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  1. Grim's face went from suspicion to disbelief to utter disgust; unless this guy was diabolically clever (increasingly unlikely), he did indeed seem to be the most pathetic sort of leech and patsy. No megalomaniac would think to piss his own pants to maintain his cover. "Alright, we believe you, or at least I do. So how long have you known this Regina Lurman? And tell us more about this house; have you been there, and if so, what's the layout and security like?"
  2. "Well, ah can't speak for anyone else," said Lulu as she glanced over at Danica. "But ah forgive you both; ah know livin' a lie takes a toll on you, so ah'm glad you got this one off your backs." Then she sighed and shook her head. "You're goin' to piss off a lot of people 'round here; ah don't envy you two at all. But if either of you need someone to talk to 'bout this, you know where to find me." She started to get up to head to the door, then realized she'd forgotten 'her' Bible, and snatched it back off the bed. "Night, y'all!" She closed the door behind her, leaving Danica and the 'Smith sisters' to sort things out between them.
  3. This is a major reworking of Torque, courtesy of Grumble.
  4. Name: Torque Power Level: (PL10/12) Tradeoffs: -2 Attack / +2 Damage, -2 Defense / +2 Toughness Power Points: 188/190 Unspent Power Points: 2 In Brief: Former engineering student remade into a transforming robot Identity: Shantay Sullivan ('Taye)' Birthplace: Vibora Bay, FL Occupation: Municipal defender Affiliations: The Vibora Bay Defenders Family: Clayton Sullivan (father), Rose Sullivan (mother), Curtis Sullivan (older brother), Otis Sullivan (uncle) Description: DOB: April 11rd, 1994 Date of Rebirth: August 3rd, 2019 Apparent Age: Mid-twenties Gender: Female Ethnicity: African-American Height: 5' 9" Weight: 3700 lbs. (1.85 tons) from Density Eyes: Brown Hair: Black (in long braids) Taye appears to be an attractive young African-American woman in her mid-twenties. She's fairly tall with an athletic build, and favors jeans, various local band T-shirts and sneakers. She wears no makeup, some nice jewelry (she's especially fond of large hoop earrings) and usually keeps her long braids up and out of the way in a colorful scarf. Though her skin and hair look and feel normal, they're actually composed of tough, super-dense materials. In terms of a costume, Torque keeps it fairly simple, wearing unmarked coveralls, work boots and a pair of circular welder's goggles. As a vehicle, she can assume aquatic, aerial or land-based forms, physically matching any boat, helicopter or auto she can think of, provided it's within her 'weight class', though she tends to favor sleek, sporty models. She can now also turn into a tall android form, which looks somewhere between the robot from Metropolis and a classic Japanese mecha. History: Shantay 'Taye' Sullivan was a very outgoing graduate of the UFVB engineering program, who hoped to work in the automotive industry someday. Her father, Clayton Sullivan, is a well-connected businessman with several investments throughout Weston, and a four bedroom home in Hollings Hill; however, he is not so secretly a senior lieutenant within Clark Robinson's organization, and a man to be feared. However, Clayton has always done his best to protect his family from that side of his life, and he was determined that both his children would go to college, and have better lives than he or his wife Rose ever did. They firmly but lovingly pushed their children through high school, and both children were able to attend UFVB on full scholarships, Curtis for football and Taye for science. The future was looking bright. But then during her junior year, Taye began to complain that she was feeling tired all the time; naturally, she thought it was due to her heavy academic workload, and she vowed to get more rest. By her senior year, she was also experiencing fevers and night sweats, significan weight loss and a persistent cough. This led to batteries of tests and hospital visits as Taye's doctors struggled to discover what was making her sick. After several months, she was diagnosed with a very rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and treatment began, involving both chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Despite all this, she still managed to graduate with her degree only a year late, and the sight of the frail young woman in a wheelchair accepting her diploma onstage was extremely moving. Despite Taye's heroic courage and her father sparing no expense in her treatment, by the time she turned twenty five, it was clear she was losing the fight, and her family was at their wit's end. Friends and associates began to whisper in Clayton's ear; this was Vibora Bay, where there were...other options. But a lifetime of distrust towards magic meant that option was not a viable one. No, his little girl would be saved by science... ....... When Taye woke up in a bed set up in one of her father's warehouses, surrounded by strange equipment, she didn't feel sick, weak or tired; she felt strong and fully aware. Something was different, but she couldn't quite put her finger on it. Her family was there, and she greeted them in a pleasant manner, which seemed to make them uncomfortable for some reason. No matter, she'd been in bed long enough, and she had things to do! But her family asked her take it easy, and stay at home for a few days until she felt 'more like herself'. Over the next several days, Tate discovered what had happened: through various criminal channels, Clayton has received a canister filled with billions of experimental nanobots which the dealer claimed would save her life, which they did, in a fashion. They'd rebuilt her, on a microscopic level, creating a robotic body indistinguishable from her biological one, including all of her memories, now encoded into her robotic brain. Taye no longer needed to eat or sleep, which she found to be very convenient, but her family, especially her parents, were not comfortable with the change. Then she began to eat pieces of rusted metal, which somehow made her mother cry. And then came the day Taye offered to drive her father to work...by turning into a Mazzerati. This seemed to make him very upset, which was confusing; she'd always loved Italian sports cars, and now she could become one. This was a good thing, wasn't it? But apparently it wasn't. Clayton and Rose sat Taye down (Curtis wasn't there, for some reason) and said that while they still loved Taye, they didn't feel comfortable with her staying in the house. Her uncle Otis had volunteered to put her up for a while they 'figured things out, which seemed strange, but Taye certainly didn't want her parents to be uncomfortable. Then they cried a lot, which she knew was bad; she remembered that. Now living in a trailer at her uncle's auto wreck yard, surrounded by her old things, Taye struggled to figure out what went wrong. As far as she could figure out, she was dying, and her father made a deal with some criminals. The criminals lied, because they saved her life, but it made her parents unhappy. Ergo, if she fought crime, maybe she could find a way to make her parents happy again. Though she didn't understand the feelings behind it, she knew happy parents were better than unhappy parents, and then she could see her brother again. And she knew she wanted that very much. Personality & Motivation: 'Old' Taye was an outgoing, lively young woman; 'new' Taye appears to aloof and unfeeling, though the ghosts of old emotions still influence her behavior. She wants to help people as a way of finding new purpose in life, and hopes to reconnect with her 'fellow humans'. She prefers to be useful, and appreciates the chance help her uncle out. Crime ruins lives. True, it allowed Taye to 'survive' her illness, but it also tore her family apart with an unfair devil's bargain that only benefited the crooks involved. No one should be forced into such a situation, and Torque wants to do everything in her power to keep that from happening again. Powers & Tactics: Torque is still learning to use her powers. She has some skill in hand-to-hand combat, but is much more effective in vehicular form. She can also use her nannites to breakdown the structure of any inanimate object she touches, normally to make it easier to consume, but the process has many tactical applications as well. Her vehicular forms are also well suited for rapid response transport and rescue operations, and can be devastating in combat. Complications: Was That An Attempt At Humor?: One of the casualties of Taye's transformation was her sense of humor. It's not that she takes everything literally or doesn't understand sarcasm; it's more she doesn't see the point of such things. The Uncanny Valley: Taye's flat affect and general lack of empathy make her less than pleasant to be around, though some may assume she's on the autism spectrum. Family Ties, Or The Lack Thereof: Taye's horrified parents are extremely uncomfortable around her since her transformation, and politely asked he to leave. Her brother Curtis and Uncle Otis are a bit more sympathetic to her plight, and sometimes get in over their heads. This Isn't Coffee, It's Rust Tea: Taye's non-human body can no longer process food, which can lead to awkward social situations. She's a Brick...House: Though she appears much as she did in life, Taye is now much heavier and denser than she seems. This may be problematic in older, more rickety structures. It's A Family Affair: Torque is a crimefighter, but her father is a well-connected criminal. She's still trying to figure out this internal conflict. Sink Like A Stone: Due to her increased density, Torque can no longer swim in her humanoid form, instead plunging to the bottom of any body of water. - - - HUMAN FORM Abilities: 1 + 4 + (-10) + 10 + 4 + 0 = 9PP Strength: 35 (+12), 55 Lifting (Heavy Load: 24 tons) Dexterity: 14 (+2) Constitution: - Intelligence: 20 (+5) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 10 (+0) Combat: 8 + 16 = 24PP Initiative: +5 Attack: +8 Melee (+4 Base, +4 Attack Focus), +4 Ranged (+4 Base) Grapple: +24 (+8 Melee Attack, +12 Strength, +4 Super-Strength) Defense: +8, +4 Flat-Footed Knockback Resistance: 11, 15 at normal speed or slower (Immovable) Saving Throws: 0 + 6 + 6 = 12PP Toughness: +12 (Impervious [Reflective] 10) Fortitude: - Reflex: +8 (+2 Dex, +6PP) Will: +8 (+2 Wis, +6PP) Skills: 60R = 15PP Acrobatics 3 (+5) Climb 0 (+0) Computers 5 (+10) Concentration 3 (+5) Craft (Electronic) 5 (+10) Craft (Mechanical) 5 (+10) Disable Device 5 (+10) Disguise 0 (+0, +20 Morph) Drive 8 (+10) Knowledge (Technology) 5 (+10) Notice 4 (+6) Pilot 8 (+10) Search 1 (+6) Stealth 8 (+10) Swim - Feats: 13PP Attack Focus: Melee 4 Improvised Tools Interpose Jack of All Trades Luck 2 Move-By Action Speed of Thought Takedown Attack 2 Powers: 123PP Density 12 (Mass x25; Strength +24, Protection [Impervious] +6, Immovable +4, Super-Strength +4; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Flaws: Permanent; Feats: Innate) [37PP] Drain Toughness 12 (Extras: Affects Objects; Flaws: Limited [Objects], Requires Grapple) [6PP] Immovable 4 [0PP] Immunity 40 (Fortitude effects; Mental effects) [40PP] Impervious Toughness 10 (Extras: Reflective [Melee]) [14PP] Leaping 1 (x2, Running Long Jump: 44ft) [1PP] Morph 4 (Machines; Disguise +20; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Feats: Metamorph 2) [14PP] Protection 12 [6PP] Speed 1 (10MPH, 100ft per Move Action) [1PP] Super-Senses 4 (Darkvision, Infra-Vision, Radio) [4PP] Super-Strength 4 (Lifting Strength: 55, Heavy Load: 24 tons; Grapple +2) [0PP] Drawbacks: -8PP Disability (Anosmia; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Minor) [-1PP] Vulnerability (Electricity; Frequency: Common; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-4PP] Vulnerability (Magnetism; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-3PP] Abilities (9) + Combat (24) + Saving Throws (12) + Skills (15) + Feats (13) + Powers (123) - Drawbacks (8) = 188/190 Power Points - - - GIANT ROBOT FORM: Power Level: 12 (Built as PL10) Power Points: 188/188 Abilities: 9 + 4 + (-10) + 10 + 4 + 0 = 17PP Strength: 35 (+12), 55 Lifting (Heavy Load: 24 tons) Dexterity: 14 (+2) Constitution: - Intelligence: 20 (+5) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 10 (+0) Combat: 12 + 20 = 32PP Initiative: +5 Attack: +8 Melee (+6 Base, -2 Size, +4 Attack Focus), +4 Ranged (+6 Base, -2 Size) Grapple: +30 (+8 Melee Attack, +12 Strength, +8 Size, +2 Super-Strength) Defense: +8 (+10 Base, -2 Size), +4 Flat-Footed Knockback Resistance: 14 Saving Throws: 0 + 6 + 6 = 12PP Toughness: +12 Fortitude: - Reflex: +8 (+2 Dex, +6PP) Will: +8 (+2 Wis, +6PP) Skills: 60R = 15PP Acrobatics 3 (+5) Climb 0 (+4) Computers 5 (+10) Concentration 3 (+5) Craft (Electronic) 5 (+10) Craft (Mechanical) 5 (+10) Disable Device 5 (+10) Disguise 0 (+0, +20 Morph) Drive 8 (+10) Intimidation 0 (+0, +4 Size) Knowledge (Technology) 5 (+10) Notice 4 (+6) Pilot 8 (+10) Search 1 (+6) Stealth 8 (+10) Swim 0 (+4) Feats: 13PP Attack Focus: Melee 4 Improvised Tools Interpose Jack of All Trades Luck 2 Move-By Action Speed of Thought Takedown Attack 2 Powers: 107PP Drain Toughness 12 (Extras: Affects Objects; Flaws: Limited [Objects], Requires Grapple) [6PP] Enhanced Skills 8 (Stealth 8 ) [2PP] Features 2 (Headlights; Special Effect [Theme Music]) [2PP] Growth 8 (Size: Huge; Strength +16 [+26 Lifting], Protection +4, Grapple +8, Knockback Resistance +8, Intimidation +4, Reach 10ft, Attack -2, Defense -2, Stealth -8; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Flaws: Permanent; Feats: Innate) [25PP] Immunity 40 (Fortitude effects; Mental effects) [40PP] Leaping 1 (x2, Running Long Jump: 44ft) [1PP] Morph 4 (Machines; Disguise +20; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Feats: Metamorph 2) [14PP] Protection 12 [8PP] Speed 1 (10MPH, 100ft per Move Action) [1PP] Super-Senses 4 (Darkvision, Infra-Vision, Radio) [4PP] Super-Strength 2 (Lifting Strength: 55, Heavy Load: 24 tons; Grapple +2) [4PP] Drawbacks: -8PP Disability (Anosmia; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Minor) [-1PP] Vulnerability (Electricity; Frequency: Common; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-4PP] Vulnerability (Magnetism; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-3PP] Abilities (17) + Combat (32) + Saving Throws (12) + Skills (15) + Feats (13) + Powers (107) - Drawbacks (8) = 188/190 Power Points - - - VEHICLE FORM: Power Level: 12 (Built as PL10) Power Points: 188/188 Abilities: 9 + 4 + (-10) + 10 + 4 + 0 = 17PP Strength: 35 (+12), 55 Lifting (Heavy Load: 24 tons) Dexterity: 14 (+2) Constitution: - Intelligence: 20 (+5) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 10 (+0) Combat: 12 + 20 = 32PP Initiative: +5 Attack: +8 Melee (+6 Base, -2 Size, +4 Attack Focus), +4 Ranged (+6 Base, -2 Size) Grapple: +30 (+8 Melee Attack, +12 Strength, +8 Size, +2 Super-Strength) Defense: +8 (+10 Base, -2 Size), +4 Flat-Footed Knockback Resistance: 14 Saving Throws: 0 + 6 + 6 = 12PP Toughness: +12 Fortitude: - Reflex: +8 (+2 Dex, +6PP) Will: +8 (+2 Wis, +6PP) Skills: 60R = 15PP Acrobatics 3 (+5) Climb 0 (+4) Computers 5 (+10) Concentration 3 (+5) Craft (Electronic) 5 (+10) Craft (Mechanical) 5 (+10) Disable Device 5 (+10) Disguise 0 (+0, +20 Morph) Drive 8 (+10) Intimidation 0 (+0, +4 Size) Knowledge (Technology) 5 (+10) Notice 4 (+6) Pilot 8 (+10) Search 1 (+6) Stealth 8 (+10) Swim 0 (+20/+4) Feats: 12PP Attack Focus: Melee 4 Interpose Jack of All Trades Luck 2 Move-By Action Speed of Thought Takedown Attack 2 Powers: 112PP Enhanced Skills 8 (Stealth 8 ) [2PP] Features 3 (Headlights; Internal Compartment; Special Effect [Theme Music]) [3PP] Growth 8 (Size: Huge; Strength +16 [+26 Lifting], Protection +4, Grapple +8, Knockback Resistance +8, Intimidation +4, Reach 10ft, Attack -2, Defense -2, Stealth -8; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Flaws: Permanent; Feats: Innate) [25PP] Immunity 40 (Fortitude effects; Mental effects) [40PP] Morph 4 (Machines; Disguise +20; Extras: Duration [Continuous]; Feats: Metamorph 2) [14PP] Protection 12 [8PP] Super-Senses 4 (Darkvision, Infra-Vision, Radio) [4PP] Super-Strength 2 (Lifting Strength: 55, Heavy Load: 24 tons) [4PP] Vehicular Movement 5 (10PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 2) [12PP] Base Power [Air]: (250MPH[10PP] Flight 5 (250MPH, 2,500ft [1/2-mile] per Move Action) [10PP] AP [Land]: [6 + 4 = 10PP] Speed 6 (500MPH, 5,000ft [1 mile] per Move Action) [6PP] Super-Movement 2 (Sure-Footed 2) [4PP] AP [Sea]: [4 + 6 = 10PP] Enhanced Skills 16 (Swim 16) [4PP] Swimming 6 (100MPH, 1,000ft per Move Action) [6PP] Drawbacks: -12PP Disability (Anosmia; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Minor) [-1PP] Disability (No Hands; Frequency: Very Common; Intensity: Moderate) [-4PP] Vulnerability (Electricity; Frequency: Common; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-4PP] Vulnerability (Magnetism; Frequency: Uncommon; Intensity: Major [x2 Effect Rank]) [-3PP] Abilities (17) + Combat (32) + Saving Throws (12) + Skills (15) + Feats (12) + Powers (112) - Drawbacks (12) = 188/190 Power Points
  5. I'm not stressing about the weight issue; I actually like the idea that from time to time it's a Complication. I'm submitting the version at the top of this thread, because I dig it.
  6. Torque needed to see them; she needed to see the evil that had been done. As she slowly approached the car, her boots sinking deep into the soil, she felt a ticking in what would have been her gut a year or so ago, and she tried to draw comfort from her transformed status. I am not human. I am a thing. And things do not feel fear, nor disgust or sadness. I am a cold hard machine. However when she stepped up to the vehicle, she suddenly felt all the rust, plastic and fiberglass she'd eaten at her family Thanksgiving come rushing up to her mouth, and a wave of 'nausea' flooded her as she doubled over, cubes of windshield safety glass and scraps of metal cascading out of her mouth. She stared down at the mess in wonder, the data not making any sense. How...? It took some time to compose herself after this startling reaction, but eventually she made it into the front door of the house. More carnage, although now she imagined there was more going on than meets the eye. Someone killed the killers. Woodsman? It seemed likely, but it could also be a copycat or a frame-up; Taye really hoped the mysterious vigilante wasn't this brutal. She followed her teammates' voices upstairs, the steps creaking under her weight.
  7. I'll hit this either tonight or tomorrow morning.
  8. Crystal-Gazer () A Changing World () Amygdala () Crime Doesn't Pay () Dead Men Tell No Tales () Fairy Talers () Halloween Mall Trip () Marquee Lights () Rainbow Connection () Teen Idle () Witchy Woman ()  Grimalkin () [Maxed] Birthday Girl () Kingmaker: Checkmate () Siren Song of The Void () Torque () Dragon's Harvest () Vibora Bay - Rough Draft () Vibora Bay: Even The Mere Reports Of Such () All Grimalkin's points go to Torque
  9. Have Adam and Megan met yet? If not, Turkey Day could be a good opportunity to do so!
  10. "Oh, they're doin' a Beetlejuice musical on Broadway right now! That might be fun!" And now she went all Lydia Deetz, complete with black hair and blood red wedding dress. After a few more playful spins, her face and tone grew more serious. "It's been good; more stuff is startin' to stick." She comically thumped the side of her head. "Math is gettin' a lot easier, which is good. Adam's been helpin' me study, and ah mean like actually helpin' me study." She got a little pink in the cheeks at the implications of her joke. Suddenly she got very excited and grabbed both of Megan's hands, the illusionary garments now forgotten. "Oh, ah meant to ask you; can Adam come by for Thanksgivin'? Ah haven't said anything to him yet, 'cause ah wanted to ask you first!""
  11. So Judy was willing to be reasonable about all this; this was good! Lulu really did want Judy and even Leroy to be happy; a willingness to compromise might go a long way. "So are we talkin' after college, then? Because if you wait a few years, that could make it work for everyone. Like even if your daddy gets reelected-" Dear Lord, ah hope not! "He'll only be President through what, January of 2025? And then he'll just do whatever ex-presidents do, ah guess; build a library and such."
  12. There was a thrum of a powerful engine as the sleek black sports car with yellow running lights pulled up next to the other Defenders, shifting and shrinking with a series of whirs and clanks into the slender form of Torque, wearing heavy boots, a dark green set of coveralls, and pair of welding goggles perched on her forehead. "My apologies for my late arrival; my family would not allow me slip away from Thanksgiving dinner so easily." It was actually a huge relief; the first Thanksgiving since her transformation had been awkward and painful in the extreme, and she was happy to be away from it. Noticing the discomfort and wariness of her teammates, she shifted to IR and scanned her surroundings as well.
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