Hi Ebb-- I'd like to make connections between Penn and PAtch if that's ok with you? Since Patch is their medic and does tattoos, I hope he would be very familiar with Penn. Could he have done piercings for her, as well as guild tattoos? He's probably stitched her up a few times, and has seen her at her worst-- in pain, with a broken bone, half-unconscious from blood loss-- but he's never seen her complain. I have a couple other ideas about moments from her past, too, that she wouldn't want advertised if your PC would know them and not talk about it.
That sounds great, Ixy. I think piercings would be well within Patch's wheelhouse. Hell, he'd probably do amputations if somebody was really into that.
Having him be aware of, and impressed by, her stoicism is a good thing. He's heard a lot of screaming and crying from big ole folks you wouldn't expect it from. Penn is kind of the exact opposite of that, which is fascinating. Also, feel free to send along the private stuff. Patch can keep a secret. Patch can also stitch peoples' lips together to help them understand the need for security.
For everybody else:
Anybody who wants to start with potions is welcome to. There's a small list that the club owns the recipes to. All are 1st level potions, so they can be manufactured for 17gp worth of raw materials. It takes a little while to get them done so best to not go overboard, but I imagine having 2 or 3 for your character to start with wouldn't be a big deal. Just burn the gold and write 'em down. And please be aware of the addiction rules PP posted earlier; gulping these down is not generally a good idea, and Patch won't brew up anything for a goddamn junkie.
Cure light wounds - Always good in a pinch. This one gives you a little bit of a buzz, too.
Mage armor - In case any of you lightly armored types want to go al fresco
Comprehend languages - Using words is always a good last resort.
Ventriloquism - The city guards fall for this one every damn time
. You think they'd wise up.
Monkey fish - It's a monkey! It's a fish! Ok, I got nothing. This one was on sale.
Ant haul - For bringing back the loot.
Memory lapse - And they say there aren't any second chances.
Polypurpose Panacea - Hangover cure! LSD! Super-booze! Nyquil! Sober-up Juice! NoDoz! Really, it's unclear why anybody would ever brew anything else.
I think having a standard gang tattoo is a great idea. In Sons of Anarchy the thing covered the whole back, and if you ever got kicked out of the club you'd get it inked over (or burned off, if the circumstances were bad). I don't know if we need to go that far, but at least a standard one on the arm would probably be good. I think part of the culture of these clubs is that you don't ever really go undercover -- you're proud of who you are and what you're part of. Anyway, Ebb the player is no artist, but if somebody wanted to design or find one, that would be cool.