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Veloce Visrin from Carciphona
-always smells faintly of cedar smoke
The bellicosa's default form is that of a plain white choker (not unlike a roman/clerical collar). A silver cross dangles about an inch down on a similarly-coloured chain.
A passive effect of Brynhildr's sealed state is that it constantly upholds the purification done by Melchior. As long as Aspen wears her bellicosa, she will not revert to a sin. External corruption cannot expedite the process, either.
When activated, a white, feathery hooded cloak manifests starting at the collar. The cloak can grow in any way Aspen wishes, completely covering her or jutting out into sudden spikes to impale enemies. With a mental command, the user can harden the cloak and effectively turn it into full-body armor/ a weapon depending on the application. She cannot separate the cloak into different pieces; it always has to remain in one piece.
Asgeirr: a great spear that Aspen, as a Valkyrie, can summon at will. It boasts extra penetrating power, able to plow through tempered armour with ease. It's mostly decoration, however, as she doesn't excel when it comes to using weapons of any sort. She has physical strength, but no technique to back it up.
Death Sense: Aspen can sense when someone is close to death, and in certain situations, she can even tell how it's going to come to them.
Wings: Aspen can grow grey, feathered wings from her back. They are tattered and unkempt - sometimes with bone poking out from the tips. She can fly freely with them, but it hurts to do so.
Intangibility: she can make herself invisible, undetectable, and intangible for short periods of time. While invisible, she cannot harm or be harmed. She cannot interact with the physical realm in any way nor can physical objects (including magic) interact with her. Basically, it's like she's in a different dimension.
Death Magic: Aspen can curse people to death to make her choices come to fruition. It's akin to probability manipulation in that it heightens the chance of fatal happenings. Large-scale manipulation requires OOC consent.
Immortality: she doesn't age and is immune to earthly diseases.
Enhanced Condition: inhuman as she is, Aspen is considerably stronger and faster than the average person, able to rip trees out of the ground with her bare hands.
-her name comes from the yellow colouring of aspen leaves, which matches the colour of the lightning that brought about her conception.
-due to her sheltered childhood, she's somewhat emotionally stunted and can't handle certain things like criticism, defiance, new opinions that she doesn't exactly disagree with (but feels she must fight so that she doesn't let the other person "win"), etc. She's twenty-one, but liable to act like a teenager at times.
-prefers not to beat around the bush and will call bullshit as she sees it.
-due in part to her former power over death and conditional immortality, Aspen once developed a bit of a God complex. As a sin, she saw herself as very important, unbeatable, and generally better than most people. Since being purified and inducted into the Cross, she struggles to repress this side of herself. Still, she finds it hard not to judge people harshly upon the slightest of screwups - she's extremely impatient. She's also become more aware of her own shortcomings and past sins, leading to sudden spurts of self-loathing.
-she loves nature and often travels to remote, untamed areas to get away from everything. In that world of trees and solitude, mystery lies in every shadow and her eyes become bright again. This is where Aspen will be the most approachable.
-she has a lot of major pet peeves and when people prod them without guilt or knowledge, there's a good chance she'll get snappish and belligerent. In an attempt to keep herself from reacting physically, she engages in a lot of shit talk, complaining to her friends about menial matters regularly.
-despite Aspen's typically composed/laid-back demeanour, she caused a lot of destruction and heartache while she was a Branch sin. Never had she felt guilty about her "crimes". Aspen firmly believed that her cullings were to benefit the world by cutting off dead-weight/ridding it of unseemly people. Upon being purified and gaining a bellicosa to maintain the seal, she's become extremely conscious of her actions. She has nightmares about her past and the monster she used to be. She doesn't often speak of it or show it in any way, but Aspen is in an extremely repentant state. If confronted for her past crimes, she would just take the punishment. She feels that after two years of unfairly judging people, it's her turn to face retribution. Nothing she does as a hallowed can possibly make up for everything.
-despite everything, Aspen misses her old family, the sins. They gave her purpose instead of letting her die, and she betrayed them in what she sees as a vain attempt to become a better person. She's actively waiting for the day Lucifer finds and kills her. She's convinced herself that when this happens, she'll accept Pride's judgment. That it's fate.
-she's ever-paranoid of her new comrades in the Cross, knowing that someday, despite Valentine's efforts, someone will recognize her as a sin and everything will fall apart. She still cannot forget the hate she once felt for Crux Fidelis, either. She's naturally wary of anyone wearing white - even herself. she doesn't know if she's doing the right thing, but the only option left to her is to forge ahead on the path she chose for herself.
-very protective of those she cares about. She'll do anything - break any rule - to ensure her loved ones are safe and happy. Her own happiness doesn't seem to fit into the equation. Aspen is all about other people. For understandable reasons, she doesn't want to focus on herself.
-acts fairly confident when it comes to combat, but actually has little technical knowledge of the art. She's used to relying on the convenient powers and immortality she had as the sin of judgment.
-Aspen is a dreamer. She has unrealistic expectations of the world, herself, and others. She believes in higher powers and fate, though she doesn't practice any strict religion. She likes to think that things will always work out in the end. That she's alive and here for a reason. Needless to say, when she's let down, she takes it hard.
-independent and liable to go off on her own, acting recklessly. Aspen wants to prove herself and make up for past mistakes. It's also notable that she hasn't gotten used to the idea of being mortal. It's easy for her to rationalize dangerous situations until they go awry.
-morals are still quite skewed. She's still learning the intricacies of the law and sometimes, when she finds a particular rule "stupid", she defiantly ignores it. Again, she's used to her time as a sin where she basically made the laws herself (in her own head).
-she's an escapist. Aspen often tries to distract herself with anything she can and keep busy. When put on the spot, she'll try to divert the situation or straight up run away.
-naturally suspicious of people now that she can no longer detect guilt.
cw - suicide
Aspen's mother, Aela, was part of Crux Fidelis. Despite being a woman with average sillage, she was hailed as a brave and noble warrior. Her skill with the blade was matched only by her tenacity. On one particular occasion, Aela was cornered by demons after her comrades were killed in front of her. She screamed with fury as she was struck a killing blow. Stabbed through the heart, she had mere seconds left to live. Aela could do nothing but stare up at the sky framed by wide yellow leaves as her vision slowly faded into blackness.
To this day, she doesn't know what caused it. Some intangible spirit, a fairy, or maybe even a god - something was captivated by the courage burning brightly in her eyes and called lightning down from the sky to match it, violently striking the dying maiden. The flash was blinding and slow to fade. Fearing such powerful interference, the demons fled.
Completely healed, Aela woke in her bed. Although she herself was still mortal and a virgin, she would soon bear an immortal daughter named Aspen. She never questioned the strange circumstances of her daughter's birth, knowing that she was a gift from God. She adored Aspen - a little too much as she would later find.
Aela took leave from the Cross to raise her daughter in a remote location. Her time as a Hallowed warrior had taught her the dangers of the world and the corruption of its people. She wouldn't allow Aspen to be exposed to it. She was never allowed to go out alone or make friends. She had her mother, her tutor, and an abundance of books. That was all she needed, right? Whether the fantasies portrayed in these books were good or bad influences is subjective. There were stories with heroes that went on adventures and amassed large circles of loyal friends. Everything always worked out in the end, for them. Eventually, this led to Aspen having high expectations for the world. Things would get better for her someday. She would go outside, have friends, and go on epic adventures. Her life would be given purpose.
Fearing that she was losing her grasp on her daughter, Aela cut the books off, switching fiction out for more educational material. It only took a week for Aspen to run away after that. She eventually found herself in Aryoch, loving the antiquated look of the town. Her first few years there weren't as exciting as she would have hoped. Despite her lack of physical activity for most of her life, Aspen was uncannily strong, so she eventually found physical labour and was able to pay for food and board. But that was it. She just worked and existed. There was no sense of satisfaction in anything she did. She didn't have any friends. She didn't love anyone and no one loved her.
Aspen became more and more lonely, so when she managed to become friends with a girl named Damia, she latched on. Damia became the centre of her universe - the only person she could talk to about anything. No matter how she was feeling, she always broke into a smile when she saw her. She couldn't control it. Aspen soon realized that she was in love with this girl, and she couldn't control that, either. She knew that her feelings were one-sided. It slowly became apparent that Damia only wanted attention no one else would grant her. Aspen gladly gave it to her. Even as the lies and warning signs became more and more apparent, she ignored it because she could only be happy around Damia.
When the final betrayal came and Aspen was finally forced to accept it, she lost everything. Her sense of wonder, her childlike innocence, her yearning, even her will to live...it was all gone. It was all pointless, she realized. She didn't want to exist in a world where people did such terrible things without remorse. Aspen entered a blank, zombie-like state and stayed in it for a few months.
At the end of the trance, there was a clarity which proved to be deadly. Aspen thought it over and decided that she was done. She was going to kill herself. She happened to be taking a nice walk at the time and came across a cliff that overlooked the ocean. The bloodred sunset and the sound of the waves lapping at the shore instilled an eerie sense of calm. Yes, this was what she wanted. She wouldn't be bound by this tainted earth any longer. It would never meet her expectations, so there was no point in waiting. She knew that now.
When Aspen hit the water, there was no pain, but she knew she hadn't died, either. For a brief second, rage overtook her. But something was wrong. Even though there was air in her lungs, she sunk rapidly. The fiery sunset disappeared, replaced by an opaque darkness. Dull, red light started to filter through, and suddenly Aspen could breathe again. Before she could piece everything together, she had entered a world of dreams and was kneeling before a radiant, golden-haired woman. All she knew at the time was that she was immediately captivated. It was Lucifer, who upon sensing the girl's hatred and potential, had reached through the veil to drag her into Alptraum and use her. It couldn't hurt to have a valkyrie on her side.
Lucifer asked Aspen why she thought she needed to leave the world. No, she needed to think bigger. She was the one who had been let down, after all. The unapologetically bad people were the ones who needed to leave. As a valkyrie, she could play Sium's judge and help create an ideal world. Even had the idea been unappealing to Aspen, she would've been unable to say no. For some reason, she felt the need to make this woman proud. It was like Damia all over again, and just like back then, she didn't care if she was being used.
Lucifer spent some time telling Aspen about what she was. She'd had death premonitions come true before, but assumed it was just paranoia/coincidence. Now everything made sense, and better yet, someone was being honest with her.
Aspen's newfound powers and her time in Alptraum twisted her further. Her personality changed for the better in some ways, but mostly for the worst. She became more confident in herself at the cost of her former kindness. More than anything, she became closed off and hateful, believing that no one could possibly meet her expectations. She has no faith in humans and thinks they're a waste of time for the most part.
For now, Aspen's only goal is whatever Lucifer wants. Sow chaos. Create an imbalance. So she drifts from place to place, doing whatever she pleases. She is just in that she usually requires a reason to act out. Unfortunately, she's very particular about what's right and what's wrong and easy to piss off. So she's already made a bit of a name for herself. But this time, she is truly happy - or at the very least, she thinks she is. She's part of something big now. She's important. Just like in the stories.
UPDATE: On one of Aspen's usual rampages, she met a woman named Valentine. They fought at first. It was a typical sin vs. Cross ordeal until Valentine used her powers to peer into Aspen's mind, causing her to want to help the sin. Aspen was reluctant, but eventually relented in the hopes she could change for the better. They worked out a deal where Aspen could join Crux Fidelis after being purified by Melchior and turning back into a regular valkyrie. To maintain that status, she was given a bellicosa which constantly filters out the curse of Orpheus and prevents her from reverting as long as it's on her person. In response to Cross members potentially recognizing Aspen as a former sin, Valentine uses her mindfuckery bullshit to wipe their memories.
Although she's not completely comfortable with her new situation, Aspen is trying hard to repent and make up for everything she's done. She has little faith that it will end well, however, assuming that at some point someone will recognize her before Valentine gets to them or Lucifer will come for her.
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