Faith and Looting in Rio de Janeiro
With tousled blond hair and olive skin, this boyish-looking man wears a sheepish smile and a grey habit a size too large.
High Concept Shepherd of the Damned
Template Champion of God
Where did he come from? Working Class Hero
Thiago was born in the favelas himself, although not the one in which he currently works. He grew up surrounded by street violence, developed fast fists and a quicker tongue, and it was his facility for languages and repartee that caught the attention of the principal of the school he attended. With the principal’s guidance and occasional financial assistance, he managed to scrape through high school, and to his benefactor’s surprise announced he had a vocation, and entered the seminary. No matter how long he walks the marble halls of holy places, however, Thiago retains some of his early earthiness: he’s practical, decisive, and very good with his hands.
What shaped him? In the World, Not of It
Due to his fierce independence and disdain for authority, even after having sworn his vow of obedience, the local diocese assigned him as sole priest of an impoverished parish in the Morra de Babilônia favela. Upon arrival, he was horrified to find that his church was actually being used as a stronghold by the local gang. He was offered a generous stipend to stay and offer his religious services to the gangsters, and turn a blind eye to their actions; their cabeça thought the offer magnanimous, and even hinted at further ‘donations to the church’. Unfazed by the temptation, Thiago spoke vehemently in the streets, marching to retake his church at the head of a mob. He has since acquired a reputation for incorruptibility and unwavering integrity, and the locals hold him a little in awe.
First Adventure On a Mission from God
In his early days as parish priest, he ran a very spirited campaign to ‘take back the streets’. (Details forthcoming)
Superb (+5) Conviction, Fists
Great (+4) Discipline, Empathy
Good (+3) Presence, Athletics
Fair (+2) Endurance, Scholarship
Average (+1) Contacts, Might
Stunts and Powers
Feeding Dependency (Expiation) (+1)
Ghost Speaker perceive and be perceived by the dead; communicate with the dead (-1)
Bless This House Strengthens thresholds (-1)
Guide My Hand Faith manages, spiritual guidance (-1)
Righteousness Potent prayer, desperate hour (-2)
Holy Touch satisfies Catch of evil creatures, compel (-1)
Thiago’s strong and abiding faith in God and the rightness of his cause (his faith in the hierarchy of the church is somewhat less unshakable) grant him unusual powers in service to the forces of good. His long familiarity with death in the favelas has also sensitised him somewhat to deathly energies, allowing him to detect and interact with ghosts. This unnerves him greatly: according to his theology, ghosts shouldn’t exist, as souls don’t linger after death. While he ministers as best he can to his grim flock, doing so always leaves him feeling profoundly uneasy, and any exercise of extraordinary powers usually disturbs him to the point where he feels the acute need for some cleansing and penance.
Item of Power: The Crusader’s Surcoat (2+)
Inhuman Strength adds 3 to Might when lifting or breaking things; 1+ in grappling; 1+ when supplementing any skill with Might; 2+ stress damage using any strength-based weapons (-2)
Inhuman Recovery can recover from any consequence given time; recover from consequences as if one level less severe; never restricted by fatigue; 1/scene clear mild physical consequences as supplemental action (-2)
Inhuman Recovery: Catch True Faith (1+)
He found the surcoat in his tiny church’s mouldering sacristy. Careful research has revealed it to have once belonged to Afonso II, first King of Portugal, who passed it down to his successors. It ended up in the ownership of Pedro I, last King of Portugal but also first Emperor of Brazil, who carried it across the sea with him as a talisman when he fled the French invasion of Portugal. It was thought lost upon his death; how it ended up in the keeping of the church is unknown. That it is a Crusade-era relic is unmistakable, but the source of its powers are more obscure. If its wearer proves sufficiently pure, it grants them enhanced strength and resilience, but only those in a state of grace may partake of its power. It also appears to lose its power if not worn and displayed as a coat of arms: concealing it beneath other clothing apparently contravenes some code of chivalry that nullifies its power.