About Lia Tani
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Lia understands OTHERS perfectly. Sometimes better than they understand themselves. But others may have a hard time understanding HER. She permanently does not only see what does happen, but what could happen, or could have happened. It is a blur that is all one to her. She may see a dog bite you, and claim that the dog is dangerous, only for you to take note of the dog, causing it to back down and not bite. For Lia however, it happened, the dog bit you, even if a different timeline was travelled, because that was just an evasion that took place because she was aware of the alternative.
Seeing different strands of fate, different possibilities, ideas and motivations of people, paths open, travelled, or closed, takes a great toll on a persons mind. Where our conscious mind only ever focuses on a small aspect of what our brain thinks about, for Lia, the floodgates of the unconscious are open. She dreams permanently, while awake, and that is more than a sane mind can take.
After her awakening magical potential manifested, Lia had started using Prestidigitation to color her hair blueish. Nobody ever managed to get a satisfactory answer from her as to WHY she did so. She wears light robes, but those are more of an afterthought than a fashion statement. She had been known to forget to undress at night, or, worse, forget to dress in the morning, her mind occupied with other things. For the same reason, she has a very lithe frame and a small build. While she is very nimble, and quite healthy, she never ate very much, and often forgets a meal. She never really trained physically, and her strenght is very lacking.
A light breeze usually accompanies her, blowing into her face, and quite likely magical in nature.(Also, while the portrait is a close match, disregard the golden jewellery)
Female Human Arcanist 5
Spells prepared (+1 caster level vs getting dispelled)
L0 - inf - 6: Ghost Sound, Light, Prestidigitation, Breeze, Detect Magic, Mage Hand
L1 - 5/5 - 3: Monkey Fish, Snowball, Liberating Command, Ventriloquism
L2 - 4/4 - 1: Command Undead, Invisibility
5/5 - Bit of Luck (Sp): You can touch a willing creature as a standard action, giving it a bit of luck. For the next round, any time the target rolls a d20, he may roll twice and take the more favorable result. You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Wisdom modifier.
Level 1: Improved Unarmed Strike
Level 1(Focused Study): Sense Motive
Level 3: Snake Style
Level 5: Deific Obedience(Desna)
Level 7: Deflect Arrows
Level 8(Focused Study): Stealth
Level 9: Spell Focus(Illusion)
Level 11: Alertness
Level 13: Solid Shadows
Level 15: Greater Spell Focus(Illusion)
Level 16(Focused Study): Perception
Level 17: Spell Penetration, Greater
Level 19: Persistent Spell
Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you target a single creature with a spell, you gain an insight bonus equal to half the spell’s level (minimum +1) for 1 round to your AC and saving throws against any spell or attack made by that creature.
=====Domain: Luck/Imagination Subdomain=====
Bit of Luck (Sp): You can touch a willing creature as a standard action, giving it a bit of luck. For the next round, any time the target rolls a d20, he may roll twice and take the more favorable result. You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Wisdom modifier.
Non-Background Class Skills:
=====Familiar: Flutter, the Figment Sage Butterfly(Reskinned Trush)=====
Fate's Favored (Faith)
Outcast's Intuition (Magic)
BACKGROUND / Story and Info.
The Ten-Minute Background:
Step 1: Write 5 background and concept elements that you feel are important to your image of the character. These can be a concept overview, a list of important life events, a physical description, a personality profile...whatever you need to get an image in your mind. 5 is just a minimum...more elements are encouraged!
1) Lia has a very lithe build and small frame, looking even younger than she is.
Step 2: List at least two goals for the character. At least one of these goals should be one that the character has, while another should be one that you, as a player, want to see developed over the course of the game.
1) Character Goal: Lia is not a highly ambitious person. She knew from a young age, however, that would have a destiny to fulfill. Her most likely goal would be to find freedom by fulfilling what Desna had in mind for her.
Step 3: List at least two secrets about your character. One is a secret the character knows, one is a secret that involves him but that he is not actually aware of yet. This will help me in creating plots that center around your character. I will also be creating a third secret which you as a player will not be aware of, so expect some surprises!
1) Character Secret: Kira, her best friend, was more than just a friend, when they did some experimentation during puberty(exploring their awakening sexuality). They stopped(just a phase), but it still connects them as a secret only they share.
Step 4: Describe at least three people that are tied to the character. Two of them are friendly to the character, one is hostile. If you like, you can include an enemy of yours here as well, so I have an instant NPC nemesis to throw at you.
1) Kira, co-acolyte of Lia, they shared a room ever since Lia arrived at the cathedral. Her parents delivered her to the temple at a young age and never visited. Best friend, confidante in all things, short-time (experimental) lover, and most likely the closest thing to family the two of them have in Sandpoint.
Step 5: Describe three memories, mannerisms, or quirks that your character has. They don't have to be elaborate, but they should provide some context and flavor.
1) As long as Lia can think back, Flutter was there...she thinks in the beginning there've been others, too, but only Flutter stayed.
Lia was born to a family of farmers, in a village outside of Nybor. Little more than a hamlet, less than a 100 souls lived there, and no other kids of Lia's age. So when, as a small child, she started talking to animals and inanimate objects as if they could understand her, people thought it was a lack of friends that led her to do this. Her parents worked hard, as did her 2 significantly older siblings, and had no time to spend the day playing with her.
However, when her habit of speaking to things that could not answer continued into puberty, it was considered somewhat strange...especially when she seemed to not only speak with them, but rather hold a conversation, laughing, asking questions...now, farmers in such outlying villages tend to be superstitious folk, and they worried. Not only the neighbours, but her own family as well, even if their reasons differed.
Lia's family had little money, but all the same, after the harvest was done, there was little to do for them while waiting for winter. In Lia's 12th year, they decided to travel to Sandpoint, and have the clergy take a look at her. Her older brother wanted to learn a trade in a larger city, anyway, so they gave their herds over to a neighbour for keeping, and travelled to the City.
When they arrived at the Sandpoint Cathedral, Lia was brought before a Cleric, when she grew angry:"No, he's not the one. He's all wrong!" Not knowing why the girl was so agitated, Father Hammond asked:"Why am I wrong, child? You do not know me, do you?" Lia hesitated shortly, then put on a pout:"You are wrong because Flutter told me. He knows these things!".
When Desna's cleric had spoken a bit with her, he came up to Lia's parents, and explained to them that their daughter has been picked by Desna, to serve in a way that mere mortals could not begin to understand, lacking the foresight of the gods. He offered to keep Lia in the temple and train her in the way of the clergy. It had not been what Lia's family came to do, but they were wise enough not to contest the plans of a god...and being a priestess would be a very respectable occupation for a simple farmers daughter...they agreed, and Lia was to stay. She was assigned a sleeping room with some other acolytes, and begin her training in the morning.
The first night after her parents left Sandpoint, however, she came down with a heavy fever over night. She seemed very ill, and 2 of the other girls were eventually tasked with bathing her, to cool her down. They stripped Lia down before placing her in the water, and found a sort of pulsing tumor on her back, a hand broad above her buttocks. One of the Acolytes quickly went to fetch a superior, while the other washed Lia with a sponge. Before the first one returned, though, the tumor opened, like a cocoon, and a purple butterfly emerged. Seconds later, the tumor crumbled into dust and nothingness, leaving only the birthmark Lia had always borne there, in the shape of Desna's holy symbol.
"Say, Lia, your parents were also supposed to visit for the swallowtail festival, right?", Kira asked as she turned her attention from the other acolytes in the dining hall to the dreamy-eyed girl sitting at the end of the table, staring into her soup without eating, a large butterfly sitting on her shoulder.
When spoken to, Lia, with some effort, drew her attention from the swirls and patterns in her meal, and looked over to her roommates as if she just awoke. The butterfly took it upon himself to answer the Acolytes inquiry:"No...they wanted to come, but Lia wrote them not to. There's no reason to travel all the way to Sandpoint for them!"
"Oh come on, aren't you mopey...Lia, you're their only daughter and they only see you once a year, thats more than enough of a reason!", Kira replied as she moved closer to Lia on the bench, patting her on the back:"Sentimental? Lonely? Or did Flutter give you that idea?", throwing a playfully evil glance at the butterfly.
Lia moved the soup away from herself with an unfocused gesture...she would not continue to eat anyway...and instead focused on her friend. Closest friend, she should say - the other girls were nice, too, but Kira really cared about her:"It's not that, Kira, but something will be different this year. I think something bad is going to happen...and I will not be at the temple much longer."
Kira tried hard to not show that she was worried - Lia still saw it but appreciated the attempt - as she answered:"Silly you. Nothing will happen to you. You're just mixing up bad dreams with a premonition. You'll see, you will be sorry you told your parents not to come!" With a forced smile, she continued:"Lets go to the festival grounds after the meal and get you to cheer up a bit. You've been lost in thought all week!"
The way her friend cared for her was enough to brighten Lia's thoughful mood, and she smiled back at her:"I'm good, we can go right now!" When Kira started to open her mouth, Lia continued:"And no, I'm not finishing my soup, again.", causing both girls to giggle for a moment, as they stood up, returning their dishes to the kitchen and cleaning them.
Minutes later, they were at the festival grounds, checking the artists and attractions that had come to visit for the Swallowtail festival, Flutter sitting motionless in Lia's hair like some kind of hairpin. Soon, Kira found herself magically drawn to a ring-toss booth, with a silver bracelet being the grand prize. Fake, most likely, but still beautifully crafted. Kira handed over some coins and began to toss, while talking to Lia, idly chatting the time away, complaining that her parents probably even forgot they had a daughter and never visited.
Party Role and Interaction:
While intended to work as a Sorcerer(Dreamspun Bloodline), focusing on debuffing, buffing, and battlefield control, the fact that she is Arcanist gives added flexibility in the availability of utility spells.
Eventually, she'll be able to counterspell as inmediate action(hopefully shutting down enemy casters), and make good use of the Shadow Spells for even more flexibility.
With good Con+Dex and her Combat Precognition(Snake Style, Deflect Arrows, both reflavored) she should not be too squishy for a caster nor need constant babysitting/guarding.
She will also bring a number of skills that are unusual for a Arcane Caster, and could double as a "face" with good diplomacy(reflavored in that she knows what they want to hear...) and sense motive.
Her figment(part of herself taking refuge) sage(yeah, that part) Familiar, on the other hand, handles all the knowledge skills, eventually getting REALLY good at it(as his int raises each level and he gets bardic-knowledge-equivalent boni on the skills, translating into a +1 on all knowledge skill per level starting at 3rd level(+1 bardic on even, +1 int on uneven levels), before skill points), representing Lia more clearly separating her methodical mind(in flutter) from her chaotic mind(in Lia).
Lia is open to all kinds of people, and used to judging them by intent, not result.(because results are muddy business, in her eyes). She did live a somewhat sheltered life so far, and while her visions and precognitions may partially prepare her for what she will face, actually experiencing things is a whole different story.