Tullius Ballad

Strength
7d
Agility
4x
Intellect
5c
Willpower
12d

Hand Size:
Edge:
4 (25)
2

Origin:

The literal evil twin of Doctor Lucian Ballad, Tullius Ballad was originally a normal, if twisted, human. Obsessed with killing Lucian to take control of what he believed to be their shared, conjoined soul, Tullius steeped himself in the darkest occult lore of Haiti. In other words, he is a two-handed Voodoo Houngan, which means he practices magic in a way that is selfish and evil.

Powers:

Schooling: Tullius is a disciple of Voodoo magic. This is because he has mastered several different magical spells from this school of sorcery, which is a curious blend of entreatism and alchemical magic, along with a little clericism thrown in for good measure. Tullius has demonstrated the following magical abilities to date, though he undoubtedly has access to more:

Vodun (s) (w): this spell, intrinsic and vital to the Voodoo school of magic, allows Tullius to perform a special ceremony that invites a Loa, a sort of spiritual entity, to inhabit his body and 'ride' it for a time. While in this possessed state, Tullius may manifest special abilities based on the nature of the Loa 'riding' him, determined on a case by case basis. This is an intensity 12 spell.

If Tullius performs this ceremony for a mere exchange, he'll likely just attract a random Loa to 'ride' him for a time. In order to grab a specific Loa's attentions, Tullius must pass an 'impossible' difficulty vodun action, though each exchange spent performing the summoning ceremony reduces this difficulty by one difficulty level. Or, he can learn specific entreaties, like the one below, to guarantee his success:

* Chain Beast Entreaty (e) (w): while the vodun spell allows Tullius to perform a ceremony to attract the attention of the Loa in general, he knows how to invite a specific entity, the so-called Chain Beast, to inhabit his body. This Loa enhances his Strength score to 10, as well as granting him the ability to wield chains in battle as if he possessed a level three skill with such weapons.

In other words, consider him to temporarily wield the chains skill with the benefit of an autotrump. If Tullius doesn't have any chains handy, the Beast will manifest some for him out of thin air, which will be attached via manacles to his wrists. These spontaneously created, +3 chains have a material strength of 10, which is the intensity of this particular entreaty spell.

Sympathetic Magic (p) (i): by using a part of a person, such as a drop of blood or a lock of hair, Tullius can exert some influence over them. For one thing, he can peer in on what they are doing at any given time, if he can pass a desperate difficulty sympathetic magic action, or he can inflict intensity 10 - this spell intensity - damage to them before the spell is broken, and he must gain another bit of them.

Stereotypically, this involves grafting this part of the person into a 'voodoo doll' or some such, but it's really not necessary. The doll is merely a focus for the magic, and if he has one, Tullius may use this spell at a +1. On the other hand, if he lacks an actual part of the person, but has one of their possessions, Tullius suffers a -1 penalty to the use of this spell (but it is still functional).

Limitations / Augmentations:

Belief-based Magic: Voodoo is a curious form of magic, indeed, in that it is subject to the beliefs of those it would be used upon and those watching it in action. This is why Voodoo Houngans and mambos wear such garish, intimidating costumes - to make sure their magics work. If folks actually believe Tullius to be powerful, all of his actions are made at one difficulty level lower than usual.

On the other hand, should an opponent manage to make Tullius look foolish, stupid, or weak somehow, his magical power against the people involved will drop dramatically. In fact, against such persons (and the people that witnessed such an event), the difficulty of any action Tullius attempts will be increased by one difficulty level. As such, he goes out of his way to appear invulnerable and dangerous.

Obsessive: ever since he was a wee little boy, Tullius has been obsessed with utterly destroying his twin brother, Lucian. As such, whenever presented with an opportunity to do so these days, he will be reduced to zero in all ability scores if he doesn't immediately act on the impulse to do so. Isn't he just the picture of family unity?

Weakness / Perfume: while he is otherwise possessed of rather high fortitude, Tullius Ballad (as is his twin brother, Lucian) highly allergic to a certain brand of perfume that is unrevealed, yet quite popular. When exposed to this perfume, Tullius will immediately break out in painful hives, his ability scores will drop to zero (0), and he cannot cast spells, all for the duration of the encounter.

Equipment:

(none)

Skills:

History / Haiti (i): while he knows a lot about the magical community in general, Tullius is an unabashed expert on happenings in Haiti, his home and center of power. As such, he likely knows just about anything of significance concerning this nation and its history, and would be a useful font for such information were he not such an unpleasant soul.

Lore (i): a Voodoo Houngan, Tullius naturally has extensive knowledge concerning the occult. For instance, he knows all sorts of things about magic items, history, and most current magical 'secret' societies. Whenever attempting an Intellect action dependent on such knowledge, Tullius may resolve it at one difficulty level lower than would otherwise be required of him.

Manipulation (w): this is the skill of terrifying folks into doing or saying one's bidding. Being a two-handed Voodoo Houngan, this skill helps him to keep his servants at bay, and allows him significant freedom from the specter of spell power loss due to folks not believing him to be powerful (he's real good at menacing others).

Wrestling (s): Tullius has a sort of combat style that mirrors the abilities offered by this skill. As such, if he scores a 'hit' in unarmed melee combat and inflicts damage, he can attempt a contingent, average difficulty Strength (strength) action to hold on. If this succeeds, Tullius can inflict the same amount of damage on each subsequent turn, until the hold is dropped or broken somehow.

Contacts:

None to speak of. After the incident where Nightmask defeated him with nothing but a bottle of perfume, folks throughout Haiti have lost their respect for the dark-minded Tullius Ballad, and nobody there would help him should he need it. This Ballad son is truly on his own, and is in real trouble should he get himself into trouble that he himself can't solve.

Calling:

World Domination: while Tullius may not actually be out to conquer the world, he definitely has aims for at least one corner of it: Haiti. Most of his crusade for power (aside from killing Lucian) has been about just that. If not for Nightmask's heroism, he might have already achieved this goal. Licking his wounds, Tullius may well be rebuilding his power base, planning to cause trouble once again.

Costume:

While acting the part of the Voodoo Houngan, Tullius typically wears a pastel green cape with an exceedingly large collar, bright purple pants, and two strands of shark teeth - one around his neck and another around the belt loops of his pants. Further, as an accessory, he carries around a wooden staff, though this is mostly for effect.

Personality:

Tullius is evil. Not quite evil incarnate, but definitely up there. For one thing, his driving goal throughout the years has been the death of his twin brother, Lucian. To this end, he became a rather powerful Voodoo Houngan, a sort of priest, and has practiced dark magics to slay him at long last. With his recent defeat, he has also become resentful and hateful towards the world in general.

Real Name: Tullius Ballad
Occupation: Voodoo Houngan, outlaw
Legal Status: Haitian citizen with a rather long criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Doctor Lucian Ballad
Group Affiliation: none

Height: 6' 0"
Hair: black, going gray
Eyes: brown
Weight: 170 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none

Story:

Tullius Ballad's story is one filled with poorly repressed rage, lust for power, and sullen envy. This state of affairs began during his childhood, when his feelings for his twin brother quickly turned to hatred. This was, of course, because Tullius believed that Lucian, his twin, held part of the soul they supposedly shared - and he wanted it all for himself, in accordance with Voodoo beliefs.

Lucian, on the other hand, thought Tullius ridiculous for this, and when he was of age, left for America with one Doctor Salinger to learn medicine - psychology, in particular. Left behind with only his seething anger, Tullius turned whole-heartedly towards the art of Voodoo, and he didn't use it nicely; in fact, he quickly became a Voodoo priest that practiced with both hands.

In other words, he practices the darkest of black magic.

Though the Ballad twins' mother kept Tullius at bay, she eventually passed on, and when she did, Tullius acted at long last. He traveled to America, kidnapped his twin brother, and took his place for a time, acting to sabotage his personal life before dragging him back to Haiti to destroy his physical existence. And, as insurance against Lucian's friend Keith, he took Teddy Remsen as well.

However, Mambo Matilda, one of Haiti's more powerful Voodoo priestesses, acted to prevent Tullius' plan. She sent her disciple, Martine, to bring Keith to Haiti, and once he arrived, he confronted Tullius in a special Nightmask costume made by Matilda. This suit allowed him to utilize his dream powers while awake, to an extent - abilities that Keith didn't yet know he had.

Once there, the two fought, and though he was doing well, Keith simply couldn't fight Tullius forever. As such, his sister, Teddy, threw Keith a bottle of perfume that Lucian had proven rather allergic to, and he sprayed it into Tullius' face. When it puffed up like a ripe fruit, his followers lost faith in his power, and as such, it waned to the point that Tullius had to flee.

He hasn't been seen since, in fact. However, he may eventually manage to rebuild his power base anew, and as such, the threat of Tullius and his dread Voodoo magics should not be underestimated. After all, who in their right mind would ever forget about a madman who could theoretically return with powerful and dark sorcery at his beck and call?

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