Denise Reilly / Brimstone
PL: 7 (105pp)
STR: 12 (+1) DEX: 14 (+2) CON: 12 (+1) INT: 10 (+0) WIS: 10 (+0) CHA: 10  (+8)
Acrobatics 6 (+8), Bluff 4 (+12/+20), Drive 4 (+6), Gather Information 4 (+12), Knowledge [Arcane Lore] 6 (+6), Knowledge [Pop Culture] 8 (+8), Perform [Dancing] 12 (+20), Sense Motive 6 (+6), Stealth 10 (+12)
Accurate Attack, Attack Specialization [Hellfire], Attractive (2), Benefit [Fame, Wealth] (2), Contacts, Defensive Roll, Equipment (3)
Additional Limb 1 (1pp), Enhanced Charisma 16 (16pp), Hellfire Control 11 (Power Feat: Precise; 23pp), Immunity 5 (Fire Descriptor; 5pp), Super Senses 2 (Soul Awareness, Scent; 2pp)
Attack +1 (+3 w/ Hellfire) [Unarmed +1, Hellfire +11] Defense 20 (15 flat-footed) Init +2
Toughness +4 (3 flat-footed) Fortitude +4 Reflex +9 Will +4
Leather Outfits [+2 Toughness; Fascinate – Bluff; 3ep], Cell Phone [1ep], Lap Top Computer [1ep], Digital Camera [1ep], Supped Up Sports Car [Str: 25; Speed: 6; Defense: 9; Toughness: 8; Size: Large; 9ep]
Involuntary Transformation [Contact with Wrath Blade; Really
uncommon Occurrence; No Resistance; 3pp], Vulnerable [Holy Descriptor; Uncommon Occurrence, Major Intensity; 3pp], Weakness [Holy Ground; -1 Constitution / Round; 6pp]
Cost: Abilities 8 + Skills 15 (60 Ranks) + Feats 11 + Powers 47 + Combat 22 + Saves 14 – Drawbacks 12 = 105pp
Denise Reilly was your Catholic school girl typical young girl. Her parents were a little on the conservative side, but they loved their only child dearly. The quiet girl had trouble in social situations, but the support she received at home helped her cope with social problems.
Her life changed drastically however when she hit puberty. Her brown hair started to turn crimson, she began to inexplicably develop a deep tan, and began to always run a fever. At first her parents took her to all manner of doctors in order to understand what was wrong with her. The doctors were entirely stumped, and then the really
weird symptoms started to appear.
Two horns sprouted from her temples, she grew a tail, her tan skin turned blood red, she discovered that her hair began to move like a fire, and she began to get feint every time she walked into church. At this point it was clear to Denise’s parents that possessed her by some kind of demon. Being good Catholics they did the only thing they could do… call a priest.
The exorcism that followed seemed like a spoof of the events from The Exorcist
. The holy water burst into flame in the father’s hand. The priest kept on waiting for Denise to say something horrible so he could be riled up, instead she was perfectly polite. Two days later the priest left totally frustrated and leaving the Reilly family very confused.
Despite the Exorcism’s failure there was nothing really wrong with Denise so her parents eventually let her return to school. What was once an awkward social situation got much worse. The students openly mocked Denise, and the teachers regarded her with barely disguised disgust. Denise would have retreated to the comfort of her home life, but that comfort wasn’t there.
Her parents had seen how little happened during the exorcism and began to ask themselves many questions. Why couldn’t the priest expel this evil from their daughter? Via conversation the two of them came to believe there were one of two explanations. The first was that Denise’s mother, Kate, had been unfaithful and laid with of all things a demon. The other explanation was that Denise did something wicked knowingly and had in effect given her soul to the demonic spirit that now possessed her. Rather than potentially ruin their marriage by embracing the former theory they decided to instead blame Denise. The teenaged girl began to receive almost no affection at home.
With nowhere else to go the poor girl crawled into a deep depression.
She emerged at the age of sixteen with a new outlook on life. If the entire world took one look at her and saw evil then she’d embrace the image. She began to alter her school uniforms to be as provocative as possible. She’d openly flirt with anyone she found attractive. She even began to flaunt sexual encounters that she started to have. She had enough of the loneliness that had dominated her life and figured that if she was going to be seen as evil she aimed to be seen as the type of evil that people wanted to be around.
Such behavior could not last forever, and it didn’t. After an incident involving a member of the school’s faculty Denise was thrown out of school. Her parents used this as an excuse to kick her out of their home as well. So at age seventeen the girl was alone and on the streets.
Fortunately for Denise the world of adult entertainment clamored for exotic beauties that were willing to do anything for popularity. Within two weeks of being out on the street she had her own adult website, Brimstone’s Lair, which claimed she was a demon named Brimstone who’d left hell to bed and corrupt as many mortals as possible.
The world’s love for meta-humans, and for adult entertainment collided to create a pop culture superstar. Brimstone was suddenly famous all over the world and Denise got to enjoy the sudden rush of fame. No longer did she have to worry about being lonely, everyone from crime lords, to Hollywood bad boys wanted to be seen with everyone’s favorite demonic girl on their arm. Before long Denise was making millions of dollars per year simply doing what had gotten her thrown out of school.
Beneath the designer leather outfits, and Hollywood glitz, however, Denise was still the same lonely girl yearning for acceptance that she’d been when her powers first manifested. She still wanted to be loved and was quickly coming to discover just how shallow the love and affection of fame was. Then suddenly somewhere appeared whom Denise began to see as a kindred spirit.
He called himself Tribe, and he was an Adonis possessed of clearly demonic powers. He was a criminal, committing all sorts of acts of thievery always within camera shot. He became popular much in the same way that Brimstone did before him. He became the ultimate Bad Boy, no hero could oppose him, and he took what he wanted.
With a carefully constructed façade of confidence Denise tracked down and approached the high profile villain. It didn’t take much effort to seduce him and before long they began to appear in public together. They quickly became the next big celebrity couple. They nearly earned themselves a combined name like Tomkat, only a display of power from Tribe ended that before it started. Behind the scenes thing weren’t quite as wonderful as Denise had hoped.
She discovered that Tribe was actually five men. Denis still believed that she could connect with them, but she ended up spending so much time trying to make each of the five men happy that no real single relationship ever emerged. Instead she found herself as the communal sex object to five criminals, and she lacked the self-esteem to simply walk away from the situation.
Recently Tribe has sided with a shadowy criminal mastermind who calls himself Twilight. Denise is quickly finding herself out of her depth, she’s gone from playing bad girl and exposing herself on film, to being surrounded by psychopaths and hardened criminals. She’s doing less and less work, as Tribe demands more and more of her time. She’s stuck in a horrible situation and is too unsure of herself to find a way out.
That way out may be closer than she knows however. Her façade of sexually charged confidence has fooled nearly everyone in the Syndicate Seven, but not Eclipse. Since the moment she arrived he was able to see her for what she really is, a lonely girl desperate for attention and trapped in an increasingly abusive relationship. He feels horrible for her, and he longs to save her from the situation but his duty to his father dictates that he holds his tongue in order to preserve his father’s alliance with Tribe. Whether Eclipse knows it or not he’s growing more and more attached to the scared crimson skinned girl, and is feeling an emotion he’s yet to feel in his young life.
Denise’s parents were right. She did bring this condition on herself. Not with a wicked act, but with an act of kindness as a child.
The villain Wrath once served as a member of the original Syndicate Seven. He was a crippled man who sold his soul to a demon to be able to walk again. He received a demonic body that lacked a sense of taste or touch. He took out his frustration on the forces of good by Twilight’s side. During that time he became a reoccurring foe of the angelic hero Halo. The two were archenemies for the longest time.
However, after the murder of Paper Tiger he felt a sense of shame for the way the Syndicate Seven lured the woman into a vulnerable position and ambushed her. That feeling made him realize that though he had body of a monster he still had the heart and mind of a man. He left the Syndicate Seven intent on trying to find his own way though what looked to be an immortal life.
In his sojourn he met Halo, the two once again fought but neither displayed the vigor that they had in the past. The fighting came to an end and the two men did something they’d never done before, talk. During the conversation Wrath discovered that Halo was unwilling possessed by an Angelic force trying to influence the mortal world. He would have much rather lived an ordinary life. The two men realized that they had been forcefully pushed on opposite ends of a conflict neither wanted anything to do with.
Halo and Wrath struck an accord that day, they would work together. They would work not for evil, nor for Good, but for a preservation of balance on the mortal world. They traveled the world together briefly until word reached them that Twilight had shattered the Protectors. The two agreed that unchecked by the Protectors Twilight could do permanent damage to the balance. They sprung into action.
The two assaulted Twilight’s Fortress. However, the mastermind was not without protection. The remains of his person guard of swordsmen fell quickly to the duo, but waiting to stop them was Kage. The sadistic monster proved more than equal to the task of slowing the two down, seriously hurting them before being forced to retreat.
Battered and tired the two then faced Twilight. He had laced his swords with poison designed to sap the powers of the two. The poison did its job and Twilight managed to defeat the pair. Halo was killed outright, and Twilight claimed his holy sword. However, Twilight’s servants tortured Wrath. His horns and body spikes were forcefully pulled from his body and used to forge a sword, The Wrath Blade. Finally the mystics used their magic to drain the demonic essence from Wrath and channel it into the sword. The process nearly killed Wrath.
Wrath was dumped like so much garbage. Teetering on the edge of death he crawled as far away from Twilight’s fortress as he could. His wounds would not heal, and with the majority of his demonic essence gone he found himself quickly dying. He finally collapsed in the woods near a small city. There a young girl found him. With sparse strength left he spoke softly to her.
“Help me, please…”
The girl was unafraid of his demonic visage and ran to him naively trying to help the large man to his feet. It was to be the girl’s undoing. The last spark of demonic essence in Wrath’s body exited his body and entered the girl. With that last ounce of demonic essence gone the body turned to dust.
That girl was four year old Denise Reilly, who quickly forgot the experience as she aged.
That demonic essence festered inside of Denise until she reached puberty and then expressed itself. Giving her a demonic body and the ability to control hellfire. It also began to subtlety influence the girl. By and large it has only increased her feelings of inadequacy trying to prod her into the right situation.
That situation being where she is right now. While Denise is unaware of it she is right where the demonic essence inside of her wants her to be, it’s part of the reason she won’t leave Tribe. The demonic essence wants Denise to get close enough to come into physical contact with the Wrath Blade. Once that occurs all of the sword’s demonic energy will flood into Denise’s body and create a new, very powerful, and likely very angry creature.