"Woman, you knew what I was when you picked me up."
Heroic, Gritty, Romantic
Loki Laufeyson was born to the wife of Laufey, leader of the Frost Giants, on the night that Odin waged war on Laufey. Odin slew Laufey and his kin, then took the infant Loki from where he had been exposed to the elements due to his diminutive size at birth. He kept the infant as a trophy of sorts and raised him as Thor's younger brother.
Life in Asgard was not easy for a child always slightly more awkward and less lovely than his peers. Loki turned to mischief and troublemaking to gain approval and became the scapegoat - sometimes rightly and other times not - of the cabal of young princes and princesses. Loki flourished as a mage and managed to become a competent enough warrior. Still, he always felt somewhat set apart and this sense of being second best drove him to learn dark magics and to do dark things in order to maintain the same power as the others. They might have despised him for it but at least he was strong.
When an encounter with a magical artifact revealed Loki's true nature as a frost giant, his already fragile psyche shattered. He saw himself, through Asgardian eyes, as a laughing stock and a freak, a pitiful foundling who was never truly wanted even by the family of his birth. Still, at least the giants were his own kind. Loki approached them and won their respect with his magic, then led them in an disastrous assault on Asgard. He failed to overthrow Odin, though he did cause much destruction, and was exiled to Midgard for his sins.
As with all the other realms, Loki had been in and out of Midgard - causing trouble and seeking power - for millennia. His exile to Midgard was crushing in its finality and the diminishment of his magic and other powers. Equally distressing, though admittedly well-deserved, was his rejection by his family. That he could not have respected them for doing less did not soften the blow. When Thor returned to guard Midgard, the exile was not so much a punishment as a formality. What Thor desires, Loki must attempt to wrest from him. And so his course on Midgard is set.
Loki possesses numerous minor artifacts of varying power. However, he has in his possession three unique items that set him apart from other beings.
Laevateinn: An exquisite magical artifact bonded to Loki. It cannot be
commanded to change form by any other and, while it can be
wielded by another, it carries a curse on it that will
sicken and wither any who carries it too long. Laevateinn
can take on any traditional weapon form: any sword, dagger,
dart, bow (fires arrows or magic), sickle, staff, whip,
trident, flail, and mace. In theory, Loki can train it to
new forms as it learns from its wielder’s experiences. Its
magics also allow Loki to locate and track it wherever it
may be in the universe (though it may be out of his reach).
(Arsenal 2, Toughness 10, Damages Toughness 6)
The Norn Stones: Stones from each of the Nine Worlds enchanted with magics
and with the essence of each world. Together, they work to
restore things to their purest essence and perfect form in
addition to providing a well of magic. When used in
particular combinations, they can provide influence over the
elements, the dead and the undead, even time and the fabric
of reality. Each stone is linked to its own world and, for
those who can move freely, can aid in magical travel to that
world. To the uninitiated, they are useless. The magically
talented can use them to tap into the essence of each world
for use in weaving spells, wards, and scrying lenses. To use
them, however, is to make one’s location known to the
creatures from the worlds of the active stones.
Völundr's Armour: The smith who created Laevateinn also crafted for Loki a
full suit of shape changing armour. The armour draws on
Loki’s own abilities and is bonded to his magic, to anyone
else it would be a mundane but well-crafted suit of
rune-carved armour in gold, green, and black. The armour
maintains its protection no matter what form it takes to the
eyes or even the hands. It alters to suit Loki’s will,
whatever he dreams of so long as it is worn on his body and
each piece is somehow represented, even as links in a
bracelet. The armour also resists all elements, especially
water. (Toughness 4)
Power:Astral Projection (6)
Loki can send his ‘magical self’ into the astral plane where he is able to cross interstellar distances and speak to any mind, though he cannot read thoughts. He cannot affect the physical realm from this vantage point, nor can he cast spells into the physical realm, though he is able to use psychic manipulation as if he were present. By crossing the astral plane and projecting an illusion into the minds he encounters, he is able to make an appearance far from his physical form.
Limitations: This is an advanced form of sorcery and is subject to the
limitations on that power. While using Astral Projection,
Loki’s body is left unattended. If it is moved, he will be
unable to find it for one hour for every mile that it is
moved from its resting place. He will sense the movement but
even in the instant it takes him to return, his body may be
moved enough that he cannot find it before it moves even
further from its original location. Loki can be injured or
even killed in this state, though he will know if harm comes
to his body and attempt to return.
Power:Augmented Other (6)
With his blessing and the consent of the other, Loki is able to augment the attributes and abilities of others or grant them new abilities. The power of that blessing can be distributed any way Loki desires. The full blessing (6 points) can never be devoted to a single attribute or ability as the mortal body is unable to contain such power within one channel. The duration of the blessing is no more than six hours and, if Loki wishes to maintain his focus for other purposes, can be given to no more than three people at a time.
Flaw: Beholden. When a person accepts Loki’s blessing, they become
vulnerable to all Loki’s powers and, until they make an
effort to break free, have the same desire to obey him as
his other minions. This is a subtle effect, a crack in
mental armour and a deep sense of attraction to Loki instead
of a direct connection to him.
Flaw: Dependency. Loki’s blessing is highly addictive, as with any
other pure power. Withdrawal from even a single augmentation
can lead to a deep depression and longing to return to that
heightened state. Repeated exposure only worsens the craving
and depression, resulting in a constant state of pain and
suffering until the person can at least return to Loki’s
presence to ease their distress.
Flaw: Exhaustion. The body expends the same metabolic and mental
energy that it would if the granted power was inherent in
it. It can require up to a full day to recover from the
exhaustion that follows.
Power:Master Sorcerer (8)
Loki is has an excellent connection to magic and millennia of experience at tapping into that power. The powers laid out here are as Loki experiences them when away from Asgard and other realms that he calls home. In his home realms, his power is truly godlike.
Animation: Magical energy allows Loki to animate all manner of objects
and imbue them with movement and magical resilience and
weaponry in addition to their own inherent qualities. He can
animate up to 4 entities (Toughness, Arsenal, Distance 6;
Strength, Perception 4; Speed, Flight, Intellect 2; Total
Mass 20 tons) without loss of focus. The more entities he
animates, the weaker they are, the less mass he can animate,
and the harder they are to control unless he devotes his
focus to them at the cost of his other skills. (20 entities
4/2/1/4 tons, Willpower/Focus -25percent; 50 entities
2/1/1/1 ton, Willpower/Focus -50percent; 100 entities
ratlike, general direction; 1000 entities insectoid, general
Artisan: Loki is capable of crafting elegant magical items that will
contain spells and energies for later use. Crafting such an
item requires time and effort and rare materials, as well as
an appropriate work space. Such an artifact must be crafted
to the specific use of a given person if it is to be truly
powerful (general rating of no higher than 4). Minor
artifacts with limited uses (general rating of 1 or 2) can
be used by any person.
Energy Weapon: Without using a spell, Loki is capable of summoning up
magical energy and projecting it over long distances, to
devastating effect. (Arsenal 6, Distance 6)
Enhance Ability: Loki is able to channel magic through his body to increase
his physical abilities, so long as he retains his focus. (+2
to physical abilities)
Imbue: With extensive effort and focus, Loki is able to sink
uncrafted magic into a place or item in order that he be
able to pull it forth in future. The extra magic reserves
allow him to expand his power and influence but must be
refilled after use.
Spellcraft: Loki is a master spellcrafter in addition to simply having
control of magic. Much as with his artifacts, he is able to
create a construct that a a specific mage can use and gift
it to them. The resulting powers may not exceed the mage’s
magical ability but he can craft for them a highly effective
spell focus to take advantage of their power. He can also
construct spells for himself that take only a word to
activate and require no focus in the moment. With time and
effort, he is able to create spells that are powerful enough
to affect entire regions or summon great horrors.
Telekinesis: As long as he has line of sight, Loki is capable of moving
over fifty tons by thought alone with his magical abilities.
He is also capable of using this skill to give himself the
power of flight. (Speed 2, Profession 6)
Teleportation: On Midgard, Loki can teleport up to 100 miles with a
thought, moving in any direction (Distance 6). If he is
travelling between his own magical waymarks his distance is
unlimited. Temporary waymarks can be made by simply
scrawling or carving the appropriate sigils but are consumed
with use and result in 50percent magic drain that lasts
between seconds (thousands of miles) and hours (millions of
miles) depending on the distance. Installing a permanent
waymark requires a full week of attention and leaves Loki’s
magical signature behind like a beacon.
Warding: A combination of skills allow Loki to weave wards to guard
an area, hold spells in case of need, and inform him as to
what is happening within the wards. He can ward a doorway in
seconds, a room in several minutes. Larger areas can take
days or more. Unless an area is Imbued with magic, the wards
will fade over time.
Flaw: Focus. While Loki is actively using any one ability, he is
unable to apply the same focus to the others.
Flaw: Signature. Unless Loki spends extra time to disguise his
mark, which he rarely does, due to his arrogance, his magic
signature is unmistakable.
Flaw: Visible. Loki glows like a pillar of fire on the astral
plane unless he constructs a secondary illusion which
requires nearly full attention to sustain, so that he has to
rely on prepared spells while hiding.
Power:Psionic Manipulation (8)
Loki is one of the great masters of lies. Through magic and inherent cunning, he is able to twist reality in any mind he touches. Only the strongest minds can resist his illusions and manipulations and even those may fall prey to a dedicated campaign to overcome their defenses.
Hypnosis: Loki’s psionic manipulation can convince people to bend to
his will, ally themselves to his cause, and accept his lies
as truth. The only limit of this is that he cannot directly
cause the person to act in such a way that breaks their most
deeply held beliefs or that would cause them to risk their
life in an immediate sense. If he is careful, he can put
them in a position that those things are inevitable but not
caused by his intent.
Illusions: Loki is a master illusionist, triggering the minds of those
he affects to believe that the things he desires are true.
He not only impresses his own thoughts on the mind, he uses
the mind against itself, coopting it to provide the very
sensations and effects that it would require to make the
illusion real. Into this he often weaves hypnosis to draw
the victims deeper in. This layered approach makes him very
Irresistable: This power is not telepathy, it is based on magic. As such,
magical resistance will protect a person but the usual
telepathic barriers, training, and even the mental scramble
of shapeshifters, aliens, or the insane are all useless
Mind/Body: Loki can use hypnotic suggestion and illusion to alter a
person’s physical state by convincing the mind so completely
that the body experiences consequences. Suffocation,
drowning, and burning are particularly effective in terms of
physical results. Conversely, Loki can bolster the immune
system, speed healing, turn the body’s defenses against
tumors, and even hold back death with psionic arts.
Resistance: Because Loki is a master of this art he is likewise
resistant to it with magical barriers to protect himself
against his own apprentices as much as his enemies.
Whisper: While he is not a telepath in the traditional sense, Loki
can use this skill to whisper into the ears and minds of his
minions, once fealty is established, without being present
or using the Astral plane. He can also use this on any
person in line of sight on the physical and Astral planes.
Power:Shape Shifter (6)
This ability relies not on magic but on Loki’s inherent nature. As a result, it is one of the most tiring for him to perform since his own stamina is not nearly as great as that afforded him by magic. Loki is able to transform into any creature he desires, nearly instantaneously. He has access to Psionic Manipulation in other forms but not Sorcery or Astral Projection (exceptions: Great Dragon and La Femme), though he can maintain effects already in place at the time of the change. Loki has two true forms, Frost Giant and Asgardian (his default form). Wearing or changing to these forms requires no effort. Loki is able to change his mass and size as appropriate to the form within reason (Size 6).
Frost Giant (6): In this True Form, Loki’s skin becomes blue and scaled, his
hair becomes a black mane, his eyes glow yellow-green, his
nails become black claws, his teeth are icy-white and
pointed. While in this form, his density increases
threefold, his size can double, and all of his physical
abilities increase. He radiates cold, can manipulate frost
weapons, and his touch can burn with cold (Heat 3, inverse).
This form affords him immunity to the effects of elemental
and magical cold but he is susceptible to the effects of
extreme ambient heat or heat attacks. (Physical Attributes
6; Arsenal, Claws 2; Arsenal, Frost 6; Distance, Frost 2)
Great Dragon (8): This is the only shifted form in which Loki has access to
his Sorcery. To change into this form costs little, to
return from it leaves him without access to Shape Shifting,
Sorcery, Psionic Manipulation, or the Astral Plane (and he
is completely physically exhausted) for a full day and one
more hour for every hour that he maintains this form, though
maintaining existing effects is possible. If he remains in
this form too long, all magic he is maintaining is consumed
and nullified when he returns to his Asgardian form. He can
only return to his Asgardian form from this one. The Great
Dragon is 66’6” long and weighs 66 tons. (Attributes 8,
Arsenal 8, Distance 8, Speed 3, Healing 8)
Inheritance: When in another form, Loki inherits the attributes inherent
to that form. He can fly as a bird, swim as a fish, poison
as a viper. With his psionic abilities, he can speak to
other minds in any form. If he takes on an inherently
magical form, any magical attacks are the same as his Energy
Blast rating (Arsenal 6, Distance 6).
La Femme: Loki can simply change the sex and gender of his Asgardian
and Frost Giant forms with minimal effort with, if he
desires, the requisite shift in height and weight. Nothing
else changes, he retains access to all powers and abilities.
Loki has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent strategist and skilled warrior, especially in when handling his sword Laevateinn and wielding his magical weapons.
Brawling (4): If Thor was your older brother, you'd be able to hold your
own in a fist fight, too. Asgard was a tough place to grow
Marksman (4): Loki is skilled with traditional weapons such as spears,
darts, and all manner of bow. In modern terms, he has
learned to handle many guns with modest success (2).
Tactics (6): Loki has led troops into battle on more than one occasion,
with many successes. While no master tactician, he is able
to make use of his resources and stay clear of most
Swordsman (8): Loki is a master swordsman and prefers that form of combat
above all others save magic. When he wields his beloved
Laevateinn, he is a truly dangerous opponent even against
other Gods and those who might count among their number in
all but name.
Weaponsmith (4): Loki is a competent smith, a skill learned in order to
Advantage:God of Mischief
One of Loki’s faces is that of the God of Mischief. The lighter, beneficial aspects of his Godhood are noted here.
Dominion: Loki has dominion over several realms but the only one he can reach in exile is that of Eldred, a small dimension. However, Eldred contains great mineral wealth and rich flora and fauna. Loki can simply pick gems and gold out of the rocks and rivers of this domain, giving him immense wealth in mortal terms. He has also stored in Eldred many artifacts, treasures, and works of art that he has collected over the years, from Midgard and other realms.
Immortal: Loki is functionally immortal. Any aging he experiences is so gradual that he will likely see the end of the universe itself before he ages to the point of death. His body is deeply entwined with magical forces and gifted with the natural abilities of shapeshifters and giants. At one point, he survived being beheaded because the bonds of his magic sustained him until he could be pieced together again. As such, he is also granted the following advantages:
Endurance: Loki has great endurance and is able to work at his peak
for a day without sustenance or rest. He can further
increase his endurance by translating his magical energy
into a form his body can use to sustain itself
Regeneration: Loki’s body repairs itself at a prodigious rate and he is
even able to regrow or reattach lost body parts.
See: Shape Shifter for rating.
Resistance: Loki’s heritage and powers make him resistant to any form
of poison or toxin and immune to all disease. He is also
resistant to telepathy and magical interference.
See: Master Sorcerer, Psionic Manipulation, and
Willpower for ratings.
Many Faces: Loki has many guises and many names. For some of these, he even maintains Midgardian documentation or other proof of identity in for different realms. His names have been Luc, Lux, Loren Olsen (a wealthy Midgardian of indeterminate age and good reputation), and others. Some of these faces he wears for amusement and others he wears for less savoury purposes.
Whimsy: Loki is capable of true whimsy and humour. He delights in harmless mischief, acts of kindness, and things of beauty. At times, he is quite childlike in his enjoyment of the world and even seeks to make others happy with his pranks, tricks, and gifts. Once in a rare while, he might even indulge in a pratfall to make someone laugh.
Loki is an ancient, brilliant being who gathers knowledge and skills in order to further his plans, in addition to his traditional education as an Asgardian Prince.
Bard: Loki is an accomplished bard, not least for its benefits in charming, casting spells, and seduction. As he was trained during childhood, he is an exceptionally skilled musician. He plays flute, harp, lute, and now guitar and piano with great skill.
See: Agility for rating.
Diviner: Loki is skilled in all known forms of scrying and divination, from tarot cards to divining rods. He is most accurate, however, with the Elder Futhark Runes, which he was taught to read as a child in Asgard.
See: Master Sorcerer or Perception for ratings.
Herbalist: The sacred herbs of Asgard are renowned for their properties and, during his youth, Loki was schooled in their use. He resented it at the time, as he was trained in order to heal the warriors around him, but grew to appreciate it when he understood the other aspects of herbal medicines. Though he is exiled from Asgard, he is also skilled in the use of herbs on Midgard and other realms.
See: Master Sorcerer or Perception for ratings.
Teacher: Loki has learned to teach over the years. While he can be a cruel master, and an impatient one, he is capable of breaking down concepts so that they can be absorbed and maintained. His charming ways and glib tongue also make him an entertaining educator.
See: Intellect and Perception for ratings.
Loki is a God in other realms and a powerful sorcerer on Midgard with a legacy stretching back millenia. There are cults devoted to his worship, mostly dabblers and wishful thinkers, but he does possess a handful of genuine resources in other realms. The only one to which he has easy access is the pocket dimension crafted by his former master, Eldred. There, he keeps a small army of thralls and the beasts of his menagerie. Of his true minions, his believers and followers, there are three kinds:
Bondservants are those who have fallen under Loki’s spell by accepting his blessing or welcoming his presence in their psyche. Their minds are easily accessible and he can whisper to them at any time. Those who pray to him for aid and are answered also open themselves to bonding.
Vassals have given homage to the God with offerings or acts that please him and sworn their fealty to him upon his sword, Lavaetinn. A commendation ceremony seals vassals to Loki and grants to them both magical insight and increased health (must request approval in advance for Magic +1, Healing +1) as well as the ability to call to Loki in times of need.
Knights of Lavaeteinn are Vassals who have completed quests, yielded all their riches to the God, abandoned even their blood ties and all other oaths, taken up his cause, and laid their lives at his feet. In return, they gain even greater health, agelessness, and the ability to teleport to Loki’s home (must request approval in advance for Loki’s Mark, Healing +1, Ageless). Loki can also summon his knights to him at a cost (see Master Sorcerer: Teleportation, Temporary Waymarks). There are never more than Thirteen Knights of Lavaetinn at a time.
Loki might take an apprentice from time to time, one who he trusts implicitly, whose mind is bare to him and whose life is bound to him. No creature that has not attained Knighthood could be considered a true apprentice. Should Loki take an apprentice, he could instruct them in one of his powers or skills at a time (must request approval for advancement in chosen field).
Often unable to see the flaws in his plans because of his arrogance, Loki sometimes takes on more than he can handle and finds himself in over his head. Much of his humiliation in the past comes from overestimating his own abilities and falling short of a mark he could only reach in his dreams.
Flaw:Asgardian in Exile
Loki is a powerful creature on Midgard, but he is not a God. Within the realms of his birth and coming of age – Jotunheim and Asgard – Loki has immense power and near-infinite stamina, able to destroy worlds with his magic. Of all the realms, Midgard is particularly stifling for the Gods of Asgard. There is no other place that he would be this weak.
As the wind changes, so may Loki’s priorities. His hate-driven goals are never far from his mind but otherwise he is easily distracted. It is not unheard of for him to forget his obligations and leave those who depend on him stranded or in danger. Sometimes, he simply becomes indifferent, even to a great love, and abandons them without thought.
“My only love sprung from my only hate.” ...wait long enough and it will be true in reverse as well. Loki’s deep hatred for Thor and Asgard comes from a place of broken, betrayed love. Family is at the core of Loki’s desires, he yearns for it and yet has always been denied it. Unconditional love is unknown to him.
Taken as a war trophy; raised as the black sheep of a family to which he never belonged in spite of all his efforts; estranged from the giant races by both his upbringing and his deformity, his small stature; denied the truth of himself for centuries; made the scapegoat and whipping boy for his peers; and finally exiled when he rebelled, Loki is wounded in a place that nothing can reach. All that remains there is loathing, for his adopted family and for himself.
Children: In spite of everything, Loki cares a great deal for his children. They are, regardless of their forms or their feelings toward him, his own kind and his legacy. Threats to his children are reason to abandon all else. He also deeply desires to create more children – ones that will be more useful to him or more loving – or to come by them somehow. Among his children are Fenris, Jormungand, Hela, Sleipnir, Narvi, Vali, and an unnamed son sometimes called the Son of Satan.
Flaw:God of Evil
One of Loki’s faces is the God of Evil. The dark impairments of the creature that he has become are noted here.
Endless Enemies: Loki makes no secret of his title and, as it should be if the universe is to remain free, he has no shortage of enemies. His title alone is enough to draw armies against him, who he truly is behind the title breeds a more determined enemy, those who will do anything to keep him from victory.
Fits of Rage: More than mere tantrums, Loki’s fits of rage would, were he not on Midgard, be enough to destroy worlds. When driven to anger on this level, Loki will not stop until he has wreaked enough destruction to sate his lust for pain and terror. The target need not be the source of his anger, though he may well destroy what he loves when enraged.
Notoriety: Beyond enemies, Loki’s name raises suspicion, fear, and anger in places where he is known in his darker guises. On Midgard, he is noted across cultures as a trickster and devil figure. It takes a strong will or limited mind for someone to easily accept him once they know his true identity and as such he seeks to influence those he wishes to control before they know the truth.
Tainted: Loki is tainted with dark magics and evil deeds. This is part of his magical signature and any being that can sense such things will know that he has a black heart with perhaps a single streak of light in it, like a vein of fractured quartz through granite. Much of his power comes from embracing this taint and as such he believes that he is weakened by exposure to water, which purifies and draws out filth and contamination.
Though often lonely, Loki seems inherently unable to create lasting alliances and meaningful relationships. He consorts instead with those who would use him to their own ends, only to disabuse them of that notion violently, or innocents who often find themselves at great risk, and without his aid, at the worst possible times.
On some level, everything is about Loki. The weather, the flight of birds, the dying of stars. He lacks empathy because of his focus on himself and can be entirely unable or unwilling to consider the perspectives of others. This adds to his reasons for anger and frustration and leads to deep rifts between him and others.
Loki suffers often from his vainglory. He is easily swayed by flattery, it is almost as sweet to him as love would be. He can’t bear mockery and can be pushed into making foolhardy decisions to avoid or avenge humiliation. At times he forgoes achieving his goals in favour of appearing in a positive light, especially before those whose opinion he values.
The need to avenge offenses both real and imagined can be all-consuming for Loki. He rage and vengeance is most intently focused on Thor and Asgard for every slight and shame he remembers in addition to everything else he has suffered. Even the need to revenge petty wrongs can be so overwhelming that he abandons his goals and overturns his plans in order to satisfy himself.