Jacobi's Guide to Special Clients
Appearance: A small, black leather notebook tied with a dark red string. Its paper is high-quality, and the cover-leaf is stenciled with the words “PROPERTY OF ASA L. JACOBI, PALE HORSE INVESTIGATIONS, 131 W MAIN ST., KALAMAZOO, MI.” The handwriting within is in a neat hand, defaced only by the occasional smear of ink from a fountain pen.
Alternatively, this could be a series of photocopied pages. Veronica keeps the actual book, and some of its secrets, to herself.
Jacobi’s Guide to Special Clients is an incredibly detailed set of rules for dealing with difficult ghosts, information gathering, techniques for investigation, tips on tailing suspects and a few anecdotes. It provides a +2 circumstance bonus on Investigation rolls related to ghosts and a +1 on Academics for the same tasks.
Veronica acquired the book, so she says, from a Twilight Network contact that owed her a favor from Detroit. Where he got it, she doesn’t know, but the information is excellent and there’s still a few people in Michigan who could tell you a thing or two about Asa Jacobi, or “Specs” as they called him back in the day. The thing looks to be about 90 years old.
The introduction reads as follows:
I’m not sure who’s going to be reading this, but it seems right for me to leave behind a little advice for people who need it. The fact is, if you are reading this, you’re probably like me. A Sin-Eater. Someone who died and came back with a new, permanent client attached. Well, congrats I guess. Yeah.
There’s a chance that you’re reading this because you want to find out how to go out and take the fight to the mooks and the bad guys, dealing out death-defying justice with a .45 and a three-piece suit. If that’s you, get stuffed and put my book down, because I paid a whole sawbuck for this thing and I don’t need some two-bit creep with a Messiah complex smudging my handwriting.
The fact is, ghosts were people once. Just like you. Just like me. And we need to help them out if they’re willing to be helped and even if they’re not. Because I’ve seen the alternative and brother, it ain’t pretty. Ask Chuck Pierce over at the Gazette, if he’s still alive when you’re reading this. He knows what I mean. But I think that if you follow the rules I got in here for you, and break them when your common sense or your permanent client tells you to, you might have an easier row to hoe than I did. And brother, it couldn’t get much harder.
So have a drink, if J. Edgar isn’t looking over your shoulder. Light up, switch on the radio. Here’s what you need to know if you’re in the spite and malice business. And I don’t mean the card game, right?