Cathak Venkan, the Lookout

Background

Telar Thousand-Eyes was the god of sight. His son, Cathak Venkan, inherited his father’s gifts. Therefore, Venkan alone, among all surviving beings, saw the Holocaust of the Gods and the victory of the Luminous Godkiller Weapon.

At the time, Venkan was on River Island. He was part of an elite force that had invaded the island, hoping to take advantage of any weakness while the Weapon was away. They had climbed high into the southern mountains to circle around on the island’s capital. Their mission had been effective so far, mapping essence conduits and troop deployments. They might have succeeded in assassinating General Karal Volan if not for the explosion. When the Weapon killed the gods, it was visible halfway across the world. Venkan, of course, saw what happened all the clearer. His commander called a return to the Blessed Continent, and in the chaos of the Empire’s loss and the Island’s celebration they actually made it back.

Venkan had loved his father and was loved in return. When he returned, he and his mother cried helplessly in the Cathak citadel. When he recovered, somewhat, Venkan went looking for those who might help him avenge Telar’s death. He had difficulty finding anyone who believed that River Island was vulnerable. Between the death of the gods, the dissolution of the Empire, and the defeat of its armies, his best choices were perhaps not the best.

Cynis Operations helped him find who he needed. Venkan offered them what money he had; they laughed at it. He still doesn’t quite know why they’re helping him, but he can tell that they’re scared of what happened and willing to risk their lives. That’s good enough for him. He flies with them now on the zeppelin named No Memory, and points them all toward the enemy. All they need to do is get there in one piece… and then do the impossible.

Appearance

The Lookout 500

Venkan’s eyes are a captivating color, a light green with just a hint of blue. They show no changes when he uses his supernatural vision – or, rather, he is always using it, and they are the badge of what he is. His skin is a medium brown with a hint of red. He often wears a pair of goggles, more to protect his eyes than to enhance them. He has a short-trimmed close beard and moustache.

Demeanor

Venkan used to be businesslike, but friendly. He wasn’t light-hearted, exactly, but he appreciated having people around and seeing them laugh. These days he is cold, calculating, and lonely. He spends most of his days brooding, looking toward River Island, considering the strategy for the No Memory’s approach and what he will do when he reaches Karal Volan.

He hasn’t told the rest of the group that he hired Cynis Operations. He’s ok with them taking a leadership role. It means he doesn’t have to reach out to his teammates at a time when emotional contact is painful for him.

Intimacies: “The Weapon must be defeated” (Defining, Negative), “Karal Volan must die” (Defining, Negative), “My family” (Major, Positive), “My teammates” (Positive)

Capabilities

Venkan is a true son of both his father and his mother. From his mother’s side he was trained as a Cathak warrior prince, skilled in sword and musket. He knows how to survive in the wilderness, how to find safe food and clean water, where to shelter in a storm. He can swim, climb, and run great distances. He can hold up under torture for a few hours, which is all one can ask in such situations. He also knows how to be suave and composed, how to make someone look like a fool or feel like a champ. He’s a little out of his depth in political maneuvering, but he’s very charismatic one-on-one.

From his father, he inherited sight beyond the dreams of the finest scouts. He can take in an entire scene at once, as if having studied a painting of it for hours. He can see fine detail, like brush strokes on a painting, for as far as he has a clear line of sight. With a little effort, he can see without needing line of sight at all, looking through walls and people with equal ease, for hundreds of kilometers. Sometimes this sight will even activate without his intent, warning him of dangers. The only things that block his vision are the Five Exiguous Compounds. Air, he can see through; the other four, not so much.

Since his father died, he’s also been experiencing some flashes of unexpected insight, such as being able to see flows of essence or the emotional states of those around him. He’s not sure what’s going on here, or how to control this new power. At the moment he’s kept it a secret.

For all his distant vision, Venkan can’t see the future. That talent belongs to his aunt, the prophet Starsight.

Supporting Characters

  • Cathak Rhitra, his commander in the group that raided River Island. Bold, wise, scarred.
  • Cathak Ea, his cousin and friend, one of the few who knows where he’s gone. Sarcastic, outgoing, defeated.
  • Cathak Nora, his mother, who recruits warriors to defend her remaining family. Clever, imposing, insightful.
  • Mnemon Bandala, a childhood friend who lives at his aunt Starsight’s enclave. Hard-working, enthusiastic, shrewd.

Questions

  • Did Venkan receive some of his father’s essence – or perhaps even his job as a god – when Telar died? What does that mean for Venkan if he survives in the long run? Are other god-bloods feeling the same changes?
  • Does Venkan know about Yushoto Koletta at all? If not, has something kept him from seeing her?
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