A1D) Skara Syralis

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A1D) Skara Syralis

Post by patransom » Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:23 am

Skara is the only daughter of the infamous devil-worshipping wizard, Sharnak Syralis. Her mother is unknown to her but, given her odd appearance, probably had significant infernal blood. As a child, she was frequently left to her own devices while her father was off furthering his fiendish plots. The only rule was that she was never, ever to enter Sharnak’s laboratory at the top of the tower. A naturally curious youth, Skara broke this rule regularly, picking the lock or climbing around the outside of the tower to gain access. She spent many hours tinkering with Sharnak’s arcane devices and trying to make sense of his notes.

Thus, Skara was present, hiding behind the alchemy workbench, when Sharnak’s final summoning ritual went horribly wrong (probably as a result of Skara’s messing about with the pentagram). She watched as the summoned devil broke free of the protective circle and devoured her father. Although the experience was frightening, Skara wasn’t particularly bereaved over the loss of her inattentive parent. However, she wasn’t exactly better off after Sharnak’s death. The wizard’s tower was repossessed and she found herself a homeless orphan.

Life on the streets was particularly hard for Skara. No temple-sponsored orphanage would take her in because of her father’s association with devil worship. She has a great disdain for all organized religions as a result. Her infamous father and infernal appearance made her a target of suspicion and bullying. Taunting was commonplace and violence frequent. Skara had to be quick on her feet to dodge sudden attacks by intolerant gangs. Individual attackers, she found, could sometimes be deterred if she talked a good game, portraying herself as either a harmless victim or a dangerous she-devil with infernal powers like her father. When all else failed, Skara learned to be quick with a blade, striking a point of weakness to incapacitate an attacker, before running away.

Skara eventually survived all the hardship, making a living by returning to her experience with breaking and entering. She made wizards towers and temples her particular targets. It’s likely she was caught in one of those forays and has ended up in the World’s Largest Dungeon predicament as a direct result…

Traits
Dangerously Curious, History of Heresy, Reactionary, Fast-Talker

Quirks
1. Attracted to heights: possibly the result of growing up in a tower, Skara is almost the opposite of acrophobic. She is always more comfortable perched above everyone else. Given the opportunity, she will climb to the highest point in a room or find a tall piece of furniture and sit on top of it.
2. Always wears black: this quirk started as a matter of practicality – black is good for burglary and for convincing people you are more dangerous than you actually are. Now it’s become a habit Skara is loathe to break.
3. Slightly hoofed feet: Skara is unable to find comfortable shoes and constantly complains about it. Skara’s never-ending search for the right footwear is complicated by quirk 2, of course.
4. Conflicted about her heritage: Skara constantly calls herself “devil-girl,” but is extremely sensitive about anyone else making reference to her Tiefling features, particularly her tail.
5. Suspicious of summoning: for obvious reasons, Skara refuses to mess with anything that looks like it might be part of a summoning ritual. She’ll be very reluctant to use any magic device that summons creatures. She’s startled by the sudden appearance of summoned creatures, even those called by party members, and will complain about it.

Quirk Bonus Feat: Improved Feint
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Re: More of Skara's Story

Post by cave_lion » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:44 pm

You are from the City of Egorian; known also as the City of Thorns, due to its many gothic towers and minarets. Capital of Cheliax; and ruled by an aristocracy of devil worshipers (of which your father is one). Asmodeus holds tight rein over Cheliax; using assorted devils, in combination with the merciless Hellknights (grim armored law enforcers), to maintain control in the region.

You have been on a streak of good fortune lately, with several successful heists under your belt. You are particularly satisfied with having discovered the Ring. How could anyone be stopped with such an aid to concealment and disguise? Especially someone with your talents...

So it was, with happy thoughts and dreams of prosperous times filling your thoughts, that you entered the dark temple through an open window at the peak of the barbed tower. The ring being active, you had little to fear, and quietly worked your way through the rooms searching for only the most valuable items to steal. You did find a few things, as you worked your way down the heights of the tower; but this shrine seemed strangely empty, of both valuables and beings. And you had now worked your way to the very bottom, where there was little hope of anything of value being stored. So it appeared this night would be a waste of time.

No matter, there were many days ahead for better pickings. You just had to find an exit now and there were only a few hours of time lost. As you leave the stairs leading to the main floor (a worship area with many pews set up in circles around a great alter in the middle of the room) your senses suddenly alert you to the fact that there is someone in this room.
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Although beautiful, there is a faint aura of shimmering evil surrounding her, and she seems to flicker slightly. It is almost as if she is not actually there--that it is just an image of her. But this feeling quickly fades away as she looks up, obviously directly at you, and smiles.

You have been a very naughty girl Skara. You do not belong in this temple... The residents did not appreciate being sent away so we could speak together. I am considering allowing some of them to return when we leave here, what do you think?

She giggles and continues in a slightly deeper voice:
My Master has asked that I bring you to him. He has a request that he hopes you will fulfill for him. Do you accept my invitation?
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what yah gonna do Skara?

 

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Re: Skara Syralis

Post by patransom » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:11 pm

Since this woman has so obviously spotted her in spite of her magically-enhanced stealthiness, Skara gets the idea that she's in the presence of a person of some importance. Do I have a choice? she answers, And how do you know my name?
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Re: Skara Syralis

Post by cave_lion » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:37 pm

The woman replies:
Honey--we know ALL of your names. And of course you have a choice! You ALWAYS have a choice...lets just say this one is slanted heavily in our favor...

She takes a languid step forward and tilts her head slightly to the side (the way a cat sizes up it prey.)
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Skara is aware that there are many Devils in Egorian in the service of Asmodius; filling positions of importance to support the current Aristocracy. She is fairly confident that this woman is one of them. Why a devil would have any interest in a two bit crook with nothing to her name is something she will have time to think about later. Right now, it is pretty easy for her to believe that she is going to be going with this woman one way or another--so in her mind--her choice may better be described as how many bones she wants broken in the going.

 


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Re: Skara Syralis

Post by patransom » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:51 am

From first hand observation, Skara knows that devils are not to be trifled with. So, she attempts to suppress her fight-or-flight response and reply nonchalantly, I figured as much. Fine, I accept your invitation.
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Re: Skara Syralis

Post by cave_lion » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:52 am

The woman whimpers slightly, in a pouty kind of way, straightening her head up again and saying "Fine..." impatiently. She then walks quickly up to you with her hand out, saying an incantation as she moves, until her fingers touch you. When this happens they sizzle with energy, encompassing your body and causing the room to fade from view, quickly to be replaced by a very different scene...
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