A complete draft of Maximilian...
Maximilian of Verditius
Pater:Tyrrania of Verditius
Characteristics: Int +4, Per +1, Str -2, Sta -2, Pre +2, Com 0, Dex +2, Qik 0
Virtues: The Gift, Hermetic Magus, Verditius Magic (House), Mythic Blood (Daedalus), Free Study, Great Characteristic (Intelligence), Inventive Genius, Minor Magical Focus (Wood), Personal Vis Source, Puissant Craft: Woodcarving, Puissant Magic Theory, Venus’ Blessing
Flaws: Ambitious (minor), Deficient Form (Aquam), Favors, Limited Magic Resistance (Ignem), Proud (minor), Twilight Prone, Visions
*Derived from Mythic Blood
Personality Traits: Ambitious +3, Charming +2, Proud +3
Area Lore: Greece (legends) 2
Area Lore: Polyaigos covenant (personalities) 1
Artes Liberales (arithmetics) 2
Athletics (climbing) 2
Awareness (listening) 2
Bargain (favors) 1
Brawl (dodge) 1
Charm (servants) 2
Concentration (lab work) 1
Craft: Woodcarving (wands) 5+2
Etiquette (nobility) 1
Folk Ken (women) 2
Language: Romaic Greek (storytelling) 5
Language: Classical Greek (hermetic usage) 3
Language: Latin (Hermetic usage) 1
Magic Lore (creatures) 1
Magic Theory (enchanting items) 3+2
Order of Hermes Lore (personalities) 1
Parma Magica (Ignem) 1
Philosophiae (enchanting items) 2
Stealth (hide) 1
Verditius Cult Lore (history) 0[sup]1[/sup]
Magical Arts: Cr 8, In 3, Pe 3, Re 3, Ig 9
Wizard's Sigil: Complexity and swirling, in the appearance of many moving parts assembling to form the effect.
Warping and Twilight Effects
Warping Score: 1 (7 points total)
Twilight Scars: Scratches and wear on wooden objects in his vicinity slowly heal (over the course of weeks or months, depending on how often he handles them).
Bind Wound (CrCo 10)
Rise of the Feathery Body (ReCo 10)
Intuition of the Forest (InHe 10)
Heat of the Searing Forge (CrIg 10)
Flash of the Scarlet Flames (CrIg 15)
Pilum of Fire (CrIg 20)
Extinguish the Raging Bonfire (PeIg 10) -- Puts out a fire as large as a bonfire. [Base 3, +2 Voice, +1 size]
Prying Eyes (InIm 5)
Taste of Spices and Herbs (MuIm 5)
Wizard’s Sidestep (ReIm 10)
Scales of the Magical Weight (InVi 5)
Sense the Nature of Vis (InVi 5)
Unravelling the Fabric of Imaginem (PeVi 5)
Appearance: Maximilian is fairly plain, with a delicate stature, curly brown hair and hazel eyes. His smile is dazzling and his teeth perfect, something that he uses to great effect when trying to charm a comely maid.
Maximilian’s youth was marked deeply by his mother. Lady Anna’s beauty was so great that some compared her to the famed Helen of Troy. She was married young, to a powerful and rich noble in Corinth. It is said, however, that she had a lover who fathered her son. So Maximilian found little favor in his father’s eyes. Certainly, the fragile boy looked nothing like his burly father. Still, he was cared for and loved by his mother, and at least tolerated by his father.
His life changed during the winter of his eight birthday, when his father died of a fever. Anna had not been his first wife, so there were several older sons to inherit the family lands and wealth. They quickly arranged a new marriage for Anna, sending her off to the distant lands of her new husband. She was unhappy about this and still grieving over the loss of her husband, but she had little choice in the matter. It was remarry or be sent to a nunnery, so Anna accepted her fate so that should could remain with her son.
Her new husband was far too busy managing his lands and making war with his neighbors to actively dislike the boy, but saw him has useless. The boy was frail and not at all inclined towards the arts of war. He was also much too smart for comfort, full of questions and spouting nonsense from the stories being read to him by his mother tutors. There was also something about him that was starting to make people uncomfortable. He had no friends his own age and avoided other boys, who tended to beat him whenever they could. Only his mother and her few long-standing servants were really fond of him.
When Anna died a few years later while giving birth to another child, his stepfather decided to get rid of the boy away. So when a passing stranger offered to apprentice him, a deal was quickly struck.
So it was that the boy found himself apprenticed to Tyrrania, a maga of House Verditius and member of the confraternity of Balento. Tyrrania was generally considered a harsh and arrogant woman, who delighted in creating wands and staves enchanted with fire magic. Her reason for choosing the boy was simple -- he already had some skill in woodcarving, a hobby he had picked up as a youth when illness prevented him from going out. To the surprise of all who knew her, she soon began doting on the boy.
As is typical in House Verditius, she gave more importance to crafting skills and the ability to enchant items than to the magical arts themselves. She taught her apprentice to master the theories behind enchantments, something he had a natural aptitude for, but spent even more time teaching him advanced techniques of carving wood, bone and ivory. And although she did not yet induct her apprentice into the deeper mysteries of her confraternity, she imposed her interest in fire magic. She felt that his inborn abilities with wood might serve him well in the future, but that he could develop them on his own time once Gauntleted.
During his apprenticeship, he also suffered a serious mishap in the laboratory, which drove him into Twilight. Although he was able to extricate himself from the magical maze he found himself immersed in, controlling the experience and learning from it, it made him more susceptible to future episodes.
For his Gauntlet, he crafted a wand of hickory that could blind opponent with blinding flashes of flames, with enough power to affect weaker supernatural creatures as well as mundanes, multiple times a day. This pushed his capabilities to the maximum, but proved satisfactory. Although Tyrrania kept the wand and display it proudly in her studio, Maximilian has retained his lab notes should he wish to replicate the enchantment.
Upon accepting her apprentice’s masterpiece, Tyrannia gave him the name Maximilian. Soon after, however, she departed the tribunal to settle down at Verdi, in the Tribunal of Rome.
If the Mythic Blood power ends up being considered too powerful, I will simply change the mix of virtues and flaws to the following:
Virtues: The Gift, Hermetic Magus, Verditius Magic (House), Affinity with Herbam, Deft Herbam, Free Study, Great Characteristic (Intelligence), Inventive Genius, Minor Magical Focus (Wood), Personal Vis Source, Puissant Craft: Woodcarving, Puissant Magic Theory, Venus’ Blessing
Flaws: Ambitious (minor), Deficient Form (Aquam), Favors, Limited Magic Resistance (Ignem), Proud (minor), Twilight Prone, [strike]Visions[/strike]