Harry Bishop


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Harry Bishop never wanted or intended to become a criminal. His father was a clergyman, a rural vicar who endured the endless jokes about his surname with the unfailing good humor, and Harry was raised with very conventional, late-nineteenth-century moral values.

Harry was born in 1895. He attended an unremarkable middle-class boarding school, where he displayed only moderate academic ability but quite extraordinary aptitude in one of the school's extra-curricular activities - mountaineering, which was taught as a summer holiday course in Snowdonia. Climbing became became both a hobby and a passion, one that he indulged every chance he got.

He graduated from university with a respectable lower second in Law, and joined a commercial legal practice in the City of London as a trainee clerk. He seemed destined for a relatively prosperous, if undistinguished, career.

Unfortunately for him, several of the senior partners in his law firm were dabbling in various illegal activities, mainly forgery and embezzlement. Even more unfortunately, one of their victims discovered their activities, leaving them scrabbling around desperately for a scapegoat. Harry - a junior employee without a professional reputation, wealth or powerful friends - was an ideal choice.

At first, Harry planned to prove his innocence in court, but when he discovered how skillfully he'd been framed, he realized that that would be impossible. So he fled, using his mountaineering skills to free-climb down a prison wall from three stories up.

At the time, he had no real street smarts and no real knowledge of London's criminal underbelly. He would probably have been recaptured within a week if it hadn't been for a powerful gang leader named Andrew Tucker. The rumor mill was abuzz with the story of Harry's escape, and Tucker was impressed by what he'd heard. Anyone who could do what Harry had done would make a first-rate cat burglar, given a little training.

At first, Harry felt uneasy at the thought of becoming a criminal, but as Tucker pointed out, his only other choice was prison. And over time, he started to relish the excitement and challenges of each heist. Tucker's people trained him well in the finer points of breaking and entering, lockpicking, safe-cracking, and even disguising himself as some inconspicuous nobody that his wealthy targets were likely to overlook - a waiter, a valet, a hotel room attendant, a postman or delivery man. He very quickly became one of the most accomplished thieves in London - or, Tucker boasted with only slight exaggeration, "the whole bloody Empire".

Harry was surprised at the extent of his own grief and regret when Tucker was killed by a Sontaran who'd crashed on Earth and allied himself with a rival crime boss. Nobody could have described the man as a shining example of humanity, but despite everything, Harry had liked him. More practically, Tucker's death left him without a patron and protector. With nothing left for him in London, he was glad to accept Galen's offer to take him beyond the reach of British law

Personality

Motivations/Desires/Goals

Harry is a conflicted man. He never wanted to be a criminal, and his Church of England upbringing makes him uncomfortable with the (im)morality of his former lifestyle. On the other hand, he can't deny that he loved the dangerous thrill of being a master thief. By joining Galen, he hopes to have the best of both worlds - challenge and adventure without ethical compromises. He has no grand plans or all-encompassing goals, preferring to take the universe as it comes and enjoy one day's experiences at a time.

Manner

Harry comes across - quite accurately - as a decent, friendly guy, with a moral core that belies his former profession. He's not short of courage or loyalty, even to unworthy recepients like Tucker. In relaxed moments, he displays a sly and teasing sense of humor and a marked air of joie de vivre.


FASA Stats

DW RPG Stats

Time Lord Stats

STR
Level IV
END
Level V
DEX
Level VII
CHA
Level V
MNT
Level V
INT
Level III
Combat Statistics
 
Armed Combat
 
Pistol
Level III
Unarmed Combat
 
Brawling
Level IV
Significant Skills
 
Carousing
Level V
Climbing
Level VII
Gambling
Level V
Military Sciences
 
Trap Discovery
Level V
Security Procedures
 
Concealment
Level V
Disguise
Level V
Lockpicking
Level VI
Stealth
Level VI
Surveillance
Level V
Social Sciences
 
History, Earth to 1923
Level IV
Law, British to 1923
Level V
Streetwise
Level V
Vehicle Operation
 
Ground Vehicles
Level V
Verbal Interaction
 
Con
Level VI
Negotiation/Diplomacy
Level VI
Height
Tall
Build
Slim
Looks
Attractive
Apparent Age
Mature Adult
Actual Age
28
Awareness
3
Coordination
6
Ingenuity
3
Presence
4
Resolve
4
Strength
3
Athletics
5 (Climbing +2)
Convince
3
Fighting
1
Marksman
1
Knowledge
3 (Law +2)
Subterfuge
4
Transport
2
Tech Level
4
Traits
 
Brave
Normally, he actually enjoys the adrenaline rush of taking risks, from rock-climbing to burglary.
Empathetic
He genuinely likes and is interested in people, and usually has a sympathetic ear for their problems. He would have made a good vicar, but he doesn't have his father's faith.
Face in the Crowd
Being a wanted man in a bustling metropolis has given him a knack for blending in and avoiding attention...
Run for your Life
... but when he can't avoid it, he's become adept at beating a retreat
Quick Reflexes
As an accomplished burglar and rock-climber, he's used to reacting to the unexpected in a split second
Insatiable Curiosity
Most people who met an alien warrior and a killer robot would run in the other direction.
Strength
3
Control
5
Marksmansip
1
Escapology
1
Fast Reactions
2
Fisticuffs
1
Lockpicking and Safecracking
2
Mountaineering
3
Sense of Balance
2
Stealth
2
Size
3
Weight
3
Move
4
Driving
1
Running
2
Determination
3
Independent Spirit
1
Awareness
4
Bargaining
2
Con
2
Disguise
2
Knowledge
3
History
1
Law
2