[BPRD] History and Highlight

edited September 2012 in Out-Of-Game
Folks, let's make some History!

Also, this is where we can track Harm Highlights.
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  • edited September 2012
    Tracking harm here might be strange, unless you're doing the tracking in that top post there. How do you see that working? I see that you have it set up the same way in the AW game, except it doesn't seem to have any harm in the text of the thread.

    I don't have a lot of options for History. A lot of the choices are about me trying to kill people, or about hunters trying to kill me, which seem less likely for me than for some Monstrous. I'll check out what you all do for your histories, and choose my options accordingly, so no firm declarations yet.

    For Blake, we've probably just had contact in the course of work. I've been semi-retired for about twenty years, but we could have working together on something unofficially, or I might've been briefly pulled from retirement for something, or I could've been consulted during a mission. While I'm on good terms with the Bureau, it's also still possible that you were assigned to check up on me at some point. Or we could be related.

    As a man who can walk through walls, it's conceivable that I know Penny from visiting her in the asylum. Why I've done that is a different question, but I have two or three things that could work in my history options. Instead of that, or in addition to it, we might be related, or you could be descended from someone involved in my origin.

    If I'm related to either of you, I'm probably a great-grandfather or great-great-grandfather. I was born in Edwardian England, after all.
  • My History is a little tricky because most of it assumes my character has known the other PCs for a long time. But I think it would totally work if Penny is related to Dr. Eaton. I like the visiting her in the asylum thing, but I don't know how that would fit in with what I've already established about her not having any visitors ever. And I really like the great-great grandfather idea!

    For Blake, I'm thinking it would be interesting if Penny used her powers on him sometime between the prelude and where we are now. She has trouble controlling her impulses, so maybe she caved to the temptation to see exactly what was going on in Blake's mind (maybe finding out about Annie and the divorce?). It would definitely be for selfish reasons (he's not looking at me again, and I'm so tired of guessing what's going on behind his flinty eyes!), and I would say at this point he doesn't know yet. Penny would probably feel kind of guilty about it too, since she said she wouldn't read his mind, and then she did. Otherwise....the only other one that would really fit would be Blake seeing Penny use her powers on someone else for a selfish or vindictive reason, and I could totally make something up for that too! Thoughts?
  • Penny might mean living ppl never visit her.
  • edited September 2012
    Penny might mean living ppl never visit her.
    Yes, that. Were you counting ghosts when you said you had no visitors? I think for my options, you have to be a descendant of mine. Everything else would be an awkward fit, or it'd take things in a screwball direction. You could just reciprocate, saying I'm a blood relation of yours, or you could go with something else if I've been visiting you.

    On the other hand, I suppose that if I've been keeping track of family enough to have visited you, I'd probably have tried to arrange getting you out of the crazy house, since I'd definitely have known you weren't crazy. (Unsurprisingly, I believe in ghosts.) But on the other other hand, maybe that's exactly what this is, I did visit you once or twice, and the Bureau was reminded about you by me.

    Since it seems I'm related to Penny, I can't pick that option for Blake, so that probably leaves a professional relationship. Assuming that I never tried to kill Blake (why would I?), and vice versa, I think my remaining options for him are:

    - we fought together against the odds and prevailed, or
    - you saved me from another hunter who was prepared to destroy me, or
    - I saved you from another ghost and prevented reprisals against that ghost.
  • Posted By: red
    For Blake, I'm thinking it would be interesting if Penny used her powers on him sometime between the prelude and where we are now. She has trouble controlling her impulses, so maybe she caved to the temptation to see exactly what was going on in Blake's mind (maybe finding out about Annie and the divorce?).
    That sounds good. As for Penny the obvious option to choose is that my relationship with her has romantic potential. (You know me.) He's probably denying it.

    For Dr. Eaton my best options are.

    -They've worked with the Agency before and are well regarded.
    -You met on a mission and worked together unofficially. And successfully.
    -They're on the Agency's watch list, and I've been keeping an eye on them.
    -They pulled me (and my team) out of a terrible FUBARed mission.
  • I think I want to discard "I save you from another ghost ~", because it feels more pointed at Monstrous with stronger bonds within the breed. Ghosts all have different origins. Even so, I could have pulled you from a FUBARed mission. With so many years of experience, I'm probably the Bureau's top sorcerer, even in retirement, so maybe I magically trapped a hostile long enough for your team to get out, or I conducted a ritual to peel open a haunt or other effect that might have magically prevented you from withdrawing.

    Feel free to decide that I am well-regarded by the Bureau, or that I'm on their watch list. I think I was certainly once well-regarded, but I've been inactive for about twenty years, and things can change. If I'm on the watch list (and you were keeping an eye on me), maybe you intervened when an exorcist came after me for some reason.

    And we could have simply unofficially worked on a mission together, against bad odds but successfully.
  • Oh...that is true. Haha. Dr. Eaton is not a living person. Ok, well then I'm totally ok with him visiting her at the asylum. He wouldn't have said anything about the BPRD (for whatever reason) though, since Penny hadn't heard about it before. So if I understand correctly, I would pick that Dr. Eaton is Penny's relative....great-great grandfather? What would you pick for Penny, Michael?
  • edited October 2012
    Oh, I was saying that I'm picking that you're my relative: "Close relations, or a distant descendant. Tell them which."

    If you do the same, that's fine. But you could pick something else, if you prefer. It seems like you probably wouldn't be aware of the relation, at least.

    Great-great-grandfather sounds about right. I was in my forties when I died, so say I had a son who was at that time in his teens (your great-grandfather), and he had a child about a decade later (1950's) who was your grandfather or grandmother, add a couple decades and your mother is being born in the seventies, and you're twenty, so you'd have been born in the early nineties ... yeah, that works out.

    Say I visited once, a month or so ago, then returned a little bit later asking some specific questions about how you lived in the asylum. Then now, when the B.P.R.D. is removing you from there. The visits probably would've been odd to you, since of course ghosts usually don't come and go like that.

    I first met you when you were very very young, which you wouldn't remember, right? And I've been distant for the last decade or so, so I simply overlooked the fact that you had been committed until just recently. I remembered to check up on what little family I have left, and there you were. I probably don't know what happened to your mother in that time either, except whatever might be in B.P.R.D. files.
  • Also:
    That sounds good. As for Penny the obvious option to choose is that my relationship with her has romantic potential. (You know me.) He's probably denying it.
    Oh, so you think you're good enough for my great-great-granddaughter, do you? We'll see.
  • Bahahaha. Awesome.

    I'll probably pick that Dr. Eaton is "blood-kin" with Penny. It's kind of the only one that makes sense. Unless he saw her use her powers for a selfish, vindictive reason when she was really little (pre-asylum)? Or maybe he saw her modifying the nurses' or her psychiatrists memories at the asylum?
  • edited October 2012
    Posted By: trevisAs for Penny the obvious option to choose is that my relationship with her has romantic potential. (You know me.) He's probably denying it.
    That answers my unspoken question if the game would have a "Will they or won't they?" thing going on. :)
  • Do you want? Little Penny using her powers on people could be interesting, like she was young and didn't have any control over her dark side, so I know how dangerous she could be if she went bad nowadays.

    Or, if you like, I could have discussed your powers with you when visiting, and you might think I can help you control them.

    It might be possible to do something with your option: "You've known each other some time, but since your powers manifested, you keep them at a distance emotionally." That'd require rethinking some things, but maybe I was your "imaginary" friend for a while when you were young, but your powers manifested more fully at some point. That might be shoehorning a little.

    And blood-kin works fine, of course.
  • I worry that Penny keeping folks at a distance overlaps with her play of Bones. I would be hesitant with that option.
  • Hmm...yeah, little Penny using her powers on people is very interesting now that I think about it. A toddler with psychic powers? That's terrifying. Ha. I like that option a lot actually. Let's go with that one!
  • Posted By: orklordI worry that Penny keeping folks at a distance overlaps with her play of Bones. I would be hesitant with that option.
    Yeah I'm avoiding that one for that exact reason! :)
  • For Blake, how about this.

    You and your team were in an action against ... something ... and it went completely bad. Intel was wrong, probably, completely misidentifying the monster. You were trapped in there magically, and you simply didn't have the equipment necessary to fight this thing. The Bureau called me in for a little specialist work, where I cracked open the magic that was trapping your team and did some magic to get the thing off your back long enough for everyone to get out.

    The Bureau didn't want to go back in right away, since they still weren't sure what they were dealing with, but the monster was a clear ongoing threat to human lives. From your report, I had an educated guess at what we might be dealing with, and we decided between the two of us to go in and clear it out unofficially, without delay. It was long odds, but we pulled it off.

    So, I "pulled you (and your team) out of a terrible FUBARed mission", and we "fought together against the odds and prevailed".
  • Psychic toddler, it is.
  • Oh, so psychic toddler is: "They saw you use your powers for selfish or vindictive reasons. Ask them who the victim was, and then tell them what you did."

    So I'll tell you the victim was, obviously, your own mother. What did you do?
  • oh snap! Mommy got hurt.
  • Well I did already mention in the prehistory thread a thing in which I ended up sacrificing half the team. It could be part of that incident or something newer.
  • Posted By: Michael LoyOh, so psychic toddler is: "They saw you use your powers for selfish or vindictive reasons. Ask them who the victim was, and then tell them what you did."

    So I'll tell you the victim was, obviously, your own mother. What did you do?
    Let’s say when Penny was about 3 years old, her powers manifested. It was one day when Great-Great Grandpa was visiting, Penny was being naughty and throwing a fit about taking a nap, like a typical toddler. But unlike a typical toddler, after Helen put her in her bed (for the third time), Penny stood up on it screaming, her little face twisted in a tantrum. Helen was talking sternly to her when suddenly Helen was thrown backwards into the wall as if by an invisible hand. Her head smashed into some picture frames , and she fell to the floor in a shower of broken glass. Penny stopped screaming immediately, shocked by the strange and frightening thing that had just happened, and then started crying at the sight of her mother holding a shaking hand to her bleeding head.

    Interestingly enough, present day Penny has no idea she can use her powers like that...yet.
  • edited October 2012
    Sounds good. (Well, not good, but you know what I mean.)
    Well I did already mention in the prehistory thread a thing in which I ended up sacrificing half the team. It could be part of that incident or something newer.
    I had the impression that that incident had just happened. You said something about how you'd thought it was why you'd been brought back to the states and assigned the mission to retrieve Penny.

    It also sounded like that mission didn't end successfully, because the target got away. Since my option specifies that we "prevailed", it's not a good match. However, we could just split your Hx option and my Hx option, say that I pulled you out of that mission, and we also both participated in a separate, more successful mission (maybe a few years ago).
  • Nope you're right. I think our shared history should be a seperate incident a few years ago. I think we can reveal the details as we go
  • That sounds good too, then.

    I think that's all of it, so now we just kind of pick who gives us our highlights? Penny should highlight me. I'm not that close to her at the moment, but my relationship with Blake is purely professional.
  • I feel kinda the same distance from both of you so I'll let Eaton highlight me.
  • Highlight Cool, Blake.
  • Dr. Eaton, highlight Weird.

    Blake can highlight Penny.
  • Well of course, highlight weird.
  • Blake, highlight Tough
    Dr Eaton, highlight Charm
    Penny, highlight Sharp
  • Alright, Chris. Let's intro Joe Wauneka. Work through your HX with everyone.

    Anyone want new highlights for Mission Two?
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