Houmas finished grade school (grades 1-7). Like Lithium, he too became an apprentice of magic at Mystic Steeples late in life. Even though it has taken them a very long time, both Houmas and Lithium are in their 9th and final Magister levels at Mystic Steeples at the start of Book One, Curse of the McRavens. He feels Mystic Steeples overlooked him to be a high priest or a vespercestor. To Houmas, everyone is a student in need of his life lessons. Houmas Quotes: “I would of liked to hada chance to have been a vespercestor — lead the Sanguinati in the right path, but there’s a certain shady politic involved at Mystic Steeples. They all know how I felt about it.” “Look at all I’ve had ta put up with. Valor and Doomsy thinkin’ they was Sorcerers . . . all the hardships I had ta endure. My father always told mecommon sense was more desirable than book learning.” Date & Place of Birth: July 19, 1951. Houmas is 59 yrs. old at the start of Book One. He was born in the foothills of Eastport, Hoopenfangia. His birth sign is Cancer. His family moved to Mystic Steeples 12 years later under the long reign of Urbanne LaRock. Height/Weight/Physical Description: At 5' 9’’, Houmas has Wee Wizard Syndrome, though, outwardly, he appears formidable. He is hunchbacked and has short legs in comparison to his labor-worn, stocky body. His wild gray eyes often squint under his bushy eyebrows, which look like horns that match the two pointy curls on his receded brown hair. His thick droopy mustache accentuates his grimacing jowls. His prominent forehead overhangs his short nose, and his full-face often hardens into a gargoyle expression. Houmas Quote: “Well, I’d hope they’d see what sorta fellah I am. I might look short to you, but the Ancients have given me some mighty tall shoes to fill bein’ an example to my family and country.” Habits/Mannerisms: He seems to maintain his high energy level from an internal rage. He makes fists, grimaces, rolls his eyes, never smiles, stiff, pained mannerisms, plays with mustache. Drinks potions, coffee, closes eyes, or no eye contact when talking. Obstinate and tenacious. (Lithium McRaven, however, sees a different side of Houmas: one with a sympathetic and kindly sensitivity to other people, especially those he claims to love. Citizenship/Ethnic Origin: Hoopenfangia / Caucasian. The ancestors of the McRavens were Scottish immigrants to the early American colonies. Parents' Names & Occupations: Ellavyn McRaven (mother). Erastus McRaven (father) born in 1902. Erastus died when Houmas was a young teen. Houmas Quote: “I was raised to respect authority. My parents worked hard to provide for me and that there nutty brother of mine. My father ain’t never told me he loved me, but I knew it by the glint in his eye jus’ before he died. My mom now, she’s got some misguided ideas about the Sanguinati.” Spouse: Lithium DaDovie McRaven. Other Family Members:
- Houmas has a one-year-older brother named Grady McRaven.
- Doomsy Gloomsy is his adopted daughter.
- Valor McRaven is his son.
- Lavon McRaven is his dead son.
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