20 Question For Shadowrun To Develop Characters – my character’s answer

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Image taken from the Shadowrun website. Good old city sprawl.

I’m taking a bit of a break from a gaming post to talk a little bit about fleshing out characters. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a role player and LOVE getting into the minds and souls of the characters I create and play. Currently I’m enjoying a series of Shadowrun games GMed by a friend, currently I’m playing a female magic adept gunslinger named Zune Helhar. Within one of the newest books, Run Faster is a 20 question section, to assist players get to know their character. This I could not pass up. Granted it’s not a insane as Jinx’s 100+ questioner for his last D&D game (Upheaval, which he has talked about on this site in length). I loved that one and I really enjoyed this one, so naturally I thought I would share it with you.

Shadowrun 20 Questions

1. What is the character’s gender?
She is female, pretty much standard. She is an elf, born to human parents. She is strait, although generally she cut herself off from interest in any romantic relationships.
2. What is the character’s physical size?
Zune is average for an elf of her age. She is fit and works out regularly in both strength and flexibility. She was a gymnast in her youth and works to retain the skills she learned. She is more muscular then she may appear, given her style of dress, without being to muscular to inhibit her flexibility
3. What is the color of the character’s hair, eyes, and skin?
Zune was born as an adept elf and one reflection of this was in her eyes, even at birth. No one is sure if it’s the elf blood or the magi that flows within her or even both but her eyes are a brilliant shade of indigo. Her hair is naturally a golden red and usually kept long with various braids and hair accessories to highlight the unique color. That was in her childhood, now though after everything that happened to her she keeps it dyed black with 2 streaks of indigo in it. Gone also is the length as she keeps it short, not much pas the back of her neck. Her skin is very fair and pale. In her youth she would burn easily so she kept it well protected, in recent years her more nocturnal lifestyle keeps it similar in shade.
4. What is the character’s general appearance?
In Zune’s youth she dressed to accent her elvish qualities, clad in greens, light brown, and yellows. The outfits commonly were dresses, skirts, jeans, simple shirts, all reflecting elvish designs and writings. She nearly always wore sneakers. Currently, she wears nearly all black, although all her clothes are accented with fiber optic colors held only in indigo. Her clothing style is more function now, with armor jackets and armored clothes, usually leather or a similar style fitted tight to her body, with the exception of the jackets. Also she always wears boots. To peers and classmates from her past might not even recognize her now. Being that Zune is an elf she is considered by most to be beautiful. She could never admit to seeing it. She sees herself still as the broken little girl hiding in a cabinet, crying. She has a haunting beautiful gaze with her indigo eyes and an air that you can look but never touch. She tends to be quiet and reserved until the fighting starts then she’s the center of attention because of her physical beauty and cold look as she’s firing her pistols.
5. Where was the character born?
Zune was born and raised just outside of Seattle in one of the very few exclusive rich suburbs. She was a child of privilege for most of her youth, but after everything changed she moved into Seattle and currently lives in the Elvin District, a little too close, for her liking, to the Orc Underground.
6. What is your character’s age?
Zune is currently 28 years old, although being an elf she appears younger the she is. Her appearance is of a young 20 year old, this tends to lead to people making assumptions about her that she will occasionally use to her advantage.

7. What was the character’s family like?
Zune’s family was killed by an assassination group called “Kill Streak.” This was a fundamental change in her entire world. Her father was a scientist and her mother an investor, they worked together for many years, fell in love, married, and had Zune. They were incredibly accepting of her being born an elf. Her father would immerse her in elvin culture and her mother had tutors teach her to speak fluent elvin, even learning some herself. She wanted for nothing. She did well in school and in gymnastics, much to her parents’ pride. When they were killed it destroyed the Zune that she was and gave rise to the Zune we see now.
8. Has the character begun her own family?
She has no current plans to start a family. She has put all her life and any potential life on hold until she has killed every member of “Kill Streak.” There may be a chance when that happens but until then she put all thoughts into focus on getting her revenge.
9. Where or how was the character educated?
Zune was educated until high school in a privately funded, non corporate, rich private school where she excelled, especially thanks to her photographic memory. After her parents were killed she disappeared into the Seattle sprawl. She used the money she took from her parents account to survive the first few years in near seclusion. Later she was taken in and trained by a former Troll mercenary called One-Shot Wartooth. Her education from him helped turn her from the broken child to the Zune we know now. He trained her in firearms, using her adept powers, and surviving in the world she now belonged.
10. Has the character done anything else for a living?
Zune’s only life mission is to eliminate the former members of “Kill Streak” that has been her focus since 16 years old. She has no interest in anything else. Her family’s fortune has provided her the ability to do nothing else. Sadly, vengeance doesn’t pay well so after the money started running out she had to find a job that fit her new abilities.
11. What are the character’s political and religious beliefs?
She hasn’t thought about politics since school had them follow the presidential race to study it for Social Studies. Her beliefs about politics are simply that they are owned by corporations and are bought and sold just like any other commodity. Her religious beliefs are somewhat different, the closest thing to her thoughts are that she is she believes something is out there but it has little to no effect on her. She fears if she thinks about it too much it would force her to see that whatever it is let her parents get taken away from her.
12. What is the character’s moral code?
Zune really has a loose moral code. It’s pretty much defined as, she doesn’t shoot children. Aside from that if anyone draws a weapon on her she feels little to no compassion about putting a bullet into them. She generally believes they choose that course of action and they must deal with the penalties of that. People who were not involved in a shootout, she will avoid brining them into it, but if they do she does not feel it’s her job to save or protect them. This is life in the Seattle sprawl, only the strong survive.
13. Does the character have any goals?
Her only goal in the past 10 or so years is the elimination of “Kill Streak,” everything else in her life it to support that single goal. She is still as angry as she was back then, she cannot move past it. The only plans she has past that is to move from Seattle to Tir Tairngire and disappear and reinvent herself again, but that’s as far as she has planned.
14. Why does the character run the shadows?
As Zune grew older and lived on her own she used her parent’s dwindling fortune to support her life and her goals. That money is now almost gone so she has had to find a source of income. Her only skill set now parallel the skills a successful Shadowrunner needs, so the fit was natural. She runs to support her revenge focused life.
15. What is the character’s personality?
Once Zune was a happy, fun elf girl who was full of life and potential, that’s all different now. For years she was optimistic and fun and a joy to be around. Her friends loved her and she them, her whole life rose before her like a brilliant sunrise. After losing her parents Zune now angry, all the time, she is short on patience and has little interest in the lives of others. She still keeps her connection two old friends close to her and is incredible important to her. For all of her beauty her personality can be a hindrance to find love and new friendship. She seems cold and indifferent to people she newly meets. She is very slow to trust but once trusted she will go to the end for her friends and companions. Fitting into her personality she bears three distinct tattoos on her back, one on her left is an angel’s wing with the word Mother written in elvish, on her right a digital wing with the word “Father” also in elvish, finally across her shoulders, again in elvish is “Revenge Solves Everything.” (This is a nod to my love of Dishonored.)
16. What special qualities does the character posses?
Zune was born a magic adept, gifting her with a variety of special qualities, such as mystic armor, enhanced reflexes, a heightened combat sense, and others. Aside from those, she is an incredibly quick healer and has a photographic memory. She can speak fluent elvish as well as English. Zune is incredible fast when it comes to gun slinging, she may even be as fast, or faster, then a computer controlled pop-up weapon. She can also drive.
17. Are there certain things the character just cannot do?
There are things that Zune has a hard time with or cannot do, for example she has a difficult time dealing with computers, she can easily navigate her comlink, but anything that requires real computer skill she not only cannot handle, she generally won’t even try. She cannot harm children, as a woman whose life was irreparably damaged in her childhood she has a certain fixation on protecting and watching over children, especially girls, who she over identifies with. She can sometimes have trouble dealing with social situations, as someone who was raised rich but then removed from that life she is stuck in how she, in her teens, should act in fancy, or high society settings.
18. What does your character hate?
Zune hates all members of “Kill Streak” as well as the house worker who let them in. She has killed some of them, but she still feels anger toward them. She is also not stupid enough to believe that any of it was their idea, they had a corporate backer, they too are on her Kill List. She is the kind of girl who will burn down the whole corp to get to a few certain people. She has a strong distrust for more people, especially corporate. She also has a strange anger at herself for not being able to do something to save her parents, she knows she couldn’t but the feeling is still there.
19. What does the character love?
There are a few things Zune loves. She still loves her parents, even though they have been separated from her for a long time. She loves One-Shot Wartooth and his wife who took her in when she needed someone most. She also loves her two best friends (Lin Woo and Angel) who have stood by her side since her childhood. She also has a love for whatever gun is strapped to her side.
20. What is the character’s name?
Her full name is Zune Artasia Helhar. She still goes by her given name. The name she is starting to develop on the street is Zune the Reaper. Still some refer to The Reaper, but are unaware it’s her. (She leaves writings written in blood at the site of a “Kill Streak” elimination, mostly about reaping what they have sown.) She has a SIN, because her parents were members of high society and therefore registered to the national SIN. Interestingly after her parents were killed Zune disappeared, people and the press assumed the killers kidnapped her and were waiting for a ransom, but it never came so they assumed the killers couldn’t deal with her or take the heat of the investigation so they killed Zune. As of now when she get fingerprinted or anything similar her SIN comes up as her being dead. Usually she tells people it’s a clerical error and she’s working on it. The Helhar name hold nothing financially but it does still carry some weight, especially within the science circles.

I hope you enjoyed a little venture into the mind and history of my Shadowrun character. She’s quickly becoming a favorite to play. Let me know what you thought.

So here it is my question of the post, I always like to include one, so how much time do you spend not jut building a character but fleshing them out and filling in all the blanks about them. Do you power game and are done or do you create whole histories for them?

Hope you enjoyed,

Ness

About Ness

As a chaotic good nerd I try to be as well rounded as possible, from video games, comics, tabletop RPGs, anime, and cartoons I try to fit it all in. Although I enjoy all of it, video games have always dominated the majority of my time and attention. My plan for here is not to write previews or reviews but to talk about how I relate to the games I play. Hopefully we can all play along.