Rifts®: Megaversal Highway™
Motivation: To try and find penance for her role in the attempted destruction of the entire Megaverse at the hands of Pegasus.
Disposition: Rachel often seems rather cold and detached, but she does care for children and the people she trusts. She will often fight to protect them at whatever cost because she fears that if she loses the last people she trusts that she will be alone in the world.
Weight: 120 lbs
O.C.C.: Tech Ninja (World Book 08: Japan pg 82)
Level of Experience: 6th Level Tech Ninja
Current Experience: 29,451
Affiliations/Factions: Former B.A.N.D. Operative; still possibly wanted.
Attributes: I.Q.10, M.E. 21, M.A. 14, P.S. 15, P.P. 24, P.E. 22, P.B. 09, Spd. 15.
Attribute Bonuses/Penalties: None; Standard.
Hit Points: 34
M.D.C.: None, except by armor.
Horror Factor: Not applicable.
Attacks/Actions per Melee: 7
Combat Bonuses: + 1 to initiative (additional + 1 if attempting a leap with the first action), + 2 to entangle, + 8 to strike (an additional + 1 with thrown), + 1 to strike with firearms, + 10 to parry, + 11 to dodge, + 3 to pull punch, + 5 to roll with impact.
Saving Throw Bonuses: + 14% to save vs coma/death, + 4 to save vs insanity, + 4 to save vs magic/poison, + 3 to save vs psionic attack.
Natural Abilities: None.
Special O.C.C. Abilities: None.
Language (Native): American at 98%
Literacy (Native): American at 80% + 5%
Climbing at 78% + 5%
Rappelling at 68% + 5%
Computer Hacking at 55% + 5%
Computer Operation at 70% + 5%
Computer Programming at 60% + 5%
Disguise at 60% + 5%
Escape Artist at 65% + 5%
Imitate Voice and Sound at 72%/66% + 4%
Mathematics: Basic at 80% + 5%
Prowl at 65% + 5%
W.P. Energy Pistol
W.P. Energy Rifle
Hand to Hand: Assassin
O.C.C. Related Skills: Plus 1 at levels 3, 7, 10 and 12.
Concealment at 40% + 4%
Detect Ambush at 80% + 5%
× Backflip at 80% + 2%
× Climb Rope/Rappel at 70% + 2%
× Sense of Balance at 65 + 3%
× Work Parallel Bars/Rings at 75% + 3%
Intelligence at 44% + 4%
Pick Locks at 65% + 5%
Streetwise at 50% + 4%
Tailing at 65% + 5%
Trap/Mine Detection at 55% + 5%
General Repair & Maintenance at 60% + 5%
Pilot: Motorcycles & Snowmobiles at 80% + 5%
Radio: Basic 70% + 5%
Swimming at 75% + 5%
Magical Knowledge: None.
Psionic Powers: None.
Armor: 2 sets of IA-100 Infiltrator Body Armour (M.D.C. 60), Cyber-Armour (A.R. 16, M.D.C. XX)
Weapons: 2 Glock-18 Machine Pistols, NG-IP7 Ion Pulse Rifle, NG-SR3 ‘Marksman’ Collapsable Sniper Laser Rifle, NG-UV4 Solar Powered Laser Pistol, Wilk’s-Remi 104 Derringer. 2 Vibro Shortswords.
Money: 262000 credits and 10000 credits worth of miscellaneous gems (black market goods).
Cybernetics: Appears as a normal human with no apparent cybernetics. Lifelike synthetic skin covers her cybernetics/bionics.
Multi-Optic Eyes (Both, disguised as normal eyes) .
Techno-Wizard Cyber-Armour (A.R. 16 MDC: XX). Is equipped with the “Cloak of Darkness” invocation.
Techno-Wizard bionic legs equipped with the “Legs for Leaping” (Can leap 15ft high and 30ft lengthwise; Bionics Sourcebook) enhancement and the “Walk on Air” invocation.
None other than synthetic skin.
Act 1: Prologue – Pain is only the beginning.
Born into a hard but bearable existence in a border town, Rachel didn’t understand or realise just how dangerous life could really be… until raiders decided to pay her town a visit. They took whatever they wanted and killed almost everyone; including Rachel’s entire family… even her younger sister Anya. Rachel expected to be killed as well but the Raiders that attacked her family decided they were going to toy with her. They handed her a knife and told her to cut up her family or they would do much worse to her. Rachel took the knife and began to do what she was told. But something happened when she slid the knife into her mother’s chest. Something within her rose to the surface and it urged her to kill. After what seemed like a split second, the two raiders lie at her feet, their bodies shredded into ribbons from the very knife they handed her.
Covered in blood; emotionless, homeless and hollow, Rachel should have died there in the wilderness. If as though fate was working its magic on our world, Rachel was discovered by an agent of B.A.N.D., a secret ninja organisation. They saw her potential; all that suffering and rage and they honed her into a killing machine. In return she swore loyalty to B.A.N.D., she had found her new family.
During Rachel’s training her exceptional skills made her a candidate for a special training problem designed to produce a group of super-ninjas designed to combat the infamous ‘Lan the Ninja Killer’. One of these training exercises was known as the ‘Lan Mine Field’; a field of motion-detecting and heat-sensor mines. There was no way a normal person had any hope of surviving the field let alone getting to the end, but Rachel went first and she paid the price.
For the second time in her life, Rachel found herself in agony, covered in blood and waiting for death. But once again something saved her. B.A.N.D. had a secret project and Rachel’s accident put her on the short list. The project was designed to create the next generation partial-conversion cyborgs; using combat cyborg limbs on a normal person; something which up until this point had never succeeded. This new technique seemed like just grasping at straws, but Rachel was dying from her injuries so they decided to not let an opportunity to experiment go to waste. The operation succeeded and Rachel was heralded as one of a kind, but there were still problems. The bionic combat limbs she was given took their toll on her body. Her rehabilitation to even make her able to stand properly on her own again took months and it seemed like it would take much longer before she was ready for combat operations.
Finally after 8 months of rehabilitation and training, she was ready for duty once more. Unfortunately during these 8 months, Lan’s attacks had taken its toll on B.A.N.D. and the higher-ups had not been impressed with how the semi-combat cyborg process had progressed. They believed that the cost and time it took to even get one unit operational for combat far outweighed any possible benefit they could have brought forth. The project was scrapped and all details and records of the project were to be scrapped… including all records that Rachel even existed in B.A.N.D. This actually proved beneficial to B.A.N.D. as they had recently struck a deal with a rather disturbing man named ‘Willy’, who in return for letting B.A.N.D. use his property for illegal storage, he demanded human sacrifices. Naturally they saw this as being able to kill two birds with one stone and Rachel’s fate was decided. The only people she still had in this world had just sold her like cattle…
Act 2: Destiny – Even in the darkest night, Light can still be found.
Author’s note – Sorry for not adding more yet, end of year university work is slowing this down. Will have act 2 up soon guys!
Act 3: Hope – Everything starts to come together.
Author Note – Not updated yet >.< This takes a lot longer than I thought it would. Sorry guys, come back later ok?
Act 4: Betrayal – Wounds that dig the deepest.
After seeing who Pegasus really was and his plans to destroy to universe, Rachel lost herself once more. That rage, that darkness that she felt that night her family was murdered rose to the surface. Pegasus saw her and just smiled; all that rage, all that hatred he saw in her brought him so much joy. All Rachel saw was another person who hurt her, who used her, who betrayed her… and she intended to have her revenge. Blades buzzing in her hands and hatred in her heart she lunged herself toward her former mentor. She pictured herself tearing him to ribbons, his blood staining the floor and the walls.
Blood did stain the walls that day, but it wasn’t his. Pegasus struck her down ‘I always knew your rage was useful, I didn’t expect for it to make it so easy to dispose of you… Goodnight sweet princess, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Everyone will be joining you soon.’
Rachel thought this was the end, and to be honest she didn’t care. Almost everyone she ever loved and trusted had betrayed her and the only other people who didn’t were never going to find her. ‘Yumiko, the Professor, INSERT OTHER NAME, even Dale… I’m sorry, please forgive me for what I have done.’ The entire universe was about to be destroyed, and she handed Pegasus the tool in which to do it. As she bled out on the floor, she prayed for the first time in her life. She had never believed in any god, whether the one or the many. She had seen Thoth; the Egyptian god of Wisdom and he saved them all once before. She knew it was beyond hope, but it was the only thing keeping her going. Her last thought before losing consciousness was; please somebody save me, save all of us…
Her prayers were answered in the form of Jack Ryder and Alphonse Frank; friends of Claire and heroes led by the Book of Heroes to stop Pegasus. To this day, Rachel doesn’t know how but Alphonse and Jack did defeat Pegasus; they stopped Armageddon, but neither of them even knew Rachel was there. INSERT MORE HERE
Act 5: Epilogue – The After Years
For the most part Rachel has spent the last years doing freelance surveillance work to earn a living; mostly low grade jobs to try and stay under the radar of B.A.N.D. who she believes still have her as K.I.A. at the hands of Willy. Rachel has taken upon the new identity of Rachel Mördare, and is now trying to make penance somehow for her role in almost destroying the Megaverse however she has no idea how to go about doing that. She has tried to follow the guidance of Gabriel, the preacher who saved her from the brink of death all those years ago however they are vastly different people and she fears that there may be no redemption for what she has done.
Just a little comment from me: Well if you are still reading by this point I assume you have either read this entire article (if so, good job and thanks!), or you have just scrolled down to the bottom (If so go back up to the top and read it already! I spent a lot of time on this :P).
The Megaverse is a dangerous place, be careful out there everybody, alright?
- David S (A.K.A. Aussiegrif)
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