"I only maimed him. There's a difference."
Mercenary Glitterboy Pilot
105 (looks 35)
Kaius Mars was born to House Mars of Dogwood, just over one hundred years ago. House Mars was a little more militant that some of the other noble Houses, and its sons and daughters invariably ended up in the military. Their most prized possession was a Glitterboy mech, passed down from generation to generation... Rumour had it that the mech predated the coming of the Rifts, and the fall of the Golden Age.
Kaius... was their last son.
The Hinterlands War claimed the lives of his siblings, leaving him the sole surviving heir -- and he carried on the traditions of his family with pride. Mars served with distinction in the bitter war between Dogwood and Vesper; he lost many friends on the battlefield -- such as Galan Gallerhorn -- and ventured far into demon-ridden territory in his Glitterboy armour.
It all changed when storming a facility -- a Golden Age facility -- lost amid the many ruins in Old Richmond. Mars took point, going in without his mech (as it was much too big). Unfortunately, it was overrun with feral psi-stalkers. Mars fled into a strange chamber...
It was a lab devoted to cryo-stasis, and Mars had walked right into one of the stasis pods. He slept... for seventy years. When he finally awoke -- found by scientists from Dogwood -- he found the world had drastically changed. His House was gone -- their holdings absorbed by other Houses, as the heir of Mars was deemed 'K.I.A.'. His family, friends... all dead. All he had left in the world were the clothes on his back, the handcannon on his hip, and the mech he had left outside the facility.
Kaius took the blow standing up, so to speak. He found work with the Black Suns mercenaries, and purposed to connect the dots between the Past and Present, and maybe get back some of the things he had lost...
Defrosted Glitterboy Pilot
Mars used to be a battlemech pilot for Dogwood, more than seventy years ago. A bit of a 'grunt', he prefers to let action speak for him rather than words, and is loyal to the king of Dogwood, and his employers. He maintains his Glitterboy meticulously, as it has been handed down throughout his family and is his only real possession now.
Invoke: whenever called upon to act in service to his king and House, or when employing his skills as a mech-pilot, or when faced with an opportunity to improve a situation or resolve a conflict with his fists rather than lengthy discussion.
Compel: whenever loyalty to Dogwood and his House bites him in the ass, when he kept from using his mech (Glitterboys are bulky), or his penchant for fighting gets him into trouble rather than out of it.
Rip Van Mars
Mars has been 'asleep' in cryo-stasis for some time, and a lot has changed. His House no longer exists (he was the last heir, and he disappeared) and he is more or less destitute. Mars has missed a lot.
Invoke: whenever his knowledge of history comes into play, or his experiences enhance the development of cryo-stasis research, or he meets people still very much at odds with Vesper (due to the Hinterlands War 70 years ago).
Compel: whenever he is reminded of what he has missed, what he has lost, how much the world has changed, when faced with foes pretending to be friends (to him or his House), when having to play catch-up. The Hinterlands War is long over -- but for Kaius Mars... it has barely just ended.
Boom Gun First, Questions Later
Mars always fancied himself a crack-shot with a pistol (or his mech's 'boom gun'); he likes situations that allow him to solve problems with his gun. He also likes being the first one into the fire, so to speak - dungeon-delving, castle-storming, etc... although this often means he is the first into trouble, or ends up causing it.
Invoke: whenever a 'preemptive strike' is called for, or he has a chance to 'take point' in a dire situation, or thinks he can resolve something with a gunslinging contest
Compel: whenever words are called for, rather than blasters, whenever 'diving right into trouble' results in... more trouble, whenever he has to 'play nice' and would rather fight.
Soldier of Fortune
Mars' only way toward earning his House back, nobility status etc was to find employment elsewhere in Dogwood -- which he did -- and hopefully prove himself to the king. He joined the Black Sun Mercenaries, and enjoys both their resources and perks, and adheres to their code of ethics (which is not very strict).
Invoke: whenever acting in the authority of his role as a Black Sun, earning notoriety among either allies they've impressed, or enemies they've cowed... whenever given an opportunity to make some fortune through fighting.
Compel: whenever his responsibilities, orders and position work against him, earning him disfavour with others, or conflict with what he wants to do... whenever he encounters rivals or enemies of the Suns, or people who do not appreciate mercenaries, or he has to choose between his merc status and the traditions of his House...
RPA Elite - Glitterboy Legacy Pilot
You have specialized training in a particular class of robotic vehicle or powered armor as well as more generalized training in their operation. You might have gotten this in the military of a kingdom. city state or corporate military. You may be a legacy pilot, someone whose armor or robot has been passed down in the family. Whatever the case, you’re a damn good pilot.
Perk - Quick Step
When using the favored chassis (Glitterboy), you may move two zones at vehicular speeds instead of one normal.
Perk - Alpha Strike
When using the favored chassis (Glitterboy), you may accept a negative aspect on his vehicle such as ‘overheated’ or ‘in the open’ in order to inflict an additional 2 stress hit to the target of his attack.
The Glitter Boy is a walking tank. It mounts incredibly thick, dense laser resistant armor that is a relic of the Golden Age and its sole weapon is a cannon of sufficient power to bowl the armor over if it isn’t anchored to the ground when fired. Its combat ethos is simple and brutal: use big guns and superior armor to win the day.
Stunt: Grease Monkey
You know your bot or armor like no other, and you know how to get it working again very efficiently. When repairing your favored chassis personally, you may clear an extra 3 stress worth of damage off your vehicle per Craft roll. This does mean, no matter how bad the rolling, that you can eventually scrounge and jury rig your kit back to life.
Stunt: Quick on the Draw
You can use Shoot instead of Notice to determine turn order in any physical conflict where shooting quickly would be useful.
Someone decides to try putting a couple of opposing patrols from Vesper and Dogwood to the test.
Two old soldiers come to the Taniguchis looking for work... and hats. They already have a heart and some courage. Maybe it's the brain they're missing...