Saturday, May 17, 2008

LWaSH character: Marko Kraljević

Marko KraljevicMarko Kraljević
Immortal Serbian Folk Hero
(played by Nesko)

ASPECTS
• Marko's Mace
• Strength of 10 Strong Men
• Living Legend
• Short Fuse
• Man Out of Time
• Champion of Christianity
• Sees the Heart
• No Man Should Be Chained!
• Darling of High Society
• Because My Honor Demands It

SKILLS
+5: Might
+4: Endurance, Weapons
+3: Academics, Athletics, Resolve
+2: Alertness, Intimidation, Mysteries, Rapport
+1: Empathy, Engineering, Investigation, Stealth, Survival

STUNTS
• Animal Companion: horse (quality: Great, skill: Athletics)
• Herculean Strength
• Piledriver
• Weapon of Destiny: Marko's Mace (advancement: Arcane)
• Wrestler

Marko Kraljević (literally, "Marko, the King's Son") is a Serbian historical figure with a huge amount of heroic folklore attached to him. Since this is Spirit of the Century, this version of the character is definitely the mythic one. He was born in the 1300s and granted superhuman might by a vila (fairy), and grew up to become a great hero, fighting against the Turks. His death was prophesied to be be only a temporary state, one which would end when the Serbian people needed his protection once again.

In our campaign, Marko was awakened to fight the last gasp of the Ottoman Empire, a gigantic clockwork war machine called the Mechanical Turk. He and Abraham Hale defeated it together, in fact. Since then, the Van Helsing Society has taken him in, giving him a place in the world (and, not incidentally, making sure this supernatural superhuman isn't running around Europe unsupervised).

Marko is absolutely the heavy hitter in this campaign. Between his great strength and endurance, and his titanic, magical mace, he's terrifyingly effective in combat. He's not strictly a bruiser, however: His high Academics skill and friendly, inquisitive nature have given him plenty to do when there isn't a fight available.

1 comment:

dan said...

MY ENTERTAINMENT AS A CHILD WAS ABOUT
PRINCE MARK {KRALJEVIC MARKO,] AS MY DAD WAS BORN IN YUGOSLAVIA
{ SLOVENIAN} HE MEMORIZED THE STORIES WORD FOR WORD WITH HIS BRILLIANT MEMORY. TO THIS DAY MY FAVORITE STORIES ARE THE SAME--THE MOVIES IN THE 50 'S WERE MANY ABOUT
KNIGHTS & CRUSADES. I HOPE SOMEONE CAN RE-WRITE THE SERBIAN BOOK ABOUT THIS SERBIAN HERO.-DAN BJELOPAVLOVICH