Seeker of Earth
|Name: Veeran Yoseppu||Virtue: Temperance||Path: Moros|
|Shadow Name: Murugan||Vice: Pride||Order: Guardians of the Veil|
|Concept: Arrogant Artist/Death Priest||Legacy: —||Cabal: Primordial Seekers|
|Power:||Intelligence •••||Strength ••||Presence ••|
|Finesse:||Wits ••||Dexterity •••||Manipulation ••|
|Resistance:||Resolve •••||Stamina ••||Composure •••|
|Academics •||Athletics • [throwing]||Animal Ken|
|Crafts ••• [blacksmithing]||Drive||Expression|
|Investigation •• [rotes]||Firearms||Intimidation •|
|Medicine •||Larceny||Persuasion ••|
|Occult ••• [magic]||Stealth • [rotes]||Socialize|
|Science||Weaponry •• [short blades]||Subterfuge •• [rotes]|
|Death •••||Fate||Forces||Life||Matter ••|
|Breaking the Chains||Destroy Object||Death •••||Fraying||I||L||C||-||Composure+Crafts+Death||M 139|
|Rised and Obey||Quicken Corpse||Death •••||Weaving||I||P||V||-||Presence+Persuasion+Death||M 140|
|Shroud of Gloom2||Entropic Shroud||Death •••||Shielding||I||P||C||-||Wits+Occult+Death||M 139|
|Unweaving the Flaw2||Dispel Magic||Prime •||Compelling||I||L||C||1 M||Intelligence+Occult+Prime vs. target spell’s Potency||M 220|
|Counterspell||Death •||M 123||counter Death spells|
|Shadow Sculpting||Death •||M 135||deepen existing shadows|
|Speak with the Dead||Death •||M 135||see/speak to ghosts in Twilight|
|Animate Shadows||Death ••||M 136||Move shadows into lit areas|
|Decay||Death ••||M 136||reduce Durability of a touched object|
|Forensic Invisibility||Death ••+Matter •||Ban 54||destroys fibers, dead skin, saliva, oils and hair|
|Ghost Summons||Death ••||M 137||call to ghosts in the area|
|Suppress Aura||Death ••||M 137||make examination of your soul more difficult|
|Touch of the Grave||Death ••||M 138||reach into Twilight|
|Control Ghost||Death •••||M 138||dominate the will of a ghost|
|Orpheus’ Lament||Death •••||GoG 131||all in earshot suffer penalty to deliberate rolls|
|Summon Shadows||Death •••||M 142||create animate, physical shadows|
|Counterspell||Matter •||M 123||counter Matter spells|
|Alter Accuracy||Matter ••||M 196||grant 9-Again to a weapon|
|Loosen the Threads||Matter ••||GoG 103||open locks, knots, loosen doors|
|Counterspell||Prime •||M 223||counter Prime spells|
Contacts2 • [ghosts]
Ghost Familiar •••
High Speech •
Library* (1) •••• [Artifacts, Ghosts, History, Spirits]
Mentor •• [Hualas]
Quick Draw • [melee]
Sanctum •• [Size 0, Security 2]
Sanctum* (1) ••••• [Size 3, Security 2]
Status • [Order: Guardians of the Veil]
Weapon Finesse •• [short blades]
Murugan is seldom without a long, black cane. To the untrained eye it looks like ebony, but the more discerning might spot the signs of dressed-up cheaper material. Although not of refined manufacture, the cane is solidly constructed to the proper length and provides a striking accent to his ensemble. With a flick, the cane’s handle pops off to reveal a long, narrow dagger sheathed inside the body.
Although he will go without the cane if necessary, Murugan is never without at least one switchblade concealed somewhere on his person: the paranoia he has learned among the Guardians takes its toll.
Gear: slim-fitting, European-style clothes; switchblade; matches; sword cane; lighter; flask of water; handful of cheap cotton handkerchiefs.
Equipment: welding torches of varying size and description; welding helmet; soot-coated jumpsuit; ornate, silver-coated ceremonial rondel dagger; bronze shiva linga w/ granite basin; various metal scraps, poles and girders, made of iron or cheap steel; ashes from burnt offerings.
Order: Scarf of diaphanous black cotton, five yards long and shot through with sweeping lines of gold thread. When worn as a turban, its pattern of gold threads can reveal the shape of an Atlantean pentagram.
Death Arcanum: Dull, leaden coin. Inscribed with the Atlantean pentagram on one side, and the Tamil symbol மு on the other.
Matter Arcanum: Lustrous platinum coin. Identical inscriptions.
|silvered, ceremonial rondel dagger||8||2L||-||1/S||3|
|heavy throwing knife||7||2L||13/26/52||1/J||3|
Footnotes & References
1 I sacrificed 2 dots of starting Wisdom for a total of 10 XP, as per the optional rule in Mage corebook, pp. 66-67
2 Shroud of Gloom rote (6 XP) + Unweaving the Flaw rote (2 XP) + Contacts Merit (2 XP) = 10 XP
3 Murugan’s weapons are largely of his own manufacture. He has shaped the blades himself and fitted them to their handles.
Important People: Contacts at the local foundries/scrap yards, art dealers, gallery owners, helpful ghosts, etc.
Pre-Awakening: A dreamer, always trying to fulfill and communicate his dreams through bizarre metal sculptures. In college, he studied the traditional blacksmithing arts of his Tamil ancestors in India. Struggling to make a living as an artist but too proud to take up a union job, he lived briefly with his late, wealthy twin brother in NYC.
Appearance: Veeran cuts a trim, unassuming figure. Outside of the studio he prefers to accentuate his long, delicate limbs by dressing in slim-fitting clothes of European cut (carefully culled from thrift store racks), in styles which are usually a touch more formal than what is strictly called for. The colors are almost always muted, with dark greys and black predominating, and the occasional streak of bright crimson or gold added for contrast. When at work, he is usually wearing a soot-smeared jumpsuit and little else. Although a man of only average height, his almost skeletally thin arms and legs often make him appear taller from a distance. His close-cropped hair remains thick and raven-black in his early 30’s, but his nut-brown skin is often dry and ashy; his scarred, calloused palms belie the rough treatment of metalworking. His eyes are usually red-rimmed from long hours of welding and the smoke of burnt offerings; he might even be handsome if not for this permanent, bleary-eyed stare, as if perpetually waking from a too-long nap. But with his calming tones, steady gaze and hovering hint of a smile, Murugan has much of the demeanor of an ascetic: detached, serene, inwardly-focused.
Nimbus: When Murugan casts vulgar magic he is surrounded by an faint, chittering susurrus, like dry leaves—but leaves do not whisper in the sepulchral voices of the dead. This is often accompanied by an equally brief if unsettling sensation of creeping numbness in the observer’s extremities (usually those closest to Murugan during the casting).