Characteristics Cost: 199
|30||Psi-Blade: Multipower, 30-point reserve|
|2f||1) Blade of Ego: Hand-To-Hand Attack +6d6 (30 Active Points); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/4)||3|
|3f||2) Blade of Malice: Killing Attack – Hand-To-Hand 2d6 (3d6 w/STR) (30 Active Points)||3|
|1f||3) Blade of Mind: Mental Blast 3d6 (30 Active Points); No Range (-1/2), Perceivable (-1/2)||3|
|22||Alchemically Treated Silk Garb: Resistant Protection (9 PD/9 ED) (27 Active Points); IIF (-1/4)||0|
|6||The World Moves With Intent: Clinging (normal STR) (10 Active Points); Limited Power: Power loses about a third of its effectiveness (Must begin and end movement on a surface that can normally be stood upon; -1/2), Cannot Resist Knockback (-1/4)||0|
|6||Flashy moves impress the masses!: Aid PRE 3d6 (18 Active Points); Only to Aid Self (-1), Requires A Roll (Skill roll; KS: Qin Dao Kung Fu; -1/2), Extra Time (Full Phase, Only to Activate, -1/4), Limited Power: Power loses about a fourth of its effectiveness (extra PRE only affects those that have seen her do a weapons display (take time and make skill roll); -1/4)||2|
|7||Looking Where The Eye Should Not See: Precognitive Clairsentience (Sight And Hearing Groups) (50 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x5 END; -2), No Conscious Control (-2), Precognition Only (-1), Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (Automatically stunned for CON, takes 5D6 STUN; -1), Vague and Unclear (-1/2)||25|
Powers Cost: 77
|Cost||Martial Arts Maneuver|
|3||Basic Strike: 1/2 Phase, +1 OCV, +0 DCV, 5d6 Strike|
|5||Defensive Strike: 1/2 Phase, +1 OCV, +3 DCV, 3d6 Strike|
|4||Fast Strike: 1/2 Phase, +2 OCV, +0 DCV, 5d6 Strike|
|4||Martial Block: 1/2 Phase, +2 OCV, +2 DCV, Block, Abort|
|4||Martial Disarm: 1/2 Phase, -1 OCV, +1 DCV, Disarm; 25 STR to Disarm|
|1||Weapon Element: Blades|
Martial Arts Cost: 21
|16||+2 with HTH Combat|
|3||Combat Driving 14-|
|10||Defense Maneuver I-IV|
|3||Jack of All Trades|
|2||1) PS: Cook (3 Active Points) 13-|
|2||2) PS: Stunt work (3 Active Points) 13-|
|3||KS: Chinese Alchemy 13-|
|3||KS: Feng Shui 13-|
|3||KS: Qin Dao Kung Fu 13-|
|5||Language: Cantonese (idiomatic; literate)|
|3||Science Skill: Chemistry 13-|
Skills Cost: 95
|5||Money: Well Off|
Perks Cost: 5
|3||+1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. all characters)|
Talents Cost: 3
Total Character Cost: 400
|15||Psychological Complication: Thrillseeker (Common; Strong)|
|15||Psychological Complication: Code Vs. Killing (Common; Strong)|
|5||Psychological Complication: Code of the Qin Dao School of Kung Fu (Uncommon; Moderate)|
|15||Dependent NPC: Murray Gellman Infrequently (Incompetent; Useful Noncombat Position or Skills; Unaware of character’s adventuring career/Secret ID)|
|10||Rivalry: Professional (Swashbuckler), Rival is More Powerful, Rival is a Player Character, Seek to Outdo, Embarrass, or Humiliate Rival, Rival Unaware of Rivalry|
|5||Hunted: Tony “Three-Thumbs” Salducci Infrequently (Less Pow; Harshly Punish)|
|10||Social Complication: Secret Identity Frequently, Minor|
Disadvantage Points: 75
Base Points: 400
Experience Required: 0
Total Experience Available: 0
Experience Unspent: 0
Description: Sophia is five foot nine, slender, with green eyes and ash-blonde hair that hangs to mid-back. She dresses for the occasion, and dresses well, but is most comfortable in jeans, t-shirts and so-called ‘kung fu slippers’.
The Azure Blade wears a loose-fitting shirt and pants of a standard Wushu design, with an over-coat and slippers, all of it in shades of blue. She also wears a domino mask over her eyes, and if possible gives her hair a blue rinse (and it’s usually very possible, all she needs is some blue Kool-Aid and some water) while pulling it back into a double-tied tail (nape of neck and the end). Her psychic sword resembles a jian (the Chinese broadsword) which glows blue in her hand, and appears to be solid.
While she does party hard – and often – she doesn’t drink or do drugs; if asked or offered, her usual refusal line is, “It’s such a great party, dude, I’m just getting’ high watchin’ people have fun!”She follows a modernized form of the code of the Chinese Knight. Her sifu made a point of her understanding that some things that worked when he was young do not work now. Her code is this:
- Right the wrongs you see
- Work to improve social justice
- Keep the oaths you swear, but swear them with thought and insight
- Meet the obligations you accept, unless it would cause a greater wrong
- Honor the virtuous
- Celebrate life
She gives a great deal to charitable organizations and works for them when she can, which she sees as part of working to improve social injustice and right the wrongs she sees – most of those organizations can do more with the resources than she can, and she is totally fine with that.
A short story: Loose Ends of a Former Life
Original art can be found at ReyMonkey’s DeviantArt Page.
1. “Saturday Night(‘s All Right For Fighting)”, Nickleback feat. Kid Rock
There’s a reason for that version, instead of the Elton John original: it rocks harder. It’s got more edge. The reason for the song? Well, she no longer drinks or takes any drugs, but you know, a seriously kicking party is a thing of beauty. The code says to “celebrate life”, and dancing to serious music, and feeling the pulse of humanity? That’s how you gotta roll.
2. “Misirlou”, Agent Orange
Scenes that would use this would start with her being frustrated, annoyed, and needing to shed that negativity. Imagine a reasonably traditional kung fu sword stylist performing taolu (forms, or as those more familiar with Japanese styles would put it, kata) at the rate to go with a punk cover of a surf-rock standard – in short, a perfect song to illustrate her fusion of California surfing attitude and a thirteen-century-old martial art.
3. “Los Angeles is Burning”, Bad Religion
She lives in a world of superheroes, and she’s trying to be one. There’s always a fire somewhere threatening to cause tremendous destruction, be it an actual fire, or some supervillain with an insane plan to get money/get power/rule the world/destroy the world. And then there’s SNN – Super News Network – which broadcasts it…
Catch it on Prime Time / Story at nine/ The whole world is going insane
4. “Burly Brawl”, Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis
One martial artist with a psionic sword. Bunches of mooks. She may not yet be the equal of Steel Thunder (the #2 rated martial artist in the world, who people have referred to as ‘The woman who beats up Neo’), but she does okay for herself.
5. “The Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)”, Peter Schilling
Trust enough and you won’t find / A world of lust and crime.
Maybe it’s impossible… but why not try?
6. “Red Right Hand”, Pete Yorn
The first time she ever saw Tony ‘Three-Thumbs’ Tomassino, he was beating someone up. His right hand – the one with the fused index and ring fingers, making it a bendable but solid plate of bone – was bloody. And then he made her into a hooker, hooked her on heroin. And every time he beat her, and told her that it was because he loved her and she needed to be taught, she believed him. Even when, beaten almost to death, going through withdrawal, in the Courtyard of Transcendence, she believed he did it out of love. More than any producer, any supervillain, anyone, Tony represents the Devil in the world to her.
7. “Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)”, U2
When she’s deep in meditation – either by itself, or doing forms – she sometimes reaches a state where she feels like she’s within the world, surrounding it, and part of it, all at once. This song is about the only one I know that even comes close to vocalizing the mental concept.
8. “Way of the Sword”, Power Symphony
Past is left behind /For the one on the way of the sword
Fools are meant to fall / They’ll get lost along the way
Past is left behind / For the one on the way of the sword
Fools are meant to fall / I am she who’s on the way of the sword
Tsien Lu Fao set her on the path. He gave her the tools she needed to make a new life for herself. He showed her the beginning of the way of the sword., and she stepped onto it and left her past behind. Too bad sometimes it comes chasing you, isn’t it?
9. “All Fired Up”, Pat Benatar
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line
We live and learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Which says it all.
10. “J-E-N-O-V-A (Advent of Jenova)”, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Music for the really big challenges. The visual for this is something straight out of a wuxia movie, with her and her opponent facing each other. At about 18 seconds in, they go into the ‘showoff’ stage, and at 42 seconds, the fight starts, with both of them starting to do that whole ‘gravity is an option’ thing as the battle gets more furious.
11. “Raise Your Glass”, Pink
This song really shows her mindset: life is to be enjoyed, take big drinks of it, and raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways. She’s been the Good Girl, that got her sent to a personal hell; now she’s living the life she didn’t realized she wanted and was destined for and loving the hell out of it.
￼Some notes on Qin Dao Kung Fu