Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:43 pm

Blaise Mvila Owono
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Legend Name: Blaise Mvila Owono

Gender: Male

Nationality: Gabonese (Fang)

Citizenship: French Equatorial Africa

Age: 20

Military Service: None.

Civilian Occupation: Nurse-in-Training for Catholic Mission

Languages: Fang, French, English


Real Background

Real Name: Pierre Essomba Atangana

Gender: Male

Nationality: Gabonese (Fang)

Citizenship: French Equatorial Africa

Age: 20

Military Service: None.

Civilian Occupation: Day Laborer

Languages: Fang, French, English

Background


Pierre Essomba Atangana fled his home village of Mbe’e in Gabon to escape corvée labor on a French cocoa plantation. He chased rumors of paid labor westward until he reached the port city of Libreville. There he found freedom but also insecurity, with endless days of backbreaking work loading and unloading goods from ships and carrying goods to inland transports. Libreville’s cinemas offered Essomba a brief escape; he began to envision himself as a film character—a detective, a spy, a soldier—and he adopted the nickname “Humphrey Bogart” among his friends. On weekends, he told stories, boxed, and played glass bottles at parties fueled by local moonshine.

For “Bogart,” the Vichy French takeover of Libreville provided an opportunity, as the newcomers needed local dockworkers and porters for military goods. Meanwhile, a young priest took an interest in Essomba and offered him meals in exchange for information about goods and troops coming into and out of the port. When Free French forces retook Gabon in November 1940, the priest revealed himself to be a British agent. He said that the Allies could use a charismatic African man with a penchant for “acting,” so he offered Bogart a chance to undertake such work in Europe.

With training done, Essomba has taken on a new "legend" identity as Blaise Mvila Owono. Much of this legend identity matches his true background: his age, nationality, and place of origin. However, "Blaise" came to France two years ago under sponsorship from Father Célestin Le Roy of the Congrégation du Saint-Esprit. Since, Blaise has been training in clerical work and nursing, with short residencies at several French hospitals and clinics. The ultimate goal is for him to return to Gabon after the war, where he will join the staff of a hospital that the Catholic Church has promised to build.

Skills
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Athletics4D1040
Charm4D1040
Hand-to-Hand Combat4D1055
Lie4D1040
Observation4D1045
Stealth Assassination3D1030
Pistols3D1030
Rifle3D1035
Sub Machine Gun3D1030
Grenades3D1030
Military Weapons3D1030
Weapon Maintence3D1030
Construct FIghting Position3D1030
Stealth Movements3D1030
Navigation3D1030
Calculate Azimuth3D1030
Camouflage Self3D1030
Camouflage Equipment3D1030
Concealment3D1030
Expression Manipulation and Control3D1030
Pick Handcuffs1D1010
Alibi1D1010
Disguise1D1010
Mechanics1D1010
Motor1D1010
Drawing1D1010
Memorization1D1015
Description1D1010
Demolitions1D1010
Explosives Handling1D1010
Fuse Setting1D1010
Homemade Explosives1D1010
Defuse Explosives1D1010
Morse Transmission1D1010
Morse Receiving1D1010
Encryption1D1010
Decryption1D1010
Lockpick1D1010
Copy Key1D1010
Search Person1D1010
Search house1D1010
Pickpocket1D1010
Counterfeiting3D1030
Photography3D1030
Writing (Article/ advertisement etc...)3D1030
First Aid3D1035
Medicine3D1030
Surgery3D1030
Chemistry3D1030
Urban Stealth Movements1D1010
Counter Surveillance1D1010
Observation1D1010
Identify Traget Motivatoins1D1010
Interrogation1D1010

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by swrider » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:49 pm

Awesome. I need you to scrap the last paragraph though. We will be picking up in training so he would not yet have been deployed. Also you mission is in occupied France. you may go to Germany later, but it is unlikely.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:05 pm

Oh, well occupied France will be much easier on him, then. All the discussion about how terrible the Nazis were in Germany, but all this time, he's in Vichy France? :) There were a lot more Africans there, and the French always maintained an assimilationist mindset (and love of jazz music), so he'll have a much easier time in that kind of campaign.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by swrider » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:08 pm

Training will occur in England. They would have extracted him to there. It is a minor point as far as his current loation. I love the story, and it does lead itself great to a natural cover.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:28 pm

Sounds good. I've got an article on Africans in occupied France requested via interlibrary loan, so I'll study up when it arrives.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by swrider » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:31 pm

SavageBob wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:28 pm
Sounds good. I've got an article on Africans in occupied France requested via interlibrary loan, so I'll study up when it arrives.
That sounds cool. let me know what you find out.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:02 pm

Did you remove Pickpocket from the possible skills? It's not on the list I copied over, but it was originally one of my background skills.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:05 pm

I kind of think Observation or Memorization might fit his story better (observing and reporting cargoes), but the question on pickpocketing still stands, I guess.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by swrider » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:08 pm

Sort of, The list of skills in stage two is not complete. It represents only general skills, paramilitary skills, and survival skills. Other skill sets are learned in finishing school (stage 3 character creation). Pick-pocketing has not yet been taught and as such is not one of the skills available to everyone. However, any skill can be a background skill and carried forward. So in this case you would replace one of the background slots with pick-pocketing. When the other skill sets are learned in the "finishing schools" you will remove it from those lists.

The full list of current skills can be found in the base character rules thread and the skill description rule thread. The first of these two has them broken down into categories.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:22 am

Well, I think Observation fits better anyway. Ready for the next step!

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Post by swrider » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:26 am

Ok I have a few training missions in mind the first is a solo range exercise. I'll get your thread up tonight probably

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:20 am

Done with the mechanical part, I think. (Please let me know if I messed anything up.) I'll work on his legend next, probably over the weekend.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:13 am

OK, Rider. Ready for your perusal. Let me know if the legend part is OK.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by swrider » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:43 am

Looks good please correct your skill for camouflage self, you forgot to increase it to 30, and move it to the approved characters thread.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by ShadoWarrior » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:44 am

Really good legend, Bob.

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Re: Pierre Essomba Atangana ("Humphrey Bogart")

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Post by SavageBob » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:28 pm

Thanks! It's been a fun homework assignment finding a plausible background for a character like this. I've fixed the Camouflage Self issue and moved him to approved characters.

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