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 yet another war lurks on the horizon.
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Race: Homunculus // Age: 28 // Gender: Male // Orientation: Complicated // Occupation: Valor - Xipilkha
Crux Fidelis, valor - xipilkha
Merlin (Caster) from Type Moon
Usually unnoticeable, Hal has a long scar running down his back, a reminder of his unfortunate encounter from long ago. Hal wears his trademark Cloak of Identity that helps him hide his identity when his hood is up.
Bellicosa - Stargazer Lily - When not in use, this Bellicosa takes on the form of a lily headpiece that Hal tucks behind his...hair? Ears? It's pretty vague honestly, but it basically takes the form of a nice af headpiece. The headpiece form also passively grants a mind reading block, preventing others from reading what's on his mind.
Upon activation, the lily headpiece glows a soft pink and transforms into a charcoal colored claymore decorated with 7
lavender runes. Each rune lasts one fight, and when called upon, enhances his blade with fire.
If all 7 runes are used up in subsequent fights, Hal begins taking burn damage until the runes recharge. Hal can recharge the runes on his sword via meditation.
Panacea Staff - Hal's signature staff that he used to fight off his homunculi brethren. This staff is able to heal most wounds that aren't beyond repair. It cannot fix sight or disabilities. It doubles as an ordinary bat when not in use. Well, a spiky bat at least. Have you seen those curves?
Enhanced Regeneration - As a homunculus, Hal's wound recovery is 5x faster than a normal human's. It doesn't mean he's invincible though, it just means he recovers from ailments faster. He can still die if the wound is mortal.
Charismatic Aura - Hal's soothing voice melts people's hearts (not literally) like butter. In addition, his very presence allows many to feel at peace. Fights tend to break out less when he's around.
Prismabarrier - Using the sillage around him, Hal can construct a temporary barrier on one person. The barrier is fairly strong, taking many hits to break. This uses up a lot of his energy and he tends to fall asleep shortly after casting it, which is why he often goes to sleep by using this.
Runespell - Trained for only a few years in rune usage, Hal hasn't quite gotten the hang of using them but by invoking a runestone, Hal can summon a temporary copy of himself, which explodes into several carnation petals when destroyed, or he can summon a small familiar. He hasn't gotten the second part down and usually whatever familiar he summons doesn't really pay heed to his commands.
The Servant of Flowers is always carrying a smile of sorts, so it's often hard to tell what he's thinking sometimes. One thing is for certain, however, that the smile he carries is of warmth and compassion for everyone around him. He works hard to please everyone, but knows some sacrifices would be necessary. What he fears most is forgetting himself one day and reverting to what he once was.
"Once the one you love no longer stands at your side, it becomes hard to love anyone else."
While Halcyone wasn't technically classified as an Ephemera, he was born as a homunculus of sorts, bred to be a "perfect robot human" if you would. In a secret pocket of Sium, Hal followed each and every one of his creator's commands. He was told to forget about compassion, warmth, and love, while only told to express loyalty to a pitiful man.
One day, the young man met a beautiful girl of nobility. He was instructed to serve as the girl's servant, nothing more and nothing less. As he served, the girl began to ask him questions of what he truly wanted to be. She wasn't much older than he was, yet stressed the importance of learning to love. A master florist, the girl taught Hal the different types of flowers and meanings they hold. The two grew close together and Hal learned to show compassion. This upset his creator greatly, and he tried to break the two apart. Threatening to kill his creator unless he backed off, Hal took great care in serving and loving his young mistress.
The happiness wouldn't last, however, as the ambitious creator created more homunculi. He declared his first a failure, and ordered the newer ones to kill the young mistress in hopes of bringing Hal back. As the homunculus army approached the estate where the young lady lived, Hal prepared for the incoming battle with a staff. He managed to ward off the homunculi, jabbing them enough for them to stagger back. But all it took was one peek through the window.
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw his creator, throwing a dagger towards the girl's direction. In an attempt to intercept the dagger, Hal tripped on a patch of roses, screaming in futility as the dagger plunged through her heart.
For the first time, he cried. The homunculus cried at his uselessness and cursed his luck. In blinded hatred and anger, he took the thrown dagger and backstabbed his own creator, causing the homunculus army to scatter. Convinced that he could no longer find love in the world, Hal set off on a journey throughout Sium, and eventually finding himself amidst a war.
One chilly night in Seracier, he met an old man who had invited Hal to sit with him at the fireplace. The old man had noticed the pained look in his eyes and advised him to prepare his resolve. The old man taught Hal all of humanity's value. Reassured by the old man's words, Hal thanked him and began to move forward from his loss. He went from town to town, educating young children and adults alike the meaning of the flowers and the joy of love. It was there that he was conscripted by the Crux Fidelis. He humbly accepted his duty and fate, and thus, the rest is history.
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