Aricyperkaireneshalikretes of the House of Wintershard (Cypher)


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His honesty never fails to impress me, if not convince me".

Cardinal Borusa was never one to mince his words, and his assessment of Cypher was undeniably accurate. But, as Cypher would have pointed out in his rare moments of (unfeigned) honesty, that was how the game was played in Gallifrey's stagnant, duplicitous society. If he was better at playing it than someone of his youth and inexperience ought to have been, it was hardly his fault. The politicking and double-dealing were just a way to break the tedium. Another was his private hobby, computer hacking. He became very adept at breaking into various restricted computer files full of the Time Lords’ most embarrassing secrets, including the careers of the various renegades. He had a certain amount of admiration for some of their exploits, but no desire to join their ranks, despite his boredom with life on Gallifrey. Any fool could toss the rules away completely and become an outlaw; true skill, in Cypher's opinion, lay in pushing the boundaries of what you could get away with within the rules, or at least apparently within the rules.

It was with that philosophy in mind that he charmed and schemed and manipulated his way into a technical support post at the Academy’s History faculty, serving as a pilot and technician on off-world research expeditions. It was, he thought, a perfect way to get to experience the outside universe without becoming a wanted fugitive. He wondered at the time why Cardinal Borusa didn't raise any objection to the appointment - and also why he greeted the news as if he were enjoying a joke at Cypher's expense.

After six months and two field trips serving as errand boy and general factotum to a bunch of elderly, curmudgeonly, unreasonable, demanding, half-senile old professors, he'd managed to figure out the punchline, but he was grimly determined not to let Borusa have the last laugh. He developed a habit, whenever the urge to murder his charges got too severe, of relieving the stress by taking the TARDIS they'd been assigned on extended joyrides, returning a few seconds after he'd left so that they never realized he'd been away.

He found himself hailed as a minor hero when he returned to Gallifrey after rescuing the three missing members of the Badonicus expedition. He "modestly" turned down a promotion that would have forced him to spend more time behind a desk at home rather than out in the field, but at least his increased status reduced the incessant flow of complaints from his wards. If only a little.

The approach from the Celestial Intervention Agency came as a surprise, but not a completely unwelcome one. The Agency was aware, Coordinator Vansell told him bluntly, of his habit of taking unauthorized personal jaunts while he was on field assignments, but they were perfectly willing to turn a blind eye, as long as Cypher were willing to use the talents he'd already demonstrated on the Agency's behalf.

Cypher didn't much care for being used, or blackmailed, but he couldn't resist the challenge that Vansell's "offer" represented - not only to succeed in potentially difficult and dangerous assignments in the outside universe, but to advance himself in the ranks of the Celestial Intervention Agency on Gallifrey as well. Boredom, it seemed, was unlikely to be a problem in the foreseeable future...

Personality

Motivations/Desires/Goals

Opinion is divided regarding Cypher's personality. He likes to call himself a diplomat and a conciliator. Most people who know him prefer terms like “con-man” and “conniver”… and that's just his friends. The words his enemies use are quite unprintable. Friends and enemies alike, however, would agree that he's primarily driven by the challenge of out-thinking and outwitting his opponents, using deception and charm rather than brute force. One of his proudest achievements at the Academy was to be accused of excessive deviousness by a Prydonian Cardinal. He's since found that the wider universe offers him more scope for his “diplomatic” talents than Gallifrey ever did.

Manner

To strangers, Cypher likes to present the front of an innocent ingénue, friendly and trustworthy but a little gormless. Among his friends, he's mischievous, irreverent, and constantly on the look-out for the next scam. To friends and strangers alike, he has an easy charm and a marked air of joie de vivre.

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FASA Stats

DW RPG Stats

Time Lord Stats

STR
Level IV
END
Level IV
DEX
Level IV
CHA
Level VI
MNT
Level VI
INT
Level IV
Special Abilities
 
Respiratory Bypass System
Level V
Telepathy
Level III
Combat Statistics
 
Armed Combat
 
Staser Pistol
Level III
Significant Skills
 
Carousing
Level IV
Leadership
Level V
Physical Sciences
 
Computer Science
Level VI
Security Procedures
 
Disguise
Level V
Stealth
Level IV
Social Sciences
 
Archaeology, Earth
Level IV
History, Earth
Level V
History, Galactic
Level VI
Streetwise
Level IV
Technology
 
Computer Systems
Level VII
Electronics
Level VI
TARDIS Systems
Level VII
Temporal Science
Level VI
Trivia
 
Careers of the Time Lord Renegades
Level V
Vehicle Operation
 
Temporal Vehicles
Level VI
Verbal Interaction
 
Bluffing
Level V
Haggling
Level V
Negotiation/Diplomacy
Level VII
Scam
Level VI
Height
Average
Build
Slim
Looks
Attractive
Apparent Age
Young Adult
Actual Age
280
Awareness
3
Coordination
3
Ingenuity
6
Presence
5
Resolve
4
Strength
3
Convince
5
Knowledge
4 (Earth History +1, Galactic History +2)
Marksman
1
Subterfuge
4
Science
4 (Temporal Science +3)
Technology
4 (Computers +3, TARDIS +3)
Tech Level
10
Traits
 
Charming
He's very good at talking his way out of trouble. He's had a lot of practice.
Empathetic
Dealing with people is a lot easier when you know where their emotional levers are
Technically Adept
He's a skilled temporal scientist and engineer
Gadget
His wrist computer is equipped with scanner and telepathic translator functions
Time Lord
Albeit a rather junior and inexperienced one
Adversary
The Alexandrian Society wants him dead or al... well, actually, "wants him dead" pretty much covers it
Code of Conduct
For all his conniving ways, he does have definite principles. He would never willingly harm an innocent with his schemes, nor break the Laws of Time, nor - despite frequent and considerable temptation - abandon the curmudgeonly old idiots he's been assigned to guard to danger
Obligation
His official duties at the Academy are listed as "piloting and field technical support". In practice, (or so he complains), that means playing nursemaid to every eccentric elderly researcher who fancies a trip in a TARDIS
Equipment
Type 64 TARDIS (uses the stats for a Modern TARDIS from the Time Traveller's Companion), wrist computer
Strength
3
Cheat Death
1
Regenerative Powers
1
Control
3
Marksmansip
1
Size
3
Weight
3
Move
3
Running
1
Determination
4
Awareness
5
Acting
2
Bargaining
2
Con
2
Disguise
2
Eloquence
2
Knowledge
5
Computing
3
Electronics
2
History, Earth
2
History, Galactic
3
MacGuffin
1
TARDIS
3
Temporal Science
3