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Dmitri Rasputin, Vozhd of Yegla Islands

Overview:

Dmitri Rasputin


Portrait of Dmitri Rasputin (Circa 2040)

Vozhd of Yegla Islands

In office:
11th January 2004 - Incumbent

Preceded by: Position Established

Personal Details

Born:

29 July 1975 (age 67)
Tenersk, Klimehl

Height:

192cm

Nationality:

Yeglan

Political Party:

United Yeglan Party

Spouse(s):

N/A

Children:

N/A

Education:

N'ald State University
- Degree in Material Chemistry

Religion:

N/A

Military Service

Allegiance:

Yegla Islands

Service Branch:

Central Defense Force

Years of Service:

2004 - Present

Rank:

Grand Commander

Notable Conflicts:

Jodayan invasion of Yegla Islands
Alban invasion of Yegla Islands
Yeglan invasion of Jodaya
The Crescent War
Second Uvoanian Civil War
Nostrumian-Skyhooked Crusade

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"In the fires of struggle, we have forged a nation. By the might of our people, we will forge a legacy."
-Dmitri Rasputin, 8th July, 2019

Dmitri Rasputin, former leader of the Iron Swathe resistance group, is the first and current Vozhd of Yegla Islands, as well as the Grand Commander of the UYDF. Popular throughout his nation due to his highly efficient societal and economic reforms, he is often considered the primary driving figure behind Yeglan unification and sovereignty. As such, he is regarded as both a war hero and experienced tactician, owing to both his role in the liberation of Yegla Islands from foreign rule, and his coordination of several successful wars during his time in office.

Since assuming office, Rasputin has appeared in public with moderate regularity, and is still known for his speeches, which are often broadcast nationwide. In times of war, he has assumed direct command of the Yeglan military, and unconfirmed rumors persist concerning his personal participation in combat operations. Whether these are propaganda, fact or mere rumor remains unknown, however.

Notable Policies:

  • Hardline Socialism
    Since its inception, the Yeglan economy has been composed entirely of state-owned industry and government institutions. Rasputin has vocalized his views on this topic numerous times, explaining that he views socialism as the only form of economy that falls in line with his vision of Yeglan unification. In one notable speech, he compared capitalism to "a bar brawl", calling it unruly, chaotic, and decided entirely by "financial violence" committed against those who are vulnerable.

  • Military Strengthening
    Yegla Islands' military has always been at the forefront of its rebuilding, in both a financial and cultural sense. This movement is largely supported by the people, many of whom remember the long and violent history of Yegla Islands prior to their unification. A military focus is seen primarily as a deterrent to any potential invaders, as well as a form of protection against internal hazards (such as piracy).

  • Education & Scientific Advancement
    During his rule, Rasputin has advocated for the continued development of Yeglan educational and research institutions, so that "they may rival the greatest schools and universities in the world." To this end, spending in these areas has been maintained at a significant level, and specialized funds have been set up for the distribution of high-quality, free public education to the Yeglan people. Scientific progress has advanced similarly, via a series of policies designed to increase ease of research and development.

  • Personal freedoms
    A central tenet of Rasputin's doctrine is the concept of personal freedom - when asked to detail what precisely this entails, he elaborated that this includes the freedoms of speech, expression (both artistic and social), and debate. He has stressed, however, that any liberties taken in this manner are still subject to legal persecution in the event that they result in quantifiable, physical harm, or the direct challenging of the official ruling party. His official statement included the following: "The government must stay out of the personal affairs of its people - that is a given. Its duties also include the shielding of those same people from infringement on their rights and wellbeing, and this concern overrides all others. Legitimate, quantifiable crime cannot be disguised as an expression of self, nor can the intent to impede the government in its duties be hidden behind such an argument."

  • Defensive focus
    One of Rasputin's primary motivations has been the defense and security of Yegla Islands from outside attack. His foreign policy reflects this, and seeks to maintain neutrality with as many powers as possible, while at the same time cultivating a defensive bond with ideologically similar neighbor-states. This defensiveness is also the cause behind his policy of domestic fortification, which included the construction of military bases around the Islands, as well as the purposeful scuttling of several old cargo vessels for the purpose of creating artificial reefs in strategic locations - this served as both a method of ecological preservation, and an obstacle to potential naval invasion by complicating naval entry into the archipelago. Special considerations were undertaken regarding the Serpent's Teeth and their reinforcement as a method of natural defense.

  • Environmental Considerations
    Rasputin's policies and decisions have often been mediated, or even directly motivated, by their perceived effect on the environmental conditions, both within and outside of his nation. His most prominent statement on the subject of environmentalism read as follows: "We, as a species, are confined to the present, yet we have our sights set on the future. Innovation is the vehicle of progress, and yet with such foresight we must also consider the negative consequences of our progress. We must learn to mediate these consequences - for our aim is to improve this nation and this Earth not only for ourselves, but for our children, and their children, and all descendants ad infinitum, or as close as it is possible to get to such a sentiment."

Public Opinion & Controversy:

Although Rasputin is favored by the majority of the Yeglan populace, several controversial views have arisen with regards to his choice of policy. These are rarely voiced in organized protest, and are expressed primarily in online circles.

  • Complaints regarding Totalitarianism
    Owing to the Yeglan government's single-party status, several movements have expressed the desire to have a voting process integrated into its structure. Most notably, such demands lead to the December 2037 Chernograd Bombing, during which several hundred individuals were killed or seriously injured by the detonation of a "dirty bomb", planted by a member of the "Yeglan Equalists" terrorist group. Similar terrorist attacks have been attempted, but none have had any notable success, owing to a drastic increase in law enforcement and domestic intelligence spending after the incident. When pressed on the matter, Rasputin has expressed that he views democracy as a "failed system", and that any election runs the risk of vote falsification and other illicit tactics to garner political power. He has made further assurances to citizens that their concerns are being heard and processed via the Ministry Council, and that the governmental system is undergoing a process of efficiency increase.

  • Irreverence towards Religion
    Over the course of Yeglan development, a number of policies and reforms has been put into effect with the goal of advancing Yeglan science. Several of these, such as the compulsory post-mortem donation of organs, and the lack of an official religion, has been criticized by the religious and spiritual communities. The government's stance on such matters, however, remains unchanged. In a recent interview, Rasputin admitted that "religion is not at the forefront of [his] mind at this moment. The Yeglan people need a way forwards, a way towards new knowledge. They don't need a reminder of practices from long-gone days dragging them back, pulling their mind and vision into another Dark Age."

  • Aging Conspiracy
    Recent years have seen the rise of conspiracy theories regarding Rasputin's age and apparent humanity. These were started when internet users began comparing photos of Rasputin during his incumbency, and claimed that he was aging unnaturally slowly. While media attention to this theory has been limited, the Department of Science & Medicine has issued a statement in which it claims that "all possible measures are being undertaken to maintain the Health and Wellbeing of the Vozhd. Furthermore, none of these measures are unnatural, unscientific or unethical in any sense, and most are widely available to the Yeglan public." Rasputin himself has commented sparsely on the issue, claiming that he is "the equal of every other Yeglan - in body, mind and soul."

  • Stance on "Magic"
    Rasputin has chosen to publicize recent discoveries made by the Ministry of Science with regards to so-called magical energies, and has encouraged research into this direction. When confronted with traditionalist and religious views on the subject, however, he has remained adamant in his stance. "There is little here to be seen as supernatural. Thaumaturgy, as we are now calling it, is just another branch of the scientific disciplines, one we have yet to explore in any reasonable capacity. We must approach this exploration as we would any discovery - not with superstition and hereditary hocus-pocus, but with a clear view of the future. Of what good these novel energies can bring to our nation once reasonably harnessed."

  • Stance on Corruption
    By his own admission, Rasputin has publicly recognized corruption to be an issue inherent to his chosen system of governance. His approach to mitigating it has received notable scrutiny due to its atypical nature - while no hard crackdown on corruption has ever taken place (as it would likely disrupt governmental function), the Commissariat maintains an organizational structure dedicated to the monitoring of government employees and politicians in all of their work-related affairs. If actions such as bribery and coercion take place, the Commissariat takes note, though it does not act out against the perpetrators. If, however, a correlation is drawn between such actions and a negative impact on governmental function or efficiency, the perpetrators are suspended from office while an investigation is launched into the magnitude and consequence of their actions. A sentence is then selected, based on the significance of the disruption caused - this may range from temporary suspension to permanent expulsion from governmental work, or even imprisonment. As such, all governmental agents are constantly weary of the famously incorruptible and ever-watching Commissars, who are careful to restrict their observation to work-related affairs, and even then only those related to the government and politics.

For & Against:

  • For: State-regulated Economy, Autocracy, Cultural Unity, Military Strengthening, Scientific Advancement, Social Freedoms, Public Education, Environmentalism

  • Against: Laissez-faire Capitalism, Oppressive Dictatorship, Ethnic Discrimination, Foreign Dependency, Democracy, Religion, Disarmament, Superstition, Monarchy, Theocracy, Imperialism

Quotes:

  • "A leader, at their most basic, must put their people before themselves. They must be ready to sacrifice, to give up aspects of themselves, for the good of their nation. Someone who doesn't even manage that is no leader in my eyes. Merely another target."

  • "In conflict, we find unity. In unity, we grasp victory."

  • "I don't claim to be a born politician, or even a trained one. But sometimes, a radical is needed."

  • "You come in here with your soldiers and your threats, and you expect me to cower, to bend my knee. I carry with me the will of my people. Their hardships, their tribulations, rest squarely on my shoulders. Against that burden, you are nothing."

  • "While ideology tends to last, the lives of those who preach it are finite. Exceptions may, of course, present themselves."

  • "You're supposed to be an assassin? Your predecessors at least had the foresight to bring a few tanks."

Trivia:

  • Though he no longer pursues his career in chemistry full-time, Rasputin has access to his own personal laboratory, which may be considered an amalgam of a chemical fabrication plant, still and bar. He uses it for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from casual experimentation to the distillation and mixing of alcoholic beverages.

  • His personal guard consists primarily of veteran revolutionaries. They are expert combatants, and most have undergone some form of augmentation.

  • He dislikes seafood.

  • A pragmatic combatant, Rasputin does not favour any one style of fighting. This makes him an unpredictable opponent, especially considering his ability to form weapons on the go.

  • He typically dresses in a selection of three-piece suits, most of them gray. Even in combat, he rarely bothers with armor due to his inherent nigh-indestructibility.

  • He suffers from occasional bouts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, relating to his experiences during the revolution. He is careful to hide these from the public, and thus their existence is only known to a few close friends and a trusted psychiatrist.

  • During the revolution, he was notorious among enemy forces for having singlehandedly faced down and destroyed a number of tanks, primarily through the use of his high-caliber armor piercing pistol. His tendency to attack at point-blank range, along with his apparent disregard for enemy fire, resulted in most of the scars he bears today. It also earned him the nickname "reaper of iron", a moniker that inspired fear in enemy forces, and tank crews especially, until his seizure of power. It also inspired the tactics and equipment of the widely-feared Ironhand regiments, currently in service with the UYDF.

  • "Almaz" is a brand of vodka distilled and bottled by the Vozhd himself. Though he does not sell it, it may often be found at governmental functions and similar social gatherings, and is occasionally given out as a gift. Its production is something of a hobby, and its recipe has gone through decades of revisions and tweaks - access to a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory facilitates this, and allows for the addition of unique flavors and aromas.

  • He is an avid drinker of tea.

  • Though he does not own any pets, he regularly undertakes visits to the wildlife preserve on Stiln. He states that its atmosphere is helpful when deciding on matters of governance.


RP Sheet

Physical Characteristics:

Height: 192cm
Weight: 213kg
Hair Colour: Gray
Eye Colour: Gray

Other Defining Traits:

  • Numerous scars, primarily on the back and chest

  • Tattoo depicting the roman numeral VII on left bicep

  • Physically fit, despite advanced age

  • Abnormally high alcohol tolerance

Personality:

Usually eloquent and soft-spoken. May seem cold when discussing matters of state or conversing with strangers, is far more open around acquaintances and friends, or when amused. Difficult to anger, and maintains cold demeanor while angered. Rarely raises his voice. Distrustful of strangers. Respects those he views as equals, views the oppressive and powermad with contempt. Passionately devoted to his cause and political alignment, and dedicated to serving the Yeglan people.

Hobbies:

When not conducting governmental business, can often be found in his private gym. Practices recreational shooting, and often spars with members of his personal guard. Enjoys reading, particularly works on societal philosophy. Owns a custom, heavily-modified amphibious vehicle, which he often uses for transit around the nation. Refuses to hire a personal driver.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Charismatic leader
    Is possessive of considerable oratory skill, and has often provided rousing speeches to both his troops and the nation at large. Was successful in amassing a large guerrilla movement through similar speeches and presentation.

  • Experienced Chemist
    Holds a degree in chemistry, and has directly participated in research projects conducted by the Ministry of Science. Particularly interested in the possibilities opened up by the discovery of the Thaum, and the usage thereof.

  • Competent tactician
    Is well-versed in military command, and has led several successful campaigns. Equally at home with both conventional and guerrilla warfare, as well as naval combat. Tends towards patient observation and analysis of enemy forces, followed by their division, encirclement and elimination.

  • Skilled combatant
    Thanks to his background as a resistance fighter, is a capable gunman and soldier. Prefers the use of pistols over rifles, and has experience in hand-to-hand combat, as well as the use of various forms of blade. Has been trained in the usage of Dolya heavy combat suits, as well as the operation of combat vehicles.

  • Nanomachines
    Has had his body infused with specialized nanopolymers, providing passive reinforcement to his bone structure. Is capable of concentrating these into areas of skin and muscle in response to shock or at will, hardening the respective bodypart to the extent of shrugging off anti-tank munitions with ease. These polymers are also both abnormally heat-resistant, and extremely chemically stable, providing protection against corrosive and heat-based attacks. Additionally, Rasputin is capable of excreting nanopolymers from several points on his body, in the form of a dense black smoke. This may then be hardened for the purpose of both protection and offense, and sculpted into various weapons an implements. Unused material may be reabsorbed into the body by the same method.

  • Thaumomechanical Augmentation
    Followning the recent discovery of thaumic particles by the Ministry of Science, Rasputin has had several experimental thaumomechanical devices implanted into his body. The most prominent of these is an array granting him the possession of considerable thaumic abilities, albeit through a mechanism most akin to that of a firearm. Specialized mana cartridges may be loaded into concealed ports on his forearms, allowing for the casting of various spells, typically using the hands as a casting medium. Depleted cartridges are then ejected, and replaced with new ones.

Typical Equipment:

  • Combat Knife
    Typically carries at least one combat knife at all times. Make and model vary.

  • The Perun
    A custom-built, single-shot, breech-loading pistol. Originally constructed from a heavily modified flare gun during his time as a resistance fighter, has since been rebuilt by Yeglan weapon engineers from the ground up. Chambered in specialized, large-caliber ammunition including buckshot and armor-piercing shells, capable of taking down even heavily-armored vehicles. Is essentially unusable without the use of a powered suit or skeletal reinforcement, as high recoil is sufficient to shatter arm bones.

  • Nanomachine constructs
    Various forms, produced at will. Some examples include:
    - Straight single-edged sword, variable size/length. Monomolecular edge.
    - Drill-like lance, monomolecular tip. Can be spun.
    - Javelin, balanced for throwing, monomolecular tip. Expels part of its mass as pressurized smoke to increase velocity.
    - Hatchet, monomolecular edge.
    - Hammer, variable size/length
    - "Wings", variable solidity. Used as shielding from projectiles, or for direct physical strikes.
    - "Sandstorm", employing small crystals with monomolecular edges to lacerate.
    - Gauntlet, variable size.

Fallout S.P.E.C.I.A.L. chart:

Strength: 8 (Circus Strongman)
Perception 6 (Alert Coyote)
Endurance: 10 (Unstoppable)
Charisma: 7 (Diplomat)
Intelligence: 8 (Know-It-All)
Agility: 6 (Catlike)
Luck: 5 (Coin Flip)

Karma: Neutral (True Mortal)

Valentine Z-style stat page

Name: Dmitri Rasputin, Vozhd of Yegla Islands
Class: Tank
HP: 165,000
Magazine Size: ∞
Damage Per Hit: Variable, 6000 on average
Rate of Fire: Variable, 0.90 on average
Damage Per Second: 5400

Primary: Nanomechanical Arsenal. Weapon is switched every few attacks, and includes Hardened Fists (all-rounded, medium damage & attack speed), Sword (medium-high damage, medium-low attack speed), Hammer (high damage, low attack speed), Hatchets (medium-low damage, medium-high attack speed) and Rapier (low damage, high attack speed).

Panzermensch (Passive): Takes 15% less damage from all sources. Taking damage increases resistance to that damage type based on damage done, stacks up to a total of 50%. Getting hit by a different damage type resets resistances.

Piercing Shot: After taking aim for 2.5 seconds, Rasputin fires a round from his Perun sidearm, dealing 7000 damage to a single target and stunning it for 1 second. Interruptible.

Accelerator: After channeling for 3 seconds, Rasputin boosts his own movement speed, attack speed and casting speed by 30% for 20 seconds. Interruptible.

Crux: Throws a jet-powered javelin, piercing through enemies and dealing 3,500 damage to each enemy hit. Has no cooldown or channeling time, but can hold a maximum of 3 charges, one of which regenerates every 5 seconds.

Reuse, Repurpose, Reconstruct: Emits a cloud of nanomachines with a radius of 4 meters that lasts for 30 seconds. Cloud will follow Rasputin, but may be directed to move away in a straight line with a second cast, and recalled with a third. Enemies in the cloud are dealt 50 damage every 0.3 seconds, and Rasputin is healed 100 points per second for every enemy affected.

Reaper of Iron (Ultimate): After channeling for 5 seconds, Rasputin sprouts a pair of bladed "wings" which impale the closest two targets within 10 metres, dealing 40,000 damage over 3 seconds to each. If only one target is available, both "wings" attack it. Both the targets and Rasputin are stunned for the duration of the impalement. Uninterruptible.

Immortal (Ultimate): After channeling for 3 seconds, Rasputin overcharges his defensive nanomachine matrix, increasing his base damage reduction to 30% and maximum damage reduction to 80% for the next 25 seconds. His movement speed is reduced by 20% for the duration, and he gains a 30% reduction to the duration of stun, slow and immobilization effects inflicted on him.

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Rasputin is a tank character, and a melee brawler whose versatile attack patterns are enabled by his rapid switching of weapons, which he is capable of constructing and deconstructing at will. He is well-suited to taking punishment thanks to his "Panzermensch" passive. It grants him a small amount of resistance to all forms of damage, as well as a stacking resistance bonus to a specific damage type whenever he is hit. His sidearm is capable of inflicting heavy damage and a short stun against a single target, and Accelerator provides a temporary boost to movement, attack and cast speeds after a short channel. Against multiple enemies, he is capable of flinging up to three piercing javelins in quick succession, or deploying a life-draining cloud that heals him for every enemy caught within. His two ultimates give him the choice between a powerful boost to offense or defense. Reaper of Iron allows him to impale up to two enemies within ten metres, dealing heavy damage and stunning them. He himself is also stunned for the duration of the attack, provided it connects. Immortal grants a powerful defensive bonus via a massive increase in both passive and active resistances, as well as a reduction in the duration of crowd control effects. It does, however, slow him while active.

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