Preview: Denizens of the Plex, the Thrill Seeker

This is the 24th installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the ninth in a series about typical characters found in the Plex, we study the most extreme sort of spanner.

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The Thrill Seeker

Description: Daredevils. Adrenaline junkies. Extreme sportsmen. No matter what you want to call them, thrill seekers have existed throughout recorded history. And while the Plex exists outside of history, it is no exception. In fact, because thrill seeker can go anywhere in the world and to any point in history, the Plex offers a unique opportunity for those seeking new challenges. Want to try barnstorming in an early biplane? You can. Want to go big game hunting for the extinct atlas bear? Sure thing. Want to battle a lion in a gladitorial ring? Yep, you can do that too. The Plex is a thrill seeker’s dream come true.

It’s difficult to understands what makes thrill seekers tick. Some say they have a death wish. Some say they’re too restless for an average life. Some say they’re just plain crazy. But the attitude of thrill seekers is best summed up by the famed mountaineer George Mallory who climbed Mt. Everest just “because it was there.” Basically, thrill seekers tap directly into an innate human need to take risks simply for the sake of discovery; a useful asset in the Plex.

As a matter of fact, without thrill seekers, the Plex wouldn’t exist. After all, the earliest spanners had to be willing to dive headlong into an untested portal leading to an unknown destination with little hope of ever returning. It’s no wonder, then, that most thrill seekers are card carrying members of the Plexploration Society and are responsible for some of its greatest discoveries. The platform city of Canopy; the scorched town of Inferno; the reclaimed trading post of Abaskun; they all owe their start to enterprising thrill seekers.

So are they crazy? Probably. But it’s the kind of crazy that most spanners want in their corner.

Relationships: Thrill seekers love an audience and actively promote their exploits to potential followers. Sure, it’s fun to risk life and limb, but it’s even better to have someone there to appreciate it. However, thrill seekers tend to prefer having the adoration of many to the deep devotion to just one. Besides, why form any lasting bonds when the next stunt could be your last?

Spanning: Getting a thrill seeker to span is usually easy. They don’t really care where or when they land, they just want to find some excitement once they’re there. If a journey promises the chance to, say, wrestle an alligator or cross swords with a pirate or similarly hazardous derring-do, then a thrill seeker is typically all-in.

Talent Focus: Thrill seekers tend to benefit primarily from savvy and awareness with a secondary focus on endurance and agility. Despite many people’s belief to the contrary thrill seekers are keenly aware of self-preservation; so much, in fact, that it is often their meticulous attention to possible problems that keeps them alive. Of course having amazing reflexes and stamina to pull off a stunt doesn’t hurt either.

The most successful thrill seekers benefit from an authority level personal pursuit in a particular activity. Base jumpers are experts at parachuting off buildings; wind walkers excel at balancing on the wings of planes; matadors masterfully evade charging bulls. Thrill seekers might apply this knowledge to other areas, but they are most comfortable in their chosen element.

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Thanks for following my progress on Chronoplex. Check back in two weeks when we take a snapshot of a liesurely spanner: The Tourist.

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