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  1. Shaen, Not a problem, though I was beginning to get a little worried. AvengerAssembled, Didn't realize that she had yet to reach her birthday. Oops. I also changed the array's name to Pliable form. Does that work better?
  2. I had only meant strangulation, not suffocation in general, but it isn't really all that important to the current build. Anyway, I think I am finally done. If some folks could give her a quick once over I would appreciate it.
  3. Shaen, GREAT! I will fix up my current submission and contemplate what mayhem I could cause (er...um...curtail) with full blown Shapeshifting. For future reference, would my color limitation count as a full blown flaw, or would it only be considered a drawback for Shapeshifting? *calls through the doorway to Supercape* I think that the insubstantial essentially grants Immunity 1 (Suffocation, from strangulation/choking) since it says you would simply flow right out of whatever it is that is strangling you (unless of course it has effects Insubstantial).
  4. would it be possible to make her with specific powers for now and then at a later point change it to the full blown Shapeshift power with the explanation that she has simply figured out the greater potential of her power?
  5. Yes, her identity is public. She had been a shoe in for the US Olympic team and so was under a lot of scrutiny. While her "mystery illness" had been able to be covered up, they just didn't think that they needed to be secret about a broken/sprained wrist until it was too late. Once those X-rays were taken, it was pretty much all over. Doctor Koda in the tradition of all good "Mysterious Evil Scientists" has disappeared and will need to be hunted down. Unless of course, it turns out that he is going to hunt her down instead. Just to clarify, Dr. Koda did not run a children's hospital, but rather a small bio-tech firm. There were no large open wards with bright paint and stuffed animals to keep up the spirits of sick and dying kids. His firm was all machinery and test tubes and sterile laboratories. While his firm was publicly known, it most certainly was not open to the public. The course of treatment that Rhea received VERY hush-hush and were it not for the slip up when she hurt herself, her identity would never have gotten out. There could be any number of other children out there that he treated which have developed powers or been turned into monstrous things with no one the wiser. She is definitely planning to put herself out there. Elasticity is not just for when you can't find the remote. YEA!!!! The senses seemed really expensive, but I was willing to go with it. Also probably a good thing to limit it to sight anyway, I don't think anyone really wants to be tasting everything that they touch. Way nasty, way quick. You're right, it is much cleaner. Looks great. thanks Thought that one might get me in trouble. I will figure out something else. I chose to make her weak for a couple of reasons. First, I have a tendency to play bricks and want her to fight differently, so the STR penalty was to be a constant reminder not to go there. I wanted to be a thinking monster, not just a big ball of muscle. Second, I suppose I thought that most of her strength would be going toward physical cohesion rather than brawn. I did mention that she is weaker than she had been, (No, I didn't think that a below average strength was appropriate to any Olympic level athlete) but I suppose that there is no reason that she would have to be. For her strike, i thought of it as using her pseudopods like whips rather than hammers, perhaps with a hardened tip/barb to really bite in. As such, the strength of the attacker doesn't really matter as much as the skill to crack it just right. My thinking on the matter was that the Strike is a slap (quick sharp contact) while the Corrosion is a grab (slow prolonged contact, as is the snare of course, but lets not go there for the moment). Also, the damage for one is kinetic while the other is chemical which will possibly allow for one to be affective where the other would not. With the corrected construction, they both have a few points left over from the array, can you think of something I could add to either to make them less superfluous? I was aware of that, but didn't really feel it appropriate. Heck, I had a hard time rationalizing the level of impervious she already has. After all, just how tough can a cell wall really be? As it stands, she is impervious to small arms fire and hand to hand damage from most street thugs. Seems good enough.
  6. thanks for all the help. I have now moved Proteus to the character bank
  7. Characters Name: Proteus Power Level: 10 (149/150PP) Trade-Offs: None Unspent PP: 1 Gold: 0/30 Alternate Identity: Rhea Chloris Age: 17 (Born: 11/24/1992; Apparent Age: Varies) Gender: Varies (Formerly Female) Height: Varies (Normally 5’6â€) Weight: 160 lbs. Eyes: Light Green Hair: Green In Brief: Amoebas got spirit? Yes they do. Amoebas got spirit! How ‘bout you? Description: An emerald green sphere roughly the size of a beach ball hangs from the ceiling. Slowly a pair of tendrils emerge from the surface. The surface of the tendrils begin to ripple and change shape until they appear to be a pair of athletic female arms dangling from the ball. A third tendril, larger than the other two begins to emerge between them and takes on the appearance of a young woman's head. One of the hands moves down to cover the mouth as the lips part and there is a soft sound much like a yawn. At the same time a pair of oval vacuoles take shape just behind the eyes giving them a little more definition. Quickly now the rest of a body emerges from the rapidly diminishing sphere until in its place there is a perfectly formed (though still entirely emerald green) young woman hanging from the ceiling, her long ponytail flowing up her back instead of down toward the floor. She begins to meander across the room toward a full length tri-fold mirror much like they have in dressing rooms. Reaching it, one of her legs stretches down to the floor and she nonchalantly does what essentially amounts to a cartwheel down to the floor. Looking carefully into the mirror, her body ripples and suddenly, she is wearing a leotard and leg warmers made of the same material as the rest of her body. There is another yawning sound as she again covers her mouth. Then in a surprisingly normal sounding voice with just a hint of an east coast accent she says "God, I hate mornings." as she turns, heading for the door and the rest of her day. History: Ever since she was six, Rhea Chloris had one ambition: Olympic gold. She practiced gymnastics six hours a day every day with her father Adonis Chloris, a former Greek Olympic gymnast himself. By age 16 it seemed that her dreams were about to be fulfilled. She won the all-around at four national gymnastics championships (two as a junior in 2003 & 2004, and two as a senior in 2005 & 2006). She finished second all-around at the Gymnastics World Championship in 2005 (losing to teammate Dawn Gressen by the slimmest margin possible [.001 points]), and has won a total of nine medals at Worlds. However, just as she was getting ready for the Olympic trials, her routine medical exams noticed an irregularity in her blood work. A week later she was diagnosed with Leukemia and her dreams were dashed against the cruel shores of fate. Knowing that standard treatment would rule out participation in the Olympics, her family was desperate to find an alternate form of treatment. They found it in the form of Dr. Holland Koda. Dr. Koda was the proprietor of a small California Bio-tech firm specializing in stem cell research to cure childhood diseases. His results were quite impressive and his procedures didn't involve any debilitating radiation or chemotherapy. Instead, the Proteus cells simply consumed and replaced the faulty cells with healthy ones. Rhea was even able to continue her training, although at a greatly reduced intensity. Two months later, her leukemia in complete remission, Rhea began training again in earnest. Everything was going fine until during a particularly intense training session, one of her wrists buckled causing her to take a bad tumble. When she recovered, her hand was at a strange angle, but there was no pain. Fearing that she had broken her wrist and was in shock, her parents rushed her to the ER. There they had her arm X-rayed only to discover that not only did she have no broken bones, she seemed to have no bones in her wrist at all. When they did a biopsy of the area all that they came up with was a strange greenish tissue that Rhea and her family instantly recognized. It looked identical to the chemically marked Proteus cells Dr. Koda had used in her treatments. Further testing showed that her wrist was not the only site so changed. It appeared those cells were functioning like a cancer in her body, replacing not only the diseased bone marrow cells, but any cells that they came into contact with. With the cancer metastasizing throughout her body, there was nothing the doctors could do for her and at its rate of growth, they projected that it would be terminal in just a few weeks. However, Rhea wasn't exhibiting any standard signs of cancer. If any thing her energy levels were up and she was feeling better than she ever had before. It was determined that although the Proteus cells were spreading throughout her body and consuming it at an ever increasing rate, they were not in fact impairing it. As the cells destroyed one portion of her body, they took over it's function as they had been suppose to do with her bone marrow. In the course of just a few days, there was nothing left of her original body, at which point the cells began to consume each other. However, as each cell absorbed into another, there was still no loss of function or mass. It was just fewer and fewer cells doing the same things that many had done. In the end, she was reduced down to a single cell, but one with remarkable abilities. Her dreams of Olympic gold had died long ago, but now perhaps a new dream was beginning to unfold. Personality & Motivation: Rhea is a very focused and driven young woman. She has turned the time and energy which formerly fueled her Olympic dreams to understanding and controlling her new abilities. Powers & Tactics: An intelligent, highly dexterous amoeba. Though her new body is fairly weak she is able to make use of her considerable acrobatics training in combat. Rhea is a skilled melee combatant who has several potent attacks usable at moderate range. Complications: Appearance: Bright Green! Fame: Olympic hopeful turned monster. Relationships: Make Daddy proud. Who Is Dr Koda? Abilities: (0 + 14 + 4 + 0 + 4 + 0 = 22PP Strength: 10 (+0) Dexterity: 30/24 (+10/+7) Constitution: 14 (+2) Intelligence: 10 (+0) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 10 (+0) Combat: 14 + 12 = 26PP Initiative: +14/+11 Attack: +10 Melee (+7 Base, +3 Attack Focus), +7 Ranged (+7 Base) Grapple: +20/+17, +30 Elongation Defense: +10 (+6 Base, +4 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed Knockback: -7/-2, -3/-1 Flat-Footed Saving Throws: 4 + 0 + 5 = 9PP Toughness: +9/+5 (Impervious 7/0), (+2 Con, +2 Defensive Roll, +5 Protection), +7/+2 Flat-Footed Fortitude: +6 (+2 Con, +4) Reflex: +10/+7 (+10/+7 Dex, +0) Will: +7 (+2 Wis, +5) Skills: 52R = 13PP Acrobatics 7 (+17/+14) Climb 5 (+15/+12) Concentration 8 (+10) Disguise 0 (+0, +30 Morph) Drive 1 (+11/+8) Escape Artist 0 (+10/+7, +15 Elongation) Knowledge (Life Sciences) 4 (+4) Languages 1 (English [Native], Greek) Medicine 2 (+4) Notice 5 (+7) Sense Motive 8 (+10) Stealth 5 (+15/+12) Swim 6 (+5) Feats: 18PP Acrobatic Bluff Agile Climber All-Out Attack Attack Focus (Melee) 3 Defensive Roll 1 (+2 Toughness) Dodge Focus 4 Grappling Block Grapple Finesse Interpose Redirect Skill Mastery (Acrobatics, Climb, Notice, Stealth) Stunning Attack Powers: 16 + 2 + 2 + 5 + 18 + 20 + 1 = 64PP Enhanced Dexterity 6 (Feats: Ambidexterity, Chokehold, Elusive Target, Evasion 2, Improved Grab, Improved Initiative, Improved Pin, Improved Throw, Improved Trip) [16PP] (Amorphous Form) Immunity 2 (Critical Hits) [2PP] (Non-Differentiated Biomass) Impervious Toughness 2 [2PP] Insubstantial 1 (Liquid, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Flaws: Permanent) [5PP] (Amorphous Form) Phagocytosis 8 (16PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 2) [18PP] Base Power: Corrosion 10 (Feats: Incurable Flaws: Requires Grapple) [16PP] (Consumption) Alternate Power: Snare 8 (Extras: Engulf) [16PP] (Vacuoles) Alternate Power: Strike 10 (Feats:Mighty, Precise, Split Attack) [13PP] (Whipping Pseudopods) Pliable Form 6 (12PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power, Dynamic Alternate Power 3, Dynamic Base Power) [20PP] Base Power (Dynamic): Morph 6 (Any Form, +30 Disguise, Flaws: Limited [Green Protoplasm]) [12PP] Alternate Power: Flight 4 (100mph / 1,000ft per Move Action, Flaws: Gliding) [4PP] + Leaping 2 (x5) [2PP] + Swimming 5 (50mph / 500ft per Move Action, Feats: Environment Adaptation [Aquatic]) [6PP] (Flying Fish Form) Alternate Power (Dynamic): Additional Limbs 6 (+50 Limbs, Flaws: Duration [Concentration]) [3PP] Alternate Power (Dynamic): Elongation 10 (500ft per Move Action, 5,000ft Max Length, 100ft Range Increments, +10 Escape Artist, +10 Grapple) [10PP] Alternate Power (Dynamic): Super-Movement 6 (Slithering, Slow Fall, Sure Footed, Swinging, Wall-Crawling 2) [12PP] Protection 5 (Extras: Impervious) [10PP] (Cell Membrane) Super-Senses 1 (Normal Vision [Extras: Radius]) [1PP] (Non-Differentiated Biomass) Drawbacks: -3PP Vulnerability (Gas Attacks, Frequency: Common, Intensity: Moderate [+50% Damage]) [-3PP] (Breathes with her entire body surface) DC Block: ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC15 Toughness (Staged) Damage Corrosion Touch DC20 Fortitude (Staged) Drain Toughness DC25 Toughness (Staged) Damage Snare Touch DC18 Reflex (Staged) Entangled/Bound Strike Touch DC25 Toughness (Staged) Damage Abilities (22) + Combat (26) + Saves (9) + Skills (13) + Feats (18) + Powers (64) - Drawbacks (3) = 149/150 Power Points
  8. It is intentional that she lacks a ranged attack. While I might pick up something later with XP but for now the 100' that her elongation gives her should hopefully be enough (and with her radius senses it is without a range penalty which while a minor aspect is pretty nice anyway). Additionally, I have altered he Corrosion to require a grapple check to bring it back up to rank 6. Dumping my 4 remaining pp into Corrosion to boost it (and Snare) to rank 8 are probably a good idea. However, strike is already maxed out for ranks, any suggestions for what to do with the extra 5 points (I was already 1 underspent before). As a side note, her lack of knowledge pop culture or the like was actually intentional as well. She spent almost every waking moment prior to her illness training for her gymnastics career to the exclusion of all else (a sad state really). I have changed her skills to have MINIMAL medical and life science skill appropriate to someone who was deathly ill and trying to understand why. I also gave her the Greek language skill that you would expect of a first generation immigrant's child.
  9. UP lists Corrosion at a cost of 3 pp since it has a range of touch Disintegrate is the ranged version at a cost of 5 pp So, I will need to reconfigure it.
  10. OK fixed, and the extra dodge focus actually works with the gymnast origin. I also saw where I accidentally listed supersenses as a AP of my protection and corrected that. So, I now have 4 extra PP and am wondering what else I can do to fine tune the build, since as Raveled pointed out, my damage levels leave a bit to be desired (Strike is currently my only attack that meets my cap. I suppose I could actually change the super senses back to being a AP explained by thinning out the cell membrane for extra sensitivity which would give me 4 additional PP.
  11. OK! Got it, and will adjust Proteus accordingly. Thanks for the clarification. Did I simply overlook that in the house rules section? Color me embarrassed.
  12. Thanks Angrydurf! you posted while I was working on my response to Raveled.
  13. Hold on, I'm confused. Your answer seems contradictory. Is the current def correct (i.e. with dodge bonus being 3 not 4 from a defense of 7) like it seems to say in the main book? That would give me a flat-footed def of 4 which if I were to drop it down to 6 would drop to 3. I thought that I was optimizing it by having 7 rather than 8 and thereby saving 1 pp. Otherwise, if the def isn't correct I need to change something anyway. I suppose I could pop some of my unused points into the attack array to boost it up to rank 7 easily enough. That would even let her add thrown and homing to her strike making little missiles that she throws which keep hopping around trying to skewer something which could eventually lead to powers like anatomical separation or duplication. If I need more points, I was thinking more of getting rid of the impervious on her toughness or making it physical only than dropping an array. Speaking of arrays, for the pp of items in the arrays do you simply list the 1 point the thing actually costs or the theoretical amount it would be were it not in the array. The reason that I didn't list them is that I didn't see a spot for pp in the character template. Did I miss something?
  14. Thanks Raveled, I changed the levels in my saves and double checked on the defense bonus thing. I think that the main rule book seems to agreed with the way I had set it ... (M&M 2nd ed p.32) DODGE BONUS Half your defense bonus (rounded down) is a dodge bonus, But, if it is being done the other way here I am happy to change it. I went through her history and added several references to gymnastics for her, not just her father. Monkey climber is from Warriors and Warlocks, it lets you substitute Acrobatics for Climb (a la Jackie Chan). I thought Shaen had suggested it as a way to maximize high dexterity in his optimization thread and so included it. If it isn't acceptable, I am happy to change it. The power feats were listed under powers as well as in the feats section mostly so that I didn't forget about their existence. Her Morph power is the 3 pt/rank version (anything with the same mass) brought down to 2 pts/rank via the limitation that everything she makes is bright green and translucent. Her drawback is based on the fact that her entire skin is used for breathing, giving her a much greater surface area to absorb any gasses.
  15. Sorry to hear about your burnout at optimization, though given the number of people you have helped it is certainly understandable. Thank you very much, both for the reposting my character where it will get more attention and for your offer of sage advice on the creation process.