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Welcome to 
Olympus

The State of
the World

Game
Mechanics

Characters

Attributes 
& Skills

Actions &
Combat

Cybernetics

Equipment

Appendices
1-Series Characers

What's New

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Series Characters
In this section, I'm posting my estimations of what characters from the series would look like in game terms.  Please keep a couple of things in mind:  1)  I don't really know what I'm talking about;  and 2) I've decided to create pretty conservative (what I think to be realistic) skill levels. 

This leads me to an old gripe:  in many games that attempt to portray characters from films and comic books, the authors seem to jack their skill levels up to ridiculous levels.  The old Star Wars RPG is a classic example of this.  I think it's more "heroic" for a character with moderate stats to perform great feats than it is for one with high stats to sort of show up with the knowledge he will emerge unscathed.  Anyway, the character sketches below were created with this in mind.

Finally, as I pointed out, in #1, I'm just making all this up. If you decide to use these characters in a game but disagree with the allotment of states, change 'em!  If you come up with something that you think is much more accurate, email me and I'll consider amending these. 

Deric Bernier's Cyberpunk RPG site has a list of Appleseed's main characters and conversions for that game.

Characters



Deunan Knute
TEMPLATE:  Soldier
TYPE: Human
STRENGTH:  2D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Lifting      
Climbing  3D  5D   
Jumping  2D  4D   
KNOWLEDGE:  2D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Tactics  4D  6D  
News  1D  3D  
Wpn Tech  3D  5D  
Demolitions  3D  5D  
First Aid  1D  3D   
Education  1D   3D   
Soc Sci: History  1D  3D   
Scrounge      
Jury-Rig      
DESCRIPTION:
Deunan is of mixed ethnic decent--she has European and African blood and (apparently) grew up in the United States before the war (Shirow refers to her as "Cafe au lait" because of her mixed blood).  While not particularly strong, she is extremely athletic, quick and resilient.  She comes off as a bit of a grouch, often alienating herself from her teammates. 

Though given to contemplative moments, she is a ruthless professional that will not hesitate to pull the trigger in the line of duty, even on someone who may be her friend.  She is dauntlessly brave, sometimes to the point of foolhardiness.  It often seems that her impulsive nature is only kept in check by Briareos. 

Advantages
Disadvantages
 Lucky  Grouch
 Hawkeye  
 Flexible  
DEXTERITY: 4D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Martial Arts  3D  7D  1
Dodge  4D  8D  1
Firearms  4D  8D  1
Drive  2D  6D  
Heavy Weapons  3D  7D  1
Pilot LM  3D  7D  
Running  2D   6D   
Acrobatics  2D  6D  1
Throwing  1D   5D   1 
Pilot Aircraft      
Pilot Tank      
INSTINCTS:  4D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Stealth  3D  7D  1
Search  3D  7D  
Investigate  2D   6D   
Survival  2D  6D  
Tracking: Urban  2D   6D  
CONSTITUTION:  3D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Endurance  2D  5D   
Willpower  3D   6D   
Resistance  3D   6D   
Swimming      
PRESENCE:  3D
(-1D to rolls that depend on her being "personable")
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Bargain  2D  4D  
Con  2D  4D   
Command  3D  5D   
Persuasion  1D  3D  
Pers: Interogate  3D  5D  
BODY POINTS: CHI: 5
BDV: CHARACTER POINTS:  10
ARMOR VALUE:  
EQUIPMENT:
Varies considerably depening on her current mission and mood.  The list below represents her "standard" complement while in Olympus.
-Gasium Armor
-Heavy Pistol (she usually carries a variety of ammunition)
-Hold-out pistol
-Assault Rifle
-Combat knife (or short sword)
-Secure communicator
-Omni-tool
-Goggles:  Thermop, Light Amp, Magnification.
-GUGES-D Landmate with standard C-Class Rifle and Flight Rig
-Motorcyle
BACKGROUND:
Much of Deunan's past remains obscured.  It is known that before the war, she was a police officer with LA's SWAT unit.  Apparently, she worked for her father and with Bri.  He activities during the war have not been revealed, though it doesn't seem that she was actively involved in fighting.

After the war, she wandered Badside with Bri for sometime.  They moved from town to town, rarely encountering another soul in the burned-out husks of civilization (most of the occupants have been wiped out biological weapons that had since become inert).  They scrounged what they needed and lived a pretty simple existance.

That was until Hitomi came out of the wilderness to bring them back to Olympus.  At the same time Deunan and Bri were learning of the fledgling nation-state, they were attacked by mercenaries (likely sent by as-yet unnamed forces in Olympus itself).  After dispatching the bad guys, Deunan and Bri packed up and headed to Olympus.

Initially, the pair was somewhat bewildered by the luxary and advancement of Olympus.  But both quickly learned of the political intrigues and danger of the country.  Deunan was quickly pitched into a landmate fight with a new friend, who was actually a terrorist seeking to destroy Tartarus, one of Olympus' supercomputers.  In that fight, Bri was serverely wounded as well.

After that, Bri and Deunan joined the Olympus police and were quickly headhunted to ESWAT, where they continue to serve.  Deunan is respected, but not popular, among her teammates (she's bossy and a bit of a primadonna).  Also, she lost an eye in a recent training exercise.

It is clear that Deunan was brought to Olympus for some reason other than her skills as a soldier.  Her father, now dead, was involved with the Hope project in some way and may have given her DNA to be used for bioroids or some other cloning process.  She is wrapped up in matters she hasn't even yet begun to comprehend.

Briareos Hecatonchires ("Bri")
TEMPLATE:  Soldier
TYPE: Full-body Cyborg
STRENGTH:  7D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Lifting  2D  9D   
Climbing  3D  10D   
Jumping  5D  12D   +4D
KNOWLEDGE:  4D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Tactics  4D  8D  
News  2D  6D  
Wpn Tech  3D  7D  
Demolitions  3D  5D  
SS: History  2D  6D   
Education  1D   5D   
Scrounge  1D  5D   
Cybernetics (S)  1D  5D  
Law      
Jury-Rig      
Bureaucracy      
DESCRIPTION:
As a full-body cyborg, Bri is a massive figure.  He stands over 7 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds.  He can be incredibly intimidating and a dangerous foe.  However, he has a big heart, often unable to show the ruthlessness that comes easy to Deunan.  He is patient and extremely wise and often serves to run interference between Deunan and those she has conflicts with (nearly everyone).  He loves Deunan dearly and instantly defends her at any opportunity.

His "bunny ears" often reveal his mood:  down when he's sad or contemplative, and up when surprised or alert.
 

 

CYBERNETICS:
Bri has more gadgets than Batman..  This is a basic list (there is probably more!):
Optics:  4 eyes:  Thermop, Magnification, Broadspectrum, Light Amp, Camera, Computer link, Weapons Link.  "Bunny Ear" Extensions: 1.5 m.  These systems are redunant in case one of the eyes is destroyed.
Audio:  Secure Comm, Receiver, Wide Range, Recorder.
Nose:  That big round thing in the middle of his face is actually his nose!  Honest!
Exodermis:  AV: 25
Organs:  All filtration systems.
Brain Box:  AV: 45, BP: 100
Brain Plug: standard
Options:  Single-burst machine gun in right arm:  6Dx4 damage.
Jump Bonus:  +4D
Base HP:  30
Reproductive organs:  apparently, Bri's "bits" are still fully operational and stored in all the right places.

 

DEXTERITY: 5D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Martial Arts  3D  8D  
Dodge  3D  8D  
Firearms  4D  9D  
Drive  1D  6D  
Hvy Weapons  3D  8D  
Pilot LM  2D  7D  
Running  3D   8D   
Acrobatics  1D  6D  
Throwing  1D   6D   
Pilot Aircraft      
Pilot Tank      
INSTINCTS:  3D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Stealth  3D  6D  
Search  5D  8D  
Investigate  4D   7D   
Survival  4D  7D  
Tracking: Urban  4D   7D  
Hide  1D    
CONSTITUTION:  6D
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Endurance  2D  8D   
Willpower  1D   7D   
Resistance  4D   10D   
Swimming      
PRESENCE:  3D (-1D to Presence based rolls) as a cyborg)
Skill Rating Total Boosts
Bargain  2D  5D  
Con  2D  5D   
Command  3D  6D   
Persuasion  1D  4D  
Pers: Interogate  2D  5D  
BODY POINTS: CHI: 5
BDV: CHARACTER POINTS:  10
ARMOR VALUE:  
EQUIPMENT:
Varies considerably depening on his current mission.  The list below represents his "standard" complement while in Olympus.
-Kevlar Vest
-Heavy Cyborg Class Pistol (with a variety of ammunition)
- Cyborg-class Assault Rifle (Bri can carry some extremely heavy weaponry!)
-Combat knife (or short sword)
-Secure communicator
-Omni-tool
-Goggles:  Thermop, Light Amp, Magnification.
-GUGES-Cyborg mod: Landmate with standard Flight Rig
-Cyborg Motorcyle
BACKGROUND:
Bri used to be a handsome, athletic American male before his body was destroyed during a conflict.  In his current form, he is probably one of the most advanced cyborgs on the planet.  Only 1 in 1000 cyborgs are "prefectly coordinated" as he is. 

Bri previously worked with (or for) Deunan's father in the LAPD.  It is unclear how long he has been working with Deunan, though he has apparently known her for a number of years and they have perfected working together a team (well, almost perfected...).  His role appears to have grown from some kind of guardianship to true and deep romantic love (though it's unclear how he feels about Deunan's new interest in marriage)..

Aside from his impressive physical prowress, Bri is extremely intelligent.  He keeps up on current politics and world events.  He almost always thinks before acting and can make keen tactical assessments in a hurry.  He has become one of the anchors of Olympus's ESWAT.