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Dr. Silas Crudup (The Expert)
Rugged academic who has seen some weird shit
Preparedness, When you need something unusual or rare, roll +Sharp. On a 10+, you have it here right now. On a 7-9 you have it but not here: it will take some time to get it. On a miss, you know where it is,but it’s somewhere real bad.
The Man With the Plan: At the beginning of each mystery, roll +Sharp. On a 10+, hold 2, on a 7-9 hold 1. Spend the hold to be where you need to be, prepared and ready. On a miss, the Keeper holds 1 they can spend to put you in the worst place, unprepared and unready.
- Cold iron sword (2-harm hand messy iron)
- Magical Dagger (2-harm hand magic)
- Shotgun (3-harm close messy loud)
Silas maintains a hunting cabin in Something State Forest. The cabin has three bedrooms, kitchen, living room and lots of space for beer, fishing rods, and guns. It also has a sizable basement which is actually larger than the cabin itself. There Silas has his books and magical paraphernalia.
Lore Library: When you hit the books, take +1 forward to investigate the mystery (as long as historical or reference works are appropriate).
Mystical Library: If you use your library’s occult tomes and grimoires, preparing with your tomes and grimoires, take +1 forward for use magic.
Armory: You have a stockpile of mystical and rare monster-killing weapons and items. If you need a special weapon, roll +Weird. On a 10+ you have it (and plenty if that matters). On a 7-9 you have it, but only the minimum. On a miss you’ve got the wrong thing.
Silas was born in 1976 to Quentin Crudup and Ruth Nuske. Ruth is a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and still lives on the reservation. Quentin left Ruth in 1978 to seek his fortune as a wildcatter in Alaska. Fortune found him however and Quentin was killed on an offshore rig in 1991. While Quentin made no attempt to be part of his own family over the years he did keep Silas in his heart, as well as his will. When Quentin was killed on the job, his savings and sizable accidental death insurance payout, went directly to Silas.
Silas grew up on the Menominee reservation among the Moose Clan with his mother. As a young boy he was fascinated by the elders and listened to all their tales, tall and otherwise. He latched onto one man in particular, Robert Wadena. Robert was well known among the Menominee as a healer and a storyteller. Like most of his generation he spoke the language and kept up the traditions of the his Clan. Robert knew quite a great deal about land and water spirits. He could tell the tales of Manabush like no other. It is said he talked to the mimakwisiwuk and knew how to keep them from causing people mischief.
Robert also knew about the Anamaqkiu and Meqsekenaepik, and how to protect oneself from their evil. Yes, Robert knew a great deal about such things. He passed these things on to young Silas who all too soon found out first hand that these were not mere folktales. Robert was often called upon to assist his people when such spirits came calling. It is also how he died. Silas took Robert’s death very hard but the young man was determined to fill his mentor’s shoes. Silas knew that evil spirits existed everywhere not just among his people. After he saw what happened to Robert he resolved to learn as much as he possibly could to help as many people as he possibly could. To that end Silas made use of his windfall from Quentin’s death to attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he eventually earned his Ph.D. in Folklore Studies.
Today, Silas lives primarily on the reservation where he makes a living doing research, publishing books on Algonquian culture, and taking the occasional teaching gig at Madison. And sometimes, sometimes he is called upon to handle the types of problems that drew his mentor Robert Wadena to his death. Silas is sure that this will eventually be his undoing too.