Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lucifer Unboxed

Lucifer of the IL Series

The most humanoid of the original Cylons, the IL series served as the Cylon empire's first military commanders and planetary governors. They weren't particularly well-liked by anyone, including by others their own kind. The IL's are ambitious, duplicitous, manipulative, sarcastic, and given to sartorial excess. These traits, combined with their epicene character, made them perfect villains for their era.

They're resilient, the ILs. They play the long game. ILs know how to dig-in and stay unnoticed until the opportune moment arrives when a rival makes a stupid move. They also know how to sneak away and start again elsewhere.

Due to the iterative and cyclic nature of Cylon civilization, many of the ILs have branched out, well beyond the boundaries of their original civilization. Some have leaped forward in time; others have gone backwards. More than a few have even stepped sideways, passing through the boundaries between universes, to resume their personal empire-building somewhere else.

At least one IL series is a General in the Legions of the Imperial Sovereign. A few are said to be operatives of Omega House. Paradoxically, at least one IL is living out an apparently quiet retirement in the R.U.R. Workers-State.

Their spacetime wanderings continue, and their ambitions keep pace. The ILs are an expressive totality of the itinerant nature of Cylonic civilization, as well as of the Cylon's Imperious Leader principle.

There is always one sure sign that an IL is about to make a move. Before undertaking a new scheme, an IL will unbox a number of old Centurions and drones.

After all, it's hard to be a leader with no followers.


The IL Series
Manipulative Android Satraps

  • High Concept: Flamboyant and manipulative android commanders
  • Trouble: Pride cometh before the fall
  • Aspect: Named after a devil for a reason
  • Aspect: Too clever by half
  • Aspect: Never suffer fools gladly
  • Careful: +2
  • Clever: +3
  • Flashy: +2
  • Forceful: 0
  • Quick: +1
  • Sneaky: +1
  • By Your Command: Take +2 to Flashy Approach to persuade any cyborg to follow you. 
  • Enemy of My Enemy: In any Scene involving social interaction, you may gain a deep insight into the interests or motivations of another character in the scene. 
  • Sartorial Delight: Once per Scene, you may pull a concealed device or object (other than a weapon) from within your colorful and ample robes. The device/object is immediately useful to your character in some way.
  • Two Brains: Take a +2 to your Clever Approach to Create an Advantage resulting from focused brainpower. 


  1. Good to see the devil get his due.

  2. Interesting media-reclamation there. They offer a really effective alternative to the Langian Maria-type 'bots and the Arnoldinators, etc. These Lucifer-types could work a lot of mischief reconstructing, refurbishing, and refitting other robot-types like the one from Lost in Space...or one of those ancient models found underneath certain worlds by the crew of a certain starship...

    1. Oh my gosh, yes. Instead of Roger Korby... meet Lucifer, who has been curating quite a collection of ancient androids...

    2. Yep. Loads of fun-and-mischief potential there, and then there's Altair IV...