The Railroad Job
An elderly Rat shaman who lives in Freeway Park, in Downtown Seattle
Sex/Race: Male human
Connection Rating: 2
Key Active Skills: Arcana 2, Assensing 6, Astral Combat 4, Biotech Skill Group 1, Conjuring Skill Group 6, Influence Skill Group 2, Instruction 4, Sorcery Skill Group 6, Stealth Skill Group 5
Knowledge Skills: Downtown Seattle 5, Free Spirits 4, Geomancy 3, Scavenger Sites 4, Magic Theory 6, Security Procedures 4, Organized Crime 4, Small Unit Tactics 4, Homeless Shelters 6
Uses: Street rumors, salvage, street knowledge, police operations
Places to Meet: Tucked in a corner near the Maynard Pavilion is a bower (a small “room” created by the overhanging branches of trees) in the trees made by Scarper, a rather strange little denizen of the park. Scarper is a Rat shaman and the park is his turf. He roams it at will because he doesn’t cause much trouble and he keeps the place clean. The authorities let him stay.
Once a shadowrunner himself, the elderly Rat shaman called Scarper now seems little more than a homeless drunk living it rough in Freeway Park. There is some truth that Scarper is a drunk, but he still functions quite well nonetheless. He lives in Freeway Park through choice, because that is where he feels closest to Rat. That does not mean he lives rough, for his spells and affinity with the local spirits allow him to live comfortably enough.
The local authorities allow Scarper free access to the park and don’t bother him, for he keeps it safe and clean in his own way. In a sense, he is an unpaid park attendant. A chronic neatness freak, Scarper likes everything just so and he is very house proud. His clothes may be out of fashion and a little strange, but they are clean and well kept. Such is the same with the corner of the park that he squats in at nights – a cluttered space that nevertheless has its own special order.
As a former shadowrunner, Scarper knows a few tricks of the trade and he’s often happy to help out any ‘youngsters’ that he may take a shine to. His casual side comments usually contain a grain of wisdom and may present useful advice if heeded. Scarper can be a chatty little soul if he takes a shine to someone.
Scarper is a short thin fellow with tufts of balding grey hair. His eyes dart nervously here and there and he almost always seems to be quivering, torn between curiosity and flight. A smile always seems to want to make its way to his lips, revealing his general good humor.