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Nero Wolfe
Val Char Cost [Picture of Nero Wolfe]
10
11
10
18
25
20
25
10
5
5
3
4
20
28
STR
DEX
CON
BODY
INT
EGO
PRE
COM
PD
ED
SPD
REC
END
STUN
0
3
0
16
15
20
15
0
3
3
9
0
0
0
Cost Skills and Perks Roll
3
5
3
3
3
3
0
4
2
2
2
3
2
3
3
3
-2
-2
10
2
3
4
3
2
1
1
3
2
2
2
6
6
25
 
27
Conversation (PRE) *+
Deduction (INT) *+
High Society (PRE)
Persuasion (PRE) *
Psychology (INT) +
Linguist (Six languages)
Serbo-Croatian (Montenegrin native)
English, 5 point level (and shows it off)
Italian
French
Russian
Scholar (near-encyclopaedic knowledge)
KS: Gourmet (INT) (1 p.t. free, own hobby)
KS: Orchids (INT)
KS: Literature (INT)
KS: History (INT)
Sold off free Area Knowledge: New York City (never goes outside)
Sold off free PS: Detective 11-. Doesn't know when morgue closes
Perk: Wealthy. 90% tax bracket, charges outrageously
Perk: Private Investigator's License
Well Connected
Contact: NYC P.I. Saul Panzer
Contact: NYC P.I. Fred Durkin
Contact: NYC P.I. Orville "Orrie" Cather (RIP)
Contact: NYC P.I. John Joseph "Johnny" Keems (RIP)
Contact: English detective Ethelbert Hitchcock
7 Miscellaneous Favors from prior cases
Contact: Nathaniel Parker, Attorney (mostly for bail for AG)
Contact: Dr. Vollmer, Physician
Contact: Lon Cohen, editor, NYC "Gazette"
2 Skill Levels with Conversation, Deduction, Persuasion (*)
2 Skill Levels with Conversation, Deduction, Psychology (+)
Mysterious skills from "more active" past, including
Fam: Knives, Stealth, etc. Only used in "The Black Mountain."
Unspent
18-
18-
14-
16-
16-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14-
14-
14-
14-
 
 
 
 
 
14-
13-
12-
11-
8-
14-
13-
12-
12-
 
 
 
 
 
75+ Disadvantages
5
15
15
 
15
5
10
15
5
10
5
5
13
 
 
15
 
10
 
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
Age: 40+
Psych: Hates to leave his house. Common, Strong.
Psych: Medieval Code of Ethics (protects guests and clients,
never breaks word when given, home is castle, etc.). Common, Strong.
Psych: Conceited. Common, Strong
Psych: Distrusts cars. Uncommon, Moderate
Psych: Hates to break schedule. Common, Moderate
Psych: Misogynist (women irrational and devious). Common, Strong
Psych: Loves needling Archie. Uncommon, Moderate
Distinctive Features: big and fat. Concealable.
Phys: big and fat. Limited exertion, custom chairs/clothes, etc.
Hunted: miscellaneous dregs of prior cases, less pow., 8-
Watched: New York Law Enforcement, More Pow., 14-, NCI
NYC: D.A. Skinner, Inspector Cramer, Lt. Rowcliffe, Sgt. Purley Stebbins
Westchester County: DA ?, Det. Ben Dykes, Lt. Con Noonan.
Reputation, "World's greatest/most conceited/most expensive detective"
14-. (NYC and environs).
Dependents: Daughter Carla, Friend Marko Vukcik, Chef & Housekeeper
Fritz Brenner, Orchid-tender Theodore Horstmann, Normals, 8-
Quirk: Loves big words. Hates when they are misused.
Quirk: Grows orchids. Proud of them.
Quirk: Gourmet - eater and chef.
Quirk: Connoisseur (books, wines, rugs, brandy, globe).
Quirk: Favorite color yellow.
Quirk: Drinks beer (rare for a gourmet)
Quirk: American patriot
Quirk: Will not disturb others' meals. (French attitude to meals)
Quirk: Will not discuss business at meals.
OCV:4 DCV:4 ECV:7 Phases:4, 8, 12
Costs Char
84
Powers
139
Total
223
Disads
148
Base
75

Copyright © 1998 by George Ruban

Character History

From Montenegro, Yugoslavia. 300+ pounds - "seventh of a ton." "Beginning to show some gray." Nero Wolfe probably not original name. "I was more mobile then." Lives in house, sends out Archie to gather information and bring in suspects, "using your intelligence guided by experience," talks with suspects, often gathers information given away in conversation, to solve the case gathers all suspects and police in his office and makes the dramatic revelation. Often bluffs.
"The police have an army of trained men following the conventional paths - following leads, cracking alibis. If this case can be solved this way, they will solve it. I have no army - I have to take a different approach."
Loves fine food and orchids - generally in that order. He will not leave his house to investigate a case (this comes up almost every book), but will if he has to hide, or for very rare travel - about every five stories. Prone to lethargy - but Goodwin's needling keeps that away very effectively, so no points. Without Goodwin, wouldn't be very useful as a detective. Carla Lovchen, the estranged adopted daughter, only showed up in two stories, dying in "The Black Mountain." She was a Montegrin patriot, fighting for freedon from Yugoslavia. Arnold Zeck was an enemy crimelord who showed up in three stories, dying in "In the Best Families."

The watched by the police tends to turn into a hunted fairly often. As a licensed P.I., Wolfe has the obligation to report all crimes and evidence to the police. Often this is inconvenient, especially when the suspects are clients - then the P.I.'s have to solve the case quickly and dramatically, to avoid losing their licences, or even being arrested.


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