Diego Rojas-Espinoza

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn / But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn / We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn / That the Union makes us strong! —- Ralph Chaplin, Solidarity Forever

Player: RedRosasGhost
Name: Diego Rojas-Espinoza
Aliases: Comrade Diego, That Pinko, Commie Scum

XP Unspent/Total: 4/89

Brief Description: A lean bespectacled Hispanic boy in an old canvas jacket and a scarlet neckerchief (like some kind of commie Boy Scout), with a large conspicuous toolbelt slung around his hips. Opinionated, ambitious, intelligent and intense, Diego often seems unusually animated despite the dark circles beneath his eyes giving him a sleep-deprived look. His left hand is a cybernetic robot hand, joining with his flesh arm neatly at the wrist.

Appearance: A scruffy-looking boy with browline glasses, olive skin, black hair that flares out on either side, and warm brown eyes. Diego’s got the dark circles and thousand-yard stare of a longtime insomniac, but also has the knowing half-smile of a guy who’s thinks he has everyone else figured out. His long-fingered right hand and upper arms are wrapped in gauze and are often stowed away in the many pockets of his worn People's Army canvas jacket. His left hand is a gunmetal grey robot prosthetic, with the detailing and the Comintern symbol on the back of the hand done in soflty glowing red. Diego always has a Comintern badge featuring a red hammer, gear, and sickle together in a simplified modernist symbol over his heart alongside his Antifaschistische Aktion button, an Institute for Experimental Technologies emblem and a Liga de Jóvenes Comunistas pin. He usually wears his jacket in combination with a plain collared work shirt, the red neckerchief of the Jóvenes Comunistas (or Young Communists), sturdy sneakers and cargo pants.

Personality: Professional and wary at first, he quickly opens up to people who he deems trustworthy and forms intensely close bonds with longtime comrades. Diego is an ardent and committed communist, of the prevailing Trotskyist tendency, which bleeds heavily into the personal philosophy that he follows. For example, Diego considers the guidelines for how to behave as a proper "youth party member" according to the strictures of the Young Communist League as the height of good ethics, and strives to follow them as best he can. He blends a fatalistic apathy towards bad luck and an “it can’t get any worse” brand of hopefulness into a darkly humorous optimism. Like a model Comintern citizen, Diego has an inhuman work ethic, often running experiments or testing his models for days on end before collapsing into a 18-hour sleep. Diego relishes tough or tricky problems and prefers to think his way out of issues before resorting to physical violence, although this does not mean that he is the least bit fond of passivity.

Hobbies, Likes and Dislikes:

Hobbies: Journaling, designing and working on his machines, writing for the Red Flag newspaper, volunteering, raising a variety of succulent plants, agitating for leftist causes.
Likes: The Comintern, discussing political theory or engineering, the color red, people who identify as working-class, solidarity between comrades, gardening, learning about other cultures.
Dislikes: Bosses or business owners, capitalism and its advocates, elitist behavior, capitalist police, reminders of the fact that the Communist movement failed in this dimension.

Attributes:

Brawn: 1

Finesse: 4

Acuity: 7

Resolve: 3

Charisma: 3

Derived:

Initiative: 11

Health: 7

Psyche: 12

Quick Defenses:

Vitality Total: 1
Reflex Total: 14
Willpower Total: 3
Parry Roll: 4

Dodge: 18
Mundane DR: 1
Ability DR: 1
Equipped: White Lily Boutonniere, Anti-Fascist Action Button (+1 Reflex artifact)

Skills:

  • Reflex - (7) Finesse
  • Computers - (6) Acuity
  • Research / Academics - (6) Acuity
  • Perception - (6) Acuity
  • Marksmanship - (5) Finesse

Abilities:

The Means of Production - 9 (Power)
Diego has an instinctual knowledge of how any machine he sees works. He can sense mechanical systems in the area around him, conjure up a blueprint for the machine in his mind's eye and understands how to operate it like a long-time user. Furthermore, he can quickly assemble his own ultra-tech inventions to aid him. These can range from relatively "mundane" gadgets like a robotic claw to nigh-on impossible physics-breaking tech like the Dimensional Transporter that brought him to this version of Earth.

Immortal Science of Marxism-Leninism! - 3 (Gift)
Diego is remarkably skilled at noticing various patterns and putting together the discrete elements of a complicated mess—related items jump out in his mind. This is useful for swiftly learning languages, breaking codes, or find clues hidden among massive amounts of data. This also grants him incredible skill with large-scale mathematics. Together with his eidetic memory, Diego can do everything from calculate the odds exactly when gambling to predicting precisely where a leaf falling from a tree will land by observing the landscape and local wind currents. Diego specializes in calculation involving the activity of complex chaotic systems and so can calculate answers that even the fastest computers could not, including things like patterns of rubble distribution from an explosion. He also uses this probability crunching and analysis ability to aid his deductive capabilities. Diego can take data and apply predictive algorithms to build a mental reconstruction of a past event. This combined data can be used to imagine a given scenario of the given event and its possible permutations.

Traits/Features:

  • Very Near-Sighted -1 - Diego is legally blind without his glasses.
  • Damn Capitalist Pigs… - 0 - Diego was raised in a world where communism, anti-classism, secularism, feminism and internationalism were the highest ideals and sees capitalism, elitism, blatant religiosity, sexism and nationalism as almost-physically revolting.
  • Eidetic Memory - 5 - If not pressed for time, never need to roll to recall something that you witnessed or retrieve information from memory. If pressed for time, +3 to remember, and memory is always accurate if recalled.
  • The People's Will! - 5 - Diego's mind is that of a tempered communist, stalwart in his commitment to a Marxist worldview. (Use Acuity instead of Resolve for mental defense checks and the Willpower skill.)
  • "All Power Flows from the Barrel of a Gun." - 3 - Targeting computers in Diego's glasses help him line up shots made with ranged weapons. (Use Acuity instead of Finesse for the Marksman skill.)
  • Red Army Sensor Tech - 5 - Miniaturized proximity sensors woven into Diego's jacket send alerts about incoming attacks to the computerized display in his glasses (Use Acuity instead of Finesse for dodge checks and the Reflex skill.)

Possessions:

Total Currency: 442 CAD (or labor vouchers to Diego)

On Hand

  • Utilitools - Mexican People's Army and Comintern issue.
  • Several batteries.
  • Various mechanical odds and ends (in his toolbelt.)
  • Electrolaser Personal Defense Weapon - Comintern standard (with the words"So Much For The Tolerant Left" written along the side in red Sharpie.)
  • Laptop (Doesn't look like much, but runs surprisingly well. The internals look like a horrifyingly complex composite of parts from other computers Diego jury-rigged together. Has a big sticker of "the three great theorists" on the back. Usually kept in his bag.)
  • Assorted school supplies (in bag.)
  • A pocket microscope.
  • A knife with Lenin's face engraved on it (from Maya.)
  • Pocket watch that lets him enter the Stellar Retreat

Stored

  • Unfinished robotics projects.
  • Some finished robots, like the Red Orchestra (a nanohive with a silly Trotsky doodle for a face), AlexandriaBot (a book-sorting and desk arranging library cube with an encyclopedic knowledge of books), and several rotor drones.
  • Several changes of clothes that look eerily similar, like some sort of self-imposed uniform.
  • A People's Army dress uniform, adorned with the insignia of a Cadete Militar Juvenil (or Army Officer Cadet by American ranks) and several civilian decorations from both the People's Republic of Mexico and the Communist International.
  • Many interesting-looking cultivars of succulent plants and cacti.
  • Various electronics and mechanics tools.
  • Several Marxist-Leninist, communist or more generally leftist posters, including one of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky against a red background and one of the People's Republic of Mexico's flag
  • Glowing star orb.
  • Trotsky-head spear (a gift from Maya.)
  • A cowboy hat and framed picture from Rose
  • A plush cat with a toothy grin and a Lenin cap from Stella

XP and Advancement

Advancement:
Marksmanship skill (5 XP)
Reflex skill - 5 (12 XP)
Means of Production - 10 (22 XP)
Acuity - 7 (39 XP)
Self-Rationalization (5 XP)
"All Power Flows from the Barrel of a Gun" - (3 XP)
Red Army Sensor Tech - (5 XP)

XP History:
+4 xp - Coin-Operated
+1 xp - Pissing off the Demon King
+4 xp - Deus
+20 xp - Nein Fuhrer
+4 xp - Lobster's Meat run
+5 xp - (Don't) Add Water
+1 xp - Psychedelic Fun Run
+4 xp - Creative Fiction (Diego's Communism 101, Solidarity Forever!)
+30 xp - Monthly (10) x 3
+15 xp - Starting Bonus

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