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Cryoface

A Snow Warrior from the land of Lore, Cryoface is skilled in the art of melee combat, but is also learning how to control the ice magic inherent in his creation.

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

Inventory

A simple yet sturdy shield.
Basic sword.
This pouch can contain a small number of other things, and is useful for holding things while traveling (among other things).
This bag has straps, pouches, and more — great for accumulating things over time.
A legendary artifact found behind The Impervious Door, made from ice that cannot melt or shatter. Equips the wearer with the entirety of cryogenic abilities.
This egg has what looks like a hole, but it's actually a transparent ruby which allows the embryo take in sunlight early on.

Description

Picture URL: http://adventurequest.wikia.com/wiki/Snow_Warrior

(Picture copyright of Artix Entertainment, LLC.)

Cryoface towers over most humans, rising to between 6 and 7 feet and weighing a good deal over 300 pounds. His body resembles many snowballs joined together, with the exception of his arms and head, which are humanoid. As a result, he seems like a sculpture of a cross between a human and a snake...unless he decides to move. During a snowstorm, however, his vision seems unimpaired where a human would be subject to snow blindness.

Personality

This is not the original longtime friends of his might know and love--much like the Dread Pirate Roberts, the name is designed to be passed down to qualified successors in order to keep the legacy intact. This second iteration, given name Rime-Blade, lacking the predecessor's life experience, is much more no-nonsense and inflexible when it comes to rule violations, though he has quickly developed a healthy tolerance for fights that are out of his league. Being highly impressionable, perhaps even a bit naive, also means that there's a good chance he'll believe almost anything until proven otherwise.

Equipment

This version carries a more traditional ice-crafted broadsword with wickedly jagged edges. What it lacks in protection and elegance it makes up for in effectiveness. He doesn't have a ranged weapon...yet.

His spells are as follows:

-Snow Drift: A basic ice attack, conjured over the head and then brought downwards. Numbing cold meets sheer weight, making it difficult for victims to get up after a hit.

-Ice Dragon Spirit: An apparition appears and attacks with its freezing claws and watery bite. As it is incorporeal, it cannot actually interpose itself to defend its summoner, but it can, say, ice up a weakened pillar to stop a collapse or engage in combat with summoned reinforcements to even the odds. This spell was the original's last-ditch effort to drive off a particularly nefarious threat and it did cost him his life, so the new one is loath to invoke it.

-Tail Sweep: By itself, his tail is strong enough to constrict smaller opponents on its own, but when he really puts his mind to it he can produce a strong gust of cold air that can knock foes backwards.

-Icicle Spear: Mainly used for deterrence and aerial coverage due to relative lack of damage output. A volley of small ice darts are conjured, then fired at a target in quick succession. Capable of scoring multiple hits, though they tend to be fairly useless against heavy armor.

-Powder Blast: A weak, short-range attack that involves blowing loose snow. When used in conjunction with a strong wind, it sticks to objects it hits, proving itself rather useful against those that would cloak their form with glamers such as invisibility.

-Kyuurei Hadouken: Like his predecessor's venerable Snowball, with all the dramatic flair of a Street Fighter attack. It's also quite a bit stronger, used to break up fights he was too slow to prevent from happening, intended to end them IMMEDIATELY. After hanging around Motoko for long enough, it was inevitable that he picked up some token Japanese, after all.

-Instant Igloo: Whether as quick cover against an oncoming attack or a way to help his friends ride out a storm, this defensive bubble is designed for both short and long-term protection.

-Happy Frostval!: One of those presents you'd rather not get because it blows up in your face, turning a large-sized restaurant into a winter wonderland with the proper setup, with powder snow swirling everywhere, not to mention the force of the explosion itself.

History

Cryoface was lucky enough to win the favor of the Ice Lord, one of the eight Elemental Lords of Lore, that created him, but lost it again for reasons unknowable by mortal minds. That lack of connection to his god is what has cost Cryoface his life and his career as a gladiator on that plane. After a stint as head of security at Gambit's Bar, an "argument" with the owner led to his termination and other unsavory things, leaving him little choice but to abandon all that he knew, loved and fought for to assume a hermit-like existence in the Cold Plains. He spent long hours in between training sessions mourning lost loves, missed opportunities and regrettable choices. After a fight with Jack Thirteen used up the last of his reserves, he had Motoko Attenborough fly to the Cold Plains and enact a ritual to call forth a replacement, knowing that she would be torn apart in the eventuality that he fell in battle. The success of this ritual is evident in the presence of this new specimen.

So begins...

Cryoface's Story

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Cryoface is silently impressed at Johnny's display of temperance, but there is a naked blade in the bar being used to threaten another's life. Moving with practiced speed, he puts both hands out to try to put the woman in an arm-lock.

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Drop the sword and I let you go."

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Cryoface releases the pressure on Sakura's arm. "Now, I bet you're wonder why I interfered. The answer is quite simple: I was hired here for my expertise in ending fights. Or you may just refer to me as a 'bouncer.' My job is to fight so the other people don't have to."

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Cryoface now turns his attention to Johnny. "It seems that this confrontation is not entirely her fault. Were you trying to provoke her?"

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Your temperance is admirable. Would that all warriors knew how to choose worthy opponents."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Connor, put it down. Your job is to mix and serve the drinks, and my job is to enforce a certain level of civility around here."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "I was on vacation. Or did you not get the memo?"

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Damn it. I take one day off to hone my skills, maybe do a little meditation and prayer, and somebody gets shot while I'm not around?"

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Nobody deserves to get harmed in this bar. Vampires, robots...whatever you are, all should feel safe enough to have a drink here."

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Cryoface momentarily questions why a man with an outstanding bounty is allowed to work behind the bar, but quickly pushes it to the back of his mind.

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Cryoface immediately comes out of cold storage upon hearing Beatriz's cry and the ring of steel on steel.

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Indeed. We have no problem with warriors carrying the tools of their trade into the bar with them. What we do have a problem with around here is when the effectiveness of those tools are demonstrated."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Yes. What you do outside of our walls is not our business in the slightest. I would recommend, however, that unless you are honing your skills, that you find a way to resolve your differences without clashing blades."

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Cryoface edges out of the nice cold storage room and into the heat and smoke of the bar. There's an order coming in today if he's reading the report right, and he needs to be there to help move the perishables where they belong. He adjusts the belt that holds the scabbard of his Ice Katana and stands about halfway between the loading dock and the main room of the bar, ready to unload crates or stop a brewing fight.

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "I'm no bartender. You may refer to me as a 'bouncer,' good sir," comes the response from the noble Snow Warrior. His days of fighting for the glory of his Elemental Lord are over, but there is still demand for highly skilled warriors such as himself. "May I ask what I can get you, regardless?"

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Cryoface turns the foreign-sounding phrases over and over in his head, before shrugging his shoulders. "Doppel-bock...okay, I'll see what I can do."

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Cryoface is heard rummaging through the cold storage room before finally emerging with a bottle of the German beer the Kommandant has requested. It was an eyesore looking through all the foreign drinks, but Cryoface's meticulous streak paid off this time. When he arrives, the bottle has a nice rime of frost on it from the touch of the Snow Warrior's large, fingerless hand. "Here you are, sir. I hope you and your companions enjoy yourselves here."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Unfortunately, that is an untrue statement. Indeed, all those thieves and liars are what caused us to reinstate the high prices we are sometimes infamous for. But it takes a lot of currency to maintain such a facility, does it not?"

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Cryoface produces a bottle opener as he rants about the recent events. "You'll have to speak with the owner about...I'm sorry, is this man giving you trouble? I will be happy to relocate you to another table."

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Cryoface interposes himself between Luca and the Kommandant. "Excuse me, but you seem to be disrupting the peace around here. Is there a message you wish to send to this fine military man? If things continue the way they are, I will have to ask you to leave."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "I work here too, but my job is to enforce a non-threatening environment for all patrons of this bar. I cannot condone your wish to disturb another patron's experience here."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "I understand, good sir. If you wish, I can move your party to one of our private rooms. This common room is where the majority of the incidents happen, you see."

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Character Portrait: Cryoface Cryoface says,
 "Of course. Just make sure to leave a window open or something so it doesn't get too thick. It doesn't bother me personally, but I can see how it would take a while to prepare the room for another that does not share my point of view regarding such substances."

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Cryoface leads the Kommandant and his party down the hall to a more secluded and well-appointed area. "I hope this will be acceptable? You seem like the sort that will only accept the best."

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Cryoface tries to stay out of the hot kitchen. He really does. But just as in the arena, sometimes you have to take some heat to get what you want. Such a lesson was never more true, as the oven was just opening when he was passing by, thus washing him in waves of heat and making him somewhat grumpy about the foolishness of the new hires.