Exalted – Sidereals (Chosen of Battles)May 18, 2010
The third Maiden, Mars, selected twenty Sidereal Exaltations and made them hers, the Chosen of Battles. Into them, she wove twenty threads from the Loom of Fate, threads which represented the most glorious, most fateful, and most world-spanning battles and conflicts in all Creation.
The Caste Abilities for the Chosen of Battles are Archery, Athletics, Melee, Presence, and War. Through their Abilities, the Chosen of Mars find ways to guide mortals into and through the conflicts and literal battles that will shape their lives and the lives around them. While their Abilities make them personally capable of fighting, like all Sidereals, they have a tendency to maneuver conflicts from behind the scenes.
The Chosen of Battles know that life is conflict. It is by forging oneself in the trials of life, whether on the battlefield or in the boardroom, that one truly comes to understand oneself. Life is not cheap, but it is fleeting, and it is in the moments of life-threatening battle that we feel most alive.
Chosen of Battles have a reputation for being confrontational, which, of course, they deserve. However, it is not merely in a fight for fighting’s sake that the human soul is purified. The Chosen of Battles also steer mortals (and nations) away from the battles that will bring them low, that will weaken all of Creation. Chosen of Battles understand the value of a fight, but more importantly, they understand the value of not fighting.
If someone seeks out the greatest challenges available to them and encourages others to do the same, to fight the current instead of succumbing to the path of least resistance, they likely resonate with the Chosen of Battles.