Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 15 STR 5 12- Lift 200 kg; 2d6 HTH Damage 23 DEX 39 14- OCV: 8/DCV: 8 15 CON 10 12- 15 BODY 10 12- 15 INT 5 12- PER Roll 12- 12 EGO 4 11- ECV: 4 12 PRE 2 11- PRE Attack: 2d6 12 COM 1 11- 6 PD 3 Total: 6 PD (0 rPD) 6 ED 3 Total: 6 ED (0 rED) 5 SPD 17 Phases: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 8 REC 4 40 END 5 40 STUN 9 Total Characteristics Cost: 117 Movement: Running: 6"/12" Swimming: 2"/4" Cost Powers & Skills 10 Rifle: RKA 2 1/2d6, Increased STUN Multipler (+1/4); 8 Clips Of Two Shots (-3/4), OAF (-1), Real Weapon (-1/2), Str Min 10 (-1/2), Str Min Can't Add Damage (-1/2) Two Handed Weapon (-1/2) 17 Public Trends Anticipation: Precognitive Clairsentience, Megascale (1" = 1000 km; +1) Reduced Endurance (0 End; +1/2 ); Extra Time (1 Minute; -1 ), OIF Arrangement (3) (statistical map; -3/4), Only To Predict General Social Trends (-1/2) 51 Elixir Ointment: 8d6 Simplified Healing, 500 Charges (+1); Extra Time (Up To 5 Minutes Depending On The Severity Of The Injury; -1 1/2), OIF (-1/2), Independent (-2), Ointment (Can't Be Applied Through Clothes, and so on; -1/4) plus 6d6 Healing Vs. Diseases (Transform), 500 Charges (+1); Extra Time (Up To 5 Minutes Depending On The Severity Of The Injury; -1 1/2), OIF (-1/2), Independent (-2), Ointment (Can't Be Applied Through Clothes, and so on; -1/4), Linked (-1/2) 10 Thaumaturgy (1): Summon Up To Four 160-Point (2) Incorporeal Human Creatures (+1/4 ); Concentrate (DCV throughout the thaumaturgical process; -1/2), Extra Time (6 Hours; -3 1/2 ), Requires A Thaumaturgy Skill Roll (-1/2), END 7 Perks 134 Base: Way Station number 18327 (535 points) 4 Contact: Winslow Grant, the postman, 14- 3 Fringe Benefit: Station Keeper Skills 9 Combat Skill Levels: +3 with Rifle 5 Combat Skill Levels: +1 with Ranged Combat 8 Combat Skill Levels: +1 with All Combat 3 Range Skill Levels: +2 versus Range Modifers with Rifle 2 Animal Handler (Bovines) 11- 1 Breakfall 8- 1 Bureaucratics 8- 3 Climbing 14- 3 Concealment 12- 3 Conversation 11- 1 High Society 8- 3 KS: Teleportation Machines 12- 15 KS: [5 Assorted] 12- 0 Language: English (native) (4) 5 Language: Galactic Common (Idiomatic) 1 Language: Vegan (Basic Conversation) 2 Navigation (Orienteering) 11- 3 Paramedic 12- 2 PS: Farmer 11- 2 PS: Soldier 11- 3 PS: Station Keeper 12- 3 Riding 14- 3 Shadowing 11- 1 Stealth 8- 1 Survival (Temperate/Subtropical) 8- 3 SS: Mizarian Statistics 12- 3 SS: Thaumaturgy 12- 3 Systems Operation 12- 1 Tactics 8- 1 Tracking 8- 1 Trading 8- 2 WF: Small Arms 326 Total Powers & Skills Cost 443 Total Character Cost 100+ Disadvantages 10 DNPC: Lucy Fisher (incompetent, has useful skills) 8- 15 Psychological Limitation: Feels Inferior Compared To Aliens (Very Common, Moderate) 15 Psychological Limitation: In Love With Mary (Common, Strong) 15 Psychological Limitation: Must Acquire Knowledge (Very Common, Moderate) 20 Psychological Limitation: Predictable Habits (Very Common, Strong 15 Psychological Limitation: Spilt Loyalty Between Earth/Galactic Center (Common, Strong) 10 Reputation: Weird; doesn't leave home, doesn't age (14-, limited area) 10 Watched: CIA (AsPow, NCI, only outside the house) 14- 233 Way Station Bonus 443 Total Disadvantage Points
Val CHA Cost Notes 6 Size 12 Length 16", Width 8", Area 128" DCV -8 30 BODY 28 100 DEF 0 (5) Total Characteristics Cost: 40 Abilities and Equipment 444 Invulnerable: +98 DEF, Hardened (x2; +1/2) (Modifiers affect Base Characteristic) 23 Teleportation Device (6): Teleportation 10", x8 Increased Mass, MegaScale (1" = 100 lightyears; +4); Independent (-2), Extra Time (1 Minute, -1 1/2), OIF Immobile (-1 1/2), Can Only Teleport To Fixed Locations (only to other Way Stations; -1), Not Through Stars Or Any Other Celestial Bodies (i.e. can only operate at certain times; -1/4), Subject Teleported Leaves Physical Remains Behind (-1/4) 1 Galactic Center HQ: Teleportation: Fixed Location (1 Locations) 5 Any Other Way Station: Teleportation: Floating Fixed Location (1 Locations) 5 No Aging: LS (Longevity: Immortal) 24 Shooting Range: Sight, Hearing and Smell/Taste Groups Images Increased Size (16" radius; +1), -10 to PER Rolls, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); Independent (-2), OIF Immobile (-1 1/2), No Range (-1/2), Random Images (-1/4) Perks 5 Location: Suburb Skills 35 Base Appears As Normal House: Disguise 25- 542 Total Abilities and Equipment Cost 582 Total Base Cost Value Disadvantages 15 Hunted: CIA 14- (As Pow, NCI, Watching) 10 Reputation: Weird, inaccessible house, 14- (Known Only To A Small Group) 10 Social Limitation: Secret ID, Way Station number (Frequently, Major, Not Limiting In Some Cultures) 35 Total Disadvantage Points 109 Total Cost (547/5)
Background/History: Enoch Wallace is the main character in Clifford D. Simak's classic science fiction novel Way Station.
In the book, most of the galaxy is united in a single organization, which is made possible by the Way Stations. These are stations that can teleport any living being from one station to another, over any distance in practically a spilt second. The only problem is that stars, planets, hydrogen clouds and other celestial bodies in the way may interfere with the teleportation, so a great number of such stations is needed.
Earth, although not part of this union is a strategic point in which a Way Station is needed. So although the station exists, and hundreds of aliens pass through it every year, no one on Earth knows about its existence except the station keeper, Enoch Wallace.
Personality/Motivation: Enoch has an acute inferiority complex, always deeming himself inferior to the aliens he comes in daily contact with. He seems possessed with a will to learn as much as he can, both in order to better himself and perhaps also to become more like the aliens he so admires.
Enoch is also a torn person. He tries to be both the galaxy's ambassador on Earth and Earth's ambassador to the galaxy. As a result, in his own words, he is no longer a citizen of Earth nor a citizen of the galaxy. Instead of being both, he feels that he has become neither.
His other disadvantages are pretty straight-forward. Mary is his fantasy woman he created by Thaumaturgy, and Lucy Fisher is his deaf neighbor's daughter (she's deaf, not her father).
Powers/Tactics: Enoch doesn't really have any powers per se, except perhaps being an extraordinary marksman. He was a soldier in the American Civil War, and if we assume he enlisted when he was in his twenties then he should have about 100 years of practice. The rest of his powers derive either from his control over advanced alien sciences or from the Way Station's alien technology. Most of the powers are pretty self explanatory in my opinion, but if it is not clear enough, feel free to e-mail me and I'll redo this section.
Enoch's most obvious power is the fact that he's already 124 and still looks young. Actually, this is no power of his own, but of the Way Station. As long as he remains inside it, he won't age. Whenever he leaves it, he ages at a normal age. Since his daily walk takes about an hour and he doesn't leave the station for any other reason, he could expect a life span of about 24 times the common human, perhaps even longer, considering the advanced alien medical technology he can access.
Appearance: Although Enoch is 124 (yes, this isn't a typo - a hundred and twenty four) years old, he looks as if he is in his early thirties, possibly less. The book doesn't really describe his looks, or at least I don't remember that it does - so if anyone wants to jump in here, be my guest.
Designer Notes: Unfortunately, I have read this wonderful peace of fiction in Hebrew, which is my native tongue. Due to that fact, Ive probably got some of the names and terms used in the book wrong, having to re-translate them back to English.
If you have the right terms, or if you have any other comments or criticism, feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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