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Former Witch, now demon, Kiyoko Banford, has long since abandoned her old self. Going by a myriad of false names and fabricated identities, she almost always prefers to use her favored alias, Unari. She is the mother of the lycanthropes, the first of her kind. Driven mad by years of grief and the horrors of her past, Unari struggles to maintain what little sanity remains. She masquerades as a the owner of Big Bad's Den, a popular nightclub located in Median. Unari occasionally dabbles in witchcraft under the table, with countless rumors and fables that are attached to her name. Few know her as the lycanthrope matriarch, and even fewer know her for the Demon she really is.
Despite her true age, Unari appears no older than twenty. With a square jaw and short chin, Unari has the looks of a mature woman. She has full lips, typically upturned in a smirk. She has a short, slightly narrow nose.
Unari has almond-shaped eyes, and angled brows that add to her intensity. Her iris' are golden-yellow.
Her hair is an untamable mess of wheat-gold, wavy locks. It flows passed her shoulders, down her back and stopping at the waist. She typically wears it down, but will sometimes secure it in a loose ponytail.
Unari wears rather theatrical make-up, emphasizing her affinity towards wolves. Thick black lines shape her eyes in a way that is reminiscent of the beast.
Unari stands roughly 5'4" and has a small, thin build. She is a rather unassuming individual, being incredibly short and of small stature.
Unari never met her father, having only been told that he was an Englishman with a talent for illusion and deception. Abraham Hilgrad was a married man, who was visiting Japan to help introduce Magic and teach it to the willing populace. He met Unari's mother, and became something of a mentor to her. Her mother, Yukiko Ueno, was a fledgling Mage who strove to learn more. After giving birth to Unari, the man disappeared. Feeling betrayed and taken advantage of, Yukiko destroyed everything that reminded her of the man who broke her heart. Yukiko was a very overbearing and authoritative figure in Unari's life. She was controlling, manipulative and was often passive-aggressive towards her daughter. Yukiko worried that she would lose her only child, but her fears worked against her, ultimately pushing Unari away.
Souma Ueno, Unari's uncle, took care of his niece after his sister fell ill. He was far different from his sister, and provided far more freedom to Unari than her mother had ever allowed.
Unari eventually married Derek Banford, another talented Mage who studied alongside Unari. He was a kind and thoughtful man, someone who could help keep Unari grounded and out of trouble. Unari was head-over-heels for him, and was elated when she learned she was carrying his child. He was murdered at the hands of a Demon, and her unborn child was stolen away from her by the same monster.
Unari is far more complicated than she would appear. Upon first inspection, she seems to be a wild and loud woman with penchant for brash and foul language. She has a big personality, oftentimes seeking to be the center of attention.
It is no surprise that Unari often uses humor to defuse or lighten the mood in order to avoid dealing with tough situations. She avoids close intimacy, and oftentimes chides and persecutes others for doing so.
On the surface, it is not entirely obvious that Unari hides immense pain and a deep seeded sadness within her. She has experienced loss so many times before, that she now takes pain in stride. Forming connections is difficult for Unari, as she oftentimes fears losing those she comes to care about. She is a wanderess and flighty, hence the innumerable amount of aliases she has come to use over the centuries.
Blunt, uncouth and cruel, Unari can be draining on others. She is mentally unstable, prone to violent tantrums and angry outbursts. She is self-loathing, destructive and tries to live for the moment.
Despite her shortcomings, Unari has a desire to nurture and mother others. She will often scold those around her, betraying her otherwise youthful appearance. For those she does not entirely despise, Unari is caring, if a bit overbearing.
An emotional individual, it is very apparent to outsiders how she feels at any given moment. She is, however, secretive when it comes to her past.
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Unari was always a rowdy and adventurous young girl. She would often sneak out at night, and disobey her mother's wishes. Yukiko was fearful that she might lose her only daughter, the one thing that she was determined not to lose. Yukiko was a protective and strict parent. As a single mother, life was difficult for Yukiko. She took work wherever she could find it, and taught Unari what she could when she had the time. Unari found her mother's rules and restrictions to be overbearing and stifling. The two never got along, and Unari was always looking for a way to get out.
Yukiko discovered that Unari possessed an innate talent for Magic. She encouraged her daughter to pursue Magic, and to further develop her natural gifts. Unari was less than enthusiastic, and often skipped out on lessons.
When Unari was ten years old, her mother fell ill. Unari was left under the care of her uncle, Souma Ueno. He was accommodating enough, providing her food and shelter, but that was the extent of his care taking. Unari relished her newfound freedom, and started falling into a bad crowd. She was involved in several cases of vandalism and theft.
Journey to the West
When Unari was sixteen, she hoped aboard a ship and set sail for the Western world. With her mother's death imminent, Unari felt there was nothing left for her in Japan. She instead took everything she could and ventured out in search of her father. Her mission was to find him, and to kill him. While she may not have gotten along with her mother, Unari still loved her. For leaving both her and her mother, Unari intended to make Abraham suffer.
Arriving in England in the year 1898, Unari found herself in a crowd of other immigrants. In order to pay for lodgings and food, Unari took part in criminal activity. From smuggling to stealing, Unari used her skills to keep herself off the streets. When jobs were scarce, Unari took to the streets to entertain the masses with her Magic. Thankfully, it wasn't often when Unari would have to busk for money.
One job required Unari to deliver some opiates to a school, which she easily infiltrated. Delivering the goods was easy enough, and the job was finished without a hitch. However, on her way out, Unari was approached by one of the students. He recognized her from her performance on the street, and asked if she attended the school. The two eventually got to talking, and the young man introduced himself as Derek Banford. Unari would often take time out of her day to go visit him, quickly becoming smitten with the young Mage.
The two would spend plenty of time together. Unari, under the pretense of wanting to learn more Magic, was tutored by Derek. For Derek, he was interested in hearing about Unari's exciting tales and stories. It didn't take long for Derek to fall for Unari as well, and the two grew inseparable.
However, when Derek attempted to introduce Unari to his parents, she was met with contempt and disapproval. His parents ordered he cut off all contact with Unari, and denied him from ever seeing her again. Both were devastated, but there was little to be done.
Before Unari could pack up her things and move on, Derek came to her. The two agreed that they would continue to see each other, through clandestine meetings late in the eve. For Unari, the added thrill of forbidden love was all the more exhilarating.
In the year 1902. when Unari was twenty-one, Derek proposed. The two were wed in a secret ceremony, and they couldn't have been any happier. Things became complicated, however, when Unari was twenty-two and discovered she was pregnant with Derek's child. His parents were also growing more and more suspicious, and it was becoming increasingly more difficult to keep their marriage a secret.
Unari feared that her dream of having a happy family were going to be taken from her. She was then approached by a mysterious man. He made her tempting promises, ensuring her that he had the power to secure her a fairy tale ending. Unari was deceived by his bold promises, and agreed to his terms.
Suddenly, things were looking up. Derek's parents had a change of heart, and happily welcomed Unari into their fold. Derek got a job as a teacher, a career he had been chasing for a few years at that point. For Unari, things seemed to finally be falling into place.
About seven months into her pregnancy, the mysterious stranger arrived at Unari's home. He insisted that he was there to collect his payment, of which Unari had completely forgotten. Unable to pay the man, he quickly revealed himself to be a Demon. He instead offered an alternative to Unari, as he was willing to take her firstborn as payment. Suspecting that was his intention in the first place, Unari refused him.
She attempted to fight him, but was easily overcome. The commotion alerted Derek to the intrusion, and intervened. Derek, however, was easily defeated. For her insolence, the Demon tortured Derek in front of Unari. She watched in horror as the Demon slowly killed her husband.
After Derek had been killed, the Demon turned to Unari to collect his due. Ripping into Unari, he tore out her unborn child from her womb, and took him away. The Demon left Unari to bleed to death. While she was spared from death, the ordeal left Unari unable to bear any more children. The dream of having her happy family was officially over.
Becoming the Wolf
Surviving her ordeal with the Demon, she shed her name and former life and dedicated her existence to hunting down and killing the Demon responsible for killing her husband and stealing away her child. She pursued the darker side of Magic, and became a Witch.
Unari became somewhat of a hermit, secluding herself to a house atop a hill overlooking a loch. Her only companions became a pack of wolves, whom she raised since they were puppies. When it became clear that she would not be able to find the monster on her own, she sought to employ the powers of another Demon.
Spending almost a year in preparation, Unari was eventually able to send out her Astral form into Hell to recruit a Demon as her Familiar. In Hell, she was accosted by countless Demons. By that point, she had become a powerful Witch, and the Demons were eager to claim her soul for their own. Unari was very particular, and refused every Demon who approached her. She continued her search, knowing it was only a matter of time before she found a worthy Demon.
Along her travel through Hell, Unari eventually happened upon the Demon Ceolizohr Raam. Where the other Demons made promises of power, wealth and knowledge, Ceolizohr instead made a simple request. He asked Unari to choose him, if only to get him out of Hell. Intrigued by his request, Unari agreed. In exchange for bringing him to Earth, he would find the Demon responsible for her suffering.
Ceolizohr became a sort of project for Unari. Despite having her child torn from her body years prior, Unari still possessed a deep-seated need to mother and nurture. She gave him a new name, Cole, and endeavored to craft him into an individual of her own making.
In the year 1919, Cole was finally able to track down the Demon responsible for Derek's death. Both Unari and Cole attempted to subdue him, but the Demon proved too powerful. He managed to escape, much to Unari's frustration.
Unari was bent on destroying him, and after much prodding and insisting, she was able to convince Cole to help her become a Demon herself. While he was aware this meant it would nullify their Pact, Cole went along with Unari anyway.
The arduous ritual necessary to become a Demon spanned over several years. Unari was forced to partake in terrible acts, rituals meant to destroy her humanity and blacken her soul.
When the rite was completed, Unari was reborn as a Curse, becoming the first lycanthrope.
With the contract binding Cole to Unari's will now voided, there was nothing keeping him from following her. However, he felt indebted to her and continued to work alongside her as they tracked down her nemesis once more. Again, they confronted him. This time, however, Unari was able to defeat him.
She took her time, relishing his screams and cries of agony. With the Demon responsible for all her pain and anguish finally destroyed, Unari thought she would know peace. However, Unari payed a heavy price to be able to defeat her enemy.
Unari was a Demon herself now, and was now a slave to the whims of her darkened heart. Where she could once call on Cole as a friend, her newfound treacherous wiles pushed him away.
A New Era
After the cataclysmic events that destroyed much of civilization, Unari eventually found herself at the Spire. There, she encountered the vampire matriarch, Carmilla, another Curse like her. While Carmilla was not looking to make enemies, she detested Unari's fickle and flighty nature. She refused to allow Unari a spot on the Aristocracy, but allowed her to remain on the Spire should she choose to stay.
Unari made a home for herself in Median, content with living life as a Witch who occasionally offered her services to those willing and able to pay for them.
She followed after Carmilla, sharing her blood with a select few. The first of which was Vincent Kagame. One of the first Alphas she created, he is the only remaining Alpha from the first five she created. Leader of the Vandals, Vincent and Unari were lovers for a short time. They had a disagreement about how the packs should be led, among other things, and eventually their relationship soured. Unari broke things off, leaving Vincent one morning.
In the year 2270, Unari became acquainted with two orphans, Silvio and Horace. They lived in the orphanage close to her home, and oftentimes caused her much trouble. She found herself caught up in their pranks and childish antics, having become their favorite target. Seeing as they were constantly visiting her home, Unari relented and eventually adopted the two boys as her own.
Silvio and Horace served as a surrogate, much the same way Cole had centuries prior, to Unari's desire to nurture. She raised the two boys as her own, and turned them into lycanthropes when they were old enough to be considered young men. They would each go on to lead their own packs. Silvio formed the Silverbacks, while Horace would form the Regents.
In more recent events, Unari bought a nightclub for her son, Horace. She was also contacted and visited by Autumn, who sought to learn how to summon a Demon for her own ends.One night, Unari was visited by a strange Demon. He introduced himself as the Ravager, and requested Unari create a homunculus for him in order to house the souls he required for a very special project. He offered her information on what became of her child that was stolen all those years ago, in exchange for what he asked for. Unari spent nearly a year preparing. Once everything was in place, she harvested all the souls of those living in the Quiet City, and bound them to a single vessel. The homunculus, who named herself Eden, was intended to be delivered to the Ravager. However, Unari had her doubts, and instead decided to seek help from Autumn and the Exorcists.
Having been trained in magic, Unari is an adept Witch. Besides Carmilla, she is perhaps the strongest living Witch on the Spire. She is both knowledgeable in the magical arts, and skilled at manipulating the arcane.
Having given up her humanity to become a Demon, Unari has inherited their abilities and powers. Due to the ritual, the Abjuration of the Divine, Unari was able to obtain the powers of frost and cold from the Demon, Vamiir. In addition, Unari was granted an extended lifespan, allowing her to live well past the normal life expectancy.
Although she is considered a Demon, she is weaker in terms of her abilities. She can heal faster than normal humans, but it is not at the same rate as a born Demon. She can also recover from typically fatal wounds, although she will need time to heal.
Gifts of the Beast
Being a Curse, Unari is the progenitor of the lycanthropes. As such, she is the strongest of them all, and is the only one who is able to create new Alphas. As a lycanthrope, Unari has gained certain abilities. While she has access to most of these abilities while in human form, they are stronger and more potent while in her beast form.
Unari's beast blood grants her heightened senses. Her sense of smell and hearing have been greatly improved. She can also see in low-light settings. While in her beast form, she can see in near complete darkness. Her sense of smell and hearing is also far more acute.
While in her beast form, Unari can heal at an enhanced rate. She also has an increased stamina and endurance, and can sustain a greater amount of damage. Unari is faster while in her beast form, and far more agile.
Although her lycanthropy has granted her many boons, she has also gained several new weaknesses. Most notable being her aversion to silver.
Unari is oftentimes referred to as the Wolf with No Name. She has gone through several aliases. Her current alias, Unari Lupa, is used among fellow Witches, and her close kin. The name Coriander "Corine" Wulf is the name she uses when dealing with business or the government. Her real name is only known by a select few. One being her former Familiar, Ceolizohr and the other being fellow Curse, Carmilla.
While Unari may own Big Bad's Den, she has little to do with the actual running of the club. Her son, Horace, manages the club in her stead. As such, he has banned her from their bar. A vehement drinker, Unari always keeps a bottle of booze nearby.