TITLE: Head of the Satinamuh
KNOWN ALIASES: Kaia St. Claire, The Whispering Death, Mavis Anasazi
HANDS OF POWER: Perception, Fortitude (The latter is only available to Nemesis
through Genhai – by drawing upon it, she sacrifices a
portion of self control for the time it is in use)
MERITS: Awareness (Nemesis has a natural 6th
sense that is enhanced by the presence of Genhai), Linguistics
(In almost two millennium of life, Nemesis has learnt dozens of languages), Leadership
(A born leader with centuries of practical experience), Martial Art – Muay Thai (Nemesis
is also versed in Muay Thai variations such as Savate and San Shou) Streetwise
(Nemesis is connected to dozens of informers across New York) Disguise
(Nemesis has kept her true identity secret for centuries) Subterfuge
(Centuries of spying have made Nemesis adept at manipulation)
FLAWS: Possession (Nemesis and Genhai share a sometimes
difficult relationship), Driving Goal (The overthrow of the Chimaera),
(Dozens of PIs, bounty hunters and assassins actively search for Nemesis every
day), Notoriety (Her true name is dark legend) Dark Secret
(Nemesis keeps the presence of Genhai hidden)
For almost 2,000 years, an implacable enemy with a name
that sends chills down the spines has hunted the Chimera. That name is
Nemesis. A shadowy figure with a past stained in blood, barely any know her
true identity. On no less than 7 separate occasions, it has been claimed that
Nemesis has been slain, yet still she haunts the dark edges of Chimera
consciousness, an unseen enemy who destroys and undermines.
There is a cumulative reward amounting to over $50 billion
on her head, dead or alive. No one has been able to claim it.
Nemesis heads an organization known as the Satinamuh, a
secretive underground human army that lurks in the recess of the world the
Chimera have built. Its kraken like tentacles reach out into the night,
twisting and breaking the shackles that hold down the persecuted human race.
The organisation has a thousand faces across the globe, from hate filled
Neo-Nazis and ideological terrorists, to the papal authority of the Catholic
church, to the single human who stands alone in a night filled with terrors and
refuses to be afraid. The support the organization commands is alarming for the
Chimera, even if much of it done in secret. And at the head of it all is that
name again – Nemesis.
Nemesis was born in 85 BC under a name that has been
forgotten, youngest daughter of a wealthy merchant in Persia. Naturally gifted
with sharp senses and a keen sight that defied mortal ability, she benefited
from an education and was content with her life. Her exact place of birth
At the age of 24, something happened to her that not even
she could remember. It left her previous life utterly destroyed, replaced
instead by a permanent companion, a phenomenally powerful entity known only as
Genhai. Her mind shattered by the experience and her body near death, she
drifted away into the desert night.
What the calamitous event was is still debated by those who
wish to know more of Nemesis. However, what happened next is known. A single
–apparently human – woman who declared herself to be their Nemesis wiped out a
party of high-ranking Kindred in a villa outside Rome. The kindred societies of
the city were thrown into a wild panic that intensified as a succession of
brutal murders picked off several of their most prominent members. A huge
search put many innocents to the sword but could not stop the attacks. Furious
and paranoid, the kindred turned upon each other and by the time the slaughter
had subsided the murders had stopped. The kindred licked their wounds and
assumed that whoever the murderer had been, they were long dead now.
It may have been a single curious incident in a world
filled with mysteries, had it not begun to repeat itself across the globe. It
was not only the kindred who suffered, as the attacks spread to other Chimera.
The attacks destabilized the rule of the Chimera wherever they fell, spreading
chaos and violence in their wake.
The patterns continued for decades, then centuries. More
references emerged to a female referring to herself as Nemesis, increasingly
accompanied by other apparently human companions who dedicated themselves to the
work of destroying Chimera. The organization acquired a name – Satinamuh
or more simply Hunters. Powerful Chimera were soon offering staggering
bounties on the heads of these deadly foes, the largest price of all being
reserved for their leader, the shadow player Nemesis. Assassins and killers of
all types vied for honor and reward of slaying this hated figure. Some claimed
to have done so.
Most famous of these claims was made by Braxus Redtalon, a
renowned Shifter bounty hunter with a dark reputation. He claimed to have
battled Nemesis in a furious fight to the death across the rooftops and ramparts
of Constantinople, finally slaying her by flinging her from the walls to her
death. Although no body was recovered, Braxus claimed the bounty. Two weeks
later his mutilated corpse was found hanging from the same stretch of wall where
he had claimed to thrown the Satinamuh leader. Despite his grisly fate, more
assassins were glad to risk all for a chance at the ever-growing bounty on the
head of Nemesis.
Times changed. The Satinamuh had grown from a handful of
individual killers into a fearsome organisation a match for the most
cold-blooded of Chimera clans. In cities across the globe cells of resistance
were formed. The Chimera battled them with determination, hate and fear,
sometimes succeeding in destroying the Hunters, stringing their corpses from the
battlements as a warning to others. But with an inevitable creep, new Hunters
replaced the old and battle was rejoined.
Nemesis was at the forefront of the greatest successes.
Whenever Chimera rule was shaken or fell, her name seemed to be mentioned.
Chaos and slaughter followed in her wake, consuming chimera and human with equal
measure, the killing caught in an endless cycle of attack and reprisal across
almost two millennia.
Then something happened. After the unprecedented
destruction of the Second World War, the activities of the Satinamuh subtly
changed. Nemesis had been caught up in the war, finding herself fighting Nazi
Germany at the head of the Soviet Red Army. In quiet woodland in Poland, 1945,
she came across the first of the Nazi Death Camps and was confronted with the
stark reality of industrial genocide perpetrated by humans upon humans. The
event stunned her and shook her confidence in the violent crusade she had led
for almost two thousand years. She realized that things had to change.
The Satinamuh evolved quickly. Acts of violence against
Chimera continued, but now the emphasis had moved from simple destruction to the
liberation and protection of the human population. For the first time, the
Satinamuh acquired an image beyond that of violent killers. Now they had become
freedom fighters, challenging the dictatorial Chimera monarchies from within in
the name of human freedom. The Chimera were quick to brand them as mere
terrorists, still the same murderers in different clothing. But the change was
significant and had far reaching consequences. The Satinamuh claimed to defend
humanity from the depredations of the ruling Chimera, a seductive message that
saw them gain diverse and significant support. The Satinamuh of the 21st
century is larger, better funded and better equipped than at any time
previously. And at the top of it all stands Nemesis, the same woman who started
the fight back in the villa in Rome two thousand years ago.
Of Genhai’s role in this, little is known. Genhai is a
powerful spiritual creature that somehow came to be on the mortal plane, far
from its home. How it came to be here is known only to Genhai, and it has
refused to tell even Kaia of the truth. One thing is certain, however – Genhai
has a consuming, absolute desire to destroy Chimera. Its goals are obscure and
mysterious, with one exception – the total destruction of the Chimera system of
rule. Not until their empires lie in ruins will Genhai be satisfied, and even
then, only the Gods know what further lengths it will demand in its eternal
None except Nemesis is even aware of the being’s presence.
Possibly in the darkest, mustiest tomes, perhaps on ancient scrolls or carved on
the walls of black tombs there may be clues as to what Genhai truly is, but they
are yet to be found or understood. Genhai has clashed with his host more
readily in recent years since the change of the Satinamuh from simple destroyers
to protectors. The battle of wills between the two symbiotic companions may
continue, and the winner of that contest could be humanity’s saviour….or