A powerful spirit of retribution
Lingering at the scene of the bombing of the Boston Consilium for months, Poena idly sought the death of the one responsible – not out of some sense of balance, or out of a desire to discover who else may have been involved, but out of simple, blind vengeance.
It did not, however, make any move to carry out this vengeance itself, for reasons unknown, instead striking a bargain with the first person willing — Alastor. He was given “from new moon to new moon” to kill the Charlatan responsible, or else pay the penalty himself.
In Roman mythology, Poena is the spirit of punishment and the attendant of punishment to Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution. The Latin word poena, “pain, punishment, penalty”, gave rise to English words such as subpoena and pain.