Name: Giovanni Altomare
Description: Giovanni is a 5'10" tall man with shoulder length blonde hair, light blue eyes, and a well-honed body. He typically wears a dark blue doublet that is puffy at the sleeves and lightly embroiled, a pair of matching pants, a pair of dark brown leather boots and gloves. Accessories include a slighty worn out black leather mantle and a scarlet brimless cap. Giovanni has little in ways of jewelry, except a pendant which contains the coat-of-arms of the Altomare household, and instead choose to wear a dull metal cuirass and a leather bandolier over his clothing.
Origin: Kingdom of Vinci (Mid-Cyu)
Weapons and Items: Giovanni, being true to his Vinci heritage, uses quite a bit of his and his people's innovations in battle. His primary weapon is a musket bearing features and modifcations that he had personally implemented. Foremost of which was a breech-loading mechanism involving a flip-up breech plate over a slot cut in a specific spot where the semi-separate tapered chamber and rest of the barrel met, allowing far superior reloading rates than typical muzzleloading weapons. Though the musket itself had iron sights, Giovanni customized his musket with rails that allowed him to use a magnifying glass sight (works similarly to modern red dot sights) or a sniper scope, both being his inventions. Last but not least was a flintlock mechanism, also invented by Giovanni. Being simple to make and surprisingly reliable, it was soon implemented to all firearms used by the Vinci Resistance. The musket itself was a testament to Vinci ingenuity, its barrel made of mythril alloy to allow it to fire with a greater powder charge, thus increasing power and accuracy. It was also able to accept a knife bayonet, turning it into an imprompto glaive against foes.
When his musket fails, Giovanni has his repeating pistol crossbow to fall back on. It has an internal magazine holding three bolts in addition to the one readied to fire. The crossbow features a set of flip-up iron sights. The crossbow was capable of folding, making it easier to conceal. This, combined with its relatively low noise, makes it an ideal stealth weapon. Giovanni also carried with him a leather pouch containing hand grenades (the fuse must be manually lit like a stick of TNT), another innovation of the Vinci. For melee, Giovanni carries with him a flanged mace, while his bayonet, when detached from his musket, can easily be used as a dagger. Other than weapons, Giovanni carried with him a water canteen, powder flask, a small telescope, and all the tools he needed to make new ammo.
Abilities: Like all Vincians, Giovanni avoids magic in favor of science and technology. As a Captain of the Vincian Guard, Giovanni had both combat and leadership experiences from combat against the God-King's forces. As one of the most brilliant inventors of Vinci, Giovanni has proven himself resourceful. Where most of Vinci's greatest minds aim for big and ambitious, Giovanni is not afraid to take the opposite route of solving complex problems with simple solutions to inventing something new. Although a very capable fighter, Giovanni's ultimate strength lies in research and development of new things, be they weapons of war or tools for everyday use.
Extra: Giovanni was born and raised in the Kingdom of Vinci, where the greatest scientific minds from both humans and dwarves come together to contribute to the advancement of science and technology for the greater good of all Mid-Cyu. As a result, the Kingdom of Vinci is the most technologically advanced kingdom in all of human lands (being at the level of the Renaissance). Giovanni worked with his father, the great Raphael Altomare, from young, and witnessed as his father's innovations slowly spreading to most of the Mid-Cyu. As he grew older, Giovanni became intrigued with the science of gunpowder, and at the age of 14, he managed to create a compound of gunpowder that was more powerful than what was previously used, and was lauded as a boy-genius throughout all of Vinci. But many of the Vinci's greatest minds were not exactly impressed with Giovanni's simplexity approach to solving problems in favor of thinking big and ambitious. They all dismissed Giovanni's ideas as nothing more than "simple tinkerings and a waste of time". Indeed, it took a long time for the Vinci Guard's musketeer corps to adopt Giovanni's improved gunpowder and simplified wheellock mechanism as a result.
But the King of Vinci begged to differ, and invited the 20 year old Giovanni and his father to his court to demonstrate some of their new ideas and innovations. His father demonstrated a new and more compact steam engine, which could lead to steam-powered vehicles both for peace and warfare. Giovanni himself showed off a further improved and simplified wheellock, in addition to a new and improved gunpowder that, after being treated with a new chemical solution, rendered them more resistant to dampness (though not entirely waterproof). Impressed with Giovanni's innovations, the King of Vinci made Giovanni a nobleman and an honorary rank of Captain in the Vincian Guard. Although at first the men did not take him seriously as a combatant, Giovanni soon proved himself in helping Silverstar Kingdom put down several rebellions. Now that he fought alongside the troops, Giovanni found himself having a greater pool of input for improvement in musket technology. From that point on, Vinci's firearms technology flourished, and an impressed Vinci King made his rank of Captain official.
Just in time too, because at the age of 24, Giovanni and the rest of the Vincian Guard found themselves fighting for the survival of their beloved kingdom from the onslaught of the evil God King of Sithuluu. Despite stubborn defenses and technological edge, Vinci could no longer be held. The King decided to sacrifice himself to destroy as many of Vinci's inventions as possible rather than letting them fall into enemy hands, while Giovanni and the others took away plans, drawings, documents, and pieces of technology that they could take with them and went for the wildnerness.
Eventually, the survivors of Vinci found themselves a network of caves in the mountains. From there, the Vinci remnant would work hard to make a home for themselves in and around the mountains. Mines and new labs were build within the caves, while glacial mountain water were directed into the new settlements to ensure their survival. Giovanni's uncle, Leonardo di Piazzi, was made the Doge of the New Vinci. With a new home and leader, the remnants of Vinci waged a guerilla war against Sithuluu's forces, with Giovanni at the head of the Vinci Resistance. But it was an uphill battle, both Giovanni and the Doge knew it. Their only hope now laid in finding the missing Princess of Silverstar, rumored to be still alive after the fall of Silverstar. With that in mind, Giovanni and a handful of his men were sent by the Doge to find the Princess and let her know that Vinci is ready to aid her as ever.
Giovanni Altomare walked among the lands with a handpicked few of his men in the Vinci Resistance, most of the formerly of the Vincian Guard. A gruffy looking dwarf with graying blonde beard covering his face was Mario di Lorenci, a hardened dwarven veteran of the Vincian Guard. He was known for his sense of humor, gruff social behavior that horrified most noblemen, a tremendous capacity for alcohol, and his big blunderbuss now featuring some of Giovanni's modifications. Another man walking with the Captain was Luigi Florenzo, a taller bald man with a single eye patch. He prefered his repeating crossbow, believing it to be more reliable and silent than the musket. He typically prefered to use poison-tipped bolts to a sure kill. Luigi was said to be the opposite of Mario, he was a dry man with near no sense of humor, sometimes bordering on being a silent type. After watching his family being burned alive when his home was struck with a flaming catapult rock, one could hardly blame Luigi.
Behind the other men was Ezio Lorenzo. Being not a member of the Vincian Guard's musketeer corps, Ezio favored the good old-fashioned sword and buckler over firearms, though he still carried a pistol repeating crossbow for situations that needed it, and a pouch full of smoke bombs that allowed his comrades to make a quick escape. His cock-sure attitude was much to the chagrin of the rest of the group. Antonio Auditore, another veteran of the Vincian Guard, was a dark skinned man with an affinity for explosives. Giovanni had him assigned as a grenadier, a position he served well by throwing grenades at foes. He was also given sticks of explosives to destroy various vital targets, in addition to falchion and a wheellock pistol for self-defense. A scar on his face came from, ironically, a sharpnel wound from a mission from which he almost never came back. Antonio was also mute, as his tongue was cut out as part of his torture as a prisoner of Sithuluu's forces, but he made due with sign language, which Giovanni soon picked up.
Standing tall and hulking amongst the others was Benvolio di Firenzo. He was unique in that he was a mere peasant and blacksmith, with little to no military background, but he sure as hell can wield a battleaxe better than anyone. He quickly earned the nicknamed "Juggernaut" for both his resilience and melee prowess (his many scars proved his worth as a melee fighter, at least so he believed). Like Mario, he was not one for manners, which was why this hulk and the dwarf could get a long so well (indeed, many are the times Mario and Benvolio got into drinking contests). But like all Vincians, Benvolio was capable of some innovation, including hollowing the head of the axe and fill it with quicksilver to improve control and swing strength. He was also given a dragon (a pistol version of the blunderbuss, equivalent to a modern day sawed-off shotgun), to keep him in unision with the rest of the band when Giovanni ordered to use ranged weapons.
"How much longer now, Captain?" Mario asked, still hefting his blunderbuss as he walked alongside his Captain. "I haven't have a tankard of beer for days since we left that last village!" He added, to which Luigi only sighed and shook his head in annoyance, to say the least.
"Mario, will you relax? There will be beer in the next village, but right now our priority is to find the Silverstar Princess. She's our only hope if we are ever to overthrow the Sithuluu." Giovanni spoke in response, wiping his brow before taking a drink from his canteen. Though his voice conveyed confidence, Giovanni was not as sure deep inside that he would find the Princess. After all, the Princess was only rumored to be alive. For all he knew, the Doge, his uncle, could have been sending him off on a wild goose chase. All Giovanni and his men had to work with was an artist's drawing of the Princess, and many said that it did not even look like her at all. Already, frustration was mounting among his band. Mario was already complained several times over the past few weeks about the journey. Luigi began to question Giovanni's choice to press on with his mission, as did Antonio. Benvolio too, was beginning to not be happy about being out here "trying to find a dead girl" when they could have been fighting the enemy. Giovanni honestly felt the same way at times. Just what was the Doge thinking sending him out here?
"Come on, now, Captain. We'd been out here for who-knows-how-long and we still haven't see a sign of that Princess yet. Yet you are still insisting on pressing on." Mario spoke, beginning to once again questioning Giovanni's decision to press on with the mission.
"Hey, Mario, relax a bit. You're just mad because you haven't have your beer, that's all. Besides, it's a good thing that we are slogging it out here. At least the enemy won't find out where we have been because someone drank all a village's beer." Ezio chimed in, poking fun at Mario's thurst for alcohol.
"Oh, fottiti!" Mario replied with a curse, which in Vinci meant go fuck yourself. "Like the enemy won't find out about us with that cocky air of yours always running your mouth."
"Men, enough!" Giovanni spoke loudly to stop the bickering amongst his band from escalating. "Men, I know you are all tired, hungry, and maybe a little demoralized. But may I remind you that this Princess is our only hope for survival. We all know that we can't hold on forever on the defensive. Now, let's move. The next village shouldn't be far." Giovanni spoke as he took his telescope and looked ahead. True to the map, the next village was not far. He pointed to the direction of the village to the rest of his men.
"Bene, Milord. Maybe we can at least rest. I swear, my feet are so tired that they are about to walk off to the next village without me." Mario replied as he marched after Giovanni, with the rest of the band following.
Giovanni and his band walked on through the path as they pressed on toward the village. Before entering, however, Giovanni strategically gave it another look with his telescope, and noticed that soldiers of the Godking were out and about. "There's no way we could fight them all, but the numbers out there do tell me one thing." He spoke to no one in particular as he observed the village.
"That something has happened here to stir them up. Perhaps resistance, or if your instinct is right, Milord, that the Princess we seek could be nearby." Luigi finally spoke after remaining quiet for the past couple of days. "I strongly suggest we not enter the village, not from here, and go around instead." He added, then snapped a look at Mario to catch the disappointment in his eyes.
"You'd read my mind, Luigi. Men, let's go." Giovanni spoke as he put away his telescope, and quickly moved on to go around the village, to where it was less well-guarded. It took another while of walking through the wet mud of the terrain, but Giovanni and his band finally reached another side of the village. A brief scan of the village suggested that this part was lightly guarded. "Kill them quietly." Giovanni spoke as he pointed to the two guards guarding the rear of the village.
Luigi nodded, and headed off quietly to position himself where he had a shot with his repeating crossbow. With Vinci efficiency, Luigi targeted the first guard and took his shot, sending a bolt right into his chest. Before the second guard could come out of his shock, Luigi placed a bolt right between his eyes. He then took out a mirror and signaled to Giovanni that the sentries were neutralized, and that it was now clear to enter the village. It took a few minutes before Luigi found the rest of his band regrouping on him.
"Good shooting, Luigi. Let's go." Giovanni said in a hushed tone, and entered the village first, with everyone else following suit. It took a short while of walking through the cobblestone street, but Giovanni and his band finally came across an assortment of figures waiting at a cart. A half-elf, a pitfiend, a harpy, a young man, and a mysterious man with two scythes. Finally, there was a woman that Giovanni seemed to somewhat recognize, but could not pinpoint where he had seen her. Giovanni then took out from his pocket a picture, one that the Doge had given to him for this quest. "Hmmm, they are right, it barely even looks like her." He mumbled to himself. It was now time for him to make a risky move.
"Are you Princess Brienne Sada of Silverstar? I am Lord Giovanni Altomare of the Kingdom of Vinci, Captain of the Vincian Guard. By orders of the Doge of Vinci, Leonardo di Piazzi, my men and I have been tasked to seek such an individual." Giovanni introduced himself to the men to the gathered band, hoping that among them was indeed the Princess he was ordered by the Doge to seek out.
((Since I'm coming in late, I'm a bit confused as to where everyone are, so please PM me so I can edit my post. Also, I'm a bit confused as to whether supporting characters count as secondary characters, so please PM me about it also, and I'll fix it as soon as I can. Thanks.))
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