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Storytime: Black Valkyrie

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Storytime: Black Valkyrie

Judging by the Art forums, this is my most popular character. I can see why, she's amazing, and I have recreated her in every game I've played since CoH. I've always enjoyed playing against the trope, an offensive Defender, using Darkness to produce light and healing. Flipping a Valkyrie this way seemed perfect.

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Black Valkyrie

Real Name: Signe Svarte

Archetype: Guardian 'Sentinel'(?)

Movement: Flight, Long-range Teleport
Primary: Support 'Vampiric Emanation'
Secondary: Ranged 'Vampiric Blast'
Tertiary: Spear Fighting, Utility Powers

From the mists of Niflheim and dark queen Hel, comes battle-maid Signe, or ‘New Victory’. Steeped in dark magic, she turned away from Helheim’s path to serve the light of Asgard as a Valkyrie. But that light came from the harvest of Heroes, those the Valkyries chose.

Signe rebelled. Instead of choosing heroes to die, she used her magic to ‘choose the living’, to heal them, so that they might continue to gain glory. This revolt against Asgard’s way was discovered and Signe was cast down, denied the apples of youth, and banished, doomed to wander Midgard (Earth), undying, powerless and alone.

Millennia have passed and Valhalla’s glory is a dim, grey memory, but Odin wants to take advantage of this new Age of Heroes. Seeking an envoy, he hoped for Thor, or Uller, or Heimdall, one of the bright heroes of old, but all he found is dark Signe, toiling among the mortals. Now revived and re-empowered, the Black Valkyrie has returned to choosing the living, that heroes might gain glory, for the greater good of both worlds.

Signe is a Valkyrja Völva, a Valkyrie practitioner of Seidr, a sorceress and weaver of fate, answerable only to the Norns, or Odin. She is an experienced and skillful warrior, with spear and shield, or any other weapon, but she prefers to depend on Seidr. Instead, she uses her spear Geirmist (Cloud-spear), itself a potent magical weapon, as a focus for directing her rune-casting.

The Black Valkyrie’s magic runes drain energy from her targets. She uses this energy to ‘re-weave fate’ and weaken her enemies while strengthening herself and her companions.

For a woman who claims to be 5000 years old, Signe looks remarkably young and vibrant. She is tall, over 6 feet, and powerfully muscled. Her face shows prominent bone-structure and her nose is a fierce blade, which does support her tale, of a long harsh life, but her generous mouth and easy smile soften that perception. Her skin is Nordic-pale with a light tan, in contrast to long, wavy, blue-black hair and deep indigo eyes.

She has seen everything under the sun, a dozen times over, which experience gives her an air of wisdom, and she IS wise. However, she is also a rebel, encouraging and supporting those who strive against whatever destiny might limit them. She enables those who strive to do more, regardless of obstacles.

Her humor is boisterous and unrestrained, as are her other passions, she has little time for regrets. She’s already made every mistake a person could and forgiven herself for them.

She wears a headdress of golden metal, which frames her face, and is surmounted by a pair of bright wings. She sometimes adorns her hair with beaded combs or a few feathers.

She wears a light cuirass over a brief-sleeved tunic and trousers of quilted material, tucked into tall boots with armored reinforcements and knee caps. Armored bracers with elbow caps protect her forearms, but leave her hands free. Over this basic gear, she often wears a long clasped cloak, or brocade great-coat.

The Black Valkyrie’s colors are deep midnight indigo and black, with gold accessories. She does not wear a formal crest, but may use an etched runestone with the ‘rune of Life’, Algiz, as her symbol.

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After years, I am in the

After years, I am in the process of re-re-rewriting Black Valkyrie's background. The intent is to be completely agnostic about game lore and just let her be 'herself'. To tell the tale from her own perspective.

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