Alexander Chase

Alexander Chase
Duke of Video Games & Writing
Song of Heaven

Aspect 1 6 AMP 3CP
Domain (Video Games) 4 9 DMP 12CP
1 Video Games are one step before a whole other universe.
1 Video Games are the only legitimate use of a computer.
1 Video Games cannot be censored, only kept restricted to proper age groups.
1 Video Games are a whole new world every time you start.
Domain (Writing) 4 " 4CP
1 Writing is like conjuring, a ritual.
1 Writing is the only thing that is writing.
1 Writing is a solitary occupation.
Persona (Video Games) 1 9 PMP 3CP
Persona (Writing) 1 " 1CP
Treasure 0 5 TMP 0CP

Passion and Skills

Skill: Game Developer (4)
Skill: Entrepreneur (5)
Skill: Gamer (3)
Skill: Writer (4)
Skill: Pianist (4)
Cool (0)
Shine (0)

Bonds and Afflictions

Affliction: People really don't like signing contracts with me (2)
Bond: I must do my job as CEO of Drake Studios (3)
Bond: I can't let anything get in the way of a good story! (3)
Bond: Nobody can drive my car but me (2)
Bond: If I go down to Georgia, Drake Studios can't fake credentials for me (3)

Gifts

Between the Lines (Domain 5-level Greater Divination of Media, 2 CP)

Treasure

Whatever the latest Pixel Phone is?
Laptop Computer
20XX Camaro, whatever the current model year is.
Drake Studios, small game company with self-updating big credentials, profits and PR.
dedFi5h, small hacker collective which has suddenly found itself making big moves after Alexander joined.

Appearance

Alex is a rather ordinary-looking young man with a Latino heritage, who played a lot of video games before Ma'at wins! Nobility! and still tries to keep up with all the great games being released as a Power. He tends to wear t-shirts related to video games, and has been spotted bearing the mark of the Assassin's Order (Assassin's Creed), images of Cirno and Remelia Scarlet (Touhou), and a map of Kanto (Pokémon Red/Blue) at various times in his new life as a demigod of interactive media and literature.

History

Alexander Chase, small time game developer with a few minor successes to his name, and now the CEO of a fictional game studio made real. With no need to worry about money or travel expenses, AC goes to trade conventions and other things related to his Estates on a regular basis. He's not really satisfied with it, realizing he has an Admin account for the entire Gaming industry.

Life Path

The still young Alexander Chase learned some martial arts and programming skills. After ennoblement, he boosted these abilities in an attempt to deal with something much more dangerous than Video Games… Politics.

With a looming possibility of the end of Net Neutrality even on New Year's Eve 2017, it was clear that only protesting when it got that bad wouldn't be enough. After joining the secret hacker collective known as dedFi5h, Alexander has made it his mission to change the status quo to something more stable without triggering a war.


Domain Miracle Chart Persona Miracle Chart
0: Warning (Cost: 0 MP)
*Know when something endangers Video Games or Writing.
0: The Sight (Cost: 0 MP)
*Recognize people/things with a strong connection to Writing, such as the nearest brick-and-mortar book store or a famous author at a book signing.
*Recognize people/things with a strong connection to Video games, such as a prototype game console being shipped to E3 or a warehoused Polybius cabinet.
1: Ghost miracle (Cost: 0 MP)
*Attract someone to write for an hour or two.
*Attract someone to play a marathon session of a video game for 18 hours.
1: Blessing/Curse (Cost: 0 MP)
*Make the linear tower defense game Dwarf Fortress a whole new world every time you start.
*Make field reporting a solitary occupation. (Cameras are cheaper than people.)

2: Lesser Divinations, Communications (Cost: 0 MP)
*Find out about the plot of Stephen King's next novel.
*Find out where and when the next Assassin's Creed Watch_dogs game is set.

2: Lesser incarnation (Cost: 0 MP)
*Spend a scene as the AI in a game of Starcraft, or a video game avatar.
*Spend a scene as a writer's computer.

3: Lesser Preservation (Cost: 0 MP)
*Give World of Warcraft another awesome expansion to keep it going a couple years.
*Irresistably attract people to read a book regardless of its quality or appeal.
3: Lesser Emulation (Cost: 0 MP)
*You cannot be censored, only restricted to appropriate age groups. (Except in China.)
*Have a plumbob appear over your head.
*Bleed pixelated numbers the next time you're hit by a foe, instead of instantly being wounded.
*Cast a ritual spell from Dungeons & Dragons.
4: Lesser Creation, Summoning and Animation (Cost: 0 MP)
*Animate a game console to play itself.
*Create two Masemunes and dual-weild them.
*Summon a Pokémon.
*Summon a Balrog.
*Create a cartoon character who is very angry at it's creator.
4: Lesser Enchantment (Cost: 0 MP)
*Make someone's car a whole new car every time you start it.
*Make the 9-to-5 workday like conjuring, a ritual.
5: Lesser Destructions, Greater Divinations (Cost: 1 MP)
*Erase The Emerald Nightmare expansion pack from World of Warcraft canon.
*Delete all bad reviews of Driv3r from the intarwebs.
*Find out once and for all the gender of The Pyro.
*Ask Writing where HP Lovecraft put the Silver Key.
5: Lesser Sacrifice, Greater Incarnation (Cost: 1 MP)
*Replace The Emerald Nightmare expansion pack from World of Warcraft canon with Mists of Pandaria.
*Incarnate in the secret unreleased beta copy of Sonic Adventure 3.
*Turn a Freemium currency back into real money for the people who bought it.
*Turn a good book into a so-so movie.
*Incarnate in every real copy of A Philosophy of Treason.
*Delay Half-Life 3 forever so Development Hell doesn't freeze over from Duke Nukem Forever's release.
6: Greater Preservations, Lesser Motions (Cost: 2 MP)
*Make the Nintendo Switch popular before it has many good games.
*Cancel the Playstation Nano portable console to make the PS4 successful.
*Decide whether Henderson is the Old Man's first or last name.
*Turn Starbound from a failed indie project to a successful game.
*Make sure George R.R. Martin doesn't get diabeetus before the series ends.
6: Greater Emulation, Lesser Binding (Cost: 2 MP)
*Make Palmer Luckey be responsible for the next great shift in Video Games.
*Ensure Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 releases before the end of 2017.
*Cause the Otherland MMO to release by some miracle.
*Make the writers of Wander Over Yonder criticize their rival Disney XD show Gravity Falls.
7: Greater Creation, Summoning and Animation (Cost: 4 MP)
*Make an army of Zerg (in real life) to rush an enemy base.
*Create a Cyberpunk 2077 video game from nothing.
*Summon Lord English to replace you, dying Noble. (Only as a last resort!)
7: Greater Enchantment (Cost: 4 MP)
*Make a little-known indie game about a child who falls under a mountain into Latest Indie Video Hotness 2015.
*Make Vancouver, BC host a VR convention once every year.
*Make a little known indie game about a boy with a cup for a head the Latest Indie Video Game Hotness 2017 (instead of a similar but much darker game about a cartoon character who is very angry at it's creator).
*Make the writers of Kamen Rider do a series about video games.
*Make an entire genre of Vaporwave video games.
8: Greater Destruction (Cost: 4 MP)
*Remove all games by Valve with names containing "3" or "Three".
*Remove a curse another Noble placed on the Estate of Writing.
8: Greater Sacrifice (Cost: 4 MP)
*Cause No Man's Sky to be doomed to fail in place of Star Citizen.
*Cause Once Upon A Time season 5 to chronicle the downfall of Richard McGouff, a former Power of Writing.
*Make it so that Hover (formerly Hover: Revolt of Gamers) is only modestly successful.
9: Greater Motion (Cost 8 MP)
*Transfer EA's remaining shreds of integrity to Ubisoft.
*Destine some book called When Worlds Divide to be replaced with something better so the Prosaic Earth doesn't have the massive existential headache known as "alternate timelines".
*Make 2018 have the Ready Player One movie to make up for the lackluster blockbusters of 2017.
9: Greater Binding (Cost: 8 MP)
*Make Pokémon be something you can get exercise while playing.
*Ensure Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the highest-quality Zelda game in years.
*Make several random songwriters write lyrical warnings to Ms. Guide about the world of scary lies that Billy Grimsly wants to make after he betrays her.
*Make TV Tropes great again.
*Break the rules of Writing by making escapism undesirable to writers.

Treasure Miracle Chart
0: Claiming An Anchor, Communication (Cost: 0 MP)
*Know where my phone is.
*My car has plenty of gas.
*Drive over an Excrucian with my car (non-lethally).
1: Possession (Cost: 1 MP)
*Use my smartphone to spy on people from where I left it.
*I always know where my towel is.
*Cause the Pinto I stole to blow up.
*Cause the SUV stolen from me to run out of gas.
2: Guidance (Cost: 2 MP)
*Make my phone ring at inconvenient times in the pocket of that thief, until he's dead.
3: Unleashing Wonders (Cost: 4 MP)
*Turn the Library of Congress into a temporary anchor, to prevent Kavya Rao from getting her mitts on it. (Yes, it's magical, just ask Diane Duane!)
4: Getting Some Help (Cost: 4 MP)
*Your phone can search for things you need without you needing to ask it.
*Your car can drive to you from a few city blocks away.
5: Weaponizing Anchors (Cost: 8 MP)
*Cut someone with the edge of your expensive phone's technology.
*Drive over an Excrucian with my car (lethally).
6: Weaving Destiny, Unleashing Miracles (Cost:8 MP)
*Use my phone to look up the number of the Power of Disruption without relying on Kavya Rao. (Is Stone Cold Eeyore there?)
7: Getting Miraculous Help (Cost: 8 MP)
*Have Drake Studios get you a pass to whatever this "private function" is.
8: Communion (Cost: 8 MP)
*Get every book ever in eBook format on my phone.
*Your phone shows the future of your story in it's calendar app.
*Summon your car with your phone. (Ooh, just like in Watch_Dogs!)

9: Imperial Miracle (Impossible with Treasure 0)
*Declare that none of Alexander's anchors can be stolen.
*Declare that none of Alexander's anchors can be used without his permission.

Bonus Story

9:07 AM PST
"So you're saying that this job offer of a lifetime…" Alexander Chase slowly realized, feeling the estates of Writing and Video Games in full, "…is to be a demigod of the very things I value most about myself?"

"Exactly." Ma'at II told him. "Before you go doing anything foolish, I'll have you know that Richard McGouff abused his time with this power to cheat at his career! I made sure it didn't end well."

"What do mean cheat?" Alexander asked.

"I mean that you can write using your basic connection to writing and video games to do better at your job, but miracles that are more than that are off-limits!" Ma'at II warned him. "Are we clear?"

"Hold on. You're saying that I'm a better writer just by being…" Alexander realized. "You know this is like being in cheat mode, right? You can keep the job."

"I'm afraid that's not possible without dying. I should have guessed a mortal with integrity would regret this." she noticed. "Chester Marlin was the same as you, really, a fan of the horrors that can hide in pages as much as the bright and sunny side of magic. I miss him, I admit, if nothing else he was… honest."

"Well then, I'm an idiot." he sighed. "I hope I'm not less grateful than a writer as grumpy as C.B. Marlin…"

"Less grateful? He threw a glorified tantrum over not being able to earn his place." Ma'at II mused. "I'm actually quite proud of you, Alexander. You may think you can't do this job, but…"

3:27 PM PST
"I thought you said this line was secure!" Alexander asked Kavya Rao. "There's 22 nimble- 23 nimblejacks and an Ogre after my skin, I don't need Dr. Buzzkill interrupting us!"

"Mr. Chase, you don't seem to realize how far my power over numbers extends…" Dr. Wells said, still not purged from the now three-way call. "…or are very naive about those old horrors you think are fictional. These numbers are for your protection, Mr. Chase, why else would I want you to hand the anomaly over willingly?"

"Did he just say- Alex, whatever you do, do not drop the Jade Dragon!" Kavya Rao warned him. "It could be the last thing you do! Head north, I'm setting up a payphone as a temporary entrance to the Chancel!"

"All I can say is, you both have a very bad taste in statues!" Alexander told the interloper as he carried the Jade Dragon out the LA museum doors and hopped into his car. "If this is what you call Noble, you'd better do your own shopping next time, Kavya! I'm not a thief!"
~ Phone Records of Alexander Chase
January 1st, 2018

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