Sunday, September 16, 2018

Roleplayer Bucket List

I've commented on this a couple of times that I have a small list of people I'd love to sit down and have a game with once before I died. All in all, this is not something I'm actively pursuing so functionally speaking, this is a list of people who I've seen in various online RPG streams and whom I sit up and take notice when I hear their name in relation to an event. There are some I don't have full names for and some whom I just have monikers for. There are others I don't have actual names of any type for and thus aren't listed. I'm also fairly sure I'll forget some and add them on later. Also, there are people I love playing with who don't stream as far as I know, hence their names not being here.

Given that I watch a lot of Geek and Sundry stuff, there should come as no surprise that a lot of these people are professional actors, comic authors, or game designers as well. In a lot of cases these are people who are successful in arenas I wish I had more success in, but I know them through RPG streams for the most part.

Bold means I actually have RPed with them at least once.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Good Aligned Yuan-Ti Warlock Patrons

I am pretty vocal about not being particularly fond of alignment and have never really used it in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. That said, it's not the trait itself I have a problem with but the community around it and its status as a sacred cow. Truth be told, while simplistic in many ways, alignment is a useful guide for beginning players on how to make their character's decisions. As such, I have no complaint about alignment still being in the game itself.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Murder and Witnesses - Blackmouth Nightmares - Session 1



The mists were still thick and the mirrors were still covering the walls. She could see Dr Kapel Christian in the mirror, distorted by places where the mirrors were joined together. Or maybe those were cracks. Were they cracks?

She should have been a bit more cautious when she was looking into the facial recognition software. She'd left tracks and there was a bit of disapproval coming down her way. Loose cannons weren't to be tolerated and she should stick to doing only the investigations that she was asked to do.

Falling in line?

Holy Pregnant Pause - Yakki Koto Kiku - Session 4


So, Frederic didn't expect us to solve his scenario in a single day. I get the idea that he didn't expect anybody to have finished the whole deal in a single day, but certainly not us. I can sort of get that. I mean, if anybody is going to do it one day it'd likely be the people that were supposed to destroy the piano. 

I mean, the defense team wouldn't be going after us to remove us from the occasion, that'd leave the piano unguarded. And I get the feeling most thieves don't go for the bliztkrieg random nonsense strategy.

That's really sort of what we did, you know. Just random stuff and taking advantage of things that sort of blew up in the faces of our colleagues.

Unexpected Cousin - Crossroads Campaign - Session 19

We had arrived at the police office within a day of the murder of Xahndyg Yellow-Coat, a court clerk, so Inspector Craftbrass took us to the crime scene at the court offices. Wyndelly began the process of investigating the flows of magic at the site, looking for signs of this Haberdashing's tricks. Kelmar started reading through a journal of some sort at the same time and I went out to the bullpen to lean back and skirt over the minds of our victim's coworkers.


It produced an interesting bit of information. The other clerks were wondering who would be promoted to the now vacant spot. This was pertinent on its own, but the other response made things more intriguing. They weren't sure that promotion to Yellow-Coat's position was something anybody would want. This recent murder victim was someone attached to a prosecutor who worked a lot of political cases. The sort of person who would be prone to stumble onto dangerous information whether they know it or not.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bizarre Bazaar - Cage of the Demiurge - Session 5

"Well, I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this," Hilde said as she scanned about the city they had entered through the gate.

Buildings scaled high around them on every side while the spaces between were cluttered by a variety of colorful stalls, booths, boutique shops, and any of a number of such businesses. People milled about on one errand or another and the entire place was filled with the rampant sound of strange music and raucous chatter. 

"All citizens keep in mind the upcoming Idol Competition. Potential competitors, your last chance of signing up as coming up shortly, you'd better get on it."

Friday, August 3, 2018

Vigilantes Make Everything Worse - Crossroads Campaign - Session 18

To be perfectly fair, I was on the vigilante side of things for a bit. That's how I got into this whole adventurer, cult-breaker deal in the first place. As a young changeling from a family that hadn't been human for generations, I grew up exposed to the occult and the supernatural quite often. Back home you had the dangers of the occasional fanatic or criminal organizations. The outsiders weren't so much of an issue, I mean, they'd been around and there were the occasional aberrations. That's where things like  dopplegangers came from, after all, and I eventuallly come from dopplegangers, but the first time I stumbled on a cult to them I decided to go the whole superhero deal. 

It went predictably, horribly wrong. We eventually cleaned the mess up, but our attempts to fix things at the start made everything so much worse and there was so much more collateral damage than there needed to be. After the fact, Department 7 cornered us and we got the offer to stand down or join up. I joined up, and then a year later, I was Lost and who knows how many years later I was playing Sentinels of the Multiverse with a demigod and a tiger-man. The Wraith, Expatriette, and Chrono-Ranger versus Miss Information in Rook City. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Avice Kokinos - Avian and Chosen Scion of Frigg - The Clean Harpy

Scions of the Second Refinement


Background: Avice has always looked toward the sky and had issues with a terrible temper. In her early years she became a fan of anime and especially the various raven winged characters that were found within it. She would often fantasize about being a powerful tengu warrior come to deal death to some evil scum. And her young mind the tengu were always the heroes and she hated the shows where they were villains instead. She often found herself trying to ignore the legends of her own people, the horrific harpies know for defecating on food and harassing blind men.

She somehow managed to track down a retired wolf-warrior to teach her how to fight and found a legitimate relic somewhere in a second time around shop. She never really questioned how easily she found such hints of the divine around her and always assumed that the people on the deifan forums who talked about how they so wished to meet a real supernatural person must just be unlucky. That is, until the first time she met her birth mother at the age of 16.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Lucy West - Chosen Scion of Kali - The Forgotten Victim



Background: Lucy woke up with almost no memory to speak of. She had some vague memory of being helpless and immobile, but now she'd suddenly found herself looking about to see a pristine, almost unnaturally clean, room with harsh light streaming in from the window and setting a glare on everything around.her. She'd later come to learn that this was a hospital of some variety.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Míša Kedzierski - Chosen Scion of Veles - A Modern Red

The tail would come when she gained an omen later.
Scions of the Second Refinement

Background: 

Míša had heard the tale of Little Red Riding Hood of course, most people had. It was a popular folktale all around the world. She just hadn't given it much mind at all. You heard stories of supernatural wolves, of course, as well as werewolves. But who ever actually ran into one. That was something you heard from rumors or the odd news story. People liked to talk about the documentary filmer who announced an intention to interview and film werewolves and then vanished, but nobody could remember his name. It's just that you never one of those stories.

Her mother had asked her to walk down the street to return some flour to her grandmother. The door was ajar when she arrived and things were a mess. She had been nervous and called out for her grandmother and was relieved when she heard the old woman's voice, though it sounded a bit strained. She complained about an intruder and Míša walked in to see if there was anything to be done.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pequod's for Tea - Blackmouth Nightmares - Session 0


Character Journal

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. 

The Nightmares of Cheyenne Belmont - Chronicles of Darkness - City of Blackmouth

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.

Character Sheet

 

100 Questions

 

All is Prologue

Cheyenne Belmont Character Sheet

Concept: Police Computer Forensics Specialist
Chronicle: Blackmouth
Virtue: Righteous
Vice: Perfectionist

Attributes

  • Mental
    • Intelligence ***
    • Wits **
    • Resolve ***
  • Physical
    • Strength **
    • Dexterity **
    • Stamina **
  • Social
    • Presence **
    • Manipulation **
    • Composure ***

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Self-Images and Etc. 84-100

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.

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Likes and Dislikes 70-83

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.-

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Relationships with Others 53-69

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.-

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Beliefs and Opinions 40-52

40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?

Pessimistic Optimist. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.-

41. What is your greatest fear?

Unintended consequences-

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. -

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Past Influences 29-39

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. -

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - Growing Up 15-28

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?

Master’s degree-

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.-

Cheyenne's 100 Questions - The Basics 1-14

1. What is your full name?

Cheyenne Belmont-

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

Naomi Medici - Chosen Scion of Hermes - The Squirrel Thief

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.

Opposing Teams...Plural - Yakki Koto Kiku - Session 3



We had a few plans. Leigh was gonna drive us off to somewhere out of the open and then we were going to either disguise the truck or get a different truck. Then I figured I'd set up a distraction or two or three. Leigh commented I was wonderful at distractions which I'm not sure what they're talking about really, but cool, thanks for the compliment.

Anyway, all that sort of went by the wayside when a bullet took out the truck's axle from out of nowhere. I mean, I didn't see it, I was in the back of the truck, but there was a sudden impact and then the truck was skidding to a stop. Then Morgan and I heard some muffled voices and maybe a pistol shot or two. So I did what a good little sneak does and dropped through the maintenance shaft, saw the massively broken axle and some massive guy with an axe slipping like an 80s lawn-toy ad on the oil and two other guys standing back away from him. 

Morgan stepped out as well though she was a bit out of my line of sight and used a dagger to pin the axe man to the ground or something. 

Shi Shi Shi, Except mostly not Shi - Cage of the Demiurge - Session Four



"Okay. Seriously, Hilde, we have to talk about this," Taba said as the door closed behind them.

"What? What's the matter, we got back," Hilde said while avoiding eye contact.

"Don't you even try to lie to me," Taba snapped, black eyes glittering. "You almost died."

"The gorilla wasn't the problem," Taba said. "Well, it was, but not the real one. It was the idiot thing with the grenade. I mean you basically just froze there and stared at it until it blew up in your face."

"Okay, I don't really have an answer to that," Hilde admitted. "I may have been a bit surprised at finding it."

Melony Orleans - Chosen Scion of Sehkmet - The Lion's Thief



Background: 

Melony was born to a Canadian family of great wealth and descent from kings on both sides of the channel, at least so they claim. She was raised in privilege and while they may not have intended it, she learned about how to bend rules and subvert laws for her own benefit from watching her family. She took an interest in the ancient world and took to archaeology. With her ethical blind spot, she was able to work her way into a number of different sites around the world and acquire items wondrous items on behalf of the museum she worked for, one that had a lot of donations from her family.

Description:  Melony is brunette woman with the sort of beauty than can only be bought out of a life time of high end medical care and red carpet worthy wardrobes. She knows how to dress practically but if she's not on a job at the moment then why bother? She often seems only moments away from a smug and condescending smile, but recently more often seems to be fighting to contain expressions of lingering fear and frustration.


Divine Patron: Sehkmet

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Candlestick Disturbance - Set 4: Hellfire - City of Mist



What the fuck were these two doing in this place? My head is pounding like a damn sledgehammer-appropriate gong. It’s hot. It’s so hot. You’d almost think someone was doing real magic in this place with how bad I feel.

Nah, that lady was a doctor or something. There had to be some chemical. I’ve just got a bit of a high right now. The voice in my head, the heat, the pounding. That’s all just got to be some hallucinations or side effects from some chemical shit they were putting together.

That must be why they wanted my cargo. Maybe they thought it would be easier to steal a few gemstones and get funding that way than to just steal some cash, con an investor. They sure couldn’t hook a user on this crap. I feel horrible. Unless that’s supposed to be the thing.

“Hurry up! I want to be gone before either the cops or the security company get here.”

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mel Tadros - Born Scion of Sobek - The Slow Temper

Scions of the Second Refinement



Background: Mel's worked out at the alligator farm for years, since they were a child. Sometime back, a monster had appeared outside of town though few people know about it because it was defeated so very quickly. Mel's mother, Layla Tadros, tells how her husband had been killed by it, a monster thing like a panther formed of the mud of the bog. She had gone out to kill it armed with fire to dry it out and explosives to blow it apart, and firearms for if things got desperate. She gave a good fight but would likely have been the second victim if a protective but brutal man hadn't appeared to tear the monster apart. Over the next few months, he appeared with some regularity and eventually Mel was conceived and born.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Madhu Kuiper - Scion of Durga - The Skillful Secretary

Scions of the Second Refinement


Background: 
Drawn from a set of stock photos


Madhu Kuiper's parents died in an attack by Asura when she was a child. Afterwards, she was taken in by a mystery cult. The outward face of the cult was a temp agency called Office Solutions that specialized in place women into office jobs such as receptionists, file clerks, accountants, and other less than glorious positions. Through these women, many of them trained in espionage, the cult was able to quietly take control of these companies These companies then funded training women for hunting those monsters and cultists that were within the reach of well-funded and trained mortals to tackle.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sitre Monroe - Scion of Wesir - The Lady of Dreams

Scions of the Second Refinement



Background:

The producer of a horror movie was getting desperate to make sure his movie turned out quite impressive and had begun to bastardize several rituals of Netjer sorcery. Among other things, he was having troubles finding someone for the part of the mummy. Fortunately for him, but unfortunately for her, he encounter Sitre Monroe. She had never really been into religion so when he started talking about prayers or blessings to make her make-up that much more real, she didn't really question it. She needed the money and the job, to be honest, and wasn't being as safe as she should have been.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wibbly-Wobbly and Drunky-Wunky - Yakki Koto Kiku - Session 2


Session 1: That didn't go according to plan.

It looked like a busy day for the cops.

They put me in a cell with sorority girls.

Drunk sorority girls.

There were drunk footballers on the other side.

For a moment, I thought about starting a bit of a catfight and slipping out while the cops were dealing with it.

So, it was like this.

Yakki Koto Kiku - Scion 2nd Edition

This is the index page for the ongoing adventures of my scion character Lily Watson. A young woman unaware that she's a scion of Inari or that the weird fox-person that she accidentally freed and is now bound to is another incarnation of said God.

She makes questionable choices.

Zak, the incarnate in question is interested in making her into a proper scion and hero of the kami.


Fake Names:

  • Mary Cummings
    • Caused a disturbance at the Powerhouse
    • Escaped a police station
    • Had an encounter with some sorority girls.
People I've Met:
  • Sophia, probably the protective sorority girl
  • Cut up sorority girl who was crying a lot.
  • Red-headed snitch sorority girl
  • Mousy sorority girl with a crush on Sophia
  • Scept-or, a guy with a plastic scepter that has a taser taped to it. AKA Taser-face.
  • Pistol guy, guy who had a pistol that worked with Scept-or.
  • Sniper, guy with magic to see from weird angles and who does a lot of math.
  • Axeguy, has a huge axe that turns into a spear or fist-daggers.
  • Blunder Twins, the team that was supposed to destroy the piano.
  • Fredicks, guy who hired us for this job.
  • Citrine, Secretary lady, think she's a bit magic herself. Works for Fredricks.

People I know:

  • Wilma, led the tomb raider crew I was part of until recently.
  • Michael, former member of the same team who snatched my first solo find out from under me.

Names 

  • Emma, cut up the sorority girl's face and will be "getting hers"

The Questionable Adventures of Lily Watson

Leigh's Perspective

That didn't go according to plan - Yakki Koto Kiku - Session 1


"I swear, I have no idea why everybody is freaking out. I was just looking for my earring and in the lost and found and everybody freaked out."

My attempt at playing this off as a misunderstanding is a bit undone by the fact that three security guards are currently struggling to hold me down. To my credit, I don't usually have to worry about security guards and cops. I've had to avoid competitors to the team of aggressive archaeologists I was part of and I've had to dodge animals, and traps. And occasionally there are weird things like zombies.

Or, you know, ancient fox people that'll bind you to service in exchange for getting you out of a collapsing tomb.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Acacia Liuzhi - Shen Scion of Yamaraja - The Beautiful Death



Background: It is unclear just in what way Acacia is Yamaraja's scion. It is known that Acacia's mother was a mortal by the name Mircea Ruskin who was an investigator into ghosts and the underworld. Some think she offered her child up to Yamaraja as a bargaining chip, others suggest that she is the busy god's actual daughter. Neither Acacia or Yamaraja care enough about the matter to tell people what the truth of the matter is and Acacia might not even know herself.

Regardless of Acacia's origin, it is apparent that Mircea did not value whatever she got out of the relationship as she vanished when Acacia was still young. Of course, Yamaraja was still too busy to deal with the issues of raising a child and there was an unwillingness to see her consigned to the system for orphans and thus Acacia was raised in the Thousand Willows Academy, a place built around the idea of raising scions and denizens in safety while preparing them for the world at large.

Acacia excelled in interpersonal skills and studying the religions and cultures of other pantheons, but she fell into the rather stereotypical niche of the nerd who is rubbish at athletics. Fortunately, she had no lack for friends that she could call upon to help her do those things that required a bit more brute force.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Skylar Thomas - Scion of Ares - The Inevitable Conflict



Would like a better pic for her...oh well.
Background: For as long as she could remember, Skylar had watched violence simmering just beneath her father's eyes. Her mother had never been afraid of him, but she'd watched as he constantly struggled to keep it turned away from his family. He'd been a cop for a while before his temper lost him his shield, punching the wrong man in a suit. Afterwards he constantly seemed to struggle with some sort of work that clearly seemed to involve danger and fighting because he always seemed to come back battered and bruised to one extent or another.

When people came to their house, her father killed most of them, but not before he and Skylar's mother were mortally wounded themselves. The last of the grim and serious men was seriously wounded himself and reaching for Skylar when she dodged aside to grab up the knives her father had been using to fight. And suddenly she knew exactly how to strike, it was so clear in her mind. Unfortunately, her body was still that of a teenager and the most she was able to achieve was stunning the killer long enough for her to escape.

The nightmares started when she first settled down and paid for a night at a hotel where she called an old friend of her father's from the police. Coarse whispers and the invasion of alien bouts of rage and bloodlust. The nightmares woke her up in time to hear the first sounds of killers breaking into her hotel room. The knives' instincts once again drew her out of the room, and she started her life on the road.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Asya Matsushita II - Scion of Kangiten (Ganesh) - Inheritor of Legends



Background: When she was twelve years old, Asya Matsushita and her mother were rundown in the crosswalk by a drunk driver at the wheel of a truck. She only barely survived by the combined efforts of doctors and the supernatural resources her sorcerer father was able to muster. This is, at least, what she has believed for the past eight years.

In reality, the first Asya Matsushita was killed out right. Caught in the throes of grief and desperation, her father Sota Matsushita set out to build a replacement. The ashes of the mother and daughter were mixed in with the ashes and melted fragments of many minor artifacts. He didn't particularly believe he'd accomplish anything other than a shallow likeness programmed with some responses. However, the intensity of his emotion had drawn the attention of greater powers than one mortal sorcerer who decided to take pity on the man.

That was how Asya the Second was born. Due to the materials that went into her creation she has remnants of memories that had been imprinted on the objects by their previous owners. She attributes the fragmentary memories she inherited from her elder sister as being hers and thinks that she must have lost many in the accident. She attributes the memories of her sister's mother as re-imagined stories she had heard. And the memories inherited from the small host of heroes whose greatness leaked into the objects that created her she attributes to grand dreams and a great imagination.

Most of the items that went into her creation were minor objects that had never been intentionally enchanted. They had merely taken on active spirits due to having a long history with some legendary figure or another. However, at least one major item was melted down into her and it was the call of this artifact as it allowed itself to be melted down into its components that attracted Kangiten. Durandal, the blade wielded famously by both Hector at Troy and Roland in service to Charlemagne, is now part and parcel of the young woman.

Kiyone Harnen - Scion of Benzaiten - Amaterasu's Eclipse


The background and description of this character are recopied for convenience but identical to the version of this character that is an Amaterasu scion. The idea of her as an Amaterasu scion dated back to Scion 1st Edition and before there were stats for Benzaiten. So this is a version of her generated as if she had Amaterasu as a Guide rather than parent.

Background: Kiyone Harnen was raised by her father, an African-American marine as she was taken from base to base. Eventually, she entered the marines herself becoming a martial arts instructor in the MCMAP program. Her effort to always be taken seriously and put on the best possible performance had her achieve some level of attention from the Corps PR department. Unfortunately, her strive to be a serious soldier and break boundaries started to worry her divine mother. Especially as tensions between the US and other nations started to rise. As such, her mother, Benzaiten, engineered a scandal which trapped Kiyone in a position of seemingly flaunting her tastes in relationship out in front of the judgmental eyes of the public. This scuttled her military career and seemingly made her safe from danger.

From there, Kiyone was soon offered a job as a stunt consultant for a Japanese film company, possibly another plan by her mother.  The job of stunt coordinator moved toward her being a stunt woman, though her unique appearance meant she often played stand out minions. Eventually, she hit upon the role of a recurring antagonist in a TV drama and series of films until said character did a Heel Face Turn and spin off into her own drama and films. It was as her fame began to spread that she caught Amaterasu's eye and the sun goddess began to question Benzaiten as to why Kiyone had not yet been tapped as a warrior for the Kami.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dae McCallister - Satyr and Chosen Scion of Zeus - The Stormy Conclusion

Scions of the Second Refinement



Background: Dae McCallister is the daughter of a pair of military meteorologists and grew up moving from base to base. By happenstance, she and her family tended to get assigned to towns and stations that would soon get hit by a major weather-based disaster. The combination of her parents profession and her frequent exposure to dangerous weather gave her an odd relationship with weather. She quite loves the science and the sheer beauty and power of the systems but at the same time seeks to find ways to help humanity deal with it better.

While attending college she was crossing the campus one night and took a wrong turn bringing her into a kegger being carried out by a co-ed fraternity made up almost entirely of denizens. By the time anybody realized that she wasn't supposed to be there, two things stopped them from sending her out among the mortals...well three things given the chance to party with a mortal was always welcome.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kiyone Harnen - Scion of Amaterasu - Amaterasu's Eclipse

Scions of the Second Refinement



There is now a version of this character with Kiyone remaining a scion of Benzaiten.

Background: Kiyone Harnen was raised by her father, an African-American marine as she was taken from base to base. Eventually, she entered the marines herself becoming a martial arts instructor in the MCMAP program. Her effort to always be taken seriously and put on the best possible performance had her achieve some level of attention from the Corps PR department. Unfortunately, her strive to be a serious soldier and break boundaries started to worry her divine mother. Especially as tensions between the US and other nations started to rise. As such, her mother, Benzaiten, engineered a scandal which trapped Kiyone in a position of seemingly flaunting her tastes in relationship out in front of the judgmental eyes of the public. This scuttled her military career and seemingly made her safe from danger.

From there, Kiyone was soon offered a job as a stunt consultant for a Japanese film company, possibly another plan by her mother.  The job of stunt coordinator moved toward her being a stunt woman, though her unique appearance meant she often played stand out minions. Eventually, she hit upon the role of a recurring antagonist in a TV drama and series of films until said character did a Heel Face Turn and spin off into her own drama and films. It was as her fame began to spread that she caught Amaterasu's eye and the sun goddess began to question Benzaiten as to why Kiyone had not yet been tapped as a warrior for the Kami.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lily Watson - Scion of Inari - Scion Second Edition

My Fair Scion

Role: Scout’s Luck: Good, Bad and Strange – Sneak – Athletics, Subterfuge, Technology.

As a tomb raider, Lily has always had something of a talent for working her way past guardians or undoing the odd trap or two. However, her abilities have been mostly unsophisticated talent and good luck. It was bound to turn against her sooner or later and there was only a little skill to catch her fall. It’s hard to tell whether or not that’s happened yet.

Origin: Raider of Tombs and Dodger of Curses – Adventurer – Occult, Close Combat, Integrity

Lily ran away from home at the age of fourteen and fell in with a band of explorers of dubious ethics. By the time she was eighteen she had lived through a number of adventures and seen her share of strange things. Things happened and the group split up and she decided to trace her own lead. One of her former colleagues snatched the treasure out from under her leaving her to deal with the traps…and the being that had been sealed within.

Pantheon: Something special breathes within you. – Inari: Close Combat, Culture, Integrity

The kitsune has smelled it even if it hasn’t woken up yet. The younger of these thieves was certainly the more interesting of the two. They were near enough awakened to recognize their own child when faced with it, though certainly not through this incarnation. The long-sealed incarnation of Inari hasn’t let on what they’ve realized yet, Lily has yet to prove herself after all.

Spicy Pineapple - Cage of the Demiurge - Session 3


Tabasssum Wazir looked down from the action to the camera and noticed a black screen remembering something about the camera...namely that it was digital. 

"Ah, fuck." Out loud he called out. "Hey, Hilde, I'm sorry, but the camera is digital! I'm sorry, everything is ruined."

Hilde growled from where she was being crushed in a giant gorilla's hand. "Oh, that's just it!" She struggled and pushed herself free to twist away and force the clattering Voltron imitation into an awkward angle before it twisted about, canceling out her efforts almost casually before tossing her across the battlefield. The sound of someone cheering her on, drew Hilde's eyes below to see where Hayden was calling out towards her and managing a rather amazingly acrobatic cheer routine.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sang-Yoon Koga - Scion of Susano-O - The Trickster Fox

Scions of the Second Refinement


Background: At an early age, Sang-Yoon's mother died leaving her without known family and sending her into the system of the South Korean government. Unfortunately, the office that handled her case was rife with corruption and she ended up sold to a pink house to be raised as a prostitute. For protection she came to form close ties with some of the other young women and eventually, she led a successful effort to expose the brothel and the corrupt officials supplying it with children. 

Unwilling to continue as they had been, Sang-Yoon and her closest friends began to put on street performances using the sleight of hand skills they had learned for survival to entertain passers-by. Eventually, they started adapting various folk tales into magic acts and getting hired on to bigger venues. Underneath this, they found themselves occasionally drawn into further instances were someone needed somebody to stand in for them.

Scions of the Second Refinement

Similar to my post collecting different D&D concepts, I think I'm going to start collecting some theoretical Scion 2nd Edition character concepts here. At the moment, only the backer PDF is available so some of the methods of character creating might eventually change. To start with, I'll focus on some of my past Scion characters and some of my long time character concepts.

Active Campaigns


Hilde Sifgard - Scion of Sif - No Title Yet
Lily Watson - Scion of Inari - No Title Yet

Theoretical Builds

Aesir

Deva 

Kami
Netjer
Shen 
Theoi

Homebrew Gods

Slavic

Character Creation and the Gorgon Archer: Scion 2nd Edition 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Gorgon Archer - Scion 2nd Edition - Character Advancement

Scion advancement is done through the acquisition and spending of Experience Points that are acquired over the course of the game. As with other Onyx Path games, Experience Points are rewarded for the accomplishments of goals. In this case they are referred to as Deeds and they function differently enough from Aspirations to deserve the different term.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Mecha-Joe Young - Cage of the Demiurge - Session 2

"Wow," Taba said as they scanned across the landscape from inside the hovercraft. "This place is something else. There's cameras everywhere!"

"Yeah, I told you, they like worship cameras." Hilde said into the radio mic she was wearing.

"Why are you outside again?" the black-eyed djinn asked.

"Zeusdottir is a jeep, jeeps go on the deck. They are not allowed in the cockpit." The dark-haired pilot noted calmly.

"A jeep?" Taba asked questionably.

Abberations in the Analysis - Crossroads Campaign - Session 16 and 17

We came out into the Center on the circle established as a firm target to receive plane shifts and immediately started calling for a cleric. An older dwarf came to use quickly enough and we took Wendylly to the chapel for the ritual. We quickly made some explanation on the nature of the task we were undertaking and the dwarf made mention of the seal and added some other details implying that he had been on the site some time ago himself. Our focus at the time was on Wendylly but I kept that bit of information in mind.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fallen Tower of Towers - Cage of the Demiurge - Session 1 - Scion 2nd Edition


"So what's it like on the other side?" Taba asked. "I've been doing paperwork."

"Pretty cool so far. There were giant lizards one of them snuck up on me."

"That's not really an impressive feat, Hilde." Taba smirked as the golden-haired young woman rolled her eyes and shook her head in response.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Candlestick Distrubance - Set 3: She's Not There - City of Mist


Set 2: The Song of Persephone

Patricia's Wellness Journal

So this is the way it ends? The pain is starting to fade away and I’m left with the slightly warm and damp feeling of lying in the expanding pool that’s spilling out over Mathias’s floor. That’s a bad sign, the body has started to give up on the pain signals. I’m going into shock.

Mathias is futzing about the room looking for his books, looking for something he can do to help. But that’s my job and I’ve got nothing I can do anything with right now. I already tried to close the wound and all it did was burn deeper into me.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gorgon Archer - Scion 2nd Edition - Character Creation Analysis

Scion's first edition was a hot mess of a system with a wonderfully fun premise. As you can tell from this blog, I quite like the idea of playing with mythological creatures. However, Scion first edition was primarily limited on human or human-like characters who happened to have a touch of the divine. There were ways of building something like a gorgon, but it would be something that would have to come over time rather than something you start with. Likewise, the rather erratic and self-contradictory rule-set made homebrewing both necessary and touchy.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SELF-Introduction - Cage of the Demiurge - Session 0.5 - Scion 2nd Edition


The young woman on the camera is a tall Caucasian with hair so bright blonde that it looked almost like gold, but that had to be some sort of effect or filter, right? She has perfect muscular definition, showing a lifetime of athletic activity. She was dressed in exercise clothing made of latex or something similar.

"I am not going to miss this shot. - NO!
I am not going to miss this shot. 
I'm Aesir! Just like my parents!
Eager, wild, and strong. Glory bound!
And I'm not missing this shot! 
There's no sign of reck on me!
Take heart in my boast I'm the rising sun!"

The Epic of Hilde Sifgard

Until I can get a unique pic, have an inawong.deviantart.com pic and go commission her.
So, Scion 2nd edition is coming out and it is a vast improvement on the first edition. Among other things they've broadened the number of origins you can have. 
  • You can be mortal chosen by a god.
  • You can be a supernatural creature.
  • You can be a child of a god as the first edition revolved around things.
  • You could have been created
  • You could have been raised in a fantasy version of the real world to prepare you for life among mortals.
  • You could be a hero constantly reincarnating over many lives
  • You could be a reformed titanspawn
  • You can be one of many incarnates of the famous gods.
  • Lots of possibilities.
 The game itself is a nice blend of Storyteller, Fate, Powered by the Apocalypse, and a few other systems. My gaming group has been waiting for this for about three years now so we're already getting started using the backer-previews. So here's Hilde Sifgard my new character.

Hilde Sifgard - Scion of Sif - Scion 2nd Edition

Fill-in art by inawong.deviantart.com go commission her
Primary: Role Path: Daredevil Media Darling – Celebrity: Athletics, Empathy, Persuasion (Fans, Media Personalities, Broadcasting and Streaming Studios)
Secondary: Pantheon Path: A child of thunder and gold – Aesir: Close Combat, Culture, Occult (Siblings, Aesir, Norse Temples)
Tertiary: Origin Path: World-traveler by the age of three – Adventurer: Athletics, Culture, Survival (Anthropologists, Travel Agents, Border Crossings)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Calling Dr. Jones - Crossroads Campaign - Session 15

I'm writing this from the tower as we've been forced to retreat for the moment. This is going to lose us a tremendous amount of time as from everything I've heard, the practice of plane shifting back to the other world is not entirely accurate. We'll end up somewhere in the mountains in the general region of the Abolist's Tower. We'll still have the benefit of Kelmar's skill in the wilds, but our substantial lead on the enemy has at the very least been shortened as a result of this.
The bone pile trap.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Candlestick Disturbance - Set 2: The Song of Persephone - City of Mist



I feel myself shoved and being pushed back and away. I hit the wall. How far away was it when she moved? Which wall did I hit? I think that was ten, maybe fifteen feet away. How strong did she become? That’s amazing. That’s a lot more powerful than I expected it to be.

“Wow! That was amazing! It’ll almost be a shame to…umm…where did you go?”

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Candlestick Disturbance - Set 1: Zombie - City of Mist


Case 2: Set 4: The Real Folk Blues

Patricia's Wellness Journal

Security is always wanting to pat me down. The face and body draws them in at first but then they back off. The same beauty that tempts them also strikes them down with guilt and shame for daring to think about taking advantage of me. I tolerate it, half of my Contact utilizes it, and the other half relishes it the way paparazzi relish a drunk celebrity in public. 

Kill Boxes - Crossroads Campaign - Sessions 13 and 14

It turns out that there is indeed a train here but more amazing than that there seem to be actually competent guards. I may be a bit cynical when it comes to expecting guards to be anything other than a problem. Granted this might be due to the fact that my own world has rather limited awareness of the supernatural and it was usually counterproductive to be upfront and honest when you're hunting cultists and this world is well aware of such things being true.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Surgery and Surprises - Crossroads Campaign - Sessions 11 and 12

After recovering from our encounter with the creature and its tainted giant animals, we moved further on toward this shiny thing that Astra had told us about. It was a crystal of some sort, working as a focus for the necromantic spell we'd discovered earlier and directing the energy back towards the logging camp. As we approached, a shadow creature appeared out of it and proceeded to attack us. That was bad enough on its own, but we also found ourselves attacked by a red-eyed demon wolf. As we fought those two, gnolls began to appear out of illusory hiding spots to harass us with arrows.

The Shadow Guardian

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Counter Attack - Airships Lost - Session Eleven - Gameplay Discussion

A continuation of the previous stories and my attempts to move on toward more exploration, this will get several NPCs added into the mix that will give them some directions to head to look for new places and possibly a way home. This presents the party's assault on the gargoyle pirate field base. I ended up conceding victory before the commander of the slaver base could be encountered because the players were tearing through her forces quite well.

As a note, using minion enemies, where each mechanical entity represents a team rather than an individual, speeds up combat and makes the heroes seem extremely competent. This is great for this sequence. Especially in comparison to the long fight against the single cockatrice from earlier.

As a side note, I seem to have picked up on the lessons of running action sequences from the previous campaign better and I'm getting playful quips advertising action and doing mystery or advertising exploration and doing action.

Back to the Airship Lost index - Aeryn's Travel Log - Yukimura Amaya's Perspective

To keep everyone on the same page, I added the gargoyle base to the grid from last week.

Counter Attack - Airship Lost - Session Eleven


[The camera is running on a split screen between the guards watching the trapped hallway quietly and standing at the window in the medbay as Aeryn scans through the sky before focusing on a large slab of floating rock seeming to materialize out of nowhere into the small atmosphere and coming level with the Sol Suna so that they could see the forms of several gargoyles walking around atop near a platform of some sort.]

"Miss Lee, would you please get back to the bed and stay away from the windows!"

Just a minute, doctor, I have to film this. Wow, these are like actual pirates and, hey, what's that?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Piratical Pests - Airship Lost - Sessions Eight, Nine, and Ten Gameplay Discussion

This is my first attempt to move toward getting toward other shards and introducing some bad guys that have contact with other settlements. In order to avoid the groups that would have connection to Earth, I went with outlaws that have been exiled from the gargoyles. So they might not know of Earth themselves. Real life issues resulted in this being split out over several sessions and my performance being a bit spotty in places. I've also obviously had trouble getting the reports out on time so I've likely lost some details here and there.

Back to the Airship Lost index - Aeryn's Travel Log - Yukimura Amaya's Perspective 

The burn mark on the shard.

The fight with the gargoyle pirates outside the exhaust

Engine access area and defense plans

The death room and the planned future diplomacy room.



(I've left this report a little too long and only a handful of the Aspects stand out, unfortunately.)

Piratical Pests - Airship Lost - Sessions Eight, Nine, and Ten


[The camera opens up on the scene of a burned out field with the husks of a few remaining trees here and there. The camera swings wide catching the sight of Rudyard Holt, Aislin Newell, and Yukimura Amaya standing in the middle of it.]

"The burn started here, so the emergency exhaust must be in the area." Aislin noted, sweeping around.

[The camera swings about to show Aeryn's face with a wide smile.]

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