Dr. Ivan Zakharov

Basic Info:

Ivan.jpg
Photograph of Dr. Zakharov reading over his notes.

Player: lurkd
Position: Specialist of Intangant Containment, Investigations, Research, and Solutions

Demeanor: Eccentric, Emotionally Detached, Deadpan, Professional, Hyper Critical, Irrate

Nature: Very direct, cold, and trustworthy individual that prefers to work alone.

Description: While on assignment he dawns a heavy wool overcoat to pocket most of his instruments. He wears thick black frame glasses, is commonly seen chain-smoking cigarettes, and always has a bit of bed head. Ivan almost has a lean wiry build to him. He speaks in a heavy accent and tends to not make eye contact when talking. Ivan has a bad habit of questioning the competency of others.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 6
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 2
Skills
  • Ranged: 3
  • Academics: 5
  • Science: 6
  • Engineering: 4
  • Medical: 2
Specialties
  • Anti-Intangant Methods and Investigation (aka "Ghostbusting"): (5) Basically his life's work up to this point is centered around actual entrapment and suppression of intangants as well as being a world expert in pertinent occult knowledge and mythologies. A pioneering field of study he takes very seriously.
  • Trigger Happy: (4) Ivan does not like being caught off-guard. He's always a shoot first type. Bonus applies to his first shot only.
  • Linguistics: (3) Ivan has become loosely familiar with many languages in his occult library. Typically he has enough knowledge to fudge a written translation in a pinch.

Gear:

  • .44 Russian Smith & Wesson Model 3 Revolver w/ Holster (pic)
  • Modified Webley & Scott № 1 Mark "I" Flare Pistol / aka "The Zakharov Device" (pic)
Equipment:
  • Pencils and Notepad
  • 12-Volt Flashlight
  • Portable Specially Calibrated Gaussmeter (EMF Reader)
  • Sputnik Stereo Camera
  • Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio
  • Small Set of Screwdrivers
  • Slide Rule
  • Zippo Lighter

Possessions:

  • Various Occultist Books and Scrolls on Witchcraft, Demonology, Spiritualism, Religious Mythology, etc.
  • Various Textbooks on Organic Chemistry, Calculus, Nuclear Physics, Materials Science, Metallurgy, Mineralogy, Astrophysics, etc.
  • Personal Collection of Confiscated Reliquaries, Idols, and Other Religiously Significant Artifacts
  • Webster Chicago 81-1 Wire Recorder
  • Incense
  • Large Steamer Trunk w/ Nordic Grave-binding Inscriptions Carved on the Surface
  • Underwood 150 Typewriter
  • Heavy Wool Overcoat
  • Crate of Belomorkanal Brand Cigarettes
  • Bottle of Vodka
  • A Class-3 Non-Terminal Phantasm (Dead Siberian Huskie | Ecto canis) Named "Sobaka"

Personal History:

Ivan was adopted and raised in Omsk, USSR with a family of farmers before the war. He worked hard in the fields most of his childhood and took up target shooting in his free time. Not fond of the life of agriculture, he went to pursue his love of academics. While in the universities he found his niche in the laboratory running experiments and tests while pursuing a degree in chemistry. It was around this time he was introduced into the underground occultist circles by an estranged relative. From then on his interest in the supernatural was piqued as he now sought to bridge the gap between this unseen universe and known science.

Ivan took this knowledge and tempered it in the university laboratories as he started working on his Masters degrees. Some of his experiments wound up with interesting and surprising results, including the creation of a few unstable anomalous materials and some close encounters with aggressive entities. He pressed on with these distracting experiments until one such test resulted in a "Pandora's Box" scenario that nearly engulfed the entire campus. Not wanting to be blamed for the incident and lose his credibility, he moved to the U.S. to further his studies abroad instead of taking an opportunity of employment with the Soviet GRU Division "P".

While overseas working on his PhD, he decided to take up a permanent residency as a naturalized US citizen to both seek refuge from Nazi occupation and to eventually continue his post-doctoral studies in his new field of paranormal science. After publishing several journals, deemed laughable by the scientific community, on anti-intangant methods he lost his funding. He was recruited by the Foundation as being recognized as an anti-intangant specialist and an expert on occult mythology on the condition that he be allowed to continue his life's work while utilizing their facilities.

Languages

Languages: Russian, English, Latin, Gaelic, Old Norse, and Cunieform Script

Miscellaneous:

XP: 0

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