Pharmacist

A Trail of Cthulhu GMC in Armitage Files format

Name: Frank Warren

Physical Description: late 50s, papery complexion, thinning hair

Sinister: Frank Warren became a pharmacist to make use of the alchemical secrets his father taught him from the family collection of moldering Renaissance manuscripts. He chose to operate in this desperate urban neighborhood because it supplies him with an inexhaustible list of test subjects who will never be missed should something go wrong. In his insane rambles through the New England countryside he has stumbled across various remnants of creatures that should not be. These scraps of flesh he has distilled into an assortment of elixirs. Eventually he hopes to invent a cure for death, without the vulnerabilities of the quack system discovered by that fool, Dr. Muñoz. This noble ambition surely compensates for any number of quasi-indigents slightly hastened to their graves. Should Warren sense that the investigators pose a threat to him, he attempts to dose them with one of his more lethal concoctions.

Innocuous: Warren first set up shop when this was a nice neighborhood, before the rot set in. He notices the terrible things moving in the shadows, but doesn’t say anything. Who would believe him? Frank just wants to get home to his ailing wife Helen, bolt shut all three locks on his apartment door, and stay out of trouble.

Stalwart: Warren learned his profession at Miskatonic University. He could have established a pharmacy in the rich, safe part of town, but instead took over his father’s drug store. Here, people need him. He has only just begun to notice the moving shadows down on Fourteenth Street. Every time the hairs on his neck rise up, he makes a note with a stubby pencil in his notebook. Any day now he may ring up his old friend Armitage at the university to share his observations.

Alternate Names: Bob Du Brey, Sidney Alden, Wilfred Brecher

Alternate Descriptions (1): mid 40s, wavy hair, luxuriant mustache

(2): late 60s, inexplicably resembles Mark Twain

(3): early 60s, rounded glasses, forbidding brow

Defining Quirks: (1) suffers terrible hay fever; (2) hums songs from Astaire-Rogers movies; (3) looks at his fingernails when nervous

Academic and Technical Abilities: Medicine, Pharmacy

General Abilities: Athletics 2, First Aid 8, Fleeing 2, Health 2

Alertness Modifier: 1

Stealth Modifier: –1

 


 

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