Ivy [Nightbane N.P.C.]:
True Name: Emma King
Alignment: Scrupulous (Good)
Hit Points: 20 [67 Nightbane Form] S.D.C. (Physical): 95 [256 Nightbane Form]
Horror Factor (Nightbane Form): 10 (14 when bleeding plant sap)
Attributes: I.Q.: 17 (+3%), M.E.: 13, M.A.: 8, P.S.: 17 (+2) [30 (+15)], P.P.: 21 (+3) [27 (+6)], P.E.: 15 [29 (+28%/+7)], P.B.: 15 [20 (50%)], SPD: 17 
Attributes in brackets  are when in Nightbane form [Physical Strength and Endurance are Supernatural in Nightbane form]
Weight: 134 lbs (60.8 kg) [172 lbs (73.0 kg) in Nightbane Form] Height: 5 foot 6 inches (1.67 meters) 5 foot 6 inches (1.67 meters) in Nightbane Form]
Age: 19 years Race: Nightbane (Human) Sex: Female
She is a rarity in the world after Dark Day, a genuinely vibrant personality. One should not think she is not serious about fighting the Nightlords but the situation they are in has to manage to dampen her personality. It is quite hard to get her to despair for any length of time.
Tends to be a scholar, enjoying picking up knowledge in various areas. Has an ability to pick up knowledge quite rapidly. She has a lot of skills she puts on the table such as understanding chemistry, biology, and botany. In addition, Emma has skills in photography, operating video equipment, researching, and computer programming. As such, she has the skills to carry the Nightbane’s message far better than most.
Even now though, there is still something of a nerd. She is sometimes awkward and shy in social situations. As well, she might chose to say the wrong thing in inopportune times. One gets the feeling however that her actions are not ones of malice. Might break a few minor rules here and there but otherwise is pretty honest and forthright.
Those close to her, friends and family, are extremely important to her. She will never betray a friend and will do almost whatever she can for them. Has had a number of boyfriends, They can get serious from time to time for her although she has no plans to ultimately commit anytime soon.
Tends to be just a but sloppy in her day to day life. Not that she does not take care of herself but she does not worry about looking perfect in all ways. Does not tend to dress real sexy never quite getting it down, preferring casual cloths such as jeans with t-shirts or a sweatshirt / hoodie. Tends to not wear heels either, usually wearing sneakers. Does not use much makeup either although will use a little on occasion. Her ears are not pieced and she tends to wear virtually no jewelry.
As far as fighting, she just does not like guns very much. So far, she has resisted anybody teaching how to use one. Did however pick up the use of a sword. She did enjoy watching samurai movies as a kid and prefers the Katana. When in Nightbane form, she often uses her vines to attack with.
R.C.C.: Nightbane [Seeker Training] Experience Level: One (1)
Combat Skill: Hand to Hand; Basic [Hand to Hand: Martial Arts in Nightbane Form]
Attacks per Melee: Five (5) [Seven (7) in Nightbane Form - Nine (9) including hair and vine tentacles.]
Bonuses, Combat: Facade Form: +3 to Strike,+6 to Parry, +6 to Dodge, +2 to Damage, +6 to roll with punch, fall, or impact, +0 to pull punch, +0 to initiative, Knock Out on Natural 20, and Critical Strike on Natural 20.
Nightbane Form: +8 to Strike,+11 to Parry, +11 to Dodge, +15 to Damage, +7 to roll with punch, fall, or impact, +0 to pull punch, +1 to initiative, Knock Out on Natural 20, and Critical Strike on Natural 20.
Supernatural Punch Damage (Nightbane Form): Inflicts 2D6 S.D.C. on a restrained punch, 4D6+15 on a full strength punch, or 1D4xl0+15 on a power punch (counts as two melee attacks).
Bonus; Save: Facade Form: Lethal Poison +0  , Non-Lethal Poison  +0, Harmful Drugs  +0, Insanity  +0, Psionics  +0, Magic  +2, Horror Factor +1.
Nightbane Form: Lethal Poison  +7, Non-Lethal Poison  +7, Harmful Drugs  +7, Insanity  +0, Psionics  +3, Magic  +11, Horror Factor +3.
Change to Nightbane Form: Takes one full melee round (Save vs M.E. [12+] to transform in one attack)
Supernatural Senses: Night vision (Facade, 200 feet / 61 meters; Nightbane, 500 feet / 152 meters) / Sense Other Nightbane (300 feet / 91.4 meters with an additional 30 feet / 9.1 meters per level)
Regeneration: 10 S.D.C./ Hit Points each melee round.
Mirror Walk: Cross into Nightlands. Costs 2 P.P.E., takes one round.
Immunities: Immune to all forms of mind control and transformation
Nightbane Characteristics: Inhuman but beautiful
Unearthly Beauty: Physical Perfection: Perfect muscular build (+1D4 PB, +1D4 PE, +1D4 PS, +4D6 S.D.C.)
Alien Shapes: Vines with Thorns: Has vines with thorns wrapped around her body (+4D6 S.D.C. +1D4 HF, +1D6 to punch and 2D6 body slam damage)
Alien Appendages: Vines: Has 4 vines growing from her body with a length of 20 feet. Can be used as additional appendages (P.S. same as character, +1 attack per melee, +2 to strike and parry with vines, and +1 horror factor.)
Alien Appendages: Prehensile Hair: Her hair is 10 feet long and can be used in a prehensile manner (PS: 10, PP: 11, +1 attack per melee, -2 to use weapons, +2 PB, and +1 horror factor.)
Alien - Unusual Blood: Plant Sap Blood: Her blood looks like plant / tree sap (4D6 to S.D.C. and +1D4+1 to horror factor when bleeding.)
Nightbane Talents: P.P.E.: 137 (Gains 3D6 per level)
First Level Talent: The Shroud (Free) [10 P.P.E. per minute],
Purchased Talents: Mirror Sight (5) [10 min/level / 2 PPE], Premonition (2) [2 PPE], Shadow Blast (5) [500 feet / 1D4 per 1 P.P.E. - 4 P.P.E. per level], Shadow Shield (7) [30 min/level 20 S.D.C. per 2 PPE.- 4 P.P.E. per level], Sharing the Flesh (2) (8 or 24 PPE), Soul Shield (6) [4 P.P.E. per hour]
R.C.C. Skills: Science: Biology (+15%) 48%, Botany (+15%) 43%, Mathematics - Advanced (+10%) 58%, Mathematics - Basic (+20%) 68%, Technical: Computer Operation (+20%) 63%, Language: English (+30%) 83%, Language: French (+10%) 63%, Language: Italian (+10%) 63%, Literacy: English (+30%) 63%, Literacy: French (+10%) 43%, Literacy: Italian (+10%) 43%, Lore: Nightbane (+15%) 48%
R.C.C. Related Skills: Communications: TV / Video (+5%) 33%, Electrical: Computer Repair (+5%) 33%, Science: Chemistry (+10%) 43%, Technical: Computer Programming (+10%) 44%, Lore: Demon and Monster (+10%) 48%, Photography (+10%) 48%, Research (+10%) 63%, Writing (+10%) 38%,
Secondary Skills: Physical: Hand to Hand: Basic, Athletics - General, Boxing, Gymnastics, Pilot: Pilot Automobile 63%, W.P. Ancient: W.P. Sword (+1 Strike /+1 Parry)
Skills From Gymnastics: Sense of Balance 53%, Work parallel bars & rings 63%, Climb Rope 73%, Climbing 28%, Back Flip 73%, Prowl 33%
In her facade form, she is not unattractive. One looking at her might get a sense of vulnerability about her. Otherwise, she is of about average height at around five and a half feet tall. Her figure is decent although not outstanding. Has quite pale skin with hazel eyes. Otherwise, she keeps relatively short sandy brown hair that gets wind blown extremely easily. Just seems to easily make a mess of itself. She used to joke that it has a mind of its own. As far as cosmetics, she does not tend to use them very much.
Tends to dress pretty casual, usually wearing jeans, a t-shirt or sweat shirt / hoodie, and sneakers. They can be just a bit wrinkled at times and rarely ever wears heels. On the T-Shirts and sweat shirts, she tends to have various scientists quotes. In addition, she does not really own any jewelry to speak of.
In some ways, her Nightbane form is a refined version of what she looks like normal. She gets more attractive, more muscular and almost statuesque in appearance. Does not gain any height however. Still does not appear to have any cosmetics although she really does not need it in this form. Her eyes become a piercing green in this form. Her hair, which is quite short in faced form, extends to being ten feet long and she can actually use it in an almost prehensile fashion. It is also quite lustrous in its colors.
Vines with thorns grow around her body, covering her breasts and loins. They also wrap around her face arms, legs, and around her abdomen. There are small roots that seem to grow into her flesh. Around her however are four thicker vines that don’t grow into her flesh which she can use as tentacles. Quite long, she can use them as weapons and to reach, When not being used, they tend to drape on her shoulders. Other than the vines, she appears naked in her Nightbane form. When she is injured, she does not bleed blood but a brownish sap.
Darkblade Katana: Weight: 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Forged from the metal of a dark blade weapon. Weapon is incredibly well balanced as if made by a master weapon maker - Craftsmanship gives bonuses of +2 to initiative, +4 to damage, +1 to strike, and +2 to parry.
Damage: 5D6+4 (+4D6+15 for Strength as Nightbane), and ignores AR ratings.
Properties: None (Either stays with other Nightbane or in a cheap hotel room.)
Vehicles: 1990 Honda Accord - Painted dark blue with paint fading in places. Generally in decent mechanical condition.
Clothing: Jeans (Blue and otherwise), slacks, cut-off shorts, T-Shirts (most have science logos), sweat shirts / hoodie (most have science logs), a few dress shirts, and sneakers.
Other Items: Feminine items, comb and brush, backpack, duffle bags, purse, moderately new laptop computer (about 2 years old), digital camera, video recording equipment, mp3 player, and cell phone.
Valuables & Properties: 700 dollars
Unlike far too many Nightbane, Emma King had extremely loving parents. The couple that raised her was a pair of school teachers in northern California. Her mother was an elementary school teacher while her father was a high school science teacher. While they loved kids, they could not have children so became foster parents. One of those children was Emma. Her background is a complete mystery, nobody knows who her actual parents are. Emma was taken in them and eventually decided to adopt her and raise her as their own.
From an early age, she was a good student. Part of this was because of her adopted parents were teachers but she genuinely was always an interested student. Growing up however, she was always a bit of a geek. Never was part of the truly popular crowd. Like her adopted father, science always interested her as well as learning both Italian and French in high school.
In addition to being a good student, she was reasonable athletic. Emma took gymnastics in school as well and was in pretty good shape, especially for a geek. She was not a social pariah and did have several boyfriends while in school. Her parents never hid the facts of life from her unlike many parents. One of her boyfriends had taken a few martial arts classes and taught her how to defend herself a bit.
After graduating from high school, she went to college. Her grades, while good, were never quite good enough to get a scholarship. The military never entered her mind either. Still, she got a job soon after starting college and had an apartment off of the university grounds which she shared with several other female students. Emma did like to party and there was a little bit of drinking and soft drugs passed around. At one time, she wanted to spend a few years visiting Europe, especially France and Italy.
Then Dark Day occurred and changed everything. There were rumors which several of her friends tried to warn her about. Stories and rumors were going around the internet as well. Emma though always had a pretty sunny disposition and never really believed the dark rumors that were swirling.
Almost missed Dark Day, spending the day with her new boyfriend. They had only been together about a week. When she went home to her apartment, the other girls in her apartment had been murdered. Emma pulled out her cell phone to call the police. Unlike a great many crimes that day, they showed up. They asked her to come down to the police precinct to help with some questions. Trusting the police, she went with them even though they were acting strange.
They locked her in a room and began questioning her as if she had murdered her roommates. They kept badgering her to confess to murdering her roommates. Occasionally, an extremely strange question would come up. Only later did she learn that she was detained because it was sensed that one was a Nightbane and that they were trying to find out about other Nightbane in the city. This station had already been taken over by Nightlord minions and a Night Priest had identified that either her or her boyfriend were Nightbane. In addition, the police was filled with Dopplegangers and Hollow Men.
She had no idea about the supernatural but she was on the cusp of her abilities waking up. Suddenly, she heard a blood curdling scream. Sounded very much like her boyfriend and suddenly the sound cut off with a horrid finality.
Fear rose inside of her although she was not the type to give up and planned to fight. Something grew up inside of her, a power she never felt before. Suddenly, she was a different creature. She knew how to fight and use her own abilities instinctively. Maybe she could have fought her way out but suddenly a group of Nightbane broke into the station to rescue her. They had pursued the police to the station and had been planning how to get her out. While her boyfriend, a mortal had been killed, they were able to help her escape from the station although not before she, and several others got shot.
Over the next few days, they fought a running battle to survive. In the fighting, she showed herself to be quite a bit tougher than they expected. Proves as well that her other skills, those of the sciences and research to be extremely useful. With them, she was able to learn what a Nightbane was and something about their history. Because of the fact that vines grow on her body in her Nightbane form, they gave her the name “Ivy” which has stuck.
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