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Space Patrol: Investigator


50 points

Every member of the Space Patrol is trained in basic investigative techniques. You are a skilled detective, the one your team calls on when the mystery is too great. Whether your official duties keep you in the cockpit, the engine room, or the sickbay, you’re there to uncover what others would prefer stayed hidden.

Attributes: IQ +1 [20].

Secondary Characteristics: Per +1 [5].

Advantages: A total of 15 points chosen from Acute Senses [2/level], Contact Group [Varies], Contacts [Varies], Eidetic Memory [5] or Photographic Memory [10], Honest Face [1], Intuition [15], Natural Copper 1 [10], Sensitive [5] or Empathy [15], Serendipity [15], or Single-Minded [5].

Disadvantages: A total of -10 points chosen from Compulsive Snooping [-5*], Curious [-5*], Honesty [-10*], Loner [-5*], Obsession (Solve a personal mystery) [-5 or -10*], Overconfidence [-5*], Selfish [-5*] or Selfless [-5*], or Truthfulness [-5*].

Skills: Five of Current Affairs/TL11 (Headline News, People, or Politics) (E) IQ+2 [4]; Criminology/TL11, Cryptography (Code-Breaking), Electronics Operation (Security or Surveillance), Interrogation, Photography/TL11, or Research/TL11, all (A) IQ+1 [4]; Forensics/TL11, Intelligence Analysis/TL11, Law (Space), or Psychology, all (H) IQ [4]; Body Language, Observation, or Search, all (A) Per+1 [4]; or Detect Lies (H) Per [4].

* Multiplied for self-control number; see p. B120.

Customization Notes

The sleuth relies on talent and instinct more than raw intellect to solve mysteries. Take advantages like Natural Copper and Sensitive. Disadvantages like Loner and Selfless lead to a character that is gruff but has a heart of gold. Important skills include Body Language, Observation, and Detect Lies.

The genius is the classic detective, brilliant and aloof. This character calls on “scientific” investigative skills such as Criminology, Forensics, Intelligence Analysis, and Psychology. Disadvantages like Compulsive Snooping and Overconfidence and advantages like Photographic Memory and Single-Minded complete the picture.

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