Demon-hunting ancient spirit in the body of a modern fortune teller
In spring of 2001, Kara Sesseran -- a mostly homeless, mostly illiterate "Blind Fortune Teller" known for using a superhero-themed tarot deck with Braille markings -- so impressed a customer with one of her readings that the customer paid for Kara to attend a four day convention of psychics in the superpowered age. Kara was delighted to get a bath and clean, less worn clothes even if it meant she would have to put up with a bunch of strangers either trying to prove that she is not blind, or else assuming that she is dull-witted along with her disability.
It went pretty well, actually.
Oh, absolutely, some attendees treated the malnourished, nervous woman like a thing or a potential project. Most, however, were too busy asserting their own veracity to really notice the quiet girl who always managed to be near the snack buffet.
One of the seminars particularly hit Kara hard: the speaker taught a practical method of meditation, of using one's psychic ability to examine that same ability's origins and how it best functions for the particular individual. Kara had never listened more intently to anything in her life. She even considered approaching the speaker afterward ... which would have required that she use her eyesight.
(Kara has always been able to see. She does not know that she has visual processing disorder, because when she was very young no one in her life had ever heard of any kind of sensory processing disorder. As an adult, she "knows" that she is falsifying blindness by wearing a gauze bandage over her face whenever there is a chance that someone might look in her direction. Also, of course, she refuses to be examined by a doctor even if someone else offers to cover the costs. She is terrified of anyone with the power to inhibit her freedom of movement.)
When the convention ended, Kara exchanged what little contact information she could with a few of the other attendees. She then made her way to one of her least favorite hideouts: an empty office in the Kingsbridge Armory. It was cold, drafty, and spooky, but she could expect to be left alone for a few days. Kara made herself as secure and comfortable as she was able, then tried out the meditation described in the seminar.
When she awoke, Kara was not alone.
The woman who now goes by "Taki" had a very different name in a period of time which she would probably call "the Kamakura Period". She has pleasantly agreed with suggestions that she may have lived in the early thirteenth century. On the other hand, she has also pleasantly gone along with people saying that she must be describing "the Sengoku Period" which would place her in the latter half of the 16th centery.
Taki does not much care whether other people know who she was, or when she lived. She is not going to help anyone figure out what her "real name" could have been, even though she will cheerfully admit that "Taki" is, in fact, typically a boy's name ... and that she gleefully confiscated it from the video game series called "Soulcalibur" when her descendant wandered through a video arcade.
Was she truly a monster hunter? Probably she was some kind of specialist in dealing with metahuman threats.
Was she truly something like a samurai or an onna bugeisha? The evidence is in favor: she knows how to use a few appropriate weapons, she prefers a rigorous daily exercise regimen and argues with Kara about whether indeed all fingers must remain sensitive to delicate texture changes (for reading Braille) when she would like to get hold of a proper bow. She is fairly good at accounting. She knows how to cook things Kara had never eaten. She is frustrated that Kara does not know how to read English, nor draw or paint, nor weave nets.
Taki would quite like to know what the hell happened to Kara's family, who had a duty to educate her. Kara will not allow the topic to be even lightly discussed.
If one of their "clansmen" (meaning the members of the Knights Vigilant supergroup) were to ask, Taki would say that she is here because Kara is her last living descendant. If Kara passes from this world, Taki's connection to it will dissolve, and her legacy ends.
(No one has ever asked.)
Does that mean Taki had children? It must, but she does not think about such things.
Does something bad happen, to the world or to the souls of Kara and her ancestors, if no descendant lives?
Well ... no one has thought to ask Taki that, either.
Upholding the Good
- Current Residence
- New York City
- Aligned Organization
- Knights Vigilant
- Known Languages
- Kara can read Braille. Taki speaks and reads Japanese, though her vocabulary is sometimes very off.
It is certainly possible that Taki does not, in fact, exist: that she is a figment of Kara's subconscious imagination, containing all the personality traits which Kara wishes she dared have for herself.
But that would not explain how it is that, when the dominant and passenger personalities get into an intense conversation or even an argument, the rest of the Knights Vigilant can hear the "passenger" woman's voice on their comms network.