Name: Isabela 'Keeper' Salinas
Order: Silver Ladder
Academics 2 (Religion)
Stealth 2 (Moving in Darkness)
Expression 2 (Teaching)
Arcana and Rotes
Summon Shadows (Death 3) – 7 (Wits+Occult+Death)
Animate Shadows (Death 2) - 7 (Wits+Occult+Death)
First Impressions (Mind 2) - 8 (Presence+Socialize+Mind)
One Mind, Two Thoughts (Mind 1) - 5 (Wits+Investigation+Mind)
Language (High Speech) *
Language (Spanish) *
Status (Silver Ladder) *
Status (University) *
Striking Looks **
Initiative Mod 5
- 5: Dropping Wisdom to 6
- 2: One Mind, Two Thoughts (Mind 1)
- 2: Status (University) 1
Walking in the Light
Isabela Salinas is a first-generation American; her parents immigrated from Spain five years before she was born. Both of her parents were devout Catholics, and raised their eldest daughter - along with her two younger brothers and one older brother who had been born in Spain - in the Church. She was somewhat timid as a youth, spending a good bit of time at Chruch with the nuns. For some time, her family thought that she would join the convent and take up the habit, but she decided against this. Somehow, she knew that there would be something more for her in the world than the walls of a convent. What she didn't know, though, was how right she was.
The Shadows Consume
Isabela's journey to the Watchtower of the Lead Coin took place while she was in Spain with her family at the age of 21. During one of the yearly visits to the old family manor, Isabela went to the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona with her youngest brother, who had not seen the inside of the church before. While wandering the aisles, she felt a pull towards one of the shadowed hallways. She told her brother to go find Mama, then turned towards the hallway as he scampered off. As she crossed the threshold of the door, everything lurched to the right, and Isabela found herself in a blasted land filled with shadows and shades. Deep within the shadows, she spied a dark tower which called to her. Although afraid, she pressed on into the darkness, having faith that she would arrive at the tower. As she did so, her fears fell aside one by one, stripped away by the shades which she walked past (and sometimes through).
The Isabella who arrived at the Watchtower of Stygia was not the Isabela who walked into the cathedral that day. She was more confident in both herself and her faith, and she knew the power of the shadows which both blocked out and defined the light within her. Using the shadows themselves, she signed the word Keeper into the walls of the tower; she chose this word for her own, using it to represent her intention of controlling the creatures who dwell in the shadows of the world. Once the word was written, Isabela was loving enveloped by the darkness; her mother found her asleep at the feet of the sculpture of Jesus on the western facade of the cathedral, a faint smile on her face.
Staring Down the Abyss
Isabela returned to the United States, and eventually completed her masters degree in theology. During that time, she sought out a mentor among the local mages and found a fellow Moros who was willing to teach her. One incident during her training involving the raising of the dead shook her to the core, and she swore never to do it again. Despite this, though, she grew in power quickly, and joined the Silver Ladder upon the completion of her apprenticeship. Recently, Isabela was hired as a professor of theology at *insert university here*, and is still adjusting to teaching full-time. Her students are often enraptured by her lectures, however, and her classes are always full.