The Emperor
 
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes  
5 STR 15 12- Lift: 200  Damage: 3d6  END: 1
20 DEX 20 13-  
10 CON 20 13-  
13 INT 23 14- PER Roll: 14
15 EGO 25 14- Mental Defense: 20
15 PRE 25 14- PRE Attack: 5d6
15 OCV 6 ---  
15 DCV 6 ---  
15 OMCV 8 ---  
15 DMCV 8 ---  
20 SPD 4 --- Phases:  3, 6, 9, 12
3 PD 20 --- Resistant PD: 15
3 ED 20 --- Resistant ED: 15
6 REC 10 ---  
0 END 20 ---  
0 BODY 10 ---  
10 STUN 40 ---  
0 Running 12m --- END: 1
0 Swimming 4m --- END: 1
0 Leaping 4m --- Forward: 4m  Upward: 2m  END: 1
 
Character Summary      
Real Name: Niccolo Machiavelli Played By: NPC
Concept: Mystic Nationality: Italian
Hair/Eye Color: Brown/Brown Date of Birth: 3 May 1469
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/200 lbs Place of Birth: Florence, Italy
 
Cost Powers END
160 Sorcery: Variable Power Pool, 100 base + 60 control cost, Powers Can Be Changed As A Half-Phase Action (+1/2), No Skill Roll Required (+1) (175 Active Points); all slots Spells Only (-1/4)  ---
   
60 His Favorite Spells: Multipower, 60-point reserve  ---
6f 1) Counterspells: Dispel Magical Powers 13d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (58 Active Points)  0
6f 2) Dimensional Walking: Teleportation 8m, No Relative Velocity, Position Shift, x8 Noncombat, Safe Blind Teleport (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (58 Active Points)  0
6f 3) Wall of Mystic Force: Barrier 8 PD/8 ED/5 Power Defense, 0 BODY (up to 4m long, 2m tall, and 1/2m thick), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (60 Active Points)  0
4f 4) The Cradle of Winds: Flight 15m, x8 Noncombat, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (37 Active Points)  0
   
46 Mystic Reserve: Endurance Reserve (150 END, 10 REC) (46 Active Points)  0
75 Personal Defensive Magics: Resistant Protection (15 PD/15 ED/15 Mental Defense/5 Power Defense)  0
15 The Spell Eternal: Life Support (Immunity All terrestrial poisons; Immunity: All terrestrial diseases; Longevity: Immortal)  0
 
Cost Skills
40 +5 with Spells 
20 +2 with All Attacks 
3 Bureaucratics 14- 
3 Concealment 14- 
3 Conversation 14- 
3 Deduction 14- 
3 Disguise 14- 
--- Everyman Skills 
0 1) Acting 8- 
0 2) AK: Florence, Italy 8- 
0 3) Climbing 8- 
0 4) Concealment 8- 
0 5) Conversation 8- 
0 6) Deduction 8- 
0   7) Language: Italian (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
0 8) Paramedics 8- 
0 9) Persuasion 8- 
0 10) PS: Political Advisor 11- 
0 11) Shadowing 8- 
0 12) Stealth 8- 
0 13) TF: Common Motorized Ground Vehicles 
3 Gambling 14- 
3 High Society 14- 
3 Interrogation 14- 
3 KS: Arcane and Occult Lore 14- 
3 KS: The Criminal World 14- 
3 KS: The Economic World 14- 
3 KS: The Mystic/Occult World 14- 
3 KS: The Metahuman World 14- 
3 KS: The Other "Big Guns" Worldwide 14- 
5 KS: Politics 16- 
3 Linguist 
3 1) Language: Arabic (Modern) (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 2) Language: Cantonese (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 3) Language: English (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 4) Language: French (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 5) Language: German (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 6) Language: Japanese (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 7) Language: Mandarin (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 8) Language: Portuguese (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 9) Language: Russian (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 10) Language: Spanish (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 
3 Oratory 14- 
3 Paramedics 14- 
3 Persuasion 14- 
3 PS: Politician 14- 
3 Power: Wizardry 14- 
3 Riding 13- 
3 Science Skill: Economics 14- 
3 Sleight Of Hand 13- 
3 Tactics 14- 
3 Teamwork 13- 
3 Trading 14- 
 
Cost Talents
45 Danger Sense (immediate vicinity, any danger, Analyze, Discriminatory, Function as a Sense, Telescopic (+3)) 14- 
5 Eidetic Memory 
 
Cost Perks
5 Access: Stock Exchanges World Wide (Hidden (-1 to Skill Rolls)) 
3 Anonymity 
2 Deep Cover: Kevin Rangedorff, World-Renowned Economist 
2 Deep Cover: Arthur Wyndham, World-Renowned Political Analyst 
11 Money: Filthy Rich 
6 Positive Reputation: One of the True Power Players in the Mystic World (Only Among Mystics) 14-, +3/+3d6 
 
325+ Complications
20 Hunted: Checkmate Infrequently (Mo Pow; NCI; Harshly Punish) 
15 Psychological Complication: Always Calm and Collected; Never Loses His Cool (Common; Strong) 
25 Psychological Complication: Arrogant and Overconfident (Very Common; Total) 
15 Social Complication: Secret Identity (Niccolo Machiavelli) Frequently, Major 
 
Character Point Summary      
Characteristics Cost: 180 Base Points: 325
Powers Cost: 378 Total Matching Complication Points: 75
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Total Experience Points Earned: 410
Skills Cost: 173 Experience Points Spent: 410
Talents Cost: 50 Experience Points Unspent: 0
Perquisites Cost: 29 Total Points: 810
Total Cost: 810    
 
Background:
Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence to an established though not particularly affluent middle-class family whose members had traditionally filled responsible positions in local government. While little of the his early life has been documented, it is known that as a boy he learned Latin and that he quickly became an assiduous reader of the ancient classics.

Machiavelli's first recorded involvement in the volatile Florentine political scene occurred in 1498, when he helped the political faction that deposed Girolamo Savonarola, then the dominant religious and political figure in Florence. In the same year Machiavelli was appointed to the second chancery of the republic. As chancellor and secretary to the Ten of Liberty and Peace, a sensitive government agency dealing chiefly with warfare and foreign affairs, Machiavelli participated both in domestic politics and in diplomatic missions to foreign governments. These posts afforded him innumerable opportunities over the next fourteen years to closely examine the inner workings of government.

It was during this period that he developed a taste for political and economic power that has ruled his world ever since. His yearning for greater and greater power led to his involvement in the dark arts of sorcery.

In his most famous political treatises (The Prince, written in 1513, and Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius, written in 1521), Machiavelli offered rules advice designed to keep a ruler in power. As he grew older, he began to despair that none of the heads of state were actually following his advice. He slowly came to the conclusion that someone, namely himself, would have to gain control of the whole of Europe, and from there the whole of the world, if the planet was to be an ordered, organized place in which economic and political prosperity was to be assured.
He faked his own death in 1527. Shortly thereafter, he founded the secret society that would one day become Tarot.
 
Personality/Motivation:
The Emperor may well be the most arrogantly self-assured human being on the planet. Being effectively immortal, he always takes the long view. His plans always include fallback positions in case of failure, and many have multiple secondary goals. If the primary goal of a plan fails, the accomplishment of these secondary goals still may make the mission a success. "Wheels within wheels within wheels" correctly describes his mindset.  The Emperor views the constant warfare between Tarot and the world's superhero community as an ongoing chess game with an opponent who does not know how to play. His contempt for others is seconded only by his self-confidence. Even such world-shaking persons as Abyss and Lord Doom matter to him only as pawns in the game.
 
Quote:
"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."
 
Powers/Tactics:
As a mage of incredible power, the Emperor can invoke great effects, limited only by his imagination. He has many objects of mystical power and carries a few of them depending on the situation. He has long since garnered enough personal power that he need not rely on items that can be taken away from him for his personal protection.
 
Appearance:
The Emperor is a tall, middle-aged man with graying brown hair. He keeps himself clean-shaven at all times, and is always dressed in the finest clothes. He has a "costume", of sorts, including a rather garish crown, but except when absolutely necessary loathes to put it on. When it is necessary, the Emperor dresses in black silk pants and shirt, over which a red tabard is worn. A belt of red leather and matching boots and gloves, plus a long flowing black cloak complete the ensemble. Lastly, a large spiked crown tops off his costume.
 
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