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Derek Jacob Brown Character Sheet
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This is an attempt to capture for reference a character paper snapshot of the character Derek Brown, a supporting character in the Multiverser novels who debuts in Old Verses New, continues his story in For Better or Verse, and returns...that would be telling.  This character sheet includes everything that is confirmed about him, plus a few extrapolations, in those two books, and thus represents him as he is in the final chapter of the latter.

The picture was dug up on the Internet as an approximate image of him; it's not perfect, but is reasonably close.

To assist the referee, some entries include at least one coded reference to a chapter or chapters in which the item is mentioned; thus by cross-referencing with the story you can determine the details.  The chapters are identified by which character's story is being told, and thus most of those here begin with "B" for Brown; this is followed by a three-digit number indicating the chapter number for that character, not the chapter number for the book.  Thus if you want to find the first reference to his name, you read here that it appears in B001, and on the index page for the novel you search for the text "Brown 1" and that will take you to the link for that chapter.  Obviously the chapters beginning "K" are Joe's story, and thus "Kondor", those beginning "H" are Lauren's story, "Hastings", and those beginning "S" are Bob's, "Slade".  The second novel begins with Hastings 44, Kondor 42, and Brown 1, ends with Hastings 95, Kondor 96, and Brown 55 and the third contains Hastings 96 through 136, Slade 43 through 92, and Brown 56 through 96.

Derek Jacob Brown

A.K.A.: Derek Brown, self identification upon meeting B002

A.K.A.: The Boy, by Qualick B022 B034 and others B035

A.K.A.: Derek, given as what to call him B039 B093

A.K.A.: Theian Toreinu Morach, spritish name, Morach or ‘Rach for short B060 B061 B062 B084 B089

A.K.A.: Little Bug, by Thalaoniri and the elves B080, in elfish Eh Vrek B081.

A.K.A.: Ferris Hoffman, self-chosen name for middle form, H130 B089

1@7Persuasion2@4Ranged Strike Value (RSV)
1@5Charisma2@3Martial Strike Value (MSV)
1@5Animal Magnetism1@6Target Value (TV)
1@7Damage Value
2@1Strength H067 B024 B040 B089
1@7Stamina B014 B024 B040 H093 H095 B089 BIAS LEVELS
1@2Density B0899@3Psi
2@3Flexibility B08913@3Bod
2@2Agility H067 B089
2@6Hand/Eye B023
1@8Intellect2@2Tech (Intellect/Intuition/Ed Level)
2@1Intuition B0232@1Psi (Persuasion/Intuition/Will Power)
2@2Education Level B0292@1Mag (An-mag/Intellect/Intuition)
1@5Will Power2@2Bod (Strength/Agility/Will Power)

Out-of-shape adolescent B029 resolved as sprite B089

Height:  5' 0" After transformation Derek 5', Ferris 2'6", Morach 1'3" H130 B090
Weight:  170#?à140#? B024 Derek 140#, Ferris 24#, Morach 3#
Current Hair Style: 
Hair Color: 
Age:  Seventh grade B028 12 years old B029 H095 b.1988 d.2000 B040 K085 Looks 17, but young B090 H134 (carded when he tries to buy bubblegum)
Eye Color: 
Facial Hair:  None
Birthmarks, Tatoos, or other unusual markings:  None
Other Description:  six inches and thirty pounds smaller than out-of-shape teens three years older, a child about the age of Lauren’s middle child Tiffany.



1@51990’s Basic Technology Package (1@1 Basic Fire Skills Package (Maintain Solid Fuel Fire, Transfer Fire, Contain Fire, Extinguish Fire), 1@1 Soft Sculpture/Clay Molding, 1@2 Operate Lighter, 1@2 Operate Match, 1@3 Use Oven, 2@X Wheels Package, 2@1 Stitch & Sew, 3@X Use Standard Hand Tools, 3@1 Wedges, 3@1 Ramps, 3@2 Operate Locks & Keys, 3@5 Operate Scissors & Cutters, 4@1 Operate Bicycle, 4@1 Non-wheeled Pulley, 4@2 Wheeled Pulley, 4@3 Block & Tackle, 6@1 Operate Calipers & Micrometers, 6@1 Operate Explosive-driven Slug Thrower, 6@2 Use Lens, 6@2 Operate Scopes, 7@1 Operate Air Gun, 8@0 Operate Automatic Transmission Vehicle, 9@0 Operate Electrical Switches, 9@0 Operate Electrical Appliances, 9@0 Operate Telephone, 10@0 Operate Electronic Entertainment Equipment, 11@0 Computer Game Play)Tech X@XHome
2@1Survival Forest
Foraging, Hunting
Tech 0@1Sprite World B073
1@10Basic Fire Skills PackageTech 1@1Sprite World B073
1@1Cook (Peanut butter sandwiches)Tech 1@2Home B022
2@1Ignite Fire from Body Heat (as Morach)Tech 1@10Sprite World (B073)
2@5Use BowTech 2@1Slasher Summer Camp B013 B074 B082
2@1Use standard Hand Tools
Knife K093
Tech 3@XHome K092
1@10Operate BicycleTech 4@1Home B016 B020 B031
1@5Sabotage Simple Gear Systems & DrivesTech 4@1Vampire Future H133 S092
1@7Make/Use Sleep PotionTech 6@1Sprite World B079 B080 B081 B082 B084 B089
1@1Primitive antibioticsTech 8@1Terranova B049
1@5Operate Power Pack ChargerTech 10@0Mutant World S088 B093 S090
1@6Electronics PackageTech 10@XMutant World B026
1@8Operate hand-held portable communications deviceTech 10@1Mutant World B024
2@2Hijack video/electronic securityTech 10@3Mutant World B034
1@3Build Power Pack ChargerTech 10@5Vampire Future S090/td>
1@3Design Power Pack ChargerTech 10@6Vampire Future B093/td>
1@10Play Video GamesTech 11@0Home
3@5Computer knowledgeTech 11@0Home H065 B026 B090 H131 H132
3@5Computer Technology Package
11@0 Computer Theory, 11@0 Computer Gameplay, 11@1 Read & Write Program, 11@2 Create Computer Security, 11@3 Bypass Computer Security, 11@4 Repair Computer, 11@5 Build Computer, 11@6 Design Computer.
Writes in several programming languages B029
Includes familiarity with trinary B043 mastered the essentials B046
Introduced to biocomputers, and pursues study on the subject B046
Tech 11@XMutant World B026 H069 B036 B042 B044 K087 B091
1@2Use portable computerized medical kitTech 11@3Mutant World B024
3@1Create Computer SecurityTech 11@2Mutant World H131
1@8Bypass electronic locksTech 11@3Mutant World B022 B023 H093 K094
3@1Bypass Computer SecurityTech 11@3Mutant World B019 H064 B021 B022 H066 B024 B027 B036 B041 K091 H095 H130 B089 H131 H133 H135
2@10Use Laser BlasterTech 14@1Mutant World B023 B024 B025 B027 B031 B040 B051 H094 B053 K095 H130 H131 B091 B092 S089 S090 B094
1@4Use kinetic torquerTech 14@4Mutant World B036
1@10General Science
LevelSkill Areas
1Control of Fire, Leather work, Pottery
2The Wheel, Woodwork, Cloth and Rope
3Inclines, Levers, Stonework
4Pulleys, Gears, Soft Metals
5Water Power, Hard Metals
6Lathes, Precision Tools, Explosives
7Steam and Pressure Power Systems
8Motors and Motor Fuels
9Electricity, Synthetics
11Computers, Planetary Travel
12Robotics, Nuclear Power, Genetic Engineering
13Artificial Intelligence, Mind/Machine Interface
10Energy Fields, Star Drives, Matter Transmission
Tech 14@0Home
1@10Math TheoryTech 11@0Home B026 B028
1@10Math Applications
LevelSkill Areas
1-2Counting & Shape Identification
3-6Arithmetic & Euclidean Geometry
7-9Algebra & Set Theory
10Trigonometry & Alternative Number Systems
Tech 11@1Home B026 B028 B042
1@1An unspecified assortment of weapons
Needle rifles mentioned
Tech X@XMutant World B024


2@1Language (English)Psi 0@0Home
2@1Language: (Spritish)
Uses a different script
Psi0@0Sprite World H076
2@2TeachingPsi 0@1Home B022 B025 B028 K090 B049 B082 B084
1@3Read MindsPsi 1@1Terranova B049 K091 B055 B056 B057 B058 B060 B061 B072 H131
1@1Seek thinking mindPsi1@1Sprite World B057
2@3Telepathy to Humans (Sprites, Elves)
Lelach B061
Morani B062 B086
Landi B077
Thalaoniri B079 B080 B081 B085
Lauren H131
Bethany H131
Psi 1@3Sprite World B060 B063 B072 B088
1@8Suggestion/Summoning to Animals
Butterfly, Mouse, small Snake, Salamander, Chipmunk, Squirrel, Robin, several insects including Bees and Wasps.
Observed pattern for a deer, but did not call one B073 until later B084.
Fox, another kind of snake, painted turtle, a few kinds of fish, others. B074
Psi 1@6Sprite World B069
1@5Heightened Awareness (auditory)Psi 3@1Sprite World B070
1@10Panoramic SightPsi 3@6Sprite World B070 B079
2@1ClairvoyancePsi 3@6Sprite World B074 B085 B087 B094
1@3Clairtacticity (temperature)
To feel interior of lock B087
Psi 3@8Sprite World B072
1@5Sensory PresencePsi 3@10Sprite World B075
1@2Simple Telekinesis
To pick lock
Psi 4@2Sprite World B087
1@4Gaseous TelekinesisPsi 4@7Sprite World B071 B072 B073
1@5Liquid TelekinesisPsi 4@7Sprite World B071
1@2Ignore PainPsi 5@0Sprite World B071
1@2Reduce PainPsi 5@2Sprite World B071
1@2PyrogenesisPsi 7@4Sprite World B071 B073
1@1CryogenesisPsi 7@4Sprite World B073
1@1Weaken objectPsi 9@1Sprite World B073
1@1Soften objectPsi 9@2Sprite World B073
1@1Harden object (clay)Psi 9@3Sprite World B073
X@XNew Unspecified SkillsPsi X@XSprite World B074


1@4Play TrumpetMag 0@0Home B012
1@5Administration (school)Mag 0@0Mutant Earth B093
1@5Theology, Evangelical ChristianMag 0@1Mutant World B024 B028 B064
1@5PhilosophyMag 0@1Mutant World B028 B096
1@5Religion, Evangelical Christian
Acknowledges the existence of magical creatures such as ghosts and vampires
Determines that God created all the universes.
Mag 1@0Mutant World B028 B028
1@7Religion, SpritishMag 1@0Sprite World B075 B089
1@1Nature of MagicMag 1@0Vampire Future B096
1@3Operate Worn/Held Device
Clothing: changes size to fit his form [Mag 3@3] B095
Mag 1@3Vampire Future S090
1@1Precognitive Dream/WarningMag 7@10Sprite World B086
Light is innate, shines as if reflected from his clothes, from all directions casting no shadow from himself.
Mag 10@1Sprite World B065 B085 B087 B095


X@XHuman Standard Sensory Package
(2@5 Touch and pressure sensitivity B0@0, 1@5 Chemical sensitivity B0@1, 1@7 Gas & particular sensitivity B0@1, 2@2 Pain B0@2, 1@6 Heat sensitivity B0@3, 1@5 Cold sensitivity B0@3, 2@1 Photosensitivity B0@4, 1@8 Auditory perception B0@4, 1@6 Balance B0@4, 2@5 Focus B0@5, 1@2 Tactile imaging B0@5, 1@8 Pitch discrimination B0@6, 1@8 Stereo directional sense B0@7, 2@5 Color perception B0@8, 2@8 Depth perception B0@8)
Bod 0@XHome B057 B058 B063 B064
X@XHuman Standard Body Package
(2@3 Manipulate Object B0@1; 1@1 Generate Pheromone Signal B0@2; 2@7 Generate Sound Signal B0@2; 2@3 Sitting B1@0; 2@1 Rise to All Limbs B1@1; 1@5 Multi-legged Crawl 2mph B1@3; 2@5 Stand Erect B2@1; 2@1 Walk at Walking Speeds 3mph B2@4: 1@10 Jog 3mph B3@3; 1@5 Dash 300¢ B3@4; 1@5 Sprint 990¢ B3@5; 1@5 Run 71/2 mph (one mile/eight minutes) B3@6; 1@1 Ground-based Rolling B4@1; 1@5 Reaching Jumps 10² B5@1; 1@5 Low Obstacles 12² B5@1; 1@3 Running High Jump 4¢ 6² B5@3; 1@5 Standing Long Jump 6¢ B5@3; 1@2 Running Long Jump 9¢ B5@3)
Bod X@XHome B057 B058 B063 B064 B065 B066 B072
1@5Throw dartsBod 0@1Terranova B051 B052
1@10Hide in darkness/Stealth hidingBod 0@6Home B004 B081 B088
1@2Move Silently/StalkBod 0@6Mutant World B034 B051 B082
“No one stops you in the halls if you look like you’re in the right place.”
Bod 0@6Home B036
1@4SwimBod 1@2Home B013
1@5Multi-legged CrawlBod 1@3Home/Sprite World B063
1@5Arm-assisted WalkingBod 2@2Home/Sprite World B064, B065
1@5Dash 250¢Bod 3@4Home B014
1@2Ground-based RollingBod 4@1Mutant World B024
1@2Ground-based TumblingBod 4@2Mutant World B024
1@2Tumble from Erect PositionBod 4@3Mutant World B024
1@2Tumble to Erect PositionBod 4@4Mutant World B024
1@2HandspringsBod 4@5Mutant World B024
1@2CartwheelsBod 4@5Mutant World B024
1@2Fall Shock-absorptionBod 4@6Mutant World B024
1@2Blow Shock-absorptionBod 4@7Mutant World B024
1@2Evasive TumblingBod 4@8Mutant World B024
1@2Aggressive TumblingBod 4@9Mutant World B024
1@5Fly FishingBod 7@1Home B009
1@5Knife martial arts weapon
Base damaging RF1 –5SM
Bod 7@1Amontilado B004 B018 H065 H093
1@3Frying pan martial arts weapon
Base damaging RF1 –10SM useful for parrying
Bod 7@1Slasher Summer Camp B018 H065 H093
1@1Chain martial arts weapon
Base damaging RF1 useful for tacticals
Bod 7@1Slasher Summer Camp B018
1@5Basic Style from LaurenBod 7@1Mutant World H067 B024 B025 B074
2@2Firing missile while airborneBod 7@2Sprite World B074 B082 B088 B095
1@1Knife plunge attack
“Devastating” +3DC, -10SM, only attack in the minute, +15SM to next opponent attack
Bod 7@3Amontilado B004
1@1Leg sweep with chain
On success target agility check or fall damaging, attacker falls undamaged, must return to feet
Bod 7@3Slasher Summer Camp B018
1@1Parry with Frypan
-5SM on opponent attacks
Bod 7@5Haunted House B008 B018
1@1Disarm by force
Grabbing opponent weapon and pulling it from his hands, standard attack on weapon, automatically hit for ?10 damage points if successful
Bod 7@5Slasher Summer Camp B018
1@2Steerable Glide (Ferris)
Corkscrew spiral B095
Bod 8@2Vampire Future B089
2@10Winged Flight (Morach only)
Powerdives, shifting by powerstop into forward glide with feet on the surface of the water, fast starts and stops, sharp high-speed turns, other powerful maneuvers B076 B079 B082 B088
Back loops.
Corkscrew: sharp turn called a wingover extended by tucking one wing inside and spiraling down on the other, snapping the head around to avoid dizziness (like ballerinas and figure skaters).
Turn doorknob while in flight.
Evasive flight B082 B088
Bod 8@4Sprite World B066 B067 B068 B071 B072 B080 B086 B087 B095
1@3Morph to Same Genus
Imagines being Theian Toreinu Morach, Ferris Hoffman, or Derek Brown, and abruptly becomes the body so imagined; Ferris Hoffman is the bridge form, and he cannot change between Morach and Derek without becoming Ferris between them.
Bod 13@3Vampire Future B090 B095


Very cool mountain bike with dorky baskets mounted by Uncle Ralph. B001
Flat tire B001 repaired B012 B016
PushedHome B001 B005 B006 B007 B009 B010 B019 B037 B042 B078
Leather canvas backpack bookbagBasketsHome B001 B005 B009 B019 B037 B078
JacketWornHome B002
Butcher knife
Base damaging RF1 –5SM
BackpackAmontilado B003 B004 B005 B009 B016 B018 B019 H065 B022 B023 H067 B027 H092 H093 B067 B078 B091 B095
ShirtBackpackHome B003
BlanketBackpackHaunted House B005 B009 H065
Pocket knifePocketHome B005
Working internal battery B011
Standard binary programmed for 32-bit coding B043
BookbagHome B006 B022 B037 H094 B078 H131 S092
Video games, unspecified
Some hand-held with batteries B011
Some are 64-bit coding but all are binary B043
BookbagHome B006 B009
Heavy frying pan
Base damaging RF1 –10SM
BackpackHaunted House B007 B008 B009 B016 B019 H065 B022 B023 H092 H093 B078 B091 B095
Silk robeBackpackVampire Swamp B011 H065 B089
Fluffy cotton towelBackpackVampire Swamp B011
Clothes, unspecified
Jeans, T-shirt B047
WornHome B011
Clothes, unspecifiedBackpackHome B012 B078
Nylon Backpack with Aluminum FrameBackSlasher Summer Camp B013 B016 B019 H065 B037 B042 B052 B078 B095
Pup tentPackframeSlasher Summer Camp B013 B016 H065 B033 B037
Sleeping bagPackframeSlasher Summer Camp B016 H065 B033 B037 K085 B078 B089
Base damaging RF1
Waist?Slasher Summer Camp B018 H065 B022 B037 H092 B067 B095
A couple small tools, unspecified
Screwdriver B022
Wire cutters/strippers, meter B034
ToolkitMutant World B022 H095 B078
Cables and connectors, a batch, unspecified
Alligator clips B034 H095
BackpackMutant World B022 B078 H131
Laser Blaster/Rifle
Electronic, highly sophisticated, few visible metal parts.
RF6, five shots to a power pack, reload 0:10 dangerous
L ShoulderMutant World B022 B023 B024 B027 B035 B037 B040 K086 H092 B051 B052 H094 B053 K095 H095 B067 B073 B078 H131 B091 B092 B094 B095 S092
Extra power packs, 5
Look like video game cartridges without labels.
Recharge in standard charger takes one hour.
Jacket pocketMutant World B022 H092 B053 K095 B089 B091 H132 S088 B094 B095
Mutant World Identity CardJacket PocketMutant World B023
Universal power converted power pack charger
Charges one battery at a time, takes an hour, adapts to any electrical input
BackpackMutant World B024 B089
Porcuperson Darts, 12, in apron
Renders target unconscious in a few seconds for RS minutes, woozy for at least as long thereafter.
RF1 3’:10’:20’:30’:+10/3’
-1 B051 –1 case dropped B052
WaistMutant World B032 B033 H095 B067 B078 B079 B081 B089 H091 B095
Portable tool kit
Magnetic nail gun, kinetic torque driver, sonic cutter, laser welder, a few other tools, rechargeable power supply.
Described as a “bag” B037
Meter K092
BackpackMutant World B033 B039 K092 H094 H095 B078 S092
Components and chips, unspecifiedBackpackMutant World B034 B037 B038 B039 H095 B078 H131
Rations, a few daysBackpackMutant World B037 B038
Water, container undefinedBackpackMutant World B037
Terranova computer technician credentialsPocketTerranova B044
Terranova complex technician access keysPocketTerranova B044
Spritish bowArmSprite World B078 B086 B088 B095
Spritish arrows
Treated with Morach Sleep Potion B084
QuiverSprite World B078 B086 B087 B095
QuiverLeft LegSprite World B078
Blanket, sprite-sized?Sprite World B080
Sprite day clothesBackpackSprite World B086
Sprite night clothes?Sprite World B086
Clothes that fit FerrisBackpackVampire Future B089
Clothes that change size to fit Morach, Ferris, or Derek
Active when worn/held device M1@3 change size [M3@3]
WornVampire Future S090 B095

Known Exclusions

Owns waders, did not bring them. B009
Not carrying food or water initially. B009
Knows very little about religion B014
Does not know the word “defibrillator” B015
Not athletic B018
Knows almost nothing about girls K087 but recognizes Raeph’s interest in Lauren B048
Knows little history, nothing about Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., but that they succeeded at non-violent resistance somehow.
Cannot hover B076 B079

World List
Stage 1

  1. NagaWorld: killed by coral bush B001
  2. Cask of Amontilado B001 B003 shot three times B004
  3. Haunted House B005 killed by poltergeist throwing him through window and stabbing with shards B008
  4. Vampire swamp B009 apparently bitten in the neck B011
  5. Slasher Summer Camp B011 stabbed with his own knife B018
  6. Mutant World B019 killed by laser blaster B036
  7. Terranova Habitat B037
  8. Zygote Experience/Sprite World B055
  9. Vampire Future H130

Identified Characteristics

Dislikes gym, sports, and outdoors stuff. His only real exercise is riding his bike to school. B029
Has seen many horror movies B001, knows that in horror films you can’t escape B002, thinks he should hope for the best but prepare for the worst B003.
Left-handed B004
Almost impossible to get him into the bath, nearly as difficult to get him out B011
His DNA has features which are unique in the Terranova universe B042
Is aware that he won’t age B042
Chooses to avoid intoxicants B043
Likes the idea of saving a world, even if no one knows B064
Does not care for tea, prefers orange juice with breakfast B090
Homesick for two different worlds B093
Learns to embrace the present as a place you love and the future as a place you seek, neither detracting from the other, both good, God good, and that enough to know for now B096.

Personal History

His first theory of the verse was that this was all nightmares of a comatose patient. B001 B009 B011 B039
Killed by a “Rapid Responder” video game controller which had been broken by Bobby Peterson. B001.
Considers possibility that he is a restless spirit from beyond the grave. B005
Explored suburban housing construction sites at home B005
Would not permit himself to recognize that he was in a “haunted house” B006
Misses father, mother, and one brother B009 B025
Is from Mahwah, somewhere upstate from Newark, state not specified B012
Reluctantly swam in a lake near his home B013
Watched David perform CPR B015
Meets Lauren in Mutant World H064
Watched horror movies to pretend he was brave, but after his experiences he is no longer afraid H065
Recognizes that Lauren’s idea that God sent him somewhere turns an accident into an adventure B022
Eventually forgets the nightmare B024
Considers that Lauren might be right about God B024
Meets Joe in Terranova B044
Has observed Lauren projecting a psi skill pattern B049 doing clairvoyance B050
Experience moving in zero gravity K092
Reborn child of Theian Orlina Lelach B059 named Theian Toreinu Morach B060

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