Friday, July 13, 2018

Melony Orleans - Chosen Scion of Sehkmet - The Lion's Thief



Background: 

Melony was born to a Canadian family of great wealth and descent from kings on both sides of the channel, at least so they claim. She was raised in privilege and while they may not have intended it, she learned about how to bend rules and subvert laws for her own benefit from watching her family. She took an interest in the ancient world and took to archaeology. With her ethical blind spot, she was able to work her way into a number of different sites around the world and acquire items wondrous items on behalf of the museum she worked for, one that had a lot of donations from her family.

Description:  Melony is brunette woman with the sort of beauty than can only be bought out of a life time of high end medical care and red carpet worthy wardrobes. She knows how to dress practically but if she's not on a job at the moment then why bother? She often seems only moments away from a smug and condescending smile, but recently more often seems to be fighting to contain expressions of lingering fear and frustration.


Divine Patron: Sehkmet

Origin Level

Primary Path: Pantheon Path:  Reluctant Representative – Netjer: Academics, Occult, Leadership
Contact: Kenamon Gamal, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, and occasional confidant of Sehkmet
Connections: Egyptian Law Enforcement
Access: Egyptian Prisons and Ministry Offices

It was only a matter of time before Melony offended someone important enough to strike against her with her practices. Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t a diplomat whose country’s laws she’d worked around or an academic whose work she’d claimed. Instead, it was an Egyptian woman drinking herself into oblivion at a bar in Tokyo. Sehkmet was just within earshot to hear Melony brag about how she’d gotten around barriers in the past and annoyance turned anger when she stumbled on something personal to Sehkmet. The only thing that spared Melony being killed on the spot was that Sehkmet was on the hook for supplying aid for one of Wesir’s scions and their monster hunting team. Melony had one choice, take to hunting monsters in Sehkmet’s name or suffer more immediate punishment.

Secondary Path: Role Path: Scholar of the Past Academics, Culture, Integrity
Contact: Erik Montgomery, Doctoral Advisor, Disappointed Mentor
Connections: Museum managers who like splashy exhibits, archaeological society
Access: High end museums and universities all around the world.

Whatever her problem with ethics, Melony is actually a very competent academic. This only makes her shaky methods all the worse as there’s no reason she would have to resort to cheating. She has a legitimate love for history and the patience to deal with long stretches of searching through old tomes, scrolls, and tablets. She does make sure that the information she presents to the public is correct. If there’s one thing she refuses to be, it’s a fraud.

Tertiary Path: Origin Path: High Born Academic Leadership, Culture, Persuasion
Contact: Nathan Orleans, doting and distant elder brother.
Connections: Old Money and Aristocrats
Access: Orleans Family businesses and estates.

Until her run in with Sehkmet, Melony had been raised with the attitude that there were some people who were just better than others and that laws and ethics shouldn’t impede such people. There is something to be said for the luck that her descent into inequity was halted so early in her life. She has plenty of time to redeem herself and hasn’t yet committed any unforgiveable sins. Now it’s just a matter of her realizing that she should change.

Abilities:  
Academics ***** (Ancient World)
Athletics
Close Combat
Culture *** (Antiquities)
Empathy
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership **** (Historical Research)
Medicine
Occult *** (Funeral Rites)
Persuasion **
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge **** (Corruption)
Survival
Technology

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

Legend: 0

Calling: Hunter *

Knacks: Keen-Eyed Predator

Birthrights:

Silk Assaf – Guide *** 
  • Silk Assaf spends most of her focus on hunting down those undead around the world that are acting as predators. She occasionally finds herself facing other supernatural creatures. Silk is not impressed with the scholar Sehkmet has sent to help her, having expected a warrior. She is determined to make use of the woman however.
  • Asset Skills: Leadership, Occult 
  • Guide Stunt: There's always a counter... - Silk knows a lot of tricks to turn fate against supernatural enemies even without magic, using tricks of the terrain against them. When facing supernatural opponents, successes (1-3) may be spent to place a Complication (1-3) interfering with attempts by the opponent to enter a Field. Failing to buy off the complication leaves them at a disadvantage when they enter the Field to start. For example, a sorcerous lawyer’s morning rituals might be disrupted by a phone call setting them off their rigid schedule and leaving them emotionally off-balance. A werewolf might find themselves drawn 
  • Legendary Title: Stalker of the Dead 
Revenants – Followers * 
  • These undead hunters were granted to the command of Silk, who uses them to hunt down her targets, usually other undead. They hope to ease the weight of their heart with this assignment before they have to face judgment in front of Wesir. One of them has been set to keep an eye on Melony and make sure she behaves.
  • Archetype: Heavy 
  • Trait: Unruly

Hero Level

 

Background:  Having survived several adventures with Silk, Melony had hoped to have earned her freedom of this problem. Even in this limited exposure to the World she'd found herself faced with many truths of the world that she'd been sheltered from in the past and rather wished she could forget. It has challenged her belief in her own superiority. However, she's found that she impressed Sehkmet with her ingenuity and resilience and been flooded with the potential of a chosen scion of the war goddess.

Description: There is now something about her face, though nothing physical has changed, and manner that makes one think of the cat that knocks your dinner off the counter while staring you in the face.

Primary Path: Pantheon Path:  Reluctant Representative – Netjer: Academics, Occult, Leadership
Contact: Kenamon Gamal, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, and occasional confidant of Sehkmet
Connections: Egyptian Law Enforcement
Access: Egyptian Prisons and Ministry Offices

It was only a matter of time before Melony offended someone important enough to strike against her with her practices. Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t a diplomat whose country’s laws she’d worked around or an academic whose work she’d claimed. Instead, it was an Egyptian woman drinking herself into oblivion at a bar in Tokyo. Sehkmet was just within earshot to hear Melony brag about how she’d gotten around barriers in the past and annoyance turned anger when she stumbled on something personal to Sehkmet. The only thing that spared Melony being killed on the spot was that Sehkmet was on the hook for supplying aid for one of Wesir’s scions and their monster hunting team. Melony had one choice, take to hunting monsters in Sehkmet’s name or suffer more immediate punishment.

Secondary Path: Role Path: Scholar of the Past Academics, Culture, Integrity
Contact: Erik Montgomery, Doctoral Advisor, Disappointed Mentor
Connections: Museum managers who like splashy exhibits, archaeological society
Access: High end museums and universities all around the world.

Whatever her problem with ethics, Melony is actually a very competent academic. This only makes her shaky methods all the worse as there’s no reason she would have to resort to cheating. She has a legitimate love for history and the patience to deal with long stretches of searching through old tomes, scrolls, and tablets. She does make sure that the information she presents to the public is correct. If there’s one thing she refuses to be, it’s a fraud.

Tertiary Path: Origin Path: High Born Academic Leadership, Culture, Persuasion
Contact: Nathan Orleans, doting and distant elder brother.
Connections: Old Money and Aristocrats
Access: Orleans Family businesses and estates.

Until her run in with Sehkmet, Melony had been raised with the attitude that there were some people who were just better than others and that laws and ethics shouldn’t impede such people. There is something to be said for the luck that her descent into inequity was halted so early in her life. She has plenty of time to redeem herself and hasn’t yet committed any unforgiveable sins. Now it’s just a matter of her realizing that she should change.

Abilities:  
Academics ***** (Ancient World)
Athletics
Close Combat
Culture *** (Antiquities)
Empathy
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership **** (Historical Research)
Medicine
Occult *** (Funeral Rites)
Persuasion **
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge **** (Corruption)
Survival
Technology

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

Calling: Hunter *, Sage **, Trickster **

Keywords: Seeker (Hunter), Ancient (Sage), Secrets (Sage), Thief (Trickster), Liar (Trickster)

Title: The Lion's Thief

Knacks: Keen-Eyed Predator (Hunter), Presence of Magic (Sage), Master of the World (Sage), Rumor Miller (Trickster), Wasn't Me (Trickster)

Purviews:
  • Innate - Heku
  • Innate - Beasts (Cats)
  • Death
  • Fortune
  • Guide - War
Boons: Animal Aspect, Unquiet Dead

Birthrights:

Lion Bone Ankh - Relic ***
  • An old ankh carved out of a lion's bone worn on a leather strap made from the same lion's hide. It seems to pulse as if with a faint heart beat.
  • Purviews: Death, Fortune
  • Motif: The Foresight of the Dead
  • Flaw: Once a bearer has accepted this ankh, should they ever lose it they become imminently and inescapably aware of the weight of their own heart in the eyes of Ma'at. Existential dread and a fear that the heart is too heavy or too light fills them. Once per scene while the ankh is kept apart from them, the storyguide can apply a -2 Complication to an action. Failing to buy this off results in a mental Condition of the storyguide's choice.

Silk Assaf – Guide ****
  • While not directly serving under Silk any longer, she has impressed the higher ranked Hero enough that she has shared with her some her knowledge and magic for leading troops into battle.
  • Asset Skills: Leadership, Occult 
  • Guide Stunt: There's always a counter... - Silk knows a lot of tricks to turn fate against supernatural enemies even without magic, using tricks of the terrain against them. When facing supernatural opponents, successes (1-3) may be spent to place a Complication (1-3) interfering with attempts by the opponent to enter a Field. Failing to buy off the complication leaves them at a disadvantage when they enter the Field to start. For example, a sorcerous lawyer’s morning rituals might be disrupted by a phone call setting them off their rigid schedule and leaving them emotionally off-balance. A werewolf might find themselves drawn 
  • Legendary Title: Stalker of the Dead 
  • Purview: War
Revenants – Followers ****
  • Similar to the undead that serve Silk in her monster hunting duties, but most of these are people whose tombs that Melony had taken artifacts out of without concern for the residents or relatives of people whose finds she took credit for. They are determined to remind her of her past and see that she doesn't drift in that direction again.
  • Archetype: Heavy 
  • Trait: Unruly, Group, Savage, Tough



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