The King is Dead

Friday, October 16, 2015

The King is Dead: Robbie Macferguson, Hunted Highlander


Liam Neeson as Rob Roy.
Seriously, who else was I going to pick?

“Ne'er forgit an' ne'er forgife, th' high king charged th' kin'.  Accept nae surrender in yer barnie fur freedom, an' mah loove yoo'll hae forever.”
Robbie Macferguson, The Works of Osean.

Robbie Macferguson
Novice

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, this warrior-poet is out for vengeance on the man who framed him for the murder of his wife and children. Five years ago, Captain Alberick Trench was in charge of eliminating Clan O’Naill resistance in the far north of Lochland. Unable to capture the highlanders on the heaths and moors, Trench turned instead to undermining their support with the people. He made a show of showering kindness and affection on Macferguson’s wife and ultimately framed Robbie for the brutal slaughter of the Lochlander’s family.
Macferguson was forced into exile, doubted even by his kinsmen. Finally, years later, Trench was reassigned to the very province Robbie Macferguson had made his home, and the highlander could begin to plan his revenge.
 
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d10, Vigor d10.
Skills: Fighting d8, Healing d6, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Stealth d4, Streetwise d4, Survival d6, Taunt d6.
Charisma: +0; Pace: 6; Parry: 6 (5 with claymore); Toughness: 9 (1)
Hindrances: Dark Secret [Major] (see below),* Enemy [Major] (the cruel moroi Captain Alberick Trench), Death Wish [Hero is willing to die to restore his family name], Wanted [Minor] (Captain Trench’s minions will execute him on sight, but there are no warrants for him in Malleus)
Edges: Brawny, Connections (Clan O’Nail)
Gear: Claymore (Str+1d10, Parry -1, 2 hands), old-fashioned belted plaid, journal in which he writes poems about pining for Lochland and Keltisch mythology,  leather greatcoat (Armor +1), leather gorget (Armor +1, neck only).
*If Robbie Macferguson is revealed to have a Dark Secret, choose from or roll 1d6 on the chart below:
  • 1: Robbie is a Barrow Knight, one of the Sleeping Undead of Keltisch myth. Awakened by grave robbers, he has been studying modern society to see if the Sleeping Kings should reclaim the land – and he has decided it is time to return to the ancient ways of the Threefold Dead. His feud with Trench is entirely fictitious. Use the statistics for a Barrow Lord as he makes his escape.
  • 2-3: Robbie is Captain Trench’s thrall, tortured and tempted into servitude by the sadistic bloodcoat long moons ago. Their games of cat and mouse are only cover for Robbie’s position as Trench’s spy. He killed his own family on Trench's orders. Add +1d to Robbie’s Strength and Vigor as he makes his escape.
  • 4-5: Robbie is a moroi of the supposedly lost line of Macfindlay of Moray, the deposed Red King of Lochland. Rather than being loyal to the Great O’Naill, he instead conspires to restore Lochland’s vampire king. His feud with Trench is entirely fictitious. Use the statistics for a Beast Moroi as he makes his escape.
  • 6: Robbie is a Changeling, one of the weird children of the Fey. The haunting songs of his father’s people have echoed in his mind throughout his lifetime, leading him to commit murders he doesn’t remember (such as that of his own family). Robbie metamorphs into his true, hidden self and plagues the countryside as a spirit of malice and trickery. Use the statistics for a Rotcap as he makes his escape.
 
 

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