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Persephone

 

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DC10: Persephone is a superhero, one of Vibora Bay's official City Defenders. She controls plants.

DC15: By superhero standards, Persephone is a pacifist. She's friendly and nonthreatening. Even before she became a City Defender, she was the kind of superhero who waited for the cops and talked to reporters. She doesn't just control plants. She's at least part-plant herself. She doesn't need to breathe. When someone tries to choke or drown her, it does nothing. When she gets shot or stabbed, you can see green stuff inside her, and she doesn't bleed much, if at all. She mostly just leaks a little sap, and then her body knits itself back together.

 

The following information cannot be obtained with a Well-Informed check. It can only be obtained with an active use of the Gather Information skill.

A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Persephone will not obtain any of the following unless they make a point of searching for potentially restricted information. If they do, then they also need to make a contested Gather Information check against Persephone. If she wins, then she will be alerted to their inquiries. They can avoid the contested check by taking a -20 penalty to their original Gather Information checks for a Discrete Inquiry (or if the have the relevant challenge feat).

DC20: Most sightings of Persephone happen in the western half of Vibora Bay. She probably lives in Weston. The New Shadows gang has the word out that they'll pay for any information about Persephone.

DC25: Persephone has a secret identity. She's Doctor Camellia Blume, a local psychiatrist. She destroyed an entire pack of New Shadows affiliated vampires, and the rest of the gang wants revenge.

DC30: AEGIS has been aware of Persephone the entire time she's been operating as a superhero. They always suspected her of having a secret identity, since she had no known residence or occupation. They had a handful of suspects, including Doctor Blume. But they did not consider Persephone to be a threat, and there were no open warrants for her arrest, so AEGIS only did a routine preliminary investigation into her, and they kept the results strictly internal. When she became a City Defender, her identity became a matter of (secret) record, and AEGIS was able to add that record to their own file on her.

 

An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills.

 

Knowledge (Cosmology)

DC30: There used to be an alternate Earth where they genetically engineered plants to form symbiotic bonds with human soldiers, turning them into biological weapons. It wasn't enough to protect them from Omega, and that dimension fell to the Terminus years ago. Persephone has the exact same powers as those hybrid super-soldiers.

 

Knowledge (Life Sciences)

DC10: Plants aren't supposed to do that!

DC15: Plants are physically incapable of doing that for a dozen different reasons. Physics don't even work that way, never mind biology.

DC20: Plants don't just respond to her direct commands. They dive to take the bullet when she doesn't even know she's being shot at. There's some kind of instinctive, intuitive communication happening between them, probably over an olfactory or psychic medium.

 

Knowledge (Popular Culture)

Decrease the DC of this check by -5 if your character lives in Vibora Bay, or if they do their research in Vibora Bay.

DC10: There's a superhero in Vibora Bay called "Persephone". There's also a green-skinned plant-controller in Vibora Bay. They might be the same person.

DC15: Persephone is a superhero, one of Vibora Bay's official City Defenders. She controls plants.

DC20: By superhero standards, Persephone is a pacifist. She's friendly and nonthreatening. Even before she became a City Defender, she was the kind of superhero who waited for the cops and talked to reporters.

DC25: Persephone doesn't just control plants. She's at least part-plant herself. She doesn't need to breathe. When someone tries to choke or drown her, it does nothing. When she gets shot or stabbed, you can see green stuff inside her, and she doesn't bleed much, if at all. She mostly just leaks a little sap, and then her body knits itself back together.

 

Knowledge (Streetwise)

DC20: The New Shadows gang has the word out that they'll pay for information about Persephone.

DC25: Persephone destroyed a whole pack of vampires affiliated with the New Shadows. The entire gang has standing orders to capture or kill her. They haven't put a price on her head because they want to be the ones to take it.

 

Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy)

DC10: Persephone was a figure from Greek mythology.

DC15: In Greco-Roman myth, Persephone has something to do with plants, and winter.

DC20: Persephone was the daughter of Demeter (Ceres) and Zeus (Jupiter). Hades (Pluto) kidnapped her and tricked her into marrying him and becoming queen of the Underworld. She spends half the year with her mother on Mount Olympus, but she has to spend the other half in the Underworld. Demeter's grief at her daughter's absence is what causes winter. It's unlikely that the superhero of the same name is directly related to her in any way.

 

Camellia Blume

 

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DC10: Camellia Blume is a self-employed, fully licensed and board-certified psychiatrist living in Vibora Bay. Her practice in Weston is publicly listed.

DC15: Camellia was born in Vibora Bay in 1989. She grew up in Easton, where the rest of her family still lives. She went to private school for primary and secondary education, then attended college at Sinclair University, and medical school at the University of Florida in Vibora Bay. She graduated high school in 2007, got her Bachelor's degree in 2011, and got her M.D. in 2015. She worked as a model in both America and Europe from ages 12-26. She was a cheerleader and frequent beauty pageant contestant (always at least a semifinalist) from middle school up through college. In high school, she was homecoming queen, prom queen, class president, and captain of her cheerleading squads. In college, she was a vice-president of their chapter of the Omega Beta Gamma sorority. She has a twin brother, who's married to one of her sorority sisters, with two children. Her parents are also both Sinclair alumni. Her mother was a cheerleader and her father played football. Her mother runs her own interior design firm. Her father and brother are both executives at Vibora Petroleum. Doctor Blume's practice charges her patients on a sliding scale based on their income, and accepts every insurance provider.

 

The following information cannot be obtained with a Well-Informed check. It can only be obtained with an active use of the Gather Information skill.

A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Persephone will not obtain any of the following unless they make a point of searching for potentially restricted information. If they do, then they also need to make a contested Gather Information check against Persephone. If she wins, then she will be alerted to their inquiries. They can avoid the contested check by taking a -20 penalty to their original Gather Information checks for a Discrete Inquiry (or if the have the relevant challenge feat).

DC20: Doctor Blume's practice is just her, working out of a rented apartment. Not only is she not charging what she's worth, but on some of her patients, she might not even be breaking even. Blume's parents own over a hundred restaurant franchise and rental properties across Vibora Bay and north Florida. Her father was an engineer at Vibora Petroleum before moving up to management.

The lady's squeaky clean. She's never been sued, never been arrested, never gotten so much as a speeding ticket. Her parents never even grounded her when she was a kid. Why are you even asking about her?

DC25: Doctor Camellia Blume is secretly the superhero Persephone, one of Vibora Bay's official City Defenders.

DC30: AEGIS had always suspected Doctor Blume of being Persephone, but since she was not considered a threat and there were no open warrants for her arrest, they only did a routine preliminary investigation, which was kept strictly internal. When she became a City Defender, her identity became a matter of (secret) record, and AEGIS was able to add that record to their own file on her.

 

An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills.

 

Knowledge (Behavioral Sciences) or Medicine

DC10: Camellia Blume is a psychiatrist, fully licensed and board-certified. She runs her own publicly-listed practice. She charges her patients on a sliding scale based on their income, and she accepts every insurance provider.

DC15: Camellia Blume earned her M.D. from the University of Florida Vibora Bay, one of the top medical schools in the country. She completed her residency at their teaching hospital.

DC20: Camellia Blume graduated from UFVB with honors.

DC25: Not only is Doctor Blume not charging what she's worth, but on some of her patients, she might not even be breaking even.

 

Knowledge (Business)

DC10: Camellia Blume is a self-employed psychiatrist. Her practice is publicly listed. She charges on a sliding scale.

DC15: Camellia's father and twin brother are both executives at Vibora Petroleum.

DC20: Camellia's mother runs an interior design firm. They mostly do theme parks, museums, and private residences. Her father started at VP as an engineer before moving to management.

DC25: Camellia's parents own over a hundred different residential properties and restaurant franchises throughout northern Florida.

Not only is Doctor Blume not charging what she's worth, but on some of her patients, she might not even be breaking even.

 

Knowledge (Popular Culture)

DC10: You've seen that woman's face before.

DC15: That woman is a model. You've seen that face before in a print advertisement somewhere, in a magazine or a newspaper, or on a billboard.

DC20: That's Camellia Blume. She used to be a model and a cheerleader, and she won a bunch of beauty pageants.

DC25: That's Camellia Blume. She was a model from 2001-2015, a cheerleader at Sinclair University from 2007-2011, a cheerleader for the University of Florida Gators from 2011-2015, and a runner-up in the Miss Florida pageant for three years in a row, from 2008-2010.

 




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