Sunday, February 6, 2011

[1938] Personalities: The Butcher

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Lt. Sowerberry (aka The Butcher)
3rd platoon, C company, BUF 1st Solway Legion

Primary: Clubs Ace (War Leader)
Secondary: Spades Queen (Ruthless)

"The Butcher" is a small, thin man with a quiet voice that belies his violent and ruthless reputation. Ever polite, his menace is simply in his voice and eyes. His own men fear him, the rest of the BUF legion fear him, the villagers fear him and even his enemies fear him. Most people realize upon meeting him that he's a wolf in a man's skin.

His history is unknown to most, including his given name, except that at one point he was a butcher. He casually mentioned it to one of his men and the moniker stuck. Now most know him as "The Butcher" but few know the origin, assuming it is the result of something nasty and brutish. Rumors abound as to how many people he's killed in bloody rages but none of the rumormongers ever have seen the atrocities they claim he has done, it's always "a friend of a friend" who supposedly witnessed the event.

Major Thornsby is totally unaware of Lt. Sowerberry's notoriety, simply seeing an officer that gets things done, whether it's gaining ground or interrogating prisoners. Since he's competent, Thornsby has made him his intellegence officer, in addition to his normal duties.

The Butcher has a very simple way to get the information he wants - he "invites" the subject to tea and simply stares at them. His smile or frown, coupled with his fearsome reputation, has a profound effect on the prisoner and soon they break, spilling their secrets. He's broken every prisoner he's questioned and (so far) all without physical violence or the threat of physical violence (though he did put his tea cup down forcefully one time).

Lt. Sowerberry (WC)

Agility d8 Smarts d10 Spirit d10 Strength d6 Vigor d8
Parry 5 Toughness 5 Pace 6 Charisma -0-

Edges: Marksman, Woodsman, Hard to Kill II, Combat Reflexes, Command, Quick, Improved Level Headed, Improved Nerves of Steel, Strong Willed.

Hindrances: Small.

Skills: Intimidation d12+2, Fighting d8, Shooting d8, Throwing d8, Guts d10, Investigation d8, Persuasion d6, Survival d8+2, Stealth d8+2, Tracking d8+2, Healing d6, Knowledge (Battle) d8.

Standard equipment:
  • SMLE Rifle, Range: 24/48/96, Damage: 2d8, RoF: 1, Wt: 9, Notes: AP 2.
  • Combat knife (per SWEX).
  • Helmet, Armor: +3, Wt: 5, Notes: 50% chance of protecting against head shot.
  • Webley Mk4, Range: 12/24/48, Damage: 2d6-1, RoF: 1, Wt: 4, Notes: AP 1; Revolver
Note: The Butcher is never alone. There are usually 6-8 BUF Legionaires around him at all times. His men are more scared of him then they are of any combat situation they may be put in and will follow his orders as best they can.

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