First Circle Demon – Choronzae, the SkinridersMarch 23, 2012
Choronzae, the Skinriders
Demon of the First Circle, Progeny of the Screaming Gaoler
Malfeas is an alien and hostile place, filled with its own horrors to rival those of the Underworld. The choronzae are happy to remind incautious summoners of the consequences for frivolous and careless dabbling in the demonological arts.
Born of Guranth, the Screaming Gaoler, the choronzae are hideous things that look like men only in parody. Their limbs are long and lean, often covered with greyish skin that is pocked and scarred from exposure to the Demon City. They have mouths where there should be none, sometimes in their hands or even their stomachs. They are completely hairless, and take to carving horrific symbols of the Yozis into their own flesh.
Choronzae in the Demon City are mostly useless. They are serial killers and manipulators, and sometimes they find places of power in the courts of the Demon Princes, but more often thy are treated as animals, hunted or kept caged for sport or pleasure.
Summoning: (Obscurity: 3/4) Choronzae are, when summoned at all, used as assassins or agent provocateurs, sent into the lairs of the sorcerer’s enemies to murder and lie. However, knowledgeable summoners avoid them, for their lies are potent even when bound. Each day that passes without a choronzon telling a convincing lie earns it a point of Limit. When a male, mortal serial killer skins his sixth victim and wears his or her skin under the light of the new moon, sometimes a choronzon can claw its way from beneath that skin, usually to the detriment of the killer.
Motivation: To wear the skin of men.
Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2; Charisma 1, Manipulation 5, Appearance 0; Perception 2, Intelligence 2, Wits 3
Virtues: Compassion 1, Conviction 5, Temperance 2, Valor 3
Abilities: Athletics 1, Awareness 3, Dodge 2, Integrity 3 (Lies +2), Linguistics (Native: Old Realm; Others: Any two) 2, Lore 2 (Riddles +2), Martial Arts 3, Presence 4 (Lies +2), Resistance 2, Stealth 3
Essence Plethora: x2
Malediction: Skinriders can inflict penalties to Defense Values.
Measure the Wind
Ox-Body Technique: x2
Possession: Skinriders can only possess mortal male humans.
Skinriding: This is a special form of the Shapechange Charm. The skinrider can only use this when he is in the presence of a male, mortal human who has been reduced to 0 Willpower or Health Levels in that scene. When activated, the mortal dies as a Shaping effect (if he was not already dead), his body sloughing off its skin leaving a (mostly) unrecognizable corpse behind. The skinrider may choose to wear that skin, taking on his shape as though the demon had scored ten successes on a disguise roll. This disguise tends to lose its effectiveness over time, as the skinrider’s demonic presence takes over. Victims usually begin to display fangs, claws, or hideous demonic tattoos or scarification, substantially reducing the disguise’s efficacy. For every month that passes, the demon gains one mutation point’s worth of positive mutations (usually starting with claws, fangs, thick skin) and the disguise loses one success.
Excellencies: Martial Arts (1st, Divine Subordination), Presence (1st, Divine Subordination)
Join Battle: 6
Claw: Speed 5, Accuracy 7, Damage +2L, Parry DV 4, Rate 3, Tags N
Clinch: Speed 6, Accuracy 6, Damage +2B, Parry DV -, Rate 1, Tags C, N, P
Kick: Speed 5, Accuracy 6, Damage +5B, Parry DV 2, Rate 2, Tags N
Punch: Speed 5, Accuracy 7, Damage +2B, Parry DV 4, Rate 3, Tags N
Health Levels: -0/-1×8/-2×7/-4/Incap
Dodge DV: 3
Essence Pool: 80
Other Notes: Choronzae tend toward feral, animalistic impulses, and are inclined to use their bare hands (or claws) to drag down their prey, even when other implements might be better. However, more than physically violating their enemies, they prefer to talk them to death, making vicious insinuations and subtle jabs that eventually have the victim doubting himself so much that he becomes an easy meal for the skinrider.