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Old Feb 25th, 2023, 08:24 AM
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Name:Valerie Ramos
Age: 23
Concept: Mama Bear mechanic

Personality:
Valerie is good with hands-on work and is self-sufficient. She dislikes overindulging in anything, afraid of picking up an addiction, but she enjoys variety in her day to day routine and is willing to try most things at least twice. She didn't have much growing up, but she is attached to a fleece blanket she had as a child, and can't sleep without it. She also likes to have things squirreled away in case of emergencies and keeps a suitcase full of spare clothes, food, water, and cash ready at work, at home, and in a storage locker at a facility. While she has a bank account, she also keeps cash in her mattress. She cites this as a positive thing, given how useful it was when the city was destroyed.

She likes to learn and keeps her library card current. What she knows about the world mostly comes through books or anecdotes about the world and she has found herself naively believing in conspiracy theories until taught otherwise. She has been embarrassed by this before but so far her co-workers just think she's naive rather than a conspiracy nut. She's a big reader in the popular science and health/wellness sections. She dislikes the historical books because she feels it's too far away for her to grasp.

Working as a waitress and with mostly male mechanics have given her the ability to put a "customer service" poker face on but Ignition's owner lets her have more leeway in responses to anyone harassing her than the casinos ever did. Usually she tries to respond in kind to the mechanics and shut down any unkindness from the clients before things escalate, knowing that Cody will likely have her back if she doesn't take it too far.

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Over the last few months, she was finding herself increasingly annoyed with little frustrations. Her growing body made her misjudge things like doorways and weight and having to force herself to slow down and be smaller with her movements and effort is aggravating when she just wants to close a door without pulling it off. Except, if she growls, mutters, or swears, everyone looks at her like she's going to rip their heads off! It makes her feel like a monster from outer space. At the same time, she's trying to find the awesome moments. Looking eye to eye with basketball players. Men don't catcall. She's not worried about being mugged. She can walk down the street or go for a jog at 3 am and not worry. She can keep up with a car on the highway and bench press more weight than the gym owns. She can eat anything she wants to and spicy food doesn't give her heartburn.

She still has nightmares about the day of the terrorist attacks and keeps a sharp lookout for anything out of the ordinary around her. The city has returned to some sort of "normal" life, but she still feels an edge, as if waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Valerie resembles a humanoid brown bear, standing about seven feet high. She wears loose sleeveless shirts, denim shorts, and custom boots when not in public, and a hat and trench coat when she is. A pair of black nano-tech gloves give back her ability to do small motions otherwise not capable with claws, and also hide her paws. There is a patch of shaved fur on her left shoulder with a skeleton key tattoo.

 


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Rikki Yapelo: A childhood friend of Val's from Baker, Nevada. In her mid-twenties, she is pursuing a graduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Las Vegas. Smart and driven, she made plans with Val to become wealthy and travel all over the world. She currently works at Summitrust Diagnostic as a lab assistant. She has a boyfriend Val has not met in person named Jason. Rikki and Jason own a cat.

Ellen May: The director of the Los Platos Food Bank. A generously built blue-eyed red-head that wants to feed the world, especially orphans and runaways. She is a former cook, and likes to try out new recipes on her clients to try and make the donated food go farther. She hates red tape and schmoozing with donors, but she finds both as necessary evils to her field. She's constantly trying to talk people into volunteering. Los Platos is in such need of volunteers that Ellen will not turn away a volunteer in the shape of a bear as long as said bear doesn't eat all of the food. Val doesn't go out for deliveries anymore, not wanting to cause heart attacks in old people. If anything, Los Platos also has started to see other people that have been affected by the Orange Sky event, and Ellen thinks maybe having a representative scoop food isn't so bad.

Cody Wood: The owner of Ignition Kingdom. Cody is in his mid fifties. A former Army man, he is average height, balding, and willing to throw down if needed. He's annoyed by machismo culture, but he has a weakness for puns and comic books. He's a big fan of Superman, and jokes he's just like Beepo. Cody also wishes he had been "bit by a radioactive bear" instead. He's keeping her as a mechanic and outfitted her paws with nano-tech gloves as an investment, stating that sooner or later, his shop is going to have customers again and what better way to stand out than a mechanic that looks like a bear and can bench press a car. He has a husband, three cats, and a dog.

Leah Miles: Val's landlady. Val usually sees her on the first of the month when rent is due, or when maintenance needs to be let in the building. In her sixties, average looking, with frizzy hair. She's a sucker for cute and fuzzy things and ignores the food that two tenants put out for Muffins the street cat.


Powers:
Increased speed, strength, and durability. Increased agility and reflexes. Claws and jaws offer natural attacks along with martial arts, but with a decreased lack of fine motor control due to the claws, if not wearing her gloves.

Complications:
Driven to prove herself: Motivation (acceptance): She was taught all of her life to hide her interests and talents because it was "man's work" and she's still fighting for the respect she feels she deserves.

Doing Good: She learned what not to do from her parents, and wants to do better than them. She likes the warm fuzzy feeling it gives her to help out other people. She volunteers at the local food pantry following the Orange Sky Event.

Temper: Quit telling me what I can and cannot do!


What do you want to see in the game?: I like combat as much as anyone, but I also enjoy games where there is downtime and the characters are able to make friends in and out of the team. I was able to have my characters interact outside of the their superhero identity; take martial arts classes, babysit, go to school, move into their first apartment.

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Admittedly, the powers are weird. I thought it up overnight. Based on "Create food and water" except the water can be Gatorade, and it's not porridge.

Val started as "I really liked that tattoo artist I heard about that lives a life of spite" and she wanted to be really good at making vehicles things run. I suppose she also wants to eventually learn how to make other things run, but she lives in a lower-class apartment without a garage.

She's mostly at the "wtf?!" stage on her newfound powers.
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Hmmm.... It's not necessarily a bad thing to have weird powers. I am curious to know if you have plans for ways the powers might develop to make them more useful for the purposes of being a superhero though.
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I mean, you can make the case that most crime is done out of desperation. Making mass amounts of food and water is less desperation is less crime, but that’s a long term thing. Heh.
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Old Feb 25th, 2023, 10:03 AM
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Create food and liquid is different but as others have said there is some long term possibilities there, especially since she is just discovering them. Perhaps it slowly branches into being able to make ice to pop locks, oil to start fires, poisonous touch. Heck, liquid nitrogen to freeze things, there are liquids that spontaneously combust at normal temperatures... I'm totally getting into your powers, haha.

Is that your cat in your avatar?

I was considering having a motor bike as my characters means of transportation. Having a mechanic would come in handy.

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The first idea I had would work better as an NPC, so I'm trying to come up with something else.

Have an NPC though:
 


I say she works better as an NPC because I'm not sure I could do her justice on a PC's point budget, and also because I am not 100% confident I could consistently play a character like this.
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Create food and liquid is different but as others have said there is some long term possibilities there, especially since she is just discovering them. Perhaps it slowly branches into being able to make ice to pop locks, oil to start fires, poisonous touch. Heck, liquid nitrogen to freeze things, there are liquids that spontaneously combust at normal temperatures... I'm totally getting into your powers, haha.

Is that your cat in your avatar?

I was considering having a motor bike as my characters means of transportation. Having a mechanic would come in handy.
I was (half-asleep) thinking power tricks like (olive) oil slicks, distracting guards by pouring sticky soda in their boots or on their head, ruining electronics with gatorade, or summoning apples to throw at ranged triggers. Something I am probably NOT going to do is suffocate someone by summoning said gatorade into their lungs. I think I was leaning into the "be creative" part of the powers request, rather than the "make sure it can be a superhero" request.

Pico was my cat until a few years ago when he passed, but I thought that cheeky picture was a good one to leave in place. He was very food motivated. Jessie is an awesome kitty, but I don't have pictures of her doing anything in particular except flopping on the floor and asking for pets.

edit: Now that I have Val's backstory written up and a sense of who she is, I can revisit powers too. After I get out of work tonight or tomorrow.
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Thinking of smooth talker gambler native to Discord city with Luck advantage and Luck Control. Luck advantage is half PL rounded down (so 3). The Luck extra from Luck Control power set gives the benefits of a rank of luck with same limitation of half PL. Does this mean it can only be a max of 3 combined between the two or that each can be 3 for a combined 6?
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So far I have singer/entertainer from Southwest US with Native American ancestry in mind. I don't have time to write now but I have no doubt it will develop as I type. In my head am thinking a Powerhouse type but I'll see what happens.
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Does this mean it can only be a max of 3 combined between the two or that each can be 3 for a combined 6?
The Luck extra sounds like it's just Enhanced Advantage: Luck so I'd definitely rule that you can only have up to three combined between the two in this case.
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Gremlin is "done". As in everything that has to be in the app is there though I reserve the right to make tweeks. Criticisms and Critique welcome.
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I was thinking of a revolver where my character spins the chamber like a slot machine with effect produced is based on a roll of a d6 with each chamber a variable effect. Would it be considered a Unreliable or Uncontrollable flaw?
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I was thinking of a revolver where my character spins the chamber like a slot machine with effect produced is based on a roll of a d6 with each chamber a variable effect. Would it be considered a Unreliable or Uncontrollable flaw?
Neither of those flaws really do what you're describing, though I could see Uncontrollable being a factor.

This probably wouldn't be something you'd actually build mechanically. Too complicated. Doesn't follow the current design of the rules. What you could do is just make it a variable power on a device, then just voluntarily roll a d6 to determine which effect you use.

If you really want me to be the one to roll the d6, you can give it the uncontrollable flaw, otherwise this is probably best handled through a complication to allow me to throw in a few surprises into the mix.
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