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Name: Mel Grimson
Nature: Survivor
Demeanor: Soldier
Concept: Bereaved Veteran
Age: Early to mid 30s


Mel Grimson was born to poor white parents, Matthew Grimson and Melicia Grimson in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Matthew Grimson was a local mob enforcer, anti-Semitic, a rabid Daley and Democratic supporter. He is quick and harsh with his hand and words; his maxim of fortitude and ruthlessness that Mel carries for the rest of his life is: "It's a damn hard world. Do whatever you gotta do to survive and smash the bastards."

Under his father's influence, Mel found himself smashing doors and shaking up the stingy while still a teen. In 1998, at 18, he was finally arrested as part of of a major Organized Crime Unit raid.

Already suspected on a number of charges, Mel would have found himself in prison, but for a dedicated lawyer who pointed to his abusive upbringing and persuaded the District Attorney's office and judge to a plea deal that would send him into the Army.

Surprisingly, Mel measured up to the tough regimen and was quickly scouted for the Rangers. He qualified and completed Ranger School in time for Kosovo, and over the next decade would lead the way as Rangers did in the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2008, Mel met a woman 10 years older than him, widowed TV executive Cecila Janet, at the wedding of one of his platoon-mates. She was brunette, tall, and told a snooty woman who mistook her for the staff: " You got two arms that aren't broken. Get your own damn food." And broke a egg on her head, saying "You wanted real eggs? You got em!" Love at first sight. They got married within a year. And Mel was happy.

Seriously, in-laws trying to stay over? "Please, if I can't drive that bitch out of here in less than a week, then I don't deserve to be your wife." The only thing they weren't ready for, was children - at least partly out of Mel's fear he was unsuited to be a good father.

Until years later, when Mel returned from another deployment to learn Cecilia had been killed in a home robbery. Wrecked by her loss, his determination slipped, and eventually the Rangers declared him RFS'ed. It was the end of his career in the Army.

Now, Mel is dealing with veteran's affairs madness and trying to find something to get his focus back and his life on track.

Physical: Strength ●●●, Dexterity ●●●● (Lightning Reflexes), Stamina ●●●
Social: Charisma ●●, Manipulation ●●, Appearance ●●
Mental: Perception ●●●, Intelligence ●●, Wits ●●●

Talents: Alertness ●●●, Athletics ●●●, Awareness, Brawl ●●●, Empathy ●, Expression, Intimidation ●●, Leadership, Streetwise, Subterfuge ●
Skills: Animal Ken, Crafts ●, Drive ●, Etiquette, Firearms ●●●, Larceny, Melee ●●●, Performance, Stealth ●●●, Survival ●
Knowledges: Academics ●, Computer, Expert Knowledge [Military Science] ●●, Finance, Investigation ●, Law, Medicine ●, Occult, Politics, Science, Technology

Backgrounds: Allies (Army Buddies) ●●, Contacts (Military) ●●, Influence, Resources ●●●

Virtues: Conscience ●●, Self-Control ●●●, Courage ●●●●●

Merits: Fighting Style: Firefight ●●, Iron Stamina ●●, Professional Training: US Army Ranger [Brawl, Firearms, Stealth] ●●●

Insensitive (1 point, HtR PG): You have problems understanding how to gauge others' emotional reactions. You can be rather blunt in handling delicate matters, and you often find yourself apologizing without really understanding what you've done to offend someone. Add two to the difficulty of any Empathy rolls you attempt.

Humanity: 5
Willpower: 7

Willpower +2 – 2
Abilities +3 – 6
Merits +7 – 7

Flaws +1 (-1)

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Name: Casey Mason
Nature: Defender

Demeanor: Stoic
Concept: Over Qualified Barista

Physical: Strength ●●, Dexterity ●●●, Stamina ●●●
Social: Charisma ●●●, Manipulation ●●, Appearance ●●●
Mental: Perception ●●●, Intelligence ●●●, Wits ●●●●

Talents: Alertness●●, Athletics●●, Awareness●●, Brawl●, Empathy●, Expression●●, Intimidation, Leadership●●, Streetwise●, Subterfuge
Skills: Animal Ken, Crafts●●●, Drive, Etiquette●●, Firearms, Larceny, Melee, Performance, Stealth, Survival
Knowledges: Academics●●●, Computer●, Finanance●, Investigation●●, Law●●, Medicine, Occult, Politics, Science, Technology

Backgrounds: Allies, Contacts●●, Influence, Resources ●, Certification (Notery Public) ●●


Gall (2) (K:UH): You got moxy, kid. Add an extra die to any Social roll requiring backbone.


Allergic (1) (vpg2, bos): you suffer from an allergy to some substance; a 1 pt. version inconveniences you and may increase difficulties in certain situations, the 3 pt. version means you have an incapacitating or even a potentially fatal reaction to the substance. Taking this as a 1 Point flaw to reflect that she is not allergic to a specific thing but rather has common sinus and food allergies which are controlled by prescription, missing her daily medicines can result in debilitating illness.

Soft-hearted (1) (most): You can't stand to witness suffering, and if you do, difficulties are at +2 for the next hour.

Virtues: Conscience ●●●, Self-Control ●●●, Courage ●●●●●
Humanity: 7
Willpower: 7

Background: Casey was girl who had it made. A law degree from Columbia, passed the bar on her first attempt, an internship at one of the most prestigious law firms in the city, all by the age of 25. She was a girl incredible prospects, then her mother was diagnosed with a virulent form a cancer and within three months she was gone. This had a terrible effect on Casey. She and her mother had been very close best friends close. Depression and acting out followed and in a night of somewhat drunken partying after hours at the law firm. One of the partners tried to take advantage of her state. When she realized what was going on she said No and a pretty intense scene unfolded. The next morning Casey found herself without a job, and basically blacklisted in the city. No other firms would hire her so she ended up back where she had worked while at collage. A small family owned Coffee house called The Full Pot. For the last year Casey has worked full time at the Full Pot the old couple who own it are falling on hard times and Casey is pretty much the only reason the place still turns enough of a profit to keep the lights on. Casey doesn't make a lot of money even though she works more than her fair share of the shifts always taking up the slack of the younger less caring kids who also work there. She loves to old couple like they were her own grand parents and recognizes that they are well beyond the time of retirement. That is one of the reasons why she stays there. She doesn't want her surrogate grandparents to lose their lively hood and she densest want to see this place that she loves close down. Trying to make a living in the legal field would require her to leave New York and she just can't bring herself to do that. So she stays, runs the coffee house and does notary on the side.

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Name: Maya Flynn

Nature: Explorer

Demeanor: Sage

Concept: Frustrated Underachiever

Age: 25

Physical: Strength ●●, Dexterity ●●, Stamina ●●

Social: Charisma ●●●, Manipulation ●●●, Appearance ●●

Mental: Perception ●●●, Intelligence ●●●●, Wits ●●●

Talents: Alertness ●●, Athletics ●●, Awareness ●●, Brawl ●, Carousing ●, Empathy ●●, Expression ●●, Intimidation, Leadership, Streetwise ●, Subterfuge ●

Skills: Animal Ken ●●, Crafts, Drive ●, Etiquette ●●, Firearms, Game-Playing ●, Larceny, Melee, Performance ●●, Stealth ●, Storytelling ●, Survival

Knowledges: Academics ●●●, Computer ●●, Culture ●, Finance, Investigation ●, Law, Medicine, Occult ●, Politics ●, Science, Technology

Backgrounds: Allies ●, Contacts ●●, Influence, Resources ●●

Virtues: Conscience ●●●, Self-Control ●●●●, Courage ●●●

Humanity: ●●●●● ●●

Willpower: ●●●●● ●



  • Works at Yorkville Public Library, lives in a small furnished studio apartment on E 79th St., Upper East Side.
  • Can drive a car (and has a license), but who drives in NYC? Smart people ride bikes.
  • Studied Anthropology, had difficulty finding work after college and took temporary employment with the Yorkville branch of the NYPL at the request of a family friend.  She’s still there, beginning to despair of ever accomplishing anything meaningful with her life.
  • Saving up to travel overseas- she has a list of “must-see” places gleaned from magazines and friends who’ve actually gone. Had an opportunity to study abroad for a summer in college, but a family health scare caused her to miss out.
  • Owns precisely one cat. Just one. She blames him for a lack of dating prospects. He doesn’t seem to care.
  • Her social life is largely limited to reading aloud for the children during story hour on the second floor of the library, and helping her friend Mason create a weekly podcast about a lonely, fictional town in upstate NY.
  • Has one sister, Leticia, 2 years younger, married to a financial analyst. Is occasionally called upon to babysit her niece and nephew on “date night” because, honestly, what else does she have to do?
  • Sometimes screens her mother’s calls, despite concerns over her health, because she is tired of being compared to her more successful sibling.
  • Lists her ethnicity as “colonial.” (Her family is of Irish, English, Kashmiri, and Maori ancestry. It’s complicated.)
  • When in the neighborhood, stops by The Full Pot for an afternoon pick-me-up


    Bonus Point Costs

    Attributes: 5 per dot

    Abilities: 2 per dot (x6)

    Ability Specialties: 1 per dot (max of 3 per ability)

    Backgrounds: 1 per dot

    Virtues: 2 per dot

    Humanity: 1 per dot

    Willpower: 1 per dot (x3) 3

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