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From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.

xxxxxTentaclekid with telepathy, Taylor combines what most people -- even other mutants -- hate and fear most about freaks into one cheerful package.


xxxxxStriking. Taylor stands out in a crowd. 6'3" and muscular, his entirely obsidian-black skin is noticeable in itself. His face is not all that remarkable otherwise; large grey-blue eyes in an oblong face, wide bulb of a nose, wide thick lips, unfortunately protruding ears, rounded head (a thin long-healed line of scars along the side of his skull) kept shaved smooth. What tends to draw people's eyes -- and often their strong opinions -- far more is the wealth of tentacles that he sports in addition to the more standard limbs. Some are thin and flexible, some extremely thick and enormously long, lined with suction cups (some of which sport sharp toothy hooks in their centers.) Hard to miss, they mark him quite clearly as Other.


xxxxxAmong Morlocks, Prometheans & the Xavierites who were in school around the same time as him, known to be a cheerful, outgoing and generally helpful type. Known at least by sight to plenty of New York mutants as That... uh... Friendly? Tall? Buff? Loud? Barista at Evolve because even among mutants nobody wants to be the first one to say 'the freakish one with the tentacles'. Though those who frequent Evolve know that he tends to Know Everyone and be a helpful guy to ask if you need connections in the community.

xxxxxKnown to the cops, around Freaktown, in the community at large also as one of the Mutant Mongrels, a mutant 1%er bike gang who inspire very polarizing feelings within the community -- they dispense a loooot of help and they dispense a loooot of violence.

xxxxxOccasionally, also, appears onstage/in music videos as a dancer for Ryan Black. He not famous, but, for anyone who has been to Ryan's shows or seen his videos, he's very identifiable.


xxxxxBorn the youngest of three to a family that liked to call themselves 'working class' so they didn't have to cop to 'poor', Taylor's life wouldn't have been easy even if he weren't born a tiny squidling. His dad couldn't handle the birth -- he walked out in Taylor's first few weeks of life, leaving Taylor's mom alone to raise the three children.

xxxxxWhich she did, and did with a fierce devotion. It wasn't easy -- in terms of finances, in terms of the strain it put on her from the world's reaction to her inhuman new baby, in terms of her own struggle with horror and shock and dismay that she had to come to terms with and learn to accept the baby for who he was. But. She made the decision and worked hard to follow through on it -- whether that meant working three jobs, moving school districts, fighting tooth and nail to get her youngest access to the same education her older daughter and son had.

xxxxxAll the working, though, means that while Taylor grew up knowing his mom loved him, it was his siblings who spent more time actually raising him. In school he was always in and out of trouble -- zero tolerance policies meant that fights other children started, he was punished for (often more harshly.) Often in detention, often suspended, he nevertheless kept more or less up with his grade by dint of his family spending a lot of time teaching him outside of class.

xxxxxAt least, until he was eleven. Things at his new school -- the latest of several -- had been rocky, to say the least. Things in their new neighborhood -- the latest of many -- had been even rockier. Coming home from school nearly every day for two weeks, other students waited -- some days only jeering but some days getting actually violent. His siblings waited to walk him home, for all it helped.

xxxxxWhen the vandalism started at their townhouse, his mom started looking for a new place to live again. Not quickly enough, unfortunately. One day when a neighbor showed up actually looking for violence, she got in an altercation with them to defend Taylor. Though she hadn't started the fight, one neighbor ended up dead, Taylor ended up in the hospital, and his mom ended up in jail.

xxxxxHe never made it back home from the hospital. Two surgeries later and he woke up, rather than in the hospital bed, in a lab.

xxxxxSomewhere back in California, his siblings were throwing a fit. It wasn't under Jax's team showed up half a year (and the onset of his telepathy) later that he was reunited with them. It was a short kind of reunion, though; with them in foster care and their mom still in jail, they all decided the school was the best place for him. He started middle school there, and has been at Xavier's till the present.


xxxxxTentacles. Oh god tentacles. Small tentacle and huge hooked tentacles and massive strong tentacles. It's impossible to miss them, really.

xxxxxAlso, he can read your mind.


xxxxxPutting up with bad hentai jokes.


We real cool.

  • Anole - He cool people.
  • B - Doesn't just talk about it, is about it.
  • Blink - Shall we not make the bleak way for each other's sake less rugged and unkind?
  • Daiki - Be blessed.
  • Dusk - And all the songs we've sung
  • Flicker - And all the hopes we've held
  • Hive - For all the dreams we've dreamed
  • Hope - Got me feeling some type of way.
  • Jax - Each one, teach one.
  • Karrie - Go back like four flats on a Cadillac.
  • Lyric - Uncommon common sense.
  • Marinov - On point.
  • Nick - Can rob a bank with this one.
  • Scramble - I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own backyard.
  • Shane - Message.
  • Spencer - he names the sky his own.

It never was America to me

between starshine and clay

  • Desi - we are stalks that will bend and bend and bend...
  • K.C. - Decent.
  • Kyinha - Real in a fight.
  • Skye - angels are watching over
  • Tian-shin - :/
  • His older brother and sister Isaiah and Nina don't visit often given the expense of tickets from California, but at least one of them will try and make an effort to come out for Family Weekend or occasionally times when he has a particularly big part in a dance performance.
  • Has a pet African Grey parrot, Coraline, who lived in his dorm at Xavier's.
    • Sometimes people start rumors that she is some kind of strange mutant-enhanced bird -- maybe that funny bird girl made her smarter? maybe she is a really birdy person? -- and he has to explain to them that no, African Greys are just really smart.
  • Is a pretty excellent freestyle rapper.
  • He tells most non-Promethean human-passing folk that he's moved in "with friends"; after finishing at Xavier's in 2017 he and Nick moved into the Morlock tunnels.
XS Schedule
Fall Term, 2015
  • English: American Literature
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry & Precalc
  • Language: AP Japanese Language & Culture
  • Science: AP Physics
  • Ethics: The Ethics of Power
  • Computer Science: Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Sport: Cross Country
  • Extracurricular: Rock Climbing Society
  • Extracurricular: Dance Dance Evolution
  • Extracurricular: Archery Club
  • Extracurricular: Peer Tutoring
Winter Term, 2015-2016
  • English: Asian-American Literature
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry & Precalc
  • Language: AP Japanese Language & Culture
  • Science: AP Physics
  • Vocational: Automotive Mechanics
  • Ethics: Power and Social Responsibility
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Extracurricular: Peer Support Group
  • Extracurricular: Dance Dance Evolution
  • Extracurricular: Archery Club
  • Extracurricular: Peer Tutoring


Taylor James Allen
Codename None
Birthdate June 8, 1998
Birthplace Santa Cruz, CA
Species Mutant
Affiliation Morlocks
Alignment Patient
Powers Brainsquid
Occupation Evolve barista
Registration Status Unregistered
Played By None
RP Hooks
Pick-me-up - Slings coffee at Evolve most days of the week. Even in freak cafe he tends to stand out; in a community as small as the mutant community, working at such a popular hangout, he's pretty recognizable.
Mean Right Hook - Fight Clubber? Maybe you've been on the receiving end of those wicked-looking barbs in his extra limbs.
Dirty Boy - An avid gardener. Likes working with plants and the earth. Often found outside, tending the gardens or the beehives, if not hiking further into the woods just to get some quiet Nature Time.
Black is Beautiful - Despite what people always seem to think, being a giant tentaclemonster doesn't magically erase other forms of oppression from the world or his life. Heavily involved in racial justice activism, Taylor is an organizer with the NYC chapter of BYP100 and very active in Black Lives Matter organizing. Usually pretty short on patience with all manner of White Nonsense.
Fly On The Wall - A telepath in a small boarding school and at one of the most popular mutant hangouts in the city. He tends to overhear a lot that he wishes he didn't. That other people wish he didn't! It's hard to keep secrets around him. Usually one of the first to know gossip -- about teachers as well as students -- and privy to a lot of people's secrets that he's... more or less good at keeping! Talk to me if there's things Taylor might know that other people may not.
Life is Much Better Down Where It's Wetter - A welcoming ambassador for the not-always-particularly-welcoming Morlocks, Taylor has a strong affinity for the monstrous and dispossessed mutants of the city who might be in need of a home.
Chimaerical - Part of the Chimaera Arts Collective in Brooklyn, a radical arts collective and frequent events hosting space; he is a well known face around the local arts scene, where he is mostly involved with spoken word, rap, and dance but is almost always willing to be an extra Many Pairs of hands if someone needs a volunteer for their event.
  • (2023-09-25)
In Which a New Evolve Patron’s Paranoia Is Founded, at Least a Little Bit.
  • (2023-09-22)
In Which an Attack on Freaktown Is Thwarted by the Totally Completely Benevolent Intervention of a Local Biker Club
  • (2023-08-13)
In Which Some Patches and Some Labrats Are Heading Toward Becoming a Colorful New Quilt
  • (2023-08-01)
In Which a Wildcat Stretches His Legs and Two Mongrels Do Not
  • (2023-07-28)
In Which the People Shouted, and the Trumpets Were Blown. As Soon as the People Heard the Sound of the Trumpets, They Raised a Great Shout, and the Wall Fell Down Flat; so the People Charged Straight Ahead Into the City and Captured it.
  • (2023-07-22)
Of Trials and Teamwork (Or, In Which Without Counsel, Plans go Wrong, but With Many Advisers They Succeed.)
  • (2023-07-21)
In Which Evolve Has Storytime and Nobody Helps to Get a Bingo
  • (2023-07-07)
In Which Evolve Is Not a Particularly Helpful Source of Information, but Someone Still Gets a Big Tip
  • (2023-02-06)
In Which No Buildings Are Collapsed and No Organs Are Ruptured, Yet
  • (2023-01-28)
In Which a Family Meeting Does Not Go As Planned and Evolve's Patrons Get Far More Than They Ordered
  • (2021-12-17)
In Which a Birthday Celebration and a Conference Call Both Necessitate Additional Fortification
  • (2021-11-14)
In Which Some Memories and Soup Are Both Shared and Some Souls Find a Bit of Cozy
  • (2021-11-06)
In Which Some Guards Receive Some Unwelcome Visitors and Some Prisoners Receive Some Welcome Ones, Some Raiders Are as Subtle as Tanks, and a Few Labrats Are Less Than Grateful for a Rescue
  • (2021-10-31)
In Which Some Candy Is Eaten, Some Curses Are Uttered, and Some Foolhardy Plans Are Laid
  • (2020-11-18)
In Which The City Gets An Out-Of-Season-Haunting
  • (2020-11-07)
In Which An Acquaintance Is Made (And Re-Made), One Man Contains Multitudes, And Two Monsters Hunt A Meal
  • (2020-10-29)
In Which Evolve Gets Some Rags, and An Immediate Use For Them
  • (2020-10-17)
In Which Evolve Does Not Particularly Come Under Attack, No Food Is Eaten, and No Phone Calls Are Made
  • (2020-10-09)
In Which A Fight Club Match Gets An Unlikely Contender, A Champion Is Called To Arms, And A Coffee Date Is Planned
  • (2020-09-22)
In Which No Shakes Are Drunk, Several Overlapping Conversations Occur, And One Headache Is Induced
  • (2020-09-21)
In Which Nothing Is Fumbled And No Nets Are Needed (Yet)
  • (2020-09-08)
In Which A Hand Is Returned, Some Rat Food Is Obtained, And Some Eyes Do Not (Quite) Fall Out Of Their Face
  • (2020-08-18)
In Which The Prospies Get A Hand With Their Chores
  • (2020-08-14)
In Which Some Robots Are Lost, But Get Themselves Found
  • (2020-08-07)
In Which Matters Of The Heart Are Discussed And Advice (As Well As Hugs) Is Sought (And Given)
  • (2020-06-09)
In Which There Is A Surprising Deficit Of Coffee And An Unfortunate Surplus Of America
  • (2020-05-11)
In Which Some Friends Are Unfortunately Reasonable On The Matter Of Potentially Unreasonable Activities
  • (2020-04-19)
In Which No Customers Are Served and Other, Lesser, Blessings are Counted
  • (2020-03-26)
In Which the Apocalypse Has Not Yet Stopped Fashion, But Does Briefly Stop A Video Chat
  • (2020-03-23)
In Which Cookies and Explanations Are Both Offered (and At Least One of Them Is Taken)
  • (2019-09-27)
In Which No Further Cups Are Dropped And Two Sandwiches Go Uneaten
  • (2019-09-22)
In Which A Headache Is Distributed, Without Immediate Relief
  • (2019-08-06)
In Which an Artist Is Introduced to Wonderland (Minus Any Kind of Rabbit Holes)
  • (2019-07-24)
In Which There Is Some Catching Up, and Some Grilling (Not of the Food Variety)
  • (2019-06-16)
In Which There Is Some Ruminating On The Nature Of Brunch, While Some Framing Occurs
  • (2019-06-01)
In Which A Very Fancy Frying Pan Is Repurposed, Under Some Duress
  • (2019-06-01)
In Which A Trap Gets Sprung And Some Trespassers Get Spooked
  • (2019-05-31)
In Which Some Community Building Is Attempted, Only A Little Awkwardly
  • (2019-05-30)
In Which Some Mutants Take Part In An Unfortunately Regular Community Event, And Some Humans Eagerly Join In
  • (2019-05-28)
In Which Some Humans Make A Considerable Fuss Over A Basketball Court, And Then Bruce Makes An Even Bigger One
  • (2019-05-11)
In Which Some Mutants Share Some Illicit Booze Out Of Sheer Spite
  • (2019-05-09)
In Which A Tea Is Brewed, Without Much Artistry
  • (2019-04-06)
In Which Lael Ventures Into The City And Meets A Good Barista
  • (2019-03-24)
In Which No Frisbees Are Thrown And No Teenagers Get Shot
Archived Logs
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  • (2018-06-07)
Better Alive
  • (2018-03-15)
Intermural Hazing
  • (2017-09-30)
In Which A Table And Some Experiences Are Shared
  • (2017-09-15)
In Which Some Mutants Look For Jobs, Some Mutants Look For Help, and Some Mutants Look For Trouble
  • (2017-08-30)
In Which Some Morlock-Style Dinner Is Served, With A Side Helping Of Morlock-Style Back To School Advice
  • (2017-08-27)
In Which Certain Problems Are Discussed And Others, Less So
  • (2017-08-26)
In Which the Future Of Evolve Is Discussed and Some Monsters Contemplate Relaxing In Proper Monster Digs
  • (2017-08-22)
Incognito, Ergo Sum
  • (2017-08-17)
In Which Brains are Violated in Multiple Ways, All With An Appropriate Amount of Fuss
  • (2017-08-13)
In Which Bad News Is Received And Tables Are Cleaned Way More Than Is Entirely Needful
  • (2017-08-11)
In Which Coffee Is Made And Assistance Is Offered
  • (2017-08-10)
In Which A Picture Is Taken, With A Lot Of Flash
  • (2017-08-09)
In Which a Verdict Is Not Reached and Some Energy Is Burned Off, Perhaps Not Entirely As Planned
  • (2017-08-05)
In Which Some Faith Is Rewarded, Modestly
  • (2017-06-12)
In Which Popsicles Are Drippy And Eve Is Not
  • (2017-05-21)
Something Different
  • (2017-05-19)
All Aboard The Cat Train
  • (2017-05-17)
In Which Some Different Moves Are Practiced And Some Future Shining Is Planned, With Or Without Music
  • (2017-05-05)
In Which Teenagers Are Quite Unprepared For Children And Ponder Questionable Birth Control Methods
  • (2017-04-25)
In Which Mutual Support Is Awkwardly Offered And Thoughts Are Awkwardly Overheard
  • (2017-03-20)
Friday Plans
  • (2017-02-14)
In Which Some Xavierites Do Not Have A Date To The Valentine's Dance And Are Not Good At Being Cool
  • (2017-02-05)
In Which There Are Some Overtures Toward Friendship Set Against A Backdrop Of Brunch and Danger (Or the Discussion Thereof)
  • (2017-01-15)
In Which There Is Some Excitement At Evolve, Non-Catastrophically So (Except Perhaps For The Kitchen Floor)
  • (2017-01-06)
In Which Some Assistance Is Given In The Matter Of Reopening Evolve, Among Other Things
  • (2017-01-02)
In Which Evolve Is Closed For Business But Experiences A Somewhat Abrupt Re-Opening, Not In The Standard Way
  • (2017-01-01)
In Which The Identity Of Mr Holland Is Confused And Cookies Are Not The /Best/ Ever (But No One Is Complaining)
  • (2016-12-29)
In Which The Monster World Is Very Small, And Some Basketball Is Played (With Indeterminate Skill)
  • (2016-12-29)
In Which Evolve Is Temporarily An Unwelcoming Place, And A Customer Would Like To Speak To A Manager About The Service
  • (2016-12-25)
In Which Mutants Are Not Successfully Dissuaded From Their Holiday Cheer, Despite (Questionably) Valiant Attempts
  • (2016-12-23)
In Which Some Teeth Are Bared, Some Blood Is Shed, And Some Limbs Are Lost
  • (2016-11-23)
In Which Tea Is Made And Some Opinions Are Shared (Both Aloud And Otherwise)
  • (2016-06-14)
In Which Rocks Are Climbed And Fights Are Planned
  • (2016-05-20)
Sterner Stuff
  • (2016-04-28)
  • (2016-04-05)
In Which Some Civil Disobedience Is Met With Incivility
  • (2016-01-28)
In Which Ethics Are Questionably Discussed And Homework Is Questionably Completed
  • (2016-01-27)
In Which Students Gripe About Class But Not About Each Other
  • (2016-01-12)
Kind of Heavy
  • (2016-01-08)
In Which The Lake Is Empty And Plans Are Made To Fix That Via Fish Triangulation
  • (2016-01-01)
In Which Things Are Post-Apocalyptic But There May Be Some Faith Left Anyway
  • (2015-12-30)
In Which Roommates Need Some More Booze
  • (2015-12-28)
In Which Support Is Recruited In The Matter Of... Support
  • (2015-12-28)
In Which Punishment Is Amended To One More Satisfactory, And Some Tea Grows Quite Cold
  • (2015-12-22)
In Which The Aggravation Of Grounding Is Mitigated Slightly With Rum. Slightly.
  • (2015-12-21)
In Which A Loon Has Failed To Migrate And Vacation Plans Are Not Made
  • (2015-12-17)
In Which Taylor And Karrie Have A Small Birthday Celebration, In Violation Of Some Rules
  • (2015-12-11)
In Which Some Students Return Triumphant, But Maybe Not For Long
  • (2015-12-06)
In Which Some Assistance Is Requested In The Matter Of Stabbing
  • (2015-12-05)
Plenty of Trouble
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