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Elvis, The Legendary Tours adventurers

Here are the characters I've put together based on the ideas people gave me in the earlier thread today. The line-up is as follows:

Elvis (bard)
Vlad Lennon (bard, barbarian swordsman)
"Senator" Joe McCartney (bard)
Billie "Doc" Holliday (frontier medic and law-woman)
Elric Clapton (musician and shaman)
Bob "the Builder" Marley (mystical roadie)

Details follow, but they reveal quite a few secrets.


Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: Elvis
Status: Star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 8 Bonus Points: 5
Quote: "Uh-huh-huh, maam, I'm just glad to help"
Animal Handler:Computers:Marksmanship: 4Speed: 5
Artist: 7Driving: 1Martial Arts: 4Strength: 5
Athlete: 3Healing:Mystic Power: 5Thief: 1
Charisma: 6Linguist:Science:Thinking: 4
Back Story: You are a wanderer exiled from the mystical "Land of Grace", a magical kingdom now ruled by your evil twin brother Costello, a wizard who seized power while you were travelling. The whereabouts of the rightful rulers are unknown. The Land of Grace is now surrounded by an impervious wall of force, within which Costello rules with an iron hand. You feel it is your duty to find a way in and overthrow your brother. To support yourself while you search you have become a wandering bard, joined by fellow-trubadours Vlad Lennon and "Senator" Joe McCartney. Somehow your quest has given you the Mystic Power of Music, a strange magical ability to sway minds, upset the laws of probability and heal by your singing and playing. You can occasionally tap into this power when you aren't singing or playing, but it is reduced to Mystic Power 2
Possessions: Blue Suede seven league boots, revolver, guitar, cell phone, knife. Your boots let you teleport seven leagues (no more, no less) in a single bound, but you have to be running first. You can't appear inside anything, but you have sometimes appeared immediately in front of a tree, a rock, etc. and been hurt by the impact. Each seven-league jump requires a Mystic Power success. You can't use the boots to get into the Land of Grace, the barrier stops you. Your guitar has silver strings and is said to be haunted; when you play it (but no other instrument) you gain +3 to your Mystic Power. However, you sometimes feel that it is trying to play you... You cannot bring yourself to destroy or abandon the guitar, and you are reluctant to let anyone else touch it.
Weapons: Revolver +2, Dagger -
Notes: You have the Mystic Power of Music; when you play you can influence minds, upset probability, or heal one listener for each success. You can combine this talent with your Artist attribute, with your Charisma, or both for a truly awe-inspiring performance, but it will take you several rounds to play enough to achieve this mystical state; on some occasions playing like this has left your audiences entranced or aroused them to frenzy, so you have learned to be careful not to over-use the ability. Under really exceptional circumstances you can somehow tap into others' music (for example, Vlad and Joe's playing) to boost this power even more. You are a hero; you have a code of chivalry which involves protecting women and children, fighting implausible odds, etc., regardless of your own safety.

Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: "Senator" Joe McCartney
Status: Co-star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 7 Bonus Points: 2
Quote: "You play and keep the guards occupied, I'll try to get into the safe."
Animal Handler:Computers: 4Marksmanship: 2Speed: 6
Artist: 3Driving: 2Martial Arts: 3Strength:
Athlete:Healing: 3Mystic Power:Thief: 6
Charisma: 3Linguist:Science:Thinking: 3
Back Story: You are a travelling bard and former thief who tells everyone that you have been reformed by Elvis' example and have decided to help him with his quest. This isn't entirely true; you haven't completely reformed (every now and again you pocket a trinket or two) and your reason for joining him is very different; You are secretly a woman, and you are deeply in love with him. You pass for male because men attract less undesirable attention, and because you know that Elvis is too chivalrous to let a woman fight by his side (with the occasional exception of legendary warrior women such as Diana, Warrior Princess, of course). One day you hope he'll realise who you are and return your love. So far you have been able to keep your secret; you suspect that Diana and one or two others (most notably "Doc" Holliday) know, but so far nobody seems to have told Elvis. Somehow nobody ever seems to notice that they've never seen you naked, and you've even "disguised" yourself as a woman without anyone realising the truth.
Possessions: Guitar, lock picks, rifle, sword, knife, laptop computer, disguise kit, first aid kit, jeep, cell phone.
Weapons: Rifle +1, Sword +1, Knife -
Notes: You're a competent thief and hacker, and can get into safes, through alarm systems, etc. You always have a lockpick or two up your sleeve, in your belt or hair, etc., and if all else fails can use bits of wire, toothpicks, etc.

Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: Vlad Lennon
Status: Co-star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 7 Bonus Points: 4
Quote: "Quick - get out while I am holdink up the ceiling!"
Animal Handler:Computers:Marksmanship: 2Speed: 2
Artist: 2Driving: 2Martial Arts: 4Strength: 6
Athlete: 5Healing:Mystic Power:Thief: 1
Charisma: 3Linguist: 3Science: 2Thinking: 4
Back Story: You are a barbarian swordsman a Tartar who was inspired by Elvis' music and decided to join him. You can play the double bass (and use it as a weapon) but are most renowned for your strength and skill as a warrior.
Possessions: Double bass, long bow and arrows, BIG sword.
Weapons: Double bass +1, Sword +2, Bow +1
Notes: Secret: Recently you have begun to feel a strange unnatural attraction to "Senator" Joe McCartney, which you attribute to his uncanny ability to disguise himself as a woman. You are trying to forget these strange urges and pretend nothing has changed. You are fond of a good fight, a good meal, good beer, etc., and occasionally make a fool of yourself while drunk.

Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: Billie "Doc" Holliday
Status: Guest star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 6 Bonus Points: 7
Quote: "I'm a doctor, not a musician. You keep playing, I'll try to save him!"
Animal Handler: 4Computers:Marksmanship: 3Speed: 1
Artist: 2Driving:Martial Arts: 2Strength: 1
Athlete:Healing: 5Mystic Power:Thief: 1
Charisma: 2Linguist:Science: 4Thinking: 4
Back Story: You are a frontier doctor, dentist, midwife, vet and law-woman who roams a vast territory tending to the needs of your patients and keeping the peace. Implausibly often your patients include Elvis and his friends, you just seem to have a knack of turning up when you're needed. You have secretly identified "Senator" Joe McCartney as a woman, but respect her privacy and will never discuss it with her or anyone else unless it is medically important
Possessions: Horse with saddlebags holding a complex medical kit (up to and including major pieces of laboratory equipment and a folding operating table), rifle, revolver, throwing scalpels, cellphone, handcuffs, harmonica
Weapons: Revolver -, Rifle +1, Scalpels +1
Notes: Although you claim not to be a musician you're attractive and have a good singing voice, and can play the harmonica. You have occasionally helped Elvis when he needed extra backup, but you have no interest in becoming a professional.


Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: Elric Clapton
Status: Guest Star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 5 Bonus Points: 9
Quote: "By the power of this incantation, send his soul to eternal damnation..."
Animal Handler:Computers:Marksmanship: 1Speed: 2
Artist: 4Driving:Martial Arts: 3Strength: 2
Athlete:Healing:Mystic Power: 3Thief: 5
Charisma: 4Linguist:Science:Thinking: 2
Back Story: You are a bard and shaman who claims to be from the mysterious East (Boston), typically encountered under ambiguous circumstances. You don't appear to be exactly evil, but you seem to be less than good. Sometimes you seem to be working at cross-purposes to Elvis, although you will usually back away from a confrontation. Appearances can be deceptive. Secretly you are a spy for Elvis' evil brother Costello, and like him you are a dark wizard. You enchanted Elvis' guitar, and it is slowly feeding on his Mystic Power. Eventually, when you are ready, you will turn its power against him and steal it for your master, but the time isn't ripe yet.
Possessions: Guitar, flute (+2 to Mystic power), Sword (magical), cell phone, huge motorbike, conjuring supplies
Weapons: Sword +3, all wounds become infected and flesh decays unless promptly treated.
Notes: You always pretend to have your own agenda, typically with no connection to Elvis. It's surprising that nobody ever thinks it strange that you run into each other so often. Apart from waiting for the right moment, your main aim is to sabotage his efforts to find a way home.


Elvis, The Legendary Tours

Character Record

Name: Bob "The Builder" Marley
Status: Guest Star Success: 5+ Hit Points: 5 Bonus Points: 8
Quote: "Testing, Testing, one, two, one two two..."
Animal Handler: 2Computers: 2Marksmanship: 3Speed: 3
Artist: 2Driving: 4Martial Arts: 2Strength: 3
Athlete: 1Healing:Mystic Power: 2Thief: 1
Charisma: 1Linguist: 1Science: 2Thinking: 1
Back Story: You're Elvis' roadie, lighting man, sound man, etc. You work with him when he's playing a large enough gig to use your help, nobody seems to be entirely sure what you do when you aren't needed but you are sometimes seen tending to mysterious plants in extensive greenhouses behind your ramshackle cottage.
Possessions: Large horse-drawn wagon or van loaded with speakers, lighting stands, etc. Somehow electricity never seems to be a problem, even if you're setting up in the middle of the desert. Rifle, cell phone, supply of a mysterious herb which you burn and inhale to summon your Mystic Power
Weapons: Rifle +1
Notes: You have the Mystic Power of Ganja (obviously a god of some description) and can use it with your other skills to achieve seemingly impossible feats. Occasionally you seem to be possessed by strange (and usually musical) gods, normally with good results. Your Linguist attribute is used to speak English. Even when you roll a success your accent is very difficult to understand.


I'll be back some time Monday, let me know what you think.
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