Character Profiles

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CRYPT

an elite branch of the British Security Service, (MI5). Based in an undisclosed subterranean headquarters in Central London, CRYPT agents specialise in detecting the paranormal. When crimes are committed without a rational, human explanation, MI5 deploys CRYPT agents to investigate the supernatural forces that may be at work.

ROLE

to investigate paranormal activity, wherever it occurs, attending haunted locations, taking recordings, obtaining evidence (extrasensory, empirical and statistical), communicating with supernatural entities where possible to ascertain if and why they are hostile, and researching the circumstances that lead to paranormal incidents.

CHARACTERISTICS

A CRYPT agent is: courageous, a good problem-solver, a creative thinker, emotionally intelligent, technically gifted, resilient, persistent and a good team player.

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ESP

ESP

All CRYPT agents have highly tuned Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) which allows them to see, hear and ultimately communicate with paranormal entities, including poltergeists, orbs, ectoplasm, vortices, shadow ghosts and disembodied spirits.

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Every agent is trained in the expert use of the CRYPT field investigation equipment (see separate guide), which can be used to record, and in some cases, neutralize the energy source of paranormal entities. Once the evidence is recorded, the agents must then process and analyse the information back in their labs.

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SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

All agents are recruited not only for their ESP, but for their knowledge and interest in science. Each agent is issued with their own personal laboratory in the third and deepest level of the CRYPT. This is where they conduct research and experiments to discover more about the ghosts they encounter – how they are made up, how they enter the world and just what they are capable of once here.

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RESEARCH SKILLS

Every agent has advanced researching skills, allowing them to investigate the history behind a haunting: every ghost is here for a reason, and it’s up to the CRYPT agents to discover it by researching the history of the haunted location and investigating the lives of the deceased people who lived or worked there. Agents research evidence online and in books.

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INTERVIEW SKILLS

All agents need to be good communicators. Secondary sources such as websites and books can be useful, but the very best evidence comes from interviewing real descendents, victims and eyewitnesses. Primary sources such as these often require sensitive handling. A CRYPT agent listens well and always asks the right questions at the right time.

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RIDING SKILLS

All CRYPT agents are issued with a high powered motorbike which they can use to get to hauntings at rapid speed. They are given extensive training in how to ride quickly and safely.