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James Ulsyn

TL 11 News Cameraman

Total: 70 points
[By arcangel@prismnet.com]

Attributes (40 points)

ST 10, DX 12, IQ 12, HT 10

Advantages (34 points):

Alertness +1, ESP Power 15 (Precog only, Only major news stories (-30%), Luck +1 (15 points), Attractive.

Disadvantages (-40 points):

Delusion: Nothing can harm me while I'm filming it (-10); Impulsiveness; Pacifism: Self-defense Only; Stubbornness.

Quirks (-5 points):

Falls in love at least once a month; Tongue-tied around whoever he's in love with; Dreams of getting "the big scoop"; Believes in "Immunity of the Press" even when he's not filming; Always does his best when on the job.

Languages:

New Garavaran-12, Thal (Common M/A Alien)-12, Unar (Common M/A alien)-12.

Skills:

Acting-12 (2), Administration-10 (0.5), Area Knowledge (Sector)-11 (0.5), Area Knowledge (New Garavar)-11 (0.5), Bard-12 (2), Beam Weapons/TL11-13 (0.5), Brawling-11 (0.5), Carousing-10 (2), Detect Lies-11 (2), Diplomacy-10 (1), Disguise-10 (0.5), Driving (Car)-11 (1), El. Ops. (Communications)/TL11-12 (2), El. Ops. (Holographics)/TL11-13 (4), Fast-Talk-12 (2), History-9 (0.5), Holdout-11 (1), Interrogation-10 (0.5), Law-9 (0.5), Literature-9 (0.5), Performance-10, Photography/TL11-15 (8), Piloting (Aircar)/TL11-11 (1), Politics-10 (0.5), Precognition-10 (1), Psychology-10 (1), Research-11 (1), Savoir-Faire-11 (0.5), Sex Appeal-10 (2), Shadowing-10 (0.5), Streetwise-10 (0.5), Writing-11 (1).

Conversions:

Fantasy:

Ulsyn becomes a bard, looking for those great stories that will get his name remembered for generations - and keep him fed in the meantime. Impressing attractive tavern wenches is good too. Replace all tech skills with appropriate fantasy ones - particularly, get Musical Instrument, Riding (Horse), Singing, and a weapon skill. Add Literacy.

Modern and Near Future:

Just change the tech levels of the skills, dropping the ones that don't fit.


Ulsyn (like all wretched reporters) is another good character to plague PCs with - only he's worse, because he's a Precog as well, and tends to show up before the PCs do! He's a bit of a "puppy," though, and can easily be distracted by attractive females. Unfortunately, he also tends to follow the object of his infatuation around! Other uses for him are: as someone to be rescued, someone with information the PCs need, or a 0-point Dependant. For double the irritation, he may be found in the company of Scherazade Harami . . .

Typical Quotes:

"Ms. Ward . . . Like, I've seen all your holovids, uh, and I really like your songs, and, ah, ur, um . . . "

"I'm with the press! What do you mean I can't go in there?"

"Come on! I gotta get a picture of, of . . . of what's about to happen! It'll be really good!"


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