Sparkler RPG: ESPU : Characters

Del Featherbottom (PC: Jen Lee Quick)

Age: 30?
Gender identity: Agender (AFAB)
Psychic power: Animal empathy/communication
Sponsoring government: Canada
Program: Unassigned

Played by Jen Lee Quick and clearly named by the chatroom. Special thanks to 5-pm for original character design and Sarah “Neila” Elkins for Tofu design; this art by Angeline Mauri.

Del (birth name: Delilah) had problems at home in their youth, and ended up homeless in a major Canadian city. Taken in by the police for a petty crime, the government realized Del’s psychic/emotional connection to animals and brought them to ESPU for rehabilitation and training. Del has some difficulty socializing with humans, and feels more comfortable around animals – especially their intrepid cat Tofu.

Courtney Thomas (PC: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl)

Age: 20
Gender identity: Female
Psychic power: Manipulating electronics
Sponsoring government: USA
Program: Computer Specialists

Played by Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (head comics editor). Special thanks to 5-pm for original character design; this art by Angeline Mauri.

Reasonably well-adjusted for a girl her age (gasp!), Courtney nonetheless dislikes her power and has a bit of a complex about it. She enjoys sports – she was on the field hockey team in high school – which has helped her bond with her athletic roommate Brittany. Courtney totally wants to bang Peter.

Cynthia Blebers (PC: Rebecca Scoble)

Age: 22
Gender identity: Female
Psychic power: None
Sponsoring government: Canada
Program: Outdoor/Survival Corps

Played by Rebecca Scoble. Special thanks to 5-pm for original character design; this art by Angeline Mauri.

Raised in the woods of Alberta by her paranoid, anti-government grandfather, Cynthia did him proud – by joining the most secretive government agency in existence! An upperclassman, Cynthia knows a bit more about ESPU than her peers, and has thus been assigned the especially difficult NPCs. Her upbringing has made her useful in the wild.

Aya Salem (NPC)

Age: 22
Gender identity: Female
Psychic power: None
Sponsoring government: Canada
Program: Leadership/Diplomacy

A ward of the state, Aya was practically raised in the ESPU program, and has been preparing for civil service as a psychic-educated diplomat. Currently the dorm head for Cohort 67 (the cohort of our PC + NPC heroes). She’s perhaps a little too eager to please others, which contributes to her anxiety…

Raj Lal (NPC)

Age: 19
Gender identity: Male
Psychic power: Telekinesis
Sponsoring government: Canada
Program: Special Ops

Although Raj comes from a family of diagnosed psychics, he has an exceptionally rare ability – and he’s a fast learner with it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t respond well to authority, so he’s further behind in his training than he should be. His interests include nicotine, city living, and sex.

Maria Ramirez (NPC)

Age: 18
Gender identity: Female
Psychic power: Astral perception/empathy (via dreams)
Sponsoring government: USA
Program: Intelligence Operations

Maria has an incredibly powerful psychic ability, but it’s coupled with an unusual form of narcolepsy…so her sleep/wake cycles are hard to control. As one of the youngest recruits – and one who was only recently diagnosed with her psychic power – she needs more support than most of her peers. She’s sweet, but spacey.

Peter Smith (NPC)

Age: 24
Gender identity: Male
Psychic power: None
Sponsoring government: USA
Program: Police

Peter used to be a bad man. After an overseas arrest coordinated by the CIA, the United States government offered Peter the chance to be a good man. Peter decided to try it.

No one knows where Peter is actually from, because his vaguely Slavic accent is hard to place and poorly acted.

Brittany Williams (NPC)

Age: 20
Gender identity: Female
Psychic power: None
Sponsoring government: USA
Program: Medicine

Brittany’s family has been part of the United States Military for generations, but she’s the first member to join the ESPU program. Already a licensed junior medic, Brittany also has some firearms experience and a black belt in Taekwondo, because “no one wants a doctor who can’t defend herself.” She loves and trusts her government completely as the most American American to ever AMERICA. *eagle screams*

Hikaru Yoshimoto (NPC)

Age: 22
Gender identity: Male
Psychic power: None
Sponsoring government: Canada
Program: Psychology/Therapy

A crossover from the Tokyo Demons universe (his cousin is Kadoyuki Yoshimoto), Hikaru has a “file” on everyone else, and is supposed to be the group therapist. Uh-oh!