Wataru Yamada

27 year-old human male of mixed Japanese-Korean-Caucasian descent. Hermetic mage with an affinity for air spirits. Sensitive intellectual, a bit of a quiet type.

Description:

(Not a fan of the dynamic sheet so I’ll improvise…)(although the formatting isn’t working great for this either, oh well – you guys let me know if it’s horrendously unreadable, ok?)

PERSONAL DATA
Metatype: Human Age: 27 Sex: M Nuyen: 46,813 Lifestyle: Low Total Karma: 41
Current Karma: 1 Street Cred: 4 Notoriety: 0 Public Awareness: 1

ATTRIBUTES
||Physical Attributes———Mental Attributes————-Special Attributes——-Special Attributes||
||Body……….3…………Charisma………2……….Edge……….3…..Current Edge….3||
||Agility……….3………..Intuition………….5………..Essence……6……Astral Init…..10||
||Reaction…………4………….Logic…………..5………Initiative…..9…..Matrix Init….n/a||
||Strength………2…………Willpower………..4………Magic……….4……Init Passes…..1|||

SKILLS
|Active Skills—-RTG—-Magic Skills—-RTG—-Knowledge Skills—-RTG—-Language Skills—-RTG |
|Perception…… 1….Summoning…….4….Physics………….2….Japanese………..N |
|Navigation…….1….Binding………4….Chemistry………..2….English…………N |
|Pistols……….1….Banishing…….4….Biology………….2….Spanish…………4 |
|Dodge…………1….Spellcasting….4….History of Magic….3….Cantonese……….3 |
|Infiltrate…….1….Ritual Sp…….4….Cooking (Jap.)……2….Russian…………2 |
-—————————..Counterspell….4….———————————-..Latin…………..2 |
-—————————..Astral Combat…1….———————————-..Hebrew………….2 |
-—————————..Assensing…….1….———————————-..Sanskrit………..2 |

QUALITIES
|———Positive———| |———-Negative———-|
|……..Magician……..| |……….Gremlins…….|
| Spirit Affin. (air) | | Stimsense Vertigo |
| Photographic memory |

SPELLS
|——-Combat——-||——Detection——||————Health————||———-Illusion———-||——-Manipulation——-||
|……Manabolt…….||…..Detect Life……||….Increase Reflexes….||….Imp. Invisibility..||…….Mindlink…….||
|……Stunbolt…….||…..Detect Magic….||———————————————————————-||….. Influence……||
|……Knockout……||——————————————————————————————————||….Deflection…..||

CONTACTS
|———-Name———- | -—Description——|Loyalty|Connection |
|…..Cassie St.Jean…..|..shadowrunner, friend..|…….5…….|………2………|
|…….Deacon……….|……..fixer……..|………3……..|……..3………|
|…Marlee Bremmerton…|..reclusive music star..|……….2……..|…….3………|
|……..Kayin……..|..Lagos artifact dealer..|……….2………|………4…….|
|…..Mr. Lo……..|….Seattle triad guy……|……….1………|…….4………|
|..Jane ‘Frosty’ Foster..|..awesome shadowrunner..|………1………|……6……….|
|……..Delphea………|…….BTL dealer……..|……..1…….|………1…….|
|…Innocent Dobree…..|..owns best plane in Africa..|……..1…….|……..2…….|

EQUIPMENT
SINs
- Dennis Takeda (3) – The name his lease is under, and most of his bills and such. A freelance translator and bug tester and general day-jobber, living a cozy Low lifestyle in a small Renton flat.
- Akio Saga (2) – Not used much, semi-disposable SIN he uses when doing things that are a little less than clean.
- Jason Song (4) – The most recent and strongest of his fake SINs, Jason is his more high-class persona. He’s the guy who buys the suits.

WEAPONS
- Fichetti Security 600 (folding stock, laser sight) (4P damage) with Stick-n-Shock ammo(6S, electric)

ARMOR
- Form-fitting Body Armor – half-body (4/1), stacked with either
- Urban Explorer Jumpsuit (6/6) or
- Auctioneer Business Suit (5/3) or
- Synergist Business Suit (5/3) or
- Sweettastic Cream Tux (5/3), and sometimes
- Snake-mesh socks (0/2, feet and legs)
THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN BONUS: Wataru finds himself feeling more confident when he’s wearing a suit, and it has quite an effect. He stands a little straighter, is more likely to look people in the eye, and might even initiate conversations. In social situations where such clothing is appropriate, he gains a +2 (or so, at the DM’s discretion) bonus to Charisma-related checks. Score!

COMMLINK
- Sony Emperor with Vector Zim OS, response 2, System 1, Firewall 3
- Best Mapsofts available
- Pocketmage Library (3)
- Yoruba lingsoft (5)

MAGICAL MATERIALS
- Focus (Spellcasting: Combat) (2)
- Focus (Sustaining: Manipulation) (4)
- Magical Lodge (6)

MISC.
- Forensic Thaumaturgy Kit
- Medkit (6)
- Glowand
- Can of FAB-I
- A whole bunch of medications and stuff left over from the Lagos trip (anti-parasite, rehydration salts, disinfectant, etc etc etc)
- Discreet UV-irradiation canteen
- Respirator
- Yoruba good luck charm
- Nanopaste disguise kit (small) x 3

FUN FACTS
- He knows the Piri Reis map by heart real good.

Bio:

Wataru was born in Renton (Seattle suburb) to a Japanese father and a Korean-British mother who ran a middle-of-the-road sushi restaurant. Meek, bookish, and introverted by nature, Wataru discovered at an early age that he (unlike the rest of his family) had access to the magical world – and he kept this discovery to himself. His lifelong thirst for knowledge aided by his photographic memory, Wataru skipped as many middle and high school classes as he could get away with to spend his days in antiquarian bookshops and libraries. He’s always wanted to understand how things worked, so he immersed himself in increasingly complex textbooks of chemistry, physics, medicine. A native speaker of both English and Japanese, his fascination with languages led to him picking up as many as he could, which by the time of the campaign is Spanish, Cantonese, Russian and Sperethiel (in decreasing order of proficiency). Among his other adolescent independent studies was a deep investigation into the magical ways of the world, which ultimately led to his developing his magical potency in ways largely congruent to the modern hermetic tradition, but not entirely. His divergence from hermetic norms arises primarily in how he interfaces with spirits, which he has done since childhood. The spirits of the wind and air in particular have always been his (“imaginary”) friends, and Wataru therefore tends to treat all spirits with the same attention and respect as one would a person, asking for assistance rather than commanding – although he has been known to put his foot down if the situation is dire.

In fact, it is the air spirits to whom Wataru owes his life. During a break from his fourth year of local college (nowhere near finished, lots of waffling on a major, currently Slavic Studies), his family’s restaurant was caught in the crossfire of a gang war and burned to the ground. Along with the gang’s actual targets, his father, mother, and sister were all killed – and so, supposedly, was he. The newscasts said there could have been no survivors. And yet… knocked unconscious, the air spirits protected him from the blaze, and he awoke dazed but very much alive in an alley a block away. At first, Wataru cursed the spirits for not saving his family, renouncing their friendship and wishing they’d let him die too. But his rage ran out of fuel soon enough, dampened by depression and despair. Isolated in a rickety rooftop squat spot, he quickly understood that he was dead to the world, that he’d never be able to return to what he knew… But there were some advantages. He found himself absolved of original SIN and completely uprooted. So he made the most of it. He changed towns, changed names, and changed lives. And hey, this way he’d never have to find something to graduate in. He ended up homeless for a while, low on the squatter food chain, until he eventually befriended a young hacker named Cassie who introduced him to the world of shadowrunning.

At the time the campaign begins, Wataru has been off the net for about 4 years. Most of that has been spent doing just enough low-level shadowrunning and petty crime to keep him in old books and soyburgers. Cassie became his best friend, but their relationship got a little strained after she tried to take it further and he wasn’t interested, and now they mostly work apart. He’s picked up a few more spells from friendly spellcasters. He’s learned a little bit about surviving on the streets, but has mostly been relying on his intuition and common sense – along with an unintimidating demeanour and apparent lack of ambition – to keep him out of harm’s way. All along, though, he’s been nursing a festering hatred for the street gangs that caused the death of his family, and one day, he hopes to take them down. For good.

A little more personal info on Wataru: he’s never gotten along well with technology, and AR makes him a little ill. He’s a fan of paper books, which never lash out and smack him in the face like everything else seems to these days, from newspapers to telephones. His mother even barred him from operating the tempura fryer back in the day because it just wouldn’t do what it was supposed to, around him. Also, he’s always been quite shy and awkward when it comes to romance. He realized long ago that he seems more interested in guys than in girls, but he’s never yet gotten further than a peck on the cheek when it comes to the sex stuff. Interpersonal contact as a whole tends to intimidate him, and he has a bit of social anxiety above and beyond his general tendency for anxiety in the first place. He keeps his private life private, and there’s a lot of things about him no one but Cassie knows – and more still that he’s never told a soul.

Wataru Yamada

Shadowrun: Seattle 2072 jihatsu