Dr. Srinu Pahul

Byron V.O.'s male Indian Terran "near-human" xenobiologist, shadowed by scandal and confident in survival skills


Player Character: “Dr. Srinu Pahul”
Role-player: Byron V.O.

Campaign: Gene D.’s " Vortex " telecom space opera, using FATE 3e Starblazer Adventures / Mindjammer, Bulldogs, Skype, and an online dice roller

  • Created: 1 July 2012/“1 February 2195 A.D./C.E. or 1 Terran Galactic Era
  • Revised: 17 September 2013/“21 September 2195 A.D./C.E. or 1 T.G.E.

Species: “Near-human” (genetically modified at birth to 195 IQ)
Homeworld: Terra (Earth/Sol 3), India, Mumbai (Brahmin — 6 ft., 195 lbs.)


  1. High concept: Mad scientist — “Dammit, Hector, I am a doctor.”
  2. Foible: Too curious
  3. Starting out: Rogue xenobiologist (previously tenured at the Northwestern School of Medicine and member of U.E.A. Academies of Science; disgraced for illegal experiments)
  4. Sidetracked: Dilettante — “Dangerous liaisons are my business.”
  5. Guest stars: Black Box Security Co. eugenicists, “Chris McKee/Agent Prometheus” [Josh C.] — “My days on the ‘dark side,’ doing unsavory things”
  6. Motivation: Eugenics/immortality — “Mankind is something to be surpassed.”
  7. Adventuring: Patriot — “Defend humanity by any means necessary.”
  8. Commission: Lieutenant Commander in the Union of Solar Nations (U.S.N.) space navy — “I’ll be damned if I do it by the book.”

Skills (should be 40 points total):

  • Superb (Apex, +5):
    • Science — biology (human physiology; see also doctor stunt below)
  • Great (+4):
    • Resources (commodities training/investments)
    • Science — medicine (also +2 from ship’s medbay, +2 doctor/surgeon, +2 scientific genius)
  • Good (+3):
    • Rapport (face man)
    • Resolve (willpower; see also Ring of Andaleb below)
    • Stealth (sneaky)
  • Fair (+2):
    • Academics (linguistics — English, French, Greek, Hindi, Latin, Mandarin, Sanskrit)
    • Athletics (running, swimming)
    • Mysteries (ancient human-alien contact)
    • Science (archaeology, Indus Valley/Harappan/Hifalendorin)
    • Science (xenobiology)
  • Average (+1):
    • Alertness
    • Art (toxicology)
    • Drive (ground vehicles; likes fast cars)
    • Guns (weapons)
    • Pilot (space)
    • Ship Systems
    • Sleight of Hand
    • Survival (SCUBA)

To get/restore: Science (computer, hacker)


  1. Doctor, medical (+2 on Science/Medic for healing)
  2. Dodging (Use as a defensive skill, +2 on full defense/evasion)
  3. Five-Minute Friends (For a Fate point, you can make a steadfast friend in a place you’ve never been, given a chance for five minutes of conversation. This stunt improves probability of rapport.)
  4. Intergalactic (Cosmopolitan; comfortable, and even glib, in any situation. Never suffers any penalties or increased difficulty from unfamiliarity with his setting, making it easy to maneuver through local customs he hasn’t encountered before.)
  5. Quick Exit (Provided you are not in the midst of a conflict, roll your Stealth vs. the highest Alertness in the room. If you succeed, the next time someone turns to look at or talk to you, you’re not there.)
  6. Ring of Andaleb, grants +4 protection against Zurmiz Krott insanity and nanites, from Vatican cache
  7. Ring of Andaleb, +1 to Resolve in general
  8. Scientific Genius (+1 knowledge expertise bonus, +2, specialty — biological systems; can work with an engineer [Hector] to improve equipment)
  9. Scientific Inventions (create gadgetry and upgrade equipment)
  10. Surgeon (+2, +3; disease pathology; interned at Johns Hopkins, NEAM)
  • To get/restore: Minions/companions: robots MEGAN and PEPE (see below); Weird Science (advanced gadgets)
  • Refresh: 2 Fate points left (after stunts)

Stress (see also Ring of Andeleb and body armor):

  • Health: 5
  • Composure: 5
  • Consequences: Mild (-2) to Moderate (-4), Severe (-6), and Extreme (-8)


  • Prime weapons: Two P90 submachine guns (+3), upgraded craftsmanship — +1 to capacity, range
  • Secondary weapons: Daggers/knives
  • Other weapons:
    • grenades (2 each) — smoke, flash, concussion
    • gun, experimental, black-market electromagnetic pulse (EMP)
    • gun, needler — flechettes +1 to hit, +3 toxin
    • pistol, blaster
    • zero-point devices, 3 (hidden; see Stargate SG1)
  • Other gear: Medical kit, survival pack, and
    • Clothing: Nice suits, surgical scrubs
    • Space suits, armored — -3 Stealth, can absorb up to three consequences, military-grade
    • PEPE (Personal Executive Prototype, Version E) — normal personal servant software; valet software; chef preparation and cooking software (Cordon Bleu edition; specialities: Indian, Asian Cuisine; French Colonia; Mexican); human interaction protocols (various); enhanced data storage capability; pilot package; internal compartment — see MEGAN, above

Ship function: Doctor, in charge of the medical/science bay aboard the Gryphon

  • Medical/Surgery Kit: 3 scalpels; 2 vein clamps; 2 scissors, 1 yard monofilament; suture 10 yds. silk; 10 doses pain killer; 10 doses antibiotic; 10 yards bandage; 3 cooling burn packs; 10 oz. alcohol; 3 splints (sm, med, large); 3 doses adrenaline prepped in injection needles; 2 packs chilled blood substitute (human); 4 cold packs; (speciality – 2x general antivenom; 2xneural venom — stops neural activity; 2x leeches in suspended animation)
    • 100 units of human blood, 50 units of plasma, 50 units gamma globulin surgery programs for robotic nurse/assistant — in surgical theater
    • human stem cells/gametes — in containment unit with liquid nitrogen
    • 3x growth “chambers” for cell growth, tissue growth or growing amphibian creatures

Trade goods:

  • 1 crate of whiskey (plus personal bottles of Scotch)
  • 2x crates of gin
  • 40 Cuban cigars

Born in 2167 to a Brahmin family in Mumbai, India, Srinu Pahul was genetically enhanced for heightened intelligence. His wealthy parents obtained for him the best education available, including advanced degrees at Peking University, Stanford University, and the Sarbonne.

Dr. Pahul was tenured at the Northwestern School of Medicine, but he ran into troubles with his genetic research toward the goal of immortality. He also encountered difficulties with Black Box Security Co. and befriended test subject Chris McKee.

Like Star Trek ‘s Khan Noonien Singh or Deep Space Nine ’s Julian Bashir, Srinu believes that some people are in fact better than others or can be improved. Like Stargate SG1 ’s Daniel Jackson, Srinu feels some responsibility and patriotism in Earth’s defense.

Among Srinu’s hobbies is archaeology, and he has taken an active interest in evidence of extraterrestrial interaction with humanity thousands of years before the recent open and official First Contact. He believes the early Harappan civilization of the Indus Valley (and the “Vanished Lands”) confirms more outlandish theories about the origins of human mysticism and metahuman abilities.

  • Influences: Leonard "Bones McCoy, Victor von Doom, Khan Noonien Singh, Julian Bashir, Phlox, Simon Tam
  • Aliases at United Ecumenical Movement temples at Phobos:
    • “Prabhakar Swapan Mullur”-Indian doctor at the Xenobiology Research Institute of Oxford University
    • “Nino Tancredo Bolivar” [“Hector”/Beruk A.]-Latino aide
    • “Rajesh Abishek” -– Manager of outer Sol system affairs for the Abishek family, lives in New Shanghai, Mars Confederacy
    • “Dr. Sridan Baatava Phillips” — chief medical officer, Lt.Cmdr. on the Dauntless during sting operation at Wolf 359

Other contacts:

  • MEGAN (Medical Emergency and Group Assistance Synthetic Nurse) — normal nurse software; surgical nurse; advanced lab assistant; enhanced AI; advanced laboratory protocols; human interaction protocols (various); courtesan software; enhanced data storage capability; Stealth package; internal compartment for medical tools, scalpel, blaster pistol, or flask of gin, etc.; destroyed with the Crazy Horse during initial contact with the Zarkonian Armada
  • William Durstan III -– male Martian human, received terraforming gear (“Genesis Device”) in the Martian outback
  • Dr. Martha Liao — female Terran human, member of Union of Solar Nations science academies, expert in xenobiology
  • Beauford Plaf and Wilfred — “Jax’s” father and merchant/smugglers in the Asteroid Belt (fast friends)
  • Mantotopha — male Cheyenne (North American) Terran human, guided Orion, Srinu, and Chiron to standing stones of early treaty between his people and the Pomuyans
  • Kiela Sunitha Ciela — female Jovian human, nurse brought aboard the Pina Colada during evacuation of the Sol system in advance of the Zarkonian invasion [see picture of Deepika Padukone]

FATE 3e “Vortex” space opera Player Characters

Crew of the yacht Pina Colada:

  • Cmdr. Jasmine” [Sara F., primary ]-female Martian Felinoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” tiger), former pit fighter and crewmember of the Appomattox, now captain of the Pina Colada searching for a homeworld for her people
  • Hector Chavez” [Beruk A., primary ]-male Terran human, former spy and crewmember on the Appomattox, cautious engineer and communications expert
  • Chris McKee /Agent Prometheus” [Josh C., primary ]-male Terran human, former assassin for the eugenicists at Black Box Security Co., sniper and seeker aboard the Blackbird and Pina Colada
  • Orion Starchaser” [Geoff C., primary-male Pomuyan (blue telepathic humanoid alien), irrepressible mystic and thrill-seeking galactic hitchhiker
  • Dr. Srinu Pahul” [Byron V.O., primary ]-male Terran “near-human” (genetically modified) xenobiologist, curious and confident planetary patriot; with robots MEGAN and PEPE
  • Capt. Kevin Reese” [Bruce K., primary ]-male Terran “near-human” (cyborg), former Interplanetary Patrol officer and member of the Blackbird and Dauntless crews; defender of the homeworld
  • Chiron” [Dexter V.H., primary ]-male (secretly android) pilot, assigned to assess and protect humanity

Crew of the experimental scout ship Blackbird:

  • Lt. Sebastian Growlick” [Bruce K., secondary ]-male Felinoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” lion), elite soldier and acting commander of the refitted Blackbird
  • Tela” [Sara F., secondary ]-female Tharian (gargoyle-like alien), escapee from the Encegulans (slug-like slavers), fond of humans; engineer with boyfriend Kedar
  • Tariq Asrad Saladin” [Beruk A., secondary ]-male Terran “near-human” (mutant) wanderer with a past, investigator
  • Lord Wallace Tubbington” [Josh C., secondary ]-male Olvar (arboreal, mammal-like alien) swashbuckler and diplomat for the Kharvamid Alliance
  • Brun” [Geoff C., secondary ]-male Martian Ursoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” bear), former wrestler, pilot
  • Sgt. Nathan A. Jessup” [Byron V.O., secondary ]-male Terran human, gung-ho member of the North American Aerospace Marine Corps
  • Enkidu Aristheon” [Dexter V.H., secondary ]-male Seranen (pale empathic humanoid alien) exile, wilderness survival expert curious about Terrans and the Zarkonian threat; with sphinx-like companion Glaucon

See other records for the previous crews of the Blackbird, Appomattox, and Gryphon.

Dr. Srinu Pahul

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