Real Name: Aradia McConnell Nicknames: Ari (prounounced "Airy") Nova Name: Masque
Concept: Ex-circus performer/ex-thief.
Vice: Arrogant Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None Date of Birth: July 31, 2030 Date of Eruption: October 7, 2044 First Public Appearance: As a baseline performer, 5/15/36. Word of her nova status spread gradually with performances following her eruption. No public appearance to date in any official capacity.
Citizenship: United States of America, Eden Home Region: United States (Birth State: Arizona, Place of Residence: N/A, moved frequently) Occupation: Paragon
Allegiance(s): Paragons, Matthew Butcher, Beau Cirque Physical Traits
Ethnic Background: Caucasian
Apparent Age: Late teens Height: 155 cm/ 5' 1" Weight: 47 kg/ 105 lbs.
Eyes: Stunning bronze irises with a rich and varied metallic sheen.
Hair: Long brown hair, often streaked with other color(s).
Aradia is incredibly athletic and dexterous, a highly-skilled acrobat and circus entertainer in her former life. She's also inhumanely attractive, with metallic-sheened eyes the color of burnished bronze and a lithe, graceful figure. Less known to the general population - at least so far - is her shapeshifting abilities, although the Guardians (and by proxy, the leadership that organized the Paragons) are familiar with them based on her evaluations. Aradia can shape-shift into almost anyone or anything you could possibly think of.
Not only can she perform amazing feats of acrobatic prowess (and holds a couple of world records), but she's also a skilled thief and con-artist.
Aradia is generally outgoing and lively. She gets along well with others, and has a bit of a wild streak. However, she also has her own moral compass that she adheres to. It might not make sense to everyone, but it makes sense to her and that's all that matters.
Aradia Pandora McConnell was a circus orphan at a young age. Her mother, an acrobat herself, was killed in an accident when Aradia was only three years old, and from that point on the circus was her family. They took her in, raised her, and taught her to follow in her mother's footsteps. As she grew up she became the star of the show, first as a precious little girl who could captivate and enthrall audiences at a young age, and eventually as a high-flying acrobat with grace never dreamed of. She erupted as a nova at the age of fourteen, and from that point on her talent was unstoppable, and both she and the Beau Cirque were on a fast track to the big time.
When Aradia was seventeen years old, the circus was approached with an offer from an investor. His name was Alex Cross, and he wanted to take Beau Cirque international. He wove a wonderful tale, full of marketing budgets and powerful contacts, and after a very small amount of debate, Beau Cirque sold themselves over to him, expecting him to take them all the way. He had every intention of doing just that, however the stunner came after the papers were signed, when he informed Aradia that she was being released from her contract, and that her performing skills were no longer necessary.
To say that Aradia was incensed would be putting it mildly. After an initial moment of stunned disbelief the petite acrobat flew into a rage, screaming and sobbing, and had to be held back by a couple of her fellow stunned performers. Alex Cross, it turned out, had acquired the circus as a platform for his daughter's success. Elizabeth Cross was a talented baseline teenage gymnast who was too much of a diva to make it through the grueling training required of an Olympic athlete. She wanted to be a star, and she didn't want to have to compete for it. Because she was Daddy's little girl, she didn't have to.
This exchange was overheard by not only a few of her fellow performers (including the ones holding her back from assaulting the rich bastard), but by two others; Alex Cross's twenty-three year old son Ben, and his slightly older assistant, Marcus Burrows. As Aradia was escorted out, Marcus stepped in to 'assist with the process'. He made his sympathies known to Aradia, explaining that he had been taken advantage of by many men like Alex Cross, and encouraged her to meet with him that evening to discuss an opportunity to get back at the bastard who'd ruined her life.
Aradia was equal parts furious and heartbroken, and as a result figured she had nothing left to lose. She met with Marcus that evening, and learned about his secret life as a thief, seeking his fortune by ripping off the rich bastards of the world like Alex Cross. He explained how he'd been taken advantage of as a young man, not much older than her, used for his skills and then tossed away once the company grew successful enough that they no longer needed him. He worked for these types of men, got close to them, figured out what kind of men they truly were, and then robbed them blind. With Aradia's help, and her supernatural skills, they could make a real living out of it. He wouldn't have to hide behind the disguise of the loyal employee any more, spending months trying to look for the perfect opportunity. She would have an opportunity to get back at the kind of men who had robbed her of her family and her place, starting with Alex Cross himself. It sounded like an excellent plan to the wounded young woman, still fresh off her firing and brimming over with pain and fury.
Together, they became an incredibly successful team, a sort of upper-crust Bonnie and Clyde. Aradia's skills combined with Marcus's training got them easily into homes, cars, businesses - you name it. Unbeknownst to Aradia however, it was all a clever front for a much darker purpose. One day when watching the news on TV, she recognized the teenaged son of one of the mansions they had recently robbed. His death was being investigated as a homicide, and as she followed the case on television a disturbing pattern began to reveal itself to her. Multiple murders began to surface, all of them apparently accidental until someone began digging a little deeper. And when Aradia recognized several of the victims as young men or teenage boys related to the families they'd robbed, a horrible suspicion began to settle in her stomach.
She denied it to herself initially, even as she began to investigate further. Her probing eventually led her to the undeniable truth, but it was too little and too late for Marcus's latest victim - it was his death, and the evidence Aradia stumbled across before the police even discovered the latest crime scene - that finally convinced her of Marcus's guilt. She wrested with it briefly, but the guilt of another death weighed too heavily on her shoulders. She might have felt somewhat responsible with the others for not picking up on it, but this time it was her desire to bury her head in the sand and deny what was right in front of her that had caused another man's death.
Aradia knew her options were limited. She was the connecting piece, she was the one who knew not only who he was, but how he did what he did and where he would be doing it next. So she did what any moral living being would do - she turned herself over to the police, to a detective named Matthew Butcher who was working the string of murders that had come to be known as the "Trust Fund Killer" case. Though she willingly told him everything she knew, they were still without any significant proof, and they knew the case they had against him was weak - a case of he said/she said where the accuser was also an admitted thief and con-artist. A nova was called in due to the seriousness of the case and Aradia's testimony regarding her former partner's nova abilities. Synergy was the nova sent to deal with the situation and she suggested a sting. Aradia offered her abilities and assistance in apprehending Marcus in the midst of his crimes, and despite initial concerns about putting her in danger, they came to the conclusion that no matter what happened Marcus would know Aradia had betrayed him, and she was willing to take the physical risks to capture him so they proceeded with the plan. It worked, and the Trust Fund Killer was captured and found guilty due to the strength of the case against him.
In the end, Aradia's willingness to come forward, and to help in the apprehension of Marcus Burrows worked in her favor. A plea deal was reached prior to the bust that Aradia would plead guilty to all charges of breaking and entering, but instead of jail time she would return any items that she was still in possession of and help track down or replace the ones that she had gotten rid of. She would also agree to a period of community service, to be served as part of a new elite team of novas called the Paragons. All things considered, she's more than happy with that plea deal. She feels a strong need to atone for the sins she unwittingly helped commit, and also hopes that her involvement with the Paragons will help her put Marcus Burrows back behind bars (since he escaped almost immediately, of course).
'Allies & Contacts:' Matthew Butler (Ally)
Matt Butler was the detective working the "Trust Fund Killer" case. There were a lot of late nights and dead ends, until one day a young woman walked into his office and handed him the case on a silver platter. When she offered her help putting him behind bars, he did his best to work out a decent plea bargain for her, getting her on probation and working with the Guardians to find a way for her to repay her debt to society through public service - namely, with the newly-formed Paragons. She considers him a friend, and knows he'll do what he can to help her out if she needs it.
Beau Cirque (Ally)
Aradia retains close ties to all the members of her old circus, except for it's new manager Stephen Cross and his daughter Elizabeth. They're like family to her, the closest thing she's had since her mother died when she was only three years old. They fed her, clothed her, raised her, loved her. They even taught her to fly, and for all those things, she will always be forever grateful. She even has the friendship of the manger's son, Benjamin Cross, who disagreed with his father's decision to fire Aradia and replace her with his sister Liza. He argued on her behalf, and was thankfully passed over by the Trust Fund Killer as a victim because of his actions.
Alissa Zimmer (Contact)
A member of The Carnival, Alissa saw Aradia perform once and was entranced by her skills. She has a bit of a crush on the shapeshifter, and has tried to convince the acrobatic Nova to join The Carnival, stating that it's "fate" because of the "circus link", and because her beautiful copper eyes are a sign that she will eventually become even lovelier as she sheds her baseline appearance and gains more physical nova characteristics. They're casual friends, and Aradia can call on her occasionally as a source of information.
Name: Aradia McConnell (Mostly Complete)
Concept: Ex-circus performer/ex-thief.
Personal Motto: "Live life in a way that you won't regret." Virtue: Courageous
Vice: Arrogant Allegiance: Paragons, Beau Cirque, Matthew Butcher Theme: Former Circus Performer
Nationality: Caucasian/USA HT: 155 cm/ 5' 1" WT: 47 kg/ 105 lbs. Hair: Long brown hair, often streaked with other colors. Eyes: Aradia's irises are a stunning bronze with a rich and varied metallic sheen. Age: 19
Birthdate: July 31st Attributes
STR: 4 (Athletic)
DEX: 5 (Acrobatic)
STA: 5 (Unflagging)
PER: 4 (Observant)
WIT: 4 (Cunning)
APP: 4 (Intriguing)
CHA: 4 (Outgoing)
Mega Attributes and Enhancements
Mega Dexterity â—â—â—â—â—
*Catfooted: Core Rules, p. 159
*Omnidexterity: Player's Guide, p. 102
*Perfect Balance: Player's Guide, p. 102
Mega Stamina â—â—â—â—â—
*Adaptability: Core Rules, p. 160
*Health: Player's Guide, p. 103
*Tireless: Player's Guide, p. 103
Mega Appearance â—â—â—
*Appearance Alteration: Core Rules, p. 171
*Seductive Looks: Core Rules, p. 173
Martial Arts: â—
Fan Club/Cult: size / devotion
Suitors: Quantum: â—â—â—â—â— Quantum Pool: â—â—â—â—â— â—â—â—â—â— â—â—â—â—â— â—â—â—â—â— â—â—â—â—â— â—â—â—â—â— Taint: 0 Temporary, 1 Permanent Willpower: â—â—â—â—â— Initiative: 9 Powers (Level 1: Violet, Level 2: Blue, Level 3: Green, Level 4: Yellow, Level 5: Orange, Level 6: Red - In Theme BOLD)
(Stamina + Shapeshift, Duration: Maintenance)
Merits & Flaws
Overconfidence (1 pt)
Obsession (2 pt)
Acute Sense/Vision (1 pt)
Aberrations (Low: Violet, Medium: Blue, Severe: Green)
Altered Biochemistry (The New Flesh, p. 214)
Sex Object (Forceful Personalities, p. 70)
Aberrant Eyes (Core Rules, p. 151)
Known Languages Native: English Others: Movements
Walk: 7 m
Run: 17 m
Sprint: 35 m
Base Soak: Healing Rate: Health Levels: Dice pool penalties due to injuries and pain reduced by 3.
Bonus Points: 25 Total
-8 (Willpower to 7)
-1 (Background: Resources 3)
-6 (Skill Points: +3)
+1 Flaw: Overconfidence
+2 Flaw: Obsession (Tracking arch-nemesis and his followers)
-1 Merit: Acute Sense (Vision)
-2 (Backgrounds: Contacts 1 & 2)
25 Starting NP
-15 (M-Dex to 5)
-6 (M-Sta to 5)
-2 (Skill Points: +12)
-2 (Abilities: +6)