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Linna Yamazaki of the Knight Sabres (Bubblegum Crisis)

Linna Yamazaki


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Bubblegum Crisis (バブルガムクライシス) was a 1987-1991 cyberpunk  animé . It is a minor classic of the genre, especially since from a Western point of view it is an early example (the imports weren’t all that back then, especially for genre fiction).

BGC features an all-women team of vigilantes with special power armour  in a very late 1980s dystopic future. They often take on out-of-control robots that the police lacks the firepower to destroy.


Background

  • Real Name: Linna Yamazaki.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Knight Sabers.
  • Base Of Operations: MegaTōkyō.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 110 lbs Age: 22
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Linna’s training was mostly oriented toward dancing and entertainment. But she also developed close combat mastery.


History

MegaTōkyō 2033. After the first Kanto Earthquake, the city used Genom’s Boomers to rebuild. Unfortunately, as other earthquakes shaked the city, some of these Boomers were damaged and went on rampage. The newly founded AD Police was unable to prevent the damages done by rampaging Boomers.

Many citizens died during these rampage sessions. Linna’s parents were on those lists.

Group shot of Bubblegum Crisis' Knights Sabre

However, her natural optimism kept the orphaned 15-year-old from becoming embittered like Priss. Instead, Linna overcame her grief and pursued her dream of becoming a world class entertainer. Soon, an audition for a musical revue provided her a shot at stardom. But her dreams were shattered when the judges were dissatisfied with her performance.

At this new low point in her life, Linna met a mysterious woman. Unlike the judges, this lady was very impressed with her abilities. Now Linna’s excellent reflexes and strong will help support the Knight Sabers, as the close quarter combat specialist.

After the end of Bubblegum Crisis, Linna joined a firm as a stocks analyst. As crimes committed by the Illegal Army caused her tech stocks to plummet, she resigned, and rejoined the Knight Sabers.


Description

Linna is a beautiful woman. She has heavy short hair, and must keep a headband to prevent them for getting in her eyes.

In Bubblegum Crisis, she often wore male executive’s clothes like trousers, white shirt and tie with suspenders, jeans and a loose T-shirt, or full aerobics gear (the latter mostly during her workouts).


Personality

Linna is practical to the point of seeming superficial. As an underachiever, she’s fickle and highly materialistic. However, she’s also honest, polite, fun-loving and sympathetic to people in trouble. Her understandability makes her endearing.

Bubblegum Crisis Knight Sabre hardsuits

She’s the most “normal” member of the Knight Sabers. She’s concerned with everyday things (like money, men, and her bad luck with cars) rather than being obsessed with vengeance or cuteness. Still, she maintains one true passion: dance.

Linna’s fighting style is flamboyant, energetic and up-close-and-personal.


DC Universe History

In the wake of the heroes and villains of the late 20th and early 21st centuries finally growing old and either retiring or dying, the world seemed to almost settle back down to normal.

However, a man named Quincy (last name unknown) used AI technology stolen from Doctor Katsuhito Stingray, and the ability to absorb foreign material from the now defunct cyborg Metallo, to create Boomers.

These machines soon found their way into every niche in modern life, from service androids and laborers, to military machines and even sex bots. However, there was a sinister plan – one that would not be known for many years. To keep his plans a secret, he had Dr Stingray assassinated in 2022, because the brilliant scientist had discovered what he was planning.

Linna's character design model sheet

In 2025 the Great Kanto Quake destroyed much of Tōkyō, and gave Quincy the opportunity to begin his own operations. Such criminal operations would be considered simply ’rogues’ who had been damaged in the quake. As well, the reconstruction of MegaTōkyō would be the perfect opportunity to infiltrate his Boomers even more into society.

However, Quincy did not count on the daughter and son of Dr Stingray, Sylia and Mackie, being very nearly as brilliant as the Dr was. With some of the research their father had done, combined with assistance from an old and retired john Henry Irons, they constructed the Hardsuits that would be the mainstay of the Knight Sabers.

Knowing that public superheroes would not be as welcome in a time that had finally learned to live without them, they stick to the shadows – at least as much as they can wearing brilliant purple, pink and blue armors…


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Linna

Dex: 09 Str: 02 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Aerobics Instructor
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 023 HP: 040

Skills:
Artist (Dancer)*: 05, Acrobatics*: 09, Charisma (Persuasion) : 06, Martial Artist*: 09, Thief (Stealth, Security Systems, Locks): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Melee)*: 09, Weaponry (Others): 07

Advantages:
Confined Headquarter, Intensive Training, Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye, Scholar (Stock Market).

Connections:
Knight Sabers (High).

Drawbacks:
Secret ID, Unluck.


Previous statistics

Prior to Bubblegum Crash, Linna did not have her Scholar (Stock Market) – or at least it was not demonstrated.

Linna's hardsuit design sheet


HARDSUIT LINNA Mk I

/STR/ 07 /BOD/ 08

Powers:
Density Increase (Always On): 01, Extended Hearing: 05, Jumping: 07, Radar Sense:08, Radio Communication: 07, Running: 06, Sealed System: 16, Skin Armor: 06, Ultra Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin Armor also adds to OV/RV to resist “Boomer Fusion”.

Advantages:
Insta-Change (ejection system).

Drawbacks:
MPR (50 hours autonomy).

Equipment:

  • LASER FINGER GUNS [BODY 04, Laser beam: 10, Limitation: No AV, use Weaponry instead]. A laser is concealed in each finger of her three-fingered, claw-like power gauntlet.
  • KNUCKLE BOMBER [BODY 06, Energy Blast (No range): 13, Ammo:6]. On the edge of her gauntlet are powerful shaped charges detonated at point blank range by punching.
  • RIBBON CUTTER [BODY 10, Claws: 13, +1 CS OV penalty due to awkward placement]. Twin high-energy ribbons on the back of her helmet, activated by her acrobatic twirls and head motions. Can be deactivated to not present a danger to the user.

Notes:
This version of the suit was used from the beginning of the series until Episode 7 (“Double Vision”). It was designed to take advantage of her agility and grace.

(missing v1 picture)


HARDSUIT LINNA Mk II

/STR/ 07 /BOD/ 08

Powers:
Enhanced Initiative: 02, Density Increase (Always On): 01, Extended Hearing: 05, Jumping: 07, Radar Sense:08, Radio Communication: 07, Running: 06, Sealed System: 16, Skin Armor: 06, Ultra Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin Armor also adds to OV/RV to resist “Boomer Fusion”.

Advantages:
Insta-Change (ejection system).

Drawbacks:
MPR (50 hours autonomy).

Equipment:

  • LASER FINGER GUNS [BODY 04, Laser beam: 11, Limitation: No AV, use Weaponry instead]. A laser is concealed in each finger of her “cat’s paw” styled power gauntlet.
  • KNUCKLE BOMBER [BODY 06, Energy Blast (No range): 13, Ammo:6]. On the edge of her gauntlet are powerful shaped charges detonated at point blank range by punching.
  • RIBBON CUTTER [BODY 10, Claws: 13, +1 CS OV penalty due to awkward placement]. Twin high-energy ribbons on the back of her helmet, activated by her acrobatic twirls and head motions. Can be deactivated to not present a danger to the user.

Notes:
This was used in Episode 8 of Bubblegum Crisis (“Scoop Chase”), and only that episode. It was actually designed to augment her agility and reflexes (Enhanced Initiative), and had a more powerful set of lasers in her gauntlet. But from a MEGS standpoint it was not a big upgrade.

(missing v2 picture)


HARDSUIT LINNA Mk III

/STR/ 08 /BOD/ 09

Powers:
Enhanced Initiative: 04, Density Increase (Always On): 01, Extended Hearing: 05, Jumping: 07, Radar Sense:08, Radio Communication: 07, Running: 06, Sealed System: 16, Skin Armor: 06, Ultra Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin Armor also adds to OV/RV to resist “Boomer Fusion”.

Advantages:
Insta-Change (ejection system).

Drawbacks:
MPR (50 hours autonomy).

Equipment:

  • Wire-Daggers [BODY 12, Claws: 12, Range: 04]. The inside wrist of each of her bracers contains a seven inch energy-reinforced dagger on a 30 meter line.
  • RIBBON CUTTER [BODY 10, Claws: 13, +1 CS OV penalty due to awkward placement]. Twin high-energy ribbons on the back of her helmet, activated by her acrobatic twirls and head motions. Can be deactivated to not present a danger to the user.

Notes:
This suit was worn through the entirety of Bubblegum Crash. It was even faster and more agile than the original suit, as well as measurably stronger and tougher. Also, the oversized power gauntlet is gone, and the suit is perfectly symmetrical.

(missing v3 picture)

By Nicolas Lemaçon and William Chamberlin.

Source of Character: Bubblegum Crisis (videos, comics and RPG by R. Talsorian Games).

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.

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