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Small Status: Bringer of Discord and Vice
Character Trait: Ambitious
Lyrics/Quotes: "You still don't see the bigger picture, do you? Your death does not simply sustain me. Blood is the oil of the cosmos, and I am the teeth of the Gods."
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IC Nickname: Veronica
Birthday: November 1st
Member Group: Preternatural
Species: Camazotz Vampire
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Height: 5' 6"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Skin Color: Lightly tanned
Appearance: When appearing human, Veronica is a Hispanic woman of extraordinary beauty. She possesses long, dark hair and deep-brown eyes, full red lips and an athletic figure, with all of the right curves. She gives the impression of immense self-confidence, a woman who is used not only to giving instructions to others, but to having those orders obeyed.
When she discards all pretense of humanity and tears out of her flesh-cocoon, she is a nightmarish creature with a flabby, bloated body, bat-like facial features and ears, and long wing-arms with razor-sharp claws.
Personality: Veronica is, to put it mildly, not a nice person. In life she was as ruthless and cunning as she needed to be in order to survive, and the woman that she once was has since been warped by nearly five hundred years of living in a society of ruthless and power-hungry predators. She is accustomed to scheming and intrigue, viewing other beings as pawns and manipulating them to serve her interests. While she is not above using blackmail, intimidation, physical violence and overt methods of control to get what she wants, she finds it most satisfying when those with whom she interacts do not realise that they are playing towards her objectives. She is a master of the “Xanatos Gambit”, manoeuvring her rivals into situations where she can benefit from whatever course they take, even if it appears that her schemes have been thwarted. Often her broader goals remain hidden, and Veronica has gotten very good at playing the long game.
Despite her predatory nature, Veronica hides her more savage side behind an expert mask of charm, eloquence and wit. She is highly charismatic and a skilled speaker, appearing patient and intellectual, or playful and flirtatious as the situation demands. Five centuries of unlife have not dulled her love of sensation, and she seeks out new social and sexual experiences whenever she has the time. Very much accustomed to debauchery and excess, Veronica has very few carnal inhibitions, and is happy to explore partners both male and female, human and preternatural; essentially anyone whom she finds sufficiently beautiful or intriguing.
Ambition and desire for power are things which lay close to Veronica’s undead heart. In her view, unlife has only reinforced the lessons that her mortal life taught her: that only the strong and the cunning can prosper, and if you are not the one pulling the strings, then you’re the puppet. She is wealthy and well-connected in her part of the world, respected as a businesswoman and even a philanthropist in various Latin American nations. She has come to France looking to expand her power, spreading the tendrils of her influence into the nations of Europe. Starting an open war for territory is not in her nature, however, and it is her preference to curry favour, forge alliances and bring others into her debt. She reasons that in order to establish a successful population of her species in France, she must first have thoroughly worked her way into the fabric of preternatural society.
Likes: ° Vampiric feeding
° Sensuality and excess
° Mind games and intrigue
° Unearthing secrets
° Instrumental music
Dislikes: ° Moral constraint
° Preternaturals who try to be human
° Most forms of modern music
° Wilful ignorance
° The Catholic religion
Strengths: ° Highly intelligent
° Devoted to her cause
° Foresight and planning
° Expert liar
° Highly seductive
° Skilled fighter
Weaknesses: ° Arrogant
° Doesn’t “get” human morals
° Arcane religious beliefs
° Vampire weaknesses
History: Veronica Melita D’Cruz was born in a savage time in Spain, little over five hundred years ago. Her father was Alejandro Ortega, a Grandee of the Royal Court, and an ambitious man who wielded brutality and civility with equal skill in his day-to-day intrigues. Veronica grew up within her family’s holdings, and she was schooled in all of the pursuits deemed proper for a courtly woman. She was always a little more outgoing and boisterous than her father would have liked, and she took interests in some decidedly masculine pursuits such as hunting and swordsmanship, which her parents strongly disapproved of. At age sixteen she was given over in a political marriage to Don Paolo D’Cruz, a much older man whose favour her father wished to gain. Not without reason did Alejandro Ortega offer his beautiful young daughter to this man; Paolo was an ally of Hernan Cortez, who had just recently been granted leave to take a military expedition to the Americas, to claim new lands and riches in the name of the Spanish crown. The marriage helped her father gain a stake in the expedition, and a mere few weeks after the wedding, Veronica watched her father and her husband board a ship and leave for the New World, with adventure and conquest on their minds.
For a while, Veronica enjoyed more freedom than she had ever known. Her mother was a far less controlling factor in her life than her father had ever been, and without his oversight, she began to pursue her own objectives. She engaged in the rampant power-plays that were a part of daily life in the Spanish court. She became embroiled in plots and schemes, made alliances of convenience and had love affairs with promising courtiers. Soon enough, she found herself drawn into the games of backstabbing and betrayal. Veronica was a woman of determined spirit and considerable personal ambition, but her freedom would prove to be short-lived. In 1520, she received word that Cortez’ forces had successfully captured Tenochtitlan (what would later be renamed Mexico City), the capital of the Aztec empire. Don Paolo wished for his wife to join him in America, so that their family could be among the first to populate the fledgling country of New Spain. Knowing that she could not legally refuse her husband, Veronica reluctantly boarded a ship, along with various servants and staff, and made her way to the colony. Upon arrival, she found herself having to become accustomed to life on the frontier, with the sweltering climate and uncomfortable, foreign conditions. All in all, in spite of its great riches, the New World did not impress her.
Unfortunately, the insatiable greed of the Conquistadors had not gone unnoticed. The Spaniards had plundered temples, stolen vast amounts of gold and gemstones, warred with the native tribes and (albeit unwittingly) introduced smallpox and other devastating illnesses to the local populations. Although the Aztec capital had been taken, they were still a long way from fully pacifying the hostile indigenous peoples. Unknown to the invaders, supernatural predators lurked among those whose empire they had attacked. The Mesoamerican cultures had venerated their Gods with blood-sacrifice, and over the centuries millions of hearts had been torn out atop stone pyramids in order to appease their deities and maintain the order of the cosmos. Not without reason had this bloodthirsty religion come about; Central and South America are the native lands of the camazotz (“death bats” in the Mayan language), a species of vampires who had cultivated enormous power and influence over the human tribes. As immortal creatures which fed upon blood, the camazotz viewed themselves as a link between the human world and the divinity of the Gods, and the regular sacrifices they received had allowed their kind to prosper. It also meant that they had grown complacent, and they were taken by surprise when foreign humans brought war and disease upon their previously unassailable empire. With their power crumbling around them, the camazotz High Lords became desperate for revenge.
On one fateful evening, a group of these vampires arrived at Veronica’s home. Compelling the guards to invite them in, they then proceeded to slaughter any who stood in their way, before snatching Veronica from her bed. Her husband moved to repel the invaders, but one of them picked him up without effort and tossed him across the room like a ragdoll. Veronica was not alone in being kidnapped like this; a number of respected Spanish families suffered similar attacks. Taken to one of the remaining temples, she was locked away within a stone chamber until the following night. At this point she was brought into the presence of an Aztec woman of unearthly beauty and majesty, who possessed gleaming black talons in place of fingernails. This woman spoke Spanish fluently, and seemed to have learned it through nothing more than observation of the invaders. She introduced herself as Itzpapalotl - “Obsidian Butterfly” - a powerful demigoddess who was both feared and worshipped within the Aztec religion. Veronica was informed that Itzpapalotl had chosen her to serve a purpose, to be an instrument of rebirth; then, the woman showed Veronica what she truly was. Her skin began to stretch and pull, growing thinner as something horrible could be seen writhing to break free from within. In a matter of moments her human form split apart like a caul, and a monster emerged. Six feet in height, the creature possessed a horrible bat-like head atop a stocky, oily-skinned body, with flabby breasts and a belly that was bloated and tight with stolen blood. Its arms were long and skeletally thin, with slimy wing-membranes and lethally-clawed hands. Upon seeing the true form of a camazotz for the first time, Veronica screamed in terror.
What happened next was quick. The monster tore away Veronica’s clothing and ripped into her chest with its claws. In a moment of indescribable agony her heart was torn out and consumed, before Itzpapalotl bit into its wrist and began to spill its own dark blood into the open wound. Veronica’s body started to spasm as a new, inhuman heart began to grow in place of the old one. Within minutes her eyes slammed open again, and a scream of tortured hunger emerged from her throat. Her flesh began to warp and twist, her skeleton re-arranging itself as her sire’s blood transformed her into a death-bat. She clambered to her feet, her form now every bit as monstrous as the one who had turned her. A bound and gagged slave was brought into the chamber, and Veronica’s instincts took over. She threw herself upon the man and sank her new fangs into his throat, glutting herself upon his life’s blood. With her first feeding completed, her body began to secrete a sticky, protoplasmic mucus. This slime began to congeal and solidify around her, becoming a new layer of flesh with her cocooned inside. Once again, her appearance was that of the human that she had been.
Rampant slaughter characterised Veronica’s early nights among the camazotz. The High Lords wanted her family dead, so they waited until she was hungry again (which did not take long), before sending her into her old house to kill her husband and everyone else who was still standing. By this point, Itzpapalotl and some of the other elders had recognised that it was too late to drive the Spanish out of their land, but it became clear what had been meant when Veronica was told that she would be an instrument of rebirth. If Spanish colonisation was to be the future, then she would be among the first generation of camazotz to be recruited from Spanish blood. Their purpose would be to build a new empire within the society of the invaders, one that may grow to be more powerful even than the Aztecs had been. The Spanish were deeply Catholic, so a religion of open blood-sacrifice was never going to be an option. Instead, the camazotz would have to rely upon secrecy and subterfuge, upon hidden cults and forbidden practises. The next two centuries saw the Spaniards slowly wipe out all remaining resistance from the indigenous peoples, and in that time the agents of the High Lords worked to ingrain themselves into the society of New Spain, subverting influential mortals to serve their cause.
Since that time, Veronica’s unlife has been intimately entwined with the course of Mexican history. She has lived through numerous wars and revolutions, seen her adopted country attain independence from Spain, and watched the wheels of politics, crime and economy grind its people down time and again. The camazotz have once again grown powerful, their influence having spread throughout the Latin American world. Veronica has spent time in Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil and numerous other countries, learning from different camazotz elders and becoming embroiled in their schemes. Much like the court of her homeland, the vampires of Latin America are far from united; they may possess the ability to lock ranks against a common foe, but among themselves they are treacherous, arrogant and rife with betrayal. The last twenty years has seen a surge in their activity. The rising economic power of Brazil has allowed the High Lords’ servants to accrue massive amounts of wealth, bankrolling an ambitious plan of expansion. More and more of the death-bats are moving northwards, into the United States, where they are starting to come into conflict with vampires of European descent. Having served the High Lords for nearly five centuries now, Veronica serves primarily as a diplomat and a negotiator, pursuing her masters’ goals through honeyed words and convoluted schemes. She possesses numerous connections in business and organised crime, with her primary source of wealth being the international black market trade in historical artefacts and antiquities. Her historical interests have led her into the studies of some particularly dark magics, on which the camazotz have amassed a sizeable amount of lore. Veronica is also a formidable warrior and assassin when required, having spent a great deal of time mastering the use of swords, knives and firearms, as well as her own claws and fangs. After one skirmish in Tijuana in 1982, a fellow camazotz remarked that Veronica’s killing of six Hunters “hardly seemed like a challenge”.
As much as Veronica likes the power and the games of intrigue that come with her situation, however, the truth is that after five hundred years she has begun to chafe under the rulership of the High Lords. Since they are currently keen on expansion of their population, Veronica offered to be the first to attempt to establish a centre of power for the camazotz in Europe. With Spain no longer the world power that it once was, her eyes have instead turned to France, and particularly to the city of Paris. As a mortal girl she visited Paris on a number of occasions, and she has fond memories of the artistry and vibrancy of that city. While times have come a long way since then, she is resolute that France is where her future will begin to unfold. While here, she plans to start by hopefully tracking down one European vampire who was said to have visited South America long before her own birth…long before even Christopher Columbus set eyes upon the New World. She does not know this elder’s face or even if he still survives, but she has at least been told a name that he was using at the time - Caspian Néill.
Powers: Given Powers For Camazotz Vampires»
- Enhanced Senses and Speed
- Mind Compulsion
- Healing Rate
- Super Durability
- Unholy Strength*
- Flesh-Cocoon/Chiropteran Form**
- Narcotic Venom***
Given Weaknesses For Camazotz Vampires»
- Wood directly to the heart
- Removal of Heart or Head
- Must have invitation into homes
* Unholy Strength
Description» Camazotz are apex supernatural predators which possess truly hellish physical might. Veronica’s strength is sufficient to shatter human bones like twigs, overturn cars with one hand, and even drive her fists through concrete walls with a mere handful of blows.
Weakness» When Veronica taps into her full fury in combat, it becomes difficult for her to stop. The longer that she has to use her full strength in violent circumstances, the more likely it becomes that she will fly into a predatory frenzy and attack anything within arm’s reach, friend or foe.
** Flesh-Cocoon/Chiropteran Form
Description» The true form of a camazotz is a horrifying creature that appears part humanoid, part gigantic bat and part pure nightmare. In this form, Veronica can make use of bat-like echolocation in order to perceive her surroundings in total darkness or where line of sight is inhibited. She can also use her wing-arms to fly, reaching speeds of up to 60mph. In order to hide themselves among their mortal prey, camazotz bodies exude a layer of protoplasmic mucus which solidifies into a “cocoon” of flesh, perfectly mimicking the appearance of the humans that they used to be. When a camazotz tears out of its human form and reveals its true self, their old flesh-cocoon disintegrates back into fluid and quickly evaporates. The supernatural nature of a flesh-cocoon means that its internal dimensions are not fully constrained by its outward appearance; many camazotz are significantly larger in their chiropteran forms than the human shapes that contain them. A camazotz may hide small items - nothing larger than a handgun - inside their flesh-cocoon by cutting themselves open and sliding the object under the outer skin layer. Once the item is hidden away, the cut can be quickly healed and the object is no longer detectable (except to x-rays and so forth).
Weakness»After revealing its chiropteran shape, a camazotz must feed on a significant amount of blood (at least enough that a human victim would require hospital treatment afterwards) before they are able to grow a new cocoon around themselves. While in its true form, a camazotz’s sensitive hearing leaves it vulnerable to disorientation from particularly loud noises. Suffice to say that any creature using a flesh-cocoon looks extremely bizarre when viewed with x-rays or other medical scanning technologies.
*** Narcotic Venom
Description» Camazotz bodies produce a potent narcotic toxin, which can be found in their saliva, blood and other bodily fluids. This compound may be ingested orally, or injected directly into the blood stream (most commonly via a bite). Those affected by the venom experience feelings of increased strength and heightened senses, as well as a keen sense of sensual - and depending on circumstances, sexual - euphoria. The venom’s main purpose is to induce compliance and slow the heart rate of mortal victims, so as to prolong the experience of feeding. Those who are affected by it can easily become addicted to the sensation, however, often becoming increasingly enslaved to their camazotz “dealer” in return for their next dose. Preternatural beings are inherently more resistant to the physically addictive effect, but they can still experience the “high” and may become psychologically addicted. Those under the venom’s effects become much more easily affected by the vampire’s Mind Compel power.
Weakness» This power cannot be “switched off”. Veronica learned long ago that any intimate physical or sexual contact - even something as fleeting as a kiss - carries the risk that the venom may be transmitted. Turning her romantic partners into venom-addicted slaves can certainly be useful, but it is not something that she would choose to do all of the time.
Description» Veronica possesses an inhuman degree of stealth. When she so chooses, her movements can be utterly silent, and so long as she remains concealed within the shadows mundane senses will simply fail to detect her, unless she takes an aggressive action or otherwise reveals herself.
Weakness» Preternatural creatures with enhanced senses still have a chance to notice her. The power is also immediately broken if she does anything that would overtly draw attention.
Description» Veronica is well-practised in a number of dark and unholy rituals, which can summon forth eldritch demons from beyond time and space, and imbue them with physical form. These terrible spirits are named in Aztec legend as Tzitzimitl, and when manifested in our reality they are both immensely powerful and utterly hostile to Earthly life. When in physical form, a typical Tzitzimitl is several times the size of a human, and possesses a somewhat dinosaurian appearance, hinting that these demons may in fact be ghosts or spiritual echoes from a distant and savage aeon of Earth’s past. Although they look bestial, they are fully intelligent and can be dangerously cunning. Moreover, they are almost invulnerable to harm; only Holy Fire, powerful magical attacks, and high-yield weapons such as anti-tank rockets have any chance of dealing them any meaningful damage. A summoned Tzitzimitl can be commanded to perform a single service, and once its task is completed, the demon will return to the primordial realm from which it was called forth.
Weakness» This is not a power which can be used quickly or at short notice; hours of preparation, ritual blood-letting and incantation are required to bring a Tzitzimitl forth from the outer darkness and conjure a physical body for it to inhabit. Even if the ritual is successful, not one of these creatures would ever willingly serve an Earthly master. Instructions must be given very carefully, for the demon will always seek to interpret its orders in ways that are destructive or harmful to its summoner. It goes without saying that Tzitzimitl are not subtle creatures, and summoning one in a populated area carries a tremendous risk of exposing preternatural activity to the human masses. Finally, should a solar or lunar eclipse occur while a Tzitzimitl is manifested, then the summoner’s control over it is instantly broken, and the demon is free to do whatever it wishes (which usually involves a violent rampage). This is not a power that is used lightly, or without great planning.
Full Name: Veronica Melita D’Cruz
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