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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Rikki appears in the Endworld series of 1980s post-apocalyptic novels.

For context, we suggest that you first read the The Family tribe profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Lexine (wife).
  • Group Affiliation: The Warriors, The Family.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’6″ Weight: 160 lbs. Age: Around 30.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Rikki is one of the Family Warrior’s greatest fighters. He’s a master with the katana (and other Asian weapons) and is a peerless karate expert. He’s one of the absolutely best unarmed combatants in the entire post-apocalyptic states.

He’s fast, strong, tough and agile. He handles any type of weapon fairly well and is a crack-shot also.

He’s powerful mentally also. He’s wise, witty and perceptive. His spirit is strong and in harmony with his surrounding. Rikki possesses an excellent empathic bond with all forms of life, both human and animal. He has knowledge in herbal lore and drugs and can apply first aid if need be.

Occasionally, he can sense a danger, using only subconscious senses, before anyone else.

Additionally, he’s an excellent tactician and quite often leads small groups of Warriors.


History

Rikki was born within an Asiatic bloodline within post-apocalyptic survivors known as the Family. From a very early age he studied philosophy, history, religion and the martial arts. At the age of 16 he took the name Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (Rikki, in short) after a literary figure  (as is the custom within the Family).

His Title within the Family became Warrior, the experts responsible for the protection of their society. Rikki’s fighting prowess and leadership put him in the position of leading the second of six triads of Warriors; the Beta Triad.

His team-mates within the Triad became the fierce Warrior Yama and the cooler Warrior Teucer. Triad Beta has often been put in the position of guarding the Family’s Home when Triad Alpha has been on a mission. Rikki’s tasks have also included the planning of the defence and putting together schemes for patrolling.

Rikki was spending all his free time on his wife Lexine and perfecting his physical and mental skills.


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Alpha

The leader of Triad Alpha, Blade, decided that Rikki could use more experience. So that he could take over the leading position in case Triad Alpha would be killed.

Veteran Triad Alpha member Geronimo took the opportunity to stay home with his wife, and Rikki took his place. Rikki thus regularly went on mission with Blade and Hickok.

  • He went to Denver along with Blade and Hickok in order to kill the conquering dictator Samuel II.
  • He also fought along Blade and Hickok against the Leather Knights in St. Louis.
  • When the Family received an emergency signal from Seattle, he joined Hickok, Yama and Blade to kill lethal mutant Manta and his gang, and free his human captives.
  • He joined Blade and Hickok to Miami to destroy the Dragons before they would destroy the Family.
  • Rikki also later went to the prison city of Atlanta with Blade and Hickok, and killed the leading Nobility in order to free all humans there.

Still at large, Rikki is a Warrior with many histories behind him and more to come.


Description

Rikki is a short, slender and muscular Asian man. He has long black hair and brown eyes and usually wears a black shirt and a specifically woven black Budo suit.

At all times he also carries his dear katana, a submachinegun and at least one shuriken. Occasionally, he also carries old Japanese weapons such as a kyoketsu-shogei.

He moves gracefully and appears to be cool and in total harmony within himself.


Personality

Rikki is a humble individual in peace with his surroundings and himself. He’s a frequent Zen-practitioner, yoga-practitioner and often sits in contemplative meditation. He honors all life and is humorous and kind.

He demands very much of himself, such as total expertise in swordsmanship and the martial arts, and almost lives by the rules of the old samurai. As such, his Katana is not only a weapon to him, but it also contains part of his own soul.

His perceptiveness and sensitivity makes him an able leader and he’s often able to sheer up his friends. In combat he doesn’t speak much, but acts with lightning speed instead…quick and effective.

Other traits

He avoids unnecessary violence, but goes full out if the threat if imminent for his and his friends’ survival. In highest probability, he would sacrifice his own life for his fellow Warriors or the Family, if it ever came to that.

In harmony with himself, the only thing that would stop him from such as sacrifice is the grief it would give his wife and his friends. He always step in to help and protect those in need. This trait, which he shares with Yama and Hickok, and might be seen as recklessness, if often commented by Blade who jokes that they are all mad.

Often, Rikki has words of wisdom or encouragement for his fellow human, or inhuman, beings.


Quotes

“We should try to perceive the spiritual world’s true nature. Without a spiritual anchor, our lives are like dead pieces of wood that float in all directions by the currents and the wind, without direction, without goal.”


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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Leader of Triad Beta
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 024 HP: 050

Skills:
Acrobatics: 06, Animal Handling*: 05, Charisma (Persuasion)*: 05, Martial Artist: 09, Medicine (First Aid): 04, Military Science (Cartography, Camouflage): 03, Military Science (Danger Recog)*: 06, Thief (Escape Artist, Stealth): 08, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 06, Weaponry (Exotic, Heavy, Thrown): 04, Weaponry (Ancient Asian weapons): 09

Advantages:
Intensive Training, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Meditation, Zen), Sharp Eye.

Connections:
Family Warriors (High), Family (Low).

Drawbacks:
Dependant (wife), MIA toward perfection.

Equipment:

  • Beretta 93R [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 20, Bonus : May use a burst mode increasing EV to 05 – each burst costing three Ammo (5pts), Recommended STR: 02 (03 with bursts), R#03].
  • Katana [BODY 07, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 08), Descriptor: Slashing, Piercing, Recommended STR 02].
  • Kyoketsu-shogei [BODY 07, EV 03 (5 w/STR, 10 w/Martial Artist), Stretching: 00, Limitation: Stretching has No Fine Manipulation (-1), Drawback: The weapon has Partial Attack Vulnerability (-1 CS RV) to cutting attacks, Note: The entangling/disarming moves with a KS are rather short-ranged, and the weapon is more of a way to prolong simple holds – you tend to grasp an opponent like you would using straight wrestling, but *outside* the range of the opponent’s melee weapon, and follow up with moves using the knife part, kicks, etc. once the weapon is neutralized.]
  • Shuriken (x9) [BODY 03, EV 02, Dart Bonus].

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen.

Source of Character: The Endworld Series by David Robbins.

Helper(s): Philip John Mason.

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