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Practice of Sedition
In a world built upon a foundation of conflict, the past year has been notably violent. As Crux Fidelis, the Crusaders and ruling faction of Sium, suffer heavy losses from a particularly bloody Aphelion, other factions are emboldened to take action. Despite being allies, Weltschmerz's ambitious and duplicitous nature sees them taking bigger risks which threaten to break their alliance. All the while, Apocrypha continues to gain public sympathy and support while the Black Sun Cabal and Poena Damni continue to wreak havoc. As Sium races towards yet another conflict, it’s evident that a war lurks on the horizon.
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Soren Kincaid
Race: Raven Demon // Age: 30 // Gender: Male // Orientation: Asexual // Occupation: overseer
Poena Damni, Sin of Wrath
appearance
Height
6 ft / 7'1" (alt. form)
Weight
176 lbs / 310 lbs (alt. form)
Face Claim
Hijikata Toushirou / Pyramid Head (alt. form)
Appearance Extras
-left arm is black-skinned, clawed, and hard enough to deflect all manners of attacks. It's a perpetual form of the "armour" ability his former bellicosa granted him.

-eyes used to be blue but turned red upon becoming the sin of Wrath

-looks perpetually tired
weapons
Some time after being turned into a sin, Soren lost his bellicosa. Keeping it in the profile for past thread purposes.

Bellicosa - Kenosis:

Unlike your typical Bellicosa, Kenosis doesn't exist as a physical weapon. When Soren received his cross, it melted into a silver liquid which was then injected into his bloodstream. Now his weapon is inside of him, making it very hard to take away. It's easy to activate and hard to read, but the risk of overuse is that much greater.

This weapon is loosely based on the concept it was named after. The user empties their own desires, becoming receptive to divine will and power. They become like a weapon of God themselves in exchange for a few worldly traits. Already having been bred into a relatively cold and detached person beforehand, Soren's personality changed little after Kenosis was injected. However, he has become noticeably more focused and keen on fighting since then.

Kenosis' Abilities:

Creation - Kenosis' main ability is to create things out of a dark grey, metal-like material. Soren can make them from nothing, but that takes more sillage. He can also convert inorganic matter to this material to make things, which is less tiring, but tends to be destructive to the area he is fighting in. For little energy, he can use his blood - but for obvious reasons, that is a last resort. However, the constructs that use his blood are by far the strongest and impossible to break. They also have more of a crystalline appearance.

Armour - Soren makes his skin hard as steel to block attacks. It also keeps him from bleeding by covering open wounds while it's active. The armour causes whatever he covered to turn grey/black temporarily. The darker the colour, the stronger the armour. If it's black, chances are nothing will get through it.

Sacrifice - Because of his blood being laced with bellicosa material, it's poisonous to demons, sins, anathema, and generally anything unholy. It'll melt skin with prolonged contact contact and if it reaches the bloodstream, it's toxic enough to kill branches/most demons and heavily slow more powerful entities. Soren is part-demon, but Kenosis protects him from these effects as long as it's activated. Because of this, Soren can't go too long without fighting or he will also be poisoned.

Blessing - When Kenosis is activated, Soren becomes a great deal stronger and faster. He can perform supernatural feats such as lift a car, jump dozens of feet in the air, and run up a wall without falling.

Regeneration - While it isn't enough to benefit Soren in a combat situation, he heals at a faster pace than a regular human due to his Bellicosa being inside of him. He can regenerate any non-fatal injury over time (i.e. if he were to lose an arm, Soren would grow it back, eventually. However, it is not instantaneous).
abilities
Nevermore: Soren can stop the "time" of living things. It lasts 10 seconds at the most and he can only do it to those in sight. This means that he can stop the time of multiple people at once by using demon eyes. Anyone effected will be frozen in place for anywhere from one to ten seconds while Soren is free to do what he wishes. Needs OOC permission.

Demon Eyes: allows him to see in detail over great distances (roughly a kilometer away). The obvious kicker is that if he's looking far ahead, he can't tell what's going on close by.

Destruction: Mirroring his former bellicosa's ability to create, Soren is now capable of destroying anything he comes into physical contact with, ripping it apart on a subatomic level (at maximum). When he's enraged, whatever he touches with the intent to destroy will lose its form instantly, disappearing. If his temper is more stable, it's survivable, still ripping opponents apart but escapable if they move quickly.

An extension of this ability, Soren can warp the air in specific areas, causing fiery explosions. Nothing nuclear, but they can still get to the level where city blocks will be wiped out. The range of these explosions are as far as he can see. While he can cause explosions via mental command, he do can do precision casting using his hands. With the use of his demon eyes, he can attack from great distances. This ability does not work on other sins, and of course, requires OOC permission for atomization.

Silverblood: A remnant of the bellicosa he hosted for a decade, Soren's blood has silver-coloured pin-points mixed in, giving it a "sparkly" appearance. What this signifies is that his blood is highly poisonous to other demons. If his blood gets on a demon, sin, or other unholy creature, it'll start burning them like acid. If it reaches their bloodstream, it'll typically kill them within minutes, causing bleeding from all orifices, blockage and darkening of veins, and in extreme causes, ripping apart their bodies from the inside out as silver spikes start to form from their blood.

In addition, Soren can make anti-demon weapons from his own blood. It's a risky venture, so it's used as more of a last resort.

Demonic Body: Being personally strengthened by Pride and made into a full-blooded demon, Soren's physical traits heightened substantially. Able to lift an obscene amount of weight, shatter steel, and move frighteningly quickly, he's unarguably superior to humans. Most blatant is his reaction time, which was already above average before he was turned. Sometimes it seems like he's predicting movements before they've even been made. It can act as a double-edged sword, however, as Soren's body moves faster than his mind. Someone greatly skilled in combat might be able to extort that.

Hellstorm: a distinct magical pressure surrounds Soren when angered, extending to forty feet around him. Not only does it make the air "heavy" -causing movement/breathing problems, it transfers his emotions (typically anger). The angrier he gets, the angrier his opponents will get (though not to the same extent). More often than not, this'll cause them to make mistakes. All these effects are relative to Soren's wrath. It can feel like a slight downward pressure or it can feel like a waterfall crashing down on one's head.

Through continued exposure, the area of affect is corrupted by the pressure. Reality starts to bend and the surroundings look more like Alptraum. Using his superiority as a sin, Soren can then throw at his opponents the illusions of Alptraum and drag them down into the realm itself if he so chooses. Once he's left Sium, the area that was corrupted goes back to normal aside from physical damages etc.

Undying: Regenerates in Alptraum upon death. Can only be permanently killed by Pride.

Empowerment: The negative emotions of others, particularly those that represent Soren or his branches (anger, hatred, spite, regret, the desire to take vengeance, impatience, and even self-loathing) give Soren energy which allows him to fight for longer and ignore injuries.

Hand-to-Hand Combat: Soren is well-versed in hand-to-hand. He doesn't follow a strict style, but has used brutal and unexpected tactics. More than anything, he follows his instincts.

Weapon Experience: During his time in the Cross, Soren trained with many melee weapons, so he could hold his own if forced to use something like a sword, baton, etc. The weapon type he is most used to, however, is the polearm. Soren has little experience with long-range weapons.

Servitude Spell: Soren is able to take advantage of the the enchantment Pride placed on each of the four horsemen. He can easily track them no matter where they go, and if necessary, he can subdue them just by thinking about it. When enacted, this spell causes debilitating full-body pain and renders the horseman immobile.

Dies Irae: When Soren's rage reaches its absolute peak, he loses control of himself and his appearance changes to mirror the physical embodiment of Wrath. For him, personally, it appears as a tall, overly muscular, and scarred man who's head is trapped within a pyramid-shaped cage. In truth, it's the form his bellicosa would've taken were it sentient. His bellicosa's indoctrinating power can be linked to most if not all of Soren's misfortune, and so it can be argued as the main reason he became Wrath in the first place. And that is why, when he's so angry he can't even think, Soren takes its form.

Soren loses a lot of things in his form, the most noticeable being his mind. It's difficult to think about anything other than fighting and killing the enemy. He can barely form coherent thoughts or sentences, nor can he be reasoned with unless he really tries to break through. His vast array of abilities are replaced by an unrefined, cleaver-shaped greatsword that's roughly as long as he is tall. It has no power of its own other than being indestructible. Upon first glance, it seems like purely visual intimidation, but this is not the case. When transformed, Soren becomes unimaginably strong, capable of shifting the landscape with his bare hands. In addition, his already high tolerance for pain is heightened to the point where it seems like he doesn't feel anything at all.
personality/fun facts
-on the surface, Soren comes across as dismissive, cold, and indifferent. He nearly always wears a sour expression and tends to keep others at arm's length. Basically, he makes a conscious effort at being unapproachable. He's used to facing death constantly and doesn't trust mortals to be able to survive alongside him. Needless to say, he makes little effort to get close to others. Even something as simple as friendship can be a one-sided affair for the first while.

He's a little more laid-back around certain sins and horsemen. He's come to realize that most of them are similar to him, at least in terms of their obligation to Lucifer. When it comes to the horsemen, however, he doesn't tolerate any bullshit. If they mess up, it looks bad on him and potentially interferes with his goal. He doesn't hesitate to use the Servitude spell - or in serious cases, his own powers - when things get out of hand. He demands absolute compliance in much the same way Pride does. He has yet to realize the similarity.

-Soren's become notably more deceitful during the past five years. He realized that he had two choices: stagnate in self-pity, or strike back. He eventually came to choose the latter and worked hard to gain the trust of his peers - especially Pride. While he's not yet sure what the next step is, he knows he has eternity to figure it out. For the first time in his life, he has a goal. As long as he has that, he can keep going. No matter how long it takes.

Just because he harbours thoughts of treason toward Pride doesn't mean Soren is a good person or above the other sins in any way. He commits atrocities just like the rest of them. In his mind, he rationalizes it all as action taken for the greater good - taking on the burden of the villain in order to eventually vanquish the world's greatest threat. But that's not entirely true. He's still spiteful and angry at the world, and it's shown on multiple occasions. He's sadistic, bloodthirsty, and often loses himself in violence.

-as the embodiment of Wrath, Soren is naturally quick to anger. While he makes an effort to reign himself in when needed, he isn't always successful. Petty things aren't likely to set him off, but like anyone else, he has his pet peeves. On top of that, he is liable to get caught up in other people's wrathful emotions due to sin-oriented empathy.

-even five years later, Soren isn't well-versed in the art of conversation - at least, when it comes to small talk. His responses will often be short and to the point. He speaks his mind without thinking it over beforehand and has a penchant for upsetting people by expressing options that seem to target them. Most of the time, he isn't even aware that there's cause for offense until it's too late. On top of that, he rarely cares. People - especially his fellow sins - need to develop thick skin if they wish to survive. He's very critical - and borderline judgmental - of himself and others.

While he makes himself out to be closed off to different ways of thinking, Soren is reasonable and able to accept when someone has a point he didn't consider before. He's inquisitive in that regard, and despite his usual social ineptitude, is sometimes capable of having thought-provoking conversations.

-while he suffers in social settings, Soren seems to have a mind for combat. He adapts to perilous situations and takes note of any notable enemy movements/perceived weaknesses with relative ease. He has absolutely no problem exploiting any and all mistakes. There's no such thing as fair in a fight. He isn't prone to panicking even in the most harrowing ordeals. If anything, he'll just get angry/frustrated when things don't go his way.

-he's a lot more naive than he looks when it comes to certain topics like sex, romance, drugs, etc. He was sheltered during his time in the Cross and even now, worldly matters have yet to pique his interest. A certain person did a few years ago though, so it's possible he simply blocks certain emotions out entirely. Many would say Soren simply doesn't know how to have fun.

-Soren's past prejudice toward demons, apocrypha, cultists, etc. has vanished for the most part. Five years ago, he realized that he was jealous of them and their free will. Now, he merely sees them as potential obstacles to be cleared out when necessary. It's no longer personal, at the very least.

-due in part to his insufferable dealings with Pride, Soren absolutely loathes the cocky/holier-than-thou types. He can't resist trying to tear them down.
backstory
Born with an unusually high quantity of sillage, Soren didn't have much of a childhood. He lived in Apri City with his mother until he was handed over to Crux Fidelis at age seven because of repeated disturbances caused by his innate pressure magic. At the time, he was unable to control it and any spikes in emotion would create blasts of force that more often than not, caused property damage and/or hurt someone.

After Soren was given to the Cross, he grew up in the Crux Fidelis headquarters in Caersewiella. Much of his time was taken up by physical training, but his mentors also taught him to control his magic. Most of the people involved with his guidance were cold and harsh, and he was raised as a weapon rather than a person.

Soren was rebellious at first. He tried to escape Caersewiella many times but never got far. Though he was bitter and jealous of how most people didn't have to do what he did, he eventually gave up and accepted what his life had become. To him the fact that he couldn't change it meant it was fate.

His advancement went smoothly after that as he poured his anger and indignation into his training. He received his Bellicosa when he was 14. He was confused when the cross melted into a silver liquid rather than forming a weapon, fearing that he was incompatible. Seconds later however, it shot into the veins of his right arm and spread throughout his body. Soren was sick for weeks afterward as the liquefied holy weapon tested his body and mind - it obviously didn't like the idea of inhabiting someone so young. Luckily, it eventually chose to accept him. After many accidents where he activated the weapon without knowing -frustratingly similar to his earlier predicament with his innate magic, he finally figured out the trick behind it and became an asset to the Cross.

When he first started going out on actual missions, Soren had what seemed like unlimited bad luck. Terrible things happened to him and those around him due to things like idealism, hesitation, and unfortunate circumstances in general. He developed an exceedingly negative attitude and attempted to distance himself from everyone so that he wouldn't have to lose anything else. If he didn't care about anything, he couldn't be hurt. He convinced himself that emotions and connections to other people would only drag him down. Over time, Soren became more and more detached. He loved fighting, hurting others, and even being hurt, but had little interest in anything else.

Being that Soren was somewhat of a bitter and ill-mannered person, the higher ups found it hard to place him into a virtue position when the time came, but they soon found he fit the vacant role of Chastity due to his lack of interest in other people and other worldly things. It also helped that his most prevalent mentor, Elysia Mirharai, was the previous Chastity and recommended (re: forced) him into the spot. It was when Soren was 21 that he assumed the position. Many disagreed with making someone so young a Commander, but his worth as a weapon by that point was undeniable, and while his personality was less than saintly, he was obedient to a fault.

By that point, Soren was more than strong enough to leave the Cross on his own, but he had no wish to. Fighting and serving Crux Fidelis had become his normal. Even knowing that he could at least see his family did nothing for him - they had thrown him away, and honestly, he didn't care about that chapter of his life anymore.

Soren had never been known for his good luck. After throwing himself headlong into the busy life of a commander, he met all sorts of people. Slowly, his spoonfed views were beginning the change. He once again began to warm up - and as he'd always predicted, it led to weakness. He started to want something more. The seed of anger budded, and during the battle of Venesa, he was beaten and turned by Pride. Soren became the sin of Wrath and seeing red, immediately attacked his former allies, solidifying his unwilling betrayal.

Surprisingly, he was left to his own devices after Venesa. Hating his position and wishing for an end, he stayed in Alptraum for the most part. Eventually, Pride tired of his lingering and pulled some strings. She led him to Elysia - and encounter that ended in tragedy as Soren underestimated his newfound strength and ended up killing her. As if that wasn't bad enough, Pride gave Soren an "absolute order" to kill the former horseman of war, Nekros. It was clear that Lucifer knew how they were connected. Soren was unable to resist complying, and after that, he turned into a depressed, self-loathing mess.

current:

Five years later, it seems as though Soren has embraced his role just as he did years after he was forced to join the Cross. It's clear that his destiny is to always be under someone else's control. That never changed and it never will. And so, he's become known as the sin who lives in Pride's shadow and follows her orders without question. He acts as a disciplinarian within the ranks of Poena Damni and beyond that, directly oversees the four horsemen. Perhaps due in part to the liberties he is able to take, Soren has become feared and respected. However, he takes no satisfaction in it. He doesn't seem to take satisfaction in anything. Like usual, he seems to have no passion and has resigned himself to his predetermined role.

In reality, it's not so simple. Few realize that Soren's bellicosa is most of what made him so compliant during his days in Crux Fidelis. Without it, he's free to have his own thoughts and feelings. Taking a page from Elysia's final lesson, he eventually plans to act on them. It's the only reason he's worked so hard to gain Pride's trust rather than baiting her into killing him. Although he's not yet sure how to go about it, he's never lost sight of taking vengeance. He has yet to cut anyone in, knowing that the risks are tremendous. For now, he struggles to be patient and performs his duties to a T. The ends justify the means. This belief (along with the fact that he is still, at his core, a sin) allows him to play the villain.
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