The time has come to reveal yet another character of Rogue Angels. Like I have mentioned before the game has a lot of very unique playable characters each with different play styles, personalities, and stories to unfold.
Today I want to introduce you to a cyborg called Memnon. Many play testers have already utilized the cyborg's extraordinary abilities, and Memnon has definitely turned out to be a player favorite.
Illustrators: Original concept by Angelita Ramos. Character by Joao Henrique. Action cards by Gunship Revolution.
I hope you will get a kick out of my designer thoughts, and they are still spoiler-free :)
The cyborgs have for a long time carved their own story through the lore and timeline of the Burning Suns universe, first in the 4x game and then as some of the main characters in the novels, so they would inevitably end up in Rogue Angels as well.
These half organics half robots have allowed me to play around with many different tech-orientated abilities, Memnon being the first cyborg and second character to join Rogue Angels. For him I wanted to create a somewhat "gentle giant", a character the others would gravitate towards because of the protection he could give. I therefore decided to go full tank and gave him a permanent shield, something otherwise reserved for the enemies.
And gravitate players have - as he is probably the most played character next to Vera (next reveal), based on the almost 300 play tests I have taken part in.
I also pushed the most stat-heavy hacking device to Memnon, allowing him centerstage in many tasks. However, I did not want to also give him strong weapons, as that would defeat part of my purpose with his portrayal. For me he is supposed to resemble Praetorius from the novels, but with a tech approach instead of a warrior.
DETAILS & ORIGIN
Full name: Memnon
Species: Cyborgs (learn more about the species on wiki)
Gender: (male form based on previous scaffold)
Date of birth: 899 ATA (see timeline on wiki)
Place of birth: Korxonthos (find system on wiki)
Affiliation: Cyborgs (learn more about the faction on wiki)
Former work: Preceptor
Assembled in 899 ATA Memnon is considered a young Preceptor within the Cyborgs ranks. As a Preceptor he is autonomous and independent from the Synergy. Right after his completion he was assigned to live and learn among the shadier parts of the galaxy's communities.
After working almost 100 years gathering intelligence among pirates, gangsters, and warlords, Memnon has received a new task from the Synergy on Korxonthos. Track down any Reaver activity in the galaxy and learn what happened to them after the battle of Ice Serpent.
Memnon was constructed from a Guardian scaffold making him almost impenetrable to small arms fire and a formidable foe to anyone unwise to confront him in combat. Since he has been dealing with some of the scum of the galaxy, he is not hooked into the Synergy's network, which means that he cannot gain access to their collective knowledge, back-up or immediate support.
Despite the surroundings Memnon often finds himself in, he remains a supportive and trustworthy ally for his companions.
Memnon is a heavy combat cyborg capable of absorbing a lot of damage during battles. His body armor allows him to tank most enemies while protecting allies and making short work of locked doors and encrypted consoles. Memnon is vulnerable to unblockable damage, as he does not recover like organic beings.
Memnon is equipped with a power shield, a hacking device, and two different weapons, which lets him engage several enemies at a time.
Memnon can break into most areas and is capable of hacking from a distance. He can join many teams but preferably those with fast and nimble individuals.
Memnon is an interesting character to play, as he can shift from feeling overpowered one moment to feeling very vulnerable the other. With his permanent shield it is difficult for many enemies to bring him down and as a player you should focus on getting Memnon between them and your more vulnerable allies.
However, with his reliance on using focus for healing damage cards away (see my post about damage cards here), it is important to keep him away from enemies that deal unblockable damage, or at least make sure to have other healing options around, like a medic drone etc.
Memnon's long range hacking can serve players well on stealth-like missions where you try to manipulate the enemies to follow the wrong paths. And while you do have a long range weapon as well, your first priority should be to get another stronger weapon in your arsenal.
Thank you for spending time with my writing and Rogue Angels :)
Now I would like to know what you think about Memnon and/or the cyborgs. Have you played as Memnon before? What abilities are you most looking forward to try out?
You do not have to wait - everything is available on Tabletop Simulator.
I really appreciate your support :)
Best regards Emil