The Haunting, 1

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Appearance & Personality: Norman Owens, at 33 years old, is of unremarkable appearance; brown, graying hair worn short, no facial hair. His time outdoors has given him a deep tan and a somewhat ‘weathered’ appearance. He has lost the tips of two fingers on his left hand due to frostbite, which he attempts to conceal. In daily life he wears a business suit, although his clothes are in good condition they are obviously not recent purchases.He is quite self-reliant and is used to being alone for long periods, so he can appear a bit aloof. Very well-read and knowledgeable with a great interest in other cultures and environments. Generally, a calm and thoughtful individual, not prone to excitable outbursts.

Background: Norman comes from a middle-class family who made enough money through business and land ownership to send their children to university. He hails from rural Washington State where he spent a lot of his youth roaming the woods and mountains; camping, hunting and fishing, developing his love of the outdoors and the skills needed to survive in it. At Harvard he studied biology and zoology. Although not a natural student, he applied himself very seriously to his studies, and this combined with his outdoor skills led to him being asked to accompany his professor to Svarlbard to study the local fauna. Here, he enjoyed the peace and solitude of the Arctic so much he decided to abandon his planned post-graduate degree and instead devote his time to learning more about the polar regions and how to survive there.

He accepted a commission from a Harvard anthropologist to help study the migratory patterns of the Sami reindeer herds in Finland, but disaster struck the expedition and some members lost their lives. Norman was not to blame for what happened, and his reputation did not suffer, but he still feels some responsibility which led to him deciding to stay on in Finland, working with locals to survey the far north wilderness regions.

During the civil war following independence from Russia in 1917 Norman followed his friends and fought for the “Whites,” the anti-socialist forces, but grew weary of the brutality of the fighting. He returned to the U.S. to seek new opportunities, choosing Boston to be close to his contacts at Harvard.

He is beginning to run low on funds; although he could ask his parents, pride and self-sufficiency demand he goes his own way.

Family Members: Norman has a younger sister studying at the University of California. His parents, Beatrice and Howard, would like him to return to Washington to enter the family business, but they are realistic enough to know that he is compelled to choose his own way in life.

Occupation: Explorer
Current Residence: Boston, Mass.

Characteristics:
STR: 10
CON: 14
SIZ: 14
DEX: 10
APP: 11
INT: 12 (Idea – 60)
POW: 10 (Luck – 50)
EDU: 17 (Knowledge – 85)
SAN: 50Sanity: 50
Phobias/Mental Disorders: N/A
Maximum Sanity: 99
Hit Points: 14
Magic Points: 10
Damage Bonus: +0

 

Skills: (Occupational skills BOLD, Personal Skills ITALICS)
Accounting (10%):
Anthropology (01%): 16
Archaeology (01%):
Art (05%):
Astronomy (01%):
Bargain (05%):
Biology (01%):
Climb (40%): 60
Conceal (15%):
Craft (05%):
Credit Rating (15%):
Cthulhu Mythos (00%):
Disguise (01%):
Dodge (DEX x 2): 40%
Drive Auto (20%):
Electrical Repair (10%):
Fast Talk (05%):
First Aid (30%): 50
Geology (01%): 31
Hide (10%): 40
History (20%): 40
Jump (25%): 40
Law (05%):
Library Use (25%):
Listen (25%):
Locksmith (01%):
Martial Arts (01%):
Mechanical Repair (20%):
Medicine (05%): 20
Natural History (10%): 50
Navigate (10%):50
Occult (05%):
Operate Heavy Machinery (01%):
Other Language: Finnish (01%): 26
Own Language: English (EDU x 5%): 85%
Persuade (15%):
Pharmacy (01%):
Photography (10%): 30
Physics (01%):
Pilot (01%):
Psychoanalysis (01%):
Psychology (05%):
Ride (05%): 35
Sneak (10%): 40
Spot Hidden (25%):
Swim (25%): 40
Throw (25%):
Track (10%):

Hand-to-Hand:
Fist/Punch (50%):
Grapple (25%):
Head Butt (10%):
Kick (25%):
Knife (25%):

Firearms:
Handgun (20%): 40
Machine Gun (15%): 20
Rifle (25%): 50
Shotgun (30%): 50
SMG (15%): 20

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