Solomon Castostrani

Description:

ASPECTS:

HIGH CONCEPT: Redemption Seeking Jade Court Immortal

  • Invoke: Solomon’s long life as exposed him to many of the wonders that history has ever offered. As such his knowledge of past, and his willingness to help his fellowman has increased as well.
  • Compel: With a long life and the constant pursuit of redemption Solomon sometimes places himself in the line of fire before his brain reacts.

TROUBLE: Cursed by a Wu Shi

  • Invoke: Having lived with a Curse for nearing 800 years Solomon’s knowledge and understanding of such magic is extensive.
  • Compell: The curse is something highly priced and sought after for study. It also gives him the weaknesses associated with Jade Court Vampires. For example: taoist religious symbols, peach tree wood, hooves of a black donkey, blood of a black dog, mirrors, vinegar, urine of a virgin boy, or exposure to sunlight.

My times are ALWAYS Interesting

  • Invoke: I’ve seen a lot in my time, this reminds me of…
  • Compel: Call it Karma, or just plain bad luck Solomon often finds himself in the exact time and place of numerous catastrophes.

Psychopomp of Ox-head and Horse-face

  • Invoke: When dealing with spirits of the dead to convince them to do as he asks.
  • Compel: To do his duty and escort the newly dead to their afterlife.

Several Life-Time’s of Wealth

  • Invoke: For using money to influence other’s or to get what you want.
  • Compel: Is somewhat famous and recognizable for his charitable works and access to the upper classes.
Solomon’s 3×3×3


APPROACHES 12:

Good +3: Flair, Haste

Fair +2: Force, Guile

Average +1: Focus, Intellect

Mediocre +0:


MANTLE

Jade Court Infected (Supernatural Scale)

Killed by a Jade Court vampire’s feeding, for whatever reason your dying breath was prevented from escaping your body. You have risen again as a Jade Courted Infected. You now have some of their powers and their hunger for Qi Energy. Killing will transform you fully into a vampire. Create your character according to the Pure Mortal mantle of your preference and then add the below conditions and stunts, which operate at Supernatural scale (page 182).

One-Percenter (Mundane Scale)

You are among the wealthiest people in your society, whether from success in business, an inheritance, simple luck, or a combination of the three.

UNIQUE CONDITIONS:

Hungry: [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] X

Mark one of this condition’s five boxes to power vampiric stunts. If you are taken out while Hungry, the consequences could be dire: the GM may determine that you embark on a feeding frenzy, killing nearby mortals. The good news, if any, is that the Hungry track clears immediately.

To otherwise clear Hungry, you must feed: establish an advantage on your target (e.g., Grappled), and then realize a successful attack. Unlike White Court vampires who must feed on a specific type of energy, your feeding on life energy has no such restrictions. Therefore, the subsequent feeding has only two possible degrees of intensity:

  • Your victim takes a condition representing physical harm. Clear two boxes for a sticky condition, four for a lasting one.
  • Your victim dies. Clear Hungry and, at the next minor milestone, you become a full Jade Court vampire.
Wealthy (sticky): [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]

As represented by five condition boxes, you have access to material wealth allowing the upper hand when navigating society. Mark a box when you use your wealth, as described by your stunts. Recover one box of this condition at the beginning of every session. When your wealth is the most direct means to achieve a goal, you may also use Wealthy as a unique approach with a bonus of +1 for every unmarked box. Whenever you use Wealthy as an approach, mark one box regardless of the outcome.

CORE STUNTS

Vampiric Physique:

When brute strength or sheer speed is requisite, call upon your vampiric nature to gain a bonus of +2 per box of Hungry marked. Furthermore, any physical actions taken may (per the GM) include scale (page 182) regardless of whether Hungry is used.

Big Spender:

If your financial strength can be usefully applied to a situation, you may mark boxes of Wealthy as free invokes. You may also mark a box of Wealthy to create an aspect, subject to GM approval: for example, create a Greedy aspect for the doorman at an exclusive club, and then use Wealthy to bribe them for entrance.

Consumerism:

Mark one or more boxes of Wealthy to declare ownership of something when its need arises. One box suffices for any commonly available good. Three boxes permits ownership of a rare, restricted, specialty, or luxury item. Marking all five boxes indicates possession of something like land, a building, or a corporation.

Taking Out Loans:

You may mark a box of Indebted to clear a box of Wealthy, one for one. This requires a lender of some sort, whom you must seek out and broker a deal with during play. In a pinch, you may simply mark boxes and let the GM decide who the lender is, if you’re willing to take that risk.

ADDITIONAL STUNTS:

Vampiric Toughness:

Mark one box of Hungry to absorb two shifts from a physical attack.

Vampiric Recovery:

Outside of conflict, mark one box of Hungry to clear a sticky condition, or two boxes to begin recovery from a lasting condition. These conditions must represent physical injury.

Cloak of Shadows: Page 159.

You can see perfectly in the dark and are immune to any potential effect of normal or magical darkness. Additionally, once per session, you may declare that you automatically succeed at hiding from any non-magical attempt to spot you, provided you have a nearby shadow to hide in.

Ghostbane:

(requires Cloak of Shadows): You ignore the incorporeality of insubstantial creatures (e.g., ghosts, specters) and affect them as though they were physical.

Jade Tattoos:

Some Chinese sorcerer monks have learned to crush blessed jade into a fine powder and utilize it in inks, allowing them to imbue the qi balancing properties of a Jade Amulet into the flesh of the infected in the form of tattoos. This allows the elimination of one additional box of Hungry between sessions, but being made part of the body also permanently reduces the Hungry track by one. Once tattooed, using external Jade Amulets provide no benefit. The tattoos burn out of the flesh if you should become a full Jade Court Vampire.

CONDITIONS:

In Peril (sticky): [ 4 ]

You may mark the In Peril condition whenever you are hit by an attack. Negate up to four shifts of damage from the attack and then create an aspect that describes how the attack causes damage not easily shaken off (such as a Broken Leg or Shattered Reputation). Whoever inflicted the condition is awarded a free invoke on that aspect. Recover from In Peril when you act deliberately to resolve the peril: medical attention for an injury, a bribe to erase the slight on your reputation. This typically entails overcoming an obstacle against an opposition of Great (+4) or higher.

Doomed (lasting): [ 6 ]

You may mark the Doomed condition whenever you are hit by an attack. Negate up to six shifts of damage from the attack and then create an aspect that describes how the attack has rendered you almost helpless, such as Bleeding Out or Ready to Embrace the Dark Side. Whoever inflicted the condition is awarded a free invoke on that aspect. Recover from Doomed when you act deliberately to resolve the doom: emergency medical attention, the intervention of a White Council healer skilled in mental magic, or something similar. This typically entails overcoming an obstacle against an opposition of Great (+4) or higher. Clear out Doomed at the end of the next session after you’ve started recovery. If Doomed is checked and you are taken out (page 189), death is one of the possible outcomes.

Indebted (sticky): [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]

This condition has five boxes. Mark one or more boxes when you have accrued a debt to a powerful group, person, or entity. The number of boxes you mark depends on the magnitude of the favor done for you; the GM has final say. Recover boxes of Indebted by doing favors for the lender in return, on their terms. Typically, a fairly safe but challenging task recovers one box, a dangerous task recovers two boxes, and a task that puts you in mortal danger or could otherwise permanently impact you recovers all boxes.

REFRESH: 1
Spent Refresh: 4

STRESS: [ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ]
Bio:

ence? Well if so listen to this tale. It all began in 1293 in Italy. The son of a renown merchant Solomon received whatever he desired with no worries of the results. Following his father on one of many ventures to the mysterious east he took as he saw fit to entertain himself, and thus began his torment.

The Asian beauty before him was all that filled his thoughts and desire. Without remorse or going in to detail Solomon was scum and took her. What he failed to know, or even if he had it would not have stopped him,(As stated he was scum) is that it was the day before her wedding. She was pure and chaste as the daughter of a village Head it was expected of her to give herself wholly to her husband.

The day of her wedding never came as she took her own life to absolve the dishonor Solomon had forced upon her. No one of the village knew why save for the child’s God Mother(Chinese Version), she had looked upon Solomon with knowing eyes. As they left to continue their journey the venerable woman approached and without pause uttered words that even spoken in Chinese rang true in Solomon’s mind,“You shall know the pain of lose forever.” She drew a jade knife and slit her own throat.

Solomon 1st taste of death and getting better was when bandits fell upon his fathers caravan. From one war to the next, and one era to another Solomon traveled aimlessly seeing all he had loved , or cared for die around him.

RISING CONFLICT

Arrival to New York in the early 1800’s found a new chapter in the curse of Solomon. He had always saw those beings and things disconnected from our reality. It was not until Karma wormed itself in that things changed. An all to familiar ghost was the first to ever approach him. The ghost,a woman of Chinese decent and a beauty so haunting that it sent fires of guilt coursing through his veins. The hand she laid on his cheek was the first connection and touch of a ghost he had ever felt.

Her story was one that seemed a memory to Solomon. She had been taken and left for dead by an unknown man, only she survived and with child. The birth of her son was her death. She had never passed on as she needed to know her son was safe.The child now a man had found the truth of his origins and the guilt that accompanied it. It was Solomon who delivered the message of a mothers love of her child, regardless of the nature of his conception.

After many meetings and a few ghost translations the man found peace. It was all his mother needed to pass on, but NOT before giving Solomon a karmic back hand. “Our family is forever filled with tragedy since that day. Please I beg of you, see it undone.” Solomon knew which day she referred.

THE STORY

STORY TITLE: TWISTED STEEL & SEX APPEAL (Story as told from Solomon’s perspective)
GUEST STARRING: JACK YOUNGBLOOD

Ever had someone tell you how much they love you? I’m not talking about soul mate kind of love that Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner had, I am talking about that I just met you, and I love you so much I want to cut your face off and wear it for a mask kind of love. Well that was my first encounter with a supernatural serial killer. I guess she had been killing for the better part of 100 plus years. Whatever kind of creature she was it was apparent that when I saved the young girl from her grasps I become the object of her affection…lucky me.

What made the WHOLE encounter even worse was when she killed me, and I did not die….twice. In her TWISTED soul she had found her eternal love. The months of cat and mouse that followed are kind of a blur. From London to L.A. I was the sole object of her attention. At least it kept her off other people…man my luck is horrible. I mean someday’s you are the dog, but I seem to ALWAYS be the hydrant.

It wasn’t until she cornered me in an abandon steel mill in the outskirts of town that our story came crashing to an end.
It’s always a laugh for me when I think of how vain longer lived beings are. I myself was like that when I was a child, and well you know what vanity did to me..anyways. I stood before her shirtless and bloody from our love tussle, and with a smile I used the two things I knew I had going for me as she speared me in to the wire trap I had placed before hand. Grasping and holding her tight as the tons and tons of twisted steel buried us in an eternal embrace…..not really took me about a week to dig myself out. God I do hope her ass is dead and squished.

GUEST STAR

STORY TITLE: (David Clay’s)
STARRING: David Clay

The world of spirits is a brittle and often dangerous place, and when a group of children go missing Solomon is once again united with a friend from days long past as they battle the elder spirit. Battling the Greater Spirit with David Solomon is forced to expose himself and his abilities on a much grander scale. The resulting exposure has forced him to take a more direct focus upon the city and his duties.

GUEST STAR REDUX

STORY TITLE:
STARRING:

SLEEPY

Solomon Castostrani

Dresden Files Accelerated: Emerald City: Requiem HumAnnoyd