[The Hulk] Grace (the skinner)

edited February 2012 in Out-Of-Game

Grace the skinner

woman, display wear (black latex body-suit, spiffy lingerie, floor-length polarbear fur coat and a black glass mask), beautiful face, arresting (purple) eyes, steady hands, toned (dancer's) body

cool=0 hard=0 hot+2 sharp=0 weird+1

MOVES:
If you and another character have sex, choose one:
* You take +1 forward and so do they.
* You take +1 forward; tehy take -1.
* They must give you a gift worth at least 1-barter
* You can hypnotize them as thought you'd rolled a 10+, even if you haven't chosen to get the move.

Artful & gracious: when you perform your chosen art -- any act of expression or culture -- or when you put its product before an audience, roll+hot. on a 10+, spend 3. on a 7-9, spend 1. Spend 1 to name an NPC member of your audience and choose one:
* this person must meet me
* this person must have my services
* this person loves me
* this person must give me a gift
* this person admires my patron
On a miss, you gain no benefit, but suffer no harm or lost opportunity. you simply perform very well.

Hypnotic: when you have time and solitude with someone, they become fixated upon you. Roll+hot. On a 10+, hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 2. They can spend your hold, 1 for 1 by:
*giving you something you want
* acting as your eyes and ears
* fighting to protect you
* doing something you tell them to
For NPCs, while you have hold over them they can't act against you. For PCs, instead, any time you like you can spend your hold, 1 for 1:
* they distract themselves with the thought of you. They're acting under fire.
* they inspire themselves with the thought of you. They take +1 right now.
On a miss, they hold 2 over you, on the exact same terms.

CRAP:
oddments worth 1-barter
latex suit and hood, lingerie and casual attire - sweats and jeans and stuff
hidden knives (2-harm hand infinite)
long, gorgeous polar-bear coat (worn valuable)
Little Man, my hulk-spawned millipede

IMPROVEMENT
experience: (x)(x)(x)(x)()
___ get +1cool (max cool+2)
___ get +1cool (max cool+2)
___ get +1hard (max hard+2)
___ get +1sharp (max sharp+2)
___ get a new skinner move
___ get a new skinner move
___ get 2 gigs (detail) and moonlighting
___ get followers (detail) and fortunes
___ get a move from another playbook (Norman - faceless)
___ get a move from another playbook
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___ get +1 to any stat (max stat+3)
___ retire your character (to safety)
___ create a second character to play
___ change your character to a new type
___ choose 3 basic moves and advance them. ()
___ advance the other 4 basic moves. ()
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Comments

  • edited February 2012
    Posted By: Michael LoyI suggest starting a thread and reserving a few posts at the top, so we can hash out possibilities.
    OK, then! And yeah, as I worked through creating the character as the skinner instead, it came together just fine. It just means starting play earlier in the character's development than I'd been envisioning.

    Ideas and questions, some of which are dependent on other ideas, so none of this is stuff I'm trying to commit to:

    Is one of the Hulk's black bugs available as a skinner's pet?

    I'm considering the character's relationship to her black-glass mask (which may not even exist yet, but if it doesn't, it's weird to plan for it)...where does it come from?

    Are there reasonable options that place this character in Guntown as a hanger-on of the Republican presence? (Not yet knowing what's happening with/to the republicans, makes that a wiggly question.)
  • Yeah, the mask is just part of her weird fashion. Hooking it into brain-opening works OK but I was thinking of tying that to the pet. But anyway, things are flexible and I have options. And I'm not married to being disfigured, that just seemed like a natural faceless explanation/feature.

    Can I have a two-meter long, eight centimeter wide milipede-like thing? How "alive" are these creatures of the hulk? Does it eat? Are there others around? Did it seek me out for some unscrutable purpose or did some deep-scavenger client of mine give it to me as a gift?

    I'm not attached to being a Republican thing. It seemed like a way to explain why I haven't been part of the story we've been playing in this fairly small community thus far. Springing my Hx options onto the other PCs seems a little weird, oh yeah, that's right, I have this lover over here that we've never mentioned but not unworkable. Some of them could be very recently made true, for one.

    How long has it been in-game since we started playing? How long have the Republicans been here?
  • You other players, what do you imagine your character's level of exposure is to the world's greatest exotic dancer and prostitute? I need to think about who might be friends/lovers/in love with Grace
  • Black like this, not all brown and red like the ones in my basement:

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    I think that by keeping this thing fairly small around, it doesn't strain credulity too much, In real life, the biggest millipedes are like this:

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    And they do this iconic spiral to protect their moving parts when they decide they're in danger:

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    And yeah, I was imagining wearing it like a stripper with a python and maybe having it crawl around on my clients if their tastes run that way.

    Even if we decide that I'm a local, I could have been entertaining Brega or another of the Republicans.
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  • edited February 2012
    I think that Grace is maybe sixteen and a local to Guntown. Her father's a Gunner -- you tell me who's old enough that that makes sense or I can make a name up. I'm pretty sure we don't have all the Gunners named, right? And her mother was an entertainer in her youth but now she fabricates and alters garments and also teaches a little school in the skirts.

    Grace surely entertains members of the power structure when they have a little extra jingle. And when that happens, they do kind of fall under her spell. So, there's some connection to whichever of them would indulge in entertainment. Because she's emotionally stunted (who wouldn't be, right?) she's motivated by jingle and so she has cultivated a relationship with Crine. What does he want out of Grace? What kind of pretending goes on there?

    Grace does sexy-dancing at a bar where synthetic alcohol is served. The place is made of pallets and old metal struts, all draped over with oilcloth, felt and furs. Occasionally shit gets violent there, but the policy of the bouncers is to beat trouble-makers silly so that mostly keeps the rowdies in line. There's a little jingle that comes from dancing here, but it's more important as a source of contacts for people who want more intimate entertainment -- that's where the real jingle lies.

    If in love can be interpreted a little liberally, it's possible that Setter's the best fit. Maybe we were neighbors and she's sort of taken care of me and my family for years and years -- my whole life, literally! She could easily feel something like love toward me, I'd think.

    And if Pulse and I have been lovers in the past, even if it hasn't been these past couple of months, that could still apply. If not Pulse in the past, then Ronnie in the recent times?

    Is Lemma my friend; following the fancy clothes aspect through me to my mom, maybe?
  • [Pulse]

    Hottie motivated by Jingle? Who dances in the club? I would definitely drop some jingle in places like that, maybe it started as a professional relationship then started to become a little more than that.... some time ago... it's a nice thing if there's a "what might have been" feeling there, i think.
  • Regal's perfect. Grace' mom is called Pebbles and yeah, she's with Regal. The bar is called Skin. It's weird when Regal stops in at Skin with his buddies.
  • edited February 2012
  • I do live with my folks. No reason to move out, right? If they have a couple more kids, then I'll take off, just to make room. But right now, I contribute as much as dad does to the family.

    Yeah, OK, Crumble. We fuck. That's how I think of it even though it's become a lot more than that, with social engagements and the like. He's kind of been making waves -- and it's clear that he kind of wants me to be his and his alone. Only that's not really a safe place for me and I'm not his fucking property. So we've got this network of half-lies built up and I assume we both know that's all it is. He knows I work; dancing -- to keep the rabble happy. But we pretend that I'm not fucking anyone else. For some reason that would be unseemly! He pays well, but a girl can bring in a lot more cash than he's willing to chuck away and I figure with my own talents, I could have as much jingle as he does if that's what I want and we give it some time. Anyway, I'm not available to be owned and he'll have to get used to that.

    It's clear though, that he does like things much better now that I'm not simply charging him for my services. I spend time with him -- in social company and in bed, and he gives me a lot of gifts. It's edging closer to the dangerous relationship he wants -- it helps him maintain the illusion, and the gifts he gives me are nicer than the jingle he used to pay.
    Posted By: Max Bshe tried to volunteer for Lemma's experiment, and Lemma talked her out of it?
    What does the experiment entail? I mean, I know some of the stuff, but does it always mean throwing the person into the maelstrom and taking notes? I'd dig it better if maybe I did participate but it worked out OK. Maybe it was something of a surprise to you, even?
  • Sure. That's all good.
  • edited February 2012
  • Or maybe I graduated from random trader to friend because I came back.

    I came back with help from something on the other side. A human? A system of the hulk that I convinced or hynotized or something. And when I came back, that's when Lemma's millipede went nuts. It was a fairly boring curiosity in a big glass enclosure, but it perked right up and started doing everything it could to get at me. Or something?
  • Things have been tight, but once I discovered that the Republicans have more cash than the locals, I've been hanging around them more often than not. Several of them have discovered what fine company I am. I expect that Bregga's a more likely customer than Dremmer so I've probably focused on that end of things. Maybe I was with her last night? Maybe someone else? Given the rocky nature of how things have played out, I'm also interested in Regal's health and safety.

    I'm motivated by cash, for sure, but also, I get to hang with interesting people -- movers and shakers. I'm more likely to take clients that expose the interesting parts of their world to me. Who's been willing to do that?
  • edited February 2012
    Posted By: Michael Loyat least one unidentified person was getting gang-raped during all of that, and neither Lemma nor Setter did anything immediate about it, so yeah, you've got a whole 'nother extreme of involvement there.
    Something like that sounds great. I mean, not exactly great but I'm finding that I don't know Grace very well and I'm having a tough time getting started without much of an internal dialog. Being a recent victim of traumatic abuse would point me in a direction.

    So yeah, let's say that I spent last night in Bregga's tent and slept in. When did the fire happen? When did it degenerate into battle? And how did I get dragged into things?

    I think that not using her strange, foreign drugs that may or may not be easy to find once she's gone sounds like a solid plan, so let's say I didn't really smoke with her even if I was around it quite a bit. I think I'm calculating; not like afraid of mind-altering recreation, but too cautious to lightly fuck up my vision of a bright future. I'm sure I see plenty of addicts of whatever kind so I'm familiar with it as a threat.
  • edited February 2012
    Yeah, that's good. The two guys I was entertaining (distracting from their jobs, I suppose) probably got killed because they weren't paying attention. So not only am I in quite a pickle and roughed up pretty bad, but I'm also guilty of getting people killed.

    Oh the humanity!
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