Vasilisa is a 4th generation Cainite, one of the Nictuku progeny of Absimiliard. It was sent by his Sire to destroy its rebellious childe, Baba Yaga. The Nictuku can appear as anything it chooses, but when it bothers to appear at all, it almost always chooses an innocent seeming form.
A young child who was slated for execution by his village for killing his family and several other villagers with tools, poisons and even by leading them into the jaws of lurking predators (reports vary on the child's gender, but most rumors assume it was male).
Absimiliard was impressed by the boy's ruthlessness and found him patiently awaiting death crouching in the corner of the room, watching a spider eat his prey. The Nosferatu Antediluvian offered the child a chance to become the spider, and embraced him after his positive reply. Almost immediately, the boy burst from his cell and fed on the entire village. He didn't kill them all; some he saved, like a spider. Absimiliard was very proud of the boy.
The Nictuku wasn't very humane even in the distant past when he was human. Anything resembling human thought process is gone. He - it - has become the predator, and is now more a presence than a sentient being. It can take the shape of a human in order to accomplish its goals - or its master's goals.
It finds amusement in taking on recognizable, almost archetypal forms to hunt its prey - Vasilisa (a small girl), Koshchei the Deathless, Baba Yaga, Anastasia - russians respond strangely to these names. It doesn't have a name that it remembers - the other Nictuku and Absimiliard are the only beings it allows to truly communicate with it, and they don't need to speak to do so.
The hunting for Baba YagaEdit
The Nictuku is unknowable. Baba Yaga may have left her humanity behind centuries ago, but "Vasilisa" didn't have much to begin with, and it is over twice her age. It has transcended "disciplines" and does what it wishes to do.
Tasked by its sire to destroy his rebellious childe, the Nictuku followed a coterie of cainites into the lair of the witch, where the ancient Nosferatu battled and Baba was finally destroyed. "Vasilisa" disappeared from sight, her current location as mysterious as her past.
For the homonym russian fairy tale character, you might also check: Vasilisa
- Nights of Prophecy, p. 101