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Roberta the maid (Black Lagoon)

Roberta the maid

(Rosarita Cisneros)


Context

Roberta the maid appears in the Black Lagoon manga  and animé  series. This odd character, a legendary soldier turned maid, chiefly functions as an extended homage to the Terminator movies.


Background

  • Real Name: Rosarita Cisneros.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None known.
  • Group Affiliation: Loveless family.
  • Base Of Operations: The Loveless family mansion in Venezuela.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 135lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Roberta is an unstoppable combat monster. Her action skills are near-superhuman. She has .45 semi-autos up her sleeves, and her umbrella is bulletproof with a SPAS12 shotgun camouflaged as the handle.

Roberta is impossibly strong and fast, and carries an arsenal in her suitcase (including a squad automatic weapon).

Her skills as a chambermaid are questionable, though.


History

Rosarita Cisneros is a former FARC  killer, trained in Cuba. She became dreaded throughout Colombia due to her massive bodycount, and was called “the Hound of Florencia”. She eventually left the country as she grew disillusioned with the FARC’s agenda, considering that they were no longer serving the Revolution.

As “Roberta” she became a maid for the Loveless family, in Venezuela. Why the family put up with her mediocre cooking became obvious when the Mainsarera Cartel kidnapped Garcia Loveless, and took him to Thailand. Roberta came to recover Garcia and essentially blew up everything and everyone, even steamrolling Revy, then left with Garcia.

Roberta and a fellow “maid”, Fabiola Iglesias, later returned to Roanapur to search for whoever had killed Diego Loveless.


Description

Roberta usually wears a full maid outfit, plus decorative glasses and her umbrella.


Personality

Roberta wants to put her old life behind her as much as possible. Thus, she acts as a meek, polite professional maid. In combat, many of the visuals and events surrounding Roberta evoke the T-800 Terminator.


Quotes

“I am just a lonely soul who has come all the way from South America. I am in search of a place where I can find my countryman.”

“I hope you’ll excuse me, but I’m afraid I may have to be rude.” (Shoots a cartel thug with her umbrella gun.)

(Quoting the Loveless family creed in Spanish.) “I swear on the name of Santa Maria to smite the unrighteous with my hammer !”


DC Universe History

She can be inserted as is. Surely it would be funny if a group of villains kidnapped her young charge Garcia and got more than they bargained for when they encounter Roberta.


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Roberta

Dex: 09 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding the Loveless family
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Maid for the Loveless family
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 024 HP: 110

Powers:
Joined: 04, Running: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Joined is a skilled power (+5 BD) and represents her ability to balance herself on a speeding car while using her paired firearms stick to unload 2 pistols.
  • Running is a skilled power as well (+5 BC).

Skills:
Acrobatics (dodging)*: 09 (gymnastics): 07, Artist (actress): 04, Charisma (intimidation, interrogation): 08, Detective (clue analysis)*: 06, Evasion (Ranged only): 12, Martial Artist: 07, Military Science (all but demolition): 08, Thief (security systems): 04, (concealment, stealth): 07, Vehicles (land): 08, Weaponry (melee): 07, Weaponry (firearms, heavy)*: 09

Advantages:
Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Languages (Spanish), Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye, Shtick (fast draw, paired firearms, stance assessment, weapon stash).

Connections:
Loveless family (High).

Drawbacks:
Dependent (Garcia Loveless), Enemy (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia), SIA (upholding the Loveless family name), SIA (speaking extremely politely, note in the Japanese version she speaks entirely in “son keigo,” an infrequently used extremely polite and submissive manor of speak. There is no English equivalent to this. The closest thing would be Shakespearian English.), CIA (protecting Garcia Loveless), Minor Rage (Catastrophic if Garcia is in danger).

Genre:
Gritty.

Equipment:

  • M249 SAW [BODY 04, AV 05, Projectile weapons: 08, Ammo: 06, R#03, Advantage: Autofire, Drawback: Long reload time]. Roberta generally doesn’t use this unless she encounters heavy opposition.
  • Grenade Launcher [BODY 04, Range: 07, Ammo: 01, R#02]. Again she doesn’t generally use this unless she encounters heavy opposition.
  • Franchi SPAS-12 [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage : Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Very long reload time].In addition this particular gun is built to look like an ordinary umbrella (Thief {concealment}: 07) with fabric being made of Kevlar [BODY 05]. She uses this weapon frequently as it’s true form is concealed and thus can be carried in public freely.
  • Sistema Colt Modelo 1927 (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 06, R#02, Drawback: Long reload time]. She uses these quite a bit as well and often takes advantage of her paired firearms shtick.
  • Combat knife [BODY 04, EV 03, R#0]. She uses this more a tool than anything else.
  • Suitcase full of guns ! [BODY 07]. This suitcase is armored and contains a frightening amount of baseline military weaponry and ammo.
  • Grenades [BODY 03, EV 07 (Area of effect 1 AP), Grenade drawback, R#03]. She actually has them rigged so about a half dozen of them drop out of her dress when she curtsies. She managed to blow up the bar Yellow Flag with this particular attack.
  • Also feel free to let her steal a car if she needs 1 — Car [STR 06 BODY 06 Flash: 03, Running: 05, R#03. Bonuses & Limitations: Flash can only be used to provide a continuous light source (headlights)].

The Hound of Florencia

Roberta does not demonstrate the Military Science skill, but it is strongly implied that she is a legendary soldier so it’s only fitting that she have it. Feel free to adjust it to whatever suits your campaign.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Black Lagoon (animated series).

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Sébastien Andrivet, Surbrook .

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