Character Seed: Conflicted Subversive

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.

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Character Seed: Outcast General

Concept: Outcast General

Seed: You are a brilliant military commander and the pride of your house – that is, until your childhood friend was discovered to be a Solar Exalt. You put the entire town to the sword, but later learned your Anathema friend escaped. Disgraced and exiled in your failure, you roam Creation with your personal army of deserters, looking for the Solar who ruined your life. 

Sample Character: Reza had an exceptional military career. He guarded the Realm against countless invasions from a myriad of threats, successfully repelling the Seven Seals invasion and peacefully resolving the Council of Stars revolt. He served prestigious tours both at home and afar. And then his career suddenly self-destructed. While living in a frontier town in the east, his friend of many years was discovered to be Anathema. He did the right thing and put the entire village to the torch – every last soul. The flames and screams bathed his back as he rode out of town and back to the home of his lord.

When he returned, he was relieved of command. His master stated that he should have been able to detect Anathema, and that his dereliction of duties caused the burning of the village, which reflects poorly on his liege lord – even more so since reports seem to indicate the Anathema survived the cleansing, and is on the loose. 

Before any adverse action could be taken against him, he fled, along with a large contingent of soldiers fiercely loyal to him. Now his life’s mission is to find his childhood friend and finally settle the score…

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Character Seed: Spoiled Scion of a Noble House

Concept: Spoiled Scion of a Noble House

Seed: You’re the child of one of the Dynastic Houses of the Empire, whose head is one of the most celebrated and feared sorcerers in the Realm and a long-time professor at the Heptagram on the Isle of Voices. You were groomed from birth to follow in his footsteps (and to take part in his unorthodox studies). After Primary School you were a shoe-in for the Heptagram, Exalting around the age of 15. There you found quite an easy grasp of Terrestrial Circle Sorcery and your sire couldn’t be more pleased. He had always kept you closer to him than most Dynastic parents did their young. He had always wanted you to be a part of his special project. Your respect for your father led you to embrace his plans unquestioningly, and so he introduced you to the others he had pulled together from around Creation to find the pieces of his grand puzzle.

Sample Character: Ledaal Kebok Janson

Janson was born into House Ledaal and has known privilege and luxury his entire life. His father, Ledaal Kebok Omeger, was one of the most powerful practitioners of the sorcerous arts, and fully intended for his son to follow in his footsteps. Omeger spared no expense when it came to his scion’s training. The one thing Janson strove for in all aspects of his life was the love and admiration of his father – a withholding individual.

Janson exalted at the age of fifteen, taking on the aspect of air. He was immediately granted tutelage in the Heptagram, where a seat had been held for him the past three years. He quickly overtook his peers, much to the delight of his father. That was the first time Janson felt anything akin to open love from his father. And it vanished almost immediately.

No matter how much Janson excelled, his father always expected him to do better. Janson turned to inward brooding, shutting out his already small circle of friends. He became the subject of much derision amongst his fellow students, and was constantly the butt of some joke or prank. He took up practicing with the daiklave he was gifted on his name day, training for the day he would set things right.

Janson swore that he would show them – show his father. He would become the single greatest sorcerer Creation had ever seen, and then his father would have to be proud of him.

He would make him be proud…

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