- Chinese healer and investigator of the Unusual
Sai-fon Richard Shen was born in 1896 to one of the wealthiest families in Hong Kong. For generations the Shen family ran one of the largest import/export businesses of Chinese herbs and spices. The family traces it’s lineage back healers and alchemists who worked for the earliest emperors.
However, as with most families of this time, Richard’s older brother is the heir to the family business. So from an early age Richard was taught by his uncle the ways of the secret family legacy: Chinese medicine, sorcery, and the occult.
After years of training Richard began to adventure with his uncle. They saw many things across China. Eventually his uncle left to find his own way. He traveled with many investigators across China, until meeting the Wardens. Through them he has begun to travel further, using his abilities to assist the cause.
Andy grew up in Hell’s Kitchen without the privileges that his cousin Archie Buchanan enjoyed. Despite a family row that made their fathers bitter enemies, Andy and Archie were good pals, having reconnected when Archie moved to New Haven during his college years and began visiting New York City.
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Paul Fogg is a crack shot, renowned for taking out targets at extreme range.
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- Millionaire, fencer, and dabbler in the occult.
Alistair Sebastian Codwalader Martindrake is a scion of both the Cadwalader and Martindrake families, some of the founders of what later became the states of Connecticut and New York. He was a student of Sir Arthur Boundless at Yale, and classmates with Archibald Buchanan and Rikard Greystone.
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Qapla. Dah tlhingan hol mu ghom a dalegh. Qawhaqvam chenmohlu di wiqipe diya ohvad ponglu. Ach jinmolvamvad Saghbe law tlhingan hol, dis, oh mevmohlu. Ach dis jar wa mahcha dich wikia jinmoldaq vihta. Hov lengvad chenmohlu tlhingan hol e ej dah oh ghojtah ghot law. Qapbej holvam wicha meh, qawhaqvam chenmohlu . Tahjaj wo, tahjaj hol Sov qawhaq tlhab oh ej ghitlhmey diqonmeh tlhingan hol wilo. Ghitlhmey chenmohlah ej chohlah tlhingan hol jatlhlahbogh hoch ghotpu e. Wej tin Sov qawhaqvam, ach ghurli e witul. Dah ghitlhmey ngas. Vay daghel danehchugh, vaj tachdaq maghom.
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- Bullet-slinging mercenary
“Creepy Carcass” McGinnis is an Australian veteran of Gallipoli and other really bad places back in the Great War, he is now a Mercenary serving-for-hire in some of the worst hellholes around the world, from South American Juntas, to African colonial dictators, and Pacific Rim pocket imperialists. Along the way he’s picked up a few tricks, and a healthy perspective on the Human Condition (and a bunch of one-liners). Somewhere there might be a hero lurking in him, but for now he’d rather throw a punch than get in touch with his “feelings”.
- Grease monkey with a monkey
Called “Sid” by most people who deign to talk to him (a play on the pronunciation of his last name), Hividar Macid is a small, slight, sickly looking man who looks younger than his approximately 30 years. And, as a Kurd from western Turkey, he is obviously a foreigner just about everywhere he goes. His family fled Turkey to avoid the reprisals following the Kurdish uprisings in the late 20’s/early 30’s, and he found himself in London.
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Father Cameron Dovenney (Robin Hood by way of Blues Brothers) never attended proper seminary school, but acquired his faith at his father’s side. A nomadic priest without a house of worship or congregation, the senior Dovenney led his wife and son throughout the most destitute parts of North and South America, providing “spiritual wealth and enlightenment” to the poor and uncivilized.
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- WWI-shellshocked pilot, crack shot
Archibald Buchanan was a promising graduate from Yale University but when the war to end all wars broke out in Europe he enlisted with the British Army to fight the Hun. He was a successful pilot, achieving the rank of “Ace”, until he was shot down deep over Germany. Despite a severely injured leg, he learned to survive in the shadows and after several months he managed to sneak his way back over the front line. On the way he saw some horrible things that scarred him and left him changed. After the war he had trouble integrating back into American society and he fled to the far corners of the earth, where he now works as a pilot and sometimes as an adventurer for hire.
- Heroic-Circus-Kid Investigator/martial artist
Rikard Greystone grew up in a prestigious circus that travelled extensively in Europe and the mysterious Orient. As a result, Rikard had an early exposure to other cultures and today speaks a surprising number of languages with great fluency (Edge: Linguist). Rikard also developed prodigious skill as an acrobat and learned the secrets of Oriental combat.
Rikard grew up with a strong connection to his family and his extended family in the Circus (Hindrance: Loyal). As a kind hearted boy Rikard also found it nearly impossible to say no to people in need, often sharing food with the hungry and helping the people of whatever region he visited in any way he could (Hindrance: Heroic).
When Rikard grew older his family persuaded him that the circus life was too limited for someone so gifted. A wealthy benefactor of the Circus offered to sponsor Rikard’s education and at the tender age of 16 Rikard attended Yale University where his linguistic skills and exposure to other cultures led him to study world history, archaeology and religion.
Sadly, while Rikard was at University, a mysterious criminal organization in Budapest assaulted the Circus, killing many of its members, including Rikard’s family. Devastated, Rikard turned to the study of Criminology and vowed to bring these shadowy criminals to justice and to do so honorably, without resorting to their crudely violent methods (Vow: Never Take a Human Life).
After a short stint as a police detective in New York City, where Rikard honed his investigatory skills, Rikard left the police force behind and embarked on the life of a private investigator, tracking down leads to the shadowy criminals who slew his family.