Ood Tau: Part 1

As mentioned in a previous article, I got several nominations for games to run for the 2011-12 school year, six to be exact. They were Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Dresden Files, Gamma World, Jovian Chronicles, Over the Edge, and Traveller. Before the vote, I decided to create a villain for each of the nominated games. To challenge myself, I rolled on tables from The Complete Book of Villains by Kirk Botula to generate 5 keywords that I used for all 6 games. The keywords are: muggings; psionics; self-aggrandizement;  nurturing; envious. I’m detailing each villain in order to post here.

The Complete Book of Villains develops a villain through 11 aspects which are: occupation; objective; motive; personality; attitudes and behaviours; tastes and preferences; surroundings; history; network; appearance; abilities and alignment. Afterwards, the book talks about supporting characters and any organization the villain may be part of. I will be using that format for the various villains that I will create.

First game is for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space. Please note that I’ve read the game. I ran a one-shot once using the introduction scenario in the boxed set.  I’m a fan of the series but I’m not well-versed in the lore. If you use this villain in your game, please let me know how he goes. I’m curious as to what worked and what didn’t.

Ood Tau is the second in command of the Friends of the Ood organization and caretaker of the Ood hive-brain on the Oodsphere. He desires to serve the Ood and views the freedom goal that the Friends of the Ood are trying to achieve as barrier to his own goal. He believes that if the Ood achieve independence then they will not need him. Luckily for him, he developed a telepathic ability to send his mind across time and space. He plans to use that ability to change history to support his goal.

Ood Tau developed his goal when his ability first manifested. He was taking care of the Ood have-brain and he accidentally sent his mind to the future. He saw Ood Sigma with the aid of the Doctor freeing the Ood. The Ood praised Ood Sigma and the Doctor which infuriated Ood Tau. He felt that he should be the one taking care of the Ood. In his mind, Ood Sigma and the Doctor interfere with his destiny. He  decided to use his telepathic powers to reduce freedom of the Ood and aliens across time and space.

Ood Tau has a great sense of servitude towards his people. Being a caretaker of the Ood have-brain for most of his life, he believes that the Ood would fall apart without his care. He feels that without his care of his people he is nothing.

Ood Tau is a soft-spoken individual. He appears quiet and submissive but he will not hesitate to talk about the superiority of the Ood as a species. He is envious of the popularity and position that Ood Sigma has in Ood society. He wishes Ood Sigma to be reduced in status and influence but not killed. Additionally, he doesn’t want the destruction of Ood Sigma’s position to be traced to him.

Ood Tau acts subservient towards Ood Sigma and Ood Operations even though he hates them both. Like servants in history, Ood Tau prefers to work in the background. He has his robotic servant, Hades, conduct his work for him, both from a practical means and his fear of being noticed. Ood Tau constructs Hades to have an agent in the past to conduct his handiwork. He sends his mind into the past and possesses a body that takes the tools to build Hades. Even when Hades gets destroyed, he rebuilds him at other times periods. Even though he trusts Hades, Ood Tau knows that the robot is vulnerable and can reveal information about his plans therefore he gives Hades only the information required to fulfil his current mission.

Other than maintaining the hive-brain, Ood Tau also serves Ood Operations by severing the hind brain of his fellow Ood. He learned that Ood Operations does not care how those hind brains are disposed of and thus Ood Tau preserves them. He has found several uses for those hind brains. Ood Tau goes to the chamber with the preserved hind brains in order to feel them as it relaxes him. He’s built some small mechanical devices which can be operated by a hind brain. He calls them oodlings and they assist his plans in the present time. When a hind brain gets too old, he saves them from death by consuming the brain. He believes the act of consuming the hind brain will bring him closer to his people and preserve their knowledge.

Ood Tau wears the standard grey uniform that Ood Operations assigned to him. You can differentiate him from the Tau symbol (Τ) on his right lapel. When he possesses someone in another time and space, the victim will have red eyes and walk stiffly.

Ood Tau lives on the Ood Sphere, an ice-covered planet in the Horsehead Nebula. It is near the Sense Sphere, the homeworld of the Sensorites. The Ood Sphere is under the influence of the Human Empire and maintained by the company, Ood Operations. He lives there to take care of the hive-brain and because it is world of his people. He spends most of his mornings maintaining the hive-brain, also known as the third brain. The Ood Sphere’s natural resource is a race of people willing to serve. Being an ice planet, the Ood Sphere lacks certain foods that it needs to import. The population in the area are all slaves connected through their empathic field. The base on the Ood sphere is protected by security agents of the Ood Operations. The secret areas that Ood Tau occupies is protected by traps and patrolling oodlings.

Born into servitude on the Ood Sphere, Ood Tau learned to serve his people and to nurture them. Raised by Ood Operations, Ood Tau took care of the hive-brain of the Ood. Being so close to the hive-brain, Ood Tau achieved a greater connection to his fellow Ood. His telepathic abilities increased to the point where he could project in mind across time and space. He saw a future where the Ood are slaves under the control of humans. He saw the Ood serving others but needing a caretaker for themselves. He saw Ood Sigma freeing the Ood and getting honoured by his fellows. Ood Tau desired that honour, wishing to save and take care of the Ood himself since he believed that only he can take care of them.  That is where he formulated his plan to establish a history where the Ood are still servants and they require his care.

He never met his parents and never grew attached to them. He discovered the identity of his parents when saving the hind-brain of fellow Ood. He ate his mother’s hind-brain and transformed his father’s hind-brain into an oodling. Both parents are still alive serving humans through Ood Operations. He has siblings all over as Ood Operations designated his parents as good breeding stock but Ood Tau does not follow their lives. During his youth, Ood Tau’s only friend was his mentor who taught him the care taking techniques of the hive brain. Ood Tau enjoyed his mentor’s presence as they spent time walking and discussing historical events in Ood history. While on one of their walks, Ood Tau got a distress signal from the hive mind. He rushed to its side and discovered that it had an illness. His mentor told Tau that there is nothing to worry about but Ood Tau felt that if they weren’t on their walk, the hive brain would be healthy. As the mentor tried to cure the illness, it merely got worse. Ood Tau blamed his mentor and killed him to save the hive mind. He was greatly disappointed over the death of his mentor as he felt it was the loss of Ood assistance. Since then, Ood Tau never trusted anyone to become a friend. Shortly afterwards, Ood Tau met with a human named Idowu Sams. Idowu is a historian deeply instead in slavery. Ood Tau saw the use that Idowu could provide. He learned how slavery and servitude worked and the advantages they provide. He learned that Idowu needs funds for his research and experiments on slavery. Idowu Sams and Ood Tau negotiated a deal where Idowu would provide him key dates in Ood history and Tau would provide the funds. Both worked on the plan for decades. Ood Tau learned robotics to build a servant in the past. His greatest achievement is the creation of Hades, a robotic servant built around perfect Ood servitude traits. Ood Tau is now 145 years old.

Ood Tau has many contacts with slavers across time and space. He is a member of the Interstellar Slaver Ring (ISR). Idowu Sams is his main liaison in the ISR. Idowu is very influential member of the ISR with a large and growing portfolio of buyers. One of his servants is Hades, a robotic construct that Ood Tau is building in various stages across time. Ood Tau also uses oodlings which are the hind brain in a mechanical construct. A daily servant of Ood Tau is the hive-brain who manipulates other Ood. His personal enemies include Ood Sigma, the Friends of the Ood and the Doctor. He asked Idowu Sams to provide a list of historical crisis. He uses those crisis to distract the Doctor from his main plan.

Abilities:

Odd Tau
Awareness 4 Coordination 2 Ingenuity 4
Presence 2 Resolve 4 Strength 4

Traits:
Alien
Alien Appearance
Enslaved – Ood have long been servile: even when free they are driven to serve
Gadget (Translator Orb) – Ood that have been enslaved by Ood Operations have a Translator Orb instead of their second brain. This instantly translates all alien languages
Natural Weapon (Translator Orb) – Although not designed as a weapon, the orb can deliver a deadly shock. As a close combat weapon, the orb delivers Strength +2 damage every Round that the orb is in contact with the target. The shock also stuns the victim, making them unable to react or act without spending a Story Point.
Psychic
Telepathy
Vortex – Ood Tau can travel across time and space without a ship or device. He doesn’t appear physically and if he wishes to physically interact with that time, he needs to possess someone.
Weakness (Major) – The Ood are very susceptible to mental control. Though they are psychic and telepathic, they have little resistance to possession or control. Any rolls to resist suffer a -4 penalty. This Weakness is lost if the hive-brain is in contact with the Ood.
Skills: Athletics 1, Convince 2, Craft (Singing) 3, Fighting 1, Knowledge (History) 1, Medicine 3, Survival (Arctic) 2, Technology 3, Transport 1
Story Points: 6

In my next article, I will talk about Hades, Idowu Sams and the oodlings. What do you think of Ood Tau? What information do you need?

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