The Shadow Network
Catherine Milane "Lily"
Quote: “My authority comes from the Consilium and the Lex Magica, but my authority to deal with the likes of you comes from a higher power.”
Description: Lily is a striking French Mediterranean woman with long, straight black hair, black eyes and a tanned, olive complexion. She’s fairly tall and keeps in very fit shape by running, practicing martial arts and exercising. She dresses in business fashion – pantsuits in particular – when working, but opts for more casual clothes on her own time, usually jeans and a simple pullover or sweater.
Her nimbus speeds the heartbeat of all witnesses, who feel nervous, excited or afraid by the rush.
Dedicated Magical Tool: Golden fleur-de-lis necklace
Real Name: Catherine Milane
Order: Silver Ladder
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 3, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Social Attributes: Presence 4, Manipulation 4, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics (Law) 4, Computer 1, Investigation 2, Occult 2, Politics 1
Physical Skills: Athletics (Running) 2, Brawl 2, Drive 1, Firearms 1
Social Skills: Empathy 2, Intimidation 2, Persuasion (Debate) 3, Socialize 2, Streetwise 2
Merits: Encyclopedic Knowledge – Lex Magica; Fighting Style – Martial Arts 2; High Speech; Resources 2; Status 2 – Concilium; Status 2 – Silver Ladder; Striking Looks 2
Arcana: Fate 1, Forces 2, Mind 1, Prime 2, Space 1
Rotes: Fate – Winds of Chance (1); Forces – Nightsight (1), Kinetic Blow (2), Unseen Shield (2); Mind – Sense Consciousness (1); Prime – Dispel Magic (1),Supernal Vision (1), Squaring the Circle (2); Space – Finder (1)
Mana/per turn: 11/2
Armor: 2 ( “Unseen Shield,” Forces 2)
Magic Shield: 2 (Prime 2)
Background: Catherine Milane never considered herself religious, although with an Algerian father and a French Canadian mother, she certainly had no lack of exposure to religion. Still, her parents broke the conventions of their faiths to marry, so Catherine always saw religion as something to be ignored, an exception rather than a rule. Of course, her attitude didn’t always sit well with the faculty at the Catholic-run girls’ school she attended, and Catherine had a reputation for cheerfully flouting authority.
She never thought about the risks of having fun until one night at a party when a popular jock at school who had pursued Catherine tried to rape her. She managed to escape at the last minute, but her story was dismissed as a petulant tantrum. Although she tried to press charges, Catherine was underage and had been drinking at the party, and her reputation – the District Attorney’s office recommended against taking the case to court and putting Catherine through cross-examination. She insisted, and stood up through the trial, only to see her attacker go free. After that, Catherine started taking self-defense classes and volunteering at a shelter for battered women. She also worked hard in her senior year to get into college. She wanted to go to law school and be someone to help provide real justice for women who were victimized.
In her first year of law school, Catherine became aware of someone stalking her. She dismissed it at first, trying to convince herself it was coincidence or her own paranoia, but she kept seeing the same man: in a crowd at a local club, across the quad late at night. She tried to find out who he was, but couldn’t. Then, walking to her car late at night, she had the overwhelming feeling of being followed. She ran, he pursued and cornered her. Despite all her training and preparation for the moment, Catherine felt a deep surge of panic. For the second time in her life, she prayed for help and guidance, and her prayers were answered.
Thunder crashed overhead, and a ray of light as bright as the sun split the darkness of the night. Her attacker vanished in a howl of pain, reduced to smoldering ashes in an instant as Catherine felt the light enfold her and lift her up. She fainted. She dreamed of a majestic tower, glowing with light, of placing her name in burning letters of gold into its walls. Sentinels of the Consilium found her, smoothed over matters with the police, and saw to her training. In time, Lily became a Sentinel as well as an attorney, still seeking justice for those in need.
She is the most recent addition to the Cabal and has been having a hard time fitting in with a group who she sees as having members who are little better than barely-legal assassins.
Storytelling Hints: Lily, despite her gentle name and appearance, is a fierce warrior at heart. She had more than enough of feeling like a victim, and has channeled her anger to make her a formidable presence. She’s kind and fun loving with friends, deadly serious when it comes to her work and her duties. She hates to see anyone suffer, particularly the weak and helpless. She’s just as capable in a verbal confrontation as she is in a physical one – passionately arguing her point of view. Although, she has learned to respect authority and the law from her younger days and does bow to the will of the Consilium.