Rifts®: Megaversal Highway™
Although he has not had a dazzling political career in the public eye, Ali is one of Lemurias oldest and most successful politicians. When he learned rumors that against his own better judgement Lemuria would be gradually revealing itself to the surface world Ali realized that the role of ambassador to the surface dwellers would need to be handled very delicately and it was not a responsibility he could trust to another. Although there were men and women more experienced and qualified than he in public relations, he cashed in a lot of old favors and spent countless hours lobbying for the position and his efforts were eventually rewarded.
Although Ali and Magni have have butted heads in the political arena in the past and Ali always came out looking worse for it, he considers Gobi to be a promising young Lemurian and believes his connection to the surface dwellers and Tritonia will prove invaluable in helping bring enlightenment from Lemuria to the primitive savages that inhabit the surface. In the meantime, he quietly bides his times and runs damage control.
Alignment: Scrupulous (Good).
Motivation: Slowly indoctrinate the surface world into Lemurian culture starting with Tritonia.
Disposition: Ali, although well-meaning, is an insidiously manipulative Lemurian veiling his true self behind a the facade of clumsy incompetence. He carefully chooses his moments to speak and is sure to only say enough so that whoever he is speaking to realizes it is in their own best interests to do as he wishes without him ever needing to ask. He often orchestrates events and conversations so that those in his company recommend courses of action or ideas that are in his own best interests and those of Lemuria. He then praises these individuals for their brilliance, feigning envy and/or admiration of their talent and swift thinking.
Age: Physically 200 years old (really 360 years old; kept young with the aid of Lemurian Pyramids).
Weight: 220 lbs.
Appearance: After hours in the privacy of his own home or when entertaining fellow Lemurians, Ali typically wears traditional loose fitting Lemurian garb, mostly white silk. When in the company of other high-ranking Lemurian officials, the delegate always wears a pair of glasses to denote a weakness or inferiority that is not common in his species. When entertaining humans or when at the Embassy in Tritonia (which is most of the time), Ali tends to wear dull-brown clothes designed in the fashion of the locals to help put them at ease and to help remind the Tritonian people of the commonality between their two peoples. In this “costume”, Ali is a fumbling politician that occasionally stutters and is sometimes seen with an Eagle which he proudly touts as a Pre-Rifts symbol of Freedom and Liberty.
Level of Experience: 9th level Politican.
Current Experience: 51,201/71,200
Affiliations/Factions: The Lemurian Government.
Attributes: I.Q. 22, M.E. 18, M.A. 21, P.S. 14, P.P. 18, P.E. 16, P.B. 24, Spd. 24 (16 mph; 20 meters per action).
Attribute Bonuses: + 8% to all skills, + 2 to save vs psionics, + 2 to save vs insanity, + 2 to strike, + 2 to parry, + 2 to dodge, + 1 to save vs poison, + 1 to save vs magic, + 4% to save vs coma/death, 65%, invoke trust at 65%, invoke intimidation at 65%, invoke charm at 70%, invoke impress at 70%.
Hit Points: 86.
M.D.C.: None, except by armor.
Horror Factor: None.
Attacks/Actions per Melee: 6.
Combat Bonuses: + 2 to initiative, + 3 to strike (+ 5 with sword), + 2 to damage (+ 1D6 with sword), + 4 to parry (+ 4 with sword), + 4 to dodge, + 3 to disarm, + 2 to entangle, + 4 to pull punch, + 4 to roll with punch, and critical strike on a natural 19-20.
Resistance/Saving Throw Bonuses: + 1 to perception (+ 2 vs nature), + 2 to save vs psionics, + 1 to save vs magic, + 1 to save vs poison, + 2 to save vs insanity, + 4% to save vs coma/death.
Natural Abilities — Lemurian:
2. Depth Tolerance. 1 mile (1.6km)
3. Empathy with Animals.
4. Keen hearing.
5. Multilingual. Speaks Lemurian at 99% (98%) and speaks Oceanic at 99% (98%)
6. Life Sense. 65 foot radius. 68%
7. Ley Line Bio-Regeneration.
8. Lemurian Education. Mathematics: Basic at 85% and Literacy: Lemurian at 89%
9. Nightvision. 100 feet
10. Resistant to Cold.
11. Resist Fatigue. Fatigues at half the normal rate.
12. Swimming. 85%
13. Ultrasonic Communication. 400 feet; 2,000 feet underwater.
1. Friends in High Places. Has 8 well positioned friends in society that owe him a favor.
2. Glibness. 88%
4. Suave and Debonair. The character comes across as charming, smooth, confident, likeable and a gentleman with manners.
5. Taunt. 76%
Skills of Note: Language: Lemurian at 98% (112%), Language: Oceanic at 98% (112%), Language: American at 98% (106%), Language: Cetacean at 90%, Literacy: Lemurian at 98% (101%), Literacy: American at 98% (113%), Mathematics: Basic at 98% (118%), Swimming at 98% (102%), Management at 88%, Link with Psychic Knowledge Banks at (98%) 107%, Dance at 93%, Play Violin at 98%, Fencing, Heraldry at 98% (103%), Horsemanship: Aquatic Animals at 80%, Military Etiquette at 98%, Puzzle & Strategy Games at 80%, Wardrobe & Grooming at 98% (125%), Business & Finance at 98% (113%), W.P. Sword, W.P.: Energy Pistol
Hand to Hand: Basic (9th).
Magical Knowledge: None.
Spell Strength: Not applicable.
Psionic Powers: Counts as a Major Psychic (save vs. Psionics 12 or higher).
Empathy (4), Mind Block (4), Telepathy (4), Exorcism (10), Object Read (6), Restore P.P.E. (4+) and Suppress Fear (8).
Armor: Typically does not wear armor and never wears bio-armor on Tritonia; believes it would send the wrong message. Relies on a concealed Talisman Shell with Invincible Armor (3 charges; 125 M.D.C. per charge).
Equipment: One set of traveling clothes, one set of fine clothing, and one set of formal wear, one backpack, three small sacks, one bottle of expensive wine or brandy, one Talisman Shell of Invincible Armor (3 charges; 5th level caster), one Talisman Shell of Escape (1 charge; 5th level caster), one Talisman Shell of Tongues (3 charges; 5th level caster), one Talisman Shell of Carpet of Adhesion (1 charge; 5th level caster), and personal items. Plus, 120 acres of rural land (spread out/divided up however the character chooses), one large mansion of wood on 4 acres of land with four pedigree Panther Sharks.
Money: With investments, Ali’s net worth is approximately 4.6 billion credits. 400,000 credits per month.