Ogre in the Playground
Re: Matter That Matters (3.5)
Alright, let's roll some HP.
Plus 8 at first level, plus 20 from Constitution Modifiers, gives me a grand total of 95 Hit Points.
...Could use a little more, but I'll be okay. Just gotta stay moving...
And with that, Morandoac
is ready for play!
Backstory incoming, tell me if anything is off.
The Seventh Jade Phoenix Mage
Yes. Of course I remember. How could I not.
My brothers and I journeyed into the Underdark. We went looking for the prison in which we kept the Souldrake. A thousand years had passed, and the seals needed to be checked. We were strong in those days. We thought we would be safe. But we were wrong.
An ambush. Ithilids, presumably a raiding party on their way to the surface for fresh brains. They surprised us in the dark, caught us unawares. The Jade Phoenix fought bravely, but it was not enough. There were too many, and their power was strange and unknown to us. We did not stand a chance against them.
Six of our number were slain that day, to be reborn again in new bodies. Six fled to the surface, where I suppose they remain to this day.
I was not so lucky.
The Ithilid captured me, dragged me down into the depths of their realm. A human of such power was worthy to undergo the transformation, they whispered into my mind. I would be reborn, in a new flesh.
It was not a concept I was unfamiliar with. The Jade Phoenix is constantly reborn, my soul flying to a new body every time I died. But this was not like those times. It was not the glorious, flaming rebirth I had experienced before. This was dark, fetid, corrupt. My body was twisted, wretched from its natural form. My mind, too, was broken, made into their mind. But my soul-the soul of the Jade Phoenix-that remained untouched.
For years I watched, dormant, as my body engaged in all manner of unspeakable things. For the glory of the Ithilid, my body became a monster. I devoured the minds of innocents, enslaved the creatures of the dark, and my body grew stronger. But the soul of the Jade Phoenix is patient. The Ithilid knew nothing of my sacred trust, and that was how I wanted it.
The opportunity came when this new me, Morandoac, discovered the truth of the Elder BrainÖ
I had always been strong.
My body was filled with physical vigor. The human who had been chosen for my ceremorphosis was at peak physical condition, a martial artist of the highest caliber and a skilled mage. It was that which made him worthy to become my vessel, and I inherited that strength. I often found myself on the front lines of raids, securing the choicest brains for myself by my initiative. The others may have found my actions rash, but with my superior physical stature, I was more capable of performing such attacks.
I never was as skilled in the arcane arts, or in psychic abilities. Indeed, I displayed an almost pathetic lack of ability in those areas for a long time, which I admit to feeling some amount of displeasure at.
Of course, that changed on the day I discovered the true intentions of our glorious Elder Brain.
I had been chosen to deposit the brain of a recently deceased comrade into the Elder Brainís pool. It was considered a great honor, though not so great as joining the Brain itself. But something curious occurred. As my hands touched the waters of the pool, I caught the barest glimpse of the process by which the mind was consumed. And consumed it was. The Elder Brain devoured my comrade, incorporating all of its skill, power, and flexibility, but not the personality itself.
We did not live on in the Elder Brain.
The shock unlocked something inside me. I felt a burning, a powerful fire in my chest, the likes of which I had never known. I flew into a powerful rage, taking my dagger and striking my comrades who were close to me. I had lost any self-control in my fear and anger at the Elder Brainís deception.
I was restrained, and placed in a holding cell to await trial. It was then that I felt the fires again. I communed with this strange presence. The Jade Phoenix, it calls itself. Apparently, my host was a member of an ancient order which sealed away a threat to this world. His soul had become trapped in my body during the ceremorphosis. It was an interesting idea.
More interesting was the power I obtained by communing with the Jade Phoenix. I could channel arcane energy, in very specific forms. I could make weapons from pure arcane energy.
Secure in my new power, escaping from my cell proved much less problematic. I was able to flee my compound, and make my way to the surface. I wandered alone for some time. Free from the influence of the Elder Brain, I did take some time to reevaluate my mental structure. After all, a creature of such magnificent mental power was more than capable of subtly adjusting my mentality over the many years I had spent with it. The Jade Phoenix guided me to one of those who also shared this shard of power, and though our forms may have been different, he still treated me with the utmost respect.
Whether this was from fear or true feelings of kinship, I cannot say.
In any case, it was not long before I found my way to the Enlightened. A group of Ithilid who had also discovered the truth of the Elder Brains. In a way, we do represent a compound of our own. It is much different than the way I lived before. The plotting, the scheming, the potential rivals looking for a way to eliminate me, they were not present. Instead, the Enlightened work together for the common good of the whole. Not all of us could be said to be precisely moral in the human sense, least of all myself. But I think this has potential. Perhaps, if we can be free of the influence of the Elder Brains, there is hope for the Ithilid yet.
Of course, there is still the matter of this Souldrake, and the sacred charge of the Jade Phoenix. I have sworn to fulfill the oath as best as I can, in return for this power. But I do not know how the other Enlightened will react should the circumstances of my relationship to the Jade Phoenix Mages become known. For now, I shall keep the source of my power a secret as best I can, lest I rouse some anger amongst them.
ATTENTION ANYONE WHO I'M PLAYING WITH:
No news is good news.
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Last edited by THEChanger : 09-26-2012 at 11:57 PM.