The Clueless Deputy
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Basic Information

Sheriffs and marshals often have deputies to assist them. One very common variant on this type of character is the Clueless Deputy. He probably has some redeeming feature (or family relation) to explain why the Sheriff keeps him around, but more often this Western Character is just a Plot Device.

See deputy for the undifferentiated job role.

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Game and Story Use

  • Who else is gonna leave the jail cell keys where the PCs can reach them?
  • Likewise he can also be a useful plot device for allowing villains to escape custody, missing vital evidence or leaving a hole in a dragnet.
  • These also make good mooks where the PCs and law enforcement are at odds, or foils when they need the local cops to do something and the deputy is too incompetent, lazy or jobsworth to do it.
  • Mine canary is another good role for these guys - if you need a redshirt to poke the dormant eldritch abomination, meddle with the alien device or be the guy the zombies or werewolf jump on when they take the group by surprise, this is him.
  • Maybe he's not quite as clueless as he lets on?
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