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Obviously I don't want to show my hand too much at this point because I want to surprise people when I get into the character in game but I can assuage your concerns on how I'm going to keep him motivated throughout the game. The main crux of Elewa's story is going to come from how he's going to change and grow as a person now he's been taken away from the support network of his family and friends and how he's going to have to learn to interact with new people and situations on his own. Furthermore; I have two NPCs, his elder brother and his girlfriend, who will be featuring in his story and visiting him at Arcadia for their own reasons thus providing him with a link back home so it's not like he'll be totally separated from everything he knew before. Lots of dramatic pathos to be had there.
If you look back through the thread, you will see a prospective power build which kind of drops heavy hints to where I'm aiming to take Elewa and rough thematic end point for his character.
Once again, thanks for the analysis, I appreciate it a lot. :)
Alright, I'll be doing these in threes because of space issues. These aren't really going to be as deep as my PC analyses because... well, NPCs are seldom as deep as PCs and these bios are pretty sparse in terms of actual character stuff.
In short, a pretty dangerous man. Since he keeps lid on his emotions we have no real idea what his motivation is or why he's taken the job he has. He doesn't seem to be motivated by the, presumably, large paycheck of such an important role nor did he seem to actively pursue this line of work, seeming more to fall into it. That said, his fast climb in the ranks would not happen unless one of two things were the case. Either he really wanted power and success or he's been using less than savoury methods to climb the ladder, the "traffic accident," of his last superior being the least subtle of his power grabs.
His missing eye is also cause for thought. He's clearly a public figure but the fact that noone knows what happened is troubling. You would think that there would be a hospital report or at least an assault charge that a suitably diligent reporter could uncover. Since there isn't, this suggests cover-up which further leads me not to trust him.
This man is something of a cipher and, as such, I think he will likely cause some kind of schism in the government of Eden. I have a pet theory about human vs the empowered racial tensions being a theme in this game and this guy is well placed to call for stricter governmental control over the empowered.
So... not much to say about him, but that's about where I'd predict his role going.
Seems like a classic mentor figure; he's not as strong as his students but still commands their respect, he brings the kind of police-family ethic to Arcadia and will likely push the students towards establishing bonds between them. Presumably he's seen his fair share of shit in his time with the Paragorns, I'd be interested to know if he had to deal with any kinds of mass civil unrest and how that shaped his views on how the empowered should be trained and controlled.
The fact he's a normal human and he's teaching empowered is a bit odd. I'd imagine he might feel like he has a lot to prove with each new year of students that enter the school, if he's got some ridiculous skill-based combat skills that allow him to defeat enhancers and elemanti when he clearly should not I can fully see my suspension of disbelief going 'Twang,' but GM fiat so whatever. Leading on from that; I'm also curious as to how he survived largely unscathed against a Class B elemanti unscathed while a Class A enhancer took an extremely unpleasant wound. Though I imagine Hilda was doing most of the tanking there because of her durability, but even then, to be able to hurt a 50 Durability Enhancer, the elemanti must have been throwing out some ridiculously high end fire power so I am bemused as to how Gulliver survived that. Perhaps there is more to this story than meets the eye?
Beyond that; yeah, not a lot to say really. Seems... fine.
Straight edged, stern, law abiding. There's the scope for the step into totalitarianism due to her devotion to the letter of the law, could be interesting if my humans vs empowered storyline is correct because she would have to enforce it even though she might not agree with the curtailing of her civil liberties but that is entirely conjecture on my part.
I don't know. Academically good, excellent and extensive work record, facial scarring that remains despite great medical technology. Heck, skin pigmentation reassignment is kind of possible now, a thousand years in the future it should be child's play so I'd imagine that she chose to keep the mark, perhaps a reminder of how she failed to save anyone on the patrol except Gulliver? Whatever, it's not that engaging to be frank.
She's the NPC-est of the NPCs so far. Literally nothing to say here.
So, we know from this that the government of Eden has access to an army of killer droids, the very least of which is capable of throwing down confidently with a B Class human. In fact this is considered a 'museum piece,' I guess this answers my question as to how the government of Eden has remained in power despite 1000 years of cultural sink conditions, forget the utopian society and decent standard of living, the man in charge has his finger on the "deathbots kill everyone button," that's a heck of a peacekeeping option to have.
This would make martial law in Eden all the more terrifying and makes me wonder more if there have been periods of civil unrest in Eden prior to this and, if they did happen, what went down. Heck, how does history work in Eden. The city has been in place for 1000 years and given digital media and information control, the government could easily redact entire events out of the history of Eden over a period of generations and no one would know unless they were keeping secure files.
This gynoid could well be a system that allows for that. She knows pre-Eden history, she has been present for the entirety of the city, she's likely an entirely autonomous system that isn't connected to any kind of mainframe simply because such a connection is obsolete and it would be massive pain to try and overhaul her software so she can interface with tech that is literally a millennia more advanced than her. So they would instead rely on her core programming which would doubtless make her loyal to the current regime.
Hmm... a talking doll with a thousand years of history in it's head. Now that would be interesting for our PCs to get hold of.
I don't know what Ether does but if it doesn't grant him some form of extended lifespan I will be very surprised.
I have literally zero to go on with character. As a random pitch I'll say that he's been cruelly coloured by the Eden regime and is actually a hero who will tell our PCs the truth about what REALLY happened once we use Hunter Snow to contact him or something.
Her character is pretty simplistic at this point. The whole dual identity thing is pretty played out so there's not much I can really say on this one until we meet her and start getting into her head as to why she's doing this.
Jay's backstory doesn't seem to make that much sense.
So, first of "never the same thing twice," conflicts with "multiple murderer," unless he went on a 40 man murder spree and then never did it again. Also, if no one knows who he is or what he looks like, how do they know that he's a drug dealer or thief? I mean, this makes the Eden police force look pretty terrible if they don't even know what he looks like.
I mean, I live in London which has more CCTV cameras per square mile than almost anywhere else in the world. It's not really possible to perform murder in a public place without being caught on camera any more now much less 1000 years in the future. The fact that this guy has left survivors and yet they can't give an accurate description of him leads me to think that you're trying a bit of misdirection here. I'm going to make a wild prediction here; Jay isn't human and he isn't an empowered guy. He's another ancient tech android that's gone haywire, this would explain his shifting appearance (nanobot camoflage) his seemingly large supply of ammo (he's generating it himself within his body) and the sporadic nature of his activities (he's a crazy robot, he doesn't need logic or actual personal gain.)
This, of course, leads to the question of who programmed him and why is he doing this? To go with my earlier theory, it could be Bale, he's totally placed to do it and he can use Jay as an example of why empowered people need to be controlled better, he can use it as smear on Hilda's time as Paragorn Chief and claim it is her empowered nature that has rendered her unable to catch Jay and thus gain government approval to release the deathbots to institute martial law on the city and thus take over.
He'll have Jay publically murder a high profile normal human. Probably Gulliver. He can then claim that Hilda always resented Gulliver due to him being just as "good," as her despite his normal human body.
Of course, this is all conjecture, I might be way off base. Still, sounds like a fun campaign, eh?
Yeah, he's your standard "genius," NPC, what do you want from me?
Essentially it's a limited range, activated Liquid Sense that prevents you from using other water abilities temporarily.
And it's safe to note that his Water abilities are between 5 and 9 (or 10- if he's doing the silly thing of having 10 in Water and 0 in Speed, but calling yourself a Elemancer anyway). Anything more than that can be left unknown.
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Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of themself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, "If I Live, I will kill you, If I Die, You are forgiven." Such is the Rule of Honor.