Second Circle Demon – Cecaelia, the Heartless SentinelSeptember 10, 2010
It’s been a little while since I really poked my head in and gave some attention to the Yozis and their brood (whom I love so dearly). Herein is a custom Second Circle Demon, progeny of Ululaya, one of the souls of Kimbery, the Sea that Marched against the Flame.
Cecaelia, the Heartless Sentinel,
Warden Soul of the Blood-Red Moon
The tides of Kimbery are pulled by Ululaya, the Blood-Red Moon, and their depths are influenced by its vivid light as much as by Ligier’s. In those depths, Cecaelia, the Heartless Sentinel, wanders and watches, seeking those who would intrude into the vitriolic currents of her Yozi progenitor.
The creatures that live in Kimbery’s acidic waters are harsher, tougher than sea life in Creation. They would have to be, to survive in Malfeas. Cecaelia is no exception, having hardened herself against the physical hazards of the Sea that Marched against the Flame, as well as against the numerous emotional hardships suffered over millennia of imprisonment. Cecaelia watched as the Lintha were butchered, felt the agony of Kimbery as her chosen race was annihilated, and she hardened her heart, vowing never again to feel mercy or love for any living being. She went to her mother, Ululaya, who pulled the blood from her body, absorbing it into herself. As the last drop left Cecaelia’s body, her heart turned to pocked granite, and she knew love no more.
Cecaelia herself usually appears as a lovely woman from the waist up, and a colorful cephalopod from the waist down. Her numerous tentacles undulate and writhe in the vitriolic depths, changing their hues to match her moods. Her “hair” is nothing more than two, abnormally long tentacles draping down from the dome of her skull, and in her deceptively slender hands, she carries the Heartspear, a harpoon forged of vitriol and brass. Her territory in the depths of Kimbery is decorated with what trinkets and mementos will survive the acidic depths. Each is from a different seeker of knowledge, and she demands such keepsakes before sharing her wisdom, even if bound by sorcery.
Summoning: (Obscurity 3/4) Cecaelia is one of the lesser known horrors of Kimbery, not because she is unimportant, but because she is less immediately useful to Creation’s sages. However, those that know of her sometimes summon her for her prognosticative abilities, or for her extensive knowledge of all things arcane and obscure. When a ship at sea is set aflame with mystical fire and burns for three nights, lighting Creation’s moon in its red glow, Cecaelia may choose to emerge from the depths of the ocean to greet the unusual sight.
Motivation: To scour the depths for lost knowledge. Cecaelia’s Intimacies include Ululaya, Kimbery, the Lintha, and never loving again.
Attributes: Strength 6, Dexterity 6, Stamina 6; Charisma 5, Manipulation 5, Appearance 6; Perception 6, Intelligence 5, Wits 6
Virtues: Compassion 1, Conviction 5, Temperance 2, Valor 4
Abilities: Athletics 3, Awareness 4, Dodge 5, Integrity 4 (Love +2), Linguistics (Native: Old Realm; Others: Seatongue, Skytongue) 2, Lore 5, Martial Arts 5 (Vitriolic Octopus Style +1), Melee 5, Occult 5, Presence 4, Resistance 3 (Acids +2), Sail 3, Stealth 2, Survival 3 (Kimbery +2), War 2 (Naval Warfare +2)
Backgrounds: Artifact 2 (The Heartspear), Backing 3, Cult 2, Influence 2, Resources 4
Affinity (Element) Control – Vitriol
Blessed (Element) Body – Vitriol
Divine Prerogative – Cecaelia treats all mental influence to form an Intimacy of love as an unacceptable order.
Essence Plethora (x2) – 20 extra motes
Foretell the Future – Though functionally identical, this Charm does not access Heaven’s vaults, but rather the depths of Kimbery, which possess startlingly similar knowledge.
Landscape Travel – Cecaelia can swim at her normal movement speeds, and can breathe water (or vitriol) without undue difficulty. If she is in Kimbery, this Charm is active constantly at no cost.
Malediction – Cecaelia can impose a one-die penalty on all rolls made to inflict or re-establish an Intimacy of love.
Materialize – 80 motes
Measure the Wind – Cecaelia can fully understand those who seek knowledge.
Ox-Body Technique (x2) – Two additional -1 and two additional -2 Health Levels
Paralyze – When using the Heartspear, Cecaelia can paralyze her victims as a Crippling effect, leaving them to burn or drown in Kimbery’s depths.
Principle of Motion – Cecaelia usually keeps 9 banked actions.
Reserve of Will (x2) – Two additional temporary Willpower
Shapechange – Cecaelia can become any cephalopod or assume the shape of a wholly humanoid woman, but she cannot be any less beautiful than she is, no matter her form.
Weather Control – Cecaelia can create or abate storms or winds on Kimbery or any of Creation’s oceans or rivers.
First (Ability) Excellency – Lore, Martial Arts, Occult
Second (Ability) Excellency – Lore, Occult, Sail, Survival
Third (Ability) Excellency – Occult, Resistance
Divine (Ability) Subordination – Occult
Supernatural Martial Arts: All Charms of Vitriolic Octopus Style. She learned the style from a First Age Lunar from Tzatli, in exchange for certain… favors… to be called in during a later incarnation.
Join Battle: 10
Clinch – Speed 6, Accuracy 11, Damage 9B, Parry DV -, Rate 1, Tags C,N,P
Punch – Speed 5, Accuracy 12, Damage 6B, Parry DV 7, Rate 3, Tags N
Tentacle – Speed 5, Accuracy 13, Damage 9B, Parry DV 7, Rate 3, Tags N
The Heartspear – Speed 5, Accuracy 13, Damage 11L/14L/2, Parry DV 7, Rate 2, Tags 2,L,O,R,Th
Soak: 13L/16B (Thick Skin +10L/+10B, Hardness 10)
Health Levels: -0/-1/-1/-1/-1/-1/-1/-1/-1/-2/-2/-2/-2/-2/-2/-2/-4/Incap
Dodge DV: 9
Essence Pool: 135
Other Notes: The Heartspear is a Dire Lance of Malfean brass and vitriol. It never grants Magical Material bonuses. If there is any question, her tentacles explicitly count as form weapons for Vitriolic Octopus Style. Cecaelia’s Foretell the Future Charm accesses the hidden knowledge in the vaults of Kimbery, though Kimbery herself can restrict access to that knowledge if she wishes. Unlike most Second Circle demons, Cecaelia has no progeny, nor will she ever. Were she to spawn such a First Circle race (or even a Demon-Blooded offspring), her heart of stone would shatter, and she would become something entirely new.