I really like the character and think he has definite potential! The Lamplighter very well might have his eye on a necromancer for his mysterious purposes.TheFarReach wrote: ↑Sat May 08, 2021 5:09 am
I can now see why you thought that this investigation would need my skills. I've organized all the collected information and my conclusions in the attached report; in brief, he seems like he could prove to be a very useful asset for our cause, should sufficient leverage be used.
-The Eye Drowning in Darkness
History and Activity
The earliest reports of the Chosen of the Moon known as Scales Glisten under Storm-tossed Waves dates back three years, to ghost stories told by drunken sailors. When we encouraged sailors to tell us the origin of these stories, the trail we discovered ultimately led to the crew of Blood-Soaked Decks, a pirate captain of some infamy known for raiding the coasts of the West for slaves. We have ignored her in the past, for she has never sailed far enough north to trouble Skullstone's waters. The last confirmed reports of her activity ended three years ago. We assumed that she had either retired with her ill-gotten gains or had met an unfortunate fate. It would seem that our latter assumption was correct; according to the survivors of her crew we have been able to track down and interrogate, three years ago Blood-Soaked Decks spent a summer raiding the coasts of Skullstone. Due to the pirates killing any witnesses and some sorcery, this went undetected by us. This spree ended when they raided a small fishing village for supplies and slaves; after attacking in the dead of night under a new moon, with all the villagers either dead or in chains, they began loading the cargo onto the ship. Progress halted when a beacon of light flashed towards the sky from inside the village; it was 'as if the moon had appeared on the ground, radiating an unearthly silver and purple light'. A group was sent to investigate the cause; this is where the majority of the survivors were. They discovered Scales, a newly exalted Lunar, in the center of a mandala made of the corpses of the dead villagers; as they arrived, the spell was finished, and the dead arose to take their revenge. With the distraction executed, Scales slipped into the dark waters and was gone. Whilst the pirates were distracted by the dead waking throughout the area, Blood-Soaked Decks was blindsided from behind, dying to an arrow in the the skull; Scales had used the distraction to free his kin and assume control of the ship. With the ship in their possession, they cast off, leaving the pirates for dead. That is all of the information that these pirates had; after the interrogation, we executed them, as is standard for high crime. Further information has been gathered from contacts within the North. The next few years feature sporadic appearances by Scales, centered around the domain of the Lunar Elder known as Smiling Rat; this, combined with an apparent shared affinity for necromancy, suggests that Scales engaged in some sort of apprenticeship with the Elder. The last report received, just a few weeks ago, suggests that Scales is now moving south, although the reason is as yet unknown.
It is my belief that we might be able to form a mutually beneficial alliance with him, although we will have to approach him carefully. While he has fought in some capacity against the shadowlands in the North and studied under Smiling Rat, he was originally a native to Skullstone, which provides some connection between us. Regardless of whether we wish to utilize him as an asset or not, I recommend the observation of his surviving kin, who revere him; they may provide some measure of leverage against him. We should also be wary of Smiling Rat, but this can also work to our advantage; Smiling Rat seems to lack the backing of the majority of the Silver Pact, which suggests that Scales might also be lacking Silver Pact support.
I have attached a description of Scales, as well as an eyewitness description of his anima banner and his suspected Tell.
Also attached is a further report on his capabilities, combat and otherwise.
This concludes my report on the Chosen of the Moon known as Scales Glisten under Storm-tossed Waves.
(Should be complete, aside from the Heart's Blood shapes. For now I chose two of the three necromancy spells available and the only shaping ritual, but I'm open for any other necromancy spells/initiations to be sorcery with some bone paint. Hopefully Essence will be released soon, as I believe that will have advice on creating new spells, which might help with the necromancy. I'm open to whatever changes you suggest.)
The questions I had are:
- He has two points in Silver Pact backing - but your description says that "Smiling Rat seems to lack the backing of the majority of the Silver Pact, which suggests that Scales might also be lacking Silver Pact support." I just wanted to confirm which way it was.
- Your description says he is in possession of the pirate ship formerly known as the Blood Soaked Decks. I'm fine with it having been left back in Smiling Rat's domain or somewhere else where he doesn't have it on hand, but if he's going to start with it immediately available to him in Nexus, that's going to require him to have two resource dots.
- Can you give a little more explanation of his limit trigger to me? I can definitely implement what you have in some way, but I fear it will not involve much agency on your behalf and would feel like me just arbitrarily giving him limit outside of the natural flow of the story (e.g. "So you receive a message from White Rat that his domain suffers and he desperately needs your assistance, but you're on the other side of the world. Roll Limit").