Phorcys Nerites

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Name: Phorcys Nerites
Age: 35
Race: Velen (Aquatic)

Vigor: 1500
Latens: 0

Persona: Phorcys is zealotry given form. Since his revelation while in seminary the man has become wholly devoted toward advancing the worship of his abyssal god. While many discard him as a madmen, most intellectuals find some shred of conceivable truth in the velen’s copious body of work on the nature of divinity and of planes outside the moral realm. Phorcys has an almost supernatural wealth of knowledge of religion and most forms of spirits having devoted most of his life to studying the planes outside normal understanding.

Despite him being rather unhinged in his religious views, growing up the youngest son of a wealthy merchant family has given Phorcys a rather charismatic demeanor. When not diverted onto talks of his god, the velen can be equal parts suave aristocrat and ruthless negotiator. Though he will use any available opportunity to flaunt his knowledge of the celestial planes and to advocate for his dark benefactor.

Those who can weather the storm of lunatic ravings can find a man who embodies the razor’s edge of genius and madness. Loyal to a fault to those he sees as being under his protection, the velen still has a small adventurous streak kept alive in large part to the ruin surveying he does for his god.

Physical Stature: Phorcys cuts an imposing, if initially flamboyant figure. The velen tends to tower over those around him at an massive 6’8”. His limbs are surprisingly sprite for his size, and while his legs are somewhat muscular from swimming the young velen lacks any defined musculature. However, Phorcys is gifted with what Laicar would view as a swimmers build, his broad shoulders allow the man to glide effortlessly through the waters.

The Nerites trace their family heritage to warm tropical waters, which gives Phorcys a rather unique coloration. He is primarily red in coloration though traces of purple, orange, and yellow all weave around his body. After his first encounter with the devil Cete, the man’s pupils seem to have ruptured giving the entirety of his eye a murky black appearance speckled with hints of the deep blue that used to reside there.

While in cities preaching, the man’s form is usually hidden behind a wave of nondescript cloth, usually in a blue tone. In battle, or in situations that allow the velen to be more comfortable, he prefers tighter fitting leather over more protective metal alloys.

Biography: Life for Phorcys appeared to be set for a rather boring one. The youngest of five born to a pair of wealthy velen merchants, he spent most of his early years in and around the family’s bustling trade business. At age twelve he was shipped off to a seminary to become a part of the priesthood as the business was set to be inherited by his oldest brother.

What happened to the velen during his training is still a source of confusion, whoever witnessed what turned the man into worshiping the dark creation he now does have simply disappeared. Upon his revelation, the velen has spent the next two decades of his life studying visae, their associated phenomena, as well as the beings inhabiting the other planes of existence. He has published ten tomes on the natures of these creatures as well as on the idea of divinity. While many view his postulations as simply ravings, a few theologians agree that while his work is extremely heretical his theories, on the surface, appear nothing if not interesting.

Character Skills

School of Castus (The Immaculate)
Way of Sclopeto (The Rifleman)
Calling of Mansuetis (The Tamer)
Calling of Daemonium (The Summoner)
Calling of Pythonis (The Contractor)
Calling of Exanimum (The Necromancer)
 

Shadowwind

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Tools of the Faith

Cor Tenebrae (Heart of Darkness)
Tier: D
Acquisition: Phorcys first fell into possession of the book during his time training as one of the Order of the Broken Throne, itself a confiscated heretical material from another of Cete’s priests. Contact with the item seems to initiated some sort of contract with the devil that Phorcys still struggles to comprehend. Its reaction to terra regia seems to decipher for him some of the ominous whispers that surround the book and allow him to use their apparent knowledge for his own ends.

Item Description: The Cor Tenebrae is a leatherbound grimoire of unknown origin that seems to serve as the locus of Cete’s influence on the physical plane. The book itself is littered with ancient script making it unreadable to all but linguists and Cete’s chosen priests. While activated those in the immediate vicinity begin to hear whispering conversations, words which are just barely inaudible.

Item Abilities: By paying 100 vigor Phorcys is able to inscribe a single yes/no question into the book to receive a response. Cete’s limited influence means that the questions must be limited to either hidden possessions or an individuals hidden motives. The scope of the questions are also limited in being rather broad. “Is the lost item still in the city” or “is this individual lying to me” will be answered however attempting to pinpoint where the item is or which parts of a person’s tales are lies will only call forth muddled responses. Phorcys' may only invoke Cor Tenebrae once per chapter or collab.
 

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