"A tale? A story perhaps..." says the wicked looking woman, her hand slowly slipping from Vladrick's shoulder as her body dispersed into shadowed black smoke, before quickly reappearing and solidifying once more back by her original chair. While certainly intriguing visually, the woman wasn't making a single motion or gesture to accomplish the feat, hinting at something more sinister than just magical ability.
"Many years ago I fought against the forces of 'evil' and 'darkness'... not on this world but another much like it. I followed the Light and was blinded by it. Unable to see what was before or behind me I traveled and killed without thought as to me, then, I knew what I was doing was 'right' and 'good'..." she said with dramatic motions of her hands, quoting words of note with motioned accents, clearly intoning her true meaning.
"It was by my light-blind ways I stumbled upon the truth of it all... and in the shadow of my new life I could finally see. See the world for what it truely was. However embraced in my newfound power and amidst my ascension the multiverse saw fit to imprison me, to hide me away from my rightful rule as the Empress of Darkness. But in my prison I grew... I found companions... and there I waged all manner of war against the mysterious powers that had imprisoned me in this Realm of Dread." she makes a dismissing motion with her hand, as if brushing away the notion of being locked away.
"I ruled an every expanding kingdom of shadowed sight, crushing beneath my greaves the legendary figures of this prison's age. Vampire lords and alchemical abominations fell to my blade and armies, with each kingdom I came to begging for me to put an end to their chaotic existence. And so did my kingdom expand... but a kingdom within a prison if still not but a prison."
"Together with my most trusted companion I saught the greatest minds of the many lands trapped in this Realm of Dread. If they would not part with their studies by will or by trade I simply took it from them by force of arms, and extracted the knowledge from their souls within my treasured Blade of Ascension. When finally I had gone to all who could be found, I enacted a great ritual, and sundered the wall of my planar prison long enough to escape with not but my dearest Sadoul by my side..." she says with what might have been sorrow in her voice, if her grin didn't betray the very emotion her speech was possibily attempting to convey.
"However the ritual was not without it's costs. While I may have been infused with the very essence of that planar realm, so does it's natural envelop everything that I am. The mists... sealing and binding they are, have locked away my power, my divine rightly obtained power... and deposited me, the ritual did, here in your world. A world without my kingdom, my absolute power, nor my army that I might well lead."
"But that did not stop me from beginning once again. I still possess my armor, my blade, and my beloved champion. I still possess my powers of darkness, my resiliency of form and my strength. I can still steal away the souls of those I slay and use them as power... and so I began once more in your world... it was amidst a burning village that our patron's herald found me. I was about to slay him but he was the only one not fleeing at the time, so I listened."
With a shrug she leans against the chair slightly, looking between each person in the room. "I am a ruler, a leader of nations, and a Goddess locked in the mortal coil. I fight from the front of my army and make an example of foreign powers who delight in their decadence. This world has fallen to the chaotic whims of the forces of 'good'... and if seeing this chaos crushed will return to me my power, then I will pull the beating heart from every standing in our way."
"That... is who I am. I carry no secrets and I prefer to discard any notion of subtlety amongst associates. If you question me I shall answer. If you doubt me, I will happily prove it to you. If you do not trust me... well then I will simply how to show that to you as well."