Eberron: from Maltese Falcon to The Newsroom

Kurotowa

Adventurer
Well maybe more Lois Lane than Clark Kent...
Depends on which level tier you're in, I suppose. At higher level there's nothing stopping you from being a literal crusading reporter, going out to bust up Dragon Below cultists or Inspired infiltrators at night, then publishing reports to expose their highly placed co-conspirators the next day.

That's one of the key points about Eberron, for me. It's less about individuals than it is about organizations. Sure, sometimes it's a lone BBEG with an Eldritch Machine and a grudge. But often you're dealing with Houses, nations, religions, conspiracies, all those and more. Where a single boss fight won't turn the course of history an expose about the malevolent backers of a new political faction and their secret criminal acts might. And if you had to go through a boss fight or two to get the documents to prove that expose, well, that works too.
 

Kurotowa

Adventurer
Literally Sherlock & Watson in the fiction of their world. Watson was alongside Sherlock on many adventures and published the stories... in the newspaper.
And Rising makes it clear that pulp Detective stories are a popular genre in Khorvaire. Something some Inquisitives lean into, basking in fame and popularity, while others run from the unwanted attention and misplaced expectation it brings them.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Well maybe more Lois Lane than Clark Kent...
In the Post-Crisis reboot for Superman, tgey made "being an excellent writer" part of Superman's ability set: super intelligence mixed with amazing typing speed. That version of Clark Kent had a Pulitzer for writing the Great American Novel before coming to the Daily Planet. He was a prestigious part of the newspaper qua newspaper.
 

Undrave

Adventurer
Depends on which level tier you're in, I suppose. At higher level there's nothing stopping you from being a literal crusading reporter, going out to bust up Dragon Below cultists or Inspired infiltrators at night, then publishing reports to expose their highly placed co-conspirators the next day.
In the Post-Crisis reboot for Superman, tgey made "being an excellent writer" part of Superman's ability set: super intelligence mixed with amazing typing speed. That version of Clark Kent had a Pulitzer for writing the Great American Novel before coming to the Daily Planet. He was a prestigious part of the newspaper qua newspaper.
I'm just pretty sure Superman is above Lv 20...
 
The investigative journalist (AKA noisy reporter) has always been an important archetype in pulp fiction - far more so than archaeologists.

To the OP: I suggest you read some actual pulp fiction from the period. Radio serials are even better, whilst few original recordings survive, you can find some recreations.

Lois Lane and Clark Kent are spot on, actually dating from the 1930s.
 
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Beleriphon

Totally Awesome Pirate Brain
Well maybe more Lois Lane than Clark Kent...
Check the 6 issues miniseries Lois Lane. Its a story about her work as an honest journalist int he modern world. Has side helpings of Renee Montoya's The Question.

That's the kind of story a D&D journalist gets involved with, but probably has the ability to handle the face punching themselves.
 

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