Daily Archives: February 15, 2009

Roleplaying Character Crossover Meme

I got this from Sabe.

Step 1: List 10 of your characters.
Step 2: Answer these questions!

I had a hard time coming up with a good list of characters, since I tend to GM, and play lots of one-shots. I was able to come up with the full list. Most of these were played for an extended time. Some of them were only a few sessions. Zagnamenon was only one, but he was flavorful enough and I might play him again.

Victoria was from the Blazing Rose Archer Investigations game, I don’t have her character sheet anymore so I don’t recall her last name. Sabe’s character number #2, Elias Grey.

1: Salvatore Jones (Rainbow Wizard, D&D)
2: Desiree Atwood (Undead Chronically Depressed Mad Scientist, Deadlands)
3: Victoria (Vampire Paranormal Investigator, Blazing Rose)
4: Gaston Lotridge (Evil Wizard with a Heart of Gold, Fantasy Hero)
5: Sayonarra (Post Apocalypse Militia Officer, True 20)
6: Inarra, Queen of Bataria (Harsh but Awesome Queen, In a Wicked Age)
7: Tiffany Rochester (Filthy Rich Industry Heiress Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
8: Prince Zagnamenon (Hedonist Conjurer Prince, In a Wicked Age)
9: Therese Beloit (Nigh-Immortal Nymphomaniac Sorceress, Deadlands)
10: Beowulf (Troll Mystic Warrior with a Sense of Honor, Shadowrun)

Four invites Three and Eight to dinner at their house. What happens?

Gaston would be a nervous wreck setting up the dinner, having a beautiful investigator and a handsome and powerful prince over at his humble abode. When I last left Gaston he was a mercenary, living in tents and camps, so I think for entertaining guests he’d pay to get a nice room at an inn nearby.

Dinner might be interesting, with Victoria on the verge of discovering Gaston’s dark secrets, and Zagnamenon unintentionally providing distractions by trying to make everyone have a good time- if you’re going to invite someone on the list to a social event, he’s a great choice. I think the dinner would be enjoyable for all involved, but Victoria would leave knowing something wasn’t quite right about that Gaston Lotridge.

Nine tries to get Five to go to a strip club. How?

Therese would probably be willing to go to a (male) strip club, and Sayonarra, while not exactly Puritan, would probably be reluctant to do so. In the end though, Therese is very persuasive, and Sayonarra would likely go just to see what the fuss was about.

You need to stay at a friend’s house for the night. Who do you choose, One or Six?

Salvatore Jones was a wandering wizard, who practiced rainbow magic. Queen Inarra was a brutal tyrant queen who rules with a iron fist. While the Queen’s palace is probably better digs, I’d be too worried about getting caught up in an assassination plot, coup-attempt, or court-positioning and losing my head. Salvatore’s dwellings might be more modest, but he’d be the perfect gentleman, and have some smashing fashion advice.

Three falls in love with Six, Eight is jealous. What happens?

Victoria was previously madly in love with Alexandra Archer, so this doesn’t terribly surprise me that she’d be attracted to a powerful, forward woman. Victoria doesn’t exactly seem like Zagnamenon’s type, but I can see him falling for Inarra as well, and seeing a tempestuous love triangle, as the Tyrant Queen finds herself in a Blood and Sex story, torn between the exotic vampire sapphist and the charming Prince Zagnamenon. Inarra would probably want to have it both ways, and I imagine any story with two In a Wicked Age characters and a Tragic Blazing Rose character would end in heartbreak and blood, but in a way no one could predict.

Four jumps you in a dark alleyway. Who comes to your rescue, Ten, Two or Seven?

Why is Gaston jumping me in a dark alleyway? Who knows? Maybe he’s desperate for body parts for a necromantic experiment, and is really torn up about the whole thing. He’s not that great in a fight, but if he gets a good knife hit in on a normal dude, he could probably be his own Igor.

I think Tiffany Rochester and Beowulf would simultaneously come to my aid. The first is a Vampire Slayer- patrolling the big bad streets, looking for evil is her calling. The later is a career criminal with a secret drive to be a superhero, so he occasionally patrols the big bad streets looking for evil. While he’s got a number of supernatural tricks up his sleeve, against an accomplished Slayer and a troll with mystic kung fu, he’d be toast.

One decides to start a cooking show. Fifteen minutes later, what is happening?

Not a bad choice. I think Salvatore would be a decent cook. He’d also have a celebrity guest.

“Welcome to Cooking with Sparkles, I’m your host, Salvatore Jones. Today, I’ll be making my famous rainbow soufflé. With me today, is my special guest co-host, Oscar Wilde.”

Three has to marry either Eight, Four or Nine. Whom do they choose?

Victoria has the following suitors to choose from: Gaston Lotridge, Prince Zagnamenon, or Therese Beloit. She had a lovely dinner with Prince Zagnamenon, and has Gaston to thank for that, even if he’s a bit of a creep. She’d probably be most attracted to the beautiful and mysterious Therese, but would those feelings be reciprocated?

Seven kidnaps Two and demands something from Five for Two’s release. What is it?

The slayer Tiffany has kidnapped Desiree Atwood! No doubt Tiffany has discovered Desiree’s undead nature, but has heard tales of her doing. Is Desiree Atwood working on the side of good or evil? She requires that Sayonarra go find her former patron the Prospector, and find out the truth of where Desiree’s loyalties lie.

Everyone gangs up on Three, does Three have a chance in hell?

Nope. While she’s a vampire, and can whoop some ass when she’s in a vampiric frenzy, she’s not an accomplished fighter and there’s a number of powerful warriors and magicians amongst the opposition.

Everyone is invited to Two and Ten’s wedding, except for Eight. How do they react?

Desiree and Beowulf are getting married! How romantic. One’s a would-be knight-in-shining-armor, the other’s a chronically depressed wandering do-gooder. I don’t think they’d be a very good match. They both have similar goals, so might get along well. And things might be physically tough- he’s a big big troll, and she got spatially twisted and is a much smaller than normal woman. But hey, she’s crazy, so maybe she’s madly in love.

But the dashing Prince Zagnamenon isn’t invited! What a stinging insult. Prince Zagnamenon would have to crash this wedding, and crash it in style, bringing a fantastic gift for the married couple that would put all other gifts to shame, and then fly away on some sort of magic carpet or tamed roc.

Why is Six afraid of Seven?

Inarra does not lightly admit fear, but she recognizes suitable precautions. The Slayer Tiffany Rochester is a potential rogue element, a foil to her plans, and a dangerous rival- and easily more than her match in combat. The Tyrant Queen of Bataria is wary for figures such as this, for they could spell death for her and ruin for her kingdom.

One arrives late for Two and Ten’s wedding. What happens and why were they late?

Clearly, Salvatore found out about Zagnamenon’s nefarious plot to crash the wedding, and goes on a side quest to get an even more suitable gift. He arrives just as the smoke bombs clear, and the conjurer and illusionist face off against each other, in a magical duel of splendid gift-giving. One thing is for certain: whoever wins, it will be an awesome sight.

Five and Nine get roaring drunk and end up in your house. What happens?

Therese tries to seduce my boyfriend. She’d probably try to do that sober. Sayonarra is normally a bit brash but fairly level headed, and can probably hold her liquor well, and probably keeps her in line. Sayonarra is probably just amazed at the working technologies of this age.

Nine murders Two’s best friend. What does Two do to get back at them?

Desiree’s best friend in the world is Nigel Rhodes, man of adventure, also undead. While Therese knows the value of undead allies, she also knows their risks. If she thought Nigel had gone rogue, she’d be willing to take him out. She’s sneaky enough to get away with it. Chances are Desiree never finds out. She’s also supernaturally absentminded- eventually, in her foggy depression, she’d forget all about Nigel.

Six and One are in mortal danger, only one of them can survive. Does Six save herself or One?

Inarra, Tyrant Queen of Bataria, values her life and power above all else. Salvatore is a foolish pawn worthy only to be sacrificed to dark implacable gods. I think it’s clear who’s getting out of here alive.

Two and Three go camping. For some reason they forget to bring any food. What do they do?

Desiree is undead, and doesn’t have to eat. Victoria’s a vampire, so she feeds on people. She doesn’t mention it, but waits it out hungry as long as she can, and maybe heads back to town a night or two early so she can get to the blood bank. (It was never really defined how often Victoria needed to feed. Who knows, maybe she could go for a short camping trip without worrying about food.)