Soren, known as "Merciful Osprey" or just "Osprey" to all but his closest friends and confidants, is a stalwart member of the Bronze Faction. Upon learning the story of the Solar Exalted and their fall from grace, he immediately realized that his duty was to be the champion not only of his tribe, but of all men, defeating the returned Anathema before they could bring war and suffering to the entire world.
Early on in his career, he crossed paths with a young Dawn Caste woman named Fieldmouse, an outlaw who, armed with powerful regalia salvaged from her past incarnation's tomb, was preying on Realm holdings near Greyfalls. Despite heavy bureaucratic interference from the Gold Faction, Soren managed to infiltrate her band and put an end to it, returning to Yu-Shan with news of the Solar's fall and the powerful artifact sword he had confiscated upon her death. This exploit won him the attention of those in the upper echelons of the Faction, and he has since enjoyed their favor.
Soren has never been the same since then, becoming increasingly withdrawn and standoffish. Some say that the Anathema killed his only true love; others that she laid a terrible death-curse upon him, whose doom will strike anyone he loves. Others say that he's just adapting to his job; whether this is cast as a good or a bad thing depends on the political leanings of the speaker.
The glass-and-orichalcum daiklave he salvaged is most definitely cursed; when it is drawn from its heavily-warded scabbard, it emits terrible wails of anger and woe which shatter weapons and strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest men, and thirsts for blood. It is said that it was crafted by the demon Alveua, the Keeper of the Forge at Night, and that once it has been drawn, it cannot be sheathed without tasting human blood. Some say that its bearer's withdrawal is due to the constant battle he must wage against the sword's baleful influence, lest its mindless bloodlust enter his soul. What is certain is that he very rarely uses it unless the situation is dire indeed, preferring to fight with long knives, a staff, or his bare hands.
Much of Soren's time in brooding contemplation, and he carries about him an air of intensity tempered with sadness. Although polite to others, he is rarely what one would consider "open." His deepest feelings most often find their expression in actions, rather than words. He is very concerned with matters of duty and commitment, not only to his causes but to his companions. Although his demeanor is standoffish, he values his friends highly, and would not hesitate to place himself in danger for their sake.
Soren is a tall, well-built man, strong without being bulky. His hair is long and black, usually worn in a braid or ponytail; his skin is the swarthy, reddish-bronze of an Eastern tribesman. His eyes are dark indigo blue, flecked with stars. Little trace of his uncivilized upbringing remains in his comportment or demeanor.
Caste: Chosen of Serenity
Concept: Angsty loner
Strength 3, Dexterity 4, Stamina 4
Charisma 2, Manipulation 2, Appearance 3
Perception 3, Intelligence 3, Wits 3
Backgrounds: Allies 2, Artifact 5, Backing 2, Celestial Manse 3, Manse 1, Salary 3, Sifu 3
Compassion 3 (2), Conviction 3, Temperance 3, Valor 2
Essence pool: 15/37+5
Equipment: A sturdy cloak with a high collar, a sturdy walking stick, a pair of long knives, a cursed daiklave in a heavily-warded scabbard
Cautious Wolf Attitude
Harmony of Blows + Impeding the Flow + Duck Fate
1 willpower, 8 motes +10 (Duck Fate) or +3 (Impeding the Flow)
Like a wolf nipping at the heels of a deer, Osprey circles around his opponent, weapon darting in to strike at their flanks. Also like the wolf, he remains vigilant, ready to jump back or bat aside incoming blows. When he activates this Combo, faint cobwebs of destiny shimmer into visibility, entangling his weapon and tracing a spiral pattern about the unfortunate target.
Colleges: Pillar 3, Ewer 2, Crow 3, Sorcerer 2
Base initiative: 7
Soak: 4B/2L/0A (unarmored)
Staff: Spd 15 Acc 12 Dmg 10B Def 11 Rate 2
Knife: Spd 7 Acc 10 Dmg 5L Def 7 Rate 4
Punch: Spd 7 Acc 9 Dmg 3B Def 10 Rate 5
Kick: Spd 4 Acc 9 Dmg 6B Def 5 Rate 3
Grab: Spd 1 Acc 9 Dmg 3B Def 9 Rate 1
Keening Edge: Spd 16 Acc 12 Dmg 12L Def 12 Rate 5
Artifact ••••• Orichalcum and glass daiklave Speed +9 Accuracy +3 Damage +9L Defense +3 Rate 5 (Power Combat, excluding material bonus) Commitment: 5, orichalcum
A large country villa with an atrium whose columns are cut crystal, producing a Stone of Universal Compatibility.
A cozy stone hut in a forested Eastern valley, producing a Stone Potato.
Master Tomorrow's Flower Haddad, Chosen of Mars.
Spending 45 xp: 27 on Essence 4, 7 on Linguistics 5, 8 on Sorcerer 2, 3 on Ewer 2. I'm assuming that the training for the Essence and Colleges occurred during the period of downtime which recently passed. _Ikselam
Spending 6xp on Temperance 3.