I've been working on a more thorough profile. Haven't done the appearance bit yet, the current entry is a placeholder left over from her short profile.Name:
Godlike (Human) Immolator.Sex/Gender:
Men/Women/Trans/Futa/Masculine Monsters/Feminine Monsters. Yes.
"Evil? There is no such thing. No good, no evil. Only life, and need, and will," Nuria produced a terrible smile as she drew closer, pressed her body against the man who had tried to lecture her. Red lips nearly touched his ear as she whispered, the fiery glow of her eyes just barely visible still at the edge of his eyes, like the sun about to disappear into the horizon. "Show me your will weighs more than theirs. Show me your desire." Background:
Nuria, whose very name means fire, was born a member of a cult called 'Brotherhood of the Living Flame'. They worship, as their name suggests, the concept of fire itself as a divine entity. Most of them are very faithful; extremists that only grow more so with age as their minds become consumed by the fire they worship. They are, however, not a major religion. Their followers are mostly those who lived through terrible hardships and became stronger for them, those with an odd fascination for fire or those simply attracted by their preaching and fervor. And of course those born into their ranks, as Nuria was.
Her conception was part of a ritual intended to create a vessel for their god -- for the spirit of fire itself. To truly create a being that was a living flame. It worked, too -- fire magic came far more easily to the young girl than the average wizard and she always seemed to have a strong connection to the element. She was raised to be as close to the idealized concept of fire as a human being could be, whether in spirit or later, as she grew, in swordsmanship and tactics.
She grew up in a secret temple that belonged to one of many sub-factions of the cult, surrounded by their members and teachings. When she finally came of age, another ritual was enacted: they all sacrificed themselves to her, all those who had been residents of her temple. Her teachers, her companions and friends, all burned so that the divine spark they had instilled in her at conception would now kindle. Part of her, the part that had been indoctrinated to the teachings, was honored. Another was terrified and revolted. However she felt about it, however, it was a massive act of faith and will and -- it worked. As the sacred flame engulfed them all, she alone stood untouched by it. It did not burn her -- or perhaps it did, but on a level far beyond mere skin and flesh. It burned the mortality out of her and took residence, made her more like a god.
When it finally died down, everyone else had been utterly consumed and only ashes remained. Nuria stood reborn, her appearance now that of a Godlike. Disillusioned and unwilling to become a holy object for the remainders of the cult, she spent a few years on her own, sorting out what she had become and would now do. There were many things of the cult's teachings that felt natural to her, despite her new dislike of the faith itself, and she certainly was their 'Living Flame'. But that didn't mean she had to do what the cult wanted or expected. Fire, after all, is never truly tamed.
So rather than gather the cult around her, she began a life as an adventurer. The fast and furious lifestyle of a traveling sword for hire suited her -- there was an entire world to see and indulge in, many foes to conquer and oh so many passions to explore.Personality:
Nuria acts much like the flame she emulates: she burns high and fast, driven by intense passions and hunger for more. Those she touches may find themselves catching flame -- or all too quickly devoured and left a husk. Both metaphorically and literally. Her frantic behaviour is in parts driven by a fear that she can never have anything permanent, for such is not in her own nature and anathema to the flame inside her. As a result of this, she is torn between wanting and not wanting to be around people -- her high passions and fervor are something few can keep up with and her heart was broken almost as often as she broke others in turn. One particular problem with a sustained romance has been and still is that she is very fickle -- she may indeed genuinely adore a lover one night, then wake the next day with her mind already set on different things.
She hates few things more than boredom or waiting -- even losing in battle or being beaten by a foe is preferable. She craves stimulation. Whilst she readily drinks alcohol, she never actually seems to get drunk. In the same manner, food seems to disappear into her -- she never seems sated and always hungers for more. Perhaps it is her Godlike physiology, perhaps it is literally a fire burning inside her that consumes everything she shovels down, but put her next to a giant monstrosity of a man and she will eat and drink long after his stomach burst.
A constant question she asks herself in low moments is how much of her extreme and often contrary behaviour is her own and how much of it really is the divine flame put into her. At other times, she doesn't care and will vehemently argue that there is no difference, no division, only 'Nuria' -- but still, in those cold nights and deep dungeons, sometimes there is that nagging doubt.Morality and Alignment:
Nuria does not subscribe to the notion of good and evil. This has been a problem at times since, when encountering a caravan being robbed by bandits, she is just as likely to help either side depending on which one seems more exciting at the time (barring other mitigating factors). She is in it for the experience and excitement, not to appease any notions of heroics or 'goodness'. Money is nice, recognition and fame is nice, but for her it's really all about the moment. The rush of battle, the thrill of adventure.Appearance:
Nuria the Living Flame stands tall and is blessed with a sculpted compromise between athleticism and a fully feminine figure.
Two features set her apart from regular humans: her ears that are pointed and almost look elfin, which sport two helix piercings and a sharp sickle-shaped bone through each lobe. Her eyes burn a bright yellow. Both sides of her head is shaved, leaving her with a wild mohawk that ends in a long, braided tail. She wears leather armor -- of a sort. It only really covers her arms and shoulders properly, the remaining bits look more like a particularly spiky leather bikini. A collar of the same material prominently sits around her neck.
Race name shamelessly stolen from Pillars of Eternity:The godlike are children of the kith ("civilized" races) who have been blessed with physical aspects associated with the gods (though some do not consider it a blessing). These aspects may take many forms and often come with mystical powers. Aberrant head shapes are typical, and godlike are unable to wear protective headgear as it is near-impossible to find anything that fits. Because of their unusual nature and their inability to reproduce, godlike are often viewed with fear and wonder.
Now, I don't really want to take this as is. More something like:The godlike are mortals who possess or have taken on an aspect of divinity in some shape or form. Some are blessed (or cursed) with the lineage of a god or divine spirit. Some are affected and empowered by their word or will. Some have stepped beyond the realm of mortals and become closer to an existence as a divine spirit.
There are many forms in which the mortal and divine may intermingle, but the Godlike all share a few basic traits:
Their quasi-divine nature manifests in some obvious, visual manner that can easily be identified on sight.
Their lifespan is increased to varying degrees but usually at least twice as long as a regular member of their species. They also retain their youth for most of their lifespan, then fade rapidly.
They possess some manner of supernatural ability related to the sort of divine essence they carry.
For Nuria, I was thinking the 'Salamander' racial ability suggested with the Immolator class would work very well. In Pillars of Eternity the Godlike are effectively the equivalent to D&D Plane-Touched, for some of which they should also work here. I mean, carrying the essence of another realm inside you can easily be associated with something divine.
The Brotherhood of the Living Flame is a minor religion (and, despite the name, not restricted to male practitioners) spread throughout the lands. They venerate the idealized concept of fire in all its roles. As the giver of life, the herald of progress and rebirth and, of course, as a destroyer.
To dedicate your life and soul to fire itself is not an easy thing and even their more open-minded followers often seem very driven and fanatic.
Some more artwork featuring the character used as inspiration for the visual:http://pictures.hentai-foundry.com/l/Lucien/238421/Lucien-238421-Vorgen_and_Neicul.jpg