Hiems Ex Miscellanea
Tall and slim, with pale blue hair and eyes, which, combined with his pale skin, betray his overwordly origin. When travelling among mundanes, he usually dyes his hair black, though. His skin is cold to the touch, and winter seems to settle him, as rooms are always colder when he's somewhere.
He often wears white furs whatever the weather, not because he needs to, but because he likes it.
Generally cool and collected, he has a chevalrous temperament, especially towards women.
Hermetically, he seems to share the Faeries flexibility towards magic, at a great cost to him, though. More importantly, he has also proven himself to be a master of Cold, with an interest in Ice and Corpus.
He was born to a minor knight, Albert de la Motte. On a winter night, his mother, catherine, was abducted and taken captive by a noble court of winter faeries, to live their enchanted life, eating their food, bedding their lord which had seduced her.
But his father had secretly loved her since their meeting. After weeks of searching and adventures, he rescued her, making her realize she loved him, too, in the attempt (the whole "real" human feeling vs "fasle", glamoured, faerie feeling).
The two married, and, a few months later, had a son.
Albert never ceased to love his wife, but neither him nor her could bring themselves to love their strange child, which was most often only named "boy". Despite this, they tried, and the boy loved to hear stories of his father's past exploits, as well as the arturian tales.
Albert and Catherine weren't fools, though, and knew their son could never live a normal life. So, when a strange old scholar came, asking to adopt their child, they realized why he was asking this, and let their son go, figuring everyone would be better that way.
The following years were grueling, as the young man learned to tap into his inner power to work magic, while also being teached the Arts. But his master, while strict, was fair, and Hiems was happy.
While nearing the end of his apprenticeship, he saved a noble lady from brigands, and met her again a few days later in town. The two began to meet more and more, and Hiems quickly fell in love, courting the mysterious lady, which seemed to return his affections despite his strangeness. Sadly, the lady was both newly married and pious, and, when her confessor urged her to break the relationship with what was depicted as a devil, she obtempered, disapearing entirely from his life.
This very nearly broke Hiems, and his pater had to use magic to stop him from commiting suicide.
Despite this, Hiems managed to pass his gauntlet. Because of this, when his pater ordered him to go investigate Phoenix, he accepted gladly.
- Affinity with Perdo
- Affinity with Aquam (Might be swapped for Ignem). This is because Ice = Aquam. I'm hesitating
- Minor Magical Focus (Cold)
- Lesser Immunity (Mundane temperatures). This is because he's always cold (see the flaw) and immune to it. However, this doesn't protect from extreme cold or heat (basically, anything that might do damage), just usual environmental conditions. In truth, I took this only to explain why he might clothe himself independantly of the weather.
These form the core of his own cold-based magic
-Life Boost* (Ex Misc)
-Life-Linked Spontaneous Magic
-Strong Sidhe Blood* (Ex Misc)
These are his tradition's virtues: Magi who use their faerie nature to work magic on the fly (spont) or boost their magical power (life boost).
-Venus' Blessing (Bonus: +3 Com and Pre with sexually compatible characters)
I added Venus' Blessing because I wanted the character to be very good-looking, that's all
- And Flaws:
Waster of Vis*
These are flaws in his tradition: They can power magic through brute force, but, conversely, need brute force to power their rituals and items. Similarly, their magic is so tied to their nature that it fails without them.
Form Monstruosity: Ignem (RoP: M p 48). I could have taken this as a lesser malediction, too. Depending on his PeIg score, his body is cold, and he cools the air and things around him. At low levels, he might seem strangely fresh to the touch, while at the higher ones, water might freeze when touching him.
Vulnerable Magic (Magic dispelled when burned). Self explanatory, his magic can't stand fire, nor can him. I'm gonna suffer from this, like superman from Kryptonite, but this is SO thematically appropriate!!!!
These are the flaws linked to his own magic
Weakness (Damsel in distress) I wanted a flaw that reflected his romanticised chevalrous ideal, but focused towards some aspects of the knight errand.
I loved the lost love idea, and needed a flaw that might explain my absences or slow posting (he's brooding). At the same time, I needed another flaw to get him out of the lab and explain his presence here and there, and Hermetic Patron did the job perfectly.
- Brave +2 (He's got little to lose)
- Compassionate +1 (At heart, somewhere, he's a gentle soul)
- Cool-tempered +3 (I could't resist this, and wanted him to seem mostly impassible)
- Determined +1 (A remnant from his fancy with arthurian tales: A true knight doesn't yield before adversity).