Fate Core: 1985
Can look like anyone, male or female, but typically like your best friend.
Scott is tall, dark, and handsome—most of the time, anyway. He has to be careful, of course: neither too tall, nor too handsome. The attention is nice and all, but too much is dangerous. (Look what happened to Rob Lowe, that dude can never afford to change shape again. What, you thought that was natural?)
Scott is happy on the margin, just out in the periphery. The shadows are safer. It’s probably why he’s so comfortable dressed in dark eyes and dark hair, it’s a more convincing look. Broody but nonthreatening. That way, he can watch, learn, understand. It’s what he loves, what he was born to do. Always watching. And when you’re handsome enough, it’s not creepy, right? It’s just, ya know, that artsy guy who rides a motorcycle, worn copy of some Hemingway or Faulkner novel in his back pocket. Harmless. See?
It’s all in the window dressing. And it’s in the window dressing that Scott excels: he could literally be anyone.
High Concept: Rasa Gumshoe
Trouble: Fake it till you make it
Aspect: Follow my nose
Aspect: I know a guy who knows a guy
Aspect: Quick on my feet…maybe too quick
Great +4: Transform
Good +3: Investigate, Fight
Fair +2: Notice, Stealth, Deceive
Average +1: Athletics, Contacts, Empathy, Physique, Rapport, Will
One Person, Many Faces Whenever you meet someone new, you can spend a fate point to declare that you’ve met that person before, but under a different name and identity. Create a situation aspect to represent your cover story, and you can use Deceive in place of Rapport whenever interacting with that person.
Ninja Vanish: Once per scene, you can vanish while in plain sight by spending a fate point, using a smoke pellet or other mysterious technique. This places the Vanished boost on you. While you’re vanished, no one can attack or create an advantage on you until after they’ve succeeded at an overcome roll with Notice to suss out where you went (basically meaning they have to give up an exchange to try). This aspect goes away as soon as you invoke it, or someone makes that overcome roll.
Know Thy Enemy, Thyself: The dangers that all Rasa live with is that they can lose themselves within their new shapes. However, this does benefit them, if used carefully. If an hour is spent in an alternate form, the shifter can learn one aspect of the original by succeeding at a Transform roll. If one succeeds with style, cut the time in half to learn the aspect.
Mom and dad were both cops. I was in college, majoring in acting. My parents were the kind of parents that were tough, but loving. They wanted the best for me, pushed me to get there, but made sure that I had help along the way. They even approved of my lifestyle choice (you know, acting). Everything was hunky dory until the night my mom changed.
After a marathon session of Humphrey Bogart movies (a love that my parents and I shared) someone broke into our home. We put up a fight, but this guy was able to knock out all of us, including my mom who is one of the best fighters I knows. The guy ties us up in the living room, closes the curtains and turns up the TV.
He began to beat my mom, yelling “Shift! Shift back!” She’s bloody and bruised, but doesn’t say anything. After hours of this, of hearing this guy go on and on about how he (indicating to my mother) was lost, but HE can come back, my mom did shift, into a male version of herself. Her true self. The guy unties my mom (?) who turns around to look at my horrified dad. Without a word, he (?) snaps my dad’s neck.
As they’re about to leave, my mom/dad said, “If you’re really my son, shift and escape. I’ll be back and if you’re still here, you’ll share your father’s fate.” And they leave.
After hours of weeping uncontrollably, I began to focus, realizing if I didn’t escape I’d end up like my dad. I broke through the trauma and shifted. Not a lot, but just enough to escape. I packed a bag, took one last look at my deceased father, and ran into the night.
That’s when my new life began anew.