Wednesday, 9 October 2013

NPC: Johannes Drowan, Nether-warden of Rederhafen

Johannes was born by the side of a narrow road just north of the Redlands, sometime during the winter of '29. His mother, a young whore travelling with her pimp, died while giving birth. The child, his small horns clearly marking him as an Umbrian, was sold to a merchant in Fork. What motive the merchant had may never be known, but the child was well cared for until his custodian was killed over a barrel of wine five years later.

Alone in a harsh world, the young boy took to the streets of Fork, begging and stealing to survive. He quickly joined one of the many gangs of urchins that plague the frontier town. As he grew older, his abilities started to manifest and by the age of thirteen he was leading a crew of his own. For many in his place, this would have been the pinnacle of a short and intense career as a thief, smuggler, assassin, or pimp, but by now Johannes had realised that there was a world outside of Fork. A world there for the taking.

In YE 1044 he set out for Rederhafen, arriving in the bustling metropolis with nothing but the clothes on his back and a razor sharp dagger in his belt. He found it to be exactly what he'd imagined, a vast city full of fat, lazy, and enormously rich people. None of whom were ready for someone of his calibre. He stole more that first year than in all his life before combined, quickly earning a reputation on the streets as a smooth operator.

At age twenty he had specialised in bypassing wards and stealing jewels from the wives and mistresses of the wealthy onkels, something that is bound to cause a stir. Johannes had planned a last heist before he were to board a ship for the Waymar Islands when his life changed. His target was none other than Laea Smit, wife of Reichsombudsmann Hans Willem Smit. To this day he still don't know what went wrong, but everything appeared to go as planned until he had emptied the vanity. At that point he noticed the man sitting casually in a chair just by the window he'd come through.

What followed is, as they say, history. Johannes Drowan received an offer he couldn't really refuse, and now he holds the office of Nether-warden of Rederhafen. He is charged with keeping an eye on the many Umbral passages and tears leading into the Abyss, as well as the surveillance of the general spirit population. He currently commands a crew of five deputies. It is, as he will tell you, a dirty job, but it needs doing.

Johannes Drowan, Nether-warden of Rederhafen
Male Umbrian, 24 years old

Virtue: Charity
Vice: Pride
Stock: Humanoid
Derivation: Night

Intelligence ●●, Wits ●●●●, Resolve ●●●●
Strength ●●, Dexterity ●●, Stamina ●●
Presence ●●●●, Manipulation ●●●, Composure ●●●

Crafts ●●, Investigation ●●●, Occult ●●●●, Politics ●●
Firearms ●●●, Larceny (B&E) ●●●●, Stealth ●●●●, Survival ●●●, Weaponry ●●●
Intimidation ●●●, Streetwise (information gathering) ●●●●, Subterfuge ●●●

Locus-drinker* ●●●
Pleasing Aura* ●●●
Resources ●●●
Shadow Contacts* ●●●●
Striking Looks ●●
Status (Rederhafen) ●●●

Health ●●●●● ●●●
Willpower ●●●●● ●●

Essence ●●●●● ●●●●● ●●●●●
Attunement ●●●

Camouflage (dice-pool 11)
Ensnare (dice-pool 11)
Gauntlet Breach (dice-pool 11)
Reaching (special)
Regenerate (special)
Shadow Form (dice-pool 11)
Ward Breaker (dice-pool 11 - ward strength)

Rapier, revolving pistol, enriched silver bullets, spool of True-silver wire

* Book of Spirits

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