The Truth is Out There
The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox. The program spanned nine seasons, with 202 episodes. A short tenth season consisting of six episodes premiered on January 24, 2016. Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes. The season premiered on January 3, 2018. In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.
The series revolves around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents: Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a medical doctor and a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder’s discoveries to debunk his work and thus return him to mainstream cases. Early in the series, both agents become pawns in a larger conflict and come to trust only each other and a very few select people. The agents also discover an agenda of the government to keep the existence of extraterrestrial life a secret. They develop a close relationship which begins as a platonic friendship, but becomes a romance by the end of the series. In addition to the series-spanning story arc, “monster of the week” episodes form roughly two-thirds of all episodes.
The X-Files was inspired by earlier television series which featured elements of suspense and speculative fiction, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, and especially Kolchak: The Night Stalker. When creating the main characters, Carter sought to reverse gender stereotypes by making Mulder a believer and Scully a skeptic. The first seven seasons featured Duchovny and Anderson equally. In the last two seasons, Anderson took precedence while Duchovny appeared intermittently. New main characters were introduced: FBI agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish). Mulder and Scully’s boss, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), also became a main character. The first five seasons of The X-Files were filmed and produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, before eventually moving to Los Angeles to accommodate Duchovny. The series later returned to Vancouver to film The X-Files: I Want to Believe as well as the tenth season of the series.
The X-Files was a hit for the Fox network and received largely positive reviews, although its long-term story arc was criticized near the conclusion. Initially considered a cult series, it turned into a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality. Both the series itself and lead actors Duchovny and Anderson received multiple awards and nominations, and by the end it was the longest-running science fiction series in U.S. television history. The series also spawned a franchise which includes The Lone Gunmen spin-off, two theatrical films and accompanying merchandise.
Special Agent Fox Mulder
Originally Posted by
Nerull of the Wizards Community forums.
Special Agent Fox Mulder is a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the academy he excelled in all subjects and showed a very high aptitude when it came to profiling and putting himself into the minds of the criminals he was tracking. He shocked and disappointed his higher ups when after going through deep regression hypnosis he came to believe his sister Samantha had been abducted by aliens when they were children and then began to work on the X-Files, a set of cases that had been deemed unsolvable by the Bureau. These stats reflect what I feel Mulder would be before he went missing/was abducted. I would have thrown in a level or two of Charismatic hero but I feel Mulder in and of himself isn’t necessarily charismatic but his ability to read people and bend them to his will comes from his heavy physiological background. I also think his reputation would definitely have a higher bonus in certain higher up government circles. I realize some of his skill bonuses are insanely high but if you watch many episodes he jumps to crazy conclusions that more often than not come to be the truth. He also seems to be able to solve “normal” cases with superhuman speed, so basically I feel that when it comes to the x-files the DC’s for figuring things out must be much higher, which is why until later on Scully and everyone else couldn’t even begin to understand what Mulder was saying. I also feel it would be plausible to give him a smaller sidearm that he would conceal in an ankle holster, I seem to remember a few episodes where he pulled that.
I want to believe. – Special Agent Fox Mulder
Trust no one. – Deepthroat
You know me better than that Scully, I didn’t lie. I willfully participated in a systematic campaign of disinformation. – Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Fox Mulder Intelligent 2/ Dedicated 3/ Investigator 5; medium humanoid; HD2d6 + 2d6 + 5d6 +9 ;Initiative +2; Spd 30ft; Defense 17, touch 16, flatfooted 15 (+2 Dexterity, +4 Class, +1 leather jacket); BAB +6; Grap +6; Atk: +6 Melee (1d3 nonlethal, unarmed strike) or +6 (1d4, pistol whip) or +9 ranged (Glock 22 .40 S&W autoloader) 2d6 ; Face/Reach 5ft/5ft; Allegiances The Truth, Scully; SV Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +10; AP ; Rep +4; Strength 11, Dexterity 14, Constitution 12, Intelligence 18, Wisdom 16, Charisma 13
Occupation: Investigative (class skills: Investigative, Knowledge (behavioral science))
Skills: Bluff +6, Computer Use +9, Decipher Script +9, Disable Device +9, Investigate +20, Knowledge (arcane Lore) +17, Knowledge (Behavioral Sciences) +22, Knowledge (Civics) +14, Knowledge (history) +14, Knowledge (Streetwise) +14, Knowledge (Theology and Philosophy) +14, Listen +10, Profession +16, Research +14, Search +14, Sense Motive +13, Spot +10
Feats: Personal Firearms Proficiency, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Educated (Knowledge (behavioral science) and Knowledge (Arcane Lore)), Point Blank Shot, Double Tap, Attentive, Educated (Knowledge (civics) and Knowledge (streetwise)), Educated (Knowledge (history) and Knowledge (theology and philosophy)), Armor Proficiency
Talents: Savant (Knowledge (Behavioral Sciences)) +2, Skill Emphasis (Arcane Lore), Faith
Class Abilities: Profile, Low-level Contact, Nonlethal Force, Mid-level Contact
Mulder’s Gun stats can be found on page 26 of the Weapons Locker.