Position: Xenoecologist: A young and tiny field of science related to the study of foreign environments, combining aspects of biology, topography, ecology, and several other sciences.
Demeanor: Haughty and arrogant.
Nature: Gavran is, in fact, haughty and arrogant, but he means well. He is a genuinely good person, beneath all the layers of dickhead, and enjoys the company of others even though he can sometimes grate on them. He is naturally inquisitive and curious, and while not a daredevil he's been known to take the occasional risk in order to get the job done.
Description: He's a large man despite his occupation, or perhaps because of it. Standing at an even 6' tall and weighing in at about 190 pounds, Gavran looks like a farmhand or a woodsman instead of a Ph.D holder. He has short, curly brown-blonde hair and a pencil-thin mustache which phases in and out of existence depending on how patient and hygenic he feels that day. He dresses in simple clothes, tweeds and turtlenecks and patent leather shoes of dark colors or earth tones. He has a collection of scars on his arms, legs and torso, and he walks with a slight limp.
- Physical Health: 7
- Mental Health: 7
- Physical Defense: 3
- Mental Defense: 4
- Perception: 5
- Agility: 3
- Strength: 3
- Persuasion: 3
- Ranged: 2
- Survival: 3
- Academics: 5
- Science: 5
- First Means Best (6): For all his bluster about being the "first xenoecologist", Gavran has the skills and the smarts to back it up. Whenever he is studying a non-Earthlike environment, as long as it's not manmade, he receives a bonus to Science and Academics rolls.
- Like Camping, But Different (3): Sometimes, when you're studying environments beyond the veil of human comprehension, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the world around you and how things work. This will occasionally call for a long term field study, which means roughing it for a while. Gavran's no stranger to sleeping in a tent and eating food out of a can for several days at a time. When in the field, he gains a bonus to Survival.
- The Man Who Would Not Die (3): For a scientist, Gavran has been through a lot in his life. Some of this can be attributed to growing up in Serbia, and some of it can be attributed to the hazards inherent in his occupation. For whatever reason, Gavran has been gored by foreign animals, clawed, sometimes poisoned, suffered sprains and breaks and a variety of exotic ailments, and has simply refused to succumb to them. When in a life threatening situation, Gavran gains a bonus to PDEF and Agility.
On his person:
- A tweed hacking jacket, slacks, patent leather brogues, a white button-down shirt and skinny tie
- Shoulder holster containing a Walther P38 handgun
- Messenger bag
- Agfa Ventura 66 camera, in its own bag
- Pipe, tobacco, and pipe cleaners
- A leather fedora-style hat
In his quarters:
- Several more suits and jackets and various casual clothes
- A miniaturized ecologist's kit containing all things necessary for sample gathering, recording and analysis
- Various photographs
- A dissertation, half finished
- Several novels
- A few taxedermied samples of particularly interesting beasts from beyond this reality
Gavran was born in Belgrade to average parents in 1902, when Serbia was still basically controlled by Austria-Hungary. He spent his early years skipping back and forth between schools and libraries, where he displayed a great deal of interest in the sciences. In 1914, when war broke out, Gavran was secreted away with his family to take shelter from the Great War that was ravaging Europe, and returned to Belgrade in 1920. Gavran returned to his studies and eventually moved up to the University of of Belgrade, specializing in ecology. Gavran obtained his Ph.D in 1928, and went into the field to study Siberia as part of a large-scale study of the wildlife there.
While in Siberia, Gavran and a team of other researchers found themselves transported to an odd world; namely, an area of Siberia that was, for some reason, not a frozen wasteland despite it being well within the Arctic Circle. Gavran and his team made several breakthroughs, the majority of which have been suppressed by the Soviet Union, but were enough to propel Gavran into something of an icon.
For the next several years, Gavran was handed several ecological mysteries and unexplained events, which he solved with surprising aptitude and formed the core of his own newfound specialization: xenoecology. Gavran became a specialist in studying environments like nothing previously seen on Earth, and became the world's first xenoecology specialist, though his findings were largely suppressed by the Soviet Union and GRU-P.
Eventually, Gavran's research was discovered by the Foundation and he was smuggled out of Serbia and into the United States, and Site-19.
He speaks fluent Serbian, Russian, and English, and writes English and Cyrillic. He also knows a smattering of Greek, Latin, and German.
He blatantly refuses to eat pork. Has something to do with the Pig Wars.
His full title is Professor Gavran Gavrille, Ph.D, University of Belgrade.
His ID number is 88219409.
He has been happily married to a colleague and close friend, Agata, since 1937. They have a daughter who is currently 15 years old and has hit that phase of adolescence, to the good professor's eternal chagrin.
He owns nine cats, two rabbits (an English Angora and Big Silver Marten), and innumerable plants, some of which are incredibly rare and valuable, and only a fraction of which have accompanied him to Site-19, the remainder of which are home with his wife.
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