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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:32 pm 
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The Tainted

Demonologist are a breed of wizard to specializes in the beings found with in the fallen plane. Masters or dark lore and magic they seek knowledge which flows out side of the realm there being in anchored in and call on beings of malice and corruption in its purity to serve there bidding. The strongest of these breed and often thought of the most depraved; the wizards whose obsessions drag them to reckless attempts to discover bits of dark lore or power. These beings delve into and past the gates of there summoning magic’s; peering into the very heart of the hellish plane these beings reside on.

Most who would venture this far fall into madness. Exposing them self’s to fel energies leaked by there gates; leavening only those with strong souls to ever survive to see into the great abyss. It is this pursuit which lead to the creation of beings; only referred to as the tainted. These beings; having through one means or another, have had the pure essence of a demonic spirited melded into there own very soul. Much more there possession where a demon shares a body with a host; a Tainted has had there essence fused with a demonic spirit at the very core.

These beings who become tainted often end up dangerously insane; and many believe that beings from beyond the gate now motivate there actions. Though be this case or not; it is suspected the wizard must choose a path of servitude for this to hold any possibility. Others have speculated that given proper time one of these beings will become a true demon; but as no living record of a tainted surviving a long period of time has been recorded; it has been dismissed as rumor.


Means of Tainting:

There are two means in which tainting can accrue.

--Accidental-- Because of recklessness, a demonologist has peered deep into the fallen planes and abyssal gates. Manifesting them self as a sprite and failed attempts of possessing demons with in the planes them self’s. These failings leavening an imprint of demonic essence on there own soul. These beings often do not live with out divine intervention, tremendous constitution of the soul or great skill in isolating the imprint. The imprint even when isolated providing they survive will spread through out there soul. Ultimately merging fully with them.

--Soul Forging-- A form of magic which involves direct manipulation of souls at core. These beings choose there tainting (or the tainting of others) by the creating of a demonic seed. This seed is implanted directly into there soul; which over the coarse of decades corrupts there own spirit. The controlled release of demonic essence into ones being provides a level of safety; though madness is still common during the ascension. As the seed grows the original demon essence will become one with tainted.


Alignment: Those who pursue tainting almost always end up dangerously insane; and depending on the type of demonic seed that is planted into there spirit they can often take on various traits in personality matching the donor. It is impossible for a being to be of any good alignment after the tainting has had time to spread; these beings of pure souls are the first to completely loose there mind to the influence which eats at there core. It has been said the darker the heart of the host the less likely they are to grow insane; there souls melding rather then being devoured. (-Recommended alignments- TN,CN, LE, NE,CE )

Classes: A tainted being no matter what race they were once will have vast amount of arcane knowledge embedded in them (Unless they were tainted by another wizard); understandably making most of these beings wizards by trade. Some how ever will choose to focus there arts through there new essence and take on sorcery as there discipline. It is not how ever unheard of for a tainted being implanted with a demon of battle to forsake there arcane teachings for blade and plate.

A tainted paladin will not remain a paladin long after being tainted. These beings who are often zealots in there own right have there perceptions skewed an warped. They will always grow insane or sub come to there new passions (based on the demonic essence planted). It is not unthinkable that a once paladin will slaughter children in the name of there old case; unable to see the true actions of what they do.

Mutation: In the final stages physical mutations occur always beginning with a discoloration and reddening of the eyes. Horns, limbs, tails or any other verity of disfigurements or additions to the body can evenly grow from this being; as there body attempts to mimic the essence of there spirit. More then not they take on similar characteristics from the donor seed.


Gods: Those who would seek dark knowledge often would not be associated with any good aligned god. Demonologist in general seem to be drawn to Jarik; mimicking the deities own passions for knowledge. Though demonologists can often be found in the ranks of Karissa inspired by her ambitions and wishing to imitate her in there own ways. The drigenites are also not with out there arcane tricksters, who’s greed drives there pursuit into dark lore. It is rare; but even Tylar may posses a few who chooses to fight fire with fire among there ranks.

A tainted however may worship any god that they had before the tainting process; but will ultimately abandon any god which conflicts with the being they will grow to become. Those especially who were tainted through accidents or against there will by other arcane wielders fall into this category. Often confused and alone these beings are easily lead into Karissa’s fold; now being to a degree unnatural not too unlike her own creations. After tainting with demons born for battle; some beings will find a kinship in Raekahn. Though truly rare; some beings tainted by a cubi or erinyes will find a place with Verina reveling in all things beautiful including them self’s.

It is unthinkable that a tainted whose seed has taken root would stay within Ath’endal’lynn’s fold; being there very continuing survival goes against the natural. Those who follow Tylar and Shavista even if first inspired by there zelotic case will with time become disassociated or be driven insane.


Tainted Gifts: Once tainted all beings are blessed with enchanted blood. Though such is not uncommon with in the realm, those who were born with out a trace of blessing will now have the spark needed to peruse professions such as sorcery, warlocks or soul fire brethren. This effect also seems to extend the life span of the host; yet to what extent has never been tested. It is highly believed by demonologist that this may be the first step to achieving immortality other then linchdom.

All tainted share an affinity with there demon kin; them selfs being closer to demons then even half breeds. They all know instinctively from the moment there seed is planted the abyssal and infernal tongs. It is often said the embodied knowledge of the demon they take in is passed on to them. For example those who take in a marilith will gain the insight of war an armed combat; while one who takes in a succubus will learn charm, seduction and beauty.

Demonic gift/Tainted desire chart: ((A list of common demons in which a person may be corrupted by. Other demons can be used; but demons of higher power levels then a Marilith may not be selected for tainting; being to powerful for the host to survive. No suprnatural ablity is gained by tainting; only deep understanding of the gifts the demon it self had been blessed with. A being who takes a Barbazu seed for example will have all the expertise of a warrior who's trained all his life; even if there body may be too weak to use it))


Barbazu (Bearded Devil)
Knowledge: Close quarters combat; unnatural wounding enchantments.
Tainted Desire: Blood lust, thrills of close combat; killing opponents slow.

Erinyes
Knowledge: Celestial tong, beauty, stealth
Tainted Desire: Tempting others to depravity. Love of beauty

Glabrezu
Knowledge: Manipulation; barging/haggling; crafting
Tainted Desire: Tempting others into ruin (promises of power/wealth)

Imp
Knowledge: Poison, Trickery ; enchanting
Tainted Desire: Sadist desire, gathering and keeping secrets

Kyton (Chain Devil)
Knowledge: Inspiring Fear, torture
Tainted Desire: Inspiring fear and terror. Unnatural love for chain.

Marilith
Knowledge: War tactics; leading armed forces.
Tainted Desire: Blood lust; warmonger, masochist

Osyluth (Bone Devil)
Knowledge: Intimidation and enforcement
Tainted Desire: Having control over others, bullying

Quasit
Knowledge: Treachery, gorilla warfare (ambush)
Tainted Desire: Coward, deceitful, ambition

Succubus/Cubi
Knowledge: Seduction, Charm (magical and not), manipulation.
Tainted Desire: Ambition; tempting others to ruin. Lustful


Requirements
--Strong Soul Feat
--Base Lore: 20 (For wizards who taint them selves. Forced tainting need not have this check)


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Question: If a tainted were Tainted by an Ice Demon would they acquire characteristics of the ice demons, such as maybe ice horns, or lowering of body temperature, or perhaps one of their hands changing to a more ice demon like claw?

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Mutations should follow in line with the donor demon. Characteristics and the degree in which a player wants to reflect that I fill is up to them; but there should be at least a slight reflection.

A wizard who takes in an gelugon (ice devil) will probably grow to have a love for ice spells and magics involving water. I would Imagen they would grow to dislike fire, and in later years there mutations would probably follow in line; spikes peattruding from there body and insect like characteristics.


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The Assassins
Balancing of Chaos and the First Justicar
Blighters
Chroniclers – the Bards of Jaerik
The Green Knight – Paladin of Ath’endal’lynn
Hallowed Redeemer – Paladin of Mor’tep
Hands of Govannon
History of the Shields of Durin
Inga Anena
Modern Paladins – an Abridged History
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More Reading about Demons and the Fallen Plane:


The Demonologist’s Guide
Half-Bebilith (Half-Demon Subtype)
Half Demons amended
The Fallen Plane and the Dark Knights
The Nightmare
The Planes of Caenyr
The Tainted
Thanathos and The Circle of Erebus
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Some clarifications on this history and its use in RP. It has been misclassified as a playable class - my fault and I apologise. It will be considered a playable race with the explanation given in 4 below.

1) This is NOT a half-demon race. Tainted are not demon blooded, their spirit is blended with a demonic spirit which corrupts and eventually mutates the host, but does not change them into a demon.

2) Physical mutation only occurs in the later years of the demonic possession, stated as "decades" and then the degree of mutation is up to the player of the Tainted character to decide on.

3) The Tainted are not beholden to the Demonologist who tainted them. They are still of free will and free to worship their God of choice, but please read carefully for likely Gods and Alignments.

4) Tainted are not granted any special powers of any kind as stated in the history. Therefore there is no special "skin" for this race, the prior race and its abilities still hold true and your in-game race should only be listed as your prior race. For your bio you should amend to read your prior race with (Tainted) added after it.

If anyone has been Tainted and amended their race to half-demon they should change their bio class back to the original race and arrange to speak to the Creator in game.

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changing the word possession to spirit blended with spirit to clarify


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This history is no longer available to be used for a player character. Any currently Tainted characters are still legal and should follow the guidelines for character build and development in the history but no new Tainted characters will be approved.

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