In the Shadow of Rome: The Created

Miach

The Remade

Forged in the fire like their creator, Miachans are driven and powerful. They are some of the strongest Created walking the land and certainly the most focused of the Lineages. Some tales tell of Miachans working tirelessly for weeks on end to finish a task. The tradition of creating a Miachan began in Britannia but it spread to Gaul and Germania long before the Romans did. Miachans can be found from the Rhine down to Hispania, pursuing their goals with a single-mindedness that can sometimes make them blind to dangers facing them.
To create a new Miachan, one needs to find a fresh corpse, preferably one from an admirable person killed with work left undone. They cover the body with ashes and then cleave into its skull with a sword, providing the force to start the creature's heart once more. The ceremony should be timed to end on a solstice or equinox and the following noon the corpse will arise from the scattered ashes and join the ranks of the Created. Upon awakening, a Miachan's memories are gone or so chaotic as to be useless. They do recall one thing, however, a driving force from their body's previous life that they can work towards. Some seek vengeance, others wish to recover something lost, and many simply feel the need to search without knowing what they look for until they see it.
A Miachan is typically very close to his creator, though true human emotions often escape the Created. The Remade are chosen out of professional respect and many are glad at the chance to take care of unfinished tasks, though they only vaguely remember their reasons for pursuing it. Because a Miachan has no control over what goal his creation will be born with, this amity can only extend so far. The two Remade's goals rarely coincide and sometimes they may even be antithetical. Hurt and blame can and do arise but most Miachans take a detached view of this divide. A great work is its own reward and who are they to judge its merit?
Other Prometheans view Miachans as stubborn, naieve, and repetitive creatures, always focused on some task and never appreciating the world around them. They particularly rub Galateids and Ulgans the wrong way, being far too limited for these Lineages' aesthetics, but the purposeful Tammuz and levelheaded Osirans can appreciate their drive. As a member of a throng, however, Miachans often form the steady anchor for their fellow Prometheans to form around. They may not actually lead, but they are often a constant in the otherwise changing world around them.

Progenitor: Long ago, Gaul was ruled by the powerful and charismatic king Nodens, as handsome as he was strong. He led the Gauls in many years of peace but when war threatened he was at the head of the army and thus was one of the first to fall in battle. The king survived but the battle cost him an arm which meant he could not rule, as a king must be physically whole. The great smith Dian Cecht took up the task of replacing the king's arm, forging him one of brilliant silver, which allowed him to rule.
The king was not satisfied, however, and wished to have a real arm back. Dian Cecht's son, another master smith named Miach, said that he would try and labored long and hard on a new arm for King Nodens. After his great work, Miach replaced the silver arm his father made with an arm of flesh and blood. The king was overjoyed but Dian Cecht was gripped with jealousy that his son could do what he himself could not.
Dian Cecht killed his son by chopping Miach's head four times with his sword. The first strike only cut Miach's skin and Miach healed it. The second blow broke Miach's skull but Miach also healed that. The third cut grazed Miach's brain yet Miach could even heal this. Dian Cecht's fourth attack cut his son's brain in half and finally killed Miach.
Miach lay dead for weeks but when the summer solstice came he opened his eyes once more and climbed to his feet. The great smith had arisen, but his head was still wounded and he had lost many of his memories. His life and family were gone but the smith remembered his work and his struggle to create and heal. Miach was no longer alive, he was something other. One of the Created.

Other Nicknames: The Forged, Smiths, Wounded Men

Appearance: Miachans typically come from Celtic stock, though their bodies might have been born in Britannia, Hibernia, Gaul, Germania, or Hispania. Some expect all Miachans to be tall and strong, like their smith progenitor. This is not always the case, however, as a devoted musician, healer, or scholar might also be chosen as a Miachan. The Remade are frequently warriors, whether or not they were in their previous life, and they are easily driven to passions regarding their missions. A Remade has an undeniably zealous look in his eyes when speaking about his driving goal and will often ignore everything else around him when seeing a means of working towards it. They favor metal ornamentation, a tribute to ancient Miach, and many wear metal torgues, necklaces, rings, and other pieces of jewelry.

Disfigurement: When a Miachan's disfigurement shows itself, their wounds begin to glow and weep a pale fluid like ghostly blood. Any wounds the Remade had before the Divine Spark was fanned show themselves but all Miachans have at least the deep head wound that was part of the creation. Though the Miachan does not suffer any limitations of perception or speech, their heads are ruins and are terrifying to behold even for other Prometheans.

Element: Fire

Bestowment: Single Focus

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Quote: You fear what you cannot fathom.

Galatea

Originating from Greece, this Lineage by the scholarly culture of that peninsula with an advanced understanding of medicine and anatomy. Those with the understanding to create a Galateid are typically from Greece, Asia Minor, or Illyria, although the Roman slave trade has led this population to be spread throughout the Mediterranean. Even well-educated Greeks might indenture themselves to a rich family as a tutor or accountant and find themselves as far home as Carthage or Britannia. Most Galateids, however, are distinctly Greek looking as that remains the ideal form for most sculptors who create one. A male Galateid is called a Paphos (plural Paphoi) while a female is called a Galatea (pl. Galateai).

Other Nicknames: Aphrodites/Apollos, Hellenicus, Statues
Element: Air
Concepts: Beautiful waterbearer, catamite, knowledgeable tutor.

Osiris

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Tammuz

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Element: Earth
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Ulgan

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Element: Aether
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