Friday, June 22, 2018

Acacia Liuzhi - Shen Scion of Yamaraja - The Beautiful Death



Background: It is unclear just in what way Acacia is Yamaraja's scion. It is known that Acacia's mother was a mortal by the name Mircea Ruskin who was an investigator into ghosts and the underworld. Some think she offered her child up to Yamaraja as a bargaining chip, others suggest that she is the busy god's actual daughter. Neither Acacia or Yamaraja care enough about the matter to tell people what the truth of the matter is and Acacia might not even know herself.

Regardless of Acacia's origin, it is apparent that Mircea did not value whatever she got out of the relationship as she vanished when Acacia was still young. Of course, Yamaraja was still too busy to deal with the issues of raising a child and there was an unwillingness to see her consigned to the system for orphans and thus Acacia was raised in the Thousand Willows Academy, a place built around the idea of raising scions and denizens in safety while preparing them for the world at large.

Acacia excelled in interpersonal skills and studying the religions and cultures of other pantheons, but she fell into the rather stereotypical niche of the nerd who is rubbish at athletics. Fortunately, she had no lack for friends that she could call upon to help her do those things that required a bit more brute force.


Moving from a supernatural childhood and teen years to the more or less mundane university with all its bundle of mortals who may never have even seen a ghost was a bit more of culture shock than she likes to admit to. It took her quite a while to adjust to the idea that most people seemed to think you were speaking metaphorically when you talked about speaking to ghosts or your story about a sleepover with the White Snake's granddaughter was a discussion of an imaginary friend.

She found it particularly odd the number of people that accepted the idea of the supernatural and could point to examples of it in the news and then would simply shrug off anything but the most blatant displays of the supernatural as being imaginary or some trick or another. Her academic advisor through her Masters and Doctorate was worse than that. He simply refused to believe in the idea of the supernatural at all and was constantly chiding Acacia for her "interest in such farcical things." Sometimes Acacia was tempted to call up one of her supernatural friends and introduce them to her advisor, but that just felt too petty and pointless.

Eventually, Acacia received her doctorate and has now started her practice. The money and influence of the cults supporting her have allowed her to start from scratch without tying herself to any other doctors, but this has also meant that she is isolated from the normal methods of acquiring a list of patients and reputation. She has begun to volunteer with veterans and other hospitals in order to start looking for people that could use her help. Without much concern for money she has focused on those that she thinks most need her aid.

The young scion does not know this, but Mircea was obsessed with immortality and impatient with the plodding pace of the Shen bureaucracy in rewarding what she expected was her due. Thus she looked toward other means and eventually found dark secrets that led to an undead state of being, and now she is a monster drifting hidden among the mortals.

Description:  A Chinese-American woman with black hair and pale skin that somehow still looks very healthy. Were her hair worn free it would like extend to the middle of her back, but she wears it in a modest bun and braid style. There is an almost constant impression of a small smile on her face as if she sees you for what you truly are. The appearance of serenity is not a mask that hides her true feelings, however. With only tiny changes in her demeanor she might appear accepting and comforting to one but turn to another with the same slight smile that has suddenly become terrifying. She prefers archaic but practical mode of dress, though she might often be seen with a white lab coat over a beautiful Chinese dress, and prefers flats as she has never quite bothered to learn the trick of walking in heels, thinking it an odd and slightly masochistic style.

Divine Patron: Yamaraja

Origin Level

Primary Path: Role Path:  Counsel on Matters of Death and Bereavement – Empathy, Persuasion, Culture
Contact: Dr. Emmanuel Lindon, her academic advisor who tends to doubt the supernatural.
Connections: The psychiatric community, pharmacists, medical doctors
Access: Hospitals, Mental Institutions

Acacia Liuzhi has recently acquired her license as a practicing psychiatrist and now plans to open a practice specializing in dealing with matters revolving around death. She’s studied warrior’s and survivor’s guilt, PTSD, depression, suicide, grief, and death and funerary practices from all over the world towards this goal. She has lofty hopes, but for now she is just beginning.

Secondary Path: Origin Path: A Shen’s Upbringing – Occult, Culture, Integrity
Contact: Chin Mu Zhou, head of the Shen backed boarding school she attended
Connections: Mortal cults connected to the Shen
Access: Various temples

Acacia’s mother is a researcher into the underworld and came to be acquainted with Yama somehow. Acacia is one of the results of that. Her mother has been absent quite a lot, being resentful of not being granted immortality, and Acacia was raised within a sheltered mansion by cultists and denizens in service to her father.

Tertiary Path: Pantheon Path: Child of Yama – Empathy, Leadership, Academics
Contact: Sacred Fifth Granddaughter of the Sea, a ghost promoted to functionary in the underworld
Connections: Ghosts and demons in service to Yama
Access: Underworld outposts, Thousand Willows Academy

The primary ambition that Acacia has is to become one of the many minor goddesses helping with the processes of death and the afterlife. She personally makes an effort to convey that death is not necessarily an end and to comfort people as to what might come next. She finds that fears about death are likely to interfere with the way one lives and increase the chances that one finds an unwelcome fate in the underworld. Unfortunately, trying to warn people not to fear death or else it will be bad does not particularly work.

Abilities:  
Academics **
Athletics
Close Combat
Culture ***** (Death and Funerary Traditions)
Empathy **** (Getting them to Open Up)
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership **** (Logistics)
Medicine
Occult **
Persuasion **** (Opening Up)
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge
Survival
Technology

Attributes:  Resilience Favored - Social, Mental, Physical
Force
  • Intellect ***
  • Might *
  • Presence ****
Finesse
  • Cunning **
  • Dexterity **
  • Manipulation ***
Resilience
  • Resolve ****
  • Stamina ****
  • Composure ****

Legend: 0

Calling: Leader *

Knacks: Perfect Poise

Birthrights:
  • Tien Harris - Bodyguard - Follower **
    • A devout member of a Shen cult devoted to King Yama who seeks to protect his scion.
    • Heavy, Tough, Savage
  • Sally Timor - Receptionist - Follower **
    • A clever and likeable young woman set to help Acacia manage her business.
    • Entourage, Consultant, Helpful

Hero Level

Primary Path: Role Path:  Counsel on Matters of Death and Bereavement – Empathy, Persuasion, Culture
Contact: Dr. Emmanuel Lindon, her academic advisor who tends to doubt the supernatural.
Connections: The psychiatric community, pharmacists, medical doctors
Access: Hospitals, Mental Institutions

Acacia Liuzhi has recently acquired her license as a practicing psychiatrist and now plans to open a practice specializing in dealing with matters revolving around death. She’s studied warrior’s and survivor’s guilt, PTSD, depression, suicide, grief, and death and funerary practices from all over the world towards this goal. She has lofty hopes, but for now she is just beginning.

Secondary Path: Origin Path: A Shen’s Upbringing – Occult, Culture, Integrity
Contact: Chin Mu Zhou, head of the Shen backed boarding school she attended
Connections: Mortal cults connected to the Shen
Access: Various temples and the Thousand Willows Academy

Acacia’s mother is a researcher into the underworld and came to be acquainted with Yama somehow. Acacia is one of the results of that. Her mother has been absent quite a lot, being resentful of not being granted immortality, and Acacia was raised within a sheltered mansion by cultists and denizens in service to her father.

Tertiary Path: Pantheon Path: Child of Yama – Empathy, Leadership, Academics
Contact: Sacred Fifth Granddaughter of the Sea, a ghost promoted to functionary in the underworld
Connections: Ghosts and demons in service to Yama
Access: Underworld outposts

The primary ambition that Acacia has is to become one of the many minor goddesses helping with the processes of death and the afterlife. She personally makes an effort to convey that death is not necessarily an end and to comfort people as to what might come next. She finds that fears about death are likely to interfere with the way one lives and increase the chances that one finds an unwelcome fate in the underworld. Unfortunately, trying to warn people not to fear death or else it will be bad does not particularly work.

Abilities:  
Academics **
Athletics
Close Combat
Culture ***** (Death and Funerary Traditions)
Empathy **** (Getting them to Open Up)
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership **** (Logistics)
Medicine
Occult **
Persuasion **** (Opening Up)
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge
Survival
Technology

Attributes:  Resilience Favored - Social, Mental, Physical
Force
  • Intellect ***
  • Might *
  • Presence ****
Finesse
  • Cunning **
  • Dexterity **
  • Manipulation ***
Resilience
  • Resolve ****
  • Stamina ****
  • Composure ****
Legend: 1

Calling: Leader *, Lover **, Judge **

Keywords: Death (Judge), Mercy (Judge), Counselor (Lover), Beauty (Lover), Wise (Leader)

Title: The Beautiful Death

Knacks: Perfect Poise (Leader), Quick Study (Judge), The Truth Arises (Judge), Soothing Presence (Lover), Not a Fighter (Lover)

Purviews:
  • Innate - Tianming
  • Innate - Death
  • Health
  • Passion (Serenity)
Boons: Unquiet Dead, Tugging at Hearstrings


Birthrights:
  • Tien Harris - Bodyguard - Follower **
    • A devout member of a Shen cult devoted to King Yama who seeks to protect his scion. More devotees of the Shen have come to
    • Heavy, Tough, Defensive
  • Sally Timor - Receptionist - Follower **
    • A clever and likeable young woman set to help Acacia manage her business.
    • Entourage, Consultant, Helpful
  • Bai An - Young Hound of Naraka - Follower ***
    • A terrifying four-eyed hound that has been assigned to protect Acacia. Though this one is barely more than a puppy still.
    • Qualities -  Group Tactics, Natural Weapons (Teeth), Stand Tall
    • Flair - Summoned (once per session may be summoned into a scene)
    • Creature Pool 7 - Biting, Chasing, Being a Good Boy
  • Chain of Gentle Iron - Relic ****
    • A circlet of beautiful metal that has become soft and pleasant to hold. Wearing it about the neck feels like soft silk.
    • Motif: Soft Touch and Hard Core
    • Health
    • Passion (Serenity)



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