Sunday, July 15, 2018
The mists stretch on and on. The hallway is impossibly long with two many corners and intersections that curved on themselves or should have done...but didn't. The walls were mirrors that she could see through the mist. The glass must have been warped, or maybe the water droplets on the mist were warping the image itself.
She was barely able to make out her silhouette and features on the twisted and flat surface of the blackened silver. But she undeniably knew it was there and behind her, and at the end of the hall, and on any other surface she could cast her eyes on. She could just reach out and trace the edges of it.
Much more visible was the cracked jigsaw image of herself sitting in the back of the Pequod's with a cup of Earl Grey because what the coffee house called sweet tea was a blaspheme on anybody who grew up south of Mason Dixon.
You make toys of tools.
The voice was just behind her ear. It wasn't English. She wasn't certain if it was even words at all, though she heard the sibilant lisps and clicks.
Charts and charts and charts.
Was it laughing at her? She could feel it on the back of her neck. Just breathing there and stirring the mist. She whirled around to find nothing and stepped unsteadily down the hall looking for the source of the sound.
At the beginning of the year, a friend of my spoke of plans to run a Chronicles of Darkness game and now, after several bumps and bruises of life, we've come to the first sort of session for it. Mostly we finished up characters, but had one small scene that we got to play out before we ended for the night, next session yet to be scheduled. So time to open up a journal for this character.
|Yes, that is Agam Darshi.|
I built the character without realizing which splat we were moving toward and I didn't exactly have an idea of what character I wanted to play. I started with a random name generation on the Behind-the-Name website and got Cheyenne, I picked up the surname Belmont due to having watched the Castlevania anime at about the same time. I had also had one of my periodic cases of Rally Vincent appreciation, who is half Indian and half English, resulting in me going looking for pics of Agam Darshi since I can't afford to commission art right now. Amusingly, Cheyenne isn't the action sort, she's a computer investigations specialist.
Regardless, this is an interesting case where I don't have a set forward plan for a character to guide myself other than some basic notions of what type of creature she's going to be and what her current goals are. That said, the GM provided us with a 100-question survey to optionally fill out to build the character. So I have a very firm idea of where she's coming from. I'm looking forward to this.
As a side note, this is in the same campaign city where Emma Terreal lives.
- The Basics - 1-14
- Growing Up 15-28
- Past Influences 29-39
- Beliefs and Opinions 40-52
- Relationships with Others 53-69
- Likes and Dislikes 70-83
- Self-Images and Etc.84-100
All is Prologue
- Intelligence ***
- Wits **
- Resolve ***
- Strength **
- Dexterity **
- Stamina **
- Presence **
- Manipulation **
- Composure ***
84. Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?
Wake up at about 4am, do some time on the treadmill, eat breakfast at about 6am after a shower. Head to work, check the day’s task roster and get started. Pick somewhere to eat lunch that sounds interesting, return to work. head home and choose a game to play. Go to bed at about 8pm. Most of this is obligation based, so when her routine is disrupted, he gets a little bit frantic, but otherwise it doesn’t much bother her.-
85. What is your greatest strength as a person?
Focus and Intelligence.-
86. What is your greatest weakness?
Hesitation and the desire for perfect information-
87. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
She’d undo the prank she pulled that got some killed and arrange for her to realize that the place was corrupt some other way.-
88. Are you generally introverted or extroverted?
Closer to introverted, but she can sometimes be mistaken for extroverted.
70. What is/are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?Cheyenne is a gamer, mostly online with video games, but also a fair amount of tabletop gaming either face-to-face or virtual tabletop. -
71. What is your most treasured possession?She has a key-chain as a gift from her parents that consists of an old American coin and an old Indian coin woven together decoratively with bronze wire. -
72. What is your favourite colour?Earth tones.-
73. What is your favourite food?What her mother calls “Southwestern Curry” which is a mix of curry and rice with chili.-
74. What, if anything, do you like to read?She mostly likes intrigue stories with complex plots and clever gambits. This ranges from things like murder mysteries or court dramas to espionage stories. Superheroes are a recent appreciation, mostly because of the complex interconnections of the MCU.-
53. In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?
Until she gets to know someone, Cheyenne can come across as friendly but guarded, often appearing extremely straight-laced and conservative. If she comes to trust a person, then she becomes a lot more casual and relaxed around them.-
54. Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
The most important person in Cheyenne’s life right now is her best friend Maya Osren, a police dispatcher, and the woman with whom she formerly shared a lover. This is entirely a friendship and has developed since the marriage since the husband is often busy with his career in the DA and doesn’t often have time to join them on outings. Maya is one of the people in her life right now who most understands the difficulties she faces due to being mixed heritage and non-standard sexuality (Maya is hetero but quite a bit more poly than Cheyenne. Her heritage is African/Korean) so she’s one of the few people around whom Maya can relax. They also share an interest in games of many sorts.
55. Who is the person you respect the most, and why?
Her elder sister for managing to get past the unreasoning dislike she used to have for Cheyenne as a kid and also for managing a respectable if not overly well-known career in entertainment through which she does a lot of charity work.-
40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
Pessimistic Optimist. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.-
41. What is your greatest fear?
42. What are your religious views?
Non-religious, mother is Hindu, father is Catholic. She has a bit of a mix, but doesn’t really think about it much. She will jokingly suggest she’s bisexual because of unresolved past lives.-
43. What are your political views?
Liberal authoritarian. Believes that tyranny, political and legal corruption are signs of a weak government rather than a government that is too strong. -
29. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
When her elder sister called her “sis” for the first time and they started to have a good relationship finally.-
30. Who has had the most influence on you?
Her mother’s intelligence, sense of justice, and determination.-
31. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
She helped convict the leader of a child prostitution ring.-
32. What is your greatest regret?
Failing to take advantage of the two times she had experienced love. She and Dale just let each other go across country without trying, though it was amicable so her guilt is manageable. Lydia is still institutionalized after her mental breakdown and Cheyenne feels that wouldn’t have happened if she’d been more mature and tried to support her more. -
15. How would you describe your childhood in general?
Complicated. Mother was often at work and expected high performance, father was often out of town. Both parents clearly love her. Her elder siblings often fought with her father and occasionally pulled pranks on her. -
16. What is your earliest memory?
Her mother was crying as her father comforted her, seen through a gap in the door.-
17. How much schooling have you had?
18. Did you enjoy school?
Yes. School is a chance to show off and show what she can do. In college she was part of a co-ed fraternity, pompously named Order of the Binary Code, focused around students in computer sciences.-
1. What is your full name?
2. Where and when were you born?
October 31, 1993 in Denver, Colorado-
3. Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.)
Mother (Deepa Tamboli originally, Choudhary first husband’s surname) was an immigrant from India who became a doctor and expert in immunology. Her father (Ian Belmont) is her mother’s second husband, an office manager for energy companies. Her mother’s first husband died in a car accident which is when she completed her education to become a doctor. Her mother was later hired by the CDC and her father travels for his work managing deals for an energy company.-
Friday, July 13, 2018
Scions of the Second Refinement
Background: The Medici family is famous for its mercantile success through the Renaissance but one branch of the family delved into other means of power. One of their number came to the attention of one of the gods after which the family made the effort to keep that scion blood as strong as possible through the bloodline. Most of the time this didn't seem to produce anything special though the family claimed their practices were the reason so many of them were exceptional competent. A few parlayed their trace of divine blood into sorcery but only rare individuals, usually those that broke out of the family's hierarchy, attracted the attention of the Gods to be chosen as a scion. Naomi Medici ran away as a child to escape the practices of her coven of a biological family.
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