Jul 20, 2012 0:57:31 GMT -5
Post by Varos Talantos on Jul 20, 2012 0:57:31 GMT -5
Goddess of Balance
Varos Talantos is the Goddess of Universal Order and Balance. She is often seen by the pool of vision, with a balance scale in her hands. It is said that as she watched the events of earth unfold, the scales tip, matching the regarded situation. One scale is often associated with evil, misery, misfortune, and other malevolent things. The other scale is often associated with good, happiness, luck, and other benevolent things. If the scales tipped too far in one direction, she intervenes to create balance. She punishes both evil deeds and excess undeserved good fortune. Although if an action is rightly justified (revenge, deserved due to an excess of good acts, or other reasons), she takes no part in it, seeing it as balance. If you do good or bad to her, she returns the favor. With the death of the God of Lies, Varos became the ruler of Shangri-La
Hero/Heroine of Varos Talantos
Those who please Varos Talantos significantly might become a Hero/Heroine of Varos Talantos; that is, they will be granted blessings that vary by tier. Each tier of this nature is progressively more beneficial than the last, and past blessings are retained. Those who attain the fifth tier as a Hero/Heroine of Varos Talantos are very powerful indeed, fighting for the glory of their Goddess with abilities that approach Godliness in and of themselves.
Balanced - The first tier of official favor has been gained from Varos Talantos. Balanced have been marked with a tattoo of a shivering silver circle. Their body begins to embody what they worship, and so they gain improved balance and coordination. While not perfect, it easily matches the skills of a trained acrobat. The +5 Agility goes beyond what the maximum capacity for the species is.
Neutral - The second tier of official favor has been gained from Varos Talantos. Those whom have reached the tier of ‘Neutral’ have been marked with a tattoo of shivering silver pair of closed eyes. For balance to be obtained, one must do it without judgement, and with only neutrality. But to do so they must see the situation clearly. For this reason, those of this tier are endowed with the ability to break through spells and illusions easily. They are also granted the ability to see through any conditions such as snowstorms, utter darkness, pouring rain or even upon the sun itself. They have the benefits attained at the prior tier.
Equilibrium - The third tier of official favor has been gained from Varos Talantos. Those whom have reached the tier of ‘Equilibrium’ have been marked with a tattoo of shimmering silver and gold in the shape of the sun and the moon. An eye for an eye makes all blind, which is why they may make themselves invisible for up to 24 hours (requires a cooldown just as long as the period of invisibility). They have the benefits attained at the prior two tiers.
Counterpart - The fourth tier of official favor has been gained from Varos Talantos. Counterparts have been marked with a tattoo of shimmering silver balance scales, much like Varos’ own set. They have the benefits attained at the prior three tiers, and the ability to create both balance and imbalances within someone’s emotions. It is easiest to influence the severity of the currently felt emotion, but any one can be modified. This can easily be used to make someone more likeable or dislikeable in another’s eyes or used for other purposes.
Avenger of Varos - The fifth and final tier of official favor has been gained from Varos Talantos. Avengers of Varos have been marked with a tattoo of a shimmering silver sword. They have the benefits attained at the prior four tiers. But those whom harm an Avenger of Varos will suffer anything they have done twofold. If an Avenger of Varos is cut, the same cut shall appear twice as badly on the attacker. If they are ever killed before the ability kills their attacker, the murderer shall die in the same manner, with double the pain. Avengers of Varos are the beloved of Varos Talantos and killing one could bring on the wrath of Varos Talantos herself. Extreme caution should be taken if you find yourself at odds with an Avenger of Varos.
Accursed of Varos Talantos
Those who anger Varos Talantos significantly might become Accursed; that is, they will be inflicted with curses that vary by tier. Each tier of the Accursed is progressively more dangerous than the last. Those who attain the fifth tier of the Accursed generally have very short life expectancies.
Misjudged - The first tier of the Accursed has been cast by Varos Talantos. Accurseds of Varos Talantos will have an inability to judge weight properly.
Spun - The second tier of the Accursed has been cast by Varos Talantos. Those whom anger the Goddess receive her revenge, as she tips the scales. Those whom have the ‘Spun' curse will retain the previous curse as well as have an inability to tell up from down, or left from right. Occasionally, the world will start spinning in their eyes, making things upside-down or mirrored. Sounds will seem come from different directions than its true origin, nothing shall feel, taste or smell like it should.
Disproportioned - The third tier of the Accursed has been cast by Varos Talantos. Their vision shall be distorted, causing things to become blurry and disproportionate. This is more of an annoyance then anything, but it could cause major problems. Many tend to accidentally walk into a road, the ocean, or some other thing due to the misjudged length between themselves and all around them. This also makes fighting quite difficult, as they can barely tell the shape of their enemy. Combined with the Spun ability, it can be very difficult to navigate. They have the misfortunes of the prior two tiers.
Unstable - The fourth tier of the Accursed has been cast by Varos Talantos. A good mind is stable, and well balanced. By becoming Unstable, Varos tampers with their mind. Their negative traits become increased, while their positive ones are minored. This causes them to be annoying, rude, mean, among other things, and tend to be great annoyances to other people, who tend to deem them as uncivilized. They have the misfortunes of the prior three tiers.
Nemesis - The fifth and final tier of the Accursed has been cast by Varos Talantos. Accurseds are marked with a silver mark of Varos’ balance scales, although one side is weighed down by a skull. This mark is found over their heart. Those who manage to anger Varos Talantos to such an extent are wanted dead by the Goddess who cursed them and doing so would gain one favor from Varos Talantos. While retaining all previous curses, Accurseds of Varos Talantos will never be able to judge again. If they try to express an opinion, advice or a thought, their mouths are instantly sealed. If they try through writing or another means, they are instantly frozen. They may only speak facts that they are certain are completely right, and can never offer things such as advice.
When the prayer 'Hysteria' is communed by a follower of Varos Talantos, the affected will believe themselves to be extremely uncoordinated and unbalanced.