Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Peter Freuchen - Arctic Explorer - In Three Systems

You may have seen this meme for Peter Freuchen floating around social media.

That's Peter Freuchen and his wife Dagmar Freuchen-Gale, in a photo taken by Irving Penn. Freuchen is a top candidate for the Most Interesting Man in the World.
Standing six feet seven inches, Freuchen was an arctic explorer, journalist, author, and anthropologist. He participated in several arctic journeys (including a 1000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland), starred in an Oscar-winning film, wrote more than a dozen books (novels and nonfiction, including his Famous Book of the Eskimos), had a peg leg (he lost his leg to frostbite in 1926; he amputated his gangrenous toes himself), was involved in the Danish resistance against Germany, was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis before escaping to Sweden, studied to be a doctor at university, his first wife was Inuit and his second was a Danish margarine heiress, became friends with Jean Harlow and Mae West, once escaped from a blizzard shelter by cutting his way out of it with a knife fashioned from his own feces, and, last but certainly not least, won $64,000 on The $64,000 Question. -- Kottke, Peter Freuchen
It was so cold that even inside his cabin, even with the small coal stove, the moisture in his breath condensed into ice on the walls and ceiling. He kept breathing. The house got smaller and smaller. Early on, he wrote, two men could not pass without brushing elbows. Eventually after he was alone and the coal—“the one factor that had kept the house from growing in upon me”—was gone, he threw out the stove to make more room inside. (He still had a spirit lamp for light and boiling water.) Before winter and his task ended and relief came, he was living inside an ice cave made of his own breath that hardly left him room to stretch out to sleep. Peter Freuchen, six foot seven, lived inside the cave of his breath.
Let's stat this fellow out, using Risus, Savage Worlds, and Basic Role-Playing (BRP - Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition for the uninitiated).

Bad Ass Arctic Explorer (6)
Noted Journalist and Author (4)
Ladies Man of Action (3)
Noted Member of the Danish Resistance (2)
Equipment:  Awesome Polar Bear Fur Coat, Pegleg, Knife made out of his own feces.  Piles of Margarine money.

Savage Worlds
Agility: d6 Smarts: d10  Spirit d10  Strength d8  Vigor d8
Charisma +4    Toughness 7   Pace 4    Parry 5

Curious, One Leg, Attractive, Charismatic, Strong Willed, Luck, Linguist

Climb  d10-2, Fighting d6-2, Healing d12, Intimidate d12+2, Know: Anthropology d12, Persuade d12, Shooting d6, Survival Arctic d12, Throw d6, Tracking d10.

Basic Role-Playing
STR   15    CON  17         SIZ   16         INT 14          POW: 16
DEX   12    APP   13        EDU 17                               HP: 16

Armor:  Polar Bear Fur Coat:  Stop first 2 pts of any damage to torso/upper legs

Weapons:  Ice Axe 65% (2d6+1d4), Knife 40%,

Skills:  Anthropologist 75%;  Climb 65%,  Credit Rating 75%,  Fast Talk 55%, First Aid 70%, Hide 40%, History 50%, Medicine 40%, Natural History 65%, Persuade 60%, Psychoanalysis 35%, Psychology 55%, Ride: Dog Sled 70%, Track  40%

Languages:  Danish 85%, English 62% Kalaallisut 55%, Swedish 20%, German 15%, Russian 10%

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