From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
- "An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon."
Dorcas Sheridan was the court reporter for the deposition of one "Archon Andromeda", a Council Galaxy Archon that was about to turn state's evidence. The proceedings were interrupted by a squad of Council troops, who burst in to the judicial chambers and gunned the Archon down. Dorcas was struck in the thigh and fell to the floor behind her desk. She was the only other living person present in the room after the Council soldiers bugged out, and the court staff, judge, and lawyers all fled.
The Nictus inhabiting the Archon, realizing hir host was mortally wounded and fading fast, vacated the body and drifted to Dorcas. Rather than forcibly take over the woman, shi proposed a merging instead. Dorcas agreed... and the two beings blended into a gestalt.
She has taken up the mantle of a Heroine, and is committed to taking out the Council wherever they surface.
Dorcas can also form shields around herself, to ward off physical, negative, and elemental damage. Theoretically these shields can be tuned to ward off nearly any type of incoming energy, but first she must learn how to recognize each type and phase her shields to compensate.
She also has the ability to 'hypercharge' herself briefly using the lifeforce of nearby opponents. Their matter weighed down by tendrils of umbral energy, this area-of-effect power will damage them and slow their reflexes.
This is a very ethereal form, almost entirely consisting of umbral energy, enabling her to fly and to emit powerful blasts. This form, regrettably, cannot project any shielding of its own, and is VERY vulnerable to attacks.
This form is native to the lower depths of a gas giant type planet, and is not native to a class M world such as Earth. It thus requires concentration and stamina to maintain in Earth's gravity and atmosphere. If stunned, hypnotized, mindlocked, or merely exhausted, Dorcas will immediately revert to human form.
This form was native to a high-gravity planet, and is extremely dense and slow. It can soak up damage very well, but must teleport to move from one place to the next quickly.
The Nictus melded to Dorcas is able to exist multi-dimensionally (while humans are aware of and able to manipulate their position in material space, and are continually moving through time, Nictus are able to transit several dimensions beyond that). Thus she is innately able to teleport herself in short line-of-sight jumps of about a hundred yards, as well as able to teleport associates to herself from well over a mile away. With concentration, she can teleport foes to her side from approximately 30 yards away.
Her allies have described the sensation of being teleported as follows:
- "I felt like I'd just been wadded up and then unfolded, like a magician's scarf."
- "It was remarkably like being drunk... from the glass of water's perspective."
- "Every nerve and blood vessel in me felt energized... it was an incredible turn-on."
- "I'll never get used to that feeling... it was if I dissolved like a drop of milk poured into coffee.... and then reversed."
It is apparent that the sensory experience of Nictus teleportation is largely dependent on the mind's interpretation of an event that has no sensory 'logic' to it at all, as far as humans are concerned. Dorcas, on the other hand, has been known to emerge from one of her Nictus "wormholes" giggling and laughing - it is obvious that she loves the sense of freedom to literally be able to go anywhere at a thought.
- Dorcas has modeled for a well-known men's magazine catering to the hero crowd. Apparently, her roomie/lover's band was particularly appreciative.
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