The Coming of the Herald
Even in her youth, Javina was not a normal child. The first and only daughter of Ninetails, a crazed Changing Moon, and Fallen Star of the Dragon, a Dusk Caste serving under the Lover Clad in a Raiment of Tears, Javina grew up among the depraved and strange halls of the Fortress of Red Ice. She saw much that no child should see, and her mindset was nearly as twisted as her mother's by the time she came of age. The other deathknights of the citadel alternately adored and despised her; the Lover herself had something of a soft spot for the girl, and promised her a grand gift when the time came.
That time came when Javina was about sixteen, out on patrol with her mother in the woods surrounding the Fortress. The pair had been harrying a man traveling through the woods for a few days; eventually, the man had had enough and engaged the two, showing himself to be a tyrant lizard totem Full Moon. Ninetails had little problem avoiding the Lunar's blows, but Javina found herself becoming a new sheath for the lizard's grand daiklaive. As she laid dying on the snow, Javina heard the Lover speak in her ear. Are you ready for your present, dearest? The girl nodded, and let out a blood-curdling scream as the Black Exaltation took her.
Javina served the Lover well for some time, taking on the title of the Herald of Oblivion's Touch. The Lover watched the machinations of the New Deliberative with some interest, but she stayed out of it for the most part, as did the rest of the Deathlords. Much to her surprise, however, the Master of the Deliberative brought a massive force to bear against the Fortress. Led by one of her former followers who has been redeemed, the forces of the Deliberative proceeded to nearly wipe out the Lover's forces. Javina fought alongside her mother, but was sent into shock when a Chosen of Battles ran the Lunar through. Javina shrieked in rage and dove for the Sidereal…but found herself instead in the Labyrinth. It is not your time, Herald. The Whispers of the Neverborn flared in her mind, causing the young Abyssal to wince. We have need of you.
The Herald remained in the Labyrinth for an unknown span of time, wandering its halls with a loyal pack of nephwracks. When outsiders entered the Labyrinth, she watched them, killing them if necessary. The voices of the Neverborn grew louder and louder in her mind as time went by, finally reaching the point where the Abyssal could barely think without their Whispers interrupting the thought. At one point, though, the Neverborn called for their Herald, and told her of a group of Exalts (including some of the First Usurper's brood) were gathering to end the new world that had been forming above.
Thus, the Herald was unleashed against the forces of the Master. Although her teammates were exceptionally wary of the Abyssal, she did her job well. Javina latched onto the one Lunar of the group, a jackal totem by the name of Khishnik; he reminded her of her mother, in some regards. Eventually, the plan to go back and try and stop the Master before everything went to shit was formed, and Javina volunteered along with the rest of her team. Upon arriving in the past, things got a lot more interesting…
Basic Character Information
Concept: Insane little ninja
Motivation: Find the Master and kill him
Anima: Skeletal nine-tailed fox with glowing red eyes
Attributes and Abilities
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 5, Stamina 3
Social: Charisma 2, Manipulation 3, Appearance 2
Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 3, Wits 4
Martial Arts 4
Survival 3 (Labyrinth +2)
Craft (Water) 3 (Baking +1)
Linguistics 3 (Riverspeak; Old Realm, Skytongue, The Black Tongue(Old Realm dialect used mainly by spectres))
Artifact 2: Mane of the Herald
Artifact 2: Dead Spider's Webs
Artifact 4: Oblivion's Bulwark
Whispers 5: They never stop…always there, always talking…
Willpower, Virtues, and Intimacies
Virtues: Compassion 2, Conviction 3, Temperance 2, Valor 2
Intimacies: The Neverborn, Mother
Health and Essence
Health: -0, -1, -1, -2, -2, -4, Incap, Incap, Incap, Incap, Dying, Dying, Dead
Personal Essence Pool: 22/22
Peripheral Essence Pool: 45/51(6 committed)
Dead Spider's Webs
Level Two Soulsteel Claws; 6m
If asked, The Herald states that the pair of soulsteel blades that were inserted into her arms were a gift from her mother. She then often uses them on the asker, allowing the thin soulsteel chains attached to the blades to give her additional reach. The soulsteel itself was created from nephwracks, and small red flecks dance along the soulsteel as the blades are used, eliciting horrifying cackling from the shades within. The claws have the stats of the ranged attack of the Gauntlet of Distant Claws, with a range of 15 yards.
Level Four White Jade Tattoos
A gift from the Lover Clad, these white jade tatoos are a mockery of those seen on the Lunar Exalted; the tattoos follow patterns that cause the eyes to ache, occasionally glowing with a soft strange light. These tattoos offer Javina the benefits of the Moonshadow anima against creatures of death.
Mane of the Herald
Level 2 Weapon
This bundle of thin soulsteel wires was painfully inserted into Javina's scalp, replacing her natural hair. She can use the wires much like a urumi, as the wires stop about halfway down her back. Her hair has the stats of a soulsteel urumi.
Merits and Flaws
Disturbing (2F): Living in the Labyrinth for god knows how many years does that to you.
Eyes of Wicked Madness (3F): Another effect of living in the Labyrinth.
Sun-Seared (2F): The Light of the First Usurper is harsh to the Herald, and she shuns his touch whenever possible.
Unusual Appearance (2F): No explanation needed, really.
- Dodge: 7
- Parry: 5
- Standard: 3B/1L/0A
- Standard: Spd 6, Acc +0(9), Dmg +0B(2B), Def -, Rate 1
- Standard: Spd 5, Acc +0(9), Dmg +3B(5B), Def -2(7), Rate 2
- Standard: Spd 5, Acc +1(10), Dmg +0B(2B), Def +2(11), Rate 3
- Dead Spider's Webs
- Archery: Spd 5, Acc +2(11), Dmg 8L, Def +1(10), Rng 15, Rate 2
- Soulsteel Urimi
- Standard: Spd 5, Acc +3(12), Dmg +3L, Def -2(7), Rate 2
- Second Archery
- Pulse of the Prey
- Piercing Ghost Barb
- Spider Pounce Tech
- Raiton's Nimble Perch
- Crouching Gargoyle Stance
- Effortless Unnatural Grace
- Flitting Shadow Form
- Foe-Shaming Defense
- Second Integrity
- Heart of Darkness
- Lesser Horrors Scorned
- Freedom in Slavery Understanding
- Faithful Killer's Reprieve
- Immortal Malevolence Enslavement
- Undying Stagnation Defense
- Second Presence
- Sanity-Eroding Diatribe
- Spirit-Hardened Frame
- Cadaverous Torpor Technique
- Shadow Cloak Technique
- Atrocity Without Witness
- Unseen Wisp Method
- Splinter in the Mind's Eye
- Second Stealth Excellency
- Maelstrom-Weathering Indifference