Rochester, who was originally nicknamed Roch (it was too close to Rocco for the series) is actually a ret-con of a character I roleplayed for a very long time. The original Rochester was a teenager, but I played him long enough that he actually grew up to be 19, or so. I gave up roleplaying to write Cape High–and he was honestly the only thing about it that broke my heart to leave behind. Thus, the Rochester you know today^^ He’s older, has different abilities, but he’s still got the same personality! One of these days I’m going to write the short of how he gets his Cape High G.E.D. I’m really looking forward to it<3
NAME: Rochester Scythe
ALIAS: N/A (Although he’s been discussing it with Century.)
ABILITIES: Psychometric, upper B-class speed, strength
FAMILY: Francisco “Cisco” Scythe (Son)
OCCUPATION: South Branch Hall member, future Cape High South professor, guitarist for the Sundown Blues Boys in the French Quarter
HOBBIES: playing his guitar–seriously, he might make money from it, but he’s ALWAYS playing, money or not.
LIKES: his son, music, parties, a good drink, good food (Living in the French Quarter, he became quite a foodie)
DISLIKES: Well, he wasn’t too fond of the idea of going Hall, before, but it’s working out well.
BIO: Rochester was born in the ghetto, grew up bouncing from system to system (foster – Juvenile detention.) He never got a proper education, because his powers started coming in. On the other hand, they couldn’t keep him anywhere they tried to put him. With his psychometric abilities, he can pinpoint escape routes ANYWHERE. He can also use any item that he touches as well as anyone who previously touched it could. As in, if he touched an instrument played by a master, he became a master. The skills don’t leave him, either. He might have picked up an ability when he was thirteen, and he would still be able to use it today. Not only can he use his abilities on items, he can also use them on people. He gets a clear insight into what they’ve done in the past just by shaking their hands.
Rochester’s last girlfriend stayed with him just long enough to have his kid, and then left him along with the baby. He’s raised Cisco since the boy was born–he found a lot of support with the Sundown Blues Boys, a group of older black men that kindly allowed him to join their band, provided that he didn’t try to sing. Sam, the drummer, was starting to teach Cisco how to drum when Cisco accidentally outted himself and his father. The boy was accused of stealing and when a cop touched him, he accidentally saw the cop being shot and freaked out.
Rochester packed them up that night and made a run for it. He contacted the South Branch Hall, and was assigned a trial (dealing with a crazy old lady–see Super Girls/Superior Girl). Once he made himself useful, and found out that there’s a school for super kids, Rochester settled into the South Branch. Century got him his old job back with the band and sent Cisco to Cape High (until CHS is built, then the boy will move back).
Rochester is the most baby-faced of the supers we know. Although he’s almost forty, he’s tall and wiry, and could easily pass for 18-20. He has hair so blonde that it would be white if it was two shades lighter. He has tons of piercings and tons of tattoos–to the point where both arms are sleeve tattoos. He tends to underestimate himself because other capes are more traditionally strong or powerful, but Rochester could easily be one of the most dangerous ones. Fortunately, he prefers playing his guitar and doting on his son. Century is overjoyed to finally have a psychic type, and indulges him a bit too much. Rochester realizes that, and drops everything when he’s asked to do something.
Recently, there’s been a bit of flirting with Dollface, a new member of the South Branch. Rochester doesn’t expect much out of it, since his relationships tend to fail thanks to his powers, but Dollface is an ex-elf. She doesn’t have many deep, dark secrets to hide, so who knows? (Skye might have also had a passing fancy for the guitarist, but Century would kill him if he even thought of it.)