S is for Scylla

S is for Scylla, everyone should know,
The girl’s only fault, was that she said “no”.


Faerie Might: 25 (Aquam)
Characteristics: Int —1, Per —2, Pre +3, Com +1, Str 0, Sta 0, Dex +2, Qik +1
Size: 0
Virtues & Flaws: Monstrous Appearance; Greater Power; Faerie Speech, Hybrid Form, Increased Damage, Personal Power; Wrathful; Incognizant, Traditional Ward (cannot leave the area)
Personality Traits: Angry +6, Man-hater +3
Bite: Init +1 Atk +12, Dfn +8, Dam +9
(Swimmers must substitute their Swim Ability for any Martial Ability if they wish to fight while swimming. Scylla’s Bite stats are the same if she is swimming or walking.)
Soak: 0
Wound Penalties: —1 (1—5), —3 (6—10), —5 (11—15), Incapacitated (16— 20), Dead (21+)
Pretenses: Awareness 3 (ships), Brawl 5 (bite), Charm 5 (flirting), Faerie Speech 5 (flirtations), Swim 5 (rough water)
The Stone Metamorphosis, 5 points, Init —4, Terram: Scylla can change into a huge boulder, large enough to breech ships’ hulls.
(Base 25, +2 Sun, +3 size adjustment)

The Self-Propellant Boulder, 3 points, Init —2, Form: As a boulder, Scylla can move as she wishes. She usually “floats” atop the water, but his magical power can transport her however she wishes. She could fly if she so choose.
(Base 3, +2 Sun, +1 constant, +3 size adjustment)

Vis: Five pawns of Aquam vis in five of her twelve dog feet.
Appearance: From th waist up, Scylla is beautiful woman. From the waist down, she is a conglomeration of six snarling dogs head and twelve dog legs.

Another unfortunate victim of a Greek god’s perverse sense of justice, Scylla was a simple water nymph, whose favorite activities were frolicking along the sea shore and bathing in the ocean’s foam. Her innocent play attracted the attention of Glaucos, a minor sea-god of dubious parentage. She refused his advances, to which the pouting Glaucos high tailed it to Circe and begged the witch to brew a magical concoction that would cause Scylla to fall in love with him. Circe agreed, but during the enchanting process, as the shirtless Glaucos’s pumped her forge-billows, she fell in love with him. Clinging to his chest glistening with sweat, Circe begged Glaucos to forget his feeling for Scylla and join her in a passionate embrace. But Glaucos denied the witch her pleasure, saying that he would rather mount the Kraken than lie with her.

Furious, Circe poured her love potion down the drain. Travelling to Scylla’s secret cove, the witch poisoned the nymph’s bath water. Glaucos was in for a worse surprise than mounting the Kraken! Hiding behind an outcropping of rock, Circe watch Scylla enter her cave and disrobe. As the nymph lowered herself into her bath, she screamed as the enchanted water turned her lower half into a monstrous abomination, an amalgamation of barking dogs with 12 feet and six heads, each armed with two rows of shark teeth. Covering her ears from Circe’s vengeful laughter, Scylla ran to the sea cliffs and threw herself into the ocean. But her suicide was prevented by Poseidon, who turned the nymph into a boulder.

Since that time, crazy-mad Scylla has roamed the strait between Italy and Sicily. As a boulder, she waits patently for a ship to come near, then flashes forward at great speed and breaches its hull. As the sailors dive overboard to save themselves, she changes into her monstrous form and tears the sailors apart, fangs rending flesh. Area sharks are well used to her tactics, and sailors familiar with the coast keep a sharp lookout for large schools of sharks, a sure sign that Scylla is on the prowl.

Story Seed: The faerie Glaucos comes to the covenant, broken-hearted and forlorn. He asks the magi to help him render an apology to Scylla. He hopes the magi can help convince her that her fate was not Glaucos’ fault. However, all Glaucos wants to do is stir Scylla up. He has no intention of actually apologizing. Can the magi get Scylla to listen to Glaucos, and if so, can they sooth her anger afterwards?

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