Velak

Mad elementalist

Description:

Appearance: As a stormsoul Genasi, Velak has dark purple skin with silver-blue energy lines branching across his skin like lightning bolts. His hair is a spiky mass of crystals that spark periodically with low-voltage electricity. Indeed, if you were to touch him you would likely receive a small shock, not unlike static. But his outlandish features are not the only unexpected aspects of his appearance. At 6’2”, clad in leather armor with a build that rivals many fighters, Velak is not what most people expect when they think of a wizard. In fact, he is frequently mistaken for some sort of quarterstaff-wielding monk or somesuch, until he sets you on fire anyway.

History: Velak was created by a powerful if arrogant mage named Alistair. Storm given sentience, elemental power given life, Velak was a triumph of the mage’s art. Alistair took his creation with him everywhere, showing him off like a trophy to his peers. Alistair tutored Velak in the Art, marveling at his own genius in creating so apt a pupil and making his trophy that much more impressive to admirers and clients. His creation was the talk of the Magic District for a time, and Alistair’s prestige made him both popular and successful.

Alistair may have created Velak, but the Genasi was a pet, not a son, and he was trained, not nurtured. Fortunately for Velak, he was not human and he did not miss having a father figure. He may have been placed into a humanoid body, but he never forgot the swirling chaos that his soul was crafted from. He reveled in the feeling of elemental power surging through his body when he harnessed it into a spell, taking from that the comfort other mortals receive from a mother’s tenderness or a friend’s companionship. The lightning is his family, the flames his friends, and he prefers their company to that of other humanoids. The pleasure he takes in unleashing them is often taken for sadism, but it is only the joy of a man being reunited with a brother. This view is only reinforced by his predilection for destruction, but that too is more appropriately ascribed to his chaotic nature. In the home plane from Velak hails, nothing is permanent. A green pasture may be drenched in acidic rain one second, then scoured with rivers of fire the next, only to be wrenched from the landscape and flung into the sky when the sun returns. Velak knows the truth of his homeland, though he has little memory of being there, for it is imprinted into the very core of his being. Nothing lasts forever. Men die, buildings collapse, empires fall, legends are forgotten, and even those that endure are changed beyond recognition. That men are prone to ignore this fact continues to puzzle the young Genasi. Each time he is confronted by a seeming permanence, he delights in proving it to be otherwise. A man convinced that power and position will be his forever is in grave danger, but a man who has lost all hope in a better future is likely to receive the wizard’s aid. If the status quo is upset, Velak is pleased.

Velak’s belief in the necessity of change was solidified when his master attempted to achieve immortality. Unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary for lichdom and unable to find the knowledge of a better way even in the winding alleys of the Magic District, Alistair turned to a fiend named Garthok. Summoned from the pits of Flegethos, Garthok was not impressed by the mage’s minor talents and over-inflated ego. He taught to Alistair a spell that would suspend his body in time, keeping his body and mind forever young, but at the same time he spoke to Alistair’s apprentice in secret. He saw into Velak’s heart, saying, “Your master will be forever young, storm one, but not immortal. A blade in his heart or poison in his drink will kill him as surely as any other man. His unchanging, unnatural state will last only as long as you allow it to.” The devil’s words sunk in, and to this day Velak is unsure whether there was any magical compulsion behind them, or whether he did what he did of his own free will. In any case, Velak tampered with Alistair’s ritual components, fouling up the ritual that maintained his master’s stasis and causing it to backfire. Alistair did not survive. Velak took what he wanted of his former master’s possessions and left the lab behind forever. The authorities put the death down to miscast magic – not an uncommon occurrence among mages – seeing no evidence of foul play.

Since that time, Velak has been selling his services out to the highest bidder, doing any job that will give him license to unleash his elemental fury. If he has had dealings with the other members of the party, it would be during this period.

Personality: Velak is distant, speaking little and only when he has important information to convey (which usually makes him come off as insufferably superior). His unusual appearance doesn’t help much in making friends, either, nor does the fact that he did not have a normal childhood in which social norms were imprinted onto him while he grew up. Rather than trying to overcome his social ineptitude, he has convinced himself that – as an elemental – he does not possess the humanoid need for companionship. However, it is possible that he simply does not know what he is missing. Rather than trying and failing to find out what having a friend is like, he has inured himself to the cares of others, becoming selfish and prone to bouts of temper. He helps others only when it is in his best interests to do so (although he recognizes that it may serve his interests to help others without the promise of immediate reward, to be “owed one,” as it were). Also, as capricious as his desires are, what is “in his best interests” is often not what you might expect. There is still much of the elemental chaos within him, and he may find himself as interested in discovering what lies around the next corner as he is in obtaining wealth, power, or fame.

Personality: Velak is distant, speaking little and only when he has important information to convey (which usually makes him come off as insufferably superior). His unusual appearance doesn’t help much in making friends, either, nor does the fact that he did not have a normal childhood in which social norms were imprinted onto him while he grew up. Rather than trying to overcome his social ineptitude, he has convinced himself that – as an elemental – he does not possess the humanoid need for companionship. However, it is possible that he simply does not know what he is missing. Rather than trying and failing to find out what having a friend is like, he has inured himself to the cares of others, becoming selfish and prone to bouts of temper. He helps others only when it is in his best interests to do so (although he recognizes that it may serve his interests to help others without the promise of immediate reward, to be “owed one,” as it were). Also, as capricious as his desires are, what is “in his best interests” is often not what you might expect. There is still much of the elemental chaos within him, and he may find himself as interested in discovering what lies around the next corner as he is in obtaining wealth, power, or fame.

Bio:

History: Velak was created by a powerful if arrogant mage named Alistair. Storm given sentience, elemental power given life, Velak was a triumph of the mage’s art. Alistair took his creation with him everywhere, showing him off like a trophy to his peers. Alistair tutored Velak in the Art, marveling at his own genius in creating so apt a pupil and making his trophy that much more impressive to admirers and clients. His creation was the talk of the Magic District for a time, and Alistair’s prestige made him both popular and successful.

Alistair may have created Velak, but the Genasi was a pet, not a son, and he was trained, not nurtured. Fortunately for Velak, he was not human and he did not miss having a father figure. He may have been placed into a humanoid body, but he never forgot the swirling chaos that his soul was crafted from. He reveled in the feeling of elemental power surging through his body when he harnessed it into a spell, taking from that the comfort other mortals receive from a mother’s tenderness or a friend’s companionship. The lightning is his family, the flames his friends, and he prefers their company to that of other humanoids. The pleasure he takes in unleashing them is often taken for sadism, but it is only the joy of a man being reunited with a brother. This view is only reinforced by his predilection for destruction, but that too is more appropriately ascribed to his chaotic nature. In the home plane from Velak hails, nothing is permanent. A green pasture may be drenched in acidic rain one second, then scoured with rivers of fire the next, only to be wrenched from the landscape and flung into the sky when the sun returns. Velak knows the truth of his homeland, though he has little memory of being there, for it is imprinted into the very core of his being. Nothing lasts forever. Men die, buildings collapse, empires fall, legends are forgotten, and even those that endure are changed beyond recognition. That men are prone to ignore this fact continues to puzzle the young Genasi. Each time he is confronted by a seeming permanence, he delights in proving it to be otherwise. A man convinced that power and position will be his forever is in grave danger, but a man who has lost all hope in a better future is likely to receive the wizard’s aid. If the status quo is upset, Velak is pleased.

Velak’s belief in the necessity of change was solidified when his master attempted to achieve immortality. Unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary for lichdom and unable to find the knowledge of a better way even in the winding alleys of the Magic District, Alistair turned to a fiend named Garthok. Summoned from the pits of Flegethos, Garthok was not impressed by the mage’s minor talents and over-inflated ego. He taught to Alistair a spell that would suspend his body in time, keeping his body and mind forever young, but at the same time he spoke to Alistair’s apprentice in secret. He saw into Velak’s heart, saying, “Your master will be forever young, storm one, but not immortal. A blade in his heart or poison in his drink will kill him as surely as any other man. His unchanging, unnatural state will last only as long as you allow it to.” The devil’s words sunk in, and to this day Velak is unsure whether there was any magical compulsion behind them, or whether he did what he did of his own free will. In any case, Velak tampered with Alistair’s ritual components, fouling up the ritual that maintained his master’s stasis and causing it to backfire. Alistair did not survive. Velak took what he wanted of his former master’s possessions and left the lab behind forever. The authorities put the death down to miscast magic – not an uncommon occurrence among mages – seeing no evidence of foul play.

Since that time, Velak has been selling his services out to the highest bidder, doing any job that will give him license to unleash his elemental fury. If he has had dealings with the other members of the party, it would be during this period.

Personality: Velak is distant, speaking little and only when he has important information to convey (which usually makes him come off as insufferably superior). His unusual appearance doesn’t help much in making friends, either, nor does the fact that he did not have a normal childhood in which social norms were imprinted onto him while he grew up. Rather than trying to overcome his social ineptitude, he has convinced himself that – as an elemental – he does not possess the humanoid need for companionship. However, it is possible that he simply does not know what he is missing. Rather than trying and failing to find out what having a friend is like, he has inured himself to the cares of others, becoming selfish and prone to bouts of temper. He helps others only when it is in his best interests to do so (although he recognizes that it may serve his interests to help others without the promise of immediate reward, to be “owed one,” as it were). Also, as capricious as his desires are, what is “in his best interests” is often not what you might expect. There is still much of the elemental chaos within him, and he may find himself as interested in discovering what lies around the next corner as he is in obtaining wealth, power, or fame.

Velak

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