Friday, March 30, 2018

Fiction Friday - Maggie-Ann Blackgoo Bristleweed

Background and Origin: “Mab,” as she prefers to be called, arrived in Earth from Geos a few years ago. She came by conventional FTL spacecraft, rather than the more obvious portal-gate from a medieval fantasy world, but that's probably one of the less enigmatic things about her.

Her place of birth was Wraicrolis, a small city, a fairly civilized place. By sheer chance, the city happens to be located on a large plain, near several mineral mines, and just a bit upstream from a natural ocean gulf. A century ago, give or take, a great battle between the gods leveled the area, turning the ground into a kind of natural concrete - infertile for crops, but just right for growing a spaceport for the galactic community that wanted to welcome Geos into the fold.

Mab and her sister were raised by neighbors, after her parents were called to service by their guild, and never returned.

She has the following siblings:
  • An older sister that still lives with her childhood caretakers. After an industrial accident, Se’len is a bit of an idiot savant. There is no one better in all of Wraicrolis at starship engine repair, and her employer commands high prices for her time. When she’s modding an engine, Se’len comes alive, and can even speak in full sentences, vocalizing a deep education and grasp of the most minute trivia of the smallest part of an engine, even what planet and the corporate politics that lead to production of one design over another. Without an engine around, though, she is like a dull-witted child, barely aware of her environment, who likes to scribble in her picture books.
Mab has experienced the following important events:
  • She found that she had an adopted older sister that she never knew she had;
  • Her long-term relationship ended when her partner broke up with her without reason;
  • Long and grueling travel gave her greater stamina, and a Dragon Pact, granting her magical power. The Dragon knows where Mab is, but she hopes 17.3 light years is too far away for the Dragon to call in the debt;
  • A crash disaster swept at the spaceport forced her to find a home elsewhere;
  • She made an enemy, a supernatural creature of some kind. She completely ignores the other. They have ties to the criminal world or the black market. The rivalry grew into something stronger;
  • She made an enemy, someone that worked for her. Thunderdome! They are a somewhat important local figure. Racial, religious or political bias caused the rift;
  • She obtained a pet, a supernatural creature of some kind, but had to leave it behind;
  • She made a friend, someone she worked with regularly. They have military connections.
  • A personal grudge held by a local military figure forced her to flee to a new region.
Combat Tactics: She activates her eldritch shield, then hurls lightning. Her lightning stroke allows her to aim at the space her target is standing in, thus increasing her effective accuracy. Targets that get too close get the enervation pulse. It isn't necessarily powerful, but it can affect many targets, and even one or two pulses can really disrupt the damage curve of bricks and martial artists.

She enjoys channeling the power of the Dragon for flashy bursts, and thinks of combat largely as “powerful offense wins.” She views Dragon Stamina and Elemental Resistance as utility magic, but their persistent nature disturbs her, as she feels the constant energy presence, and feels like the Dragon is watching her. She rarely has these two latter abilities prepared, unless specifically expecting to need them.

Personality Traits: Helpful, courageous, aggressive. Mab likes to make a difference, and has no qualms being assertive about it.

Quote: “To deny the evil in one's heart is to constrain it, and let fester like kimchee, until it explodes. Better, by far, to acknowledge it, own it, tame it and control how and when it trespasses on the world.”

Appearance: 5’3”, 112 lbs., waist length black hair, brown eyes. She favors rags and doesn't care about clothing at all. She has wild, unkempt hair. She has distinctive scars and tattoos. She has one of her old toys that she keeps with her at all times as a keepsake.

Powers: She has an academic study of magic, but lacks the necessary “spark” to channel it herself. It's not obvious, and she doesn't advertise it, but she has a magic tattoo that lets her channel magical power. The tattoo represents a pact she negotiated with an ancient dragon, allowing her to tap the dragon's power, which her skill allows her to shape and channel.

Geos is a mixed culture of magic and technology. She is familiar with both, and able to figure out new technological devices and magical artifacts quickly.

Notes: Model unknown. Character by I. A. Riley, March, 2018.

Her Mind Control is enough to make most targets forget what they were doing for just a minute or two. It lasts just long enough to leave most humans confused about the last few minutes, even once their memory returns, because by that point new stimulus and assumptions have filled in the gaps, and now they have contradictory assumptions and beliefs about what happened in those few minutes.

The memory fog used Inventing Points instead of Arsenal, mostly due to the sheer cost in CP. I really wanted an effect like this, since she is precisely the type who prefers her privacy and would be happy if people forgot she was ever there.

I wanted her to have a mix of offensive, defensive, movement, and utility powers. I had fun visualizing the powers I wanted, and then mucking about with the different mechanics to see what I could work out.

Inspired by a G+ post.
Need to tell Fern Kali it is ready :)
https://plus.google.com/+IcarusAnneRiley/posts/3rgoDyJoR4U



Maggie-Ann Blackgoo Bristleweed - Mighty Protectors

Strength 10 (Carrying Capacity 78 lbs., Basic HTH d4)
Endurance 18 (Save 12, Heal 2.8)
Agility 14 (Save 11)
Intelligence 24 (Save 13)
Cool 24 (Save 13, Initiative 2d6)

Hit Points 20
Power 96
Physical Defense 2 (8)
Mental Defense 4
Move 14
Inventing Points 27
Wealth d4
Luck 12-
Weight x lbs.
Total Cost 90 + 80 - 20 = 150

Abilities
Arsenal: Magical Abilities, 4×25 CP slots, 6 options (30 CP)
Durability: Hit Points +5 (5 CP)
Energy: Power +30 (15 CP)
Experience Levels: Attack +0, Defense +1, Skills +1 (5 CP)
Heightened Attack: Damage +1 all attacks (2.5 CP)
Heightened Cool: Bright, CL +12, IN +8 (included above)
Heightened Expertise: Attack +1 all attacks (2.5 CP)
Arcane Skills - Inventing: Add +15 Inventing Points (15 CP)
Luck: Luck +2 (5 CP)

Arsenal Options (Choose 4)
  1. Lightning Stroke - Electrical Bolt: Damage d8+d10, Range 36”, PR=4 (12.5), Modifiers: Area Effect (1” dia.) (+2.5), Arsenal (-2.5), Reduced PR (+12.5) (25 aCP)
  2. Summon Magic Carpet - Flight: Acceleration 16, Top Speed 64, PR=4/hour (10), Area Effect (1” dia., Moves With Self) (+7.5), Arsenal (-10), Fast Acceleration 2 (+5), PR instead of Charges (+0), Reduced PR (+12.5) (25 aCP)
  3. Eldritch Shield - Shield: Physical Defense +6, Breakpoint +6, PR=1/use (10), Modifiers: Arsenal (-12.5), Innate (+2.5), PR instead of Charges (+0), Reduced PR (+20), Parry Bonus +2 (+5) (25 aCP)
  4. Enervation Pulse - Siphon: Damage 2d6 Entropy Strength loss, PR=1 (15), Modifiers: Area Effect (5” dia., Offset) (+10), Armor Piercing (2 points) (+2.5), Arsenal (-12.5), PR instead of Charges (+0), Reduced PR (+20), Suppress (-10) (25 aCP)
  5. Dragon Stamina - Regeneration: Heal 1 hit point per round of rest (17.5), cannot regenerate magic damage (-2.5), Modifiers: Arsenal (-12.5), Increased Charges (unlimited) (+22.5) (25 aCP)
  6. Elemental Resistance - Adaptation: Electromagnetics, High Temperatures, Low Temperatures, Poison, Venom, PR=2 per hour (20), Modifiers: Arsenal (-12.5), PR instead of Charges (+0), Reduced PR (+17.5) (25 aCP)

Gear Pool/Inventions/Power Stunts
Memory Fog - Mind Control: Save @ -4, Range 24”, PR=8 (15), Modifiers: Area Effect (5” dia., Vaporous) (+7.5), Duration (2 rounds between recovery saves) (+2.5), Immunity (+2.5), Reduced Range (-2.5), ‘Silent' Mind Control (+5), Single Command (“Forget Recent Memories”) (-5) (25 iCP)


Weaknesses
TBD (-10 CP)
Diminished Senses (Imperceptive): She can be a bit hyper-focused, and fail to notice things, suffering -3 on all Perception checks (-10)


Combat Summary
Initiative: 2d6 (avg 7)
Unarmed: Attack 14-, Damage d4+1 (avg 3.5)
Lightning Stroke: Attack 15- (AE), Damage 2d10 (avg 11)
Memory Fog: Attack 17- (AE), Effect Save @ -5
Enervation Pulse: Attack 15- (AE), Damage 2d6+1 (AP2)

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