The Shadow Network
Margaret Clark "Elle Walker"
Quote: “Don’t waste my time with your half-truths.”
Description: Elle’s unkempt clothing and near-constant accompaniment by various animal familiars has only added to her reputation. It is not unheard of for her to attend a trial with a dirt-smudged face and twigs still caught in her shaggy hair. Her nimbus is that of woodland forest sounds, from faintly chirping birds to the rush of the wind through tall pines.
Dedicated Magic Tool: Wooden Flute
Real Name: Margaret Clark
Legacy: Keepers of the Covenant
Order: Silver Ladder
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 4
Mental Skills: Investigation 4, Medicine (Herbalism) 2, Occult (Spirits) 4, Politics (Awakened Trials) 3
Physical Skills: Athletics 3, Brawl (Dirty Tricks) 4, Stealth 3, Survival (Wilderness) 4
Social Skills: Animal Ken 4, Empathy 4, Expression 2, Intimidation 3, Persuasion 3, Socialize (Spirits) 3, Subterfuge 1
Merits: Familiar 4, Order Status (Silver Ladder) 3, Consilium Status 3
Arcana: Fate 3, Spirit 4, Life 4
Rotes: Life – Sense Life (•), Control Base Life (••), Control Median Life (•••); Spirit – Coaxing the Spirits (•), Second Sight (•), Spirit Tongue (•), Gossamer Touch (••), Lesser Spirit Summons (••), Control Spirit (•••), Familiar Pact (•••), Greater Spirit Summons (•••), Harm Spirit (•••), Numinous Shield (•••), Restore Corpus (•••), Rouse Spirit (•••)
Legacy Attainments: 1st – Oath of Synthesis
Mana/per turn: 13/4
1st Attainment – Oath of Synthesis
Prerequisites: Gnosis 3, Fate 2 (primary), Spirit 1, Occult 2
The Keeper of the Covenant binds her destiny to the Shadow Realm; she gains a bonus to all Spirit Arcanum spells – whether improvised or rote – equal to either her dots in the Fate Arcanum or half her Gnosis, rounding down, whichever is less.
Additionally, the Elder may see, hear and speak with spirits in Twilight, at will, as per the “Spirit Tongue” spell.
2nd Attainment: Emissary Of The Pact
Pre-Requisites: Gnosis 5, Fate 3, Spirit 3
The Keeper of the Covenant draws ever closer to oneness with Shadow. The mage can now create a locus, pRoducing points of “neutral” Essence per day (usable by any kind of spirit) up to his dots in Spirit, as an extended Presence + Persuasion + Fate roll, requiring successes equal to the Essence to be produced each day. This roll is subject to the penalty for local Gauntlet strength. The locus may not be used by a spirit without the willworker’s consent, regardless of whether or not he is present. If the mage allows a spirit access to this locus, it must consent to perform a service for him in exchange, as per the Control Spirit spell, with successes equal to the points of Essence consumed. If the mage has Spirit 4, this service’s Duration may benefit from advanced prolongation. The Keeper may produce only such a locus per day; creating a new locus causes the old one to wither.
Also, the Elder may perceive and communicate with spirits as per the Peer Across the Gauntlet spell, at will.
Background: For a decade, Elle Walker has been a name that strikes fear in the hearts of those who use the trappings of Awakened justice to promote their own selfish agendas. Known sometimes as the “Walking Judge,” Elle has a reputation for getting to the absolute truth of any matter. She owes no boons or favors to any Awakened, including the members of her own order, and relies heavily upon research gleaned from impartial witnesses (including animals and spirits) to either support or contradict that given by human sources.
As a nomadic lictor with a large territory, Elle travels extensively and can be called in to judge cases in a broad area. She’s frequently asked to judge cases wherein the Silver Ladder fears overt favor-swapping and corruption may influence the trial in a way that is harmful to the order, a fact that has earned her the ire of many local lictors who feel that for a Deacon to call on Elle rather than using a local lictor is a blatant insult. They are frequently correct.
Storytelling Hints: While Elle listens to factotum testimony, she prefers to do her own independent research to corroborate (and sometimes contradict) the facts presented in the formal trial. She is more apt to listen to the testimony of a non-human wit- ness than that of a human, figuring animals and spirits are less likely to lie about their motives than even the most trustworthy of humankind. While it is unusual for lictors to carry out their own justice, Elle is dangerous to wrongdoers because of her unusual methods of investigation. She is also more than capable of defending herself should some ill-intentioned individual attempt to cut her investigations short before she can uncover incriminating evidence against him.