Trail of Cthulhu: Eternal Lies
Antiquario Nerd Collezionista
Drive: Thirst for Knowledge
Once per adventure and subject to the Keeper’s approval, you may have a text or relic that pertains to your current needs back at your shop. See Trail of Cthulhu, page 10, for more information and restrictions.
Pillars of Sanity:
- The aesthetic beauty of a well-crafted object
- The amazing capacity of the intellect to create order out of chaos
Sources of Stability:
- Simon Haas, your father
- Rebecca Haas, your mother
- , girlfrend
Accounting 1, Anthropology 1, Archaeology 1, Architecture* 2,
Art History* 2, Biology 0, Cthulhu Mythos 0, Cryptography 1,
Geology 0, History* 2, Languages* 2 (Hebrew, Greek), Law* 0,
Library Use* 4, Medicine 0, Occult* 4, Physics 1, Theology 0
Assess Honesty 0, Bargain* 2, Bureaucracy 0, Cop Talk 0,
Credit Rating 2, Flattery 0, Interrogation 0, Intimidation 0,
Oral History 1, Reassurance 0, Streetwise 0
Art 0, Astronomy 0, Chemistry 0, Craft 0, Evidence Collection 0,
Forensics 0, Locksmith 0, Outdoorsman 0, Pharmacy 0,
Athletics 2, Conceal 3, Disguise 0, Driving 0, Electrical Repair 0,
Explosives 0, Filch 5, Firearms 0, First Aid 3, Fleeing 8, Health 11,
Hypnosis 0, Mechanical Repair 0, Piloting 0, Preparedness 4,
Psychoanalysis 3, Riding 0, Sanity 8, Scuffling 4, Sense Trouble 8,
Shadowing 2, Stability 8, Stealth 5, Weapons 0
As an autodidact, you came into this business sideways. Your contemporaries all have PhDs, and you never bothered to graduate from elementary school. But their interests in relics and documents, as intense as they might be, are no match for your innate need to collect and understand as much as you can. It started, mundanely enough, with toy cars when you were an adolescent. You filled your parents’ spare room with them. When you had a complete set, the pursuit lost your interest, and you sold them for a fair profit. Then you did the same
with pulp novels and soon after with rare erotica. Several lucrative hobbies later, you now contend with greedy aristocrats, historians, and museum curators to get your hands on every religious relic, cultural artifact, and timeworn document you can. And you’re better at it than any educated collector you’ve met.
You have a system. When your system works, uninterrupted, you’re in heaven. Life needs structure. Ritual. Psychiatrists, like Doctor Udko, have names for people like you. But that’s their system, not yours. You deal in the real world — with things. Things that can be organized, categorized, and placed with precision. Things can be studied and understood.
They’re so much easier to deal with than people. Mind you, you can talk to people if you need them. If they have something you want, you’ve learned how to work their game. The quicker you tell them what they want to hear, the sooner they give up the goods, the sooner you can put those precious objects in their precious places.