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Angua von Uberwald (Pratchett's Discworld Watch)

Captain Angua von Uberwald


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Angua is among the main characters from the City Watch series of fantasy novels, by Sir Terry Pratchett . These are in turn part of his greater Discworld series. Most City Watch action occurs in the unruly city of Ankh-Morpork .

The Discworld stories are highly regarded for their witty writing style, incisive satire, and charismatic characters. Their differences from more traditional fantasy stories such as Tolkien’s contributed to their great popularity.


Background

  • Real Name: Delphine Angua von Uberwald.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Andrei (brother), Elsa (sister, deceased), Wolfgang (brother, deceased), Guye (’Silvertail‘, father), Serafine Soxe-Bloonberg (’Yellowfang‘, mother).
  • Group Affiliation: Ankh-Morpork Watch.
  • Base Of Operations: Pseudopolis Yard, Ankh-Morpork.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Ash-blonde


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Powers & Abilities

Angua is a werewolf, able to change at will into a wolf or hybrid form. Even in human form she has a heightened sense of smell, and can speak with all kinds of canines. She also has an uncanny knack of knowing where Carrot is since their bonding.

The standard equipment for guards is:

  • A chain shirt.
  • An iron breastplate.
  • An iron or brass helm.
  • A short sword.
  • A truncheon.

In times of emergency they also have access to a crossbow, and either a pike or halberd.


History

(A general history of her time with the Watch can be found in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch entry.)

Angua is the daughter of a Uberwaldian werewolf Baron. She had 3 siblings, Wolfgang, Elsa and Andrei. While Angua and Wolfgang were born full werewolves, the others were yennorks – werewolves stuck in one form. Andrei was stuck as a wolf, Elsa as a human.

Wolfgang, disgusted with their impurity, killed Elsa. Andrei fled before also falling victim to his brother, and lives a life as a talented sheepdog.


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Unhappy with the way her family lived and not wanting to turn out like them, Angua left. For a while she had a relationship with the wolf Gavin. They parted on good terms, and he kept watch on her family’s activities for her.

She travelled for a while, never allowing herself to settle down, or letting those around her learn what she was if possible.

Men at Arms

Ending up in Ankh-Morpork, Angua joined the Watch when it was recruiting minorities. Her werewolf nature wasn’t a secret, but wasn’t advertised, so Sergeant Carrot was unaware when he began courting her.

Ingrid Bolso Berdal as Angua von Uberwald

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Angua von Uberwald

Angua was attracted despite her cautious nature, but when she accidentally changed and caught him off guard she fled, determined to leave.

She was talked down by Gaspode, a stray mongrel who’d gained the ability to speak due to proximity to magic. He’d also taken a shine to her, and acted as her guide among the city’s dog gangs.

She returned to Carrot, saving him from the killer by jumping between them. Apparently dead, Carrot nevertheless stayed by her side – after dealing with the killer – until she recovered. He apologised for his earlier shock, and they got over it. She settled into her role in the Watch.

The Fifth Elephant

When Gavin journeyed to Ankh-Morpork to tell her Wolfgang was involved in a conspiracy that could damage Uberwald, Angua left with him without a word to anyone. Carrot followed with the aid of Gaspode, and Angua reluctantly turned back for the pair when they were in danger.

They reached Uberwald in time to save Commander Vimes – there as Ankh-Morpork ambassador – from Wolfgang’s hunt. They confronted Wolfgang and Angua’s mother. In the fight Gavin saved Carrot at the cost of his own life, and Angua sent Wolfgang over a cliff.

Wolfgang survived, and came at them in the Ankh-Morpork embassy. Angua attacked him again, driving him off but suffering serious wounds. Vimes followed Wolfgang and ultimately killed him. Angua returned home to Ankh-Morpork with Carrot.

Thud!

By this time Angua is a sergeant.

Raising Steam

By this time Angua is a captain.


Description

Angua has long, ash-blonde hair, and a serious demeanour. In the Sky productions of Discworld novels she was portrayed by Ingrid Bolsø Berdal.


Personality

Serious and controlled, Angua doesn’t like letting anyone get too close, and keeps her emotions in check, afraid of losing control to the wolf. She’ll let it off the leash when useful, and has grown less covert about it during her time with the Watch.

She moved around for a long while, often keeping her nature secret so she wouldn’t be persecuted and forced to move on. Even having found somewhere she’s accepted, she had to fight these urges.

While she loves Carrot, and knows that he loves her, a part of her worried that what she felt was the dog in her seeing him as her master.



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Captain Angua von Uberwald (human form)

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Watchman
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 016 HP: 025

Powers:
Analytic Smell/Tracking Scent: 04, Invulnerability: 08, Life Sense: 10, Speak with Animals: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Life Sense only let’s her know Carrot’s location (-2).
  • Speak with Animals only works on dogs and wolves (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Detective (Clue Analysis, Legwork, Police Procedure): 04, Martial Artist: 05, Military Science (Tracking): 05, Weaponry (Watch weapons): 05

Advantages
Police Credentials (Captain In the Watch, Medium), Familiarity (Assembling impromptu clothing after reverting to human form).

Connections:
Carrot Ironfoundersson (High), Watch (High), Gaspode (High), Cheery Littlebottom (High).

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (partially controllable, see below), Attack Vulnerability (-1 OV/RV vs. smell-based attacks), Loss Vulnerability (Invulnerability drops to 0 if Damage caused by silver), Mistrust (among wolves).

Equipment:

  • GUARD ARMOUR [BODY 04, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial Coverage (-1CS Trick Shot to bypass)].
  • Short Sword [BODY 05, EV 04 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist)].
  • Truncheon [BODY 04, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist)].
  • In emergencies she can also be armed with:
    • Crossbow [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Ammo: 01, R#02, Drawback: Long reload time].
    • Pike or Halberd [BODY 05, EV 04 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist)].

Werewolf form

Angua can turn into a werewolf at any time, day or night. The only time she has no control is when exposed to a full moon, which automatically transforms her. She can adopt either full wolf or hybrid form, with little stat difference between them.

In either form her mental stats can drop a few APs if she stays in it too long. Treat this as an MIA to giving in to the wolf, which she has to check against every day spent in wolf form, or every time she’s involved in a fight.

Failure means a 1AP decrease in her Mental Stats. After losing 3 APs she needs the help of someone familiar to return to human.

Changing form is impossible while touching silver, so binding her wolf form with any form of silver touching her will leave her trapped.

Clothing is not transformed with her, so if she doesn’t remove them before changing she may have to tear her way free. Similarly, if she doesn’t have clothes stashed nearby when she reverts to human she has to improvise clothing from whatever she can find.

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Watchman
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 017 HP: 025

Powers:
Analytic Smell/Tracking Scent: 08, Claws: 06, Detect: 10, Invulnerability: 08, Running: 05, Speak with Animals: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Detect only lets her know Carrot’s location (-1).
  • Speak with Animals only works on dogs and wolves (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 06, Charisma: (Intimidation): 06, Detective (Police Procedure, Clue Analysis): 04, Martial Artist: 05, Military Science (Tracking): 06

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Sébastien Andrivet.

Writeup completed on the 15th of September, 2014.

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