A Werewolf in Love

Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
10	STR	0	11-	Lift 100 kg, 2d6 HTH Damage
14	DEX	12	11-	OCV:  5/DCV:  5
13	CON	6	12-
10	BODY	0	11-
13	INT	3	12-	PER Roll:  12-
15	EGO	10	12-	ECV:  5
10	PRE	0	11-	PRE Attack:  2d6
10	COM	0	11-

4	PD	2		Total PD:  4 (0 rPD)
3	ED	0		Total ED:  3 (0 rED)
3	SPD	6		Phases:  4, 8, 12
5	REC	0
26	END	0 
22 	STUN	0		Total Characteristics Cost:  39

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

Cost	Powers & Skills
8	Lycanthropy:  Multiform to Werewolf (197-point character); Personality Loss (1 Turn; -2), 
	No Conscious Control/Only On A Full Moon (-2)
5	Blasé:  +10 PRE; Defensive Only (-1)
4	Canine Senses:  +2 PER with Smell/Taste Group (14—)
15	Canine Senses:  Discriminatory and Tracking Scent

5	Combat Skill Levels:  +1 with HTH

3	Deduction 12-
2	KS:  Lycanthropy 11-
2	KS:  Philosophy 11-
2	PS:  Guitarist 11-
3	Shadowing 12-
3	Stealth 12—
4	WF:  Common Melee Weapons, Common Missile Weapons

56	Total Powers & Skills Cost
95	Total Character Cost

50+	Disadvantages
20	Accidental Change:  on full moon nights (always, uncommon)
15	Psychological Limitations:  In Love With Willow (Common, Strong)
15	Psychological Limitations:  Multiform Amnesia (Common)
10	Psychological Limitations:  Seeking A Cure For Lycanthropy (Uncommon, Strong)
95	Total Disadvantage Points

(werewolf form)

Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
20	STR	10	13-	Lift 400 kg; 4d6 HTH Damage
18	DEX	24	13-	OCV:  6/DCV:  6
15	CON	10	12-
12	BODY	4	11-
5	INT	-5	10-	PER Roll:  10-
15	EGO	10	12-	ECV:  5
15	PRE	0	12-	PRE Attack:  3d6
6	COM	-2	10-

6	PD	2		Total PD:  6 (1 rPD)
3	ED	0		Total ED:  3 (1 rED)
3	SPD	2		Phases:  4, 8, 12
8	REC	2
30	END	0
30 	STUN	0		Total Characteristics Cost:  57

Movement:	Running:  9"/18"
	Swimming:  2"/4"

Cost	Powers & Skills
10	Bite:  HKA 1/2d6 [1d6+1 w/STR]
8	Claws:  HKA 1/2d6 [1d6+1 w/STR]; Reduced Penetration (-1/4)
36	Spread Of Lycanthropy:  4d6 Major Transform, Reduced END (0 END, +1/2); No Range (-1/2), Limited 
	Target/humans (-1/2), Bite Must Do BODY (-1/2) 
1	Animal Hide:  Damage Resistance (1 PD/1 ED)
20	Lycanthropic Resilience:  Damage Reduction 50% Resistant Physical; Not vs. Silver (-1/2)
20 	Lycanthropic Resilience:  Healing 1d6/ Regeneration 1 BODY per Turn, Resurrection (not versus 
	silver or fire), Reduced END (0 END, +1/2), Persistent (+1/2); Self Only (-1/2), Extra Time/per Turn (-1)
6	Run On All Fours:  +3" Running (9" total)
6	Canine Senses:  +2 with all PER Rolls (12—)
4	Canine Senses:  +2 PER with Smell/Taste Group (14—)
15	Canine Senses:  Discriminatory and Tracking  Scent

3	Acrobatics 13-
3	Breakfall 13-
5	Shadowing 11-
3	Stealth 13-

140	Total Powers & Skills Cost
197	Total Character Cost

75+	Disadvantages
25	Accidental Change:  at dawn (always, common)
15	Hunted:  Monster Hunters (MoPow) 8-
20	Psychological Limitations:  Loves to Hunt and Kill (common, total)
15	Psychological Limitations:  Multiform Amnesia (Common)
20	Vulnerability:  x2 BODY from silver (Common vs. werewolves)
27	Experience

197	Total Disadvantage Points

Background/History: Daniel Osbourne (Oz) was introduced early in BUFFY Season 2 as a love interest for Willow. He was a fellow student at Sunnydale High and guitar player in local band Dingoes Ate My Baby, and for a few episodes he was the guy admiring Willow from afar. Once he actually got to meet her, Oz quickly charmed Willow with his witty personality.

However, soon after Oz and Willow started going steady, Oz went to visit some relatives out of town and was bitten by a baby cousin. It turned out that that side of the family had inherited lycanthropy, and Oz started changing on the next cycle of the full moon. Once Oz and the Scooby Gang found out what was going on, Oz agreed to start confining himself in Giles' library cage on full moon nights. To his own surprise, this didn't affect his relationship with Willow ('three days out of the month, I'm not much fun to be around either') but it still weighed on his mind.

Oz also knew that Willow still had some feelings for her best friend Xander—and was jealous about his relationship with old enemy Cordelia—and this caused him to hold back until he knew Willow was seriously committed to him. At one point, the vampire Spike kidnapped both Xander and Willow, and when Oz took Cordelia to help look for them, they found Willow and Xander making out in the factory basement where Spike had abandoned them. Oz was naturally angry, but backed off until he thought it was appropriate to speak to Willow. But soon, he and Willow realized that they cared too much about each other to give up on the relationship.

By this point, Oz was a regular member of Buffy's Scooby Gang and participating in their adventures. He and Willow consummated their relationship shortly before graduating high school. In fall 1999, Oz and Willow both entered UC Sunnydale, and were closer than ever. Unfortunately, Oz caught the eye of a strange young singer named Veruca, whom he met during his band's gigs. Veruca turned out to be a fellow werewolf, one whom, unlike Oz, saw her condition as a blessing and reveled in her animal nature. Oz tried to stop her from running amok on the next full moon and the two ended up mating in beast form. Willow caught them sleeping together the morning after and was terribly distraught. Veruca, however, decided not to take chances and plotted to kill her rival on the next full moon. Oz stopped her from getting to Willow, but when the sun went down, the two weres fought tooth and claw and Oz ended up ripping out Veruca's throat. After this tragedy, Oz realized that his bestial side was closer to the surface than he thought, and until he controlled it, it wasn't safe for him to be around Willow or anyone else. So despite Willow's tearful objections, Oz took all his things, packed his van and left Sunnydale.

For the next few months, Oz traveled the world, trading goods and information with Eastern monks, warlocks, and Gypsies. Eventually, he hit on a combination of charms, herbal remedies and meditation that allowed him to keep the wolf under control so that he could walk freely under the full moon without changing. Oz came back to Sunnydale, hoping to pick up where he left off with Willow, not realizing she'd already fallen in love with the witch Tara. Unbeknownst to Oz, his 'cure' only worked when he was emotionally calm, and if he ever got disturbed, he would revert back to were form, even during the day. Needless to say, when Oz found out that Willow was sleeping with another girl, he got pretty disturbed.

Oz the werewolf chased Tara but was captured by the techno-hunters of the Initiative, and experimented on by their scientists. Buffy's boyfriend Riley, a team leader in the Initiative, tried to help Oz escape but was captured in turn by his comrades. Buffy and her friends staged a mission to spring both of them, and as Riley went underground, Willow took Oz back to his van, where they had a sad conversation. Willow had found someone else, and Oz realized that he couldn't control his emotions around her. After a final goodbye, Oz left Willow—and Sunnydale—once and for all. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Personality/Motivation: Oz was so calm, he was almost Zen. At one point, Xander asked him: "You are what some would consider cool. Is it because of that habit you have of only answering questions with vague, noncommittal answers using as few words as possible?" Oz said: "...could be."

Oz also had an extremely droll sense of humor, the best example of which may have been in Season 4. Buffy was going to a Halloween party at college dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. She met Xander, who was dressed as James Bond. The two of them met Willow and Oz, with Willow dressed in medieval chainmail and Oz wearing his usual street clothes. Willow explained that she was dressed as Joan of Arc, partially because of Joan's "close relationship with God." Xander asked Oz who he was supposed to be, and Oz opened his coat to show a name tag: "HELLO my name is GOD."

There were only two things that could make Oz lose his cool: The fear that he would lose control of his lycanthropy and hurt someone, and the fear that he would lose Willow. When these fears converged not once but twice, Oz knew he had to leave Sunnydale for good.

Quote: "This is making the kind of sense that's... not."

Powers/Tactics: Oz was in most respects a normal kid, and the only benefit he got from his lycanthropy in human form was an enhanced sense of smell (which he used to track down Willow in the case where Spike kidnapped her).

The werewolf has none of Oz's intellect or personality. It is a mindless beast that only exists to hunt and kill. Fortunately, Buffyverse werewolves seem to be vulnerable to normal weapons, making tranquilizer darts useful against them. Usually when the wolf got out, Buffy or Willow would use a trank rifle designed to take down elephants to subdue Oz until he came back to normal in the morning.

In most of his time on the series, Oz's Accidental Change is self-explanatory. In his final episode he'd managed to achieve some control over his condition, and even if he wasn't really cured, the change was no longer automatic. It should now be treated as "when under stress, 11-". This is usually an uncommon circumstance that only got triggered as often as it did because of Oz's intense feelings for Willow. The circumstances of the change from beast form to human are less clear, but "when calm" or "when stress is removed" would not be unreasonable.

Appearance: Oz is somewhat below average height (maybe 5'5") and slim, with blue eyes and bright red hair in a crew cut (which he frequently dyes). Oz's usual clothes are a perfect example of 'Seattle grunge' style, basically jeans, tennis shoes and T-Shirts under well-worn lumberjack shirts and jackets.

(Oz created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, HERO System write-up by James Gillen)

Angel| Buffy Summers | Cordelia Chase | Drusilla | Giles | Kendra | The Master | Oz | Spike | Xander | Willow Rosenberg | Vampire, Buffyverse

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