Baba YagaAlias, modernised name:
Yaga (Slavs who know her as being on in the same with Baba Yaga, will refer to her as Sestra Yaga, or Mat' Yaga, for Sister Yaga, and Mother Yaga, depending usually on their idea of her age. Younger people calling her 'mother' and older people calling her 'sister')Legend taken/lore based on:
Baba Yaga, the Witch.Agency affiliation:
Enigma ClubAppearance:Brief written appearance:
Appears as an adult woman, usually no older than her late 20's. Dark brown, short messy hair, and amber coloured eyes. She stands about average height, (5'4'', 164cm).Country of birth:
Most of her history is known only to her. She was born to a woman exactly like her, long before humans had inhabited Russia. However, from birth she possessed no abilities, she learned how her mother used doors of their home, then merely holes in the walls, to travel to places where humans were, and talk with them, often striking bargains. When she had become an adult, her mother gave her powers to the young, and as of yet unnamed, girl. Her mother then simply fell to dust, and Yaga was left to take her place, assuming both her powers and her identity. In time everyone who had seen her mother with her was dead, and she understood that her mother had wished to die, and to do so, had to transfer her powers onto another like her, her daughter. In time she came to understand both her powers, and the world, transforming into the witch who would come to be known as Baba Yaga.
The time between her becoming an adult, and her joining the Enigma club, is the subject of her legends, though how much of it is true to the real events, is not known.
When the Enigma Club was beginning, its founder sought Yaga as a powerful asset. Although she was required to bargain with him, she did not wish to join him. However, when he accepted the price she named, she gave her loyalty to the Enigma Club.Personality:
Yaga is a cryptic kind of elder power. She is aware of how much power she holds, and how much she can do for others, more often preferring them not to know just how much that is. She is generally fairly pleasant, slow to anger, and willing to forgive. However, she is only so pleasant when dealing with others. When she is threatened, or interfered with, or tricked, she can be monstrously vengeful. She is old enough that her personality is a considerably twisted web. Is is difficult to predict how she will react in any given situation.Abilities:
Yaga is one of a few things that change over time, their form shifting to suit their surroundings. Most of her powers are derived from these.
Yaga's Hut - This is a small Victorian style one-story house, blackened with soot, and standing with a pair of mechanical chicken legs. The hut itself seems barely large enough to hold a single small table, but is, in fact be much larger inside than outside. The lock on the door has teeth, and resists attempts to open in. Her home, and some of the land around it, including bare skulls on iron rods, seems to exist in multiple places at once, all across Europe and possible elsewhere, though always deep in the woods. Nobody finds her hut except by accident, while travelling in those deep woods, or because they seek it out, and she allows them to. The locations where the hut exists seem to shift, as even after found, returning again to the same spot may not lead a person to find it again. The exterior has only a single door, but the interior has many, and does not always seem the same if visited twice.
Yaga's Stone - This stone can be few or many in number, as in the past it formed a mortar and pestle in which Yaga could fly. Now, the stone is simply a smooth stone disc, on which she can stand to fly. The stone does not transport anyone else, nor does Yaga carry it on her person. Instead, it appears and dissappears by flying out of, and into the sky.
Yaga's Cloak - More precisely, the feathers now adorning her jacket, Yaga's cloak seems to preform the function of changing Yaga from her human form, into that of a raven, or cloud of black feathers. Only the black feathers seem to do anything, however, the rest being merely decoration. She will sometimes travel from place to place this way, though usually only over short distances. She can enter her hut through the small chimney when transformed, and usually does.
Immortality - Yaga ages at a normal human rate, but will live forever. She cannot die of old age, or even stop ageing, and so, takes on the appearance of an increasingly hideous old hag when she ages past a normal human lifespan.
Draining Youth - Yaga can steal the youth of humans by touch, and take it for herself. This reverses her apparent age, but only by the amount taken. The victim will age by the amount taken. The process takes only a few seconds, but since it can kill the victim with shock (cardiac arrest brought on the fear of what is happening) is better done slowly, over hours or even a day or two. The victim can be aged to death, but does not kill the victim directly, but rather it does so because of their rapid ageing, and the health complications that accompany their new age.
Alter Reality - Yaga can alter reality around her, to an extent. This power is fuelled by her youth, meaning that it is limited to the youth she still has. The significance of the changes to reality determine how much youth it requires. She cannot use this power if she has aged to beyond a human lifespan, except by providing alternate power (this can come in the form of something given as payment in a contract, though only if it is something like a soul, an emotion, or a memory). It is only, therefore, in contracts that require Yaga to alter reality that she usually requires such a payment.Strengths:
Yaga's powers are quite impressive, and the objects she has, very powerful. Her knowledge of the strange and mystical is immense, as is her collection of items, meaning that her resources in both wisdom and required objects are extensive. She has a talent for bargaining, and will often convince people that their poor deals were to their advantage, and quite often, their idea.Weakness:
Yaga is somehow bound to her deals and contracts. Anything she agrees to as a deal, or contract, is binding, and she will never break such an agreement. Furthermore, cannot refuse someone who wishes to bargain. If a person names something they wish to gain, and she can provide it, she is obliged to name a price which they are capable of paying (or sometimes, can be made capable of paying). If they accept, she is bound to the deal.
Yaga is not physically strong or even resilient to injury by nature. She can be harmed as any human, though she cannot die. When injured she will recover, though only at a normal rate (unless she heals herself with her power). Since she cannot use her power when aged beyond a normal death, she cannot heal herself. In this way, she can essentially be, delayed, by being, seemingly, killed.Likes/Dislikes:
Yaga enjoys strange items, humans and creatures who have power.
Yaga hates being tricked, and others breaking their promises/agreements (as humans are not bound to uphold their end of a bargain with her) and this extends to those in romantic relationships who cheat, and she can sometimes be sought out to exact vengeance on the unfaithful, but she only bargains with females in such matters.Political stance:
Neutral.Views on their agency, and the other agencies:
Positive toward Enigma Club, and League of Strange. Yaga views these agencies as repositories for what she enjoys, powerful creatures, objects, and people. They are curiosities. The Mystus Order is only of concern to her insofar as it interferes with her, and like everything that does, it is usually despised.Favourite food:
All forms of confectionery.