The Winter Witch primarily has the ability to blast people with ice magic, augmenting this power with the ability to create numerous Ice Pillars across the battlefield, blocking off avenues of movement and using these newly created pillars as mirrors to “bounce” her spells off of. This gives Rasputina an extended range to threaten enemies she might otherwise be unable to see so that she can support the rest of her icy cultists by harassing her enemies from the backlines of the battlefield. The Cult of December is primarily split into two groups: Cannibal cultists that can eat corpses to heal themselves and ice creatures that become Ice Pillars when they are killed. Both of these groups utilize the Ice Pillars in different ways, whether they use them as potential weapons, new paths to traverse the table, or as alters to sacrifice to their master, December. Her enemies, once December has come her enemies will freeze.
Rasputina was brought to Malifaux in chains as another convict condemned to a slow death in the Guild’s Breachside labor camps. Refusing to give up and die, she managed to escape and fled into the wilderness. How she survived remains a mystery (though some claim to know the answer; there is only so much meat to go around), but somewhere in the inhospitable north she found the Tyrant known as December. He bound himself to her, granting her mastery over cold and ice, powers she used to assume leadership over December’s Cult in the Ten Peaks.
While their early relationship was little better than a slave and her master, Rasputina has learned much under December’s cold influence. The desperate, timid woman has become a cunning and ruthless leader, and she resisted his efforts to control her outright.
The return of Titania was a turning point in their struggle. Realizing that the Autumn Queen could hinder his plans, December granted Rasputina greater power and, more importantly, freedom to act on her own, albeit with the condition that she devote herself to their mutual survival.
No longer contending with December’s constant strain on her mind, Rasputina has taken strides to extend her reach. From the convict camps of the north to the poorhouses of the city, and even the impoverished contract towns beyond, Rasputina seeks out those with bitter hearts, promising a way to satisfy their greed, resentment… and hunger.
The arrest of Victor Ramos has shaken the Arcanists to the very core, leaving its very foundation a shattered mess, and Rasputina ponders what role she will continue to play in the organization.
Rather than the hearsay from her peers, the Winter Witch has decided to come to Malifaux City herself, bringing with her the threat of an endless winter. She hopes to find an answer hidden in the warehouses that old Ramos has left behind, or at the very least, a new goal.
December, on the other hand, silently watches, listens, and waits, for his losses have made him more hesitant to lash out without knowing the prime opportunity to stake his claim once more. But the snow is falling, and the lakes to the north are freezing. Winter is on the horizon.
Keyword - December
Blessed of December
Ice Dancer x2
Silent One x2
December Acolyte x3
Ice Gamin x3