So with Kirei Kotomine exceptionally
well-represented already among enemies, I thought I'd make Ciel.Character Name:
Joan MorganHero Name:
Calanthe, Third ExorcistBackstory:
Once upon a time, a man set eyes upon a dragon - several stories tall, a physique like a truck, covered in impenetrable scales, breathing fire and casually snatching up cows and crunching down on them the way a human would crunch down on a hard pretzel. Being human with everything that comes with that, his pride swelling up in his chest (or swelling... somewhere else) he said to himself, "someday, I'm going to hit that."
Someday, after chocolates the size of a barn, flowers made of fireproof crystal, and a brief window through time to import some Barry White, he did.
His name has been forgotten to history, but we must never forget the timeless tale of a man and his ambition to fuck something that no one else thought could (or should) possibly be fucked.
This story isn't about him, though, it's about a young woman named Joan Morgan, an ordinary high school student who suddenly lit on fire. The uncontrolled release of dragon-fire left her eyes burned out, her house a charred husk and a very immanent set of torches and pitchforks about to come out. Her parents, not knowing where else to go, took her to their church. This was both the best and the worst thing to do, as to avoid a mob, she was taken to a secret Order and discovered that she had the blood of a dragon. (Technically lots of people did, but very rarely did it manifest into superpowers, especially not ones these intense and hard-to-control.) Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you see it), there was work for her to do.
The revelation of demons as full, physical actors in the world of men sent many religions into what could be best described as "stark theological terror." The Order of the Weeping Rose was part of an effort to harness superhumans to fight them, on the notion that if demons were physical beings they could be fought and killed, and if that was so then the Church's duty to fight the demons that lurk within man was both a lot more straightforward and a lot more literal. Early efforts were... rough, to say the least. Calanthe's training was intense, training mind and body into weapons that would kill that which could not be killed, honing her senses to a razor edge.
Inducted as a full member, she took vows of obedience and poverty. Her third vow under the order wasn't one of chastity - she carried the blood of a terrible monster in her veins, and its manifestation would taint any offspring, so she swore to never bear a child to carry on its legacy. (The Abbess was much more practical than many of her fellows, given what she had to work with, and considered this vow "much more likely to actually work.") It has been her duty and privilege to protect humanity from that which would prey upon it from across the veil. She has slain invaders, redeemed cultists and helps run a soup kitchen in her spare time. She strives to comport with dignity, duty and honor, and sometimes even succeeds. Also, she is the Order's go-to for destroying occult materials, for that which would drive a man mad to look upon has no power over her. (For some
reason, tomes of unspeakable horror and madness never come in braille!) For this she has risen to the rank of Third Exorcist of the Order of the Weeping Rose.General Powers/Abilities:
Though blind, Calanthe can 'feel' corporeal beings by sensing the minute shifts in air currents that they give off when moving or breathing. Her draconic heritage gives her limited magical abilities, most notably the ability to set herself on fire, leap tall buildings in a single bound, and inspire supernatural terror. Her demon-hunter training lets her sense possession and incorporeal beings, and nullify, exorcise, and create wards against evil powers. For everything else, there's
a sword.Character Ons/Offs:
For now, Calanthe is fairly vanilla in her tastes, but the key is quantity
. Draconic power in a human comes with pretty intense appetites, so she needs to blow off a lot
of steam. For obvious reasons, impreg is a huge off.Player Ons/Offs: Mine.Preferred Territory:
Calanthe speaks a number of languages, and as an exorcist for a world-spanning organization she has the means to travel easily to (almost) anywhere in the world. For some reason her jobs keep taking her to Sunnydale and Cleveland, though...Allies: 1 - Bess Seyer, "Alighieri," Second Exorcist of the Order of the Weeping Rose.
More powerful than her junior sister, Bess is also more volatile as she possesses the blood of a demon. A glory-hound of a superheroine with little restraint (except for her vow, which she takes pretty seriously), she's not above showing up to show up someone who isn't hero-ing flashily enough. With a maximum of quippage, absurd toughness and a ridiculous arsenal of weapons that only seems to expand with every mission, she promises to be a nuisance for years to come.2 - Abbess Hortensia of the Order of the Weeping Rose.
Calanthe's boss, a formidable woman torn between the twin roles of playing dispatcher to a group of superhuman demon-hunters, and orphan-mistress to a veritable army of supernatural-blooded children. Some days she wishes she didn't give up drinking. Actually that's most days.3 - The Undertaker.
An absurd lanky little man who takes people's measurements when they're going to die soon (need to get them a proper size coffin), he's nonetheless been invaluable to the Order's work on many occasions as an early-warning system. Mainly because he shows up whenever bad things are about to happen. He never seems to actually be responsible (that they can tell, anyway), and he's a boundless font of information about people who have died recently.Enemies:1 - Slubgob.
Professor of an infernal academy in the 2nd circle, Slubgob has declared vendetta against Calanthe because the wretched demon-hunter keeps destroying his books! Really, as though them being stitched in human skin and containing spells to tear the borders between worlds asunder justified her regressive, draconian, anti-intellectual attitudes! It's enough to make a demon sick!2 - Countess Martuska Piroska.
A vampiress who seems to think a manifested dragon's blood would be the most decadent meal a vampire could enjoy in this wretched excuse for a modern world. Not that she'd drain anybody dry, that would be such a terrible waste! So much better to keep exotic pets in her lair, enslaved to her will, that she can indulge her hungers upon whenever she likes.3 - Paratha, Lady of Fire.
Red dragon and Calanthe's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, who drops in every now and then to pointedly inquire whether or not she's going to ever see any great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great
-grandchildren. A very, very
awkward dinner guest.What Kind Of Story Is The Character the Protagonist of?
Calanthe's story is about fighting and staying strong against supernatural evil - about things that go bump in the night, about things that shouldn't be here, and about things sufficiently divorced from humanity that most people agree they're bad news. It might be light or very dark, but always about what indefatigable spirit resides within humanity, whether it's killing demons or screwing dragons. Put another way, it's about interspecies relations! Sometimes it involves swords. Other times it involves sharp bits of metal.