Countess Bathory
Erzebet Bathory
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
0 STR 10 11- Lift: 100.0kg; HTH: 2d6; END: [1]
9 DEX 13 12- OCV: 4  DCV: 4
6 CON 13 12-
0 BODY 10 11-
8 INT 18 13- PER Roll: 13-
6 EGO 13 12- ECV: 4; Mental Defense: 0
0 PRE 10 11- PRE Attack: 2d6
1 COM 12 11-
0 PD 2   Total: 2 PD (0 rPD)
0 ED 3   Total: 3 ED (0 rED)
7 SPD 3   Phases: 4, 8, 12
0 REC 5   Running: 6" / 12"
1 END 28   Swimming: 2" / 4"
0 STUN 22  
 
Countess Bathory | Summary
Real Name: Erzebet Bathory Hair Color: Brown
Concept: Mystic Eye Color: Brown
Affiliation: Faust Chronicles Height & Weight: 5' 3" (1.60 m) / 101 lbs (46 kg)
Played By: Ben Langdon Nationality: Hungarian
Created By: Ben Langdon Place of Birth: Wallachia, Hungary
GM: Darren Woods Date of Birth: October 2, 1560
Cost Powers END
11 Cursed Signet Ring: Life Support (Immunity: All terrestrial diseases and biowarfare agents; Immunity: All terrestrial poisons and chemical warfare agents; Longevity: 1600 Years) (24 Active Points); IIF Expendable (Extremely Difficult to obtain new Focus; -1 1/4)
10 Cursed Signet Ring: Healing 2 BODY, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (40 Active Points); Extra Time (Regeneration-Only) 1 Turn (Post-Segment 12) (-1 1/4), IIF Expendable (Extremely Difficult to obtain new Focus; -1 1/4), Self Only (-1/2)
Cost Talents
5 Eidetic Memory
3 Lightning Calculator
10 Universal Translator 19- (26 Active Points); European Languages Only (-1 1/2)
Cost Perquisites
6 Contact: Undefined Protestant Clergyman 8-
5 Money: Well Off ($500,000 Annually)
Cost Skills
3 Acting 11-
3 Bribery 11-
3 Bureaucratics 11-
3 Concealment 13-
3 Conversation 11-
3 Deduction 13-
3 Disguise 13-
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Wallachia, Hungary 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: Hungarian (Idiomatic, native accent)
[Notes: Native Language]
PS: Nobility 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
[Notes: Custom Mod is Everyman Skill]
3 High Society 11-
3 Lipreading 13-
3 Oratory 11-
3 Persuasion 11-
2 PS: Appraiser 11-
3 Seduction 11-
24 Scholar
KS: Arcane And Occult Lore 13-
KS: Blood Magic 13-
KS: Dark Magic 13-
KS: European History Since 1500 20-
KS: Fine Art and Music 13-
KS: Legends of 'Blood Countess' 13-
KS: Religion 13-
50+ Disadvantages
10 Monitored: Protestant Church of Romania 11-
20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
15 Physical Limitation: Ages Faster Than Normal When Cursed Ring is Removed
10 Psychological Limitation: Ambitious and Manipulative
15 Psychological Limitation: Snobbish
15 Social Limitation: Secret Identity
15 Social Limitation: Under Death Sentence in Romania and Hungary
2 Experience Points
Countess Bathory | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 38 Base Points: 50
Powers Cost: 21 Disadvantages: 100
Talents Cost: 18 Total Experience: 2
Perks Cost: 11 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Unspent Experience: 2
Skills Cost: 62 Total Points: 152
Background

Born in 1560 to noble parents, Erzebet grew up to be exactly what a noblewoman of the time should be… cruel but capable. She married on May 8, 1575, to a Count Ferenc Nadasdy, a nobleman always away at war with the Ottomans. Between 1585 and 1598, she bore him three daughters and a son, Anna, Ursula, Katherina, and Paul. He died in January of 1604 and her life went to hell.

Cruelty was part of being a noblewoman, capability was required when you grew up in a country at war with the Ottoman Empire. Socializing with her aunt Klara would be her downfall. It was a way, at first, to break up the loneliness of a husband always on campaign. Later, much later, she would realize that it was an addiction to the cursed objects owned by her aunt. When her husband died, that addiction took her over, in the same way that she took over his ring.

The ring, his sigil, was worn on campaign. Somehow, somewhere, the Black Knight of Hungary, as he was known, was cursed. His ring, that symbol of his position, carried the poison inside it. He was unable to remove it until his death, at which point she moved it to her hand in a last desperate attempt to retain a beloved spouse.

But, she too was unable to remove it and it controlled her. The curse demanded blood sacrifice. Erzebet was not a soldier and was not born to be strong against the impulse for cruelty. And so the object controlled her.

Modern society considers her a serial killer. She did, in fact, kill over 600 people to satisfy the impulses of the ring. She catalogued them carefully, kept records and names. In 1610, she was finally taken into custody. Completely sane, it was near impossible for the nobles, many of whom were related to her by blood or marriage, to understand.

In August 1614, history says she died. But, she didn’t. The ring, after all, wouldn’t come off until she did and she wears that crest to this day.

During her captivity Erzebet was constantly in the company of Protestant clergy. They recognized the curse on the object and attempted to break its power. She was not to be blamed for falling victim, for she was only a woman. The curse was unable to be broken, but it was able to be changed. It had channeled the lives it had demanded into Erzebet. While she would remain forever appearing eighteen at the cost of so many youths, she would carry the guilt of those lives. It was suspected by the learned scholars that she would live until the lives bought in blood had played out their lengths in her, then she would die.

And so Erzebt lived, always trying to redeem her guilt. Still devout, she carefully logs each year that passes and never knows what will be her last. She knows that the ring must be carefully monitored. Someday, it will fall from her hand and when that happens, it must be destroyed before someone else places it on theirs and becomes a victim.

Personality

For all that Erzebet seeks redemption, she is still at heart a noblewoman. She can be harsh, bossy, critical, and a raging perfectionist. She sees no need to mingle with the masses, finding the ages of the world to be a torture. If asked, she will freely express the opinion that the world has been handed over to the peasants. For all that she can be a raging harridan, however, she is wracked with her guilt. Devout, she spends a great deal of time at prayer and charity in her efforts to repay her spiritual debt

Quote

“I do this not from any hope of Heaven. Nay, I am not bound for that shining place. I hope merely to cleanse my soul enough for Purgatory. May I spend eternity still striving, rather than locked in the fiery Hell I deserve.”

Powers

Beyond her intelligence, Erzebet has very few things that could be called powers. She is, however, technically immortal. Several attempts at suicide, though it be a sin, have demonstrated a wide-ranging ability to regenerate. Other than that life granted by her own personal damnation, she can speak multiple languages, has a variety of useful knowledge, and a deep understanding of the occult. She has also found that money, something she has never lacked in any year of her life, makes many things much easier.

Appearance

Erzebet is a very petite woman who appears to be barely eighteen or nineteen. She never dresses in less than silk, preferring velvet or furs for evening. She refuses to garb herself with anything synthetic and finds pants to be an atrocity. At the same time, she is a capable woman of business and finance who can well afford her eccentricities. The slightest of eastern European accents persists, making her seem merely an odd foreigner. The deep brown eyes are more likely to peirce a person with their intensity, than to resemble limpid pools. And her chestnut hair is always tightly swept back, though she may permit a curl or two for formal occasions. She is, after all, of a generation where one’s hair is seen hanging only by one’s husband or lover.