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Ceres the Wise

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by mord

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A Modern Day Pantheon of Higher Beings

Description

Basic Information


Name: Ceres the Wise
Alias(es): Florence Rhine Benoit | Isis (Isis Reinhardt) | Demeter (Elizabeth Michaels) | Ceres the Daughter
Age: 500+ Years Old

Species: Ascended Avian/Pseudodeity
Status: Active

Sexuality: Bisexual
Relationship Status: Multiple husbands and wives

Spheres of Control & Protectress of: Goddess of Agriculture (Demeter & Ceres), Grain Crops (Demeter & Ceres), Motherly Relationships (Demeter & Ceres), Law &amp; Order (Demeter & Ceres), Initiation (Demeter & Ceres), Civilization (Demeter & Ceres), Mystery &amp; Afterlife (Demeter & Ceres), Constellations (Demeter & Ceres), Health (Isis), Knowledge (Isis), Wisdom (Isis), Rebirth (Isis), Life & Death (Isis), Earth (Isis); Protectress of Women, Motherhood, Marriage; Patroness of Nature & Magic

Occupation: (QUICK INFO: Deity (secretly) | Ruler of the Realm of Honesty (secretly) | Witch & Businesswoman (public identity) | Owner of Benoit Mystics superstore, the largest, most successful magic shop in the United States, not to mention New Orleans, with frequent international orders, a bustling shop on their website, frequent visitors, and the ability to offer up quite the array of supplies, as they aren't limited to herbs and such | The Reinhardt Cafe + Gallery & Museum (Isis, also known as Isis Reinhardt) | Reinhardt Auction House | The Michaels’ Enterprise Hotel (Demeter Form, also known as Elizabeth Michaels))

Deity | Ruler of the Realm of Honesty (in which she is significantly more powerful, and has total omnipotence. Some of her power also comes from ruling Honesty); in her human life she is a witch with the most successful shop for supplies in witchcraft, and paganism, in New Orleans (and new locations HOPEFULLY coming soon), and sometimes may venture with humans (As the Goddess of Mystery, she will do just about anything to keep the mystery going. It’s her thing, really. She may end up creating a new mystery, with a new mortal life if necessary, as well), and for that I say Do I Wanna Know? Well… are you sure you do? Gods are finicky, Gods are ruthless, and Gods are more savage than man could ever be… and a bit childish at times. So, whoever you may be, lover, wanter, worshipper, enemy, hater of her mother (who DOESN’T hate her mother? I mean, except for her thousands of followers), do you wanna know? Yeah, the song means a lot for this character, and it’s not just the phrase “Do I wanna know” that goes with the character, but everything about the song. Anyways: She’s normally very low key, unless… well, all hell breaks loose, and everything is at risk. One time, on another forum, there was an apocalypse, and she didn't reveal her true form. She's very, very devoted. One of the only ways she'd reveal herself is if the Earth was going to be destroyed, and mankind wiped out completely. And if that happens, she probably won't survive. I mean, whatever the **** is capable of causing Ceres to rise once more, and unite her followers and her realm in the defense of man has gotta be some new kind of scary.

Appearance:

While Ceres herself is accompanied by a massive scythe larger than a man, and donned in robes of purple, with a violet haze over completely white eyes in her true form, she tends to take a human form more often than that of her Avian form (see [url=http://i.imgur.com/LRSZ4LD[/url] for this particular “outfit”. She wears different forms like an outfit). The pseudodeity is a beautiful woman, and, while not the prettiest of all, she has come to adore the soft, healthy skin, the deep, chocolatey eyes, the long lashes, the high cheekbones, those dimples when she smiles, and her wonderful hair. Known by Florence in this day and age, she is a persona that has seemingly come from France even though Ceres is actually a pure Roman entity, and she wears the nicest of apparel.

Florence’s wardrobe is filled with semi-formal, casual-formal, and formal clothing that includes dresses, female suits, and a variety of accessories that are commonly comprised of precious metals, or high technology. Around her wrist is a “reduced” variation of her mystical suit that takes the appearance of a well-sized wristlet computer with a holographically projected screen, and various other doodads. Her favorite items to wear seem to be copper, or silverly materials such as silver, platinum, and rhodium, alongside the highly expensive Ruthenium. Florence has a tendency to go for heels, but may wear something else as long as it fits the occasion.

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Body of Isis ~ AKA: Isis Reinhardt

Character Overview


Ceres the Wise is the child of Ceres the Horrid. Ceres the Horrid formerly held the title of Ceres the Wise until she went mad, and Ceres the Daughter, the current Ceres the Wise, took on the mantle after accomplishing such actions to be seen as a great encourager of gathering knowledge, of embracing wisdom, and doing the wise thing. She is an Ascended Avian, meaning she ascended to Godhood from a race of winged, mortal, but long-lived (300 or so years) humanoids that, usually, seem human. She is a pseudodeity, in fact, and is stronger than the normal deity, with a massive cult following across the world, with some of the cults not worshipping Ceres herself but something she created, or someone she masqueraded as (and, thus, usurped the worshippers and powers of). Ceres' cult following also frequently crosses over with worship of other, independent deities, and she is often worshipped by pagans, and witches, of all types, or at least has her power called upon by them. Her spheres of control include Agriculture, grain Crops, Motherly Relationships, Law & Order, Mystery & Afterlife, & Constellations.

The Cult of Ceres the Wise is, currently, the only major public neo-pagan cult, and often worships her helper deities, partakes in the Eleusinian mysteries, and is highly secretive. The Cult of Ceres the Wise has its hand in numerous businesses, is extremely well organized in multiple types of ranks (knowledge levels, access ranking, military/security ranking, and chapter ranking), and is led by a council of High Priestesses from each chapter of the cult headed by the Grand Regent. The Cult has dozens of thousands, upon dozens of thousands of members, with its members being enlarged by the fact that those of other cults and pagan religious orders are allowed to join because of the amount of importance that Ceres the Wise has to the pagan community. That's not the only thing that allows massive amounts of expansion, as the Cult of Ceres the Wise includes knowledge gatherers, due to their primary mandates, and may include people who don't even worship Ceres. It often communicates with other cults, or pagan groups, and members are often "lent" in official capacities to oversee, and allow, the intertwining of Ceres the Wise into the rituals of outsiders. There are also worshippers that aren't official members of the Cult. Overall, "the Cult of Ceres the Wise is devoted to gathering knowledge, defending mankind, hunting the vampiric races, furthering the mystery, recruiting more to the cause (even if they don't worship Ceres the Wise, and instead gather knowledge), gaining political and monetary power, saving people through the medical community, blessing the agricultural community, acting as nurses to the pregnant, defending the bunkers, and, finally, furthering Ceres' numerous goals."

Ceres the Wise is head of one of the largest Avian sects ever to exist, second only to her mother's own sect. The sect is known as the Avian Host of Honesty, and these are the citizens of the City-Realm of Honesty that are the sect, though there are other occupants of the City-Realm of Honesty. The City-Realm of Honesty is occupied by many other sects, and even a few other races, with the city being five to six times the size of New York City (though most of it is taken up by other races, those granted access to the City-Realm as their afterlife, and members of other sects), and includes significantly different sections.

Ceres has four different forms in total, with each of them being interconnected, but still independent, however, not independent at the same time. Power isn't split between the four forms, though, and her true body has all the power it would have even without the three bodies. This is fulfilled through her mystery sphere of control. The first form is her true body, which holds the most power, the second is the form of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, which Ceres acquired when she usurped her mother, the third is the form of Demeter, which Ceres acquired when she gained control of some of what her mother had, (both of these individuals are "dead", and their bodies are currently part of the mystery. This means that they are bodies/forms of Ceres, but were formerly individuals), while the last is her "mortal" form, which is capable of taking on her "true" form, but has limited power (this is often the one I will be roleplaying with). These bodies each have their own, individual weaknesses, and power levels, but killing one doesn't affect another, and the true body may or may not recreate the bodies, though the mystery may do the same as well. The mystery itself is not just a sphere of control, but a quasi-living "entity" that created the bodies, and may create more, to further the mystery (which Ceres draws power from), and it's possible for different things to happen if the mystery requires it. Among these things is the fact that the "mortal" form, or any of the forms aside from the True Body, really, are capable of gaining more power, even temporarily, or just in one particular thing, to further the mystery (I.E. the "mortal" form reveals the "true" form, but someone who wasn't supposed to see it sees it, and, thus, Ceres can remove the memory from the one who wasn't supposed to see it, but only that one). It's, really, a complicated thing, and would be better read in her character profile.

Compared to a lot of deities, Ceres' personality is an admirable one, with her being a mostly reasonable person devoted to keeping the mystery going (the mystery being one of her major spheres, and, potentially, an abstract "entity", or personification. I use double quotes because I'm not sure if it's even alive. I mean, in myths there are things that seem alive, but aren't, like Chaos, though it didn't appear until later in the mythos, but, you know, still figuring out stuff for Ceres), gathering knowledge, living life, building up her following, combating her threats, and whatever else she wants to be up to in life.

Personality


Compared to other Avians/Deities Ceres’ personality is particularly admirable. She has a code of honor that is what has enabled her to gain a following nearly as large as her mother’s own. Her code of honor states that a being shall not receive death unless they earn it, for the world is full of many children and that is all they are. That being said she has more honor than her kin because she will usually uphold her promises and oaths unless angered, much like a deity themselves.

Ceres has a warrior spirit; she is prepared to be a warrior protector of those that need it, a warrior spirit effectively of those that are unprotected or bullies or mistreated by those who should love him. Her life’s work is a focus on perfecting her body so that she can endure more kinds of combat. Her goal is to become a better leader, a stronger leader, than her mother ever was.

Ceres, like her mother, is one of the most manipulative beings ever to come into existence despite the fact that she tries to be different from her mother and despite the fact that she has an honorable personality compared to other Seraphim. She is capable of taking advantage of anything and everything that comes her way as if the strings are wrapped around her finger and she is puppeting a marionette. In essence Ceres can and will play dirty when the chance arises.

On top of all of this the woman’s upbringing during the Renaissance by a woman angered by the fact the old Gods had been forgotten molded Ceres into a bitter, but endlessly ambitious, woman capable of great deeds. Her leadership skills are unparalleled but the abuse brought on by a mother with what is clearly some form of a severe psychological disorder scarred her permanently. She’s irritable sometimes, at times insensitive, and in general very difficult to deal with; for the same reason all of these traits are what has made her a better person and a great leader.

Likes:

+ Amusing herself
+ Improving herself
+ Conflict between allies
+ Toying with minds
+ The finer things

Dislikes:

+ Hypocrites
+ Stupid people
+ Those who deceive allies
+ Certain humans (personality wise), but mostly humans in general despite her wanting to protect them
+ Certain types of supernaturals

Biography + the Mother Ceres


Introduction:

Ceres is a relatively young entity that has thrived since her creation in the year of 1515 AD during a time when Rome still had some relative power. In addition Ceres is also the name of Ceres’ mother, a powerful Seraphim that predates the “modern” Ceres and first started the myth but she too fell to the same fate as Ceres. Though considered to be somewhat young by her kin Ceres is much wiser than those around her due to the things that she went through as a child. Ceres was born at the perfect time for turmoil to strike across the globe numerous times throughout one of the most turbulent periods in the existence that Ceres remembers. As you can see the myth of Ceres begins now and that myth is a powerful one. With her birth began a sequence of miraculous events that molded her into a being that happened to be humble compared to her brethren.

The Mother Ceres:

Ceres, the mother, was born into a family of entities that had long been known as the Keres, a namesake that she has long tried to avoid the influence of. The name Arus is a relatively modern one compared to what they used to be called, but the point still stands that they were so terrifying that they were considered to be demons who rose up out of Pandora’s Box to strike horror in the hearts of humans. This family could be seen in the battlefield acting as a malevolent version of the Valkyries they once were in the myths of the Proto-Germanic people near the beginning of civilization. The Arus were monstrosities that had long been abhorred by their kin, and were believed to be direct descendants of a bonding of unholy matrimony between the Avians and a group of dark entities. In essence these beings were the thing of nightmares, and with their high organization and capacity to strike fear into others, not to mention a few other quirks, their nature needed to be abandoned.

Ceres was going to be the herald of an apocalypse long sought out by her people so that they may cleanse the Earth of the pitiful creatures such as the weak humans and the Semi-Angelic Nephilim. Instead she became a different kind of angel than her kin(though she still did develop a somewhat malevolent personality, and she isn’t good by any stretch of the word), and despite how she was raised she still became better than them. The repercussions of the incident of being an angel among the Arus that was not boldly malevolent, but instead manipulative and therefore “dishonored” would be seen later, but she held it off for quite a long while. Ceres would come to be seen as a deity of the Romans but that would only be for her manipulative skill. This skill and her traits of seeming benevolence would lead to her becoming a “Fallen Seraphim among the Arus”, thus being abandoned by her namesake.

While using her bought time and significantly shortening it the Wise Seraphim took up the mantle as a defender of Rome despite the fault of the state. This fault was that the Daemons of Rome had taken up that mantle already, something that would occur with Italy as well, but this was irrelevant to Ceres. Ceres saw the Romans as a people that needed protecting and by protecting these people she would develop a wealth that enabled her to buy anything in her life she wished. This need to protect Rome had to be explained to her kin so that they didn’t punish her then and there, though she knew they would later once they realized what she was doing (which was ripping them off). The explanation given was that she was manipulating Rome for the apocalypse to begin and since the Arus saw her as a sort of messiah of wickedness her actions were approved of.

One of the many things that Ceres did to manipulate her family and Rome was develop relationships with the most powerful men on the planet. For decades she taught wealthy men better agricultural skills and mothered what children they had, as well as mothering their people, in exchange for their following of her. Thus Ceres began to develop a cult of followers across the planet that, while now a shadow of its former self, became the reason for her being seen as a Roman deity of agriculture, grain crops, fertility, and motherly relationships. What she did next, however, took much longer and would allow her to build a more permanent following, and this is what would make her lose her wings.

Ceres fell in the eyes of her people when she committed heresy against her family by going out of her way to use the bodies of her husbands and the bodies of her dozen or so children and their wives and husbands to, essentially, build an army. In majority these children were only Half-Avian, with some of them being part of another race but very few of them actually being purely of avian blood. To hide herself and her children, and their children, she made use of the bunkers around the world that her various mates had built in her name. Ceres would hide her husbands and the wives and husbands of her children away in bunkers around the world and sleep with them every so often, while making sure to keep the pot clean. This allowed Ceres to give birth to many children over many different decades; these children would become the very downfall of those that betrayed her.

The Arus issues a proclamation that Ceres was to surrender all of what she had built up if she did not want to lose her life, something that terrified her. This would have led to Ceres being at fault for the death of hundreds of her children, something that was completely unacceptable. These two things played into her decision but Ceres knew she had to do the right thing, and since her legacy would be living on if she didn’t surrender her children or her empire she sacrificed herself to the Arus. The Arus have always been a peculiar people which is why they did what they did when it came to Ceres’ punishment. Due to her bravery and her boldness, the Arus removed her wings instead of dooming the supposed herald of the apocalypse to death. This is how her daughter, the modern day Ceres, became cursed.

This action is what would lead to the complete and total extinction of the Arus and their various cousins with similar, or even completely different, purposes. Save for a few of the branches of the Arus, such as what remained of the Valkyrie or Disir or the Norns, they were wiped out. The war wasn’t as brutal as one would think for the Keres that died had overestimated their relationships with their cousins, and underestimated the force that Ceres wielded. The Arus were replaced by the Children of Ceres, which absorbed the Valkyrie and the Disir and the Norns, and thus a gathering of angels had occurred. These benevolent and malevolent entities were all highly manipulative, and each of them were extremely devoted to Ceres for ending the reign of the tyrannic Arus..

The Daughter Ceres:

The age of antiquities and the age of the Dark Ages both had ended relatively uneventful with Ceres doing nothing but trying to build up her organized people through improving them as they were. Numerous operations were ran, knowledge sought out, colleges founded, and the hope that they would find keys to powerful information instilled in Ceres’ followers. Everything seemed to be falling into place with Ceres the Wise and her metallic wings. It then, during the era of the renaissance, that her thirteenth and most prized child was born.

Ceres the Wise was a mantle that The Mother Ceres would lose when she took her daughter and cut her wings off to make her like her. In an era where she had been forgotten (this was BEFORE the boom in neopaganism), and her power over the world had dwindled to that of a potent mortal woman with men around the globe in her pocket it was still that she was jealous of the Christian God. The Christian God was her enemy, and in an effort to rebel against this false deity she removed the wings of her daughter and replaced them with metal ones like her own.

The Daughter Ceres became the Mother Ceres’ obsession, an unending and dangerous obsession that put the Daughter at risk. The Mother Ceres, now known as Ceres the Horrible, focused everything on her daughter in an attempt to mold her into perfection. She took her daughter and transformed her into a monstrous entity that could, at times, throw highly destructive tantrums. Her mother made a monster and in her eyes it was perfection.

It took over a decade for the young Ceres the Wise to take up the mantle that her mother had lost making her what she was. It was hard to change who she was, to get over just enough of the bitterness in her life that it didn’t seem to be a disability. Thankfully she was capable of doing so and generated the capacity to function in day-to-day life through hard work.

It was then that Ceres started a library and society of her own comprised of the top minds of both the human and supernatural world to run a company devoted to a variety of things and a society that acted as its second face. Years passed by and now in the modern day she delved into the world of controlling humans, while setting up various cults across the planet.

Ceres then created the Auyn Collective, a renewed modern day pantheon for Higher Beings different from other pantheons or other such groups in that they were more of a background player giving rights to higher beings, enabling people to have more freedom, and welcoming more than just Gods. Ceres began to plot against her mother at that time, and Zeus was against her actions so she had him and his followers to deal with, but with her mother being a being of such great power is was unimaginable and with influence as great as hers it was a difficult task. Ceres would have called upon the council, but she believed they expected her to handle this situation herself and so her war had begun.

The first echoes of the war were nothing and continue to be nothing but hushed whispers that Ceres’ mother believes to be false gossip and the mechanical whir of a fighting force being trained under the ground of the cities(a merely figurative saying). The advantage was The Daughter Ceres’ and she was going to take that advantage on as if it was the mantle her mother had abandoned and the mantle she had taken up. A war was going to begin and it was going to tear Ceres’ world apart.

However, Ceres seems to have taken a human form, permanently, and she thrives in a human life. Will her mother be able to stand up against the might of the Avians of Honesty, and a corporate empire?

Other Info


Divine Servants: Ceres has multiple types of divine servants that fulfill every wish, and want that Ceres has, insuring her cult expands, creating new cults and alternate personas, and insuring that each of Ceres’ spheres of control continue to grow. Though most deities have divine servants, the amount of servants that Ceres has is much larger compared to that of other gods due to the fact that she has such important spheres of control. There is a description for most of the types below, but some of them may not be listed due to the fact that (OOCly) information was scarce (or I didn’t create them, like I did for the last three). Compilations of information on the servants of Ceres are not only rare, they are incredibly hard to piece together due to the information being separated except for those who are in the “in” with Ceres, such as her cults, and even then only the Cult of Ceres has the true information.

The Eleusinian Mysteries Demigods & Gods ~ The Eleusinian Mysteries Demigods & Gods are numerous deities, and demigods, of immense power, that are worshipped alongside Demeter/Ceres the Wise (they appear the same, and can swap places). Many of them are agricultural, or “rustic”, deities, and, as Queen of the Eleusinian Mysteries, most of them follow Demeter/Ceres the Wise (they appear the same, and can swap places), especially now that she has so much power, and has replaced her mother (it’s complicated, but the Greeks all believe that Demeter is the child of another person named Demeter, who completely lost it, much like happened with Ceres the Wise, who is child of the Roman pseudodeity Ceres the Horrid). There are dozens of helper demigods and deities, but there are also several major deities, and each is capable in their own right.

The Cult of Ceres the Wise ~ The Cult of Ceres the Wise is a highly secretive organization tracing back to ancient Roman times, in the time where Ceres’ mother was in charge of the cult. Now, Ceres the Wise is in control of it, now, and it is the cult that she cares for the most, even though she cares for other cults immensely. Currently, Ceres is masquerading as the High Priestess of the New Orleans branch in the form of Florence Rhine Benoit, an immensely powerful witch. By doing this, she has created yet another mystery from which she draws power from, even though her “character” answers to the Regent of the Cult of Ceres the Wise.

The Cult of Ceres the Wise is devoted to gathering knowledge, defending mankind, hunting the vampiric races, furthering the mystery, recruiting more to the cause (even if they don't worship Ceres the Wise, and instead gather knowledge), gaining political and monetary power, saving people through the medical community, blessing the agricultural community, acting as nurses to the pregnant, defending the bunkers, and, finally, furthering Ceres' numerous goals. The Cult is made up of seemingly everyday people, with a few who aren’t everyday people, and is one of the largest cults on the planet, with members often intertwining with the Cult of Demeter to aid in continuing the mystery. The Cult of Ceres the Wise also is a joint cult with Terra Mater (Mother Earth), and both cults perform many of the same rites, side-by-side, with massive amounts of power able to be drawn from joint rites.

It is highly organized, as said before, with knowledge levels, rites, a ranking system for members, and even a rating system for threats against the Cult, against the world, and against Ceres. They are currently part of a major movement in paganism, with branches rising up even in nations where the cult wouldn’t normally be allowed to thrive. Not all members are granted immense knowledge, and most aren’t, in fact, but the Cult is successful in the way that they do things, because of their thousands of members. The existence of the Cult is public knowledge, but most of what they know is not. Members even have ID cards, and advanced RFID chips. The Cult of Ceres the Wise also has their hands in several corporations, and dozens of small businesses, which is often kept private.

The Cult of Demeter ~ The Cult of Demeter was usurped from Demeter herself before she was struck down by Ceres’ mother, Ceres the Horrid, and then the Cult of Demeter was usurped by the “modern” Ceres as she gained a foothold over Ceres the Horrid, and took over several of her cults (which, oddly, didn’t do much for weakening Ceres the Horrid, because Ceres the Horrid had ascended naturally, and didn’t keep her power through worship, but, instead, just gained more of it. This is why pseudodeities are a pain in the rare, even for other pseudodeities. The rules twist, bend, and screw up a lot, while, sometimes, the same may or may not apply for another individual in exactly the same situation). Ceres the Wise, thus, gains power from the worships, sacrifices, et cetera, gifted to Demeter by Demeter’s followers. In fact, Ceres the Wise has gained the full power of Demeter, and added it to her own power, as well as the Divine Servants of Demeter. Ceres also has immense responsibilities, as with her other cults. She must answer prayers, grant agricultural fertility, taking on the children and siblings of Demeter as her own and communication with the High Priestess, among other things, all while maintaining the mystery. It is unclear, but Ceres may have the capacity to appear in two places at once, or even three, with one form being her “mortal” body, one form being her own, and one form being Demeter, as part of her abilities as the Goddess of Mystery.

Various Other Cults ~ All around the globe, in the past, and now, Ceres has cults that worship her in some way shape or form, as she has become many a different deity, or high being, or spirit, and even created a few religions through innovation of a completely new guise. (Includes the Cult of Isis)

The Avian Host of Honesty ~ The Avian Host of Honesty is one of the largest sects of Avians, containing almost ⅓ of the entire Avian population, and being second only to the sect that Ceres the Horrid leads. Made up of civilians, warriors, scientists, and dozens of other types, they are no different from the other sects, aside from their slightly more advanced technology, except for their numbers, and live in the city-realm of Honesty.

The Children ~ For over 300 years Ceres has worked on giving birth to a particularly large amount of children that are completely loyal to her and are active all around the globe, working to ensure Ceres The Wise’s success.

The Created ~ The Created are those beings that Ceres has created through her creature creation abilities. They can be anything from a new race, to an one-off, to an unique warrior that has been made to combat a specific threat.

Familiars:

Human - Argent the Albino Bobcat
(Demeter) Pagan - Pao’win the Great Boar
(Isis) Pagan - Kerpheres the Holy Scorpion (giant scorpion)
Celestial - Lao’loh the Ground Beast (feline)
Daemonic - Crete the Black Oni
Avian/(Ceres) Pagan - Esia’loh &amp; Resia’loh the Twin Sky Beasts (large, flying snakes), which pull her great chariot

Personal Domain: The City of Honesty is a sprawling metropolis that thrives outside of standard dimensions. The city, with its majestic and tall skyscrapers, and the mountains and lands that surround it, is occupied by many beings. It isn’t uncommon for Ceres to bring people on the brink of death here so that they may live here as long as she wants them to. In the City of Honesty aging and disease don’t exist, and crime is almost nonexistent because of the supernatural realm’s power. It can be accessed through many methods, but even experienced individuals will find themselves lost when it comes to trying to access it completely, or when it comes to the cities guardians

Avians: Avians are a species of winged humanoids that feature wide differences in power between individuals, including individuals that are of the same rank as one another. They were created by the world’s deities in direct opposition to the creation of Angels. Many, though, are free from deities nowadays, and there are those that prefer to live in a variety of different realms that may or may not be the private pocket universes (they are usually cities) of the Gods, depending on their choice.

The Avians normally only live to be around 300 years old, or slightly younger, maybe slightly older, with their power growing as they themselves grow as an individual. They are capable of manipulating the age that they appear at as long as they have reached that age, in comparison to humans. However, there are cases of where Avians have lived to be much older than their cousins through various methods, and it has left Avians being one of the only species capable of ascending to the status of a “pseudodeity”. As a pseudodeity, it isn’t uncommon to find one who is stronger than an actual deity, though it is rare to find a pseudodeity in the first place.

At younger ages, however, they are often relatively weak compared to the elder Avians.

This race has enhanced capabilities compared to other humanoid races, with their physical attributes allowing them to lift supernatural amounts of weight approaching multiple tons as even children, run at supernatural speeds approaching over 120 miles per hour once they reach 18, with the amount raising faster, their reflexes being heightened to the point that they can react to bullets being fired from a gun, and being unable to be killed through normal, mortal methods. They can, however, be harmed by immense forces in the mortal world, just not killed, and are vulnerable to avian weapons and technology, a Deity’s weapons, an angel’s blade, and other things such as this, as well as higher beings.

Each individual also has different weaknesses, on top of these root weaknesses. It is also possible to banish Avians back to their home realm, unless they are currently on their home realm.

Avians are also capable of having enhanced magical capabilities compared to humans, and are often able to harness Pagan magic, human magic, as well as Avian magicks, with the type of magicks that they have becoming more varying as they acquire more types. They are adept in magic at young ages (at around 15, they are fairly capable compared to humans that are the same age and have been practicing magic since they could read, and won’t be masterful or anything, but they’ll have some skill), and are able to perform incantations without speaking, while they also have psionic abilities that grow with age. Things such as telepathy, kinetic energy manipulation instead of telekinesis, and other such abilities are common in the species, with it being very, very common for most individuals to have a unique ability that, while usually minor, can be exceptional in rare cases.

Avians often find themselves with one of the Bound Codices of any number of factions, societies, or realms. A Bound Codex is a mystical book of knowledge with powerful abilities. One of these abilities is to hold infinite pages, be navigated through mere thought, only be read by owners or members of certain factions/subraces/whatever, replicate itself, and basically be indestructible. Replications, though much weaker than the primary Bound Codex that it was copied from, and not very indestructible, can be found in the hand of many Avians, and they hold them close as personal objects. The Bound Codices are all connected to the primary Bound Codex, as a massive library network, where information is shared, except from private journal sections.

Additionally, the Avians can develop mutations in their abilities that cause them to either lose, gain, or absorb abilities into their mutation so that they may only have access to enhanced physical attributes in certain situations. It varies from Avian to Avian, though, and can have its effects drastically changed depending on the individual and their environments, or the effects could have been different from the start. With mutations in their abilities, it is also possible for the Avians to have physical mutations, which means that it is possible to have a genetic birth defect, but Avian medicine is capable of causing physical birth defects that would be unattractive and much too human to be eradicated after or even during pregnancy.

In flight the race is extremely speedy, being able to fly as fast as the fastest bird in existence, and being able to fly higher than the highest flying bird on the little planet known as Earth. The different ranks of Avians have different amounts of wings, but a species known as the “Mortal Angels” with ranks running parallel to angels to mock the race is likely to have Seraphim having a whopping 6 wings. All Avians, except for the watered down Nephilim, have wings that allow them to more easily traverse the world with near endless stamina.

Avian technology and materials are advanced, powerful, and capable of being used against the species, with many of the higher ranking or Ascended Avians finding themselves in control of a special item capable of killing higher beings. These items, like the Archangelic Avians, or the Ascended Avians, are rare, but their power can’t be denied, and with each Avian weapon like this being unique you could end up with a scepter of light in the hands of an Archangelic Avian, or a scythe of destruction, death, and perpetual energy.

They have absolutely nothing to do with actual angels, however, despite the similarities adopted because of their former archaic system. The Avians are NOT related to angels (I’ve had issues with people trying to make this so, even after I’ve explained to them via PM or via Cbox… so, here it is officially). Remember, with the Avians it’s more about development, being smart, and using your abilities in a way to your advantage, instead of just brute force. Higher beings will be able to take you on, but you can, at the very least, survive and escape the encounter should you be smart about it.

Armor: Ceres wears a cloak made from a highly durable weave of spider silk and reinforced with mystical alloys joined together with plates of mystic energy. Her armor grants her increased physical attributes, enhanced senses, and the capability to teleport herself. Her helm grants her a psionic shadow ability that she can extend to cover others, and a HUD that is capable of showing her information and a database of gathered information as well as show the opponent’s strength level compared to her own and other beings. Her armor is sentient and regularly gives her advice. The armor is durable, but also lowers her flight speed. The armor, finally, has a built-in database powered by a being that gives it the capabilities of a magically imbued computer.

The Scythe of Ceres: A scythe made of a near-invulnerable metal is capable of killing higher beings. It is also capable of absorbing the essence and life force of the people it/its wielder kills, and weakens people with each attack, and the abilities of the weapons or relics that it comes into contact with and then placing them into an object or entity of Ceres’ choice, or simply storing the weapons for later use or in the Scythe itself. That being said it can absorb power, or life force, but not actual abilities, from people and use that power to increase Ceres’ own abilities but only for as long as the power she absorbed isn’t burnt through. It grants her ergokinesis, as well. The more she kills the stronger she becomes, but she also risks making herself age due to the fact that she is actually using the energy she absorbed as her own life force and then using that life force. In addition the Scythe of Ceres can be used to identify the race and species of any being. Finally, any absorbed ability from an object or relic is accompanied by the object’s weaknesses and curses, and whatever else was detrimental to the ability or the object itself. When out of energy the Scythe becomes completely normal until it kills again.

The Swords of Ceres (her metallic wings): The swords of Ceres are sentient wings which share consciousness with her armor that Ceres is capable of manipulating and integrating or reintegrating into her body. They can take on the attributes of whatever ability she has. In addition they are capable of regenerating themselves so they are very difficult, but not impossible, to destroy. Sadly it lowers her speed in flight when compared to the faster flying avians due to them being metal and heavy.

Retractable Claws &amp; Blades: The blades and gauntlets that she has are made of the same material as her armor, her wings, and the scythe of Ceres and give Ceres the ability to mimic other materials. However, if she mimics a material that will harm her she will still be done harm even if she can withstand the transformation. Any damage sustained in her mimicked form is sustained in her normal form.

Prosperity: Ceres is an extremely wealthy being in various ways with bunkers all around the globe filled with knowledge, gold, silver and relics, mystical or not, of the ancient world. Each of these bunkers is taken care of by a small sect of the remainder of her followers from Rome and various other mythologies she has instilled. These bunkers are regularly updated. They are also guarded by her children when they are assigned in times of distress or when her “cult” is under attack.

Wingless: The Mother Ceres cut off her full-blooded daughter’s wings to make her like her and in her own image at a young age, and taught her how to use her abilities to use metallic wings, but she does not have the same need for the Millennial Rest as her mother

Abilities


Ascended Physiology:

Ascended Physiology: As an Ascendant Ceres gains new aspects to each of her abilities, with her powers also being enhanced by the new energies flowing through her body. An Ascendant is a member of any number of species, including the Avians, who have ascended to Godhood, gaining the powers of a God, enhancing their current powers, often having unique attributes compared to natural-borne deities. Ascended Avians are often pseudodeities, who aren’t true Gods, but maintain the attributes of Gods anyways, meaning they could be weaker, stronger, or even lack, or gain weaknesses or powers.

The first of the enhancements is Ceres’ Soul Source ability being significantly enhanced by the mystical energies flowing through her like water flows through a sea, and twists off into rivers, and streams, and such. The Soul Source ability hasn’t just been augmented to be stronger, but it has also had completely new attributes added to it that lets Ceres do more things than previously. Now, the pseudodeity is able to act as though she is truly the Goddess Ceres, and sufficiently enables the capacity to combat all but the strongest of threats against her.

The second aspect of her Ascendant Physiology now means that Ceres can now use her abilities for florakinesis, and not just florakinesis, but anything remotely to do with agriculture, on an absolutely massive scale, including farms, or entire regions of a nation, or larger. This encaptures her agricultural sphere of control. Ceres can use this to manipulate plants, to cause plants to grow in inhospitable regions, and many other things that include agriculture, as well as an innate knowledge of agriculture superior to what anyone else has. Her knowledge regarding plants is infallible, and absolute in the sense that no matter what a plant is, and even if the plant came from another dimension, she’d know what it is, and she can also identify plants by looking at them, and identify plant-related material.

Ceres can also manipulate materials made from plants, such as paper, or a wooden bookshelf, or anything similar, such as certain types of plastics, to do what she wants, whether in combat, or not in combat. The capacity to do so may not be on the scale a God of, say, the trees would be capable of manipulating wood/trees, but she can definitely do anything from manipulating that shelf, to causing plants to grow, to strengthening the plants, to gaining new attributes, to transforming the plants into a new species (potentially through science, in some way, but it may also occur just by merging two plants at will), to summoning up seeds out of nowhere, even if those are seeds of extinct plants, and, finally, manipulating the pheromones of plants to use them against people, for instance. It is an amazingly fun ability to have, but not the only one granted or enhanced by her Soul Source abilities, of course.

The third aspect of this ability also allows her to shapeshift into any form wanted, whether it be an animal form, the form of another person, an inanimate object, or, with training/development, things such as air, or smoke. Her shapeshifting is so exact that, when taking the shape of an animal form, or an individual, even her DNA, fingerprints, and iris patterns change to match that of the animal or person, even if she’s only had enough time to simply look at a person. She takes on the attributes of inanimate objects, as well, though whatever is a “weakness” to those inanimate objects will force her out of the form,

While she was originally granted the ability to curse people and items, and give blessings to people and items in the form of power (I.E. augmentations of natural abilities, or something like that), or powers (I.E. actual abilities), through her Soul Source abilities, Ceres was granted the ability to sanctify, and/or purify, items, substances, and individuals. For instance, she could create holy water, sanctify land in the way a church is sanctified, sanctify a person to perform a holy duty on her part, or remove curses through purification. She could also purify the poison out of something, as this is more than just a spiritual thing. In addition, her purification and sanctification expands into being able to heal a person of their ailments, or heal physical damage, and also heal herself.

The fifth ability granted is a sensory one, in that it allows her to detect a being’s life line, detect their species, identify their powers, and identify how long someone will live as if she were peeking into their future, past, and present, all at once. This is but a minor aspect of her power as an afterlife deity, and lets her easily navigate through her life in this sphere of control. Other aspects of her afterlife sphere of control allow Ceres to control souls, choose which realm souls go to, act as a judge over the dead, and more, though she is second to beings like Orion, Pluto, and Hades. More can be read in her Soul Source ability description.

Yet another attribute of this ability is Ceres’ Geokinetic capabilities, which means that Ceres is capable of manipulating the earth, minerals, crystals and gems, and anything else that is considered a component of the “earth”. These earthen materials can be manipulated at will, though it is able to be manipulated on a much smaller scale than someone such as Terra Mater, or Mother Earth, herself, but are powerful enough to be used in combat, or for agricultural manipulation.

The seventh of the enhancements has to do with the ‘mystery’ sphere of control, and the fact that she has gained control of the cults of various other deities. It allows Ceres to fulfill the continuation of the mystery in any way shape or form, and one of the most major aspects of this has been the granting of four different bodies. One is the body of herself, Ceres the Wise, one is the body of her “mortal” form, which can take on the appearance of her true form, but her first body will still exist, the third is the body of Demeter, and the fourth is the body of Isis. Other bodies may form if it becomes important enough to the various mysteries for them to form, but, currently, all three bodies are interconnected, and act as unique individuals, while not acting as unique individuals.

Ceres’ forms may be more or less powerful than one another, with each form having the same weaknesses, potentially having different powers, and each capable of being killed in the ways that Ceres’ true body can be killed. For instance, her mortal form, which is “her” masquerading as a human, is significantly weaker than her true body, even though it is capable of taking on her true form, but it, of course, has all of the abilities, just to a slightly lesser extent (though, sometimes, the mystery will adapt to grant the body some sort of enhanced power, even momentarily). This is both a weakness and a strength, because, though Ceres’ power isn’t divided, and it’s harder to truly kill her, her form as Demeter and Florence Rhine Benoit are significantly less powerful.

Some of the ways that the mystery can be continued is by allowing Ceres to create a new new mortal form, and create an entirely new life for that mortal form, should her mortal form die, to cause a person to become involved in the mystery, somewhat manipulate the speech of others, or affect the thinking processes to cause someone to come to a specific conclusion (all within reason, OOCly, and ICly. I.E. Ceres probably can’t manipulate someone to say exactly what is wanted, so it will just involve a “general” thing, and Ceres can only affect the thinking processes of the person to do about the same. I would also, probably, need permission if it was to be used on a PC. In addition, it isn’t always up to me what happens, as the “mystery” has a “mind” of its own). She can also remove the memories of people without exerting any energy, either magical or psionic, should they find out something about the mystery, though it is limited to things that have to do with the mystery. Ceres also maintains immense knowledge over the mystery, all of its components and variables, and can maintain the knowledge of multiple different mysteries at any single time.

Something else she was given when she ascended, was the powerful elder magicks that she possesses, allowing her to influence things on an absolutely epic scale. Another thing granted was more powerful kinetic energy manipulation, even though it removed her Avian-inherited telepathy and empathy, which is something she has only somewhat gained back. She can also use biokinesis to manipulate, well, biological things (often in ways that don’t harm the individual, and instead as, say, an enhancement or similar). The downside is that she wasn’t born as an Ascendant, and as such has to learn all of the ins and outs of the power of an entity like herself.

As an Ascendant Ceres never tires, and can’t be harmed by conventional weaponry while also possessing an immunity to ailments, and disease. She is supernaturally strong and fast, and can match most other supernaturally powerful beings in strength (put simply, she’s SUPER strong. She’s an Earth Goddess, for Christ’s sake. She can exert as much force as the Earth, or anything on the Earth, weighs, which means many thousands of tons)) (this isn’t the biggest focus of the character), while being able to run at speeds approaching 300 miles per hour.

Ascendant Light & Flame Manipulation + Pyrokinesis: Ceres has the ability to manipulate the Ascendant Light, and the flame accompanying it in potent, unrivalled strides. It is feared by many for the sheer amount of skill and ruthlessness that she is able to use with the ability. While still discovering the full strength of her capacity to manipulate both normal fire, Ascendant Light, and Ascendant Flame, she has discovered that she can cause a great blast to rise up from the ground, or that she can project a blinding, heavily damaging white light able to cause massive amounts of destruction.

Ceres is an extremely capable user of this ability that has had it since near her birth due to, originally, being given normal pyrokinesis by the Angelic Host. Ceres’ flame is as hot as the lava from a fire drake’s maw. It can do some serious damage, and the Ascendant Flame can even affect those who are normally immune to fire.

While it still has its limits the ability’s capacity for destruction can’t be overlooked, for that is its primary use. It is a highly destructive ability focused mostly around the capability for destruction that it gives its users. No matter what you believe or what you think, it is dangerous when used correctly, and though it may be less useful in the tundra it can still start a fire.

Hand-to-Hand Combat: Ceres is noted to be an extremely capable hand-to-hand combatant who can dominate many of her opponents. This may have a root in her mother’s seemingly militaristic demeanor with the Romans, something that Ceres most likely inherited.

Elder Magic: Ceres has extremely powerful mystical capabilities, and even without her spells she is capable of manipulating mystic energies in the form of elements or pure energy and absorbing that energy as well. This makes Ceres a beacon of defense against both dark and light magics, and other brands of magic as well, due to the fact that the magic of humans and lower beings doesn’t affect her as severely as celestial or daemonic magics. Her magic is that of the universe’s Elders because of the teaching that her family had given her, allowing her strength in magic to be slightly higher than average. This will also allow Ceres to travel to her own personal domain, use remote communication, create magical items, and divine auras from others, as well as granting her a powerful familiar.

Supernatural Intellect: Ceres has supernatural intellect, and can figure out how things work just by looking at them, has the capacity to build miraculous objects, and can create wondrous creatures even more amazing than what she would be able to without her supernatural intellect.

Winged Flight:Like most Avians. Ceres has the capacity to fly through the use of powerful wings comprised of muscles that can just about as dangerous as anything else you’ve come across when you look at Ceres’ case. Centuries before you or most of the people reading this were born, and far before that in all reality, the mother of Ceres the Daughter, Ceres the Mother, took the greatest weapon ever to thrive in their family and made use of it to cut Ceres’ wings from her body. It was a less than surgical operation that almost resulted in Ceres’ death due to the fact that her mother wanted to make the poor Avian child more like her in every way so that they may rise up above the others. Ceres the Horrid, Ceres’ mother, believed that by doing this she had made her daughter even more perfect than thought possible before and that the capabilities of a daughter of the Angelic Host (one of the faction of the avians mimicking angels) would rise with such pain. It was true in fact that Ceres did become stronger, but it was only because of the mystical wings that were implanted into Ceres’ back.

Where the roots for organic, white feathered wings once lied a surgeon had placed two wings and then four all around them so that Ceres would take on the appearance of a legendary Seraphic being of legend so beautiful and so powerful that they could use their wings as weapons. The wings are made of a mystical metal that was linked to Ceres’ mind upon implantation; it is a material that Ceres could manipulate at will, transmute with a thought, telepathically control to attack her allies, and communicate with. They became an iconic weapon that Ceres held not in her hand but in her back, and they were christened with the name of the Swords of Ceres as light and powerful wings that let her fly just as fast as her brethren. Each of the wings were seen as a piece of art by the people of Honesty that extended over nine feet past Ceres’ body to form an epically large veil that covered the scars that marked the day when the Mother Ceres had removed the wings from her daughter’s body to make Ceres in her own image. They are powerful, beautiful, potent and capable of doing much more than those who haven’t seen Ceres in a fight for her life are capable of recognizing.

The wings are capable of focusing air magic to deliver powerful gusts of wind with each and every flap that blows wind across the planes as Ceres hovers over the ground that she has staked as her own. By drawing air magic out of the wings that they flow on the wings continue to flap and provide Ceres with the sensation of feeling through their use, meaning that they can be used as though they were her real wings. In a way the wings that she has are a miracle that is, in some ways, better than what she was born with, but of course it has its downfalls and limitations just as her natural ones did.

When you look more closely at the pain that Ceres had to endure to use the wings, you will notice that their integration into her body provided Ceres with a particularly awesome capability when compared to her original wings. Now, with her wings as they are, Ceres is capable of having surgeries performed and partaking in mystical rituals that are considered far too painful by her peers to undertake and, thus, enhance herself and her own power drastically. That means that Ceres has the potential to place into her body or beneath her skin new things, objects, or relics, that will allow her to better survive on her search for immortality.

The material that the sometimes feathered artificial appendages on her back are comprised of is a highly mystical mineral dug out of the ground and purified through the ancient powers of beings long since passed. This purification has allowed Ceres absolute dominion over her wings much like she has absolute dominion over her armor and her Scythe, thus allowing her to manipulate each and every section of her wings. She can modify her wings to be larger or smaller or to disappear altogether so that she may be active in more windy conditions, for instance. She can also remove them from her body with a mere thought and telepathically control them to split and assault her opponents in a valiant effort to give them the quick death they deserve through an onslaught of blades. Each of them extend over six feet from her body and course with pure mystical energy, something that allows her to change even the very properties of her wings.

Ceres can change the properties of her wings to fulfill the needs of certain circumstances, such as being in a storm and requiring them not to attract the lightning in the clouds around her. She can even make them liquid and snake them across the ground as if they are creatures under her control. In general they are very versatile wings that self-regenerate and thrive for as long as there is a being to take the wings and integrate them into their backs.

Since we’re getting into the strengths of the wings I feel as though I should take time to explain in what areas the wings are stronger than your average Avian wings to avoid confusion at a later time. The wings that Ceres has are more durable than most in heavy weather of all kinds, especially in windy conditions, and thus are more prone to allowing longer strings of flight than most beings. In fact, unless she’s exerting herself, Ceres can hover indefinitely without actually flapping her wings for flight by making use of the residual absorbed air magic that resides within the wings themselves.

Now that you understand why her winged flight is different from, in some ways superior to, and in some ways inferior to the natural wings that most avians have we will be moving on after the final paragraph. The beautiful, rune-engraved wings that can be shifted for various circumstances and aren’t invulnerable but seem to be highly durable due to the fact they can take on different properties are essential to Ceres’ survival. Without these wings Ceres would not have ascended in life to the point that she is at right now, something that would be most unfortunate.

Reality Manipulation: Ceres is capable of manipulating reality much in the way that angels are capable of doing. This allows her to further keep her guise as a human being, and she often uses it to mask herself as a human from everything that can sense or detect the supernatural, or discern her as a Goddess. Basically, she appears as what she wants to appear as in all ways (down to the subatomic level) through the manipulation of perception. Her skills with this, however, are not limited to just that. (THIS IS A PLOT DEVICE! IT WILL NOT BE USED DIRECTLY AGAINST ANOTHER CHARACTER WITHOUT PERMISSION (or if they use reality manipulation). HOWEVER, PERCEPTION MANIPULATION MAY OR MAY NOT BE USED, ESPECIALLY SINCE SHE USES THE ABILITY PASSIVELY!)

Electromagnetism Manipulation: Electromagnetism is a powerful force of nature and when one has control over it they are capable of doing a great many things through pure versatility. In general it is an ability that gifts its users the capability to perform astounding feats of the manipulation of their natural surroundings. Electromagnetokinetics can exert control over electromagnetic fields and affect everything from the weather, to making their body produce bolts of concussive force, to manipulating magnetism, and even causing small explosions by manipulating things at a subatomic level.

However, Electromagnetism Manipulation, also known as Photoniokinesis, isn’t known for its sheer power but its versatility instead; that is, of course, unless its users possess the specific abilities to affect the things electromagnetism affects. One example of this is for users to make clouds already full of rain release what they are holding, but not actually creating the clouds themselves. What it trades for power it gains in versatility and thus in the hands of a creative entity it can provide a wide variety of potentially powerful effects.

That being said, they are still powerful but unless some knowledge of this is held they can’t do much and are just one-trick ponies. Luckily for Ceres she has learned through scholarly books that electromagnetism can do the following, and more if she can think of it: raise or lower the temperature by ten degrees in any direction in a large room, or even boil water if the amount is small enough, magnetically move objects around, bursts of static electricity, small atomic reactions causing moderate explosions, detection of unnatural electrical outputs, and even tractor beams of limited strength.

While many of these abilities haven’t been fully accessed by Ceres in their final form, thus granting her their full capacity or at least giving her the chance to do so, Ceres does have a physiology suited for electromagnetic interference. One of the things that makes her suited for this is her body’s ability to absorb large amounts of electricity, but not refocus it unless it is used for something else other than lightning blasts (however small bursts of electricity are allowed). In addition her body has become suited to weathering heavy, well, weather. It all goes to show that she is an adaptable woman, which means that she is more than capable of pulling off things that make her more than a one-trick-pony.

Soul Source: Soul Source is an ability that allows Ceres to act as a well of power for the individuals that she has decided to grant supernatural abilities. It’s primary use is the gift of letting Ceres amplify or restore abilities or grant new powers. Soul Source has been part of Ceres’ mystical ability since she has been nothing but a young little girl walking on cobblestone roads in a realm that she belonged to in the past. In that realm she learned to truly make use of this ability, and now she can amplify or grant abilities with the life force that she has absorbed. Now, Ceres can use it to make her servants and followers stronger so that they may be capable of fulfilling her goals. This also allows Ceres to gain power from those who pray to her. The energy granted for power use is called the “Primal Essence”, and life force can be turned into the Primal Essence. The Primal Essence is a nigh-infinite energy source able to be used for many different things.

Once a being has been blessed with the might of Ceres and given amplified or new abilities, they are bound intimately due to the fact that all energy used to enhance them has at one point touched Ceres’ soul. The two beings are connected and now can communicate telepathically, even if they are within a completely different realm, so that they may easily strategize and make use of each other’s skills. On top of the telepathy is empathy; they can feel each other’s emotions at will and even share pictures, thoughts, and senses in a way that lets them function as one entity. Ceres, in specific, can locate the beings she has gifted or amplified as if they have a mystical tracker on them and thus she can easily make way to them by getting an exact location. The final “administrative” capability is Ceres’ capacity to remove or modify the power that she has given the entities, thus allowing her to control what she has given her, what they gain after she’s given them something (I.E. if they gain power from another source after they have been granted power by her), but not what they already have.

An attribute that accompanies the power to gift or amplify abilities is the ability to place curses on both objects and people, or apply curses alongside the abilities or amplifications that she grants upon others. Due to the similar nature of the creation of curses to her blessings, and due to the fact that the energy used touches her soul, it binds her to the person or object that she has cursed but in a way that grants her a modicum of safety. The telepathic communication isn’t two-way, it is one-way unless Ceres wants it to be two-way, and can be used to torment the person that she has placed the curse upon. She can locate those that have a curse at will and even tap into their senses and see, hear, feel, taste, and touch what their bodies are sensing. Finally, she can remove, modify the curses at will, or even amplify them so that they may be used for longer than they are normally capable of existing even without being in the radius of the cursed user.

On top of what most Soul Sourcers are capable of achieving, Ceres has several other capacities built into her Soul Source ability due to decades upon decades of use having built up and gifted her different subabilities. Ceres can resist other Soul Sourcing abilities, as well as resist power mimicry and the manipulation of her own abilities by other people as a form of security against those like her. In addition, if an entity dies she can absorb their life force through this method as well, even if it is just an animal or an insect, though many of those creatures don’t have a very powerful life force compared to sentient beings (as long as she is in the radius).

As the Goddess of Mystery and the Afterlife, Ceres is capable of manipulating souls, necromancy, causing souls to travel to one of the various afterlife dimensions like hell or heaven, and ruling over them in a manner similar to Osiris. However, her abilities pale in comparison to Osiris’ own, though. She works in unison with Osiris as one of many deified judges of the dead, and one of many afterlife deities, but recognizes Osiris’ and Pluto’s, and Hades’, superiority when it comes to the afterlife.

Moving onwards you’ll see that a more unique capability has been granted upon Ceres, something that will allow her to create mysterious and devious creatures of all sorts.

Creature Creation: Whenever Ceres absorbs a life force she retains the ability to exert that life force back into the world instead of simply using it to improve her own abilities or gift people abilities of their own. One day Ceres discovered that Golems and similar creatures were made by placing a life force inside of them, and so Ceres managed to discover methods to make creatures of her own or to corrupt creatures. By taking creatures that already exist, putting parts together, or simply breathing a form into existence and then imbuing it Ceres has the capability to create monsters galore. It is a particularly disturbing ability when you take a look closer at it due to its innate nature as a potentially necromantic ability, but its use can’t be denied when held up against the candle light. In general it can be used by Ceres to create creatures so that she may sic them on her opponents, or just set them loose and see what happens when she does so.

The imagination is the limit with this ability and it is only truly limited by the natural order of things and Ceres’ own morals as well as the tendency of her creatures to become corrupted by her might. By binding pieces of a soul to a creature or an item such as a statue Ceres can bring these new beings to life, and while only a few of them are capable of breeding and most are just one-off creations its usefulness can’t be underestimated. Many have praised Ceres for her ingenious and boldness in this area, however each creature takes time so she considers each one a piece of art. It is Ceres’ hope that one day she can make a creature that will accompany her as a great pet, something that is sentient and gorgeous, and perhaps she can just grab the nearest dragon skeleton and raise them from the dead. Overall it is a great ability when you think about it’s various potential uses, and now we get to move on to the quirks of being a creator of one-off, odd creatures.

Each creature that Ceres creates is bound to her and she can feel and experience everything that they feel and experience as if she is there in person, allowing her to savor the moments that her enemies bite the dust. This ability was discovered 300 years after she developed the primary ability when Ceres found an ancient grimoire from a human male that had developed a way to communicate with beasts. While Ceres couldn’t actually communicate with all beasts in general a few modifications were made and she found she could communicate with and experience what her creations were experiencing, while maintaining the ability to kill, or call back, or locate, or even take over the bodies of her creature at any time.

Finally you see that this ability is a little more than just taking a dozen husks and making them as if they are something that you would make on a silly little machine that puts creatures out like they are cookies on a sheet. She doesn’t make that many cookies, and in fact each creature needs to be carefully groomed and trained to perfection even after she implants memories into them. It can be a lengthy process, and while she can just make a cursed creature to assault her enemies it is most useful when she takes her time with her creatures so that she may develop them into superior creatures.

Ruler of Honesty:

Omnipotence: In Honesty, Ceres is completely in control of the reality there, with no ifs, ands or buts
Rapid Regeneration: Ceres is capable of regenerating every wound you can think of, even if it would take a sufficient amount of time
Self-Amplification: Ceres is capable of amplifying her powers, or physical attributes, by over 100% to 300% for physical attributes, and up to 50% for her powers, by calling upon the powers of Honesty
Empathy & Emotional Manipulation: Ceres can sense the emotions of others, and also influence their emotions as the Ruler of Honesty. If she loses her position, however, she will lose her empathic abilities. These empathic abilities are similar to the ones she had before she Ascended, which were lost, but significantly more powerful.
Growing Power & Abilities: Ceres is still exploring all the power she has ruling an entire realm, and, thus, Ceres isn’t as skilled with her powers as some would be.

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Wings: Much like with most other things implanted through mystical or surgical methods that don’t belong where they’ve been placed, there are going to be faults and flaws in Ceres’ legendary metallic wings. From the amount of pain they cause to the maximum range, speed, and height that Ceres is capable of reaching, all will be described as part of the limitations section. Remember that flight is a finicky thing and that with each different situation the limitations could change, and Ceres could go faster because of higher wind speeds or slower because the wind is going in the opposite direction she is flying (plus if she flies against the wind she might just die).

The first major limitation that Ceres has is the fact that her wings are a foreign object that have been implanted within her body and sometimes moving them or detaching them can cause a very obvious thing to happen. Pain! Pain, people, it happens because the wings have rubbed up against and cut into a bone or because she’s removed her wings temporarily and they’ve been ripped out of her skin or even that her wings have been placed back into her body. The pain can cause a split second loss in concentration, or even cause Ceres to lose complete focus on what she is doing. This lack of focus can cause her to lose control over the things she is kinetically controlling at that point, a most unfortunate circumstance.

This limitation is fairly self-explanatory due to the fact that Ceres’ wings are heavy, and with heavy things movement can most obviously be seen being restricted or reduced in some form or fashion. Ceres is slightly slower than other Avians in speed, meaning she is slightly slower than the fastest bird, but the tradeoff is that she has an advantage over them as well. Ceres can fly much higher than the average avian, and most importantly resist higher wind resistance. For instance, Ceres can fly at heights over 9,000 meters; this height is about 1,000 meters higher than what the most capable birds can fly, but breathing is more difficult at these heights and she can only maintain this operating ceiling for a dozen or so minutes. Her range is heightened as well, and she can travel across continents, but with each passenger Ceres’ speed, operating ceiling, and range are lowered by 20% unless she’s been enhanced or amplified in some way.

As stated before some limitations are self-explanatory, but for the sake of posterity I’ll explain that Ceres’ wings need enough room for liftoff and flight. Without enough room to do these things, and due to the fact that even if she’s modified her wings to just one pair they are still over nine feet across, she can’t fly. This one is obvious but I wanted to be clear just in case Ceres got caught and captured in some way and so that she can’t just travel upwards to get out of a small cage with her wings, though if she still has her wings and her scythe then it is likely that Ceres will escape and the captors are idiots.

Ascendant Light & Ascendant Flame Manipulation + Pyrokinesis: Her normal fire is severely weakened by ice or cold weather, and while it may be able to fight against it the fire will, inevitably, lose even if it takes a while. It is more effective in normal conditions or hot weather, and thus Ceres needs to make sure to use it in the right situation for it to have an effect as devastating as it normally does. This doesn’t apply to her Ascendant Light, or her Ascendant Flame.

Electromagnetism Manipulation: Electromagnetism Manipulation makes its user a user-of-all and a master-of-none, meaning that while it may be versatile that it isn’t as powerful as any individual power alone unless its been drastically amplified by external forces. In Ceres’ case it is slightly above average compared to other Electromagnetism Manipulation abilities, and she can actually develop the abilities it is a part of, but the rule still applies. Width vs Breadth is a power theory that defines how powers work, well, most of the time. The more a power like this can do means the less powerful it is in certain situations.

Soul Source: The limitation for Soul Sourcing is fairly simple; it is that Ceres can’t exert more life force than she has absorbed or has built up over time. In addition each power and amplification inevitably wears off unless the blessed makes use of their new capability to absorb life force and keep their power thriving and strong. Sadly, knowledge of the ability or the newfound capabilities isn’t given when Ceres goes to give it unless she wants it to be given and thus sacrifices an extra portion of her energy. That being said, knowledge bestowal is completely possible but it takes the same amount of energy as a low-level amplification or bestowal does.

Creature Creation: It takes time for Ceres to create a creature, as stated before, and thus it is not an exact science on how to create a creature, or how long it should take, or what resources or body types are required. In essence it is more of an art than a science, a highly experimental art that can quickly turn dangerous for its user should the creatures that she creates escape from their leash. However, she can switch which ones she is controlling or kill them and stow away their soul and essence to bring them back for later use, so it is all good when it comes to this, unless of course she goes over that moment.

Elder Magic: While using normal magic or even normal Celestial or Daemonic magic isn’t that taxing on Ceres, upping the power level to that of the Elders is extremely taxing on Ceres’ body. It can cause her to suffer from Flu-like symptoms if she uses it for over an hour due to the fact that the spells are more taxing on her physiology than they are on actual Elders themselves. In addition, for each spell she casts there is a price and that price can range from a cost of mystic energies to requiring the sacrifice of a sentient life form. In addition, due to the fact that her ability to manipulate mana puts her in control of nature and a form of magic that can mimic ergokinesis or telekinesis she has extra strains placed on her. The use of immense amounts of nature can cause her to perish by aging her past the supposedly immortal limit an angel has((the brand of angel that Ceres is isn’t actually immortal and generally lives for only around 300 years, but Ceres, her family, and those around them learned to harvest life force)), or by doing something similar, so she normally uses these in unique ways or for controlled bursts and because the possibilities are near limitless it is usually quite useful but when using them on a massive scale it becomes taxing, especially when doing something like, say, manipulating weather over an entire continent. IE - an area smaller than an entire continent is fine, but the entire continent can harm, permanently remove Ceres’ abilities, or even actually kill her.

Time: To perform spells it takes time. For lower level magics it’s around a minute or two, medium level magics take about 5 minutes, while high level magics can take anywhere from 15 to an hour. Finally, elder magic can take anywhere within that time.

Reagents: Many spells require reagents, or ingredients, for the spell to work and with some spells these magics can require incessant amounts of hunting for the ingredients or the undertaking of either quite the list OR a super rare ingredient.

Divine & Celestial Weapons/Powerful Enough Things: The divine weapons of major deities such as the Olympians can harm Ceres, and other powerful enchanted weapons can as well. (divine weapons like Mjolnir are terrifying af. Basically, she’s vulnerable to these methods, but doesn’t have the weakness to stakes with blood and such because she wasn’t born a deity). Other weapons/items of sufficient power may be able to harm or contain her, but might not necessarily be able to kill her. One of the ways to contain her is to use iron blessed by the avians, but she will eventually escape from that due to the fact that it will eventually break down, and because most of the blessed iron on Earth is very old. It also isn’t uncommon for Ascended Avians to be able to be bound, controlled, or even rendered powerless, and potentially completely mortal by Avian technology or items. While Ceres is, arguably, one of the strongest Ascended Avians ever to exist, it is theoretically possible that these same technologies and items would affect her as well.

Immense Damage: Immense physical damage is capable of harming Ceres. That is to say that even a sufficiently powerful mortal could hurt, but not kill, Ceres. It is possible, however, to put her out of commission for a while. There is also the point that there are those that attack through unconventional methods, such as supernatural abilities. That means that Ceres, while invulnerable to conventional weaponry, could be harmed by unconventional weaponry and supernatural abilities, even if the effects could be a little bit reduced on an entity like her. Still, to keep up the show, Ceres has to let her human body go through the harm, which could mean pain, death for that life, and perhaps a new face… that, or she could show up in a diner as an amnesiac, and wait to be found.

So begins...

Ceres the Wise's Story

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"What a strange realm. The creatures that humans in my realm would turn against seconds after their discovery roam freely, and humans, too, are free to do as they want, even though these creatures are quite active. It's almost unbelievable." Ceres thought to herself. She appeared to be looking over her human form, which went by the name of Florence Rhine Benoit, in one of the reflective surfaces of the bar, but was actually watching the rest of the occupants of what seemed to be one of the most popular services on this universe's Earth. Ah, Terra. She could literally feel the power flowing from its land, but that wasn't the only power she detected. This realm, and all the realms by its side, were full of life of all sorts, and the curious Queen of Honesty couldn't help but to hope to explore it one day.

Every corner of this planet was filled with marvels of technology that Florence hadn't seen in anything but the most advanced races of her universe, the Avians. Mere mortals had harnessed advanced technologies, magic, and weaponry that could devastate entire worlds, while the humans seemed to be one of the most populous peoples in this so-called Multiverse. Florence turned away from her reflection, and made way towards the bar itself with the hopes that she would catch the attention of a bartender, chat them up, and learn about the world as a whole. When she did get their attention, she gave the signal for drinks to go all around.

"It doesn't matter what they want, I can pay for it. I myself will have a bottle of your finest, oldest single-malt whiskey, and a nice glass to go along with it." Florence smiled at the bartender, who gave a nod and grabbed an extremely expensive drink. Luckily for Florence, she had prepared beforehand to gather the currency of this realm, so that she can create it. That's what she did, right in her purse, anyways, where no one could see or detect it. If they could detect it, it would seem to be the pulling of the smart card from an alternate reality, instead of the creation of something out of nothing.

Florence would seem to be a little confused as she examined some of the individuals in here. The technology caught her off guard, especially since there was so much of it, and everyone seemed to possess some invention of a sophisticated race, still, even though she had what seemed to be a highly advanced computer on her right wrist. In reality, the computer could expand into her armor, but that was for another day. She continued to look around, with every detail of her saying that she was a human.

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A huge hand, bigger than any man's fist, pulled open the doors to the venerable establishment. In came what seemed to be some kind of...snowman? A little bit of ice magic kept the air around him cold enough that he didn't melt right away in the early spring heat, though gravel did have a way of working itself into the snake-tail made of snowballs that he used for locomotion in the icy terrain of his homeland.

Those that knew the mostly featureless face would know it as a symbol of justice in a lawless land. A Snow Warrior, one known by his people with the honorific "Cryoface," named after a legendary hero. Slung across his back was a sword most humans would struggle to wield in two hands, unless they were 7-8 feet tall.

"Feels good to be back again. Let's see if the ice cream is still good around here."

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she sits down as she tells the bartender "vodka" she sighs as she waits for her drink

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"Well, at least one thing stayed the same." Florence tilted her head upwards to watch the towering snowman, or whatever he (it?) was, lumber towards the bar that she had taken a seat at. She was surprised to see him up close, as she took notes on a being whom was truly a real man, made out of real snow. Benoit didn't want to admit it, but she had this urge to reach out, grab a chunk of snow, and fling it at the noisy party of people in the background. The serene environment of the bar, even the smell (which, strangely, wasn't just alcohol, but an interestingly... homey scent) was shattered when that party came in, so Florence muttered an incantation under her breath, turned, and gave a sway of her hand, palm upwards, towards the group of... boys.

Ugh, they couldn't even be called men with how they were acting, which was obnoxious, loud, rude... and, well, they were about to escalate to violence. Soon, they began to become calm enough that they could be mistaken for one of those seas back home that was like a raging bull one moment, and a happy baby the next moment. By calm, she meant that they almost fell asleep. Not quite, but almost. Florence turned back around, raising her glass to the snowman.

[b]"Hello, my name is Florence Rhine Benoit. High Priestess. I'm new to this planet, any other planet, really, and, well, let's just say that in my world that high technology is reserved for the elite, and mystical creatures aren't known to the public. It's a planet of old-age humans, is what I'm saying. Would you mind telling me a bit about Terra? I really need someone to aid me here." Florence could detect something to do with the law from this man. He was a creature of order, and that's why Florence let her presence become one that made her more attractive as a friend of the law, and a mother to the lawless, issuing rules and making sure they were enforced. That's what she hoped he thought, anyways. Controlling thoughts just wasn't in the cards today.

"Your homeland would interest me immensely. Maybe you could tell me some about there, as well."

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The doors to the saloon creak open and Vercerigo slipped in. He looked around, noting with satisfaction the strange and wondrous people around him. He walked over to an unoccupied table near the...wolf(?) girl, military-type android, and-he strove to listen-Verror.
They appeared to be discussing the freakishness of Gambit's Bar. With a small chuckle, he knew that he had come to the right bar. As they talked, Vercerigo made note of their names: Verror, Emily...Jakob. He sighed and slumped down in his chair, absentmindedly playing with the many rings on his fingers. A waiter came up to him and looked at him expectantly. "Um, I'll have a..." He thought about it. "You know what? Surprise me, okay?" The waiter opened and then closed her mouth, and then nodded, walking off.
Vercerigo closed his eyes briefly, letting the atmosphere of the bar surround him. The Emily had just offered to buy Verror a drink. The beginning of a good friendship, perhaps? He remembered past encounters he had had. He didn't have a lot of friends, but he did know a lot of people, people from...everywhere.

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“I can disclose a few things about Terra,” Jakob replied over some light picking on the guitar. Despite his grin, his voice was metallic and suddenly professional. “Actually, I can disclose everything I know about Terra, which is a few things. It is, after all, public knowledge.” Jakob paused to take a swig of his scotch. “Terra is a Goldilocks world with unusual properties that make it habitable for many extraterrestrial species, as you can see. Wing City is the main hub of activity across Terra, but I imagine you already knew that, and that’s why you came here. Gambit’s Bar, in particular, is a place where most everything imaginable visits.”

The android finished his scotch and placed the glass back on the counter. “It gets violent in here, to be sure… Or wait,” Jakob turned his attention to the creature of snow and ice. “Weren’t you security here once? Performed memory garbage collection recently to maintain processing speed, so my intel isn’t up-to-date.”

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Vercerigo stopped fiddling with his rings and tuned in to what the android was saying. He had never been to Terra before, and he could use all the information he could get. So Terra was a sort of melting pot of different cultures, races, and species. What sort of strange and interesting people would he meet? More importantly, what had the waitress made for him?

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Florence kept her eyes on the creature of ice, but let her gaze drift ever so slightly to speak to Jakob. She didn't want the creature to think she was disrespecting him, and made sure that she could easily react in a split second's notice, should he say anything so that she could easily tap back into the conversation. The bar was becoming more lively, and Florence knew that it was about time that everyone, and everything, came here to kick back, relax... or start one too many battles, which was a rather unfortunate predicament regarding this bar.

"I've never been off of my world, so thanks for the advice. My name is Florence, High Priestess. Your name is?" She directed it towards Jakob, turning somewhat away from the snowman, to focus on Jakob for the moment, making sure to keep eye contact with anyone who spoke to her. She took a sip of her whiskey, and hmm'ed as she looked into the glass to view the dark amber liquid with curiosity. "An expensive bottle, that really delivered on what I wanted from it." She looked back at the bottle, and told the bartender that she wanted a few bottles delivered to her suite back up at the hotel. It was around 650,000 credits, for the 2 she ordered.

Florence took out a small, leather and steel journal with a miniature, but beautiful ivory fountain pen attached to it. She wrote down something, and turned back to the conversation. Another sip of the whiskey from the wide, short glass was taken. The witch smiled.

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At long last the waitress returned with a tall glass of a dark golden liquid. She set it down in front of Vercerigo, and he smiled and nodded his thanks. She nodded back, and left to attend to other matters. He took a experimental sip, and was shocked at how cold it was. Setting it down, he blinked twice. He leaned back in his chair and looked over at Verror, who was still consoling the wolf girl, Emily. Still. He frowned and quietly stood up. He walked over to them. "Is everything ok?" He asked.

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"I was security here once. But there was a change of management. Lot more hands on. I had trouble adjusting, so I quit. Also, it seems other people have this handled. I just wanted to get out of the sun before getting on my way, so I'll just have a cold drink of water, recharge my reserves of power before I go on my way once again. I gotta get up north before spring really kicks in."

The giant glacier sighed a bit. "Truth be told, I'm not from around here, but this planet has a location similar to my homeland that I go to when it gets too warm. Just being in room temperature is draining my ability to stay solid, so I can't stay long."

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“Name’s Jakob, military android, retired,” Jakob introduced himself as he extended an armoured hand, “But not dismantled, lucky for me.” He then acknowledged the current state of the snow man’s relationship to the bar. “Well, don’t let me keep you, or if you do want to stay longer, there is the freezer in the back.”

The android returned to his guitar, was about to continue playing, and he commented with a grin, “Pretty expensive tastes you have there, High Priestess- You mind if I call you by your title, or would you prefer your name?”

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"I used to stay in there when I worked here. Manager got pissed off. Hence why I left." A few wet coins got hastily slapped down onto the bar counter. "Reasonable accommodations much. No reasoning with such a juvenile flesh-form. I gotta go before my magic runs out and I melt right in the freaking streets. Gotta get up north..."

And with that, his snowball tail pushed his immense mass started pushing him out the door. Not the best for getting anywhere in a hurry, but it was beneficial for the icy terrain of his homeland. Better than legs that had less surface area and tended to go slip-sliding all over the place. At his glacial pace, he couldn't afford to waste a second in the early spring heat.

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"Hm. What an interesting creature. Bartender, you're still giving everyone their rounds, right? Whatever they want?" The High Priestess looked to the bartender, who gave a nod, and took a sip out of her first glass, before promptly pouring some more into the second glass and pushing it over to Jakob.

"An android?" She thought for a moment, the gears of wisdom and knowledge clicking somewhere within her brain.

"Oh, yes! I think I've heard of those. I must apologize. My world is very, very odd compared to this. We prefer an older-like lifestyle, with high technology not taking up every part of our daily life's. 'Cept for this," she tapped her wristlet, a nice computer-like object, "some of us have these." Florence said, smiling.

"It was very nice to meet you, Jakob. I hope we can stay in touch. I'm short for friends on this world, and I'd like to give you my card, if that's okay?" Florence pulled out a card holder made from the black ivory of a dark titan. She handed over a card with a steel blue background, and silver lettering. It was a very attractive card, made out of some sort of metal. If one cared much for witches, or the supernatural realm, they'd most likely recognize the names "Benoit Mystics", and the "Cult of Ceres the Wise" right below it (the Cult was secretive even here, however they were extremely well known, and many believed a conspiracy to be revolving around them. That is, if you cared much for witches anyways, but, with others, they took advantage of being in the background) as prominent names, even in this universe. You see, Ceres still needed to get everything put together, and this bar was hopefully the beginning of her mission to eliminate the woman that was her in this realm, but the actual extermination, and claiming of power and resources, would come later.

"So, do you have any advice on what to do in this city?" She inquired curiously.

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BAM

"ALE."

With great, thundering strides, Damionell Balafor, Wing City's most notorious minotaur, stormed towards the bar. Cryoface immediately stiffened, despite offering the beast a wan smile. Damionell towered over the other patrons as he eased his bulk into a protesting bar stool. The white furred Minotaur eyed the human female to his right with a large, brassy eye, and huffed a sharp snort from his damp snout.

"These people do not smell like the City, snow-thing. I hope y'arnt givin' them a false impression of safety." Damionell rumbled as he was brought a frothing flagon of sweet ale. The bull-man quaffed the entire oversized tankard and slammed it back on to the bar, causing a sticky spray to fly in all directions.

"More."

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Verror was about to say no but thanks to Emily's offer, when suddenly a giant snowman with a snake-like tail entered the room. "That's it," he said, "I've seen everything now."

At that point a young man joined the conversation, also out of concern.

"Everything's fine, I think."
he replied, "Just a bunch of jerks were picking on her or something. I'm Verror. What's your name?"

He wasn't remotely surprised when a huge minotaur entered the room, but that was because he'd actually seen and talked to minotaurs before, or at least some variety.

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Emily looked up at the newcomer. She managed a weak smile, "yes." she said softly, it was almost a whisper, "I'm fine." she studied the the person slightly tilting her head to the left. he seemed decent enough, she noticed earlier that he was staring in her direction. probably at the person sitting with her. she blushed and looked away when she realised she was still staring at him. she suddenly felt like she was in an extremely awkward situation. the minotaur slammed a glass down on the table. Emily yelped, wincing in pain. Emily drew her head to the table and folded her ears forward. she let out a quiet canine-like wine, rocking herself back and forth. the noise from the glass hitting the table was painfully loud to her sensitive hearing. she heard ringing in her ears.


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After a few minutes of agonizing pain the ringing slowly went away. she lifted her head and noticed both people staring at her with concern. "sorry", she said quietly, "sensitive hearing..."

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Vercerigo turned and glared at the source of the noise, and was a bit surprised when he saw that it was a large minotaur, but he kept his glare none the less. Sighing, he turned back to Emily and said, "Well, I'm glad those morons are gone now." Lowering his voice, he added, "Hopefully this bull is smart enough to leave you alone, as well." He offered a small half-smile.
Straightening, he turned and offered his hand to Verror. "My name is Vercerigo. Verse or Verc for short. I am completely new to this...part of town."

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Emily checked the time. seeing that it was getting late she went to get up then paused. "here." she said then pulled out two small cards listing her number and email address for her photography, she handed both of them to Vercerigo and Verror, "the card itself isn't important." she said quickly, "the number is... well-" she said, leaning on her right leg, pushing her hip to the side. she gives them a coy smile, "if you guys ever wanted to contact me. just call." she then walked out towards the door, her tail swishing around behind her as she walks.

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A deep rumbled escaped Damionell's throat as the tiny human boy spoke of his presence as if it were a nuisance. It never failed to irritate him that humans thought his hearing was anything less than sharp as a roc's talon.

"And why would it be wise of me to leave the female-thing alone, boy-thing? You think me to be some common bully?"

Damionell swiveled in his chair. His cleated hooves clomped loudly on the bar floor, and the heavy plate armor that adorned his hulking frame clinked and clanked faintly as his braided beard bounce against it. An immense maul was strapped to his back, simple and blunt.

"Do you wish to be proven right? Is that what you want?" the Minotaur said with a tone of finality, taking a measured pull on his fresh flagon.

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Vercerigo smiled as he accepted the card and knuckle-rolled it between his fingers. "Thank you. It was nice meeting you, Emily. Get home safely." He watched her leave, before hearing the minotaur behind him speak directly to him.
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He turned around and pocketed the card, facing the angry hybrid. "I am sorry I upset you, but you were being extremely loud. You should be a little bit more considerate of your surroundings, sir." He retorted, straining the last word. He slowly put his hands behind his back, lightly touching a black ring on his right hand.

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