Grey Mummy Sorcerer
By Moe Lane
|Corporeal Forces: 2
|Ethereal Forces: 2
|Celestial Forces: 3
Skills: Alchemy/6, Artistry/2 (writing), Emote/5,
Enchantment/6, Fighting/2, Knowledge (History/3,
Research/4, Sorcery/6), Languages (English/3, Greek/3,
Latin/3), Large Weapon/2 (sword), Lying/4
Songs: Healing (Corporeal/3), Entropy (Ethereal/3),
Light (Celestial/5), Motion (Ethereal/2, Celestial/1),
Shields (Corporeal/3), Unlife/3
Extra Rites: None
Vessels: Standard human (Toughness/1)
Sorcerous Rituals: Banish/5, Command/2 (Suggest,
Command Minor Ethereal Spirit), Exorcism/4 (all),
Focus/3 (Protective Ward, Sacrifice for Essence, Store
Essence), Summoning/1 (Summon Random Ethereal Spirit)
Sergius may be the oldest mummy in existence. If
true, this fact does not please him: he's enough of a
target as it is. Sergius would be extremely happy to
be completely forgotten. Well, he wouldn't be
'really' happy, but his mental outlook would improve,
so it's close enough.
Once upon a time, Sergius was human - and, by his own
later analysis, a total and complete idiot. Only an
idiot, after all, would actually host a party on a
holiday celebrating the old Roman Republic in Emperor
Caligula's Rome. Only a complete idiot would actually
intimate that the date was chosen deliberately. And
only a total and complete idiot would get drunk and
howl bad satirical poetry at said Emperor's expense.
Of course he ended up on a cross - and him of the
patrician class, no less. But then, Caligula wasn't
exactly tolerant of old rights and customs.
Anyway, Sergius was near death when an enigmatic
figure came up to him, casually rendered his 'guard'
unconscious with a wave of the hand, and politely
asked the delirious patrician precisely how badly he
wanted to live. Would existence be worth a certain
distance and detachment? Would it be worth the
cessation of pleasure, as well as pain? The figure
had no doubt continued his pitch after that, but it
was wasted: Sergius was too busy croaking out his
acceptance the second he heard 'the cessation of pain'
Getting him off the cross was tricky: the figure did
some sort of odd ritual around the crucified man. The
patrician could feel everything go - not gray, colors
were still there - 'dull' may be the best adjective.
The sorcerer then somehow froze him with a look,
tucked something into his mouth and walked off.
Sergius got to watch, apparently dead, as the guards
woke up, determined that he was glassy eyed and had no
pulse, idly stabbed him a couple times to check for a
reaction and finally decided that they had a corpse on
their hands. They threw him into a ditch and dumped
some dirt on him (no cremation, by order of the
Emperor). Then they no doubt went off to enjoy the
rest of their lives.
Eventually, the paralysis wore off. Sergius scrabbled
up out of the muddy ditch. In the process, he
swallowed the thing tucked into his mouth and soon
discovered that he didn t have two broken legs or any
cuts anymore. That was the last thing that his
'benefactor' did for him - the mummy certainly hasn't
seen him since. This would infuriate Sergius, except
that he has difficulty feeling things anymore.
Being a mummy who doesn't know his limitations,
doesn't know about the War, has no supernatural
abilities (except for an apparent talent for Sorcery)
and damn few natural ones isn't fun. Sergius pretty
much had to wait out the next ten years in a cave,
bored out his mind (Undead have no problems with
feeling that emotion). From there, it took half a
century before he could find someone with the right
kind of esoteric knowledge. It took several centuries
of patient effort to acquire sufficient abilities to
make him feel relatively safe about being out in
public, and about half a millennium more before he had
his routine down pat. Sergius is a firm believer in
the 'slow but steady' method of personal development.
He's got plenty of free time, after all.
Sergius has never chosen a side in the War. From his
point of view, the entire concept of monotheism is a
bad joke, and he's never quite figured out just what
the attraction of it is for some people. As for
Heaven and Hell, well, demons are bloodthirsty swine
ready to enslave anyone they come into contact with
and angels are bloodthirsty swine who seem to enjoy
killing for its own sake. And, of course, neither
side likes the idea of unaligned sorcerers. The
prudent man - well, mummy - would be well advised to
avoid both sides.
Personally, Sergius isn't very interesting. Unlike
many mummies, he doesn't despise the humans that he's
using for cover: he has difficulty mustering up the
emotional energy necessary for hatred. By now, he's a
fairly powerful sorcerer and better alchemist, but
whatever interests that he might have is bound up with
seeing if there's a cure for this condition he's got.
Everyone he's met who was in the know says that there
isn't, but, really, what else does he have to do with
Encountering him would be a little difficult: getting
him to do anything for someone, once found, would be a
little trickier. Bribery (in the form of Undead lore)
would work: so would threats, but it'd only work once
(Sergius is very good at dropping everything and
running away when he has to). Careful cultivation,
however, might result in a reliable source of
alchemical potions, specialized information and
low-grade artifacts, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Sergius, incidentally, does have one other interest:
he'd like to find out who, or what, turned him into a
mummy all those years ago. Frankly, he could never
figure out why the sorcerer bothered, and it nags him.
Well, as much as anything can.
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