Balseraphs

Jul 20, 2016
Balseraphs
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    Balseraphs

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    "Kylorin was the greatest mage who ever lived, unrivalled in versatility or insight. Here were some individuals, though, who surpassed him in raw talent. Jealousy was never a fault of Kylorin, even at his most depraved, and he sought out those with particular aptitude to take as his personal pupils. Perpentach was one of his students, a master of mind magic before he even knew it. He could control minds without even trying. Doing so frequently at a young age took a toll on his sanity. Kylorin healed his mind when he found him, and with Perpentach’s unrivalled powers at his disposal, his increasingly dark empire never once faced the threat of revolt. Until Kylorin himself saw what he, and by his hand most of mankind, had sunk to. Kylorin tried to reform Patria, but doing so brought its ruin, for the most powerful people on the planet, his pupils, had been moulded by him into cold-hearted instruments of control and oppression, and few of them wanted to take the limits their master then tried to impose. When Kylorin went to stop Perpentach, he almost lost his life for it. He did the only thing he could do to survive, stunning Perpentach by undoing his previous work, and Perpentach’s mind was flooded with all the thoughts and personalities he had acquired with his magic.

    Unwilling to kill the man he had corrupted, Kylorin locked Perpentach in the Tower of Eyes, a dungeon deep in the wastelands guarded by mindless golems. Here he would have spent the rest of his mad days had it not been had for a circus caravan that wandered close enough for Perpentach to gain control. is was the start of the Balseraph nation, as Perpentach used the circus people to carry his mind to a nearby village and brought them under his control to free him from his prison. This would surely have led to another confrontation with his master, had not The Age of Ice intervened. Perpentach lasted the age by taking over the body of a young man when he aged, and he and the circus people and their descendants,either controlled by his magic or subdued by it, lasted that dire age by hiding from the Illian White Hand. When his old master freed the world from Mulcarn’s grasp and warmth and prosperity returned to Erebus, Perpentach set out to rebuild his empire. His madness does not cripple him, but his realm is like no other, whimsical and deadly at once.

    It is not easy to fool the master of mind magic, but the Sheaim are not strangers to the arcane, and a spy from their realm was able to pose as a courtesan in Perpentach’s mad court. She was found, though not before conceiving a child with Perpentach, a girl who was kept and raised by puppets, imps, djinn and other summoned creatures. Keelyn has little concept of mortality or morality, but she does have powerful summoning at her disposal, making her a dangerous wildcard in the politics of Erebus. Perpentach has never publicly acknowledged her, due to madness or perhaps some scheme."
    (Pages 211-212, FfHII Compendium)

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    Key Points:
    - A nation of people controlled and subdued by their deranged leader, Perpentach's mind magic. This nation can be strongly resembled to a circus act, as the people there are mostly strange and the nation itself was formed due to a circus caravan.

    - The Balseraphs tend to be one of the strangest groups of people, though that is to be expected. Most have been under the control of Perpentach's mind magic for many years.

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