Veischax, Calabite Captain of Sadists

By Moe Lane


Corporeal Forces: 5
Strength: 12
Agility: 8
Ethereal Forces: 5
Precision: 10
Celestial Forces: 5
Will: 12
Perception: 8

Well, he was like that, before being broken out of his celestial jail along with his Prince. After roughly thirty seven celestial combats (and a seriously annoyed look by Gabriel), it's more like:

Corporeal Forces: 2
Strength: 2
Agility: 6
Ethereal Forces: 3
Intelligence: 4
Precision: 8
Celestial Forces: 3
Will: 4
Perception: 8

Vessel: burly male/5, -1 Charisma

Again, this was only true before the Calabite had a really, really bad day - and a fairly excruciating stay in Limbo. These days, it's:

Vessel: baby/1

Skills: Dodge/6, Fighting/6, Large Weapons (club/4, sword/4)

Songs: Blood/4, Entropy (Ethereal/4), Feedback/6, Light (Celestial/6), Numinous Corpus (Acid/3, Barbs/3, Claws/3, Feet/3, Tail/3, Tongue/3, Wings/3), Shields (All/4), Thunder/6

Attunements: Calabite of Cruelty, Ferocity, Lash, Captain of Sadists

Discord: Ugly/3

Well, that stayed: just add Bound/5. Veischax really wanted to get out of Limbo.

Veischax used to agree that Hell is other people. "Other people" being defined as "minions of Magog trapped in a prison with only each other and the Prince of Cruelty to keep each other company", of course. Still, one could argue that the entire experience was goo... that is, 'useful' ... for the survivors. After all, anyone that survived the experience would be ready for anything, right?

Wrong. When Veischax got himself trapped in the first place, humans were hitting each other with sharpened bronze sticks. When he came out, ten feet tall and farting fire, it was a bit of a shock for him to encounter such minor improvements as steel, gunpowder, dynamite, napalm and depleted uranium slugs. Things got very, very messy after that. So did Veischax: by the end, it was down to a choice between Limbo and soul-death.

Amazingly, Limbo wasn't what you'd call fun, either. Sure, the lack of tormented Servitors of Cruelty serving their collective Word was a plus at first, but that palled, fast. Veischax isn't precisely what you'd call an introspective sort of demon, so being forced to be so went right past 'trying' to hit 'excruciating' dead center. He very quickly came to the conclusion that a vessel - any vessel - would be preferable.

Unfortunately, that meant cutting a few corners. This wasn't particularly smart - but the major thing to remember about Veischax is that he hasn't quite gotten it through his head yet that he's about half as powerful as he used to be. The automatic reflexes are all calibrated to 'bad-ass' rather than 'barely fledged', you see - and the Calabite has precisely the wrong sort of personality to hope for getting by on charm. Saminga has more charm than this Calabite.

Again, if Veischax had been a bit brighter he probably wouldn't have come back with a baby vessel - but then, if he had been brighter he wouldn't have been too surprised to find that someone had thoughtfully arranged for the smashing of the Calabite's Heart. The delayed reaction to that has pretty much forced him to keep the vessel that he has until he can find his Prince. True, that might not be the wisest thing to do, under the circumstances - but, really, how can things be any worse?

Don't answer that.


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