Name: Valentina Primrose.
Full Name: Anna Valentina Primrose.
Alignment: Unprincipled (Good / Selfish).
Hit Points: 30. S.D.C.: 48.
Attributes: I.Q.: 22 (+8%/+4), M.E.: 18 (+2), M.A.: 10, P.S.: 17 (+2), P.P.: 23 (+4), P.E.: 24 (+18%/+5), P.B.: 18 (40%), SPD: 19.
Height: 5 feet 2 inch (1.57 meters). Weight: 107 lbs (48.5 kg).
Age: 20. Race: Human. Sex: Female.
Currently, after being kicked out of the United Worlds Warlock Academy, Valentina is more quiet and shy than one might normal expect. There is a lot of introspection going on as well as thoughts on what others might think about her. Not likely to be challenging or confrontational. Glad she was able to get a berth anywhere as a pilot and has no plans to go home.
Prior to this, she had something of a chip on a shoulder where she felt she had something to prove to others. Might even be described as daring to the point of foolhardy at times. Of course she was as much trying to prove something to herself as prove it to someone else. Is actually an incredible fighter pilot however.
Much of her life, she had been picked on for being poor, being less educated, and/or being from a comparatively backwater world. Even though quite intelligent, has sometimes been called stupid and even retarded. While she can deal with a lot of being picked out, does have a breaking point where she will lash out. If somebody hits her, she will hit back. In such cases, she is more of a scrapper and is not much into elegance with regards to fighting.
Never has had all that many friends and might be considered something of a loner. It is not so much that she hates people but just can be awkward and nervous in social settings. She is not without friends however with her friends often being similarly awkward and those who get picked on. Those who get to know her find her extremely intelligent. Within a military setting, she does not have any real issues although still has problems in social settings.
O.C.C.: T.W. Starfighter Pilot. Experience Level: First (1).
Combat Skill: Hand to Hand: Basic & Boxing.
Attacks per Melee: Five (5).
Bonuses, Combat: Knockout: Natural 20, Critical Strike: Natural 20, Bonuses: Damage: +2, Strike: +4, Parry: +7, Dodge: +7, Roll (With Punch / Fall / Impact): +6, Pull Punch: +2, Initiative: +0.
Space Fighter Combat, Elite: Attacks per Melee: Eight (8). Bonuses: Strike: +2 (+7), Dodge: +5 (+13), Dogfighting: +3 (+6), Initiative: +3.
Space Fighter Combat, Basic: Attacks per Melee: Seven (7). Bonuses: Strike: +2 (+7), Dodge: +3 (+11), Dogfighting: +1 (+4), Initiative: +3.
Bonus; Save: Lethal Poison  +5, Non-Lethal Poison  +5, Harmful Drugs  +5, Insanity  +2, Psionics  +2 (+3 with Amulet), Magic [12/16] +5 (+6 with Amulet), Horror Factor [Varies] +3 (+5 with Amulet).
Pilot Starfighter (Gives +20% to pilot rolls).
Starfighter Combat (Gives +1D4 [+3] to initiative, +3 to dogfighting rolls, +1 to strike and dodge, and +1 attack.)
Speed Thrill Junkie:
Loves to go fast and excels at piloting; +10% on all piloting skills of fast vehicles of all kinds (land, air, water) - fast being 90 mph/144 km (or much) faster.
O.C.C. Special Abilities:
Increased P.P.E. recovery (5 P.P.E. Rest/ 10 P.P.E. Meditation). Tap magical energy from Ley Lines & Nexus Points. Bonus of +1 to save vs horror factor at levels 1, 4, and 9. Bonus of +1 to save vs magic at levels 3, 7, 10, and 13. Bonus of +1 to spell strength at levels 5 and 11. Make techno-wizard devices. Has +10% to pilot techno-wizard aircraft / spaceships.
Spell Casting Penalty: All spell ranges, durations, and damage are half when cast as a spell or ritual instead of channel though a T.W. device.
Psionics (Considered Minor): I.S.P.: 33 +1D4 per level of experience.
Physical: Mind Block (4).
Sensitive: Speed Reading (2), Total Recall (2).
Super: Tele-Mechanics (10).
Spell Knowledge: P.P.E.: 105 (Gains 2D6 P.P.E. per level).
First Level Spells: Blinding Flash (1), Globe of Daylight (2).
Third Level Spells: Breath without Air (5), Energy Bolt (5), Fuel Flame (5), Ignite Fire (6), Telekinesis (6).
Fourth Level Spells: Energy Field (10), Fire Bolt (7)
Fifth Level Spells:  Moon Phases (18).
Sixth Level Spells: Call Lightning (15), Impervious to Energy (20).
Notes:  Web / Author created spell.
Background Skills: Pilot: Pilot Automobile (+5%) 83%.
O.C.C. Skills: Communication: Radio - Basic (+15%) 68%, Electronics: Electrical Engineer (+5%) 43%, Mechanical: Mechanical Engineer (+5%) 38%, Spaceship Engineer (+5%/+20% Fighters) 35% / 50%, Weapon Engineer (+5%/+20% Fighters) 35%/50%, Physical: Hand to Hand Basic, Zero Gravity Combat and Movement 98%, Pilot: EVA (+5%) 53%, Pilot Space Fighter (+20%) 98%, Space Fighter Combat: Elite [Tiger IV/ Thundercat IV and Starling / Thunderbird], Space Fighter Combat: Basic [All Others], Pilot Related: Navigation: Space (+10%) 58%, Read Sensory Equipment (+10%) 48%, Weapons Systems (+5%) 53%, Science: Mathematics: Advanced (+10%) 63%, Mathematics: Basic (+20%) 73%, Technical: Computer Operation (+10%) 58%, Language: Elven / Dragonese (+15%) 73%, Language: Trade Four [Native] 98%, Literacy: Elven / Dragonese (+10%) 48%, Literacy: Trade Four [Native] 98%, Lore: Magic (+10%) 43%/33%/28%, W.P. Modern: W.P. Energy Pistol (+3 Aimed / +1 Burst).
O.C.C. Related Skills: Physical: Boxing, Gymnastics, Pilot: Pilot Small Spacecraft (+15%) 93%, Pilot Starship (+15%) 69%, Pilot Related: Navigation (+10%) 58%.
Secondary Skills: Espionage: Wilderness Survival 38%, Medical: Paramedic 48%, Physical: Athletics - General, W.P. Modern: W.P. Energy Pistol - Paired (+3 Aimed / +1 Burst).
Skills From Gymnastics: Sense of Balance 58%, Work Parallel Bars & Rings 68%, Climb 33%, Climb Rope 78%, Back Flip 78%, Prowl 38%.
Valentina is relatively short, at only a little over one and a half meters in height. She is slim and pretty athletic otherwise with a weight of less than fifty kilograms. Even though she is not real social, she is quite attractive although with relatively sharp features. Her cleft in her chin makes her more striking than she might otherwise be. She has dark brown hair that she keeps straight which hangs down to her shoulder blades when free. Her eyes are an amber color. Usually only wears relatively light cosmetics.
As with many techno-wizard fighter, she styles her dress on ancient fighter pilots of old. As such, she usually wears a leather flight jacket and leather boots. On her home planet, dresses are the norm. She is not against wearing dresses but only usually wears one during social events. Of course all of her cadet uniforms were taken from her when she left the academy.
“The Fang” Dagger: Weight: 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg). Range: Hand to Hand.
Double bladed style dagger. Mega-Damage: 2D6 physical. M.D.C. of Weapon: 50 (regenerates 1D6 M.D.C. per day and only effective if opponent attempts to destroy weapon.)
K-5 Combination Laser Pulse Rifle / Grenade Launcher: Weight: 6.5 lbs (2.95 kg)
Essentially a K-4 Laser Pulse Rifle with grenade launcher from the K-1 Sniper Laser Rifle. Grenades are self guided / heat seeking making them extremely accurate. Mega-Damage: Laser, 3D6+6 for single shot / 1D6x10+6 for 3 simultaneous blasts. Grenade, 6D6 to 10 ft (3 m) radius. Rate of Fire: Laser, Single shot or three blast burst. Grenade: Single shot. Range: Laser, 3,000 ft (910 m). Grenade, 1,000 ft (305 m). Payload: Laser, 10 blasts short E-Clip / 30 blasts long E-Clip. Grenade, 2 shot internal magazine for grenade launcher (Has 16 grenades). Bonus: +1 on aimed shots with laser / +1 with self guided grenades.
Two (2) KPP-03 Kittani Particle Beam Pistols: Weight: 3.2 lbs (1.45 kg) each.
Knock off of the NG-45LP “Long Pistol.” Mega-Damage: 5D6+3. Rate of Fire: Single shot. Range: 1,600 ft (488 m). Payload: 8 blasts short E-Clip, 16 blasts long E-Clip.
Ammunition (Used by Multiple weapons): 8 Long E-Clips.
Armor of Note:
Altarain “Blind Warrior Woman” Body Armor: M.D.C.: 30. Weight: 4 lbs (2 kg). Penalties: None.
Skin tight body armor worn by Blind Warrior Women. Can be worn under other armor.
Enchantments: Impervious to Energy (1st Level / 20 P.P.E. or 40 I.S.P.)
Techno-Wizard Armored Jacket: M.D.C.: 25. Weight: 10 lbs (4.5 kg). Penalties: -5% Prowl with other armor.
Armored jacket is similar to NG-TW Armor Jacket but has slightly better M.D.C.
Enchantments: Armor of Ithan (5th Level / 12 P.P.E. or 24 I.S.P. / +50 M.D.C.) and Sustain (5th Level / 10 P.P.E. or 20 I.S.P. / 5 days per activation.)
Techno-Wizard Fighter Pilot Armor: M.D.C.: 70. Weight: 15 lbs (6.8 kg). Penalties: -10% Prowl.
Armor is similar to the NG-TW Fighter Pilot Armor but has slightly better M.D.C.
Amulet of “Charm”: Adds a bonus of +1 to save vs magic and psychic attacks.
Amulet of “Protection against the Supernatural”: Adds a bonus of +2 to save vs horror factor
Amulet of “See the Invisible”: Enables only the wearer of the medallion to see the invisible.
T.W. Greater Jewelry - Tennis Bracelet: Has twelve emeralds as a mystical energy battery with a total of 120 P.P.E. but does not automatically recharge and must be recharged by the owner. Created by her.
Clothing: Working coveralls, nice quality dress, white silk scarf, pilot’s jumpsuit, flight jacket, and leather boots.
Other Items: Makeup and feminine items, comb and brush, aviator headgear and goggles, sun glasses, mini-tool kit, six signal flares, gas mask and air filter, survival gear, Holographic Personal Computer (H.P.C.), PPD/Pocket Digital Disc player and recorder*, and multi-optics band*.
Valuables: 800 credits and 1,000 credits worth in crystals and gems.
*all electronic equipment is powered by TW-Batteries, charges last 6-12 months.
There are a lot of extremes in the United Worlds Warlock. Some systems are representative republics while others are monarchies. Some systems, the citizenry lives an extremely high standard of living, close to the equal of the Utopian worlds of the Consortium, while others have a sharp between those who have and have not with the poorer peoples living a pretty meager existence.
The planet of Yuska is one of those of sharp divides with the poor living much like one might expect from the turn of the Twentieth Century Old Earth. There are some aspects of more modern technology such as far more computers and magic is more involved in everyday life than it is in most places in the Three Galaxies. Otherwise, the like of the poorer people is one of comparative drudgery. Economically, the planet is one of the more marginal planets within the United Worlds Warlock.
A hereditary monarchy, the planet has been ruled for centuries by a powerful family of wizard emperors. They are set apart from the people in general with the family having superhuman abilities. It is speculated by scholars that the emperor’s line is descendent from the gods and are demi-gods. Nobody seems to know what gods they might actually have descended from however.
Much of the planet’s wealth in concentrated in this family and the normal people are extremely poor with no vote or representation. The lot of the lesser nobility, mainly mages as well, is a bit better but still minuscule compared to the ruling family. The highest among the nobles are the advisors to the emperor.
It was to this world that Valentina Primrose was born. Her parents actually were considered poorer than most and being able to support the family was a constant struggle. As one might expect, the planet lacks the robust social support structure which is common among the Consortium and even the more advanced planets within the United Worlds Warlock.
Her parents had no mystical abilities and there actually were fewer items with a connection to magic than even the norm on the planet in her household. As far as she has been able to find, there is absolutely no family history of magic. Of course her family history was always pretty fragmentary so it is hard to know for sure.
One might say that magic was always in Valentina’s blood. Unlike her parents or her siblings, always had something of an interest in the mystical arts. This interest though paled in her passion for starfighters. Dreamed of being a fighter pilot, spurred on both by the occasional entertainment space fighter vid she got to watch and playing fighter video games. Was something of a terror with such games, able to beat just about everybody at them.
As one might expect, her parents had little understanding of her and tried to push her into something which they saw as more practical. Even so, she was determined. Her avenue in the end was that individual planets in the United Worlds Warlock are allowed to sponsor cadets to the military academy. It had been decades since the planet of Yuska had done so however.
All of the previous academy nominations had come from the more powerful families It was decide that it would be good propaganda to sponsor someone from the lower classes however. It would look good both internally and in the wider United Worlds Warlock. Part of getting her ready for the academy was extensive tutoring.
With the tutoring, her education was easily better than ninety percent of the population of Yuska. Even so, she found herself struggling to keep up with many of the other cadets. Most of their educations had been far better than hers. While some of the other cadets seems to make it through their classes almost effortlessly, she often had to work long hours extra to keep up with her classes.
Her long hours of studying did not give her a chance to get to get to know the other cadets very well. In addition, she was socially awkward. Compared to most of the cadets, she came from an extremely poor background. Over half the cadets also came from longstanding military families and a significant minority came from noble families. As a result of being an outsider in many ways, she found herself being taunted and teased. Now, she did have a handful of friends, largely among those who were also considered outsiders.
With regards to minor fights and tussles, the instructors usually just try to look the other way as long as it was kept quiet and nobody was hurt. Valentina ended up getting in her share, showing herself to be something of a scrapper in the process. Everybody has a breaking point and Valentina sometimes simply could not stand her treatment anymore from the other cadets.
Through practically shear guts and willpower, Valentina was able to get herself into the fighter pilot training program as a techno-wizard pilot. Even so, her scores were near the bottom required to qualify as a pilot trainee even though quite intelligent. Only a small fraction of fighter pilots even in the United Worlds Warlock military are actually techno-wizards themselves.
Once in training however, she excelled. In fact, she was a natural in the cockpit. It soon became apparent that there were two leaders among the fighter pilot cadets. One of course was Valentina while the other was named Thor Itheru. Her skills in the cockpit outstripped his while his academic test scores were far beyond hers. This is not to say that he was not an excellent pilot as well. Between the two, they were neck in neck with regards to their actual scores in the program.
As often happens in such cases, a rivalry formed between them. It did not help that he was both extremely popular and came from a powerful military family. In fact, he was related to a number of influential captains and admirals. He thought that no barbarian from a backwater planet should be able to compete with him for the best pilot cadet and treated her accordingly.
Not willing to accept that she was far better in the cockpit, he constantly challenged her. This was encouraged by his friends, many of whom wanted to see her put in her place. A certain amount of this, the instructors condoned and in fact considered good for training. Technical it was however against the academy rules. There was the expected mock dog fights as well as low altitude canyon flying on various moons.
One should not think she did not enjoy the challenge but there was a viciousness to the challenges which she did not enjoy. Each time, the challenge was more dangerous than the last as well. Out of a dozen challenges however, she had beat him nine times. A sore loser, he always claimed she cheated even though she suspected that he had cheated in reality on the ones he had managed to win.
There was a complex of caverns inside of an ice moon. It was considered off limits all ready because there had been a challenge decades before where neither of the cadets came out alive. She tried to beg off, not wanting to break the rules of the academy that blatantly. She even tried to tell him that she was a coward and just accept that he won.
He would not stop challenging her however and she finally accepted. They were actually only a few days from graduating. Even when she accepted, she knew it was stupid. Valentina managed to come out the other side of the snaking caverns although she had a number of close calls. Thor Itheru did not. Later investigation found his fighter crashed into a wall with his body shredded during the impact.
When such things happen, there is always an investigation. If he had not been related to several prominent officers, it might have been allowed to die quietly with little more than a reprimand for her. After all, she was at least partially to blame. Having no powerful allies herself, throwing her to the wolves was far easier than enduring the close scrutiny that the academy might otherwise receive.
Even though she was actually only weeks from graduation, she was never commissioned. Instead, she was given a choice in the end to resign in dishonor or face a stacked court marshal and get decades in prison. Even with a show trial, there were concerns that a court marshal might reveal the complicity of the instructors in the academy and her resignation would hopefully would quiet any interest in the academy.
After all that had happened, Valentina decided quickly that she could not go home to Yuska. Her parents never really understood her interest and she had changed quite a bit in the academy. She suspected that there would be recrimination and hostility from the emperor as well. There was even the possibility that they might decide that it would be best that their object of shame just disappear.
One of the few avenues open to her was to become a mercenary. All of her instructors agreed that she was an incredible pilot. In addition, her quiet determination to make it through training no matter what had impressed several of them. One of them had a friend who had been a U.W.W. fleet officer who had left military service to join the crew of a mercenary starship as the first officer. The instructor decided to ask the officer if he might take her with few questioned asked. Taking Valentina would be a benefit to both of them.
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