Monday, July 16, 2018

Míša Kedzierski - Chosen Scion of Veles - A Modern Red

The tail would come when she gained an omen later.
Scions of the Second Refinement

Background: 

Míša had heard the tale of Little Red Riding Hood of course, most people had. It was a popular folktale all around the world. She just hadn't given it much mind at all. You heard stories of supernatural wolves, of course, as well as werewolves. But who ever actually ran into one. That was something you heard from rumors or the odd news story. People liked to talk about the documentary filmer who announced an intention to interview and film werewolves and then vanished, but nobody could remember his name. It's just that you never one of those stories.

Her mother had asked her to walk down the street to return some flour to her grandmother. The door was ajar when she arrived and things were a mess. She had been nervous and called out for her grandmother and was relieved when she heard the old woman's voice, though it sounded a bit strained. She complained about an intruder and Míša walked in to see if there was anything to be done.

Turning the corner at the end of the long entry way found her face to face with a great black wolf staring at her with gleaming blue eyes. She stood there frozen as it reached out a great paw, it's body shifting like ash and smoke packed together, and shoved her to the ground. Then it assured her with grandmother's voice how absolutely fine it was. It's claws dug into her shoulder and stomach as a viscous drool dripped down onto her from the corners of its wide mouth.

Then there was a sudden crash and the claws ripped out of her as it looked up to face something. She faded into unconsciousness and woke up in the hospital later. The event was a footnote on the national news and rumor around the neighborhood for a few weeks. Her family still talked about grandmother's death occasionally but never mentioned the demon wolf. No sense calling its attention, you see.

Míša never saw the face of the hero that rescued her. She would have let it dwindle away into recurring nightmares if those nightmares hadn't started speaking to her. If the wolves in her dreams hadn't noticed her and started talking to her and urging her to action. Or if that wolf hadn't appeared in front of her just waiting as she walked home one day. She should have been terrified, but it was like she had been expecting it.

Description: Míša is a tall young woman with brunette hair and a mildly scarred face, mostly from dealing with snippy animals, the scars from the demon wolf are typically under her clothes. She has started to develop a very lupine cast to her futures that hadn't been there before her encounter with the demon-wolf. Her family has started to speak to her cautiously, even fearfully. Though the possibility that she may have been tainted by a demon's curse has not yet been brought up.

Divine Patron: Veles - Veles has not yet been released though the Slavic gods apparently are slated to appear in Demigod or God. He is connected to the underworld, the untamed Earth, cattle, shepherds, and other such things. I'm guessing from his description he will have the Guardian calling and the Beasts(Cattle) purview which is what I'm using for Míša here. I don't know what skills they'll have.

Origin Level

Primary Path: Pantheon Path: Lupine-Touched Beastmaster - Survival, Athletics, Leadership
Contact: Dmytro Krakowski, zoologist
Connections: Zoologists, priests of Veles
Access: University zoology department.

People have started to notice how a small pack of wolves has taken to following along behind her, never far from where she is. It isn't as though she can actually talk to them but they do seem to quite like her and protect her like she's part of the pack. The crow is a recent addition. When people ask their names Míša tends to get a bit confused as she realizes that they do have names and she knows them, but can't think of where she's heard those names.

Secondary Path: Role Path: Wildlife Mediator - Empathy, Survival, Integrity
Contact: Aleksandr Zima, Farm Ministry official
Connections: Farm ministry, farms
Access: Government offices

Míša's skill with animals has made her someone that the government likes to call on to see about getting animals to behave or move off in other directions at least. While there's nothing that seems blatantly supernatural about her methods, even if the pack of animals is a bit telling, she is uncommonly good at finding a middle ground between people and animals.

Tertiary Path: Origin Path: Small Town Ukrainian Girl - Culture, Persuasion, Empathy
Contact: Larysa Kedzierski, her mother
Connections: Hometown friends and connections.
Access: Private and hidden holy places of her hometown

She spends a lot of her time going to different farms around the Ukraine but she often returns home to the nervous looks of her fellow townmates. She knows most of the secrets of the town, or at least she thinks she does. The looks bother her, but she tries to bear through it as if there is a nagging thought that her time in her home would be much shorter than the length of her life.

Abilities:  
Academics
Athletics *** (Endurance)
Close Combat
Culture *
Empathy *** (Animals)
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership *** (Animals)
Medicine
Occult *** (Beasts)
Persuasion *** (Animals)
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge
Survival ***** (Tracking)
Technology

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

Legend: 0

Calling: Guardian

Knacks: A Warning

Birthrights:
  • Canine Friends - Follower **
    • A small pack of wolves that follows Míša around.
    • Heavy
    • Group
    • Defensive 
  • Black Feathered Scout - Creature **
    • A crow that will scout about for Míša and her wolves.
    • 6 dice for Flight, Scouting, and Conveying Information
    • Quality: Flies

Hero Level

Primary Path: Pantheon Path: Lupine-Touched Beastmaster - Survival, Athletics, Leadership
Contact: Dmytro Krakowski, zoologist
Connections: Zoologists, priests of Veles
Access: University zoology department.

Now that she's exchanged words with Veles, there's no doubt at all that her talent with animals is a blessing from the divine. She knows now that the demon-wolf is still out there, having escaped the heroes that rescued her originally, and other twisted mockeries of beasts like it. It's her task to protect people from such monstrosities.

Secondary Path: Role Path: Wildlife Mediator - Empathy, Survival, Integrity
Contact: Aleksandr Zima, Farm Ministry official
Connections: Farm ministry, farms
Access: Government offices

Míša's skill with animals has made her someone that the government likes to call on to see about getting animals to behave or move off in other directions at least. It is hard not to admit to her divine touch when she does her job and those ranchers and farmers that she deals with are clear about the fact that she would likely punish them for breaking any deal she made on their behalf.

Tertiary Path: Origin Path: Small Town Ukrainian Girl - Culture, Persuasion, Empathy
Contact: Larysa Kedzierski, her mother
Connections: Hometown friends and connections.
Access: Private and hidden holy places of her hometown

She spends a lot of her time going to different farms around the Ukraine but she often returns home to the nervous looks of her fellow townmates. She knows most of the secrets of the town, or at least she thinks she does. The looks bother her, but she tries to bear through it as if there is a nagging thought that her time in her home would be much shorter than the length of her life.

Abilities:  
Academics
Athletics *** (Endurance)
Close Combat
Culture *
Empathy *** (Animals)
Integrity **
Firearms
Leadership *** (Animals)
Medicine
Occult *** (Beasts)
Persuasion *** (Animals)
Pilot
Science
Subterfuge
Survival ***** (Tracking)
Technology

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

Legend: 1

Calling: Guardian **, Leader **, Lover *

Keywords: Warden (Guardian), Territory (Guardian), Pack (Leader), Rally (Leader), Red (Lover)

Titles: A Modern Red

Knacks: A Warning (Guardian), A Purpose: Protect People and Nature from Demon Animals (Guardian), Cloak of Dread (Leader), Lighthouse of Society (Leader), Not a Fighter (Lover)

Purviews:
  • Innate - Unknown Slav PSP
  • Innate - Beasts
  • Health
  • Wild
Boons: Leader of the Pack, Animal Aspect

Birthrights:
  • Canine Friends - Follower **
    • A small pack of wolves that follows Míša around.
    • Heavy
    • Group
    • Defensive 
  • A Winter's Friend - Creature ***
    • A great white wolf that seems to carry an aura of cold.
    • Flair: Weather Tyrant
    • 7 Dice for fighting, ice and cold control, and tracking.
  • Black Feathered Scout - Creature **
    • A crow that will scout about for Míša and her wolves.
    • 6 dice for Flight, Scouting, and Conveying Information
    • Quality: Flies 
  • The Red Hood - Relic ****
    • A blood red leather jacket with attached hood.
    • Motif: Blood to draw out the blood-thirsty.
    • Purview: Health
    • Purview: Wild


2 comments:

  1. I really like her! Not many people gave Wild at all in the corebook, same with Frost, so I really like it when characters use them. Granted, Veles *might* have Wild, but he's the patron god of Cattle, and that's more Prosperity or Fertility maybe.

    Also, given her skills and Relics, she'd have a lot of ways to solve problems, even if it's just talking to a cat or some pigeons for recon purposes.

    -Spear

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    1. I gave her Beasts from Veles as the only one I was sure of due to the cattle shepherd role.

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