Earlier this year I was involved in a New Crobuzon campaign using the
Amber rules that inspired me to start writing up the setting for Hero. If ever
there were a book series that was ideal for a roleplaying setting - it would be
New Crobuzon (even more so than Lord of the Rings). Here are our characters
from that game-
A Gentleman Vampire who's safe haven
appears to be a Gentleman's Club (in the Victorian sense) but is actually the
home base for several vampires, including his master and his rival. He has all
the traditional vampire abilites, and , unlike every other character,
My character, Garett met Mordred (and most of the others) while
attempting to steal a book on weather control for The Khepri.
Okay - this one's not an original character
at all, and I'm kinda ashamed he was mine. Straight out of Thief 2, including
the arrows and the mechanical eye. But I can't help it - I like thieves, and
this guy is the best.
A homeless beggar and supplicant to
one of the many churches in New Crobuzon. This unfortunate fellow was probably
caught in a Torque storm at some time. He has high levels of regeneration - but
this is offset by his constantly opening and closing wounds. He is unstuck in
time and occasionally in his less-lucid moments can give out vital information.
He can teleport and has been known to manipulate time - ie if there is a
staircase built in a building in the future, he can climb it in the present.
Brother Cyclops is hunted by one of the most skilled Biothaumaturges in the
city for various reasons.
He's an ex-Militia captain who has been
grafted to some kind of magical artifact - or was wearing one while he was
caught in some kind of Torque event. The Shadowcloak could even be a Grindylow
item. It allows the manipulation of shadows and the use of them for transport.
He was also the main reason we had a series of demon-possessed hunting us. He
has no memory of who he is or why they may be after him, he just appeared on
the streets - naked except for his cloak.
The Khepri in our group was a secondhand
bookseller who operated out of a cart/trailer that was hauled around the city
by her bodyguard/servant - a Remade centaur type (I think they used Bull
parts). The Khepri herself is a Remade, but has been able to hid the fact that
the Biothaumaturges had put her head on a male's body. She could infact speak,
but always hid this skill. Eventually she made a deal with the Biothaumaturge
who was hunting Brother Cyclops (because he found him an ideal experiment
subject) and have her head placed back on a Khepri body.
We never knew
where either body was procured from.
This Khepri often employed my
character, Garett for various things.
A freelance reporter for the independant (and
illegal) Runnagate Rampant. He was the main investigator in one of the subplots
about the building of a navy to go to war with the Grindylow (Our game was set
sometime between the first and second books). His apartment was often used as a
safe house by us, until we started needing protection as well, and we moved to
Mordred's club. This reporter, however had uncanny abilities to persuade others
and coerce them into doing things.