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The Kitchen: Ronin


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To most residents of Freedom the Fens is little more than a breeding ground for filth and degeneracy, and proof that super villains never bomb anywhere that needs to go... and for the most part they are right. Those residents might be further incensed to know that some of the worst filth in the city would often gather in one building, a place known as The Kitchen. Most of the criminals in Freedom had some sort of Agenda, some horrible tale of misfortune, overweening pride or arrogance, but the criminals that frequented the broken down porn theater were just greedy. In The Kitchen money was the only prize, and poverty was the only arch nemesis, and getting paid was the only master plan...

Most of the people didn't even turn their heads when service elevator began to clanking as it ascended. Those that did turned back to their drinks without giving it much thought. The lone bartender a surly looking, older redhead woman gave it a passing glance then knocked down a shot and returned to ignoring her customers. Few people had a mind to irritate Bloody Mary. She might not be the skilled killer she was in her youth, but her heart was still like ice and the shot gun she kept under the counter seemed to materialize whenever someone gave her a cross look.

"Come on red are you even listening," slurred a drunken voice. Well most didn't try to irritate her. "Like I was saying..." the voice went on. Mary turned to look at the man talking to her. He was tall and square shouldered, dressed from head to toe in dull black and blue Kevlar weave body suit. Guns hung from his belt and the hilt of a broadsword jutted over his back. He had his tow-colored mask rolled up to his nose as he took another drink. "That African nothing but trouble."

Mary scowled and not for the first time contemplated shooting him in the face. It wouldn't kill him but it would shut him up for a while. "His money was good Ronin," she said. "Thats all I care about."

"Thats whats wrong red," He said shaking his head. "These guys." He gestured to the mercenaries behind him. "Are cockaroaches," he said. A few shot him hard glares and some reached for weapons but no one made a move. "All they care about is money. There was time when being a criminal meant something, when we had pride,honor, Respect!" He banged his hand on the table.

"Hell are you kidding boy," Mary snorted. "You been selling your gun since day one, you aint nothing but a damn toy solider yourself." The man seemed to stop and consider this.

"Alright," he admitted. "Fair enough. I got that from a movie, but their still cockroaches." Several men stood up. "and they'll die like roaches if they don't sit down." He turned around and eyed the table where the armed men were still fingering weapons.

"Shut your damn drunk mouth!" Mary scolded. "And you boys sit down. Yall ain't tearing my place up tonight. Hell do you think I can keep paying the damn cops off with, just my womanly charms?" She took out a bottle and filled her glass up.

"Hey red," Ronin came in "remember the time..."

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The Kitchen: In Freedom City there is always a need for things to be done that the authorities don’t have the guts to do, or because the heroes are too moral. For the dirty jobs people call up the Kitchen. This place is a hangout spot for mercenaries and contract killers. It has been cleaned out or raided numerous times by heroes and the authorities but they simply pack up and move to another part of the city. If someone is looking for quick work, and a little mayhem they can find it here.

Mary: A hard bitten, alcoholic, chain smoking old lady Mary runs the kitchen. She hands out the assignments and handles all requests. In her youth she was the infamous Bloody Mary a woman known for getting the job done in the most destructive manner she could. Her legendary temper has died down but knuckleheaded mercs can expect to have her two hulking sons, Chad and Hughes, teach them some manners.

Massacre: No one really knows anything about Massacre, because he never talks. Nor has anyone seen the face contained behind the iron grey battle suit. Or the red eye visor. Massacre gets the jobs from only the most ruthless and bloodthirsty clients and he never disappoints.

Nemesis: She claims to be the goddess of Vengeance reincarnated, most people say she’s actually Ashley Goldsmith an escaped mental patient. Of course they don’t say it too loud, because like her name sake she never forgets even the smallest insult. And her magical bow and arrow don’t ever seem to miss.

The Coles: Major Benjamin Cole is a retired Marine Corps Sgt who believes that China and Russia are only weeks away from invading the U.S. He has believed that for five years. The only thing crazier than that is that his wife belvies him. The two of them constantly receive shipments of guns and weapons which they are willing to sell for relatively cheap. Their son George seems to be a technological prodigy which is too bad because his father keeps him out of school so he’ll be safe when the bomb drops. Comes in handy for Ronin for when he needs his gear worked on.

Bella Dona: Publically Isabella Medici is the Ceo of Rinata Holding. a small pharmaceuticals company out of Italy. She is a descendant or Lorenzo Medici and she is quite proud of the fact. She is something of a debutante and is

After leaving the Iron Sons Ronin Decided to Travel to Sicily. The Ricci Family was engaged in a vicious war with the Medici’s for control of southern Italy. Ronin wanted in on the action. Franco Medici engaged in silent though deadly war with is rival Marco Ricci. At first Ronin worked for both sides, he engaged in Arson, Murder and kidnapping. Eventually Medici made a bid for the mercenary’s services permanently.

Eventually the Medicis and Ronin Drove the Riccis out and secured Siciliy. Ronin became a bodyguard for Franco. During this time he met Franco’s daughter Isabella. Isabella was like her father, ruthless and headstrong. Her father had been training her to fight since she was a child, but he kept her away from the dangerous wars, because he loved her more than anything else in the world. But it was not a healthy sort of love; his love was jealous and possessive. He was the only man in her life and he liked it that way. Ronin admired her strength, courage and fighting spirit. The two became lovers after Ronin fought of a Ricci hit squad that was trying to kill her. Knowing Franco’s jealousy they kept their relationship extremely quiet. But Franco kept watch over his daughter and it soon got back to him that she and the mercenary were lovers. The mafia boss was deeply upset by this but his pride prevented him from speaking out. Eventually the Ricci’s sued for peace. Ronin went with a few men to the meeting, what Ronin didn’t know was that Franco had set him up, and the peace agreement would be signed in his blood. As seeming act of good will Franco gave up the man, who had killed so many Ricci soldiers, and a few disposable goons.

When the meeting went down, the men opened fire on Ronin. He managed to escape the trap but found much of the surrounding blocks populated with Medici and Ricci soldiers. He had a running gun fight throughout the city before a lucky bullet went through his head. Thinking him dead the gangsters went back and reported success. But Ronin’s regeneration kicked in and brought him back from death. He vowed to take his revenge. He stormed the Medici complex, looking for blood. Eventually he found Franco and gunned him down right in front of Isabella. Furious she attacked him, during their fight he found out that she had nothing to do with the betrayal and she found out the reason for murdering Franco but she couldn’t forgive him for killing her father. He ran away from the compound, but he didn’t leave Florence. He spent the next few weeks hunting down both families’ men, but he avoided Isabella. Eventually he grew tired of the pointless killing and left Italy.

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Give a two or three word description of yourself. (Describe your character's concept.)

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

What is your full birth name?

Where do you live?

Why do you live there?

What do you perceive as your greatest strength?

What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

Physical Traits

How old are you? (Chronological age as well as age category.)

What is your sex?

What is your race?

How tall are you?

How much do you weigh?

What is your general body type, frame, bone structure, and poise?

What is your skin colour?

What is your hair colour?

What is your hair style?

Do you have any facial hair?

What is your eye colour?

How attractive are you?

What is your most distinguishing feature?

Do you have any scars, tattoos, or birthmarks?

What is your handedness (left/right/ambidextrous)?

Do you resemble some currently known person?

What kind of clothing do you wear?

Do you wear makeup?

What sort of vocal tone do you have?


Where is your homeland?

Are you aware of its history?

Are you patriotic or a social outcast?

What are your opinion of home?

Where is your home town?

Are your real reasons for becoming an adventurer different from what you tell others?

How far would you go to keep such secrets from being revealed? What would you do if the truth became known?

What do you fear would occur if the truth became known?

Do you have any particularly high or low ability scores?

How have these scores affected your life so far?

What about your race, growing up were you in the majority or a minority?

Did this impact your outlook in any way?

How do you feel about other races?

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

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

What stupid things did you do when you were younger?

Which toys from your childhood have you kept?

Why? What do they mean to you? If you didn't keep any, why not? What did you do to them all?

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

Are you who you claim to be?

Do you have any sort of criminal record?

How do you view the heroes/legends of your country?


Who were your parents?

Were you raised by them? If not, then why didn't they and who did raise you?

What was their standing in the community?

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

How did you get along with their parents?

How would your parents describe you? Answer this in the voice of your mother, then in your father's.

Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what were their names? How did you get along with each of your siblings?

What was your birth position in the family?

List all current knowledge of family locations, spouses, children, birth dates, schooling, and any important incidents that only you and they might remember.

Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?

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

Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?

Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)?

If so, who are they and how did they "gain" the position?

Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor?

If so, what did this person do to become famous or infamous?

Do you try to live up to the reputation of your ancestor, try to live it down, or ignore it?

Do you ever want to have a family of your own someday?

Would anything change your mind on this issue and if so, what?

What type of person would be your ideal mate?


Do you have any close friends? If so, who and what are they like?

What is the history of their relationship(s) with you?

Do you currently have a best friend whom you would protect with your reputation or your life?

If so, who are they and what caused you to feel so close to them? What would have to happen for you to end this relationship?

Do you have any bitter enemies?

If so, who are they, what are they like, and what is the history of their feud with you?

Have you defeated them before?

How might these enemies seek to discomfit you in the future?

Which person(s) or group(s) are you most loyal to?

Who is your most trusted ally?

Who do you trust, in general?

Who do you despise and why?

Name seven things you hate in others.

Is your image consistent?

Do you deliberately present yourself differently in different situations, and how?

What would you die for?

What is the worst thing someone has done to you?

What is your general reaction to an attractive member of the opposite sex who lets you know they are available?

How do you get along with others of the same adventuring class?

Have you lost any loves?

How did you handle the situation (short & long term)?

Who would miss you should you go missing?

How close are you to your adventuring companions?

What do they not know about you?

Are you a member of any house, guild, organization, or church? What is your level of involvement?

Personality & Beliefs

Do you, or did you, have any role models?

Do you have any heroes or idols, either contemporary or from legend?

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

When did you decide to become an adventurer?

Why have you chosen to risk your life as a career?

What do you expect to get out of being an adventurer? What, if anything, would make you stop adventuring?

Do you have any dreams or ambitions? If not, why?

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

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

If these goals seem at odds with each other, or with your dreams, how do you reconcile the differences?

Do you have any great rational or irrational fears or phobias? If so, what are the origins of, or reasons behind them?

How do you react when this fear manifests itself?

What are your attitudes regarding material wealth?

Are you miserly with your share of the wealth, or do you spend it freely?

Do you see wealth as a mark of success, or just as a means to an end?

How do you generally treat others?

Do you trust easily (perhaps too easily) or not?

Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)?

Are you a humble soul or blusteringly proud?

What habits do you find most annoying in friends?

What are your most annoying habits?

Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion, class, profession, political viewpoint, or the like against which you are strongly prejudiced, and why?

What is your favourite food?

What is your favourite drink?

What is your favourite treat (desert)?

Do you favour a particular cuisine?

Do you savor the tastes when eating or "wolf down" your food?

Do you like food mild or heavily spiced?

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

What are your favourite colour(s)?

Is there any colour that you dislike?

Do you have a favourite (or hated) song, type of music, or instrument?

If you have a favourite scent, what is it?

What is your favourite type of animal?

Are you allergic to any kinds of animals?

Is there anything that enrages you?

Is there anything which embarrasses you?

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

Do you have a patron deity?

Are you devout or impious?

Do you actively worship and proselytize or do you simply pay lip service?

What lengths would you go to defend your faith?

Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special?

Do you belong to a dominant church, or an independent church, cult, or sect (and is the group accepted, frowned upon, or considered heretics)?

Will you kill?

When did you decide (or learn) that you would?

When do you consider it okay to kill (under what circumstances)?

When do you consider it wrong to kill (under what circumstances)?

What would you do if someone else attempted to (or successfully did) kill under your "wrong" circumstances, what would be your reaction?

What if it were your enemy?

What if it were your friend?

What if the opponent were not in control of their own actions (under duress, charmed, dominated, possessed)?

What would you do if something were stolen from you?

What would you do if you were badly insulted publicly?

What would you do if a good friend or relative were killed by means other than natural death?

What is the one task you would absolutely refuse to do?

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

How do you feel about government (rulers) in general? Why do you feel that way?

Do you support the current government of your homeland?

If so, how far are you willing to go to defend the government? If not, do you actively oppose it?

What form of government do you believe is the best (democracy, monarchy, anarchy, aristocratic rule, oligarchy, matriarchy) and why?

Do you have any unusual habits or dominant personality traits that are evident to others?

If so, describe them and how you acquired them, as well as when they might be more noticeable and what causes them.

Do you have any unusual or nervous mannerisms, such as when talking, thinking, afraid, under stress, or when embarrassed?

What is your most treasured possession?

If your life were to end in 24 hours, what 5 things would you do in those remaining hours?

Career & Training

Where and how were you educated?

Who trained you in your adventuring class(es)?

What was your relationship with your teacher(s)/mentor(s)?

Is this person or institution still in existence?

Were you a prize student or did you just barely pass?

Look at your skills. How did you acquire them (especially the unusual ones)?

Have you ever done anything else for a living?

How do you function in combat (maneuvers, weaknesses)?

Have you ever received any awards or honours?

Is there anything that you don't currently know how to do that you wish you could?

Are you envious of others who can do such things in a good-natured way or are you sullen and morose about it?

Lifestyle & Hobbies

When not adventuring, what is your normal daily routine?

How do you feel and react when this routine is interrupted for some reason?

What are your hobbies when you are not adventuring or training?

What do you do for relaxation? What things do you do for enjoyment? What interests do you have?

How do you normally dress when not in your adventuring gear?

What do you normally wear in bed at home?

What do you normally wear in bed while adventuring?

Do you wear any identifiable jewelry?

Where do you normally put your weapons, magic items, or other valuables when you are sleeping?

What morning or evening routines do you normally have?

Do these change when you are adventuring?

Travel: how do you get around locally?

Do you have a Last Will and Testament?

What does it say?


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

What kind of threat do you present to the public?

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

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...

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