Friday, January 5, 2024

New Salem Character #5: F.A.G.A.N

F.A.G.A.N. (aka Francesca Alyssa Gabriella Aspen-Nodens)

Pyramid Tier: 1    Experience level: 2

Affect/Gimmick: Steampunk visuals - top hat with goggles, opera cape, corset, cane, etc. etc. Like this, only FAGAN normally wears boots better designed for kicking. 

Gang?: Yes, the Artfuls and the Dodgers. The Artfuls are her high end escort chain, all of whom are at least minimally combat capable. The Dodgers are her street urchin pickpockets, who are also minimally combat capable. They make up in numbers what they lack in strength.

Status: FAGAN is not much of a physically threat, but one on one inside a smoke cloud she can take a hero by surprise. Her status in the Syndicate is hindered by reporting through Handicap, who doesn't take her seriously.

Powers: 3

  1. Telepathy Device: Not real telepathy but a highly advanced comms system (her gang members all have invisible to the naked eye earpieces and throat mikes) that lets her maintain a 'mind link', flying micro-drones that let her 'speak' to anyone pretty much undetectably and track their location, and computer skill sufficient to 'mind read' anyone's electronic history. These have 10 hours of charge a day.  
  2. Heightened Endurance: She has a high stamina, a boundless will, and a lot of lung capacity. +11 to her Endurance score, and as a bonus she's immune to her gas attacks.
  3. Poison/Venom Device: her London Fog bombs can run from full darkness (per darkness control) to serious obscurement (everyone treated as 'to the side' for combat, Int saves to spot things); from no toxins to devitalization (every action in the cloud at x2 power cost), to painful to sinuses/eyes (chemical power attack for 1d8) to sleep (paralysis attack). The clouds cover a 3" radius sphere and last 2 full initiative rounds before dissipating. 
Weight: 140             Basic Hits: 3    Agi Mod: +0
S: 11        E: 24        HP: 13            
A: 13        I: 17          Pow: 65          
C: 14                        Move: 48"        
Accuracy: +1
Damage Mod: +2
Reactions Mod: +1
Carrying Cap: 260    HTH: 1d6
Inventions: her Spring-Heeled Boots let her leap double her normal distances (they also give her +1 to hit and +1d2 damage when she 'puts the boot in'); Her inevitable goggles make her immune to any negative effects of her gas attacks that her ability to really hold her breath would not, and also give her short range nightvision (5"); of course her fashionable cane (already +2 to hit, +1d4 damage) has a built in electric charge (carried Lightning Control attack carried by HTH for 1d8 damage) and the crystal at the top will short out electronics (in combat needs a special attack for a 34% chance, but for normal locks etc. out of combat it always works).

Background/Origin: Francesca Alyssa Gabriella Aspen-Nodens is the product of the finest of breeding and education from the strictest of schools, who has come to New Salem in the wave of gentrification of Francis Park to help educate the unfortunate children and lost girls. And she does. In her fashion. Obsessed with the trappings of Victoriana and the steampunk movement she uses her skills to recruit and protect the vulnerable by teaching them the ways of the world and how to best crime in it to their advantage. She's a dues paying member of the Syndicate but since her turf in Francis Park is overseen by Handicap - who has no idea what her capabilities are - she is limited for the moment. But if something were to happen to old Vinnie she could step in and run his business pretty quickly. 

Information is power, you see, and with her constantly interconnected network of Artfuls and Dodgers she has a lot of information. She doesn't stoop to blackmail to profit, just to defend her own. Besides the profit from prostitution, pickpocketing and burglary serves her just fine for now. 

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