original dark fantasy
Practice of SeditionIn 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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Race: Human/Raven Demon // Age: 25 // Gender: Male // Orientation: Asexual // Occupation: Commander - Chastity
Crux Fidelis, Commander - Chastity
6 ft / 7'1" (alt. form)
170 lbs / 310 lbs (alt. form)
Hijikata Toushirou / Pyramid Head
-usually has blue eyes
-looks perpetually tired
-no tattoos or major scars (he heals)
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.
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).
Inception - This form no longer happens against Soren's will, but it's still difficult to control. When activated, a large, pyramid-shaped cage forms over Soren's head as he grows taller and more muscular. His clothes are most likely in tatters by this point, but his lower body will be covered by tattered beige cloth.
Soren loses a lot of things in his form, the most noticeable being his mind. Kenosis' indoctrinating power is at full force and 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 power of creation is 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, but Soren's now uncontrollable pressure magic will be released in great bursts every time he attacks, causing rampant destruction. He loses the ability to armor himself in this form, but the strength/speed boost from Blessing is doubled and his already high tolerance for pain is heightened to the point where it seems like he doesn't feel anything at all.
This form will deactivate when he a) uses too much sillage, b) is too injured too continue, or c) the cage is broken off - however, it is difficult to break, being made out of an incredibly hard and dense material. For several weeks afterward, Soren will not be able to activate his Bellicosa.
Due to the massive collateral damage potential this form carries, Soren tries his best to keep it a secret.
Sillage Quantity/Recovery: Perhaps due to his slightly demonic nature, Soren has a lot more sillage than he should. This allows him to fight longer using magic/his Bellicosa. It also regenerates a bit faster than usual.
Pressure Magic: Soren has been able to use this magic since he was young. It allows him to exert force from different directions to knock opponents away or down to the ground. He can also use it on an area to exert pressure on targets, similar to increased gravity.
High Pain Threshold: He can shove superficial pain to the back of his mind to continue fighting when others might succumb. The downside is that he is reckless because of it. Soren has taken hits that could have been otherwise avoided for the sake of getting the jump on an opponent.
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: Soren has 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. If hand-to-hand isn't working for him, things like spears and tridents are his go-to. Soren has little experience with long-range weapons because he has no interest in picking people off at a distance - unless he thinks they aren't worth his time.
Physical Conditioning: Strict daily training has given Soren peak physical abilities. He is strong enough to crack brick with his punches (though he's likely to break his hand if he tries it without armor) and has sharp reflexes.
Fiery Eyes: This is a magic Soren originally learned because he hates having to look for people. It allows him to see through obstacles to find people/other living things. His irises turn red when he uses this magic. If he is looking for a specific person in a crowd, they'll have a red aura around them. However, he must know their face to single them out this way. Since his awakening as a demon, this magic has been strengthened, now allowing Soren to see over greater distances and scout ahead without even moving.
Nevermore: The one combat-oriented ability Soren gained upon turning into a demon. It allows him to cancel out one aspect of an opponent's abilities. For example, if someone uses fire and metal, he can block them from using fire and force them to switch to metal exclusively. This blockage currently only lasts about 10 minutes and can only be used once per day. Requires OOC permission.
Distinctly I Remember: Ravens are known for their intelligence and extensive memory. This trait is starting to make itself known in Soren. Memories buried and forgotten can now be remembered with clarity, leading to an unsettling sentimentality and thoughts of what could've been. Due to this and his bellicosa no longer affecting his personality, he's started thinking for himself little by little.
Positive: adaptable, alert, calm, daring, decisive, disciplined, dutiful, efficient, empathetic, forthright, honest, logical, perceptive, punctual, self-critical
Negative: abrasive, aloof, angry, arrogant, asocial, conformist, critical, cynical, dogmatic, envious, expedient, faithless, fatalistic, hateful, high-handed, insensitive, negative, opportunistic, tactless
-immature in some ways, unnervingly mature in others. For example, he is not good in social situations and might actually be the king of foot-in-mouth. But when it comes to serious situations, he's calm and collected (mostly).
-needs to be entertained or doing something useful 24/7.
-doesn't care about ideals. Soren doesn't have many of his own, either. The world is the way it is, and he thinks that those who try to go against the flow are stupid and need to grow up.
-he's plenty negative. Soren always assumes the worst outcome. That way, he's never disappointed.
-doesn't love specific foods like most people do. Eating is for fuel, not something a sensible person does when they're bored.
-he isn't a sensitive person. Insults aimed at him will most likely be brushed off.
-likes winning/the feeling of being in control of a situation. This is because he was never in control in the past. When he loses, he beats himself up until he gets them back.
-has a bad habit of not finishing the job if he sees his opponent as pathetic. It's his way of insulting them.
-judgmental. He finds lazy/stupid people and their wasted potential sickening. He doesn't care what their reasons are. Useless people should just die and cease their drain on resources, or stay out of the way at the very least.
-respects the law as it gives him his purpose. That doesn't mean he always follows it though. He's fairly hypocritical, in other words.
-Soren refuses to drink alcohol or take drugs. He sees no point in it and doesn't want to be compromised in any way.
-Soren has no respect for Apocrypha, believing their struggle to be futile and childish. He has a somewhat similar opinion of Black Sun cultists, thinking that they are pathetic for being brainwashed and relying on a false prophet (more hypocrisy).
-He's pretty good at reading people (or making assumptions about them based on how they look/act/etc.). However, it doesn't make him sympathetic for them. More than anything, he uses this supposed perceptiveness to take people apart.
-strangely enough, he loves animals - especially cats and frogs.
-Soren doesn't do compassion, like, at all. He will always take the quickest route to getting work done, uncaring of collateral damage or what other people think about his methods. To him, this is efficient.
-he's overconfident and by extension, reckless. He assumes that if his horrible reputation and status as a Commander doesn't serve to deter aggressors, his Bellicosa will.
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 more than as 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, 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 anymore. 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 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 he might have gone off on his own from time to time, 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 recently learned that he's part demon. It's a small part (not even half), but he's still disgusted and enraged by it. His Bellicosa is anti-demon in nature and no longer accepts him, so this "awakening" has caused serious problems with his position in the Cross. Not only that, it's slowly poisoning him to death. Numerous mistakes have made his condition obvious to others and now it's rumoured that he's on his last legs.
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