John Hayden

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Name John Hayden
Origin England
Role Shipmaster
Post Graceful Dame
Status PC (Living)

Actor: Russel Crowe, Ref: Master and Commander


Terminally-Ill, Retired Veteran Navy Officer



Served for years aboard the Providence, ultimately as its first-leftenant under Captain Gibbs. Retired from the Royal Navy due to his terminal condition. John has cancer with less than 2 years to live. To deal with the pain of his condition John turned to opium, leading to a dependency. Through a strange sense of honour and desire to leave behind an untarnished legacy, John, chose to retire with dignity before his condition forced a pitiful exit from the organisation he's served since 12. The Admiralty promoted him to Commander as a courtesy before releasing him.

Traits (175)

ST 11 [10]; DX 12 [40]; IQ 13 [60]; HT 11* [10].
Damage 1d-1/1d+1; BL 24 lb; HP 11 [0]; Will 13 [0]; Per 14 [5]; FP 11 [0].
Basic Speed 5.75 [0]; Basic Move 5 [0]; Dodge 9†.
5ft 11in.

Social Background

TL: 4 [0].


Born Sailor 4 [20]; Born War-Leader 4 [20]; Combat Reflexes [15]; Courtesy Rank 5 (Master and Commander) [5]; Fit [5]; Hard to Kill 1 [2]; Hard to Subdue 1 [2].
Perks: Deep Sleeper; Eye for Distance; Naval Training; Off-Hand Training (Guns (Pistol)); Penetrating Voice; Sea Legs. [6]


Addiction (Opium; Cheap; Highly addictive; Legal) [-5]; Code of Honor (Soldier's) [-10]; Obsession (Find his son; Short-Term Goal; 12 or less) [-5]; Overconfidence (12 or less) [-5]; Pacifism (Cannot Harm Innocents) [-10]; Selfless (12 or less) [-5]; Stubbornness [-5]; Terminally Ill (In House Rules) [-20]; Workaholic [-5].
Quirks: Has a collection of books very dear to him; Loathes blind loyalty. ("If you follow me it's because I have earned your loyalty."); Tells it as it is.; Tries to hide his failing health; Will see and encourage the best in people. [-5]


Area Knowledge (Caribbean) (E) IQ [1]-13; Astronomy/TL4 (H) IQ-2 [1]-11; Boating/TL4 (Sailboat) (A) DX+3 [1]-15‡; Boating/TL4 (Unpowered) (A) DX+3 [1]-15‡; Brawling (E) DX+1 [2]-13; Carousing (E) HT [1]-11; Cartography/TL4 (A) IQ-1 [1]-12; Climbing (A) DX [2]-12; Connoisseur (Literature) (A) IQ-1 [1]-12; Diplomacy (H) IQ-1 [2]-12; Gunner/TL4 (Cannon) (E) DX+1 [2]-13; Guns/TL4 (Pistol) (E) DX+2 [4]-14; History (Military) (H) IQ-2 [1]-11; Intelligence Analysis/TL4 (H) IQ+2 [1]-15§; Knife (E) DX [1]-12; Knot-Tying (E) DX+4 [1]-16‡; Leadership (A) IQ+3 [1]-16§; Mathematics/TL4 (Applied) (H) IQ-2 [1]-11; Navigation/TL4 (Sea) (A) IQ+4 [2]-17‡; Observation (A) Per-1 [1]-13; Poetry (A) IQ-1 [1]-12; Savoir-Faire (Military) (E) IQ+4 [1]-17§; Seamanship/TL4 (E) IQ+4 [1]-17‡; Shiphandling/TL4 (Ship) (H) IQ+3 [2]-16‡; Shortsword (A) DX+2 [8]-14; Strategy (Naval) (H) IQ+3 [2]-16§; Survival (Island/Beach) (A) Per-1 [1]-13; Swimming (E) HT [1]-11; Tactics (H) IQ+2 [1]-15§; Weather Sense (A) IQ+3 [1]-16‡; Writing (A) IQ-1 [1]-12.
Techniques: Rope Up (Climbing) (A) [2]-12.


* Conditional +1 from 'Fit'.
† Includes +1 from 'Combat Reflexes'.
‡ Includes +4 from 'Born Sailor'.
§ Includes +4 from 'Born War-Leader'.