“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” [Bilbo] used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -Frodo Baggins
[SPOILERS for “Alpha Complex”]
Kai Ratchford was my character for the second run of “Alpha Complex”, a Mage the Ascension tabletop campaign. She wasn’t my first tabletop character, but “Alpha Complex” was my first campaign. Kai was a roboticist, plain and simple. I learned a lot playing Kai, and having almost a year of tabletop experience now, I often wish I could go back to the beginning and try again.
Kai grew up in a very anti-tech family, so her rebellion was to go to college and fall in love with engineering. As she made her way in the complex after her family disowned her, she grew suspicious of the Overseer, the sentient AI that runs the underground complexes where humanity lives. Not suspicious enough though. It became a throwaway line because I let my GM talk me out of it.
She had gone to college with Talitha North, another of the other PCs. They had been close in college, drifted apart, and reconnected after Kai got arrested. From that incident, I took the flaw “notorious”. It never mattered. Neither did the connection to Talitha really. I didn’t know what to do with it. It was never clear why Talitha and Kai were friends. Talitha’s idealistic nature drove Kai nuts throughout the campaign. Continue reading