Route of the Kami
Elegant elf with a passion for technology and ability to be undetected.
Edgy with a kind of dark elegance. Stealthy, very good with throwing weapons, and technologically inclined. S can seem a little aloof/reserved at first glance but she has a sense of humor and can be companionable when/with whom she wants to be. Knows night life pretty well and the gadget/tech circuit.
Q: We are shaped by our heritage. Facial features, skin tone, height,
build, metatype, even aptitudes are influenced by the genes
passed from parent to child. Attitude, too, is taught by parents,
informed by their own lives and their cultural heritage. Where
does your character come from, what is her lineage, who were
her parents, and what did she inherit from them?
A: About 5’6", fair olive skintone, slender proportionally curvy build, european elf, long dark chesnut hair, with hazel eyes which change from a golden brown to a greenish color framed by dark lashes. She’s pretty positive most of the time, but can be a bit dubious about certain things, level headed and able to think things through. Not very lazy typically pretty energetic. She may seem reserved at first but she’s open with those she chooses to be/her friends, or out for fun. She has patience, but she has things she doesn’t tolerate.
Q: Parents can be proud of their children or regret ever bringing
them into the world. Some are loving, and some are indifferent.
All of them are only metahuman and have their own opinions
of their children. Assuming they could speak, what would each
of your character’s parents say about her?
A: Parents tried to create a loving family environment as much as they could early on, but later teen years just before moving to China they became a bit busy to be there all the time (so there’s a bit of longing for the same closeness as before) though they still have a love for their daughter and two sons. (Nuala being the oldest) Her father would describe her as being intelligent, with a sense of humor after his own heart, though he still views her as his little girl and isn’t always fond of the idea of the activities/work Nuala takes part in even if he knows she can handle it. Mother doesn’t understand her obsession with gadgets and tendencies towards nightlife or less than high societal areas/people of the world and thinks Nuala lives below her potential and is a little wild, though she’d describe her as braver than she herself is and capable of anything she sets her mind to. Both would describe her as a caring person towards those she’s close to, someone who wouldn’t let you down and can think though things well.
Q: Many people remember certain historical events for the rest of
their lives. For those alive in the first decade of the 21st century,
it could be the assassination of John F. Kennedy, or the
Tiananmen Square protests, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, or
the attacks of 11 September 2001. People remember where they
were, and what they were doing when they first heard of these
events. Shadowrun history has significant events as well, such as
the assassination of President Dunkelzahn, the Crash 2.0, and
the emergence of technomancers and artificial intelligences.
Pick a few events from recent Shadowrun history and ask where
the character was at the time, what does he remember about the
event, and what was he doing at the time? ((Pick three.))
Q: Very few people choose to become shadowrunners. More
likely, they are thrown into the life by a chaotic and uncaring
world. Even if she made a conscious decision to enter the
shadows, her decision is influenced by the world around her.
How did your character get into shadowrunning, and why did
she take that path?
A: Her family was becoming a bit of an echo of what it once was, (not really sure what it is that happens to cause her parents to become less family focused, something to do with their jobs or something I guess? get caught up in some sort of corporate thing? could probably use ideas on that) and things taking the turn for the way they were, Nuala got caught up in the nightlife of the city and already having an interest in gadgets and such got caught up in the crowd which utilized and developed/sold them, and already having a talent in gymnastics/throwing weapons/stealth, she realized she could be putting them to use in addition to gadgetry, and quickly began to further master them/add to them. It was part convenience, bigger part an interest, and part of what just felt natural/necessary.
Q: People have control over their own living arrangements. From
the child young enough to use crayons and tape all the way up
to the elderly shut-in who plasters her walls with family photos
and cat pictures, everyone makes their living spaces more personally
pleasing. What is your character’s living space like, and
what has he added or changed to make it his own?
A: It’s very clean/sleek and mostly modern, not very large. Cozy. Rooms are painted in pleasing colors. Gadets/electronics are found everywhere (but not in a messy manner), particularly around her desk/computer area. Music is constantly playing in the background. Against the modern feel there are hints of things from the past that only look slightly out of place, bookshelves filled with books that look wellread, a silver filagree handmirror on the dresser in the bedroom, pictures of major cities before the tech boom. On the bedside table is a candid picture of her family infront of their old house in which she’s sitting with her family who seems to be enjoying themselves laughing and talking, she’s the only one glancing at the camera smiling, mid laugh at something her younger brother had said.
Q: Everyone has beliefs, and many have beliefs strong enough to
be convictions. Some are religious, some are political, some are
social, and some are just about why people are here. What does
your character believe in, what are her convictions (if any), and
why does she hold them?
A: She never does anything halfassed, full believer in finishing what you’ve started and doing things the right way even if it’s the more difficult/tricky way. If she takes the time to be close to someone, she’s inclined to keep them as such, even if they haven’t seen eachother in a while, and will always be there when there’s something needed. She’s loyal. While she prefers to follow as many laws as possible, she views them more as guidelines/professional code when doing her work and doesn’t mind circumventing them to get things done. She typically goes outside of the norm in figuring out how to deal with things. She believes that everyone should be treated with respect unless they’ve proven themselves unworthy of it. She’s not overly religious, but was raised with the belief that there is a God.
Q: Everyone has aspects of their personality that grate on someone.
Even the best of friends annoy one another from time to time.
The flaws in a person’s character are as important as the qualities.
What do you dislike most about your character’s personality?
A: Her tendency to want to do things the right way, and ability to see ways in which they can best be carried out tends to make her slightly intolerant of those who are ignorant/make stupid moves to the point she can be a bit critical/get bossy in times of stress. She sometimes tires of the public persona which she has, being of a cooler nature than she is in reality/once someone takes the time to know her, even if she has fun with it also from time to time being snarky and condescending to guys at clubs who try to hit on her. As confident as she seems however, she has a hard time opening herself up sometimes/is a bit selfconcious underneath it all.
Q: The Sixth World is considered by many to be spinning out of
control. If anyone could exert control over it, it would be the
“Big Ten” triple-A megacorps. These transnationals exert a lot of
influence on everyday life in the 2070s. Which of the Big Ten
does your character hold in the highest (or least low) regard,
which does he like the least, and why?
Q: People make acquaintances and friends; we’re hardwired for it.
Humans are social animals. This is especially true in the shadows,
where often it is not the power you have, but the power you
can borrow, and not who you, are but who you know. There’s a
story behind each and every one of these relationships. What is
the story with your character and her contacts?
A: The gadget guy contact is one of the first people in the shadows she really got to know before deciding to enter. He introduced her to the wider range of technologies there were available and helped to find that which she was interested in, naturally good with, and just might think was cool, always keeping her up to date on the newest thing before many know about it. Kindof a gateway to her becoming even better at what she does. Bartender contact came about by way of her frequenting the nightlife scene and spending time in the club for both business and leisure. Friendly relationship though nothing personal. He only has a vague idea of exactly what it is she specializes in/does but he keeps her updated on the circulating talk/rumors and jokes about general club scene
Q: It’s Sunday morning, and your character has no commitments
until tomorrow afternoon. What does she do for the day?
A: As in the mini-session.
Q: Your character has a specific skill set, a list of Active and
Knowledge skills that define what she knows and her areas of
expertise. How did she come to learn those skills, and how did
she develop them to those levels?
Q: Everyone has their limits. People can be dark, but most people’s
instinct is to draw the line at certain actions and thoughts, and
they keep to their own moral convictions. Is there a moral limit
that your character enforces on the jobs she takes, and in what
shadow work would she refuse to engage?
Q: Life as a shadowrunner is by definition outside the bounds of
“normal” life. Shadowrunners do not truly fit into the lives of
ordinary people, whether they live in slums or mansions. What
does your character think of ordinary life, mainstream culture,
and those who abide by it?
A: In the back of her mind, she has kind of a wistful nostalgia for the memories of times early in her childhood when things were much simpler and more ordinary, though she would not admit this to most anyone. The shadows are her life now, and it suits her. She herself stays out of the mainstream, though no one can avoid it completely. She likes certain “undiscovered” types in culture and likes to be unique, giving off an original-type vibe. As far as people, she sees that much deserves to each their own, but she feels sorry for those who get swept away by society’s flows and pity for those that choose to mindlessly follow it.
Q: Everyone has nightmares. Sometimes, we forget the dream
completely on waking. Sometimes, the nightmare haunts us or
even recurs. If your character had a lingering nightmare or a
deep-rooted fear, what would it be, and why does she find it so
Q: People tend to attach sentimental value to items in their possession
or people they are close to. They make an effort to
keep these close by and safe. What is your character’s “sacred
object” or “close one,” and how did they come to be so important
Q: One of metahumanity’s greatest assets is its ability to look toward
the future and imagine a better life. Even small children
have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up.
What did your character want to become when she was a child,
and what are her goals now?
Q: A person’s appearance can say volumes about her. From fashion
sense, to the colors she prefers, to the way she walks and speaks.
Sometimes, her personality determines her appearance, and,
sometimes, the appearance she chooses to present the world effects
her personality. What does your character look like, and
what inspired her choices?
A: She has a style all her own, but that’s not to say that it isn’t “fashionable”. She wears what she likes and feels like; it looks good and really works for her. Part of it is her confidence, which allows her to pull things off. It’s apparent in the way she moves and handles herself. She’s not afraid to be a little edgy in her style, nor to give it a broad range if she feels like it. Her attire much depends on her mood that day, and/or what she needs to do. She’s been known to wear things from form fitting leather to a flowy skirt. She prefers darker colors in clothing; if something is bright, it’s only an accent, not the focus. She can do her own hair in a wide variety of styles, but has also been seen in brightly colored wigs in clubs, or more practical ones if a disguise calls for it. She’s extremely good at stealth and what she needs to do, if that’s to be someone else, she can do it.
Q: Everyone has a name, but a runner’s street name is a representation
of her connection to the shadows. Sometimes runners
choose their own moniker, but more often it is given to them as
a nickname or earned through some (mis)adventure. How did
your character come to be known by her street name?