Rippers Resurrected: Collateral Evil
Father Sean Callahan
A Catholic priest and a knight of the Order of St. George
Father Callahan is an Irishman in his early 30s, with sand colored hair that’s usually slicked back and a clean shaven face. He has piercing gray eyes and almost unnaturally straight posture. In his ‘civilian’ life, he usually wears a black cassock. When out in the field, he dons on riding boots, black cotton pants and a white long coat with a red cross on the chest. Although he’s an Irishman by birth, he has no notable Irish accent.
Knowledge: Occult d6
Status 2 (Working class)
Languages: English, Gaelic, Latin, German
Arcane Background: Miracles
15: Song of St. George
20: New power: Blind
25: Attribute: Smarts d8
30: Level Headed
35: Improved Level Headed
40: New power: Greater Healing
45: Power Points
50: Attribute: Vigor d10
Obligation: Roman Catholic Church (Minor)
Powers (15 power points)
Guardian Spirit (Summon Ally)
Blinding Light (Blind)
Lay on Hands (Greater Healing)
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Fighting d6, Notice d6
Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 10 (4)
Gear: Long sword (Str+d8)
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d4 (A), Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Fighting d8, Intimidation d8, Notice d6
Pace: 10; Parry: 6; Toughness: 6
Go for the Throat
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d12, Strength d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Fighting d10, Notice d6
Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness 6
Gear: Long sword (Str+d8)
Flight (Pace 8, Climb 1)
Angelic (+2 to recover from Shaken, immune to poison and disease, half damage except from dark magic and cursed relics.)
Holy Warrior (As an action, Seraphs can use the Holy Warrior Edge once per turn.)
Blessed long sword (Str+d10, melee, 8 lbs, holy weapon)
Chainmail (+2 armor to torso, 10 lbs)
Holy symbol (Silver signet ring of the Order of St. George)
Sean was born in 1872 in Kinnegad, Ireland, to Fiona and Devin Callahan. His parents were devout Catholics so it was only natural that young Sean had a very religious upbringing. He also had a sister and two brothers, whom all died of smallpox when he was very young. Young Sean was luckily spared from the disease. The rest of his childhood was as normal as can be for a son of a poor farmer. He never went to school, some of his friends died from starvation and diseases, but other than that, it was as normal was one can expect. Although he didn’t go to any formal school, he was taught to read and write by the priest of the Kinnegad parish.
It all changed in 1888. Sean’s parents were claimed by a mysterious disease. Their deaths seemed natural enough for most people, but the priest of the Kinnegad parish, Father Gallagher, who was also a trained physician suspected some sort of foul play. Seeing as the disease killed both of them and so quickly, he first suspected that they had been poisoned. The truth turned out to be much sinister. Father Gallagher wasn’t just a priest and a doctor, he was also a part of a secret organization called the Rippers. As he couldn’t figure out why someone would poison two poor potato farmers, he suddenly realized that they weren’t poisoned. They were cursed. Some sort of death curse had killed Sean’s parents. But who cursed them or why remains a mystery to this day, as Father Gallagher unfortunately broke his neck when he fell from a horse before he could conclude his investigations.
Young Sean was lost. He had lost his family and as much as he wanted to investigate their deaths himself, he had no idea where to even begin. Father Gallagher didn’t tell Sean much about his organization, but he did tell that if something happened to him, Sean should seek out a man named Owen O’Toole in Dublin. In the summer of 1888, Sean left Kinnegad behind and headed to Dublin. Sean soon noticed that life in Dublin wasn’t any easier. He had no roof over his head and no idea where to search for this O’Toole. Luckily, O’Toole found Sean first. As Sean resorted to stealing for food, he was apprehended by the RIC. The constable who arrested Sean was none other than Owen O’Toole. Sean explained the situation to him, about his parents and about Father Gallagher. O’Toole asked if Sean wanted revenge against whatever killed his parents. It seemed that despite being a police officer, he was also one of these Rippers.
And so Sean was recruited in to the ranks of the Rippers. Initially, he trained under Mr. O’Toole, hunting monsters in and around Dublin. During their hunts, Sean proved to be a veritable conduit of divine power. He was able to call down divine fury with ease to smite the fiends he battled with. This caught the eye of Father McBane, the leader of the Order of St. George, a sect of holy warriors within the Rippers.
In 1894, Sean was ordained to the ranks of Order of St. George. Almost as soon as he joined, he began his training as a Catholic priest. He trained both in the ways of the warrior and those of the priest at the same time. The guise of a wandering priest was a perfect cover for his Ripper activities. In 1900 when he was granted priesthood by the Roman Catholic Church, he joined forces with Sir Vincent, his manservant Jacob and John Hodge, a vampire hunter. He had become a fully ordained member of the Rippers and the Order of St. George.
“Violence is never the right answer, unless used against monsters, heretics and witches”
-Father Sean Callahan
Although a skilled swordsman and wielding considerable divine power, Father Callahan refuses to harm humans except for self-defense. Monsters and other unholy things are another story entirely. Sean’s headstrong nature compels him to hunt enemies of humanity and the church tirelessly. Despite his somewhat militaristic approach on things, he is still a priest and will perform his priestly duties when asked or required. He also never turns away someone in need of help. He hates magic with a passion, as he suspects a witch was responsible for his family’s death. The anti-magic stance of the Order of St. George has only reinforced his belief in that magic-users are an affront to God. Although he doesn’t like rippertech, he realizes it has it’s uses, though all who use it are condemned to an eternity of torment in the afterlife.
In combat, Father Callahan wields a holy long sword. This relic was given to him by the Order. It is rumored that the swords original owner was an English knight-captain who participated in the Third Crusade and before he departed to the Holy Land, the blade was blessed by Pope Clement III. If Father Callahan expects to encounter dangerous enemies, he wears a chainmail vest under his coat. Although sometimes the chainmail isn’t even necessary, as the attacks of evil beings seem to to little damage against Father Callahan even when he’s unarmored, while his own attacks seem to wound all manner of hellspawn more deeply.
In addition to his formidable sword fighting skills, he can perform a number of holy miracles. He can summon a holy guardian spirit that protects him and his allies. He can also blind others temporarily by projecting a blinding burst of light. He uses this miracle usually against enemies he doesn’t wish to harm seriously. On top of all this, he has the power to test the souls of all unholy evil things near him. Those who fail are reduced to dust.
Outside of combat, Father Callahan is also an accomplished healer. He was trained in first-aid by constable O’Toole and when more mundane healing just doesn’t work, he can channel his holy powers to mend wounds.