Friday, October 23, 2015

The King is Dead: Franklyn Arrowet, Occult Scholar

Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm
The Illuminated
Freethinkers and kabbalists

“Magnus ab integro seclorum nascitur ordo – a mighty order of ages is born anew.  A new order shall emerge and mankind shall not bow to darkness.”
Vulkan (pseudonym of Franklyn Arrowet), Declaration of the Rights of Man.

Franklyn Arrowet
Novice

This scholar of the classical world has studied the battles of Remula and the mysticism of ancient Tsion, searching for the secret of how those ancient lands resisted the vampires -- even if their resistance was ultimately futile. His curiosity leads him down dark and dangerous paths, inquiring after long-forgotten gods that perhaps should stay forgotten.

Arrowet spends his free time writing incendiary pamphlets under the pen name "Vulkan." In them he expresses such noble sentiments as democracy and freedom, but the curiosity that drives his arcane research is sadly lacking in his personal life -- or perhaps it is his native caution that prevents him from fully challenging such ancient institutions as slavery. While extra care is admirable in drawing magic circles to bind daemons, it is less admirable when it withholds freedom.

Attitude: Arrowet is Helpful toward his intellectual equals in the Zunft von Hohenheim and Friendly toward the Bloodstained Blade and their ancient knowledge, but only Neutral toward members of the rest of the secret societies. He prides himself too much on his enlightened attitude to be Uncooperative or Hostile toward any co-conspirators, but the Bluestockings and Ananzi's Web really try his patience with their pestering. 
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d8.
Skills: Fighting d4, Investigation d8, Knowledge (Battle) d8, Knowledge (Occult) d8, Notice d4, Persuasion d4, Riding d4, Spellcasting d8, Stealth d4.
Charisma: +0; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Curious, Dark Secret [Major] (see below),* Bad Eyes [Minor], Cautious
Edges: Arcane Background: Magic, Connections (Illuminated), Scholar 
Gear: Dissertations on classical warfare (Knowledge (Battle) +1), formal clothes, grimoire (+1 to Spellcasting rolls for summon ally only), half-finished treatise, rapier (Str+1d4, +1 Parry).
Special Abilities:
  • Power Points: 10
  • Powers: bolt, detect/conceal arcana, smite
* If Franklyn Arrowet is revealed to have a Dark Secret, choose from or roll on the chart below:
  • 1. Arrowet's researches into the occult produce catastrophic results. The cabal comes upon him in the last moments of a summoning ritual and watches in horror as a Daemon of the Outer Air (Fire Elemental) erupts from its wards, incinerating Arrowet before turning on the rest of the cabal.
  • 2-3. Arrowet's researches have led him to an ill-considered dalliance with a Dhampir Sorcerer; this sorcerer may be either a radical student of the Scholomance or a devotee of Countess Erzbeta Battori. Fearing for its life and reputation, the Dhampir Sorcerer snaps Arrowet's neck before attacking the cabal.
  • 4-5. Arrowet's researches have led him to enter into a blood-pact with an ambitious Vampire Sorcerer. Discovered by the cabal in the act of sating his bloodlust, Arrowet turns on his former companions. Use the statistics for an Eldritch Moroi as Arrowet attempts his escape.
  • 6. Arrowet's researches have led him to knowledge man was not meant to know. The cabal comes upon him in the last moments of a hideous sacrifice and watches in horror as he is transformed into something... wrong. Use the statistics for a Tentacled Horror as he runs amok. 

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