Health & Composure
Raven has no memories of her mother in human guise; while still a toddler, she was handed over to the Uribes, a foster family of mortal Miwok Indians in Oakland who served the Lofty Grove. Raven has no idea who her father was, or what happened to him, though her Indian blood does seem to be tempered by a Caucasian mixture. The Uribes were too poor to afford Raven many opportunities, and as pagans stayed well distant from their Catholic neighbors; they also stayed emotionally distant from Raven, as a child of the Grove. The Grove are a divergent enough part of the Summer Court that no fellow fae or changelings came to visit, either. Raven's foster brothers and sisters were afraid of her; the other neighborhood children viewed her family as strange and seized on the awkward, gangly foster daughter as ridiculous. Raven often had to flee or fight other children, and took to seeking refuge in the local public library. Raven was in middle school when the Uribes first took her to see her mother in the Muir Woods National Monument. Invading her mind (a process they both found distasteful), Momma (she gave no other name) forcibly instilled a knowledge of the extinct Saclan language that she preferred for communication, and instructed Raven on her intended mission in life.
Raven found herself maturing not only physically (continuing her unusual growth in height, strength, and resilience) but also mystically (minor veils, seemings, and an unusual awareness of the natural world). Her social reticence and unusual looks meant that torment by her peers continued; they often found that conflict with Raven brought bad luck (sabotage from behind a veil), but that helped only a little. After many minor unsolved acts of vandalism, her middle school burned down "mysteriously" not long after graduation, and Raven reported the act as a successful stab at human civilization to her mother at their annual midsummer meeting. High school might have led to even greater acts of destruction, had it not been for Arnold Nilson, Raven's biology teacher and basketball coach. Organized sports gave Raven a focus and a feeling of control; with her native talent and (carefully concealed) supernatural abilities, she was good at them! But Nilson had just as profound an effect on Raven's worldview through his biology classes; his impassioned lectures on the environment made the half-dryad realize that humans might not be universal enemies, and that science offered opportunities for civilization to work with the environment rather than against it. Momma refused to listen to Raven's ideas, but Nilson convinced Raven to apply to San Francisco State University, not for a sports scholarship but for an academic one. With his recommendation, her academic abilities, and her Indian heritage, Raven received full tuition credit, and at last left the Uribe home to strike out on her own.
When a fetch starts preying on SFSU's athletes through the mirrors of the girls' locker room, freshman heptathlete Raven Saclan tries to protect her teammates and her school. To mundane problems -- a nosy roommate, romantic advances from fraternity members, student groups looking for members, and a busy academic transition -- add mystical challenges -- the fetch, the need to conceal her changeling nature from students and faculty, and the trouble explaining a battle against another fae to her dryad Momma. When Raven seeks aid for dealing with what she thinks is an angry ghost, mercenary Matthew Brannan offers to try and talk some sense into it. But when it turns out that the ghost is really a fetch, a type of Winter fae, Matthew finds himself employing his sword instead of his tongue. Approached by a local college athlete regarding troubles at San Francisco State University, Drake finds himself with a number of unanswered questions. Knowing what the creature is not only takes him so far, and the only solution is to go to the university and get those answers. Facing a fetch in the women's locker room, Drake uses his control over wind and water to cut off the beast's escape and herd it into the open, where Raven stabs it with a fragment from a steel gym mirror. The swirling cloud of underthings was just using available resources. Really.
Personality / Description
[table=2,2] [r=1,1][url=http://www.myth-weavers.com/sheetview.php?sheetid=297064][SIZE=3][B]Raven Saclan[/B][/SIZE][/url] [r=2,1][B]Adjusted Refresh:[/B] 1 Current Fate Points: 0 [r=1,2][B][SIZE=3]Aspects[/SIZE][/B] [LIST][*]High Concept: [I]Half-Hamadryad College Girl[/I] [*]Trouble: [I]Momma Wants Me to Grow up and Destroy Civilization[/I] [*][I]Family Is Only for Fairy Tales[/I] [*][I]I Live for Biology[/I] [*][I]Be True to Your School[/I] [*][I]'Heptathlete' Might as Well Be My Middle Name[/I] [*][I]I Skulk for the Neighborhood Watch[/I] [*]Temporary and Persistent: [I]Obligation to a Sidhe[/I][/LIST] [B][SIZE=3]Stress[/SIZE][/B] [LIST][*][B]Physical:[/B] O O O O O O [*][B]Mental:[/B] O O O [*][B]Social:[/B] O O[/LIST] [B]Consequences:[/B] - [r=2,2][B][SIZE=3]Skills[/SIZE][/B] [LIST][*][B]Great (+4):[/B] Athletics, Fist, Might [*][B]Good (+3):[/B] Deceit, Endurance, Stealth [*][B]Fair (+2):[/B] Alertness, Conviction, Scholarship [*][B]Average (+1):[/B] Burglary, Contacts, Weapons [*][B]Mediocre (+0):[/B] Craftsmanship, Discipline, Driving, Empathy, Guns, Intimidation, Investigation, Lore, Performance, Presence, Rapport, Resources, Survival[/LIST] [B][SIZE=3]Languages:[/SIZE][/B]: English, Spanish, Saclan (ancient Miwok, extinct) [B][SIZE=3]Powers[/SIZE][/B] [LIST][*]Glamours (-2) [*]Inhuman Strength (-2) [*][ooc=Inhuman Toughness, Supernatural Recovery]'The Catch' is cold iron[/ooc] (-2) [*][ooc=Wood Wisdom]Supernatural Sense: Raven has an awareness of wood/plant products around her, and some of what they touch. On an old-style wood-floored basketball court, she knows where all the other players are, even without looking at them. In a totally dark room, she usually knows where the walls and doors are because of the framing studs; if the floor is wood, she can't tell if someone in the room is standing or squatting, but knows that they're there (unless they sit in a plastic/polyester desk chair and take their feet off the floor, for example). Synthetic carpet probably fuzzes up the picture. Likewise, she can run at full tilt through a forest on a moonless night without running into trees, but could easily faceplant into a chain-link fence in her way.[/ooc] (-1)[/LIST][/table]
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