About Albina Mariposa
Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 15
Traits Sacred Conduit (+1 save DC to channeled energy), Heresy (+1 saves vs. divine spells)
Feats Selective Channeling (B), Ability Focus (channel energy), Extra Channel, Toughness
Skills (10 +5 (Int), +5 (human), +5 (FC))
SQ aura of evil, channel negative energy 3d6 (Will DC 18) 6/day, orisons, fire bolt 6/day, copycat 6/day
Load 42 lbs; Lt 0-43 lbs., Med 44-86 lbs, Hvy 87-130 lbs.
holy symbol of Asmodeus (1 lb), spiked gauntlet (1 lb), locket with continual flame
Backpack (2 gp, 2 lbs), 2x Spell Component Pouch (10 gp, 4 lbs), 3x Alchemist's Fire (60 gp, 3 lbs), Traveler's Outfit (1 gp, 5 lbs), 1 lb), Light Mace (5 gp, 4 lbs), 2 Daggers (4 gp, 2 lbs)
Held for Mi'Dre; 332.5 gp.
Albina was born prematurely after a difficult birth that required healing magic for both herself and her mother, and left both child and mother suffering lasting weakness. Her father, a prominent merchant, spent much coin to the temple of Iomedae to pay for healing services, but a lingering malaise continued to sap his wife’s vitality, and he found himself increasingly frustrated, as he had parted with such coin in the hopes of having a son to inherit his business. Instead, he had a wife too weak to again undergo the rigors of childbirth, and a sickly girl child, who seemed perpetually on the brink of death.
Albina grew up in seclusion, as exposure to others seemed to almost inevitably be followed by a new ailment, with expensive magical treatments the only remedy. Tongues wagged, and she developed something of a reputation as an exotic beauty, hidden away by her father to prevent her from being harassed, or possibly even abducted, rumors which her father, desperate to salvage at least an advantageous marriage for his sickly daughter, cunningly encouraged.
An elderly tutor, long ago a devotee of Asmodeus, but having long since concealed the faith of his youth, dragged into digression by strong drink and the flirtatious charms of a girl now on the cusp of womanhood, waxed eloquent about a radical theory that the divine magic used at the moment of her birth may have defied fate, and brought her alive into the world, when there was only life allotted for a single soul, that of her mother, causing the spiritual essence of her mother to be split between mother and child, leaving each with only half the strength and health that they should possess. Albina encouraged the absent-minded scholar to dismiss such talk as nonsense, insisting that nobody could defy the will of the gods in such a manner.
But wheels had been set turning, and dark dreams half-glimpsed among the flame of dancing candles led her to a dark theory.
Albina capitalized on her reputation among the local house servants to seduce a young clerk who worked for her father, allowing him rare glimpses of the ‘secret beauty’ that was confined to the upper levels of their home, eventually feeding him many lies. She told him that her father had been grooming him to take over the business, and that he intended for them to marry, so that he would inherit the family name and holdings, but that her mother greatly disapproved and was the only barrier to their love…
It took only a few weeks, and some sampling of the ‘medicines’ that her mother took to get her through the day, to convince the naïve young lad to murder her mother, so that they could consummate their love. Albina had come to believe that her mother’s death would release the life-energy that they shared between them to restore her own vitality to that of a normal girl, and so tricked her would-be lover to slit her mother’s wrists as she lay in a drugged stupor, making it appear that she had committed suicide.
While giving her mother a drug that left her adrift in a slumbering state, Albina had also given her paramour a vitalizing elixir that she and her mother used to energize themselves for public appearances, leaving him agitated and jumpy, so that when she betrayed him by calling for her father to save her mother from the ‘assassin,’ he reacted as predicted and sliced at her as well. Her father entered his wife’s room to find his young clerk standing over his daughter and wife, bloodied dagger in his hand. Albina’s plan was for her father to ‘save’ her from the ‘assassin,’ and kill him in the process, but the clerk managed to wound her father and flee the building, leading to an extended investigation, and her eventual complicity being uncovered by the authorities.
The only part of her plan that had succeeded was that the death of her mother indeed resulted in a rush of energy, greater than any drug she had taken to strengthen her resolve or lend vitality to her movements, as if her mother’s life-force had indeed joined her own, making her, for the first time in life, a whole person, no longer as frail as a child.
During the trial, Albina did herself no favors, drunk on her newfound vitality, and unable to accept the unfairness that now, on the verge of finally being able to live, that some feckless so-called authorities could sentence her to death…
At first, it seemed that murder would be the crime that doomed her, but she went a step further and openly praised the dark forces of Asmodeus for saving her, when the church of Iomedae only kept her and her mother weak and dependent on constant healing, and constant donations of money, to remain alive. And so she signed her own death-warrant, blaspheming in open court and committing the capital crimes of heresy and consorting with dark powers.