Fingal (Tertius Magnus Maximus)

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Character Name

His Pagan name, which he favours, is Fingal.

As the child of an Elf, he also has an Elvish name, Tertius Magnus Maximus (after his ancestor).

Campaign

In Burning Logres, BW Elves are reskinned as Romans, and Orcs are reskinned as Saxons. Inspired by Pendragon, although not so much about knights.

Concept

A young Pagan with a romantic vision of becoming a bard, a warrior-poet of Logres.

Background

The Roman (elvish) princess Aurelia Atella was one of the few of her people who remained in Logres after the legions were recalled in 410. Just over twenty years ago, she spent a few pleasant nights with a human descendant of Magnus Maximus.

She became pregnant, gave birth, and named her new son Tertius Magnus Maximus, third of the name Magnus Maximus. Soon afterwards Atella married Lord Roderick, Earl of Salisbury. Atella has never said who fathered her son, although most assume Roderick was the father.

Tertius was raised in the Court of Salisbury. Neither Roderick nor Atella ever suggested Tertius was Roderick's son. Atella had high status at Court both as Roderick's wife and as a visiting princess of absent Rome, and was given the Cymric name of Rowena. Shortly before Tertius' tenth birthday, Atella received the news that Rome had fallen. She turned away from everything that reminded her of lost Roman glories, and taking her son with her, left the Court in the middle of the night.

She abandoned Tertius soon afterwards. He spent some years as a vagrant, growing into a teenager. Eventually he found his way to the city of Sarum. There he was mentored by the scholar and historian Patrick, who named him Fingal, but never learnt his heritage. After several years unofficial study, Patrick is urging Fingal to consider his future.

Kicker

Yesterday, Fingal got into a fight with some Christian students from the cathedral. During the fight he took a blow to the head, lost a Steel test, and for a short time had the Second Sight trait. To himself, he could see things differently. People had auras of different colours. Things also, but less so. Somewhat distracted, he's beaten down and laughed at.

Potential Kicker responses:

  1. The Christian students take over a hangout formerly used by Celtic street kids.
  2. Atella appears for the first time since abandoning Fingal, pushing him to join the Christian student gang and take it over.
  3. Patrick wants Fingal to spend more time studying and less time fighting - intends to ground Fingal.

Fictional Aims

Fingal participates deeply in the Celtic world, and gradually builds up a coalition for unity - even involving elements of British Christianity. His Spiteful Roman mother sees many opportunities for him to be as great a leader as his ancestor, and restore the Roman Empire. Along the way he discovers he is Gifted and plays an important role in defending Logres from the Hateful Saxons.

Mechanical Aims

Circles B5+, Resources B5+ (and some toolkits)

Astrology B7, History (Logres) B7, Poetry B5, Sing B5, Weaponsmith B5, Persuasion B5, Rhetoric B5, Ugly Truth B5 some healing skills, some fighting skills (chiefly Brawl with a little Sword) Will B6, Perception B6

Aiming for traits: Catamite (char); Second Sight (die:4); Keen Sight (via Fey Blood) (die:4). Get all the Pagan Character Traits: Energetic, Generous, Honest, Lustful and Proud. Then convert them to Call-Ons. Then some sort of Pagan Exemplar C-O trait.

Plus: Enchanting G7+ (and Alchemy B5 and associated -wises B5, and whatever Sorcery to be able to learn and sustain MageSense and a couple more spells)

Wises: Logres-wise B7, Pagan-wise, Followers of Mab-wise, Sorcery-wise, Enchanting-wise, Smithing Swords-wise, Pagan Ballads-wise, Healing-wise, Brawl-wise, Handsome Young Man-wise, Mythological Creatures-wise

General plan (parallel to above)

  • increase Circles, gather 2-3 friends
  • help each other in Fight! and increasing Resources
  • buy an affiliation with the Followers of Mab and open the -wise
  • pursue enough scenes and activity with the Followers to earn a reputation amongst them
  • Circle up the leader (who has a reputation within the Followers and is therefore easier to Circle), get a name and a couple tests towards a relationship
  • use the -wise to establish the leader has Sorcery
  • Make the leader agree to teach Fingal Sorcery... and Enchanting

Beliefs, Instincts & Traits

Beliefs

  1. I am a Pagan, following the old ways: I will become a famous bard, a warrior poet, serving the ancient gods of Logres, public advocate for Paganism. I will find a fellow outcast, who I will convince to publically celebrate the rituals of the full moon with me.
  2. In return for an invitation to the festival of Eostre, I have promised Deidre that I will recover the ritual for summoning Queen Mab from among the histories kept by the Priest of Lugh.
    NB I will claim to the Priest that Patrick has asked me to study those books forbidden following the War of the Giants.
  3. A Pagan should know how the gods look upon his birth and that of his friends. I will convince Patrick to let me help construct his own horoscope.

Instincts

  1. Enhance every dealing with fellow Pagans through detailed knowledge of us and our ways
    trigger Pagan-wise BL linked test
    Say Yes unless failure will be interesting, compelling or important
  2. Make up bad little verses about my enemies whenever I hear of them
    trigger Poetry BL linked test
    Say Yes unless failure will be interesting, compelling or important
  3. Always provide useful historical context for joint decisions and disagreements
    trigger History linked test (treat as a -wise)
    Say Yes unless failure will be interesting, compelling or important


To earn Fate, an Instinct must get you into trouble, or create a difficult or awkward situation.

Traits

  • [Dt] Fey Blood (Elven trait:Essence of the Earth)
  • [Dt] Gifted
  • [Dt] Misunderstood

Cultural Character Traits

  • Energetic (Pagan)
  • Honest (Pagan)
  • Proud (Pagan)

Corrupted Traits

  • Palsy (B1, primary) (after failed Steel tests, for the rest of that scene)
    Need a new rule for this

Artha

  • Fate: 2
  • Persona: 2
  • Deeds: 0

Stat Block

Wi Pe Ag Sp Po Fo Hea MW Ref Ste Hes Corruption Resources Circles Stride
B3 B5 B5 B5 B3 B3 B3 B9 B5 B4 7 B1 B0 B3 7
PTGS Su: B2 Li: B4 Mi: B6 Se: B7 Tr: B8 Mo: B9

Age - 19
Lifepaths - Gifted Child (Noble setting), Lead to Outcast, Vagrant, Lead to City Dweller, Student

Relationships, Reputations & Affiliations

Relationships

  • Atella - Spiteful mother (Minor, Immediate, Hateful) [6]
  • Patrick the Scholar (Significant) [10]

Creepy Clause

(none)

Enmity Clause

(none)

Reputations

(none)

Affiliations

(none)

Gear & Property

Weapons - (none)

Melee Weapon I M S Add VA WS Strike Dist
Bare Fisted B2 B3 B4 2 0 Fast Shortest

1 Two-handed, may not be used with a shield
2 May Great Strike

Gear - Shoes, Clothes, Traveling Gear
Spells - (none)
Property - (none)

Advancement

Stats

Shade Exponent Difficult Challenging Fate Persona Deeds
Will B 3 X O X
Perception+ B 5 □ □ □
Agility B 5 O O O O
Speed B 5 O O O O
Power B 3 O O O
Forte B 3 O O O

+Successful tests only

Attributes

Shade Exponent Routine Difficult Challenging Fate Persona Deeds
Resources+ B 0 or □ or □
Circles B 3 O O O O O or O 1
Health B 3 O O O O O or O
Steel* B 4 O O O O O O or O
Corruption*,& B 1 O O or O

+Successful tests only
*Situational tests apply
&Routine tests always count

Skills

^the Astrology FoRK die is open-ended both ways: a 1 removes a success

Shade Exponent Routine Difficult Challenging Fate Persona Deeds
Anatomy B 3 O O O O O or O
Astrology^ B 3 X O O X O or O
Brawling BL (Ag) (B5) X O O O O
Brawling-wise BL (Per) (B5) X O O O O
City-wise B 2 O O O or O
Doctrine (Pagan) B 2 O O O or O
Etiquette BL (Will) (B3) X O O O O O O
Folklore B 2 O O O or O
Followers of Mab-wise BL (Per) (B5) X O O O O
Haggling BL (Will) (B3) X O O O O O O
Handsome Young Men-wise BL (Per) (B5) X O O O O
History (Logres) B 3 X X O X O or X
Inconspicuous B 1 O O or O
Outcast-wise BL (Per) (B5) X O O O O
Pagan-wise BL (Per) (B5) X O O O O
Philosophy B 2 O O O or O
Read B 2 O O O or O
Rule of Law B 2 O O O or O
Road-wise B 2 O O O or O
Salisbury Court-wise BL (Per) (B5) X X O O O
Streetwise B 2 O O O or O
Symbology B 2 O O O or O
Write B 2 O O O or X


New People, New Places

Name Description Root Aptitude
Deidre cultist and mad summoner Circles X O O O O O O Creepy Clause
Herlews hanger-on at Salisbury Court Circles X O O O O O O some Lord's second son
Herne Christian student thug Circles X O O O O O O
Weylyn Outcast Circles X O O O O O O

Logs

Accident-Prone Log

Failed tests, the accidents that resulted from them, and the corresponding boons.

Artha Earned Log

  • Session 1:
    • 2F - pursuing Beliefs
    • 1P - completed Belief (drew own horoscope)

Artha Expenditure Log

  • Session 1
    • 1F - Circles test to find Herne

Duel of Wits Log

Results (usually compromises) made from Duels of Wits, and how they turned out.

  • (Haggling versus test, rather than DoW) Fingal agrees with Deidre he will recover the ritual for summoning Queen Mab from amongst the histories kept by the Priest of Lugh. Then Deidre will introduce Fingal to the local leader of the Followers at the next public ceremony. (Session 1)

Gifted Stress Log

Fingal can re-use the last result. These results are the main observable way Fingal's untrained Gift will manifest, so the log helps with Fingal's self-knowledge and his use of Misunderstood.

Practice Log

Unused Linked Tests Log

BIT Archive

Session 1

Beliefs

  1. I am a Pagan, following the old ways: I will become a famous bard, a warrior poet, serving the ancient gods of Logres. First, I will find a member of the Followers of Mab and get an invite to the festival of Eostre (celebrating the first full moon of spring).
    Pursued
  2. I am a proud and energetic Pagan. Those Christian bigots Herne and his friend think they got the better of me yesterday. I will give Herne a black eye!
    Pursued
  3. A Pagan should know how the gods look upon his birth and that of his friends. I will convince Patrick to let me help construct several horoscopes, starting with my own.
    To succeed, I must reveal my parentage to Patrick.
    Accomplished

Instincts

(none triggered through forgetfulness)

  1. Enhance every dealing with fellow Pagans through detailed knowledge of us and our ways
    trigger Pagan-wise BL linked test
    Say Yes unless failure will be interesting, compelling or important
  2. Always tell the uncomfortable truth when trying to intimidate
    trigger Ugly Truth, linked test to Intimidate
    aiming for Honest call-on for Ugly Truth
  3. Always provide useful historical context for joint decisions and disagreements
    trigger History linked test (treat as a -wise)
    Say Yes unless failure will be interesting, compelling or important