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A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to record a session of Steamscapes for the One Shot Podcast. The first episode is now up, and I thought I would post some accompanying game information for those who might be interested in some of the character details. Attentive Savage Worlds players will note that the stats are a bit past starting characters, and that is true. All of the characters started with 25xp (the second Seasoned Advance) so that the players had a few more tools to work with. In particular I was trying to show off some of the martial arts rules in Steamscapes: Asia, so the characters needed to be a little more experienced.
The spoilers this time around are mild, so it's okay to see them before you listen to the episode. However, I will wait a bit on Part 2 because there are slightly stronger spoilers in the other character backgrounds.
First up is the aviator, Lo Yong, played by James D'Amato, the host of the One Shot Podcast. James requested a character somewhat like a young Jackie Chan, preferably from the Hong Kong area. I decided he would be from Guangzhou (which is about as close as you can get in Steamscapes without being a member of the Heavenly Kingdom). Here's his background:
As a young man from Guangzhou, it seemed like such a distant dream that you could ever make your way to the capital to train in the Imperial Air Corps. Luckily, several North American transport companies opened offices right in your home city, and they were looking for eager local recruits. You started training as an aviator with Wells Fargo a couple of years ago, and have now worked your way up to running a small solo courier route to Singapore and Bangkok. It's not technically your airship, but you do have a lot of responsibility. And maybe in a few years you'll be experienced enough to crew one of the Qing Empire's great Dragon Airships!
One more thing - you do know from spending time with other pilots that the skies and seas in this area can be very hazardous, especially for ships carrying automatons. You've even heard rumors of airships being boarded and stolen by pirates, but that seems ridiculous. How would that even be possible?
Just use your mental Photoshop to make this image more steampunk
And his character stats:
Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d6, Spirit d4, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Aeronautical Navigation d6, Climbing d6, Fighting d10, Notice d6, Piloting d8, Repair d6, Survival d4
Charisma: -1; Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Habit (Minor), Heroic, Loyal
Edges: Aviator, Defensive Throw (Unarmed - Taijiquan), Dodge, Improvisational Fighter, Luck, Martial Artist, Throw (Unarmed - Taijiquan)
Second, we have our other close-combat specialist, Yi. Yi (who goes by many names) was played by Victor Bayona of R&D Choreography. Victor wanted something along the lines of a James Bond mixed with Tony Jaa, an Asian everyman who could blend in wherever he went. Here's what I came up with:
You are a mercenary spy. Your mother was Okinawan and your father was Thai, so your features are difficult to identify. You worked for a while for the Thai government, spying on Burma and the British. That eventually led you to Singapore, where there is a richly diverse underworld full of people willing to hire a man of your talents.
Again, use your...actually, never mind. This is him.
And the character stats:
Yi (and many other names)
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d4
Skills: Chemical Engineering d6, Fighting d8, Healing d4, Knowledge (Politics) d6, Notice d4, Persuasion d4, Stealth d6, Streetwise d6, Swimming d4, Throwing d6
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 4
Hindrances: Overconfident, Quirk, Wanted (Minor)
Edges: Apothecary, Brawler, Bruiser, Charismatic, Explosives, Martial Artist, Stunning Strike (Foot - Muay Boran)
Victor specifically wanted something he could use to distract people in range before he got in close with his Muay Boran techniques. So I gave him Explosives. That's distracting, right?
The second episode should come out later this week, so keep an eye on the One Shot Podcast website! And while you're there, be sure to check out all the other amazing podcasts and episodes on the One Shot Network!