Jonathan McDowell

On the run from an undead crime lord.


Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d4, Vigor d6

Derived Statistics
Charisma 2, Pace 6, Parry 5, Toughness 5, Grit 1

Fighting d6, Riding d4, Shooting d8, Knowledge (The Undead) d6, Notice d6, Guts d8, Intimidation d6

Wanted (Major), Quirk (Minor) (Only ever drinks one brand of whiskey), Delusional (Minor) (Vinnie is behind everything bad that happens to him)

Ambidextrous, Two-Fisted

Worst Nightmare
Vinnie the Lich, obviously

2 .45 Colt Peacemakers (12/24/48, 2d6+1 Damage, 6 Shots, AP 1)
2 Bowie Knives (Melee, 2d4+1 Damage, AP 1)

Character ThemeSinnerman, by Nina Simone


Life was hard for an Irish man in the 1800s. “No Irish Need Apply” signs tended to be common, among other things. So, it was understandable that the O’Mallaghan Mob would eventually arise. The crime group promised its members the ability to actually get the money needed to feed their families, among other things. Of course, the Mob was also a source of much misery. It terrorized the street of Boston for many years, extracting protection money from shops, ran prostitution rings, captured people of the street to send down to Confederate slave auctions, and bribed all sorts of officials to look the other way. The mob got its name from its founder and leader, Vincent O’Mallaghan. Terrible rumors swirled around Vincent, who got the nickname “Vinnie the Lich” due to his longevity, his gruesome appearance, and his general ruthlessness.

Jonathan McDowell joined the O’Mallaghan Mob as a young man. He was angry at the world, and the mob seemed like the perfect place to vent all his aggression. Jon started out as a low-level enforcer, guarding higher-ups in the mob as they made their rounds collecting money and delivering threats. Not all the jobs went smoothly, of course, by Jon learned how to aim and shoot quickly, earning him the nickname “Jonnie Quickdraw.” Eventually, Jonnie earned the attention of Boss O’Mallaghan himself, and became one of the mobster’s favored bodyguards.

Things started to fall apart when Jonnie fell in love with one of the waitresses that the mob frequently dined at. And at first, it appeared that Elena Fitzgerald loved him back. However, she ended up being a spy planted the Agency, which had linked the O’Mallaghan Mob to several supernatural crimes in Boston, and needed just the right proof to move in. Elena went above and beyond, though, and was able to determine when a meeting of the major players in the mob was going to be held (through Jonnie, of course). Thus, when the meeting occurred, the entire head of the O’Mallaghan Mob was either gunned down or arrested by a contingent of U.S. Marines.

Jonnie barely escaped with his life, and fled for home. He’d seen Elena speaking with the marines during the raid, and knew how badly he’d screwed by in trusting her with mob secrets. He also knew that Boss O’Mallaghan’s nickname was not hyperbole. Deciding that staying in Boston was a death sentence, Jon grabbed what little he had and fled West, where he eventually hired on with the Watsach Railroad Company as a mercenary under the very inconspicuous name “Jon Doe.” Jonnie still sleeps with a loaded gun, and always keeps an eye over his shoulder. After all, Vinnie the Lich has a long reach, and who knows how far it extends?

Jonathan McDowell

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