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Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV
"Peace, man." 👊

A 5-Victory Novice Contractor played by dae_kianna in Maelstrom

Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV is a trust fund child turned minimalist who will risk his life to become the ultimate surfer god and prevent violence at an interpersonal, local, and global scale.

He is 24 years old, lives in a tent in the great outdoors anywhere in the world, and often appears as a tan, muscular man with shaggy hair, a weak beard, a full-body ocean tattoo that faintly glows in the dark, and the smell of dirt and sweat.

Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV lives in Maelstrom, a setting where videos of the supernatural go viral every day. His journal, Wayward Son, has 8 entries. His Questionnaire has 9 answers.













2 Alertness

0 Animals

5 Athletics

3 Brawl

0 Crafts

3 Culture

0 Drive

0 Firearms

5 Influence

0 Investigation

3 Medicine

0 Melee

2 Occult

5 Performance

2 Science

0 Stealth

4 Survival

0 Technology

0 Thievery

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Initiative: 0 dice
Movement: 0 feet
Dash: 0 feet
Perception + Alertness: 0 dice


(Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV is unharmed)

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Battle Scars

Dice penalties from Battle Scars do not stack with Stress

(Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV has no Battle Scars)

Body 7


8 Mind





  • Pacifism You are morally against causing Injury to anyone and anything, except in defense.

  • Righteous Vibes

    Whenever , regain one Source. Cooldown: one day


    From Assets and Liabilities
    You are completely incapable of holding onto money. You start each Contract with 1d10 x10 dollars in cash.
    Polyglot: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French
    From Assets and Liabilities
    You are fluent in three additional languages. You can speak, read, and write in the chosen languages. You may be given a roll to decipher some amount of meaning from a related language at GMs discretion.
    Polyglot: Hawaiian, Tibetan, Hindi
    Given by dae_kianna
    You are fluent in three additional languages. You can speak, read, and write in the chosen languages. You may be given a roll to decipher some amount of meaning from a related language at GMs discretion.
    Illuminated: Confirmed
    Given by Ricterx
    You are known to be a supernatural being. Compelling evidence is available to all, and even skeptics are convinced. You have access to the media and to special partnerships. However, you may be hunted or taken advantage of, depending on the specifics of your talents and presentation.


    From Assets and Liabilities
    Fragile You're emotionally fragile, and very likely to be mentally and emotionally scarred by your experiences. You have four Limits, instead of the usual three.
    Beautiful You're quite the specimen! Rolls where your good looks could help are at -2 Difficulty, and social interactions should be role-played accordingly.
    Tough You can function under intense pain. Dice penalties from pain are reduced by 2. This includes Body penalty.
    Swimmer's Build You are built for the water. +2 dice to any rolls relating to swimming. Actions performed in water have their penalty reduced by 1.
    From Maelstrom
    Infested With an Alien Parasite The parasite you swallowed has taken root in your stomach. It lies dormant. . . for now.

    Loose Ends


    Contractor Timeline

    5 Victories - 0 Failures
    Remaining Exp: 0 (Earned: 223 - Spent: 223)
    An itemized record of every Contract, Reward, Experience change, Condition, Circumstance, and Move


    Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV has made 2 Moves.
    Only GMs who have permission to run Contracts and post World Events in Maelstrom can post Moves for Joseph "Joe" von Barish IV.


    Joe is a 5' 10" lean yet muscular Caucasian man with shaggy, curly brown hair that nearly touches his shoulders. Unkempt and unshaven with the whispers of a weak beard around his chin area and the constant smell of ocean water, the man would probably be Saltine cracker white if he didn't spend every waking moment outdoors, which has resulted in an over-toasted cracker effect. He is handsome in appearance despite his faded, weather-worn clothes often causing him to be mistaken for a bum. Those who know Joe well have stopped trying to tie him down, instead accepting that the only way his sparkling eyes and big infectious smile can be maintained is by letting his mind and body be as free as the wind and the waves.

    Joe's father is a self-centered billionaire who's family fortune is rooted in the the U.S. defense industry. At age 20, after completing a bachelor's in Kinesiology at Harvard in fulfillment of his promise to his late mother, Joe denounced his family's shallow lifestyle and the violent conflicts that they profit off of in the pursuit of human connection, minimalism, and peace. Joe has a younger brother (Sebastian Von Barish) and sister (Joanna Von Barish). He knows several languages, can code switch to the upper class, and is penniless by choice--making money via tips for teaching free surf lessons and occasionally busking. He traveled extensively as a boy and continues to do so as an adult, now without a private jet and a silver spoon.

    Assets And Liabilities


    -3 Beautiful
    -6 Tough
    -3 Polyglot
    Language: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French
    -3 Swimmer's Build


    +6 Finances: Poor
    +9 Sensitive