NPC Rolodex #8: Sir Kay, Grail Knight
Using the Napoleon’s Own encounter group can be tricky – but they can (and should) be more than “comic relief”.
Sir Kay is an example. She believes herself to be the reincarnation of one of the Knights of the Round Table. She is not unique: there is a group of Grail Knights (all searching for Arthur and the Holy Grail). However, when the PC’s meet her, she is on a separate quest: looking for the Morrow Project.
PLAYING SIR KAY
Above all, Kay is not stupid (insane, perhaps, but not stupid). She uses the most advanced weaponry that she can find and is willing to use subterfuge and trickery in combat. She is chivalrous to her allies and to anyone who is weaker than her.
Her main combat skills are the assault rifle and pistol. She will laugh at any suggestion that she should be using a sword and will explain that the weapons of a knight have become more sophisticated over the years. If a PC questions her belief in reincarnation, she will mention General Patton (who believed that he was the reincarnation of several great warriors).
The Grail Knights sincerely believe that they are reincarnations of the legendary Knights of the Round Table and that they must find 2 things: the Grail and the resting place of King Arthur. They have studied most of the stories and are perfectly comfortable with the fact the the Arthurian Myth is a European legend. They believe that the Grail (and Arthur’s body) were transported to North America.
The Grail Knights have found a large cache of “modern” weaponry, electronics and other equipment ; this was originally intended for a platoon-sized Snake Eater group and includes some details about the Morrow Project.
Warhorses are difficult to find in these unfortunate times. Therefore, the Grail Knights have become makers and riders of motorbikes – and gained an odd respect from a few Biker gangs. Their vehicles look peculiar but they work well (remember… insane NOT stupid).
Also note. If the Project Director wants to include a “Merlin” figure, the Knights have a technical advisor called “Sir Boss”. (See Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” for details). Merlin has not been reincarnated, because he has not died.
Acknowledgement: model picture taken from http://phelandavion.deviantart.com/art/Female-Universal-Soldier-STOCK-II-403670089