A good guy with a childhood that haunts him and a broken relationship with his father, Cole is another "orphan" like Deirdre, Endri, and Eaves. He's had to pull The Mountaineers out of a few tight spots, and his willingness to jump into a strange or dangerous situation to help other people says a lot about him. He has a good heart and wants to connect, wants to belong, but something keeps him from fully reaching out. Even to Deirdre.
In a way, Cole feels like he's never belonged anywhere. But this ordeal with The Book of Briars, with Deirdre, has given him a sense of purpose. He had to be there for the fraylily, he had to be there for the obenhedge, the bridge, the clocks, the library. For once, what happened to him in the past isn't a burden, but maybe a clarion call for his future.
When Cole was 9 years old, he was involved in an accident that put him in the hospital. Afterwards, Cole was bed-bound for some time after, a turn of events that led him to escapism via books and art. . Cole described himself as "weird" as a kid, having no friends and always feeling out of place "in a world where you had to be this or that, one or the other" . Before the events of The Monarch Papers, Cole lived a relatively normal life as a personal trainer by day, and artist and reader by night.
Phase One Edit
Recruits first met Cole in Fragment One, after tracking down a Tumblr post he had made about the FrayLily. In his post, he noted that he had dreamt about the flower and decided to illustrate it . Cole described his dream as being "about a flower that opened and these pieces of paper came folding out of it, making something" . This led recruits to be able to solve the first fragment.
Having identified Cole as magically adept, recruits began attempting to contact Cole on his Tumblr blog. Recruit Robert attempted to strike up a friendly conversation and try to learn more about him. Robert acted as a point of contact, asking him questions in order to jog his memory of Ackerly-Green Publishing . As it turned out, Cole did indeed remember the Ackerly Green's Guide to Magiq.
During Fragment Three, when recruits were at a loss to assembling lines of The Minnying of Ojorad in the correct order, Robert attempted to contact Cole to see if he knew anything of the poem or a hint the book had given them in the form of the word "Obenhedge" . Cole had known of the word, having recently dreamed of visiting The Last Traveller, who had tried to give him a plant called obenhedge and needed him to recite a remembrance poem to remember its true name . Once Cole was sent the lines of the poems, he was able to help rearrange them into the correct order . He then pmed Robert, informing him the he'd remembered the other name for obenhedge - Vhelicorus .Recruits were quick to turn to Cole again in Fragment Four, when The Devoted required the Mountaineers to retrieve a token in New York City. Recruit TheBellsAreRinging asked Cole where he lived to which he replied that he was from Hoboken . Somewhat reluctantly, Cole agreed to go to the drop site, hosting a Periscope stream of the retrieval. Cole's first journey took him to the Triplet's Bridge in Central Park. Trekking through the park at night, Cole tracked down Brandon's token. Initially he found the journey much more enjoyable than his poem dream, but he was later disturbed to find that the token had an extra set of ISBN codes listed on it that he swore wasn't visible when he found it.
Cole continued to be present during Fragment Four, helping recruits with a second periscope mission. Recruits needed to track down phone booths which held a special message from Brandon before The Devoted managed to find it. Cole was ready to assist, leaving after his shift . After successfully When recruits call Brandon's phone number to track down his secret instructions .
After the end of Fragment Four, Cole avoided the forums, wanting to live a magic-free life. This culminated in the post "I'm Not a Writer" in which Cole admitted that every time he tried to distance himself from the MAGIQ-verse, something new would connect him to the mystery. The post, which mentioned the Ackerly Green Book The Wolf and the Wild attracted the attention of Deirdre, who had set up a Google Alert for the book. The two began to talk, gaining a close relationship, although Cole lamented about hiding the truth of the Magiq-verse from her .
Phase Two Edit
During Fragment Seven, Cole once again volunteered to retrieve a real-life item in New York . Traveling to the Morgan Library, Cole broke open the desk containing Seven Cradle Songs, although the book was stolen from him by Lauren Ellsworth, who was also seeking the book . Despite this, Cole managed to keep the contents of the book safe - a letter from Sullivan Green to Deirdre .
After the events of the Morgan Library, Cole met up with Deirdre, giving her the letter her father wrote to her. Cole talked to Deirdre for hours, telling her everything about the Basecamp, her father, and magic. She listened quietly until Cole was done, then left after saying she was tired, taking the letter and leaving him to wonder if he would ever hear from her again .
Phase Three Edit
Cole's last Tumblr post was on March 8, titled "DG." Cole stated that he hadn't been back to the forum after revealing the truth to Deirdre, and that it was better this way, though he was there for the Mounties if they ever needed it. After Deirdre left the country, Cole was distressed, believing he was partially at fault for her departure.
In "Japan?," Deirdre revealed that she had called Cole, which lead to the journal unlocking after a feeling of adoration. At the end of Deirdre's globetrotting journey, in "The Door - Part Three, Deirdre returned to New York to be with Cole and the two started a romantic relationship. The two spent several weeks together in Hoboken, living away from magiq, until Deirdre had a revelation in "Did I Say Done?" that led her to resume the search for the truth. in "Birthday Girl," Cole supported her decision to continue pursuing magiq, stating her time with The Monarch Papers and the Book of Briars was not quite over.
Phase Four Edit
In "Picking Up the Thread", Cole helped Deirdre translate the Morse code on the loose thread from her scarf, leading to the address of a hundred-year-old apartment building that at some point had been converted into a boutique hotel. The next day, Cole accompanies Deirdre to the apartments and they traveled to room 717. Inside, they met Meredith Grey Ackerly and spoke with him in "M. Grey Ackerly."
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- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/crsumner/52/11
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- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-the-last-of-the-travelers-the-third-fragment/71/145
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- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/open-letter-to-cole/336/2
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