Menatia of Tytalus
Background: Lorence was born as daughter of Baron de Contay in Picardy in 1194. She was a beautiful girl and her parents had plans to marry her off to a family that would improve their noble status. However before that happened a local conflict in the region broke out and the girl was kidnapped in the turmoil by an elderly man calling himself Klycus. He was a wandering Tytalus magus who had been residing at the nearby Requis Aeterna covenant for some time to study Perdo. He had noticed the Gift in the now 10 year old girl while passing by the barony a few months earlier and had watched her since to get a chance to kidnap her.
The apprenticeship was hell, or the girl actually thought hell would have been a relief to the things she was put through by her master. She was used and abused in all possible ways and kept inside his laboratory and sanctum that he was borrowing at the winter covenant for the first two years of her apprenticeship. Requis Aeterna got very few other visitors and not many knew about her existence there.
Klycus named his apprentice Menatia and found that she had a very good aptitude for Mentem magic. He was himself a Perdo Mentem expert and he used it to take away her memories of her family and also used it as punishment. In her third year of her apprenticeship they moved to Spider's Palace, another vassal covenant of Florum, where they started to get more in contact with other magi and covenfolk. The sex-abuse by the older Tytalus and the control he managed to put on her while they were naked resulted in a strong restriction in her Gift. She is unable to use magic on a nude target. Klycus had always been deficient in Creo magic and he transferred some of this to his filia, but only partially.
The rest of her apprenticeship they spent in Flanders and Picardy usually with Florum and Spider's Palace as some sort of base without establishing themselves as permanent members. Menatia enjoyed Florum and the city of Ghent a lot and always hated when they were leaving there to go somewhere less populated.
In the last 3-4 years before her Gauntlet she developed her Persona ability. Something that came as a surprise to Klycus and he tried to discourage her from developing it further and make use of it. Only because he was jealous of her. Of course she didn't listen to him, they had always hated each other despite Klycus' attempts at changing her memories in the early stages of their relationship and they had different views on most things especially on the Calliclean/Hippian philosophies and which primi to support. Menatia is a Hippian/Buliste supporter and in the beginning when she learnt about the differences she took that standpoint based only on the fact that Klycus was a Calliclean/Harpax supporter. Now she thinks her choice was the right one nevertheless.
Menatia developed her first Persona as a merchant trading in cloth living in Ghent but of Picard birth. She named him Nicolas Truyart and started to establish him in the mundane city life. Klycus warned her of getting too close to the mundane. Well he tried to punish her for it, but as usual she often did the contrary to what he said or wanted. The other magi at Florum wasn't particularly anti-mundane themselves so they more or less encouraged her to continue this.
When it was time for her Gauntlet Klycus first didn't want to give her the final challenge for it. Menatia had to press him hard for it and even threaten to bring it up in next tribunal. Finally he told her the challenge was to beat him in certamen, plain and simple. The only problem was, Menatia knew it wasn't going to be plain and simple at all. Klycus was a master of several Arts so it would be very difficult for her to win no matter which Arts she managed to get. Klycus gave her a month to challenge him and when she did, the certamen would take place on high noon the day after.
Menatia had to use some tricks to increase her chances to win. She knew her master's weaknesses Deficient Creo and Deleterious Circumstances: when wet and she also knew she had to trick him so that he couldn't choose one of his stronger Forms that Menatia had not much training in at all, particularly Terram. If she could get Creo or Intellego/Imaginem or Mentem while he was wet the odds would be more even.
The scheme involved Menatia's brand new persona, a 17 year old boy she had named Pierre de Boves. Klycus had never met or heard of him when he entered Klycus' sanctum the morning when the certamen challenge was to occur. Pierre entered in company with the old magus' most trusted servant. The servant was tricked magically of course since Menatia knew her master's Parma Magica routines. Klycus was surprised when Menatia in this form suddenly erased a few words from his mind for Sun duration before he could set up a defense. The missing words made it impossible for him to cast the spell he usually used when drying himself from rainwater and also he wouldn't be able to pick Terram as his Form for the challenge.
Sadly it wasn't a rainy day but she had persuaded a covenfolk boy at the Spider's Palace covenant to be at the place of the challenge at high noon with a bucket of water and at a certain moment throw it over the two magi. The plan had a lot of flaws, but somehow it did work and Menatia won the Creo Mentem certamen after a long struggle. Klycus never accepted the win though and called Menatia a cheater. They had invited another Tytalus magus as arbiter and he didn't see anything wrong about the challenge so declared the Gauntlet finished. There is no cheating, just winning or losing.
Menatia took Klycus' favourite dagger as her voting sigil and left him that day. She went to Ghent and Florum and hasn't seen her master since but she has heard from other magi that he will come after her to take back his dagger and force her to finish her Gauntlet. Menatia herself does not want to see anymore of him, ever.
Confidence: 2 (5)
Intelligence +1 (logic reasoning)
Stamina +1 (hale)
Presence +2 (sex appeal)
Communication +2 (convincing)
Dexterity +1 (graceful)
Quickness +1 (swift-minded)
Affinity with Mentem
Alluring to Faerie
Restriction: target is nude humanoid*
Incompatible Arts (Creo/Aquam, Creo/Ignem)
Susceptibility to Faerie
Area Lore: Flanders 1 (geography)
Area Lore: Picardy 1 (prominent persons)
Artes Liberales 2 (rhetoric)
Bargain 1 [+8xp] (textiles)
Charm 3 (flirting)
Code of Hermes 1 (mundane relations)
Etiquette 2 (townsfolk)
Faire Lore 1 (faerie courts)
Folk Ken 2 (magi)
Guile 3 (elaborate lies)
Intrigue 3+2 (debating)
Language: French 5 (Picard)
Language: Low German 3 (Flemish)
Language: Latin 4 (hermetic usage)
Magic Theory 3 (inventing spells)
Parma Magica 1 (Mentem)
Penetration 2 (Mentem)
Persona 2 (Pierre de Boves)
Philosophiae 1 (moral philosophy)
Profession: merchant 1 [+3xp] (finding customers )
Single Weapon 2 (longsword)
Tytalus Lore 1 (history)
Sight of the Transparent Motive (InMe 10)
Posing the Silent Question (InMe 20)
Loss of But a Moment's Memory (PeMe 15)
Trust of Childlike Faith (PeMe 10)
Confusion of the Numbed Will (ReMe 15)
Aura of Rightful Authority (ReMe 20)
Aura of Ennobled Presence (MuIm 10)
Aura of Beguiling Presence (MuIm 10)
Wizard's Sidestep (ReIm 10)
Clothe the Naked Form (CrHe 10) Creates a linen garment with limited details. (Base 2, sun +2, touch +1) [Invented post-Gauntlet]
Wizard's Sigil: A feeling of relief in those affected or being around when she is casting her spells.
Voting Sigil: Her pater's elaborately crafted dagger won in the Gauntlet challenge.
A big wooden chest with a metal lock, full of different outfits for herself and her two personas.
Perfumes, brushes, combs and small mirror in a smaller wooden box.
A longsword (used primarily with Pierre)
A dagger (not the voting sigil)
Charming +3, Manipulative +2, Proud +2
A 28-year old merchant specializing in textiles. From Picardy, based in Ghent but travelling a lot.
5'5, slender. Dark brown hair kept short. Brown eyes. Wears the latest fashion from Flanders.
Pierre de Boves
Trash-talking +3, Proud +2, Rumourmongering +2
17 years old. He claims that he is a bastard son of the Baron of Boves in Picardy. His mother is dead but worked as chamber maid in the baronial household. Training swordplay.
6'0 tall and muscular built. Blonde, long hair. Emerald eyes. Wears trendy clothes as befits a lesser nobleman.
Autumn 2018: Study Creo for 8xp.
Winter 2018: Study Herbam for 8xp.
Spring 2019: Invented Clothe the Naked Form (CrHe10) in lab at Florum. 2xp exposure in Creo.
Summer 2019: Practice Bargain for 8 xp.
Autumn 2019: Adventure as Nicolas Truyart. 8xp in Profession: Merchant.
Winter 2019: Arriving at Triamore and searching for Felix in the faerie forest. 5 xp in Parma Magica, 4 xp in Creo and 1 xp in Herbam
*Nude means bare genitals and/or bare breasts for female. Humanoids are any race or creature that may have sex with a human (including faeries, satyrs etc.)