The Shadow Network
Long Ng "Floor 13"
Quote: “You know there’s no floor 13 in skyscrapers? Well, it’s there, but you never see it. They call it unlucky.”
Description: Always described by the members of the Rising Tiger as “lean and mean,” Floor 13 is tall, wiry with tight muscles and heavily tattooed with black Chinese characters. Long prefers wearing black tank tops and black jeans, strapping his grandfather’s knife to his belt. His straight, black hair hangs to his shoulders, and he makes no effort to pull it back. When Floor 13 wants to blend in with the populace and avoid looking like a gang member, he wears a plain T-shirt, jeans and Chuck Taylor sneakers. He’s kept this small mask in his new life to allow him to mix with Sleepers. However, his brown eyes are so focused that he often disturbs Sleepers — and Awakened, for that matter — with his gaze.
Floor 13’s nimbus is a billowing grey cloud; viewing him through this distorts his face and makes him looks as if he’s being blown by a strong wind or falling from a great height.
Dedicated Magical Tool: Knife
Real Name: Long Ng
Legacy: The House of Ariadne
Order: Adamantine Arrow
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 4, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 4, Dexterity 4, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 3, Manipulation 3, Composure 2
Mental Skills: Computer 1, Investigation 2, Science 1
Physical Skills: Brawl 3, Drive (Motorcycle) 2, Firearms 2, Larceny 3, Weaponry (Knife) 4
Social Skills: Intimidation (Interrogation) 3, Persuasion 3, Streetwise 2, Subterfuge 1
Merits: Allies (Gang) 2, Enhanced Item 2, Kung Fu (Focused Attack 1, Iron Skin 2) 3, Mentor 3
Arcana: Fate 2, Matter 1, Space 2, Time 3
Rotes: Fate – Interconnections (1), The Sybil’s Sight (1), Exceptional Luck (2), Fortune’s Protection (2), The Evil Eye (2); Space – Correspondence (1); Time – Perfect Timing (1), Flip of the Coin (2), Shield of Chronos (2)
Mana/per turn: 12/3
Legacy Attainment: 1st – Attune
Knife 1 (L)
Armor: 3 (“Fortune’s Protection,” Fate 2)
- Floor 13 carries a knife with a +2 enchanted equipment bonus.
- +1 to social rolls in cities, -1 to social rolls in rural or wilderness areas. Members must spend six hours walking through a city to attune to it before they can use their powers there.
1st Attainment: Attune
Prerequisites: Gnosis 3, Time 2 (primary), Fate 1
After seeing Ariadne’s thread, the first step a mage must take is attuning himself to the city. He must initially spend six hours walking through the city, following Ariadne’s thread. After this, he may use this attunement to feel the city’s history. This resembles the Time 2 spell “Postcognition.” While the mage might not know names, he can tell if and when a man was murdered on this street corner, or if a couple made love in a park or if a mage committed a vulgar spell in a movie theater. A mage is not married to the city in which he Awakened. He can attune himself to any city he is in.
The symbolism of the city makes itself known to the mage, as the city’s resonance applies different meanings to different things. (For example, a park’s “Tunnel of Love” may resonate happiness or sexual energy for most cities, but if a brutal murder happened there, the ride may resonate with fear, hatred and death.)
Background: Long Ng, a young Chinese American, was orphaned when his parents died in a plane accident. He ran away from foster care and ended up on the street, with his grandfather’s trench knife as his only inheritance. Long joined a gang at age 10 and was raised on the street by the Rising Tiger gang. Through great good fortune, he suffered nothing worse than one overdose and a few knife wounds. Long became the gang’s leader at 21.
Long’s luck ran out when he was thrown out of a 14th-floor window during a gang brawl in a condemned apartment building. On the way down, Long Awakened. He barely survived the fall, but managed to land on an abandoned couch. As the battle between the gangs raged on above him in the building, Long etched his name on the Watchtower of the Lunargent Thorn, scratching with his grandfather’s knife. Upon Long’s return, he ran up the 13 flights of stairs to rejoin the fight and thrash his very surprised would-be murderers. Then, as the dust settled, he looked out the window over the city and saw a golden thread stretching into the distance.
Floor 13 abandoned his gang to go walking, hearing a call. He prowled the streets, looking for whatever sent the call. He caught a glint of the golden thread on one of his walks, and followed it to the home of Penelope, a motherly Metropolitan. Penelope found herself the only mage Floor 13 would trust. The Weavers reluctantly allowed her to become his mentor, as long as she could control him.
Floor 13 follows Penelope with the fervor of a 12-year-old boy in love with his schoolteacher. She’d been tracking an item of rare resonance, and was trying to get to it before the Guardians of
the Veil. Floor 13 became her bodyguard while he helped her search. Penelope, in turn, trains Floor 13 in geomancy and tries to develop his mind even as she appreciates the safety his brawn gives her.
Storytelling Hints: For all his gang bravado, Floor 13 is a bully who needs reining in. Like all bullies, he defers to those who clearly have more power than he does, but he’s a right bastard to anyone he views as weaker. Although he understands the Awakened world is quite different from his tiny gang world, under stress he still reverts to the old pecking order.
Like a faithful dog, Floor 13 will perform any task Penelope sets him, and whip anyone under him into line (sometimes literally). He will act first and think later, but, if he is with Penelope, he will look to her for guidance before acting. If someone he doesn’t respect asks him for a favor, he’ll likely agree and then not do it.
Floor 13 is a dangerous addition to the House of Ariadne, complain some of the Metropolitans, but Penelope stands by him. She works tirelessly to focus him, teach him to honor the cities and his abilities more than simply brute strength and learn to serve the House as he has served her. She’s getting through to him, slowly — but some Legacy members think, not fast enough.