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Brutha


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Take care, this profile heavily SPOILS the Small Gods (1992) novel.

Background

  • Real Name: Brutha
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Aunt (unnamed)
  • Group Affiliation: Omnian Church
  • Base Of Operations: The Citadel, Omnia
  • Height: Tall Weight: Hefty
  • Eyes: Dark brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

There were two things that made Brutha special among its people: the first one, his perfect memory. He didn’t even understand the concept of forgetting something : once he had experienced the faintest glimpse of a book, per example, he could memorize it like a photograph.

The other thing was his true faith : he was the only of the Omnians who had real faith on their god Om while he took the shape of a turtle and became trapped in it.

The hard tests he had to pass through the novel “Small Gods” also turned him into a prophet, both as “speaker of the will of his god” and a person who understood the inner workings of the human soul.


History

Brutha was a novice at the Omnian citadel when his god Om, trapped in the body of a turtle, contacted him. Trying to help Om, and under command of the Exquisitor Vorbis (Discworld’s own Torquemada), Brutha and the turtle travelled to Ephebia, a nation of philosophers and a large pantheon of gods that Vorbis hated specially. There, the Exquisitor used Brutha’s perfect memory to cross (with a secret army) the palace deadly labyrinth and take over the place.

Brutha, Om and a pair of philosophers had to flee the place when they tried to save the Ephebian Great Library from the flames of the Quisition, who thought that the “truth” that the world is round and it orbits the sun much more appealing than the “lie” that it’s flat and stands over four elephants carried by a big turtle.

After memorising a couple dozens books (and starting to suffer from information leaks at his brain), Brutha and his pack fled on a steam boat, pursued by Vorbis navy. A storm dispersed them and Brutha and Om ended stranded on a beach behind the desert together with a wounded and stunned Vorbis. Ignoring Om’s orders to kill Vorbis, Brutha saved the Exquisitor and took him in his crossing of the desert.

One day, Vorbis recovered and attacked Brutha, leaving Om in the desert. While the turtle went slowly but desperately after his only Marvel fan… I mean True Believer, Vorbis took Brutha to the close Citadel, claimed he was the Eight Prophet, turned into cenobiarch (Pope) and waited for Brutha to tell the truth of everything happened at Ephebia, while turning him into a bishop, so he could sacrifice him when he rebelled.

The end of the story is not to be told here but lets just say that Vorbis died, Om recovered his godly might and Brutha turned to be the real eigth prophet and the new cenobiarch of Omnia, one that searched exchange with the neighboring nations and who gave freedom of thought and cult to their people.


Description

Tall, big and perplexed faced. Wears a robe.


Personality

Brutha knows how to listen others and that is something that some people thank and that disturbs many. Before the events on “Small Gods” he was quite afraid of most anything and tried to live as humble a life a he could.

After becoming into Om’s prophet he gained in confidence, his faith fully manifesting, up to the point to ignore Om’s will when it was against morality and ethics (something, Ethics, that Om thought was a distant country). Brutha reclaims a religion of men, not gods.


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Brutha (after the events in Small Gods)

A 1068 Points Character

Dex: 02 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 08 Occupation: Prophet, cenobiarch, former novice
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 013
Init: 011 HP: 050

Powers:
Recall: 16

Skills:
Accuracy (Perception, Recall): 18, Charisma (Persuasion): 08, Detective (Law): 06, Gadgetry (Identify Gadget): 06, Occultist (Identify Artifact, Occult Knowledge, Premonition): 05, Scientist (Analysis, Observation, Research): 09

Bonuses and Limitations:
Accuracy, Detective, Gadgetry and Scientist are Contingent on Recall (-1 each)

Advantages:
Area Knowledge [Ephebian Palace labyrinth], Area Knowledge [The Citadel at Omnia], Expertise [Melons], Iron Nerves, Local Hero (Omnia), Omni-Scholar, Scholar [Omnian Religion], Sharp Eye, True Faith

Connections:
Om (Powerful, High), Omnian Church (High), Ephebian government (Low)

Drawbacks:
Authority Figure, Public Identity, Misc.: Illiterate (5 pts)


Brutha (before his journey to Ephebia)

A 379 Points Character

Dex: 02 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding/Unwanted
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 03 Occupation: Novice
Inf: 02 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 008 HP: 020

Powers:
Recall: 20

Skills:
Accuracy (Perception, Recall): 18, Detective (Law): 06, Occultist (Identify Artifact, Occult Knowledge): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Accuracy and Detective both are Contingent on Recall (-1 each)

Advantages:
Area Knowledge [The Citadel at Omnia], Expertise [Melons], Scholar [Omnian Religion], Sharp Eye, True Faith

Drawbacks:
Dependant (Om), Innocent, Misc.: Illiterate (5 pts); later Arch Enemy (Vorbis)

By KalEl el Vigilante

Source of Character: Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods Discworld novel

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