There had been a Darkstalkers Create a Character Contest a while back, and this was my entry. I didn’t win anything, but it was fun designing a character that might fit into the Darkstalkers Universe! Here’s the description I included:
Character Name: Vasila The Wise
Monster Type: Witch
Fighting Style: Weapon/Short Range Magic
Height: 158 cm
White hair down to her thighs. Wears a red shawl, and a dress to her knees with a rooster emblazoned upon it. Wields a giant pestle and rides in a mortar.
Weight: 54 kg (mortar is 230 kg, and pestle is 120 kg)
Vasila is the daughter of Vasilisa the Beautiful, a woman who was freed from her abusive step mother’s grasp and later married to a great Tsar in the 1600s by the workings of the ancient hag of the forest named Baba Yaga. On the day of Vasila’s 13th birthday, the Tsar’s monarchy was overthrown in a bloody revolution. Vasilisa the Beatiful and the Tsar were killed, but Vasila managed to escape. She fled helplessly into the wilderness in the wake of the destruction of her family’s kingdom, only to find Baba Yaga waiting for her in front of her chicken-legged hut in the depths of the forest.
She asked the old hag who she was, only to see the hag disintegrate into dust before her. All that remained was an enormous mortar and pestle and a single blue rose. When she touched the pestle, the dust began to swirl into a whirlwind, surrounding and enveloping her. Darkness and ambivalence seeped into her veins, and centuries of knowledge were etched into her memories. Her humanity forever altered by the dark magic of Baba Yaga, she continued on in the role of the forest hag.
In present day, she appears to be in her late twenties. She wears the mask of an old crone when dealing with humans in order to maintain a desirable level of venerability. She antagonizes humans that enter her realm, but occasionally reaches out to those that are pure of heart. She claims to preserve her age by drinking a tea made from blue roses.
She is largely uninterested in the affairs of the Darkstalkers, but she appears to have a soft spot for Anita. Her immense dark power and wisdom have attracted the attention of those that wish to bring about a new battle for supremacy…
Vasila is based on the Slavic folk tale of Baba Yaga, the wise and frightening witch of the forest. She is described in this tale to be the daughter of Vasilisa the Beautiful, who was the subject of one of many stories about Baba Yaga.