Hi all, I talked to RL a bit and just submitted my eclipse to the group. For everyone else here's his specifics
Name: Zanin Ortic
Background: Zanin Ortic was born twenty years ago in the realm as the son to one of the often overlooked teachers in the many primary schools that Dynasts and Patrician’s sent their children to. The identity of his mother is a mystery though mostly because his father insists that he does not know who she was. Yet rumors abound that she may have been anything from a slave girl to a Dynast. Whatever the truth is, it no longer matters to him
When he was a child he learned the same lessons that other wealthy families did though some took better then others. Early on Zanin showed his ability with sword and word yet he wasn’t as smart as his father had hoped and found scholarly pursuits to have little interest for him.
What did interest him was the lifestyle of a warrior. The ability to command forces, to destroy opponents that threatened him and his lifestyle, to make creation a little bit safer one battle at a time all called to him early on and by the time he finished school he had already made a name for himself as a competent swordsman who could even hold his own against newly exalted Dynasts.
When Zanin turned sixteen he enlisted as a soldier in House Cathak’s personal guard and quickly worked his way up the ranks as he saw to his duties and helped train new soldiers. In time he earned himself a large sum of money for his intensive training for the houses soldiers and new dragonblooded. After two years he was assigned to a young dragonblooded’s scale as a second in command. The dragonblooded was named Cathak Jerin and he and Zanin soon became as close as true brothers. Zanin served that scale for a year and saw some battle at the hands of heretics, unruly gods, and rival houses.
At the end of that time is when he exalted. The gods of one of House Cathak’s northern satriapies had begun to resent the houses control of its city and inspired a minor revolt, Zanin’s scale was sent in to quell the god by whatever means they chose. Zanin arranged for a place to mediate the problems between House Cathak and the god but what was supposed to be a peaceful meeting ended up being a bloody battle when the god and its followers attacked without provocation. The scale fought hard and for every man that died twenty of their attackers fell till it was only Zanin and Jerin left.
For their part, they knew they were going to die, they knew that there wasn’t hope of their skills destroying the god and the few legions he had left, and they knew that help wasn’t coming. They didn’t back down though, they charged with all the fury and power that a mortal and dragonblooded could muster. What the pair didn’t know was that reinforcements did come but in the form of a true exaltation. When blades met flesh Zanin was blessed with the unconquered suns favor under the Eclipse caste, chosen to be a judge, peacekeeper, and warrior. Though Jerin was scared by the knowledge of his friend being an anathema they fought on till every cult member and their god lied at their feet.
Then their blades were reluctantly turned on each other. By the end both were severly wounded though by virtue of pure luck Zanin was the only one left standing. He tended to Jerin’s wounds before leaving and setting off for the north with the intent of leaving the realm now that he knew he was anathema to them.
Within a month of wandering he came across a small cell that called themselves members of the Cult of the illuminated and they instantly recognized the truth of his exaltation. They taught him much about the Solars and armed him with an Orichalum Daiklave to help him in the future. When he felt like he could survive on his own again he headed further north to Eagle talon, intent on it being the first place in which he would begin his work toward making a world where the Exalted could live in peace with one another
An interview with Zanin
How old are you?: Twenty, I will turn twenty one when winter comes
What was your family life like?: I was raised in the realm by my father who was a teacher at one of the many Primary schools that Dynasts and Patrcian’s send their students to. I don’t know my mother though there have been many rumors as to her identity, I believe the most fantastic one is that she was a noblewoman from house Cynis that my father bedded after one of their wild parties.
Back to your question though. My father was always busy with his teaching but after everyday we would walk home together and share our days. When we arrived home we would talk about a variety of topics over dinner, his favorite was philosophy. Once dinner was done we would often play Gateway and continue our discussions. I love my father still, though I fear what might have happened to him since my exaltation
Where were you born?: On the blessed isle or the realm, whatever you prefer to call it.
How were you Exalted?: At the time I was serving as a private soldier for House Cathak and had been assigned to a scale lead by Cathak Jerin. One day we were called in to a satrapy because the city’s god had been causing unrest. We tried diplomacy but it was met with betrayal and our scale was forced to fight. Eventually it was only me and Jerin, my dragonblooded commander, and we thought we were destined to die but refused to go down easily so we attacked the god. When my sword cut into its flesh I was exalted and its only because of that that we survived.
How has power changed you?: Has it changed me? Its true that my ability with my voice and sword have been sharpened but beyond that I don’t think I have changed much. This world still needs help, I still desire to make all of creation a safer place and to promote peace to all of the people I meet. Yet even though I am considered Anathema in the blessed Isle I am still a patriot
What do you think of mortals?: Mortals are still my brothers and sisters. I was not born apart from them like other exalted. I was one of them, I am still one of them in mind, body, and soul. The only difference was that I was blessed with an exaltation that makes me much more able to lead the people to prosperity
What motivates you to be a hero?: Ive always wanted to make the world a better place. When I was just a normal person I enlisted in the Dynasts houses because I felt I could make the realm a bit safer. However my exaltation has broadened that view somewhat. Rather then worrying about the realm I can extend my ability to beyond the realm and perhaps effect all of creation
Who or what do you worship?: Nothing that comes to mind. While I am thankful to the unconquered sun for his favor he has never appeared before me. Nor have I found any other gods worthy of worship
What would drive you to commit murder?: I already have murdered in the name of the realm and for the safety of mortals and the dragonblooded houses. I believe I would kill again if it meant the lives of innocent people but few other reasons seem worthwhile to go that far. If people try to steal material possessions or land they can be driven off but driving off an enemy who looks to kill someone who can not protect themselves seems like a worthwhile reason to me. I despise having to commit such acts but soldiers must sometimes fight and even kill for the sake of others.
Name: Zanin Ortic
Concept: Charismatic swordsman and peace bringer
Motivation: To forge a lasting peace between all nations in Creation
Strength 4 Charisma 4 Perception 2
Dexterity 3 Manipulation 3 Intelligence 2
Stamina 4 Appearance 3 Wits 3
%Notes a caste ability
*Notes a favored ability
%Notes a caste skill
*Notes a favored skill
Athletics: In armor
Flaw: Compasionate Martyrdom
Artifact (Daiklave) 2
Backing (cult of the illuminated) 2
Soak 14B 10L A
-1   
-2    
Orichalcum Daiklave Speed 5 Accuracy +4 Damage +6 Defense +3 Rate 4
Plate & chain 8L/10B Mobility -4 Fatigue 3
First melee Excellency (1m per die)
Hungry tiger technique (1m)
Ox body technique
Whirlwind armor-donning prana (1m)
Righteous lion defense
Integrity-protecting prana (5m 1w)
Second Dodge Excellency (2m per success)
Sagacious Reading of intent (3m)
First socialize Excellency (1m per die)
Mastery of small manners (1m)
Essence 3 = 7
Resources 4 = 2
Buracracy 2 and 3 = 2
Charisma 4 = 4