Supernatural Response Team (SRT)

Posted: February 8, 2010 in Horror, Modern, RPG
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There’s been a bunch of discussion lately on the Mythic forum, that started with All Flesh Must Be Eaten by Eden Studios, and expanded onto the Unisystem system.  This made me realize that I’d gotten a PDF a while back from Eden studios.  It’s CJ Carrella’s Witchcraft.  It’s a neat game!  Characters play modern day “gifted” or their associates, who hunt supernatural evil and look to prevent a coming supernatural apocalypse.

Of course this got me thinking…I’d written a short story a while back about a CSI type setup, but one that uses occult or supernatural means to do their “detecting”.  I started there and expanded on the concept, so that the team is more than just a detection lab, but rather a response team to take care of problems that are beyond the scope of the legal system.  Kind of a supernatural NCIS.

Thus was born the concept of the Supernatural Response Team (SRT) of the local Police Department.  I wasn’t sure where to set them, the original story was in San Francisco, and I have a soft spot for LA…but really the location isn’t as important until play starts.  It could just as easily be in Bonn, or London or Shanghai, or Clearwater Beach Florida.

This then calls for a group template.  I’ve touched on this concept before, briefly.  I love the idea.  The concept of the group template is to provide a context for all character creation for a campaign.  If you want to play in the campaign, you need to make a character to fit into this setting.  So here then is the group template for the SRT:

Group concept: This is a group of investigators and “troubleshooters” who are called upon by the local police to deal with crimes and events of a supernatural origin.  If possible they are to work within the confines of the law: collect evidence, process suspects and put them behind bars.  This falls down quite often though.  What charges can you press against someone for trying to call down the Mad Gods to defile all life?  Especially when they haven’t so much as littered.  That calls for work beyond the law, and this team has to be able to deal with that.

Setting: The SRT operates out of a seperate building to the rest of the police department.  As “permanent contractors” the SRT operate as an arms’ length group on exclusive contract to the city and the department.

Some stock characters: These may be either NPCs or PCs.
A Necromancer “coroner” who can question the victims even when they’re dead.
Mundane human police officer who liases with the rest of the department.
Sentinal leader type, the driven warrior, passionate about his personal war on the evil supernatural

Some questions to consider in making the characters:
How do these folks inter-relate?  Are they simply co-workers, or are there older established relationships here too?  Did the Bast who hangs around and is the “mascot” of the SRT actually save the leader’s life at one point, many years ago?  How do the Wicce and the Sentinal get along…and why?

So!  Let’s craft some characters!  You and me.  Download a copy of Witchcraft (it’s free, I mean totally free, at RPGnow.com) and design a character into this template.  Send it to me, or post it on your blog and leave the a link in the comments.  Tell me if the template works, tell me what it needs.  I’m going to try and trot up a couple of characters myself and we can put them all together and we’ll see what the SRT looks like in the end.

There’s been a bunch of discussion lately on the Mythic forum, that started with All

Flesh Must Be Eaten by Eden Studios, and expanded onto the Unisystem system.  This made

me realize that I’d gotten a PDF a while back from Eden studios.  It’s CJ Carrolla’s

Witchcraft.  It’s a neat game!  Characters play modern day “gifted” or their associates,

who hunt supernatural evil and look to prevent a coming supernatural apocalypse.

Of course this got me thinking…I’d written a short story a while back about a CSI type

setup, but one that uses occult or supernatural means to do their “detecting”.  I

started there and expanded on the concept, so that the team is more than just a

detection lab, but rather a response team to take care of problems that are beyond the

scope of the legal system.  Kind of a supernatural NCIS.  They are the Supernatural

Response Team (SRT) of the local Police Department.  I wasn’t sure where to set them,

the original story was in San Francisco, and I have a soft spot for LA…but really the

location isn’t as important until play starts.  It could just as easily be in Bonn, or

London or Shanghai, or Clearwater Beach Florida.

This then calls for a group template.  I’ve touched on this concept before, briefly.  I

love the idea.  The concept of the group template is to provide a context for all

character creation for a campaign.  If you want to play in the campaign, you need to

make a character to fit into this setting.  So here then is the group template for the

SRT:

Group concept: This is a group of investigators and “troubleshooters” who are called

upon by the local police to deal with crimes and events of a supernatural origin.  If

possible they are to work within the confines of the law: collect evidence, process

suspects and put them behind bars.  This falls down quite often though.  What charges

can you press against someone for trying to call down the Mad Gods to defile all life?

Especially when they haven’t so much as littered.  That calls for work beyond the law,

and this team has to be able to deal with that.

Setting: The SRT operates out of a seperate building to the rest of the police

department.  As “permanent contractors” the SRT operate as an arms’ length group on

exclusive contract to the city and the department.

Some stock characters: These may be either NPCs or PCs.
A Necromancer “coroner” who can question the victims even when they’re dead.
Mundane human police officer who liases with the rest of the department.
Sentinal leader type, the driven warrior, passionate about his personal war on the evil

supernatural

Some questions to consider in making the characters:
How do these folks inter-relate?  Are they simply co-workers, or are there older

established relationships here too?  Did the Bast who hangs around and is the “mascot”

of the SRT actually save the leader’s life at one point, many years ago?  How do the

Wicce and the Sentinal get along…and why?

So!  Let’s craft some characters!  You and me.  Download a copy of Witchcraft (it’s

free, I mean totally free, at RPGnow.com) and design a character into this template.

Send it to me, or post it on your blog and leave the a link in the comments.  Tell me if

the template works, tell me what it needs.  I’m going to try and trot up a couple of

characters myself and we can put them all together and we’ll see what the SRT looks like

in the end.

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