Friday, March 12, 2010

Yet Another Free Download: Complete Character #4

I figure that I shouldn't mess with a good thing. People seem to be really enjoying my Complete Characters series of NPC downloads, so allow me to introduce you to Shelly Jackson, the Psychic Cat-Lady. That's the crazy old lady with all the cats, by the way, and not a young woman that inexplicably has cat ears like something out of an anime stereotype catalog.

Shelly Jackson had a tragic childhood, so what did she do to cope? Talk to her dead father, of course! This wouldn't be too strange, except that her dead father apparently tells her the future. That might sound great, but he's a little bit particular on what information he chooses to discuss. Shelly spends her days tending to her dozens of pet cats, chatting with the shade of her dearly departed dad.

You can read more about her by checking out the PDF in the Downloads section on the right side of the screen. (UPDATE: This character has been pulled for the time being, but will soon return as part of the new series of Complete Characters now available at DriveThruRPG. Give them a look.)

I chose this character because it's a twist on the familiar. Everyone has that crazy old lady in their neighborhood. As kids you took dares to touch her front door. The older kids tell their younger brothers and sisters stories about how she once cursed Jimmy from down the street and made him break out in hives. She almost never leaves the house, and the whole place just gives off an eerie aura.

We're dealing with a gaming world here, so what if that lady did have some touch of the supernatural about her? Might she be a subtle instrument of dark forces? Maybe she's misunderstood and could use a friend, who in turn might benefit from some glimpse into who will win next week's football game. Maybe it's true that she just fattens up those cats to eat them.

I'll leave that up to you.


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