William Townsend (Killed in Action)

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William Townsend (Killed in Action)

Postby William » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:39 am

Player Name: Kermit
YIM Handle: kmspade1

Character Name: William Townsend
Alias: Natalie Vance (pseudonym for tabloid)
Race: Human
O.C.C.: Arcane Archeologist
Occupation: History Professor at UCLA
Alignment: Scrupulous
XP Level: 2
XP Points: 3,375 (J: 3/6/10)
Next Level @ XP: 4,241 (as Parapsychologist)
Sentiments/Supernatural: Somewhat skeptical, although he has seen enough to suspect beyond a reasonable doubt that there is something to all of this supernatural stuff.
Sentiments/U.S. Government: Bunch of wankers who just fumble things up with their bureaucracy.
Disposition: Organized, loquacious, self-confindent, and humorous, although can be pessimistic at times.
Sanity: 90%
Insanity: Not yet.

ATTRIBUTES
I.Q.: 14
M.E.: 18
M.A.: 12
P.S.: 13
P.P.: 13
P.E.: 11
P.B.: 12
Speed: 10

PHYSICAL DATA
PPE: 7
HP: 18
SDC: 16
Age: 28
Sex: Male
Height: 6'
Weight: 160lbs
Description: Well dressed (for the time), with wavy blonde hair and brown eyes.

Natural Abilities
Carry: 130 lbs Lift: 260 lbs
Perception +4 (+1 @ lvls 4, 7, 10, 13)

Special Abilities
Recognize Enchantment: 40% (5%)
Understand Enchanted Item: 24% (4%)
Curse Recognition:
--Recognize and Determine Scope of Curse: 45% (5%)
--Bypass Curse: 25% (5%)

+2 vs magic

Common Skills
Mathematics: Basic: 85% (3%)
Language: English: 93% (1%)
Literacy: English: 86% (2%)

Occupational Skills
Creative Writing: 50% (5%)
Cryptography: 50% (5%)
History:
    General Knowledge: 80% (5%)
    Specific In-depth Knowledge: 60% (5%)
Language: French: 68% (3%)
Literacy: Mayan: 65% (5%)
Research: 70% (5%)
Public Speaking: 50% (5%)
Wardrobe & Grooming: 64% (4%)
Lore: Magic: 50% (5%)
Lore: Magic Arcane:
    Knowledge of particular artifact: 45% (5%)
    Authenticate/Asses value: 65% (5%)
Lore: Cults and Secret Societies: 45% (5%)
Lore: Geomancy and Ley Lines: 55% (5%)

Elective Skills
Lore: Demons and Monsters: 45% (5%)
Lore: Mythology: 45% (5%)
Astronomy and Navigation: 45% (5%)
Wilderness Survival: 35% (5%)
Archeology:
    Historical and Archeological Capabilities: 55% (5%)
    Recognize Items of significance: 35% (5%)
Climbing: 45% (5%)
    Rappelling 35% (5%)
Automobile: 63% (3%)

Secondary Skills
HTH Basic
WP Knife

Combat Data
HTH Type: Basic
Number of Attacks: 4
Initiative Bonus:
Strike Bonus:
Parry Bonus: +2
Dodge Bonus: +2
HTH Damage Bonus:
Bonus to Roll w/Punch: +2
Bonus to Pull a Punch: +2
Bonus to Disarm:
Other:

Weapon Proficiencies
WP Knife:+1 to strike, +1 to parry, +1 to throw

Saving Throw Bonuses
+2 vs Magic
+2 vs Psionics
+2 vs Insanity
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Re: William Townsend (WIP)

Postby William » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:27 am

Equipment

Worn on Person
car keys
wallet with $100 cash and 2 credit cards
fountain pen
mechanical pencil
small pad of paper
nice watch

Backpack
copy of Victor Lazlo's Worlds Within Worlds
more pencils and pens
sketch pad
spiral bound notebook
Canon 35mm SLR Camera
5 rolls of film, ISO 400, 36 exposure
ornate dagger
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Vehicle:
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1979 Ford Bronco 4x4
A.R.: 10
SDC: 310
Speed: 120 mph
Range: 333 miles (33 gallon tank, 11 MPG average. Gas price: $1.10x33=$36.30 to fill your tank completely)
Cost: $9,000 (when brand new off the lot)
shovel
paint brushes
pick axe
rope
backpack
test tubes
several sets of clothing for digging
maglite

Home
Jean Harlow's house at 9820 Easton Dr., Beverly Hills.
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old brittle map
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diary of a madman
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TV with VCR
many history books
some occult books
full wardrobe (with one tuxedo)
household tools (hammer, screwdriver ect)
golf clubs
mountain bikes
candles and matches (for power outages)
burglar alarm system

Bank
Pay: $35,000 annually (1984) Note: His wife's salary is approx. the same
Savings: $2,500 cash
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Re: William Townsend (WIP)

Postby William » Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:55 pm

William Townsend was born in 1956 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Or so he thought. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, and grew up never knowing his parents. Despite his repeated inquiries about his parents, all his grandparents ever told him is that both of his parents were killed in a terrible accident when he was a baby. This was not true of course.

The reality is that his father was killed in a grisly murder; his body was only identified through dental records. His mother was found covered in blood next to the body, and is thought to have murdered him. After the police tried to question her, they quickly realized that her mind had lost all touch with reality. His mother is currently committed to Long Grove Hospital, located in Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom. This is actually where William was born, but Salisbury is where he grew up. He was born in the psych ward at the hospital because his mother was committed before he was born. Despite being the middle of summer, it actually snowed on the day he was born. Immediately after he was born, his mother attempted to kill him for no apparent reason. The hospital staff was able to prevent this, and he was immediately transferred to his grandparents’ custody. When he was older, his grandparents told him that his parents were killed in a train derailment.

His grandfather was a song writer for the BBC, which provided a very well-to-do income. He was injured in “the war” and suffered from a constant limp. His grandmother had extremely thin and fragile skin, and was very well known for being well mannered. When William was 7 years old he joined a fox hunting club through the private school he was enrolled in.

A couple of years later, he was at an estate sale. He had discovered that estate sales were great places to acquire great antiques and books cheap. Since he was a kid, people usually let him buy things for very little. At this particular estate sale, he was drawn to a particular book, a diary. It had a very ornate leather cover. When he got it home and started reading it, it made very little sense to him. It was clearly filled with the ravings of a madman. Yet William was drawn to learn more of the things the madman implied. The diary spoke of lost cities, hidden knowledge, incredible creatures and worlds that exist next to our own. And thus his love for history was born.

Three years later, at the age of 15, he began studying the history of Stonehenge. While engrossed in these studies, he picked up a rudimentary knowledge of Astronomy. A couple of years later, while vacationing in London, he witnesses a mugging late at night. He stepped up and helped the old man who was being mugged, earning a broken jaw in the process, but managed to run the mugger off. Once the mugger had gone, the old man, in gratitude, gave William half of a brittle old map. He also told William that the other half was given to another “kind” person. As they went their separate ways, another question occurred to William. But when he turned around, the strange old man was gone. He just disappeared! William has not yet been able to decipher the portion of the map he received, nor has he been able to locate the other “kind” person.

A year later, William graduated from secondary school and began studying history at Oxford University. In his junior year at college, his Uncle died and left him an “ancient” palatial house in southern California. When he was in his second year of his master’s program at Oxford, he met the beautiful love of his life, Teresa Julie Suarez, an electrical engineering Ph. D student. After completing his PhD in history two years later, they were married and moved to southern California, into his inherited house. He took a job teaching history at UCLA, while his wife took a position with a circuit board manufacturing company in Silicon Valley.

After a couple of months in the home, they finally realized that they were not alone. There is an unquiet presence in the house that seems somewhat mischievous. They have lived in the house for 3 years now. One night, while perusing the library of occult books that came with the house, he tried to pull one off the shelf, but it seemed to be stuck. When he pulled harder, there was a soft "click" and the bookcase swung open to reveal a hidden bar! Among the many bottles of absinthe, Merlot, and other assorted liqueurs, was an antique dagger. He was drawn to it by the fact that it was still shiny. It had not a spot of rust on it at all. It also has some strange script written on the hilt and the length of the blade. He has only been able to decipher part of the script. Ever since William found the dagger, he has started having some very vivid dreams of “old west” saloons from the late 1800’s era. These dreams are so vivid that William is actually learning how to gamble. Also, ever since he found the dagger, the mischievous spirit has become less mischievous and more violent. He is now beginning to think that these dreams are not entirely dreams, and that someday soon his two worlds are going to collide.
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Re: William Townsend (needs approval)

Postby William » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:08 pm

Dagger Name: Mesi Irisi (a female name literally "Water of Isis")
Disposition: Patient, Clever, Pious (towards Isis), yet somewhat Egotistic (full of itself).

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The dagger runes state the name of Mesi Irisi, and that it is a powerful holy tool of the goddess Isis. (Isis was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is also the Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility.) Aside from these runes giving it an identity, there are these sequential lines: "Ordeal leads to epiphany; Seek the Righteous Path always; Let Isis arm and protect you."

Abilities:
Communicate through limited telepathy (Range: 140 feet per lvl)
Totally Indestructible
4d6 damage (does 1d8 damage to anyone without a good alignment who tries to pick it up)
Link to owner in 6 months, sense presence (4 mile range)
IQ: 22
PPE: 30
Bonuses: +1 to all saving throws
Alignment: Scrupulous
Languages: (can speak them telepathically to owner, but cannot read nor write) Egyptian, Sumerian, Hebrew, Phoenician, Aramaic, Latin, Greek, Mayan, Spanish, English

((J: This Rune Weapon levels up with its owner. Spells in blue are unlocked.))


Level 2:
Globe of Daylight. PPE: 2
Range: Up to 30 feet away
Duration: 3 mins per caster lvl
A small globe of light appears that is bright enough to light up a 12 foot area per lvl of caster. It is magical daylight and will harm any or ward off any creature vulnerable to the sun. Caster can move the globe along with them mentally at a speed of up to 12.


Level 3:
Cloud of Steam. PPE: 10
30 ft area cloud up to 90 feet away. 2d6 SDC per melee round for anyone passing through it and blinds them for 1d6 melees (-10 to strike, parry, dodge)

Level 4:
See the Invisible. PPE: 4
Range: 200 feet
Duration: 1 min per caster lvl
Allows caster to see astral beings, entities, elementals, ghosts, objects and forces that can turn or are naturally invisible.

Level 5:
Walk the Waves. PPE: 5
Allows caster to walk on water, but the water must be relatively calm and the waves no higher than 4 feet.

Level 6:
Chameleon. PPE: 6
Range: Self or others by touch.
Duration: 4.5 minutes per caster lvl
Causes caster to blend into surroundings. 90% undetectable if not moving. 70% undetectable if moving 2 feet per melee round. 20% undetectable if moving 6 feet per melee round. Totally ineffective if moving faster. Works against normal vision and See Invisible and most optical systems.

Level 7:
Swim as a Fish. PPE: 6
Range: Self or others by touch.
Duration: 10 mins per caster lvl
Allows caster or whomever he touches to breathe and swim expertly underwater up to a depth of 2 miles. +2 to parry/dodge while in water.

Level 8:
Extinguish Fire. PPE: 4
Range: 20 foot radius and can be cast from up to 80 feet away +10 feet per caster lvl.
Duration: 1 min per caster lvl
Instantly puts out fire. Up to 40 feet can be extinguished every melee round.

Level 9:
Resist Cold. PPE: 6
Duration: 5 mins per caster lvl
Renders caster impervious to cold up to 10 degrees below zero. Magic cold attacks do only half damage.

Level 10:
Turn Dead. PPE: 6
Range: Up to 60 feet away.
Duration: Insant effect
This invocation will repel 1d6 animated dead per caster lvl. Dead who are turned will not return for 24 hours. Only affects mindless undead like skeletons, simple zombies, and animated corpses. Does not affect anything with intelligence.

Level 11:
Protection from Lightning. PPE: 25
Duration: 3 mins per caster lvl
The caster is rendered impervious to lightning and electricity effects.

Level 12:
Resist Fire. PPE: 6
Range: Self or others
Duration: 5 mins per caster lvl
Caster or those he touches rendered resistant to fire. Heat has no effect, and fire both normal and magic only do half damage.

Level 13:
Part Waters. PPE: 50
Range: 500 feet long by 10 feet wide per caster lvl
Duration: 5 mins per caster lvl
Enables caster to part the waters of lakes, rivers, seas, etc. Cuts a swath of water so the seabed can be walked on. If concentration broken, 70% chance of drowning, and everyone caught in it takes 1d4x10 damage; triple for seas; quadruple for oceans.

Dagger History:Mesi Irisi was created during the 12th dynasty of the middle kingdom of Egypt by a priest of Isis. It was presented to Ammenemes I as a gift sometime during his reign (1985-1956 BCE). How it was used and how it was passed down through the generations of Egyptian kings, queens, and priests will be forever lost to the annals of time. There are brief periods in history where it is believed to have resurfaced for a time.

In 33 BCE, Mark Antony (a Roman) divorced his wife, Octavia and lived with his Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. He also charged Octavian (Octavia’s brother) with usurping power. Octavian responded by charging Antony with treason and starting a war without the senate’s authorization (which was true). In 32 BCE, the senate declared war on Cleopatra, because they knew that declaring war on Antony would lose them popular support. In 31 BCE, with the senate’s blessing, Octavian invaded Egypt. By August, 30BCE, Octavian had reached Alexandria, where Antony and Cleopatra were. Most historians believe that Antony committed suicide because he thought Cleopatra had already done so. He was then carried to where she was hiding, and died in her arms. (See Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for more details. :)) The truth was that a priest of Isis, who favored Octavian over Antony, used Mesi Irisi to murder Mark Antony. (One side note of interest: Octavian was made Caesar in 27 BCE, and took the name Augustus. Because he conquered the Egyptians in that summertime month, it is now named August.)

Again Mesi Irisi fell into obscurity and much of its history is lost. It spent many years in dark cellars or sitting on a shelf, waiting for someone to pick it up and do Isis’ glorious work. And thus, many years later, it was found by one John Fulton, a British army officer. Fulton served under Duke George Villers, First Duke of Buckingham (and source of many Three Musketeers’ tales). In 1627, in an attempt to rescue his Hessian allies pinned down in France, Buckingham led a disastrous invasion. He lost 4000 of his 7000 man force and was forced to retreat. While he was organizing a second attempt, he was stabbed to death by Fulton in the Greyhound Public House (a bar). Fulton was hanged for his crime, and Buckingham was buried in Westminster Abbey. His tomb bears the inscription “aenigmatis de orbis terrarium”, translated to mean “enigma of the world”. One of Villers descendants, John Sheffield, built Buckingham house in honor of Villers name in 1703. The house was later sold to King George III in 1761, and has since become known as Buckingham Palace.There is an exclusive dining and debating club, the Villers Club, which is a society at Oxford University, which hold the memory of Villers, first Duke of Buckingham, sacred.

How Mesi Irisi got from the hands of John Fulton to the bar in Williams house is not known. But it is there our story picks up next. He was drawn to it by the fact that it was still shiny. It had not a spot of rust on it at all. It also has some strange script written on the hilt and the length of the blade. He has only been able to decipher some of the script. Enough to know that it is Egyptian made and seemingly indestructable.


Williams dagger notes: (not known yet)

It is clear the Egyptians used daggers for self-protection, close combat & warfare. They were also pieces of adornment. The ceremonial meaning of daggers is unclear. Their use to "close" and "open" magical circles was, as far as I know, not part of the Egyptian ritual. However, as a dagger was found on the mummy of Tutankhamun (ca. 1333 - 1323 BCE), we may at least speculate a funerary function in the Duat, reflective of a this-life symbol of direct protection & the mastery of dangerous power. On the active side of the Ceremonial Dagger, a Lotus is represented with its top pointing outward (on the dagger of king Tut, the Lotus points inward, toward the hand). This to indicate the use of the Dagger is only permitted to protect Life, Light and Love, symbolized by the Blue Lotus, never to operate death, darkness and hatred.

Ceremonial daggers and swords are used in the purposes of
1) cutting - opening/ closing of circle/ sacred space,
2) manipulation of various classifications of spirits.

Daggers of various designs were found on archeological site locations worldwide. During the initiation in tradition of magic, of any type, dagger/ sword can be given to the initiate. Symbols that denote name of the owner, rank/ title, can be engraved/ inscribed on the handle or blade itself.

In different ways dagger can be 'dedicated' to the owner, protected, linked with specific God/ess/s that are patron Gods of the owner. Regarding the use in 'material' world, opinions are divided as to the use. First purpose (usually the only) is magical (described above). Traditions in various countries have influenced the design of dagger/ sword. Specific purpose of the dagger has also affected the design. If the individual desires to follow a specific culture, it is only logical that their dagger follows a traditional design.

Keeping and maintenance - keeping in 1) wrapped in a piece of cloth, 2) wooden box, 3) leather sheath are usual ways of keeping the dagger. Depending of the metal of blade, it might be needed to periodically oil the blade so that it's qualities are kept through the time.

Ceremonial dagger is a personal property, and, depending on the owner, to look at, or handle it, permission needs to be given first. Ceremonial daggers can be sharp or dull, which depends on personal preferences and a specific tradition.
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Re: William Townsend (needs approval)

Postby William » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:56 am

Williams House:

This is just a rough draft. We can change whatever. I just wanted to post it so I don't have to retype a bunch of stuff.

Location:
Jean Harlow's former home is located in the quiet, upper class neighborhood near UCLA.
History:
The mansion was owned for a short time in the late '20's and early '30's, by Jean Harlow and her husband, MGM producer, Paul Bern, who had a stormy marriage, which ended when Paul Bern shot himself in the head.

Some claim that the mansion was jinxed because of Bern's suicide. Two other people died there, drowning in the swimming pool.

One man who didn't believe in jinxes bought the place in 1963, a popular hair dresser to the stars, Jay Sebring. He met and fell in love with a young 20 year old actress, Sharon Tate. They stayed together as a couple until 1966, when Sharon left him for her soon to be husband, Roman Polanski. Jay was a good sport, and considered Sharon and Roman his family. However, Jay and Sharon stayed very good friends, up to their murders at the hands of the Manson family.

When the Townsend family moved into the home in the early 1980's, it was in sad shape, badly in need of TLC. They decided to leave the basic structure as it was, but they did make much needed repairs, and spruced the inside up, replacing carpet, etc.

History of Manifestations:
Jean Harlow, when told by the studio to move to a nicer area, rented this home in the early 1930's, moving in with her parents, and lived there for about four years. When she married Paul Bern, she continued to rent the house for her parents. She married Paul Bern in this home's living room.

Her marriage to Paul Bern was a disastrous move. On the second night after their honeymoon, Bern beat her savagely in the home's downstairs bathroom, damaging her kidneys. It is rumored that Bern was impotent or a latent homosexual. She later showed her mother what he did to her. Harlow tried to make up with Paul, but he rejected her. She was in the upstairs bedroom when she heard the news that Bern had shot and killed himself at his home. She immediately blamed herself and tried to take her own life by swallowing an overdose of sleeping medication.

After being told to leave this home by her parents, she built herself a new home, where she lived for a few years before dying from her damaged kidneys.

Manifestations:

1. On the day before the Townsend family moved into the home, Mrs. Townsend went upstairs, her dogs followed her, growling and barking at something in the upstairs bedrooms. In the hallway right outside the master bedroom, Mrs. Townsend felt an unseen presence, and heard somebody softly whisper in her ear, "Please help me."

2. On their first night in their new home, Mr. and Mrs. Townsend were lying in bed, when some unseen, heavy object struck their bed three times. Some unseen presence wanted to be noticed, or communicate with these nice people who had fixed up the house, even though they were sleeping in her room. Mrs. Townsend addressed the unseen presence, saying "You're welcome - how do you do? We've got to get some sleep.....we're very tired and need to get some sleep, so please let us be."

3. The lights in the kitchen would go on and off by themselves.

4. While walking through the living room, Mrs. Townsend saw a strange formless light, in an outline form, floating above her near the ceiling.

5. In the corner of the living room, near the mail box, Mrs. Townsend heard heavy, heartbreaking sobs of a woman. The hairs on Mrs. Townsend’s arms stood up, and she felt terribly sad.

6. Cold spots can be felt in the kitchen, the downstairs area and the upstairs bedrooms. Unexplained wind drafts have been felt throughout the house, especially in the kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

7. The strong smell of a woman's perfume can be smelled in the children's bedroom upstairs.

8. Both Mr. and Mrs. Townsend were warned in a dream of a faulty, dangerous wall light in the upstairs bathroom. Both saw a clear vision of the bathtub full of water and bubbles. A hand from the bathtub switches on the light, receives a terrible shock, and withers. Well, an electrician was called, who was horrified that such an out-dated, dangerous light switch was in the bathroom, and promptly put in a safe one.

9. Sometimes a weird, uneasy feeling can overcome a person in the downstairs bathroom.

10. A light knocking at the front door can be heard, but no one is ever there.

Still Haunted?

Fuckin’ A right it is.
William
 


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