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|“||More coddlecake, my lady?||”|
The hob-puppet may have been somebody, once: someone’s maid; a social worker; a Swimmerskin serving the Razorgrass Queen of Portland. But then they wandered down here, hearing the sound of curious music and catching a whiff of the sweet treats within. Now, they only sometimes remember who they are. Most times, they only live to serve the Parquet and its... guests.
Puppets are usually pretty, with great big seal eyes and a faint downy white fur. And you get closer, you think they are not real. The fur feels like something off a stuffed animal, and the flesh is waxy and without blemish. The eyes never blink. They’re cold and hard, with rarely a bright flicker within.
They are pleasant, if a bit icy and insistent. Their smiles are fake, but they want to sell it. They don't care about thes people in the Parquet, of course, they only care that they stay and enjoy themselves so the Parquet can continue to feed. Sometimes, though, they have flashes of memory... moments that call back to a life that wasn’t encased in strange plastic.
These hob-puppets don’t seem to want to hurt anybody. They only want to serve. Some of them are human in appearance. Others look like changelings — a mien of bull’s horns or skin like boggy seaweed. Some appear like goblins from the Hedge: a small cat-man with a velour tuxedo, a toad-faced and squat-bodied butler, and so forth.
However, when people try to leave the Puppet's Parquet, the automatons are there, smiling and trying to pull them back.
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 4, Resolve 2
Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 2
Mental Skills: Investigation 3
Physical Skills: Athletics 1, Brawl 2, Survival (Hedge) 3, Weaponry 1
Social Skills: Empathy (Needs) 3, Persuasion 3, Subterfuge 3
Merits: Danger Sense 2, Fast Reflexes 2, Natural Immunity, Strong Back
Glamour/per Turn: 11/2
Armor: 2 (Plastic skin)
Contracts: Artifice 2, Darkness 1, Stone 2
• Artificial Constitution: A hob-puppet suffers no wound penalties. In addition, a hob-puppet can go twice the amount of time without food, water, and sleep.
- Dancers in the Dusk, p. 97