Current Characters: None.
Character: Lucca Ashtear
Canon: Chrono Trigger
Canon Point: Post-game, non CronoCross connection, Epoch ending.
Background: (Entry From the Wiki)
Lucca is energetic, curious, fiery, studious and upbeat. She calls herself an inventor, the latest in a line of inventors that can trace themselves back hundreds of years. She wasn't always a tomboyish tinkerer, in fact she would have become a very different person had it not been for a terrible accident that befell her mother when she was five. She devoted herself studying her father's machines after that, to ensure that no one else got hurt. After that, her then-awkward relationship with her father transformed once they developed something more in common. (Her mother's accident was corrected later due to some creative time travel though the memory still remains; one of many paradoxes the story is built upon.)
She puts a lot of stock in her technical skills, almost to the point of fixation. However, if you'll talk to the townspeople, they tends to say that her inventions "never work right." That's something of an exaggeration, however it is true that her inventions tend to dramatically (and sometimes explosively) fail due to her exuberance superseding her sense of self-preservation. She's prone to technobabble, leaving many people staring blankly at her. This isn't because she tries to show how smart she is, but because she honestly cannot find any simpler terms to put it into. She also tends to blather and "fill the air with words" when embarrassed or flustered.
While not really a pyromaniac, after personally casting flames from the power of her own will for so long she's kind of forgotten that humans and other living creatures are instinctually afraid of fire, and tend to panic when it suddenly appears out of nowhere. This can, and often does, get her into trouble, startling her friends with a sudden blast of fire when all she was doing was preparing lunch for instance. For what it's worth, the flames she casts do not harm her or her friends, but whatever catches ablaze as a result doesn't take sides and can indeed harm them. She tends not to think about this either, and is prone to overkill when using it to solve a problem and then dealing with the fallout later. Usually the blaze is easily extinguished... usually.
Also on the smaller scale, she tends to accidentally set small things she's holding ablaze with her magic when she gets angry, upset or nervous; she doesn't mean to do it, it just happens. All the emotional energy has to go somewhere, after all.
She has a special affinity for robots, and considers robotics a specialty of hers. The idea of creating an artificial creature that can move and think (and maybe even feel) resonates deeply with her. Some of her creations can be a little... clunky... by others' standards, but she actually paves the way for robotics in her world for the next thousand years or so. She'd be the first to mention this... because she's seen it herself. Her travels into the future have shown extensive advances in technology that are all based on her own designs back in the past.
As mentioned before, she has a habit of boasting on her technical skill and brain power, though she does have her insecurities. She always knew she was "the smart one" of the group with girls like Marle and Ayla around, and that only played up the fixation on her mental ability because she thought that she wasn't--isn't--all that pretty or appealing by comparison. The fact that her childhood friend ultimately became engaged to Marle doesn't help, either. But, she's happy for them. No, really.
She's also more of a hormone-soaked teenager than she seems. She's been known to hide romance stories behind the technical manuals she pretends to read. She just doesn't have a clue how to explore this aspect of herself yet; the most she's done is stare and blather stupidly... and then go to extinguish the book she was holding when it catches fire.
Ray guns: Lucca fights with two weapons. Her primary one being a long-range ray gun, usually of her own design. Wondershot, her current and final weapon in the game, deals damage on a random multiplier and runs on solar energy. She also carries a light machine mallet for up-close headbashing.
Explosives and Gizmos: Depending on the circumstance, she can use limited amounts of napalm, explosives and a hypno beam on foes and ill-meaning monsters.
Fire Magic: She's also an extremely powerful fire mage. Much of the origins and nature of magic in her world are unspoken, but the power to use elemental fire magic was unlocked for her by a mysterious creature at the very end of the time continuum. This is described best as simple pyrokinesis, fueled by will and emotion and loosely gathered into "spell" levels. Fire 1 can set a tree ablaze. Fire 2 ignite a large house. Flare, her post powerful spell, creates a firestorm that could burn down an entire forest, however it's extremely taxing. (Out of all of her friends, her spells were far and away the most expensive to cast in terms of MP.)
As mentioned above, her own magic flame isn't dangerous to herself or her friends but do harm her target. However, any "collateral damage" fires that occur don't bother to take sides, and burn just like normal fires do.
Alignment: Peromei. Hope and determination were what kept her going during those battles against Lavos and the shockwaves It sent through time.
Other: Nuffin! 8D
Sample: With these babies, she can hear a frog croak in the next kingdom!
The Varens bookstore is a common stop for Lucca, and it's not unusual to see her inside. This particular morning, however, she's there extremely early. Before the store is even open, before the sun is even up, she's there and pressing her face against the glass, frosting it with a gold tinge in her excitement.
"C'monnnnn, open already... the next book in the Throne of Martens is out today! I've been waiting for months to see what happens to the Wyvernmaster family! And if the North will ever stop snowing in the caravan to the king! I gotta see what happens!"
By this time, she's worked up so much excited heat that the awning above is starting to slowly smolder. "... ...Why do I smell burning?"
She looks up.
She steps back and casts around or a way to put the fire out--her magic can only really kill fire with more fire. She finds a rain barrel and dunks her scarf in it, smacking out the flames the old-fasioned way. She huffs and puffs at the end, still holding the soot-stained scarf.
"Aw man... Now winter is coming on any chance of my getting one of those books..."