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Blake, Philip

Discussion in 'Citizens' started by The Governor, May 20, 2015.

  1. The Governor

    The Governor The Walking Dead
    You kill or you die.

    Anna & Apollo's Pet
    “Keep poking the tiger bear and you’re bound to get mauled.”

    Played by Dharke

    Fandom: The Walking Dead. I’m mainly focusing on the Governor from the television show, but I’ve used the books to plug up some holes in his history.
    Age: About 45.
    Species: Weretiger.
    Gender: Male.
    Canon Point: Made to Suffer (season 3, episode 8).
    NPC Companions: His little girl, Penny.


    Spring, Year 4: The Governor started off in Pandora as a regular old human.

    Summer Y4: Fairy witch, Maleficent, put a curse on Philip, causing him to change into a tiger when at the height of his anger (e.g. so angry that he could barely breathe or speak). In order to regain his normal form, he had to kill at least one non-supernatural human.

    Spring Y6: A scientist known as Paracelsus gave him a talisman to prevent these inconvenient transformations. The talisman stored up magical energy generated by his anger (or some convoluted bollocks), allowing him to pick when he wanted to change forms.

    Winter Y7: The Greek god, Apollo, took away his humanity, which had the added side effect of deactivating Maleficent’s curse and rendering the talisman redundant. The Governor was stuck as an animal, a beast, until he could prove to Apollo that he was worthy of being human again.

    Winter Y108: One hundred years later (apparently), he proved himself to Apollo and regained his human form, although it’s now something of a costume hiding the beast within. If you were to damage his flesh, you’d discover fur growing under the wound.

    As a human, he possesses the following strengths:
    • Senses that are better than those of a normal human.
    • Excellent night vision. His one surviving eye will even flash like an animal’s when caught by a strong source of light at night.
    • About as fast and agile as a professional runner or hurdler at their peak.
    • High level of stamina.
    • Strong, but not to a crazy extent. At best, he could heft a person of average size above his head and throw them across a room.
    • Due to the violent and macabre nature of his transformations, he can heal wounds without medical help, unless the damage is to his heart or brain. Shallow flesh wounds take mere seconds, while injuries to organs may take a day or two. He cannot regrow any severed limbs, nor is he immune to the effects of alcohol, drugs or poisons.

    He cannot change into a tiger at will, but it’s controlled in one of the following ways:

    Full Moon

    The change is triggered one night a month when the moon is at its fullest. It’s a grotesque and disturbing “hatch” transformation, where his tiger form ruptures out of his human skin (think The Company of Wolves or Hemlock Grove). He retains his human mind, but finds it a struggle to resist animal instincts and compulsions.


    Outside the full moon, this disgusting “hatch” transformation is triggered when he’s violent to any creature without a “good” reason (e.g. self-defence or defending somebody else). Philip can get away with the occasional shove or smack, but any prolonged violence with the intention of doing someone real harm causes him to transform. He retains his human mind and isn’t quite as dominated by animal instincts, but is left trapped this way until he helps somebody in need.

    He doesn’t have any special abilities in tiger form. He’s the standard size of an Amur tiger (here’s a useful picture), but looks more like a Sumatran with his surly scowl and scraggly “cheek mane”:


    Penny started off as a zombie (or “biter”), but Paracelsus kindly cured her in Spring, Year 6. She’s now a normal healthy little human girl.


    Mortality: Although he heals a lot faster now, you still don’t need any special weapons to kill him. A devastating blow to the skull or knife to the heart is more than enough.

    Low Rung in the Power Ladder: The Governor doesn’t stand much of a chance against the more powerful supernatural creatures found throughout Pandora (such as mind controllers and magic users). He would never admit it aloud, but gods and magic users unnerve him, maybe even scare him, due to his run-ins with Apollo and Maleficent.

    One Eye: He possesses a limited field of vision due to losing an eye back in Spring, Year 4. He’s vulnerable to being ambushed on his blind side when distracted or not paying his surroundings close enough attention.

    Hunting Season: He’s arguably at his most powerful in tiger form, but since he can’t use a gun with a pair of bulky paws, this gives other people the opportunity to shoot the shit out of him. That silky patterned fur would make a lovely rug.

    Penny: Do you need to hurt, bribe or scare him? Just kidnap or threaten the life of his dear sweet Penny.


    Spring, Year 4: Philip was dragged into Pandora when he was at the height of his power in a town called Woodbury. Most people that lived there would’ve described him as a friendly, compassionate and well adjusted middle-aged man, while the less charitable might’ve gone with smug and sleazy. Underneath his calm, collected and charismatic front, he was really a deeply flawed and mentally unhinged person, corrupted by his sense of power and obsessed with eliminating anybody who threatened to take it away from him.

    Spring Y6: After losing his new Woodbury in Pandora, he became less interested in power and control, and more preoccupied with getting revenge on the people who he perceived had betrayed him or contributed to his downfall in some way. The Governor was only too happy to get his hands dirty in his efforts to track down these people and hurt them, even deriving a twisted sense of pleasure out of it that verged on sexual gratification. He ended up becoming more monster than man, which he was forced to rectify in...

    Winter Y7: Along with his form, Philip was robbed of some of his human mind. He managed not to lose it all by clinging desperately to his goal of proving that he was worthy of being human again, so that he could build a new and better life with his little girl, Penny, (and Anna if only she would let him).

    Human again, the Governor’s demeanour is usually surly, introspective and solemn, although he can still ramp up the old charm and/or deliver a motivational speech when he wants to coax something out of somebody. He’s also flirtatious and agreeable when attracted to a woman.

    Philip is heavily motivated by family and takes naturally to the role of the strong patriarch. He doesn’t hesitate to provide a source of comfort and protection to the wife figure in his family, but is too controlling and domineering on occasion. His daughter and any other child that he considers part of this unit provides him with his greatest source of happiness and tranquillity.

    Although he’s been fortunate enough to gain a family in Pandora, he is scarred by the loss and trauma he’s suffered in his home world. Some of the terrible things that he’s done there and in Pandora have also had a subconscious impact on him. As a result, he possesses an unstable and volatile temper that tends to manifest when things aren’t going his way.

    Having spent the last year as an animal, he’s prone to slipping into animalistic instincts and thought patterns when in human form. These predatory urges grow harder to resist during the day of the full moon, as well as when he’s thinking or acting upon angry, violent thoughts.

    After being taught a hard lesson on human morality, he’s become more conflicted when it comes to hurting and/or killing others to fulfil his own needs. He tries to avoid this course of action, but a big part of him still feels that this is the only way to really and truly protect his daughter and the rest of his family from the threats of this world.

    Can a tiger really and truly change his stripes and put away the claws?

    Penny is a shy, quiet and withdrawn twelve year old girl, who’s been left traumatised by the horrible things that she’s seen in her canon world. She remembers being hurt by the bad man and falling unconscious into daddy’s arms, but nothing about her “medical condition”. Unable to quite grasp the concept of Pandora, she’s more than willing to accept the kindness and protection of adults. She takes comfort from her penguin cuddly toy, which she calls Penguin (originality skipped a generation), talking to it like it’s a person, passing on its messages to people and pretending to spoon feed it cereal


    In human form, he’s about six foot, three inches tall. He most commonly wears a long black walking coat over a blue quilted zip vest and pair of khaki or dark olive pants. His utility belt holds his preferred weapons, which are a Bowie knife and a Beretta 92SB Nickel.

    Miles Upshur’s Walrider gouged out his right eye back in Spring, Year 4. He wears an eye patch that resembles an Oreo cookie. His one good eye is blue or grey, and his hair is brown, but greying at the temples prominently.

    When illuminated by powerful light (such as a spotlight), you can see stripes under his skin. The sclera of his one good eye possesses a very faint yellowish cast, which grows more noticeable when he becomes angry and violent.


    Philip Blake grew up in Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia. His mother, Rose (née Garcia), was of Mexican-American ethnicity (albeit with only a tiny bit of Mexican given his pale complexion). His father, Ed, was an alcoholic of Scots-Irish stock.

    Ed used to beat him at chess… Used to beat him at everything. Philip once stole his dad’s Lucky Strikes and had his first ever cigarette in the garage with his older brother, Brian. Ed was furious and tried to beat the pair of them, but Brian played the part of the hero (as he always did) and claimed that he’d taken them. Ed gave him two black eyes and a broken rib, and Philip still got beat up anyway. Since then, Philip’s always looked down on “heroes” (people who do the right thing, even at the detriment to themselves and those that depend on them the most).

    He went to school in Burke County, Georgia, along with his two friends, Bobby Marsh and Nick Parsons. Philip felt closer to them than Brian.

    After graduating, he went through a string of unsatisfying jobs, most notably working in a muffler shop and making deliveries in a truck. When he got married and started a family, he ended up trapped in an office job, working fifty hours a week and “taking shit from a boss half [his] age and an IQ even lower”.

    His daughter, Penny, was the only thing that he was proud of in his dull, ordinary life (aside from that time he “lost a fight with a tree”). They also had a dog that “was a wonder of stupidity”.

    Eighteen months before the zombie outbreak, his wife, Sarah, died in a car accident after coming home from visiting a friend at the University of Georgia. She was under the influence of alcohol and crashed her car on a winding road somewhere in Wilkes County, Georgia. He was left to raise Penny as a single parent, and drifted apart from Nick and Bobby.

    When the zombies started rising up and eating people, Philip and Penny joined forces with his old school friends, as well as Brian. They took shelter in a house in Wiltshire Estates (an upper class community), but a zombie ended up killing Bobby.

    It provoked Philip into travelling to Atlanta, Georgia, where he’d heard there were refugee centres to protect them from the zombies. They discovered that Atlanta had ended up becoming overrun with zombies and were forced to flee into the countryside, barely escaping with their lives.

    They settled in an old plantation house, although they weren't there long when a group of drug addicts showed up with guns. Nick and Philip managed to kill the addicts, but not before one of them mortally wounded Penny. Philip blamed Brian for her death and beat him into a bloody pulp. Penny came back as a zombie and Philip couldn’t bring himself to put her out of her misery.

    Not in his right state of mind, Philip ditched Brian and Nick, and wandered off with his zombie daughter. He can’t remember much about this period, except holing up in an apartment with eight other survivors, somehow managing to keep her a secret. They lived off Spam and saltine crackers.

    Eventually, they moved out and acquired new group members on their travels. They came across the abandoned Woodbury, which they secured and restored to its former glory. Philip established a leadership role and was branded “The Governor”. He got his hands dirty in order to ensure the security of his town and keep his people in good spirits, such as killing the National Guard and stealing their equipment.

    Some of the members of Woodbury included Milton Mamet, who found out about Penny and offered to try and cure her, or at the very least, determine whether she had any “spark” left. Others were Merle Dixon and two ladies known simply as Andrea and Michonne.

    The Governor got romantically involved with Andrea, but Michonne didn’t trust him and snooped around his apartment, before leaving Woodbury on her own. Suspicious of what she knew about him, he sent Merle (who’d become his lieutenant) to kill her. He failed spectacularly, but brought back two people (Maggie Greene and Glenn Rhee) from a rival group. The Governor humiliated and blackmailed Maggie into revealing their location. Before he could put a plan into action, Glenn and Maggie’s people attacked Woodbury.

    Needing to pick up more weapons, the Governor hurried back to his apartment, where he found Michonne about to kill Penny. As he was begging her not to “hurt [his] little girl”, black vines snaked hold of him, as well as Penny, and dragged them into Pandora.

    “Highlights” in Pandora
    Year 4:
    • Had his first encounter with his canon mates from Georgia.
    • Tried to feed Miles Upshur to Penny, but his Walrider intervened and gouged out his eye with its claws.
    • Set down the foundations of an anti-supernatural group.
    • Picked on the wrong non-human and got cursed by Maleficent.

    Year 5:
    • Became the Head of the Treasury in Pandora (“you have to pay the bill”).
    • Was horrible to his canon mates (as usual).
    • Caused lots of issues between humans and non-humans.
    • Nearly got killed a few times by wrathful women, including Maggie Greene and Jaesa Willsaam.
    • Established his “humans only” gated community in Silverpool, Pandora Town.

    Year 6:
    • A group including Billyboy, Rick Grimes and Michonne invaded his new Woodbury and overthrew him.
    • Philip was sentenced to life imprisonment at Pandora Zoo after being found guilty of a string of crimes ranging from stealing government funds to abducting and/or murdering people horribly.
    • His imprisonment lasted about three months, before a mystery person (or people) broke him out of Pandora Zoo.
    • Reunited with a human Penny, but she ended up rejecting him in favour of Paracelsus after he nearly changed and attacked them. Paracelsus gave him a talisman to control his rage induced transformations.

    Year 7:
    • Philip carried on making a nuisance of himself in Pandora, abducting pretty women, like Irene Adler and Berelain sur Paendrag.
    • Made the mistake of angering a Disney princess and a Greek god masquerading as a pretty boy. Anna and Apollo took it upon themselves to punish Philip, which culminated in him losing his human form.
    • The Tigernor roamed Pandora, tracking down people in need of help to prove his worth as a human. Winter Guardian, Spring Guardian, Summer Guardian and Autumn Guardian.

    Year 108
    • Redeemed himself in the eyes of his daughter in the obscenely long one shot, Penny.
    • After doing a number of good deeds, he regained access to his human form!!!


    A biter limped drunkenly towards ‘em, its one eye cloudy as though covered in a thin membrane of frost. Philip Blake stared back at it with his two good eyes, imagining how much it’d suck having only one. Wonder whether this guy’d lost the other before or after his death. Maybe it’d been the cause.

    Shumpert fired at the biter, his arrow sinking through the eye and erupting out the back of its skull in a short, sharp gush of blood. It crumpled to the ground like a tatty old burlap sack. There went another biter biting the dust. Philip’d lost count of the number they’d picked off in these woods.

    Lips pursed in mild, inoffensive astonishment, Shumpert bent down and yanked his arrow out with a wet squelch.

    “Nice shot Shump,” Martinez grinned from his place next to Philip. He had a cap on backwards and was equipped with a baseball bat, his sleeveless arms glistening silkily in the hard light.

    “Quiet,” Philip chided him. “We don’t wanna lure over a whole herd of 'em. Might even catch the attention of the National Guard.”

    According to Crowley, a small band of National Guard had set up camp in these woods. Faster than you could say “Uncle Sam”, Philip’d rounded up Martinez and Shumpert and taken the Dodge Ram to the spot. Wanted to check 'em out from afar before deciding on a course of action.

    He didn’t get chance to think about that too deeply. A faint voice drifted through the thick tangle of trees. That them?

    Philip gave his men a did you hear that kinda frown, but they just blinked blankly back at him.

    He crept through the dense overgrowth, slipping his Beretta out of his holster and clicking off the safety. Shouldn’t have wasted the energy.

    A man with a hard, craggy face was lyin' against a tree trunk, his flesh pale and waxy as though he was in the grip of a fever. He got bit? Philip thought about stepping over to him and putting him outta his misery, but that was like shooting a lion from behind the safety of bars. Where was the glory, the fun, in that?

    Take it easy, sport. You weren’t supposed to find this fun.

    Were you?

    Anyhow, this guy might have valuable information about the National Guard, or another camp. Hell. Maybe he was National Guard? Though he looked like he was on his last legs, Philip wasn’t gonna take any chances with him.

    He pushed through the unruly vegetation, his Beretta trained on the guy’s shiny forehead. “Now don’t go throwing a fit. You play nice and we’ll play nice. One of my men’s gonna take your weapons. It’s for everybody’s protection.”

    Philip glanced at Martinez pointedly. He nodded and swaggered over to the guy, swinging his baseball bat around nonchalantly like he was about to help out a bunch of Little Leaguers.

    “Holy shit!” Martinez broke the illusion. “Look at that!”

    Philip followed his gaze and found one of the guy’s arms ended in a stump. Had his hand got bit off by a biter? Imagine how much that’d suck to have only one. How the hell would you drive? Fire a carbine or a rifle? Fight off a biter or person?

    If he had to pick between losing an eye or a hand, he guessed he’d go with the eye.
    #1 The Governor, May 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2018
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  2. The Governor

    The Governor The Walking Dead
    You kill or you die.

    Anna & Apollo's Pet
    Updated at long last!

    Gov's rejigged curse agreed on with Librus via Discord. I PM'd him the official write-up last Friday, but haven't heard anything from him. Looks like he's gone AWOL?
  3. Siri

    Siri je suis loser
    Application Division

    your application is




    but look how coot when he tigernaps