Nicola Castrogiovanni - Spirit of Optimism

Aspects

Type Aspect
High Concept Over-Optimistic, almost naïve, Circus Boy Orphan
Trouble Second, Third, Fourth… As many chances as needed
  Don Cagliostro looks for me
  “That ugly, smelly bully of foster brother I had”
  The Scapulary of My Mother and the Casquette of my Father

Approaches

Approach Level
Careful Good (+3)
Clever Average (+1)
Flashy Fair (+2)
Forceful Mediocre (+0)
Quick Average (+1)
Sneaky Fair (+2)

Centurion Stunts

  • The “Good Enough” Game: Because Nicola is very optimistic in all things, twice a session he can ask and receive some needed help from others, as long he can ask for it or he talked with those people before. This help came in play as an Scenario Aspect (like My Goodness, you need some clean clothes! or A Place to Stay at those freezing nights), with one Free Invocation. He can’t use this to do harm to others, but he can use this to help himself and/or others. Those Aspects stays as long as reasonable. He can combine the two uses into a Aspect with two invocations, under the same rules.

Other Stunts

  • Because I believe that Everyone have a Good Heart, I receive +2 to Create Advantages by discovering (or creating/putting) good Aspects on someone Carefully
  • Thespian: Because Nicola’s a consummate actor, he has no penalty when attempts to impersonate someone much older , much taller or shorter than himself, with a radically different accent than himself, or the like.

Appearance

Nicola looks as a somewhat chubby, although strong, Italian-blooded kid, between 10 and 12. He has a mix of dirty and strawberry blonde hair, and some tufts of ginger. He have red-blushed chin and a petite nose, and freckles. He dress somewhat like a newsie, a simple shirt-and-trousers combo, with the only things he still have from his deceased parents still with him: a Holy Mother scapulary (from his mother) and a red-checkered casquette that looks a little oversized in his head (from his father).

Behavior

Nicola is a very kind-hearted kid and there’s no bad time with him: he’s that kind of kid that, even after being sprayed by a skunk, thrashed by a bully, put into the garbage bin, hitted by rotten tomatoes and stinky sewer, and left under a storm rain he still coult say “I’m all right, thank you”. He has a cheerful behavior and is very well-mannered, a smile always in his face.

History

Nicola’s parents died a little after his birth, when they came to US. Since them, he was living from foster home to another. For some reason, even he being very well-mannered and well-behaviored, all their foster parents hate them. Perhaps the fact he liked to care for stray dogs (and left them go when they’re healthy again), or because he shared his school lunch with the local hoboes, or even by the fact he came with some apples, books or new clothes as by sheer luck, but all their foster home had kicked him.

In fact, in the last one those kickings were as literal as literal can be: his foster brother was a very great bully that (with some conivence from his parents) trashed the crap out from Nicola every day. This until the day the circus came to the city, and Nicola found the biggest Mentalist from all time, Don Cagliostro. Nicola thought that run with the circus would be a better thing for him and for his foster family (less a mouth to feed and so). And he chosed to go with the circus.

When he was found by the circus crew, Don Cagliostro (in fact, Frederick Van Der Merwe, a half-boer, half-english South-Africa born magician and mentalist) had taken him and took the responsibility to teach and care for Nicola (unknowlingly for both, because of Nicola’s powers as a Spirit of Optimism). Nicola very fast had learned some basic chores in the circus and also had learned some acts as a clown, magician and other circus acts.

Nicola still don’t know too much about the Century Club and so, but Don (as he calls his mentor) shown him enough to understand that his destiny is bigger than he knows.

And he knows that, in the end, everything will be fine.

Nicola Castrogiovanni - O Espírito do Otimismo

Aspectos

Tipo Aspecto
Conceito Garoto do Circo Extremamente Otimista e Ingênuo
Dificuldade Duas, Três, Quatro… Quantas chances forem necessárias
  Don Cagliostro sempre me protege
  “Aquele valentão horroroso do meu ex-irmão adotivo”
  O Escapulário de Minha Mãe, e a Boina de Meu Pai

Abordagens

Abordagem Nível
Ágil Regular (+1)
Cuidadoso Bom (+3)
Esperto Regular (+1)
Estiloso Razoável (+2)
Poderoso Medíocre (+0)
Sorrateiro Razoável (+2)

Façanha Centuriã

  • Jogo do “Bom o Bastante”: Por ser extremamente otimista quanto a tudo na vida, Nicola pode, duas vezes por sessão, obter ajuda dos outros, desde que seja capaz de pedir por ela, seja previamente ou na hora. Essa ajuda entra em jogo como Aspectos de Cena (como “Coitadinho! Você precisa de uma roupas limpas!” ou Um teto protegendo do sereno), com uma Invocação Gratuita. Ele não pode usar isso para machucar outras pessoas, mas pode usar para se ajudar e a outros. Esses Aspectos permanecem em jogo enquanto for razoável, e as Invocações Gratuitas podem ser combinada em um Aspecto com duas Invocações, seguindo as mesmas regras.

Façanhas comuns

  • Como acredito que Todo mundo é bom no fim das contas, recebo +2 para Criar Vantagens ao descobrir (ou criar) Aspectos bondosos em alguém de Maneira Cuidadosa.
  • Ator: Como Nicola é um ator costumaz, ele não sofre penalidades ao tentar se passar por pessoas muito mais velhas, altas ou baixas que ele mesmo, com sotaques diferentes, e por aí afora.

Aparência

Nicola é um garoto fortinho, ainda que meio gordinho, de sangue italiano, tendo entre 10 e 12 anos. Ele tem um cabelo que parece loiro-avermelhado, com algumas partes tendendo ao ruivo. Ele tem uma bochecha rosada e um narizinho de botão, além de sardas. Ele se veste como um garoto de jornais, com uma combinação de calça e camisa simples, sempre usando as únicas coisas que ainda possui de seus pais: um Escapulário de Nossa Senhora (de sua mãe) e uma boina xadrez vermelha que parece um pouco grande demais para ele (de seu pai)

Comportamento

Nicola é um garoto muito gentil, e com ele não tem tempo feio: ele é aquele tipo de garoto que, depois de ser borrifado por um gambá, espancado por um valentão, jogado em um monte de lixo fedorento, atingido por tomates podres, jogado no meio do esgoto e deixado debaixo de uma tempestade torrencial, ainda assim diria aos outros “Estou muito bem, obrigado”. Ele tem um comportamento bastante positivo e é muito bem educado, com um sorriso sempre no rosto não importa o que aconteça.

História

Os pais de Nicola morreram pouco depois de seu nascimento, depois de eles virem aos Estados Unidos. Desde então, ele vem vivendo de lar adotivo em lar adotivo. Por alguma razão, não importa o quão bem comportado ele seja, todos os seus pais adotivos o odiavam. Talvez seja pelo fato de gostar de cachorros vira-latas (que ele cuidava e soltava quando estavam novamente saudáveis), ou por causa que ele dividia seu lanche com os andarilhos da cidade, ou mesmo porque ele sempre conseguia coisas que precisava por mera sorte, como maçãs, livros ou mesmo roupas, mas todos os lares adotivos por onde passava cedo ou tarde lhe davam o pé na bunda.

Pode-se dizer que no último lar adotivo isso foi tão literal quanto possível: seu irmão adotivo era um valentão que (com a conivência dos pais adotivos) espancava ele pra valer, todo santo dia. Isso até o dia em que o circo veio para a cidade e Nicola ficou impressionado com o maior Mentalista de todos os tempos, Don Cagliostro. Nicola pensou que fugir com o circo seria algo muito melhor para ele e para sua família adotiva (que teriam uma boca a menos para alimentar). Então, ele foi com o circo.

Quando ele foi encontrado pelas pessoas do circo, Don Cagliostro (na verdade, um mágico e mentalista sul-africano, meio-_boer_ e meio-inglẽs, chamado Frederick Van Der Merwe) assumiu a responsabilidade de tutelar e cuidar de Nicola (devido, os dois não sabiam, aos poderes de Nicola como Espírito do Otimismo). Nicola aprendeu muito rapidamente as tarefas básicas no circo, assim como alguns atos como palhaço e mágico, entre outros.

Nicola não conhece ainda muita coisa sobre o Clube do Século e tudo mais, mas Don (como ele chama seu mentor) o mostrou o suficiente para ele entender que seu destino é muito maior do que ele imaginava.

E ele sabe que, no fim das contas, tudo vai acabar bem.

Don Cagliostro (a.k.a. Frederick Van Der Merwe) - Spirit of Literacy

Aspects

Type Aspect
High Concept Mentalist Spirit of Literacy
Trouble A Good-Hearted Charlatan
  “If you know the right thing, you always have the right win”
  My Time is over, it’s a Century for Nicola
  Gladly looks like Doctor Methuselah cast himself in the shadows

Approaches

Approach Level
Careful Average (+1)
Clever Fair (+2)
Flashy Fair (+2)
Forceful Mediocre (+0)
Quick Average (+1)
Sneaky Good (+3)

Centurion Stunts

  • The Real-Life Munchausen: Because he’s a Spirit of Literacy, he can use his knowledge to make people believe things that he’s talking is true, by “reading” them and discover how to influence them via lies into some truth. He receive +3 to Sneakily Create Advantages by deceive people into believing something he’s talking is true, as far there’s some truth, no matter how small, into it (“Yes, the Sotho people made me their king, you know! I’m the profetized White King of the Black Africa! You don’t want to be target of the wrath of the Might Sotho people!”)

Other Stunts - Refresh: 1

  • Divination: Gain +2 to attempts to create an advantage by reading signs and portents in the stars, or in tarot cards, or using some other divination practice, made while being Careful.
  • Stage Psychic: Gain +2 to attempts to create an advantage, made while being Flashy, when you make a show of predicting someone’s fortune.
  • The Cavalry: Because you can sense when your friends are in trouble, once per session you can insert yourself into a scene in which an ally is in serious danger (unless you’re in jail, stuck on Mars, or otherwise physically incapable of getting there).
  • Lie Detector: Gain +2 to defend actions made to detect lies when you’re being Clever.

Frederick van Der Merwe was born in Cape Town, South Africa, from a Boer diplomat father and an English actress mother. His father was one of the responsible by the returning (although briefly) of Cape Town to the Dutch in 1803. Before the Battle of Blaauwberg, his family emigrated to France and estabilished themself as artists in the Napoleonic France, emigrating from here to there avoiding the wars. In the mean time, young Frederick learned how the things works, by learning how to read as soon as 3 and being able to work at stage as 10. He also learned how to use his knowledge to work his ways into places and around people. Somewhat a honest liar, a real-life Baron of Munchausen, Fred had started his carrer in stage by unknowlingly using his gifts as a Spirit in his shows, to “read” his mentalist target and inducing their to do what he wanted or to read their future. It was this until Doctor Methusaleh got into his way and put him in Danger and he was found by the Century Club. He worked as an informant, an analyst and a scholar, while making fame and money as his alter-ego Don Cagliostro, and trying to put himself into the moves of Doctor Methusaleh and discover his objectives. With the century turning, however, he get himself out of the field as much as possible, searching for a specific kid, maybe a Spirit of Literacy as himself. When he found Nicola Castrogiovanni, he found what he needed: a Spirit of Optimism that could be great if correctly taught and doctrinated. And who’s better than a Spirit of Literacy to literate someone in something?