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Title: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1023:30>
Name: Takeshi Takara
Alias: Ronin, Maxwell Collins
Race: Human (Caucasian/Asian)
Sex: Male
Nationality: UCAS
Lifestyle: Middle
Karma Spent: 0
Physical Description: Work In Progress
Personality/background: Work In Progress

Attributes
Body: 4
Agility: 3 (6)
Reaction: 4 (6)
Strength: 5 (9)
Charisma: 3
Intuition: 3
Logic: 2
Willpower: 4
Edge: 2
Magic: 6
Essence: 4
Initiative/Passes: 9/3

Positive Qualities:
Adept
Martial Arts - Kenjutsu R1 (Counts as Arnis De Mano. +1 DV with Blades.)
Guts
Famous R1
Double Jointed

Negative Qualities:
SINner R1
Records on File
Day Job R2
Phobia - Mild Taphephobia (Fear of being buried alive.)
Astral Beacon


Active Skills:
Blades - Swords 5
Unarmed Combat 3
Throwing Weapons 2
Dodge - Ranged 5
Perception 3
Influence 1
Instruct 1

Knowledge Skills:
World Philosophy 3
Art of Cooking 1
Renowned Swordsmen 1
Japanese Culture 3
Samurai Knowledge 2

Language Skills:
English N
Japanese 5

Adept Powers:
Kinesics R1
Pain Resistance R1
Rapid Healing R3
Improved Physical Attribute - Strength R2
Improved Physical Attribute - Agility R1

Martial Arts Maneuvers:
Iaijutsu
Break Weapon

Cyberware/Bioware:
Synaptic Booster R2
Muscle Augmentation R2
Muscle Toner R2
Platelet Factories

Foci:
Weapon Focus 2 - Katana

Shadowrunning Gear:
Full-Body Form-Fitting Armor
Securitech PPP Vitals, Shins, Legs, Forearms
Heavy Armored Clothing
Hardliner Gloves
Throwing Knives x3
Smoke Grenade x2
Respirator R6
Glasses R4 w/ Imagelink, Flare Compensation, Low Light, Thermographic Vision
Subvocal Microphone
Headphones R1
Meta Link Commlink w/ Vector Xim OS

Other Gear:
Armor Vest
Clothing (195 • worth of various clothes.)
Bokken x2 (Paid for as two Clubs.)

Lifestyle: Middle

SINs/Licenses:
#1 SIN (Real) Takeshi Takara, UCAS
Blade License (Paid for as an R4 Fake.)
Driverís License (Paid for as an R4 Fake.)
#2 SIN (Fake, R3) Maxwell Collins, UCAS
Fake Blade License R3
Fake Driverís License R3
Fake Bounty Hunterís License R3

Vehicles:
Opel Luna, Red (Leased to Takashi Takara, Counts as a Chrysler-Nissan Jackrabbit.)
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1027:18>
The Breakdown:
Attributes
265
Nuyen
050
Pos. Qualities
025
Neg. Qualities
-35
Maneuvers
004
Active Skills
90
Knowledge/Language
15

Total 414 BP
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1048:35>
Tell me whatcha think. I've been working on this guy for several days and have a good idea about who he is, but I still need to write down his backstory and appearance and all that stuff.

In combat hopefully he'll be hard to hit.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Walks Through Walls on <09-26-10/1140:42>
I'm curious how you came up with you magic attribute. It looks like you bought it to level 5 and you have 2 essence of bioware so that would reduce it to a rating of 3 or am I missing something on the character sheet?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1153:38>
I'm curious how you came up with you magic attribute. It looks like you bought it to level 5 and you have 2 essence of bioware so that would reduce it to a rating of 3 or am I missing something on the character sheet?

Thanks. You just made me realize I have 10 more points than I thought.

Okay this is how I did it. Let me know if I'm wrong.
I used two points of essence, reducing it to four. Since magic is tied in with essence, my magic can only be increased to 4, Costing me 30 points. Did I miss something? I'm new to Adepts.

Were you talking about the extra 10 BP I had on Attributes? I moved it to Skills.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1209:26>
You got the order wrong. You have to buy Magic first, and then reduce it from Essence loss, so to get Magic 4 with 2 points of Essence lost you'd have to buy Magic 6.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-26-10/1211:26>
Actually, it's easier to buy the Magic before the Essence. The maximum of the Magic attribute is equal to his Essence. If you bought four points of Magic, then got the Bioware, it would reduce your Essence to four and reduce your Magic to two. To get a Magic 4 with the Bioware, you'd have to max out your Magic at 6 first, then reduce it by the Essence cost.

Edit: Ninja'd as I was uploading Doc's Kitteh image. ;)
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1214:57>
Thanks guys. I'll have to sac some skills, but I should be able to fix this.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1218:27>
Edit: Ninja'd as I was uploading Doc's Kitteh image. ;)

Well, it's fitting that we are in a Ninja's thread ;D
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1220:11>
There. Fixed. Anything else?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1222:44>
Hate to be the rain on your parade, but doesn't Magic 6 cost 65 BP (maximum point costs 25, not 10)?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1229:25>
Cryky... How am I gonna get 15 more points off? Athletics can go... for 10, Throwing weapons taken down to 2, and Instruct Specialization removed.

I'm a 399 points, plus knowledge skills. Can I do anything with 1 BP?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1233:57>
Boost a connection?

*edit* Oh... doesn't have any...
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1235:26>
My commlink is a piece of @#$%. Or did you mean Contacts? He doesn't have any right now.

Could I put it in a knowledge skill?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1239:22>
My commlink is a piece of @#$%. Or did you mean Contacts? He doesn't have any right now.

Could I put it in a knowledge skill?

Uhm, yeah, contacts. Damn yankee lingo soft glitches...

No, you need two BP for an additional Knowledge Skill Point.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1245:32>
Aren't knowledge skill specializations only one BP?

Edit: Damnit.... No. No they are not. This sucks. Is it just wasted BP?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1249:46>
Hold on *checks* Indeed you are right, they are 2 BP, too. So yeah, one single BP is pretty useless if you are maxed out on money BP and dont have contacts...
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1251:44>
2 BP each.

So I guess I have a wasted 1 BP.  :-\

Anything else?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: The Doomed One on <09-26-10/1253:16>
How much of your 250,000• did you actually spend?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1255:29>
Every Nuyen
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1258:02>
Synaptic Booster 2 alone costs a fortune...

No contacts is a pretty rough stand to start with, but if you're ok with it...
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1307:10>
I don't have a whole lot of choice. I've already stripped him down to what I feel is necessary for him to be the character I want him to start as. Having no contacts is also acceptable in relation to his story and personality.

And yes. My Bioware cost me an arm and a leg. That's why it looks like my gear is modest, but I've spent 250,000
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1319:54>
Does it have to be BP gen?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-26-10/1320:51>
You can always get 5,000• more resources for one point. That could be gear, or even gives you one more month of Middle Lifestyle.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1321:46>
You can always get 5,000• more resources for one point. That could be gear, or even gives you one more month of Middle Lifestyle.

He's already maxed out on money points.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1323:57>
Does it have to be BP gen?

What do you mean?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1325:12>
Does it have to be BP gen?

What do you mean?

If you can get your hands on the Runners Companion you could try out Karma Gen, it tends to bring out more... well rounded characters.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1334:09>
I'll check it out. Is it the kinda thing where I would need GM permission? I don't want to make so him that some GMs wont let me use him.

Edit: I don't know. It looks really complicated and time-consuming. This character is supposed to be pretty specialized. He's just a little underdeveloped outside of combat right now. Mostly because of the cost of being a Magic-user AND having Bioware. The first Karma I earn will start to remedy that.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1340:18>
Karma Gen lets you spend more than BP Gen, so yeah, your GM would have to aprove (depends a lot on the char you are making, but most of the time you get a character worth 500 to 550 BP).
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1348:44>
Karma Gen lets you spend more than BP Gen, so yeah, your GM would have to aprove (depends a lot on the char you are making, but most of the time you get a character worth 500 to 550 BP).

Yeah, this guy is 400. If I made him 500 then I wouldn't have any problems with BP. :)

He's probly for the play-by-post section of the forums, so making him standard, since I don't know what game or GM he will be involved with, is probably a good idea.

Might be writing some short fiction about him too.

(I don't have people to play with where I live.)
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1354:43>
Most people I know tend to use Karma Gen, because it gives you better flexibility in creating characters. If you use it, be sure to get the errata (attributes cost x5, not x3).
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Critias on <09-26-10/1456:29>
Just a heads up, but you might also wanna know that Ronin (as a street name) has been established in canon material with a character (one of Kensons, I think?) that's showed up in at least one novel and sourcebook.

It's always been a name that makes sense for a Shadowrun character (given the Japanese culture-baggage in the game, and the meaning of the word), but if you find a GM that's particularly knowledgeable of existing NPC types, he might have some fun with a few misunderstandings when folks hear you go by Ronin, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1505:35>
It suits him so well. Damn. Well thanks for the heads up. I'll see if I can find anything else.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-26-10/1509:09>
Just add something. Like... Black Ronin, or something like that :)
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/1514:06>
A good suggestion. Can't use Red Ronin though, for obvious reasons. Gonna take me a while to think of something I'm happy with.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Walks Through Walls on <09-26-10/1515:28>
Shadow Ronin?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-26-10/1622:57>
Actually, Ronin was Michael Bishop, the Protagonist of Tower of Babel. During the Renraku Arcology situation, his 'personality', along with Maegera/Morgan was absorbed into Deus. Deus then scattered his pieces throughout his drones. Ronin and Maegera were able to 'turn' some of Deus' agents. During Crash 2.0, Maegera and Ronin were able to break free from Deus, helping to stop his plans. After the crash, all three are gone.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-26-10/2150:43>
Well if that's someone who is well known I guess I really do need to change.

Some name ideas:
Red Shadow
Guardian
Red Dragon
Saber
Warrior
Kami
Hellion

None of them are as good as Ronin, I think. If you have suggestions or opinions I wouldn't mind hearing them.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Walks Through Walls on <09-26-10/2152:37>
Shadow Warrior comes to mind
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-27-10/0119:42>
Shadow Warrior comes to mind

Said character would never live down the quotes from Shadow Warrior (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234704/quotes) at our table...
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Critias on <09-27-10/0120:58>
Well if that's someone who is well known I guess I really do need to change.
Well, no.  You don't need to do anything.  If you like the name, you like the name. 
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-27-10/0200:43>
Well if that's someone who is well known I guess I really do need to change.
Well, no.  You don't need to do anything.  If you like the name, you like the name. 
Exactly, just because *that* Ronin existed doesn't mean that there aren't twenty other Street Sams calling themselves Ronin as well. In fact, you could have some fun with it, by getting the reputations confused. You might get a call on a hacking job (Ronin was modified by Deus to be the first Otaku over 18), or something similar.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Critias on <09-27-10/0342:23>
Right.  I mean, it's not a "grrr, no, you can't do that!" sort of situation.  I just brought it up as something to be aware of, is all.  It could be something that resolves itself in-game, even.  Heck, anyone else remember the Sticks/Styx silliness? 
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Doc Chaos on <09-27-10/0409:34>
Oh ghosts, I got Jack Daniels stocks up by 2 bucks just to get over that...
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-27-10/0701:07>
But is this other Ronin really well known?
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-27-10/0851:37>
But is this other Ronin really well known?
On Shadowland, yes. But he might not be as well known to Fixers.

For example, I'm sure (almost) everyone here knows Bruce Campbell and can name at least three movies he's been in. But if you go to producers of blockbuster hits for the studios, they might say Bruce who? (Lamentable, but true...)
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Devil on <09-27-10/0911:48>
Evil Dead
Evil Dead 2
Army of Darkness

Sure, I see your point. I'm a sucker for originality anyways ...At least as much originality as you can find in a codename these days. I'll probly end up going with something not used by famous characters. Lol

Doc Chaos, if I had to play with someone like Shadow Warrior I would go insane.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: Irian on <09-27-10/1000:46>
Somewhere out there must be a table for streep rep penalties for certain nicknames, starting with everything that has "Shadow" in it ;) And honestly, there must be at least several dozen runners out there calling themselves "Ronin", as it's pretty obvious.
Title: Re: Ronin (Takeshi Takara)
Post by: FastJack on <09-27-10/1027:40>
Somewhere out there must be a table for streep rep penalties for certain nicknames, starting with everything that has "Shadow" in it ;) And honestly, there must be at least several dozen runners out there calling themselves "Ronin", as it's pretty obvious.
Yeah... if only there were a list or something of all the known handles used on Shadowland/Jackpoint.

That'd be really cool. (http://forums.shadowrun4.com/index.php?topic=58.0)

(And yes, I'm still in the process of the next update. It's worth it though.)