Sullivan Green appears to have two personas - one from the lie of this world and the other from the MAGIQ-verse. In the former, Sullivan Green is a man with a fractured mind , one who was so haunted by his inner demons that he left his only child in Ireland and spent his last remaining days homeless in a park, despite having a considerable fortune. In this world, Sullivan was a man who Orvin Wallace attempted to reintroduce into society, but failed .
The MAGIQ-verse paints an entirely different picture of Sullivan. Rather than a man plagued by untreated illness, his true actions were simply incomprehensible when shrouded by the forces that keep magic secret. Writings in The Monarch Papers depict Sullivan as a man who wanted nothing more to protect his daughter from the suffering that comes from knowing the truth, so much so that he forged a powerful spell to shield her from magic. He was an explorer, a powerful magic practitioner, and, perhaps most importantly, a loving father and loyal friend.
Events Before The Monarch Papers Edit
Sullivan Green was born in the spring of 1958. During this time, his father, Warner Green distanced himself more and more from his company, Ackerly-Green Publishing, and his old friend. He had to care for his wife, Sylvia Green (who was suffering episodes of deep depression by this time) and his baby boy .
Sullivan grew up on the floor of the printing house, A&L Printing, where Warner had slowly risen in the ranks, and by the 70s Warner was in charge again. Warner was unsatisfied creatively and wounded by his wife’s degrading health, but now his son had a future. Sylvia took her own life in 1977. And Warner died a year later. Sullivan had just turned twenty. He ran the company for a year until a fire ravaged the old building, destroying it completely. But in the destruction, Sullivan learned that his father had secured a small fortune for him to do with as he pleased. Sullivan's lawyer, Orvin Wallace, helped manage Warner’s small fortune and helped Sullivan make decisions for the printing house, but, according to Orvin, Sullivan's heart was never really in it. When the fire destroyed the printing house, Sullivan disappeared soon after.
Little is known of Sullivan's life after the destruction of A&L Printing. According to Orvin, he traveled the world, living thriftily except when purchasing rare books and pieces of art . When Deirdre met with Colby Fortin, he informed her that Sullivan was aware of magiq when the printing house burnt down, and that he had seen something in the fire. As he explored the world, he met a coven of six others who taught him everything he knew about magiq. However, he soon grew restless, wanting more from the world. He became fascinated by the lost history of the old houses of wool and silver that had originated in Anne of Brittany’s court. He felt there was a hidden connection pulling him to that story. He spent years hunting down works of art, following the path of wool, while learning more and more about magic and collecting magical artifacts. During his travels, he wrote The Monarch Papers, which spanned at least three volumes . He learned that he was sensitive to wells - places that contain hidden magiq. At some point during his journeys, Sullivan became deeply in debt, although he did have some investments .
In the crossroads of his journey, he met Aisling Green. She was also looking for the end of the roads. She had followed the path of silver around the world. They continued on the path together, and fell deeply in love. In 1992, he had a daughter, Deirdre Green. Sullivan left Deirdre shortly after she was born to search for magiq, leaving Aisling as virtually a single mother. Despite this, Deirdre retained some memories of Sullivan telling her a childhood story and of carrying her down a long hallway, suggesting that he may have had some sort of presence in her early life . Some time later, Sullivan came back to New York, saying he's found the 'little red house' from Aisling's dreams, and that they would all be safe there. She said he would never be still, content. He would always be searching for something. Sullivan tried to carry Deirdre out of their apartment, but Aisling used a magiqal artifact to inflict a dark magiqal wound on him. The spell lead to Aisling's death within a year, and successfully repelled Sullivan.
A year before Aisling's death, Sullivan concocted a spell to 'call the six corners' and shield Deirdre from magical influence. To do this, he required the help of six friends - Ishi, Colby, Mendelssohn, and three others - who he wrote about in The Monarch Papers Volume Three. According to journalist Martin Rank, the Mountaineers were "blown to the six corners", which suggests that these individuals may have been Mountaineers. The details of Sullivan's whereabouts were unclear, though he did search incessantly for a "red house" but was pursued by something that kept him from reaching his destination. Eventually, he realized the only place in the world he would be safe was at the center of “the eighteen gates” - Central Park. He seldom left, and quickly returned when he did.
Sullivan had some sort of interaction with the The 94' Mountaineers during his journeys. According to the timeline on the Ackerly Green's Guide to Magiq website, Mountaineers tracked down Sullivan on March 17, 1997, and he claimed to have no memory of The Lost Collection. Seemingly afraid for his life, he disappeared.
In the final days before his death, Sullivan arranged for Ishi and a few others to be prepared for Deirdre's arrival, in case she did free herself from his spell. They waited, holding on to the specified art pieces, for the possibility of Deirdre turning up one day.
Phase One Edit
When Sullivan died in July 2016, the police found a letter on him. It was addressed to Orvin explaining all about his long lost daughter. This spurred Orvin to contact Deirdre, and it was also then that he found documents that led him to the brownstone. Sullivan owned it, but hadn’t lived in for years, if ever. After his death, Sullivan's body was burned and his ashes were spread across The Ramble. Deirdre inherited her father's brownstone, as well as three gifts he had prepared for her - Through the Night, several pieces of paper that led to the discovery of Fragment One, and a pocket watch. Later it was revealed that Sullivan owned a safe deposit box in Sweden, which was broken into during Phase Two.
Phase Two Edit
During the beginning of Phase Two, Sullivan's journal, The Monarch Papers Vol. 3, was obtained by The Cagliostro and sent to Lauren Ellsworth to test her. A few weeks later, in "What to Do," Deirdre Green obtained The Monarch Papers Vol. 1 from her Aunt Monica, who had kept the journal in her attic. Using hints from the two journals, recruits solved Fragment Six and Fragment Seven, ultimately leading them to the Morgan Library where the book Seven Cradle Songs which was held behind a desk in the library's scarlet room. At the start of Fragment Eight, it was revealed that Sullivan had hidden a letter inside of Seven Cradle Songs, detailing the spell he had performed on her to keep her from pining the secret truth of magiq. In the letter, he provided the Calling the Corners spell, which could be performed a second time to undo the effects of the original spell. With the help of the Mountaineers, Deirdre performed the spell and was able to finally see the truth of the world.
Phase Three Edit
In "The Monarch Papers," it was revealed that Sullivan had followed the paths of magiq, traveling the globe to discover a series of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and books that would lead him to the truth. Sullivan described the two paths in "In Air" as having "…at the end of both roads nothing but silence and ruin. Roads that, at one time in history, were walked by those who sought the truth. But when I walked them I found those who built them were no longer waiting at the end. And hadn’t been for quite some time. It wasn’t until years later that I found what I believe to be the truth and now I leave it safe at the end of this new road. For you." From this new path created by Sullivan, Deirdre traveled the world using clues left by the journal, each time finding a piece of art and feeling an emotion. In "Knocking Back," Deirdre noted the first entry in the journal that wasn't a clue, but simply a note to his daughter - "Don't give up."
Phase Four Edit
In "M. Grey Ackerly," Meredith Grey Ackerly revealed that his death had been faked at the request of Sullivan. He had reached out to Ackerly, telling him that he believed forces were out to destroy the Greens and Ackerlys due to their connection to the Lost Collection. Sullivan set Ackerly up in a magiqally shielded apartment with special locks that could keep the outside world away if the inhabitant wished. There Ackerly waited, safe from the forces that wished to harm him, until Deirdre found him. He left Ackerly with a magiqally sealed box to give Deirdre, which contained a Chronocompass, a volume of The Monarch Papers titled "Neithernor," and a note to his daughter:
My Deirdre, You’ve found it. Your bravery and heart have led you here. Beyond all hope you have continued, and on the other side of the darkest woods you have found the end of a path. Now you stand at a door, my love. On the shore of your future and the future of all the world.
But the time for choosing is done. This is a door you must go through I’m afraid, because your journey is now tied to all of us. All who’ve sought the truth. There is a plan in place. An unfathomable machine of secrets designed by myself and the council beyond our sight- a plan to thwart The Storm and its master.
Hope is not lost. Not yet.
The truth is this… If we don’t succeed now, then all of this will be for nothing. The magiq here in the mundane is finite. This is our final chance. I have sacrificed my life for this cause. I would never wish the same for you, but I trust no one to finish this more than the daughter of your mother.
All you need is inside this box. And the places these objects will take you.
Be prepared, nothing I have done to protect you so far can keep you safe now. Trust only in the flow of magiq and those who join you on this journey.
To begin this final chapter The Mountaineers must use the most dangerous of magiq and you must learn everything about the secret world.
The Mountaineers must reach out to the past, and you my dear, must go to Neithernor.
In "[Here/Where We Go]," Sullivan revealed that he had actually been to "the little red house" in Aisling Green's dreams. He had found it through the Neithernor, the place where he learned magiq. In addition to telling Deirdre what he knew about the Neithernor, he also directed a letter at the Mountaineers:
The Letter to the Mountaineers. Mountaineers, I don’t know much about the 18 Gates (The Council of The 18 Gates) but I’ll share everything I’ve learned over the years.
They have sent the book, in varying forms, to groups for centuries. Groups analogous to you, the Mountaineers. They are particularly fond of those who have found themselves on the path of wool. Perhaps it’s easier to reach ones seeking what they seek. It requires immense power to send the book to us from where they are. An in-between place called “The Fray”, an unformed sort of purgatory where I believe they became trapped when everything changed. I don’t know how much they know about the truth. The Fray is a strange place from what I’ve learned, difficult to communicate with, and there’s much I still don’t understand. But I know it takes them decades, sometimes centuries, to gather enough magimystic energy to send the book, borrowing power from our world, searching for power in theirs.
But the book persists because in each era the 18 Gates have used what power they have to not only send their cherished object to us, but also to protect it from The Storm and its Master. They have kept the book safe while also trying to spread what remained of that protection to those who’ve tried to unlock it. But those on the path of silver have wiped away almost everyone who has ever tried to open it, and it becomes harder and harder to send it every time.
I may be wrong, but I believe the book is a kind of seed spell. I think the book is the vessel for the whisper of a story. A most powerful kind of magiq. A story that wishes to be told. Old, or perhaps new, I don’t know… But within it, the truth. I believe it’s been planted in The Book like a seed in a garden. And every time The Book has come to us, we have nurtured it, with perseverance, goodwill, and with magiq. The stronger the book, the better chance we have of telling the story within and changing everything.
Yes, the book is destroyed.
But I have a plan.
A plan that took years of design. And to set the plan in motion, I convinced the 18 Gates to focus their power to protect you instead of the book when The Storm arrived, and let the book burn. It was a difficult choice but they knew we had to try something desperate to have a chance.
Much of the “how” won’t make sense at this moment, but I hope by now you’ve looked to my letter to Deirdre and found something the 18 Gates left with our storyteller friend.
The Storm’s Master has collected immense power but holds it out of hand, out of sight from us. Soon there will be nothing left here. But for now, we have an advantage. One they aren’t yet aware of.
We have you Now, and an unburned book Then.
Your book is gone, but with our guidance you are going to help your predecessors open theirs. What will happen then, I don’t know. But we have all that we have ever needed. The book and the Mountaineers.
Together, with the help of my daughter, you will change everything.
Sullivan's Letter to Deirdre Edit
The world is a lie my love.
Everything that was has been changed, made linear and logical, unexceptional. No one knows why for sure. But there are those who remember fragments of the truth, who spend their lives seeking what lies beneath the lie, just out of sight, out of reach.
The memory is like a splinter, small but sharp, working deeper into you until you find it or it runs you through.
I am one of those few. I carried it in my blood.
And I was afraid you would too.
The contents of this envelope have protects you all your life, surrounded you, blinded you, all to keep you safe. Safe from the pining for a hidden truth. A secret so powerful that those who want to keep it for themselves have destroyed lives and minds to guard it.
I have seen unending pain and I have seen unimaginable wonder.
I couldn't protect you from one without hiding you from the other.
But if you're reading this then strange forces have conspired to bring you this when and if the time had come for you to seek the truth... My secret hope brought this to you.
Repeat this spell.
If you want to change your life you must act quickly, the very paper you hold now will work to make you forget it all again in time. But it's also your way out. It's a crack in the perfect lie I created. A lie where magic is a fairytale and you are an ordinary girl from an ordinary family. You are anything but.
Those flashes of inspiration you've felt, the moments where you've been overwhelmed by possibilities and potentials, dreams that seem to break the ruls of this gray world... that's the truth. Seek it unabashedly.
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/12/22/happy-feelings/
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/09/15/the-elusive-mr-wallace/
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-eight-magiq-calling-the-corners/404/13
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-seven-yule/341/192
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/what-we-know-about-ackerly-green-publishing/46
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2017/05/15/the-door-part-two/
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/12/15/what-to-do/
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/07/28/my-home-away-from-home/
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2017/05/18/the-door-part-three/
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/11/24/being-thankful/
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-seven-yule/341/171
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/the-cagliostro/282/128
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2017/05/05/knocking-back/
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2016/07/26/remains/
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2017/01/12/reframing/
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/the-cagliostro/282/58
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-seven-yule/341/219
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-seven-yule/341/285
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/solved-fragment-eight-magiq-calling-the-corners/404/13
- ↑ http://www.deedsdone.co.uk/2017/03/22/the-monarch-papers/
- ↑ http://forum.basecamp33.com/t/fragment-thirteen-sullivans-letter-the-chronocompass/1276/98