21st Century Gumshoes and P.I.'s

Private Eyes, Gum Shoes, Flat Foots, Skip Tracers... Detectives. Those that see things that others miss, piece together clues that no one else found, and make the right connections to solve their current case. No matter how different, all Detectives attempt to solve their cases with blade-sharp analysis and extremely careful pursuit of all clues. Some flaunt their mental superiority to intimidate their opponents, while others hide their investigations with an apparant shambling, disorganised nature that makes the criminal underestimate them. There are even a rare few that do everything so over that top that no one takes them seriously--until they apparantly "suddenly" solve the crime with a series of brilliant conclusions.

A requirement for every Police department, Corporation, and most governmant agencies, the use of privately hired Detectives by the general population has jumped in recent years. Weather for good or bad, it looks as if the Detectives of the world will have solid employment indefinatly.


  • Search
  • Awareness/Notice
  • Interrogation
  • Streetwise
  • Handgun
  • Wardrobe and Style
  • Shadow/Track
  • Pick Lock
  • Human Perception
  • Persuasion/Fast Talk
Search: Is a specialized form of Awareness/Notice that allows the character to pick up clues, notice tiny incongruencies, and locate hidden information (be it scouring over a room or delve into a musty library). For police detectives, 1/2 of the character's Search skill is counted as Authority. This skill is based on INT.

"Oh yes, I work private cases, it's my specialty. My price? Oh, don't worry, my price is negotiable. You see, most people these days can't affort the high priced corporate investigators, so they turn to guys like me. I've been in the biz for years, as was my father and his father before him. I got snooping in my blood, I live for the hunt. To me, a case is one big puzzle, but you have to find the pieces yourself. All the pieces. So tell me about your case, something about your step-son has been missing for the last week? Yes, and he had a girlfriend? In a gang, I see. Oh, just one more thing..."

Philip Columbo III
Private Investigator

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Pilot and Detective original Character Roles by Jon Schow, used with permission.

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