Dr. James Merrin Lindon

"The thin line between our world and the supernatural realm has been broken."

Description:

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Rank: Veteran [43 XP]
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d12, Spirit d10, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Fighting d6, Investigation d10, Knowledge (Legends) d8, Knowledge (Occult) d12,
Knowledge (Tribal Religious Practices) d10, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Streetwise d10
Charisma: 0, Pace: 6, Parry: 5, Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Bad Eyes (Major), Depression (Minor, -1 to Spirit rolls)
Edges: Connections, Investigator, Linguist, Scholar
Languages: English, Latin, German, French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Aramaic, Nahuatl (Aztec), Quechua (Inca), and Yucatec Maya
Equipment: Notebook, Montblanc pens, spectacles, several occult tomes, Levenger leather wallet, American Express Card (he doesn’t live home without it), Android cell phone, 1982 Volvo 240
Load Allowed [5x Strength]: 30 lbs.

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Bio:

Birthday: January 7, 1945
Education: B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy (double majors) from Harvard, 1965; M.A. in Anthropology from Harvard, 1967; PhD in Anthropology and a PhD in Mythology and Occultism from South East Texas Institute (now known as East Texas University), 1972
Occupation: Psychology and Anthropology professor at USC, 1973 – 2006; Psychology and Anthropology professor at Carthage Community College in Santa Monica, 2008 – Present
Living in: Pasadena, CA


Dr. James Merrin Lindon was born in Salem, Massachusetts where his family owned a book store. His father, Lancaster, passed on his interest of the supernatural to his son through books, stories of the infamous witch trials, and the multitudes of séances his father took him to. His mother, Agatha, was a seamstress who worked in the textile mill to help support the family’s struggling business. James was Lancaster and Agatha’s only child.

After graduating from Salem High School, James applied and was accepted to Harvard University. It turned out to be a perfect place which nurtured his interests in the paranormal.

In 1967, James was drafted into the army but failed his physical due to his bad eyesight—a problem he had had since his youth. He returned to Harvard to complete his education.

In 1973, Dr. James Merrin Lindon was hired as a full-time faculty member at the University of Southern California where his seminar courses on Psychology, Anthropology, and Mythology were extremely popular. His summer expeditions to exotic digs throughout most of Central and Southern America were always joined by enthusiastic students and colleagues.

In 2005, he along with several of his Psychology students, formed the Paranormal Psychology Club. Several chapters from the PPC have since cropped up in various universities across the nation.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 2005 that would forever alter the course of Dr. Lindon’s life.

Dr. Lindon’s wife, Mariann, and 20 year-old daughter, Sarah, were both found dead one night in their home in Pasadena. The coroner’s report indicated that both had been brutally killed after an apparent home-invasion robbery went terribly wrong. Dr. Lindon wasn’t home at the time of the tragedy. He had been on a sabbatical to continue his research on a lost Aztec tribe thought to have assimilated long ago with the local population.

For a while the police considered the professor as a suspect since there were no prints or evidence of a break-in found at the Lindons’ home. Fortunately, his colleagues and students vouched for his whereabouts as well proof from the Mexican government that he was in their country at the time of the murders.

Dr. Lindon was naturally devastated by what had happened. Despite going over the police report, he knew that something else had gotten to his family. His own research showed that the attack on his wife and daughter may have been connected to any one of his own investigations into the paranormal, especially because of the way his wife and daughter’s body were found.

Dr. Lindon knew that both had been ritualistically sacrificed. The evidence was clear despite how the coroner’s report failed to mention a crucial piece of evidence. Both his wife and daughter’s hearts had been ripped out…while they were still alive! No traces of their hearts were ever found.

After the funeral, Dr. Lindon began investigating his family’s murders. Eventually his investigation ran cold. A year after the murders, he was still suffering from bouts with depressions. He eventually lost his teaching position at USC.

In 2008, he began teaching Psychology at Carthage Community College in Santa Monica, while he quietly continued his lifelong quest to find out who—or what—was behind the deaths of his beloved wife and daughter.

Dr. James Merrin Lindon

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