[MH} Holly the Hollow

edited July 2012 in Out-Of-Game
THE HOLLOW

Holly Hobbie Bay Ellis


Holly is a lonely girl who dresses in a hand-me-down black turtleneck, cargo pants with small paperback books stuffed in the pockets and a big oversized coat. She watches the world with vacant eyes and often seems to be just a step behind everyone else.

Hot 1, Cold 2*, Volatile 2*, Dark 0
* - highlighted for season two, session three

Harm:1

MOVES:
A Blank Canvas
When you take an action that embodies one of the Conditions that you have, and you allow that Condition to influence your sense of self, cross it off and add 1 to your roll

Better Than Nothing
When you gain a Condition, mark experience.

Hex Casting
You can cast Hexes. Choose two that you know. To cast them, either expend a sympathetic token during a secret ritual, or meet the target’s gaze and chant at them in tongues. Then roll with dark. On a 10 up, the Hex works,
and can easily be reversed. On a 7-9, it works but choose one:
- the casting does you 1 harm;
- the Hex has unexpected side effects;
- trigger your Darkest Self.

(Hexes)
Binding - The person cannot physically harm others.
Illusions - Picked demonic visages. The hexed sees that thing everywhere. You have no control over the exact images or manifestations

Bought Loyalty
You can give an NPC a String against you to add 2 to your manipulate an NPC roll against them. (You can only choose to do so before rolling.)

Metamorphosis
When you gaze into the abyss, add this option to the 10 up list: the visions show what you must become, and you can permanently switch two of your stats
(in session 3, Holly switched Cold and Dark stats)

Inhuman Gaze
When you shut someone down, roll with Dark.

Make Others Feel Beautiful
When you make others feel beautiful, roll with hot. On a 10 up, choose two:
* they carry 1 forward;
* they remove a Condition;
* they mark experience;
* you carry 1 forward.
On a 7-9, you can offer them an experience point to do what you want.

Intervene Against an Act of Violence
When you intervene against an act of violence, roll with volatile. On a 10 up, choose one:
* they take -2 to their roll (NPCs either act at a Disadvantage or fail entirely);
* deal harm to them;
* give them a Condition.
On a 7-9, they choose
* take -2 to their roll (NPCs either act at a Disadvantage or fail entirely);
* target you with the violence instead.

The New Order
When you learn to meet one of your needs within human society rather than within your family, mark experience.
When others help you fit in better with human society, they mark experience.
For the purpose of this move, "your family" means... the dolls Holly carries around, her fascination-obsession with Renna, talking to Diary, remaining an outcast.

Sex Move (after Nyx)
When you lie naked with another, you can ask them for a promise. If they refuse, take 2 Strings on them. After having sex with someone, replace your current sex move with theirs, adding this sentence to the end of it.

Darkest Self
Your body is a prison. You don’t belong inside of it. You need to put it in harm’s way, and make it suffer, just like it’s made you suffer. There’s got to be a way to cut yourself out of it. You need to meet your makers, and hold them accountable for what they've done to you. To escape your Darkest Self, you must come face to face with someone who feels more trapped than you do.

Conditions
blamed (given by Teddy)

Previous Conditions:
Codependent (Riley called her weak for not breaking up with/ hating Nyx for cheating on her)
Drained (gained when she asked Diary about the haunted house and the Fairy King)

Naive (Ashley spent a string to call her naive about taking Winter to the dance) marked off when Holly used Blank Canvas to make out with Winter
Drained (from gazing into the Abyss about Renna and how Holly fits in the world)
Terrified (3 girls cornering her at her locker at school)marked off when speaking with Teddy (she used Move Hungry Ghost)
Hungry for Sex with Myrii(Sex Move result) marked off during Blank Canvas to get Myrii involved her losing her virginity
Teddy Ellis' friend (Teddy spent a string to give it)
Hungry for Sex with Ashley (Sex Move result)
No good for Ashley (Teddy gave it when Holly Shut Her Down)
Terrified (gained when she tried to break her arm with Liam)
Ashley is Mine! (Ashley spent a string while they made out)
Hollow (Teddy gave it when she shut Holly down)
Hungry for Sex with Teddy Ellis (Teddy spent a string on it)
Drained (from gazing into the Abyss about Mr. Lange)
Liar (given by Teddy)
Unwanted (given by Teddy)
Loser (given by Mikaela)
Terrified (gained when Mikaela intimidated her)


Some more details:
Holly was Renna's best friend. They were inseparable. But Renna was very sick. One night, Renna wished on a falling star that Holly would come to life. And she did. Holly and Renna played together every day. Holly stayed at the hospital with Renna. At night when Renna was sad and crying, Holly would read her books. They looked out of the hospital room window at the stars together and wish on falling stars that Renna would get better. But one morning Renna didn't wake up and Holly was left alone.
Holly had never been without Renna in her whole life and she didn't understand why Renna went somewhere without her. The people at the hospital told her she needed to go, but Holly didn't know where to go. Some people took her to an office and then they gave her to a new family, the Bays. She has two brothers and a older sister. They don't like to play like Renna. They don't act like Renna, they are mean to Holly. So Holly spends time in her new home with her Renna friends: Barbie, Ken and Badtzmaru. But they don't talk back, they're just dolls. Holly's new family told her she had to go to school, so she did. She really wants to find someone like Renna.
After a year of suffering and torment, Holly told on the Bays and the police took her out of their house. Now, she is living in a new home, with her friend Teddy Ellis and her mom Peggy.

Comments

  • edited September 2012
    Holly's Background
    From the time when Renna was three until she was six, Holly Hobbie was a doll.


    When she was a doll, she wasn't alive. But Renna wished on a falling star two years ago and Holly came alive as a fifteen year old girl. She grew in size, her clothes grew with her, too. Holly took her first breath. Holly loved Renna because Renna was her whole world. Holly knew how to talk, how to walk and dance and even sing. She knew almost all the things Renna knew because she was born from the little girl's wish, her hopes. Holly doesn't realize it, but she is a living descendant of Renna, the wish fulfilled.

    At the hospital, the sudden appearance of a teenage girl caused quite a stir, but Renna told everone Holly was her older sister and Holly played along with the lying game. Since Renna was so sick, the nurses looked the other way. Holly brought Renna joy in her final days, they were the best of friends. Renna died ten days after Holly's first birthday. The staff of the hospital wasn't sure what to do with her older sister. Renna's mother came when she died and told the staff she had no idea who Holly was. Her mother nearly pressed charges, so to cover it up, the administrators got rid of Holly.

    Holly was sent to social services and she went, because she had no idea what else to do. She was assigned to a foster home, the Bays. She had parents and an older sister and two younger brothers, they were all natural kids of the Bays, she was the only foster child. Holly was excited to meet all of them, but it turned out they weren't very excited to meet her. Her sister Trish, a year older, told her she was stupid and ugly. Her brothers, Nolan and Liam, fraternal twins a year younger, were rough with her. They played pranks on her, taking her outside and then leaving her lost in the woods, telling her that their parents were dead and watching her cry. They finally got bored with torturing her and she avoids them when she can.

    Holly sleeps in the cold, cold basement room that smells of must and mold on a simple mattress and the same set of sheets that she washes herself. She wears the Goodwill clothes her father picks up for her from time to time. She eats fast food leftovers and whatever she can pick from a nearby garden without getting caught. Holly loves, loves, loves books. She prefers the books she read with Renna, but she will read most anything. She is always carrying a couple books around, usually classics in paperback form, stuff she finds or checks out of the local library.

    Holly is incredible at math and science. Anything where there are rules, she is very good at understanding the rules. When she is faced with poetry or subjects requiring interpretation or inspiration, she is completely lost. The school psychologist hasn't decided if she has asberger's or if she is some kind of idiot savant. Most kids think Holly is slow because she listens for so long that she often forgets to speak. When she does speak, it's with simple words and childlike, so the self-important teens mock her. Which, of course, means she talks less and less.

    She's quite pretty, so a few of the geeks have considered asking her out, figuring the social stygma wouldn't hurt their clout any worse, right? None of them have gotten up the courage to even talk to her more than a couple times, and staring at her doesn't really set off any warning bells for Holly. It's entirely possible that some jock might ask her out just to see if he can get in her pants. Which is likely, since she's not even aware of her own sexuality.
  • edited January 2015

    ADVANCEMENT
    X Take another Hollow move
    X Take another Hollow move
    X Take a move from another Skin
    X Take a move from another Skin
    X You’ve found your Hollow Siblings
    X Add 1 to Hot (max 3)
    X Add 1 to Cold (max 3)
    X Add 1 to Volatile (max 3)
    X Add 1 to Dark (max 3)
    X Took Growing Up Advance (2 Moves) at end of Season 1

    X Add 1 to Hot (max 3)
    X Take a move from another Skin


    XP TRACKING
    XP Earned :
    (X) (X) (X) (X) (>)

    (64 total earned, 12 advances taken)
    36 XP Earned in Season One
    (Season/Session/Scene):
    Season 1, Session 1: (8)
    1/1/1 - Failed to turn on her 15 year old foster brother Liam when he pulled down her pants (Hot was highlighted), 1/1/2 - Successfully Turned Teddy On (Hot was highlighted), 1/1/2 - Teddy gave Holly the Liar Condition, so she got an XP through Better Than Nothing, 1/1/3 - Turned Hunter On (Hot was highlighted), 1/1/4 - Failed to Manipulate Trish to help her (Hot was highlighted), 1/1/4 - Mikaela gave Holly the Loser Condition, so she got an XP through Better Than Nothing, 1/1/5 - Turned on Nyx at the geek's table at lunch, 1/1/5 - Nyx offered an XP for a promise
    Season 1, Session 2: (7)
    1/2/3 - Looked into the abyss to understand Hunter, rolled a 10!, 1/2/6 - Gazed into the Abyss for understanding Mr. Lange, soft hit, 1/2/6 - took the condition drained from gazing into the Abyss, 1/2/7 - Gazed into the Abyss for understanding Nyx, hit, 1/2/8 - Gazed into the Abyss for understanding how to escape Liam, miss, 1/2/8 - Gained Condition Ashley is Mine and marked XP with Better Than Nothing, 1/2/8.5 - Gained Condition Hungry for sex with Ashley and marked XP with Better Than Nothing
    Season 1, Session 3: (21)
    1/3/0 - Turned Teddy on with a soft hit (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/0 - Gained Condition Teddy Ellis' friend and marked XP with Better Than Nothing, 1/3/0.5 - Manipulated Ashley's mom with a soft hit (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/0.5.2 - Shut Teddy down with a soft hit (Cold was highlighted), 1/3/0.5.2 - Gained Condition No good for Ashley and marked XP with Better Than Nothing, 1/3/0.5.2 - Turned Teddy on with a soft hit (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/1 - Tried to Manipulate Liam to hurt her (failed) (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/1 - Tried to Hold Steady to break her own arm (succeeded) (Cold was highlighted), 1/3/3 - Tried to Hold Steady when Liam charged her in front of the cops (succeeded) (Cold was highlighted), 1/3/4 - Turned Ashley on with a soft hit (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/4 - Manipulated Peggy with a full hit to drop the Peggy-Ashley thing (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/4.5 - Took an EXP from a String spend by Teddy to tell her all about her secrets, 1/3/4.5 - Tried to Make Teddy Feel Beautiful but missed (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/4.5 - Tried to Make Nyx Feel Beautiful and nailed it with a 10! (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/5 - Took an EXP from a String spend by Nyx to help him with Aubrey, 1/3/5 - Tried to turn on Myrii and faled (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/5 - Took an EXP from the Move Nyx used to Make her Feel Beautiful (XP bribe to make Robbie feel welcome and loved), 1/3/6 - Tried to Turn Myrii on, but missed (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/7 - Gained Condition Hungry for Sex with Myrii and marked XP with Better Than Nothing, 1/3/8 - Tried to Turn Nyx on, but missed (Hot was highlighted), 1/3/8 - Successfully Held Steady (rolled an 11!) when performing ritual to bring Aubrey back (Cold was highlighted)
    Season 2, Session 1: (11)
    Rolled to Lash Out at Aubrey for calling her a b, got a 14! (Volatile was highlighted), Took an XP for giving Nyx a token of her love (a scarf) as part of his offer from a Turning On move, Rolled to Hold Steady when Nyx told her Aubrey tried to commit suicide (Cold highlighted, failed roll), Rolled to Hold Steady, soft hit (Cold Highlighted), Got an XP from Better Than Nothing as a result of terrified condition from Hold Steady roll, 1.3, rolled Volatile to Lash Out at Riley for calling Dora a bitch (hit); 1.3 gained condition Drained from a Dark roll which triggered Better than Nothing, 1.3 Took an XP bribe to consider Nyx's words, 1.3 Took an XP bribe to keep Teddy's self-harm quiet. 1.4 got an XP when Ashley spent a string to give her naive condition, which fired off Better than Nothing, 1.4 got an XP from Teddy spending a string to bribe her not to tell anyone that their mom is cheating with Ashley's dad.
    Season 2, Session 2:
    2.1 gazed into the abyss (soft hit), gained drained condition as part of abyss gazing, 2.1 gazed into the abyss (soft hit), Dark was highlighted, 2.1 turned Teddy on (full hit), Hot was highlighted,
    Season 2, Session 3
    2:3.0 took a condition of codependent, S2:3.1 made Peggy feel beautiful (soft hit), Hot was highlighted, S2:3.2 earned XP when Winter spent a string for a passionate kiss on the dance floor, S2:3.2 Turned Winter On, Hot was highlighted, S2:3.2 Gazed into the abyss, Cold was highlighted (miss), S2:3.2 Winter spent a string to obtain a promise from Holly, S2:3.2.2 Holly Manipulated Winter to follow her lie about what happened with Liam (hull success), Hot was highlighted, S2:4.7 Holly Held Steady while lying to Isobel (full success), Cold was highlighted., S2:4.8 Shut Teddy Down (soft hit), Cold was highlighted, S2:4.10 Tried to Hold Steady after casting a Hex on Isobel (miss), Cold was highlighted, 4.11 took an XP for a string spend from Dora (ignore the queen), Held Steady to stab the Fairy King (soft hit), Cold was highlighted
  • edited January 2015
    STRINGS



    Holly has:
    0 strings on Winter (Turned her On at the winter dance by dancing with her and making out with her, spent it to make a failed roll into a 7 to Turn her On at Marsha's house, aka The Haunted House)
    0 strings on Teddy (Turned Teddy On to try and get the knife of eeeeevil; Teddy found out about Holly and used Down the Rabbit Hole; for scaring her and freaking her out, then watching her sleep beside Holly n Ashley's bed, then turning her on in the bathroom by offering her sex), (lost the string for the knife whe Teddy lashed out to spurn her advances; spent 1 string to bribe Teddy to stop being hostile and try to be friends with Holly, spent 2nd string to make her Hold Steady or sleep with Holly, spent 3rd string to bribe Teddy to hit Holly, spent 4th string to bribe Teddy to get Aubrey's magic book of spells)
    0 strings on Nyx
    (spent 1 string to successfully Make him Feel Beautiful, 1 string to bribe him for XP to apologize to the king)
    1 string on Aubrey (for hurting her during a Lash Out)
    2 strings on Ashley (turned her on by sleeping with Winter and The King, turned her on with The Hustle and again with the shower strip the next morning and again when she came to visit Teddy at her place)
    (spent 1 string to turn Ashley on when she came to visit Teddy at her place, spent 1 string on Ashley to boost the roll to make her feel beautiful)
    0 strings on Riley (turned her on while touching her forearm and talking to her on her bed)

    These folks have strings on Holly:
    The Fairy King, Gwyn, has 3 (Holly used Bought Loyalty to try and Manipulate him to leave her home, Holly used Bought Loyalty to try and Manipulate him to not kill Teddy, Holly used Bought Loyalty to try and Manipulate him to join with Myrii instead of Renna and make Myrii queen)
    The Queen has 1 (she got it when Holly failed a Dark roll to commune with her)
    Ivy, her mother, has 1 (Holly used Bought Loyalty to try and Manipulate him to aid her in saving the queen)
    Teddy has 2 (took it when she listened to Holly's backstory and result of a miss to make Teddy feel beautiful. and because she used constant bargain while helping Holly in Riley's basement to charm them)
    Myrii has 2 (got 1 when Holly failed an inadvertent Turn On move on her, gave her 1 for Bought Loyalty to get her involved with her and Nyx having sex)
    Peggy has 1 (Holly gave it to her to manipulate her not to pry about Ashley and Teddy's argument.
    Nyx has 3 (he turned her on at the end of the beach party and again at Myrii's pond after he broke up with Aubrey and also when Holly failed an inadvertent Turn On move on him in season 1)
    Ashley has 0 (Holly gave her 1 string to manipulate her to not go to the police and another to get her to kiss again, she spent a string to give Holly the condition Ashley is Mine, Ashley spent another string to give Holly the condition naive)
    Riley has 1 (Holly gave her 1 string to manipulate her to not use magic on her and another string to get her to apologize and be nice and a third to get her to not pursue hurting Nyx, Nyx called her on her shit to cause her to lose one and she spent another to give Holly the condition of codependent))
    Winter has 2 (Holly gave her 1 string to manipulate her to go to the dance with her, but botched the roll, and gave her two, Winter spent one to get Holly to promise not to tell the cops she "murdered" Liam, Holly gave her another to Manipulate her to understand the situation with her joining with Myrii to save her)
    Chelsea has 1 (Holly gave her 1 string to manipulate her to tell her why she slept with Nyx)
    Mr. Kiplund has 1 (he's worried about her home life)
    Officer Hansen got 1 when Holly begged him to let her go after the party without calling the Bays.
    Liam has 1 from Bought Loyalty when Holly tried to Manipulate him to hurt her. (Liam spent it to make Holly hold steady in front of the cop car).
    Liam got 1 when he pulled down her cargoes and saw her half-naked (Liam spent it to make Holly hold steady when he cornered her behind the ice cream shop)
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  • Tonight I realized I'd taken XP for Blank Canvas, which is not how the move works, it gives a +1 for conditions. I was thinking of Better Than Nothing. Since I'm hungry for XP, I asked the MC if I could swap Mimicry for Better Than Nothing and he graciously agreed. I'll edit my original post.
  • For my first Advance, Holly will increase her Hot by 1.
  • For my second Advance, Holly will take a Move from the Queen Playbook:

    Bought Loyalty
    You can give an NPC a String against you to add 2 to your manipulate an NPC roll against them. (You can only choose to do so before rolling.)
  • For my third advance, Holly takes the Hollow move:

    Metamorphosis
    When you gaze into the abyss, add this option to the 10 up list: the visions show what you must become, and you can permanently switch two of your stats
  • edited December 2012
    For my fourth advance, Holly takes the Hollow move:

    Inhuman Gaze
    When you shut someone down, roll with Dark.
  • for Holly's fifth advance, I'm buying a Season Advance TBD (want to work it in to the fiction).
  • Considering taking these two Moves for Holly's fifth advance:
    Make Others Feel Beautiful
    When you make others feel beautiful, roll with hot. On a 10 up, choose two:
    * they carry 1 forward;
    * they remove a Condition;
    * they mark experience;
    * you carry 1 forward.
    On a 7-9, you can offer them an experience point to do what you want.

    Intervene Against an Act of Violence
    When you intervene against an act of violence, roll with volatile. On a 10 up, choose one:
    * they take -2 to their roll (NPCs either act at a Disadvantage or fail entirely);
    * deal harm to them;
    * give them a Condition.
    On a 7-9, they choose
    * take -2 to their roll (NPCs either act at a Disadvantage or fail entirely);
    * target you with the violence instead.

    What do you y'all think?
    Do you think we will have enough violence in next season for the second Move to make sense?
  • edited January 2013
    I like the first one. Just, you know, nice to have someone with that, and it makes Holly herself kind of attractive, a good friend.

    As for the second one, it seems fairly appropriate, and we've already had some violence. Our characters aren't pointed at it very much, though, so there hasn't been a lot. But, if Nula goes wolf, that could change, and I'm planning to switch to Infernal, which is also kind of a dangerous skin. So there might be more next season than this season.

    But even if violence isn't that frequent, it'd probably be nice to have that move when it does happen.

    I guess this means Holly doesn't become a real girl Mortal until next season, huh?
  • Nope, she's sticking with the Hollow skin for another season. I'm liking her exploring it in a better home life.
  • For Holly's next advance, considering taking the Serpentine move of:

    The New Order
    When you learn to meet one of your needs within human society rather than within your family, mark experience.
    When others help you fit in better with human society, they mark experience.

    I'm also strongly considering (based on her new living situation) the Ghost Move of:

    Creep
    When you secretly witness someone in their most intimate moments, perhaps showering or sleeping, gain a String on them.
  • Creep? Holly hanging around the window at night? Crrepy...
  • Those are both pretty awesome, actually. Though the first one refers to the serpentine's family, so you'd need to clarify how that bit's interpreted here.

    Personally, I'd like to get xp for helping you fit in. On the other hand, if you're racking up Strings by spying on me, that helps with Entrenched, so that's good too.
  • red
    edited February 2013
    Hahaha...too bad she didn't have Creep earlier when she spied on Jarrod and Nula through the window!
  • MC (and all), I want to take New Order. We need to detail the "your family". The Move was from the Serpentine skin where the gist of the skin is living between two worlds: humanity and the Serpentine "family".

    I'd like to detail "family" as being the supernatural world, creatures like Myrii and living with her own dolls, talking to Diary, just remaining an outcast.

    I know it is loose, so anyone have suggestions for Holly's "family" other than that?
  • I'd focus on just dolls, diary, her private little world. And Renna, even though she's gone. It's about going from a familiar dysfunctional world to normal human society, and things like Myrii aren't really part of either. The move still wouldn't trigger when Holly meets her needs through the supernatural world, but it's a little weird to include all this stuff that Holly is completely unfamiliar with as her family.
  • I agree with Michael here. Diary, dolls and Renna, and even her history of neglect with the Bays
  • For Holly's seventh advance, I'm raising her Dark by +1.
  • Pic of Holly in second season
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  • FYI - I'm sitting on an advance. I will probably take "found your Hollow siblings", but it doesn't feel right yet.

    Also, if I don't switch skins, Holly is effectively tapped out really soon.
  • Yeah, I notice that if you don't change skins at the end of 1st season, you pretty much have to go to custom improvements in 2nd season.
  • For Holly's ninth advance, I'm raising her Cold by +1.
  • For Holly's tenth advance, I'm buying "you've found your Hollow siblings".
  • Oooh... man. Hollow siblings. Hmmm... I totally didn't see this.
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