First, yes, I had done the math wrong. I'd forgotten the additional +2 from my Studious feat. Her Research is +15, not 13.
Also, I tightened up her skills a bit, focusing a bit more on her core, Nancy Drewness. This means I dropped Concentrate and Gather Information. She's still a student, and hasn't really been tested enough to have Concentrate, and Gather Information is too much a people-skill. She's no misanthrope, but she's no socialite, either. I also dropped Ride. It was cute, but that's it. Of the three I dropped, that's the one that hurts the most. I might put it back, just 'cause.
I also changed how I listed her skills, putting the total bonus in parenthesis, so I won't have to calculate on the fly, and will be less likely to miss things like my Studious feat or Class Skills.Jessica Kane
Daughter of Elizabeth Kane, daughter of Beatrice Kennedy. It was Beatrice who took the family tradition, handed down from mother to daughter, a sacred charge since at least the Middle Ages, of fighting supernatural evil, and turned it into a business. Since then, Jesus & James Detective Agency has been the front for their ongoing war against the forces of evil. Robert Kane was the son of a drunkard who got himself possessed by a demon. After Beatrice and a Catholic exorcist managed to banish the demon, Beatrice took Robert under her wing, and found him work at the agency. Today, he’s CEO, though Grammie Bea still calls the shots.
Jessi, as her friends call her (never Jess), was raised to take on the family tradition. Where other girls might learn Grandmother’s recipe for chicken and dumplings, or makeup tips from Mom, Jessi learned how to spot the supernatural, and how to shoot and care for semi-automatic pistols. Still, she’s managed to live a mostly normal life. She’s had a few boyfriends, attends a small private Catholic school, and her parents have been able to keep the Things That Go Bump in the Night away from home. Supernatural Evil has apparently written off west Texas, at any rate, so the agency now spends more of its time doing the usual work of detective agencies: tracking down deadbeats and trailing cheating spouses.
The exchange program that sent Jessica to Japan was supposed to be something of a vacation for her. No memorizing the Spates Catalog or Tobin’s Spirit Guide. Not spending every other Sunday afternoon down at the shooting range. She hasn’t even been to confession since she landed in Tokyo.
An entire semester without ghosts and vampires, spirits or demons. Beth and Rob thought it was important for her to live, at least a brief while, as a normal girl.
Grammie Bea, of course, knew better…
So far Jessi enjoys Japan. She’s picked up the language pretty quickly, it’s a lovely country, and the people are very polite. But she doesn’t fit in very well. At 5’8”, she was tall back home. In Japan, she feels like Godzilla. When she first saw how the girls tittered behind their hands instead of laughing out loud, she thought it was cute. Then it got annoying. Now that she’s caught herself doing it, it’s starting to piss her off. Even worse, some of the boys are convinced that all girls from America are sluts. Sure, she’s not as pure as fresh-fallen snow anymore; she’s had her share of back-seat romance. But she’s not some whore, ready to spread her legs for any guy who winks at her, and she very nearly started a riot when she ground the heel of her shoe on the instep of some dirty old freak who groped her on the subway. And while she grew up wearing school uniforms, she hasn’t had to wear one since she started high school. She didn’t remember the pleated plaid skirts she used to wear being quite this short...
And Japan is eyeball-deep in the supernatural. You’d have to be blind not to see it, and she can’t understand how people can’t not be freaked out by it. Most of the spirits she’s seen have been fairly tame, hanging around the shrines and playing with fallen leaves. She thinks she saw a kitsune, but it wasn’t there when she looked again. So she’s a lot more relaxed than when she first arrived. Which, as Grammie Bea always said, is when the damned bastards are sure to jump you.
Smart Hero Level 5
Fort +1, Ref +3 (+2 DEX), Will +4 (+1 WIS)
DEX: 14 +2
INT: 15 +2
WIS: 13 +1
CLASS SKILLS (+1 Competence Bonus)
Knowledge (Arcane Lore)
Read/Write: English (native), Latin, Mayan, Japanese, Spanish
Speak: English (native), Latin, Japanese, Spanish
Computer Use (INT) 4 (+7)
Decipher Script (INT) 4 (+8)
Investigate (INT) 6 (+8)
Knowledge: arcane lore (INT) 6 (+9)
Knowledge: history (INT) 4 (+6)
Knowledge: pop culture (INT) 4 (+6)
Knowledge: religion and philosophy (INT) 4 (+6)
Research (INT) 5 (+15)
Search (INT) 4 (+6)
Drive (DEX) 2 (+4)
Hide (DEX, armor check penalty) 4 (+6)
Move Silently (DEX, armor check penalty) 5 (+7)
Spot (WIS) 3 (+4)
Swim (STR, armor check penalty) 2 (+2)
Treat Injury (WIS) 4 (+5)
Exotic Weapons (katana)
Ghost Sight Goggles
Oni-Bane ribbon (either blue or silver)
access to secret (or maybe not-so-secret) online database of the occult and supernaturalWhile I imagine Witchbane Rounds are fairly standard tools of her family’s trade, I doubt she brought any with her to Japan, and even if she had, where would she get a gun to fire them?