Eldest of the three daughters of Lord Inquisitor Skotus and his longtime lover Astropath Cuma Sybbyl. An Epsilon+ ranked psyker Kymbeline was fastened upon by the Inqusition as soon as the results of her tests became known. Few in the Imperium get to choose their life and Kymbeline is not discontent with hers though she'd be a lot happier if she didn't have to compete with her father's reputation.
Kymbeline spent her childhood either at the Skotii Complex on Holy Terra or their palatial estates on New Venus with her two younger sisters Devorguille and Aidana and staff of nannies and tutors. She didn't know - then - that both she and her siblings were under intense scrutiny by both the Inquisition and the Astra Telepathica thanks to their parentage.
Kymbeline has the temper that is usually associated with red hair and does not suffer fools gladly. Do not impede her in her duties and if you do interrupt or interfere for Emperor's sake have a good reason!
Like her sisters Kymbeline has inherited her father's strong, angular features but her eyes are a pale grey-blue. Her red hair lost its pigment several decades ago after a fiercely contested and nearly fatal duel with a Chaos Sorceror. She usually tints it her former natural color but when she can't be bothered to keep up the treatments for a few months it reverts to an ivory hue.
As a witch hunter she wore the traditional wide brimmed, high crowned hat and affected the usual layers of dark leathers. Since her transfer to the Ordo Malleus she has adopted a black body-glove accessorized with a long leather coat and a black version of the witch-hunter hat emblazoned with a large Inquisitorial 'I'.
Abilities and Traits
Kymbeline's assigned rank is Epsilon on the twenty-four point chart. She has inherited her mother's gift of Divination and the combat applications of same have been of immense use to her in her career. She has also cultivated her pyrokinetic and telepathic powers. As her father Malleus Skotus was known as a Daemonologist Kymbeline naturally preferred to to study Theosophamy which takes an almost exact opposite approach to battling warpcraft.
As Lord Skotus' eldest child and heiress Kymbeline was contracted to Alastor XVIII Jaymie Skotus, Sector Lord of the Skotus Sector in a (temporary) dynastic marriage which produced two children;
Davod XXI Malleus SkotusPalatinus Dominus and Lord General of the Skotia Sector. He is also the leading candidate for his father's successor but since the Skotii practice succession by election from among the kindred his two younger half sisters are almost equally prominent candidates. The girls themselves are not much interested but their mother Lady Sybil-Vhari most emphatically is and energetically intriguing on her daughters' behalf. This, like the incursions of both Dark and Light Eldar which have troubled the Sector for nearly a century, helps to make Davod's life uncomfortably interesting.
Eideen Eva SkotaPalatina Domina of House Skotus. She has had the misfortune to inherit her mother's curse - which her twin seems to have escaped altogether - but her father and mother both pulled the necessary strings to get her assigned as a Sanctioned Psyker to the Sectorial Court where she divides her time between uncovering aristocratic intrigues for her father and leading squads of Battle Psykers against the Eldar for her brother. Because of her curse she is not considered a likely candidate for her father's gubernatorial throne - nor does she wish to be - but she is becoming exceedingly suspicious of her stepmother's machinations.
Friends and Allies
Like all Inquisitors Kymbeline has an entourage:
Preacher Lilia Epifano
This plump, motherly ecclesiarch has been been with the Inquisitor since her first independent mission when Kymbeline uncovered a coven of Nurgelites in Mother Epifano's parish. They took care of the problem together but Lilia decided that transfering to the Inquisition would be a good career move given her superiors were looking out for a scapegoat.
A heavily augmented autosavant and runaway Sister Dialogos who found the strictures of her order too frustrating a limitation on her endless, all encompassing curiousity to bear. Service with Kymbeline has proved more than rewarding in regard to satisfying that curiousity, of course it has also been extremely dangerous at times but Cora doesn't care about that. In fact she has an almost Mechanicus-like ability to ignore physical danger while engaged in her researches, far more so than her colleague and fellow seeker of knowledge Raythus Arkite.
Logos Raythus Arkite
As a young tech-priest and aspiring exlporator his Quest for Knowledge was nearly ended by a band of Hereteks after the same prize. Rescued by Kymbeline the badly shaken Logos decided to join her entourage temporarily - that was over seventy years ago and he still shows no signs of leaving. He is as curious as Cora, making the two natural allies, but much more timid thanks to his early horrific experience with corrupted members of his order.
Deena CapaldoSoldier of fortune of unknown origins - though her use of a partial set of Sororitas power armor raises suspicions she is one of the rare deserters from that Adeptus. This suspicion is only reinforced by her friendship with Sister Cora Merisier. The two of them regularly share devotional practices which have a distinctly Sororitas flavor to them.
This battered but unbowed old warrior is Deena's partner and something of a mentor. He likes working for Kymbeline because 'the money's good, the quarters better and my soul needs all the help it can get.' His age is uncertain but his claim to being a veteran of the Sabbat Crusade seems all too probable given his extensive scaring and augmentations.
Balthazar MalusThe Inquisitor's 'pyschopathic Astropath' so called because he likes to take out the stresses and frustration of his calling by killing things. Needless to say this made him a distinct liability in any Astropathic choir and he was in imminent danger of being 'put down' when Kymbeline discovered and co-opted him for her entourage the other members of which are quite unperturbed by his homicidal tendencies. In fact they help him blend in with the rest of them.
Where to start?
- "The next person who asks me if I'm any relation to Malleus Skotus is getting a bolter through the brainpan!"
- —A young and irritable Kymbeline
- "Yadda, yadda, yadda. Can we fight now?"
- —Kymbeline Skota in answer to Wasteform Steward quoted below.
- "Don't misunderstand me, it's the constant comparisons to my father that annoy me. I am more than willing to work with Papa anytime. He is in fact the only other Inquisitor I really trust."
- —Kymbeline Skota correcting misconceptions.
- "We all respect your father's deeds, of course, but you must put any notion of filial legacy aside. We do what we must, with no thought of accolade or recognition. That you were seen fit to bear the rosette must be enough, and even this pride should be put aside for to keep it in your breast is to hand the Enemy the knife of your own unmaking."
- —Corinth on Kymbeline Skota
- "Get thee hence slave! History's Final Hero takes no callers and calls on no one. Fly, fly from the shadowed halls of the Twisted Tree, before the Warforms make sport of thine flesh! Fly and despair not, for His dreams shall soon stir and all Men shall rejoice to know the peace he authors!"
- —A Wasteform steward of Ashur-El Artashumara
- "Kids these days."
- "An Inquisitor is afoot my brothers. I smell her wealthy Terran blood... it stinks of weakness and filthy inbreeding. It angers me! Come my congregation, let us wreak divine havoc upon these filthy unbelievers! "
- —Krysis, the Crimson Storm, Berzerker Champion and warrior priest of the Storm Draugar