A brilliant natural philosopher eager to rebel against the Church and Inquisition. By any means necessary.
The known 24—the scientists and researchers identified by the Inquisition—are, according to Davinia Home of Ninewells, sacrificial lambs, those who have chosen to show their faces so the rest of the College can continue with their labor. That labor, however, is subject to much discussion and disagreement in the institution’s Campi, especially due to Davinia’s radical—and sometimes unorthodox—methods.
Born in Bearwych in the Highland Marches, Davinia lost her father at the age of two and was raised by her mother who never remarried. As the younger of two children from an impoverished noble family, Davinia was forced to fend for herself from an early age. This gave her the endurance to fiercely protest against age restrictions for two years until she was admitted to the University of Din Eidyn, one of the most prestigious in the Highlands. She was only twelve years old.
Although her mother’s hope was that she would study law, Davinia became enamored with natural philosophy as soon as she encountered it. She spent six years in the University, studying under various tutors and in different branches of the sciences, but she never graduated. She and her teachers agreed on only one thing: She learned more from the books than from the teachers.
When the Inquisition came to burn her books, she had just made a major breakthrough in natural philosophy, something she called the “Scene of Thought.” They ransacked the University’s library, purging undesirable books while Davinia’s friends had to hold her back from attacking them. From that day on, she swore she would make the Inquisition pay for all the knowledge lost in those fires.
She quickly discovered a member of the Invisible College in Din Eidyn and convinced him to be her Sponsor. After that, her commitment and brilliant mind allowed her to ascend within the organization as quickly as she had devoured books at the University. In a short period of time she went from former student to College leader. And then, she founded the Illustrari and started her attack on the Inquisition.
Davinia’s battle plan is simple: Attack the Church and drive it out of all the Nations of Théah. The only way for people to be free is with no Church interfering with their affairs. Knowledge is the only god people need, she says, and to obtain it, no priest or Hierophant are necessary. To do that, sadly, many people have to die—be it Inquisitors, other Church members, or in fact anyone who dares to oppose her—but that is the price they have to pay. As she saw the precious books burn so long ago, so too will she witness the enemies of Wisdom burn.
And whoever stands in her way is her enemy, whether she admits it or not.
Davinia Home of Ninewells is a tough woman, one who has seen many horrors in her life, particularly those related to knowledge suppression. She cares little for people and their struggles; to her, they are only important inasmuch as they are the vessels of Wisdom. In this sense, whoever is not contributing to advancing knowledge and understanding on Terra is a waste of time and energy; someone who is breathing air that would be better used by people like herself.
Davinia looks frail and fragile, but her words are sharp as blades. She is not interested in people’s feelings or intentions. She demands that their actions speak for themselves, and will not consider any justifications. Either you are with the Revolution or you are against it.