Sunday, January 5, 2014

The French Raider in White

Watched Raiders of the Lost Ark again recently (an all-time favorite of mine), and since I've already done The Man With The Hat, I felt compelled to stat (using the d20 Modern ruleset) his arch-nemeses from each of the films. Here goes!

RENÉ EMILE BELLOQ 
(circa Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1936)
Male Human Fast 1/Smart 2/Charismatic 3/Field Antiquarian* 7; CR 13
Medium Humanoid (height 5' 10", weight 160 lb.); Age 39
* See Dark*Matter

Init +0; Senses (core) Listen +3, Search +10, Spot +3; Senses (house) Listen/Spot +5, Search +14
Languages Ancient Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch (speak only), English, French, German, Latin (read/write only), Quechua (speak only), Spanish, Swedish (speak only)
* See Dark*Matter

Defense (core) 16, touch 16, flat-footed 16; Defense (house) 16, touch 11, flat-footed 16; (+0 Dex, +6 class)
hp 46 (13 HD); Mas 10
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +9
Action Points 9

Speed 30 ft.
Melee unarmed strike +5 (1d3 nonlethal, 20) or
Melee by weapon +5 or
Ranged .32 revolver +5 (2d4 ballistic, 20, 15 ft., S, 6 cyl.)
Ranged by weapon +5
Space 5 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Base Atk +5; Grp +5
Atk Options Point Blank Shot
Special Qualities none

Abilities Str 10, Dex 11, Con 10, Int 16 (14), Wis 12, Cha 16 (15)
'(-)' indicate original ability scores.
Allegiances himself, antiquities, evil; Rep +7; San 59
Feats Confident, Deceptive, Educated (arcane lore, art), Meticulous, Personal Firearms Proficiency, Point Blank Shot, Quick Draw, Quick Reload, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Studious, Windfall
Skills (core) Bluff +13 (+3 when lying), Decipher Script +15, Diplomacy +20 (+3 when lying), Disguise +5, Forgery +8, Gamble +5 (+3 when cheating), Gather Information +11, Hide +3, Intimidate +8, Investigate +5, Knowledge (arcane lore) +15, Knowledge (art) +10, Knowledge (history) +11, Knowledge (streetwise) +7, Knowledge (theology and philosophy) +10, Listen +3, Move Silently +3, Profession (antiquities dealer) +6, Read/Write Ancient Hebrew, Read/Write Arabic, Read/Write English, Read/Write French, Read/Write German, Read/Write Latin, Read/Write Spanish, Research +11, Search +10, Speak Ancient Hebrew, Speak Arabic, Speak Dutch, Speak English, Speak French, Speak German, Speak Quechua, Speak Spanish, Speak Swedish, Spot +3
Skills (house) Decipher Script +16, Deduce +12 (+2 on Search), Disguise +5, Forgery +9, Gamble +6 (+3 when cheating), Gather Information +12, Knowledge (arcane lore) +16, Knowledge (art) +10, Knowledge (history) +12, Knowledge (streetwise) +8, Knowledge (theology and philosophy) +10, Perceive +5, Persuade +19 (+2 on Bluff, Intimidate, +3 when lying), Profession (antiquities dealer) +7, Read/Write Ancient Hebrew, Read/Write Arabic, Read/Write English, Read/Write French, Read/Write German, Read/Write Latin, Read/Write Spanish, Research +11, Sneak +7, Speak Ancient Hebrew, Speak Arabic, Speak Dutch, Speak English, Speak French, Speak German, Speak Quechua, Speak Spanish, Speak Swedish
Talents (Fast) Evasion
Talents (Smart) Linguist
Talents (Charismatic) Coordinate, Fast-Talk
Talents (Field Antiquarian) Ancient Knowledge, Contact (low-level, mid-level)
Starting Occupation (core) Aristocrat (+1 on Diplomacy)
Starting Occupation (house) Aristocrat (+1 on Persuade)
Wealth Bonus +18
Possessions (total weight 10.5 lb.) cream-color panama hat, formal outfit (cream-color linen suit; 3 lb.), formal outfit (Jewish priest’s attire w/miter; 3.5 lb.), suitcase (as briefcase; 2 lb.), pocket revolver (.32 caliber; 2 lb.), pocket journal, various personal items

NEW FX Item Ark of the Covenant
After the Ten Commandments were smashed by Moses, the pieces were collected in the Ark of the Covenant, a gold-gilded wooden chest constructed under instruction from God and carried before the Hebrews on their march towards the Promised Land.
          When the Hebrews settled in Canaan, they placed the Ark in the Temple of Solomon, until it mysteriously disappeared. However, it seems that in about 980 BC the Egyptian Pharaoh Shishak raided the Temple and took the Ark with him to the city of Tanis, where he placed it inside the Well of the Souls to hide it from the eyes of his sun god Amun-Ra.
          Adolf Hitler became interested in acquiring the Ark in order to achieve world domination. In 1936, when US agents Colonel Musgrove and Major Eaton discovered this, they sent Indiana Jones on a mission to find the Ark before the Nazis.
          Ark of the Covenant: Legends of the Ark's powers vary from Rabbinical account to Biblical account to historical account and back again. One such legend claims that if an army (consisting of 50+ soldiers) carries the Ark before it upon entering into battle, all allied combatants possessing the Ark shall receive a +4 sacred bonus on all attack rolls, checks, and saves while directly engaging an enemy force. Under most other circumstances, the Ark is simply an ornate vessel for what it carries. If disturbed or used in a way unworthy of God's will, however, the Ark has defensive capabilities that are either well recorded or purported.
          Without first addressing the Ark through proper Hebrew ritual, he or she who physically touches the Ark must succeed on a DC 20 Fortitude save or die instantly, and even on a successful save the target is rendered blind, deaf, and dumb (unable to speak) for 1d6 hours afterward. (Moving the Ark by use of poles allows movers to carry the Ark without touching it directly.)
          If the Ark is uncovered anywhere outside of the Promised Land, a divine maelstrom will ensue 1d6+1 rounds afterward, covering an area 333 feet in radius centered on the Ark, and lasting 1 minute. While the maelstrom lasts (10 rounds), all those within this area suffer 1 point of damage per round, 1d6 damage per round if they possess an allegiance to evil, or 2d6 damage per round if the target is an outsider type other than angels or other goodly-aligned heavenly guardians. All damage caused by the Ark ignores damage reduction or resistances of any kind, and all damage sustained until the maelstrom ends is cumulative when calculating massive damage. Creatures reduced to 0 hit points or that fail their saving throws against massive damage caused by this maelstrom are instantly disintegrated and consumed by divine fire.
          While the Ark undoubtedly possesses other destructive or more benign traits, no known details of these exist.
Type: Wondrous item (magic); Caster Level: 15th; Purchase DC: n/a (44); Weight: 183 lb.