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Selca Ducani was a human male. Known for his cosmopolitan and varied life, he served as a soldier, warlock, spy, assassin, and Temple Inquisitor. He was deemed a traitor and murderer in Amarna, forcing him to flee the city, though he eventually met his doom there five years later.

Due to a deal he made with the Magician, he was able to shapeshift at will. He also acted in theater as a hobby, rendering it virtually impossible to detect him beneath his disguise.

Appearance/Personality

For someone who has made their mark on the world largely by pretending to be other people, Selca's true face is remarkably distinct. His most memorable trait is his eyes - his right iris is pale blue, while his left iris is black as pitch. He has flaxen hair in thin, wispy curls, a tall, prominent brow, and a cruel, smirking mouth.

Selca is a cold, calculating man. While he is typically loyal to whomever he serves, he is ambitious and often seeks to prove himself to his superiors by going above and beyond their orders. His desire to excel and impress often gets in the way of his better judgement, as he embarks on reckless missions and comes up with foolhardy plans aiming to improve his standing in the eyes of his master.

For much of his life, he held a morbid curiosity and interest in the occult. He collected books on the subject of magic, but the more in-depth he studied the field, the more it disturbed him. His attempts to warn his master and friends of the dangers were dismissed as fear-mongering, and he was accused of trying to sabotage the advancement of Ardath, who had taken over his role as court magician.

Selca is prone to envy and resentment toward those who replace him in the favor of his employer, but not towards his employer themselves. He holds great respect for anyone who achieves power through their own means, and he often comes to love those he serves, a tendency which has landed him in trouble more than once.

Though he has worked for clergymen and other proponents of organized religion, Selca himself has a fairly low opinion of faith and religious adherents. He laments that he cannot be skeptical, having had too much experience with the divine and supernatural to be atheist or agnostic, and he essentially resents the creator for allowing suffering and evil to thrive.

He possesses a pet ferret named Eris which is often thought to be a demon familiar enthralled to him.

Biography

Origins

Selca's origins are obscure, but it is generally assumed he is of the Peredur bloodline. He alluded to having been captured as a child and sold into slavery, but he eventually escaped using his magic abilities. It is likely that Alastair Rimânez met him when they were children.

He eventually served in the army of Alastair Rimânez as his master's lieutenant and was among the forces who took control of the city of Amarna.

Seventeen years later, his favor with Alastair was surpassed by Ardath Dastagir. Selca's attempts to warn Alastair about the dangers of Ardath's tarot magic were ignored on the grounds that he was simply jealous of Ardath and embittered by his loss of influence with the prince.

On the night of Alastair's death, Selca was blamed for the prince's murder. One of the courtiers claimed to have heard Alastair cry out his name before he vanished, and Selca had the most obvious motives and means for killing him. He was arrested and charged with the prince's murder but escaped custody and fled the city before his execution.

The Inquisitor

In 164, he turned up in Apicarta, where he was hired by Guardian Neil Lars to investigate Dagda Vormund's cult. The Temple never formally ordered him to go beyond spying and reporting suspicious activities to the bishop, but Neil tasked him with sabotaging the cult. Using various false identities, Selca set about obstructing Vormund in every way he could.

Posing as a lawyer, he intimidated Joachim Babbitt into having his mother, Heather Babbitt, committed to an insane asylum, where she later died. As "Cezar Montag", a flamboyant actor, he seduced one of Vormund's known associates, the bard Jade Athanasi, at the Muse Theater in Hiberia. He used this position to keep tabs on Jade, who was worried about Vormund and had expressed her concerns to the police. But it wasn't until Vormund and several of his followers returned to Hiberia and paid Jade a visit that the nature of Selca's mission changed, as he saw an opportunity to destroy the cult once and for all.

Disguised as a woman and wearing the costume of a monk, Selca attempted to drug Vormund while the prophet was preaching to a crowd. The drug, a powdered form of the hallucinogenic yignaal, missed its mark, hitting Vormund's son Ethan instead. Vormund's lieutenant, Drusus Rolfe, shot Selca in the back as he was fleeing, and the quick-thinking Selca morphed into Jade as Drusus went to uncover the identity of the attacker.

Vormund had Drusus carry "Jade" to the nearest hospital for treatment. In surgery, the bullet was extracted and Selca was able to recover rapidly using magic. He snuck out of the hospital later that night and presumably reported to Neil Lars what he knew.

Despite his having failed to hit Vormund, Ethan went mad due to yignaal exposure, and his resulting insanity is what ultimately caused the cult's downfall. Selca was sent to Tyr as Inquisitor to intervene in the court proceedings there after Vormund, Ethan, and Drusus were arrested by the Rhinehart police. He successfully arranged for Vormund to be given a heresy trial under the Temple's jurisdiction, which he personally oversaw. During the court proceedings, Vormund called Selca "assassin" - a statement Selca used as a sign that Vormund was a fraud, believing it referred to Alastair's disappearance.

Vormund died in prison before the trial could be concluded. Neil Lars ordered Selca to locate the coveted original Mandorlin document which Vormund had used as the basis for his translation. Disguising himself as a manservant named Faulkner, he followed Gavin Zosimus and Rowan Renard to Arza Kell. Selca revealed himself to them on their way out of the caves and forced Gavin to uncover the manuscript, which he then destroyed. Believing the cult's credibility would collapse without proof, Selca left Gavin and Rowan alive out of pity for their situation.

Return to Amarna

In 166, Selca returned to the city of Amarna, having heard a rumor that Alastair's ghost was haunting the palace. He took on the identity of a palace servant in order to investigate. As he quickly discovered, Princess Philomena suffered from recurring nightmares of the prince's phantom, which had made the princess highly paranoid and irrational. The servants had noticed some strange and inexplicable occurrences, but none had actually seen a ghost.

In the process, he also discovered that Gavin was in Amarna as a diplomat and was carrying on a romance with Naomi, Philomena's sister. He avoided them at all costs, but sought out Marena, a young magician sent by Philomena to find him, and told her what really happened on the night of Alastair's disappearance.

During a ritual intended to coax the prince's ghost out of hiding, the spirit appeared and accused Ardath of killing him. Ardath was promptly arrested and thrown in prison. There, Selca appeared and questioned him about what had really happened that night. Ardath claimed he couldn't remember and apologized for not standing up for him. Selca later attended the trial, and observing that the jury was undecided, he revealed himself and confessed to the crime. He was arrested and slated to die the next morning.

In the meantime, Marena discovered the truth about the murder. She and Ardath raced to prevent the execution from occurring. Marena's mother, the mage Lygia Roland, rescued Selca, who had already faked his death, from the scaffold and spirited him away to the Zantine enclave, where they hid Selca in a cathedral run by Watchman Dimiter Yen. Lygia's paladin happened to be none other than Rowan Renard, who attempted to kill Selca. Selca was surprised to find Rowan had been studying the Zantine ways and could defend himself from Selca's magic attacks.

Their fight was interrupted by Marena, who urged them to hash out their differences later. They reluctantly agreed to a ceasefire until the situation with Alastair's ghost was taken care of. With Dimiter planning to perform an exorcism, they traveled to the palace in disguise and mingled with the guests during the celebratory masquerade thrown by Philomena.

After witnessing the resurrection of Alastair, Selca promptly went to find Dimiter and demand an explanation. Along with the others, he discovered the truth about Ardath's deal with the Magician. Rather than turning his wrath upon Ardath, Selca suggested he and Lygia astral-project to the Arcane Realm and settle the matter once and for all. In the meantime, Selca, Rowan, and Dimiter kept watch.

Lygia's body was replaced by Marena's shortly before they returned from the Realm. With the Magician taken care of, they went out to deal with Alastair, who had already begun enacting changes and punishing those who had betrayed him. Selca crept up behind the prince's chair and stabbed him in the back, killing him. Philomena immediately pardoned him for this act out of gratitude - he had already sentenced her to death, but had yet to call the guards to take her away.

Death

As Selca had yet to receive justice for what he had done to Vormund, Rowan challenged him to a duel. When Selca cheated and badly wounded Rowan, Marena healed him with magic and Ardath jumped to his defense against an irritated Selca. Rowan was able to recover and ran Selca through with his sword.

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