I didn't see another thread like this (I probably missed it), but I'm beginning to plan for a new campaign and wanted to drop some of the more interesting characters I'd been working on here for others to use if they were interested. Anyone is free to post, but I'll probably be dropping a lot of the text myself to start with:
Sebastian the Gold: Explorator
(equivalent of a Rank 4 PC)
Sebastian Exploring the Mountains of Dreshnia
Overview: Sebastian is taciturn to the point of being mute, and he acts first then asks for permission later. He rarely outright lies, preferring to let his opponent draw their own (wrong) conclusions. While he will converse with others of technical mind, Sebastian prefers to let others do his initial negotiating and carousing.
Few Explorators make their mark in the Expanse under their own flag. Fewer still leave such a lasting impression while maintaining so many secrets.
Sebastian the Gold managed both.
His story began in earnest in 229 M41 when he left his work in the Caine Dynasty under hostile circumstances. This moment cemented his mistrust of Rogue Traders in general, but left a lasting impression of their power and vision. Those two polar views colored his work in the Expanse for the next two centuries.
What is known is that in 230 M41, Sebastian rose to command the One Eyed Cog, an Explorator ship of the Deimos class. Most notable aside from the Cog’s ancient drive cores and her fearsome plasma batteries was the Nova cannon mounted into the grin of her prow skull armor. While originally named after the Omnissaih, an encounter with Orks four centuries earlier left one side of the ship’s skull melted and deformed. Enginseers took this as a sign during the repair process, and left the damage visibly intact to better fill its namesake.
The One Eyed Cog was based over a burgeoning Forge Annex Khasis in the Expanse North and East of the God Emperor’s Scourge. Sebastian began using this as his base of operations as well, bringing back the lore and archeotech he uncovered in the Expanse to assist in turning the Annex into a true Forge World.
Over the course of the next decade, he built up a small but potent fleet of Mechanicus and Imperial ships centered around the Cog and the twin Sword-class frigates Hunter and Huntress. He used this fleet to search for more blessed archeotech to return to Khasis. While he discovered many treasures and works by highly skilled adepts during this period, his most potent discovery was of an STC fragment for compact plasma reaction chambers.
Though alone the fragment was unusable, it set in motion events that would bring his name in front of the Fabricator Marshals of the Calixis Sector.
He started in the Cult Mechanicus as an acolyte in a branch of the Calixian Mechanicus willing to do whatever it took to uncover new secrets to fight the Imperium’s enemies. They were zealots who explored the deepest and darkest recesses of ancient data vaults and sealed chambers in forgotten corners of Forge Worlds across the Calixis Sector. It was here that he first saw the power hidden in the past, and the difficulty in turning that power into practical objects that could be built on manufactorum lines under rigidly conservative Magii.
After crossing a powerful Fabricator Marshall who did not like seeing his production lines disrupted by new technologies, Sebastian’s organization was torn apart and either branded Hereteks or sent out into Explorator fleets where they would be far away from the daily production of the Calixis Sector.
Sebastian was one of the many attached to Mechanicus fleets fighting in the harshest conflicts, in the hopes that they would just be killed. It was in this fight, against Chaos heretics, that he was placed on Tobias Caine’s ship. As a branded Explorator, Sebastian was secretly delighted when the war ended and Caine’s misfortunes directed his ship out into the Koronus Expanse as a Rogue Trader vessel.
He felt at home until Caine betrayed him in 229 M41.
During the time period between 230 and 245 M41, Sebastian the Gold left the Rogue Trader controlled areas of the Expanse behind and made his name as a powerful Explorator willing to go to the edge of the charted void. After taking control of the One Eyed Cog in 236, He slowly found that he had access to resources, contacts, and information that made him a powerful friend and deadly enemy.
Rogue Traders who crossed him during this period came away either impressed or cowed. Sebastian helped those Imperial loyalists who were willing to work alongside him, but had developed a keen eye for Rogue Traders who planned to cross him in order to fill their own coffers or stoke their own egos.
Sebastian the Gold
Sebastian will always be found with a detail of at least 30 Skitarii soldiers and three Skitarii Tribunes. In any large dig, excavation, exploration, or surface expedition, he will be personally accompanied by hundreds of multi-task servitors, dozens of Rhinos, platoons of Skitarii Guards, and gun servitors.
The One Eyed Cog also carries more than a hundred thousand Skitarii guards, along with vehicles, officers, and supplies in case the expedition turns into a combat theater.
Sebastian is not afraid to use overwhelming force against a threat.
WS:37 BS:42 S:39 T:40 Ag:38 Int:57 Per:45 WP:42 Fel:37
Talents and Traits: Technical Knock, Stranger to the Cult, Sleight of Hand, Blessed Scars, Pistol Training, Basic Weapon Training, Melee Weapon Training, Hatred (Orks), Peer (Mechanicus), Mechadendrite Use, Mechanicus Implants, Logis Implant, Binary Chatter, Maglev Grace, The Flesh is Weak I
Skills: Awareness, Common Lore (Tech)+10, Common Lore (Machine Cult, Legend, Expanse), Drive (Ground Vehicle), Evaluate, Forbidden Lore (Archeotech, Adeptus Mechanicus) +20, Forbidden Lore (Xenos), Literacy, Logic, Navigation, Trade (Explorator, Technomat, Armorer), Security, Language (Explorator Binary, Low Gothic, Techna Lingua), Tech Use +20
Gear: Best Quality Bionic Arm (right arm), Multi-Key, Sacred Unguents, Servo Skull Familiar (Bolt Pistol attachment, Right side is modified into a Mechanicus Cog), Artificar Armor (Red, black, and gold, with images venerating the Cult Mechanicus forged into its plating)
Weapons: Best Craftsmanship Boltgun (customized with a gold frieze depicting the Omnissiah working at a Forge, creating a new world), with Hellfire Rounds, Kraken Rounds, and one clip of Dragonfire Rounds
Omnissiah’s Axe: The hilt of this weapon is sculpted to be a twisting timeline showing the allegory of the Adeptus Mechanicus defeating the Fallen Mechanicus
The One Eyed Cog: A mighty warship and proud flag bearer of the Cult Mechanicus. Anyone who looks at the Cog knows that they are dealing with a personal envoy of the Omnissiah.
Edited by CaptainRemiVandigrath, 02 November 2013 - 09:26 PM.