Lady Helena MachenRace:
Lady Helena is the very picture of deadly elegance, less a person and more a painting or a statue given life. Looking at her, one could scarcely call such a woman a thing of flesh and blood. Ivory skin free of blemishes, raven hair that remains calm and tamed even in the most blusterous winds, and sharp blue eyes that pierce the very air itself with their intensity. Her garb is that of a noble warrior, polished metal and silken cloth dyed with muted colours. Her clothing seems as much an extension of her own body as her arms and legs, lovingly crafted into functional works of art. In battle she wields only a massive rapier, though it is rare that it ever clashes with another sword.Equipment:
Besides her rapier and the clothing on her back, Lady Helena carries nothing upon her shoulders.History:
The Sines-Tora are often considered a myth within the most densely populated areas of the world, and are mentioned only as a warning to those that would seek to use magic arrogantly. According to legend, the Sines-Tora were once an enclave of mages hidden far to the East, burrowed deep within untouched mountains to escape the restrictions that their respective kingdoms sought to lay upon them. Fearing persecution or death, those magic users that sought to study forbidden knowledge gathered together to share their power and tap into energies that each alone could never reach. After countless generations it is said that they learned to wield the powers of the Gods themselves, and from that point forward used their magic to create offspring in their own image. Outraged by what they saw as an attempt to usurp their dominance, the Gods cursed these newborn children and wrenched the souls from their bodies. But in their arrogance the mages refused to back down, instead filling these soulless husks with their own boundless magical forces.
So it went that the mages gave their lives to these perfect children, who would go on to make children of their own without the influence or blessings of the Gods. Though soulless, each possessed limitless magical potential and their own unique ability. Though they cannot die from the passage of time, a violent death would result in their total destruction. Without a spirit a dead Sines-Tora ceases to exist, its magic dispersing back into the world.
Lady Helena, like many newer generations of Sines-Tora, has spent most of her early life abroad instead of sequestering herself away with the Elders of her people. She is constantly seeking new knowledge to absorb and memorize, hoping to find a way to gain the soul that the Gods denied her. Among certain circles she is known as a professional Raider of Tombs, and a damn good one at that. To others she is a fierce and unyielding hunter of magical beasts and demons. Still more know her only as a rather extravagant looking book worm, holing herself up in moldering old libraries and pouring over tomes laden with centuries of dust. Her true nature is not something she advertises, and most simply take her for royalty or perhaps a human with traces of elven blood rushing through her veins. She avoids the religious and those that are spiritually attuned, hating to be seen as nothing more than an abomination or a hollow shell with a pretty face.Personality:
When Helena sets her sights upon a goal, neither the Gods above nor the Devils below could bring to bear enough might to keep her from it. Fiercely independent and intelligent, it is rare for her to ask for the help of others or to travel in groups. Though diplomacy is always a preferable alternative to violence, she shows absolutely no hesitation when it comes to butchering anyone or anything that stands in her way. She tends to come across as exceedingly cold or emotionless when in social situations, which makes it all the more surprising to witness her moments of seething rage. She is at her happiest when underground and exploring the forgotten places of the world, and is known to smile broadly at the sight of an old bookcase. Powers:Magic Siphon:
Due to the nature of her body, Helena is able to feed upon other sources of magic for sustenance. She states that her preferred food is will 'o the wisp, though magically attuned crystals will also suffice. Opponents that utilize magic or who are inherently magical, such as demons, angels, spirits and the like, can be drained in a similar manner, though it requires continuous physical contact.Golem Crafting:
Each Sines-Tora possesses a magical ability that is entirely unique to them, and cannot be passed down through the generations. In Helena's case, she wields the ability to grant Life to the Lifeless. By piercing her rune-encrusted rapier into an inanimate object and focusing, nearly any material can be restructured in seconds to create a massive humanoid guardian ready to obey her every command. These constructs are an extension of her will, and will single-mindedly act to protect her from harm until they are completely and utterly obliterated. Helena is able to control three such golems and still be capable of movement. Any more than three and she must remain perfectly still in order to keep her concentration perfectly in sync between each of the bodies. At six the structural integrity of each golem begins to become unstable. Seven appears to be her absolute limit, though by that point they can scarcely be called more than animated piles of junk. During her travels she keeps one Golem active constantly, which she has named Bartholomew
. This golem is the first one she ever created, and is made out of petrified wood. As its bindings are nigh-indestructible, it can be remade time and time again upon destruction.