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Old 04-18-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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To go along with the low-level 25 to 50 point character concepts, many of which are fully suitable as PCs in a low level campaign, I figured I should create a thread for the truly ordinary NPCs which would make up the greater population of the world, and most realistic game worlds.

The restrictions on these characters are that they should be close to or less than 0 points, but try not to go over -50 points.
The concepts should be reasonable and common, please notate if they have special powers, etc. The only limit on disadvantages is simply to stay reasonable.

The challenge to you then is:
Can you create characters who could function a valuable role as NPCs in a setting even though they are built on 0 points or less?

I'll start with a Pre-school teacher.

Kathy Wilson
[-35] points total
5'8", 138lbs, 36 years old

Attributes
ST 7 [-30] HP 8 [2]
IQ 10 [0]
DX 9 [-20]
HT 8 [-20] FP 8 [0]
Will 11 [+5]
Per 11 [+5]

Advantages
Honest Face [+1]
Attractive [+4]
Charisma [+5]
Voice [+10]

Disadvantages
§Pacifism: Self-Defense only [-15]
Bad Sight (Mitigator:Glasses) [-10]
Phobia: Snakes (SC12) [-5]

Quirks
Careful [-1]
OCD Washes Hands [-1]
Likes to sing at her students [-1]
Dislikes any type of hard labor[-1]
Keeps Kosher [-1]

Languages
Native Language (English) [0] - Native
Foreign Language (Spanish) [2] - Broken
Foreign Language (French) [2] - Broken

Skills
Administration IQ/Avg [1] - 9 -
Brawling DX/easy [2] - 11 - (Self-Defense Courses).
Computer Operation TL/8 IQ/Easy [1] - 10
Cooking IQ/avg [4] - 11
Diplomacy IQ/hard [2] - 9 -
Erotic Art DX/Avg [4] - 10 - (Modified by looks)
First Aid IQ/easy [1] - 10 -
Gardening IQ/easy [1] - 10
Guns (Pistol) DX/easy [2] - 10 - (Self-Defense Courses).
History (American) IQ/hard [2] - 9 -
History (European) IQ/hard [1] - 8
Naturalist* IQ/hard [1] - 9 -in the bush...
Observation Per/avg [2] - 10 - (For the kiddies).
Research IQ/avg [4] - 11 -
Sex-Appeal [2] - 12 - (Modified by looks and voice).
Teaching IQ/avg [4] - 11 -
Writing IQ/avg [2] - 10 -

Backstory:
Kathy currently works as a Pre-School teacher, while continuing to work on her dream of becoming a Romance writer. She does considerable research for her bodice rippers, unfortunately, the sheets her research is written on aren't the type which get published.
She also has significant skill in self-defense, both armed and unarmed. Bad things sometimes happen to non-adventurers, she's not too badly traumatized by her past and she's currently leading a normal life. She has had to defend herself before, and is somewhat afraid she might need to do so gain. However, the next time she gets assaulted she may be armed.
Of course, she may still hesitate to use her gun, if she has it with her, until it's too late, but even as a non-adventurer there's still the possibility that she may fight back.

§(Pacifism Self-Defense Only is the same as Cannot Harm Innocents w/Reluctant Killer.)

Last edited by Ze'Manel Cunha; 04-24-2008 at 11:31 AM. Reason: Updated rational behind this thread.
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Old 04-18-2005, 02:02 PM   #2
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Erotic Art DX/Avg [4] - 10 - (Modified by looks)
Wow... I think I'll stay clear of this Kathy if she's that much experience.
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Old 04-18-2005, 02:29 PM   #3
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Wow... I think I'll stay clear of this Kathy if she's that much experience.
Hey, everyone needs a hobby. *grin*
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:25 AM   #4
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No Sense of Duty: Students? No Non Hazardous Duty: Teaching? No generic dependents:students? No Perk: Teachers License? No Educators Code of Honor?

You may want to raise her STR a bit and maybe give her Fit. Pre school teachers are pretty active.
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:28 AM   #5
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No Sense of Duty: Students? No Non Hazardous Duty: Teaching? No generic dependents:students? No Perk: Teachers License? No Educators Code of Honor?

You may want to raise her STR a bit and maybe give her Fit. Pre school teachers are pretty active.
That's ok, she has other interests and hobbies.
Besides, the point was that she's not Hero Material.
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:45 AM   #6
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That's ok, she has other interests and hobbies.
Besides, the point was that she's not Hero Material.
Four (!!) points in Erotic Art (tantra) and 2 into sex appeal.

I'd say she has "other hobbies". Why didn't I ever have teachers like that when I was a student? :(

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Old 04-19-2005, 12:53 AM   #7
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Four (!!) points in Erotic Art (tantra) and 2 into sex appeal.

I'd say she has "other hobbies". Why didn't I ever have teachers like that when I was a student? :(

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that beacaus what was left out was Secrate (No Puritan Social Life). That Shw would have to keep her job 8(
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Old 04-19-2005, 01:10 AM   #8
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Reluctant Killer [-5]
Okay, since everyone else has been focusing on her, err, extracurricular activities. I thought I'd ask about this one –

Has she killed before or been in a position that she would have reason to be a reluctant killer? If not, I’m having trouble understanding this in her disads – reasoning?
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Okay, since everyone else has been focusing on her, err, extracurricular activities. I thought I'd ask about this one –

Has she killed before or been in a position that she would have reason to be a reluctant killer? If not, I’m having trouble understanding this in her disads – reasoning?
Thats Simple , it is a Disade the Most Normal would have. Cold Blooded Killing is polulation wise rare. it would be more common the Sense of Duty (Friends and Familly)

But I just not somthing... You Can't really have BOTH reluctant killer, and Cannon Harm innosents. the later is more a stonger vertion of the privous.
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Thats Simple , it is a Disade the Most Normal would have. Cold Blooded Killing is polulation wise rare. it would be more common the Sense of Duty (Friends and Familly)
Okay. . . that's the sort of disad I would personally disallow because it doesn't actually disadvantage this character in any way, where as a sense of duty might.

A disadvantage like reluctant killer I would usually give to someone who has been in the position where they have had to kill, and they realize that the thought of it is disturbing afterwards - so a non-adventurer or non-hunter for instance couldn't have "reluctant killer" - they aren't ever in a posiiton to need to make that choice - so it is more of a quirk level disad for them.

Different strokes.
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