Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ivy Valerio

Let me tell you about my character...

After the mysterious and unexplained deaths of her parents, Ivy Valerio was taken in by Father Ambert, a priest who had dedicated himself to St. Nephemias. As she grew older, Ivy learned Father Ambert's trade; she studied how to perform the Last Rites, how to prepare a body for proper burial according to Church customs, and how to pray for the spirits of the departed.

Ivy's tutelage under Father Ambert left its mark on her personality. She is a serious young woman who values tradition. She also judges herself and others harshly, holding them to a high standard that demands constant vigilance. 

Furthermore, Ivy's life is now inextricably interwoven with the afterlives of the dead. She sees omens in everything, and claims that the spirits of the deceased are always lurking at the periphery of her vision. When Ivy uses the divine magic she has been entrusted to by the Church, apparitions sometimes appear as part of the manifestation of her power. For example, when Ivy uses her magic to heal her allies, one might catch a brief glimpse of phantasmal old women quickly sewing the injured party's wounds shut with their knitting needles. When Ivy uses her power to gain a skill or knowledge not her own, a ghostly presence may be seen whispering the unknown technique or lore into her ear.

Ivy tends to garb herself in black, funereal dresses when not adventuring. Her armor is crafted to be a similarly ebon hue. Although she carries a mace and a crossbow, it is clear that neither has seen much use; Ivy is physically weak, so she prefers to wound her foes with the cleansing radiance of St. Nephemias instead of engaging in hand to hand combat.

Ivy is a pale, dark-haired woman who seldom expresses her innermost emotions. She is businesslike in her dealings with others. However, that is not to say that she is entirely cold and impervious; Ivy finds that living rough grates on her and is not shy about expressing her preference for creature comforts.

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Ivy Valerio, 2nd level half-elf cleric (knowledge), acolyte background