John Clum
Portrait of John Philip Clum
Portrayed by Himself
Name: John Philip Clum
Aliases: Nantan Betunnikiyeh
Rank: Editor
Heritage: American (German/Dutch)
Birthplace: Claverack, New York
Occupation: Newspaper Owner/Editor
Affiliation: The Tombstone Epitaph


The owner and editor of the Tombstone Epitaph is a stern, demanding man. He knows that few people believe what he prints, so he demands professionalism, thorough investigation, and precision reporting from his people.

He is a passionate believer in the virtues of journalism, and cannot in good conscience ignore the strange tales rampant in the Weird West, as so many other papers do. Sure, it’s made him the laughing stock of the media. But he knows he is doing what is right, and if he can wake up just a few minds, perhaps they can wake up a few more.


(The Pen Is Mightier 02) House CallSummary: The posse arrives in a town that has recently lost its sheriff. What follows is a night of fear and horror.

(The Pen Is Mightier 01) ScarecrowSummary: The posse faces a murder of crows and murders of townsfolk. Do they have the mettle to carrion?


Lacy O'Malley

Lacy O'Malley

Star Reporter

Clum's golden boy. John knows he can trust Lacy to take on the darkest mysteries and most dangerous assignments. But he worries himself sick for the man every time he leaves town.

Lady Wilde

Lady Wilde


The Epitaph's newest writer is proving her mettle as a genuine truth-seeker. He admires her spirit, but could do with a little less of it in person.

Darren Conrad

Darren Conrad

A solid protector for Ms. Wilde, but prone to irrational fits of anger. Another outburst from him, and he'll find himself looking elsewhere for fame and fortune.

Handsome Pete

Handsome Pete

These gunslinger types are rarely upstanding citizens. But as long as Wilde vouches for him, Clum feels he's in no position to dictate who she associates with.

Professor Lazarus

Professor Lazarus

Clum gets along with Lazarus just fine, though his direct dealings with the man have been few and far between.


John Clum


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  • English
  • Apache

Secondary Statistics

Add to Persuasion and Streetwise rolls
Run: +d6; -2 on other actions this round
2 + half Fighting die type
2 + half Vigor die type
2 + half Notice die type
1 point per Rank; Add to Fear checks

Permanent Injuries


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Investigation (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d8.png
Knowledge (Battle) (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Knowledge (Occult) (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d4.png
Notice (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d8.png
Perform (Spirit) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Persuasion (Spirit) Dice_Fill-ins_d10.png
Piloting (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Repair (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Riding (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d6.png
Shooting (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d6.png
Stealth (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d6.png
Streetwise (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d8.png
Survival (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d4.png
Taunt (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d6.png
Thievery (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Throwing (Agility) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png
Tracking (Smarts) Dice_Fill-ins_d0.png

Racial Benefits and Drawbacks

  • Adaptive: Humans receive an extra Edge during character creation.


Hindrance Type Description
Cautious Minor This character personifies over-cautiousness, never making rash decisions and preferring to plot things out in detail long before any action is taken.
Curious Major It killed the cat, and it might kill this character as well. Curious characters are easily dragged into any adventure. They have to check out everything and always want to know what’s behind a potential mystery.
Vow Minor The character has a vow of some sort that causes the character some discomfort from time to time. Bring the truth to the people.


Edge Type Description
Elan Background When you spend a Benny to reroll a Trait, add +2 to the total. The bonus applies only when rerolling. It doesn't apply to damage rolls (since they’re not Trait rolls), nor does it apply to Soak rolls unless you're using another Benny to reroll the Vigor check.
Level Headed Combat Draw an additional Action Card in combat and choose which to use.
Strong Willed Social Add +2 to the total when resisting Tests with Smarts or Spirit.
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