Maria Loreto

Basic Info:

Player: Scantron / The HOP with the terrible nick

Position: Cleric, special wall Medical.

Demeanor: Quiet, unemotional, terse.

Nature: Disconnected, imaginative, analytic.

Description: 5'0", 32 years old, vaguely out of shape, mixed Mediterranean descent, brown hair usually worn in a bun, brown eyes. Wears glasses. Very diminished affect, no fashion sense.

Stats:

You have 36 points to distribute among Basic and Pseudo-Specialty Skills. Please follow the guidelines on the Game Mechanics page. Erase any skills you have no points in.

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Basic Skills
  • Physical Defense: 4
  • Mental Defense: 6
  • Perception: 6
  • Agility: 3
  • Strength: 2
  • Persuasion: 4
  • Intimidation:
  • Bluff:
Pseudo-Specialty Skills
  • Melee:
  • Ranged:
  • Survival:
  • Sneak:
  • Academics: 4
  • Science: 4
  • Engineering:
  • Medical: 4
Specialty Skills:
  • Diagnostician: 5. Maria specializes in identifying ailments, injuries, or diseases, even when their presentation is atypical or if the problem is particularly obscure. This seems to be a natural, almost instinctive knack, honed by independent study and specialized instruction.
  • Pharmacist: 3. Maria is a licensed pharmacist — she is knowledgeable about the effect of various medicines on the human body, and can make judgments as to how certain chemicals might affect the body even if they're not standard medicines.
  • Mindfulness: 4. Maria is, as a rule, consciously aware of her emotions, thoughts, and sensations at any given time. She can (somewhat) objectively evaluate her mental state and her experiences and nudge them in a particular direction if she needs to. Additionally, she retains a good deal of historical and theological knowledge about Buddhism.

Possessions:

List everything your character carries on their person here. Be reasonable.

  • Pen and small notebook.
  • In her bag: pharmaceutical tools, magnifying glass, small flashlight.
  • Glasses cloth (for cleaning her glasses).

And everything that they keep in their room at Site 19. Anything that's not listed here or in the section above will be difficult for the character to retrieve.

  • Various books on medicine, pharmacy, religion, and other topics.
  • Work garments, miscellaneous unremarkable clothes, cosmetics, and jewelry.
  • Minor keepsakes from her birthplace and from NYC — photos, trinkets, etc.
  • A very nice, expensive-looking alarm clock.
  • Stationery, for writing letters and such.

Personal History:

Born June 26, 1923, in Trieste, Italy. The ongoing Italianization under Mussolini (as well as the substantial anti-Slav sentiment in the area) prompted her parents (a minor businessman and his wife) to give her an Italian name and have her learn Italian. Her father, having clawed his way up from being a simple laborer on the strength of his negotiating skills, was sure to teach Maria the value and practice of negotiations and manipulating people's behavior. In 1931, with the Great Depression having nearly wiped out the family's savings and anti-Slav action becoming more severe, Maria's parents gathered up enough money and favors to send Maria to live with her mother's cousin in New York City, who had miraculously landed a fairly stable job. It was around this time that Maria started being less sociable, less expressive, less emotional.

She made few friends through her childhood, instead spending time where she wasn't helping scrounge for cash in the library, where she took an interest in medicine and Buddhism. Though she decided against adopting a Buddhist philosophy herself, she took particular interest in the concept of Vipassana, and recognized its potential applications in her personal life. At the age of 15, she began to excel in her studies, and in 1942 landed a scholarship at Long Island University, where she studied pharmacy. Recognizing her talent for diagnostics, one of her professors arranged for her to get some specialized instruction in that area. Her parents died in 1944, civilian casualties of World War II.

After graduation, Maria moved to Middlesborough, Massachusetts and took a job as a pharmacist at a nearby hospital. She was later given de facto authority to help diagnose patients with unusual symptoms after she demonstrated her ability to do so better than some of the doctors at the hospital (and made some very good arguments in her own defense). This respect at work did not translate to respect in the community, where her status as an unmarried, independent immigrant woman with odd mannerisms led to various unsavory rumors being spread and unfriendly attitudes being taken.

Maria remained in Middlesborough until 1955, when she encountered some very unusual cases at the local hospital. The Foundation arrived on the scene once word had gotten out, and arrived to find the patients well cared-for despite the overall oddness of the patients. Interviews with the medical staff indicated that Maria was key to figuring out how to safely treat and handle the patients. Maria was able to provide good information and a surprising deal of insight into the anomalous goings-on, and was offered a position with the Foundation. Identifying the opportunity for good pay and a change of pace, as well as some more interesting cases to study, Maria accepted.

Miscellaneous:

Fluent in Italian and English, but it would be hard to determine as much from an outsider's perspective — her speech is somewhat stunted in both languages unless she makes an effort to the contrary.

Maria does not really notice temperature, sometimes to her own detriment.

XP: 5

+5 from Into the Frozen North
+2 from In Which Scantron Is Permitted To Title The Logs However He Wishes
+6 from Grass is Always Greener
-8 for +1 Agility

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