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July 13, 2007, 4:02 am

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Edrea Solon


At first glance, Edrea seems to be a very nice lady.  She seems to be sensible and kind, the perfect matron for an orphanage.  But, of course, that is all merely an act.


Edrea is a tall woman of about forty.  She has dark hair going gray pinned up in a sensible fashion, and usually wears utilitarian clothes in neutral tones.  She tends to radiate competence and complete mastery of her situation.


Edrea Solon always possessed a natural talent for the magical arts, and trained in it extensively when she was younger.  However, rather than confine herself to the commonly accepted disciplines, she developed a fascination for the darker sides of magic.  Few things seemed more promising to her than the forbidden art of necromancy.

Of course, she did not allow this to become common knowledge.  She carefully maintained a perfectly respectable facade, eventually marrying a wealthy man.  She displayed the expected mourning when her husband unexpectedly passed away, and no one even had a thought that his widow had something to do with the matter.

Edrea was not slow in applying her inherited wealth to her studies; she bought an isolated and abandoned manor house where she could experiment in peace.  However, she was more intelligent than many of her fellow necromancers.  She knew that body snatchings from local cemetaries and disappearances of people in the vicinity, no matter how well concealed, were eventually bound to attract notice.

She hit upon a plan as elegantly simple as it was twisted.  She knew from raising her own son that children were easy enough to control.  There were many children in the world with no one to miss them, and no one would think twice about orphans regularly disappearing from an orphanage; people would simply assume they had been adopted.  And small bodies were easier to get rid of than large ones, should something go wrong.

She established the Taikan Solon Memorial Orphanage, maintaining her appearance of a kindly matron.  She looked and sounded utterly reliable, and local authorities were only too glad to send orphans to her.  To adult eyes, she was perfect, just the sort of woman who would excel at raising several parentless children.

That is only in public, however.  Once she is safely in private, her truly depraved nature comes into sharp focus.  She maintains an iron grip on the children in her care, keeping them terrified into obedience.  She is mentally and emotionally abusive, and capable of almost unthinkable cruelty. 

If someone doesn’t follow orders, or tries to attract unwanted notice, they are punished harshly.  However, she never actually hurts the one she’s punishing; she hurts what they care about, be it a pet, a friend, or a relative.  If it’s a person that she’s harming as a punishment, she makes sure that they know who’s to blame.  She will and does go so far as to kill as a punishment.

She treats the children as slave labor generally speaking; they manufacture some resources and equipment needed for her experiments, and grow most of their food on the orphanage’s poor soil.  Some are sold to real slavers, although not many, and Edrea is very careful to only deal with the slavers through third parties.  A very few are legitimately adopted out to various influential contacts in order to maintain the charade. 

Those who don’t have any useful abilities, or who aren’t capable of keeping up with the heavy pace Edrea demands become raw materials for her brutal necromantic experiments.  If they’re lucky, she kills them first.

Punishments and experiments aside, Edrea is rarely physically abusive.  She leaves that to her son Kailan, who acts as her enforcer and delivers savage beatings as he sees fit (often).

Roleplaying Notes

In public, she is the very model of a sensible, responsible matron.  She will promise the best care for those under her care, and usually has "proof" in case someone gets curious.  This is just a very good front, however, and if she is caught off guard, that will be evident.

If she realizes her cover is blown, she will quicky turn nasty, either calling Kailan to attack, or summoning various undead abominations (zombie children, mostly, although there are some more… inventive creations).  Unless they are prepared for such an invent, those who are too curious for their own good quickly become subjects for the next experiment.

She is sociopathic, extremely abusive, and not just a little power-hungry.  She tries to make as many influential contacts as she can, and provides under the table aid for many important people.  (You’d be surprised how much an army of the undead is worth.)  She is not above blackmail, but prefers more direct methods.  Her money and connections mean there are often a lot of blind eyes turned to any suspicious acts on her part.

She rarely, if ever, displays visible emotion.  She is not demonstrative by nature, and is very cold and calm.

If someone manages to cause enough problems for Edrea that stories get around about her activities, but don’t kill her, she will pack up and move to an area she’s not known and start over.  She will make sure all evidence is destroyed, and that all expendable witnesses are dead and buried.  Then she will rebuild her operation and plan an extremely nasty revenge.

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Voted Cheka Man
July 12, 2007, 13:05
I'd like an undead slave or two-not of course to attack people with, but to make food for me, ect. 5/5
Voted manfred
July 12, 2007, 17:56
Mmm, I smell another New Look on Necromancers here. That an owner of an orphanage is evil, that could be expected. But an avid necromancer close to, and supported by a large town, AND specializing on children, now that brings the cruelty factor upwards! A good facade, definitively.

But controlling children doesn't sound like a permanently reliable measure. Sure, most will obey, most of the time, the rest she would get rid of. But at the least, there will be ghosts of tormented children, surely avoiding her out of fear. Just don't forget that hauntings are hard to hide.

Good work on the chilling factor, Ria.
Voted Scrasamax
July 13, 2007, 3:28
Viciously and respectable evil. The sort of evil that doesnt appear too often in fiction, but more often in the news.
Ria Hawk
July 13, 2007, 4:02
Updated: Fixed some minor errors.
Voted valadaar
July 13, 2007, 15:56
Well, a Disney meets Steven King villan. Nicely done.
Voted Murometz
July 13, 2007, 17:26
As Cheka would say, I like her! Creepy with a twist
Voted MoonHunter
July 17, 2007, 13:41
This is the classic horror necromancer. She is smart and hides her "evil" side from all but her victims. She is not another cardboard necromancer to be smashed, but a problem to be investigated and then dealt with appropriately. Unless you have some serious evidence that survives the innevitable conflict, you will of course be charged with the murder of a influential and respected member of society, who has high contacts (many of which are afraid of what you know), the destruction of the orphanage and all those murders, and so on.

In short, you will be taken out by legitimate forces or be outlaws, all for doing your heroic duty.

Thus you need to be careful here.
July 24, 2007, 16:00
Just a thing I have put together now:

She knows that children are easy to control, based on raising her own child - and it grew into a strongly violent and abusive person. But it is a question of how much is just cruelty and a hard grip and how much magical power.

If there is such an effect (children for a long time under mind control developing in strange ways), then even after defeating her, and liberating the children may her evil continue... in what may be dozens of men and women with a touch of darkness, when they grow up.

Admittedly, the plot hook would take some time to develop - but you could found a nice cult on it, for instance. If a purpose is needed, how about raising her from the dead for finally getting even?
July 24, 2007, 16:42
Magically bound not to reveal what they have seen, forced to be part of vile necromantic rituals, but compelled to be obedient and well-mannered children, the few orphans that Edrea Solon allows to leave her clutches might slowly develop unconscious signs of the tortured memories hidden within their minds. Their twisted and manipulated minds gradually fracturing under the darkness buried within, they might eventually prove more dangerous than the undead products of her necromantic experimentation.

That might be the hook that leads the player characters to discover the sinister truth behind the Taikan Solon Memorial Orphanage: Brutal and senseless crimes committed by the teenaged "alumni" of Edrea Solon's mind-twisting necromancy.

"The lad went stark mad, killing his own parents, then himself. If only they'd known, they never should have taken him in. At least he spared the younger children: I suppose that they'll end up in the orphanage, poor things."
Voted MysticMoon
March 16, 2013, 3:07
How delightfully twisted.

This is the kind of villain many players would be highly motivated to take down.

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