OOC: Concept done with permission of Humva. Staff allowed subspecies. Powers still up for approval.
Name: Saphine Postlethwaite (Not her birth name, she's changed it as time went on)
Codename: The Countess
Age: One thousand and twelve (Born in one thousand AD)
Faction: Scandium Incorporated, Midnight Security Services
Powers: Saphine is a Gargoyle, an offshoot of the main Vampire species. She shares some of the powers of the main species, her strength and senses are greatly enhanced, though compared to mutants who specialize in one of these, they are still subpar. She does not possess any of the other powerful abilities that Vampires proper have. In their place however, she has the ability to transform into a large hybrid of bat of and man, gaining more strength, more power and the ability to fly. In this form, she is quite deadly. Being a vampire, she does have the ability drain beings of their blood through her bite. Indeed, she depends upon that for her nourishment. Consuming blood doesn't heal her right away, though if she did not drink blood her wounds would not heal. Her last ability of note, in both forms, is her ability to transform into a swarm of vampire bats, allowing her to make quick exits when needed. Or overwhelm her enemy in a tide of fangs and wings. Both work really.
Appearance: Saphine appears to be a young anglo-saxon women in her mid-thirties, though in reality she is far far older. Her eyes are a sulfuric yellow and her skin is tends torwards the pale side, so long as she keeps herself well fed, she doesn't become much paler then this. If she were to stop feeding, her skin would take on a ashen grey color and her yellow eyes would become much more pronounced. Her hair is a fading black and normally wrapped into a tigh bun, to minimize any effect it may have in battle. She typically wears any variety of modern formal wear when not on the job, combined with some red jewels when she feels she needs to impress someone. When on the job, she wears a black beret with a matching uniform. Sunglasses are also a typical part of her wardrobe. She has a pair of fangs on top and bottem of her mouth, and they are not evident at first, she is unable to hide them as other vampires do. In her other form, her apperance is quite different. She grows to a height of roughly nine feet, grows a set of batlike wings that allow her to fly and her skin takes on an ashen, dead look. Her muscles are enhanced and her features are a horrid mixture of bat and man, with nary an indication that she once looked human. Her ears and nose become batlike, her faces takes on a harsh aspect, her hands become claws and her feet have more in common with bats then humans and mouth becomes a den of fangs. She is also, in this form, completely bald.
Weapons: Her claws in her Batbeast form, her enhanced strength ensures they can deal quite a bit of damage and her bite is nothing to scoff, being strong enough to shatter bone if she truly wishes to. In her human form, she tends to rely on firearms and long distance killing, feeling that the risk of closing into melee combat is not, in general, worth it. In her swarm form, she relies on sheer numbers to overcome her enemys or make her escape. In the terms of firearms, recoil doesn't tend to be much of a problem for her, allowing her to handle larger weapons then her size might indicate.
Skills: Saphine is very well versed in the history of the world and has a working knowledge in any amount of subjects, thanks to her long existence upon this world. She is a competent warrior, though she is only truly remarkable when it comes to fire arms, seeing them as far more useful then any other weapon. She is extremely skilled when it comes to politics, able to dissect and predict the political movers and shakers in many nations. In general, she is an intelligent, well-versed and skilled women, as only fits her long life. She is extremely well connected politically, as she has grown quite wealthy over the years.
Personality: Saphine has had a role in human history for many many years, having advised kings, sultans and khans through various channels. She is a careful, rational planner, always suppressing her emotions if it furthers the plan. She views pride as a foolish gesture and prefers to win rather then get even. She will waste no time on revenge or other such things. With one exception. She despises other vampires, viewing them as parasites at best and sociopathic murderers at worst, she will take any opportunity she can to remove them if she hears of one. She is extremely protective of humanity in general, feeling it is her duty to ensure her species prospers, not matter the cost. She also has habit of mentoring any number of people, guiding them along the path to greatness. She has no desire to rule herself, helping others to achieve their dreams and pushing humanity along the road to progress is enough for her.
Weakness: Fire is her bane, it will consume her in moments if she does not take measures against it. This effect is somewhat diminished when she takes the form of a bat swarm, but fire still deals a huge amount of damage. Furthermore, in the form of the bat swarm, every injury she takes transfers over. If many of the bats died, she would be gravely injured and likely out of commission for many days. In her human form, sunlight weakens her by a reasonable amount, dampening her powers. This does not effect her in her other forms. In her Gargoyle form, she is vulnerable to attacks that make a great deal of noise, as she has much sharper hearing in this form. This goes for her sight as well, she could easily be blinded by a bright light. These also apply to her bat swarm form, though to a lesser extent. If she is deprived of blood for a few weeks, she will likely die.
"I still remember what it was like you know. Setting foot in the New World. Feeling the sand beneath my feet, the strange smells and sounds from the jungles. It was more then that though. It was the feelings that came with it. I saw the best of humanity that day, that part of us that drives forwards no matter, no matter the cost. The part of us that reached into the great darkness, risked falling off the planet itself....yes, profit was the motive. Yes horrible crimes were the result of it. The spirit remains however. The natives, many times, did not attack unless provoked. A brave priest wrote home about the crimes Columbus wrought, ensuring that they would survive throughout the centuries. I still remember that feeling though. It was beyond all of these. It was progress. It was proof that humanity would always reach beyond what it already has. We will never be content. We will never truly be happy.
This is a blessing. If we were happy, we would stagnate and die. I remember seeing the rocket that took us to the moon. We were reaching out once more. We were on the verge of another new world. Another jungle. Another new leap forwards. What happened? I have seen dark times. But never has humanity been so very vulnerable. We stay upon this planet, using up finite resources....and now we are trapped. Trapped with a race of immensely powerful beings that would wipe out humanity if they believed it would benefit them. Not all of them are like that true, but the scale of the threat, the very fate of humanity, depends on action. I remember Genghis Khan. His crimes were great. What people forget was the good he brought with him. He did not kill men based on religion. He did not kill out of simple rage. He killed because he had to. He had to defend his people. To ensure their security.
Humanity needs another Genghis Khan. I do not pretend it will be easy. I do not pretend innocents will not be hurt. But it must be done. Besides, what they don't tell you is how many vampires the Khans hunted down. Quite the remarkable clan."
Saphine has taken an active role in human history, orginally a mere housewife, she was infected with a near-unique strain of vampirism at relatively young age. She doesn't speak much about the circumstances of her infection and any probes into this part of her history turn up nothing. Regardless, she wondered the land for a hundred years, drunk and depressed, feeling she had been cursed. When she was sober enough to take notice of the fact she had not aged and had, just in fact, wasted more years then any human ever had, she pulled herself out of this depression and set to work. She learned to read, educated herself on many matters and, within fifty years, had landed herself a powerful position in the Byzantine Empire. Despite the sexism of the time, she was able to prosper. As time wore on, she began to see herself as a guardian of sorts, there to ensure humanity had a future in a dark and uncaring universe. She went from court to court, ruler to ruler, championing her causes. She worked behind the scenes, attempting to trigger just the right conditions needed for a move for the better. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.
Some events caught her completely by suprise and she was unable to do anything to halt them. The crusades for example, she was powerless to act against them....short of a few of the crusader princes vanished. Often at night. The crusades passed however, and life went one. She spent much of her time with the Mongols, seeing in them hope for the future. They were a people unafraid of adopting technology, of using new ideas. They were not intolerant zealots and they had the power needed to make a real change. She adivsed many of them, though their success was often due to their own brilliance and determination, she did help several Mongol leaders avoid out and out disasters, both diplomatic and otherwise. When the Mongolian empire fragmented, she turned her attention to the Middle East, hoping that the Ottoman Empire could continue this tradition of innovation and adoptation. As time wore on, she drifted from government to government, from nation to nation, giving explorers some funds there, advising a captain here. As technology became more widespread and advanced, Saphine began to grow a bit lax, feeling her job was close to being done. She was almost certain of it when humanity reached the moon.
Then things changed. Mutants emerged, fanatics slaughtered the innocents, corruption soared, age-old feuds reignited and the cold war raged on and on with no end in sight. She began to advise those who she thought had the potential to end this, Devlen in particular. She knew his family through one of her cover jobs (lawyer) and took an interest in the young boys development, making sure to send him books and other gifts when she could. She continued to communicate with him throughout his career, eventually revealing herself for what she was once the lack of effect time had on her became evident. She has pinned many of her hopes upon her charge, feeling he has the best chance of bringing this chaotic time to a close. She currently runs his security forces, and has been accused of running them as if they were a private army rather then a security force. Though thanks to her connections in the senate, these accusations never have any real effect.