Egregore

Egregore

About

Egregore is the name and face in front of Soul and Blood, two minds in one body. He was first born as Blood, whose first name was Svyatoslav Chernbelov in Moscow, Russia in a strange cult that worshiped oddities. Soul originated in London, England as Zane "Zero" Blackbourne. Their developing split from each other was completed when he received a concussion after a fight in Nova Scotia with an old friend. Blood and Soul behave differently from each other, but they have agreed to collaborate with each other under a new identity. Egregore conceals this secret to himself for now.

As for what is more outwardly facing, Egregore is a master poisoner that seems to enjoy poisoning others (and even more directly killing others) a little too much. If one can understand him through his thick accent, he can be understood to be helpful or harmful depending on whose side you are on.

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Profile

by Nic

Basic Info

Date of BirthJan 26 2018
GenderMale
LuperciOrtus
FamilyChernbelov
BirthplaceMoscow, Russia
PackSalsola


Overview

Names

  • Nickname: Gore
  • Pronunciation: Eh-greh-gore
  • Etymology:
    • Egregore — An occult concept of a spiritual entity rising from a group of deceased souls.
    • Chernbelov — A mixture of the Russian surnames Belov (white) and Chernoff (black) to represent duality.

Heritage

  • Family: Chernbelov
  • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Species: Wolfdog

Plot Opportunity

  • Love trouble? Egregore concocts "love potions" for those that wish to poison their lovers.
  • Is your character injured? Egregore has some medicinal knowledge and can heal your character.
  • Discovery of or conversation about truly being two beings - Blood and Soul - instead of just the persona of a single entity known as Egregore could be interesting.
  • Is your character religious? Both Blood and Soul are spiritual and looking for faith.


NPCs

  • cNPC: None
  • yNPC: None
  • NPCs?:
    • Innokentiy the owl

OOC Information

OOC Assumptions

Salsola members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Egregore talking to himself under muttered breath


Appearance

Expression

  • Speech: Blood speaks in a deeper, gravelly voice than Soul and speaks less than he does. Soul is a lot more talkative by contrast in a voice more nasally. Both of them speak in a Russian accent, though Soul's accent has some British sounds.
  • Scent: Various herbs & dye
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Blood folds his arms often and idly touches weapons he may have on his person. Soul runs his fingers through his hair.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Blood, intentionally or not, may come off as intimidating with how he postures himself defensively due to his paranoia. Soul is friendly at first, but may reveal himself as coldblooded to those he dislikes and sees no point in building connection with.

Image

Lines by Despi, color by Viktor

Color Palette

Fur

Ghost (#c8ced2)
Shrike (#767c7f)
Improbable (#6d7376)

Eyes

Blood (#FF0000)
Soul (#0064CD)

Nose, Paw Pads

Improbable (#6d7376)


Physical Appearance

Basics

Egregore is seventy-five inches (6 ft 3") in his Optime form, which is the preferred form of Soul. Over his time in Nova Scotia, he has regained his muscular form that he had in Moscow, Russia to match his broad shouldered frame. His pelt is supple and wavy, the density of which is more notable. He has longer feathering around the backs of his paws and tail as well as his underbelly.

His fur is white in color with a silvery tone when hit correctly by most types of lighting. This fades into a darker gray shade at his extremities, excluding the tail, and gives him the appearance of having waded through soot. This same color clings to the undersides of his eyes, accentuating the dark bags there and implying many a sleepless night. The same color is also present on the top of his head, making his Optime hair that color.

His right eye is bright azure blue, and his left is a neon crimson red. If Soul is in control of the body of Egregore, he wears an eye patch over his red eye, leaving only the blue one visible. If Blood is in control, he will do the opposite with the eye patch to cover the blue eye and leave the red one visible instead.

The eye patch itself is made of leather with a strap that encircles his head. On the front is a white pentagram stitched in contrast against the dark material.

Each shoulder of his features scarification. On his left are the alchemical symbols for the elements arranged to be pointing to different cardinal directions. His right side has the outline of a crescent moon. However, despite these modifications, he only has one ear with piercings on the left. He may switch the jewelry out occasionally, but generally is seen wearing a triangular hoop on the lowermost hole with two studs lined up vertically above it.

He has a facial scar scored across his muzzle and under his eye on the side of his red one.

Due to a slight overshot, his sharp, upper canines push out past his lips. The visible teeth are sharp but can appear odd or goofy to others instead of intimidating.

He often wears an old, white lab coat that he received from his teacher in London. It drops to his knees and ends in slight tatters. This is an item preferred by Soul, so Blood may remove it if he begins to control the body and finds he is wearing it. Egregore is not always wearing pants or shirts, but when he does, he most usually wears a black button up and leather pants with laces to secure the front.

In terms of other accessories, Soul may choose to add more silver jewelry to match his usual earrings, though Blood normally foregoes these. Commonly worn are a combination of rings that are mostly simple bands with one or two among them with a gem inlaid in each. Egregore has no way to tell if these are real or not, but he likely does not care much.

Lately, Egregore has grown a bit of a beard. It has a similar curly texture to his hair, though it is lighter in color. This is from his dog heritage and he has given up on keeping it short for now. Soul believes it makes him look wiser and Blood thinks very little of it.

Lupus


32 in (81 cm)

As above,

Secui


40 in (101 cm)

so below.

Optime


6 ft 3 (78 in / 198 cm)

Images

by Nic by Viktor By Viktor By Viktor


Personality

Overview

by Viktor

Egregore is a being of two minds: Blood and Soul.

BLOOD: Blood is derived from the identity Egregore had in Moscow, Russia as Svyatoslav Chernbelov. He is fiercely protective of those he is loyal to. This can cause him to resort to violence whenever he perceives a threat to his beloved ones. This can be totally subjective, as he tends to be really paranoid. Blood is always looking over his shoulder when he is in control of the body of Egregore.

He rarely leaves any shelter without a weapon and is slow to trust others. This can lead to delusions of persecution where he believes he is being followed or someone is out to get him. This makes him act withdrawn and stoic. He is of much fewer words than Soul as a result. He is also much more passionate. He is more genuine with his emotions and does not think to manipulate people emotionally with logic, he just reacts. He is short-tempered from this fire that burns within him. It is obvious when he is angry - he will bark angrily in the best case scenario and grow murderous in the worst case. He is chaotic in this state but can calm down rather quickly as long as the situation is proven to be safe.

He's not as interested in things that require mental work. He vastly prefers using the skills that he and Soul have as Egregore that are more physically exciting like hunting, trapping and scarification. It is what relaxes him.

SOUL: Soul is derived from the identity Egregore had in London, England as Zane "Zero" Blackbourne. Most definitely the more logical of the two, he does not believe in any deity but is still very spiritual. He has eccentric superstitions and habits, ones that he dislikes to be questioned. "Why leave a perfectly fine pie lodged in the branches of a tree?" someone may ask. "As an offering to the forest's spirits of course, why else?", he would reply.

His public disposition is more charming as a cover for his true feelings towards most: Cold. He has no problem following customs and laws to appear cooperative, civil and polite. He has excellent manners from his time in London and can build rapport easily with a friendly tone. He is much more talkative than his counterpart, Blood, and infinitely more patient with others. At least outwardly so.

His temper has a much longer fuse, but when he grows truly angry, his vengeance is served on a cold platter following a calculated plan. He learned how to manipulate others easily to carry out his desires, knowing just what to say in order not to rouse suspicion and get himself in trouble like he had in the past.

Away from prying eyes, he reveals himself to be of the sadistic sort. He had dissected Luperci corpses in London under the tutelage of his now dead teacher, but yearns to dissect one alive. He has an unquenchable curiosity; he just wants to find out what makes each individual tick.

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Both Blood and Soul are dedicated to their pursuits. Upon becoming aware of one another, they united under the name Egregore with the agreement that they would cooperate to get what they each want. Of course, they squabble along the way, but know by now when arguments are pointless and when collaboration is most effective to get what each wants.

Traits

Sociability

  • Emotional Disposition: Soul loves to build rapports and connections with people, Blood is not as talkative.
  • Sociability: Soul is extroverted, Blood is introverted.
  • Alignment:
    • Soul is lawful neutral.
    • Blood is true neutral with chaotic leanings.

Gender identity

  • Due to the presence of more than one mind in his body and his past, Egregore has a complicated relationship with his own gender. Firstly, he was not exposed to the expectations that come with gender roles due to growing up in a very small community. He understands that he is biologically male, but does not understand the implications this holds in other cultures. In his current pack, Salsola, he knows of the presence of a matriarchy. It puzzles him that there is a difference at all, especially since his own gender is more... agender. Void. Absent. He thinks very little of it.

Biases

  • Packs: Salsola is his obvious favorite. Dislikes Del Cenere Gang and Casa di Cavalieri. Feels neutrally about New Caledonia, as he does not know any Caledonians yet understands his pack is on friendly terms with them.
  • Species: Wolves are superior. Smaller species like coyotes and jackals are, on average, weaker.
  • Luperci: As he is Ortus, he does not know much about non-Luperci and may tend to even objectify them.
  • Gender: He doesn't really have much concept of it, especially since his own gender is not well understood by himself.
  • Sexuality: Not really an issue for him. He knows that biologically the only way to reproduce is between a female and a male, but he does not really place too much value on the ability to reproduce due to his issues with his parents.

Sexuality

Bisexual with a preference for feminine individuals.


History

The Gory Details

Egregore's parents, Gavriil and Lyuba Chernbelov were from Saint Petersburg, Russia. They considered themselves children of the Kunstkamera as members of the Detya Kunstkamerani cult that took over the western portion of the Vasileostrovskiy Rayon. They worshiped any oddity, as they believed whatever was different from the norm was truly holy and beautiful. They had two litters within Saint Petersburg together, but things changed when Lyuba became pregnant for the third time. She got in an argument with Gavriil, which blew up to deadly proportions. He struck her and took her eye out. In retaliation, she killed him and ate his brain. The rest of the Detya cult was shocked and horrified, as they were not the violent sort and did not approve. They exiled Lyuba for this horrific crime.

Lyuba took her siblings with her, as they were all fiercely loyal to one another. Together they left Saint Petersburg for Moscow. The locals of Moscow took them in with warm welcomes and gave them shelter and food to survive the winter. During that cold season, they started a new cult, the Prosveshchennyy (Enlightened/Luminous), for that sort of lifestyle is difficult to forget. They had been betrayed by the Detya, so their new cult did not worship any deity. They believed that their gods had succumbed to true absurdism, the root of their belief in the sacredness of oddity, and cannibalized each other's brains as Lyuba had cannibalized her husband. What resulted was what they believed to be the supreme culmination of heart and mind; enlightenment. They believed that if one ate enough brains of those that were different to them, they could achieve enlightenment.

When Lyuba gave birth, Egregore was born as Svyatoslav Chernbelov in a litter of three. He and his littermates had to protect and watch out for each other from the very beginning, as Lyuba was cruel and cold to them. She saw them as Gavriil's children and children of Kunstkamera. Despite this, Svyatoslav was Lyuba's favorite. This was because he had been born with heterochromia and a slight overshot, causing his fangs to stick out over his lower lip. She saw him as a sacred and holy oddity to be revered. This meant that he received a lot of attention from his mother, his aunts and his uncles, for better or for worse. Mostly for worse. The attention he received was not better than the abusive treatment his siblings received, it was only increased abuse with an added dose of manipulation and religious indoctrination.

They built him up his whole life until Lyuba decided he was ready for enlightenment at a year old. He did not need to cannibalize others to become supremely enlightened, as he was a special oddity. She lied to him and told him they were going to baptize him. In reality, they planned to drown him until he was dead so he could ascend. When the day came and they began their attempt to murder him, he soon realized something was wrong. He couldn't breathe. His siblings came to his aid and saved his life. When he emerged from the water, he slaughtered his mother in a rage. The cult chased him and his siblings out.

With little idea of where to go, they remembered what their parents had told them of Saint Petersburg. They visited there for the first time and sought out the Detya, the cult Lyuba was from. They accepted his siblings, but when they found out he had killed his mother, they rejected him. They could not tolerate another murderer, as they saw it. Frustrated, he decided he would go somewhere better: London, England. He took a boat there, ready for a clean slate.

In London, he took on a new name to match his new start: Zane "Zero" Blackbourne. He met a dog named Dalton Thornton, a doctor skilled in herbalism and medicine. He saw promise in this so-called Zero's already existing skills with herbalism and took him under his wing as his student. The two did not grow too close, but Dalton did teach him the skills of a healer and apothecary over the course of Zero's stay in London. Zane was able to practice alongside Dalton as his medical assistant, performing amputations with saws and creating medicinal tonics with herbs. Dalton began to trust him to do more and more, until...

He found out that he was a Russian cultist that had killed his mother. He had read his journal which he kept due to his memory issues over the years. He confronted Zero and told him that he was going to report him in the morning, after which he would face trial. Afraid that they may hang him, Zero killed his teacher in the night and slipped away on the soonest boat he could at random. By chance, the voyage was to Nova Scotia.

He landed in Nova Scotia in April of 2020. There, he reunited with a friend that he knew from Russia. She was not happy to see him. He had said some insultingly personal things on accident, so the encounter became a physical altercation. He came away with a nasty facial injury and a bad concussion. The concussion was serious enough to cement a growing divide within himself to the point of developing two different minds. He had a difficult time associating the different aliases and people he had been in the past. The most namely two of these identities were Svyatoslav, who he was in Moscow, and Zero, who he was in London. They could not be reconciled with each other, as they were too different of personas. They split from each other now as Blood (Svyatoslav) and Soul (Zero) behind a new face and name: Egregore.


Skills

Skills

Dabbler -> Journeyman -> Master

  • Poisoning & herbalism: Master
    • With the time he spent in that cult in Russia, Egregore focused heavily on knowing which herbs did what early on. His family mentored him closely and taught them everything they knew to ensure the passing on of their legacy. He has learned how to create potent and undetectable enough poisons to kill just about anyone. He derives a lot of pleasure from this knowledge and does not always use it for good.
  • Medicine: Journeyman
    • Soul trained with Dr. Dalton Thornton in London, England as Zane "Zero" Blackbourne. Dalton built on top of the herbalism skills that Egregore had known already and fostered in him knowledge about medicine as well. He can perform anything from cleansing wounds to performing amputations, though the latter is something to avoid unless required, and things are not always successful.
  • Scarification: Master
    • This has been a big interest of Egregore's from even his youngest months. He loved how scarification looked and sought to learn it himself with vigor. Combined with his medicinal knowledge, he can prevent scarification from becoming infected as well.
  • Dyeing: Journeyman
    • Egregore's littermates adored expressing themselves with differently colored hair as a result of their culture favoring being different and odd. Growing up he maintained their dyejobs. This skill is strengthened by his herbalist knowledge so that he can know what plant can produce what color.
  • Piercing: Dabbler
    • With his skill in scarification came a curiosity about piercing. While he is not as experienced with it, he successfully pierced his own ear and the flesh of several others with little complaint after initial and painful practice.
  • Tattooing: Dabbler
    • There has been some exploration that Egregore has done in this field with the other methods of body modification he practices. His hand is not as deft with ink and needle as it is with carving flesh and depositing color. He seems less sure of how to handle smaller sharps than larger ones, and has not quite mastered how to add an image on top of skin as opposed to removing skin to create one.
  • Tracking & Trapping: Dabbler
    • Egregore has spent many periods outside of cities and packs as a loner, so he learned how to provide food for himself. He took up the skill of creating traps and setting them for this purpose and has become somewhat alright at tracking canines and animals down alike.
  • Close combat: Journeyman
    • Due to his encounters of killing his mother and teacher, Egregore has grown incredibly paranoid that others are out to get him. It became very important to satisfy this paranoia through learning how to defend himself with a variety of weapons and his claws and teeth.
  • Guitar playing: Dabbler
    • A skill learned from his brother, Egregore keeps up this hobby as an homage to him. He is not incredibly skilled with it and it may not sound perfect, but he knows how to play enough chords for accompaniment to singing and how to play simple melodies.
  • Multilingual: Master
    • Egregore had lived in Russia, so naturally he knows Russian and Ukrainian natively. He knew a little English before fleeing to London. His time there strengthened that language, so it is now his most fluent secondary language.

Weaknesses

Somewhat difficult -> Difficult -> Very difficult -> Most difficult

  • Empathy: Difficult
    • Since both Blood and Soul enjoy poisoning and killing others in general more than helping them, there is less interest to be had in healing them. It does help the outward face of Egregore look more appealing to others, but when there is little motive behind helping someone (and that is not common), his hand may 'slip' and he will 'fail' to heal someone.
  • Greed: Somewhat difficult
    • While a healthy amount of ambition is good, Egregore has a hard time not wanting more. This has less to do with wanting more material items and more with wanting more power. He is the dominant sort of fellow that is happiest when he is controlling someone else. This is a trait he internalized from his mother. It is something more prominent in Blood than Soul, as Soul is willing to relinquish control to appear less like a control freak. When Soul needles Blood with a flaw like this, Blood does sometimes wish it could change. This may or may not improve in the future.
  • Mirror aversion: Very difficult
    • Blood cannot stand to see reflections of himself. Soul does not mind it so much, but Blood will lose it if he has to see his face. He does not like how Egregore, the body he shares with Soul, looks. He looks too much like his mother for comfort.
  • Creep factor: Somewhat difficult
    • When Soul is neither in control of the body and trying actively to appear more acceptable, Egregore can come off as unnerving to onlookers. His expression is not well controlled due to the disconnect Soul and Blood can have to it, meaning his face can be too slack often and eyes very empty. Some may think his eyes look dead. This is especially exaggerated when Soul and Blood are trading off control, during more dissociative moments, or when neither have very complete control.
  • Amnesia: Most difficult
    • Egregore has both short-term memory issues, difficulty remembering much of his past at all due to trauma and additionally amnesia between trading off control between Blood and Soul. It is easy for him to forget something someone had told him a minute or so ago, so he may ask for instructions more than once. His past is riddled with a lot of memories that are difficult to process or even recall, so he is unsure of the details of his origins, especially when Soul is in control. When Soul and Blood trade control of the body that is Egregore, the one who takes front will not remember what the previous fronter was doing most of the time. Sometimes recollections can be there, but they will be vague unless the other mind explains what happened.
  • Dissociation: Very difficult
    • Dissociation is something that will occur both when Egregore is struggling with who is control, Soul or Blood, but also when confronted with something that is emotionally upsetting or overwhelming.
  • Focus: Somewhat difficult
    • It's hard to focus for several reasons at times, like switching control from Blood to Soul and vice versa, dissociation and amnesia, lack of motivation, etc. Additionally, he can be hard to pull away from his work when he is locked in and dedicated to finishing it.
  • Endurance: Difficult
    • Egregore tires easily if he expends too much physical energy at once. He avoids running as a result, preferring to use his intellect to strategize instead of using brute force to get through a physical altercation.
  • Internal disagreement: Varies, somewhat difficult / very difficult
    • Blood and Soul may be mostly in agreement over goals and life in general, but they can still often squabble about different things like arguing siblings. This can make him appear indecisive or hesitant.


Familial Relationships

Family

  • Mother: Lyuba Chernbelov
  • Father: Gavriil Chernbelov
  • Siblings: 2, unnamed
  • Extended: Unknown

Italics indicates an unknown relationship; they may be offboard or the relation is merely uncertain.
* indicates character does not know this person by name.

Details

  • Parents:
    • Both Blood and Soul loathe their mother Lyuba, which is why she is dead. Egregore wishes he knew his father, but he passed away before he was born. Maybe things could have been different.
  • Siblings:
    • Egregore has a brother and a sister. His brother taught him how to play guitar, and Egregore dyed his brother's and sister's hair consistently. They protected each other through the abuse. Egregore misses them.

Other Relations

Key

  • Eden De Le Ulrich is Egregore's sponsor in Salsola. She healed him when he was wounded after a fight, and upon meeting him again, brought him to the borders of Salsola. She has had a positive influence on him through showing him that kindness in others does exist and also by giving him a second chance at a new life.

Minor Relations

  • Enemies: The Detya Kunstkamerani cult and its sect that was split off by his mother, Londoners seeking revenge for Dalton
  • Murders: Lyuba Chernbelov (mother), Dalton Thornton (teacher), unnamed others
  • Significant Negative Acquaintances: None

Past Relations:


Animal NPCs

Image

by somebody, probably

Profile

  • Name: Innokentiy
    • Meaning: Innocence.
    • Pronunciation: In new kenn tee
  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Snowy owl
  • Onboard?: Yes

Summary

  • Appearance: White feathers with only slightly darker barring. Piercing yellow eyes.
  • Personality: Submissive and spooked easily.
  • Skills: Keen eyesight & hearing. Camouflage. Night vision. Locating herbs and bringing them back for Egregore.

History

  • A gift to Egregore from a friend.


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