Medb's Enemies

Heroic & Dark Fantasy and Science Fiction Character created by Kevin L. O'Brien

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edb hErenn has made many enemies over her exceptionably long life. Most do not last long; if she doesn't kill them, they die on their own, of old age if nothing else. However, a few are nearly as long-lived as she is, and of those who are not, some have been particularly vexing.

What follows is a list of her enemies. Click on a name below to open a hidden panel, then click on it again to close it. Click on an image to see a larger version of it.

Balor of the Baleful Eye

UncreditedBalor was the penultimate High King of the Irish Fomóraigh. He ruled over the island at the time of Medb's birth and for much of her early life. He was the grandfather of Lugh Lamhfada by his daughter Ethniu, who destroyed him at the Battle of Magh Tuireadh. He was known as Balor of the Baleful Eye because his vision could destroy anything, even other Fomóraigh. To protect his subjects, he wore a helmet with a solid visor of adamantine steel to block his vision. Two byakhee sat on perches on either side and lifted the visor on his command, but it was so heavy that they could not hold it up for long. Despite his later reputation, he was not as despotic as most Fomóraigh and treated his subjects well as long as they did not cause him trouble by revolting. He very rarely took Human form, preferring instead to remain in his horrific form except when having sex with his wives. He had seven wives, all married by rape as per Fomórach custom, but like the Human Henry VIII of England, he divorced or killed five of his previous wives when they became threats, while one divorced him and the last survived him.

Catarine fel Amigortue

She was born in the small coastal village of Rinne in The South, the Dreamlands just below Dylath-Leen and the Forest of Parg. Her father may have been a pirate, but if he was he was a nobody, just a simple sailor who raped her mother when his ship raided her village for supplies. Her mother survived the birth, and named her Katie. Because she was a bastard, she was adopted by the village and named Katie Rinne. At 14 her mother threw her out, unable to bear the shame of her violation or her daughter’s disrespect. Katie went to join a group of wreckers and smugglers who used the village as a base. At first, they intended to sell her in Dylath-Leen, but their leader, an old woman, chose instead to make her one of them. What she ultimately had in mind can never be known, because when she turned 19, Katie poisoned her and took over the operation, with the collusion of her lover, the chief of the gang. He barely lasted a year, however, before she killed him in an arranged accident. By then she had five henchmen who were loyal to her and not the organization, and so was able to take full control with little resistance. She expanded their operations to include slave trading, and thereby became associated with the Men of Leng and their masters, the Moonbeasts.

At 23 she stumbled across a fabulous treasure. Though big enough to pay a hefty cut to the Leng Men and still make everyone in the operation filthy rich, she kept it a secret, then had her henchmen kill the rest of the people in the organization. Taking what they could carry of the treasure, they went to Creachabh in the Six Kingdoms and she made a deal with the Thieves Guild, to allow them to fence the treasure in exchange for providing her with a very generous stipend. At the same time, she also made a similar deal with the Leng Men, and thereby played both groups off against one another, to prevent either one from killing her and taking the treasure. On top of that, she kept the location of the treasure a secret; only her henchmen share it, and they are far too loyal to betray her. She then bought and furnished a mansion in the city and created a new persona: Catarine fel Amigortue.

Her story was that her mother was a royal princess of the blood from one of the kingdoms on the southern continent, who was kidnapped by the famed pirate, Amigortue. Originally holding her for ransom, he fell in love with her, and she reciprocated during a night of passion. He then returned her safely to her kingdom. Nine months later, she died while giving birth to a daughter, living just long enough to name her Catarine. Because she was of mixed birth, she could not be part of the succession for the throne, but as granddaughter of the king she could not be simply set aside, so instead she was made the Archduchess of Pikele, which placed her above all nobility and royalty except the king himself. When she was 24, her father came for her and took her away to live with him. She eventually commanded her own ship in his fleet, but when he was betrayed by his most trusted lieutenant and his fleet was destroyed by her grandfather’s armada, she managed to escape, but not before killing the traitor in savage hand-to-hand combat. She is unable to return to her mother’s people. The people of Creachabh accepted her story and welcomed her.

She became a patron and collector of the arts. To further that end, she opened a salon where the social elite of Creachabh could meet artists, poets, storytellers, musicians, and intellectuals on an equal footing. She also donated large sums of money to the city to be used to improve and beautify it. She has become so respected for her service to the city that she was awarded the Legion of Merit and made Countess Stormhold, thereby making her a citizen and part of the social elite.

Her patronage and charitable works are no scam; she has retired from criminal life and cultivates an air of social gentility, with just enough scandal to make her titillating. She made her henchmen part of her household staff: Bertuccio, a one-time bandit chief, became her majordomo; Haydée, a black-widow and child-killer, became her lady’s maid (and secret lover); Ali, a mute former member of The Knives of Dylath-Leen, became her bodyguard; Baptistin, a renegade spy from Ooth-Nargai, became her chargé d'affaires; and Vampa, a marooned pirate, became the chief of her household guard. Despite their inferior status, she rewards them generously for their loyalty, and they in turn realize their best fortunes lay with service to her. However, she maintains contacts with the Thieves Guild and the Leng Men because of the treasure and passes information to them that could net them lucrative profits. She also funds criminal activities for a cut of the take and she occasionally deals in stolen goods and art forgery. She has also forged alliances with Marseilles Sheraton and Gloriana the Cat for mutual benefit and protection. The treasure is so large that even after so many years she has barely made a dent in it, but now most of her fortune comes from investing, and she uses the treasure stipend to fund her social activities.

Despite a crust of respectability, she is still a bloodthirsty cutthroat, and would not hesitate to ruthlessly eliminate any threat in any way necessary. Though a number of people are suspicious of her, none have been able to discover the truth about her. One who came the closest was Marie Delacroix, the Impressionist artist from Ulthar, and she barely escaped with her life, thanks to Medb hErenn and Descartes the Cat. However, few believe that even if the whole truth came out Catarine would be ruined. She has become too permanent a fixture in Creachabh society, and has cultivated a number of important and influential lovers. Besides which, Creachabh is a pragmatic city, with just the right balance of idealism and corruption. As long as she wasn't a threat to the city itself and continued to fund it, her presence would most likely be tolerated, though her "taxes" would probably increase substantially.

Ceithlenn

Ceithlenn is a Fomórach, the seventh and last wife of Balor of the Baleful Eye, and the mother of Ethniu. She was powerful enough to overthrow Balor and become High Queen herself, but he decided to take her as a bride instead, which involved marriage by rape, as per Fomórach custom. She nearly escaped him four times, but ultimately Balor completed the consummation. It was rumored, however, that Ceithlenn did not use all her power because she wanted to be Balor's mate. After Balor was killed, she tried to replace him, but the other Fomóraigh chose to follow Crom Cruach instead. However, when he was defeated by Medb hErenn, he and nearly all other Fomóraigh hid themselves away and fell into © by Candrathe Dreaming Death state. Ceithlenn was one of the few that remained active and she continued to scheme to restore the Fomórach rule of the world. She and Medb have fought one another many times, but they are equal in skill and strength, so all their encounters end in stalemates. She could be Medb's nemesis; she is certainly her most powerful adversary. Though she is skilled in multiple weapons, she prefers to fight with a scythe. Her human form is that of a sultry statuesque green-eyed redhead dressed in provocative slinky outfits, whereas her beautiful but terrible form is that of a human female with dead-white skin, white hair, and white eyes without pupils, dressed in revealing black leather and silver armor.

Elatha mac Delbáeth

© by Hyung Tae KimA powerful Fomórach in his own right, he served Balor as chamberlain. It was he who prophesized that a son of Ethniu would kill Balor; he also prophesized Medb's birth and that she would break Fomórach power. He tried to kill her before she was born, but was prevented when the cat Selgach Mór informed him that Bast had placed her under her protection until she came of age. Fearful of the wrath of the Elder Beings, he saved Medb from Ceithlenn when she wanted to destroy her. Later, however, after Medb became a women, he acquired her as a sex slave and conceived a son with her. But he also taught her sorcery in exchange for her teaching him druidical magic. She eventually found a way to escape, abandoning the child, and afterwards she and Elatha became implacable enemies. They each tried to destroy the other; in the end, it was Medb who succeeded.

After he died, Elatha found his way into the Dreamlands. Discovering that it could serve as a refuge, he contacted other Fomóraigh engaged in the Dreaming Death and led them to him. He became the leader of all Fomóraigh in the Dreamlands and tried to take it over, but he was stopped by King Kuranes and the city-state of Celephaïs. Claiming the nightmare city of Hazuth-Kleg for his own, he settled into a kind of cold war with Kuranes as he schemes to break the power of Ooth-Nargai and take over the Dreamlands. Medb's arrival has thrown a monkeywrench into his plans, but he has not given up.

© by Gerald BromUnlike other Fomóraigh, he rarely assumes a horrific form, but when he does it is of a tall, thin human male with pale skin, platinum shoulder-length hair, and black eyes dressed in a long black robe. His preferred form is his human form: also tall and thin with pale skin, but devilishly handsome with boyish features, gay blue eyes, and collar-length sun-gold hair. He is always impeccably dressed.

Elatha is something of an anomaly among the Fomóraigh. Whereas the vast majority of Fomóraigh treat their subjects with appalling cruelty, he treats them with kindness and forbearance. However, this isn't due to any form of egalitarian belief. Rather, like Nietzsche's Master, he does so simply because he has the power to do so, and because he believes that a human, like a dog or a horse, does more work when it is properly cared for and is reasonably happy. While the vast majority of Fomóraigh exercise power for the sheer joy of it, he does so out of the philosophical conviction that anyone can exercise power who has the will to do so. As such, despite his hatred of Medb, he also grudgingly admires her, because she is the only non-Fomórach he knows who has that will.

Elizabeth Rebecca Mabuse, Ph.D.

© by Morghan-Leigh PeressiniDr. Mabuse is, plain and simple, a mad scientist. The granddaughter of the notorious Pratorias Mabuse, she inherited his genius, but also his sociopathy. She has no qualms about using people in her experiments, and though by no means a sadist, she has no concern for the pain, humiliation, or degradation she inflicts on her test subjects. For all intents purposes, scientism is her religion and the scientific method her only morality.

She had started out as an associate of Medb, helping her do research at Cruachan, her research and development factory. However, she killed Medb's protégé in a lab accident because she did not take proper safety precautions, and she fled to avoid arrest. Medb has vowed to hunt her down and kill her, yet strangely enough, Mabuse holds no animosity towards her and would gladly bury the hatchet, if she wasn't convinced Medb would bury it in her skull. As such, she's never opposed Medb or tried to interfere with her affairs, but Medb is relentless in her vendetta. As such, Mabuse has had to seek protection from less than savory characters willing to fund her experiments, including US government black-ops military groups.

Mabuse has made numerous breakthroughs that seem more like science fiction, or science fantasy, than fact. Her two greatest achievements are the artificial brain, based on her proteinaceous computer design, and the decoherence decompiler, which is based on Schrödinger wave function theory. These in turn led to artificial intelligence, autonomous robots, transmogrifiers, miniaturizers, mind recorders, time machines, and teleporters. A related but unconnected breakthrough involved a device that could breach the dimensional barrier between parallel universes. She has also made breakthroughs in the biological and medical science, including cloning, wonder drugs, and nanotechnology. She has invented many of the standard mad scientist tropes, such as death rays, bionics, powered armor, advanced firearms, immersive virtual reality, rail guns, and miraculous materials. About the only things she hasn't done is create Frankenstein-type monsters, and Medb believes that is only a matter of time.

Eochaid Bres Mac Elatha

When Medb was born, Ireland was theoretically ruled by the Fir Bholg, but they were proxies for the Fomorians. Most of them lived on the Aran Islands just off Galway Bay, or in green-glass towers erected in the midst of the sea, but they issued orders to the Fir Bholg high king, and exacted tribute, which he collected through tribute of his own. One of these ruling Fomorians was Elatha, who served as chamberlain to the Fomorian high king Balor. He had predicted that Medb would break Fomorian power, but he could not kill her before she grew up, and afterwards he found her too powerful. Then one day she was defeated in fair combat by a Fir Bholg but not killed. As per tradition, he took her as a slave until she could ransom herself, but instead he “sold” her to the Fir Bholg high king in repayment of an old debt, and he in turn sold her to Elatha. He took her to his tower and imprisoned her there as hi sex slave. She became pregnant and gave birth to Bres.

She willingly abandoned her son when she discovered a way to escape, and put him out of her mind, expecting never to see him again. However, years later when she lived at the court of the Danann high king Nuada, Bres came to her, explaining that he had rejected his father’s heritage and wanted to serve her in her vendetta against the Fir Bholg and Fomorians. Suspicious at first, she put him to numerous tests, but he passed them all and she came to trust him. She presented him to Nuada, who made him an advisor. He fought against the Fir Bholg at the Battle of Magh Tuiredh and was instrumental in their defeat. When Nuada was forced to abdicate as king because of his battle injury, the Danann so loved Bres for his beauty, courage, wisdom, and artistic talent that they chose him as their new king. Medb in turn relinquished her claim as high king through her father in favor of Bres, and he rled over all of Ireland.

He began as a good and wise king, well loved by all the people, and Medb allowed herself to feel pride for him, but one day she discovered that he was actually in league with Elatha, that he had been all the time, and that he served Fomorian interests rather than her own. She escaped and organized a resistance movement to oppose him. Bres gave up all pretense then and ruled despotically, demanding crippling tribute designed to weaken all non-Fomorians. Though he ruled for decades, finally the rebels fought him and the Fomorians at the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh. Balor was killed by his grandson Lugh and Medb defeated Bres in single combat and took him prisoner. Though Elatha offered a huge ranson, she rejected it and cut her son’s throat. Upon his death, Bres found himself in the House of Derga, and he chose to reside in the Magh Mor. In time, his father, after Medb killed him and he found the Dreamlands, found him there and took him to the Dreamworld to help him rule the Fomorians there.

Being only half Fomorian, Bres is unable to shapechange as effectively as other members of his race. Nonetheless, he is still able to effect a human form and a horrific form.

Eochaidh Mac Eirc

© by Dimitar NikolovWhen Medb hErenn was born, Ireland was divided between three races: the Tuathe De Danann in the northeast, the Fir Bolg in the northwest, and the Hibernians in the south. Though the king of the Fir Bolgs was technically High King over all Ireland, the Danann and the Hibernians were allowed to rule themselves as they saw fit. There was, however, considerable raiding between the three regions. Eochaidh Mac Eirc began as a village chieftain, and one day he led his warriors into Danann territory to conduct a raid on a village just over the border. During the attack, he spied a beautiful young Danann maid named Cruacha bathing is a pool, and he became enamored of her. He kidnapped her, carried her back to his village, and raped her. She became pregnant and Medb was conceived.

He had intended to ransom her back to her family, but too late discovered that she was a niece of Nuada, the king of the Danann, who refused to accept her back because she had been violated by a member of an alien race. So he fostered her to a Hibernian village that neighbored his own, and there Medb was born. Over the years, as Medb grew up, Mac Eirc visited the village on a regular if infrequent basis, and slept with Cruacha, though they had no other children together. Cruacha barely tolerated his visits at first, but they were both lonely, and in time a grudging mutual respect, even friendship, grew up between them. Medb, however, resented his coming, and when she learned he was her father and how she had been conceived, her resentment turned to anger, which blossomed into hatred. Even Cruacha could not dissuade her from seeking revenge, and her admission that she held Mac Eirc in affection and would have married him only confused and disappointed her daughter. Even her deathbed plea made no difference, and if anything spurred Medb to kill Mac Eirc if she ever had the chance.

His prowess and success in raids and war led Mac Eirc to be chosen as king, first of his tribe and then his clan, and finally of the Fir Bolg nation, and thereby become High King over all of Ireland. He was a just and fair ruler, iron-fisted as needed, but ever ready to temper his actions and judgments with reason and mercy. He proved just as courageous as before, and also generous, as he gave of his own wealth to benefit his people. He even treated the Danann and Hibernians well, but maintained a “cold war” relationship with Nuada as each sought an advantage over the other. As such, events escalated out of control, and both races found themselves at war. The decisive battle came on the plain of Magh Tuiredh. Mac Eirc engaged Nuada in single combat and cut off his sword arm Medb then fought Mac Eirc, and she defeated and captured him. Rather than ransom him, she cut his throat without pity or remorse.

Even so, he had impressed her with his courage and daring, and still further when, having learned the fate she had in store for him, he did not plead for his life but accepted his death with calm dignity. All he asked was, being his only remaining heir, she assume the kingship of the Fir Bholg and protect them from those who would seek to destroy them. He gained her respect then, and while she could not forgive him for raping her mother, she realized that he had passed his responsibility for his people to her. She gave him her word she would protect his people, her people through him, from all harm just moments before she drew a knife across his throat.

Centuries later, when she journeyed to the Magh Mor, the Irish land of the dead, she found that Mac Eirc and Cruacha had become reunited in the House of Derga. They had reconciled and chose to reside in the Magh Mor to live together as they had wanted in life. Medb in turn reconciled with them both, and returned to the world of the living happy for them for the first time in her life.

Ethniu Iníon Mhic Balor

By nature the Fomóraigh are highly independent and individualistic. Their thirst for power leads them to dominate whatever they can, even each other, though weaker Fomóraigh are treated like servants rather than slaves. Despite this, they practice a curious form of sexual equality: females may dominate all males weaker than themselves. Even so, above a certain level of power there can be a complex organization of interdependent allies that recognize some colleagues as overlords and others as vassals, such that there is relative peace. At the top of the heap would stand the Fomórach recognized as the most powerful of all, and he or she would be high king or queen. Ceithlenn was powerful enough to become High Queen in Balor's place, but rather than destroy her he decided to abduct her. She nearly escaped four times, but ultimately Balor completed the consummation; Ethniu was the result. She is his youngest daughter.

Male and female Fomóraigh are given the same education: in academics, arms, and sorcery. Ethniu excelled at all three. Balor doted on her and taught her his secret knowledge; Ceithlenn was jealous of her for that honor, but she gave her daughter special training in subjects only she knew well. Ethniu also proved adept at intrigue: she survived numerous assassination attempts, defeated or escaped numerous "suitors", uncovered spies at Balor's court, deciphered secret messages that mystified others, won over allies, destroyed enemies, and gathered intelligence on their adversaries. However, Balor's chamberlain, Elatha, prophesied that her son would kill Balor and destroy Fomórach power. Though some felt the prophecy was false, a ploy by Elatha to discredit her, being as he was jealous of her influence with Balor, Balor could not take that chance and reluctantly imprisoned her in a green glass tower in the midst of the sea. However, the Tuatha De Danann hero, Cian Mac Dian, gained access to her tower and seduced her. She gave birth to triplets and she presented them to Balor hoping he would accept the fait accompli, but he threw them into the sea. One was rescued, and he became Lugh Lamhfada, and he did slay Balor at the Battle of Magh Tuireadh.

Ethniu never forgave her father and she sided with Ceithlenn against him, but she mourned his death and sought revenge against her son. She intrigued to have a warrior sleep with one of Lugh's wives; he killed him in revenge, but his brothers killed Lugh. However, when the last Fomórach High King Crom Cruach was defeated by Medb hErenn, he hid himself away and fell into Dreaming Death; other Fomóraigh did the same, including Ethniu, hoping to awaken in a future time when Humans would be gone, or vastly weakened.

In her Dreaming, she found the Dreamlands and decided to reside there. As one of the most powerful Fomóraigh in the Lands, she does not recognize Elatha as High King and he cannot control her. She works towards the goal of conquering the Dreamlands, but through intrigue instead of force of arms. She had actually opposed Miranda Pendragon's attempt to take over the Dreamlands and she has supported Elatha's schemes, but she intends to become High Queen herself. A frequent target is the city of Celephais, which she hopes to make her base.

Like all Fomóraigh she is a master of illusion, capable of taking on any form she desires. However, she has a preferred human and terrible but beautiful form. The latter is that of a tall slim blonde with yellow eyes wearing a shiny black cat suit with long tails and a high collar, and a bustier and shoulder guards of polished bone. Her human form is that of a ravishing raven-haired beauty with blue eyes and a tanned complexion. She passes herself off as The Grand Duchess Infanta Enya of the House of Bolar, the third daughter of the king of a city in the Land of Mhor east of Ooth-Nargai. She frequently visits Celephais where she intrigues with elements seeking to overthrow Kuranes. That puts her directly at odds with Differel and indirectly with Medb, but like all Fomóraigh she is a formidable warrior and sorceress, so she is not an easy foe to overcome.

Marseilles Sheraton

Marseilles Sheraton is the celebutante heiress to the Sheraton hotel and resort empire. She is the quintessential partying playgirl, with her nights filled with clubbing, drinking, drugs, and sex, and her days with celebrity appearances, product endorsements, song recording, and acting engagements.

She is also a criminal mastermind, who engages in all manner of profitable enterprises, but specializes in Internet rape / torture / snuff videos and the sex trade. Medb has encountered her in both the modern world and the Dreamlands, and while she has usually foiled Sheraton's schemes in the end, she has never been able to catch her, or put her out of business. Unlike other enemies, however, Medb has little respect for her because of her cold callousness to the suffering of others. Though Sheraton is generally considered to be insane, she is in fact simply selfish and evil.

Nitocris

© by Helen RichThe Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt ended with the Sixth Dynasty. Towards the end, the pharaoh Pepi II reigned for almost a full century, outliving all successors except for his son Merenre and his twin sister Nitocris. When Pepi finally died, Merenre was crowned and he took his sister as wife and queen. Unfortunately, Egypt was afflicted by a drought that reduced the extent of the annual flooding of the Nile, and food was in critically short supply. The provincial governors had taken advantage of that state of affairs to enrich themselves, but when Merenre proved to be a strong ruler and threatened their power, they murdered him, believing Nitocris would be easier to control. One of the governors, the most powerful, even desired to marry her, both to possess her body and to claim the power of pharaoh. He figured he could kill her in a few years, once he had consolidated his power.

Yet she seethed with vengeance, but she was unable to defeat them on her own, so feigning a desire to worship at her brother’s funerary temple, she sought out the tomb of Nephren-Ka, and entering by secret ways known only to the pharaohs, she reanimated the mummy with the blood of her servants, and offered herself to him for his pleasure, in exchange for interceding with Nyarlathotep on her behalf. Legend states that the things he did to her would pale into insignificance the worst tortures imaginable, but he kept his word: he summoned the Crawling Chaos in the form of The Faceless God, and she made a pact, requesting immortality in exchange for souls; one soul for every quarter-century of extended life. Legend again states that to seal the bargain she had to submit to his whims, but she finally returned to Memphis and announced her agreement to marry the powerful governor.

She arranged a nuptial feast in an underground chamber, and when her brother’s murderers had assembled, she flooded the chamber with the waters of the Nile, drowning them all. However, not all the conspirators had attended, and in revenge they tried to burn down the palace. Trapped, she escaped through the worst of the flames, believing herself invulnerable, but she was burned to death. She was duly mummified and laid to rest in her brother’s tomb. The conspirators selected Netjerkare to be pharaoh, thereby beginning the seventh dynasty, who was weak enough for them to control, and Nitocris was forgotten as the mere consort of a pharaoh rather than queen in her own right.

However, Nyarlathotep had not played her false, but the only way she could achieve physical immortality was as a mummy. Hence, her soul did not fly off to the afterlife, but continued to reside in her heart. Unfortunately she was trapped inside her sarcophagus, but within days tomb robbers came to unwrap her to steal the gold finery that had been placed on her body. Once freed, she drank the blood of her would-be defilers, restoring her youth but not her beauty, as the burn scars were permanent. She dressed in the clothes buried with her, collected the canopic jars that protected her organs and the ushabti statuettes that would serve her in death, and walked out. She returned to the tomb of Nephren-Ka, but now being an equal she called forth Nyarlathotep herself. Over the next decade the Black Pharaoh taught her mighty magic, and during that time she summoned ghouls and demons to her presence and bound them to her will. When the Faceless God had taught her all it would, she returned to Memphis, slaughtered the remaining conspirators, sending their souls to the Crawling Chaos, and assumed the power behind the throne.

She ruled from the background for a century, first from Memphis, then Heracleopolis, until the governor of Thebes invaded northern Egypt and reunified the land under his rule, beginning the Middle Kingdom. Nitocris attempted to rule through him, as she had the northern kings, but the Theban priesthood drove her out. From then on she wandered, never staying long in one place, sacrificing souls to Nyarlathotep as needed to extend her life. On occasion during the Middle and New Kingdoms and the Ptolemaic period, she once again ruled Egypt behind the scenes, but only for brief periods before some group would discover her and drive her out. When the Romans gained control after the death of Cleopatra, she turned her attention to Rome, but with the exception of a few weak or power-mad emperors she had even less success. Finally, with the fall of Rome, she gave up any attempt to rule over nations and instead contented herself with controlling a city or province. As modern times came upon her, she switched to controlling criminal organizations and gaining industrial and economic power, but occasionally she still tries to exercise political power through weak-willed or overly ambitious politicians. She continues to make sacrifices, preferring beautiful young women or men, though any soul will suffice, and uses magic based on blood to cover her scars and continue to look young. She cannot be completely destroyed until her canopic jars and her heart are destroyed; otherwise she can heal any damage sing blood magic. She can call upon ghouls, demons, and certain avatars of Nyarlathotep for help, and she can animate her ushabti statuettes at will to perform any task she demands.

Medb hErenn first encountered her when she studied to be initiated in the central mysteries of Bast. She discovered her trying to resurrect the cult of Ubasti, an avatar of Nyarlathotep that impersonates Bast, and decisively defeated her. She thought she had destroyed her, but subsequent encounters have demonstrated her nigh-invulnerability. Medb now searches for the canopic jars so she can destroy them, but so far has found only one.

The Prince of Dylath-Leen

The Purple Fool

The Red Death

Uallach Ruadhríon

© by Morghan-Leigh PeressiniUallach, which means "The Arrogant One", was born an Irish princess around 3000 B.C.E. She was taught battle skills, song and poetry, the law and druidry, and taught herself sorcery. One day she learned of an elixir that promised eternal life. One component was the blood of a sleeping Vampire, but when she drank it, she realized too late that the eternal life it granted as that of a Vampire.

Because of her age and power, she has since become the acknowledged queen of the Vampires. As a result, she took the title Ruadhríon, which means "The Red Queen". She has run afoul of Medb numerous times, beginning with the time she tried to permanently collapse the barriers between the Mortal World and the Otherworld to allow ghosts, Faeries, and monsters to roam freely at any time of the year or day. However, since they both adhere to the ancient Irish warrior code, they respect and admire each other. They have since made an informal pact to leave each other alone, provided Medb does not interfere with Vampire interests and Uallach doesn't try to take over the world.

Her appearance can be misleading, since she is short and her years of Vampirism have rendered her body dumpy and saggy. However, her fighting skills are enhanced by her Vampire powers, and her sorcerous prowess is equal to the of Medb's. She is a dangerous and formidable opponent to oppose, and few have lived to regret crossing her.

Dr. Victoria Frankenstein

She is the niece of Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the Monster. Though her father (Ernest) had named her after him out of a sense of admiration for his brother’s early humanitarian work, he later told her stories of the horror he had unleashed and how it eventually destroyed him. His intent was to so badly frighten her that she would never want to speak of it again, but it backfired: she became fascinated with her uncle’s theories and with the Monster itself, and vowed to succeed where he failed. She attended medical school, something almost unheard of at that time, and despite extreme prejudice from both professors and students graduated with high honors. She started out as a regular doctor, doing charity work among the poor, but when her father died she laid claim to her uncle’s castle and began to rebuild both it and his lab. It was during this renovation that she discovered her uncle’s notes, and so learned all his secrets. Her initial experiments met with success as she built upon her uncle’s work, but ultimately she wanted to study the Monster itself, so she could figure out what went wrong to either fix it or create another more perfect artificial being. From her uncle’s notes she realized that it could not be killed and she reasoned that, once it realized this as well, it would eventually return to Europe, to those places it knew best.

She paid informants to scour the continent for any word of the Creature, and finally she had definitive word that it lived alone in the deepest recesses of the Schwartzwald. She hires Medb hErenn to capture it, which she does. On the way back, it articulates in a halting fashion its story, and its concern for why Victoria chose her, but she dismisses his concerns because she has been offered a great deal of money. However, when she delivers the Creature Dr. Frankenstein catches her as well. Her intent is to use organs and tissues from Medb’s body to construct a female monster, which she will use as a base for her further experiments as she dissects and studies the Creature. It manages to break loose and rescues Medb even as she goes under Dr. Frankenstein’s knife, and when Medb unleashes her wrath she destroys the lab and Victoria with it. In gratitude, Medb sleeps with the Monster and delivers it to an isolated monastery were it can find sanctuary.

But Victoria wasn’t killed. Though the explosion left her crippled and scarred, her exposure to the chemicals she used, energized by electrical discharges, gave her the same iron constitution as the Monster. Hence she can no longer be killed and her life has been greatly extended. Though she adopted a disguise to hide her deformities and allow her to pass among normal people, she must live and work in the shadows. She now works to fulfill three goals:

To perfect the Prometheus treatment, to restore her body or create a new one;

To recapture the Monster to learn its secrets; and

To gain revenge on Medb, preferably by harvesting her body for parts.

As such, most times that Medb encounters her is because she attempts to capture and take her apart. So far Medb has avoided that fate, but Victoria also continues to survive despite Medb’s attempts to destroy her for good.

 

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