Xenovore: Pick Your Gatecrashing Team

Update (12/13): It looks like I'll also be running this scenario as an event on Infrno.net (so you non-North Americans will have a chance to jump in) some time in February or March. I'll announce the date when I know for sure.

Have your 2 @-rep on the pregens for Xenovore, the scenario I'm writing to run at TempleCon this spring in New England. Here's the scenario description:

'Xenovore.' Four hour slot. Gatecrashing -- exploration of xenoplanets via Pandora gates -- can be both fabulously rewarding and unspeakably dangerous. The Iktomi ruins on Vishnu IV looked like the find of your careers... at first. But now you're going to need some luck if you don't want to end up another layer of dust atop this dead civilization.

Help me put together the perfect Gatecrashing team. 'Xenovore' is being written for a team of six gatecrashers. If you were at the table, who would you want to play? Two of the PCs will be developed by me using material from the forthcoming Gatecrashing book. The other four are up to you! Here's how it'll work:
  • Submit no more than one character description in the comment thread on our blog by 12/16/2010.
  • Character descriptions should contain only the following:
  • Name (optional, and I might or might not use it)
  • Faction
  • Background
  • Morph
  • Concept (in 50 words or less)
  • I'll ignore any suggestions that go beyond the information specified above.
  • If your suggestion is used, I'll give credit. If Posthuman ends up releasing Xenovore, I'll request that they include credit, as well.
  • You assign all rights to your character description to me (Jack Graham) upon submission. I agree that they will be used only for Eclipse Phase products, or for Eclipse Phase material released independently by me under Creative Commons licensing.
  • If you're reading this on Facebook, please click through to the actual comment thread on eclipsephase.com so that I only have to look in one place. Thanks.
Please note that Xenovore isn't an official EP project; it's just an adventure that I'll be taking to cons. I will be offering it to Posthuman. If they decline, I'll put it out for free on my web site.
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CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
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Name: Jinx Background: Uplift Faction: Titanian Morph: Neo-Avian Concept: Titanian born Neo-avian, was a forward scout during their mandatory social service. Skilled tracker, rifleman and survivalist, Jinx joined the gatecrashers after leaving Titan in search of fame and adventure. Promotes uplift rights, mercurial advocate, doesn't like the inner system politicos.
Quincey Forder Quincey Forder's picture
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Name: Travers background: Re-instantiated faction: Criminal Concept: in the chaos of the Fall Travers broke out of jail and managed to get re-instantiated, thought amnesiac of his name, on Mars. When Pathfinder recruited the current batch of Gatecrasher killed the real Travers and took his place. There is no extradition treaties off-system, right?
Rhyx Rhyx's picture
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Name: Riley Brooks Background: Lost Faction: Argonaut Morph: Exalt Concept: Riley had limited prospects in her home system. She's part xenoarcheologist and biologist. She keeps being Lost as a dark secret from her colleagues, who have come to rely on her excellent intuition regarding potential dangers and the workings of alien artifact through grok, omni-awareness and psi slights.
UnionJackal UnionJackal's picture
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Name: Kiyomi Drosselmeyer Faction: Scum Background: Original Space Colonist Morph: Synth Concept: Signed up for a new morph and a new life outside the Solar System- though didn't read the fine print about behavioral modification and now finds herself compelled to throw the body she got as advance payment in the line of fire for people she doesn't particularly care for.
Axel the Chimeric Axel the Chimeric's picture
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Name: Wakefield Faction: Argonaut Background: Hypercorp Morph: Splicer Concept: Wakefield remembers the Fall clearly. A technician in an egocasting facility on Earth, his cortical stack included the vivid memory of a struggle as a head-hunter claimed him. Now free of an indenture to Cognite, his paranoia is driving him to get away from the solar system at all costs.
The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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Name: Palantir Valaquen Faction: Ultimates Background: Original Space Colonist Morph: Remade Concept: Crack engineer. High-orbit satellite mechanic. Accompished poet and author. Feared by Venusian gladiators and Martian rugby players for bringing a hand-forged kukri to barroom shootouts and walking away without resleeving, Palantir's greatest regret is that he was too far away from Earth to see much action during the Fall of Transhumanity. Always seeking to test his mettle against the harshest the universe has to offer, Palantir saved credits and worked to build his reputation to take a shot at the great unknown as a gatecrasher. Swearing that he would make the attempt only once, he has deactivated his cortical stack, the better to motivate himself to evolve or die trying.
Slicer Slicer's picture
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Name: Yussef Johansson Faction: Anarchist Background: Re-Instated Morph: Splicer Concept: Yussef died escaping Earth during The Fall. His stack was salvaged by a reclamation project years later. Discovering he was an infected async, he fled the inner system, eventually reaching Oberon and the Fissure Gate. Both his archeology background and the otherness in his mind drew him to gatecrashing.
Skimble Skimble's picture
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Name: Stargazer Faction: Argonaut Background: Infolife Morph: Flexmorph Concept: Stargazer was an AI designed to correlate data from probes all over the solar system, seeking exoplanets and investigating the universe. Stargazer evolved, awakened and eventually became a free AGI. Now it seeks to build a home among the stars for others like itself, away from the prejudice of transhumanity.
RFrazee RFrazee's picture
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Name: Maheen Faction: Mercurial Background: Re-Instantiated Morph: Steel Morph (Masked) Concept: Made it off Earth and sleeved to metal perfection on Luna. Maheen desires to improve herself and promote her version of transhumanity throughout the System, and beyond. Her idea of fun is showing her Gatecrashing team that she is not only as good as them, but better—much better.
Rabbitz Rabbitz's picture
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Name: Xander "Flatliner" Biggs Faction: Anarchist Background: Fall evacuee Morph: Infomorph Concept: After escaping the Earth as an infomorph, Xander worked as an indentured worker until a gruesome accident destroyed his rented body and couldn’t get a resleeve. He currently resides in a ghostrider module carried by another character and interacts with the world via the mesh and several small independent drone
kindalas kindalas's picture
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Name: Edward "John" Johnson Faction: Titanian Background: Original Space Colonists Morph: Octomorph Concept: John died during the fall and unlike so many others he had backup insurance and an Exalt morph waiting. When he was finally re-sleeved it was into the wrong body. It took years to adapt. John has signed on to a Gatecrashing team out of a sense of reckless self-loathing.
jackgraham jackgraham's picture
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kindalas wrote:
Name: Edward "John" Johnson.
"My name is Yon Yonson, I come from Wisconsin, I work in a lumberyard there..." And he's Titanian. Not sure if you were actually making that joke, but I laughed anyhow. :)
kindalas kindalas's picture
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jackgraham wrote:
kindalas wrote:
Name: Edward "John" Johnson.
"My name is Yon Yonson, I come from Wisconsin, I work in a lumberyard there..." And he's Titanian. Not sure if you were actually making that joke, but I laughed anyhow. :)
You had said that the names were optional so I figured why not be funny with it.
sndwurks sndwurks's picture
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Name: Alain Lockheed Faction: Argonauts Background: Fall Evacuee Morph: Steel Morph Concept: Originally an engineer of the next generation of space flight technology, Alain was lucky during the Fall to make it out with as much as he did, including his body. He lost that on an exoplanet, only to be recovered several months later as the only "survivor" of his team.
Simulacrum0 Simulacrum0's picture
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Name: Jic-Al Haiyude Background : Original Space Colonist Faction: Ultimate Morph: Slyph Concept: Once a renowned Xeno-Semioticist, disgraced Dr. Jic-Al now hustles a life preying on the enthusiasms of Iktomi-fanatics and trashy media-circuits who are sponsoring his 'multi-sensor-documenting' of this Gatecrashing event. Envisioning academic redemption, Mr. Haiyude is chugging various neuro-chems to quell his recent spat of blackouts...ever since that last tainted download...
Breedlove Breedlove's picture
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Slink Brinker Fall Evacuee Hibernoid You had it all before the fall: every luxury trans-humanity had to offer the human condition. During the fall you escaped but your loved ones didn't. You've travelled around the solar system ever since taking whatever jobs came up: whatever jobs kept you moving. Suddenly you have the oppurtunity to go gatecrashing and leave this solar system. You're doing this because you need a new start, right? Really new start, touching something alien to us. Of course deep down you wonder if you're not doing this to pursue a life long gone. Your family was in one of the major cities the TITANs uploaded... and this is your only connection.
Chaplain Exmortis Chaplain Exmortis's picture
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Name: Freud Faction: Ultimate Background: Hyperelite Morph: Remade Background: An old man survived The Fall. An old man had left his wife behind to explore orbital mechanics and deep spatial mathematics. An old man hobbled home while the world ended around him only to find his quiet street of academics an ash covered rubble. An old man went back to the stars. He made himself young. He started to paint as she had. Then he applied his mathematical genius to the images of flowers, streams, and trees. What he saw has driven him out of the solar system. And possibly a little out of his mind.
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Name: Shrike, "The Butcher of Paris" Faction: Hypercorp Background: Re-Instantiated Morph: Fury Concept: Called a war criminal for abandoning the final evacuation of Paris. One backup from before Paris survived and "acquired" by Direct Action, leashed with behavioral modifications to make perfect suicide mission operative. Resigned to her fate to atone for unremembered misdeeds. Competent, deadly, but without regard to her own survival.
jackgraham jackgraham's picture
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Thanks for all of your ideas. I'll announce which I'm using in the next few days.
jackgraham jackgraham's picture
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I'll be using the following five ideas (I know, I said four, but there were too many I liked). If yours was picked, please message me (via this site) with your real name and e-mail address so that I can give credit. TEAM LEADER: Jic-Al Haiyude (Simulacrum0) ASSISTANT TO MR. HAIYUDE: Kiyomi Drosselmeyer (UnionJackal) MISSION SECURITY: Shrike (Gorbash) SURVEYOR/SITE SECURITY: Jinx (Codebreaker) MISSION SPECIALIST (XENOLINGUISTICS): Travers (Quincy Forder) Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! There were some ideas here that I really liked but had to pass over because I couldn't see how they'd work for this scenario.
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