I'm playing Gerald "Gerry" Cohen in a Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign under the Trail of Cthulhu rules set. I asked my gamemaster what type of character would better fit in his game; he told me a reporter or private detective would do the trick. I went as far as asking if the group needs brains or muscle. "Muscles" he answer. From there I came up with the idea for Gerry.
My main drive while creating Gerry is to deconstruct the archetype of the Pulp private detective. By deconstruct, I mean having the character react to realisticly to the idealized circumstances of the pulp private eye. For example, most private eyes are funtional drunks who manage to get things done after downing 3 or 4 Jack-on-the-Rocks. Gerry, on the other hand, can't handle his alcohol. He's athletic. He rather eat healthy than drink enough to build an unnatural resistance to booze. He is far from the womanizing Dicks of the pulps, he gets nervous around women and doesn't know how to beheave around them. As opposed to having a Femme Fatale to be his romantic downfall, he falls in love with any woman who pays attention to him. Gerry is constatly involved in complex platonic love affairs that never pan out.
He's not too clever, he is brash and very foolhardy. But in direct contrast to the cynical P.I. of literature, he's an optimist and and believes in doing the right thing.
I email my Game Master these bullet-points about Gerry's biographical info:
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