THE THUNDERBOLT TEMPLATE
"If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning."
I. Basic Information» Name:
Candice Catnipp» Alias:
Candi, The Thunderbolt» Titles:
Most Serene and Beautiful Lady of the Everlasting Tempest, The Chosen Daughter of the Thunderqueen» Age:
Appears Early Twenties» Gender:
Ain't nobody keeping her in check.
Heiress of C.C. Incorporated.» Alignment:
Chaotic Neutral» Marital Status:
Nice try.» Hair Colour:
Blonde» Eye Colour:
Green» Physical Appearance:
I. Personality Traits» Personality:
Candice is best described as a seemingly sweet young woman but with a temper that rests on a hair-trigger. She is a hothead who both can and will fly off-kilter at the slightest of disruptions to her person or her plans, responding with anything from a tantrum to wanton violence. Furthermore, she takes pride in her appearance at all times, going to great lengths to look her best on any occasion, and takes even the slightest of insults to such very personally. Because of this, she is naturally snobbish and looks down on those that do not properly value both her looks and their own.
Her upbringing made her prissy, vain, and quick to gloat at the misfortune of those she does not care about. That superiority often leads her to manipulate those around her to whatever goal she wishes to accomplish, and she has both the resources and the looks to help her get away with such.
There are people that she cares about, though, and they can see beyond this aloof and reckless nature to the Candice that hides beneath. She is smarter than she often lets on, happy for others to do the thinking for her but far from incapable of functioning by herself, and plays the role of an airhead with seamless ease when the situation calls for it. She is also quick to leap to the defence of her allies when she deems them to have been insulted, but not with as much vigour as if the insult were to herself.
I. Character History» History
The Catnipp family is one with a tumultuous history scattered across Europe. Once a noble family from Italy, they fell from grace after one particularly divisive power struggle and fled the country in the hopes of finding greener pastures. For centuries they travelled around the continent, fortunes coming and going with the changing of the times. It was when the family was at its lowest that Candice's distant relative opened up a candy shop in Switzerland, Catnipp's Confections. It was never meant to amount to much, and it never did within their lifetime, but, as the years went by, the gods were kinder to the family than they had ever truly deserved. By the time of Candice's grandparents, Catnipp's Confections was a household name in Switzerland, the family's fortunes were once again on the up.
It was her parents that broke past even the lofty heights of national fame, as they took the company to the international scene. C.C. Inc. took to the global stage with a surprisingly swift success, as they had stumbled upon an untapped market for quality confections from Switzerland. The planet had suffered through a third world war and continued to struggle with new threats, but the human spirit was indomitable. And it also had quite the sweet tooth. Hailed as business magnates, the Catnipp family were now considered wealthy beyond measure and it was into this home that Candice Catnipp was born.
Mother and father were busy people, they did not have time to raise a large family, nor did they even really have time to raise Candice. She had no siblings to share with, or to temper her bad habits, and so she went unchecked through her infant years. To her parents, she played the angel but to her tutors, servants, companions, and almost anyone else, she was a snobbish brat with violent tendencies and an altogether total lack of self-control. Some might have wondered how her parents never picked up on these rampant bad habits, but all that mattered was that they could throw money at Candice's problems until they went away so that they could return to actually important matters.
That was not to say that all of Candice's childhood was completely wasted on idle pursuits. Her parents did ensure that she was learned in matters of business and finance, subjects that she did actually perform well in, and this only served to reinforce her parent's false assumptions that she was in fact the model child. By the time she was a young teenager, Candice was being hailed as the sole Heiress to the Catnipp fortune. If she was a brat before then this only served to ascend her vanity to the point of unbridled arrogance.
It was around this time that she grew interested in the beauty industry and, by extension, her own appearance. In hindsight, it was probably a poor idea to let a rich teenager far too obsessed with herself begin dabbling in business investments without supervision, but Candice was not to be placated. Despite all evidence to the contrary, she was successful in her ventures and brought in only more money to the family. This led to further financial independence for Candice, further questionably warranted praise from her parents, and further reinforcing her own bad habits. By the time she was an adult grown, Candice was travelling the world representing her family on the global scene. In her own mind, she was a queen and she would not tolerate anyone treating her as anything less, so she lived a life of luxury on the back of both her own fame and her family's fortune.
Her life took a rather sharp change after a business trip to Rome though, and in a direction that no one could have predicted. The Catnipps were not exactly a godfearing family, Candice had no doubt prayed from time to time but her heart was never in it. But, when her plane was struck by a freak bolt of lightning and began to plummet out of the sky, Candice opened her heart and soul to anything out there that might save her from an untimely and no doubt horrific death.
To her own surprise, something answered.
Aether energy surged through her body, and suddenly she was not on the aeroplane anymore. Instead, she was far away, in a place where no human had probably stood before, a fey court surrounded by entities that she could not quite comprehend. A deal was struck, a sacred bond made between a human and a faerie, and as swiftly as she had arrived, Candice was returned back to Rome. The sole survivor of a terrible plane crash that killed her entire entourage, she was picked up by the Italian rescue services and put into intensive care.
What became almost immediately apparent was that, somehow, Candice was almost without injury despite the terrible crash. And even those few wounds that she had suffered were healing at an almost inhuman rate. When she awoke, after only a couple of hours, her body felt like it was not quite her own anymore. It was still completely hers in a physical sense, but there was also another power engraved upon her very soul. That was when the fey entity spoke to her. The Thunderqueen, Iramasha of the Everlasting Tempest across the Night Sky, explained once more the desperate bargain that had been struck between an Iramasha and a mortal, and suddenly Candice had a second purpose upon the Earth. She was the Thunderqueen's chosen, an implement of an ancient will that she could barely comprehend, and that was her destiny now.
From that day forward, she lived a dual life. To the masses, she remained Candice Catnipp, Heiress of C.C. Inc., but behind closed doors, she was also now the chosen daughter of the Thunderqueen. Granted powers beyond any normal human, she was able to summon lightning and thunder at her beck and call. A thunderbolt had been forcibly branded onto her soul, and so she could call forth the Thunderqueen's power to bolster her own. But this did not come without a price, for she was truly beholden to the Iramasha's will to the point of slavery at times. If there was a task he wished done, she would do it or suffer divine wrath.
World War 4 eventually came around, and Switzerland was plunged into turmoil. Whilst her family spent their time consolidating their financial assets to manage the inevitable shift in power, the Chosen of the Thunderqueen took a different path. Candice joined up with the forces of order and actually fought to liberate her country, at the Thunderqueen's behest. As a reward for her successful efforts, which did see Switzerland wrested from the hands of Shadow Fall, the Iramasha bestowed upon her the mystical Bow of Bellona and gave her some more autonomy within her own body once again.
All in all, becoming a supernatural being was a net gain for Candice. Yeah, she occasionally had to smite some evildoers from time to time, but, outside of that, she lived a pretty sweet life. She could travel over great distances in the blink of an eye, shoot electricity from her fingertips, and - most importantly of all - her body seemed to have stopped ageing. Who would have figured that eternal youth and bottomless vanity were a match made in heaven anyway?
I. Equipment» Equipment:C.C. Inc.:
Catnipp Confectionaries Incorporated is a company owned and founded by Candice's family. The original Catnipp Confections was opened by her great-great-grandfather as a small-time local candy shop, but it was her parents that took the business to the international stage and branched out into other markets beyond just sweets. The Catnipps grew rich off the industry, raking in an impressive fortune by bringing sweet joy to a war-torn planet, and now Candice is the sole heiress to this fortune.
As such, rather than a single item, it stands to reason that Candice is able to acquire almost anything mundane without any notable impact on her wealth. This can also be represented as those goods and services being written away as business expenses, not an uncommon occurrence for her, but she also has considerable private finances to handle purchases that might want to be kept off the company's books. There is still a limit to this based on the rarity of an item, with unique or exceedingly limited pieces often beyond her clutches, but such purchases could still be discussed OoC.
I. Natural Abilities & Skills» Skills: Enhanced Durability:
For a slim woman who prides herself on her appearance above all else with an impressive vanity, Candice can take a considerable amount of punishment before even considering her aetherily enhanced aspects. Despite herself, she has always been more than capable of playing rough and is not a stranger to violence. Since embracing her sacred powers, Candice has only grown more dedicated to her physical training and endurance. Striving to push herself to the peak of the human form whilst keeping her body in the best shape it can be. Shocking Swordswoman:
One of Candice's more peculiar childhood pursuits was fencing, a skill that most might have considered unbefitting for a girl of her pedigree but it gave her an outlet for her frustrations. Perhaps that was why those abilities stuck with her throughout her teenage years and remain even now. She is not one to carry a visible weapon but can wield the lightning that she manifests as swords with practised ease and is not a stranger to melee combat. Though that makes it easier for an opponent to mess up her appearance, Candice only becomes more dangerous when swinging lightning bolts with reckless abandon. Financial Acumen:
The sole child of a business-minded family, Candice was raised with the understanding that she would inherit a sizable portion of the family business regardless of whether she intended to continue running it as her parents do. Though far from a prodigy, she took to business studies with a natural affinity and has put her financial skills to use as a representative for her company on the international stage. She is scrupulous in her investments that concern anything other than personal beauty and healthcare, an industry she goes out of her way to sponsor and support.
I. Other Supernatural Abilities» Powers:The Thunderbolt:
The first boon bestowed by the Everlasting Tempest was The Thunderbolt. When Candice was struck by his aetherial lightning, it infused a portion of the ancient Iramasha's essence into her soul and gave her powers far beyond any mortal human. Chiefly, she can create, control, and project lightning bolts at will. She commonly generates the lightning in her hands and points in the direction she wants to project it. But she can also conjure lightning bolts of significant power from the sky to attack targets in groups, causing considerable damage to an area.
The limitations to this are twofold: relying on her own energy reserves to summon these bolts means that she cannot do so indefinitely, and she can only manifest a certain number of bolts at any one time.
Energy reserves are based on Candice's Energy Usage
skill, it functions by generating a certain number of bolts per post up to a certain maximum stockpile. Outside of unique circumstances, it should be assumed that Candice starts every new thread at the maximum number of bolts.
- Untrained: Maximum 2 bolts, Regenerate 0 per thread.
- Beginner: Maximum 5 bolts, Regenerate 1 per 3 posts.
- Adept: Maximum 10 bolts, Regenerate 1 per 2 posts.
- Advanced: Maximum 15 bolts, Regenerate 1 per post.
- Elite: Maximum 20 bolts, Regenerate 2 per post.
As a limiter against achieving an endless cycle, the regeneration rate drops by 1 after 10 consecutive posts and then a further 1 for every 5 additional posts. This does not become negative, capping at zero regeneration, but prevents Candice from operating at full capacity for an indefinite period of time.
Maximum bolt output is based on Candice's Power Control
skill. This determines the number of bolts that she can shoot within a single post, either as ranged attacks from her hands or calling them down from the skies above.
Bow of Bellona:
- Untrained: Maximum 1 bolt per post.
- Beginner: Maximum 1 bolt per post.
- Adept: Maximum 1 bolt per post.
- Advanced: Maximum 2 bolts per post.
- Elite: Maximum 3 bolts per post.
The second of the Thunderqueen's boons, the Bow of Bellona is a weapon that was granted to Candice as a reward for her devotion. When the lightning struck twice, it left a weapon of the gods in its wake. With arms shaped like lightning bolts and a heart-shaped grip, the bow is not a physical object as much as it is lightning energy condensed into a weapon from the Iramasha Realm.
- Bow of Bellona:
Rather than manifesting or regenerating any bolts, Candice can instead summon the Bow of Bellona and use that to channel her future attacks. Bolts fired from the bow are considerably more powerful than her traditional attacks but lack the versatility that can be achieved by simply willing the bolts into being. Furthermore, the bow dissipates after making a number of attacks equal to The Thunderbolt's maximum capacity divided by five (eg. 4 attacks at Elite Energy Usage) and cannot be summoned again for the rest of the thread or until she activates her Sacred Release. » Pure Abilities: Electrical Endurance:
An affinity for lightning-based abilities granted to her by an Iramasha has given Candice a level of resistance to various energy types that far exceeds the natural human. Her body has been altered to passively create a current that protective field against harmful energy that activates along with her other abilities. This is because the power that she generates using The Thunderbolt could reflect back on herself, as both the electrical and heat energy emitted could easily scar her perfect skin -and such a thing would be totally unacceptable! Lightning Jump:
Being attuned to the power of the Thunderqueen, Candice is able to temporarily transform her body into elemental lightning and shift over short distances. This could be used to evade a dangerous attack, as she becomes impervious to most physical attacks during this time as her form is quite literally reduced to pure energy and then reconstituted mere moments later in a location within about 1 metre of where she started. Due to the exertion that this process places upon both her body and soul, she can only do so once per thread. Thunder Step:
When one hears the sound of rolling thunder, it might be more than just an oncoming storm. Though impractical for use on the battlefield, the Thunder Step is a technique used to travel over great distances in a short amount of time. By channelling her connection to the storm for an entire post, Candice and anyone else within touching distance of her can be transported across the skies to another location within sight. Arriving with a thunderous boom that deafens those in the immediate area. Electric Youth:
Ever since being granted The Thunderbolt, Candice has simply slowed down on ageing to the point that over a decade has gone by whilst her body has actually only aged by a matter of months. To Candice, nothing could be more perfect. For now, she will be eternally beautiful.
I. Sacred Release - Fulgurator» Sacred Release Appearance:
» Sacred Release Powers:
Upon entering the state of Fulgurator, Candice calls upon the power of the tempest to bring down the Thunderqueen's wrath upon her foes. Given dominion over the skies, she soars across the battlefield with enhanced speed and power whilst also replenishing her energy reserves. Alongside other normal bonuses that a Sacred Release provides, The Thunderbolt regains half of its maximum charges and the regeneration limiter is reduced by 5 posts as her energy reserves are reignited.Bolt Wings:
When her Sacred Release activates, six lightning bolts sprout from Candice's back and form a series of wings. Provided she has at least two remaining bolts, these wings grant her the ability to fly at an impressive pace. Increasing her overall speed and manoeuvrability considerably.
Electrical Destruction Punishment!:
- Lightning Swords: Each of these lightning bolt wings can be removed from her back at will by Candice, and then used as a melee weapon. Each of these Lightning Swords only lasts for three posts once separated from her back, but any attacks made with one of these weapons is considerably more powerful than any of the ranged attacks from The Thunderbolt and can displace both her and her opponents if either is not braced for the impact.
Candice points upward with her arm, causing a huge column of electricity to surge around her. She concentrates this electricity around her arm, with some of it radiating from her eyes as well, before throwing it at her opponent in the form of a massive blast of electricity. This wide range attack has a large area of effect but consumes 4 bolts from her maximum charge that cannot be regenerated for the remainder of the thread.
I. Ascended Sacred State - Caelestis
- Not yet achieved:
» Ascended Sacred State Appearance:
» Ascended Sacred State Powers: Galvano Blast:
She who brings the thunderGalvano Javelin:
She who opens the pathSerenator:
She who clears the sky
I. Skill SheetGeneral Skills
Human Reiatsu Sheet
- Durability: Advanced
- General Speed: Advanced
- Strength: Adept
- Martial Skill: Adept
- Power Control: Adept
- Energy Usage: Advanced
- Energy Resistance: Adept
- Physical Augmentation: UnUntrained
- Willpower/Determination: Advanced
- Mental Deduction: Advanced
- Focus: Basic