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Sycamore Crane
"Please don't make me admit the bug out bag was necessary."

A 3-Victory Newbie Contractor played by lumiq in Maelstrom

Sycamore Crane is a zoomer farmhand who will risk their life to become the ultimate headless horse rider and properly manage the spirits latched onto them, and the spirits to come.

They are 19 years old, live in a ranchhouse outside Morgantown, West Virginia, and often appears as a very tall, skinny teenager with a blue/teal wolfcut and glassy green eyes. Their left leg is missing, and that side of their body is covered in burn scars. They usually wear a face mask and tentlike thick flannels, as well as object earrings, a septum piercing, and leather riding gloves.

Sycamore Crane lives in Maelstrom, a setting where videos of the supernatural go viral every day. Their journal, Black Walmart Sketchbook, has 3 entries. Their Questionnaire has 3 answers.













3 Alertness

2 Animals

3 Athletics

0 Brawl

2 Crafts

2 Culture

1 Drive

0 Firearms

1 Influence

3 Investigation

1 Medicine

2 Melee

0 Occult

0 Performance

2 Science

1 Stealth

2 Survival

2 Technology

1 Thievery

3 Equestrian

(Tap for Combat reference)
Initiative: 0 dice
Movement: 0 feet
Dash: 0 feet
Perception + Alertness: 0 dice


(Sycamore Crane is unharmed)

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Battle Scars

Dice penalties from Battle Scars do not stack with Stress

(Sycamore Crane has no Battle Scars)

Body 6


6 Mind



Near-Death Experience


(Sycamore Crane has no Traumas)



Finances: Average
From Assets and Liabilities
You can live stably off your money. You have access to $2,500 (or equivalent currency) per Contract.


From Assets and Liabilities
Lanky You are particularly tall and have long limbs. Your "touch" range is ten feet instead of the standard five.
Nimble Fingers Your fingers are particularly long and slender. You receive a +2 dice bonus to any action that requires fine manual dexterity.
Trained Reflexes Your life has been filled with tight situations and violent encounters, so when the fighting starts, you act quickly. You get +3 dice to all Initiative rolls.
Jack of All Trades You are naturally capable of most things, even without any training. When making a roll which utilizes a Primary Ability that you don’t possess, you do not suffer the standard +1 Difficulty penalty, and you receive +1 dice to the roll.
Contortionist You are unusually flexible, and may squeeze through small spaces with ease. Reduce the Difficulty of any roll to escape a grapple or Dexterity roll involving flexibility by 2.
From Maelstrom
Alister Accessibly Augment: Requiem Arcana A replacement for the leg accidentally blown off by a teammate. It is made of ebonized ash, with a finish that makes it iridescent the way an oil spill or raven's wing is in the right light. This leg is made to fit into/help a shoe fit into stirrups.

Loose Ends


Contractor Timeline

3 Victories - 2 Failures
Remaining Exp: 5 (Earned: 177 - Spent: 172)
An itemized record of every Contract, Reward, Experience change, Condition, Circumstance, and Move


Sycamore Crane has made 0 Moves.
Only GMs who have permission to run Contracts and post World Events in Maelstrom can post Moves for Sycamore Crane.


There are no heroes in this story.

The legend of the Sleepy Hollow is that a man named Ichabod Crane was looking to feed himself well and live a comfortable life, and he decided to do this by winning the heart of one of his singing students, a Miss Katrina, who was the daughter of an exceedingly wealthy farmer. The problem with this was that Miss Katrina was also sought after by one Abraham "Brom" Van Brunt, who was used to getting what he wanted and not having any of that shit and so told Ichabod the legend of the Headless Horseman, a figure that rides a black horse and has a pumpkin for a head and possibly reaps souls. Ichabod, being a coward who was only in it for the money to begin with, left the party early only to find that the actual Headless Horseman was out there and apparently waiting for a good laugh and a man to terrify and possibly, as we mentioned, a soul to reap, and so chased Ichabod down. All that was found the following morning was Ichabod's horse, and his hat, and some bits of pumpkin that were too ominous to make a pie out of and were probably later eaten by the horse.

Now, people think they saw our Ichabod getting busy later on way out in the countryside with a widow (for those unfamiliar, that used to be a bad thing), having seven little Ichabods just as lanky and long nosed and green eyed. Meanwhile, Brom, as it turned out, was all talk and could not "continue his lineage", so to speak, which would have made this whole ordeal a whole lot easier for Syc- but we'll get to that. Because it wasn't a coincidence that Brom told the story on the night Ichabod was scared away: Brom had in fact called in a favor from dear ol' grandad to "please, pa, I've never seen anyone as easily objectified as Katrina, you have to fix my problem for me," and Grandpappy Van Brunt grinned his pumpkin head and saddled up.

This became a problem when Grandpappy Van Brunt started getting tired. Reaping the souls of revolutionary war soldiers and those still obsessed with it was getting old, centuries passing, and "goddamn," he thought, "we're still at this?". The age of technology and the internet was his final straw- time to retire. They're making Ghostbusters episodes about him and now he's got nsfw art and he's seen enough. Time to pass the reins.

This is where it comes in that Brom never had any kids, no obvious choices for the next in line. However... the descendant of one of those seven little Ichabods who decided his family was weird and that he needed to go far away to West Virginia started getting really good at horseback riding. And Sycamore- "What kind of a name is that?," Grandpappy Van Brunt thought- seemed to already be unsteady with themselves and susceptible to some molding and persuasion.

Sycamore Payton Crane (born Christopher Payton Crane, after much confusion and deliberation from their parents) was an alright student with a tendency to throw themselves into their work, excelling more in stables, fields, and paddocks than classrooms, but trying just as hard at both. Unfortunately, having a major spirit latch to you at 10 years old tends to throw things off kilter.

Syc began hearing the voices of the Headless Horseman and the souls that follow him, having nightmares of chases in the woods where they swapped between being the one scared and the one pursuing, and dealing with becoming a person all at the same time did not go very well. And while their parents tried their best to support Syc, who was going to start going by that name in just a few years, in their hearts they had resolved that they wouldn't know what to do with their kid since the day they were born. Fortunately, Syc also happened to get very good at horseback riding in these years, creating an outlet and interest to bond to. And riding fast enough will sometimes even make the wind drown out the voices in their head.

Sycamore is 19 now and has an active tiktok account where they mostly post videos of the farm. Their face is always masked, clothes baggy and comfortable, and they have amassed a following because they fit a certain niche there and their farm videos are actually funny. Other than the nicotine addiction (Elfbars!), they cope alright with the haunting voices, even if they have gotten more aggressive over the years. It's fine, everything's fine, we're all fine. They figure they're schizophrenic and have accepted that in their podunk town, they won't be getting help for it, and have taken to telling the voices to fuck off whenever they're feeling up to it. Oh, and now Elfbars are discontinued, so they're switched to HighLights.

Still, things don't feel right. Syc thought they didn't feel comfortable in their head because of gender dysphoria, but they can't really convince themselves on it the way they have on schizophrenia. They fantasize, even or especially when they're riding, about their head simply falling off like ripe fruit from a tree, and the feeling they've gotten since they were 10 of being watched is still just as present as when it started.

Tl;dr: Syc is becoming the new Headless Horseman because the last one is tired of dealing with how he's portrayed now and Sycamore is the closest thing he's got to an eligible descendant. Sycamore does not know what's going on with themself and is currently of the opinion that they should drown out the voices in their head with nicotine, completely unrelated horseback riding, and the love of many pet wild dogs.

Assets And Liabilities


-9 Trained Reflexes
-0 Finances: Average
-3 Contortionist
-12 Jack of All Trades
-3 Lanky
-3 Nimble Fingers