clearing. A plane flies over pursuing the tank, which explodes. Everyone dies, leaving Hannibal alone with his sister.
  • Winter is vicious and it has brought cruel men to the house. They struggle to find food. One night they come for Hannibal's sister, who has fallen ill, and have to break his arm to take her away from him. The memory that comes straight after this is not available. Even though he does remember it, Hannibal physically chooses not to.
  • The same castle, this time full of children, most of them older and bigger than Hannibal. Mute, he says nothing as they insult him.
  • Visiting the market with Lady Murasaki, Hannibal is disgusted when a butcher insults her. Hannibal utters his first word in years as he attacks him, and that word is 'PIG'.
  • Hannibal seeks revenge so that his aunt doesn't have to. He borrows her ancestor's sword, then finds the butcher fishing and beheads him. He takes the head and labels it like meat.
  • Back in the clearing in Lithuania, Hannibal has found one of the men who killed his sister. He ties him between a tree and the old horse he knew as a child and urges the animal to move away. When the man is dead, Hannibal barbecues his cheeks with some wild mushrooms.
  • On Kolnas' canal boat, Hannibal rescues Lady Murasaki, and kills Kolnas even though she begs Hannibal to spare him. He is brutal, devastated as he is by being told that he ate his own sister, and carves an M into the man's chest with his knife.


Although I could cite a number of murders here, very few of them could be considered key moments. Hannibal rarely has any respect for his victims, and their deaths - though they would be key moments in their own lives - are footnotes in Hannibal's. There are a few exceptions.
  • Will Graham is on Hannibal's doorstep. He's clean shaven, bright eyed and pleasant. Hannibal greets him by name and brings him through to the study, but this <i>is not</i> the same Will Graham that exists on the TQ. When he tries to phone dispatch, Hannibal cuts the line, then drives a knife into Graham's chest. After striking him with a poker, Graham puts two bullets in Hannibal's chest before he passes out.
  • Clarice Starling visits for the first time. Hannibal has only a passing interest in her at first, but when she's insulted by Miggs, an unmistakable fury overtakes him. It tunnels his vision, is almost deafening, and he throws the frightened Starling a bone regarding Jane Gumb.
  • Hannibal's escape. Killing two guards, he dresses himself in the face of one and is carried out on a gurney. In the ambulance Hannibal slaughters the paramedics, takes the wheel, and calmly drives himself to the airport.
  • Hannibal writes Clarice Starling her letter from Italy. He begins by applying a hand lotion, writes, and then artfully draws a winged, breasted lion with her face.
  • The murder of Commandante Pazzi, in the spirit of his ancestors, on the night Hannibal flees Florence. Spilling him bound from the balcony, and hanging, his guts spill out at the extent of the rope, and fall into the plaza below. Hannibal waves to a distant camera as he steps out of sight and away.
  • Bound to a forklift, Hannibal is an arena of hungry pigs and surrounded by enemies. Clarice comes to his rescue. She unties him, but warns him that she will shoot him at the first sign of malintent. She is taken down by a bullet. Hannibal gathers her into his arms and carries her to safety through the pigs.


NSA Agent with a softer side. Marine. Black ops operative. Martial artist, gun collector, world class sniper. Former pilot. Former scuba/parachutist. Choirboy. Estranged father.

Thoughts, Feelings, Sensations

Itchy trigger finger. Casey has a passion for shooting, and he'll visit the range once a day, but when he's not doing that, he'll be thinking about shooting things, and wanting to shoot things. Characters should expect eratic thoughts about shooting people during conversations, and a general feeling of something missing from their hand.

Busy busy busy. Casey works in the shuttlebay, and that's most of what he does all day. With that will come the sensation of working hard and for long periods of time, and characters will smell oil and sweat, and have sore fingertips. Stage three links may experience hand injuries and electrocution.

Workout burn. Hard jogs, boxing, weights--Casey keeps fit, and he does it in 30 minute bursts morning and night. For others that means breathlessness, muscle soreness, aches and stitches.

Concentration. For one hour of every evening, Casey looks after his bonsai trees. This will be the only moment where he feels completely contented. Casey doesn't really have a calm center, but this is the closest he comes to it. Characters will feel peace, focus, and a sense of accomplishment and pride, but it will essentially represent the eye in the storm.

Uncalm centre. Casey solves his problems through action first, then thought. He shoots first and asks questions later, and impulsive decision making will come hand in hand with increased recklessness. You'll feel like a hero even if your character is normally cautious.

Ways to recognize his memories

Casey's former fiancee will call him Alex, his former unit and anyone training him as a youth will call him Coburn. After that it's Casey, unless he's identified by his rank.

Back in LA, Casey spent much of his time with Chuck and Sarah, drove a Crown Victoria and when he wasn't working secret spy missions for the government, worked cover at a Buy More. Casey personally considers himself the second in command in the shuttle bay, and Tranquility memories will make it blatantly obvious who he is.


There are other memories. Here are just a few, but I feel like I could list off practically everything in Casey's exciting, breakneck life.
  • The day before he leaves for the war, he asks his sweetheart Kathleen to marry him at a bus stop. She agrees.
  • A young Alexander Coburn, eager to serve his country, is offered a chance he can't refuse.  "How would you feel if I told you that there was a covert Black Ops team of America's finest snipers, rangers, and men willing to do anything to protect this country, and that team wants you. And I'd say you have quite a choice to make: either go home to your family, or you become the soldier you always dreamed you could be. So tell me Lieutenant Coburn, you ready to die today?" He doesn't know that his young fiancee is pregnant.
  • Lots of training stuff, involving Casey being on sniper missions, black ops. Parachuting, scuba work, stealth fighter flying, lots of helicopters, etc. Including lessons with Ty Bennett in martial arts and Roan Montgomery in "Seduction School" - a class he failed twice.
  • While undercover, his lover - an associated press photographer - went to work while he slept in at their hotel. Moments after leaving the hotel, there was a bomb blast in which she died--though her death was later revealed to be faked.
  • At some point, Casey is disarmed by Gertrude, with whom he has a passionate romance. She is the only person to ever disarm him, and she keeps his gun in her office, proudly displayed on a stand.
  • Casey pursues and shoots Bryce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yr-zdvbcKU
  • Chuck is a computer containing government secrets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INf9BsIiEGA
  • Chuck confronts Casey about Ilsa and gets thrown against a wall for his efforts. Also 'sugar bear' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUSIuriaz5Y
  • Chuck and Casey fight bad guys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njSdpWbkvOY
  • Chuck kisses Casey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7PRlmvFJLA
  • Reunited with Ty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A6h729SFv0
  • Chuck removes a bullet from Casey's leg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9AIwxshtcw
  • Casey the super sniper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSr5NsvqnWk
  • Casey's fake funeral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJS6A46U8zc and Morgan wakes him up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaabe08jucw
  • Casey admits to being Alex's father https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGhNgRRvli8
  • Kathleen discovers the truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST_Noxi3Lz4
  • Handheld EMP, Casey and Sarah's first mission without Chuck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq8HrEi8YLM
  • Casey botches seduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-sTDm0394
  • Rescued by Russians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWr3ik5k_E0



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