Monday, June 16, 2008

Villain: Dinah Renoir

Name: Dinah Renoir

Occupation: Head Seer of the Order of Mages and Inner Circle council member.

Age: Born 1973, thirty-five years old by the time of Lost Days. Like most mages, Dinah is a reincarnate.

Appearance: A tall Parisian with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Fashionable dresser, wearing the finest designers, prefers feminine styles, and wears a veil or hijab when she wishes to hide her identity.

Past: Dinah was discovered before she was even conceived, as her predecessor literally knew where she would be reincarnated. She was taken from her mother the same day she was born and sent to the veil where she mentored under an old seer (a friend from her former life). Dinah’s mentor was the mother figure she never had, became very close to the woman and mourned her passing even before the old woman knew she was going to die.

Throughout her childhood, Dinah received visions of the coming catastrophe. She realized before anyone else that the twin souls of Soja would split once more creating three separate souls: Jude, Daemon, and Eve. She kept this prophesy to herself because she knew the Order would attempt to prevent this from happening. If they succeeded, Hunter would have succeeded in killing Jude and her next incarnation would most certainly submit. She also saw what the demon seer (an Infernal who informed Daemon Hunter of his coming destiny) hadn’t seen: the possibility of Jude submitting to Eve and vise versa. If this were to happen, Jude and Eve’s soul would merge giving them the strength to take Hunter down. Although this would not guarantee Jude or Eve’s soul would remain pure, Dinah felt it was the best option out of many bad ones.

When she was twelve, Dinah foresaw the coming conflict in the alley in New Orleans. Realizing what was to come, she used a spell to hide Eve’s presence from the Order. The spell worked a little too well, hiding the girl from Dinah’s own second sight. She spent the next couple decades searching for Eve. Unable to find her through “legal” channels, Dinah hired Randall Cobb to aid her in her search. She gave him a spell to unbind Soja’s Necronomicon—a magical text that is supposed to follow the twin souls through each incarnation—from a vampire named Lucas, whom it had been entrusted to (takes place in Lost Days, the first book in the series). Dinah later killed Cobb to cover her tracks when his part in the theft was discovered at the beginning of Beguiled (second book in the series). She also may have had a hand in disrupting the ritual that was supposed to bring Hunter back in 2006, fearing he would grow too strong for Jude to defeat when she returned in 2008.

Traits: Flirty and seemingly naïve, Dinah knows more than she lets on. She can be vicious when someone stands in her way, though she rationalizes her actions by telling herself it is all for the greater good and perhaps it is.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I'm Flunking Biology

Never take A&P II during the summer semester. I have spent most of today trying to cram two chapters worth of material into my brain for a test I have to take tomorrow. Yes, I've been studying all week. No, it isn't nearly enough time. The problem is there's a test every week and we've already started reading the chapters for the next test after this one. What really irks me is that I don't need any of this stuff. If I had the money to go to Bluecliff I wouldn't have to take biology at all, from what I've been told. All I need is a D to pass this class, but this excelerated schedual is so fucking gruelling I feel like my brains are leaking out of my ears!

Meanwhile, at work I'm being forced to learn another table game. Texas Holdem. Yay. I was able to get out of learning flop poker only because I took PTO on the days they annouced the mandatory classes and the previous supervisor at the time didn't see it was necessary for me to learn it since I was part time. My current supervisor is a stickler. Everyone must learn. I would try to use my womanly wiles to persuade him to let me off the hook, but my boyfriend wouldn't look too kindly on that...and I'm not sure I could pull it off without my super a)laughing his ass off or b)fireing me for sexual harassment. He is a stickler, as I said.

I'll post the rest of the Veruca Marime character sheet later tonight and possibly another villian. Possibly, maybe, perhaps.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Villian: Veruca Marime' (cont)

A continuation of the character sketch for Veruca Marime':

Occupation: Lead singer for the band Marime'

Age: Apparent age 25-30; real age 120 yeas old born in 1888

Past: Born Vera Morris in Ireland in the year 1888. Vera's was born to an unwed mother who had been raped by an incubus (making Vera a Cambion or half-human offspring of the union between a human and a succubus or incubus). Not believing her story, her family sent her to a Magdalene asylum to have the baby. Vera was transferred to the asylum's orphanage.

The nuns suspected there was something strange about the child from the earliest. Vera was at first thought to be a still born because she gave no indication of life (didn't breath or have a heart beat or pulse) and was only saved from premature burial when she started to cry. She later grew out of this state of "unlife" a few months after birth.

Vera grew up to be a beautiful child who never got sick in spite of the fact that the other children were constantly coming down with ailments due to the poor living conditions of the orphanage. One particular incident gave the holy sister in charge pause when Rebecca McDonagh, a ten year old girl who constantly teased Vera, came down with a mysterious "wasting sickness". At the same time, Vera was refusing to enter the main chapel for prayers and confession. When the holy sister literally tried to drag the Vera into the chapel against her will the girl "wailed and screamed something fierce, as if every demon in hell were waiting for her in that sanctum!" One of the holy sisters claimed that the girl began to scream when she tried to force Vera to hold her rosary, threw the beads to the ground, and held her hand defensively to her chest as if it had been burned. When the sister later pried her clinched fingers open to inspect the hand, she found a cross shaped welt on the palm. A priest was called to perform an exorcism which lasted three days. Vera came close to death twice, but made it through unscathed. The priest was not so lucky. He left the orphanage looking twenty years older and his hair had gone completely grey a matter of days. He died of a stroke two weeks later. Rebecca McDonagh made a miraculous recovery after Vera was sent away.

Shortly after this incident, Vera was sent to the laundries at the age of twelve and was confined there with the other Magdalenes for the next five years. She learned she could not only feed off the life force of others but heighten the emotions of the people around her. Conditions in the asylum were bad on their own, but Vera made them worse by focusing her powers to heighten the resentment and bitterness of some of the more susceptible nuns and even a few of her fellow Magdalenes. These women would take their aggressions out on the other girls, making them more miserable and allowing Vera to feed off of a bigger "herd" instead of just one person at a time. She became a misery junky and would have remained in the house if it hadn't been burned to the ground by one of the Madgalenes in retaliation for abuses committed by the priest-ironically, not under Vera's control.

After the fire, Vera slipped away from the church authorities and changed her name to Veruca Marime', a name she took from one of the Magdalenes. The girl was a gypsy taken from her parents when she became pregnant out of wedlock; when asked what her people called her, she misunderstood the question and replied, "I am marime," which means a state of impurity. Vera took a job singing and dancing at a Cabaret club in Paris where she used her talents as a succubus to rouse the crowd into a heightened state of excitement.

She roamed around Europe over the next year, but felt an uncontrollable urge to visit German South-West Africa. Vera persuaded a wealthy German Industrialist to take her to the coastal city of Lüderitz and later was allowed to visit the nearby Haifischinsel or "Shark Island", a post-world war concentration camp for the Herero and Nama tribes. There she bumped into Dorian Oswald, an American journalist who immediately recognized her to be a Nexus, a person drawn to accidents of fate, catastrophes, and cross roads events. They discussed her other "abilities" and he warned her-a few years too late-that if she abused the power she would become addicted. He especially warned her not to feed off the nexus events as they would addict her to the misery of others and bring out her demonic blood, but by then, she had already had her fill in Haifischinsel and was too far gone to care.

They met again in Sarajevo on the 28th of June 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Oswald became furious when he realized she was feeding off the crowd. Again, he warned her it would lead to her undoing and threatened to go to the authorities beyond the Veil(a place where magic is the norm). She put on a show of contrition, convinced him that she would stay on the straight and narrow if he promised not to turn her in. She did try to stop feeding off others if only to sway Oswald into believing she was sincere, but fell off the wagon when she noticed signs of accelerated aging. She had become so accustomed to feeding off the life force of large groups that she couldn't go without a feeding for more than a week's time.

Vera went back to work in a cabaret club in Munich where she began feeding again and in 1919 met a young police spy of the Reichswehr named Adolf Hitler. Sensing a huge Nexus event surrounding the man, she followed his career carefully for the next few years and always made certain to attend all of his speeches. She crossed paths with Oswald once again in 1942 in Sobibo'r were she was feeding off the dieing victims of a nearby extermination camp. She turned him over to the Nazi authorities claiming he was a Jew and an American spy before he could turn her over to the magical authorities and convinced the commandant to allow her to watch as he was tortured for information. He died a few days later.

In April of 1945 Vera traveled back to Germany and made it to Berlin in time to watch the city fall, but was disappointed when she missed her opportunity to witness the Führer's suicide personally. The crowds of despondent German citizens fearful for their lives as the Soviets took over the city more than made up for this.

(to be continued...)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Villian: Veruca Marime'

Here's a brief sketch of my first villian. I'll add more later.

Name: Veruca Marime' (real name Vera Moris)

Story Title: Twin Souls Series: Beguiled

Character Importance: Main Antagonist

Character Type: Nexus, sucubus or psycic vampire

Physical Appearance(Gender, age, body type, hair, eyes, facial features, dress, posture, movements, mannerisms, speech, first impression) : Female, apparent age ranges between twenty-five and thirty. Veruca is 5'7" and waif like. She has dark brown hair and turquoise eyes. Her eyes are her most remarkable facial feature. Usually can be seen wearing vynal, corsets, and six inch steletos when out in public. Members of the press have often remarked that if she ever gave up her singing carear she would be well equiped to go into the dominatrix profession. Her dress is more relaxed when she is not on stage or in public, leaning towards expensive silk kimonos and very little else. Her movements are fluid and cat like and quicker than most human movement which is why she is often mistaken for a Were. She has this strange habit of cocking her head to the side and grinning when she looks at a person that can be very disconserting. Veruca also has a habit of invading a person's personal space. She speaks with an American English accent, but her speach has a tendancy to pick up certain aspects of those she "feeds" from. The first impression most people have of her when they see her on stage is that she is a dark scary goth girl. The first impression most people get upon meeting her in person(especially after seeing her on stage) is surprise at how intelligent and well mannered she can be, inspite of her tendency to invade a person's personal space.