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Varanim

The Last
Single Solar Necromancer seeks personal assistant or collaborator for long-term research projects. Interests should include Labyrinth topology, onomastic recovery, and the effects of booze on massive Essence expenditures. Must have own necrotic Essence source; no crazies please. Send Appearance score and picture of library.

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NameNatureCaste
Varanim the Last
(Formerly Varanim the Younger)
SavantTwilight
 
ConceptHomelandAnima
Uninvited ghost-doctorEast PodunkiaThe Eye and the Word
 
PlayerChronicleExperience
AdrienneSol Invictus 104 Un, 134 Sp, 238 Tot
Attributes (8/6/4)
PhysicalSocialMental
Strength2Charisma2Perception5
Dexterity5Manipulation3Intelligence6
Stamina3Appearance2Wits5
 
 
Abilities (25, 10 From Caste/Favored, Min 1 In Each Favored)
DawnZenithTwilight
Archery  Endurance  Craft  
Brawl  Performance  Investigation5 
Martial Arts  Presence1 Lore5 
Melee5 Resistance1 Medicine4 
Thrown  Survival1 Occult5 
 
Night   Eclipse  Specialties 
Athletics  Bureaucracy  AbilityRating
Awareness4 Linguistics4   
Dodge5 Ride    
Larceny  Sail    
Stealth  Socialize    
Linguistics: High Realm, Riverspeak, Forest-Tongue, Old Realm, (something else)
 
 
Tempers Essence***** Virtues (5)
Willpower9Personal:22CompassionX X X
X X X X X | X X X X -   ConvictionX X X
Regain Willpower When Peripheral:54TemperanceX X X X
A rational, methodical approach helps solve a situationRecovery: 14/hour at ease, 18/hour resting ValorX X
Limit Break  
- - - - - | - - - - -
 
 
Anima Banner:
 
0 MotesNo display.
1-3 MotesRed-gold glimmery caste mark.
4-7 MotesBright glowy caste mark!
8-10 motesRagged streamers of sunset colors thread the air around Varanim, shot through with beams from her now-brilliant caste mark. The faint smell of incense follows her.
11-15 motesA flickering bonfire of Essence encases Varanim from head to foot. The ruddy light casts wild flickering shadows in which glint golden half-words that fade into embers before reading.
16+ motesA giant, symmetric tower of eyes ignites above Varanim, rose and gold and peach surrounded by indigo-on-violet scriptwork. The Twilight mark on her brow glares with the sullen brilliance of the sun descending into the sea, and bittersweet incense wreathes her footsteps.

Virtue Flaw
Ascetic Drive
Limit Break Condition: The character is confronted by her own inadequacies or human weakness. After the character's limit breaks, she becomes convinced that she must seek tranquility and purification through withdrawal and meditation. She will immediately turn her back on worldly affairs, however pressing (not to the extent of walking out on a battle, but everything up to that). The character shaves her head, dresses in sackcloth or shows some similar sign of penitence. She seeks out a place of retreat from worldly concerns to contemplate the ephemeral nature of life. If laden down with material possessions like a mansion or many valuable goods, the character may burn or destroy them so they will not distract her in her purpose. If disturbed in her hermitage, the character will be uncommunicative, and if the disturbance continues, she will become violent.

Backgrounds (7)ValueNotes
 
Artifact5Arm
Contacts3
Manse5The Sublime Refuge of Unquiet Thought (see below)
Necromancy5A girl's gotta eat...
Charm Descriptions (10, Min 5 From Caste Or Favored)
CharmCostTypeNon-Instant Duration
Melee
Excellent Strike1m/dieSupp
Hungry Tiger Technique1mSupp
Fire and Stones Strike1m/dieSupp
Undaunted Weapon Technique2mSupp
Serpent Strike Technique3mSupp
Steel Symphony Stance5m 1wSimpleScene
Inevitable Strike3m, 1wSupp
Endurance
Ox-Body TechniquePermanent
Radiant Essence TechniquePermanent
Presence
Harmonious Presence Meditation6mSimpleHour
Investigation
Ten Magistrate Eyes3mSuppScene
Crafty Observation Method5mSimple
Owner-Locating Method4mSimple
Death Revealing Method3mSimple
History-Extracting Glance10m, 1wSimpleHour
Judge's Ear Technique6mRefScene
Evidence-Discerning Method6m, 1wSimple
Unknown Wisdom Epiphany10m, 1wSimple
Connection-Revealing Method10m, 1wSimpleVaries
Abiding Blood Observation4mSimple
Lore
Immaculate Intelligence PranaNoneSpecialPermanent
Lore-Unearthing Method4mSupp
Forgotten Secrets Technique1m/dieSupp
Medicine
Body-Mending Meditation10mReflexiveDay
Occult
Spirit-Detecting Glance3mSimpleScene
Spirit-Cutting Attack3mSimpleScene
Spirit-Repelling Diagram10mSimpleScene
Ghost-Eating Technique5mSupp
All-Encompassing Sorcerer's Sight6mSuppScene
Bestiary Sight Technique6m, 1wSimpleScene
Spellbound Sight Technique6m, 1wSimpleScene
Spookyvision charm
Shadowlands Circle Necromancy1wSimple
Labyrinth Circle Necromancy2wSimple
Void Circle Necromancy3wSimple
Fundamental Understanding5mSimpleScene
Awareness
Immaculate Perception PranaNoneSpecialPermanent
Sensory Acuity Prana5mSimpleScene
Owl-Eye Technique5mSimpleDay
Inattentive Awareness Methodology8mRefVaries
Dodge
Reed in the Wind1m/2dRef
Shadow over Water2mRef
Seven Shadows Evasion6mRef
Scattered Sunlight Attitude4m 1wRef
Reflex Sidestep Technique2mRef
Flow Like Blood5m 1wSimpleScene
Linguistics
Sagacious Reading of Intent6mSimple
 
Spells
SpellCostNon-Instant Duration
Shadowlands Circle
Banish Ghost12+m
Death Inversion Loop18m
Field of Fell Dreams16m
Gathering a Ghost's Strings10m or 20m
Hail the Conqueror Worm15m
Shattered Void Mirror20m
Silent Master's Pollen18m
Summon Ghost15+m
Labyrinth Circle
Brick-by-Brick Solitude19m
Crystal Ghost Shard15m
Dead Man's Voice18m
Denying the Call24m
Golden Shadows Cast in Frieze30+m
Links Born of Tumult22m, 1l health level
Shadow Stones Travel24m
Silenced Whispered Prayers27m
Summon the Greater Dead30m
 
Merits & Flaws
Eidetic Memory - Vision, Hearing, Scent
Signature Style - Drunk and Cranky
Nightmares

Necromancy shopping list: Rattled Bones of War, Animus of Wailing Souls, Void Circle necromancy in some fashion yet to be determined which might prove to be morally ambiguous, Grandmother Void, Mouth of the Void, Pyre-Flame Guardian, Summon Hekatonkhire

Charm shopping list: Unknown Wisdom Epiphany, All-Encompassing Knowledge Prana, Connection-Revealing Method, Knowledge-Locating Glance, Spellbound Sight Technique

The Sublime Refuge of Unquiet Thought
(Manse 5: Jewel of the Immortal Mind)
The Refuge is a lingering outcropping of a once-great library, clinging to the side of a chasm in the Black Crag Mountains and reachable only by a winding path from the small village nearby. The original building was a collection of fluted spires full of little nooks and offshoots, a fractal bridge across the chasm anchored on either side by towers. The whole assembly sang like an an alien symphony in the strong winds that scoured the gorge, and the archives there were said to contain wonders and secrets held nowhere else.
What remains of the structure now is the near tower, a graceful twist of white marble leaning at the lip of the chasm like a hand outstretched for a dance partner who never returned. It still cries in the wind through vents and tunnels in the cliff below, but the old chorus is much diminished. Inside are lofty-ceilinged reading rooms which now contain remnants of the old collection as well as more recent esoterica, a workshop not much used during Varanim's tenure, living quarters, and a rooftop observatory.
The days when the library was a center of learning and a site of pilgrimage are long since past, and it now stands as a hermitage for rare scholars or mystics. Every few generations someone divines the truth in legendary references, threads the lost puzzle-roads, and is greeted by the village as the new keeper of the Refuge. The various residents have all been driven by some great question, and most of those who now inhabit the hearthstone never resolved their obsessions (those who did tended to return to the world, leaving the manse and stone for the next questing soul). Scattered through the libraries and private collections of Creation are academic texts or works of art attributed to a person "of the Refuge," considered by most modern scholars to be an eccentric or pretentious sort of pen-name.
The people of the village say that the old library was not destroyed, but was simply lost, and that the right mystical working could bring back its forgotten treasures. Most of the residents (Varanim among them) consider this either to be wistful superstition or at best outside the scope of current research. But when the storm winds blow, the old symphony sometimes roars again, and the Varanim occasionally scribbles notes on the subject in her writings.
 
Dead Folks in the Jewel
The Theologian: A rigid academic, deeply studied in the ways of Creation's spiritual hierarchy in general and the Immaculate Order in particular. His written output from the Refuge probably equals that of the other personalities put together. He and Varanim probably loathe each other.
The Bodhisattva: The Small Whirlwind was a twelve-year-old girl from the village who one day ascended the path to the Refuge and lived there for six months, writing a series of short poems and parables of heartbreaking beauty and tantalizing mystical significance. She says that she then gave herself to the air to imbue a message of peace into the breezes of the world.
The Astrologer: A frail old man, liver thoroughly pickled by alcohol, who refurbished the rooftop observatory and wrote treatises on the stars and other lesser methods of divination that even Varanim finds obscure.
The General: Anderazu Oteiza was a tremendously successful strategist who carved a path to the ear of a sovereign, preserved the throne through ferocious external attack and then civil war, and retired into obscurity when she was offered the crown by the surviving remnants of the army. She wrote one book collecting all of her observations on tactics, which has never left the Refuge.
The Demonologist(s): Usually referred to as "the twins," this is the oldest regularly talkative resident of the jewel. Two personalities, a man and a woman, their fragments have partly merged in the long-term decay process of the hearthstone. They spent entirely too much time talking to demons when alive (Varanim is moderately curious about whether the hearthstone allows cheating hell, or simply saves a local copy).
The Bandit: The Dry Land Crocodile was a con artist turned bandit lord. He found the Refuge with stolen directions and used it to store some of his most secret treasures, over years of pillaging, before his forces were finally obliterated by a Realm army.
Equipment And Other Gear
The Sinister Vessel of Ancient Hatreds
The Vessel is a large, segmented soulsteel arm, assembled in overlapping plates in a manner similar to a suit of full-plate armor (or the limb of a Soulsteel Alchemical). Normally, the arm lies flat and has a shape very much like that of a real human limb, but when the user flares with Essence, previously-hidden jagged shards spring up upon various parts of the arm to cover it with spines, and then dark sigils begin to glow along its length.
The user, upon paying an 8 mote attunement, can use the Vessel as if it were their own arm, with as much dexterity as they would have with their natural limb. In addition, the arm conveys three additional benefits:
* The Vessel's structure cuts across the boundary of worlds, the Shroud that separates life and death. The user may reflexively choose to affect objects in Creation or Netheos with that hand when they are present in either world.
* The Vessel serves as a powerful focus for necromancy, its unique construction rendering the process significantly less draining and allowing spells to be performed with far less outlay of resources; it allows Necromancy spells of the first, second, and third circles to be cast for 5, 10, and 15 fewer motes, respectively.
* The Vessel's underlying Essence structure has an overriding need to protect its owner, and the extrusions of soulsteel upon its surface will move to do so at the slightest notice. When the Exalt is displaying their anima banner and the arm's spikes have emerged, they may have the metal reflexively extrude itself and parry all incoming attacks (including those the Exalt is unaware of) using a pool equal to their Int + Occult.
The Mask of Summers
Wrought in imitation of the ceremonial mask of Larquen Quen's ghost, the Mask of Summers is a disc of fire caught in crystal, traced with orichalcum outlines, with a many-tongued halo of orange and red and gold that surrounds a grim visage. When worn, the user can channel a necromantic spell through the Mask in order to affect the souls of living beings as if they were ghosts, at the cost of aggravated levels of damage. In order to use a spell with a specific target, the caster takes damage equal to the target's Permanent Essence; to use a spell with a general effect (for example, a warding spell), the caster chooses a number of health levels to pay; all creatures with Essence less than or equal to the amount paid are affected. These health levels manifest as internal disruption to the caster's body (nosebleeds, fever, pain in the limbs, etc.) and cannot be healed with magical healing effects. The attunement cost of the Mask is 8 motes.

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