In celebration of Holly G.'s birthday today here is a Tarot post!
I'll admit it. I like Tarot. Yes, yes there are some gratuitous images that puts most fan-service to shame, there is also a story here that I like. That battle between the mundane and magical worlds and those that try to protect both sides. In a way, Tarot is a bit like Tamara Swift or Buffy Summers, except that while Tamara and Buffy are more explicitly protecting humans and the mundane world, Tarot has the more difficult job of protecting mundanes and magicals from each other.
The exploits of Tarot are also the perfect kind of story you could tell with any Cinematic Unisystem game. Though the attention paid to real world pagan beliefs and world view make it closer in tone really to WitchCraft RPG, a game I still love.
It is easy to see Tarot (Rowan) as a Buffy-style witch (using Magic) or even a WitchCraft Gifted. My general rule of thumb is WitchCraft for books and some movies and Cinematic Unisystem for everything else.
Given some of the comic book action, I think Cinematic Unisystem (Buffy and Ghosts of Albion) is the way to go.
Again, Tarot really amounts to what is a Witch Guardian in my games. A little magic, some combat ability and a desire to protect others. Everything else aside that is what Tarot (the character) is all about.
So here is the Tarot for Unisystem. And happy birthday Holly!
Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose (Rowan)
Str: 3 Dex: 3 Con: 3 Int: 4 Per: 4 Wil: 5
Life Points: 46 Drama Points: 10
Attractive 3, Contacts 3 (supernatural), Fast Reaction Time, Hard to Kill 4, Heightened Senses 1, Magic 4, Magical Philosophy (Witchcraft), Natural Toughness, Nerves of Steel, Occult Library 4, Witch Guardian, Visions
Adversary 3 (her sister, dragon witches,other evil supernaturals), Honorable 2, Love 4 (Jon "Skeleton Man" Webb (romantic), Boo Cat (romantic), Mother (platonic)), Obligation 3 (her coven), Reputation 3, Tradition Bound
Acrobatics 4, Computer 1, Crime 1, Doctor 4, Driving 1, Engineering 1, Getting Medieval 6, Gun Fu 2, Influence 4, Knowledge 4, Kung Fu 4, Languages 2 (English, Latin), Notice 4, Occultism 6, Science 1, Sports 2
Maneuver Bonus Base Damage Notes
Sword of the Goddess* +11 16/20 (two handed) Slash/stab
Punch +8 Bash
Dodge +10 Defense action
Parry +10 Defense action
Spell +15, special
- Deflect +15
- Hold +14
- Dispel +12
- Lesser Sensing +12
The Sword of the Goddess is a unique weapon, but not an uncommon concept. Using Tarot's own magic the weapon gains a +1 bonus in combat and adds to her strength by +1.
I have not detailed the Witchcraft magical philosophy yet, though i have a good intuitive idea of what I want and need for it. Witches get a +1 to their Doctor/Physician skills for herbal healing, and +1 to their Occult Library.