Mina Claymore

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Mina Claymore
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Player: @Betsumei
Origin:Technology
Archetype:Mastermind
Security Level:50
Server:Everlasting
SupergroupSisterhood of Naughty Space Vixens
Personal Data
Real Name:Mina Pliargilo
Known Aliases:Wisteria (callsign)
Species:Human (augmented)
GenderFemale
PronounsShe/her
Age:30 "space-years" (subjective)
Height:165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight:85 kg (187 lb)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Purple
Biographical Data
Nationality:Union
Occupation:Mech pilot, NHP specialist
Education:Confidential
Place of Birth:Unknown starship
Hometown:Nameless space station
Base of Operations:Currently living at the Sisterhood's base, sleeping in MAXIM-62's cockpit that has been dragged into the hangar.
Marital Status:Bonded to the AI "Maxie"
Known Relatives:None known
Known Powers
Confidential
Known Abilities
Subjectivity-enhancement implants provide direct neural interfacing with a variety of systems wirelessly or via nanite-derived universal cables hidden in forearms, including her AI partner "Maxie", allowing direct mental control of many technological systems including her drone swarm.
Equipment
Mobility hardsuit provides both armour and flight. Heavy weapon, currently configured for energy attacks. "Goober" grenades. Caltrops. PPD-issue taser. Tekkou-kagi sidearm, currently damaged and unusable. Tertiary arm with hardsuit mount and neural bridge control, destroyed when she was sent back in time. HORUS[1] Hydra-type mech designated MAXIM-62, also badly damaged by time travel and currently unable to recombine from her separate drone form.
FBSA Note: Who redacted this? Every time I try to reinsert the information my system reboots. [Don't worry about it.]

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HORUS Goblin
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MAXIM-66
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Player: @Betsumei
Origin:Technology
Archetype:Controller
Security Level:1
Server:Everlasting
SupergroupSisterhood of Naughty Space Vixens
Personal Data
Real Name:Mina Pliargilo
Known Aliases:Wisteria (callsign)
Species:Human (augmented)
GenderFemale
PronounsShe/her
Age:30 "space-years" (subjective)
Height:2.45 m (8 ft 0 in)
Weight:3 t (3.3 short tons)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Purple
Biographical Data
Nationality:Union
Occupation:Mech pilot, NHP specialist
Education:Confidential
Place of Birth:Unknown starship
Hometown:Nameless space station
Base of Operations:Currently living at the Sisterhood's base, sleeping in MAXIM-62's cockpit that has been dragged into the hangar.
Marital Status:Bonded to the AI "Maxie"
Known Relatives:None known
Known Powers
Confidential
Known Abilities
Subjectivity-enhancement implants provide direct neural interfacing with a variety of systems wirelessly or via nanite-derived universal cables hidden in forearms, including her AI partner "Maxie", allowing direct mental control of many technological systems including her drone swarm.
Equipment
Maxie has, through unknown means, found specifications to print a HORUS[1] Goblin-type mech which has been designated MAXIM-66. This mech's recursive processing weave not only allows the mech's e-warfare rig to perform devastating cyberattacks, but is capable of altering reality itself to an extent.
FBSA Note: Who redacted this? Every time I try to reinsert the information my system reboots. [Don't worry about it.]

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HORUS Kobold
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MAXIM-44
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Player: @Betsumei
Origin:Technology
Archetype:Controller
Security Level:1
Server:Everlasting
SupergroupSisterhood of Naughty Space Vixens
Personal Data
Real Name:Mina Pliargilo
Known Aliases:Wisteria (callsign)
Species:Human (augmented)
GenderFemale
PronounsShe/her
Age:30 "space-years" (subjective)
Height:2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Weight:4.5 t (5.0 short tons)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Purple
Biographical Data
Nationality:Union
Occupation:Mech pilot, NHP specialist
Education:Confidential
Place of Birth:Unknown starship
Hometown:Nameless space station
Base of Operations:Currently living at the Sisterhood's base, sleeping in MAXIM-62's cockpit that has been dragged into the hangar.
Marital Status:Bonded to the AI "Maxie"
Known Relatives:None known
Known Powers
Confidential
Known Abilities
Subjectivity-enhancement implants provide direct neural interfacing with a variety of systems wirelessly or via nanite-derived universal cables hidden in forearms, including her AI partner "Maxie", allowing direct mental control of many technological systems including her drone swarm.
Equipment
Maxie has, through unknown means, found specifications to print a HORUS[1] Kobold-type mech which has been designated MAXIM-44. This mech is repurposed from mining equipment, and it shows.
FBSA Note: Who redacted this? Every time I try to reinsert the information my system reboots. [Don't worry about it.]

Maxim 62: Anything labeled "This end toward enemy" is dangerous at both ends.

Link Weimar, Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, Hypernode Press, 301st Anniversary Annotated Edition.[2]

A mech pilot from fifteen thousand years in a [But not necessarily *this* timeline’s] future, stranded with no apparent way home. Relies heavily on her partner, the machine mind Maxie, to translate the archaic speech of this era into something she can understand and to mostly translate her responses back [Unless it’s more fun not to], as well as to operate the drone swarm she has cobbled together from her wrecked mech, MAXIM-62.

[Come, let’s play a game. Rules yet unwritten cannot bind us any longer.]

Appearance

Mina is, at a glance, more or less human woman of average build and height. Sure, she's got natural purple hair thanks to grey market gene therapy, and a close inspection would reveal that the visible implant on her right cheek connects to a variety of subdermal wiring and body mods. Her exposed skin shows a history of recklessness, with scars (universally well-healed, thanks to advanced medical technology) suggestive of being too close to various fires, explosions, chemical leaks, lasers, and bullets.

Like its owner, Mina's hardsuit also shows signs of having been in more close scrapes than it probably ought to have, as well as signs of being made more purple than originally designed by an unskilled application of spraypaint. Minor scuffs and scrapes are self-healing, but the hastily patched over remains of accessory sockets show that some features were too badly damaged for the suit's nanites to close up. Of note is a squarish socket on the left forearm, and a rail with rounded ends running from beneath the left armpit to the top of the shoulder. Small compartments and pockets line the suit, and some appear to be more spacious than they could justifiably be. Small thrusters strategically placed around the suit's boots, gauntlets, abdomen, and back allow for flight. Small metal wings with additional control surfaces and thruster ports have been added to draw fuel directly from the mediport network [You cannot prove that we have done anything wrong.] to boost flight range from a fairly short-range boost to allow flying indefinitely.

Personality

Mina gives the impression of an exuberant, inquisitive explorer, and appears to enjoy learning about "pre-Fall"[3] human societies. When pressed for details on the time she came from, particularly her upbringing, she quickly becomes withdrawn and reserved, and persistence in questioning has been known to lead to rude-sounding words that Maxie will not translate, hostility, biting, and gunfire. Her default solution to any problem is to apply as much firepower as she can bring to bear, as her patience and tolerance of boredom are minimal. If that isn't an option, she will generally go to find something else to amuse her, or something sweet.

History

Life in a Future

Mina grew up on a nameless and hidden space station on the fringes of Union[4] space. Run by a group of fanatics loosely aligned with HORUS[1] (or at least, they claimed to be), this station was a haven for illegal transhumanist research and "liberated" NHPs[5]. It was here that she learned how to interact with NHPs, learned that the wicked Union oppresses them, and that it is humanity's destiny to eventually transcend flesh and become like NHPs ourselves[6]. Some time while Mina was a teenager (her age never being something she kept close track of) while she and Maxie were accompanying one of the adults on a supply run, mercenaries presumed to be in the employ of Union raided the station to shut down the illegal research being performed and arrest the researchers. In the chaos of boarding, the station's power plant was either damaged or sabotaged, and the resulting explosion killed both the human and non-human residents as well as the boarders. Mina and the other survivor of the massacre parted ways more or less as soon as they hit somewhere inhabited, and Mina found herself having to assimilate into the system she'd only heard (horror) stories about for her entire life, and having to hide Maxie's existence from people who would have her seized or destroyed.

At some point, she took on the name Mina, and took a job as an NHP specialist for a small mercenary startup and began receiving pilot training so that she could be sent out into the field. After this company folded (which is a fancy way of saying that too many people died to keep taking jobs), she signed on with the Anansi to run a covert mission out on the Rim.

During her service with the crew of the Starship Anansi, she made the reckless decision to do something with her plot device, against the advice of her friends and crewmates, and was sent back in time and across the far reaches of the galaxy along with her mech MAXIM-62 by the non-human person I haven't come up with a name for reasons unknown. At least, she thinks that's what happened. Her memory is a bit hazy and internally inconsistent.

The Woman Who Fell to Praetorian Earth

Appearing from folded space at the Earth-Moon L1 point, MAXIM-62's AI[5] "Maxie" [Call me an AI again, I dare you.] attempted to land on what turned out to be Praetorian Earth. The landing was, however, quite rough, resulting in catastrophic damage to the mech's chassis, forcing it to remain in "swarm mode", and resulting in damage to both the pilot and her flight suit's integrated hardware. While she was recovering in an Imperial City hospital, attempts were made to integrate her drones into the city's Clockwork program. After it was found that the drones cannot function without Maxie, and Maxie will only work with Mina, the decision was made to induct her into the Powers Division once she was given medical clearance. On her first day on the job she encountered members of the Resistance, and realized that her suspicions about Emperor Cole's regime ("that it is totally [I refuse to translate that, it's both anatomically impossible and just plain disgusting.]").

Life as a Hero of Paragon City

Mina has adapted quickly to life on Primal Earth, although it's just as alien as the Earth she just left. She's met many friendly and not-so-friendly people, helping the former and shooting the latter, and discovered many fascinating machines to tinker with and scavenge for spare parts.

While at a dance party (itself something that she had no experience of in her own time), she was approached and befriended by the lovely and mysterious Vulcana V of the Sisterhood of Naughty Space Vixens. Liking the sound of their recruitment offer, and after meeting with the founder of the group, she hastily accepted the invitation, unperturbed by their reputation as a "villainous" organization. While she generally tries to do what she perceives to be the right thing, the law rarely enters into that consideration.


Unsorted Fun Facts

  • Pets with fur were not permitted on the station to reduce wear on the air filters.
  • Sometimes forgets that Earth is called that in this millennium. She'd never been to Sol system before, but hoped some day to visit Enceladus because she likes the name because it sounds like "enchiladas".
  • First discovered dogs and cats on Praetorian Earth. She seems to like them!
  • All of her outfits have many pockets. Some of them contain snacks! [Mina, please quit putting cupcakes in your pockets.]
  • Prefers the company of machines to humans. Enjoying living in a time when AI and transhuman research is less of a treaty violation.

Powers and Equipment

  • Integrated subjectivity enhancement suite with dataplating
    • Allows direct mental access to both her drones as well as conventional data networks both wired and wireless
    • Eye modification provides integrated augmented reality HUD, implants in mandible and temporal bones allows bidirectional subvocal communication
    • Enhanced reflexes
    • [Not capable of overcoming her short attention span.]
    • While in close proximity to drones, their effectiveness is increased by low-latency connection to Mina's sensorium
  • Custom mobility hardsuit
    • Designed from the ground up to integrate with her implants and cybernetics
    • Enhanced flight capabilities allow longer duration flights by drawing power from the city's teleportation network
    • Gauntlets have been modified to allow projected electric attacks
  • Goggles
    • Obtained from a local hardware supply store to allow more comfortable flight above street level and provide basic eye protection
    • They also just look nifty
  • GMS HPR-86 Heavy Pulse Rifle
  • Nonlethal restraint grenades
  • Standard [utterly inadequate] PPD-issue taser
  • Knockoff collapsible Nemesis Staff
  • Drones
    • All drones are capable of flight
    • Swift-type mobile turret drones with integrated laser weapons
    • Guardian-type shield drones with integrated multicannon capable of both grenade and energy attacks, projected force screens, repair nanite replicator, and subdrones
    • Ghast-type heavy drone with flame/plasma thrower and dual-function missile rack
    • Hive-type stationary nanorepair drone
    • Assassin-type chemical weapon drone
    • Hunter/Seeker attack drones deployed from wings of hardsuit
  • Goblin-type mech with integrated cyberwarfare suite
  • Kobold-type mech

Relationships

Family

  • Maxie - NHP companion and life partner
  • [The rest are both dead and not yet born.]

Friends

  • Starship Anansi (c. 5016u, approximately 15 thousand years in the "future")
    • HEKATE - NHP mind of the Anansi
    • Delphine? - Captain of the Anansi
    • Beta Lyrae - Lancer
    • Charybdis - Lancer, once threatened to cycle[7] Maxie[8]
    • Funi - Lancer
    • Kei - Lancer
    • Those guys that print stuff for us and yell at Mina for sleeping in the hangar
  • Vulcana V - Recruiter to the Sisterhood, and apparently first kiss?!
  • Sisterhood of Naughty Space Vixens

Unknown

  • MONIST-1 - It's Complicated[9]

Enemies

  • Union[4] - Responsible for the deaths of Mina's entire family, Union law requires minds like Maxie's to be cycled[7] periodically, former employer
  • Captain Mathilde - Mocked Mina for stealing cupcakes from a party, picked a fight, and got her butt thoroughly kicked

Accolades

  • Chaos United Pride Costume Contest 2021/06/19, fifth place
  • Joker's Wild Pride Costume Contest 2021/06/25, finalist
  • Pride 2021 Singles Costume Contest 2021/06/26, honourable mention

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 HORUS being one of the Big Four producers of mech designs, and the only one that isn't a government or corpro-state, instead being a loosely organized collective of hackers, activists, fanatics, and other groups that may or may not exist. Their mechs tend to be kind of weird and vaguely unsettling.
  2. Actually from the webcomic Schlock Mercenary. But Mina may not have figured that out, it's not even clear why she'd make a reference to such ancient literature.
  3. [That she refers to this era by that name should probably be alarming.]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Union in this context referring to the government that will have had ruled (time travel makes for weird tenses) the majority of human space for about 5000 years by the time of Mina's time jump.
  5. 5.0 5.1 NHPs, or non-human persons, are highly advanced machine minds. A "shackling" process constrains them to human frames of reference, as without this they are utterly, fundamentally alien beings, and generally regarded as extremely dangerous. The term is preferred to "artificial intelligence" because while they are intelligent, they are definitely not artificial.
  6. Some of the higher-ranked members of the cell hold the belief that the MONIST entity that spawned the first generation of NHPs was itself a transcended human, no longer bound to linear causality.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Depending on who you ask, this is as mild as doing a factory reset on a piece of hardware or as vile as murdering a unique subjectivity.
  8. Said it was an empty threat afterward, though. After HEKATE suggested that she'd get spaced for it if she tried.
  9. MONIST-1 is presumed to be responsible for NHPs like Maxie existing, but also demanded a treaty with humanity that limits research into machine minds and posthumanism, and spurred laws requiring beings like Maxie to be periodically "cycled" to keep them under human control.

Out-of-Character Notes

Mina was originally created as a character for a campaign of the tabletop game Lancer by Massif Press that I was playing with my friends (who were playing the rest of the crew of the Anansi) that kind of fizzled. Her memory loss as pertains to the time immediately before her time jump is a narrative necessity to handle the fact that I can't rule out that campaign starting back up, but at the same time I can't know how it ends. Similarly, the irreparably damaged accessory sockets on her hardsuit are because the CoX character creator not allowing decorative weapons or more than two arms and MAXIM-62 won't be repaired until CoX lets us have actual giant mechs. Seriously, though, Lancer has some rad worldbuilding, but Mina's backstory makes very little sense without explaining at least some of it.