NPC Dead Jesse
Character Name: Jesse Dean Flint
Alt character: Fell
Rank: Seasoned Experience: 25 Advances Left: 0
Race: Human (Harrowed)
Iconic Framework: MARS – Personal Concept aka Deadlands Harrowed Gunslinger
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d10
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6 (or 18 if using the edge: Fast as Death in Rifts); Parry: 7 ; Toughness: 10 or In Armor: 19 (6) ; Dominion: 0
HindrancesHindrance (Major): Always helps those in need. Hindrance (Minor): Drinking, although he can no longer get drunk as an undead he still loves the taste and warmth of whiskey. Hindrance (Minor): Poverty, cannot ever seem to hang onto money, spends it as fast or faster than gets it.
Edges(Free Edge, Human) Marksmanship: +2 Shooting when not moving. (Iconic Framework Roll) Brawny: +1 toughness +1 Str die. (Iconic Framework Roll) Ambidextrous: two handed. (Fortune and Glory Roll) Strong Willed: +2 Intimidation and Taunt, +2 to resist tests of will. (Becoming Harrowed): Harrowed is considered an Edge but does not cost anything in the usual way partner. Just ya life! (Free Edge, Becoming Harrowed) Cat Eyes: see in darkness and +2 Notice. (Initial Advances/Hindrances) Quick Draw: draw not count as action. (Initial Advances/Hindrances) Quick: initiative card 5 or less get new higher card. (Novice 1 Advance) Trade Mark Weapon: see below. (Novice 2 Advance) Improved Trade Mark Weapon: +2 Shooting. (Novice 3 Advance) Combat Reflexes: +2 to Spirit roll vs Shaken. (Novice 4 Advance) Fast as Death: double Pace. (Seasoned 1 Advance) Spider: wall walker.
Harrowed AbilitiesCoup: Can count coup on Others. See below post in the topic. (Also upon becoming Harrowed receive one free Harrowed Edge: picked, Cat Eyes). Dominion: Score: 0. Undeath: Considered a d-bee or demon on Rifts Earth, if recognized as undead. Being undead grants the harrowed a +2 to toughness, needs only 1d6 hours of sleep per night, immune to nonlethal damage, “death” only puts the Harrowed out of commission for 1d6 days. Only and incapacitating head shot can kill the hero for good, immune to poison and disease. How Died/Permanent Wound: Rope burns around neck – generally can pass for living unless (notice roll) one really looks. Most people just assume “Dead” Jesse is a nickname, but most eventually realize the true of the matter if they end up spending any time with the deader.
Additional Notes on being Harrowed:
• Coup: See later Post below.
• Dominion: See below.
• Undeath: See below.
About Being Harrowed:
Some might believe they’re just too tough to die, but the fact of the matter is no human can pull off the resurrection act alone. To crawl back out of the grave, a deceased soul has to catch a ride from a demon, or Manitou, as the Native Americans call them. This Manitou holes up inside its host and grants it powers not normally available to the dead, like walking and talking, to name a couple.
These undead are known as Harrowed, or literally “dragged forth from the earth.”
Since one of the few ways a Manitou can actually be slain is if its host’s brain is destroyed, they only take this risk on those who really stand out in the crowd. That’s why your average chump just gets brought back on temporary terms, like zombie walking dead.
In order for this arrangement to function, both the host and the Manitou need each other: the host provides the body and the Manitou the means to keep it moving. They don’t often play nice with each other, leading to a constant battle for control. Most of the time, the Manitou is content to sit back and enjoy the ride, letting the Harrowed go about his daily unlife.
Every now and then, though, the demon makes a go for squeezing into the driver’s seat. If it’s strong enough, it can take control of you for a while and raise a little Hell. And that’s the whole reason they’re around!
How Dominion Works
When a Harrowed first returns to the land of the (un)living, they have a vivid memory of suffering through their worst nightmare—and with good reason. You see, the demon put the through its own little corner of Hell before it let him out in an attempt to weaken his resolve. Worse, it continues to do so every night of their existence from then on.
Recently offed characters who return as Harrowed, as well as those who begin the game with the Harrowed Edge, start with a Dominion of 0. This means the host and the Manitou are roughly on equal footing. When the GM tells you to make a Dominion roll, make a Spirit roll and add your current Dominion. This is opposed by the Manitou . Your deader’s Dominion can never go below –4 or above +4.
Success: The Harrowed retains control and gains 1 point of Dominion, or 2 points with a raise.
Failure: The manitou takes over (and no doubt gets up to some evil shenanigans); your hero loses 1
Dominion point, or 2 if the manitou scored a raise. Tie: The manitou doesn’t get control, but the fight
leaves your Harrowed Shaken.
The Unlife of a Harrowed
If you’re wondering what it’s like to be a Harrowed, let’s just say it’s got its ups and downs. Sure, being a walking corpse has its advantages when lead starts flying, but on the other hand, you’re also if people catch on that you are actually a walking corpse it has a tendency to make you a little less popular with most folks.
It should come as no surprise that anything bad enough to put a fella down leaves a mark. A Harrowed’s “death wound” is healed on resurrection, but always leaves some scar or deformity. In your case this is a stab wound on your chest. Harrowed are not left so disfigured that they’re instantly recognizable as undead—that would defeat the manitou’s purpose.
The living dead have wan, ashen skin. Since the manitous sustain their bodies, they don’t rot, but they don’t smell like roses either. Anyone who gets close to a Harrowed picks up the smell of decay with a Notice roll.
A Harrowed can “pickle” themself for a day or so by drinking a quart of liquor. Other possibilities are certain herbs or perfumes that may mask the scent. Animals can always tell, no matter what. Riding rolls and any other rolls involving the cooperation of animals may suffer a –2 penalty. Unless of course it was a harrowed horse.
Harrowed do not reproduce.
Food and Drink
Harrowed need meat to patch themselves up, but it can be fresh or rotten. Each time a Harrowed makes a healing roll, she consumes a
pound of flesh. The character has to eat the meat, but it doesn’t have to be cooked.
Undead don’t need water, and you can’t get drunk either—which helps with the whole “pickling” They aren’t affected by drugs or poison and can’t catch a normal disease. Supernatural diseases and effects are fair game, though.
Crawling out of your own grave has a habit of toughening you up on the psychological front. Once you’re already dead, it takes a little more to put the frighteners on you than the average person. For this reason, Harrowed characters add +2 to Fear tests.
Harrowed don’t need sleep, as such, but the manitou powering their bodies requires 1d6 hours of rest every 24 hours to recharge itself. And, unlike living people, the Harrowed can’t just down a cup of java to stay awake. When it’s time to “sleep,” the manitou simply shuts down. You can try to resist, but must make a Spirit roll every hour or keel over on the spot. This roll gets harder as the night drags on, with each additional roll suffering a cumulative –1 penalty to a maximum of –3.
Fortunately, the manitou maintains some awareness of its surroundings, so Harrowed are just as likely to wake up as other folks if trouble rears its head.
The living dead are a fairly hardy lot. They don’t take Fatigue from normal sources, and they’re pretty much immune to nonlethal damage. Though they do suffer wounds normally, they can’t be put down except by destroying their brain. A head shot is the only way to kill a Harrowed. A called shot to the head does the trick, as does a Head result on the Injury Table. In the latter case, if the hero fails her Incapacitation roll, she’s dead for good.
Harrowed Incapacitated by damage to other body parts are only knocked out of commission for 1d6 days. After that, they regain consciousness and can drag themselves around until they can scrounge enough meat to heal their limbs. They can even regrow lost limbs this way. Harrowed don’t feel pain nor do they really bleed, so they never bleed out and can ignore all the effects of such. They do take wound penalties, but in their case these reflect the damage to the Harrowed’s muscles and bones. Of course, slipping around in your own blood and guts can throw off one’s game as well.
See below Post on how Counting Coup works on Rifts.
The two Coup Jesse has counted prior to arriving in Rifts:
1.) Dead Jesse fought a Deadlands Hanging Judge prior to being Rifted to Rifts Earth. Afterward he Counted Coup on the thing and received twin Colt Peacemaker six guns from the judge. Hangin’ judges are horrors of the highest order. If a hangin’ judge is destroyed, a Harrowed gets the judge’s twin, autoloading Army revolvers as coup. They won’t even fire a single shot in the hands of a living person, however. See JD’s character sheet / gear for details.
2.) The deader Jesse also killed a bogie man. As a Harrowed he gained an immediate die type increase to his Stealth skill (or gains it at d4 if he did not have it before), as well as a +2 bonus to Intimidation rolls against anyone with the Young Hindrance. On the flip side, the Harrowed suffers +2 damage from attacks made by those with the Young Hindrance.
Up till now he has not Counted Coup on Rifts. Once he does they will be listed below:
…and that’s what it means to be one of the undead.
Further details of Harrowed Edges:
Requirements: Novice, Harrowed
The character gets +2 to all Notice rolls to spot visual clues.
He also ignores penalties for Dim and Dark lighting conditions.
Fast as Death
Requirements: Novice, Harrowed
Normally, dead bodies don’t move very fast.
But the Harrowed with this Edge can move with supernatural speed (x3 Pace Maxed out on Rifts), per the power (see the Deadlands Player’s Guide), when the need arises.
The Harrowed makes a Spirit roll to activate the speed power, which cannot be maintained beyond its base duration, costs no Power Points, and has a range of Self. This sort of treatment takes its toll on a corpse, though: Immediately following each use of the Fast as Death Edge, the deader must succeed on a Vigor roll (–2) or suffer a level of Fatigue that fades after an hour’s rest.
Requirements: Seasoned, Harrowed
With this Edge, a Harrowed clings to surfaces like its namesake. This works like the wall walker power (see Savage Worlds), except the Harrowed activates the Edge with a Spirit roll, it costs no Power Points, and it cannot be used to affect additional targets.
It requires concentration to keep this Edge active, so the hero suffers a –2 penalty to all other Trait rolls while maintaining the Spider Edge.
Armor: NG Maverick & ponchoLight polycarbonate and ceramic plates form a distinctive “New Western” style. The armor comes with armored leggings and a polycarbonate “cowboy hat.” Maverick riding armor provides +3 Armor and +1 Toughness. Modified Stats: +6 Armor, +3 Toughness
Arcane dual Hanging Judges Colt Peacemaker Six Guns – Right and left hip drop holsters.Range: 24/48/96 Damage: 2d6+2, AP 4 ROF: 1 Payload: unlimited- See Counting Coup. Weight: 2 Note: Originally from Deadlands ’verse.
TX-26 Particle Beam Pistol – Left chest holster hidden under poncho.Range: 10/20/40 Damage: 2d8+3, AP 4 RoF: 1 Shots: 15 Weight: 5 lbs Cost: 35,000 Notes: Semi-Auto. (2 mags)
NG-LG6 Laser Rifle – Sling, across back.Range: 25/50/100 Damage: 3d6+2 RoF: 1 AP: 2 Shots: 20 (2 mags) Weight: 19 lbs Cost: 20,000 Notes: Min Str d6, SA. Integrated grenade launcher (Range 18/36/72, Damage per grenade 8 shots. See Below.).
Armor Piercing – Quantity: 24 on bandolier around chest.Range: 5/10/20 Damage: 3d8 RoF: 1 AP: 8 Shots: — Weight: 0.25 Cost: 700 Notes: Mega Damage, SBT
Vibro-Knife – Right boot.Damage: Str+d6 Weight: 2 lbs Cost: 7,000 Notes: AP 4
NG-S2 Survival Pack, One silver cross – worn, 6 × wooden stakes – attached to pack, 600 credits.