Tuesday, January 4, 2011

François Serrurier

Dramatis Personae Cthuliana

More Character backgrounds... this time Patrick's new character from our new Realms of Cthulhu campaign.

François Serrurier - Locksmith - (Patrick)
Ag d10, Sm d8, Sp d8, St d4, Vg d8,
Pace 6, Parry 4, Toughness 6
Skills: Fighting d4, Shooting d6, Notice d6, Stealth d8, Lockpicking d8, Climbing d6, Repair d6, Investigation d4, Knowledge: Locks and Traps d10, Boating d4, Swimming d4, Streetwise d4
Edges: Theif
Hindrances: Quirk (must investigate locks), Curious,
Gear: Lockpicks, Electric Torch, Pistol (Range: 6/12/24, ROF1, Damage: 2d6, AP:1)

François was born and raised in the port town Calais, France, where he lived with his father, Aldéric a locksmith, and mother, Madeline. He had no brothers or sisters. Madeline did not have a job other than at their home, just a few blocks from Aldéric’s shop. On August 10th, 1903, she was killed in the Paris Métro train fire along with her sister Antoinette whom she had been visiting. She was 29 at the time. Francois was only 6 when she died so he doesn’t have many memories of her.

During his childhood he spent hours upon hours tinkering with different locks in his father’s shop. If there was something he couldn’t figure out, he would go to his father’s collection of books and research the topic. When François was only eight years old Aldéric started to give him jobs that he didn’t have time to do. They never told customers that it was Francois doing some of the work, and the customers never noticed.

In 1914 François was recruited as a mechanic for the French navy. In 1916 while Francois was installing a gun on the Dreadnaught Lorraine a support strap snapped and the gun fell. The gun hit and cut Francois’ head but did not land on him. He was injured quite badly and was put into a hospital. He had healed by the end of the war, and was very thankful of the English nurse Jean Roberts, who he claims “healed him single-handedly”. After he proposed to her but she declined, saying she had to return home to Cambridge. He followed her there, and after he had opened a locksmith shop, in 1919 he proposed again. This time she accepted, and they now live in the flat above the shop in Cambridge. Jean works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and is studying medicine at Cambridge and plans to become a doctor. Before entering the School of Medicine she also studied anthropology, at Cambridge. François plans to keep his shop in Cambridge until retirement.

François met Dr. Wraight and Baron von Fürchtberg when they brought a very large locked tome to him. They wanted him to make a key to open it so that they would be able to close it again afterwards. For François to do this they had to trust him with the tome for a few weeks. François had no trouble manufacturing a key for the lock but he wondered why there would be such a heavy lock on a book and what could be in it. He started asking questions of Dr. Wraight and The Baron. Because they realized his talents could be helpful, they didn’t ‘quiet’ him. Instead they answered his questions and told him the basis of their adventures. François wasn’t sure he believed them and wanted to see for himself.

François is 24 in January 1922; his birthday is February 19th, 1897.

Jean is 25 in January 1922; her birthday is November 8th, 1896

Aldéric is 51 and was born on October 7th, 1970. He still lives in Calais and does small repair. He gave his book collection to François as a wedding gift.

Madeline’s birthday was April 14th, 1974 she would have turned 49 in April 1922.

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