Reflections of Eos
"The Aether pulses through my veins like cold fire. You will not sway me from my task."
Once a rising star in the field of geology back on Earth, Molly has changed dramatically since the crash landing on Cygnus-39 Echo. Gone is the mercurial youth whose calculations once predicted plate shifts and volcanic eruptions. In her stead stands a somber and determined young woman whose very will shapes the elements of the cosmos themselves. “Prometheus Risen” claim the scholars. “Tempest” say the soldiers. “Pandora” decry the temples. “Specimen” whisper the scientists.
Yet of titles, of fame and infamy, she cares little. For her friends, and many alike, lie in peril beyond the fragile borders of human airspace. Whether under alien oppression or simply shipwrecked, it matters not. For she will never rest until those who suffer and despair in the untamed wilds are brought again to safe harbor.
That is not to say that her old nature never seeps through the cracks (for it surely must in some of her private moments), but that her vigil seizes her like a strong tail wind and propels her ever on to her destiny.
Crash Location: Island Designation — 22B4.
Territory: Aren Empire (SE)
Crash Date: August 8, 2233
Rescue Location: 14.84, -16.34 (Sylvan Straights; Dominican Class Light Airship)
Rescue Date: April 27, 2234.
Colonial Security Officer on Duty: Adrianna Dumont
Summary: Molly crash landed on a small southeast Aren Empire island known colloquially to the natives as It’Vuel (“The Jewel”). The island houses a small factory complex and port designated for the production of linen and rope used in airship design. It also serves as a tourist destination for many — having several monuments left over from a previous war with an unknown race called The Eld.
Of six members in her cryo pod only five made it out alive (Silva Diaz passed due to a cryo-pod malfunction). Of those five only four made it through the evening (Shin Lee died when attacked by a wind viper while foraging for wood to make a fire). The rest, Molly and her sister Alice included, were picked up by an Aren patrol the next morning investigating the scene. With no weapons, and a security specialist Rashika D’vey as the only one with any former combat training, the group surrendered peacefully.
After interrogation, examination, and cataloging, the Aren parsed out the captives according to their ability and need. Rashika was sent to the Capital for further interrogation, a young man named Tamir was given to a wealthy household on the island to act as a servant, and Alice was sent to an industrial manufacturing hub to the North where they believed her insane ramblings (see: Engineer) could prove useful deconstructing and reconstructing Terran technologies for use in the Empire. Molly herself was found to have a deep understanding of the natural world, in particular larger geological structures, and they gave her to a mancer they felt could utilize her capabilities.
Mulla Dar, a powerful and well known Matter and Energy magister, put Molly quickly to work. At first she did nothing but menial tasks. Cleaning up spills, putting away books, cooking food, and trying to piece together the Aren language bit by bit. As time went on however, and Molly started to pick up on and show talent, the magister decided to perform an experiment deemed, “never been done before”. That being, Lady Mulla Dar wondered if a human could learn the art of mancery separated from their fancy gadgets.
It was dangerous, yes. It could get Mulla Dar in a lot of trouble if found out, but all knowledge worth having incorporated an element of risk. To mitigate the possibility of any retaliation Mulla had her soul mark tattoo’d onto Molly’s left shoulder blade. Then, using a cup of tea, showed her what would happen if she ever stepped out of line.
Once satisfied that Molly was appropriately terrified, training began in earnest.
-A rough beginning. Molly supplants the old apprentice in the name of science. No one but Mulla Dar is pleased.
-Breakthrough. It looked like Molly might fail to properly manifest Mancery, but she eventually gets the hang of it.
-Taken too far. Molly’s knowledge of Mancery grows too quickly. The old apprentice warns Mulla Dar of letting Molly advance too far. Mulla eventually agrees and shutters Molly’s training.
-Escape. A number of humans in the town plot an escape. Molly joins them, seeing no future except servitude with Mulla, and escapes. Mulla Dar is injured by another human attempting to escape at this time.
-Purpose found. Molly feels like a freak amongst regular humanity now. Her experience creates a barrier between her and the others. She picks up as a creed the need to go help save those who have become lost.
-Nightmares. Mulla Dar is injured but not dead. Molly, due to Mulla’s mark still being on her shoulder, occasionally wakes up to shared fever dreams of her former master.