I am so thrilled about this picture. Let me just gush. She's freakin' adorable!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is one Mason Katie Hooper. You see, Paladins can't do everything on their own. Remember the Clerks discussion about Stormtroopers not being able to build and maintain the Death Star? Well, the Paladins are in the same boat. They're monster hunters. They need people who can do less extravagant, more mundane tasks while still being trusted to keep the secrets of the Order. This is where the Masons come in.
Now, Masons in The Paladin come in a few flavors. Some exist out in the regular world as police officers, construction workers, EMTs, and other regular people who can assist the Paladins when it all hits the fan. People who can cordon off a block, choke the media flow, and attend to injured, without needing a four hour briefing on the fact that vampires are real, but it's totally okay because they're usually pretty chill.
The other kind is where Katie comes in. At their big headquarters, referred to as Stewardships, the Paladins need a lot of people running the everyday functions. People to cook, people to clean, people to help research, people to catalog samples, people to fetch magical items. You name it, there's a job out there that a Paladin can't spare the time for and that's where people like Katie Hooper come in.
Except... she takes it to an extreme. Katie is officially part of the Menagerie, the name for the section of the Stewardship that houses magical creatures and whatnot. But she also works in the Archives. And keeps track of items in the "museum." And fetches artifacts for Paladins. And does research on what kind of weaknesses monsters have. Why? Certainly the Stewardship has enough Masons to keep things running, but Katie can't help herself. She LOVES her job. She throws herself into anything and everything, volunteering to take over tasks for other Masons constantly.
She's inquisitive. She's helpful to a fault. And she absolutely loves animals and cryptids. If you need something looked up, retrieved, contained, or investigated, Katie is your girl.
Enjoy her totes adorbness in all it's Katie goodness. And... DFTBA.
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Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.