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Character notes for "Every Man's Business"
These are the character notes for "Every Man's Business."


Pips (Alfred Blythewood) -- He has pale skin, dark peacock eyes with a distinct sheen, and shaggy black hair with a few wisps of metallic white-gold. He's short, only five feet tall. Alfred comes from a traditional service family in Britain, but his heritage is actually Pictish. He hates being called "pixie." He speaks at least American Sign Language, English, Esperanto, French, and Korean. He goes by MultiplePunctures on BlackSheep.
Alfred's regular service lies with Kraken, but he makes a habit of serving infamous supervillains long enough to earn recognition for it, then bails out, and later on goes looking for the next one. His cape name comes from the Kraken custom of indicating former masters with insignia so that people can know the background by looking at the collar pips. He has the metronome for Contretemps, the power tie for the Vanguardian, and even the little green skull for the Mandible. Pips is probably the only person to come out of the Mandible's service without serious damage -- he's a resilient little thing -- but even he only lasted a month there. And he doesn't just wear them on his uniform, he has them copied over into body jewelry.
Origin: Alfred was born with some bad eye problems. When he was thirteen, a new treatment to correct those left him with Enhanced Vision instead.
Uniform: On duty he wears the Kraken uniform of dexflan and capery, with multiple pips on the collar indicating former masters, plus the body jewelry. The jumpsuits are sensibly designed with sleek fit, plenty of pockets and fasteners for equipment. They provide Expert (+4) Camouflage to a designated user, but if worn by anyone else, turn garish neon colors. Off duty, he wears a lot of emo things -- black clothes, leather bands with studs, that sort of stuff. He needs wraparound sunglasses most of the time, though.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Masochist, Expert (+4) Observant, Good (+2) Deduction, Good (+2) Supervillain Servant, Good (+2) Resilient
Poor (-2) Don't Call Me Pixie!
Powers: Good (+2) Enhanced Vision
Vulnerability: He can see ultraviolet and polarized light, and he sees especially well in dim light. But that makes bright light painful, so he stays indoors a lot. He prefers going out at night, or if he has to go out in daylight, he needs wraparound sunglasses.
Motivation: "It's all about the pain, the jewelry and ink are just souvenirs."

Among the boss emblems that Pips wears are: a metronome for Contretemps, a checkerboard for the Chessmistress, a red motherboard for Captain Kelvin, a power tie for the Vanguardian, and a skull for the Mandible. The constellation for Capricorn can be labeled or unlabeled.

Even in local-America, sunglasses have gotten pretty sophisticated, and Terramagne-America has even better ones. Due to his enhanced vision, Pips wears sunglasses to protect his sensitive eyes from bright light and assist contrast so he can concentrate on important things more easily. The wraparound style prevents light from leaking in around the lenses. Controls for the advanced features are located on the sidepieces.

Pips has a set of customized Gucci sunglasses for fancy occasions where the light will be dim enough that he can do without the wraparound glasses. The lenses are gray with peacock patterns, shifting between a Gucci logo and tiger faces.


Mark Hastings -- He has fair skin, blue eyes, and blond hair buzzed short. He lives in Mercedes, California and attends the same high school where Drew went. At the time of "The Gossamer Threads of Truth," he is just short of 18. Fast on his feet, he enjoys sports that involve running. Mark and Anthony are often found together. They're troublemakers, but popular in certain circles due to their social connections. They also have a knack for sneaking beer and cigarettes into a teen party. However, Mark is not as smart as he likes to think he is.
Qualities: Good (+2) Best Friends with Anthony Dice, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Nephew of Mercedes Mayor, Good (+2) Party Animal
Poor (-2) Not the Sharpest Marble in the Stack

Etan Allsman -- He has fair skin and brown eyes. His short hair was dark in youth and is now whith with touches of gray. He wears glasses. Even with them, it's hard for him to read small print for long stretches, and he gets headaches. Etan lives in Mercedes, California. Logical and assertive, he makes an excellent lawyer. It has made him a respectable amount of money.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Lawyer, Good (+2) Assertive, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) Wealth
Poor (-2) Needs Glasses

Arminda Marquez -- She has sorrel skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair usually pulled back in a bun. Her heritage is African, American, and Hispanic. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Arminda is 45 years old in August of 2014. She is married with 5 children: a son (19), twin daughters (16), a son (11), and a daughter (8). Her husband stays home to take care of the kids and do odd jobs such as small engine repair. They live in Mercedes, California. Bold and tough, Arminda makes an good police chief. She was promoted recently after the former chief left under embarrassing circumstances. She has a knack for strategic thinking, but no patience with people who try to play games with her.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Bold, Expert (+4) Tough, Good (+2) Mother, Good (+2) Police Chief, Good (+2) Strategic Thinking
Poor (-2) Don't Play Games With Me

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