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REAL NAME: Ishmael Stone
OCCUPATION: Private detective, wizard
PLACE OF BIRTH: Savannah, Georgia
EDUCATION: Multiple PhDs

 It’s not true that there’s nothing in the dark that’s not also in the light, and not all our fears can be dismissed as the product of morbid imaginations. The world is a world of monsters, both human and otherwise. When the night presses in too close, the Philosophers of the Network are there to stand between it and us.

Born in the American south in 1898, Ishmael Stone went on to serve his country during World War I. It was only after his return, however, that he began to learn the true nature of his power and his destiny. Nearly murdered by a racist policeman driven to insanity by the sight of Stone in his military uniform, Stone was rescued by the Network—a global collective that inducts agents into its ceaseless fight against chaos, entropy, madness, and monsters—and eventually rose to become its leader.

Stone’s special abilities are elemental in nature. He controls fire, water, ice, and storm. His magic is the magic of the natural world, and he is vulnerable only to magic that cancels out or disconnects him from that world. He carries the Ouroboros Staff, symbol of his power and authority, and he can summon to his aid the spirit of a great Hell Hound, which he also treats as a pet.

Stone is a scholar, private investigator, wizard, and primus inter pares (“first among equals) of all the other Philosophers.  Like other Philosophers, he has surrounded himself with a team of powerful associates: Amara Stone, Wilbur Branch, Martin Priest, and Blind Jack. His relationship with his daughter is sometimes troubled, and his position as REX has led him to keep his feelings for his people in check, but Stone is as loyal to his team as they are to him and he considers them his family, even if these are feelings he leaves deeply buried within himself.

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