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Aug 17, 2009


You ask me why I'm weary, why I can't speak to you
You blame me for my silence, say it's time I changed and grew
But the war's still going on, dear, and there's no end that I know
And I can't stand forever
I can't say if we're ever gonna be free

Midvale's the sort of city that's not quite big enough to show up on national maps, but always makes the billing on state maps. A halo of suburbs rings it, the remnants of neighboring townships devoured by urban expansion and zoning laws. People from out of state call it flyover country, but Midvale's far from the worst place you could be. The schools are consistently in the region's top three, there's a thriving arts scene, the river's clean enough to swim in (for a few minutes), chain restaurants love demoing their test products in the area, and there's something going on downtown every weekend.

All in all, it's got its charms despite being a quiet, ordinary sort of place.

Which makes the half-eaten corpses that've been turning up even more distressing than such things usually are.

The local police have found four bodies in the past four months. Despite their best efforts, the local news has gotten wind of the gruesome details, and wall-to-wall coverage of the Midvale Cannibal has the precinct on thin ice. Their investigations have come up with nothing but dead ends, and they fear that another killing will turn the public against them for good. Finally, after finding the third and fourth bodies at the same time, they made the call.

VASCU answered, and the next chilly spring morning, the field team arrived.

This is where you come in.

So what're the inevitable houserules?

There's considerably fewer than usual, I swear. We'll be using the 2e/GMC rules update. The only books you'll really need are the CofD core, Hunter core, and Slasher, but it doesn't hurt to have the others, especially Mortal Remains for its update.

* You have to be a member of VASCU with at least one dot of Status, because that's what the game's about.

* You get ten merit dots instead of seven, because literally everybody I've ever played with agrees seven is way too restrictive.

* Everybody starts with access to the Behavioral Science Tactic, since you've had at least a little bit of training before being booted into the field even if you're total greenhorns.

* Tactics only start stacking penalties for repeated use per scene, not per day, because profiling a Dracula shouldn't make you shittier at punching somebody like eight hours later.

* Supernatural merits are allowed, except for ones that grant minor templates like ghouldom or demonblooded.

* You can, if you want, take merits from 1e supplements that weren't updated or invalidated by 2e, and I'll update them to 2e style functions. If, however, you try sneaking in something as broken as, say, 1e Combat Marksmanship, I will smack you, then politely suggest an alternative.

* The only Teleinformatics powers that need a 2e update are Research 3 and Investigation 2, both of which help provide Clues for 2e's Investigation overhaul instead of just guaranteeing a success. This may change if any of them have screwy interactions I've missed.

* When you post your character, post a bio (at some point) and your answers to the Integrity question list for breaking points:

1. What is the worst thing your character has ever done, from their own perspective?
2. What is the worst thing your character can imagine themselves doing?
3. What is the worst thing your character can imagine anyone else doing?
4. What supernatural thing have you seen and forgotten or willfully ignored?
5. What is the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to your character?

Please note this is NOT an open recruitment, I already drafted my players. Sorry if you came in here looking for an open game.

A map of Midvale, courtesy of Rubix Squid.

Daeren fucked around with this message at Apr 6, 2016 around 03:40


Mors Rattus
Oct 25, 2007

FATAL & Friends
Walls of Text
#1 Builder

Gideon Mandel

Special Agent Gideon Mandel has been with the Bureau for nearly thirty years now. It's outlived his marriage - his wife, Janice Lifschitz, left him ten years ago, unable to take it any more. It's not that the job has taken things away from Gideon, though. It's more that he's refused to let them form. The job is his life. Finding, tracking down and putting away serial killers of all kinds, supernatural or not, has consumed him. Despite this, Gideon Mandel is well-known in the Bureau as a straight arrow who never deviates from the letter of the law, and a passionate and ardent opponent to the death penalty. While he's tracked killers for many years, his empathy has yet to be worn away - it's his greatest tool, after all, even if his coworkers can be put off with the amount of caring he often shows to his targets once they're in custody.

He has two children, Steven (15) and Melissa (12). He tries to see them when he can, but the job keeps him on the move a lot. He cares more about them than anything else in the world, and always carries photos of them in the inner pocket of his jacket as well as his wallet. He has tried numerous times to write books about his experiences - other agents have done it and made a mint. However, despite his best efforts, it never seems to work out. He has the writing style down, but he just can't help but inject too much of what he's actually seen into it...and that's a problem. The Wintergreen Process awakened latent telapathy in Gideon Mandel, after all. If he seems to have a preternatural connection to the killers he hunts, it's because their thoughts haunt his very dreams. Every book he's ever written has been quashed before publication after giving the readers nightmares.

1. What is the worst thing your character has ever done, from their own perspective?

Gideon missed the birth of his daughter because he was on a case. In many ways, this was the last straw for his marriage. While his ex-wife has moved on, and they remain good friends, Gideon has never forgiven himself for not being there. He has sworn to himself that he will not miss her Bat Mitzvah, period.

2. What is the worst thing your character can imagine themselves doing?

Choosing to not prevent a death. Gideon dreads the day when he becomes deadened by what he sees enough to agree that someone has to die.

3. What is the worst thing your character can imagine anyone else doing?

Gideon has seen a lot of terrible things and thought even worse ones. And yet, for him, it always comes back to cannibalism. The cannibals are the worst. Not the blood-drinkers - the ones who go and eat whole parts of a human. It's disgusting, it's sickening, and it makes Gideon's flesh crawl in ways that other acts don't.

4. What supernatural thing have you seen and forgotten or willfully ignored?

On the day he joined the FBI, Gideon met himself leaving the building. The other Gideon was older - much older - but he could still sense that the man he was looking at, scarred and changed though he was, was also Gideon Mandel. Occasionally, he still has nightmares about that meeting, but he remembers nothing of what went on during it.

5. What is the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to your character?

There are scars on Gideon's wrists and ankles from one of the times a case went badly. He ended up restrained in the killing room of one of the unsubs that his team was going after. He fought so hard to escape that he left permanent scars along his wrists from the restraints. It didn't work. Gideon doesn't entirely remember what happened - he passed out at some point - but when it was over, his team got him free and the unsub was taken down. But Gideon still remembers the hell of being restrained, unable to do anything but struggle and pray to a God Gideon is no longer sure he believes is there.

Mors Rattus fucked around with this message at Apr 4, 2016 around 03:37

Feb 17, 2011

The strongest! The smartest!
The rightest!

Liam White

~*~More to come~*~

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