The Shadow Network
Patricia Waters "Fossura"
Quote: “The answers to all of the questions of the past are hidden somewhere, we just need to find them. Myths and visions can guide us, but nothing substitutes for hard facts.”
Description: Patricia is a curvy, rugged-looking woman who appears to be in early middle age. Although she is in her mid-80s, careful use of Life magics allows her to appear to be in her mid-40s. To help disguise her youthful appearance, she dyes her short dark hair grey. Her weathered skin and deep tan indicate that she has spent much of her life outdoors. Her nimbus causes objects more than a decade older to sparkle slightly — the older the object, the more it glitters and glistens.
Dedicated Magical Tools: Hand lens (Prime magics), old silver pocket watch (Time magics).
Real Name: Patricia Waters
Legacy: Eyes of Ain Soph
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 4, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 3, Manipulation 2, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 4 (Archeology), Computer 1, Crafts 2, Investigation 2 (Artifacts), Medicine 1, Occult 3, Science 2
Physical Skills: Drive 2, Larceny 1, Stealth 1, Survival 2
Social Skills: Empathy 1, Expression 2 (Writing), Persuasion 1, Socialize 1, Subterfuge 2
Merits: Eidetic Memory, Iron Stamina 1, Iron Stomach, Languages (Classical Greek, Latin, Italian), Status 1 (Academic), Consilium Status 2 (Mysterium) Willpower: 6
Arcana: Forces 2, Life 4, Matter 3, Prime 4, Spirit 2, Time 2
Rotes: Life – Body Mastery (•••); Matter – Find the Hidden Horde (•), Unseen Aegis (••), Plasticity (•••), Repair Object (•••); Prime – Activate Enchanted Item (••); Time – Postcognition (••)
Legacy Attainment: 1st – Seeker’s Vision
Mana/per Turn: 13/4
Armor: 3 (“Untouchable” Matter •••)
Magic Shield: 3 (Prime ••)
1st Attainment: Seeker’s Eye
Pre-Requisites: Gnosis 3, Prime 2, Academics 2, Occult 2
The mage attunes himself to the flows of magic so closely that he can see the subtle flows of magic. This Attainment duplicates the affects of both the Analyze Enchanted Item spell and Supernal Vision spell. The mage can use both of these abilities at will, and many who follow this Legacy use both continuously so that they will never miss a chance to see some rare and unusual wonder.
Optional Arcanum: Spirit 2
If the mage also possesses Spirit 2, he can also use his same enhanced perception to see across the Gauntlet in a manner similar to the Peer Across the Gauntlet spell. This same Attainment also allows the mage to see all spirits in Twilight, including possessing spirits. However, because looking past the Gauntlet can easily interfere with ordinary mortal perceptions, the ability must be deliberately activated. The mage must roll Wits + Occult + Spirit to use this ability, which lasts for a scene.
Background: Unlike many academic disciplines, for most of the 20th century, anthropology was a field unusually open to female students and professors. Even in the mid-1960s, a few especially dedicated young women trained to become cultural anthropologists and archeologists. Patricia Waters was one of these pioneering women. She studied archeology at Columbia University and went off to archeological digs on Crete, Santorini and various small islands off the coast of Greece.
She earned her PhD in the early 1950s and settled down to what she assumed would be a long and productive academic career. Given her area of study, she had researched legends of Atlantis, but assumed they were nothing more than stories based on the catastrophic bronze-age eruption on the Greek island of Thera. However, she recovered a few unusual artifacts from Crete, which appeared to be older than the great Minoan civilization there. One of these, a small engraved plaque made of carved sapphire, especially fascinated her because the symbols on it were not found in any other Greek artifact. One evening, she heard a noise coming from the room where this plaque was kept. When she investigated, she watched an unknown young man holding this plaque. A moment after she saw him, he and the artifact vanished into thin air.
Patricia could not get this incident out of her mind, and thoughts of it began interfering with her work. She began slipping into long reveries, imagining herself seeing strange patterns on every surface, like the writing on the stolen plaque. Eventually, she Awakened and soon met the same young man who had stolen the plaque. He recruited her into the Mysterium, where she applied her passion for discovery to the study of magic and uncovering the truth about the legend of Atlantis.
Although now in her mid-80s, she continues to work as a professor. However, she does considerably less publishing and mundane research than she did before her Awakening. Instead, she pursues secret research into Atlantis and the magical artifacts that survived the Fall. She is utterly devoted to the task of separating fact from myth and fiction and determining as much as she can about the physical and magical realities of Atlantis and the world before the Fall.
Storytelling Hints: She is a hardheaded rationalist who also happens to be a powerful magician. Patricia remains as intolerant and openly dismissive of superstition and pseudoscience as before she Awakened, and firmly believes that all the mysteries of magic can eventually be explained. She is an excellent teacher and loves explaining her discoveries and theories to anyone who is genuinely interested.