Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chimera Sirens: The Janus - Pearl Chimera

Pearl Chimera - Ayako Wakahisa - Age 22
Pearl Chimera 5'2" 107 lbs
The Janus
Woman, Asian, Shabby Clothing, Distracting Costume, Oni Mask

Powers: Energy Absorption and Impossible Mobility

Labels - Creation

Freak -1
Danger +1
Savior +0
Superior +0
Mundane +3


Labels - Session One

Freak -1
Danger +3
Savior +0
Superior +0
Mundane +1

Potential - 


Why do you keep a secret identity?
She doesn't want to worry her family with what she does as a hero. Besides, it's more than a little bit liberating to not be seen as the cancer survivor for once.

Who (outside the team) knows about your secret identity?
Kyou's (literal) witch of an eldest sister caught them both drunk and goofing about with their powers.

When did you first put on the mask? Why?
She was wearing an oni-mask at a festival the first time she used the spear to fight evil. It was complete coincidence, but she loved the thrill of the secrecy as much as the excitement of the fight.

Who thinks the worst of your masked identity?
A local police detective is particularly annoyed with Ayako. Some of the other Chimera Sirens have some legitimacy to them but he thinks that Pearl Chimera is only along for the fun of it despite her seeming calm and serious nature.

Why do you care about the team?
They have no idea just how wonderful and awesome they all are. She wants to make sure they loosen up a little. Being serious and introspective is fine, but they just don't seem to have a good handle of their own worth.

Ayako Wakahisa


Ayako's family traveled around the world for a while, but they came back to Japan when Ayako was diagnosed with cancer. Umeko was in the same high school as her and, after Umeko's accident, they were in the same hospital.

When they first met, Katja was in a bad mood and out right demanded to know Ayako's real name. This did not go over well and Ayako has since refused to share that information with her teammate.







Ayako has Influence over Kyou.

Ayako owes Influence to Minako and Kyou whom she thinks have got this superhero thing well handled.


  • The Mask - Her Mask embodies Danger and her thrill seeking nature that she conceals with her introverted personality in her normal life. Once per session, you can affirm either your hero
    or secret identity to switch your Mundane with your mask's Label. The first time you reveal your true identity to someone, mark potential.
  • Mild-Mannered - When you try to use your civilian identity to deceive, trick, or slip past someone, roll + Mundane. On a miss, one of your civilian obligations rears its ugly head. On a hit they buy your facade. On a 7-9, choose one: 
    • You're still under observation.
    • You leave something incriminating behind
    • You're forced to make a fool of yourself to
      sell it.
  •  Dangerous Web: When you reveal a trap you've left for someone using your powers, roll + your Mask Label. On a hit, your opponent trips into it, and you get an opening or opportunity against them. On a 10+, take +1 forward to pursuing it. On a miss, the trap inadvertently leads to a dangerous escalation.
  • Game Face - When you steel yourself in the calm before the storm, roll + Mundane. On a 10+,
    choose 2. On a 7-9, choose 1:
    • - Shift 1 Label up and 1 Label down, your choice.
    • - Make someone lose Influence on you.
    • - Clear a condition.

      On a miss, you can't shake your feeling that the worst is about to happen. Mark Afraid and say what you most fear will happen during the storm. (Session One Advance)

Secret Identity

Ayako's normal identity obligations are:
  • Medical checkups. As a cancer survivor she has to regularly make doctor's appointments.
  • Schoolwork. Ayako is trying to recover her educational career.
  • Family overprotectiveness. Her family keeps a very close eye on her and tries not to let her be on her own.


  • Take another move from the Janus playbook. (Game Face) - Consequences and Discoveries


Team Moves

  • When you share a triumphant celebration with someone, ask them if they see you as the person wearing the mask or the person underneath. If the former, mark potential and clear a condition. If the latter, take Influence over them if you reveal yourself. 
  • When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, tell them a secret about who you really are. Give them Influence, and shift your Mundane up, and your mask's Label down.



  • Session One: Consequences and Discoveries
    • Discussed revealing her secret identity to Katja and Minako with Kyou.
    • Rashly displayed her newfound physical abilities to her brother.
    • Discovered that she was infected with something called the "Shikome Virus."
    • Left the medical files she read out of order.
    • Asked Umeko to help her out with investigating her medical issues.


The Process of Creation

We are now working on creating the Janus and we're going to start with ethnicity and origin of powers again.

The Janus gains her powers from a magic spear. This gives her energy absorption and impossible mobility. She's a native born Japanese girl whose otherwise not special. I'll say that she's 22 years old. I've also rolled her height as 5'2" and 107 lbs. She is the 2nd of 2 children. She was raised by her parents who did a lot of traveling before she was first diagnosed with cancer and they came back to Japan. They lived in Russia, Thailand, Great Britain, and Taiwan. So the character speaks Russian, Thai, English and Taiwanese Mandarin in addition to Japanese.

For style and personality.

Clothes: "Bum Rags" - I've decided she's slow to buy new clothes, possibly for financial reasons, and tends to dress in old t-shirts and other clothes.
Hairstyle: She's apparently bald.  - Perhaps she was undergoing cancer treatments when she encounter the spear and it cured her, but her hair still hasn't grown back.
Accessories: In addition to the tattoo, she often wears wigs so people don't notice that she's bald.

Personality: Introverted, Stable and Serious
Philosophy of Life: Have a good time! (makes sense as a cancer survivor)
Who she Values Most: Parents
What she Values Most: The Whole World (now that she can experience it)
Prized Possession: Favorite Book
World View: People are Wonderful

I'm going to say that when the spear bonded to her it created a tattoo on her upper left arm into which the spear vanishes when not in use.

I rolled up some obligations for her but changed those to better match her backstory.

Her family doesn't realize that she's a superhero and are likely overprotective of her due to the cancer past.

For her Labels she adds +1 to Danger resulting in:

Freak -1, Danger +1, Savior +0, Superior +0, Mundane +3

Her mask embodies the Danger stat because of how the spear has made her able to be a thrill-seeker again.

For her other moves she gets Mild-Mannered (Seriously, who suspects a cancer survivor of being a superhero?) and Dangerous Web.

For her costume she has a distracting costume and a helmet...I'm guessing she has some magical version of a samurai helmet with a lot of skin showing (a side-effect of her magic reacting to her thrill-seeking tendencies).

Influence and relationships will come later but first a name.

Ayako Wakahisa

For a hero name I'm going with Pearl Chimera, not quite a stone, but that's fine.

Ayako is heterosexual.

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