Some creative help with a tricky character concept

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Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Sword of Spirit » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:19 pm

Hello creative folks! I have this idea for a Nile Empire Storm Knight that is going to be really tricky to pull off correctly in one particular area, and I could use some help from those willing to give the challenge a stab.

Character Concept:

Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft. A wealthy and adventurous collector of antiquities (which he tends to keep in his own collection). As an aside, the Delphi Council (if it exists at all) won’t be much of a force in this cosmverse, so the Storm Knights in the party won’t be part of it.

Points That Should be True:

-Nile Empire reality.
-Wealthy. Yep, he’ll have the Perk.
-Famous. Not necessarily Bruce Wayne, but at least everyone local would know him, and he would likely be invited to important events. (Hosting such himself is optional to the concept.)
-Urban. Someplace that has early 20th century architecture. Probably not Cairo, but the closer to Egypt the better. Alexandria would be a good location if it fits the feel I’m going for (I’m not certain from the book).
-May be a convert to Amaatism (or may just be faking it.)
-No masked secret identity.

The Creative Conundrum:

He needs to be able to adventure and fight/work against the invaders (including Doctor Mobius) under his own name, without getting in trouble with Doctor Mobius.



Yes, it’s a hard one.

It is appropriate if every few adventures (not Acts) or so as a plot element he has to do something to maintain/salvage his cover or smooth over something. It’s also okay if he has to (once every few Acts) describe how he actually does something without drawing undue attention. But, he should be able to fly into town on his own airship, drive vehicles known to be his, sign into hotels under his own name, etc. But somehow, miraculously, despite the fact that he shows up in all these place where villainous schemes are thwarted, Doctor Mobius either never suspects him of being a Storm Knight fighting against him, or always lets it slide (and doesn’t take precautions against him or warn his agents against him), except for the occasional plot situation where that is challenged and a scene or two is involved in resetting the status quo. And to make it even harder, I'd prefer (not necessarily required) that the reason isn't that he's pretending to be an underling of Doctor Mobius, though pretending to be a patriotic citizen of the Nile Empire is completely acceptable. As a general point of play, he needs to just be able to do his thing without always being afraid he’s going to get exposed as a traitor, in trouble, etc.

See if you can amaze me. :D

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Greymarch2000 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:08 pm

Does it have to be that Mobius doesn't suspect him (which seems kinda OP imo) or rather that he just won't do anything about it for some reason?

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Rabbitball » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:55 pm

Could part of the reason Mobius doesn't suspect him be that Mobius is directing him toward rogue elements in the Pharaoh's army that need a good thumping (most of the time), with the suspicions arising when the character foils the wrong plan?
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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Zackzenobi » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:13 pm

Could he be undercover as a movie star?

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Sword of Spirit » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:25 pm

Greymarch2000 wrote:Does it have to be that Mobius doesn't suspect him (which seems kinda OP imo) or rather that he just won't do anything about it for some reason?


Either works.

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Count Thalim » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:16 am

How about he has a brother/sister/[insert relative here] who is in Mobius' forces. A governor or powerful general who tolerates their 'amusing escapades'.
Any lower-level villain won't want to tangle with the family outside a mission, inside is fair game however.
You then also have the option of having them pulled into higher-level machinations in the Nile Empire as enemies on the relatives level target them to get at the relative.
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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby jhosmer1 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:37 am

Just spit balling here, but perhaps a new Social Perk like this?

Untouchable

Prereq: Famous or Wealthy

You are either rich enough or well-known enough that the authorities can not move against you without sparking a huge public outcry. For that reason, you are allowed to go about your normal day-to-day activities without fear of arrest. This does not stop your foes from hiring deniable mercenaries to attack you or otherwise work in secret against you.

As part of the unwritten rules of your interaction with the authorities, you cannot initiate an illegal or violent action against them in public without forfeiting your protection for an Act (taunt interaction attacks are allowed, especially to provoke your enemy into attacking first). For the remainder of the Act, your persuasion and streetwise tests are Disfavored. Afterwards, your lawyers, smooth-talking, etc., will get you out of jail/consequences.

If you play a Mistaken Identity card, you may gain an extra possibility by forfeiting the protection of this Perk for the rest of the Act.

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby Greymarch2000 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:19 pm

My thought would be something along the lines of Mobius himself having an obsession or other interest in your character. So while he is aware of the Storm Knight he never interferes in the mundane dealings of the character. I had someone play one of those Orrorsh obsession cosm cards on Mobius (long story) and it basically did a similar thing. Mobius became obsessed in proving the superiority of the Ennead over the Cyberpapal One God that the character was a priest for.

Perhaps Mobius believes his destiny is linked to this character, or he is performing some kind of long con, requiring the storm knight to do a series of prerequired tasks before some great ritual? Perhaps it's just hubris that Mobius doesn't think he needs to mess with the heroes public image, he assumes he hero will fail at some time naturally and that will be enough to tarnish his reputation, making it all the sweeter.

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby mystic101 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:36 pm

I was going to suggest something similar to Greymarch, but more character-initiated. It says in the Nile sourcebook that Mobius accepts personal audiences if someone is gutsy enough to just waltz up to the front door and request one. Your character, knowing that his future Storm Knight activities would jeopardize his standing in society, could have taken a chance and done just that, shortly after the invasion.

Your character could have walked in and challenged Mobius to a "duel of wits". Ground rules: Neither of you would take direct physical action against the other (for example, assassination attempts). Instead, you'd each attempt to foil the other's goals in a more indirect manner. Your character would play the Flash Gordon to his Ming the Merciless, and he'd (indirectly) be the Moloch to your Indiana Jones (by tasking his subordinates to foil you at times). That way, he keeps being High Lord and you keep being a wealthy relic collector, as your mutual status quo, but you're each also working to eventually bring the other one down.

Mobius wouldn't believe that someone could ever actually outmaneuver him, so he doesn't think of it as a true threat. Instead, it's a challenge his mind can relish, an opportunity to prove himself intellectually superior. That's why your character gets a free pass on maintaining his place in society, because it's providing Mobius with an entertaining distraction on the side.

That's my pitch, anyway.

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Re: Some creative help with a tricky character concept

Postby OldCoot » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:24 pm

My impulse would be to run with the 'famous' aspect. Make him a well-known figure, especially among the elite. Made his name finding interesting things in odd places, right? Many of those things would be cultural treasures, good for inspiring faith and even loyalty. As a philanthropic gesture, he gives/loans them to museums for display. Those that have actual power, Mobius tries to take from him - through legitimate-looking means. Just confiscating his stuff would look very bad in the newspapers.
Of course, if he doesn't cooperate to some extent, Mobius would take him down, but if he gives the good Doctor at least some of the powerful artifacts, he'll be tolerated and even praised in official dispatches.

edit: And as for a location, maybe Luxor? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor
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