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Tatau
Tatau
Teyla Carson
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
0 STR 10/30 11- / 15- Lift: 100.0kg/1600.0kg; HTH: 2d6/6d6; END: [1/3]
3 DEX 11/21 11- / 13- OCV: 4/7  DCV: 4/7
0 CON 10/25 11- / 14-
10 BODY 15 12-
5 INT 15 12- PER Roll: 12-
16 EGO 18 13- ECV: 6; Mental Defense: 0
0 PRE 10/20 11- / 13- PRE Attack: 2d6 / 4d6
3 COM 16 12-
4 PD 6/25   Total: 6/25 PD (0/15 rPD)
5 ED 7/25   Total: 7/25 ED (0/15 rED)
0 SPD 2/5   Phases: 6, 12/3, 5, 8, 10, 12
0 REC 4/15   Running: 6" / 12"
0 END 20/50   Swimming: 5"/8" / 10"/16"
2 STUN 27/45  
 
Tatau | Summary
Real Name: Teyla Carson Hair Color: Black
Concept: Martial Artist Eye Color: Brown
Affiliation: Motown Mayhem Height & Weight: 5' 2" (1.57 m) / 137 lbs (62.00 kg)
Played By: Linda Carey Nationality: New Zealander
Created By: Linda Carey Place of Birth: January 23, 1985
GM: KL Wilson Date of Birth: Eastland, New Zealand
Cost Powers END
25 Tatoo Powers: Elemental Control, 50-point powers
17 1) Inky Darkness: Darkness to Sight Group 4" radius, Personal Immunity (+1/4); Increased Endurance Cost (x2 END; -1/2) 10
12 2) Follow the Ink: Mind Scan 10d6; Must have a tattoo to follow (-1) 5
17 3) The Ancients Speak: Telepathy 10d6; Concentration (1/2 DCV only in combat; Character is totally unaware of nearby events; -1/2) 5
17 4) Mark of Shame: Cosmetic Transform 10d6 (Tattoo crime onto criminal for all to see, Restitution); Humans only (-1/2) 5
36 Tattoo Armor: Armor (15 PD/15 ED) (45 Active Points); Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4) 0
7 Instant Change : Cosmetic Transform 2d6; Limited Target ([Limited]; Self; -1/2) 1
16 +20 STR; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4) 2
24 +10 DEX; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4)
24 +15 CON; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4)
8 +10 PRE; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4)
16 +2 SPD; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4)
6 +4 REC; Only In Heroic Identity (-1/4)
2 Leaping +2" (6"/10" forward, 3"/5" upward) 1
3 Swimming +3" (5"/8" total) 1
Cost Perquisites
4 Contact: Jake Kanaka, Tattoo Artist at Motor City Tattoos & Piercings (Contact has significant Contacts of his own, Good relationship with Contact) 11-
1 Contact: Officer Kay Mallory, visits local coffee shop regularly 8-
Cost Martial Arts
Maneuver Phase OCV DCV Notes
18 Self Taught
Disarm 1/2 -1 +1 Disarm; 20 STR / 40 STR to Disarm
Grab 1/2 -1 -1 Grab Two Limbs, 20 STR / 40 STR for holding on
Legsweep 1/2 +2 -1 3d6 / 7d6 Strike, Target Falls
Strike 1/2 +0 +2 4d6 / 8d6 Strike
Throw 1/2 +0 +1 2d6 / 6d6 +v/5, Target Falls
Weapon Element: Clubs
Cost Skills
6 +2 With Mind Scan & Telepathy
3 Breakfall 11- (13-)
3 Climbing 11- (13-)
3 Deduction 12-
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Eastland, New Zealand 8-
Acting 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Language: Maori (idiomatic; literate)
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
PS: Wood Carving 11-
Stealth 8-
2 AK: Chicago 11-
1 KS: Maori Dance 8-
3 KS: Maori Myths 12-
1 KS: Maori Song 8-
3 Language: English (fluent conversation; literate)
3 PS: Artist 12-
1 PS: Cooking 8-
3 PS: Student 12-
3 PS: Tatoo Artist 12-
3 Shadowing 12-
3 Streetwise 11- (13-)
2 Survival (Tropical) 12-
1 Trading 8-
175+ Disadvantages
15 Hunted: Leoni Crime Syndicate 8- (Mo Pow, Harshly Punish)
15 Hunted: Police 8- (As Pow, NCI, Harshly Punish)
15 Psychological Limitation: Aggressive In Combat (Common, Strong)
5 Psychological Limitation: Easily Flattered by Attention (Uncommon, Moderate)
15 Psychological Lilmitation: Hates Bullies and Bigots (Common, Strong)
10 Psychological Limitation: Homesick For Own Culture (Common, Moderate)
15 Psychological Limitation: Justice, Not Law (Common, Strong)
10 Psychological Limitation: Prefers not to kill (Common, Moderate)
5 Psychological Limitation: Superstitious (Uncommon, Moderate)
10 Social Limitation: Cannot Drive (Frequently, Minor)
15 Social Limitation: Ethnicity (Very Frequently, Minor)
20 Social Limitation: Secret ID (Frequently, Severe)
10 Watched: Ancestors 8- (Mo Pow, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching)
15 Watched: Media 8- (As Pow, NCI, Capture)
0 Experience Points
Tatau | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 53 Base Points: 175
Powers Cost: 230 Disadvantages: 175
Talents Cost: 0 Total Experience: 0
Perks Cost: 5 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 18 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 44 Total Points: 350
Background

Born in Eastland, New Zealand to a large family, Teyla grew up in the heart of Maori lands. She learned the basics of education in grade school, and she also learned about her culture and history. Before entering high school, however, her father was offered a position in the states and so they moved to Michigan. Leaving behind her grandmother was difficult, for they were very close, but she gave Teyla a precious bone necklace so that she would not forget her heritage.

Teyla lived with her family throughout high school. They were difficult times and her family seemed to throw away their culture in order to embrace the United States and its ways. Teyla tried to keep in touch with the rest of her family back in New Zealand, and close to graduation one of the letters she received from there told of how her grandmother had passed away. Teyla spent the next day in a local park, praying for her grandmother’s spirit. She went without food and asked her ancestors to welcome her grandmother’s spirit into their tribe where she would be at peace once again.

Soon after moving to Detroit and entering college as an art major, Teyla became friends with one of the tattoo artists downtown and they had long discussions about the history of tattoos and art in general. This old tattoo artist had tribal friends within the Maori nation overseas. She liked listening to his stories, and the tattoo parlor was one of the safer refuges within the downtown area. Detroit was a dangerous city, and people lived in fear even on the university campus.

At his urging, she agreed to get a tattoo – a small swirling circular symbol on the inside of her left ankle. He told her that this tattoo called to him and that it belonged on her. As he was giving her the tattoo, she seemed to faint. To him it was only a momentary faint; but while in that swoon Teyla received a vision….

…surrounded by a white fog, Teyla stood before two Maori women. Fierce looking in their full Maori tattoos, these two women embraced her and spoke to her about the way of the warrior. In their gentle voices they told her how she must develop the powers of the warrior within herself to help their tribe….the tribe of all mankind. Beyond the fog she could almost make out the figures of ancient Maori warriors, both male and female, dancing and chanting in full ceremonial costume……….

…..and when she awoke he was finished with her tattoo. Wiping it with alcohol he instructed her how to best help it heal over the next week. Teyla went home with an aching ankle and lots of questions in her mind. Within a few weeks, however, both her mind and body healed easily and she soon forgot it.

One night walking back to her apartment from the college library Teyla heard a strange sound coming from an alley. Peering down into the alley she was just able to make out several figures attacking someone on the ground. Her first impulse was to hurry home faster, because that was the way of this city. Then she heard something that froze her in place – the figure on the ground cried out in pain. It was a woman being attacked by several men; probably being robbed, possibly being raped.

Reaching up to grasp her grandmother’s necklace, she felt helpless and angry. She knew too many who had been robbed and beaten, some raped although they never reported it or talked about it. She felt the hot fire of her anger warm her entire being, and it felt good. As if in a dream she heard herself whisper “Teama and Tifuega Help Me!” and then a brilliant white light flashed in her head and she dropped her books to the ground. Teyla looked down to get her books and froze at what she saw…..her legs were big and she could see tattoos covering them from her knees to her feet under her skirt. Her eyes travelled up her body, and she could feel how tight her clothes had become – her body was huge, and seemed to be covered in tattos!

The noise must have alerted the thugs to her presence, because they stopped kicking the prone figure and turned towards her. They shouted at her to scare her away, and when she did not move they moved towards her in a pack. She felt no fear, however, only anger and as the first one reached her she punched him in the stomach, then shoved him into the two behind him as he doubled over retching. Her strength matched her anger and only a moment passed before they ran away in terror and she was left with the unconscious woman on the ground.

She did change back to her former shape and self, mild and meek both in personality and appearance. Within her soul, though, lived the spirits of her Maori ancestors…..waiting to come forth and fight for the tribe once again. She lives with a kind of dual personality, and thinks of that “other” one as “Tatau” which is the Maori word for tattoo.

Since that evening, Teyla has learned to use the powers her ancestors have given her to help people as the two women, Teama and Tifuega, asked her to do. She has joined a martial arts class and has proven to be an especially adept student. She also sought out the artist who gave her the tattoo on her ankle that opened the gateway to her ancestors and began to learn from him the art of tattooing.

Personality

Teyla is a rather quiet young woman. She can go for hours without speaking as she paints or reads. While casually open and friendly with others, she has suffered more than a little from her peers due to cultural differences. She prefers to keep people at a distance, having grown up within the closeness of a tribe, and so has very few close friends.

As Tatau she is fierce and vocal, more primitive and simpler. She is driven by a need to prove herself as a Maori Warrior to her ancient ancestors. Her intellect remains intact when in Tatau form, but remains somewhat behind the warrior personality…..a cool whisper of reason to her raging self. This is the voice that keeps Tatau from killing.

Quote

“Teama & Tifuega Help Me!”

“Hear me now – you have stolen that which is not yours. You will bear this mark

of shame until your *Haka is true once again.”

* Haka = the life-force, actions, words, rhythm, style and history in the dance of life.

Powers

Before her “vision” Teyla had never exhibited any unusual powers or attributes. After having the vision, and then the episode in the alley where she apparently transformed into something bigger, it was evident the ancestors had seen fit to bestow several amazing abilities upon her. Ever the dutiful daughter to the tribe, Teyla has worked hard to discover and develop these powers. She has even joined a martial arts class where she has discovered a talent for the martial arts, and in using a knife or nightstick for self-defense.

The most obvious ability was the transformation from a petite young woman with normal characteristics to a very large powerhouse. Upon saying “Teama & Tifuega Help Me” a transformation occurs that apparently gives her enhanced strength, a tougher body, and she is faster and more agile as well. Her appearance, however, while firm and curvy is covered from forehead to ankles with tattoos. She recognizes them as traditional Maori tattoos from ancient times, but she doubts anyone else would know this. Viewing herself with the eyes of a modern American, she thinks she looks pretty hideous, especially when she sticks her tongue out and makes faces in the warrior way.

After she changed back into her petite form, she noticed that in everyday life she began to hear whisperings in her mind whenever she was around others. She learned that if she concentrated she could focus on a specific person and actually hear surface thoughts! If she did not concentrate too hard, it seemed that all she got was a word or two that usually described that person’s particular “sins”, e.g. “thief”, “cheat”, “bully”, and most disturbing of all “rapist”. After thinking about this (it was disturbing!) she had the idea that what she was hearing was either coming from the ancestors who were telling her the worst about each person, or she was actually hearing their guilty conscience!

When she decided to wander around the college and surrounding area at night looking for people to help – it did feel good, after all – she learned that while in her large form she could jump amazingly far or high. This helped her escape a security guard one night when she had gone to a rooftop to see the area better and was spotted by him….in her panic she jumped to another rooftop, and ran on unhindered. When she looked back, she noticed that there was an inky blackness behind her in the area of the guard, darker than the darkest night. After some trial and error she found she had caused that darkness and could duplicate it at will in either form.

The final powers that she had inherited all seemed to be related to the tattoo. After stopping a thug from beating up the person he had robbed, she laid his unconscious body on the ground. She heard the word “thief” and instinctively placed her hand on his forehead….when she removed her hand the word THIEF was imprinted in his skin! As he began to come to, she heard herself say “Hear me now – you have stolen that which is not yours. You will bear this mark of shame until your *Haka is true once again.” She then jumped up to a fire escape and quickly climbed to the roof to watch the man under cover of darkness. He came to slowly, then got up and ran from the alley. Closing her eyes she discovered she knew where he was….she could evidently locate him through the tattoo, she could “follow the ink”. This proved true of those she tattooed in the tattoo parlor when moonlighting some nights to earn a few extra bucks. She had to visualize the tattoo and she knew where the person could be found.

Appearance

Teyla is 5’ 2” with hazelnut skin and long wavy black hair. Her eyes are dark brown, and her lips full. She smiles readily and is somewhat shy at meeting other’s eyes. She is petite in both appearance and personality.

Tatau is 6’ 4” and is covered from the top of her forehead to her ankles with harsh black tribal tattoos. While she still has the same features it is almost impossible to tell what she would look like without the tattoos. They make her look quite fierce and forbidding. Her body is muscular and hard, and larger than most. She retains the physical attributes that make her female, but there is little of the feminine about her.

Drawing by Linda Carey / Coloring by KL Wilson