Val	Char	Cost	Roll	Notes
9	STR	-1	11-	Lift 87.1 kg; 1 ½d6 HTH Damage [2]
11	DEX	3	11-	OCV:  4/DCV:  4
13	CON	6	12-
10	BODY	0	11-
13	INT	3	12-	PER Roll 12-
13	EGO	6	12-	ECV:  4
11	PRE	1	11-	PRE Attack:  2d6
12	COM	1	11-

4	PD	2		Total:  4 PD (0 rPD)
6	ED	3		Total:  6 ED (0 rED)
3	SPD	9		Phases:  4, 8, 12
5	REC	0
26	END	0
22	STUN	0		Total Characteristics Cost:  33

Movement:	Running:	6"/12"
		Leaping:	1"/2"
		Swimming:	2"/4"

Cost	Powers & Skills
10	Luck 2d6

6	"Its Chinatown":  Contact:  Los Angeles PD (Contact has useful Skills or resources), Organization 
	Contact (x3) 8-
2	Fringe Benefit:  Private Investigator License
1	Fringe Benefit:  Weapon Permit (where appropriate)

4	AK: Chinatown 13-
3	Bribery 11-
3	Bureaucratics 11-
3	CK: Los Angeles 12-
3	Conversation 11-
3	Criminology 12-
5	Deduction 13-
5	Interrogation 12-
2	KS: LAPD Operations 11-
3	Persuasion 11-
7	Shadowing 14-
3	Streetwise 11-
1	TF:  Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
1	WF:  Clubs, Handguns, Unarmed Combat

Total Powers & Skill Cost:  65
Total Cost:  98

75+    Disadvantages
15	Dependent NPC:  Evelyn Mulwray 11- (Normal)
5	Hunted:  LAPD 8- (Mo Pow; NCI; Limited Geographical Area; Watching)
0	Normal Characteristic Maxima
20	Psychological Limitation:  Doesn't "Look the Other Way" (Common; Total)
15	Psychological Limitation:  Honest (Common; Strong)
20	Psychological Limitation:  Never Gives Up On a Case (Common; Total)
0	Reputation:  Former LAPD, 8- (Known Only To A Small Group)

Total Disadvantage Points:  98

Background/History: Private investigator in 1937 Los Angeles. Former beat cop in Chinatown. His history as a cop in Chinatown, where the corrupt stay corrupt and everyone is supposed to look away, influences him greatly. Jake was never very good at looking away, no matter how much trouble it caused him. Sadly, this also tends to cause trouble for other people, especially Evelyn Mulwray. Jake is a man perpetually in over his head.

Unlike the traditional private eye, however, Jake can be disarmingly human. Though he isn't scared by physical threats, he is susceptible. And, unlike most Hollywood private eyes, Jake tends to be wrong more often than he is right, missing important information and putting clues together incorrectly.

He also exhibits the odd inability to comprehend the larger picture.

Personality/Motivation: Jake exhibits some of the common traits of a hard-boiled private investigator. Honest and tough. Never gives up. He is reluctant to take on a job he feels won't satisfy a client.

Quote: "Well, to tell you the truth, I lied a little."

Powers/Tactics: He appreciates crass jokes, shows a willingness to get violent with both men and women who cause him trouble, and never lets physical threats scare him off a case.

Designer's Notes: Detective J.J. "Jake" Gittes appears in the movie Chinatown.

Detective J.J. "Jake" Gittes's Hero Designer File

(Character sheet by Jon Burleson.)

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