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20 Questions


1.    Where is your hero from?
Freedom City


2.    How would your hero physically describe him/herself? Is this different from how others would?
Short and Bald. Others might add less than pleasant descriptions…


3.    Does your hero have distinguishing speech characteristics or recurring mannerisms?
A slight Italian lilt but very slight. 


4.    What is your hero's motivation?
Adventure and excitement. A life less ordinary. 


5.    What are your hero's greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Enthusiasm and, well, powers. Physically not so strong. At all. 


6.    What does your hero love? What does your hero hate?
My mother. Flowers. Good cooking. Hate is for bullies. As in…I hate them. 


7.    How would you describe your character's mental and emotional state?
Lacking self confidence and anxious. And possibly bitter. 


8.    What does your hero fear the most?
Humiliation. 


9.    What is your character's greatest ambition?
Respect. 


10.    How does your hero feel about the state of the world and his/her place in it?
Its pretty decent over all. The vulnerable could be protected better. 


11.    Does your hero have any prejudices? How does he/she get along with others?
No prejudices except against the prejudiced. 


12.    Where do your heroes loyalties lie? In what order?
My family, my friends, AEGIS. 


13.    Does your hero have a lover or partner? How do they feel about the hero now?
No…


14.    Does your hero have a family? What is the relationship there like?
I have a very close, perhaps over enmeshed relationship with my mother. 


15.    How would the people closest to your hero describe him or her?
Enthusiastic but lacking confidence. Kind and weak. 


16.    Is your hero a role model?
Not really. I shouldn’t have gone through life so meek. 


17.    How spiritual is your hero? Does your hero follow a religious tradition?
A touch of Catholicism. You never really leave Catholicism, do you?


18.    Is your hero part of a team, or would he/she like to be? Why?
No, but I would love to be!


19.    How does your hero feel about the place of metahumans and aliens on Earth?
A bit scared…


20.    If you could give one piece of advice to your hero, what would it be?
Carpe Diem. 
 

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Introduction

 

Who are you? Sum yourself up in one sentence.

Wealking psychic brain stealer.

 

Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, or nom de plume?

“Baldy!”…errr…no, that was when I was bullied.

 

What is your full birth name?

Umberto Velluti

 

Where do you live?

Freedom City

 

How old are you? What year were you born (if applicable)?

41 (Born: 1977)

 

Physical Traits

 

 

What is your gender? If not applicable, please explain.

Male

 

How would you describe your heritage?

Italian

 

How tall are you?

5’5”

 

What is your body type?

“Weakling”…err…thin…scrawny.

 

Do you have any particular weaknesses, such as allergies or physical disabilities?

Just general weakness.

 

How do you carry yourself? Are you graceful, or heavy on your feet? Can you be stealthy, do you walk with confidence?

Stooped and scared.

 

Describe your skin, eye, and hair color.

Brown eyes, olive skinned, and no hair. It used to be black!

 

How do you wear your hair, if applicable? Do you have facial hair?

I don’t…

 

Do you consider yourself attractive? Do others?

No. No.

 

Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings, or birthmarks?

No

 

Do you resemble anyone famous?

No

 

Do you have a dominant hand?

Right

 

What kind of clothing do you wear?

I do like some stylish clothes. Particularly a black turtleneck number complete with flexible super-armour weave.

 

Do you wear makeup?

No

 

What is your vocal range? Is your voice distinctive in some way?

Fairly average range, with a soft volume. It has a very faint Italian lilt.

 

Do you have any distinctive habits, nervous tics, or mannerisms? Where did they come from, and what causes them? Do other people notice and remark on these habits? Do they annoy you or other people?

Just general nervousness. My eye can twitch badly when I am spooked.

 

 

History

 

Where do you come from?

Originally, Italy (Rome)

 

Have you made any major moves, or do you live in your hometown?

My mother and I moved here when I was four.

 

Do you feel loyal to your country of citizenship? Do you consider yourself patriotic? How do you feel about the government of your country?

Generally, yes. I have a little patriotism for this fine country but it is not fanatical by any means.

 

How do you feel about the place you come from?

Pretty positive overall, but I am not Jingoistic. It is more a pleasant fondness for the culture and food.

 

Where is your home town? What was/is it like?

Rome. I don’t remember it much. Most of my life is in Freedom City, which is a very mixed bag!

 

Growing up, were most of the people you knew similar to you, or were you somehow a minority? How did that affect you?

I was bullied and mocked for being Italian and weedy. So nobody was similar to me…

 

Is there something you've always been really good at or really bad at? How has that affected your life?

Being scared, I was always pretty good at. I liked cooking and flowers. I didn’t like confrontation or violence or anything athletic.

 

Were there any traumatic experiences in your early years (death of a family member, abandonment, orphaned at an early age)?

Being bullied every day.

 

Briefly describe a defining moment in your childhood and how it influenced your life.

I think moving to Freedom City. It was exciting but the beginning of the misery of childhood.

 

What stupid things did you do when you were younger?

Not stand up for myself?

 

Where did you go to school? How much school did you have, and did you enjoy it?

Freedom City. I avoided it as much as possible, I hated it as much as you could imagine.

 

Do you have any mementos of your childhood? What are they, and why did you keep them? If you have none, why not?

No. I burnt all my school reports. That felt good. I have some photographs of family holidays to Italy.

 

When did you decide to become a hero? Why? Did anyone influence you one way or another in the decision?

When I realised I had powers! And that, for once, was my own decision.

 

Is the reason you give people for becoming a hero different than your real reason? If so, why?

No

 

Do you have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt you?

No

 

Do you represent yourself as being different from who you really are? Why?

I project more confidence than I have. I think everyone does, but I do it more.

 

Do you have any sort of criminal record? If so, is it public knowledge?

No

 

Family

 

 

What are your biological parents' names?

Lucia Velluti. I don’t know who my father was (my mother wont tell me!)

 

Were you raised by them? If not, please explain and describe who raised you.

Yes

 

What was their standing in the community? What did/do they do for a living?

My mother was a friendly hairdresser. A bit of a gossip!

 

Where are your parents now?

My mother is retired although she occasionally helps out at Velluti Violets, the flower shop.

 

Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?

After moving from Italy, they stayed put.

 

How did you get along with their parents? How do you get along with them now (if applicable).

Very well. Perhaps too well? My mother dotes and is over bearing and protective.

 

How do your parents view you now, or how would they?

She is terribly worried about my safety and berates me for my new career!

 

Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what are their names? Describe your relationship with them.

No

 

 

Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?

My mother…both!

 

Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)? If so, please explain.

No

 

Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor? If so, please explain, including how it has affected your life.

No

 

Do you have a partner and children currently? If so, please describe them.

No

 

If you do not have a partner or children, do you want them someday? How firm are you in your opinion on this, and what might change your mind?

Yes, but I am so lacking any confidence…it would be difficult….

 

What type of person would be your ideal mate?

Someone who genuinely respects and loves me…

 

 

Relationships

 

Do you have a best friend? If so, how did they become your best friend? How close are you to your best friend?

Charlie Cream. He runs the shop now! We have known each other for ten years. I took him on as an apprentice when he was a drunk down on his luck. Ten years sober!

 

If you were to go missing, who would worry about you?

Charlie and my mom. And AEGIS!

 

 

Have you lost any loves? If so, how did it happen, and what did you do?

No…

 

Do you have any bitter enemies? If so, please describe them and their history with you.

Not now. But I hate hate hate the bullies of my life.

 

If you have enemies, how do you think they might attempt to work against you in the future?

I don’t think they would touch me now.

 

What is the worst thing someone has done to you?

The list is too long…

 

Where do your loyalties lie? In what order?

My family, my friends, AEGIS. 

 

Who or what do you trust the most? Why?

This sounds odd, but I actually trust AEGIS. Even though I probably shouldn’t…

 

Who or what do you despise? Why?

Bullies. Because I was bullied.

 

What qualities do you admire most in other people? Are these qualities you possess?

Kindness, especially shown to the vulnerable. I think I have that quality, at least when I am feeling brave enough to execute that kindness.

 

What qualities do you hate most in other people? Do you have any of those qualities?

Bullying. No.

 

Do you have a secret identity? If so, who knows it? Do you hide it from people who are close to you? Why?

No. I don’t advertise my powers or abilities or status at all, but I don’t keep it a secret either.

 

Do you work well on teams and in groups? Are you a leader or a follower?

I prefer groups. I prefer following.

 

Are you on a super team? If so, how do you get along with your comrades? Do you trust them, or do you have secrets from them?

No.

 

Are you a member of any church, fraternal organization, club, committee, political party, or other group? How much time do you spend on that?

No

 

 

Personality & Beliefs

 

Who are your heroes?

James Bond!

 

Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols? If so, why and what were the circumstances?

No. He is cool. And imaginary.

 

Do you like being a hero? If so, what is the most rewarding part? If not, what makes you keep doing it?

Yes! At last I can have some excitement and agency in my life!

 

Is there anything that would make you give up hero work, or even switch sides?

Possibly absorbing to much psyche might temporarily make me act…odd….

 

What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)?

Learn how to be a hero!

 

 

What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)?

Eventually, teach how to be a hero!

 

What is your greatest fear? Why? What do you do when something triggers this fear?

Humiliation. I freeze or run.

 

Is there anything you would give you life for?

Plenty! Saving others or just doing something heroic and meaningful.

 

How do you feel about money and material wealth? Do you desire it or disdain it? Are you miserly with what you have, or do you like to share? Is it a mark of success, or a means to an end?

It’s a necessity in small or even moderate degrees. I have no desire for significant wealth though.

 

How do you generally treat others?

Gently.

 

Are you a trusting person? Has your trust ever been abused?

Yes, but it helps being a mind-reader…

 

 

Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)? Do you have a lot of self-confidence?

Very very introverted.

 

How do you act around attractive, available members of your preferred sex?

I run.

 

What are your most annoying habits?

Picking my nose.

 

Do you feel contempt for any general category of people? Who are they, and why?

No.

 

 

What is your favorite food? Do you prefer any particular type of food? Do you take the time to enjoy your food, or do you eat as fast as you can?

Italian pasta!

 

What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?

Espresso.

 

 

What is your favorite treat (dessert)?

Cake! (Chocolate!)

 

Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat?

No

 

What is your favorite color? Are there any colors you dislike?

Black! So stylish! It’s the new black, I hear.

 

What sort of music do you like? Is there any that you hate?

Classical. I like most music however.

 

If you have a favorite scent, what is it?

Flowers! Anything floral.

 

Do you have a favorite animal?

Cats.

 

What is your most treasured possession? Why?

My AEGIS super suit! Its so cool and signifies my new life.

 

Do you enjoy "roughing it", or do you prefer your creature comforts?

I prefer my creature comforts, but am fairly modest about them.

 

Is there a job or a task you would absolutely refuse to do?

Something involving violence on a regular basis.

 

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If so, how do your beliefs affect your life?How important is it to you?

No. I was brought up Catholic and I still have a splinter of that culture in me. But I can’t say I am practicing.

 

Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special?

My mother.

 

If you belong to a religious organization, how often do you attend? Do you have a specific place of worship, or friends within the organization? How much do you agree with the beliefs of your organization?

Irregularly. Maybe once every few months.

 

Could you kill? Have you killed?

I don’t think I could, and I have not.

 

 What circumstances led to you forming that conviction, or taking that action?

Fear maybe? Empathy?

 

Are there circumstances under which you believe it is permissible to kill? What are they?

No I don’t think it is.

 

How would you react to watching someone kill another person? Would your reaction be different if the killer was a friend or an enemy of yours?

Absolutely horrified. Shocked and paralysed.

 

 

How would you react if something important was stolen from you?

Irritated but not angry.

 

How would you react to public humiliation?

Pass out.

 

How would you react if a good friend or relative were purposely or accidentally killed? Has it happened to you?

Upset. I would be overwhelmed with grief.

 

What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why?

Murder. Its taking a life!

 

If your life were to end in 24 hours, what five things would you do in those remaining hours?

Settle down with some wine and food, and watch the sunset whilst in my shop, admiring all the plants.

 

 

Career & Training

 

 

Do you have any special training in your hero skills? If so, where and how did you get it?

I am learning from AEGIS.

 

Do you have any particularly unusual skills? How did you acquire them?

I am good with flowers! From twenty odd years in a florists!

 

Do you do something besides hero work for a living? Have you ever done anything else, or do you plan to?

I own a florists.

 

What is your preferred combat style?

If I don’t just psychically stop them, then I guess pull the trigger of my AEGIS super-gun and hope.

 

Have you ever received any awards or honours?

No

 

What skill areas would you like most to improve in? Is there anything you can't do that you wish desperately you could?

Being an agent. Which is a lot of skills.

 

How do you act around people who are more skilled than you in areas you'd like to improve? Are you jealous, or do you try and learn?

Try to learn.

 

 

Lifestyle & Hobbies

 

What is a normal day for you? How do you feel when something interrupts this routine?

These days, I don’t have a normal day. But on days when I am not helping AEGIS, I would run the shop.

 

Do you have any hobbies, or interests outside hero work? What are they, and where did you pick them up?

Botany, of course. I quite like cooking to.

 

What do you do for fun?

Watch bad TV or Bond movies.

 

Do you have a costume? What does it look like?

A very cool black turtleneck number!

 

How do you normally dress when not in costume?

I try to wear stylish clothes.

 

What do you wear to bed most nights?

Something warm and comfortable.

 

Do you wear any special jewelry? What is it, and what does it look like?

No

 

 

Do you have a special place where you keep your valuables?

With my mother.

 

What's your preferred means of local travel? How about long distance?

Car, or Plane.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Have you ever made a will, or tried to make arrangements for your death? What provisions did you make?

I have left it half to Charlie, half to my mum.

 

If your features were to be destroyed beyond recognition, is there any other way of identifying your body?

Aside from its small stature, no.

 

What would you like to be remembered for after your death?

He pulled himself together…

 

Do you believe you pose a threat to the public? Why or why not?

Possibly. If I absorb the wrong mind I could become erratic, but only transiently.

 

What do you perceive as your greatest strength?

Enthusiasm.

 

What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

Physique.

 

As a player, if you could, what advice would you give your character? Speak as if he/she were sitting right here in front of you. Use proper tone so they might heed your advice...

Seize the day!

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