Shadows of The City
Bernard "Gray Wolf" Mingan
Motivation: I will restore my people
Face of: Native American Cultural Center
Orphan; Brother to Wolves; Keeper of the Sacred Lore; I Don’t Kill for Politics; Work Within the System
Alertness: Great (4)
Athletics: Good (3)
Contacts: Average (1)
Conviction: Good (3)
Craftsmanship: Fair (2)
Discipline: Good (3)
Empathy: Good (3)
Endurance: Fair (2)
Fists: Average (1)
Lore: Superb (5)
Might: Average (1)
Performance: Average (1)
Presence: Fair (2)
Scholarship: Average (1)
Stealth: Fair (2)
Survival: Great (4)
Others default to Mediocre (0)
Go Native (Survival): add 1 to scavenging rolls; time between rolls increased by 1 time increment.
Hunter (Survival): add 2 to tracking when outdoors.
Beast Change [-1]
Echoes of the Beast [-1]
Spirit Speaker [-1]
Human Form (1) affecting:
Inhuman Speed [-2]
Inhuman Strength [-2]
Skills are for human form. In Wolf form, adjust the following: Athletics to Superb (5); Lore, Endurance, Stealth to Good (3); Conviction, Discipline to Fair (2).
Echoes of the Beast Keen sense of smell (add 1 to Alertness and Investigation rolls); instinctual understanding of canines (dogs, wolves.)
Spirit Speaker works as Ghost Speaker, but is limited to Native American (animal) spirits.
Total Refresh Cost: -9
Bernard was born in San Francisco, but doesn’t consider himself a native. His parents died in a freak accident when he was a baby, and he was raised by his maternal grandmother in Washington state. Under her tutelage, he learned the history and traditional skills of the Ohlone, including weapons (bow and arrow), tracking and hunting, crafting (bows, arrows, and jewelry), and dance.
At twelve Bernard undertook his vision quest, hiking deep into the forest. He came across a young wolf cub trapped beneath a tree limb. He freed the cub, which bit and clawed at him out of fear while he worked, and let it run off into the forest. That night, as he was preparing for bed, he realized he was being watched. Peering into the night, he saw an entire pack of wolves silently pacing around his campsite. He was surrounded, but did not sense any hostility from the animals. After several wary minutes, one of the wolves entered the circle of light cast by his fire, followed by the cub Bernard had released. The wolf then transformed
into a young woman, who thanked him for saving the cub. For the next week, the wolf pack appeared each night and circled his campsite, guarding him while he slept. The woman appeared as well, teaching him the ways of the wolf pack, and of the wild.
Upon his return, Bernard told his grandmother of his adventures. She declared he was to become a powerful shaman, and arranged for him to be instructed by the most revered shamans of the day. Under their guidance, he discovered and honed an ability to speak with the spirits. He also returned to the woods and the wolves as often as he could, spending weeks running with the pack. Eventually, he learned to transform himself into a wolf.
When he turned eighteen, Bernard was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam, but realized he had no passion for political killing. He became a conscientious objector, and was released from service. He moved back to San Francisco, where he became involved in the efforts to re-establish the Ohlone tribe. He continues that work to this day. It’s slow, and occasionally hampered by his past, but Bernard enjoys passing his knowledge to new generations. One of his favorite stories to teach is the Parable of the Two Wolves. It tells us there is a war going on within all of us, a war between two wolves. One represents evil; all the evil thoughts, feelings, and emotions within us. The other represents good. When one of the children (as one invariably does) asks him which one wins, Bernard always smiles and answers “The one you feed.”
Bernard is in his late fifties (born in 1952), is just under six feet tall, and has classic Native American features. His shoulder-length hair has more gray than medium brown in it at this point, and his dark eyes have some laugh lines, but he is still a fit and powerful man. When he’s not working on the docks, he can usually be found at the Native American Cultural Center.