Character Profile: Revasa

Artwork by TheArtisticNaga

Name: Revasa
Species: Hypnosnake, more specifically African Rock Python
Setting: Mostly jungle, possibly village or otherwise where you’d expect a witch
Sexuality: Snakexual
Stories:
Microstories: Rave Rewind (early version), Show No Fear
Region of origin: Kenya
Birthday: March 30th
Sections
Tricky Time
Lost Time
Undone Time
Hypnotic Time
Feared Feaster
Chaurina
Fearing
Fascinated
Familiar
Magic and Scolding in Italy
Burned
A Change in Circumstance
Failure in Friend
Out of Place, Newly Feared
Solo Smug
Chaurina Conscience
Empty Purpose
Better Peril
Insect Interest
Serpent Tune
Tricky Time
Revasa is a big, long, white and blue snake with hypnotic powers—colloquially, a hypnosnake. She has one ability unique to her in the form of limited time manipulation. She is able to move time forward or backward in a limited area, about 25 meters from the average center of her body, up to lengths about 15 minutes. Anyone outside looking in sees a shimmering bubble around the area.
Lost Time
Someone within this area of effect will most likely not notice it, though if they know of this ability they may be able to notice. When Revasa speeds up time forward it’s more noticeable due to someone’s memories jumping—rather than the time perceived as normal, with the world outside the bubble moving slowly, everything is perceived as going fast, like someone dozing off and not noticing the time.
Undone Time
When Revasa moves time backwards it’s less noticeable, as those memories are mostly erased: someone will notice events happening but forget them as they do. Memories from going backwards in time are not completely erased, and remain hidden in the subconscious; if someone notices deja vu when near Revasa, she may have reversed time. Some psychological effects will linger, such as pain from a burnt hand—the hand will no longer be burnt but some pain will remain.
Hypnotic Time
This works in tandem with Revasa’s hypnosis. If she reverses time to before an induction, some of her hypnotic power will remain in a subject’s mind, making a new induction stronger and dropping them quicker. She can even reverse time while hypnotizing someone, allowing her to pass them through a particular moment repeatedly, dropping them deeper under her spell each time.
Feared Feaster
Revasa didn’t always have time manipulation powers. She was once a regular hypnosnake—which isn’t so regular a thing but stay with me here. Cunning and smug, she enjoyed toying with her prey, and she gained a reputation to be feared. She enjoyed hypnotizing and eating humans when she could, but one day she encountered someone who seemed immune to her hypnosis.
Chaurina
With her flowing fabric and tall, pointed hat, Chaurina, as her name turned out to be, looked out of place in the jungle, but something about the human seemed at home. Revasa tried to hypnotize her, but she seemed immune and effortlessly brushed Revasa away. The snake recognized she had some special power in her, but her hubris and annoyance at not catching the human led her to follow Chaurina to her camp. There, Chaurina reversed the situation; when Revasa tried to grab her in her coils, Chaurina captured Revasa in a box instead.
Fearing
Revasa discovered Chaurina was actually a witch traveling abroad, and she became afraid for the first time in her life, fearing what Chaurina might do with her. To her surprise Chaurina did nothing but give her animals to feed on. Revasa was wary, still afraid, but also humiliated at eating animals given to her by a human, even if she still had to catch the animal herself.
Fascinated
Chaurina conversed with her, though, and Revasa began to fear her less. She asked Chaurina to let her go, but the witch refused. Even when Revasa promised not to eat humans Chaurina knew she lied. Despite this, one day Chaurina let her go without a word. Confused, Revasa left, expecting the witch to drag her back at any moment, but Revasa returned to her deep jungle home. She intended to go back to her life of eating anyone she could get her coils around, human or otherwise, but she found herself thinking about the witch, her magic, her resolve, and her treatment of Revasa.
Familiar
Curious why Chaurina let her go, desirous to see more magic, and perhaps a little fond of Chaurina’s spirit and spunk, Revasa returned to see the witch and discovered she was leaving for her home in Italy. She’d let Revasa go to see if she’d return, and as she did, Chaurina offered to make Revasa her familiar. The snake accepted, and they became partners.
Magic and Scolding in Italy
Chaurina began to share her magic with Revasa; having a familiar made Chaurina’s magic stronger. Revasa primarily gained time manipulation, and Chaurina taught her tactics combining the magic with hypnosis. The witch had her intimidate visitors, particularly those intending harm, but she forbade Revasa from eating anyone sapient (which usually applied to humans). Revasa sometimes tried to behind her back, which resulted in discipline, even if she reversed time to before she swallowed someone. This was their one point of contention; Revasa respected Chaurina as a witch cunning, tricky, powerful, but nevertheless a witch of her word.
Burned
Although Chaurina always had a friendly, if foreboding, relationship with the nearby town, over time the town entered a rough spot and blame fell on Chaurina—Revasa never learned why. A mob formed and dragged Chaurina away to burn her at the stake. Revasa tried but failed to save her, and she was horrified and furious. She tried to use her time manipulation to go back and save Chaurina, but no matter how many times she tried she couldn’t change the end result. Repeatedly seeing her friend die traumatized her, giving her a fear of fire, and leaving her upset and alone.
A Change in Circumstance
Revasa remained in a loop of failing to save her friend until something changed in the loop: a lady appeared in a big box. She was investigating damage to the time stream—apparently caused by Revasa repeatedly going back and forth through time. Revasa, despondent but with an anger still burning, tried to hypnotize her when she interfered, but the snake discovered she was immune. Revasa was reminded of meeting Chaurina, and learning this lady was a time traveler, she agreed to stop warping through time if she took her away from there.
Failure in Friend
Revasa hoped for a new start, with a new potential friend, but she had gained a hatred of humanity the time traveler couldn’t allow. The time traveler brought Revasa somewhere to investigate damage in the time stream, but there Revasa ate a human. The time traveler demanded Revasa never do that, but Revasa refused, so the time traveler returned Revasa to her old home in Kenya.
Out of Place, Newly Feared
Revasa had been gone from the jungle for so long she was now out of place in it. While she returned to the familiarity of the trees before too long, she recognized the old animals very little. She had changed much and soon gained an even more fearsome reputation than before as a magical, even demonic animal, and is now approached only by those who haven’t heard or don’t believe the tales.
Solo Smug
Revasa was, and is, a loner. She only really ever made friends with Chaurina. She’s confident in her abilities enough to believe she can avoid any danger and generally views herself as a more dangerous danger than anything could be anyway. That said, she can be ganged up on due to this, so if a group can avoid being separated by her she can be overcome. There’s really only one entity that hangs out with her these days, and she doesn’t like it.
Chaurina Conscience
Ever since Chaurina died some sort of sprite in Chaurina’s form seems to hang around Revasa sometimes. She sounds and acts much like the witch, telling Revasa what to do like some sort of conscience. Revasa tries to ignore it. She assumes she got cursed somewhere along the way and a sprite is taking Chaurina’s form to bother her. She’s certain it couldn’t really be Chaurina. The witch is dead.
Empty Purpose
Revasa would like to find a way to bring Chaurina back, but she has no idea how she could. Trying to save her many times showed her that it would be impossible, so there’s very little left for her but taking revenge on humans individually. She’ll toy with them, watch them squirm, make them fall to her as revenge for what humans did to her friend, even though anyone she encounters would have had nothing to do with it.
Better Peril
Though she’s a loner and feared by most, she can be nice to someone if she likes them. Some snakes view her as mystic and will go to her for wisdom, which depending on her mood she’ll share or snap at them to leave. Most animals fear her, though if they’re pleasant and she’s not hungry she’ll be friendly. She’ll rarely be friendly towards humans, though. She will help someone out of peril if she finds them in danger, but only to put them into peril with her. She definitely doesn’t listen to that annoying buzzing sprite of Chaurina telling her to help someone.
Insect Interest
While Revasa always enjoyed toying with prey, she also had an interest in insects outside of them being prey. She can watch them moving about for hours, especially when resting while digesting a meal, and finds the way they move and fly and chirp fascinating.
Serpent Tune
One of the few human activities that interested Revasa was human music, especially the music humans from her home region make. In the past she would sneak closer to human settlements to hear their music, and when with Chaurina she would listen to the radio for hours, gaining an appreciation for the music of Italy as well. Even now she might be less menacing towards someone playing music.