About Kaoru Miyamoto
Hero Name/Hacker Name: Apocalypse or "Cal" for short
Mary Contrary (Delinquent): When someone tries to pierce your mask, comfort or support you, or provoke you, you can interfere. Roll + Superior. On a hit, they take a -2 on their roll. On a 10+, you also take Influence over them or clear a condition. On a 7- 9, you expose yourself to retribution, cost, or judgment. On a miss, they get a 10+ no matter what they rolled and you mark a condition of their choice.
I don't care what you think! (Delinquent): Whenever you reject others' influence, add +2 to your roll.
Are you watching closely? (Delinquent): When you mislead, distract, or trick someone, roll + Superior. On a hit, they are fooled, at least for a moment. On a 10+, choose three. On a 7- 9, choose two.
Kirby-craft (Outsider): You have a vehicle, something from your home. Detail its look, and choose two strengths and two weaknesses. When you are flying your ship, you can use it to unleash your powers, directly engage a threat, or defend using Superior.
When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, give them Influence over you, and ask them who they’d like you to be. Mark potential if you show them that person. If they’re a teammate, add a Team to the pool no matter what
- Add +1 to any two Labels
- Take a move from another playbook (Kirby Craft/Outsider)
When you've taken five advances from the top list, you can take advances from the list below.
誰 - Cassie
美/賢 - Alexandra
死 - Wingblade
痴 - Shaun
劇 - Alexis
大 - Bran
Not yet acquired - Bronwyn
Miyamoto Family (宮本: 宮 = shrine or temple, 本 = origin, root, base of)
Hideo Miyamoto (偉雄 = excellent male child): Kaoru's dad. Trained as an electrical engineer with a strong interest in mechanics and building things. From a very young age, included Kaoru in many of his 'projects' which ranged from building model gundams and repairing old run down hunkers to helping out at a bake sale for charity and rescuing a feral street kitten.
Where they are now: Deceased
What Kaoru thinks of them: Kaoru idolizes her father. More so because he died before she had grown up enough to see any of his flaws.
Naomi Miyamoto (直美: 直 = straight, 美 = beautiful): Kaoru's mom. She's a consulting software engineer who tends to work long hours. Even when she doesn't, she's often called away to go on business trips to meet with clients in person or she will work odd hours to match up with clients on the other side of the globe. This has gotten worse since she and Kaoru had to move; their relationship is much more strained, so as a result, she dove into work even more. She's saddened, confused, and rather worried by Kaoru's complete 180 in both personality and appearance, but isn't sure how to help or what to do about it.
Shadow (シャドー): Kaoru's black cat. Her father took him in when he was just a feral kitten on the street. He was pretty feisty at the time and tried to lash out at everyone (admittedly his attempts were both ineffectual and absolutely adorable). Kaoru was initially devastated that he wasn't a cuddly, affectionate kitty, but her dad told her to be patient, just keep loving the cat, and eventually he would come around. It's only thanks to his guidance that she kept trying to win over the cat's heart. She managed to get Shadow into a neutral relationship (instead of downright hostile) when her dad died. As if by magic, that's when Shadow really started to warm up to her.
Chloe Gates: Kaoru's ex-bff. She had long suspected that Kaoru was gay and had spent months trying to subtly encourage her to come out to her. When Jack told her about their breakup and the 'cause,' she was hurt that her best friend had told Jack before her and confronted her about it. Since Jack's story about Kaoru's reasoning was a lie, Kaoru got angry and the two had a big fight. Afterward, she tried to reconcile with Kaoru, but Pinky's influence left Kaoru too angry for it to succeed
Heroes and Villains
Pinky is actually a rogue AI created by a Brain hero. Said Brain was a big fan of Saturday morning cartoons whose slapstick comedy is what got Pinky started on its dark path of entertainment.
Dephi: A mysterious hacker hero. Noticed Kaoru when Pinky started getting her to pull more elaborate cyber 'pranks' that might have resulted in someone getting hurt or killed.
Delphi's mundane identity is known by only a few trusted heroes. This is because her physical body is rather frail, so if her hacker activities were connected with her meat-space body, it would be relatively easy for a villain to have her taken out.
Any time an incorrect password is entered on her computer, a picture is silently taken using the computer's built-in camera and sent to Kaoru's cell phone. Kaoru can then use her phone to remotely wipe her computer if necessary (which is fine as anything really important she has backed up to an external hard drive that she keeps hidden in her room. Except when backing up her stuff, the external isn't connect to anything to prevent someone remotely hacking into it). 3 failed attempts in a 5-minute span will lock the computer for the next hour. In addition, she's got two dummy passwords that have some custom behavior if you type them in.
password - Runs photo recognition software on the picture taken against the DMV database. If a match is found, tries various combinations of the person's name and the password "password" to see if it can hack into their email account. If successfully, promptly sends an email out to everybody listed in the email's contacts saying, "Lol, I'm so dumb my password is 'password'."
im!Nid10t - (Note: This is written on a post-it note stuck to the laptop) Turns the volume up to max and begins blasting the song American Idiot by Green Day, starting at the first line: "Don't want to be an American Idiot" At the same time, the login screen goes completely black with only a No Face mask smiling at the user. This continues until either the laptop is forcibly shut down or an authentication signal is sent from Kaoru's phone.
HA,t4ho->cb4. - (Heralding Apocalypse, the 4 horsemen come before.) The correct password. A 2 factor authentication code paired to a waterproof key Kaoru keeps around her neck at all times must then be entered to complete login.
Appearance and Personality:
Appearance: Before moving to Halcyon, Kaoru dressed as your typical preppy kid. Slacks, plaid skirts, pastel blouses, the occasional sweater vest. But recently, due to the whole unpleasantness that she hopes to escape from, she's cut her hair short and switched to a decidedly more goth/punk look (I have a vague image in my head, but I'm not sure if it's more of a light goth or punk-ish look). Ripped black pants, some black nail polish, one of those belts with the silver studded holes in them. And definitely no skirts or dresses. Nothing that would give away that she's a girl. She could, in fact quite easily be mistaken for one of those pretty Asian boys. Especially if she didn't actually ever tell anyone anything to the contrary.
So using the playbook descriptions: Ambiguous/male gender, Japanese ethnicity, untrusting eyes, rebellious clothing. Costume is basically a long black cloak and a mask.
Personality: Kaoru doesn't care what you think of her. Or at least, that's what she'd have you believe. Really, it's just a way to keep others at arm's length; she was burned in the past by people she thought were friends and has no desire to repeat that mistake. So the best way to protect herself is to keep others from knowing who she really is. Because if they don't know her, they can't really reject her. But like most people, all she really wants deep down is to be loved and respected. As such, she typically only provokes others if confronted rather than going out of her way to get in someone's face. She'd really much rather be left alone to do her own thing or silently throw judgmental looks at people from the outskirts.
Abilities: Gadgetry and hacking, power negation
Initial Labels: Danger 0, Freak 0, Savior -1, Superior +3, Mundane +1
What do you do for fun?
Who, outside the team, thinks better of you than you do?
Why do you try to be a hero?
Why do you care about the team?
When our team first came together...
Life before Halcyon City:
You wanna know about me? Well, my story is dumb. Like, tv trope, stereotype dumb. Your typical popular girl has an epiphany turns social outcast dumb. Or, I guess it's not quite that bad; at least I wasn't head cheerleader or anything. God, that would be embarrassing. But I was your typical top of the class, on track to get a full-ride scholarship to any Ivy league of my choosing preppy good girl. Oh, and I was dating the rising star of the JV football team Jack Liu, so there was that. But I mostly only did that because all my so-called friends kept telling me what a catch he was and what a cute couple we'd make and yadda yadda yadda. Based on some of the things they said, I'm pretty sure they didn't realize he's Chinese and I'm Japanese. Because all us Asians look alike. Obvs. But I just wanted to shut them up; they had started to look at me weird. Plus me and Jack had known each other for forever even though he's a year older, and he wasn't exactly subtle about his feelings for me (though I'm sure he thought he was). I liked him well enough and he was a nice guy, so eventually I gave in and asked him out (I know, scandalous that I didn't wait for him to ask me, right?).
Things were...ok I guess. For a while. Then he started his junior year, got promoted to the varsity team, got a taste of the stardom that offered, and he started to get kinda...well...handsy. I laughed it off at first, but he didn't stop. When it became clear that that was what our relationship was going to be -- him trying to move further around the bases and me attempting to fend off his advances -- I broke it off. I mean, that's what you're supposed to do, right? It was no big deal 'cause we had never been that serious in the first place, right?
Of course, I was wrong. He took it pretty poorly. I think some of the other guys kept giving him s!+# about it or something? Well anyway, he started this rumor that I broke up with him because I had a thing for this super smart girl with the most amazing green eyes you've ever seen: Lena. But no way could a rumor like that actually take hold, right? I mean, there was no evidence or anything. Wrong again. Next thing I know, my "friends" are pretty much all yelling at me for no reason. Some are pissed that I didn't tell them. Some were convinced I was perving on them all these years. Some thought I was trying to play the minority card for college applications. None of them believed that it was all Jack trying to get back at me.
So what's a girl to do in this kind of a situation? Well, obviously hack into all of Jack's accounts, expose his embarrassing emails and pictures to the rest of the school, change all his grades, and put him on a government terrorist watchlist for good measure, what else (I did mention that I'm super smart, right? Especially when it comes to computers)? Never mind the fact that the accusation maybe sorta kinda had some truth to it. Never mind the fact that you broke the kid's heart. It was a scorched earth policy: leave no survivors.
Things only went downhill from there. There were parent-teacher conferences, yelling, and other crap. The one good thing to come out of all of this was -- and don't laugh -- Pinky. Yeah, like that dumb kid's show. S/He (They?) even had the dumb icon to go along with the name as their avatar (oh yeah, they're an internet friend). They had found the government watchlist hack and thought it was hilarious that some nobody teen from Podunk, Nowhere was on it. They started giving me tips on how I could have covered my tracks better, made it more believable, and what other things I could have done to get my revenge.
It was pretty cool. My skills were growing in leaps and bounds. I mean, I thought I was good before, but I was nothing compared to what I was becoming. It was like I was directly talking to servers, able to literally see the vulnerabilities laid out before me like missed stitches in a quilt or whatever. I could feel my anger and frustration slipping away, replaced with this resplendent view of the grand tapestry of pranks and digital manipulations I was making with Pinky. All my problems at school, at home, just didn't bother me anymore.
Until some a!~%#&% calling themself "Delpi" stepped in. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to completely block all my interactions with Pinky. Said something about it being for my "own good," so obviously it's some know-it-all who really knows nothing adult. On the bright side, all this crap with my school means we're packing up and moving, so maybe that will help me get around whatever block Delpi put up. I think they're detecting my IP spoofing, so maybe if I actually have a new location I can more easily slip around their defenses. Plus Halcyon is a city so there might be actual things to do there. I can't wait to get away from everybody here.