Paisley Pythia Peinforte

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Paisley Pythia Peinforte
Biographical information
Homeworld

Earth

Birth

November 23, 1988

Family

Peinforte Manor, Robert Peinforte (Father), Ashley Peinforte (Mother), Kaelyn P. Vanternass (daughter), Robert Arthur Peinforte (grandson), Exeter L. Wakefield (partner)

Occupation(s)

Sorceress, Paranormal Private Investigator

Alias

3P, Paisley Priscilla Peinforte, Sister Pythia, The 26th Lady Peinforte, The five hundred and eighth Pythia in the line of Gallifrey

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair color

Black

Eye color

Purple

Height

5'5"

Statistics
Weapon(s)

Spells, magical weapons, Telepathy, Telekinesis.

Abilities

Chronomancy, Stichomancy, Psychometry, Telepathy, Telekinesis

Affiliation

Dinsdale Investigations, Sisterhood of Karn

First Appearance

October 24th, 2010

"Think of me as a Paradox within an anomaly and get on with your tea."
—Paisley Pythia Peinforte


Background

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After the death of Noriko, Sakura April invaded the World Tree and attempted to revive her by dragging out an analogue from another timeline. But as Noriko was a singular event in spacetime, this was not possible. So, in the alternative, Saki began assembling a new timeline for a new individual out of scraps of History itself. Someone who could fill the gap Noriko left, while being her own unique person. Paisley Pythia Peinforte was the result, her history seeded whole cloth into creation by Sakura April. In a way, Paisely is Sakura April's Daughter, and The Impresario's sister.

Paisely's line can be traced back to 1600's England, where The Lady Peinforte gave birth to a child out of wedlock with her servant Richard Maynarde. This ancestor was born shortly before Lady Peinforte's death, and was raised by the kindly Maynarde, eventually going on to form her own noble family.

Paisley's parents died on a ski slope in the Alps when she was five, under suspicious circumstances.

Youth

As a youth she didn't have any friends due to her strong other-sight and uncanny abilities, so she retreated to a life of introversion and study. Her magical codexes were her only comforts, along with her cat, Merdemus-- a French Mage bound in a cat's body who quarrels with her ceaselessly, as well as being her best friend.

Highly intelligent, Paisley soaked up information like a sponge, and catapulted through school, skipping grades and ending up spending a year at Oxford University's Queen's College at 15-- studying History and Literature-- before dropping out at 16.

It was at 16 that Paisley discovered her distant ancestor's secret study, which had all her notes on magic, sorcery, and the forbidden lore of The Sisterhood of Karn, a female-dominated society of seers and magi that splintered off from the Gallifreyans prior to the time of Rassilon.

Using this material she learned to scry through time and space, and discovered her true origins, and her reason for being. Taking a huge risk, she learned how to open a teleport portal to Karn, and travelled there through the vortex.

Training on Karn

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Paisley in her traditional sisterhood robes, ready for battle.

Arriving on Karn almost dead from her trip through the Vortex, Paisley managed to convince the Sisterhood to allow her to train with them, becoming a Sister of the Flame, the first alien to do so ever.

Paisley's alien (i.e., human) perspective on things is credited with saving the Sisterhood from extinction, as even the more progressive matron Ohica was still too stuck in the traditional ways of the long-lived Sisters to break out of them.

The most notable innovation Paisley brought to the Sisterhood was disabusing them of the notion that their powers were limited by proximity to the Sacred Flame. This psychological block had prevented the Sisterhood from expanding into space away from Karn. Thanks to her demonstrating that their powers could still be connected to the flame through the Web of Time, they were able to spread out through the Cosmos.

This earned her the name of "Sister Pythia" which was a rare honor, as Pythia was the name of the founder of the Sisterhood, and no one had been graced with that appellation for millennia. Paisley took it as her middle name. She could have stood as second-in-line to succeed Matron Ohica, but knew her destiny lay elsewhere.

After completing her training and having several adventures, she used her formidable powers to transport herself to The Enchanted Forest where she met Dinsdale and company, and united finally with her true family.

Training with The Six

Seeking to learn more abilities then she already had, Paisley once more turned to Matsuo for assistance. However, due to the high level of training she wanted, Matsuo declined, instead used a forbidden technique to summon Hathi, one of the so called "Six Who Came First," pandimensional beings known to the Quinoxians. Making a deal with them, The Six agreed to help her reach a new level.

Sending her an avatar in the form of a blue crow (who Paisley called Cerulean), The Six brought the girl to "Null-Space" to begin her training. Much of the training involved forms of meditation, as well as ever increasing exercises in the movement of matter and psychic probing. While outside it seemed only a few days training, in Null-Space, nearly a year passed for her.

As a final test of her skills, The Six forced Paisley to push her abilities to what she perceived to be her limit. Forcing her to use her psychic abilities, Paisley pushed through first space with her mind, then the vortex and then finally through the layers of reality and for a brief moment was given a glimpse of the home universe of The Six. The experience broke the limits of her mind, but as a consequence sent her into shock.

After being rehabilitated by rei.bot, Paisley is back, and stronger than ever.

The Hazel Ninegate Murder

After being compelled to kill Hazel Ninegate and mortally injure Arx Sylvanran, Paisely went into a deep depression and threw herself into the World Tree, becoming lost in Time and Space.

After being comforted by Arx Sylvanran, who was looking for her in the world tree, she elected to come back home, ironically being whisked back there by Lady DeVenger who needed her help to combat the Lich powers of Simon Kerrick.

paisecivvy.jpg Paisley in Civilian clothes

A Family Now

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 2012, Paisley adopted Kaelyn P. Vanternass, her child by means of the 400 baby project, as her real daughter.


Achieving the EPIC

On May 9th, 2014, determined to master her own powers so she could help her friends who were caught in the Third Jedda Rain Incident, Paisley went to Karn to ask the Sisterhood of the Flame for their help in strengthening her mind. After being warned by the Reverend Mother that her human brain could not handle the power, she pressed ahead anyway, and ended up burning out her mind, dying. But she wouldn't let a little thing like that stop her. (Okay, she had some help...) Renewed by the Elixir of life, and with her brain remodeled by the Sisterhood after the Karnian / Gallifreyan archetype, she rose again, able to master her powers fully. Drinking the last of the waters of Epic she had obtained from Earth 1337 long ago, she began her journey home...


paisley2014.jpg Paisley after her transformation.



Personality

Paisley's line is of dubious nobility, but she treats it seriously, and is quick to take offense if it is question. Nonetheless, she operates out of a strong sense of Noblesse oblige, and is always willing to sacrifice in order to help her friends.

She despises and fears bullies due to her experiences as a youth. She hides behind her facade of aloof nobility, but is a regular twenty-year old underneath, tied into pop culture and fun-- things she had not been able to share with others till now.

She is cool, calm and analytical, sometimes to a fault. She believes that passions are to be mitigated, controlled and sublimated, rather than given into... Except when you aggravate her, then it's snarkatron 9000, to everyone's irritation. Lately though, she's abandoned her emotional control to a great extent, tired of having to suppress her feelings.

She also constantly smokes from a pipe, whose vapors help her scry.

Abilities


Paisley as a full Sister of the Flame (post Time War)


Paisley has a strong sixth sense, the ability to scry through space and time with the proper ceremonies, and she is an extremely highly powered magus whose powers can even counteract time-based attacks or locks. She knows several dead languages from several distant worlds, and is an obscenely fast learner.

Her magic is based on that of Karn, so is time / Block Transfer Computation based, through she can manipulate mana as well, though not as proficiently.

Her girlish frame also belies the fact that she is incredibly strong, and possesses rapid healing abilities. She is competent in several defensive fighting styles.

Paisley is also a proficient healer, who, thanks to her time-based magic, can actually reverse wounds rather than merely heal them--though that takes a great deal of power, and she cannot reverse death save at the cost of her own life. Also it can only roll time back ten minutes at most. She can only do a full-body time-based healing once a week.

Despite knowing how to fight, she cannot read power levels or sense ki auras at all. She uses a combination of precognition and observation haki, as well as measuring the effect an object has on local reality. As she explains:

"What do you do against an android or being that doesn't have ki? I track things through their disturbances against the fabric of local reality, and something that I suppose is close to observation haki. Much more reliable. [It's sort of like precognition, which is] sort of what Observation Haki is, plus as a Sister of the Flame that's what we're trained for anyhow. But for beings that flout or surpass the nominal notion of "time", that won't work, but in order to wreak havoc here they have to intersect the Prime Material Plane at some point even if in the future and that makes cause-and-effect ripples. Even if they don't intersect the plane, their actions do. [For operation in planes that lack space or time to check against] Then you get into the realm of mind which is a whole other discipline. There may not be space or time but there is being. And true observation haki, I do believe, operates on that level."


Like other members of the Sisterhood, she has mind powers, however, intially, as a biological human she couldn't use then as strongly as the others-- who are Karnian (nee Gallifreyan) in constitution-- the most she could have done alone is influence the minds of the weak, or in combination with others drive opponents mad with implanted visions and hallucinations.

After her brain was significantly restructured by the Sisterhood to more closely approzimate the Gallifreyan / Karnian norm, however, she can fully wield the power of a Sister of the Flame.

She can also project telekinetic force or compel teleports if in combination with other members of a Sacred Circle. She formerly was not well-trained in these disciplines, however, and did not use them much, but thanks to her gradual awakening to the power of the Pythia, she has learned extremely strong pyrokinesis and telekinesis abilities that she can wield on her own.

Matsuo Shin has taught Paisley "Single Thought Fielding" which is a rudimentary psychic defense to help keep her thoughts hidden from ESPers.

Paisley is impossibly good at sports like baseball, catch and cricket, because she knows where the ball will be a few seconds before it does thanks to her Time Senses, which give her that kind of instinct. It paradoxically makes her bored of the sports.

Her Powers can roughly be classed as Chronomancy, Stichomancy, and Psychometry, as well as Telepathy, Pyrokinesis and Telekinesis.

Beyond Glamour

Paisley is also master of "Agreement with Reality" that allows her to create permanent disguises and alternations that are real as opposed to mere magic illusions or perception filters, preminsed on the notion that reality itself is but an illusion and that one can simply twist that in co-operation to prodice a desired effect. These "guises" use a lot of intendisnce mental power to create, but use very little power to maintain and can usually even stay intact if the wielder is rendered unconscious (depending on how well-crafted they were to begin with)

"Dials"

Paisely uses "dials," which are summoned mathematical constructs composed of Gallifreyan/Karnian runes to make devices she can use as computers, detectors, recorders, or the like. They appear as glowing golden images, and can be passed off to others or stored until they are desummoned. Each dial uses some of Paisley's energy to maintain, so she doesn't keep them active longer than necessary.

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Other skills

Paisley was also taught the secrets of Time Lord regenerative science by the Sisterhood, who had refined their understanding of it during the Time War. She can create potions and elixirs to completely control the outcome of a regeneration, bringing whatever tendencies, physical attributes and mental personality traits in the subject she wants to bring forward.

Like many Peinfortes before her, she is a master of crafting and defending against poison.

Weapons

Concealed daggers and an expanding quarterstaff/gauntlets and leg guards made made of Validium--a castoff from her ancestor's carving of the statute Nemesis, which is now known as hino rei.bot.

Adventures

She has fought the Timewyrm, and the Crystal Guardian from Calabi-Yau_Space, otherwise known as The Celestial Toymaker. Seh has had many runs in with the Great Intelligence, who wanted her body (not like that, pervs) since her formidabvle mind powers and access to Time travel would make it even more dangerous and formidable.

Before her showdown with the Crystal Guardian, according to Chateaux: "There was some kind of huge pan-dimensional threat. She got wind of this somehow [records unclear] and formed a rag-tag team with all the allies she could find. Some were heroes, some were soundrels, some where in between. Like a tiny little A-Team from across the multiverse they set things right, losing a few along the way. then they went their separate ways." Rick Sanchez was known to be one of them.


She was a player in The Nonary Game, recieving a scar on her wrist where the detonator device was shot off her arm by Sakura April. She deliberately chose not to heal the scar as it was a memento of the horrific events of the game.

In conjunction with the other Sisters of the Flame, she helped keep Vaxilan from removing his trial from history.

On a mission from rei.bot, Paisely brought back Concentrated Awesome from Earth-1337 prime, which she has partaken of, becoming inhumanly strong in the process. And Epically Awesome.

Peacemaker: The Rain-Aster Conflict

In May 2014, Paisley found herself caught in the latest cycle of events concerning Jedda Rain. At first, she was inclined to follow her natural instincts and defeat Jedda in the typical way, i.e. beating her to a pulp until she stops. Quickly realizing the futility of that strategy, Paisley fell back on her wits and intelligence and decided to try and understand / out-think Jedda. In the process, she began to feel for both the Rain and Aster families, becoming greatly upset at the senseless bloodshed that surrounded both families, and she determined to end it-- peaceably if possible-- once and for all. Going back in time with Matsuo Shin, The Magistra and Kana Kaida Rain, she witnessed many key points in the conflict and, while at first just passively observing, finally decided to "f[BLEEP]k the timeline" and directly intervene, saving both Selene and Claudia Aster from death across different time periods, events she would later describe as being some of the proudest of her life. Her dogged research alongside Matsuo Shin allowed The Intern and allies to finally end the conflict once and for all, giving both families peace and Jedda the life she had never had a chance to live.

What's Old is New Again

"I AM the 509th Pythia in the line of Gallifrey and Karn, the Crown of Empire, Guardian of the Great Book of Future Legends. I see the Past, Present and Future as One. Though me, all time is fertile. I reach into the Vortex and by my HAND I sunder the energies of Time itself, and forge them with my spirit and my soul~"



Paisley's Soul as perceived by The Old Man of Peinforte Manor during their mutual time in Samadhi.

Paisley's life took a stranger turn when she decided to try and save The Old Man of Peinforte Manor from wasting away in a pit of existential angst and despair. After receiving a message from Karn that they had located the criminal Skagra, who was wanted by the Sisterhood for torturing one of their Order, she took the Old Man with her to hunt him down, leading to a trap which would force her to learn more about herself and face her own self-imposed isolation. There she would awaken the power of the Pythia within herself to save his life and rejuvenate him, in the process taking him as her adept, calling him her "familiar."

She bound herself to the old man via a technique called "connexion", which is a bond deeper and more intimate than Pactio, or Astral, which allows her to share her power with him, converse with him and bring him to her (or go to him) no matter the distance involved. They can very easily (sometimes too easily) share each other's thoughts, memories and feelings.

Over time this has led them into a close relationship that is basically a de facto if not de jure marriage, but Paisley refuses to ever be formally be wed, because she feels that label makes couples get lazy and not as interested in fighting to keep their partners happy and engaged. She feels the lack of security in the unwed state makes the relationship more meaningful.

Misc

Paisley's pipe is made of materials from the planet Karn, which enable it to produce the Sacred Elixir of Life when flame and water is put to it. She can use it to make Sisterhood Salve, also known as "Dr Solon's Special Morbius Lotion" - a cream that contains Elixir of Life and can instantly heal injuries-- however it takes a very, very long time to make a good sized batch of it.

Her ornate glasses are decorative, and just a fashion accessory. They are also a family heirloom dating back to 1835, belonging to the Lady Elizabeth Peinforte. They're gold with silver inlays on the stems and burnished wood on the earpieces.

Due to the nature of her creation, Paisley had no known counterpart in the omniverse. This is no longer true.

Paisley has a secret hobby of penning erotic slashfiction, most of which isn't very good. She also likes to draw yaoi pictures featuring pop stars, which again, isn't very good.

Peinforte Manor has 143 rooms.

Paisley may have a butler who lives on the grounds, she can never remember.

Paisley can breakdance, something she learned to do just to cure her boredom as a child.

Paisley smells like incense, aged leather and velvet.

There is the possibility that Paisley is, or will be a Visionary-- a high ranking member of the Sisterhood with high psychic power.

One of Paisley's ancestors was Lord Wainswright Peinforte, who was the head of Peinforte Manor in 1785 and was considered a "senile old bugger", but of kind heart who would help anyone in need. Another of her ancestors was Sir Roger Peinforte, who died under strange and mysterious circumstances in the 1600s, leaving the manor to the infamous Lady Fiona Peinforte.

The name "Peinforte" arises from "peine forte et dure", a historic English torture method employed by the courts involving slowly crushing people to death with weights until they confessed.


Originally her birthdate was October 22nd, 1990, but due to a Timeline shift her birthdate rolled back to November 23rd, 1988. She is separated from Lady Peinforte by about 10 generations, making Fiona Peinforte her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother.

She went to Trevelyan Middle School before Oxford.


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Paisley's name in Karnian

Trivia

  • Paisley can be considered the Whoniverse version of DC's John Constantine, dealing primarily with the large and small supernatural, paranormal and metaphysical threats, as opposed to the more military ones like Daleks and Cybermen.
  • She uses Pantene shampoo on her hair; she used to use Herbal Essences until she "realised the commercials were full of shit."

Sisterhood sayings

"The Past will Eat you, the Future is deceitful, the Now is your only salvation."

"Break the back of the Past, Seize the Reins of the Now, and Ride the Future to victory."

"Knowledge is a [dangerous] Door."