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The Martial Artist


  • Action: Spend any number of Health Health or Sanity Sanity, then recover an equal number of Health or Sanity.
  • When you improve a skill, you may immediately improve that skill again.


"I have been preparing to confront this evil for my entire life. My focus must be absolute."


Lily speaks rarely and when she does, her words are measured and wise. After a lifetime of disciplined training, every gesture is graceful, uncluttered by hesitation. When she was an infant, an obscure sect of monks believed that she was born for a special purpose, to face a great evil. Now, the monks believe that the great evil is at hand, and they have brought Lily to Shanghai to begin fulfilling her destiny.

Defeated Encounters

Loss of Health

When you reach the hospital, you find Lily's things but she is not in her bed. Gain all of her possessions. You quickly find that she's been kidnapped by cultists! You fight to free her (Strength). If you pass, you interrogate the cultists, and Lily is safely returned to the hospital to begin the slow healing process; retreat Doom by 1. If you fail, Lily disappears into the darkness. Whether you pass or not, discard her Investigator token.

Loss of Sanity

You barely recognize the small woman huddled in the alleyway, her few belongings scattered next to her. Gain all of her possessions. "It wasn't true," Lily sobs. "I have no destiny. I cannot fight the darkness". You reassure her that she has already done her part and that others will finish the task (Influence). If you pass, she chants over you, passing her destiny on to you; retreat Doom by 1. If you fail, Lily eventually falls into a catatonic state. Whether you pass or not, discard her Investigator token.

Team Role

Lily's starting items and ability to get any stat to at least 4 the first time she improves it make her one of the most versatile investigators in the game. She is most often used as a fighter (best paired with an Influence character to help her obtain a weapon), but she can serve any other role the team is missing; e.g., improve Lore in Shanghai to become a strong gate closer, or Observation in San Francisco to help obtain clues.

Rulings, clarifications, and reminders

  • If Lily gets to improve a skill before the first round of the game starts, her passive ability does apply.
  • Lily Chen’s passive ability does not trigger itself. If she gets to improve a skill that is impaired, she'll still only get one extra improvement.


Possibly inspired by the Street Fighter character Chun Li.