Blood Lord wrote:
Other Abilities: ? (Blood Lord I’ll leave this up to you)
Hmm? What are you asking of me?
Basically, because not much is known about the sword, it could
have other abilities.
What I'll do (partly because I'm lacking creative ideas for it right now), is that if I think of a new ability to add to the sword, I'll PM you first to check that it's ok. If not, I won't use it. Basically its to keep the swords' power unknown (it's from the Forest of Memories, so it figures it would be something a little beyond most people's knowledge), but avoid pulling extra powers completely out of hammerspace.
Is that ok?
Here’s my epic Demi-God. Fear her.
Possibly one of the most ambitious CS’s I’ve ever gone ahead with. I’ve gone all out on this, so if I’m being too ambitious, just say so and I will tone it down. Hope I haven’t made her overpowered :x ~Finished!~Name:
Lady Ivy “Xantara” Swift
“Xantara” means ‘Protector of the Earth’ (‘Earth’ here, meaning nature, the soul of the planet Exalia). It was the title given to her by the Goddess that gave her, her powers. Her birth name is Ivy Evvette Swift. Gender:
Elf, promoted to Demi-God(dess) Class:
A Protector of the planet on the personal behalf of the Goddess Gaiana (Exalia’s Mother Nature, no less).
One of three leaders of the Indolentia
(Note: I say ‘leader’ lightly, since although she has authority and a commanding presence, she was never a born leader. She prefers to go her own way, is a bit spontaneous and doesn’t always stick to the plan.) Age:
Indolentia Skills/magic/abilities: Skills:Archery/fighting skills
- Ivy is exceedingly gifted at archery. With precision aiming and timing, her arrows are rarely known to miss their target. She is also a reasonably decent combatant, and knows how to handle a sword, although purely magic/elemental-based attacks are more her forte. Ultimate Potions Master/Mistress
– Due to knowledge bestowed upon her by Gaiana, Ivy knows the workings of every plant, every magic or substance that comes directly from nature…such as potions and deadly poisons. If she needs an ingredient, no matter how rare, she will find it, and know exactly how to use it. In theory, she could create any kind of potion-induced enchantment she wishes…but potions take time to make. Animal tamer/green fingers
– Ivy has an incredible talent for taming wild beasts and for growing things. No one can compete with her gardening skills! Although her gardening tends to be a bit on the…wild and destructive side.~Magicks~
Ivy’s magic is, naturally, purely nature-based. Her elemental magic is that of the earth, and all things associated with the breath of life, and the natural ordered chaos of things. Goddess Gaiana controls the Ephemeral, and so does Ivy, to a certain extent. She can use these spells in combination too, for added efficiency, although clearly the more she does, the more taxing it is on her.
Animal Army Summon – Ivy Xantara can call any animal or beast to her aid to fight alongside her, or fight on her behalf. A dragon? A plague of frogs? An army of vicious man-eating squirrels? She can do it. She can call on any creature (provided it’s not human or near-human – she can’t control ‘people’, only animals) to do her bidding. However like any animals, they can get injured and die, and although they may be more skilled and stronger under Ivy’s influence, they are much the same as any other creature of their species. Also the more powerful the animal (quantity taken into account as well), naturally the more energy it takes to summon. Her animal army also acts as her personal entourage and her ‘elite soldiers’. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they are untrained, (and for the most part) untamed animals. Under Xantara’s command, they are a force to be reckoned with, and their bite is far worse than their bark.
Gaiana’s breath – Ivy can control the weather to suit her needs. Wind, Sleet and Snow, Thunder storms, Hurricanes…etc. Of course the more powerful it is and the longer she uses it, the more taxing it is on her. Weather on an apocalyptic scale is strictly out of the question, since although she has god-like powers, she’s no goddess (plus the planet’s dying, so yeah). Recently with the current state of the planet, she’s been finding this power a little…temperamental, and sometimes not as powerful as she intended, or otherwise a little out of her control.
Gaiana’s Shock – Ivy can channel lightning through her hands, and can charge it up before blasting it at her opponents. She can also channel electricity into her weapons, or use special ‘lightning arrows’ and other lightning/electrical weapons. Using this ability and channelling it through her stings like hell, though…and apparently it’s getting more painful for her the more the planet deteriorates, as if her body is struggling to find the power to protect itself from the powerful magic.
Gaiana’s Tears – If there’s any water nearby (within a half a mile radius), Ivy can manipulate it in any way she chooses and use it against her enemies. In other words, if you’re by an Ocean or Lake…oh shit
However obviously where there is no water, there’s nothing for Ivy to manipulate, since she can’t create or summon water. She can only use existing bodies of water around her. Water from the air can be used too, but it tends to be tricky to manipulate, and she needs time and patience to gather it up and use it effectively.
Gaiana’s Rage – Ivy can generate fire and manipulate it against her enemies. She can send volleys of fire balls after them, create walls and circles of fire, or simply burn on contact. But again, raging infernos sap a lot of strength, not to mention fire is not the most accurate of weapons, and can do a lot of surrounding damage. She won’t use it if there are innocents around. Like Gaiana’s Shock, she’s beginning to find this is slowly beginning to do damage to her, too.
Gaiana’s Hope – Ivy can let out a burst of powerful blinding light to dazzle, distract or temporarily disarm her opponent. Mainly used to buy some time, find an opening for an attack, or to help her make a quick exit. Can’t be used repetitively or in quick succession, spell takes a while to ‘recharge’ so to speak.
Ice Queen – Ivy can create and manipulate ice. She can create ice armour or shields or walls of ice to protect herself, and create weapons made of ice. She can also send ice raining down from the sky on her enemies. She used to be able to freeze things on contact too and create her own ‘ice soldiers’ with animated ice sculptures, but that power has deteriorated and vanished. Her ice isn’t as cold or as strong as it used to be, when she was first gifted with it.
Animate the Inanimate (Nature’s puppet) – Ivy can temporarily enchant trees and plants to move and take a life of their own under her control, or indeed any inanimate object, so long as it’s made from natural materials and isn’t manmade. Again, she can use anything within a half-mile radius. This includes (but is not limited to) corpses, bones, alive and dead plants, and rocks (with enough power she can move the earth too and create miniature earthquakes). She can also make plants grow in seconds (although this is limited; she can’t grow an entire forest from nothing, and she has to have the seeds to make it grow)
Oh and another thing, it has
to be inanimate (or a plant). She can’t take control of something that has already been brought to life/controlled by someone/something else.
Send Back To Sender -
(Also known as “Gaiana’s Laughter”…for reasons that will become apparent.)
>>Beware: If any elemental or nature-based magic is used against Ivy, she can take control of it, and either dispel it or turn it back against the person who cast it. Using any kind of elemental magic against a Demi-god of Nature is a bad move indeed. Such actions would make the Goddess Gaiana burst out laughing in the heavens.
Of course this power is restricted only to elemental magic. Anything else, and Ivy will have to find another way of defending herself. ~Special Summons~ “Ashes”, The Great Phoenix
– A wise and ancient mythological fire bird of immense power. A great and beautiful creature of old legends. Flames engulf it and surround it, burning and scorching anything in its path (at its will) that gets too close to it. It can breathe fire too, and is practically immortal. If it dies, it will simply explode and burst into flames for maximum damage, before being reborn out of the ashes, ready to fight again. Also its tears have healing powers than can heal any wound, no matter how severe. Can only be called upon once in battle (when the creature is killed three times, on its third ‘death’ it must retire), and it can be called at any time when not in a fight, should Ivy need its help other than fighting in a battle. Angelo
– A youthful heavenly creature made out of the purest of light. Some say he could even be an angel, however that is unknown. What is known is that he lives in a similar plain to the gods themselves, and he’s a very good friend of Gaiana’s. He was assigned by Gaiana to assist Ivy where possible. He fights with weapons made out of heavenly light and air, and can fly great heights and distances at great speed. Very fast and very light. Can even travel at the speed of light. Very effective against Undeads, but can only be called upon in battle for brief amounts of time before he has to return. A being of pure light, like a fish out of water he can only stand to be in the ‘darkness’ of this world for so long, and being not as powerful as the gods means that he can temporarily semi-incarnate himself into this world (but as stated, only for a very brief period of time. After making one or two attacks, he would have to disappear for a while before coming back to fight again).
~Abilities~ Super Agility/speed/energy
: A Demi-goddess of nature and almost a representation of life itself, Ivy has an exceptional amount of grace, health, and a nimbleness and dexterity about her that is hard to keep up with. She is almost like a ball of energy, and can bounce and spring about like she is made of rubber. Like a child constantly dosed on caffeine, it’s very hard to slow her down once she gets going. Her energy seems almost boundless, like life itself. A Sixth Sense:
Ivy can feel people’s presence or natural ‘auras’ (not magic auras though, that is something different). She can sense things on a level that a lot of beings can’t, and is usually extremely perceptive of her physical surroundings. Camouflage and cloaking devices won’t work, at least, not to the extent that they are meant to. She can sense when people are in the area. However although she feels their presence, she can’t pinpoint their exact location. When Ivy Xantara looks into your eyes, it’s said that her perceptibility can allow her to glimpse into your soul. Knowledge of Nature and Chaos
: They say Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. And Ivy has had a lot of this knowledge passed on to her. Whilst she wasn’t given all of Gaiana’s knowledge, Ivy nonetheless knows a great deal of the inner workings of life itself, and with it, the Ordered Chaos that is Mother Nature. Despite what impression Ivy may give, she has wisdom beyond her years. In fact, perhaps the reason she acts the way she does, is because she now knows something, that those who chain themselves to rationality and order couldn’t possibly understand…Appearance:
The following, only without the wings and hair-piece, and dressed in an emerald green cloak over the dress. Dress is longer and less out of place, but still retains its beautiful, somewhat ‘natural’ look.
Standing at 5’6”, thin, supple and slender. Curly, wavy brown hair that reaches just past her shoulders, pointed elf ears and green eyes that practically shine. Ivy is a young woman with pale radiant skin, and with a slightly impish or pixie look about her. Her eyes practically sparkle with youth…in fact her whole appearance seems to visibly radiate youth and energy. You could say that she has a very young soul, and it clearly shows. On her feet she either wears elegant sandals adorned with silver, or brown knee-high boots, depending on her mood. Recently due to the current state of the planet, she’s been looking more melancholic and darker than her usual self, however generally she gives the impression of something wild, lively and full of a zest for life.
Ivy Xantara wears no armor, preferring to stay as light as possible, and relies on her super-quick reflexes and amazing speed as her defence. (Besides, she can always ‘create’ armor from ice). Not to mention she just doesn’t like armor. Pfft. Armor. Who needs it? Such an uncomfortable man-made item. Starting equipment:
* A quiver of her own, specially-made arrows.
She can summon for more when she needs them. In theory she has an endless supply, but like many things her summoning abilities are dependant on her own energy, and the energy of the planet. Her arrows are well designed for fast, swift movement through the air, a good shooting range, and a deep, deadly impact. It cannot break through armor, but it has an uncanny knack for finding just
the right weak-spot, if there is any. It’s almost (but not quite), like her arrows have a life of their own. Often she will add poison to the tip, or combine her arrows with her magic to create the ultimate archer’s weapon.
* Her bow, “Animus”
Like her arrows, her bow is made to her designs and specifications, and is one of a kind...although at first glance there is nothing remarkable about it. A gift from Gaiana, it’s strengthened with heavenly materials, making it near-unbreakable. She keeps the bow strapped to her back when not in use.
* Xantara’s Looking Glass
Having spent a long time in the Forest of Memories (and gifted with Gaiana’s knowledge), Ivy has created a hand-held mirror from the crystals of the forest. Whilst not as potent as the crystal trees of the forest, anyone looking into this ‘mirror’ will see a (voluntary or involuntary) glimpse into their past – the very flicker of a memory. Ivy can use this mirror for herself, or turn it against her enemies; showing them the mirror can act as a distraction while she takes action. When combined with Angelo’s light, the looking glass can reflect and deflect the light so that the light focuses on her target, like a magnifying glass would. The combination of crystal glass and Angelo’s light also has a curious effect, not all too different from the Sword in Mystara’s possession…
* Xantara’s sword IMAGE
Ivy doesn’t use her sword much. She much prefers using her magic. But with her power slowly deteriorating, she’s found herself relying on melee weapons in combat more and more, so she always keeps her sword on her person, just in case.
The sword, like her bow, is strengthened beyond its potential, courtesy of the Goddess of the Earth. But apart from being nearly unbreakable, there is nothing particularly significant about Xantara’s sword, in terms of abilities. It’s there to protect and defend, and that’s exactly what it does. And, like her arrows, she can use her elemental magic on the blade…
*A small(ish) bag with the following equipment:
- A wooden Celtic pan flute
- A fife (she does love her musical instruments)
- A few extra changes of clothes
- A feathered quill and inks (and some paper and parchment too)
- A bottle of water
- A collection of vials containing various poisons and antidotes (keeps at least one vial on her person at all times, too)
*On her person (in pockets at the like):
- A good sum of money (Rich aristocratic background, go figure)
- 2 apples
- A small pouch full of stones
- A small pouch containing various seeds, both common and rare
- One bottle of Advanced Invisibility potion. (Allows the drinker to become not only undetectable by sight, but heat vision too. Sonar would still work, though)
- One bottle of Flight Potion (Gives drinker the power of flight for a limited time)NPC(s):
(Requesting permission to use this, please?)
>> Her own elite ‘Animal Army’ and personal cohorts
As mentioned in the ‘powers’ section, Xantara rarely goes anywhere without an animal escort or entourage of some description: from great leopards and cougars when she wants to impress or needs protection, to a tiny mouse hidden in her pocket when she want to be more covert in her actions. They act as companions, confidants, soldiers and guards. Acting as Ivy’s eyes and ears, she can also communicate with them on a telepathic level, so that she can see, hear and experience things through her animal companions. Under her power, the animals are capable of human speech and a some amount of human thought (however they are still first and foremost wild beasts – just because they are tame for Ivy does not mean they will be tame towards others, unless under specific instructions from Ivy). Think Narnia, only less humanised, more animal and feral (and if need be bloodthirsty), and you get the gist of what her animal entourage is like. Theme: “Mahati” – Skanda MusicBattle Theme: ”Dragon Rider” – Two Steps From Hell Personality:
Ivy is a good-natured, free-spirited individual with a passion for life. Ivy can at times be very serious (and when she gets serious, you’ll know about it), and at other times very carefree. Also tends to be quite temperamental, and prone to mood swings. Despite the wisdom and knowledge she has been granted and her authoritative presence, she is very young at heart, and is brimming with childlike energy. Even when in battle, Ivy tends to be lively and high-spirited, added with a few tongue-in-cheek comments and mischievous quips. She generally has laid back attitude and is full of cheek. She’s rebellious, spontaneous and strong willed, and like nature itself she tends to be chaotic, impulsive and untameable. Her unpredictable, unruly and slightly eccentric behaviour means that you can never be quite sure what she’s going to do next. In fact sometimes it’s difficult to say if she’s being very foolish and stupid, or exceedingly clever. At face value, Ivy can sometimes come across as a bit childish, naïve and stubborn in her ways. Or is that all just part of her game…? With this Demi-Goddess of Nature, things are never as straightforward as they seem. Chaotic order, irregularity and contradictions is what the Demi-God Xantara is all about. Sometimes it’s impossible to understand how her mind works - she works on that level of Ordered Chaos.
Of course often than not, Ivy will use reason and appear very rational and reserved, particularly in the presence of other minds not as free-thinking as hers, but for all anyone knows, that could just be her playing along with rationality for her own amusement. It’s often hard to grasp an understanding of Ivy, and people who do try may find themselves in an ‘I Know You Know I Know’ situation, where it’s hard to tell how much Ivy knows, if she’s bluffing, double bluffing, and so on, or if she just makes it up as she goes along. Of course you could just view her as childish and ignorant and leave it at that…but can you really be so sure?
It’s these kind of mind games that Ivy loves to mess around with. She finds the human mind a very amusing thing. Quirks
Ivy is the type of person who will quite happily sit down with her enemies, and have a nice polite conversation with them before killing them. Unfortunately, most people don’t seem to reciprocate her nice manners, and she often finds she has to skip that bit and get straight down to fighting, which Xantara finds a little disappointing. She tends to be quite playful with the way she approaches most things. In fact, if you simply look at her childish side, some may doubt her qualities as a leader…and as a protector of this planet. Some may even wonder what the hell the Gods were thinking, giving a person with Ivy’s disposition the blessing of their power (but hey, she was given the blessing by Gaiana, Goddess of Nature and natural chaos).
However, do mess around with Ivy, and you’ll quickly discover first impressions can be misleading. Ivy Xantara is like nature itself – you really don’t want to get it angry. On the rare occasion you successfully push the wrong buttons, there will be hell to pay. God help (haha) the unfortunate being who pushes Xantara too far. She has the wrath of the gods as much as she has their wisdom.
Ivy also tends to jokingly say that she’s more on an animal person than a people person – perhaps explaining her unusual choice of ‘elite’ soldiers and personal guards. She also has a soft spot for Gatos for this reason – she tends to get along with Gatos better than any other race, even her own. Although this might also be partly down to Gaiana’s influence, what with Gatos being the native residents of the planet, and their connections to the ‘natural’. Ethics
Her knowledge given by Gaiana means that her morals are on the extreme Chaotic Good side of the spectrum – although even before she was blessed, she was something of a rebel and a free-thinker. She believes every creature has the right to freedom and choice, to live by their own rules, and to think and act of their own accord, as long as it does not harm or suppress others by doing so. She despises those who try to put their values and beliefs onto other people, or suppress others into following orders. Independent and rebellious, she prefers to do things her own way, and may on occasion struggle to co-operate with other people, even if they’re fighting for the same cause. Very much an individual, and although she was never a born leader, she feels in her heart that the Indolentia need her (that and she’s eager to stop this Empire from ruining their lovely planet, and make Mother Nature kick the Undeads so hard up the ass that they’ll limp back off to whatever hellhole they came from). Her heart is always in the right place, and she will do her utmost to help others. All of her actions are in the interest of the planet and its various life forms, and she seeks to return it to the people. Despite her cheeky personality and confidence, she will rarely act selfish or self-centred, and despises those who follow such codes of conduct. She is a person of deep empathy and emotions, and although she might on occasion act cold and merciless, she will never be truly callous or vindictive. She will put others lives before herself, and takes no pride or enjoyment in killing, although she views it a ‘terrible but necessary’ action in some situations. Sometimes the ‘goodness’ of her views can conflict with her chaotic views and vice versa…and no doubt there will be some situations, that a free-spirit such as Ivy will struggle with. History:
Lady Ivy Evvette Swift was born into a rich aristocratic family. Her mother and father both from two separate well bred Elven clans – her father’s family also being exceedingly prosperous. Ivy grew up with three sisters and one brother, all of them taught the proper etiquette and education they needed to become a success in the world.
However it was clear from a very young age, Ivy acted…differently to the rest of her siblings. The black sheep in the family, Ivy was often mischievous, rude and disobedient, and found the constant discipline and restraint of her family almost unbearable. She hated the unwritten rules of her household, and in protest broke them, sometimes just for the sake of breaking them. Her siblings were often shocked by her ‘outrageous’ behaviour, and if there were any fights in the family, Ivy was always the one to blame. Her parents hoped that maybe, she’d grow out of it…eventually… However as Ivy’s teenage years approached, that looked less and less likely. In fact she came very close to being disowned from her family…but not quite.
By the time Ivy Swift was eighteen, the Empire had invaded. Thankfully Ivy was never one to stick around her family, because one day they simply vanished. Ivy still, to this day, doesn’t know what happened to them (although no guesses as to who was responsible). They all left without a trace…leaving the entire family fortune for her to claim. Despite being so against her family and never getting on with them, Ivy felt…somewhat saddened by the fact they had gone.
However having never been really close to her family, it wasn’t long before Ivy shrugged her shoulders and carried on with her life. The whole world was calling out to the young elf girl, and she wanted to go out there and explore it. She spent her time as a traveller, seeing the world at her leisure. Her inheritance meant that she would not need to worry about financial support, although all the same, Ivy was cautious. She lived in comfort, but kept a low profile, wary of the Empire and fearing that if her family had disappeared, she would be next.
Although Ivy travelled around a great deal, one of her favourite places to visit was Parsarela. She loved the vibe of the city, and often stopped by to chat with the locals. A regular place she often stopped by was the Hallows. She was a regular customer of theirs in fact, often buying potion supplies from them whenever she was in town. That was another family she never heard from again…Ivy was not there at the day of the Purge, but she heard all she needed to hear. The news of the Purge made Ivy very angry. Parsarela had almost been like a second home to her…the city had been more of a family to her than her actual family had ever been. Such spirit, such freedom and liberal-thinking…and now it lay in ruins. She assumed the Hallow family were among the dead, of course. Even if they had survived, the chances of ever finding them again were slim. However she knew that somehow, she would have to find a way of stopping the Empire from ruining any more lives. She just hadn’t worked out how yet.
One day, her travels lead her to the Forest of Memories. She’d heard all the stories of travellers entering and never coming back – in fact it was these kinds of stories which attracted her to the forest in the first place. Ivy Swift was never one to shy away from danger. Mysteries thrilled her, and fear made her determination and curiosity all the stronger.
As she wandered the woods, she couldn’t help but feel she was being…watched.
Quite suddenly, one of the memories in the trees’ reflective surfaces started speaking
. Literally, an image of herself took a life of its own, waving and speaking to her. Ivy thought she was hallucinating. Upon seeing her reaction, the copy of herself laughed at her.
“Sorry,” her reflection said, calming down, “But that was just too good an opportunity to miss.” She giggled. “If you would allow me to explain, I am not a being of this existence. What you’re seeing now is my own little projection, a way of communicating to you and explaining how this works. I was going to opt for a talking animal, but then I thought, nah, let’s really scare the shit out of her.” She laughed again. Ivy Swift blinked, having no idea what to make of this strange encounter.
“Oh,” said the image of Ivy, “I forgot to say. I am Gaiana, Goddess of nature, the earth, and natural ordered chaos. This image is not who I am or what I am truly like, but merely something your rational mind won’t reject. I can appear in many ways, and it seems, this was the way you chose. I can’t show myself for complicated reasons, and I’d hate it if I accidently destroyed you.”
“Now to business. I’m here because this forest is neutral grounds, and a place that even the Empire can’t begin to comprehend. I know you want to stop the Empire, and I’m here to help you. I’ve chosen you to be gifted with a generous portion of my power and knowledge. Please don’t ask me why; I really can’t be bothered to think up some sorry rational explanation. But your way of thinking is more open-minded than most, so I’m sure you’ll work it out. Ah, there you go, that’s the reason I picked you. Your mind is similar to mine. Happy?”
“Oh, and more thing. My gifts also have their consequences. But you’ll soon find that out, once I give you my knowledge. With my gift, I also give you, Ivy Evvette, a new name: Ivy Xantara. You are now a protector of the earth and of Exalia.”
Ivy Xantara woke the next day, a much changed individual. The change within her took the phrase a ‘new lease on life’ to a new level. Gaiana had made her a much stronger being, both in powers and a literal sense, and in the soul. The knowledge of Gaiana changed her in a way Ivy could never have imagined. She had, not in the most literal sense, been given immortality and freedom. Freedom in the purest sense of the word. She realised how narrow minded she had been before, and now it was like she could see everything.
Ivy spent the next few years of her life in the Forest of Memories, in isolation, trying to get herself used to this new found power and knowledge. Although, she didn’t exactly spend it in isolation. She had company of the animal kind. Her control over animals was one of the first powers she discovered. The first time a creature of the forest tried to attack her, it backed down almost immediately, as if realising who she was. As a result, Xantara quickly discovered her biggest advantage to having Gaiana’s power here: the untamed loved her. Everything that was natural, wild and free, or longed to be free, dared not touch her. Some even displayed their loyalty to her, protecting her from the powers of the forest that even Ivy herself could not control. And so Lady Xantara lived in the Forest in safety, preparing herself and biding her time, and learning a great many things.
However she knew that she needed to return to the world she had left behind. She started travelling again, as the aristocratic traveller Ivy Evvette Swift. Currently, very few know of her true identity, although quite a few of the Indolentia certainly know who she is…Starting point:
Gia Panta, arriving at Indolentia HQ hideout Theme song:
(A bit pretentious, but it so suits her). ”Mother Earth”
– Within TemptationBattle theme: “Europa (Heaven Help Us)” Instrumental
– Globus feat. Immediate Music