Cuoio (Francesco De Cello) -- He has olive skin, brown eyes, and wavy dark brown hair with a fancy beard and mustache. As a mobster, he lives a rough life. Cuoio has already lost one bodyguard, Galterio; and one (civilian) girlfriend, Aniella. He really hates the idea of losing anyone else. Part of his deal joining the Marionettes was that they'd help him find more durable people. So far he has acquired a comare or mob girlfriend, Chiara; a right-hand man, Duraturo; and a bodyguard/medic, Salvo.
Origin: He was born with his power, although it has gotten stronger over time. He likes soft bright colors in addition to darker ones.
Uniform: Classy Italian men's wear, preferably something he can move and fight in when necessary.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Fighter Boss, Good (+2) Asking for Help, Good (+2) Charming, Good (+2) Martial History, Good (+2) Musician
Poor (-2) Losing People
Powers: Good (+2) Tough
Motivation: To protect his own.
Chiara Acquesta -- She has olive skin, brown eyes, and long wavy brown hair. She is tall and sturdy with well-defined muscles. As a hobby, she cuts stone and makes mosaics. She has created several of the landing pads for teleporters that the Marionettes use. Despite her superpower and physique, she's actually good at calming people down in more ways than just hitting them. She is friends with Pomarola.
Origin: She grew up as a tomboy, and then puberty made her pudgy. She hated that, so she joined a gym, began weight training, and started taking supplements. That combined to activate her superpowers.
Uniform: She dresses sporty, instead of the slinky outfits favored by most comares. Her boss Cuoio thinks muscles are sexy enough.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Comare, Good (+2) Beautiful, Good (+2) Determination, Good (+2) Mosaic Artist
Poor (-2) Tolerating Sexism
Powers: Average (0) Super-Strength
Motivation: To be beautiful. Muscles are beautiful. If you say they are unfeminine I will hurt you.
Pomarola (Martina Busto) -- She has olive skin, brown eyes, and curly auburn hair. She is petite and curvy. Her nickname comes from a Tuscan tomato sauce, implying both "red" and "saucy." She comes from Milan. Pomarola practices Fior di Battaglia, an Italian martial art for comares, specializing in cloak-and-dagger and unarmed combat. She is friends with Chiara Acquesta. Her boss Dantel Chiefari was murdered right beside her, leaving her with traumatic grief.
Origin: As a teenager, she dressed up for a masquerade with a mask that turned out to be a super-gizmo. Sent by a rival family, it was meant to disfigure her face, but instead gave her superpowers.
Uniform: High fashions. She loves dressing up in both contemporary and historic Italian clothing. She enjoys muted floral colors.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Social Graces, Good (+2) Crafts, Good (+2) Exuberant, Good (+2) Fior di Battaglia, Good (+2) Theatrical History
Poor (-2) Traumatic Grief
Powers: Average (0) Passion Gifts
Motivation: To live life to the fullest.
Dantel Chiefari -- He has light olive skin folded into many wrinkles, brown eyes, and white hair. He is the partner of the comare Pomarola. He was planning to retire soon, but was murdered before he could.
Qualities: Master (+6) Gentleman, Master (+6) Lover, Master (+6) Mob Boss, Expert (+4) Interpersonal Intelligence, Expert (+4) Wealth, Good (+2) Art Collector, Good (+2) Dancer, Good (+2) Italian History, Good (+2) Languages, Good (+2) Wine Connossieur
Poor (-2) Not as Strong as He Used to Be
Nestore Dinapoli -- He has olive skin, brown eyes, and dark hair going gray with a mustache. He is portly and cheerful, and he wears glasses. He is the husband of Megliore; father of Liborio, Lucinda, and another daughter; and grandfather of several grandchildren. He is the housefather of a compound for the Marionettes.
Qualities: Master (+6) Family Man, Master (+6) Housefather, Expert (+4) Interpersonal Intelligence, Expert (+4) Politics, Good (+2) Painter, Good (+2) Patient, Good (+2) Strength
Poor (-2) Nearsighted
In the picture, Nestore is third from the left, beside his wife Megliore.
Megliore (Edmonda Dinapoli) -- She has olive skin, brown eyes, and dark auburn hair currently worn in short curls. She is almost always called Meg or Megliore. She is the wife of Nestore; mother of Liborio, Lucinda, and another daughter. She has two grandsons and two granddaughters. She is the housemother of a compound for the Marionettes.
Qualities: Master (+6) Housemother, Master (+6) Quartermaster, Expert (+4) Commanding Respect, Expert (+4) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Expert (+4) Omertà, Good (+2) Italian Lacemaking, Good (+2) Needs Little Sleep, Good (+2) Nurturing
Poor (-2) Nosy
Salvo (Alessio Sinacore) -- He has light olive skin, brown eyes, and black hair that flops over his forehead. He keeps his moustache and beard trimmed short. He is trim and graceful, but strong for his size. He is bisexual. Alessio comes from Venice, and Sinacore is one of the primary Marionette families. He has learned enough about soup care to be able to influence other people's superpowers, not precisely with his own power, but with skill instead. He is particularly good at talking people through controlling their power for a desired effect.
As a bodyguard, Salvo practices Nova Scrimia. His best skills include Venetian dagger, Venetian Cornoler stick fighting, and hand-to-hand combat. He has worked some short stints as a personal bodyguard, more often an impersonal one, and sometimes as a combat medic or an enforcer. He makes a good match with Cuoio because Salvo is so different from his boss' previous bodyguard.
Origin: Alessio wanted to go into health care, so he was working at one of the Marionette clinics as a teenager. An accident shattered a shipment of experimental medicines and left him with superpowers -- just not quite the kind he wanted. He continued his training for a few years, hoping the Regeneration would develop into Healing, but so far it hasn't. Eventually he switched over to bodyguard work instead, where his medical skill comes in handy as backup.
Uniform: Outside of combat, Salvo favors tailored suits in light colors and fabrics, often ivory linen or silk. For combat he wears either light armor or a medic's uniform.
Qualities: Master (+6) Influence Superpowers, Expert (+4) Bodyguard, Expert (+4) First Aid, Good (+2) Bubbly Personality, Good (+2) Fashion Sense, Good (+2) Soothing, Good (+2) Soup Care, Good (+2) Venetian Cuisine, Good (+2) Water Sports
Poor (-2) Disappointed by His Superpower
Powers: Average (0) Regeneration
Motivation: To keep people in one piece.
Salvo has discovered that voice, skin contact, and other techniques can influence someone else's superpowers -- particularly in terms of convincing defensive powers to lower their guard by identifying friends. Soft stroking motion helps. Conversely, brisk tapping or poking can stimulate a sluggish response.