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  1. Santa Muerte Gather Information DC10: There's a ghost or a witch or a demon or something prowling around the streets of Emerald City. It's got no face, just a skull. In whispers, some people call her "Santa Muerte". DC15: Santa Muerte is a witch. She has a face; she just wears a skull mask. She's basically an exorcist, though not a church-sanctioned one. She helps out with stuff like demonic possession and haunted houses. She's even helped the cops close some unsolved murders. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Santa Muerte 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 Santa Muerte. If she wins, then she will be alerted to their inquiries. They can avoid this 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Santa Muerte or hearing of her may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against her. DC20: You know that spooky bookstore on University Hill, "Mictlan"? Santa Muerte hangs out there sometimes. You know how they sell stuff like magic potions, and they really work? She's the one who makes them. DC25: Santa Muerte's real name is Ximena Romero. She's been sighted around Mictlan because she owns the place. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of the following skills: Knowledge (Arcane) DC10: Santa Muerte is a witch. DC15: Santa Muerte is a necromancer. She specializes in magic dealing with the undead and the infernal. DC20: Santa Muerte has been observed controlling hellfire, summoning and banishing demons, inflicting curses which wither the body and break the mind, and vanishing without a trace. DC25: Santa Muerte's style of spellcasting is similar to that of Vivienne, a necromancer who owns an old plantation in Louisiana. Santa Muerte probably studied under her, or maybe her mentor or one of her students. DC30: Vivienne is dead. Her plantation was burned to the ground. In fact, she's deader than dead. She isn't even in an afterlife. Her soul was completely obliterated, probably consumed. Santa Muerte might be the one who did it. Knowledge (Streetwise) DC20: Mictlan, that spooky bookstore on University Hill? Don't mess with it. Don't sling dope on the corner across the street. Santa Muerte watches over that place. She'll put a curse on you and give you cancer. DC25: Same for the 23 B Apartments. Just stay away. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC15: Santa Muerte's costume and spell incantations both include numerous references to Christian as well as Mesoamerican mythology. DC20: The name "Santa Muerte", or "The Lady of Holy Death", belongs to a folk deity, a hybrid of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican death gods and a Catholic saint. She has a robust cult following in Central America, despite being declared heretical by the Vatican. DC25: Mictlan, the occult bookstore on University Hill where Santa Muerte has been sighted numerous times, is named for the realm of the dead in Aztec myth. Ximena Romero Gather Information DC10: Back in 2007, a guy in Emerald City named Romero went crazy and killed his whole family. He rampaged up and down the block until the cops shot him. He was on PCP or something. She related to him? DC15: Ximena Romero's father ALMOST killed his entire family. His daughter, the sole survivor, miraculously recovered from her MANY stab wounds. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Ximena will not obtain any of the following information 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 her. 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Ximena or hearing of her may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against her. DC20: Ximena spent her early teens getting bounced around from one aunt and uncle or set of grandparents to the next, but none of them kept her around for very long. They didn't approve of her "lifestyle". After her family died, she became obsessed with the occult. She was queer, and she refused to hide it. And she never grew out of her goth phase. Eventually her family dumped her into foster care, and she slipped through the system's cracks and disappeared. Ximena, along with her business partner, Atzi Ramirez, is the owner of Mictlan Books & Curiosities and the 23 B Apartments, both on University Hill in Emerald City. DC25: Ximena was active in the occult scene across the country, spending her late teens and early twenties bouncing around from one town and one cult to another. She's also the Emerald City witch they call "Santa Muerte". 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. DC30: Until late 2019, Ximena was the student of Vivienne, a necromancer who owned an old plantation in Louisiana. Atzi Ramirez used to work for Vivienne. The official reports said that Ximena's father was on PCP when he killed all those people, but his original bloodwork came back completely clean. The reports were altered by someone high up. DC35: Vivienne wasn't just Ximena's mentor. They were lovers as well. DC40: Vivienne is dead. Her plantation was burned down. Ximena and Atzi are probably the ones who did it. The murder of Ximena's family was arranged by The Chamber. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of the following skills: Knowledge (Arcane) DC25: When Ximena Romero's father killed all those people, he showed all the signs that would come to be known as possession by The Terror. Knowledge (Business) DC20: Ximena Romero is the registered owner of Mictlan Books and Curiosities on University Hill in Emerald City. DC25: She also owns the 23 B Apartments, also on University Hill. They charge well below the going market rate. Knowledge (Civics) DC25: The official reports said that Ximena Romero's father was on PCP when he killed all those people, but his original bloodwork came back completely clean. The reports were altered by someone high up. DC30: The murder of Ximena Romero's family was arranged by The Chamber. Knowledge (Streetwise) DC20: Don't mess with that lady. She's a witch. She'll straight-up give you cancer. DC30: The murder of Ximena Romero's family was arranged by The Chamber. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC20: Ximena Romero's entire family is Catholic, but she clearly has some pagan leanings.
  2. Mister Strix Gather Information DC10: "Mister Strix" is an urban myth. Just some graffiti and a spooky story Bedlam's scumbags tell each other. DC15: Mister Strix is real. Wears all white. Shows up out of nowhere and vanishes without a trace. He fights crime all over Bedlam City, especially when it involves the Mafia. He's the one guy in Bedlam who never takes a cut for himself. He flushes your product and burns your cash. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Mister Strix will not obtain any of the following information 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 Strix. If he wins, then he 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Strix or hearing of him may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against him. DC20: He only comes out at night. They say it gets cold when he shows up. He's stronger and faster than any man should be. Bullets go right through him like he wasn't there. There's no security he can't beat, and nowhere you can hide from him. The cops have nothing on him. No pics, no video, no prints, no DNA. The guy's a ghost. DC25: Mister Strix isn't a ghost. He's a vampire. He drinks blood. 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. DC30: Mister Strix is a member of the Twilight Lodge, a secret club of Bedlam city vigilantes and mystics. DC35: Mister Strix displays all the signs of an ancient vampire bloodline called the Schattenblut, or "Shadow-Blood". They have a strong connection to the Schattenwelt, even stronger than most of the undead. He isn't just a member of the Twilight Lodge, he's the president. DC40: Mister Strix is Doctor Gaetano "Guy" Giordano. He died several years ago, and he came back wrong. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills. Knowledge (Arcane Lore) DC20: The few eyewitness accounts and rumors regarding Mister Strix indicate that he shows several signs of being some sort of supernatural creature. He seems to be repelled by religious symbols, silver (which used to be thought of as solid light), and herbs like garlic and wolf's bane. He's never been seen in daylight. He leaves cold spots in his passing. Some say his footsteps make no sound and leave no prints, and he has no shadow. DC25: Mister Strix is definitely a vampire. He has almost every tell in the book. DC30: Mister Strix displays all the signs of an ancient vampire bloodline called the Schattenblut, or "Shadow-Blood". They have a strong connection to the Schattenwelt, even stronger than most of the undead. Knowledge (Streetwise) DC10: "Mister Strix" is an urban myth. Just some graffiti and a spooky story Bedlam's scumbags tell each other. DC15: Mister Strix is real. Wears all white. Shows up out of nowhere and vanishes without a trace. He fights crime all over Bedlam City, especially when it involves the Mafia. He's the one guy in Bedlam who never takes a cut for himself. He flushes your product and burns your cash. DC20: He only comes out at night. They say it gets cold when he shows up. He's stronger and faster than any man should be. Bullets go right through him like he wasn't there. There's no security he can't beat, and nowhere you can hide from him. The cops have nothing on him. No pics, no video, no prints, no DNA. The guy's a ghost. DC25: Mister Strix isn't a ghost. He's a vampire. He drinks blood. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC25: The few eyewitness accounts and rumors regarding Mister Strix indicate that he shows several signs of being some sort of supernatural creature. He seems to be repelled by religious symbols, silver (which used to be thought of as solid light), and herbs like garlic and wolf's bane. He's never been seen in daylight. Some say his footsteps make no sound and leave no prints, and he has no shadow. Guy Giordano Gather Information DC10: Gaetano "Guy" Giordano was a physician in Bedlam City. DC15: Doctor Giordano was born in Bedlam City in 1981. He graduated high school in 1999, university in 2003, and medical school in 2007. He worked at Bedlam General Hospital briefly before dying in 2012. He grew up on Stark Hill. He died at home, in bed, of some undetermined illness. He left behind a widow, Adriana Aparo, also a doctor at Bedlam General. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Mister Strix will not obtain any of the following information 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 Strix. If he wins, then he 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Strix or hearing of him may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against him. DC20: Guy Giordano and Adriana Aparo met when they both attended university and medical school in Chicago. They completed their emergency medicine residencies in Detroit, then spent a year with Doctors Without Borders in Libya and the Congo. They had just gotten married and bought a house a few months before he died. She remarried a few years later. She has a daughter with her new husband. Guy's younger brother Rafael was a Catholic priest. He was violently murdered just a few days after Guy passed away. They're buried next to each other. Guy's family is in deep with the Bedlam Mafia. DC25: Rafael Giordano was murdered right on top of his older brother's grave, the night after he was interred. Guy Giordano father is one of "Dapper Donny" Scarpia's "capos", his older brother is a made man and his father's heir apparent, and his brother-in-law is a button man in a different crew who's well on his way to being made. 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. DC30: Accounts of Guy's illness and death are consistent with folklore about demonic possession and attacks by supernatural creatures such as succubi and vampires. His grave is empty. There's a casket buried there, but there's nothing in it. DC35: Guy Giordano is a vampire. After he died, he dug himself out of his own grave, killed his brother in a feeding frenzy on the spot, then disappeared. DC40: Guy Giordano is the vigilante Mister Strix. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills. Knowledge (Life Sciences) or Medicine DC10: Guy Giordano and Adriana Aparo were both licensed and board-certified physicians with a specialty in emergency medicine. DC15: Doctors Giordano and Aparo went to college and medical school in Chicago, and completed their residencies in Detroit. They spent a year with Doctors Without Borders, in Libya and the Congo. DC20: Doctors Giordano and Aparo both worked in the emergency room at Bedlam General Hospital. She continued working there after his death. Knowledge (Streetwise) DC10: The Giordano family are Italian-Americans who live on Stark Hill. They're probably at least friendly with the Bedlam Mafia. DC15: Guy Giordano's father, Massimo "Mo" Giordano, is part of the Bedlam City Mafia. So are his older brother, Matteo "Matt" Giordano, and his brother-in-law. DC20: The Giordano boys are part of the Scarpia family. They've all got some blood on their hands. DC25: Mo Giordano is one of at least ten "capos" working directly under "Dapper Donny" Scarpia himself. His son Matt is a made man, part of his crew and his heir apparent. Mo's son-in-law is a button-man in another capo's crew, who's going to be made any day now. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC10: Like most people on Stark Hill, the Giordano family are Catholic. DC15: Guy's younger brother, Rafael Giordano, was a Catholic priest. DC20: Rafael Giordano was violently murdered a few days after his brother passed away from some undefined illness. They're buried next to each other. DC25: Rafael Giordano was murdered right on top of his older brother's grave, the night he was interred. He wasn't just a priest. He was an elite Vatican-sponsored monster-hunter, with multiple confirmed kills. DC30: Both Rafael and his brother appear to have been murdered by vampires.
  3. Persephone Gather Information 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 Gather Information 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.
  4. Octoman Gather Information DC10: There's a superhero in Freedom City called "Octoman". Most people haven't heard of him, but the kids like him. DC15: Octoman is really strong, and he has tentacles. He can stick to walls, like a bug. He has a vlog, and a big mouth. DC20: Octoman is also superhumanly tough and agile, and he has some limited shapeshifting powers. His blood is purple, so he might be some kind of alien or mutant. He acts and sounds young. He's probably a teenager, or a very immature college student. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Octoman will not obtain any of the following information 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 Octoman; with his Online Research feat, he can use his Computers skill for this check. If he wins, then he 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Octoman or hearing of him may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against him. DC25: Octoman is sighted in the West End twice as often as any other neighborhood in Freedom City. He probably lives there. 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. DC30: Close observation of his public interactions reveals that Octoman is probably severely hearing-impaired, and may be completely deaf. He doesn't react when people talk to him unless he's facing them, and even then, he seems to miss things, and not just because he won't stop talking long enough for anyone to get a word in edgewise. DC35: Octoman's blood is radioactive. It's not dangerous, but it does set off Geiger counters. DC40: Octoman is secretly Ben Wang, a teenager whose parents live in the West End. Ben's powers are an accidental by-product of Goanna's mad science. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills. Knowledge (Life Sciences) DC25: Most vertebrates have red blood, because it contains hemoglobin, which contains iron. Many arthropods and mollusks (including cephalopods) have blood with hemocyanin instead, which is blue, because it contains copper. Hemocyanin works better to keep their bodies oxygenated at cold temperatures. Mollusks and arthropods who live in deep water also have thick, syrupy blood like Octoman's, because of the surrounding fluid pressure, and multiple hearts in order to keep that thicker blood pumping. Octoman's blood is purple, which suggests that it may contain both hemoglobin and hemocyanin, and his blood is both thick and under high pressure. Even his small cuts create a ridiculous spray. This adaptation could allow him to function equally well under water and on dry land. He may be a true human/cephalopod hybrid. Knowledge (Popular Culture) DC10: There's a superhero in Freedom City called "Octoman". Most people haven't heard of him, but the kids like him. DC15: Octoman is really strong, and he has tentacles. He can stick to walls, like a bug. He has a vlog, and a big mouth. DC20: Octoman is also superhumanly tough and agile, and he has some limited shapeshifting powers. His blood is purple, so he might be some kind of alien or mutant. He acts and sounds young. He's probably a teenager, or a very immature college guy. DC25: Octoman's favorite superhero is Geckoman. He talks about "The Gecks" all the time. Knowledge (Streetwise) DC20: Octoman's made some enemies. Goanna and Webmaster both talk about him a lot. Webmaster will pay big bucks for information about Octoman. DC25: Octoman helped Bombshell kick Webmaster's ass and sent him up the river. Webmaster wants payback. DC30: Goanna claims he created both Octoman and Webmaster. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC20: Octoman's vlogs contain occasional references, greetings, and sentiments which indicate that he's probably Jewish. Benicio "Ben" Wang Gather Information DC10: Ben Wang is a teenager living in Freedom City. He's black or Latino or something. DC15: Ben was born in Brooklyn in 2003. He was still a small child when his family moved to Freedom City's West End. His family is Jewish. His mother is black or Latino or something. She works as a public defender. His father is white or Asian, hard to tell. He runs a bakery/deli which serves an eclectic mix of Central European and Southeast Asian food. Ben's primary interests are computer programming and superheroes. A character who actively uses their Gather Information skill on Ben will not obtain any of the following information 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 Ben; with his Online Research feat, he can use his Computers skill for this check. If he wins, then he 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). A character using the Well-Informed feat upon first meeting Ben or hearing of him may obtain the following information with a high enough Gather Information check, but since that represents prior knowledge, it will not trigger a contested check against him. DC20: Ben Wang went to Hebrew school twice a week until he was 16. Most of Ben's family still lives back in Brooklyn. His mother is an Afro-Latina whose family is from Puerto Rico. His father is half-Filipino, half-Ashkenazi. His whole family is Jewish, except his paternal grandmother, who's a Filipina Catholic. Ben is the world's biggest Geckoman fan. His username on every site is "Geckofan", and he runs the most exhaustively detailed Geckoman fan site on the web. Ben went to public school until his sophomore year, when he somehow transferred to the super-exclusive Claremont Academy. There are billionaires who can't get their kids into that place. DC25: Ben is deaf, or at least, severely hearing impaired. He reads lips, he signs, and he has a smartphone and smartwatch app which uses vibrations and flashing lights to alert him to loud noises. 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. DC30: Ben's grades in public school were good, but not good enough to get into an elite prep school like Claremont. And his family doesn't have the money to buy his way in. So not only did they pass up thousands of better applicants, but they also gave him a scholarship. It doesn't add up. DC35: Ben Wang isn't just a programming enthusiast. He's a world-class hacker. He's never harmed anyone or stolen anything, but he's broken into plenty of restricted systems. DC40: Ben Wang is secretly the superhero Octoman. Ben's powers are an accidental by-product of Goanna's mad science. An appropriate Profession sub-skill can be substituted for any of these skills. Computers or Knowledge (Technology) DC15: Ben Wang is a hobbyist programmer. He likes to talk shop, and he knows his stuff. DC25: Ben Wang is a world-class hacking prodigy. A lesser hacker would be in prison after some of the crap he's pulled. But he never steals anything or hurts anyone. Knowledge (Business) DC20: Ben's father runs a bakery/deli in the West End. DC25: Ben's father's place prepares an eclectic mix of Central European and Southeast Asian food. Knowledge (Civics) DC20: Ben's mother is a public defender working for the Freedom City district attorney's office. DC25: Ben's mother is a rare thing, a Freedom City resident with anti-superhero sentiments. Knowledge (Theology & Philosophy) DC20: Ben Wang's family is culturally Jewish but not particularly devout. DC25: Ben Wang went to Hebrew school in Freedom City. His paternal grandmother is Catholic, the one outlier in his family.
  5. Soliton Gather Information DC10: Soliton is a relatively new hero active across the city DC15: Soliton is capable of teleportation and matter manipulation. DC20: Based on build, personality and maturity, Soliton is probably a teenager. Mia Mustafic-Markov DC10: Mia Mustafic-Markov is a teenage girl living in the Fens. She used to go to Joseph Clark High School but recently transferred out. DC15: Mia's grandparents on her dad's side are fairly active in the Freedom City Jewish community, and she has been sighted at some of their events. DC20: Mia's got something of a reputation as a trouble-maker, and was recently banned from the Millenium Mall. DC25: Mia has been transferred to the secretive Claremont Academy, but her family is way too poor to afford the tuition to actually afford the tuition.
  6. The Meta-Naut Gather Information DC10: The Meta-Naut is a particularly flamboyant hero who travels to other dimensions and times based in Emerald City. DC15: The Meta-Naut has been active for at least 7 years, but sightings go back decades. DC20: A few villains have attempted to unmask the Meta-Naut, but it's never been successful - the Meta-Naut always appears to be someone different under the mask each time. DC25: The Meta-Naut definitely has some level of connection with the United States Government. Agents have always been cordial and she's shown the ability to call on them, occasionally. Knowledge: Cosmology DC10: The Meta-Naut regularly travels to other dimensions. DC15: The Meta-Naut does not always go to other dimensions to do heroics. She's been sighted relaxing in Roman baths and partying with Mongols. DC25: The Meta-Naut is a wanted criminal on Earth-KTX-12, a world where the dinosaurs never went extinct and have built a fascist civilization. Raya Wells Gather Information DC10: Raya Wells is the reclusive CEO of the aerospace company "Compass Rose International". Raya Wells deliberately avoids any press at all, and is fiercely protective of her privacy. She has been known to sue any journalists who get too snoop-y. Her net worth is somewhere in the billions or tens of billions. DC15: Wells quietly funds a lot of philanthropy, especially based in the Emerald Cities themselves. Of particular focus are areas where there are ethnic minorities, as well as LGBT centres. DC20: Raya Wells lives in Royal Hill, at a top suite in an apartment building. The only way to get in is with a key she has personally to an elevator. There are no stairs to her apartment.
  7. Elliot Elijah Elder Gather Information DC5: Elliot Elijah Elder is the second child of Emma Emmelie Elder and Everett Eaton Elder, respectively a local politician and rich heir from Emerald City. His older sister is Elaine Emma elder. DC10: Elliot was enrolled in the prestigious Elysium Academy in the semester starting in the fall 2018. Since then, he has spent most of his time at the school. DC15: Elliot's father, Everett, is very much an idle rich. He seems to be travelling all over the world on his own, rarely spending time at home. DC20: Elliot's aunt Elaine was recently found dead at the Elder Mansion. The exact details of the death remains unrevealed to the public. DC30: There are rumors that Elliot might be the product of an affair between Everett and Elliot's aunt Elaine. Emma and Everett has done much to suppress these rumors. Knowledge: Current Events DC10: Elliot's mother, Emma, is rising in importance as a politician in Emerald City, being open about her plans to become mayor of the city. Rebellion Gather Information DC10: Rebellion is a new figure in Emerald City, though not everyone agrees on whether he is a hero or not. DC15: Everyone who has encountered Rebellion agrees that he can be terrifying, even if they're not sure how. Some agree that he might not be entirely human. DC20: Rebellion seems to be on the hunt for something, often asking about conspiracies, secret rulers and the like.
  8. Gather Information DC10: Rumors of a holy powered hero called the Saint or El Santo by locals refer to the hero calling himself Sagrado Corazon DC15: Sagrado Corazon might be another angel and is certainly powered by the holy spirit manifesting a Halo and able to perform minor miracles. DC20: Sagrado Corazon is openly Gay and a fierce defender of the LGBT and LatinX communities in Vibora Bay. DC25: Sagrado Corazon seems to be a pacifist either unable or unwilling to turn his powers to active violence. DC35: Sagrado Corazon is Chris(Cristobal) de la Cruz, young aspiring DJ living in Weston Vibora Bay Knowledge: Religion and Philosophy DC10: Sagrado Corazon or Sacred Heart is a Catholic devotion often associated with both Jesus' and therefore God's infinite love for man and the suffering of Jesus. DC15: The Icon of the Sacred Heart is the wounded heart of Jesus often including imagery of flames as well as the lance that pierced it. DC20: The powers exhibited by Sagrado Corazon match with historical descriptions of miraculous works by Saints. DC25: There is a sect within the Catholic Church that pursues the shepherding of potential Saints. DC30: That Sect is particularly interested in who Sagrado Corazon might be. DC35: The Sect believes that they are guiding the bloodline of Christ and that Saints gain their power through this genetic legacy. DC40: They are pursuing Sagrado Corazon because they believe he's an escaped scion of Christ.
  9. Elegy

    Gloaming

    Gloaming, Mage of the Cosmic Dusk "Old loves, they die hard. Old lies, they die harder." -Nightwish, "Wish I had an Angel" Hearken and ye shall find herein the adventures of Gloaming, Mage of the Cosmic Dusk. The young Seth Syme, manipulated by one he loved, suffered a terrible betrayal that left him dead. But to some powerful entities death itself is not immutable, and the inscrutable Twilight Angel granted Seth not only increased power but a second chance at life. More than three hundred years after his birth, Gloaming was forced to navigate a time and place alien to him in order to right that betrayal and save his very soul. Contents >Origin Story >Timeline >Interview >Hell Q >Reputation
  10. Nick

    Willow

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