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H'okay, so! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the second Scion Character Set! This set covers our antagonists, who start off on a slightly higher foot than the Heroes — each of our antagonists has made something of a name for themselves, whether through medical miracle, defeating a giant with one's bare fists, or causing chaos to return to the God of Wine a bottle from his secret stash. So here we are, the New Atlanteans!
Parents: Marianne Tanner, Skaft; Stepfather Eddie Tanner
Siblings: Damien Tanner (Half-Brother, Mortal)
Appearance: Black-haired and of average height, Akton has piercing gray eyes that seem to always know the truth. In truth, his perceptive ability is only slightly better than the average mortals, but he makes sure that he is always aware of his surroundings. He dresses in a casual manner, although he still looks quite professional. His hair is cut at about his jawline and layered. He always has a cell phone on him, which has a small battery in it (the First Battery), and he uses it to call his brother Damien when he’s going on long trips and wants to keep his followers updated.
Personality: Akton loves to study. He loves reading, writing, arithmetic, and learning new things. But besides all that, he loves intellectual discourse on all sorts of topics — which is why he has fallen head over heels for Anita Urbana. In addition, he believes that it is his and his band’s responsibility to rebuild the legends of Atlantis as they properly were, a great land of progress, beacon of the Enlightened World. He’s hopeful that if Atlantis can be restored, the world will be returned to the right track.
History: Always a smart lad, Andrew Kyle Tanner (Akton’s birth name) always knew there was something special about him. However, it wasn’t until his Visitation that he learned the truth. According to his true father, Skaft, who had been hiding on Earth for centuries, he was destined for something. But before Kyle could ask what, Skaft’s muscles siezed up and his form fell dead from a disease he had warned had ravaged the old Gods of Atlantis. It was not long after that that Mr. Nought came, bearing gifts and urging Andrew to take up his father’s mantle and rebuild the Atlantean Pantheon. Taking the name Akton, the Scion of Atlantis began gathering a Band, that he might challenge Fate and rebuild Atlantis.
Akton’s first legendary deed, however, was performed alone, as he was traveling to Chicago to meet with what Fate had in store for him. Something had taken hold of the train’s engine, and had placed seven riddles on the door — old riddles, and complex ones. And unless the riddles’ answers were given, he would crash the train into the Sears Tower. Akton went to the door, as riddles were a savory sensation to his mind. And although they increased in obscurity, he still managed to answer each riddle correctly (though by the end, he was struggling). The Tengu that had taken control of the train tried to flee, but Akton was clever, and he spoke the answer to an eighth riddle that he had noticed in the riddles’ patterns. This caused the Tengu to shrink to the size of a grapefruit, at which point Akton put him in a jar and sealed the lid up tight, poking a few holes in. The Tengu never forgot him, although it still hasn’t managed to free itself from the jar.
It was three days later that he first saw Anita Urbana, and two weeks after that that he began gathering members for his Band. They would travel to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, meeting Miles Lawrence. Then on south to St. Louis, Missouri, where they would gain Felicia Larkspur, and even further south to New Orleans, where they met Sam Logan. Theodore Larson was the last to join, joining when the band had gone to Maine on rumors of Frost Giants.
Languages: English, Greek, Latin, Atlantean, Spanish
Band: Anita Urbana, Felicia Larkspur, Miles Lawrence, Sam Logan, Theodore Larson
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner, Mr. Nought
Main Rivals: Aaron Lawrence
Other Rivals/Enemies: Jen Hatfield, Ewan MacMathan, Iris Hale, Martin Novida, Takeru Shima
Purviews: Earth, Fire, Scīre
Name: Anita Urbana
Parents: Maria Urbana, Quetzalcoátl; Stepfather Juan Urbana
Appearance: A beautiful young Hispanic woman, Anita has long black hair and deep brown eyes. She stands at average height, and wears dresses in shades of green. Pinned to her blouse most of the time is a rose-shaped brooch, and she wears a necklace from which hangs an amulet in the shape of a snake wrapped loosely around a pair of hands. Finally, she has two rings on her right hand. The ring on her right middle finger has a large blue sapphire and an engraving of an eagle in the gold band. On her right ring finger is a ring with a large emerald inlaid, and mystic runes written across the band. She can use the ring and expend a portion of her power to ensure that the next time a man or woman has sex, a pregnancy will result.
Personality: Strongly and closely loyal, Anita is convinced that Akton’s quest is what is right for the world. She is willing to brave any danger for him, and loves him with all her heart. She also does her best to care for the creatures of the world, whom she deeply cares for.
History: Born to young parents, Anita had always sensed something about her was different. She couldn’t say what it was, perhaps something about the way she seemed to have such close rapport with snakes or the amazing ability she had with medicine, reaching a level of innate understanding that it took most people several years of study to reach. It was about then that her Divine Father gave her her Visitation. He revealed to her what she had never suspected about herself, her divine heritage and that Fate seemed to have something planned for her, if the oracles were to be believed. Although she did not test this, she set out, eager to prove to her father her worth as a healer.
Anita made headlines after spending some time as a nurse in a poor suburb of Chicago, working for a free clinic. She became known as the “Miracle from Mexico” because she was able to diagnose patients completely accurately with just a glance, she kept flowers in her room which bloomed and grew continually all year around, and because a woman with beauty that most considered positively mythic was working for no pay in a free clinic. But her greatest action came after a young couple came to her, desiring children. Unfortunately, the man had been diagnosed impotent (and Anita’s sight confirmed it) and the woman was unsure if her body would reject a pregnancy from him. But Anita was a miracle-worker, and her ring had the miracle she needed. She pressed it against each of their hands, and told them that the next time they had sex, she would be pregnant. True to her word, the couple became pregnant, and nine months later they gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy at the same free clinic. One week after that, Anita met Akton while working as a tour guide for a local aquarium, struck up a conversation with him, and decided to prove her worth as a healer to her father by helping this bright young man raise his old pantheon from its deathbed, completely healed.
Languages: Spanish, English
Band: Akton, Felicia Larkspur, Miles Lawrence, Sam Logan, Theodore Larson
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner
Main Rivals: Iris Hale, Martin Novida
Other Rivals/Enemies: Aaron Lawrence, Ewan MacMathan, Jen Hatfield, Takeru Shima
Purviews: Animal, Fertility, Health, Sky, Water
Name: Felicia Larkspur
Parents: Bastet, Daniel Larkspur
Appearance: A girl of Middle Eastern descent, likely Egyptian, but with some American features, Felicia has short black hair kept short because long hair doesn’t suit her. She usually wears shirts and denim jeans, and has her father’s green eyes. In her pocket she keeps a six-sided die with only three symbols, one meaning “Magic”, one meaning “Prophecy”, and one meaning “Fate”. She also has a pair of earrings that look like they were modeled after a total solar eclipse. She moves with unbelievable grace.
Personality: Felicia enjoys being outdoors, practice fighting, and dancing. She feels that her natural grace and harmony with nature come from her strong connection to Fate, as exemplified by her connection to the Sun and Moon, as well as her skill with the Fateful Purviews. She’s also deeply interested in the occult. Above all else, she is a powerful believer in the idea that she is fated to keep the balance of Fate and return the Earth to its true keepers: the Mortals. Oddly enough, she’s also always had a thing for ugly guys — which may be why she’s so interested in Theodore.
History: Raised by her single father in a decent middle class income, she heard from him many tales of her mother’s fondness for (and affinity with) cats. Although she didn’t believe his constant insistence that her mother was a goddess, she did accept that her amazingly graceful movements did come from that selfsame mother. Her Visitation shocked her, because it happened when she was leaving for college when Bastet came to bestow her blessings upon her daughter. Daniel Larkspur was saying goodbye to his daughter and witnessed his lover’s triumphant return, and he shouted, as soon as Bastet had left, “I told you! I told you your mother was a goddess!” Daniel then wished his daughter good luck doing… well, he wasn’t sure, but he presumed there would be something. It wasn’t too long after that that Felicia began fighting Titanspawn.
Felicia’s legend-affirming moment came almost without warning. As she was trying to find the leader of a Titanspawn cult, she ran across a man talking with a giant. Although Felicia didn’t know who this man was, she knew that the giant would likely sense her immediately, and she’d need some way of turning the tide against it. So, she cast a spell on the man so that she would be able to find him at any time. Eventually, the man was alone — and that was when Felicia ambushed him, asking him if he’d like to go to dinner. It was during dinner that the giant threatened them, and it was then that Felicia performed a few swift combination maneuvers, taking out the giant in a few quick punches. However, it seemed to Felicia to be too easily-won, and sure enough, as the giant faded, it was revealed as a man, and her opponent smiled at her as he gripped his glass, turning the water inside into ice. This cunning young giant had hid his appearance from her, and the two began fighting. Unfortunately for the giant, Felicia was quick, quicker than any mortal it had ever faced, and he was soon lying on the pavement knocked out. Felicia used the time it was knocked out to get a suitably-threatening club and convince the rather young being to get out of her city before she killed it (the giant would never learn that the threat was, in fact, empty). It was a city over where she met Akton and his companions Anita and Miles, and joined up with them.
Languages: English, Ancient Egyptian
Band: Akton, Anita Urbana, Miles Lawrence, Sam Logan, Theodore Larson
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner
Main Rivals: Martin Novida, Iris Hale
Other Rivals/Enemies: Aaron Lawrence, Ewan MacMathan, Jen Hatfield, Takeru Shima
Purviews: Magic, Moon, Mystery, Prophecy, Sun
Name: Miles Lawrence
Parents: Becky Lawrence, Dionysus; Stepfather Mark Lawrence
Siblings: Aaron Lawrence (Half-Brother, Scion of Baldur), Natalie Lawrence (Half-Sister, Mortal (Unvisited Scion of Sun Wukong))
Appearance: Good-looking, charming, and smart are the three adjectives most used to describe Miles Lawrence. His mother’s blonde hair is cut short and wavy, and his mother’s blue eyes shine from his face. He dresses like an average guy, in jeans and a t-shirt most of the time as opposed to his brother’s bodyguard suit and earpiece. Miles also has a ring with an emerald inlaid and two onyxes on either side of it; if he concentrates on the ring, he can summon to his side an incredibly beautiful woman, so long as he is standing near an oak tree. He sometimes uses this to his advantage to chase off would-be suitors.
Personality: Miles lives for the party and brings the party to him. He loves to live it up and although he’s more used to nighttime, he still manages to attend his classes. He’s also the most awesome friend ever, and one of the best tricksters in his classes. He’s nowhere near as strong or powerful as Aaron, but he more than has enough guile to make up for it.
History: Born in 1986, Miles never felt like his brother was quite the role model. True, he was good-looking, but he had an average intellect, a mediocre ability to influence people, and an absolutely pathetic way of life. Miles, unlike his brother, believed Grandpa Lawrence when he insisted they weren’t actually Mark’s kids, and asked the old man several questions, including whether his sister had the same “scent” to old Mr. Lawrence. David Lawrence replied that yes, she did. He asked his granddad not to mention it to his father, and when Miles received his Visitation, he acted like he had expected it for his entire life, something that surprised the God of Wine greatly.
Miles’s first quest was also his favorite, cementing his place in the legends of the modern era. He was tasked by his father with going to a party and distracting a Scion of Aphrodite who had a keen eye and a keener nose, and could sense if someone had spiked her drink even if the offending liquid had no smell or taste. And she was guarding something that Dionysus wanted. So Miles began talking with her, hoping that he could get her to lower her guard. But she was a difficult case to crack, despite his jokes and his wit and the ol’ charms that had been able to net him anyone he wanted back on campus, and Miles wasn’t sure how to get her distracted — until he gave it some thought, and sure enough, a brilliantly chaotic plan came to him. Discreetly, he opened his cell phone, which he usually kept silenced, and dialed someone’s phone. That phone wound up being the phone of a man trying to light his girlfriend’s cigarette. He kept the lighter lit as he looked for his phone, accidentally igniting the paper streamers that were hung all over the party hall. The girlfriend noticed and tried to put out the fire, but the paper burned far too quickly and her frantic patting not only fanned the flames, but caught her gloves on fire. Meanwhile, Miles had handed the Scion of Aphrodite his phone, saying only, “It’s for you.”
By the time the girlfriend had managed to keep her glove from burning her to ash along with it, she overheard the scion’s voice over the phone, and she decked her boyfriend, shouting, “First you light the dance hall on fire, then you have the nerve to accept a call from some stupid slut?!” The insult traveled not only across the phone, but also across the hall — and suddenly the Scion of Aphrodite was pissed off enough to need to go over and straighten out one nineteen-year-old’s opinion as fire began spreading. And that was when she left, the item now unguarded, and Miles carefully picketed the thing (for those of you who are curious, it was a bottle of wine that had been stolen from Dionysus’s private stores) and snuck out of the dance floor just as the fighting hit the transformer, blowing all the fuses and rendering the place completely pitch black. And Miles walked out like nothing had happened. The next month, as he was carefully defusing a situation between an angry husband and his wayward wife so that one of his half-brothers would have a good home, he met Akton, and after some cajoling Miles joined the Band as a God of Chaos.
Languages: English, Latin, French
Band: Akton, Anita Urbana, Felicia Larkspur, Sam Logan, Theodore Larson
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner
Main Rivals: Aaron Lawrence, Ewan MacMathan, Jen Hatfield
Other Rivals/Enemies: Iris Hale, Martin Novida, Takeru Shima
Purviews: Chaos, Darkness
Name: Sam Logan
Parents: Baron Samedi, Moonbeam Logan; Stepfather Sunblossom Logan
Siblings: Christopher “Chrissy” Logan (Half-”Brother”, Mortal)
Appearance: Sam doesn’t look like the all-white girl one would exect from her mother and father. Her dark skin and dark eyes are topped by a head of long, curly black hair, and she’s strikingly tall — almost six foot (well, she’s five foot ten, but still). She dresses in either suits or dress clothes, but never in dresses. She has the pair of cheap sunglasses that inspired the ZZ Top song, and wears them almost continually over her eyes. She’s also got a very nice pair of boots, and a revolver that never seems to run out of bullets — she claims it’s death’s, and given how adeptly she wields it, it just might be.
Personality: Always call her “Sam”; Samantha is a definite berserk button. She knows there’s a family history of mental illness on her stepfather’s side and she’s rather relieved that she didn’t inherit that. Somewhat more ambivalent about having the Baron as her father, she’s nonetheless learned to deal with it. She’s also come to terms with her sister Chrissy’s feelings, and may call on Anita for a favor one of these days.
History: Sam grew up in a loving, if dysfunctional family. Her parents were products of hippie parents who had passed the time during their pregnancies with various drugs, mostly weed and alcohol, and their brains were damaged in different ways. While neither saw a drop in IQ, both developed strange personality disorders, complicated in Sunblossom Logan’s case by the fact that mental illness already ran in his family. It was into this family that Sam Logan was born, completely healthy and surprisingly good-natured. Undamaged as she was thanks to her parents’ refusal to smoke weed or drink alcohol, she nonetheless had an unusual childhood, because two years later she got a younger brother who acted more like a sister than a brother. In fact, he referred to himself as “she” much of the time, and by third grade it was clear that Christopher thought of himself as Christine. It took Sam a while to get this in her head. It was right after she’d gotten her bearings concerning Chrissy that Sam received her Visitation.
The moment that solidified Sam’s place in modern legend came when she avenged the ghost of a young girl who had been murdered in an unsolved case — because the young woman who’d committed the murder had been new to the town and had no motive, save that the ghost had been extraordinarily pretty in life. The woman was, in fact, a medusa, and had killed the victim for her eyes so that she could live a life of luxury as one of “the beautiful people”. Sam then began the hunt. She eventually found the woman, living a life of luxury that she’d held for the past month in a large hotel suite. Sam knocked on the door, her pistol cocked and in her hand, but hidden by her powers. The suite was almost empty; there was only one woman in there, whose unearthly beauty tipped Sam off immediately. She fired at the medusa once, wounding her from the doorway. The woman got up to run at Sam, but Sam fired again. The bullet grazed her ribcage instead of slamming into a lung as the other one had, and the medusa continued to stumble toward Sam. The Daughter of Death fired a third shot, however, and the medusa collapsed, her wounds too much. As Sam knelt by her, she again hid her pistol before sending the woman off to a gentler death than she had condemned her victim to. As the police rushed in, Sam allowed herself to be searched; no trace of a gun could be found by the mortal authorities. As she left the town, she encountered a Band led by an intelligent-looking young man who identified himself as Akton; taking a gamble, she joined up with them.
Languages: English, French, Cajun
Band: Akton, Anita Urbana, Felicia Larkspur, Miles Lawrence, Theodore Larson
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner, Chrissy Logan
Main Rivals: Jen Hatfield
Other Rivals/Enemies: Aaron Lawrence, Ewan MacMathan, Iris Hale, Martin Novida, Takeru Shima
Purviews: Death, Illusion, Psychopomp
Name: Theodore Larson
Parents: Tyr, Alice Larson; Stepfather Jude Larson
Siblings: Michael Larson (Half-Brother, Mortal)
Appearance: Theodore Logan is a mass of frost burns and scars. Hideous and horrifying to look at, he often appears dressed in riot armor and holding a revolver with the word “Krieg” engraved on one side of the barrel and the word “Wehr” engraved on the other side. His left eye is missing, replaced by a lump of frostbitten flesh that used to be his eyelid, and his gloves have the word “Eis” embroidered on them. What remains of his hair is thick and black, and he has a sharp widow’s peak that is clearly visible.
Personality: A scion of Tyr, Theodore has always been concerned with justice for the weak. However, he abhors modern warfare, considering it to be too focused on petty vengeance and not focused enough on creating justice anew in the world. The invasion of Iraq by the United Stats was especially troubling to him. He finds modern warfare to be a hideous thing, and has altered his appearance to match his beliefs. Blunt and straightforward, Ted thinks nothing of using his powers to end wars.
History: Born to Alice Long ten weeks before her marriage to Jude Larson, Theodore was given his stepfather’s surname. Ted grew up with a stepfather and younger half-brother who both admired his work ethic and sense of justice. He did not, however, sign up for the US Army despite feeling that a career serving his country would be the best move for him; he believed that Iraq was an unjust war, and would have no part in it. As he wrote later, “Had we not been in that war, I would have signed up for the military immediately.” Eventually, he was Visited by his father, and given three relics — his pistol (also blessed by Baldur with the Guardian purview as a gift for Tyr’s hospitality), his gloves (a gift from a young Goddess of Ice who had fallen in love with him), and a third relic, a wooden gavel that granted the Justice purview.
However, the gavel was destroyed in a fight with a fire giant, who set alight all of the young scion’s clothes. Though he managed to protect his gloves and pistol, his gavel was caught in the flames and burned to nought but ash. After the GIant was felled, Theodore looked at the giant. Then he looked at the sky. “The giant stood in the shadow of my left eye,” he said, “and burned to nought a gift from my father. Henceforth, I cast out this left eye, that its blindness to the unjust might be purged from my body!” And with a grunt of exertion, Theodore ripped the left eye from its socket, crushed it in his hand, and threw the discarded and crushed eye into the ashes. It wasn’t long after that that the one-eyed God met Akton, and joined him as the future God of Justice of the new pantheon.
Band: Akton, Anita Urbana, Felicia Larkspur, Miles Lawrence, Sam Logan
Other Friends/Allies: Damien Tanner
Main Rivals: Aaron Lawrence, Takeru Shima
Other Rivals/Enemies: Ewan MacMathan, Iris Hale, Jen Hatfield, Martin Novida
Purviews: Frost, Guardian, Justice, War
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