-the Black Eyes of the Wyrm
|“||I was queen of the world once, and I will be again, I promise you. Now you have my permission to die.||”|
Born as the princess of Epirus under the name of Myrtale during the reign of Philipp II of Macedonia, Petaniqua was a follower of Cybele (a demonic Malkavian Methuselah) when she met king Philipp. To cement the alliance between Epirus and Macedonia, the two agreed to marry.
Philipp, however, soon began to search for other women in order to strengthen the alliances he made between the various greek poleis. Myrtale, who had assumed the name of Olympias, began to consider her husband a barbarian, while Philipp began to fear the blood cult of Cybele.
To Olympias surprise, her goddess answered. Cybele (who had been a Malkavian Osiris) began to take an interest in the passionate, dominating woman and initiated her into the deeper mysteries of her cult. When Philipp was away to conquer Greece, Olympias enjoyed the blood of her goddess. Cybele nurtured Olympias hatred for men of all kind, save for her own son, Alexander, whom she adored and determined to make the king of the whole world.
When Cybele demanded that Philipp should make war against the Persians, Olympias turned Alexander against his father, who reacted by taking her son away from him and giving him to the famous philosopher Aristotle for education. When Alexander and Philipp became more estranged due to Philipps constant travels and Alexanders adolescence, Olympias arranged Philipps assassination and the crowning of Alexander, earning her the Embrace from Cybele.
Despite Olympias pleas, Cybele forbid her to bring her son into the Blood and so, Alexander died in Babylon, throwing his empire into disarray. She ventured to Delphi and attended a conclave of 13 True Brujah, explaining her own intentions to them and submitting to them as a priestess. When the conclave demanded from her to deliver a talisman to Asia Minor she did as she was told, but returning she found Cybele's husk burned by the sun and the True Brujah gone.
Over the next century Olympias ventured into the wilderness, afraid of those Malkavians whom she thought had impersonated the members of that strange bloodline. Eventually meeting with Lupines, she joined forces with the Black Spiral Dancers due to the similarities between the rites of the cult of Cybele and the rites of the Wyrm. She was named Petaniqua by her followers during this period. And when the Sabbat arose during the Inquisition, she was readily accepted due to her hold on the Black Spiral Dancers, but few trusted her.
In this moment the Malkavian Elders decided to act against her and nearly got her destroyed. Petaniqua was saved by the Black Spiral Dancers in her retinue and her torpid body was hidden away in a Pit. In the 1960d, however, she awakened, and resume her efforts in gaining influence over the Sabbat Inquisition.
She betrayed one of the Anathema to the Camarilla and claimed his destruction. But the other Malkavians managed to find the dark stain on her soul and demanded her addition to the Red List. Petaniqua fled into the wilds, joining with a pack of Black Spiral Dancers, hated and hunted by Sabbat and Camarilla alike.
|“||I see horned beasts lurking in the shadows. They whisper to me from the emerald green flame. I see the poisoned fangs hiding within the Camarilla. They belong to those who dare not speak my name.||”|
Dread Names, Red List describes Petaniqua as a high ranking member of the Sabbat Inquisition, with a violent hatred against Infernalism of all kind. She was present at the Convention of Thorns, joining forces with Vasantasena against the hated Elders of her Clan, whom she believes with maniacal delusion to be under the sway of demons. She has issued a challenge against Camilla Banes that has still to be answered. Banes instead used her influence to place Petaniqua on the earliest draft of the Red List, making her one of the oldest anathema still active.
A peculiarity of Petaniqua's vitae is that her childe are not automatically Malkavian, but that there are fluctuations that result in one childe being identified as a Baali, another as a a highly-specialized bloodline that’s been mixed with the Lupines that saved her. The Inner Circle begins to realize the threat these childer could become, as there is no reliable way of tracing them back to Petaniqua, so she might have numerous sleeper agents all over the world to do her bidding.
Also, Petaniqua has no recollection of her past, but usually invents grand origin stories of herself; the events detailed above might be true, but they might also be lies spread by her.
The name of Petaniqua's sire, Cybele, is attributed to a Baali descending from Shaitan, who allied herself with Rome and devised the ritual that bound Troile and Moloch beneath the salted earth of Carthage. The description of the practices of the Cult of Cybele in The Kindred Most Wanted and Clanbook: Baali are nearly identical. Petaniqua's Embrace has never been described in detail, making it possible that she is, in fact, an Apostate, or that Cybele was an Apostate. Her ties to the Black Spiral Dancers (who rever creatures that could easily be classsified as demons) seem to cement this assumption, although Petaniqua has never shown knowledge of Daimoinon. Her second VTES card further describes her as a Baali, leading credence to the assumption.
Petaniqua is intense and aloof at all times. Even when her Derangements are in full swing, she carries herself like an eternal judge who’s been given the power over life and death. Her long, curly dark hair hangs over her shoulders. Her eyes are dark brown, and her sharp features reflect only a hint of madness. The Sabbat Inquisitor’s vintage clothing is a few years out of date, but not so much that she stands out in a crowd. She usually wears one or more skulls, whether it’s a pattern on her clothing or skull-shaped jewelry, incorporated into her current outfit.
Embrace: 323 BCE
Apparent Age: 30
Physical: Strength 6, Dexterity 6, Stamina 8
Social: Charisma 5, Manipulation 7, Appearance 6
Mental: Perception 5, Intelligence 7, Wits 8
Talents: Alertness 3, Brawl 6, Dodge 7, Dreaming 6, Empathy 2, Interrogation 4, Intimidation 3, Intrigue 5, Intuition 3, Leadership 6, Streetwise 6, Subterfuge 7
Skills: Animal Ken 3, Body Crafts 3, Disguise 4, Etiquette 3, Herbalism 6, Hypnotism 7, Melee 5, Performance (Acting) 2, Stealth 4, Survival 4, Torture 3
Knowledges: Alchemy 5, Camarilla Lore 2, Fairy Lore 1, Genealogy 2, History 3, Kindred Lore 4, Linguistics 5, Lupine Lore 7, Medicine 1, Naturalism 2, Occult (Astrology) 6, Politics 4, Sabbat Lore 4, Spirit Lore 5
Disciplines: Auspex 6, Chimerstry 5, Dementation 7, Dominate 4, Obfuscate 5, Protean 4, Thaumaturgy 7, Vicissitude 2
Thaumaturgical Paths: Path of Blood 5, Spirit Manipulation 5, Elemental Mastery 4, Gift of Morpheus 4, Lure of Flames 2, Movement of the Mind 2, Path of Conjuring 2
Backgrounds: Contacts 5, Resources 2
Virtues: Conviction 5, Instinct 4, Courage 4
Morality: Humanity 2
Trophy Clan: Malkavian
Known Alias(es): Myrtale, Luna, Olympias, Celene, Cybele Sire: CybeleNature: Fanatic
Embrace: Third Century B.C.E.
Apparent Age: Mid 20s
Physical: Strength 6, Dexterity 6, Stamina 8 Social: Charisma 5, Manipulation 7, Appearance 5
Mental: Perception 5, Intelligence 7, Wits 8
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Awareness 5, Brawl 6, Empathy 2, Expression 3, Intimidation 5, Leadership 6, Streetwise 5, Subterfuge 7
Skills: Animal Ken 3, Crafts 4, Drive 1, Etiquette 3, Firearms 2, Larceny 4, Melee 5, Performance 3, Stealth 5, Survival 5
Knowledges: Academics 4, Computer 2, Finance 2, Investigation 4, Law 3, Medicine 2, Occult 6, Politics 4, Science 2, Technology 1
Disciplines: Auspex 6, Celerity 5, Dementation 7, Dominate 5, Fortitude 3, Obfuscate 6, Potence 2, Presence 2, Thaumaturgy 5 (Elemental Mastery 5, Hands of Destruction 5, Path of Conjuring 4, Weather Control 4), Vicissitude 2
Thaumaturgical Rituals: Deflection of Wooden Doom, Devil’s Touch, Illuminate the Trail of Prey, Blood Walk, Flesh of Fiery Touch, Ward versus Kindred, Pavis of Foul Presence, Firewalker, and many more learned over hundreds of years.
Backgrounds: Contacts 2, Resources 4, Retainers 2, Rituals 4, Status (Sabbat) 4 Virtues: Conviction 3, Instinct 2, Courage 3
Morality: The Path of Caine 4
Blood Pool/Max per Turn: 40/8