Roland Marco
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Nature: Player Character
Player: Hilde
User: HildeAHildeA

Type: Thaumaturge
Tradition: Shaman
Branch: The Occulted Inheritors of Liberty

Virtue: Faith (Truthful. Humanity deserves to know the truth!)
Vice: Lust (Passion for new knowledge and new experiences. I'll try anything once!)

Concept: Celebrity shaman. The famous author of "They Walk Among Us" - now on TV!

Spirit familiar: Still There Are So Many Things That I Have Never Seen

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I've grabbed the character's looks and name from NRK's
science fiction series "Ta den ring" from 1982

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Description

Gender: Male
Age: 32
Origin: USA
Ethnicity: European-American
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown
Tall, slim, good looking. Usually with a friendly smile.
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Dr Marco ("Please, there's no need to be formal. Call me Roland!") grew up in middle class academic family, with a brother and a sister. He studied anthropology at university. For his PhD he went to live with a remote hunter-gatherer tribe somewhere in South America, and was introduced to the secrets of shamanism there. (The shaman said they had dreamt that Roland had an important part to play in the future and needed this knowledge, but it's also entirely possible that they simply wanted an excuse to spend time with him in the sweat lodge.) When he came back, he started to write and hold lectures about the spirit world and other supernatural phenomena and beings.The books became popular, and he was invited to some TV shows. He is now a minor celebrity, and his books have been translated to several languages.

He was recently appointed professor at Northwestern University near Chicago. (The university is small enough that they're willing to give a professorate to someone as young as dr Marco, in the hope that his celebrity status will attract students and funding.) The university's mottos are "Whatsoever things are true" and "The word full of grace and truth", which fit well with Roland's passion for truth.

Roland is friendly, outgoing, and curious. He is also pretty shallow — while he's genuinely happy to see you and spend time with you, he'd be just as happy to spend time with someone else, and will not put a lot of effort into any single relationship if things become difficult. He likes to go clubbing and dancing. He has no steady girlfriend or boyfriend, but sleeps around a lot, and mostly parts with his lovers on friendly terms (at least on his side, some of them might be pissed off because he didn't communicate clearly that he wasn't interested in anything serious).

He strongly dislikes violence, but has learnt how to use a gun (although he has still not fired it outside of training), and occasionally to wear a kevlar vest even if it ruins the lines of his jacket.

He was picked up by the Division because it's someone's job to glance at all the alternative rubbish that gets published and look for evidence of real abilities. The entry interview was rather tense — there's a pretty huge conflict between the Division's insistence on secrecy and Roland's career and passion for telling people the truth. However, since most people don't actually believe the truth when they hear it, the Division doesn't object (as long as he doesn't publish anything specific about the Division), and might even find it useful.

He owes a favour to a (the?) demonic incarnation of Pride. Terms: Nothing which harms himself, his friends, or his allies, and nothing which kills or maims people.
(The definition of "people" wasn't spelled out when he made the promise, but Roland is inclined to see it as wider than just "human beings", it would probably also cover all beings which are capable of holding a conversation.) (It's no better to be safe than sorry)

Plans for the future
If he survives the coming exitement, Roland plans to visit Arsenic In The Old Lace again, and suggest more trips to the realms of the dead, offering his talents in charm and bribery as aid in dealing with the ferry people. (If he doesn't survive the coming exitement, he will also, of course, have lots and lots of time to get better aquainted with the realms of the dead, but his freedom to explore might be more limited in that case.)

Daily routine

  • Meditation for half hour, two rolls a 9 dice (12 dice when at home or other place with meditation room), needs 4 sux. Effect:
    • +1 on degeneration roll (Meditation description in source book p 51)
    • +3 on (res+com) for a day

Merits

Fame (people interested in spiritualism, New Age etc. Worldwide) ●●●
Resources ●●●●
Striking looks (+1 soc) ●
Meditative Mind ●●
Status Occulted Inheritors ●●
Good Time Management (extended actions take 1/2 time) ●
Multilingual (spanish + tribal language of obscure Amazonian tribe) ●
Contacts (people interested in spiritualism, New Age etc.) ●
Language (Russian) ●
Inspiring ●●●
Direction sense ●

Shamanistic merits

See spirits (always on) ●●

Shamanistic rituals

Visionary trances ●●●●
Countermagic ●●●●
Divination ●●●
Warding ●●●
Familiar ●●●
Invocation ●●
Sacrifice ●
Dream ●
Dream travel ●●●
Evocation ●●

Complete character sheet in Google doc

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