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Name: Kalineh
Age: 22
Contact: pm journal
Other Characters Played: N/A
Character Information:
Name: Valdis
Canon: Original- Swallowing the Sun
Canon Point: After being dealt an almost fatal wound by the Archdemon Lord Amos while protecting Malachi, the son of Michael the Archangel.
Age: True age unknown, Appears to be 25.
Reference Links: During her 342 year exile in the human world, Valdis has flitted from place to place, spending some time in Italy, England, France, Spain, China and Norway before crossing over to the United States. She trained as a courtesan when she first established an identity in the human world and has most recently been living under the name Grace Hall in an upscale part of New York for the past five years. With a preference for riches, Valdis often consorted with the wealthy and noble in the age of Empires and in more recent times those who possessed money and power. By using what she learned over the years she walked among humans, Valdis was able to amass a small fortune in a Swedish bank account that allows her to live comfortably. But Valdis’ inner conflict between her soul and those she has stolen leads her to seek a solution that limits her to either one or the other and added to her recent boredom could lead her down a very dangerous path with possibly serious consequences for all involved.

Setting: Little known to the humans who inhabit modern day earth, there is a war being waged between three factions whose existence has fallen into myth. The Angels, an order of peacekeepers whose sole purpose is to defend humanity from the evils of the other two factions. Demons, dark, human shaped creatures who move between hell and the world above. And Hellhounds, deadly to even the most experienced Angels. Battles between these factions have been the cause of what humans would call “natural disasters”. Humans blind themselves to the actions of supernatural beings and the destruction caused by their battles and reduce the events to accidents or naturally occurring disasters. In addition, the factions are able to hide themselves under the noses of humans by taking a human form and learning from their own elders how to act, this is especially true for Demons and Hellhounds as their true forms are far from human. Though they may see strange things at times, many humans prefer to dismiss odd occurrences rather than admit that they exist and the Hellhounds and Demons deployed to the human world are generally very skilled at hiding themselves. Angels, whose true form appears to be human, have no difficulty living among them. The Hellhounds have not been truly active since the disappearance of their Queen and thus have not been a major factor in many years. The current major players are the Demons and Angels, whose actions have been hidden on the outskirts of the few large wars that have impacted the world in the past hundred years.

Angels
Founded after the fall of Lucifer, The Angelic Order has long protected humans from the temptation and evils of the Demons. They walk among the human race, protecting individuals from within the shadows and their very presence can be a deterrent to a low leveled demon. Angels are split into three ranks. Archangels are the oldest, and most experienced of the angels who govern over the other angels and if needed, lead them into battle. Only known as Angels, these are the warriors and guardians of the human race, moving among them and intervening when dictated by their code. Angelic warriors in training are known as Fledglings. Fledglings are young angels who have not yet come into their full power and hence are closely protected during their young years. Fledglings are a prime target for demons, who can sense their presence when outside of the protected grounds of the Order. Though often depicted with them, Angels do not possess wings nor are they capable of flight.

Demons
Demons walk among humans unacknowledged and unseen. Unlike angels, they often interact directly with their human counterparts. Demons seek to cause humanity’s fall through manipulation and temptation. They too have a hierarchy, with a single Archdemon leading a group of lower ranking demons. Demons openly present themselves as beautiful, but beneath the illusion they hide ugly intentions. Because demons live within a caste system, unequal treatment is common and the lower caste demons are often tormented by those of the higher castes. Lower cast demons have little free will or intelligence, driven mostly by instinct. Higher caste demons show more intelligence and are capable of complex thought. The most intelligent demons occupy the highest caste and are more dangerous than their lower caste counterparts. It is these demons who created the third party to this war.

Hellhounds
Angels whose souls have been torn asunder become the devil dogs known as Hellhounds. Instinctively seeking to regain what they once had, they are the reapers of the Underworld and because they have no soul of their own, they are incapable of mercy or love and desire only power. Although some demon lords can rival them in power, Hellhounds look down upon demons as lesser inhabitants of the underworld and consider humans to be pitiful creatures with weak wills. Angels are the greatest enemy of the Hellhounds, yet Angelic code dictates that no angel is to face a Hellhound without backup. Their main form is that of a large ebony colored wolf, usually around 14 hands (4.67 feet) at the shoulder. At rest their eyes are an emerald green, but when angered, their pupils become deep, blood red in color. This color change is present even when they take a human form. They are agile, swift and strong, which wouldn’t be unique among the legendary factions. What truly sets the Hellhounds apart is their ability to consume the energy within a human soul. With each soul consumed, the Hellhound gains more power and can even revive itself after a fatal wound. But this regeneration is limited to the number of souls that a hellhound has consumed. When soul energy is taken from a living human, usually no mark is left upon the victim and it is often decided than the person whose soul was taken died of a heart attack. Souls can also be harvested from those who have died if the Hound is present at the moment of death. A released soul is drawn into a Hellhound’s body similarly to how a star is drawn into a black hole, but this method of gathering is less precise the longer the distance between the hound and soul and there is a chance that the soul could escape into the light. If successfully captured, the soul is broken down into energy and stored within the body until needed for regeneration and once used, the soul essentially ceases to exist, thus no redemption for those who die in this manner. Another use of the soul energy is for strength, the more souls a hound has consumed, the stronger they become and using up large amounts of soul energy can leave the hound’s strength greatly depleted. Hellhounds have little organization, but a king and queen, always the most powerful hellhounds, sit at the top of the pack. Ranks are decided through battle, but there are rules. No hound may challenge another whose rank is lower and they are not allowed to kill each other. They communicate through a mental link which allows them to move efficiently through battle. Though fearsome, the population of Hellhounds is small due to the fact that only the Queen may breed.

Present Events
About 342 years ago, on the night of April 13th, a volcanic eruption occurred in Faial which was followed by five seismic waves causing a seismic crisis on the whole island. Though labeled a natural disaster, its cause was an immense battle between the Archangel Michael and the Hellhound Queen, Valdis, whose strength was considered equal, but as the devastation reached its climax, Michael struck Valdis down with a holy sword, severing the bond between her and her pack. The Archangel was then forced into retreat as Hellhound reinforcements arrived upon the field of battle. Though Valdis returned with her pack to the Underworld, the severing of her bond with them caused an unexpected side effect within the Queen. Valdis regained her soul and through it felt emotions previously foreign to her. In her confusion and fear, she killed two of her packmates as she fought to escape the underworld. Forced into a self-exile, Valdis was left to roam the human world alone, forever hiding from her pack, the angels and the demons. The Archangel Michael discovered the fallen queen and, realizing what had occurred, was unable to destroy her. He hid her from the Angelic Council and aided her in establishing a human identity. As time passed, Valdis became more comfortable with her human form and with living among the humans. But it all changed when the Archangel Michael asked for her aid in protecting his fledgling son from the demons who had discovered his existence. Since Michael had once helped her, she couldn’t refuse his request and took on the task of training and protecting the fledgling. Shortly after she took on the young angel, the Archdemon Lord Amos made contact with her and fearful for her safety, she fled from her city home, training Malachi while on the road. But Lord Amos, one whose power could rival that of the Hellhound King, caught up with them. He claimed that he came in peace and that he had information that could be very important to her, but he refused to give it unless Valdis could defeat him in battle. Valdis immediately began to shift, but was unable to complete the transformation before Amos dealt her a fatal wound.

Personality:

Valdis is a high-strung individual whose first priority has always been herself. In her mind, she is still a queen and she sees herself as better than those she lives among, more beautiful and more intelligent than they could ever be. But she learned over the years that acting as such is not beneficial or helpful to her cause, so she has carefully constructed a persona for others to see. She usually presents herself as a kind, somewhat reserved woman with a light sense of humor, someone who is approachable and enjoys a good conversation. She will morph her persona’s personality as she learns more about the people she is interacting with, something where her training as a courtesan has proved invaluable. Valdis can and will try to manipulate others, but even though she can easily win over those who find her attractive, some are more difficult to win over and others can eventually see right through her act. They may not know exactly what they dislike about Valdis, but they can tell that something is off about her. Occasionally Valdis has been known to stand up for others, but only when it is in line with what her persona would do as she view humans only as accessories and acquaintances whose purpose is to help her establish an identity.
Secrecy has been her greatest defense against her enemies and she guards herself carefully to avoid discovery. Hostility would be Valdis’ first reactions to the knowledge that someone has guessed, or knows, her true identity, but unless pressed, Valdis will rarely resort to aggression, preferring to disengage from a situation and evaluate her position and that of her enemy. Despite her time among humans, many of her enemies would still hesitate to take her on, and she would be ready to prove that she still possessed power if they tried. She is not opposed to making threats to keep herself safe and can usually back up said threats with force if needed. She generally assumes that someone who knows her true identity is an enemy and usually doesn’t believe them if they claim otherwise.
Because most of her interactions with others on her home world were carefully devised and her “personality” was often conditional, Valdis rarely showed her true nature. She is cold, calculating, manipulative, prideful to a fault and has an air of confidence that never seems to waver. One downfall is that she feels a deep-seeded envy for the love and happiness that humans possess and share with each other. As her own soul was pure before being shattered, she has a vague memory of what happiness and love feel like, memories which gain strength when near Michael, but the corrupted energies of the consumed souls leave her unable to truly feel those positive emotions. As a result, when she isn’t hiding behind a persona, Valdis can be rather surly when dealing with others, especially if they have nothing to offer her. Her manipulative side tends to appear when she deduces someone’s weaknesses and she takes great joy in using their flaws against them. Although she doesn’t care much about the feelings of others, she doesn’t want them to dislike her either, as such feelings could cause problems for her later, so she tries to be nice. Valdis is so confident in herself and her abilities that it would be difficult to injure her pride, but despite her ability to be patient, she becomes frustrated when people keep her waiting or ignore her entirely. If she aids someone, there is always an ulterior motive and she will eventually collect on the favor.


Appearance: Her powers allowed her to take a form that would be described as beautiful by most men. In her human form, Valdis stands at 5’6”. Her long, wavy hair is the color of raven feathers, a dark contrast to her fair skin. Her eyes normally appear emerald green, but may shift to a deep blood red. As a hound, Valdis stands about 15 hands (5 feet) at the shoulder, has thick raven colored fur and green eyes than may shift to red if angered. Though called a hound, her form more closely resembles that of a wolf, but perhaps a little more streamlined.

Abilities:
Valdis is naturally fit, her small stature hiding a strength unequaled by all but the highest ranking demons and angels, though this has somewhat diminished in the years she has been hiding. Due to her long lifespan, she has been able to train in many kinds of weapons but she prefers to avoid fights in her human form. She is a dead shot with a bow and if available can handle a pistol or sniper rifle as if she was born using them. Swordplay is the art of nobles and thus she has trained with a variety of blades, her favorites being the katana, for its swiftness, or sai for their versatility. Valdis is capable of shifting between her human and hound forms at will, though time is taken to make the change. In her hound form, she can easily leap up over seven feet and lunge as long as thirty five feet using her strong back legs. She can also sprint up to 45 miles an hour, making her a deadly enemy, though sharp turns at this speed can easily throw her off balance. Her jaws are strong enough to crush bones and dent even the strongest armor. Her offense is much better than her defense in both human and wolf form, but using the soul energy she has consumed, Valdis is able to regenerate and heal herself from otherwise debilitating injuries. She can even return from death, though both processes may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. In Tu Shanshu, this ability would prove useful in battle as it would allow her to keep going when others would have to retreat. As a creature of hell, she is immune to heat based attacks, but weak to light based magicks and weapons. In addition to her hound abilities, Valdis possesses sharper smell, vision and hearing, the natural enhancements of a canine. She is able to sense strong negative emotions, such as anger, hatred or fear, can sense soul energies and can see soul energies. While in hound form, she can communicate via a mind link, as she used to with her pack, but only with people she has established a relationship with.

Inventory: Due to the point in time from which she was taken, during her battle with the Archdemon Lord Amos, Valdis would have nothing on her as she was in hound form.

Suitability: Seeing as she once created it, Valdis is no stranger to darkness, evil or chaos. As a former queen, Valdis struggles with taking orders, but she will submit to those who have proved their strength is greater than her own, fight alongside those whose strength is equal and defend those whose strength is less. She may not truly care for the purpose for which she fights, but the new challenges make her feel alive again.

Suite: Due to her high strung nature, Valdis would be most comfortable in the Fire suite. She is a creature of hellfire and she expects comfort and enjoys rich environments. Her training as a courtesan and her history of consorting with royalty seems suitable to the description of the fire sector.

In-Character Samples:
Third Person (Prose):
Darkness, fear, chaos, evil. If there was a place where none of these things existed, she probably wasn’t allowed to enter. Perhaps it was her fate to be forever torn between worlds, to be an outsider, but maybe this was a place where she could challenge such a fate. Though confused and mostly dead when she had arrived, she now almost felt a strange sense of purpose. This was a world that needed her skills to combat an evil that seemed unstoppable. But as she well knew, even those drenched in evil could be defeated. And the leader of this place, the one who had summoned her, reeked of a power greater than any she had ever known. He was worthy of her respect at the very least and her respect was not easily won.
She had a chance here to create a new life here, one in which she could dictate everything, one in which she wouldn’t have to act anymore. Keeping the actual hound in the bag wouldn’t be possible for long, but she could hide the source of her regenerative powers for a time. This place was filled with opportunity, but there was the small fact that some, perhaps many, people would be displeased with her existence, but such problems weren’t exactly new and at least here she might be able to find allies who weren’t trying to kill her. And with the knowledge of so many different worlds gathered together, perhaps someone here could help her find a solution to her problem. Or not. But she was here now and she might as well make the best of it, after all she had learned how to adapt to new situations long ago and this would be no different.

Network:
Never in all my lives did I expect to see something like this. Admittedly, not many would think that a world exists in which cities reside upon the backs of a giant turtles, it seems too fantastic to be real. But let’s face it, who am I to lecture upon what is reality and what is myth. [She takes a deep breath before continuing.] I have been called many things, but “hero” was never one of them. [She shakes her head.] It is such an odd term, it could mean so many different things to so many different people. [A small smile creeps across her face]. But that, at least, is something that I am used to. My name is Valdis and I am here to aid you… “heroes” in your mission.
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