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Ralston St. John Hereford

Aliases: #REDIRECT [[Ralston St. John Hereford]]


[[Ralston]] :: [[Ralston St. John Hereford]] :: [[Parsifal]]

High Concept: An intellectually contemptuous blue-blood orchestrates geopolitics from the shadows.
Trouble: I hate my childhood bullies who grew up to wealth and power.
  • Logistical genius who makes things happen - just the way he wants.
  • What you call bureaucracy, I call oxygen: the desks bend to my will.
Fate Points
Refresh: 1 Current Total 1
Careful Clever Flashy Forceful Quick Sneaky
+5 +5 -2 -1 +3 +3
Sophant Characteristics
  • Augments are people who have altered themselves significantly from baseline for their species, or the specific alterations they have made to their bodies and minds. The most common augments are mechanical/cybernetic, neural, genetic, or chemical. Augments begin with 24R for approaches and abilities, 4R of normal Refresh, and 4L for their Unstable Augment limitation (28R/4L). They can take up to 44R/20L. This kind of min/max character is likely to be very fragile.
  • Unstable Augment: Every time you alter your aspects, abilities, or resilience, there is a chance that the change gets messed up. This is a 4 point limitation (uncommon, damaging) so the DC is /roll 4f +4. The player rolls against this using the approach of their choice. A failed roll adds the aspect, Unstable to one of the character's augments - not necessarily the new or changed one.
  • Desperate Boredom: When not challenged enough I become bored in destructive ways, causing crises just go keep myself engaged. Each session I start with 3 boredom points. Remove 1 point per use of Nexus, Puppet Master, Machiavellian Master, or Know It All. Points can be carried over to the next session. For each point remaining at the end of the session, do something to provoke a crisis, or spend a fate point to remove that point of Boredom. A crisis must be significant enough to cost lives, reputations, fortunes, or peace. (Gain 6R from this common, damaging limitation.)
  • Nexus: Once per session I can uncover secrets, plots, machinations, and schemes from the interpersonal to the geopolitical, based on my unrivalled network of leverage and connections.
  • Puppet Master: Once per session I can indirectly and anonymously entice or leverage a desired action from a corporation, government, or similar large entity.
  • Machiavellian Master: Once per session I can indirectly and anonymously entice or leverage a desired action from a politician, CEO, or similar influential figure.
  • Know It All: Once per session I can conjure up expertise in any subject or topic through a combination of innate talent and use of my lace.
Magic: Spells and Powers
Augmentation: Genetic and Cybernetic
  • Prefabricated Nanowire Mesh: A prefabricated network of nanowires is laid over the exposed brain. This provides extreme surface sensitivity, and permits interpolated imaging into deep structures. The brain-computer interface (BCI) can read obvious thoughts, sensations, and emotions but provides no direct AR interfaces. Lace-produced AR and VR objects lack detail. Emotions and other qualia feel like they are being imposed, not coming from within. With an implanted AR interface providing better resolution this is realistic enough for Hackers, Metamancers, and Kittys. The lace has intensified my natural tendencies to hide myself (-2 Flashy) and use subtlety (-1 Forceful) (Gain 3R)
  • Implanted AR Interface: The nerves going into and out of the brain are wrapped in induction coils that allow for a full sensory overlay. This is outside the subcutaneous Faraday cage (so it can be interfered with) but it is a relatively simple and inexpensive procedure available to almost anyone. Needed for metamancers and kittys with a prefab mesh.
  • Low resolution BCI: Invoke to induce +2 to one Approach and -1 to all other Approaches for 15-60s. (Gain 1R)
  • Formidable Cybermind: Through extensive and dedicated practice, my mental faculties are even more impressive than before my lace.
Approach Totals: +5 Careful, +5 Clever, +3 Quick, +3 Sneaky (Cost 16R)
10 point Mental Stress Pool (Cost 5R)
  • Magnetic Disruption: Strong (1T+) magnetic fields can disrupt or damage the lace. (Gain 2R for Rare/Damaging Limitation)
  • Faraday Cage: A nanowire mesh is installed outside the skull to provide a faraday cage, isolating the brain from external electromagnetic noise.
  • Titanium Cranium: +2DR against kinetic attacks to the head, from eyebrows to occipital ridge, and ear to ear. (Cost 1R)
  • Lace Firewall: Nobody gets through my firewalls.
  • Lace Intrusion Detection: I tend to notice attempts at unauthorized access to my lace.
  • Lace Hardened: All lace systems are hardened against attack.
Damage Resistance and Healing
  • Fixers: When an Op goes sideways this collection of special forces, hackers, cleaners, and other shady characters can right the ship - or clean up the mess. Clever: +3, Quick: +3, Sneaky: +3. Size: 38. Many Hands: +3. Refresh: 2.
Too Much Initiative: Sometimes we see a problem and just take care of it - without knowning the larger context.
Just Following Orders: Sometimes we think there's a problem but we just ignore it - becaus we're afraid to act on it.
Overooked Oversight: We have no rules, boundaries, or restrictions on what we do, as long as the job gets done. No matter how much of a mess we leave for the boss.
  • Huge Slush Funds: Ready access to enough money that buying a plane to get somewhere is not an issue. Ready cash in the B1 range. (Cost 6R)
Stress: Mental Max 10 Stress: Physical Max 3
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3
Consequences (Max 6)


Slight build, some athleticism yet clearly has seen more of a desk than direct danger. Aged 43.


Born: 1991 Died: 2034

My middle name is pronounced “Sinjin”. My alias is Parsifal.

Ralston has had his fingers in all sorts of defence contracts and new technologies, as it relates to the defence of the realm. It was his “behind-the-scenes” work that enabled the restructuring of the Commonwealth to reflect more of his former, imperial nature. Since his involvement in shadowy operations of the realm, the United Kingdom has managed to regain some of its world influence, being seen as a more diplomatic and cultured response to the diminishing American involvement in international decisions.

When it comes to research, particularly defence research, Ralston knows about it.

In fact, it is this interest that has called him from behind his desk to investigate the new technological breakthrough in Sudbury – that, and the interest in Tetra activity.

Gifted in logistics, Ralston sees opportunities in an uncanny perspective. Preferring to play the long game and to uncover opportunities that would be far off and unseen by present standards, he disdains tactical operations. Though he is adept at them, he would rather that other “menials” muddy their hands than his. However, should the Realm call, he is a loyal son of Albion and he shall answer, if he must …

Possessing of an eidetic memory and skilled at languages, Ralston regards himself as one of the upper-classes whose responsibility it is to preserve the way for the lower ranks. He is a throwback in the way that he still believes in the concept of ‘noblesse oblige’ but he regards this as a sense of duty. He knows how to plan and prepare for a military operation and has a vast amount of military and scientific contacts who owe him a substantial amount of favours just waiting to be called in.

He enjoys fencing and has a fondness for sweets – he can often be found with a package of wine gums or Quality Street chocolates. He is up on local sports but doesn’t consider himself a supporter. He also has secret habit of watching science fiction television shows in his downtime, though he is embarrassed if anyone finds out about it. He dresses well and has several tailor shops on standby should he need clothing for long trips. He is extremely vain about his receding hairline. He does not succeed well at small-talk and is very socially awkward, particularly with the opposite sex.

Ralston grew up with the most privileged children in the land - including the current Prime Minister.


Personal Events

Date Description
Date Description
2034-03-01 0200EST Moonscape Protocol (2034-03-01 0200EST / 2034-03-01 0700UTC / 2034-03-01 0700LT)

The narrative of these events is found in Chapter 0030. Quite a lot happened in five minutes.

Ralston, Droo had a confrontation, w
2034-03-01 0100EST Kaleb catches hell (2034-03-01 0100EST / 2034-03-01 0600UTC / 2034-03-01 0600LT) played on 2017-03-08


2034-03-01 0000EST Characters arrive at BURF (2034-03-01 0000EST / 2034-03-01 0500UTC / 2034-03-01 0500LT)


  • Deke wakes up in a quarantine room at BURF. He has a very ugly headache.
  • Droo lands in Sudbury Airport on a suborbital flight from [[Halif
2034-02-28 2300EST Eastern Asian Meet the Tetras (2034-02-28 2300EST / 2034-03-01 0400UTC / 2034-03-01 0400LT)


  • There is a pause in the action as the players continue what they were doing the last
2034-02-28 2200EST Characters converge on Sudbury (2034-02-28 2200EST / 2034-03-01 0300UTC / 2034-03-01 0300LT)


  • Deke and company are transferred to a biohazard-grade ambulance for transportation to Jenkin's work. He pa
2034-02-28 2100EST MITO Infection Contained while Tetras Spread West (2034-02-28 2100EST / 2034-03-01 0200UTC / 2034-03-01 0200LT) As the first major population centre to experience the Spawning, Syndey was completely unprepared for the Tetras manifesting everywhere. The initial rumours settled on Tetras being the product of a bizarre gengineerin
2034-02-28 2000EST The World Begins to React to the Tetras (2034-02-28 2000EST / 2034-03-01 0100UTC / 2034-03-01 0100LT)
  • Russia: The small city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was the first significant population centre to meet the Tetras. There was mass panic from citizens, who generally fled from the alien invaders.
  • Japan welcomes the
2034-02-28 1900EST The Tetra Wave Begins (2034-02-28 1900EST / 2034-03-01 0000UTC / 2034-03-01 0000LT)
  • Tetras start to appear in Russia not far West of the international dateline.
  • North Americans realize the Tetras are real, and start to prepare.


1991 Ralston St. John Hereford is born.

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