In the Void, the universe is infinite and all consuming. I danced between psionic worlds constructed by my kindred, each with their own rules, each living bright and beautiful for a time before we fed them to the Void to sustain the realm. There is so much psionic energy here.
Trader, sometimes thief, sometimes killer.
It-- he?-- has no idea, really, how old it-- he?-- is. It isn't that time does not exist within the Void, but instead that the experience of reality is simply... different. It is complex, nuanced, vibrant, and yet it is all-consuming nothingness. There is only thought.
Balinaud was a thought given psychic form some time ago, and for some time he wandered the Void, communing with the other Voidlings, Voidlords, and even sometimes the beautiful and terrible Voidgods. He was content, but curious.
Curious is what did him in: he saw light and he didn't understand it. How can light exist in the void? Oh, among the denizens they had a concept of light, in their infinite psychic constructs and universe of thought-crafted worlds where they were gods. But this light was physical.
Balinaud approached it... and was trapped. That was a year ago, when he appeared in Vespers suddenly. He's... stuck. He has no idea how to get home-- and he's confused. But he is intelligent (after all, he was once a very small god of the psychic void), and he is dangerous. Sometimes a being as black as night, sometimes just a man (a man?! Since when was he a he?), he's learning his... body. These smells. This... life. This physical, material life.
And he wants to go home.
As a creature from a dark dimension where all that existed was thought, Balinaud has gotten... turned around, and stuck here in a dimension with annoying... physicality. Complete with a body! What the hell.
Invoke: Leveraging his heritage as a former being of pure thought, he can focus dispassionately and with intense concentration regardless of distraction or subjectivity.
Compel: Sensations! And bodies. Life as a physical being can be overwhelming at times.
VE Phone Home
Balinaud does not want to be here-- he wants to go *home*, to the Void, where there's nothing stupid like smelling. God, it stinks in this reality.
Invoke: It is quite difficult to stand between the Void and what its seeking.
Compel: Is that a dimensional rift? A portal? A device of strange powers that might be my key to returning to the Void? I MUST HAVE IT
There are d-bees and there are d-bees, and Balinaud is up there with the especially weird ones.
Invoke: He's used to looking at a universe of pure thought, and even though limited now, that's a unique perspective he can bring to bear on problems.
Compel: He just doesn't understand this world and often makes faulty assumptions.
Skills - Form 2
Void Elemental (Cost 2)
Major Gateway: Greater Dimensional Being
Greater Paranormal Ability (Psychic) (Cost 1)
You have an exotic stress track appropriate to your will and may purchase psychic disciplines.
Paranormal Mastery (Telepathy) (Cost 1)
+2 Will when using the Telepathy discipline
Superior Physicality (Cost 3)
You gain armor 4, an extra mild physical consequence slot, an extra moderate physical consequence slot, an extra severe physical consequence slot, the normal physical stress track is replaced with the following: 2x 1, 2x 2, 2x 3, 2x 4, 2x 5, 2x 6. Your fight attacks are Weapon 3 due to natural weapons or great strength. Your physique cap is increased to 6 and you gain +2 to overcome actions requiring raw physical strength and +2 to create advantages using raw physical strength.
Alternate Form (Cost 1) (Void Elemental Form)
You have a void elemental form
Psychic Discipline (Telepathy) (Free)
Psychic Discipline (from Greater Paranormal Ability)
Racial Quirk (Void Step) (Free)
Spend exotic stress to avoid taking a physical consequence
Racial Quirk (Void Transition) (Free)
When out of combat, can cease to exist and exist again within several miles. Does not actually move through the intervening space. Can not transition through something that would block psychic energy.
Racial Quirk (Existence is a State of Mind) (Free)
May, at will, swap both mental and physical stress and consequences.
Racial Quirk (Look Into The Void) (Free)
If one tries to touch the mind of a void creature, the Abyss stares back and instead Balinaud reflects that power back at you.