the Red Wizard
The Red Wizards are an ancient order of battle mages, trained in hand to hand combat as well as the esoteric mystical arts. But the time of the Red Wizards is long gone, and only a handful of them still exist in the current age. The only Red Wizard in the British Isles is Jack Karroway, who has seen a great deal of action on the continent, dealing with zombie lords, werewolves, vampire counts, and worse. He is enjoying some much needed time off in old London town, sipping tea and catching up on his reading while hanging out at coffee houses in the Dark Quarter. Like all cynics, he secretly believes in a better world, but he’ll never let on, preferring to hide behind a carefully erected wall of snide comments, insults, and snark. Yet he will gladly sell his life to save an innocent, and is willing to take up any challenge in the defense of justice.
STR: 10 (-) DEX: 14 (+2) CON: 10 (-) INT: 16 (+3) WIS: 20 (+5) CHR: 16 (+3)
Concentration 12 (+17)
Knowledge: Arcane Lore 8 (+11)
Knowledge: Tactics 4 (+7)
Notice 5 (+9)
Search 4 (+7)
Sleight of Hand 4 (+6)
Stealth 8 (+10)
Improved Initiative 1
Quick Draw 1
“Red Jade Sword” Device 4 [Easy to Lose, Use Restricted: Red Wizards]
Strike 12 [Penetrating 5, Affects Insubstantial 2, Incurable]
Force Field 12
Magic 12 [Light of Truth]
- AP: ESP 8 [All Sense Types, Range: 2000 miles, Medium (Reflective Surfaces)]
Super-Senses 4 [Magic Awareness (Acute, Extended, Radius)]
Attack +8 [Strike DC 27, Blast DC 27, Snare DC 27, Emotion Control DC 22, Nauseate DC 18], Defense +10, Init +6
Toughness +0/+12, Fortitude +5, Reflex +7, Will +10
Of medium height and slight build, Jack has straight platinum blond hair that he grows past his shoulders, fine eyebrows, and piercing blue eyes. His features are delicate, almost elfin, but he has a will of iron. He dresses entirely in red, favoring a wide brimmed hat with a pointed top, a dark red cloak over a red suit, sturdy boots, and gloves. Concealed beneath the flowing cloak, but ready to be drawn at a moment’s notice, is the sword of red jade which identifies Jack as a member of the Red Wizard order. The blade is extremely sharp, capable of cutting through even the immaterial. Jack’s magic is accompanied by a scarlet glow, and his spells are focused on manifesting physical effects within the material world for the most part. He can unleash a beam of crimson flame, turn a healthy person ill, wrap them in scarlet coils of light, conjure a great red hand to lift or manipulate objects, or unleash a warm reddish light that can alternately burn away falsehoods or change the hearts of men. Jack can also use mirrors or other reflective surfaces as mediums with which to scry far off places, a method he uses to study and research potential trouble spots. In battle, he protects himself with a shimmering scarlet shield, emblazoned with an eldritch rune, which orbits his form and wards off attacks.
Under the Hood
Jack Karroway is actually a very old D&D NPC I used to use in junior high. Visually, he is literally the red wizard from the original 8-bit Final Fantasy
for the Super Nintendo. As far as his role in Fantastic Victoriana, he was only ever a background character, sort of filling in a space in Dark Quarter crowd scenes. Recognizable because of his fashion sense but other than that, no real impact on the campaign. His existence implies this whole order of like-mages, probably stationed somewhere in Asia. I never fleshed him out further, although at some point if he actually got a speaking role in the series, I might have done so.