Rather self-involved head of the Aimless Revolution
Lucca Patello was born to a normal family in a factory town of little concern to the country in which he claimed citizenship. His parents were both quite obsessive about acquiring money, and left him more or less to his own devices. This allowed Lucca to enjoy a life of great self-determination until the birth of his younger brother, Phillipp, which brought what was at first a very unwelcome change into his life. By this point both his parents were devoted workaholics who would have allowed the infant Phillipp to starve to death. Things came to a head one afternoon when Lucca came home to find his six-month-old brother tied to the leg of a table with a bowl of water sitting next to him. He has been Phillipp’s caretaker ever since. Because his parents were also shy about lending their own money to either of their sons, Lucca had to find employment as a news reader in the public square. Having a job drastically cut down on his personal freedoms, but what at first seemed like an unwelcome responsibility to Lucca eventually became one of his greatest enjoyments as he grew to love his little brother and to accept that there were things in life just as valuable as one’s own happiness.
Prior to the coming of Bastian and the destruction of his home, Lucca didn’t know that either Gabriel or Anthony Travis existed, but much can change in a person when they watch their homes being incinerated. Lucca took an early lead in the campaign to capture a supernatural at Bastian’s request, mostly because he has always enjoyed a “freedom of thought” that allows him to perform acts of questionable moral sincerity in the name of self-preservation. He would have handed the captured elemental over to Bastian without further question, had he not arrived to find that Bastian had already begun incinerating his friends and family in preparation for their return. Lucca was the one to give “Honesty” his name, and also the one who entrusted the newly born elemental to safely retrieve the party’s family and friends from the scorching inferno. Although Gabriel and Anthony both asked that their parents be saved, Lucca only asked that Honesty guarantee his brother’s safety. He is quite certain that they both perished in the fires that Bastian started, but what effect this may have had on him is not plainly visible even to his close friends.
Lucca’s flair for larcenous behavior nearly cost the party their primary assets at one point, when he attempted to fence a powerful magic artifact in a port town universally infamous for its piracy. The party was lucky to escape with their lives, and luckier still to escape with the artifact itself. The experience shook any notion Lucca might hitherto have entertained about “honor among thieves,” and also impressed upon him the importance of staying one step ahead of people. Lucca has since constantly endeavored to keep himself better informed and better situated than anyone who could potentially turn against him, including friends.
The party met with a great deal more success when they sought their fortunes in the Eastern kingdoms, where Lucca found a kind of spiritual kinship with the feudal warlords who ruled their lands under a quasi-Confucian doctrine of enlightened self-indulgence. After years of being ignored as a citizen of the Western Kingdoms, Lucca was delighted to find that in the Asian continent even the lowliest of serfs was acknowledged as having some role to play in the nation’s wealth. Lucca’s family has done well in their new home with no small thanks due to Lucca’s shrewd diplomatic dealings with their feudal neighbors. He’s not the type to flaunt such things openly, but Lucca truly doubts that the party’s estate would have endured long had he not been able to forge some solidarity with the other feudal clans despite his “barbarian” heritage.
For his part, Lucca found that he rather enjoyed playing the political game and that the logistics of managing a large estate were not really that much more difficult than anything he had experienced in the seven years he had been carrying for his adolescent brother. He took the Confucian thinking of his adoptive region to heart and cultivated favorable relations between himself and his house’s many retainers, such that many of his closest servants are frequently referred to as “uncle” or “auntie” and treated more like distant relatives than hired help. Lucca’s active interest in their lives and well-being eventually led to the discovery of his current teacher, a former shinobi who had “retired” to Lucca’s estate as a manservant after a failed assassination attempt on a neighboring lord. Lucca agreed to keep his secret (at risk to his own life) in exchange for “lessons” in the ways of assassination, a skill which he saw some value in. It is the Spartan style of teaching enforced by his master that has cultivated Lucca’s keen instincts over the years.
Although he is not ill-suited to a life of leisure, Lucca constantly craves new challenges and cannot rest on his laurels long before actively seeking new opponents. In recent years, this restless nature has gotten the better of him, and he has taken once again to adventuring with Anthony and Gabriel. His stubborn determination has been a driving force in the quest for the data shard, but along the way he is quite content to enjoy the time he spends with his closest friends and allies.
Although he has been rightly categorized as both self-serving and in many cases grotesquely cruel, Lucca is not altogether evil. He subscribes to a policy of “enlightened self-interest” and is utterly unconcerned with questions of Good and Evil. In fact, he believes that these very concepts do more harm than good, having witnessed first hand what kind of abominable things “good” people are capable of doing when they have found a cause worth killing over. Lucca would argue that, in a world where killing and self-interest are inevitable, questions of morality only confuse one into killing the wrong people. He will do anything to preserve his own life and his goals, even if that requires him to “remove” aggressive elements preemptively. He doesn’t think of it as being cruel at all, merely efficient, and to his credit Lucca has never harmed anyone out of spite.
Although the concept of charity is utterly alien to Lucca, he can and will spend large amounts of energy and resources to ensure the happiness and safety of the people around him. To him though, this makes a kind of simple sense: there is much to be gained from having allies, especially reliable ones that won’t easily have their loyalties turned. More than just being his workhorses though, Lucca understands that there is a certain power to be gained from forging lasting connections with other people. It is one of the few things that can allow a normal man to transcend their God-given limits, which makes it of supreme importance to him. So Lucca believes in the power of love, even if he doesn’t completely understand it himself.
Lucca’s obsession with love is tied and nurtured by another of his fascinations: the removal of human weakness. Lucca truly believes that many of the things people refer to as “evil” are in fact outgrowths of mankind’s many limitations, and actively tries to remove such shortcomings from himself. He believes that once he completes this task that monikers such as “good” and “evil” will cease to apply to him, since a “perfect” person can only do perfect things and nothing else. He is forever watchful of the impossible, which he believes he can eventually surpass and, in doing so, surpass his previous limitations. He does not have any goals in life beyond this, and sees any one impossible challenge as having equal value with another.
The three most important people in Lucca’s life are his brother Phillipp, Anthony Travis and Gabriel in that order. He has yet to meet a woman that he can truly trust and respect like family, and so has never married despite having made numerous romantic overtures in his youth (he was the one to teach Travis “the facts of life” and also turned him on to contraceptives, much to the world’s benefit). Although he respects Yukiko (in both her forms) for her exacting standards and capability he also finds her very dry and somewhat dull, having mainly took to her as a romantic conquest simply in challenge to Carlos who in contrast he finds nothing respectable. He is otherwise very slow to trust new people, and has a plan to kill everyone he meets (everyone). This fact sometimes displays in his complexion and in his dealings with others, which has caused him to develop a bit of a complex about being “scary.”
Because he lends it so infrequently, Lucca has had to regret giving his full trust only once in his life. It’s common knowledge that he is still upset about it, but in actuality Lucca himself is not completely certain what to do with his feelings of betrayal.