Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Regency/Gothic Bestiary 1: Regency Ladies

This is the first in a series of posts offering NPC archetypes and new monsters for a Regency/Gothic or Napoleonic setting.  They're all works in progress and one should expect that there will be significant revision between these posts and whatever form the finished Regency/Gothic project will take.

Gambling was a popular pastime in the Regency, so most NPC archetypes will include that skill.

Regency Ladies (inspired by the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice



Bluestocking

A lady interested in books and learning; i.e. a nerd.  Then as now, this unfortunately resulted in social ostracism.  Example: Mary Bennet.

Agility: d6  Smarts: d10  Strength: d4  Spirit: d6  Vigor: d6
Charisma: -2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Intimidation d6, Investigation d8, Knowledge (any two) d10, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Taunt d8
Hindrances: Bad Eyes (minor), Outsider
Edges: Scholar

Chit

A young lady with little worldly experience.  Examples: Kitty Bennet, Georgianna Darcy.

Agility: d6  Smarts: d6  Strength: d4  Spirit: d6  Vigor: d6
Charisma: +2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d4, Intimidation d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Taunt d6
Hindrances: Big Mouth, Clueless
Edges: Attractive

Diamond of the First Water

A lady of impressive beauty and quality.  She is not merely good-looking, but also a good person.  Example: Jane Bennet.

Agility: d6  Smarts: d8  Strength: d6  Spirit: d8  Vigor: d6
Charisma: +4  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Healing d6, Intimidation d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d8
Hindrances: Code of Honor
Edges: Common Bond, Very Attractive

Rattle-pate

A foolish woman given to running off at the mouth.  Examples: Mrs. Bennet, Lydia Bennet.

Agility: d6  Smarts: d4  Strength: d6  Spirit: d6  Vigor: d6
Charisma: -1  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Intimidation d6, Notice d4, Persuasion d6, Streetwise d4, Taunt d6
Hindrances: Big Mouth, Quick (talks excessively)
Edges: Quick

Tabby

An old maid -- which, in the Regency, can mean a woman as young as twenty-three.  The Regency was not nearly as polite as a casual acquaintance with Jane Austen would imply.  Example: Charlotte Lucas.

Agility: d6  Smarts: d6  Strength: d6  Spirit: d6  Vigor: d6
Charisma: -2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Healing d4, Intimidation d6, Investigation d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Streetwise d6, Taunt d6
Hindrances: Bad Luck, Outsider
Edges: Brave


Termangant

A harpy; a vicious, sharp-tongued woman.  Examples: Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.


Agility: d6  Smarts: d8  Strength: d6  Spirit: d6  Vigor:  d6
Charisma: -2  Pace: 6  Parry: 2  Toughness: 5
Skills: Gambling d6, Intimidation d8, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Streetwise d6, Taunt d8
Hindrances: Mean, Vengeful (minor)
Edges: Strong Willed

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