The Book of Taliesin
Rigger D Questions
Rigger D’s Character Questions
1. What is your character’s name, age, sex, and race? >>>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
Bob Dunkel is 35, Male, and a Dwarf. And, yes, he’s heard “Bob’s Your Uncle” jokes all his life.
2. What is the character’s physical size/description? Include any tattoos, piercings, chrome, or scars. >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
He is 4’2" tall, and 55kg, which makes him a little tall and thin for a dwarf, but not tremendously so. He keeps his beard trimmed, and has no visible markings on his skin or body, other than a couple of scars on his forehead, and the occasional burn mark on his arms from his job.
3. The environment that your character was born into may change how they view the world. Was your character born an orc in an area of intolerance where they learned anger or fear or where they born into community that accepted them? Did your character have many friends or where you shy or ostracized by your peers? Did your family move around a lot? Was your character educated? What was it like for you character growing up? >>>>Answer this question for 1 item worth no greater than 1,000Y that represents a facet of how your character grew up.
Bob was born to a settled Traveller (gypsy) family in Bristol. He had few friends growing up, but he’s kept in touch with them, even after moving all the way to London. He’s not especially social, as a result, but with his reputation as the guy who could fix up your gear, he wasn’t harassed much, either. Even as a kid, he liked to take toys apart and put them back together. In fact, he has an old Bust-a-Move and a Space Ninja drone stored in a box somewhere. (I know that’s two items, but it sounded good – and at 350Y apiece, I hope it’s not out of line. They’re on p 117 of Arsenal).
4. Has the character ever done anything else for a living? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
One of his qualities is Day Job – he runs a nice little vehicle repair shop that keeps him busy.
5. We are shaped by our heritage. Facial features, skin tone, height, build, metatype, even aptitudes are influenced by the genes passed from parent to child. Attitude, too, is taught by parents, informed by their own lives and their cultural heritage. Where does your character come from, what is her lineage, who were her parents, and what did she inherit from them? >>>>Answer this question for 1 additional C2/L5 contact – this contact is a member or a close friend of the family, someone the runner can trust and will help out as much as they can as long as they are treated with the same respect the runner expects.
Coming from traveller stock, Bob is very private with every body but his closest friends. His parents are human, but treated him as their precious kid – and also raised him with typical traveller attitudes towards authority figures. His contact is Graham Connor, one of those human friends that works as a salesman for British Industrial in that area. His job occasionally brings him to London, and they get together when they can.
6. Parents can be proud of their children or regret ever bringing them into the world. Some are loving, and some are indifferent. All of them are only metahuman and have their own opinions of their children. Assuming they could speak, what would each of your character’s parents say about her? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.Bob’s parents would be proud of what he does and of his obvious knack for building things. They’d also be more than a little nervous about his plans to run the shadows.
7. Family many time includes more than just mom, dad, and child. It can include siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. It can also include close family friends. Describe your character’s extended family and their relationship with your character. Do you still have any contact with them? >>>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
Bob’s father, Elliot Dunkel, is in his late 60’s and retired. His mother has passed away, so dad gets calls every month or so and the occasional computer repair visit and firewall upgrade. Bob’s also known to a lot of the Travellers in London, so he occasionally has a very well-used vehicle or recently-‘acquired’ item getting a discount upgrade. He’s relatively new in London, so he only knows some of his neighbors, but he still has a soft spot for the Travellers in Bristol that he knows. His closest friends that he’s in active contact with are Graham Connor and Jack Barber, who he’s known since childhood. However, he doesn’t initiate contact with any of them but Elliot & Graham. He also has two older brothers, Phil and Rhody, both in their 40’s.
8. Even in the 6th world people find time for love and romance and of course drama. Does your character have any romantic entanglements? >>>>>Answer this question for either 1 additional C2/L5 contact or 3 C1/L1 contacts. This contact(s) is someone your character is/was emotionally involved with.
Bob briefly dated a lass by the name of Denise Gareth, a Black Orc he knew in college, as well as Penny Macintosh, a dwarf lady with a Scottish accent, and Janet Spenser, an elf from Cornwall. He doesn’t regularly contact any of them any more, but they all occasionally send each other tidbits of interest.
9. Many people remember certain historical events for the rest of their lives. For those alive in the first decade of the 21st century, it could be the assassination of John F. Kennedy, or the Tiananmen Square protests, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the attacks of 11 September 2001. People remember where they were, and what they were doing when they first heard of these events. Shadowrun history has significant events as well, such as the assassination of President Dunkelzahn, the Crash 2.0, and the emergence of technomancers and artificial intelligences. Pick a few events from recent Shadowrun history and ask where the character was at the time, what does he remember about the event, and what was he doing at the time? >>>Answer this question for 2 Karma… If you answer with events specific to the London and/or British Isles area you will receive 2 extra Karma.
When Bob was quite young, the aftermath of the Adams-Hoffman experiments that drove the conservative party from power was a dominant force, especially among metahumans. Even though he was too young for politics, these events made the idea of a government that you trust without verification into a ludicrous fantasy for him. Even now, he proudly votes Green, but he scrutinizes every law and the money trail of all the government ecological programs like a journalist challenged to find something bad (and with few investigative skills beyond data search). It’s mildly embarrassing for Bob, but the event he remembers being most excited about was the discovery of Nessie when he was a teenager. This was years before Changelings started appearing, so there was a lot of fear it was Scottish genetic experimenting, like the Conservative Party did, but most people were eager to find Nessie’s lair and see if it either led to an Astral world or was stuffed with treasure from ships sunk in the lake. After pestering his parents for a long time, he finally managed to get on a tour to Loch Ness. Unfortunately, Nessie was … unimpressive. And more shy than Uncle Jim around some peelers with contraband in his pockets.
10. What does your character think of the matrix and technology? >>>>Answer this for 1 extra Karma.
Dude! It’s his profession, and you can sample news from a hundred countries at a time. It’s the best force for breaking down barriers that exists in this world!
11. Very few people choose to become shadowrunners. More likely, they are thrown into the life by a chaotic and uncaring world. Even if she made a conscious decision to enter the shadows, her decision is influenced by the world around her. How did your character get into shadowrunning, and why did she take that path? Where/how did you get any unusual skills, cyberware, contacts, etc.? >>>>Answer this question for 1 Karma
Running a shop in London is expensive and risky. Even with the best service, it’s hard to be entirely legit and make ends meet. With his ethnic background (despite his phenotype) and family culture, he found himself about to lose everything a year or so ago. When a friend needed a Rigger, Bob was volunteered, and that was the start of his acquaintance with the shadows. He even made enough money at it to be able to afford a pricey bit of bioware that he had grown and installed in Skye. The hardest part about that was not being able to use his own internal comlink for three months. He had to make do with clumsy trode paste and a rented deck.
12. What does your character think of other metatypes? What is your favorite metatype and your least favorite metatype>>>>>Answer this question and receive +1 die modifier in all social tests when dealing with any member of your favorite metatype and similarly, when dealing with npcs from your least favorite metatype, you receive a -1 social die modifier.
Bob doesn’t care much about metatypes; he cares more about what they want to do to him. Admittedly, those German gnomes are a bit strange, but they pay as well as anybody else. Now the druids, they are a mixed lot. Too proud of their made-up honor and too much influence with the government, even though there are plenty of fine elves out there. I even dated one, though for a good time, get your stamina boosters and date an ork.
13. People have control over their own living arrangements. From the child young enough to use crayons and tape all the way up to the elderly shut-in who plasters her walls with family photos and cat pictures, everyone makes their living spaces more personally pleasing. What is your character’s living space like, and what has he added or changed to make it his own?>>>Answer this question and receive 1 month of pre-paid High Lifestyle, 2 months of prepaid Middle Lifestyle, or 6 months of pre-paid Low Lifestyle. You must pay for the first month during character creation. The pre-paid month(s) follow after that first month.
Bob’s biggest personal passions are Drones and the news. When he’s present and awake, the walls are covered with 2-d views of his top 50 news sources, and almost every other surface has partially-constructed equipment of varying age and utility. He cleans it up when people visit, but girlfriends tend to prefer he visit at their places.
14. Name one run that your character would do for free. >>>>1 Karma
Kidnapped kids, especially if it’s medical/genetic experimentation.
15. Everyone has beliefs, and many have beliefs strong enough to be convictions. Some are religious, some are political, some are social, and some are just about why people are here. In what situation would your character sacrifice it all for a higher cause? What does your character believe in, what are her convictions (if any), and why does she hold them? >>>>Answer this question for 1 additional C3/L2 contact-this contact is a member of an organization that supports your runner’s beliefs in some way. This could be a religious leader, a martial arts instructor, an aroma therapist.
“Family is the only thing you can trust in. They may not share genes with you, but family’s what gets you through life. When it’s really you or those who mean the most to you, then you find out what kind of a person you are. I don’t know if I’m that good a person, but I hope I’d be willing to put it all on the line if family needed it badly enough. That includes Graham and Jack – and maybe even Denise, if we’d kept in touch.”
16. Everyone has aspects of their personality that grate on someone. Even the best of friends annoy one another from time to time. The flaws in a person’s character are as important as the qualities. What do you dislike most about your character’s personality? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma
Bob Dunkel is a Media junkie, and a self-taught expert in his fields. If it’s not about one of those two topics, he’s just being polite. Honesty is not his first choice, and it’s rare for anybody to see what he cares about; even those who mean the most to him see as little as he can get away with. He needs a lot more self-examination to be ready to even consider opening up willingly. He’s also more than a little Reality Impaired, but he works on it.
17. The Sixth World is considered by many to be spinning out of control. If anyone could exert control over it, it would be the “Big Ten” triple-A megacorps. These transnational exert a lot of influence on everyday life in the 2070s. Which of the Big Ten does your character hold in the highest (or least low) regard, which does he like the least, and why? >>>Answer this question and receive +1 die modifier in all social tests when dealing with anyone affiliated with your favorite corp. Similarly, NPC’s from your least favorite corp consider you Suspicious (-1 social die modifier).
Renraku’s the best, of course. If it’s communications equipment, their parts are the ones you want. It helps to stay on top of their latest offerings, just to know how best to optimize your gear. But for people to mistrust, Aztechnology is pretty creepy. I’m not sure I want my main junk food supplier to be big on insect spirits and blood magic, you know? They’re well-loved, these days, but trust them about as much as you trust the ancient Fox News.
18. Where did your character get his resources?>>>1 Karma
Resources came from his job, mostly. What he earned from shadowrunning to date has been mostly spent.
19. People make acquaintances and friends; we’re hardwired for it. Humans are social animals. This is especially true in the shadows, where often it is not the power you have, but the power you can borrow, and not who you are but who you know. There’s a story behind each and every one of these relationships. What is the story with your character and her contacts? >>>Answer this question for 1 additional C1/L1 contact – this contact is simply and additional contact of minor value to the runner. They may have an occasional benefit to the runner, but are in reality, only a minor business contact.
People seem to appreciate consistency. Even though Mr. Dunkel isn’t always easy to find, he treats everybody the same. He’s generous to those who treat him well, and most of them give him warning if they can’t do the same in return. That works for businesses as well as personal.
20. What goals does your character have? >>>1 Karma
Bob’s primary goal at present is to make himself a truly awesome ride. He’s going to be spending a portion of his free time working on making the best possible drone for every purpose. That’ll mean a lot of optimizing for his little dragonflies, at first. Family and friends interrupt this often, but he’s mostly just coasting and trying to cope with what life throws at him.
21. It’s Sunday morning, and your character has no commitments until tomorrow afternoon. What does she do for the day? >>Answer this question and give your character a hobby. This hobby comes with collectible, materials, gear, or other material value equal to 50% of one month’s Lifestyle. For instance, if you pick a Middle Lifestyle (5,000Y), you would have a comic collection valued at 2,500Y. This value does not increase with time unless your runner adds to it. It does not increase with value if your runner upgrades to a higher Lifestyle. It is set at character creation.
Either running through all the local swap meets and gear trading places or working on upgrades. Sometimes that includes coding new Fetches or other tools, but he’s happier with a soldering iron than an IDE.
22. Your character has a specific skill set, a list of Active and Knowledge skills that define what she knows and her areas of expertise. How did she come to learn those skills, and how did she develop them to those levels? >>>>Answer this question for a Rank 3 non-combat Active Skill and two Rank 2 Knowledge Skills.
Technical school in Bristol, sponsored (for a big fee) by Renraku.
23. Name one secret your character has. Who does he keep this secret from? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
Bob was briefly employed by Renraku. They’re likely to have a more complete record on him than most, but since he was never more than an untrained wageslave and they let him go when the department closed, they aren’t looking for him. He hopes.
24. Everyone has their limits. People can be dark, but most people’s instinct is to draw the line at certain actions and thoughts, and they keep to their own moral convictions. Is there a moral limit that your character enforces on the jobs she takes, and in what shadow work would she refuse to engage? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
It’s difficult to get Bob to kill. Especially if the target looks younger than he does. His personal code of honor (a phrase that would embarass the hell out of him) puts a lot of importance on being able to make informed choices – and the younger a person is, the harder it is for them to be informed. Killing kids steps over that line, unless they’re actively trying to kill him.
25. If you have an Awakened or technomancer character, consider your character’s tradition and streams. Even within the major established magical traditions and the recently emerged technomantic streams, there is room for personalization. Ask yourself what drew her to that particular paradigm, how does it affect the way she views the world and her magic, how does it translate into choice of mentor spirit or paragon, and how does it affect the appearance of the spirits or sprites you conjure or compile? In what situation would your character sacrifice it all for a higher cause? If you are not a technomancer or awakened how does your character feel about both technomancers and awakened. Also magic in general. >>>>Answer this question for 2 Karma.
Not Awakened, but technomancers sound pretty brilliant. He hasn’t worked with any, but he’s long imagined how great it would be if you could actually talk to your machines as they seem to do. Magic is mostly a tool, so his reaction to most other Awakened people is dependent on them. However, a lot of the city druids seem pretty nasty, and he doesn’t entirely trust them. Finding ways to counter magic is likely to get his attention, and if it makes life difficult for nice Awakened, he’s not likely to shed many tears.
26. While acceptance and bias vary from place to place, augmentations – be they bio-, cyber-, gene-, or nanowire – are increasingly common and available in the Sixth World. However, personal technological enhancement is rarely cheap, and many implants that runners possess are restricted. How did your character come to have the enhancements she has, how were they paid for, and what motivated the choices she made (if she did make the choices)? If your character has not augmented her body then how do they feel about people who have augmented their bodies and how do they feel about the different augmentations? >>>>Answer this question for 2 Karma.
He got his one bit of bioware as payment for a run he did. It was experimental, but getting the work done opened a few doors – and made some of the tiresome work of running a business much easier. As for how he chose that particular piece of work, he partly chose the most valuable thing he could get.
27. Optional: Name up to three rivals/enemies for your character. >>>Answer this and for each one, you get 3 Karma for Contacts.
Bob Shiasen – a Chinese dwarf who sells upgrades in Chinatown. He blames Mr. Dunkel for stealing business.Jeter Templar – an elf druid on the path of the Warrior. He’s also a bit of a poncey asshole, but he works for the British licensing department and makes renewing Bob’s business license a headache every year.
Jack Gareth, brother to Denise, who always gave Bob a hard time when he was dating his sister.
28. Life as a shadowrunner is by definition outside the bounds of “normal” life. Shadowrunners do not truly fit into the lives of ordinary people, whether they live in slums or mansions. What does your character think of ordinary life, mainstream culture, and those who abide by it? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma
Bob’s actually somewhat envious of those who can live a ‘normal’ life. He’s always needed a bit of an edge to be able to afford the finer things in life (like a grade 6 processor upgrade), and accepts that the Shadows are dangerous. If he could save up enough to be comfortable, he’d be awfully tempted. Even though family would probably keep him from ever becoming 100% clean.
29. Everyone has nightmares. Sometimes, we forget the dream completely on waking. Sometimes, the nightmare haunts us or even recurs. If your character had a lingering nightmare or a deep-rooted Fear, what would it be, and why does he find it so terrifying? >>>Answer this question and it will count as a free 5 point Negative Quality, increasing your total maximum Positive Quality cap to 40.
Bob’s biggest fear would probably be becoming unable to fully link. As it is, depriving him of the ability to scan the news feeds leaves him uncomfortable – it’d be like removing sight from a painter or making a musician deaf.
30. People tend to attach sentimental value to items in their possession or people they are close to. They make an effort to keep these close by and safe. What is your character’s “sacred object” or “close one” and how did they come to be so important to him?>>>Answer this question for a close personal belonging… it can be a power or weapon focus or drone or a special gun..etc….. The item cannot be unreasonable and will have one special power/ability/augmentation… The list of special abilities will be available once the item has been decided.
That’d be his first CSD dragonfly. It’s the first drone he’s extensively augmented and even if the code’s a little clumsy and the chassis upgrades are overweight, it’s his first and his favorite.
31. One of metahumanity’s greatest assets is its ability to look toward the future and imagine a better life. Even small children have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. What did your character want to become when he was a child, and what are his goals now? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
Bob wanted to be a policeman, and punish those bad people who experimented on dwarves. Now, he realizes that the only way to punish many of the real ‘evil’ people would be at the corporate level. Mostly, he just tries to hide from all that zazz.
32. A person’s appearance can say volumes about him. From fashion sense, to the colors he prefers, to the way he walks and speaks. Sometimes, his personality determines his appearance, and sometimes the appearance he chooses to present the world effects his personality. What does your character look like, and what inspired his choices? >>>>Answer this question for 3 articles of clothing or armor from the Core Rulebook, valued no greater than 1000Y each.
The travelers suffer a lot of prejudice because of their appearance. He can’t help his face a whole lot, but he deliberately avoided a lot of body mods, and as a ‘respectable’ businessman, looking as others expect him to do can only be good for his business. As a result, he’s avoided flashy tattoos, even when stylish, and kept his beard and hair short. At work, he usually wears overalls, largely because they supply many pockets (and a bit of armor!), but he also pulls out a conservative business suit when the occasion calls for it.
33. Everyone has a name but a runner’s street name is a representation of his connection to the shadows. Sometimes runners choose their own moniker, but more often it is given to them as a nickname or earned through some (mis)adventure. How did you character come to be known by his street name? >>>Answer this question for 1 Karma.
Bob went on his first run because a friend needed a rigger. He didn’t want to be called anything stupid like ’Bob’s your uncle’, so he stuck with a simple job title as his name. Of course, he’s sure he’s among the best at what he does, so he hopes that will be good for his street cred.