Abigail Saunders-Tabard, Iron Homemaker

For Battling Business World, we have Marty Tabard’s wife, an example of a Battling Business World “noncombatant.” The realm’s definition of a noncombatant is someone who doesn’t fight for a living. Abigail’s attack rolls and AC are lower than a corporate raider’s, but she’s definitely not defenseless. Still, her specialties lie in professional skills.

Born in Chicagoland, far from the Windy City’s anarchic Board of Trade, Abigail Saunders always loved to cook. She handily dominated baking contests, often besting adult cooks. When asked, her father would say he preferred her meals to her mother’s (and paid the price in blood). Heading to culinary school after high school was a natural choice. Since she was curious about other regions, Abigail decided to study in New York City. She’d already scared and/or frightened all the local boys with her prodigious strength, anyway.

Under the instruction of some of Battling Business World’s best cooks, Abigail transformed from a mere master cook to a goddess of the kitchen. They also taught her the basics of the Skillet of Fury style, popular among cooks as well as homemakers. Even though Abigail learned how to cook the dishes of the world, she firmly believed in the superiority of Midwestern cooking. She graduated with one goal in mind: promoting it to the greater world.

Abigail worked in catering after school. During one corporate engagement, she caught a freelance contractor spiking the punch. She used her skillet skills to pummel him into the linoleum. That man turned out to be a Marty Tabard. Marty was immediately smitten with the first woman to defeat him. He spent the next few months wooing Abigail. Eventually his charm and her loneliness got the better of her, and she agreed to date. They married only a short while later.

It was then that Abigail realized she’d been had. Marty didn’t want a wife: he wanted a maid, a cook, and, most galling of all, someone to have his kid. She wouldn’t have minded quite as much if her ne’er do well husband had the decency to act like a married man. Instead, he shamelessly ran around on her. No amount of violence would deter him. It was actually a relief when he took four year-old Julia to the bar. Abigail had an excuse for divorce that wouldn’t cause knowing winks and sympathy for the man with the “overbearing” wife. The experience was still painful. It certainly aggravated her already frayed chef’s temper.

The post-divorce era has actually treated Abigail well. Since she had the good sense to get the best divorce lawyer in Manhattan, she twisted a lot of alimony and child support out of Marty. She used the money to renovate the former family home in Long Island and construct her own restaurant. More significantly, Abigail also fulfilled a longtime dream. She stormed Japan’s  Kaga Castle and demanded a contest with the world famous Iron Chefs. The amused chefs accepted. All the odds were against Abigail: she wasn’t a gourmet cook and her fermented yak butter-based dinner’s presentation was plain and no frills. The judges loved its taste, though. Much to the Iron Chefs’ fury, Abigail won, proving Midwestern cuisine’s adaptability. She’s had to tangle with them ever since.

Recent events have also caused some excitement in her life. She’s learned of other worlds through her daughter’s squirrel-bodyguard-thralls. While Abigail is a Battling Business Worlder through and through, she is curious about these unfamiliar realms. She’s definitely going to see how her friend Fred Gelman adjusts to the Manifold.

+1 ECL “Race”: Cartoonified (Toon) “Pureblood” Human (58 CP)
Fast Learner/Specialized in Skills: +2 SP/Level (6 CP).
+4 Intelligence (Normally 24 CP, reduced to 12 CP by world laws).
+2 to any one attribute (normally 12 CP, reduced to 6 CP by world laws).
Immunity/Aging (can expect to live almost indefinitely, uncommon / minor / major, 3 CP).
Grant of Aid: May heal 1d8+5 damage OR 1d3 points of attribute damage OR one negative level once per three levels per day or part thereof, 6 CP), with both Regenerative options (6 CP) and +8 Bonus Uses (12 CP). In Core, this requires several hours per use unless the user spends a magic point.
Extraordinary Returning (Specialized, Requires being “animated” with standard cel-based or 3D animation tools) (3 CP). Most toons are unaware that they have this ability. They have trouble thinking of themselves as creations. It would take a “mundane” friend thinking, “Hmm, she was a lot like a cartoon character. I wonder what happens if we base a cartoon on her?” for anyone to discover it.
Innate Enchantment: All spells Personal Only: Rubber Fall (resembles Feather Fall, but you have to peel yourself off the ground, 1400 GP), Regenerate Light Wounds (1/Round, up to 20 points/level/day maximum, 1400 GP), Cure Light Wounds (1d8+1 1/level/day as needed, 1400 GP), Immortal Vigor I (+12 + 2x Con Mod HP, 1400 GP), and Void Sheathe (may store a single weapon in “nowhere” and pull it out as needed, half cost due to single weapon restriction, 350 GP). 5950 GP total, 7 CP.
Template Disadvantages: Insane (most toons are blasé, even bored, in even the most dangerous and deadly situations, -3 CP).

Identifying Characteristics: Age 32, 6’0″, 200 lbs, light brown hair, gray eyes, ruddy skin, built like a brick.
Basic Appearance: Abigail typically has serious facial expressions. Combined with her heavily-muscled build and height, her looks tend to frighten most men. She usually favors practicality over beauty when dressing. Most of the time, she wears high-quality but simple short-sleeved shirts, skirts, dresses, and sensible shoes. Her hair is typically in a bun.
Personality: Abigail has retained much of her Midwestern upbringing. She tends to be honest and hardworking, she doesn’t like pretension, and she takes her family quite seriously. This seriousness led to the development of her strong temper: learning of Marty’s infidelity caused her first outburst. Though she admits it only reluctantly, dealing with Marty also taught her how to go with the flow. She sees little point in changing other adults. They’ll just do what they want anyway.

Available Character Points: Hunted (Iron Chefs), Insane (merely mentioning Marty can make her seethe, and his presence causes her to rage at the drop of a hat), Obligations (Julia has inherited Marty’s slipperiness and rashness, making her a handful); Duties (entrepreneur, +2 CP/Level). Total 48 CP + 12 = 60.

Basics (10 CP)
Attributes: Strength 20 (DR 5/-), Dexterity 14/+1, Constitution 15/+2 (2 magic points), Intelligence 16/+3, Wisdom 13/+1, and Charisma 13/+1 (2 free contacts). Rolled Attributes: 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 18.
Saves: Fortitude +2 (6 CP) + 2 (Con) = +4, Reflex +0 + 2 (Dex) = +2, Will +0+ 1 (Wis) = +1.
Hit Dice: L1: d8 (4 CP). HP 8 + 2 (Con Mod) + 16 (Magic) = 26 HP, 10 in Core and nearby realms.
Free Languages: English (Native), French, Japanese, and Spanish.

Combat Information (8 CP)
Proficiencies: All Simple Weapons and Martial Weapons (9 CP-4 from Dex = 5 CP).
Move: 30 ft.
Initiative: +2
BAB: +1, Specialized, Only for melee combat (3 CP)
Armor Class: 10 (Base) + 2 (Dex) + 1 (Wis, per world rules) = 14. Abigail has damage resistance 5 against all attacks.

Usual Weapons

Kitchen knife (+6 melee, 1d4+5 piercing, 19-20/x2)

Skillet (+7 melee, 1d12+6 bludgeoning, 20/x2)

Unarmed (+6 melee, 1d12+5 bludgeoning, 20/x2)

Abilities (42 CP)

Martial Arts (3 CP): 1d4 unarmed damage, counts as an armed attacker.

Professional (6 CP): +Level/2 to Cooking.

Skill Emphasis II/Master Housewife (6 CP): +2 to Cooking and Homemaker.

Skill Focus III/Cooking (Stunt) (6 CP): +3 to Cooking. Additionally, if Abigail is willing to spend 2 magic or attribute points, she can perform extraordinary tasks with Cooking. She typically uses this ability to make her food irresistible. Even Fred Gelman (Jewish) and Jim Corrigan (vegan) are tempted to sample her glazed ham.

Tireless (6 CP): Long hours working in the kitchen, quashing Marty’s womanizing, and caring for her daughter have caused Abigail to develop considerable energy reserves.

Skill Points: 9 CP + 12 (Int) + 2 (Racial) = 23 SP

Bonus Abilities

Attack Focus (6 CP): +1 to attack rolls with a skillet.

Free Abilities

Privilege/Wealth (3 CP): Between her restaurant’s success and her hefty alimony and child support checks from Marty, Abigail is a well-off woman. She and Julia live in a high-end Long Island gated community.

Reputation (6 CP): Most of Battling Business World knows Abigail Saunders-Tabard for her audacious victory on Iron Chef. It did a lot to advance her status as a promoter of Midwestern cuisine. Her prodigious strength has also earned her some renown.

Broad Skills (All +3 Int, 18 SP)

Physical Skills (4 SP): Skillet of Fury (Str) +12.

Knowledge Skills (12 SP): Business (Int) +10 (4 SP), Cooking (Int) +15 (4 SP), Homemaker (Int) +12 (4 SP)

Other Skills (2 SP): Gadgetry (Dex) +7. Most of Abigail’s gadgets are cooking equipment.

Narrow Skills (All +3 Int, +5 Training, 3 SP)

Knowledge Skills (1 SP): North America (Int) +12

Other Skills (2 SP): Intimidation (Cha) +11.

Specialties (2 SP): Homemaker/Disciplining Children +3 (1 SP), North America/Battling Business World +3 (1 SP)

Skillet of Fury (Str)
In Battling Business World, even the soccer moms and dads can defend themselves. This style is an armed variant of Adamantine Fist focusing on cooking pans and skillets (which use the same stats as clubs). Even battling businesspeople should think carefully before marrying a master: they can dish out a lot of pain.
Requires: Weapon Focus (club) or equivalent point buy. Occult Techniques require skill in Cooking and Homemaker.
Basic Techniques: Strike, Power 4 (1d12+1 damage with skillet, 1d12 damage with unarmed kata), and Toughness 1
Advanced Techniques: Breaking, Mighty Blow, Unarmed Kata, and Master Technique: Sunder
Occult Techniques: Focused Blow, Inner Strength, Ki Focus (Str), and Overburden

Skillet of Fury Techniques Known: Power 4 (“Way of the Skillet”), Master Technique: Sunder (“Marrow-Cracking Strike”), Unarmed Kata (“Tenderizer Fist”)

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