Character Name: Astenos
Age: Looks 18, is 465
Species: No one’s too sure—many suspect she is some kind of banshee or siren.
Appearance: Astenos is an eerie creature of admiration. She has black overgrown hair, twice as long as herself, which is quick to dry when she rises to the surface. Her bangs are so long that her eyes are concealed by them, and it’s a wonder that she can move around as though she can see perfectly fine. (In fact, she does see perfectly fine.) Though her face is a rare sight to behold, it is a thing of beauty when seen. Those who have seen either it or her power know that she has bright red irises that can glow. Her skin is very pale, almost as if she has been powdered all over with ground fine porcelain.
The attire she wears is simple: a loose long-sleeved teal robe that also dries quickly out of the water. She may occasionally emerge from the water with accessories, trying on her latest discoveries before she adds them to her ever-growing collection.
History: Some centuries ago, there was a pirate whose name left many men shuddering with fear. Vinton “One Eye” Hale was a powerful captain with men under him so cruel that to see their ship alone was the greatest terror of the seas. But even this was somehow not enough for Vinton. He made one foolish choice, the choice to form a deal with an eldritch being far beyond his comprehension. Unaware of the consequences of the bargain, he and his crewmates experienced a brief surge of superiority on the waters, gaining a vast amount of wealth.
In less than a decade, the pact made it clear that he had sealed his own fate—his flesh flaked away before the eyes of his crew, rendering him a skeleton with his garments still on. All the other men on board soon followed, and the phantom pirates saw their ashes circle at the center of their ship, whirling around a beacon of ghostly light until from there, a young lady emerged. This lady, seeing that she was not alone on the ship, at once let out a terrifying, unearthly screech that sent the undead crew fleeing on their lifeboats.
Once alone on the ship, the lady slowly steered the ship of gold, towards a gigantic cove, hidden well under a conveniently hollow mountain with a small hole in the top that grazed the sky. (This cove would later be dubbed Dream Cove.) Then, after magically preserving it with the power she was formed from, she sank the Astenos, loot and all, right where the cove waters are steepest, and claimed the name of the vessel for herself as a personal reminder of her power and her nemeses. Since then, she has stayed in the cove unless she on the hunt, whether it be for food or treasure or lore.
None of the other pirates who visit Dream Cove, initially lured by beautiful song, know of where this lady came from, for how long she has been around, or what became of the fearsome, legendary crew of Vinton “One Eye” Hale. What they do know is that when the light of the sun or the moon enters, the waters of the cove dimly shine.
Personality: Astenos only speaks under two circumstances. The first circumstance is that she feels she must answer a question directed to her that cannot be answered with simple gestures such as a nod or a hiss. The second circumstance is that she is singing.
She also regularly makes barters with the pirates that come by Dream Cove, though she is much friendlier with her bargains than the entity whose power she was born from. Her prices are reasonable, give or take some value depending on her mood. Her mentality works much like that of a merchant, which benefits her when she leaves the cove to collect treasure or tales. She gives away services and goods as long as the pirates can or are willing to return the favor. She likes to accompany them on their voyages on occasion. Her principle tends to be that repeat customers are her best friends.
Astenos is sensitive to the emotions of others. As such, there is the chance that the moods of others in the vicinity will affect how she feels. She acts on her emotions in slight ways, but she will react drastically if pushed to extremes. It is not uncommon to see her normally flat lips curl up into a smile, though hearing her giggle would mean that something has VERY greatly amused her.
While she likes her own name, she despises Vinton “One-Eye” Hale with a passion. She seeks to get rid of him and his crew some day, but she knows she is not ready for that, not yet. She may have had the element of surprise upon her birth, but she knows that since the eldritch phenomenon has claimed their souls, they will grow stronger. If she one day grows strong enough to face them, she will battle them with the intention of delivering them to the void, where nothingness awaits them. Astenos and the ocean are in full agreement that not a single one of them deserves the afterlife.
Weakness: When it comes to supernatural power, Astenos can be overwhelmed by any force more powerful than she. Powers that are considered divine or holy tend to have stronger effects against her. (This doesn’t mean she is averse to every single power of that type, but just the ones meant to attack her.)
Also, to perform certain feats, she may require certain components such as her voice or materials. Anything that limits her from using or gaining them would not bode well for her under dire circumstances.
Weapons/Abilities: She can communicate with coastal or marine animals, who sometimes bring to her useful news or messages from the waters. Astenos, being the creature she is, can breathe underwater. She is also able to endure high water pressure and extreme water temperatures without injury. Her senses work just as well underwater as it does on land, if not better. While Astenos is not one who makes too much of a fuss, her memory is much more immaculate. If a single valuable from Dream Cove, ashore or underwater, is missing, she WILL know. (So as a general rule of thumb, the pirates ought not to take anything without her permission.) There is also the power of her voice which, while charismatic and captivating on its own, can sometimes be imbued with enchantments. She can sing beautifully, and she can use her song to affect the minds of others (e.g. putting to sleep, deceiving, luring). She can also scream at horrendous levels to the point where it can shatter materials or torment the minds of others. She can also choose to hover over water if she does not feel like walking or swimming. All the aforementioned abilities are those that she can use freely.
And then there are her other powers, other powers that require consent from the ocean. The ocean is both Astenos’s master and servant. Much of Astenos’s power relies on the presence of water, though it is not a necessity. Any power that does not naturally belong to her, she can only do with confirmation from that which both lords over her and she lords over. Abilities such as manipulating elements and whatnot are things that she cannot do if the ocean does not wish it, for whatever reason. The favor she asks the most of the ocean, and the one it gladly gives, is glimpses of what the future holds. Future is always a fickle thing, and the ocean makes no promises. This, Astenos understands and tells the pirates who bargain with her so that she may pass her knowledge to them. Despite anything that can or will come being uncertain, she is a skilled interpreter, and offers suggestions of her own frequently, though she is not always a hundred percent correct—and she admits to this freely, as usual. (By the way, it's worth noting she can only ask permission of the ocean if any of her five sense can detect seawater.)
Astenos also has the much more mundane ability of cooking (beverages count). Give her something to stew or brew, and the results will often be excellent. She's taken up doing this because she realizes this brings in more customers.
Other: Astenos has been nicknamed "sea witch” by those who do not know her name. Those who do know it do not know of its origins--no one alive now knows the name of the ship of Vinton Hale.
Requested Class in Chatroom: FortuneTellers