Picturesque Tragedy: Unframed (PTU) is a roleplay set in Chicago, Illinois circa 1922. Centered around several empowered humans (and a monkey), the roleplay was designed initially to capture the superhero theme while inhibiting major strengths and powers. With major facets being character development and personal interaction, the roleplay offers a strong setting and ecstatic atmosphere full of potential. This is only the beginning for our dawning heroes, so let's see where they go...
Chapter One: The Dawning of a New DayWIP
"No life should be made into an example through death."
Name Kenneth "Prettyboy" Prencetti
Immediate Family Torino Prencetti (father), Sarah Prencetti (mother), Torino Prencetti Jr. (older brother), Missy Prencetti (older sister)
18, Male, Dark Brown Eyes, Black Hair, 5'10"
Kenneth Prencetti was born into family that had always held ties with the Italian American Mafia. His father, Torino Prencetti, had taken pride in the fact he had met Al Capone and shook his hand after establishing the Prencetti Speakeasy in their neighborhood. Kenneth's older brother, best known as Junior, was a full eight years older than him and set an example for Kenneth. Junior was essentially being raised to take Torino's place once Torino retired, and thus Kenneth was being raised to be a gangster just like his father and brother before him.
Kenneth spent a majority of his youth being a runner for his father and brother. He performed the lowly duties, mostly delivering goods on his motorbike. Kenneth spent ample time in the brothel where he gained his nickname "Prettyboy" from the ladies of the evening. Prettyboy became the image of the Prencetti Family despite Torino and Junior truly running the business. This was because he often made actual appearances for business transactions and his notable appearance as well as arrogant nature stood out. Junior generally allowed this because he could not think of a better image for his syndicate than his own little brother.
It was his arrogant nature and tendency to show up for transactions that also let to his downfall. In his line of business, all it took was spouting off the wrong thing to the wrong person for Kenneth to get shot, and ultimately, that was his fate. Junior and Missy were told before Torino out of fear of what he may do to anyone else. They rushed to his side as he laid in a bloody pool in the same alley he was shot. As they watched their brother slowly die, they refused to accept that this could happen. Missy had spent time with the questionable ladies that worked at the speakeasy and ultimately dabbled in dark arts. In Kenneth's blood, she drew what she could and faced northwest as she pleaded for help... and she was answered.
Out of the shadows, two demons dressed as Kings came forth. They were Abalam and Beball. It was said that they required a sacrifice of seven begrudged souls for Kenneth to be brought back from the brink of death. Junior went into a fit of rage. He swore at them, asked them how he could collect souls and even how could he do it before his brother died. The Abalam said one would stay with Kenneth and Beball would return to their master. He promised to keep Kenneth alive until the payment was received.
Junior had no problem with this. He assembled a posse and in less than a day he killed at least a dozen men that could have been who shot Kenneth. He brought their bodies to the demon, still hiding in the shadows of the alley. Abalam said that it would suffice, but then told them that they had to pay for the time it took to collect the souls. A whole extra seven souls, but they had to be alive. Junior gave the lives of his men and himself to make the payment as he felt it was his fault Kenneth was shot since he allowed him to be the image he took pride in.
Kenneth was forever changed. Healed with dark and demonic energy, he was brought back from the brink of death. He knew Hell as that was where he went while the Abalam kept his body alive. He spoke to Paimon, the Lord of Alabam and Beball, knew of his sister's plan and knew of the demons' deceit. Kenneth was wrought with guilt and anguish, but at the same time was empowered. To keep him alive, the demon Abalam sealed a single demonic soldier from his twenty-five legions inside of Kenneth. This is the nature of Kenneth's abilities.
It was a full year before Kenneth embraced his abilities. He fought them, fearing they were punishments for what he did. He felt tremendous guilt over his brother and the men whose souls were given for him. Eventually, Kenneth realized that he could, if anything, save lives and fight against forces he felt were wrong. Merciless murders, killing just to kill. Kenneth took on a whole new identity as Pryde, embracing what made him who he was and reason he was what he was.
Kenneth was granted strength and agility slightly greater than the average human, but more so, his body was made incredibly durable. Kenneth can take bullet fire without breaking his skin, however, he can still be stabbed and sliced. Kenneth was additionally granted a great insight into magic, the dark arts and demons because he had touched the surface of Hell. He can see spirits and talk to them as well as see the life force of most living beings, however, to do so his eyes must glaze over a golden hue. Kenneth was also granted the ability to manipulate sound waves. He can copy almost any voice, use echolocation and ultimately create sonic booms with tremendous shockwaves. Because of Kenneth's capability with spirits and inherent understanding of sound, his cognition was raised significantly. Although Kenneth is hardly any more intelligent than he was before his conversion, he can think and consider complex issues at an unnaturally high rate.
Score Card16 | Strength 2.5, Endurance 4, Agility 2.5, Cognition 4, Acuity 3
Kenneth has made it his goal to pick up where his brother left off. He is shadowing his father as to learn how to run their "business" as well as taking on the identity of Pryde whenever needed.
-Kenneth was born May Second.
-Kenneth hates to be called Ken or Kenny.
-Carry On My Wayward Son - Theme
Name Subject 2240
Age/Gender 6 (28 in human years), Male
Immediate Family None he knows the whereabouts of
Desired Score Card Strength 2, Endurance 2, Agility 2, Cognition 4, Acuity 4
Description of Superpowers Ampersand has increased intelligence to the point of being smarter than most people. He has also developed some kind of telekinetic bond that lets him understand and speak to other beings through the power of thought. Other than his increased intelligence and mind power he is just a normal monkey.
History Ampersand was born in Argentina where he lived with his mother,father and his brother for the first few months of his life. After living peacefully with his family for around 6 months a bunch of American scientists working for the government took him from his family. He was too young and normal at the time to understand what was happening but in the next few years he became very fixated on what had happened.
He was taken to a research facility where a bunch of other animals were being experimented on. Being a monkey he could only communicate with his monkey brothers who told him about the experimentation that was going on. Scientists were trying to enhance the human capability and were on their last legs in terms of finance and began to experiment on animals rather than pay humans to get treatment. It turns out they were closer than they thought with Ampersand. After the first few months of experimentation he noticed a change in himself. He could understand the other animals there, he knew about Ricky the rats cheese addiction and Fergus the birds fascination with the letter 'Q'. He began to channel his mind to try and communicate with them and eventually did.
He never let on that the treatment worked, he was too smart to let the dirty humans know that what they were doing was working. When the money had run out the scientists began to euthanize animals, this was the last straw for Ampersand. He stole the keys to the cages from one of the scientists before telling his animal brothers about what was happening and letting them free. He never saw a lot of them ever again, he just assumed that a lot of them found their way back home or at least he hoped that.
When he got to the human world he was fascinated with a lot of things. Motorbikes, cars, radios, music all of it was just so interesting. But so was the bad parts about the human world. The mafias, the gangsters, the corrupt cops. He decided he would try and better humanity himself using his intellect and so he set out to try and stop the goings on of said gangsters but of course he needed help.
Miscellaneous Had to make this his theme
"One look is all it takes"
Name Katerina Petrova
Immediate Family Andrei Petrov (father), Dimitri Petrov (older brother), Anna Petrova (mother)
Currently unemployed, takes care of her neighbors two young children.
Immigrants from Bulgaria the Petrov family moved to the U.S to start a new life. Katerina's mother Anna and her father Andrei separated a year after she was born when they discovered what she could do. Her mother Anna was scared of her daughters ability but Andrei saw the possibilities. The whole family had always lived in poverty and didn't know any different. He moved to the U.S with both of his children to start over. Katerina was raised to be a proper housewife keeping to strong traditional values. She didn't go to college as was expected of her. Her childhood mostly existed out of listening to her commanding father and older brother.
Neither of them could ever hold a job for long. They exploited her ability to support themselves. She was only allowed to use it when either her father or brother told her to. They made people write out checks to the family and with a legal signature no one could do anything about it. She was a puppet strung along by her father and brother. There was a lot of spite about the separation on her fathers part. No amount of money ever fixed that bridge between them. Katerina was a living reminder of what he lost. In a lot of ways she was exactly like her mother. Andrei feared there would be a day where she would grab her bags and leave. So he constantly talked her down, reminding her they were family and she would never make it on her own. She promised herself she would leave the first chance she got.
Score Card12 | Strength 2, Endurance 2, Agility, 2, Cognition 2.5, Acuity 3
Description of Superpowers
Katerina was born with the ability to persuade others to do what she wants by looking into their eyes. This seemingly simple locking of gazes deactivates any inhibitions of her target, placing them into a state of extreme suggestibility. While in this state she can easily compel or command her target. One under the control of this ability could only perform the mental and physical faculties that he is able to do already. For example she can't tell someone to jump on top of a building. Instead her target will use whatever means necessary to get on top of the building, like stacking boxes on top of another.
Katerina takes no pleasure in using her ability. She controls others but at the same time is being controlled herself. You would think she could show some empathy to her victims but instead she feels empty. It is something she has been doing for most of her life and it has become a routine.
- She speaks perfect English, with a barely noticeable accent.
- On her U.S passport she is registered as Katherine Pierce an English name
Natalya Evelyn Stepanovich
"Eve" by her friends, "Wendy" by that journalist
Anton (Father); Julia (Mother); Stefan (older brother); Mathias (younger brother); Nathaniel (younger brother)
Desired Score Card
Strength 1, Endurance 2, Agility 2, Cognition 3, Acuity 2
Description of Superpowers
Hovering: She is able to move about though air as if she were swimming in it.
Natalya was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. She's been able to float since she was a baby, but her parents reprimanded her and trained her not do do that in public. They wanted Natalya to be an American girl, and American girls didn't behave like that. So Natalya only hovered when nobody was watching, to get something off the top shelf or just to daydream comfortably.
As she got older, Natalya did well in school and was courted by her neighbor Alan, who was six years her senior. But this was during World War I, and Alan was drafted. The day before he left, Alan proposed to Natalya that they be married when he returned, and she accepted. But before this could come to pass, Alan was killed at the Battle of Soissons. Natalya's friends were sympathetic, but as Natalya recovered from the shock they encouraged her that this was her chance to "live a little" before settling down. So instead of pursuing another relationship as her parents would prefer, Natalya found herself caring for the children of a banker and his "sickly" wife in Chicago.
Months ago, Natalya came across an old woman trying to get her cat out of a tree, so she obliged and flew it down. Unfortunately, a newspaper man saw her.
Recently, Natalya was in the right place at the right time and was able to save a child from the second floor of a burning building. The journalist did not see that one, but the child's parents did, and described Natalya to him. The next day, an article headline read, "Wendy Has Come to America."
Natalya is the second and third generation born in America; she is half Russian and half German.
Sergio da Valentia
"Sarge" by his parents and close friends.
Luigi (Father); Maria (Mother); Antonio (Older brother)
Desired Score Card
Strength 2, Endurance 3, Agility 2, Cognition 2, Acuity 1
Description of Superpowers
Calorie Manipulation: A growth of the body by stealing fat cells and the shrinking of the body by cleaning fat cells and causing them to be digested quickly, giving him more energy.
Sergio was born and raised in Italy to the age of 18 before he immigrated to the United States and, after gaining citizenship, met up with his older brother Antonio, who had immigrated 3 years previous, and started a new life. Antonio had room for them in the back of his shop as they sought to find a cheap place to stay, meanwhile building onto their living quarters. Antonio was a shoemaker who was more than ready to have a helping hand in his shop, and began to teach Sergio. Sergio passed the time this way, but he had trouble with his power, which he thought was merely a defect. Acids would ooze from his hands after eating foods such as the chocolaty candy bar, which he could now afford. However, at the beginning of the war, he was drafted into the United States armed forces.
Sergio impressed his commanding officer and made his way into the position of Sergeant. He was also deployed near the Battle for the Bulge, and took part in the major retreat. In the retreat he was separated from the Allied soldiers, and wandered for a full day before finding any people. This event was not in his favor; the soldier he found was an Italian who, though originating from the same country, fought well against the Allied forces. He must have lost his ammo one way or another, for he jumped Sergio, and forced him to the ground. The Italian was heavy, and could not be thrown, but gradually, he became lighter, and Sergio gained in fat cells which protected him slightly. He managed to push the Italian-who after the six minute struggle had almost no energy reserves in his arm, to the ground, and retreat further, making it finally, to the allied lines.
The war ended, and Sergio was now aware of his power, but because of his lack of scientific knowledge he did not fully understand it. Because of his constantly slim body he was able to be the mascot for a couple dieting plans, and gained good money. He still loved to make shoes, and that was his work, with his brother.
Sergio learned to play the accordion very well.