Riley's Scrapbook

Character Notes

'''Chat Handle:''' Riley's screen name is 'ace7egend'. She came up with it when she was seven - and while these days, she's vaguely embarrassed by it, she hasn't got around to changing it (and nor has she come up with anything better). To be honest, she's grown a little be attached to it after all these years. A more psychoanalytical soul might remark that her love/hate relationship with her pseudonym symbolizes the love/hate relationship she has with her heroic self.

'''Capabilities:''' a destined hero, and heir to a legacy stretching back generations of McArthur's, Riley is stronger, quicker and more able than most people have any right to be. She doesn't really play up her capabilities but they're there - without them, you'd be hard pressed to fight an ogre after all!

Roughly, she's three times as capable as the most capable of ordinary folk. She can clear 3m with a high jump, sprint about 90kph (for a few minutes at least - useful for running on water!), and is capable of dead lifting just shy of 1.5t; useful for carrying elderly horses from barn to field and back. Her senses are similarly sharp, and that's why Riley finds reading glasses comfortable when she buries herself in a book.

Mentally, Riley is…not the brightest. She isn't dim, but she's not that witty. Passionate and nominally very stubborn, Riley is a very deliberate thinker - with a narrow, rigid (and perhaps fragile!) world view. If Riley acts decisively, it's not because she's considered the course of action she's taking a good one - or because she's considered the consequences - but because she's acting on instinct. Despite this, she does possess a lot specialised skills relating to her structured upbringing:

  • Farming and animal husbandry: she knows how to grow and harvest crops, rear animals and more besides.
  • Adventuring: a survivalist, explorer and tracker with a focus on living rough in dangerous locales.
  • First aid, and very specific knowledge about critters, creatures, monsters and general anatomy.
  • Heroism: fighting, knowledge of weapons and combat forms, inspiring people.

'''Family Notes:'''

=== Thematic Notes ===

Riley has a very mytho-poetic view about some human concepts. This is partly her heroic upbringing, partly a result of her love of legends, and coloured heavily by her time with the Rats.

  • '''Heroes:''' Chief among these beliefs, Riley doesn't really see 'heroes' as people. Riley sees being a hero as being a responsibility, a calling or maybe a curse. She is a person AND a hero - they're not the same thing! This is a big reason why she worries about being a hero; she thinks being MORE of a hero will mean she'll become LESS of a person.
  • '''Rage:''' To Riley, rage is a serpent. Influenced heavily by the Rat's view of rage (informed by Typhon, the Snake of Wrath), Riley sees rage as a kind of…insidious thing. It nestles inside your chest, and sinks its poison fangs into your heart. When you get angry, you have to fight against the venom!
  • '''Fear:''' the only fear is Death - when you can't move forward anymore. Riley sees fear as the dead: the people she's killed, and the people she couldn't save. Everyone she feels responsible to: their hopes, and their dreams. She MUST keep moving forward…both to do them justice, and to stop them from catching up, dragging her down, and adding her to their number.
  • '''Restraint:''' restrictions are chains. And something Riley - as an impulsive, instinctive and naturally wrathful fighter - has layered herself in over the years. They weigh her down, and limit her potential for both great success and crushing failure. Thanks to all this self-denial, Riley hasn't seriously hurt anyone she knows in years. Though anger has a bad habit of loosening her shackles…

=== Relationship Notes ===

==== Lilith ====
Riley and Lilith have a vague, semi-antagonistic relationship. She plays the overacted villain and Riley is inexplicably compelled to stop her latest scheme. But it's all good fun, right?
They met when Lilith built a deviant laser. Riley broke it. And afterwards, they stayed in touch.

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=== Miscellaneous ===

'''Character Colour:''' RoyalBlue3 - #2554C7

==== Songs and Stories ====

'''Come home, merry sailor''' <div>
From across the far sea, the wind blows to me, <div>
The songs that come from the outside.<div>
Caught on the lips of sailors in ships, <div>
They sing the songs from the outside.<div>
From where these tunes come no one can know,<div>
Just that they come from outside. <div>
From there to here, what we hold dear,<div>
The sailors come back from outside.<div>
The sailors come back from outside,<div>
Singing the songs the songs from outside…<div>

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'''Distant Game'''<div>
Far away~
Across these skies unnamed.<div>
Our homes were stolen~<div>
Swallowed by lands untamed.<div>
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With this game we play,<div>
We fled away.<div>
To find ourselves on distant shores.<div>
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We are lost~<div>
Lost and afraid.<div>
But our hearts don't falter,<div>
Our courage does stay.<div>
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We fight and pray~<div>
To see the day…<div>
We return to our homes once more<div>
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=== Non-canon ===
''Yay for fun IRC conversations~''

==== Riley Alter ====

Her heart crushed instead of tempered by the weight of suffering around her, Riley Alter has embraced the power of her blood but rejected the obligations of her destiny. The lives of others are so fleeting - lacking power as they do - and they are not worth saving.

But they are worth using…for her own enjoyment and her own machinations.

Ruthless, brutal and debauched, Riley Alter exists to devour the joy of others: everyone and everything a distraction from the cold hate of a universe that abandoned her. Ultimately, she seeks to tear Fate apart - piece by piece. And she cares little for the people she has to step on or the things she has to destroy to accomplish her goal…

==== Riley Battered ====
Nobility and chivalry are lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night, but justice…justice exists. And it must be wrested from the cold, dead hands of villainy

Riley Battered has accepted her destiny and it has broken her upon its rack. She lives a half-life, haunted by the dead and the damned that she tried and failed to save. She is bitter, hurt and bleeding - yet still she struggles. She has run out of mercy, she has run out of patience…and she has, almost, run out of hope.

Yet she still believes, beyond all reason, that there is a light at the end of this darkest of tunnels. It's the only thing that sustains her.

==== Riley Exalted ====
There is goodness beyond goodness, beauty beyond beauty and truth beyond truth. In the realm of gods and angels, Riley sought the strength to struggle on - and she succeeded, but not as she thought she would.

Her impurities, her failings - her very humanity have been scourged by a light so harsh that almost none could hope to bear it. Riley did…and she didn't. She survived, but she was changed. She is pure, now, but also ruthless. She cannot rest, she cannot stop, she cannot compromise.

She is an instrument of the divine: a heroic paragon…and nothing else.

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