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Merlin Athrawes - Off Armageddon Reef - David Weber novels

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David Weber

Merlin Athrawes v1

By Mike Winkler

Source of Character: Armageddon Reef, By Heresies Distressed, and By Schism Rent Asunder novels by David Weber

Reasons: Merlin is a 900 year old high tech hero in a low tech world. He isn’t an angel… sort of. Or a daemon… mostly. But he is a naval officer… or was when he was a she… nearly a thousand years ago.

Some of the stats are speculative.

Writeups.org & Amazon.com recommend Off Armageddon Reef, By Heresies Distressed and By Schism Rent Asunder.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Merlin
Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 08 Motivation: Uphold the good
Int:06 Wil: 08 Min:05 Occupation: Captain of the Imperial Guard
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources: 09
Init: 031 (017) HP: 030

Powers: Super-speed: 10, Ultra-vision: 09, Remote Sensing: 17, Data Storage: 08, Radio Communication: 17, Extended Hearing: 03, Telescopic Vision: 03, Jumping: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Performance Governors (Dex: 06 and Str: 04 Super-Speed: 0) see below.
  • Super-Speed has no movement bonus
  • Remote sensing requires deployment of a steathed sensor, a ‘snark’
  • Thief (Stealth) is a powered skill
  • Radio Communication is encrypted

Skills: Weaponry (Firearms, Missile and Melee): 06; Vehicles (air): 03; Animal Handling (Riding): 03; Military Science: 05; Thief (Stealth): 09; Scientist (Drawing Plans): 04

Advantages: Rank: Captain in Imperil Guard, Life support; Attractive; Paired Melee Weapons Rank: Lt. Commander in Terran Navy; Slowed Aging Scholar: Human History‘ Weapons Specialist (Katana)

Connections: Carisian Military (High), Emperor Caleb (High), Carisian Government (High)

Drawbacks: Enemy: Church of God Awaiting; SIA (preserving the Royal Family of Carris) Enemy: Sword of Langhorn; Dark Secret ( His nature and the pre-Safehold human history)

Equipment:

  • Scout Skimmer [BODY 14 Fight: 14 Sealed Systems: 10 Invisibility: 06 Telekinesis: 05] Telekinesis can only be used to embark and debark passengers from a height. Invisibility can be extended to embarking or debarking passengers. Invisibility is effective against Radar and the like as well.
  • Katana [Body: 18 EV: 04 Sharpness: 02]
  • Wakasashi [Body: 17 EV: 03 Sharpness: 03]

 

OWL
OWL is considered a Pet with the following stats: [INT 08 WIL 02 MIN 05, Data Storage: 30, Radio Communications: 18, Remote Sensing: 24, Matter Manipulation: 06] Things made with Matter Manipulation are permanent. OWLs physical stats are unknown, as he is the AI of a hidden battle cruiser it would be reasonable to assume it is at least 24. It would also be reasonable to assume certain powerful automated defenses. Remote sensing is subject to the same limitations as Merlin. In OWLs massive data store he literally possess all recorded knowledge of human history.


 

Performance Governors
Much of the time Merlin has governors on his performance to keep himself seeming human and not like an android killing machine. Only under dire necessity does he use his full colossal power and speed.


 

Information Overload
Merlin often Pushes his Remote Sensing power. He tries to watch literally hundreds of places across the world of Safehold constantly to gather political and military intelligence. In the event of a Push failing the power does not fail, but Merlin will miss some important event that he would have seen.


Background

Alter-ego: Nimue Alban
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: none
Group affiliation: Royal House of Armack
Base Of Operations: Royal Palace at Tellisberg,
Height: 6‘0” Weight: 195 lbs
Eyes: Sapphire Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Merlin is an advanced mechanical simulation of a human being called a PICA. His reflexes are many times faster than that of a human being. He is much stronger and more durable as well. Merlin is a better shot with firearms or bows than anyone in the entire Carrisian army. His skill with Swords is without peer. When he chooses to do so, he can move fast enough to cut through elite warriors like a hay reaper. His physical senses are beyond human.

Merlin has an advanced technical communications network he can use to spy on nearly anywhere in the world. He has weapons and technical knowledge well beyond that of the world around him. He is responsible for leading many positive innovations. Anything he does not know he can get from OWL via radio Although Merlin does not need to eat or drink he sometimes will for the joy of it.

History

Merlin is a reincarnation of the Terran Naval Officer Nimue Alban. She served in a colossal war for human survival against an alien race known as the Gababa. The human race lost. The last remaining millions escaped Earth before its destruction by the Gababa. They were intended to go into hiding for decades until the process of rebuilding could begin.

The new home of the human race, Safehold was managed by megalomaniacs. They set themselves up as angels and mind-altered the survivors to believe that this had always been so. The people of Safehold were locked into a feudal culture by the dominance of the church.

Nine hundred years later Nimue, in the personage of a PICA, awakened to this world in a hidden technical shelter. She, to become he, was given the mission to restore humanity from the corrupt and futile society by recorded messages from her old naval commander.

The Angels had long ago been killed in infighting against one of their own, Shawn Wei. They had still left powerful tools that Merlin could not fight directly. He set out to befriend the crown prince, Caleb of Carris, of the most progressive and dynamic country on Safehold. Many of Merlin’s adventures are as Caleb’s bodyguard and advisor. The extend for years as Caleb becomes Emperor over a huge swath of the world in an effort to overthrow the stifling and corrupt yoke of the church.

Caleb is one of the few who know the truth about the beginnings of human life on safehold and what Merlin actually is.

He fears the ’Sword of Langhorn’ (technology left behind by the mission Planners) so he does not deploy his sensors in the Temple Lands and will not go there himself.

Description

Merlin is a near parody of an action hero. He is Tall, attractive, and has sapphire eyes. He carries Japanese style swords that are unknown on Safehold. Much of the time he is wearing the uniform of a Captain in the Royal Guard. Merlin is the deadliest fighting man on Safehold and although he hides the degree to which this is true he has a definite air of danger about him

Personality

Merlin is the last survivor of Earth. This haunts him quite a bit. He knows that the Gababa still out there want to kill off this last world of human survivors. He knows that the powerful Church of God Awaiting will do everything they can to foil his plans and preserve their power. But he has no real choice but to soldier on.

Merlin has grown quite close to his friends on Safehold. Emperor Caleb, His now deceased father (Harral) or the Empress (Charlean), he would leave a river of blood to help. He knows he and his mission will outlast any friendships. This haunts him a bit as well.

Caleb is not a great military mind at the beginning of the story but the years teach him a great deal of strategy and tactics. He would never want to rule a country or world himself but he is slowly gaining the wisdom that comes with the hard choices of conquering the world.

Merlin is aware of the degree he needs to hide his `visions’ lest they are seen as satanic intervention and it be used against Caleb by the church. They do allow him and Caleb, who is a great Admiral, to be the best military planners in the world bar none

DC Universe History

Placed in the DCU Merlin would need to be recast a bit. A hero from before human history who has a mission he must accomplish but cannot take on directly. In a world of meta humans he would need to hold back less but would still need to act through intermediaries.

Merlin could be a great guide character to lead the PCs against Illuminati like threat. He exposes the secret menace that rules the world.

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