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phantom waters RPG
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In the 1940s a small water mill town was completely wiped out. The town had been ruled as a military personnel zone. All previous roads to the town were redirected, trees have flourished disrupting the pathways, and soon any trace of where the town was was forgotten...until now.
In 2014, an investigative YouTube group became popularized through their videos of supposedly ‘haunted’ caves, cemeteries, and abandoned houses. That fame was short-lived rivaling more popular channels with bigger equipment, bigger production budgets, and less hindrance with travel fees.
The group-although waned-never completely lost interest in their projects. By 2016 they graduated with their college bachelors. Only three members remained in their small Maine town, still stuck on recapturing the fame they once had but also dedicated to the passion of exploration and uncovering stories. The others travelled to see the world and continued on with their lives. 
January 2017-the group was tagged in an anonymous email about a cryptic “Small Water Mill town” that completely disappeared. Interests respark… A story no one has covered about a long-forgotten American town. 
The hunt is now live… 

investigative team roles
Lead Investigator: Co-hosts in front of the camera, has the most experience for exploring locations, allowed to make final decisions on investigation plans and can veto as the team leader. Does background research on lores and location spots. 

Case Manager: Scouts locations, checks up on Researcher’s progress, mentors other group members and facilitates group discussions, discovers possible challenges and obstacles the group may face with federal, state, and local laws. Creates procedures and policies for the team to follow. Coordinator of the investigation.

Investigator: Co-hosts in front of the camera, has a lot of experience and interest for exploring locations on a smaller scale. Can add input to meetings on location plans, video editing, equipment needs, and supports the lead investigator. (repo)

Equipment Manager: Has completely control over all the equipment. Carries essential gear such as first aid kits, radio, SPOT devices-GPS tracker, has their own research/analysis lab in the group’s van (preferably a chemistry major for this role). Besides equipment managing and lab testing, they’re also in charge of equipment protection and teaching the investigators how to use it (unless this falls under the evidence analyst’s speciality for more paranormal equipment and research). Works together with the evidence analyst.

Evidence Analyst: Works together with the Equipment Manager but is also specialized in EVP recording, Spirit boxes, etc. vs. regular exploring equipment like the manager is. Also the group’s safety guide.

Researcher: Does more of the behind-the-scenes work but is also on camera. They usually prepare interviews (and if the investigator can’t fill in, conducts them). They basically just pile on extra backstory information and usually refers to the case manager. (cheetah)

Trainee: Will be a NPC created by myself. The trainee is a new member of the original team and is basically in-training to be an investigator/researcher. 

paranormal interests
*Lead-Investigator is heavily encouraged to choose one of the three FINAL interests, this is to compensate for their ability to veto group decisions and make up for smaller investigative team roles.

Demonologist - An expert on all things related to demons and religious spells. They can perform an exorcism if needed. (1)

Occultist - They are quite centered on witchcraft and paganism. Very well versed in types of spells (will be more on the spiritual side) and history origins. (1)

Medium - Is sensitive to energies surrounding them. This can deplatate their moods. Easier access to the spiritual side of their environment. (repo)

Cryptozoologist - Someone who is well versed in the creatures of the unknown (black lagoon, bigfoot, werewolves, etc.) (cheetah)

UFOlogist - Someone who is well versed in alien research, possible military holdings, spacecrafts, and other-worldly phenomena. (1)

USOlogist - Someone who is well versed in underwater phenomena and mythological creatures. (1)

town history/information
Here is a section you can refer to when you describe their biography.
Town: Spring Haze
*The town is famous for it’s beautiful haze during the first day of Spring. Tourists come to watch the haze every year, students usually are partying in the fields.
State: Maine
Elementary/middle/high school: Spring Haze
Haze & Pop Diner
Coffee shop: Hazel Leaves
(THIS TOWN IS OBSESSED WITH THE HAZE OKAY. IT’S FAMOUS FOR IT ANYWAYS. Also the students end school early in the spring because of the haze.)
Poor side of town: The  Deserters
Rich side of town: Fellowers
Middle-class: Middleground
*more to be added as the history is developed, these are just places/concepts you may wanna add in your biography.

Notes - 
Age - Remember these are recently post-grad students, their age range should be early 20s. If you want a character to be a few years older (and explain they were held back or didn’t graduate on time) that is fine. This also applies if they’re a few years younger (skip grades or graduated early). That is also fine. Age ranges shouldn’t be more than 4 years older or younger than 21-22. The reasoning behind this restriction is because the group were together for most of their lives growing up, their friendships/relationships are entirely up to you and will be developed/discussed after all the characters are submitted. College dropouts/break years are fine!
Bachelor degree - I do want to know what major your character chose, what motivated them to do so, and what job it led them to have in the real world (which is also why I want them to be around a certain age). What was that experience like for them? How did it make them grow/regress? 
Paranormal interest - For this section you’ll obviously choose one of the 6 interests. I do want to add that I insist you also discuss a story that fits under their interest that really connects with the character. For example, if I chose USOlogist, I’d have my character be a HUGE fan of the loch ness monster and talk a little about why they love the story so much. Just a little more background of that particular interest will really go a long way for a more grounded reason why they love what they love.
Political viewpoint - I wanna know what they think is UP. Who do they support during 2017? What side do they fall on? The political sphere is VAST and it does influence their personality, how they perceive themselves, and others! Also how do they view other people’s political viewpoints? It makes for interesting, complex drama.
Social viewpoint - By this I mean do they have a superior or inferior complex? What do they think about racism, sexism, inclusion, disabilities, etc. (Please at least cover the first four because it does come into play in the story). You can have challenging views to add range (supports gay rights, but doesn’t support women’s pay raise for instance)! 

Investigative team role: 
Paranormal Interest:
Bachelor Degree + Job:
Motivations for returning:
Internal/External Strengths/Weaknesses:
Why is this character important to YOU, the writer, what weight will they hold in the story?
Medium and investigator on hold! TY!
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We have a payload to deliver to the heart of our nearest star. We are delivering that payload cause that star is dying and, if it dies, we die, everything dies. So that is our mission, there is nothing, literally nothing, more important than completing our mission. End of story.

Researcher and Cryptozoologist
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Trainee and nothing!
Evidence analysts and UFOlogist >>
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Here`s to four straight years
of pre-gaming with the dead...

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Natalie “Nat” Lum
Researching Cryptozoologist
Degree: Bachelor’s of Folklore & Mythology 
Job: Folklore Vlogger / Manages Folklore museum
Age: 25

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Nat is a kind yet confrontational person. She is brutally honest- to a fault -often getting herself into trouble by speaking her mind in inappropriate situations. But she can’t help it- she was raised to be a confident and passionate person. She is an extremely kind and supportive friend, but she will not hold back when she believes something. This ties into her extremely genuine belief in Urban Legends, folklore, and mythology. She is very passionate about it and even runs a separate YouTube account that covers all the new and intricate things she brings into her museum. The account is a moderate success, often garnering 100k views per video. But she isn’t exactly a Youtube “celebrity” and carries a second job of course. She can be really defensive of her line of work, finding it really upsetting if anyone doubts her “stories” or declares her studies a pseudoscience. She’s never really let go of those beliefs, and will often break into long winding tales of various creatures she’s found evidence of. 

Because of this she has a strong knowledge of everything supernatural and paranormal, she’s an expert really. She’s always excited to share her knowledge about various things and if she doesn’t know it right off the bat she can often refresh her memory fairly quickly with her resources and provide the necessary 

She’s a very “Strange” woman in the nicest of ways. She’s very peculiar more or less, because she doesn’t care what people think of her. She lets any insults that come her way brush right off her, because she’s content in who she is & what she wants and believes in. She’s not insecure at all, but she does get frustrated that many people don’t really appreciate her individuality or her sense of self. She wants a real relationship- whether that be with a man or a woman -with someone who loves her for who she is and doesn’t expect her to conform to the norms of the rest of the world.

Nat was always a curious kid. She grew up in the countryside in a cabin by the woods. She was raised and homeschooled by her father until her college years- as her mother died giving birth to her. Her father was a kind and gentle soul, but would every so often get severely depressed. He always made sure not to take it out on his daughter, but she knew that when he would lock himself in his room for days that he was not well. She would try and cheer him up by slipping food or drawings under the door but to no avail. She couldn’t help but feel somewhat responsible for his suffering (despite the fact that his depression actually had little to do with her or her mother’s death, and it was a clinical depression diagnosed years prior). But every time he would come back and their bond would be stronger than ever. Over the years he eventually got help for his depression and would need to lock himself in the room less and less. They are best friends really, a bond that could never be broken. 

This is part of why she got so into the realms of Cryptozoology and Mythology and folklore. It’s what her father did. He would often tell her stories of these mystical creatures & she would believe every word. She and him would try their best to discover evidence of the creatures on little adventures they would take. They never found the creatures, but those adventures would always be something Nat cherished. 

Her father was sad to see her go when she turned 21- but she figured she’d better go to university to secure a degree in something she’s passionate about. She had considered skipping it all together and focusing on her career, but she had always missed the “real” school experience and her father supported her desires to go to College away from home. This is when she joined the investigative team which really 

Political & Social Viewpoints
Very liberal & open minded. She’s always very empathetic of others feelings & supports them. IDK man she loves the gays. 

Motivations For Returning
She’s passionate about it, and generally wants to make her father proud.

Internal/External Strengths/Weaknesses
She’s a bit too blunt at times, can be a bit oblivious to what she’s saying/doing. Can often get zoned out in her research and need to be nudged gently on the shoulder to be woken up.

Why is this character important to YOU, the writer, what weight will they hold in the story?
She’s a cute cinnamon roll who is passionate about the research & is a generally lovable and cute individual. Very funny and cool. She’s awesome.
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The Evidence Analyst

Age: Twenty-Two

Sexuality: Straight

Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science

Job: Works Every Friday, Saturday, and Monday at The Spring Haze Public Library

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Benjamin is the walking, talking definition of "The Nice Guy". He's helpful, honest, and very charming when the time calls for it; but make it clear you have no intention of giving back what he gives? Well then you may as well be a pile of dog shit stuck to the bottom of his shoe. It's not that he's expecting much from every person he meets, but he's at least expecting some human decency at most.
He's also very also earnest and humble, being very open and accepting with minimal role in the group. In fact he prefers it, finding great solace in being behind-the-scenes where he can go over every the group has found in peace.
That said he can also be very stubborn when he wants to be, especially when he feels he's right and the rest of the group (*cough*world*cough*) is wrong. He may prefer to stay behind-the-scenes, but if he's got the answer and you've decided to ignore him? Then he'll come forth and show you what needs to be done.
Despite this he can also be very protective, a personality trait most find endearing, though a few can find it incredibly grating at times.

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Originally born in England,  Benji was barely five years old when his father suddenly moved him and his family from Wolverhampton to the hazy town of Spring Haze, Maine. It was supposed to be the start of an adventure for the family, for Mr. Stanley had planned to open up a restaurant in town square and move his family to the rich side of town; but unfortunately life had different plans for the Stanley family.
Not even a week after their arrival at Spring Haze, Mr. Stanley lost control of his rental car and crashed head-on into a tree; dying instantly upon impact. His family was devastated, and Mrs. Stanley (a woman who dropped out of high school upon getting pregnant) was forced to become the family's breadwinner.
Thankfully the family had Sheila, Benji's older sister, who was able to help keep the family float; but this isn't about Sheila. Oh, no. This isn't about Sheila at all.
Benji on the other hand became obsessed with what happened to his father. Even at the new age of thirteen, he couldn't let it go. To him, it just didn't make sense. His father was a perfectionist who went over every with a fine-tooth comb, so the rental couldn't have been busted or messed with. His father also wasn't a drinker or a fan of drugs, so no way he was under the influence. And according to all weather reports, the day he died? Absolutely beautiful without a spring haze to be seen. So what gives?
Unwilling to let this go, Benji decided to test his luck and sneak into the Spring Haze Police Department and check out the evidence locker. It was surprisingly easier than you'd expect, though I won't waste your time with all the imagery of how he did what he did.
It was there, in the police and toxicology reports, that the boy finally realized the truth. There were drugs in his system, something his mother had kept from him, but also... his father had an appointment with a rival restaurant owner earlier that day. Why? The report didn't say. But they also never interviewed the guy.
Later that night, while safe at home, Benji decided to dig a little deeper and found out that a string of a people had died in the past few years... all on the verge of opening restaurants.
Unable to shake the feeling growing in the pit of his stomach, Benji called in a tip at the station for them to check on the old cases and see if they had any anything in common. Like a particular restaurant owner, perhaps?
A week later, Mr. Picador - Co-Owner of the Spring Haze Diner - was arrested for first degree murder.
And that was the start of not only Benji's interest in crime, but his love in evidence analyzing. In figuring out what's off in what case. It was his father's death that inspired him to go out and become an evidence analyst, a job he holds very dear to him, especially given that most in his field aren't twenty-twenty.

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Political & Social Viewpoints

Is a Republican with waning beliefs. His father was a hardcore Republican, and his mother still is, so deep down he feels like it's his duty as the "man" of the Stanley family to keep up the family's beliefs. But honestly? The older he gets, the harder it is for him to stick to said beliefs. He's been to a couple pride events - though, admittedly, not by choice - and has even attended a few parties an honest Republican would never be caught dead in. He wants stay true to his father's core belief's... but it's 2017, time's are starting to time, and who's he to try and stop it? If you wanna be gay, be gay. You wanna dress as a woman, go ahead! Just...don't ask him to do it!
He's a bit of a racist, though, thanks purely to his mom thrilling unwarranted fears of dark-skinned folks into him at a young, telling him anyone with a dark complexion would most likely either hit him up for money or shoot him point blank. He knows it's pure bullshit now, is currently working to overcome his mother's ingrained insanity, but still has his occasional slip-ups.

Motive for Returning

Beyond the nostalgia aspect of everyone being back together again? The core mystery itself. If there's one thing that Benji hates, it's an unjust crime that's been left to collect dust on the shelf. It's also been a mystery that's been on his radar for the past ten years or so.

Internal/External Weakness & Strengths

As said above, he can be a bit stubborn and a bit unintentionally racist (though, again, he's working to overcome this part). Can sometimes take what he's doing too far, not caring if he has to break rules (wither they be plain safety rules or just the flat out law) but he does it all with good intention. He's also incredibly book smart, and is able to focus intensely on what he wants. He's not the greatest with his hands, but he is occasionally able to put together a makeshift gadget that somehow ends up helping his friends on their adventures. He's also very knowledgeable with computers.

Why Is The Character Important To Me?

I think he's a fairly well crafted character, and could be an interesting addition to the story. I don't really see myself in all, but I put a lot of effort into him, and I like him. So there's that.
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Here`s to four straight years
of pre-gaming with the dead...

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Either I am embellishing a story for SHOCKING effect,
or I am the only one telling THE TRUTH in a room full of liars.

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