Casanova

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Background

“I don’t like violence. But you are forcing my hand, and now you’ll find that, even if I don’t like violence, I do have a certain knack for it.” Casanova, Bureau Aegis NOC, while suggesting the security team at Yu Jing’s embassy get on the ground with their hands behind their heads after they surprised him inside the Ambassador’s office, with the safe cracked open and some classified backups in his hands. San Pietro di Neoterra. Neoterra.

Myth and reality, both concepts are intertwined in the figure of Casanova, both the historical and the present-day one. An adventurer, a bon vivant, a spy, a womanizer— Casanova was all this in the 18th century, as is the man who calls himself Casanova today. How much of what Casanova himself wrote in his memoirs before he died is true? We cannot be sure, just as we don’t know how much is real in the data we have about the current Casanova. He claims to be the real Casanova, a Recreation of the original, but he is elusive when asked about his past, which does not make it easier to accept a story that already has little credibility. Only ALEPH and a few large corporations can undertake such a huge project as a Recreation.

However when asked about Casanova, every one of them have denied having developed such a program. There are no records of ALEPH having carried out a project involving this character, which would have required Bureau Toth’s authorization, nor does there seem to be a good reason for any corporation to have bioengineered a master spy, as it turns out Casanova has worked for and against all of them. Although it’s true that he has a state-of-the-art, upgraded Lhost like those of Recreations, this is something that anyone with enough money can acquire, so this does not corroborate his story. It’s also true that he has extensive knowledge about the life of the original Casanova and about his time, but this can be acquired through study, or by using memory implants, even though they are expensive, dangerous, illegal, and, consequently, not very common. A veil of uncertainty seems to surround Casanova, but this uncertainty only contributes to magnifying his legend.

This legend only pales when compared to the one he has created regarding his professional career as a spy and a secret agent at the service of private interests. In popular imagination, Casanova, his manners as immaculate as his tuxedo, would sneak into the ambassador’s reception and, after a couple of perfect martinis, would make his escape through a gunfight carrying the ambassador’s secrets in one hand and his lover in the other. It’s a scene not far removed from reality, as his reputation among intelligence services as a master of fake identities is riddled with incredible stories.

The theft of the classified information that allowed Minescorp’s hostile takeover bid on Vilaür Platinum, the exfiltration of Dr. Judith Olavide for Jīngbai Corp, the termination of the Mars International Trade Assembly‘s agreement with Compass Transportation, the Yujingyu ambassador’s fall from grace at the NeoVatican Holy See—his portfolio looks like the stuff of legend, full of jobs attributed to him and the consequent accusations, none of which can be actually proven, precisely thanks to his unmatched skills, since Casanova has never been caught while carrying out any of these jobs. However, “never” may be too categorical a word. As the story goes, during a job known as the Bohemian Lights Scandal, Casanova met his match and was arrested by Jack Watson, also known as the “Sphere’s Greatest Detective,” who was still working for SWORDFOR at the time.

Apparently, Bureau Aegis offered Casanova a suspended sentence in exchange for his services as an undercover asset. If this story were true, it would mean he proceeded with his career in the usual way while he also served as an informant for this O-12 law-enforcement agency, carrying out occasional jobs when he was required to. However, apart from the absurdity of picturing a rogue like Casanova wearing a badge, there are clear indications that this rumor originated in the offices of Yănjīng, the StateEmpire’s intelligence service, which was very unhappy about losing their valuable asset at the NeoVatican and which is well-known for never forgetting and never forgiving. It’s one more story that adds to the legend of this man who has already been a master spy, a bodyguard, a duelist in exclusive Aristeia! circuits, and a reporter. However, amidst all this uncertainty, the one thing that is undeniable is his ability to fascinate us, either using his own name or one of his many other aliases such as Jacob Newhouse, Mr. Seingalt, or Jakob Neuhaus. This is Casanova, the greatest seducer in the Human Sphere.

Published October 23, 2020


Trivia

Giacomo Casanova likes to believe that he is the Recreation of the historical character from which his name derives. This may or may not be true, but what’s certainly true is that the aliases he uses are the same the legendary seducer used. Only Jack Watson, aka “the Sphere’s greatest detective” and rumored Recreation of Sherlock Holmes, was able to catch Casanova. There’s a certain logic to it, since he caught this agent during the so-called “Bohemian Lights Scandal”, a name reminiscent of “A Scandal in Bohemia”, a famous detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle, but also the theater play “Bohemian Lights” by Ramón del Valle-Inclán, a genius of the Spanish literature from our region, Galicia.[1]

Profile

N4

ISC: Casanova, NOC Operative Character Light Infantry
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: Cube
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 22 13 11 13 1 6 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Martial Arts L2, Courage, Dodge (+3), Immunity (Shock), Mimetism (-6), Specialist Operative, Stealth, No Wound Incapacitation
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
1 Forward Deployment (+8"), Minelayer Submachine Gun, Nanopulser (+1B), E/M Mines Pistol, Monofilament CCW (-3) 33 0
2 Forward Deployment (+8"), Minelayer Submachine Gun, Nanopulser (+1B), Shock Mines Pistol, Monofilament CCW (-3) 33 0
3 Infiltration (+3) Submachine Gun, Nanopulser (+1B), E/M Mines Pistol, Monofilament CCW (-3) 34 0
4 Reinf. NCO Submachine Gun, Nanopulser (+1B), E/M Mines Pistol, Monofilament CCW (-3) 30 0
5 Reinf. NCO Submachine Gun, Nanopulser (+1B), Shock Mines Pistol, Monofilament CCW (-3) 30 0

Casanova was introduced in Dire Foes Beta: Void Tango. He has a Code One profile, but did not receive an N3 profile.

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Included in Dire Foes Beta: Void Tango.


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