Weight: 137 lbs
Hair: Sunflower Blonde
Eyes: Blue (right), Violet (left)
/ White when channeling dunamis
Distinguishing features: Seal on the nape of her neck; Heterochromia of the eyes
"He who prepares shall inherit the Earth"
If one were to look with a naked eye, Kisara would appear as a normal human being. Likewise, some baseline technological scans would show a girl with mostly normal genetic markers. She even has what appears to be blood coursing through her veins. But as a more concerted and detailed register would show, the ichorous fluid that flows through her body is not blood. It, like she, is merely an ersatz analogue.
Kisara is a homunculus, an artificially created human brought into existence through some means not entirely natural. Most homunculi identified since people have been exposed to magic are created by humans in a crude process involving alchemy, trace elements, and often cadavers or sacrifices. Born through a combination of natural and supernatural resources under the watchful eyes of a powerful and well-connected cabal, the process was finally complete when one of her commissioners volunteered offered to have a piece from herself extracted using ritual and a pact with an enigmatic entity, and fed into the body to animate it. Yet, while undoubtedly a marvel of science and esoteric knowledge, for her commissioners she not a living being, only a
doll that simulates life.
Although usually obscured by her hair, Kisara may be distinguishable by a seal appearing as a tattoo at the nape of her neck. What exactly it means has yet to be interpreted, but it appears to bear some significance connecting her to those who created her.
Once initial testing was complete, the homunculus was given a life – at the very least, a simulation of one by which to live once she entered the open world.
The Skald's Tale
An aristocrat by name, Kisara is the sole heir to a bloodline which purportedly traces its lineage directly back to King Charlemagne. As one might expect, this heritage brought with it immense pressures. She was schooled in etiquette and matters both theoretical and practical. And though she excelled in matters of study, she was much more taken with life as a socialite. Infatuated, she was frequently known to steal away, casting responsibilities aside in favor of carefree mingling among her peers.
However this would also prove to be her undoing, after an unfortunate incident in which a boy and girl with whom she'd been consorting were killed. The details remain tightly controlled to this day, but Kisara was given an ultimatum. Faced with prison as an alternative, as part of their efforts to cover up her involvement in the incident and allow the family to save face, she was sent to stay with a relative in the United States. Not even a week later she arrived at the metahuman halfway house founded by Gunther Beremud and now run by his daughter,
Elsa. Here she was forced to undergo "re-training" and, once she'd been properly "rehabilitated," she was offered an opportunity to "hit the ground running."
Thereafter, she was ordered to
The Trinity Foundation of Higher Learning to prepare for her future. ☥ Quantum Arcana ☥ "Magic is not a way to do the impossible, for if it can be done, it is by definition not impossible. It certainly has a way of expanding our understanding of the possible, which means it enhances our knowledge and understanding of the world.”
Physically, Kisara could be considered enhanced if using humanity as a baseline, boasting a degree of strength and speed abnormal for a girl of her size, even without the use of extraneous resources or abilities to bolster herself. She likewise boasts both quickened reflexes and heightened sensory perceptions, minimum absolute thresholds less than half those of human senses.
However, the only "power" she was born with is a trait by which her body is attuned to a unique type of energy only recently discovered. Undetected by even the most precise instruments available on Earth, save for those specifically designed to do so, some within the cabal believe this energy—called dunamis, after the Greek denoting absolute
potentiality—is the fundamental building block of all other energy throughout the multiverse, through which all actuality is enabled to happen or exist. There is some debate over whether this energy has always existed without the means of detection, or has only recently come to exist in this universe; however, Kisara is one of the only individuals thus far recorded to interact with it directly, unaided. It appears to convert freely to putatively any kind of energy, but whether this is entirely true has yet to be determined. Its applications are still being explored. Mystic Adept
Forged by the marriage of mysticism and technology herself, Kisara's upbringing and studies emphasize the unity of the two. This school of thought suggests it is through mathematic precision that the science called "magic" can be truly understood and harnessed to the best of its ability. And only by abnegating the shackles of closed-minded, dogmatic studies can the secrets of the universe truly be unlocked. Another theory suggests the inclusion of "sorcery" is a mere misnomer, likening her abilities more to those of a reality warper. However, as of now her sponsors are relegated to using Kisara as their only means of reliably studying the effects and applications of this "Quantum Sorcery," and she has only scratched the surface of its potential.
Dedicated to precision, she studies magic most methodically, harnessing it as a science and combining the two branches of knowledge oft thought to be oppositional. In so doing, she has imbued her body with a number of passive properties as well as the ability to channel active effects.
Astral Perception By concentrating the power of dunamis, Kisara may bridge the gap between the physical and astral realms and see into the Astral Plane. This enables her to perceive spirits, living beings (via their souls, bio-energy, their minds), sources of esoteric effects and more. By altering the alignment of her quantum harmonic state, it is possible for her to interact with spirits and other astral entities, including using her physical body. And although it requires intense concentration, by converting dunamis into psycho-spiritual energy she can likewise interact with the Astral Plane, projecting mentally/spiritually and boasting a degree of telepathic capability. Aligning her quantum harmonic state with that of another individual or group, it is possible to forge a connection, short-term or lasting, between herself and others, enabling pure thought-based communication and sharing of phenomenal experience.
Energy Systems Analysis All things are systems of matter and energy. From the child playing with a ball, to the rushing rapids of a waterfall, to the boulder sitting static on a hill. Like any system there are nexus points which influence critical functions. As the perception of these energy systems has always been available to her, Kisara began the active study of these points and how they might be influenced, disrupted, or destroyed in a variety of subjects. Learning the means by which limbs may be paralyzed or technologies disrupted; by which an individual's chakra or bio-energy may be disrupted to inhibit, scramble, or disable abilities; and potentially restricting even the most powerful spellcaster or qi user to only what they can accomplish of their own physical ability.
Tactile Analysis/Tracing Upon touching a physical body, object or person, Kisara may begin to actively discern details of its shape and substance. By "tracing" an object or being she gains details of both internal and external components, and working functions including additional properties and capabilities it may exhibit. A single momentary touch is all that is required to discern a basic "blueprint" of the subject; but through sustained or repeated exposure she is able to grasp more intimate details of attributes, flaws, and potentials in order to build an extremely intricate mental file of the person or object in her mind. By a sort of "bleeding effect," this tactile analysis also enables quicker mastery in the use of various tools and weapons.
Kisara has devoted numerous hours to meditation in order to maximize the potential of her body's quantum harmonic state. Its effect is to give her an intrinsic understanding of various effects taking place in her body, self-inflicted or caused by external sources. However, this field of development is still fairly new to her and will require far more time before approaching mastery compared to her other primary areas of focus.
As a supplement to both her physical and mental abilities lest anything go awry with the uncertain element that is dunamis, the Arcane Scientist has been made into a prominent practitioner along the path of the artificer. This craft makes use of accumulated knowledge as well as, in her case, the unique personal gift of instinctive tactile analysis, in order to unlock potentials inherent in objects and beings; and in many cases to imbue power in mundane forms where it previously did not exist.
Seeking the means by which the tales and knowledge of even gods might be harnessed, Kisara has become a formidable master of multiple languages, including those esoteric lexica involved in the harnessing of various runic powers.
This branch also encompasses the means by which artefacts are created. Although the process is extremely time-consuming and often requires immense amounts of energy – variable with the effect and degree of power one wishes to imbue – the benefits one reaps are known to be the stuff of legends. Her area of expertise also encompasses varieties of strange fruit, herbs, and other plants producing preternatural effects.
To most of the world, alchemy is simply an antiquated relic of a more primitive past; a necessary but outdated step as the forerunner of what is now simply chemistry. Although primarily self-taught, Kisara is one of few practitioners who still adhere to the lost art. To these true students of the craft, alchemy not only encompasses the knowledge of what is now called chemistry, but a gateway to much more.
As a studied alchemist Kisara has an ingrained knowledge of many substances and the elements that comprise them. This works extremely well in conjunction with her ability to analyse through touch alone, and enables her to not only knowledgeably combine them to make new substances; she may also manipulate the elements themselves through the use of sigils, ambient energy, and in some cases simple physics. Once she establishes a connection with an object she can manipulate the subject's atomic structure extensively. It allows the rearranging of particles from as small as protons and electrons to the molecules themselves.
make possible anything from strengthening the bonds and structure, fortifying, to weakening those bonds, making them more susceptible to breaking and decay, to shifting the very nature of the substance itself. Transmutations Advanced transmutation on an aquatic mutant
However, the latter is not unlimited in its capability. One cannot create something out of material that is not there. The atomic structure of the destination effect must be less than or equal to that of the initial structure. [i.e. a cup of water can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen, but cannot be multiplied to fill a bowl of greater volume without drawing from surrounding sources; even then, additional sources would themselves have to be sufficient.] Additionally, if two substances have entirely different compositions, one could not be made into another. A sheet of ice could not be made into a sheet of steel because their material composition is not equivalent.
Even among practitioners of alchemy,
is considered an esoteric art. Even more difficult to master than transmutation, this entails rearranging particles on both micro and macro levels at once, altering its shape in more extreme ways—often forcefully. A wall or door may simply peel away; columns sprout suddenly from the ground; running waters become filled with razor sharp ice spikes. transmogrification
Make-up and durability of a substance is a non-factor; to the trained alchemist, anything and everything may become tool or weapon. Some suggest this is not limited to the physical realm. Some claim that an alchemist - should she not fear the consequences of the taboo - may be able to manipulate the soul. To make one immortal. Or to capture and enslave one's very essence, binding it forever.
Artificer's Tools - Equipment
These are constructed of a specialized material maximizing friction, by which the gloves can be made to produce sparks, and embroidered with a set of sigils which allow the user to manipulate concentrations of atoms. Their primary purpose is to manipulate oxygen concentrations in the air - raising the density of oxygen in a given area, along a specific path, or around a target, to a point at which the air becomes volatile. Once the concentration reaches its flammable range, ignition is achieved by rubbing the gloves together, releasing sparks and causing an instantaneous reaction with the concentrated gases—triggering an explosion or projecting a stream of fire seemingly from the gloves themselves. They may also be used to suppress fire or explosions by the same principles of manipulation.
Depending on one's mastery, these enable a level of control which allows one to not only create flames and explosions, but to manipulate and move them as they are created. Kisara can ignite a spark and weave it around obstacles, allies, and enemies flawlessly in order to avoid collateral damage. Armed with a preternatural deadly precision, the homunculus's level of control is such that she could strike all manner of targets, even to singe brows or strike a person's eyes while striking no additional parts on the body, from over 400 yards.