Kai Stavros was my second Live-Action Vampire character who made it one game session before I tossed him. There was drama involved, which I won’t go into. Some days, I’m not even sure why I put in the series, but that’s because I don’t know him very well. He never had time to evolve and this version is different. While I do consider him a main character, he’s really supporting cast. I do have some interesting plans for him, but I will admit that he didn’t get a lot of shine time in the first book. Oddly similar to the school characters in Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero. He’s there and helps move the plot along, but he has yet to fully emerge. Still, he does deserve a look even this early on in the series.
The original Kai was made after a character who I didn’t transfer to the books was killed in the game. I wanted to stay away from the political drama and combat that was all over the place. So, I made Kai an archaeologist that had come to Upstate New York in order to check out some ruins. At least that was the plan, but I believe I added something where he was gathering information for a foreign adversary. This was partly because people were telling me I would get dragged into the drama anyway, so I might as well get my foot in the door. Kai made friends with a few characters and went into business with someone by the time the first session ended. Things went downhill so badly between sessions that I found it impossible to rationalize Kai staying in the area. In his mind, he was being sent on a suicide mission and there was no reason to go along. So, he left and supposedly got eaten by a vampirized kraken because I got in trouble for not trying to play along. Kai went back into my folder (which I still can’t find) and that was it for him.
When I was filling out the supporting cast, I remembered Kai and he went through a few incarnations. I had him as a human hunter that wanted to kill the vampires, which didn’t last. Then, I made him a rival of Xavier, but he didn’t work right. Eventually, I tried him out as Xavier’s spymaster and trusted adviser, who also supplied Clyde’s gang with heist information. This had me going in the right direction, which is still going because I have trouble getting a strong bead on Kai. He’s shown signs of being a peacemaker while having no problem using those he has no respect for as pawns. Unlike the other characters, he openly dislikes Clyde and the feeling is mutual. This was by accident, but it made sense that there would be somebody who wasn’t afraid of the monster and treated him like an annoyance. Yet, they were still able to work together.
Unlike the other characters, Kai got a major physical alteration. He stayed human, but I had this idea of a spymaster that didn’t have ‘the look’. No lean and shadowy figure that reeks of tensile strength and shadowy death. He’s rather portly, not that attractive, and isn’t that great a fighter beyond using his longbow. This means he depends a lot on invisibility and transformation spells to do his job as well as a cunning mind. He is very cautious, which comes across whenever he gives suggestions. Kai is loyal and obedient to his masters, but he occasionally stands up to them for their own sake. Whether they listen or not, he’s content to simply be heard. This mentality is going to be tested a lot over the course of the series, so I’m listing him as a late bloomer.
Sadly, I don’t have any funny game stories for Kai. His limited time was met with a lot of frustration. All I really remember is that one of the more powerful characters kept files on all of the others. Each one had a nickname that wasn’t always flattering. Kai was listed as ‘Lara Croft’. Apparently, he was considered too feminine to rate an Indiana Jones. At least that’s what I assume since I’d left the game by the time I heard of this.