Here is the character background, as written by one of my players, after his introductory scenario was completed.
Osborn Stack is a born and raised Apache Native American. Raised mostly by his grandfather; Osborn (or Oz as he was often called) was taught to respect the old ways. He grew up learning how to use the traditional tools and weapons of his people; such as the traditional Apache Tomahawk and Jaw Bone club.
As an adult Oz respected Mother Nature and saw that society as a whole was far too harsh on the earth; therefore, when he moved out on his own he acquired a decent piece of property within the limits of the Jicarilla reservation and had built for him an earth house. Wanting to help protect his home lands Oz got a job with the reservationâ€™s Game & Wild Life Department as a Ranger.
Life for Oz was good, not only did he protect the lands he also demonstrated his primitive survival skills to tourist and students alike. He would often take people out into the reservationâ€™s wilderness to teach them the old ways that he had learned as a child. Due to his upbringing and the nature of his work Oz regularly carried a pair of Tomahawks his grandfather had given to him.
Recently in local news there had been a string of some very unusual deaths within the limits of the reservation. The deaths were weird because authorities couldnâ€™t initially identify a cause of death. From his experience when Oz was brought in to give his opinion to see if it could possibly some sort of animal attack he was unable to attribute it to any known animal. The remains were shriveled up corpses with abject looks of terror on the victims face. It was later proclaimed by some government MIB type men that the deaths were being attributed to an outbreak of Hantavirus.
One day not too long after those deaths a couple of campers had been reported to be heading up to a remote camping area that was out of normal communications range; no cellular signals and hills that made radio contact difficult. Osborn realized that these campers would not be aware that the MIB guys wanted tourists out of the area completely. Oz took the 4x4 up to check on the campers and try to get them out of that area for their own safety.
Just after sunset Oz approached the path to the camp site and noticed that the road leading to Old Man Conwayâ€™s showed signs of vehicle traffic. Oz knew the old man didnâ€™t own a car. Upon arrival at the cabin Oz saw a nearby camp site with a tent and parked vehicle. As he investigated Oz found the male camper dead inside the tent. He appeared to have been drained of all life, a shriveled husk like the previous victims. Tracking some foot prints, Oz found the femaleâ€™s foot prints leading up to Old Man Conwayâ€™s cabin. It also appeared she was being followed by somebody wearing moccasins.
Once Oz got closer to the cabin he called out â€œDÃ¡anzho" (the standard Jicarilla Apache greeting) he hears a female scream and sees the lights in the cabin flicker. Oz burst into the cabin to see the woman, Old Man Conway and someone in a buffalo head dress. The person in the buffalo head dress attacked Old Man Conway. An eerie reflection of green light showed the look of horror on the old manâ€™s face. The attacker grabbed the old man but then was seemingly repelled backwards in pain. Enraged the person swiped at Old Man Conway throwing him into the wall killing him.
In Apache again Oz tells the person to leave them alone and the person turns to him, it is a walking dead, void of all life with green glowing eyes. This startles Oz but he still has enough wits about him to notice that around Old Man Conwayâ€™s neck is an old medicine bag and this was the only thing about him that seemed out of place. Osborn moves towards Conway leans down and grabs the back while firing off a single inaccurate shot towards the creature.
The thing quickly finished off the girl and then turned its sights on Oz. As it closed it takes a swing at Oz who blocks with a Tomahawk using his off hand while at the same time holding the medicine bag. As he blocks the blow the bag makes contact with the creature and sends it reeling back in pain. Oz takes another shot hitting the creature in the chest only to watch the hole close right up. Realizing this tiny bag is having more of an effect on this evil creature than his hand gun had Oz drops his pistol and pulls his other Tomahawk. He quickly opens the bag to peek inside and see the bag contains an assortment of relics, sacred to an Apache Medicine Man.
Wondering what other relics this old man might have had Oz looks around the room and spots an old Jawbone Club hanging on the wall. Oz lunges for it, drops one of his Tomahawks and grabs the club. The creature closes the distance to attack yet again; this thing was faster than he was. Oz realizes that he could continue to block this thing but would never get an opportunity to attack. He allows the creature in close and it manages to lay its hand on his shoulder, staying well away from the medicine bag Oz had now hung around his chest. Oz begins to feel his very life force being drained out of him. Given the opportunity to strike, Oz brings the Jawbone Club down hard on this thing and causes it to recoil in pain. The fight was on now. However, after a couple of strikes with the club Oz saw this was a losing proposition; he was hurting the creature but not enough and at this rate he would succumb long before his foe. He had to come up with something else.. perhaps fire!
Relying completely on what he had seen in monster movies as a kid, Oz made a mad break for his truck, threw open the tool box in the bed and pulled out one of his emergency road flares. The creature closed on Oz and with his back to the truck he ignited the flare and stabbed the evil thing. This time however instead of the wounds closing up right away they stayed open and seared. This continued for a while longer, Oz striking the thing with the flare causing more damage and the creature grabbing Oz and every time he felt a little more of his essence draining from him. Finally Oz managed to get a good jab in on him and lit the thing on fire but Oz knew if this didnâ€™t end soon it would be over for him.
Before he knew it men dressed in paramilitary garb with patches on their arms of a walrus playing a banjo came out of nowhere packing what appeared to be some serious firepower. One of them was carrying a spear with a cross member on the end of it and he closed in with Oz to fight the thing but the others hung back. Figuring that they wouldnâ€™t shoot while the thing was so close to him, Oz planted his back against the truck and kicked the thing with all of his might away from him. The moment he did one of the men hosed the creature down with a flame thrower and the guy with the spear (or spontoon as Oz later found out it was called) pinned it down and it was soon finished off.
In the aftermath of the battle Oz had initially felt very drained but oddly it his energy quickly returned to him. Nearly in shock Oz questioned the men as to who they were. He found out they were part of a monster hunting group who protects people and keeps monsters secret from most of the world at the insistence of the Monster Control Bureau. More specifically they were members of a group called Monster Hunter International, Team Haven. Leader of Team Haven was Peter Grant, though his men keep calling him "Priest." The guy with the flame thrower and his brother were James "Jimmy" Haight and William Haight. There was also Suzan Hernandez, Fred Morrison and Luther Buckner. Those were the six members of Team Haven who saved Oz from what they were calling a â€œwraith.â€
Priest looked at Oz to make sure he was alright and he seemed impressed that Oz lasted as long as he did. When Oz asked where that thing came from Priest looked at him and said â€œthat is something we need to find out in case there is more than just the one.â€ Wanting to protect his home Oz told them that he was an experienced tracker and was familiar with the area and offered to help them locate this thingâ€™s home. After spending a little while tracking the wraithâ€™s foot prints back to its lair the group discovered an ancient burial site and in front if it yet another victim. This one appeared to be a treasure hunter with a metal detector who had opened up this burial expecting to find fortunes but instead found only his death.
Priest gave Oz his card and told him that MHI was always looking for good hunters and if he wanted a challenge to give them a call. Over the next few days Oz contemplated his fate, he weighed his commitment to the reservation to the rewards (both moral and monetary after receiving a PUFF bonus of $30,000 for the assist) of hunting down these evil creatures. The next week Oz turned in his resignation papers, packed up his truck and headed to the MHI training facility in Alabama where his new life would soon begin.