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- 1 Background and Origin
- 2 Powers, Skills, and Attributes
- 3 Gear and Equipment
- 4 General Perception
Sorcery - Felicity is a practiced sorceress, but her training and focus are primarily in direct effects. The primary focus of her training was on basic ritual implementation, and the channeling of arcane energy. Her aptitude for it made her seem like an invaluable tool to her former circle, and her aptitude for channeling extra-planar forces is considerable. In the years since coming out from under Billy Arcane's shadow, however, Felicity has honed her abilities, mastering a few healing skills, summoning powers and refining her control of what she can do. Subtle and indirect effects are outside her normal purview, as she prefers flashy, impressive and direct results.
Occult Knowledge - Felicity is an enthusiastic student of the occult arts, and has been her entire life. Having redoubled her studies now that she's independent, Felicity has put a great deal of work into amassing an occult library that ranges from the latest quack mysticism to eerily legitimate tomes of forbidden knowledge bound in all manner of unpleasant things. In her free time, Felicity is most often found in study. Her knowledge is far from complete, which sometimes gives her just enough understanding to be dangerous, and not just to the monsters she faces.
Doing it by Rote - Felicity's greatest attribute in occult practice is still her adaptability to ritual. Able to focus, clear her head and learn quickly from observation, Black Magic finds herself able to adapt quickly to occult tasks, even without much prior knowledge. This natural aptitude can make her highly useful to a benevolent wizard looking for an extra set of hands. More than once, however, it's made Felicity an unwitting accomplice to less scrupulous sorts.
A Different Kind of Magic - As an actress, Felicity failed to captivated the theater audiences of Vibora Bay. As Black Magic, however, she has worked hard at developing an audience. When not up to her neck in the underworld, Felicity actually does an admirable job managing her sparse production crew, public appearances and the technical aspects of doing her show. Her practice as an actress also gives her an advantage when attempting to bluff or connive her way out of situations.
(Oc)cult of Personality - While hardly a household name amongst normal citizens, Felicity is rather well known in certain circles. If recognized by a fan while she's working a case, Black Magic is hardly adverse to trading an autograph, show tickets or a little extra attention for important information or access. This notoriety also provides her some degree of protection, as many of the groups her actions have raised the ire of know that her disappearance wouldn't go unnoticed. At least, for now.
In Her (Un)natural Environment - Due to her upbringing and prolonged exposure to otherworldly forces, Black Magic is incredibly hard to rattle. Even in the face of some mind-bending horrors, she manages to maintain her trademark smirk. However, this also applies to situations in which a more practiced mage or heroine would know to exercise caution. Felicity's bravery has gotten her through more than one trying time, but it's gotten her in over her head too many to count.
The Nightscrap - Unearthed early in her misadventures, the Nightscrap is a cape that has become a signature part of Black Magic's "look." A powerful occult artifact, the Nightscrap allows the wearer to travel via teleportation, by slipping into a small sub-plane where normal rules of physics don't seem to apply. The danger of the item, however, is that if Black Magic is significantly distracted (or even harmed, somehow) during transport, she runs the risk of being lost indefinitely in this shadowy realm. Due to this, she only relies on the cloak for short jaunts unless in dire need.
Black Leather - Tailored from the flesh of minor demonic beings, these items allow Black Magic to handle and walk through materials otherwise harmful to the human body. Felicity's costume incorporates long gloves, boots, a mask and a corset crafted from the otherworldly material.
The Lending Legerdemain - Felicity's flippant name for her occult collection, it is a rather impressive sum of books she's managed to gather over the last few years. Both a resource and a responsibility, Black Magic knows at least enough to know what her private collection could do in the wrong hands. Towards that end, she's tried to ward and protect her library as best she can, and usually has at least two staff devoted to its care. However, as is always the way of these things, accidents do happen ...
For the most part, Black Magic's heroic activities have either been as a solo heroine, or part of momentary team-ups. However, she has a support staff of friends and co-workers who help her to keep the show running, and her head above water.
Self-appointed "head librarian" of the Lending Legerdemain, Stuart is a long-time friend who has taken it upon himself to catalogue and organize Felicity's ever-growing book collection. While his diligence and suprising tolerance for the bizarre has led him to be surprisingly successful in the role, Stuart has begun noticing more than a few grey hairs.
Set designer, shot director and production assistant, Monica was Felicity's best friend in college. Eager to put herself on a project that carried a bit more weight than her eighth staging of "Rent," Monica's laser-focus cuts straight through any complications that arise on set. And working with Black Magic, some "complications" tend to require more cutting than others.
The second curator of the Lending Legerdemain, Annie is oddly enough a library sciences major. Unlike Stuart, however, Annie is far more eager to throw herself into the strange world their collection represents. As such, she's gotten herself into trouble more than once. But, hey, who hasn't been turned into a Turakian hell-beast at least once in their life, huh? She got better. Mostly.
A Scottish expat, Stone was stranded by his bandmates after a night of drinking in the wrong part of Vibora. In need of work, Stone currently does the heavy lifting on set, as well as serving as a deterrent for some of the more overeager fans. Stone knows far more about the occult than he really lets on. Not that he wouldn't share, if only anyone could penetrate the man's thick brogue.
Name: The Bann Sidhe
Alias: None known.
An ancient evil of unknown origins, the creature called the Bann Sidhe seems to answer to no mortal power, and exhibit no form of communicable thought/emotion beyond an absolute hatred of the living. Stalking Black Magic from the earliest nights of her public debut, the specter has come close to ending her career almost as soon as it began.
Possessed of great physical strength and durability, as well as being seemingly tireless, the Bann Sidhe is a formidable physical threat. Additionally, the creature possesses qualities that make it's very presence toxic to living humans, producing a sickening effect. Most terrifyingly, however, is the creature's "death call," a sound that, unless counteracted by some manner of charm, always heralds death.
Though hard work and luck, Felicity survived her final encounter with the creature, trapping it within the terrifying sub-dimension of the nightscrap. Far from an ideal solution, Felicity still researches more long-term ways to deal with the problem.
CURRENT STATUS: Incarcerated.
Name: William Adam Arcane
Aliases: Several, amongst occult circles
Living the life of a low-end arcane con man, Billy Arcane had limited influence in groups such as the Scarlet Circle, DEMON and was even occasionally useful to the Trey Kings. He was also Felicity Elliot's former boyfriend, and ushered her into the world of the occult. Using Felicity from the very start, Billy's sole goal (right up to the dissolution of his arcane circle of friends) was to expand his influence in the magician's underworld.
Billy possessed middling arcane ability, able to competently command sorcery but far from the wizard he put himself on to be. His true talents were in lying, manipulation and petty thievery.
When Black Magic became a public figure, it was only a matter of time before Arcane surfaced and attempted to take advantage of his former protege. Having completely underestimated her, Billy Arcane has been missing ever since the pair's climactic battle in a cavernous crypt beneath Vibora's streets.
CURRENT STATUS: Presumed dead.
DIVA DE LOS MUERTOS
Name: Diva de Los Muertos
Alias: Anna Maria de la Cruz
A necromancer from remote Mexico, Diva de los Muertos runs her own wide-spanning criminal organization on the backs of the dead. Her talents as a necromancer and her connections to international crime cartels have given her a wide power base, and made her name feared and hated across the globe.
A practitioner of the blackest of dark arts, Diva de los Muertos uses her powers to control the living and the dead. Additionally, she is known to be ruthless in her dealings, with a well-known habit of forcing those who have failed her to continue to serve, even after receiving her most brutal punishment.
The Diva is constantly looking to expand her power base, both magically and in criminal politics. This has led her to several run-ins with occult heroes, most frequently Black Magic. The two have exchanged victory and defeat in some of the most remote parts of the globe, with neither able to strike the deciding blow.
CURRENT STATUS: At large.
Name: Alicia Crowley
Alias: Alicia Travis
A young sorceress, Alicia was an amateur dangerously obsessed with all things "occult." When Black Magic became her favorite television personality, Alicia's obsession suddenly had a more singular focus. Over time, however, this infatuation turned dark, as Alicia began to resent Black Magic's heroic career, leading her to decide that she would fill her boots better.
Brokering a deal with demonic powers, Alicia sold her soul for powerful sorcerous abilities. Using her powers like blunt instruments, Alicia proved to have massive destructive potential, making her a considerable threat, in the immediate sense.
In the end, however, Alicia's powers proved to be no match for Black Magic. Though she was able to possess and replace Felicity for a short while (producing an episode of The Black Magic Hour that fans online still complain about), Felicity's will won out, in the end. Currently, Alicia is a "guest" of the Trismegistus Council, who are working to do what they can for her.
CURRENT STATUS: Incarcerated.
Name: Damian Gamaliel Drake
Alias: "Chosen," "The Voice," etc.
The young "messiah" of a remote Appalachian cult, Damian used inborn psychic abilities to bend an entire rural region to his dark whims. Drunk on power, the boy ruled his cult with an iron fist, operating out of a mostly-abandoned mining town as he built a wide power base for himself.
A mentalist, Drake enjoyed powers that manifested in both telepathy and telekinesis. His abilities were also helped by an upbringing in the occult, giving the youth a working knowledge of symbols and concepts that made his psychic lies that much more potent.
Drake's cult ran afoul Black Magic fairly recently, as she researched the region's local ghost-town rumors for her show. Unable to overcome Drake's mental powers, Black Magic eventually defeated him by calling on older, more terrifying occult presences in the region. Afterward, representatives of PRIMUS moved in to study the area, and help rehabilitate Drake's former followers.
CURRENT STATUS: Incarcerated.
Name: Witchhunter Constance
A recent emergence into the occult underground, the woman calling herself "Witchhunter Constance" seems to have taken a keen personal interest in Black Magic. Merciless in her dealings with the supernatural and those who traffic in it, Constance has already developed a reputation for brutality and ruthlessness.
A highly-trained combatant, the Witchhunter is an expert swordswoman, and keen acrobat. She also displays a good working knowledge of the occult, particularly wards and the weaknesses of various creatures.
With her full motives and goals still unknown, it remains to be seen exactly what sort of threat Witchhunter Constance will prove to be.
CURRENT STATUS: At large.
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