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Dorothy Astor

Name Dorothy Astor Player Jason

Occupation Author Drive Curiosity
Occupational Benefits
During adventure downtime for your character, you can refresh one Academic pool point up to four times per game session by reading, checking your notes and files, and the like, as long as you have time and access to reasonable and relevant resources

Health Stability Sanity
Total 8 10 10
Current 8 10 9

Investigative skills General skills
Skill Total Current Skill Total Current
Anthropology (a) 1 1 Athletics 2 2
Archaelogy (a) 1 1 Conceal 3 3
Architecture (a) 2 2 Electrical Repair 2 2
Art History (a) 1 1 Filch 4 4
Cryptography (a) 2 2 Firearms 1 1
History (a) 2 2 Fleeing 6 6
Languages (a) 2 2 Mechanical Repair 4 4
Library Use (a) 4 4 Psychoanalysis 4 4
Occult (a) 2 2 Riding 4 4
Assess Honesty 2 2 Scuffling 1 1
Credit Rating 1 1 Stealth 4 4
Flattery 2 2 Weapons 4 4
Oral History 2 1
Reassurance 1 1
Art (writing, drawing) 2 2
Photography 1 1
Cthulhu Mythos 1 1

Sources of Stability
Travis, your opportunistic publisher.
Micah, your brother.
Cromwell, your aging mentor, an author of popular fiction
Pillars of Sanity
Anything that can be written down can be understood
The social fabric provides shelter from the storms of life
God’s physical landscape of beauty and goodness

Background: It started as a joke, really. Books about the supernatural and the occult — readers would just eat them up. Mix a few folk tales, your mom’s superstitions, and the tiniest bit of research, and you were writing one best seller after the next. You never claimed they were to be taken seriously. And then the correspondence started happening. Readers began writing letters to you by the truckload, so convinced that you held a kernel of truth about the afterlife or South American curses. They believed you. They corroborated your stories with anecdotes of their own. Of course you always took them at face value; you didn’t want to insult them. And they weren’t all children or particularly simple. Graduate students — even professors — started quoting you in their papers. You started to believe you were on to something. What’s more: you couldn’t really prove you were wrong. Someone in a newspaper called you the leading authority on mysticism the other day. There’s no going back now.

Personality: Although you have an unfettered and romantic imagination, you are uncomfortable in most social situations, with increasing discomfort arising from increasing formality. You take your social cues from those you admire intellectually, which does not always advance your best interests and probably explains your spinsterhood. Even so, you spend little time worrying about your social status, because time spent away from your writing and correspondence is all too often time wasted.

Connection: Walter Winston was one of your most dedicated readers. He began corresponding with you after your second book. An anecdote of his, concerning some sex cult, ended up in your third book. Come to think of it much of your research for your first series was really just things you picked out of his letters, changed some names, and embellished on. That Walter himself never really picked up on this was a surprise to you; he probably just thought they were similar tales that worked to confirm his own. The letters stopped coming back in 1924, but you still sent him a gratis copy of every volume of the next two series you wrote.

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