Major of Texas Rangers Company G and Knight of the Texan Court
Texas Ranger of the Texan Court: While technically a Knight of the Faerie Court of Texas, Rais still considers himself a Texas Ranger foremost. Still working as a Texas Ranger’s Major of Company G Rais has access to all the resources of the Texas Rangers. By also being the sworn Knight of the Court of Texas Rais gets a bit of carte blanche with Faerie dealings in Texas. This, of course, means that Rais is also beholden to the whims of the Texan Faerie Court. He is bound to the whims of the Mother, Queen and Lady of Texas.
Bound by Laws: From Lawyer to Cop to Ranger to Knight, Rais finds himself perpetually bound by the Law. It seemed like whenever he got close to catching a break in a case he’d find his hands tied by some obscure Federal or State Law. Now, it’s the Laws of Magic, Fae, or TexasNever that keep slowing him down. On the bright side, few individuals know the Laws better than Rais. Who says those some loopholes can’t be used against his enemies?
College Education: Growing up in suburban Texas meant Rais was shielded from the typical black urban gang culture. A bright student with a passion for law, Rais graduated from High School with honors and attended multiple colleges and Universities, achieving degrees in Criminal Justice and International Law along the way. The Texas Rangers where always Rais’ goal and when he was accepted into Company C in 2002 he couldn’t have been prouder.
Respected by the Fae: After being with Company F for just over two months, Rais was called out to Victoria, TX during a record snowstorm. The White Court had invaded the Texan Court and Rais watched as Lloyd Slate, Winter Knight, cut down Phillip Griggs, Texan Knight. Time froze and the Texan Queen appeared before Rais. She offered Rais the mantle of Texan Knight. Rais, enraged with the crimes he just watched Lloyd Slate preform, agreed without much more thought. Much to the Texan Queen’s surprise Rais drove the Winter Knight from Texas.
Major of Company G: Blood, Drugs, and Magic – Guest Staring: Nick Smith & Warden Clarence Franks – When Ciudad Juárez\El Paso cartels start using magic in their ongoing wars, Rais Stone lands the case from Company G and a chance to make a real name for himself in the Texas Rangers. But will Rais succeed when the White Council claims jurisdiction over the events in Juárez and shut him out?
Let God Sort Them Out: Specters & Secrets – Guest Staring: Marshal Jeremiah Hawkins – When Rais gets the call about Hawkins possessed team, he authorized “Alpha Protocal” allowing Hawkins to eliminate his own team.
Unlikely Allies: Welcome to Texas – Guest Staring: Warden Clarence Franks and Lucky – After receiving Lucky’s status report, Rais goes to boot Franks out of Texas. Things don’t go as planned when Raise learns that Franks is his newest Ranger recruit.
Fast Reload: Provided that you have a supply of ammunition, reloads are rarely an issue. You take no penalty when reloading as a supplemental action; if you’re in a race to see who reloads first, or anything else having to do with your speed or ability to reload, gain a +1 on the roll.
Fight Prediction: You may use Investigation to dodge attacks instead of Athletics, in all the circumstances where Athletics might apply (page 121). This only applies to fights against people or creatures that are capable of rational thought.
Minor Veils. With a moment of concentration, you may draw a veil over something (not particularly large—maybe the size of a small, tight group of people), hiding it from sight and other means of detection. Use your Discipline or Deceit to oppose efforts to discover the veil. If the veil is discovered, it isn’t necessary pierced—but the discoverer can tell that it’s there and that it’s wrong.
Seemings. You are able to cause someone or something to appear to be other than what it is—usually this is personal, but it may be used on other objects and people if they belong to you or have entered a pact with you. You may use your Discipline or Deceit skill to oppose any efforts to discover that the seeming is something other than real.
Aegis of Respect. A magical mark is upon you, placed by a creature or person of significant power. It’s not that the mark provides any actual protection, but magically aware people and creatures can perceive this mark upon you and word tends to get around that you’ve been “claimed.” Whenever dealing with someone in the magical community, all of your social skill rolls operate at a +1 bonus. The downside, of course, is that people tend to see you as a representative of the thing that marked you, which can lead to some uncomfortable entanglements and assumptions. If you absolutely must conceal this mark, you can, but it takes some concentration— use any appropriate skill (Stealth or Deceit, usually) restricted by Discipline to do so, but you can’t do anything stressful (like combat) without dropping the concealment.
Everywhere is a Portal. You may transition to the Nevernever from nearly any location in the mortal world, so long as you are not forcibly restrained by some magical or ritual means.
Unbreakable. As an Item of Power, it cannot be broken, save through dedicated magical ritual predicated upon perverting its purpose. How this manifests may vary; the item may be breakable but able to repair itself, or it may simply refuse to be fractured.
Improved Initiative. Your Alertness is at +4 for the purpose of determining initiative.
Athletic Ability. All your Athletics checks are made at +1, including dodging. When sprinting (see page 212), this bonus is increased to +2.
Casual Movement. Whenever moving as part of another physical activity, you may move one zone without taking the –1 penalty for a supplemental action (page 213).
Almost Too Fast To See. Difficulty factors due to moving are reduced by two when rolling Stealth.
Hard to Hurt. You naturally have Armor:1 against all physical stress.
Hard to Kill. You have two additional boxes of physical stress capacity (page 201).
Eyes: Dark Brown
Height: 5’ 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Theme Song: I’m Gonna Put You Down by Gangstagrass
Occupation: Major of Company G for the Texas Rangers
Location: Point Venture, TX (1 Hour outside of Austin, TX) – A village in western Travis County, Texas on the north bank of Lake Travis. Incorporated in August 2000 and had an estimated population of 506 in 2009.
Vehicle: 1987 Chevy Scottsdale
Despite being just shy of six feet, Rais manages to cut an intimidating presence. He carries himself with the poise of man who knows where he stands. He keeps his head and face clean shaven and is rarely seen outside without his ‘authority’ glasses. His uniform fits him as if it were tailored and when he’s off duty he typically wears t-shirts or sweaters from various police functions.
Rais doesn’t bullshit, chit-chat, or small talk. He’s a man with purpose at all times who’d rather get down to business than beat around the bush. From time to time he’s been known to let his guard down and share a beer with his co-workers but even then he still comes across as the boss drinking with the employees. Notably, he has a typical Texan temper.
January 11th, 1973: Rais Stone was born to Dylan and Jennifer Stone in Lockhart, TX.
June 7th, 1991: Upon graduation from Lockhart High School, Rais enrolled at Galveston College where he began studying Law Enforcement.
1994: Rais graduated from Galveston College with a Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. While waiting for placement Rais enrolled in the University of Houston where he began working on a Master of Laws.
1999: Rais graduated from UH with a Master of Laws in International Law.
2002: Rais was accepted into the Texas Rangers, Company C in Lubbock, TX.
October 13th, 2004: Rais transfered to Company F of the Texas Rangers in San Antonio, TX.
December 26th, 2004 After being with Company F for just over two months, Rais encountered the supernatural for the first time. The White Court invaded the Texan Court and mortals saw a record snowstorm as a result. Rais was called out to Victoria, TX where he watched as Lloyd Slate, Knight of the Winter Court, cut down Phillip Griggs, Knight of the Texan Court. Time froze and the Texan Queen appeared before Rais. She offered Rais the mantle of Texan Knight. Rais, enraged with the crimes he just watched Lloyd Slate preform, agreed without much more thought.
Early 2005: Rais heard a rumor about the supernatural blacksmiths of Texas. He brought the Sword of Texas along with his family’s 1860 Colt Army pistol to the Gray Blacksmith. It was then that the first non-sword weapon of station was forged.
Late 2005: After being discovered as the Texan Knight was transfered to Company G, a secret branch of the Texas Rangers charged with dealing with any supernatural threats to Texas.
2010: Rais was promoted Major of Company G after five years of impressive service.