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Dr. Paul Odko

Name Dr. Paul Odko Player Damon

Occupation Alienist Drive Curiosity
Occupational Benefits
Because you are a licensed medical doctor, you can use Medicine as an Interpersonal ability to gain access to mental records, sanitarium wards, medical records, and hospital wards.

You make Psychoanalysis tests for Psychological Triage at Difficulty 3 (instead of 4). It costs you 1 Psychoanalysis point (instead of 2) to stabilize an erratic character. You can recover 1 Stability for yourself per Psychoanalysis point you spend.


Health Stability Sanity
Total 10 10 8
Current 6 0 4

Investigative skills General skills
Skill Total Current Skill Total Current
Architecture 1 1 Athletics 2 2
Anthropology 1 1 Driving 4 4
Biology 2 2 Electrical repair 2 2
Languges 2 2 Firearms 2 2
Assess Honesty 4 4 First aid 8 8
Credit Rating 3 3 Fleeing 6 6
Law 1 1 Mechanical Repair 2 2
Flattery 1 1 Psychoanalysis 10 8
Library use 2 2 Scuffling 4 2
Medicine 2 2 Sense Trouble 7 2
Reassurance 3 0 Shadowing 2 2
Forensics 1 1 Stealth 2 2
Pharmacy 2 2
Interrogation 2 1
Bureaucracy 1 1
Geology 1 1
Evidence collection 1 1

Sources of Stability
Jonas, one of your early patients, whom you treated at Dixmont
Dr. Masterson, a close friend on the Philadelphia licensing board
Dr. Johns, a professor of behavioral science at your alma mater (deceased)
Pillars of Sanity
The unflagging advance of scientific understanding
Your belief in the ability of the mind to expand its understanding to encompass anything it can perceive

Background: At medical school, your interest in the intricacies of the mind far surpassed any draw the menial functions of the rest of the body held. Your professional career began at Dixmont Hospital for the Insane, where your curiosity continued to thrive. While your contemporaries were primarily driven to cure their patients of their psychological afflictions, you’d rather prolong them if only to study them better. As the Great Depression set in and the hospital lost a majority of its funding, you decided to go into private practice rather than suffer a reduced salary. But the inane complaints of the clients who could afford your services soon bored you, and you began to seek out stranger and more disturbed customers — whether they had the cash or not.

Personality: You are driven by a need to discover that which is unknown and to understand that which is elusive. From time to time this compulsion has seen you neglect good hygiene, offend the overly sensitive, and propose the unthinkable for the sake of argument. It probably explains your continued bachelorhood. Even for the social drawbacks it brings, though, you are never more alive than when debating and dissecting wild theories with the potential to explain even wilder peculiarities. You would not change the fundamental makeup of your psyche if you could.

Connection: You were hired to consult a pharmaceutical magnate named Walter Winston. Having just left Dixmont, you welcomed the stable source of income. The man had suffered some ordeal in 1924 and, according to his family, had never been the same since. At the time, you were less interested in what happened to him than the psychological barriers he had constructed to block it out. When his wife passed away in 1932, you were let go. Then when you heard that Walter died earlier this year, you suddenly became intrigued by the incident that haunted this man’s life. When his daughter Janet Winston-Rogers telephoned, you thought you might have your chance to find out the truth — or something close to it.

A letter from Dr. Odko Allow me to introduce myself, I am Doctor Paul Odko. I study the peculiarities of the fragile human mind. Prior to budgetary cut-backs I worked at Dixmont Hospital for the Insane. Since my departure from the Hospital I have entered private practice. And most exciting - I have started to shun my office in favor of "field" psychology. I visit several soup kitchens and homeless shelters to talk to the down and out. They have quite fragile minds, you know. Many of these poor souls have quite fascinating stories to tell. Indeed they tell unbelievable tales. I have helped them to unburden their troubled minds with the simple introduction of thinly sliced peyote buttons into their soup. Unethical you say? Nonsense, this is cutting edge scientific research and quite interesting. Many mental ailments tend to concentrate around preposterous ideas concocted by sick minds. I won't trouble you with their horrors. The introduction of indigenous natural medicines has helped my subjects to communicate their neuroses, psychoses, and other behaveral quirks. In fact, it was my work with these unfortunates that brought me to the attention of Mr. Winston's daughter, Mrs. Janet Winston-Rogers. I helped her cousin, Jonathon Meyers, through his troubled times. Unfortunately Jonathon was very sick and took his own life. But Mrs. Winston-Rogers was grateful that I helped her suffering cousin through his break from reality. Sometimes success in the mental illness profession is measured in a way that confounds the uninitiated. Now she provides a modest stipend so that my current research can continue. I am thinking of adding various extractions from the Asian poppy into my study.

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