About Rica Hismar
CN Medium Outsider
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft; Perception +4
AC 17, touch 12, flat-footed 16(+2 Dex, +4 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 11 (1d10+1) current hp 11
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +0
Speed 40 ft
Melee bite +3 (1d8+3)
Str 14, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 7, Wis 10, Cha 11
Base Atk +1; CMB +; CMD 10
Skills Perception +4, Sense Motive +4, Stealth
+7, Swim +6
Languages Taldan, Infernal, Draconic, Celestial
Evolutions Bite x2, limbs (legs) x2, Improved Nat Armor, Improved Damage (Bite)
Rica is of medium human height at 5'5", and has a thin, almost lanky build. She appears to be in her early twenties Her hair is cut just above her shoulders, and is a deep black. It's not cut straight across, so it has a slightly messy appearance. Mix that with her pale skin, and she's obviously Chelexian.
Her eyes are the most striking thing about her. They are amber, but look painfully bloodshot. Her eyebrows are thin, and her default expression is a faint smirk. Otherwise, Rica is fairly attractive, dressing in well-fitted, flattering suits and walking with a black cane. Her favorite suit is black, with lace ruffles at the neck and long coat tails. She wears a pair of fancy black boots, black gloves, and carries with her a black cane with a metal sphere at the top.
When she wears it, her chain shirt is slightly loose fitting, and she prefers to wear a long black jacket over top of it.
Rica was born an only child to a Chelish couple in the Heights of Korvosa, the largest city in Varisia. Her mother was minor nobility, while her father was an artisan, specializing in decorative furniture. Truth be told, Rica's parents weren't particularly keen on the idea of having a child, but they did so to satisfy her mother's family. They did little to raise Rica, letting her spend most of her time with Astin, an elvish member of the family in fealty to the Hismars. He helped raise her, along with her house servant, Lydia. Lydia and Astin were fine company, but Rica always yearned for attention from her parents. It wasn't until she was 12 that she decided that such hopes were silly, and that she should instead work to improve herself.
It was Lydia's stories of magic that first got Rica interested in the arcane arts. She told Rica of the Acadamae, and how it was where the greatest conjurers got their schooling. The idea of summoning creatures from other planes thrilled Rica like nothing else, so at the age of 17, she began begging her parents to let her enroll. Her parents were reluctant, what with rumors of the Acadamae using failing students as test subjects, but they eventually agreed, if only on the hope that Rica would make something of herself, something worthy of the Hismar name.
Luckily for Rica, the Acadamae saw that she had an inborn talent for magic, so they admitted her as a regular student. Though Rica had talent, she barely scraped by in her classes, lacking the discipline of most students. She failed in most all schools of magic besides conjuration, but she was the best conjurer in her class. She even permanently damaged her eyes once when she attempted to craft a potion, a mistake that her teachers forbid her to completely fix. Irritated by what seemed to be a lack of commitment on her part, the teachers pushed Rica into a group exercise in which she'd have to fight for her life in order to pass.
Her instructor summoned two imps, and set them on her and her fellow students. While most of the students reacted to the threat by casting magic missiles at the imps or by raising magical shields, Rica panicked as the imps seemed to focus their attention on her. She forgot everything she'd learned, and instead locked into a series of fearful thoughts. She wanted -something- to save her, -something- to protect her. To her surprise, something answered her call.
Green smoke erupted from the air in front of her, and from it came a creature that spoke to her in her mind, linking itself to her. It appeared to be a large, green canine creature with a long tail and yellow eyes. Rica's instructor dismissed the imps, and quickly ordered Rica to 'dismiss her monstrosity'. She blinked for a few moments, unsure of what to do, but somehow dug within herself to remember how to release a summon.
After that incident, Rica was kept locked in one of the empty dorm rooms for three days while the instructors and Headmaster Toff decided what to do. They had never seen someone summon a creature such as that, and a few of the teachers wanted to study Rica to see exactly what was in her that had pulled such a creature. Luckily for Rica, Headmaster Toff instead decided to study her from a distance, explaining to Rica that her talents were 'unfit for the Acadamae'. At the Acadamae, you either graduate, or you're never heard from again. There are no dropouts, so Toff letting Rica leave was a big deal, to say the least.
As for Rica's view on things, she truly believed herself to be 'too good' for the Acadamae, so she left without much of a fuss, once she realized what she could do. She found that she could summon her green companion at will, and that she could even share it's thoughts. She reveled in the control she had over it, and soon had it reduced to a whimpering slave. Little did she know that the creature was, in fact, bonded to her very soul, and was in a way a reflection of her subconscious.
Rica, at her core, wants to be noticed. If she has to gain power to achieve that end, then so be it. When she found she could summon up a large, green wolf to her side, she used that power almost to the point of abuse, having Acid follow her around wherever she went.
Rica has problems with authority and discipline, and gets by mostly on her natural talents. She would much rather prove herself at something she knows she can do than to try something she's unsure about and fail. In her mind, Rica is a master summoner, and that's all she cares to be. In this way she appears lazy, but if something catches her interest, she'll stop at nothing to see it through. She failed at everything but summoning because it didn't interest her...at least that's the way she sees it. In truth, she is in many ways immature and insecure.
Rica acts in many ways that suggest she has narcissistic personality disorder. She's confident in her abilities at summoning, and believes that she's special. Why else would Toff have let her go? Even so, she's subconsciously afraid, insecure, and self-hating. She worries that she might not be able to measure up to the image she has of who she wants to be, and a part of her hates what she's become; a haughty girl who doesn't know how to build anything meaningful in her life. Most of the time though, she quickly shoves such painful thoughts to the side. She puts a lot of work into maintaining her image, especially to herself.
Rica has a strong, commanding personality, despite having little knowledge of how to deal with people, her only friend being an introverted elf. She gets by in most social interactions with being forceful, which had a tendency to get her into trouble with her teachers. Part of her craves social interaction, but she doesn't quite know how to go about it. When meeting someone new, she tends to go on and on about herself, as if they should accept and like her by the very virtue of who she is. It's not that she's not interested in other people, she just has trouble shutting up about herself. She's used to Astin and Lydia nodding and accepting whatever she says, so when people confront her, she doesn't know how to react.
Deep down, Rica knows there's something wrong with her, but she's afraid to examine herself to find out what that is.
Acid appears as a creature with the vague shape of a wolf, except for his larger ears and long, sinewy tail. His eyes are bright yellow and slit, and his thick fur is a dark green in color. He remains quiet most of the time, but the way he sits and watches seems to hint at some intelligence greater than that of a normal animal.