Concept: Conflicted Subversive
Seed: You belong to a minority group or subversive organization which has plans to cause big change in the world. But while you believe in the mission of your close-knit group, you also profoundly disagree with a lot of their methods. As a result, you have made yourself a subversive presence in your own subversive organization, seeking to fundamentally change the group that wants to fundamentally change the world.
Sample Character: Maeveth Avadara
Maeveth is one of the nine Mandala Guard among the Forest Witches. She was born and raised among the Witches, but she was largely ignored by her mother and father, who spent far too long in Atsiluth Eternal. As a result, Maeveth has never had a desire to attune to the Sea of Mind, and readily jumped at the chance to guard the manses of the forest. In her role, she has fully accepted the teachings of Cevis Ghandarva known as the Blood and the Spear, and believes wholeheartedly in the Forest Witches’ goal of bringing sweeping change to Dragon-Blood society.
She believes that the Messengers, however, are a poison and a distraction that keeps the Witches from succeeding at their goals. She views most of the other Forest Witches as slaves to their dead predecessors, and she sees the Sea of Mind as a predatory entity. Her secret goal is to see her people divided, and to bring an end to Atsiluth Eternal.
In pursuit of that goal, Maeveth took the opportunity afforded by the fact that she was assigned to guard one of the Wood manses alone, and she stole the immensely powerful hearthstone which resided there and made off into the night.
She wasn’t sure where destiny would lead her, but days later she stumbled upon a boy who apparently was being shepherded through the wood as a sacrifice prepared for the Fair Folk. An ancient anathema attacked the small party and set the trees on fire. Seeing that the boy was doomed to die in the fire, she unattuned the hearthstone and rolled it out into the path where the boy could see it. When his body had burned, as well as those of his escort, she crept out and took the stone once again.
As she watched the boy over the next few weeks, she came to understand that he too was an anathema – newly Exalted – and she decided to include him in her plans to bring violent reform to her people. Now she waits for the right moment to reveal herself and begin the long process of bending his mind to her will.