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Perspective character

Name: Tabitha O'Hagredy
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: white
Profession: RPTS mechanic/maintenance
Home Location: The Wild South
Disposition: irritable, instinctive, solitary
High concept: Large, irritable woman trying to make living in the Underground

Special skills/abilities:
  • Strength +3
  • Fighting +2
  • Engineering +2
  • Bluffing +1
  • Stealth +1
  • Persuasion +1

Notable flaws/weaknesses:
  • Academics -2 (unable to attend school as a child, she knows only what she has learned through a life of tinkering and basic reading skills)
  • Empathy -1

Basic appearance description:
Tabitha is a tall, wide, gorilla-shaped woman with a stubby neck, square jaw and heavy brow. She typically wears loose-fitting, filthy overalls tucked sloppily into her colossal boots. Beneath the overalls she wears a tattered, sweat-stained sleeveless shirt. Her hair is yanked back into a tight ponytail - the way only massive clamp hands could tie a ponytail.

Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
survive/make a living
save up some money
move out of the underground, buy her own small farm

Relationships


Jacob Edward Lewandowski (friend)

Nora Marshall (acquaintance)

Joseph King (acquaintance)

David Tennent (acquaintance)

Malcome Falcone (dislike)

Memberships/Factions/Affiliations


Underground/Wild South (active)
Tabitha has cultivated a reputation for bone-breaking and ass-kicking in the Wild South, earning the respect of her neighbors and the various criminal branches that operate in her neck of the woods.

Criminal (active)
Tabitha's size and strength give her a unique way with words, and she's willing to put them to work for a price. Her knowledge of the Underground can be useful to some as well.

General Labor Union (indifferent)
Tabitha works for the RPTS which works with the GLU, which guarantees Tabitha gets her paycheck and all those other cushy union benefits.

Narrative


Background
Tabitha was born in 1880 to a poor farming family in Angelica, New York. Day to day life was simple, although difficult as the family oftentimes struggled to make ends meet. She and her older brother Joseph typically spent their days helping their father, Ansel, around the farm while their mother, Rose, attended to more traditional matronly duties around the house. Despite poverty, Ansel was a resourceful man who would recycle old or damaged steam equipment from around the county and give them a second life on the farm. It was tinkering alongside her father on these machines that would become Tabitha's only education in her childhood, besides picking up basic reading skills in Sunday school.

In 1891, Rose would die during complications from the birth of her daughter Elizabeth, leaving Tabitha to resentfully replace her mother as the role of matriarch of the house while Ansel and Joseph kept up the farm the best they could. Unfortunately Ansel would soon spiral into a deep depression and begin drinking and disappearing for weeks at a time, leaving his kids to fend for themselves.

One freezing night in February of 1895, Ansel returned home after a particularly long excursion and fell ill. He would die four weeks later. That Spring, Joseph made clear his intentions to move to the family to the city in order to find work and start a new life. This was outrageous to 15 year old Tabitha, who, like her brother, was raised to distrust city life and believed their father wanted the land to stay in the family. The two would have a falling out after a violent dispute over family loyalty, prompting Joseph to leave his sisters behind.

For five years Tabitha took on the burden of raising Elizabeth and maintaining the farm. In August of 1900, while helping her sister, Elizabeth became snagged in an old steam tractor resulting in a fierce infection that would ultimately kill her. Following the loss of her young sister, Tabitha scrounged up whatever money she could find and left the family farm once and for all.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Tabitha eventually ended up in Rochester in order to find work and possibly reunite with Joseph. Her strength and instinct regarding all things mechanical allowed her to scrape by, however her intimidating appearance and solitary nature would ultimately lead her underground with the development of the Rochester Pneumatic Tube System, with whom she found full time employment. Fortunately, the same massive frame and intimidating nature that made life for her difficult above ground has made life relatively easy for her in the treacherous underbelly of Rochester, where she has cultivated a reputation for bone-breaking and ass-kicking, earning the respect of her neighbors and the various criminal branches that operate in her neck of the woods.

She currently lives in Wild South in a secluded, squalid lodging underneath the Mount Hope Station engine room. Throughout the day and night she receives maintenance orders via a pneumatic message tube that runs through her room. Despite her massive frame, she finds peace living alone among the dark labyrinth of pipes, boilers, gears and grates that make up the landscape of the bowels of the RPTS. Underground, she only needs to watch out for herself.


Epilogue:

1921 would become Tabitha's last year in Rochester. In April she would lose her job on account of multiple system failures within the RPTS during the Great Steam Fair, however her reluctant involvment with the Bulldog Boys and the Falcones would pay off after a handful of nonviolent successes in the illegal alcohol market. Ultimately, Malcolm and her would make ammends, resulting in Tabitha receiving a few hundred that Malcolm had generously held aside for her throughout the ordeals at the beginning of the year.

Scrounging up whatever savings she had leftover, Tabitha made it her mission to abandon any hang-ups she had with the crime families of Rochester and escape from the city once and for all. She would eventually use her savings to buy some land in Waterloo, New York, where she would attempt to make a living once again through farming and repairs.

In Spring of 1925, Tabitha would surprisingly fall in love at a drunken brawl during a farm equipment auction. Her and the slightly smaller, bespectacled man, August Sessler, would marry two years later on account of a surprise pregnancy. In September of 1927, Tabitha and August had their son, John.

John would grow up healthy and colossal like his parents, focusing hard on his studies and eventually earning a scholarship at Triple Cities College (now Binghamton University) where he earned renown throughout the ornithological world for his studies on the mating behaviors of chickadees.

To her regret, Tabitha would never hear from her estranged brother Joe again, however the remainder of her days were everything she could have ever dreamed of with her small farm, family, and endless tinkering. She would collapse dead at the age of 70 while repairing a radiator.