Roleplaying character meme

Via Rob Donoghue, a meme for roleplayers:

Name 12 characters you have played in RPGs, before looking at the questions that follow. List your characters numbered 1 to 12, with the name of the RPG you played them in. Once you’ve picked your 12 characters, look at the questions and answer accordingly. (No peeking until you’ve picked your characters!) Put your answers behind a LJ-cut.

I thought I was stuck at the “name 12 characters you have played in RPGs” part, but here:

1 – Rosa Santiago, Cybersamurai, Yanir’s Shadowrun campaign.
2 – Donelas Na Oghma, Chubby Elf Thief/Magic User, Hezi’s Anadaq campaign (the Gang’s last)
3 – Maddoc Son of Deirdre, Joy’s Amber campaign.
4 – Charlie Swan, Journalist , Ran’s Cinematic 80s Action Conspiracy campaign.
5 – Reshef, Israeli Werewolf Theurge, SSAI LARP
6 – Frank, Hyper-eccentric Toreador Vampire (Malkavian? There must have been some bureaucratic mix-up), Israel’s Vampire one-shot.
7 – Merlin the generic Magic-User, Hezi’s original D&D campaign
8 – Jim Gordon, Gotham City Police commissioner on the edge, Israel’s Batman one-shot.
9 – Lionheart, sub-optimal superhero from Etgar’s Champions campaign.
10 – AKA “Pants”, ATF agent in Yossi’s Delta Green campaign.
11 – Cole something, Engineer, conspiracy hunter and psychic time-traveler, Itay’s “Embers” PTA game.
12 – Something Good (Good was his surname, his first name wasn’t “Something”, but it was a terrible pun), event organizer, Itay’s PTA one-shot of young Gay roommates… in Gotham city (“Smack on the Gotham”)

I didn’t create Jim Gordon and Merlin… but I played them both for more than a session, so let’s keep them.

1) Who would make a better college professor: 6, or 11?

Frank(6)’s qualifications for the job end with his patched tweed jacket and absent-minded expression. Cole(11) would be much better at actually teaching (and any other college duties), and has both compassion and ideals, although he’s as impatient as most of my characters. At least he won’t eat any of the students.

2) Do you think 2 is hot? How hot?

I do, but… I made him fat. He definitely has the Elf hotness, and minus the Elf anorexia, and I want to think he’s hot, but I’m not sure how much I buy it (because he embodies my hopes and neuroses about my own self/body image).

3) 12 sends 8 on a mission. What is it, and does it succeed?

Both Gothamites! Good(12) would want Gordon(8) to fix some permit for some tremendous and unsafe public display, of the sort that Batman usually ends up fighting his villains on top of. Would Gordon succeed? With my track record playing him, I’m pessimistic. Depends on who is GMing, and whether the Mayor has been replaced by a clone or not.

4) What is, or would be, 9′s favourite book?

Lionheart(9) probably enjoys biographies, but his chivalry obsession must come from somewhere – I’d say Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.

5) Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?

It would be against Donelas(2)’ nature to swear fealty to anyone, let alone Frank(6), not if he had more sensible options (such as killing himself). Frank(6) on the other hand would see fealty as some tedious formality, and wouldn’t mind swearing it to whoever, as long as they got it over with quickly.

6) For some reason, 5 is looking for a room-mate. Should they share a studio apartment with 9, or 10?

Reshef(5) would probably find more in common with Lionheart(9) then with “Pants”(10), both being amiable men of honor with strong codes and obligations to a higher moral authority.

7) 2, 7, and 12 have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss?

Donelas(2) and Merlin(7) are D&D magic-users, Good(12) is an event producer from Gotham, a city where “theme” is always in vogue. Therefore, Good will take them to an “authentic medieval tavern” , and they will discuss Pyrotechnics.

8) 3 challenges 10 to a duel. What happens?

Maddoc(3) wins. The only question is why he would challenge “Pants”(10) to a duel.
First, “Pants” wouldn’t accept; he would try to arrest Maddoc. Maddoc will force the the issue by snatching “Pants” to another shadow. Maddoc would of course give the choice of weapon to “Pants”. If limited to fighting, “Pants” would probably pick pistols, but Maddoc has experience with guns (although he hates them) and is ranked in Warfare, while “Pants” has puny “Call of Cthulhu begining PC” stats. Both would probably try to settle with a duel of wits, like a game of chess or riddles or something. Maddoc would still win, unless “Pants” had a very good riddle.

9) If 1 stole 8′s most precious possession, how would they get it back?

Call in Batman, of course.

10) Suggest a title for a story in which 7 and 12 both attain what they most desire.

“The Big Bang”

11) What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 and 1 to work together?

The Conspiracy that Charlie(4) was working for put him into some high-tech suspended animation, from which he wakes up in the strange new world of 2052; Now he needs help finding out why, and who the Conspiracy really were, and Rosa(1) would make the perfect bodyguard/filthy assistant.

12) If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would you get along?

I guess Merlin(7) would be an undemanding house guest, and wouldn’t mind this pig-sty (being used to sleeping rough). I could probably entertain him with a pile of comics. Somehow, 18 intelligence or what, I don’t think he’d make for great conversation, on account of the language barrier.

13) If you could command 3 to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?

Give me superpowers (shadowwalking!). If that’s too complicated, make me rich.

14) Does anyone on your friends list resemble 11 (either in appearance or personality)?

Shiffer, Perhaps. Neither Cole(11)’s personality or appearance were very fleshed out, but I think Shiffer shares not only an engineer’s soul with him, but also a degree of idealism. At least friends-list-Shiffer.

15) If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be?

Donelas(2) would probably pick Charlie(4), who is charming and human, over Reshef(5), because D&D instilled in him an anti-werewolf prejudice. He would probably get along better with Reshef better, though, and pick his side, if he gave him a chance.

16) What might 10 shout while charging into battle?

“Freeze, Federal agent! Pull down your trousers, then place your hands on you head and turn to face the wall!” – this is what earned him the nickname “Pants” in the first place.

17) If you chose a song to represent 8, which song would you choose?

King of Pain, Police – not quite right for Gordon(8), but I’m stumped, it’s playing and it’s not inappropriate.

18) 1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?

Rosa(1) has an absurdly high level of Wired Reflexes; I doubt even Frank(6) the vampire can match her. Good(12) will probably not even see either of them go for it – it will just vanish as he begins moving his chopsticks.

19) What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10?

“Before I drop my trousers, I should warn you, I am not of your world.”

20) What would 5 most likely be arrested for?

Trespassing (Reshef needs to get to places, and doesn’t bother much with fences).

21) What is 6′s secret?

He really is a Toreador.

22) If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

To his continued frustration, Lionheart(9) was not the fastest in his team, but he’d beat Cole(11) easily, unless Cole found himself in some pretty unusual body.

23) If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 or 8?

Gordon(8), for sure. He’s the Police Commissioner, Batman’s pal, and he doesn’t run out of spells. Although, come to think of it, Merlin(7) doesn’t have any supervillains out to get him…

24) 1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4′s sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that he/she is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

“Fit To Print”. Just because the villain’s a crusading journalist.
A pretty good fic though.

Hmm. Making the list of characters, I thought that I didn’t really play that many characters. Answering the questions, I realized that I didn’t really play that many interesting characters.

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    1) Egg Fughxh4h
    2) Theodore Alexius Victor Warner III
    3) Lord Bandana
    4) Rick “Brick”
    5) Costia Kuzniezov
    6) Vishnu
    7) Winston Slade
    8) TAVWIII in Tango
    9) TAVWIII in Exalted
    10) Tres Joli
    11) Wolf Dirk
    12) Kitty Pryde

    1) Who would make a better college professor: 6, or 11?
    Vishnu would absolutely be a better professor. Wolf is a secret agent, probably an Amberite, and is currently stuck in a fantasy land. I doubt he has the patience for this crap. Vishnu, OTOH, is all about maintenance.

    2) Do you think 2 is hot? How hot?

    Ha! Let’s try how not. Teddie is commonly known as “the guy with the scary fish eyes”. Check it:
    http://corky.net/israel/TAVWIII

    3) 12 sends 8 on a mission. What is it, and does it succeed?

    Seems OK at first glance, Kitty is used to having guys do her bidding, as she is based on Ghoula, and the Tango’s Teddie really was the only Teddie that got constantly (though gently) pussy-whipped into doing stuff.

    I guess she too will send him to kill someone, a ruler of a far away land, probably her brother which she really dislikes since he assassinated her foster-father.

    This puts Teddie up against a highly trained assassin (Kitty’s bro), but I am sure he can do it – he’s a PC. Unless the DM decides to suddenly give the brother superpowers of healing or spawns seven more of him or some crazy shit like that.

    4) What is, or would be, 9′s favourite book?

    Book of Thoth.

    Oh, that’s another Teddie.

    If this Teddie was actually literate, in a perfect world it would probably be Linebarger’s “Psychological Warfare”, but since he is in an Exalted world he would have to settle for something like “Art of War”.

    5) Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?

    Oh, that’s easy. Teddies are all about fealty, while Vishnu is a god. Everyone comes out happy.

    6) For some reason, 5 is looking for a room-mate. Should they share a studio apartment with 9, or 10?

    Costia would not get along with Exalted Teddie. Way too primitive. Tres Joli is perhaps not much better, but at least he is aesthetically pleasing, has a great sense of humor and a funny Belgian accent to boot.

    7) 2, 7, and 12 have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss?

    They will dine on Slade’s island, and therefore eat synthetic food that cures cancer, AIDS and old-age and tastes like Bo ordering Thai.

    Kitty will be totally ignored, being a silly little girl, while the two important assholes will happily discuss world-domination and Bond-villany.

    8) 3 challenges 10 to a duel. What happens?

    In a fair fight I might go with the Belgian Mosad agent, but I’m afraid Bandanna has both the technological advantage and the moral fiber to abuse it.

    Bandanna would call Tres Joli out. Tres Joli would accept, choosing handguns (his trusty browning baby ought to do the job). Bandanna would then use a Gate to teleport to another planet, leaving Isidore (yup, that’s the Belgian’s real name) and the rest of Earth’s population to the mercy of some planet devastating weapon: as powerful as a hydrogen bomb, only much more powerful.

    9) If 1 stole 8′s most precious possession, how would they get it back?

    Who is “they”? Egg clearly kidnapped Teddie’s ancient Egyptian wife. Teddie will not stop until he gets her her back. There is no “how” to it, he will simply track Egg down and take Nephetis back.

    With any luck he can do it before Egg reboots the world, in which case I don’t see Egg resisting much. Possessions are crap. He will give Teddie his wife back and fuck off to do more crystal with the Midnighter.

    10) Suggest a title for a story in which 7 and 12 both attain what they most desire.

    “My Little World”

    11) What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 and 1 to work together?

    Rick gets Egg’s card along with his “So, you got superpowers” brochure. Egg gets fresh meat for his “time for you to learn how to fly” routine.

    12) If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would you get along?

    I don’t think I would mind. We could hang together, not doing drugs or eating real food or drinking coffee. I guess we will spend most of the time meditating and getting off helicopters.

    I could ask him to use his chi-ripples to fix the plumbing, but I doubt he would. “Self reliance” my ass.

    But, you know, I’m a tolerant dude.

    13) If you could command 3 to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?

    Give me cool alien technology. And I’m talking real cool! None of that “instant water” crap.

    14) Does anyone on your friends list resemble 11 (either in appearance or personality)?

    I guess Yonatan Drori is the closest, at least in his fantasies.

    Oh, wait, friend list is some LJ thingy, right? Screw that.

    15) If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be?

    You kidding me? None of them is even British!

    I guess he will have to go for Costia, on account of being from the continent and not from the colonies.

    16) What might 10 shout while charging into battle?

    “Beware of the Belgian”

    17) If you chose a song to represent 8, which song would you choose?

    Oh, oh, that cool music Aya used for him when he turned into a pharaoh.

    18) 1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?

    All fast characters, no doubt, but Kitty is only human, so she is out of the race. Now, Egg is a kung-fu master sup (and has the home-team advantage here at the Green Lotus), but Vishnu is a god and has root, so I guess the cake goes to Vishnu; either because Egg lets him have it out of respect, or because Egg only eats bamboo shoots, or – most probably – because Egg is too busy shoving chopsticks into another diner’s ear.

    19) What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10?

    “We kicked Hitler’s ass so now you owe us”?

    Yikes. I’m getting visuals.

    20) What would 5 most likely be arrested for?

    Purchasing mescaline for one of his rituals.

    21) What is 6′s secret?

    Root password. For world.

    22) If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

    Teddie is good, but Wolf is Amber, so assuming a fair race Teddie eats dust.

    23) If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 or 8?

    Winston. He has superpowers, fer real, while all Teddie has is his the-incredible-machine powers and his charming personality. Also Winston is far less likely to stab you in the back because he swore fealty to Vishnu or something.

    And if Winston pulls his self reliance schtick again I am quitting the game.

    24) 1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4′s sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that he/she is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

    “La Trahison des Images”.

    The bit that makes most sense is when Egg and Exalted Teddie (who would never cooperate) follow the wise advice of a 12 year old.

    This last question sucks as a punch line. The whole thing is pretty stupid and way too long. I must be really desperate not to work on that Sandman LARP.

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