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Simon Fairchild is an avatar of The Vast and the head of the Fairchilds.

The Fairchilds Edit

The Fairchilds is a group of people connected to The Vast who use names with the surname Fairchild. They do not actually have a familial relation.[1]

The Fairchild family is known as a very wealthy family based in Cornwall, who invest in aerospace technology, shipping logistics, and underwater drilling and construction.[2]

Besides Simon, Harriet Fairchild is the only known member but Michael Crew, another avatar of The Vast, has also been reported to hang around with them sometimes.[3]

DescriptionEdit

Simon Fairchild is an old man, described as pushing 100 years and as "a tiny, pink skeleton of a man".[2]

HistoryEdit

In a statement he gives to Martin, Simon reveals that he's hundreds of years old. He was apprenticed to the Venetian painter Tintoretto before he became an avatar of The Vast, which puts his birth somewhere in the mid-1500s.

In the 1930's, a con artist and fence used the name Simon Fairchild on several business listings. This was not his real name, which Jonathan Sims never discovered, but one of many aliases. He was at one point thrown out a 4th story window by an irate customer into a crowded street in midday, but none of the people on the other side reported seeing him fall. In 2012, a jewellery shop in Hackney that he had owned reported cases being cracked in the night as if a heavy weight had been dropped upon them.[2]

The following appearances all precede the person in contact with the Fairchild(s) having an experience with The Vast.

In the early 2000s, Robert Kelly took a job as a skydiving instructor for a company named "Open Skydiving", though no official records indicate its existence except a few news articles in late 2000. One of his fellow flight instructor colleagues was Harriet Fairchild. In June 2002, an 85-year old man named Simon, presumably Simon Fairchild, was doing a tandem jump with Harriet supposedly for charity in memory of his wife. Right before Harriet and Simon jumped out of the plane, Simon turned to Robert and shouted something that may have been "enjoy sky blue", causing him to feel a rush of dizziness. Harriet greeted Robert when he landed.[4]

In August 2006, Simon Fairchild paid a large amount of money to a diving company to dive down in a dangerous place to a sunken boat called the Maria Fairchild, which he claimed to be his great-grandfather's. He shouted something indistinct at the divers just before they went into the water.[2]

Pinnacle Aerospace, majority-owned by the Fairchild family, was a member of the Stratosphere Group that launched the space station Daedalus in 2007.[5] A Mr. Fairchild, presumably Simon, interviewed one of the astronauts, Jan Kilbride, mentioning his psychiatric profile a few times in the interview.[6]

In 2012, an old man presumed to be Simon Fairchild got into a cable car in Austria with two other passengers, and jumped out of it partway through the ride, dramatically winking at one of them.[7]

In 2018, Simon loses a bet with Peter Lukas, and is sent to the Archives to answer any questions that Martin has about The Extinction, because Peter does not like answering questions.[8]

After The Change, Simon Fairchild rules over his domain, The Great Beast. At some point, he encounters John and Martin, and escapes before The Archivist can kill him.

Known Powers Edit

  • The Vast - A reflection of the entity of the same name, The Vast is a separate dimension that mirrors our own, but is expansive and empty. Similar to Michael Crew, Simon Fairchild seems to be able to access The Vast at will, usually to send people into it to generate fear or enter it himself (usually to survive what would be fatal falls).
  • Flight - After The Change, Simon is implied to have some sort of ability to fly, which he presumably uses to watch over his enormous domain. Based on sound effects, Simon uses this ability when he encounters John and Martin, as well as when he escapes before The Archivist can kill him. Whether he had this ability before The Change or if he can actually fly or instead "teleports" by traveling through The Vast is as of yet unclear.

References Edit

  1. MAG 111: Family Business
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MAG 51: High Pressure
  3. MAG 89: Twice as Bright
  4. MAG 21: Freefall
  5. MAG 57: Personal Space
  6. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
  7. MAG 124: Left Hanging
  8. MAG 151: Big Picture
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