What defines us is how well we rise after falling.
Knight of Dogwood
Black with Blue
The Taniguchi Clan were the Dukes of the Western Marches of Dogwood during the last war with Vesper, but a scandal had their titles and lands taken from them. Zelda Taniguchi’s father would win their place back into the nobility as a Knight and she has inherited that title. Now it’s on her to continue the climb back to greatness.
Puma Paladin of the Western Front
As part of Dogwood’s nobility, Lady Zelda is a robot jock for a now obsolete chassis called the ‘Puma’ due to its cat-like styling. Her estate is located on the western fringes of Dogwood, where some of the heaviest incursions from D-Bees come out of the Appalachian mountains.
Invoke: Zelda can Invoke her High Concept to pilot her Puma, to use her influence as a Lady of Dogwood, or in matters regarding her home territory.
Compel: Being a Lady of Dogwood comes with duties and responsibilities. Not only to those above her but also those that owe her allegiance.
Fallen From Grace
Before the last war with Vesper, the Taniguchi family was once much, much more influential. In fact, Zelda’s grandfather held the title of Duke of the Western Reaches. The scandal that cost the family their title is still talked about in the political circles of Dogwood, often as a cautionary tale. Zelda’s father won their place back into the nobility in the Tournament, and restoring honor to the family name is a task that has now fallen to her.
Invoke: To call on contacts sympathetic to her house from before its fall.
Compel: Zelda can be compelled to do what will gain her family honor in the eyes of Dogwood. Even if it’s not what she wants to do.
Would It Help If I got Out And Pushed?
Dogwood Knights are notable by their power armor, and it’s not unusual to have it handed down from parent to child. The Taniguchi Puma however, is ancient and the model is discontinued. Keeping it running these days is as much art as science.
Invoke: To get the Puma to work, even in the absence of proper parts or tools.
Compel: To have one of the Puma’s systems break down.
Zelda spends most of her time defending the estate or patrolling their section of the Western front, leaving her younger sibling to manage the affairs there. Mind you, they’re not always happy about shouldering all the work.
Invoke: To have some important detail taken care of by Zelda’s sibling.
Compel: To attend to matters of the estate the can’t be taken care of by an intermediary. To come to the aid of her sibling or those under her protection. To have her sibling be resentful of doing all the grunt work.
Major Gateway: RPA Elite - Puma (Cost 2)
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: Override (Cost 0)
When using the favored chassis, you may accept a 2 stress hit in order to reactivate a system that has been shut down for the duration of a single exchange. Only one system per exchange may be reactivated in this fashion.
Perk: Bullrush (Cost 0)
When using the favored chassis, you may accept stress equal to the value of an obstacle between zones in order to Overcome it without a roll. This damage is mitigated by armor as normal. The obstacle must be one the chassis is capable of bypassing. For example, no bypassing yawning chasms in non-flight capable armor in this fashion.
PMA - 45A2P Puma (Cost 4)
Armor 2, Weapon 2 unarmed fight attacks, +2 physique for overcome actions requiring strength
Cat’s Gaze Rapid Pulse Ion Cannon: Weapon 5, Spray
Macro-Canon Charging Systems: +2 Shoot against large (monster sized) targets with the Ion Cannon when an aspect such as ‘Overcharged Weaponry’ is on the Puma.
Terrain Mapping LIDAR Systems: Notice 2 / Shoot 2
Anti-Assault Missile System: Weapon 3, Blast
-- Front Legs
Stability Enhancement Systems: +2 to Drive when moving over rough, uneven or loose terrain
-- Back Legs
Speed Boost: +2 to Drive when moving at high speeds.
Grease Monkey (Cost 1)
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.
Another trip to the most likely location for the new Guild House Trents factory and Zelda decides to up the stakes in the negotions - to both Jerichos and Natsuki's discomfit.