Characters

Le Brouillard

Le Brouillard, by Alida Saxon

Jennings Bledsoe, aka Le Brouillard. Art by Alida Saxon.

Le Brouillard, alchemist and man of mystery, was born Jennings Bledsoe on February 2, 1889, in Eureka, California.  His home life was somewhat turbulent and he left home in 1904 at the age of 15.  Not long after he reached San Francisco, he was shanghaied and ended up in Indochina, where he joined the French Foreign Legion.  He remained in the Legion through the end of the Great War, after which he lived in France and Switzerland for a time.  Returning to the United States in the mid 1920s, he settled back in San Francisco.

He has made a lengthy study of the ancient arts of alchemy, and discovered a number of secrets.  Among these are the ability to forge jewels, prolong life and youthfulness (he has not had to make much of these as yet, but he still looks somewhat younger than his 50 years), and the discovery of a potion which, when consumed, transforms his body into a cloud of fog for a time.  Using this, he was able to embark on a career as a crime fighter under the identity of Le Brouillard (“The Fog”).  He has been far less active in this regard in the years since The Silver Ghost and his associates have taken up residence in San Francisco, but he is quite capable of returning to the fight if there is need.

He does business as a lawyer, mostly handling business and civil cases, and is well known and respected within San Francisco and Northern California in this regard.  His studies of alchemy, like his identity as Le Brouillard, he keeps a very close secret.

Appeared in the following adventures:

  • Everything Must Go

Description written by the player, Leslie McBride.

You see a shop that you could swear hadn't been there before, but it doesn't look new. The glass in the door bears the words "C. Yarborough, Fine and Rare Manuscripts". You push the door open to the tinkle of a bell. A middle-aged woman looks up and smiles at you, like you're her best customer, then goes back to soft dickering with a resident of the city's Chinatown. Everywhere there are books -- on shelves, in boxes, on the floor. You pick one up, open the cover. "The Modern Prometheus" is written in a fine hand. You put it down quickly.

Name: Chrismon Yarborough

Status:  Active

First Appearance:  Pieces of Time

Player Character Associates:  The Silver Ghost, Darcy Aisling

NPC Associates:  Tim Stokes, Le Brouillard

Age: Middle. Don’t ask for anything more specific. 😉

Appearance: 5’5″, stocky. Short grey hair, blue eyes shading down to grey.

Occupation: Seller, appraiser, translator of books, scrolls, etc.

Marital Status: Apparently single, but doesn’t seek out relationships

Parents/Siblings/Children: None known

Languages Spoken: fluent, English and French; smattering of others, enough to trade in, she says.

Gifts: Sees the threads of time. Not prophecy per se, but can make educated guesses. Tends to be able to look at a person and see who they really are.

The Shadow

Cover of a 1938 Shadow Magazine

The Shadow, as depicted in a 1938 magazine cover.

From Wikipedia:

The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. Details of the title character have varied across various media, but he is generally depicted as a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a "wealthy, young man about town". One of the most famous adventure heroes of the twentieth century, The Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long-running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures. The radio drama is well-remembered for those episodes voiced by Orson Welles.

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The introduction from The Shadow radio program "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" spoken by actor Frank Readick Jr., has earned a place in the American idiom. These words were accompanied by an ominous laugh and a musical theme, Camille Saint-Saëns' Le Rouet d'Omphale ("Omphale's Spinning Wheel", composed in 1872). At the end of each episode The Shadow reminded listeners that, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay... The Shadow knows!"

No pulp adventure game would be complete without an appearance from one of the archetypal pulp adventure heroes, The Shadow, and he has made a number of them within the world of the Chamber.

For the depiction of the Shadow in the Chamber game, I have drawn most upon Walter Gibson’s novels, and to a lesser extent on the radio show, the 1970s and 1989-92 DC Comics series (but not the Howard Chaykin one, ick!), the early 1990s Dark Horse Comics series, and the 1994 film starring Alec Baldwin in the title role.  Jerry Goldsmith’s brilliant soundtrack has become one of the foundations of background music for any Chamber play session.

The Shadow has appeared in the following adventures:

Daughter of Famine

 

Madeline Kane Williams.  Art by Casandra Ciocian.

Madeline Kane Williams. Art by Casandra Ciocian.

The daughter of Stephen Williams, adopted by Robert Kane. She is a fan of The Shadow and an aspiring writer (not without talent, either). She has a strong drive to help those weaker than herself, whether it be rescuing a cat or taking on a bully tormenting her handicapped cousin. She may well end up following in her adoptive father’s footsteps, much to his consternation.

Appeared in the following adventures: