Lazaro "Cas" Castellanos

Player: Kaeru

Position: Front-Line Combatant

Demeanor: Reserved and professional, guarded and rather unapproachable. Seems to tend towards kindness when the situation arises, but is otherwise a bit distant. Friendly when approached in a polite, unassuming sort of way.

Nature: Genuinely caring, with a strong protective instinct. Fairly shy and easily flustered or embarrassed. Doesn’t like talk about his past, but it’s obvious it motivates him to try to make a difference. He is frustrated with the foundation for its secrecy but will not let that get in the way of his work— he understands the reasoning. Just wants everyone to be happy.

Description: Tall, well-built latino man with short hair. Wouldn't be caught dead out of uniform. A strong jaw, high cheekbones, and light brown skin. Broad-shouldered and muscular. The right side of his lower face, neck, and torso are covered in semi-faded burn scars, and his right arm is a prosthetic from the elbow down but is almost always covered by a leather glove. His right eye is slightly faded, taking on a slightly lighter color than the other.
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Stats:

Characters have 15 points to spend. It costs one point to buy a rank in a stat, or to be trained in a skill. Trained skills are indicated with bold.

Health
  • Physical Health: 16
  • Mental Health: 13
  • Strength: 2
    • Athletics
    • Melee
    • Ranged (heavy)
  • Toughness: 3
    • Resilience
    • Determination
    • Antipsychic
  • Speed: 2
    • Acrobatics
    • Stealth
    • Ranged
  • Charm: 0
    • Persuasion
    • Bluff
    • Intimidation
  • Intelligence: 0
    • Perception
    • Insight
    • Logic
  • Education: 0
    • Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Survival
    • Medicine
Specialties

You have eight points to distribute among as many or as few specialty skills as you see fit (but at least three is almost always warranted). Remember to explain what each specialty entails.

  • Brawler: 4. Trained as an infiltrator, Cas specializes in close combat of all sorts. +2 to disarming and -2 to the knockout threshold of enemies during close combat.
  • Hotwire a Submarine: 1. Cas might not be the most mechanically-minded, but you don't do well in the Navy without knowing your way around your ship. +1 Engineering regarding submarines, ships, and boats.
  • El Que Madruga Coge Agua Clara: 3. Cas finds himself often on the front lines, working to protect his allies behind him. Can can partially interpose himself between an opponent's attack and a nearby ally. When that ally is hit with an attack, Cas can roll Acrobatics. If his result is higher than the attack roll, the attack is blocked. If his result is lower, the damage of the attack transfers to him.

Gear:

  • SIG SAUER P220, spare clips, underarm holster
  • FNC, spare clips, back mount
  • H&K 21 improved, ammo pouch, back mount
  • Tonfa, hip mount
  • Combat knife
  • Body armor
  • Flashlight, standard gear

Possessions:

  • General personal effects (uniforms, toiletries, etc)
  • Set of casual clothing
  • A few dusty records
  • Two sets of dog tags, one damaged (Lazaro) and one undamaged (Daniel)
  • Photos, not displayed
    • A motherly Hispanic woman standing proudly with two much taller young men in new Navy uniforms— one taker and leaner with glasses and shortish hair, the other a bit broader with long, curly hair pulled back
    • An older man in a lab coat with an arm around a tall young man with glasses who holds a framed degree; also grouped into the photo are several of the man’s smiling coworkers
    • A broad, long-haired, grinning man in a t-shirt that shows off the edges of large wing-like tattoos on the backs of his arms; he lifts a smaller, laughing woman off the ground in a bear hug
    • A photo of a celebratory send-off of the two Navy men, older now; ‘don’t find Atlantis without us!’ written across the bottom in red marker and signatures on the back with similar messages
    • Three men in casual uniforms at a bar, the center of attention— the long-haired one animated in the telling of a story as his brother smiles at him with a look of resigned amusement; a third man contributes to the story, a pale and dark-eyed Frenchman with a coat around his shoulders; a note on the back saying ‘the tradition continues’
    • A family photo of parents, two sons and a daughter in semiformal outfits at the high school graduation of the eldest son
    • A similar photo of the college graduation of both sons, pulled comically close together by their shorter (though well-built) sister
    • The graduation of the youngest child, in gowns and lifted on the shoulders of her siblings

Personal History:

The short version: Cas comes from a prominent military family, sporting what has been a recognizable name in Navy spheres for close to 60 years. A name accompanied by mockery in the beginning Luis Francisco Castellanos’ history as a foreign Navy officer who had been captured and given secrets for his freedom. But after joining the US Navy he began to establish a track record worthy of respect and admiration. When he settled down and had two children, they both joined the Navy and carried on his legacy, one of them retiring after the other was declared KIA and celebrated a hero. The next generation saw two more Castellanos children in the Navy ranks, though the well-respected family seemed to drop off the map after both of them went missing during a submarine test. Rumors say the two sons hadn’t a younger sister, but those who knew for certain wouldn’t confirm or deny it.

The longer version:
His grandfather was in the Guatemalan Navy for years before being captured by a US Navy vessel not far from the coast of Florida in 1912. After being shown evidence of corruption in his own government, he gave intel in exchange for a new identity in the US. He tried to start a normal life but found himself drawn back to the Navy, where he continued to serve for most of his years. He met someone in his time with the US Navy and eventually settled down. His daughter Nala was born two years later, followed by his son Santiago, and both joined the US Navy in the early 1940s— Nala after getting a degree in engineering and Santiago after attending a military academy. Though Nala had the more impressive record, Santiago rose faster through the ranks, solidifying the reputation of his name before he was killed in action. After marrying a man she met during her years of service and having two sons, she encouraged them both to follow in her footsteps. A daughter a few years later refused her encouragement and went instead into the medical field, though Martia’s current whereabouts are known vaguely at best. Daniel “Cas” Castellanos (born 1946) and his younger brother Lazaro “Cero” Castellanos (born 1949) became trusted agents in the Navy and were eventually assigned to test a new type of military submarine designed to move quickly and under the radar. Several tests went off without a hitch. But in September of 1977, a test took the submarine farther away from port than it had ever been before. Since the test was completely secret, the submarine was able to go into areas of the ocean labeled completely off-limits for vessels by the Foundation. It was attacked by something— Lazaro doesn’t know what. The explosions resulting from the damage damaged Lazaro’s right arm beyond repair and scarred his side and face. He was trapped beneath wreckage within the ship while it was flooding and almost drowned. The foundation was able to rescue him and a few others, but Lazaro’s brother, Daniel, was killed in the attack. He spent several months recovering before the Foundation approached him. They gave him a prosthetic arm to replace the one he lost. Nothing special, but more than anyone else could have given him. He doesn’t really know why, but when they walked in, and they called him Lazaro, he told them to call him Cas.

Miscellaneous:

Languages: English, Spanish, some basic French
MTF: PSI-7
Cas (long hair): https://pasteboard.co/Hsmdon2.jpg
Cas' arm (concept): https://pasteboard.co/Ht7GOCx.jpg
Cas and Daniel (joke comic): https://pasteboard.co/Htg5ay1.jpg
EQ pts: 1

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