So I was thinking recently, what kind of characters are just not represented very much in our beloved RPGs? And one thing stuck out like a sore thumb – The Mission Control Team. The ace hacker, the voice in the ear and the eye in the sky. It was obvious why, not being with the party is a huge pain for both the player and the GM, not to mention issues with HP and combat.
But it seemed like such a cool idea, I had to take a crack at it, and so I present, The Handler!
Present with the party only via an incorporeal projection, the Handler is permanently affixed to another PC, sharing their HP and working with them in a sort of symbiotic relationship, while providing remote support to the team, doing research, “hacking” enemies and magical systems and so on. I intentionally made it so you could play this as either a mage or a more technologically inclined character too.
Probably the weirdest playbook I’ll ever write, I’m really proud of this. Hope you all enjoy it!