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Perhaps the most aberrant aspects of Cael's appearance are his eyes. A deep crimson red that, while not necessarily belying his true nature, are a point of discrimination among many. Despite the inevitable existence of magic to hide eyes of this nature, Cael has never attempted to use it.
Vampiric Physiology - Cael has a sharp set of fangs and claws, both retractable. Though not nearly as adept in close-quarters combat with them as a full vampire, they remain one of the prominent weapons in his proverbial toolbox.
Tools of the Trade - As a supernatural hunter, Cael carries a large amount of weapons and tools geared towards destroying supernatural creatures. Swords, daggers, throwing knives, compact crossbow, and perhaps ironically, many tools used for killing vampires - stakes, silver, and otherwise.
Adept Sillage User - Over the centuries, Cael has picked up a few tricks in the magical department. While barred from any types of magic that would inherently damage a semi-supernatural being such as himself, he has nonetheless learned a number of magical styles: namely cold, enchantments, and darker magics.
Vampiric Aspect - As a Dhampir, the child of a immortal vampire and a mortal person, Cael has access to a slew of the supernatural abilities of a vampire. Chief among these being near-immortality, regeneration, and a penchant (not requirement) for blood. While his stature as a "natural Ephermera" give him regenerative abilities far surpassing the artificial variety, he lacks the baseline physical capability improvements of one.
Elven Aspect - Cael's "mortal" stock comes in an elven variety, granting him an even longer lifespan than most other Dhampirs. It has also provided him with a impressive bank of Sillage for magical use. While he has yet to explore this side of his abilities in depth, it presents plenty of room for growth.
Weaknesses - Despite his seemingly blessed heritage, both sides of his ancestry present weakness for him.
On the vampiric side, he suffers mild discomfort in direct sunlight, a weakness to fire, heat, holy, and light magics, a current inability to cast said magics along with healing types, fatal weaknesses to stakes and decapitations, and lastly - incapability to regenerate fully from wounds inflicted by silver weapons.
On his elven side, many of the weaknesses come in the form of personal flaws or cultural norms. As such a long-lived being, he suffers from poor time-management, arrogance, racism and prejudice, and more. On a more physical side, the main weakness is a very poor chance of having offspring - compounded by his nature as a half-vampire, he may as well be considered sterile unless aided magically in that regard.
While well aware of the irony of his being and occupation, Cael still checks many of the stereotypical personality flaws of both elves and vampires.
Born in the closing hours of the year 800, Cael was the son of a elvish woman who hailed from the far north of Sium. By chance, he was conceived on the same night that Sillage was "gifted" to mankind. His mother, a young elvish woman and a peasant, nonetheless had courted a local noble. While it was unknown to her, this man was a vampire - a supernatural entity of some strength. This vampire met it's end soon after Cael's birth however, being felled by citizens gifted with Sillage.
Raised in the then-village of Aurora, Cael had a fairly normal childhood for a northern elf. Like most in the village, he was raised to be a hunter and fisher. While he came to grow fond of hunting, the recent discovery of Sillage led to him being sent away to train in it given his latent ability.
At the age of 14, he arrived in the town of Riparias in the province of Pluviall. A burgeoning center of magical learning at the time, Cael spent the majority of his teenage years there. This is also where his more supernatural side awakened as well. While he had noticed certain oddities earlier in his life such as pain while in the sunlight or discomfort in religious places, he had yet to suffer the thirst for blood that characterized creatures like his father.
Unlike full vampires, Cael had no direct need for blood to survive - merely a craving for it. He sated this curiosity by accident at first, after a lab accident that left a friend dead. Testing his morbid urges on the still fresh corpse, he learned of the nature of his being. After a trip to the library there, he grew assured of his nature as a Dhampir.
To avoid detection from the school authorities, Cael left and began a lifetime-long journey. He spent nearly 50 years wandering Sium - taking odd jobs and indulging the more depraved side of his being. After coming to accept this part of himself, he began to think of a place for himself in the world.
His first major stop along the journey was to join the newborn Crux Fidelis as a loosely-affiliated partner. Briefly trained by some of the founding members of said organization, he found his calling as a hunter of supernatural beings - particularly vampires. Having found a place to ply his trade, far from the ever-growing prying eyes of The Cross and other organizations, he took to this task with fervor.
By 991, Cael had helped first-hand in ending the threat of demons. While ever weary to retain his distance from it, he saw with his own eyes the birth of the Black Sun Cabal, Apocrypha, the Ephemera and the Enforcers, the Deadly Sins and the Four Horsemen.
Now, in the year 1042, he has begun to take a more invested stance on world events. While still unaffiliated from the major factions, he has resolved to begin moving towards a more firm outlook.
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