Jackson Elias is 38, of medium height and build, and dark-complexioned. He has a feisty, friendly air about him and, as an orphan in Stratford, CT, he learned to make his own way early in life. He has no living relatives, and no permenant address.
You like him, and value his friendship, even though months and sometimes years separate one meeting from the next. You'd be upset and probably crave vengance if anything happened to your friend. The world is better for having Jackson Elias in it.
His writings characterize and analyze death cults. His best-known book is Sons of Death, exposing modern day Thugees in India. He speaks several languages fluently and is constantly travelling. He is social, and enjoys an occasional drink. He smokes a pipe. Elias is tough, stable, and punctual, unafraid of brawls or officials. He is mostly self-educated. His well-researched works always seem to reflect personal experience. He is secretive and never discusses a project until he has a final draft in hand.
All his books illustrate how cults manipulate the fears of their followers. A skeptic, Elias has never found proof of supernatural powers, magic, or dark gods. Insanity and feelings of inadequacy characterize death cultists, feelings for which they compensate by slaughtering innocents to make themselves feel powerful or chosen. Cults draw the weak-minded, though cult leaders are usually clever and manipulative. When fera of a cult stops, the cult vanishes.