Gender: Female - A-sexual (Bast may reproduce using her own genes)
Alignment: True Neutral
Social Class: Street Rat
Occupation: Book thief
Race: Fire Elemental
Nationality: Morrimian (Though Bast is a planar being, she was originally torn and shaped, thus given birth to, in Morrim, at the foot of the Do'Suul mountains.)
Voice: Distinctly northern and noticeably thicker when she becomes emotional. If she sang...
Her hair is usually a flaming orange, and cut to a chicken-tail style that flutters and twists in the wind of its own accord with a long separated strand from the top her head either side, held with little bronze rings. Each ring is engraved with a small flame symbol that bears resemblance to the number six. Her hair may change colour with her temperature, for instance, the angrier she gets the hotter she burns, and eventually it will turn white. When sick or exhausted it will become shorter and burn blue-ish purple like a low flame. She could technically change the length and style at will, but it will always regrow in this fashion.
Bast's skin is a rich golden bronze colour, spattered with freckles across her nose, the tops of her arms, shoulders, and breasts. In low light it emits a soft radiance akin to torchlight, and bears a patterning resembling a star map, in a form not unlike circuitry. She has no outward scarring or piercings as each time she is 'killed' and reforms, she reverts to her basic structure, losing such deformities until she adds them back herself.
Her skin emits a warmth at all times, which changes depending on her mood. The angrier she gets, or the more passionate about something, including arousal, the hotter she will burn. It generally stays at a level of heat that would be feverish for any normal person.
Her eyes are large and almond shaped, long lashed and dark, and flare up when passionate to smolder like banked coals below thin arched brows. Her nose is otherwise normal, straight and slightly snub or upturned at the end above plump lips and an expressive mouth. Her chin is lightly pointed and dimpled, and her face has an overall round cast to it.
What clothing Bast wears tends to be whatever she can 'borrow' or happens to have with her at the time, which depending on her state of being - shapeshifted, health etc - she may have none at all, as each reforming after dying, or shapechanging naturally drops all garments. When out travelling she wears more layers than would otherwise be normal, as protection form the elements, particularly water of which she is highly vulnerable to.
Bast may literally consume any flammable material to boost her energy levels back to a healthy point, though she prefers to eat things that taste good, like pastries and sweets, which are her favourite. It goes without saying that alcohol will substantially cool her blood, which is at a boiling temperature. It may also cause her to combust. Things like water, and a lack of oxygen are incredibly harmful to her, and will cause her to extinguish.
Bast was born of a greater elemental, which was summoned and trapped within a prison of human design, the prison itself being later named the Telhamite Stone. Thepsis, the greater elemental, was bound to the mage of which Bast only knows to be referred to as 'the master' and trapped dormant within the stone until it was recovered by the Dulasiin and taken to the caves within the mountains of Morrim. On using the stone to create the lights that would give them the life they needed to grow and harvest their own produce and thus survive within the deeps of the caves.
Each time the power was tapped into, the greater elemental's power waned a little confined to the prison as he was, and he began to disperse, his children escaping out in a multitude of forms into the caves. So long as Thepsis remained in the stone and they were still bound to him, they would survive until he either released them from his service or was freed from the stone.
One of the lesser elementals that took form was Bast. The mage that harnessed the power of Thepsis originally used his wild planar power to create and bind many lesser elementals in varying shapes and forms for different functions. Bast was considered but one imperfection in a line of similar feminine entities though for what purpose she can now only guess at as the knowledge that was once collective has become vague and in places nonexistent as their flames have gradually been snuffed out.
She remained in her place lighting the caves and living among the people until the interlopers came and removed the stone in a trade for the wily earth spirit Calliope. When the girl escaped, Bast took it upon herself to bring her back, and if not her then to retrieve the stone. At the very least, if she couldn't do either of these to sustain the people that she had loved, then she would attempt to free herself that she might give them what life she had in her to keep them going.
Since leaving however she's realized that despite reading all the books she can get her hands on via the missionaries, nothing in those lines of text has much relevance in comparison to the reality, and she is very much at a loss as how to function properly in the world. Without a real place and very little idea where to start, she set off in what she hoped was the direction of Kinaldi. During this trip she was apprehended by a group of slavers and on refusal to allow them to 'collect' her, she roasted the first one to grab her and fled across the plains until they gave up trying to pursue her. Instead the dying burnt man spat the venom of his last breath into a curse upon her head which seems to have manifested itself not into something terrible, but inconvenient in that she can't enter a house uninvited.
Bast found the nymph Calliope after she left the caves outside the Ashokan city of Eldahar, where she confronted her on leaving the Dulassiin to their fate. Calli refused to go back, and Bast submitted to an air of defeatism, being unwilling to force the woman if she didn't want to, having little desire to return herself after a taste of the outside world.
She resolved to free her other half from the stone and meet Thepsis in a battle of wills, whatever the outcome, else she would isolate herself in the inevitable event of her approaching death.
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- Water is physically damaging to her, as is a lack of oxygen. Both of these things have a very real potential to kill her. As a result, she's afraid of the rain and makes a point to avoid large bodies of water where possible. If submerged in water or a large amount is thrown on her, she will reduce to a small star until rekindled, or until she goes cold and dies.
- She can literally eat anything, though prefers materials that are easily burned, therefor does not worry overly about sustenance. This does not prevent her suffering from the same problems such as poisoning etc that most people do.
- As an elemental, she can be bound to a single person if they have a strong enough will and are magically capable of performing the rite. In this case she can also be summoned and held to perform tasks as she is bidden ot the master. Bast may also be banished to either a select containment or her former prison, the Telhamite Stone.
- She carries a small metal puzzle box that she obtained while in the caves of the Dulassin and kept because it seemed important, that when turned or held for a length of time will begin to cause the holder to suffer headaches and possible hallucinations, believing they are being whispered to.
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Thepsis is a greater fire elemental having been known to be trapped within the Telhamite Stone that now rests atop the Black Tower in Morrim. Within the last century he was dragged from his residence in the Inner Planes and severed from his own natural soul, greatly diminishing his power, and allowing him to be contained within the prison without breaking out, where he fell dormant to protect his own vitality. Over time, this vitality has been steadily decreasing, lacking the essential core that keeps him going, and giving his otherwise burning body an ashy exterior as he steadily cools.
In the opposite hand, there is Bast, the soul of the elemental shaped into a person and through what Thepsis would call a profanity, given a name and an identity, effectively splitting him into two beings, which are very much polar opposites. Thepsis is incredibly violent, and dangerous, and typically of a fire elemental seeks only to consume and destroy, while his counterpart is the life giver. While he cools, she grows hotter.
He must not be released.
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