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  1. In Brief: Instead of becoming The Huntress, Helena Bertinelli becomes Spawn. Character: Mister Strix Power Level: 14 (Built as PL9) Tradeoffs: None Power Points: 218/218PP Unspent Points: 0 Alternate Identity: Gaetano “Guy” Giordano (Deceased) Identity: Secret. The public is not aware that either Gaetano Giordano or Mister Strix are undead, or that they are the same person. Legal Status: Deceased USA citizen with no criminal record. Birthplace: Bedlam City, Wisconsin, USA Base of Operations: Bedlam City Residence: The Twilight Lodge Occupation: President of The Twilight Lodge (current), E.R. Doctor (former) Affiliations: The Twilight Lodge (President), Father Cesare Messina (Retired Catholic priest, Friend) Family: Doctor Adriana Aparo (Widow), Luna Giordano née Gallo (Mother), Massimo “Mo” Giordano (Father), Matteo “Matt” Giordano (Older Brother), Flora Russo née Giordano (Older Sister), Rafael Giordano (Younger Brother, Deceased). Matt and Flora are both married, with children. Adriana has re-married, and she has a child with her new husband. DESCRIPTION Age: 38 (Date of Birth: 1981) Apparent Age: 31 (Date of Death: 2012) Gender: Male Ethnicity: (Sicilian) Italian-American Caucasian Height: 6’2” Weight: 165 lbs. Hair: Black Eyes: Black His superhero costume consists of a white skintight jumpsuit, mask, and cape. The chest of the jumpsuit is emblazoned with a white crescent moon set against a black circle. The edges of the cape and gloves are cut with notches suggestive of the feathers on a bird's wings. The gloves are fingerless. The mask covers his entire head except for his jaw and the lower half of his face. It has a shape similar to the feathers on the head of a horned owl. The bottom of the mask comes to a hook with a slight downward curve resembling a raptor's beak. Overall, it looks like a photo-negative version of the original Raven’s costume. Out of costume, a fan of old movies might compare him to a young (and underslept, and possibly ill) Lee Van Cleef or Basil Rathbone, while an enthusiast for more modern fare would compare him to a mid-1990s Nicolas Cage. His flesh is unnaturally pale, and always cold to the touch, regardless of any physical activity or environmental factors. When visible, his veins appear to be black. His build is slender. He was never bulky in life, and when he transformed, most of his fat burned away, and most of his internal organs shriveled and atrophied. His face is all sharp angles, with high, prominent cheekbones, a large nose, and a narrow, pointed chin. His hair is dark, and perpetually messy. (Since he has no reflection in mirrors, even if he had much reason to style his hair, he wouldn't be able to see what he was doing.) He has thick eyebrows, perpetually arched over eyes set deep in their sockets, eyes which always seem to be surrounded by shadows, regardless of the angle or intensity of light in the area. The irises of his eyes are completely black, indistinguishable from the pupils. The center of his eye is one solid black disk. His hands are slightly larger in proportion to the rest of his body than they should be, the fingers slightly longer. His voice is a deep baritone, surprisingly deep for someone of his size. When he feeds or uses his powers, his appearance becomes even more overtly monstrous. His veins bulge and darken. The blackness at the center of his eyes spreads to cover the entire eyeball. His mouth, canine teeth, and tongue all double in size. His voice deepens by at least a full octave, and echoes independent of the local acoustics. When he growls, he sounds like a tiger. HISTORY Guy Giordano’s life ended just as it was about to begin. Gaetano "Guy" Giordano was born the third of four children in an Italian-American family living in Stark Hill. The family all attended the local Catholic school and church. His mother was a librarian turned homemaker, and his father was a "made man" in the Scarpia crime family. Guy was closest with his younger brother, Raphael, and his mother, whom they both took after, being more gentle and scholastically inclined than their brutish father and older brother or their scheming "queen bee" older sister. When they grew up, Guy became a doctor, while Raphael became a priest. Guy went to college and medical school in Chicago and Detroit, and earned a doctorate in emergency medicine alongside Adriana Aparo, his fellow student. After they completed their residency, they got engaged, spent a year working with Doctors Without Borders in Libya and the Congo, then moved back to Bedlam, got married, and bought a house. They were just about to start trying for their first child when Guy got sick and died. Unbeknownst to his family, Guy's younger brother Raphael wasn't just a priest, but a Vatican-sponsored monster-hunter. Raphael had destroyed a powerful elder vampire, and the even older and more powerful vampire who had created that elder took his revenge and replaced the lost member of his "family" by killing Raphael's favorite brother and turning him into a vampire. Raphael was no match for the vampire, who only ever identified himself as "Johann." He ambushed Raphael at the cemetery where Guy was buried. Guy dug himself out of his own grave, emerging in a mindless feeding-frenzy, and Johann made sure that Raphael was caught helpless in Guy's path. Guy drained his little brother dry. After Guy's bloodlust faded and he cried out in anguish over what he'd done, Johann wished him a taunting "Happy Birthday" and stabbed him in the heart with a wooden stake, putting him in a coma. Then he locked Guy's unconscious body in a box and left it there for five years. When Johann finally took the stake out of his heart, Guy woke up, but he had no idea how much time had passed. He ran home, only to learn that his wife lived there with her new husband and their child. He fled the scene before anyone spotted him. Johann laughed, taunted him with another "Happy Birthday," and vanished. Guy spent the next year living in the shadows of Bedlam. He spent days sleeping in sewers, abandoned basements, and hastily dug holes in the dirt, rarely staying in the same place twice. He spent the nights spying on his family and his widow, and through a mix of research and trial and error, figuring out how much time had passed, what had happened to him and what he could do. When he drank Raphael's blood, he absorbed his memories, so he knew that he was a “vampire,” but that could mean a hundred different things. He spent many nights at local libraries, catching up on recent history and researching his “condition.” An academic at heart, he felt “at home” there, and since he could ignore alarms and surveillance equipment, hypnotize guards, and slip through locked doors as a cloud of mist, he had the run of the place. When he needed blood, he would grab sewer rats, or hypnotize the employees at the less ethical animal “shelters,” so he could drain the cats and dogs already scheduled for execution. At first, he made the mistake of trying to subsist entirely on animal blood. But he learned the hard way that the inferior quality (for his purposes) of animal blood would only satisfy his undead body for so long. After the first time he snapped and almost killed a random person on the street, he made an effort to regularly infuse his diet with human blood. He limited his human feeding to whatever criminals and corrupt cops he could find, often guys he recognized as his father’s employees and associates. At one point, he decided that he needed to be destroyed, and even if suicide was a sin, the greater sin would be continuing to live as a monster. So he fought through his instinct to sleep during the day, and he tried to walk out into the sun. He was terribly burned, but he discovered that his undead body had a powerful instinct for self-preservation, one he could not overcome. He fled the light, slept deeper and woke up thirstier than ever before, and by the time he regained the capacity for rational thought, he was standing over the half-drained body of what was now the second random person he had almost murdered. After that debacle, he stopped trying to kill himself. During a chance encounter near the end of his first year as a vampire, he saved the life of a 70-year-old retiree and "supply priest," Father Cesare Messina. Father Messina quickly became his friend and confidant, the only source of human interaction for him since his death. Father Messina felt that it was his duty to help Guy figure out God's plan for him, even if that just meant praying for him and chatting with him over coffee. Father Messina reminded him that the best way to heal one’s own pain was to help others with theirs. As they spoke, an idea formed between the two of them. Guy could do what everyone with extraordinary abilities and a secret to protect did to help make the world better: He could put on a mask, and become a superhero, “Like Raven, that guy in Freedom City.” Father Messina was an ornithology enthusiast, so when the subject of superheroes came up, Raven's was the first name that came to his mind. Of the decorations in Father Messina's home, the pictures and sculptures of owls outnumbered the Christian imagery by at least ten to one. With little prompting from Guy, Father Messina practically gushed about how owls were found all over the world, in all kinds of environments, and how they appear in the myths of almost every culture on the planet, usually as demons or psychopomps. Guy mentioned a local legend he’d heard in the Congo about how owls hunted humans to eat their souls. That reminded Father Messina that while the more popular modern vampire myths describe them transforming into bats, in older stories, they turned into owls. Just like that, Guy knew what form his disguise should take. The tailor who would later craft it was hypnotized to misremember the job, but he was well-paid. "Mister Strix" was born. At the start of this new chapter in Guy's life, Johann reappeared, attacking him without warning and beating him almost to a second death. Then Johann laughed, taunted him with yet another "Happy Birthday," and disappeared. To Guy's surprise, he laughed too. Johann’s assault had an oddly invigorating effect on him. If Johann was still trying to break him, that meant he wasn't broken yet. His conversations with Father Messina had given him a new sense of purpose, but Johann’s beating gave him a new sense of hope. His existence might be evil, but he could still do some good with it. He might not be a doctor anymore, he wasn't going to let that stop him anymore from doing the same thing in death that he used to do in life: Try to save people. PERSONALITY & MOTIVATION Like any good Catholic, the primary driving force in his life has always been guilt. When he was a child, it was guilt over the apple, and the crucifixion, and not being the son his father wanted. When adolescence opened his eyes a little wider, it was guilt over who his father was and how he made his money. He became a doctor and went to war zones so that he could try to save more lives than his father had destroyed. Now it’s guilt over what he is and what he has to do. In life, he was quiet and gentle, but determined. He always tried to put others before himself. People always told him he was “a good listener.” He loved his wife. He loved his family, even if he didn't like them. He inherited his mother’s love of books, opera, traditional French and Italian cooking, and when he got older, coffee and wine. He always seemed to have his nose in a book. He’d lived in war zones, but he’d never really been in a fight. He'd never wanted to hurt anyone. In death, everything that used to define him or bring him joy has been stolen from him, and he's become a predator who leaves ruin in his wake, a danger to everyone around him. Violence now feels as natural to him as breathing used to, and the only thing that truly brings him joy anymore is sinking his fangs into another person’s neck and sucking the blood out of their veins. He hates the thing he’s been turned into, and the things who turned him into it. He’s trying to make the best of it. POWERS & TACTICS In his mortal life, he was a fully licensed medical doctor with a specialization in emergency medicine, with field experience in multiple war zones. In combat, he is an unskilled brawler, relying entirely on the animal instinct and enhanced physical prowess he gained when he became a vampire. Everything he “knows” about fighting, he learned from movies and television. Popular culture is also his main source of “knowledge” about his own condition. He’s studying all the relevant history and mythology he can get his hands on, but it’s a slow process. The vampire who killed him didn’t tell him anything. Most of what he can do either comes from pure instinct, or is something he read about and decided to try that worked, either immediately or with practice. He is undead, preserved and animated by the life-consuming energy that is the pure darkness of the Schattenwelt, in a process fueled by blood magic. His undead body is far more resilient than his human body was. His skeleton is harder than stone, but just as light as human bone. His flesh feels human to the touch, but displays a resistance to cutting or puncturing more akin to thick leather or Kevlar. His body somehow metabolizes the blood he drinks to sustain his existence, keep him preserved, heal his wounds, and alter his body in ways he is only beginning to explore. He can increase his strength, speed, and agility to superhuman levels, grow claws that can shred metal and stone as if it were paper, or transform into a cloud of mist. His blood can also heal the wounds of others (a Healing power stunt off of his main array), though consuming his blood can bring unpredictable side-effects (a temporary Complication for the other character). He also has some psychic powers. He can broadcast a psychic command which forces the minds of others to ignore his presence. He can more directly hypnotize anyone who looks him in the eye, forcing them to obey all his commands and re-writing their memories. When he bites a living creature and sucks their blood, the combination of sharp fangs, endorphin rush, and blood loss makes it difficult for the victim to understand what is happening or to remember it clearly after the fact, even if he hasn't mesmerized them. Since his blood can heal wounds, he can use his fang to cut his tongue, then lick the puncture wounds closed with the transfer of blood. This combination allows his feeding to go mostly undetected. His senses are several orders of magnitude more acute than his "natural prey", normal humans. He can see clearly in total darkness, pick out tiny details at long range, hear frequencies beyond the the normal range of human hearing, and track by scent like a bloodhound. From a distance, he can hear a person’s heartbeat, hear the blood pulsing through their veins, and smell their breath. Like a shark, he can sniff out even tiny amounts of blood from far away. The smell and taste of blood can give him the type of information about its owner that would make a crime lab jealous. When he tastes blood, he can also tap into any psychic resonance it has absorbed, experiencing the memories of its original owner like they were his own. He’s also learned the hard way that he has just about every quirk and weakness that’s ever been attributed to vampires in folklore. He doesn't have to worry about running water or being invited into a home, but that’s about it. COMPLICATIONS Achilles Heels & Weaksauce Weaknesses: Certain plants, objects, and symbols of mystical and religious significance will repel him, interfere with his movement, and cause him pain and injury. He cannot stand them, even if they were a source of joy or comfort in his mortal life. Daylight Fire Garlic: All parts and states of the garlic plant affect him: The flower and the bulb, whether living, freshly harvested, or even ground into dry powder. Unlike most plants, garlic never withers or dies merely from being in his presence (see "Walking Wasteland", below). Holy Symbols & Blessed Items: Holy symbols and items affect him at the GM’s discretion, on a case by case basis. Generally, the holy symbol must belong to a “Good” deity, or a deity whose portfolio includes concepts such as “Healing,” “Life,” “Light, or “The Sun.” Foods and liquids which have been “blessed,” such as holy water, or which have ritual significance, such as the wine and wafers used in Communion, will also affect him. Holy symbols and items will affect him even if he, or the character wearing or wielding them, do not believe in (or even know of) the religion with which they are associated. However, if he attempts to force his way past the holy object and some sort of opposed check is required, a wielder who knows, believes in, or reveres the deity associated with the holy item will have a better chance of winning the opposed check than a wielder who is ignorant, skeptical, or blasphemous. Jade Mirrors: He has no reflection. Like machines, mirrors do not register his presence. If he can exert enough willpower to stare into a mirror, then a vague, blurry semblance of his visage may briefly appear, only to vanish as soon as he turns away. This effort may cause the mirror to crack, or even to shatter. Mirrors also sometimes break even if he briefly glances at them, or passes by them without peek. Salt: Pure salt will affect him, but saltwater will not, nor will food with a high salt content. Silver Wolf’s Bane: See “Garlic,” above. Everything described there applies to wolf’s bane as well. Wooden Stakes: He can be incapacitated if his heart is impaled with a piece of wood. It doesn't matter if the “stake” is made entirely of wood or not, so long as the part lodged in his heart is composed of pure, whole wood. An arrow or spear with a steel head and a wooden shaft would work, but a piece of compressed particle board would not. Wood and wooden implements do not cause him any of the fear, discomfort, or damage described below, and staking his heart is the only circumstance under which a wooden weapon will overcome his resilience or regeneration. Wood does not limit his movements, and touching it does not harm him. He already has drawbacks and flaws to account for how these items can suppress his powers, penetrate his defenses, and inflict wounds which are slow to heal, and since those traits already provided a power point discount, they do not count as complications. However, these items can have other effects which would count as complications: He cannot stand to look directly at these items. As soon as he sees them, the GM can force him to make a Will save against an Emotion Control (Fear) effect, which may cause him to flee the scene entirely. He cannot knowingly or willingly attempt to touch any of these items, or even to advance to within touch-range of them. He must stay at least 10 feet away, just outside of touch-range. (If the item is hidden from him, then he can unknowingly approach it or touch it.) The GM can force him to save against Damage and/or some other attack effect if he touches any of these items or their shadows, or if the ingests them, or the blood of someone else who has recently ingested them. If another character wears or wields any of these items, then he cannot attempt to physically touch them, or anyone behind them. (As reflected with his Power Loss drawbacks, he also cannot bite them or use his mind control powers on them.) He cannot attempt to directly remove or destroy the items. Another character who wields these items can advance toward him, forcing him to withdraw. If he is bound with these items, or with bonds infused or plated with these materials, then he cannot untie or break those bonds, no matter how objectively flimsy they may be. He may not even be able to lift them. (As reflected with his Power Loss drawbacks, such bonds will also suppress most of his powers.) If these items are mounted on, above, or around a door, window, or other portal, then he cannot pass through that portal, even in his mist form. If these items are placed on top of the lid to a container, or tied or wrapped around it, then he cannot open that container, or enter or exit it in his mist form. If these items are arranged in a circle, then he cannot cross that circle. He cannot step over it, and he cannot fly over it in his mist form. A circle around another character can protect that character from him, while a circle around him can trap him. He can attempt to overcome these limitations, forcing his way past these items, or even forcing himself to touch them, with a focused act of will, most likely represented by a Will save. If these items are being wielded by another character, then the GM can force him and that other character to make an opposed check, most likely Charisma. This effort may cause him harm whether it is successful or not, so he may also have to save against Damage or some other attack effect. If his act of will is successful, then he can temporarily overcome the limits to his freedom of movement, and these items may be damaged, or even destroyed. They may bend, crack, shatter, melt, or burst into flame. Addiction (Blood): He doesn't just need blood. He wants it. He loves it. It is as much his drug as it is his sustenance. The GM can decide that he's thirsty, give him a Hero Point, and then give him a circumstance penalty on a check to represent how difficult it is for him to focus on other tasks when he’d rather be drinking blood. When blood is available, the GM can give him a Hero Point, and then force him to make a Will save to resist the urge to lap it up or suck it down. He can also cause Addiction complications for other characters. They can become addicted to the euphoria of being fed upon by him, or they can become addicted to consuming his supernatural blood. Chill of Undeath: When viewed through Infra-Vision or perceived with another heat-detecting Super-Sense, he always appears to be colder than his surroundings, even if he's in Antarctica or at the bottom of the ocean. The GM can give him a Hero Point if this causes him a setback, such as allowing him to be seen when he would otherwise be concealed, or exposes him as a supernatural creature when he would otherwise go undetected as such. The area around him tends to be unnaturally cold. In his passing, condensation will often form on glass and liquids will often freeze solid. The GM can treat him as having an Uncontrolled touch-range Environment Control (Cold) effect, and they can give him or another character a Hero Point if this causes a setback. Electromagnetic Ghosts: Although machines cannot detect or perceive him directly, his immediate presence can cause electromagnetic interference. When he passes by a radio, audio recorder, or video camera, he can trigger bursts of static or image tearing. The GM can give him a Hero Point if this alerts enemies to his presence. Enemies: Archnemesis Dad: His father is a captain in the Scarpia family syndicate. His surviving brother works with him, as does his sister's husband. When he was alive, he refused to participate in his father’s criminal activities, but he didn't interfere with them either. When he died, so did his ambivalence. Now he’s determined to dismantle everything his family helped build. Burn The Witch!: The secret monster-hunting arm of the Catholic Church knows that his brother killed a vampire, and that soon after, he and his brother were both killed in circumstances which sounded suspiciously like retaliatory vampire attacks. It’s been a few years since then, but if they hear about anything that sounds like a vampire in Bedlam, they will follow up. I Hate You, Vampire Dad!: “Enemy” isn't quite the right word. His sire, "Johann" (real name unknown), is working toward a long-term goal of making him part of Johann's "family." To Johann, that means an unholy combination of child, friend, and lover. Unfortunately for him, Johann doesn't think he’ll realize his potential as a vampire until his human spirit is broken and stripped away from him by a conga line of trauma and disappointment, a process Johann expects to take at least a hundred years. Johann shows up once a year like clockwork to beat him within an inch of his life as a celebration of his "birthday" as a vampire. In addition, Johann will, seemingly at random, send various minions, pawns, or even other “children,” to torment him in some way. They might attack him directly, provide aid to his enemies, or harm something or someone he cares about (including Bedlam City itself). Enemy To All Living Things: While machines seem to simply ignore him (as represented with his Permanent Concealment from them), nature seems to actively resent him. Animals universally hate and fear him, unless they have consumed his blood, or are under the effect of some sort of mind control power. They will flee from him, attempt to scare him away, and/or attack him. He automatically fails any Handle Animal or Ride skill checks. (See, also, “Walking Wasteland,” below.) Glamour Failure: He has quirks which either explicitly reveal him to be a supernatural creature, or at least create a subconscious “Uncanny Valley” effect, making humans deeply uncomfortable in his presence. The air is unnaturally quiet around him because of all the normal sounds his body doesn't make, and he lacks several signs of life that most observers would take for granted. The GM may give him penalties to checks involving social interaction, or declare such checks to be impossible. Indifferent or even Friendly NPCs could turn Hostile, attacking or fleeing. Many of those features are already mentioned in "Description," above, and others are described in other Complication entries. He never casts a shadow, regardless of the level or angle of light in the surrounding area. His hands and fingers appear to have normal friction ridges, yet his touch never leaves prints. His footsteps never leave tracks, or make a sound. He does not breathe, cough, sneeze, or yawn. (This is particularly noticeable in winter.) His heart does not beat. He has no pulse of any kind. He does not sweat. When he is wounded, his skin does not bruise, and his cuts do not bleed. He will only bleed if decapitated or staked through the heart. His blood is so dark that it mostly appears to be black, only showing red when light hits it at just the right angle. If he cries, the tears are blood. His body does not age. Most machines seem to ignore him. He has no reflection in mirrors, or any other reflective surface. He does not show up in photographs or on video cameras, film or digital. His voice cannot be heard in auditory recordings, or through microphones, telephones (cellular or land-line), or radios. He doesn't show up as a blip on any kind of radar or sonar. He can walk freely through the laser, infra-red, and microwave beams used by motion detectors without them registering his presence. Automatic doors won’t even open for him. A gas chromatograph mass spectrometer can at least attempt to analyze samples of his tissues, and mechanical components like buttons which detect physical pressure will recognize the force his touch exerts upon them, but that seems to be the extent to which machines recognize or acknowledge him. Note: Aside from his lack of reflection, this is the result of the Permanent flaw on his Concealment against machine senses, so he should not receive any Hero Points for it. However, it may be a complication for other characters. For example, a robot or cyborg ally whose eyes are mechanical cameras and whose ears are mechanical microphones may receive a Hero Point in exchange for not being able to see or hear him. Heavy Sleeper: When the sun is in the sky, it is almost impossible for him to stay awake, and once he falls asleep, he stays asleep. Instead of suffering the usual -10 Notice penalty while asleep, he automatically fails Notice checks. Other characters can even lift or manipulate his body without waking him up. Nothing less than a direct attack on his body will disturb his daytime slumber. I Do Not Drink…Wine: His Immunity to Fortitude effects includes Immunity to Starvation and Thirst, but not only does he not need to eat or drink, he physically cannot. If he tries to consume food, or if he tries to drink any liquid other than blood, then he will quickly vomit it back up, along with some of his own stored blood, and the GM can also force him to save against an attack effect, like Nauseate, or even Damage. Involuntary Transformation (Berserk Rage): His undead body has instincts for predation and self-preservation more powerful than those of any living creature, and more powerful than his moral compass. When he attempts to resist those instincts, the GM can force him to make a Will save. Failure can result in a complication for him and/or for others. Starvation can cause him to be overcome with bloodlust, to the point of mindlessly attacking the next human he encounters, without caring if his prey survives the encounter or not. Potential causes of “starvation” include simply going too long without drinking blood, trying to subsist for too long on blood of low quality (animal blood, refrigerated blood bags, etc.), or depleting the blood stored in his body by using it to fuel his powers. When exposed to one of his weaknesses, especially fire or sunlight, he feels a powerful primal urge to flee from it. If he is unable to summon the willpower to endure its presence, then during his flight, he may brutally attack anyone who gets in his way, whether they meant to or not. Once he is out of danger, he may then be overcome with bloodlust, as if he were starving, as his scared inner animal seeks to re-assert control over its surroundings. Made of Evil: He is that which should not be, but is. He is a monster, an abomination, a dead thing preserved and animated with the life-consuming darkness of the Schattenwelt. Any powers which “Detect Evil” will show him as such, and any powers which “Protect From Evil” or “Smite Evil” will affect him as if he were applicably “Evil,” regardless of his actual conduct or inner sense of morality. Any power such as “Aura Vision” which can detect the presence or state of a “soul” will show his to be present, but shredded, hanging in tatters, and stained by shadows and blood. Mainlining The Monster: Some view him as a monster to be destroyed, but others see him as a resource to be exploited. His blood and body could be used as a component for countless magical spells, rituals, potions, or other items. When ingested or injected by a living creature, his blood can act as a powerful and potentially addictive drug. The specific effects vary depending on the person, the amount consumed, and the GM’s whims. It can act as a stimulant or a narcotic. It can cause euphoria, hallucinations, and/or uncharacteristically aggressive or deviant behavior. It can even heal wounds, cure diseases, or grant temporary powers, such as Enhanced physical abilities, or Immunities like Aging and Disease. It can also create a temporary psychic link, and a temporary stain or “taint” on the user’s “soul” or “aura” with a "negative resonance." Prejudice: If someone does learn that he is a vampire, or that his family is part of the Bedlam Mafia, it could cause them to mistrust him (and they might not be wrong). Conversely, if he learns that another character is also a vampire, or some other sort of undead creature, then this can be a complication for them, because his default reaction will be homicidal violence. Relationships: His wife remarried, and has children with her new husband. But he still cares about her, and by extension, her new family. He still cares about his family too, even the mobsters. He keeps tabs on all of them, and he will leap to their aid if they are in danger. Father Cesare Messina, the retired priest, is the only friend he's made since his death. He will drop everything to help Messina. But the priest’s secret association with him could cause problems for both of them. Responsibility: By assuming ownership of The Twilight Lodge, he has assumed responsibility for both the cursed structure, and the damned souls who staff it in their quest for redemption. Secrets: It is not public knowledge that Gaetano Giordano is Mister Strix, or that either of them is a vampire. As far as most people know, Gaetano Giordano is still buried in his grave. Unlife: Even though he has no Constitution score and Immunity to Fortitude effects, he still needs to sleep, and he still needs “food” in the form of blood. He only gets restful sleep if he has complete shelter from sunlight, and if his resting place includes soil from his homeland. He does not need to be buried; a thin layer of dirt spread out under him is sufficient.When he drinks blood, his undead body stores that blood in his heart. His body consumes a small amount of that stored blood every night to preserve his corpse, and a greater amount to heal his wounds and fuel his powers.After a day without sleep and/or three days without blood, the GM can inflict negative conditions upon him, like Fatigued or Exhausted, cumulative penalties on certain checks, and/or temporary ability damage. The GM may allow him some sort of check to delay or lessen these effects, akin to the Constitution checks and Fortitude saves mortals can make to resist the damage caused by neglecting their physical needs.He will not be destroyed by starvation or lack of sleep, but the supernatural preservation of his body will be disrupted. At first, he will start to look sick. Then, he will begin to age. Finally, he will start to decay. Eventually, his flesh will wither away and slough off completely, leaving little more than a fanged skeleton. Eventually, he won’t have eyes or a tongue, but he will still be able to see and speak. Once he finally gets the blood and restful sleep he needs, the decay will gradually reverse. If his soft tissues have rotted away, then his bones will absorb the blood he “drinks" directly. The decay will reverse at roughly the same rate at which a mortal would recover from starvation and/or sleep deprivation.His ideal sustenance is the blood of a living human (or humanoid alien with genetic similarity sufficient to produce viable offspring with a human), taken directly from that human’s veins, ideally while the human is experiencing some sort of intense emotion. The further his feeding deviates from that ideal, the less nourishment and satisfaction he derives. He can consume blood from cold storage, so long as that stored blood would be safe to transfuse back into a living human. He cannot feed on necrotic or coagulated blood, and attempting to do so will cause him to vomit as if it were human food (see “I Do Not Drink…Wine,” above). He can feed from vertebrate animals and aliens which have “blood” (the fluids of arthropods, for example, would not work), but it is not as satisfying, or as efficient; it would take multiple units of animal blood to equal the same “nutritional content” as one unit of human blood. The blood of living supernatural creatures, such as faeries, werewolves, or dragons, on the other hand, tastes better than human blood, provides more efficient nourishment, and may also have side-effects at the GM’s discretion. Potential side-effects include addiction, inebriation, temporary insanity (hallucinations, berserk rage, etc.), and temporary Boosts to his existing powers, and temporarily gaining new powers. Depending on the individual, the blood of human mutants and mutates, powerful aliens, and, depending on their descriptors, even other vampires, may have the same effects. Walking Wasteland: Since he is infused with the life-consuming dark energy of the Schattenwelt, his very presence can be hostile to life. At his touch, or even in his passing, non-animate plants (except for garlic or wolf’s bane) may wither, or even melt or crumble into ash, while food and drink such as bread, milk, cheese, or wine (but never salt) may spoil or rot. Animals which happen to be pregnant may spontaneously miscarry. ABILITIES 18PP Strength: 28/12 (+9/+1), 38/12 Lifting (Heavy Load: 4,800 lbs. [2.4 tons] / 130 lbs.) Dexterity: 28/12 (+9/+1) Constitution: - Intelligence: 18 (+4) Wisdom: 18 (+4) Charisma: 18 (+4) COMBAT 12PP Initiative: +9/+1 (+9/+1 Dex) Attack: +9/+3 Melee (+3 Base, +6 Enhanced Attack Focus), +3 Ranged (+3 Base) Grapple: +20/+4 (+9/+3 Melee Attack, +9/+1 Strength, +2 Super-Strength) Defense: +9/+3 (+3 Base, +6 Enhanced Dodge Focus), +2 Flat-Footed Knockback Resistance: 9 (4 vs Vampire Weaknesses) SAVING THROWS 5PP Toughness: +9 (Impervious 9, except against Vampire Weaknesses) Fortitude: - Reflex: +9/+1 (+9/+1 Dex, +0PP) Will: +9 (+4 Wis, +5PP)Ultimate Save SKILLS 32R = 8PP Acrobatics 0 (+10/+1) Handle Animal 0 (-) Intimidation 0 (+18/+4) Knowledge (Life Sciences) 6 (+10) Knowledge (Streetwise) 11 (+15) Languages 4 (English [Native], French, Italian, Latin, Spanish) Medicine 11 (+15) Notice 0 (+18/+4) Ride 0 (-) Search 0 (+18/+4) Sense Motive 0 (+18/+4) Stealth 0 (+20/+1) FEATS 4PP Benefit (Legally Deceased) Interpose Jack of All Trades Ultimate Save (Will) Enhanced: Attack Focus (Melee) 6 Dodge Focus 6 Evasion 2 Hide In Plain Sight Takedown Attack 2 EQUIPMENT 7PP = 35EP The Twilight Lodge (Headquarters) [39/40EP = 8PP, 8PP from Dead Head] Power Level: 14 Size: Large Exterior (500ft, Mansion) / Huge Interior (1,000ft, Castle) [3EP] Toughness: 10 [1EP] (Descriptors: Magically Warded and Ectoplasm-Reinforced Structure) Features: [35EP] Communications (Feats: Dimensional 3 [Any/All]) (Descriptors: Interdimensional Ghost-Phone) Concealed 3 (+20 DC) (Descriptors: Magical Perception Filter, Unholy Aura) Defense System 2 (Descriptors: Ghosts, Zombies) Dimensional Portal (Hells) Dual Size (Descriptors: Interdimensional Structure) Feature: Secret Sewer Entrance Fire Prevention System Garage Gym Holding Cells 2 (Toughness 15, Nullify 10) (Descriptors: Magically Warded and Ectoplasm-Reinforced Dungeon) Library Living Space 2 (Masterwork) Personnel (Descriptors: Undead Servants) Pool Powers 7 (196PP) Power System (Descriptors: Hellfire Furnace) Security System 3 (DC30) (Descriptors: Magical Wards) Self-Repairing (Descriptors: Ectoplasm-Infused Structure, Undead Servants) Workshop (Artificer/Ritualist) Powers: [PL14 x 2 = 28PP per rank, x7 ranks = 174/196PP] Concealment 3 (ESP effects, Mental-type senses, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Flaws: Limited [Observers outside the clubhouse can use ESP effects and Mental-type senses to perceive the exterior of the clubhouse, but not the interior, and vice versa], Permanent) [3PP] Features 1 (Temporal Inertia) [1PP] Immunity 1 (Mister Strix's Vampiric Aura) [1PP] Nullify 10 (All Insubstantial, Super-Movement [Dimensional Travel], and Teleport effects of any descriptor, Extras: Action 3 [Reaction], Effortless, Range [Perception], Flaws: Limited [Only counters attempts to enter or exit the clubhouse]) [62PP] Psychomancy 23 (46PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 3) [49PP] Base Power: Mind Reading 10 (Extras: Action [Standard], Mental, Flaws: Limited [Probe], Feats: Subtle) [11PP] Alternate Power: Emotion Control 10 (Extras: Area [General, Burst], Mental, Selective, Flaws: Limited [Fear], Feats: Progression [Area Size] 3 [500ft radius]) [33PP] Alternate Power: Illusion 10 (Sense Types: All, Extras: Selective, Flaws: Phantasm, Feats: Progression [Area Size] 6 [500ft radius]) [46PP] Alternate Power: Teleport 10 (Extras: Duration 2 [Continuous, no action needed to keep portals open], Portal, Flaws: Action 2 [Standard Action to open or close a portal], Limited [Short-Range Jumps, 1,000ft], Limited [To/From points inside the building], Feats: Change Direction, Insidious, Progression [Portal Size] 2 [25ft], Subtle) [25PP] Super-Senses 13 (Normal Vision, Extras: Counters Concealment, Counters Illusion, Counters Obscure [All Descriptors], Penetrates Concealment, Flaws: Limited [Inside the building]) [7PP] Transform 10 (Memory Alteration, Extras: Action 3 [Reaction], Alternate Save [Will], Duration [Continuous, Lasting], Mental, Range [Perception], Flaws: Limited [Memory alteration is limited to erasing or distorting memories of the clubhouse interior], Limited [The clubhouse will only alter a target's memory when they are leaving the building], Feats: Subtle) [51PP] POWERS 185PP Descriptors (All Powers): Black Magic, Blood Magic, Darkness, Death, Evil, Necromancy, Shadow, Undead Side Bar: Vampire Weaknesses (Limited, Power Loss) Concealment 8 (All Auditory, Radio, and Visual type senses, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Flaws: Limited [Machines], Permanent) [8PP] (Descriptors: Unholy Aura) Enhanced Dexterity 16 (Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [15PP] (Descriptors: Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Speed) Enhanced Feats 17 (Attack Focus [Melee] 6, Dodge Focus 6, Evasion 2, Hide In Plain Sight, Takedown Attack 2, Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [16PP] (Descriptors: Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Speed) Enhanced Skills 68 (Acrobatics 1, Intimidation 14, Notice 14, Search 14, Sense Motive 14, Stealth 11, Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [16PP] (Descriptors: Super-Senses, Unholy Aura) Features 3 (Deathly Aura*; Touch does not leave prints; Wounds do not bleed) [3PP] (Descriptors: Unholy Aura) *See "Death Powers" in Power Profiles. Healing 1 (Extras: Action 4 [Reaction], Affects Objects, Total; Flaws: Limited [Objects], Personal, Source [Blood]) [5PP] (Descriptors: Regeneration) Immunity 30 (Fortitude effects) [30PP] Impervious Toughness 9 (Flaws: Limited [Vampire Weaknesses inflict Penetrating damage]) [5PP] (Descriptors: Regeneration, Superhuman Resilience) Protection 9 [9PP] (Descriptors: Superhuman Resilience) Regeneration 14 (Recovery 14 [+9, Recovers over time like a living creature], Feats: Regrowth) [15PP] Regeneration 22 (Recovery Rate: Injured 6 [no rest], Disabled 8 [no rest], Resurrection 8 [1 round], Flaws: Limited [Vampire Weaknesses inflict Incurable damage; Requires outside aid to Resurrect if decapitated, staked through the heart, incinerated, dissolved, or disintegrated]) [11PP] Super-Movement 1 (Trackless) [2PP] (Descriptors: Unholy Aura) Super-Movement 1 (Wall-Crawling, Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [1PP] Super-Senses 11 (Acute Analytical Tracking Smell/Taste, Darkvision, Microscopic Vision, Postcognition [Flaws: Medium {Blood}], Ultra-Hearing, Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [8PP] Vampire Power 19 (38PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 4, Drawbacks: Power Loss [Vampire Weaknesses, Frequency: Uncommon]) [41PP] Base Power: [12 + 16 + 3 + 3 + 4 = 38PP] Drain Constitution 9 (Extras: Linked [Mind Reading], Flaws: Limited [1 rank per round], Requires Grapple, Feats: Insidious, Slow Fade 4 [1 hour], Subtle) [9PP] (Additional Descriptors: Blood Drain) Mind Reading 9 (Extras: Action [Standard], Linked [Drain], Flaws: Range 2 [Touch], Requires Grapple) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Blood Divination) Enhanced Strength 16 [16PP] Leaping 3 (x10, Running Long Jump: 190ft) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Strength) Speed 3 (50MPH, 500ft per Move Action) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Speed) Super-Strength 2 (Lifting Strength: 38, Heavy Load: 4,800 lbs. [2.4 tons]) [4PP] Alternate Power: [9 + 16 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 4 = 38PP] Autofire Strength 9 [9PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Speed) Enhanced Strength 16 [16PP] Incurable Strength Damage (Feats: Improved Critical 2 [18-20], Variable Descriptor [Piercing and/or Slashing damage; Claws and/or Fangs], Drawbacks: Lethal) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Claws, Fangs) Leaping 3 (x10, Running Long Jump: 190ft) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Strength) Speed 3 (50MPH, 500ft per Move Action) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Speed) Super-Strength 2 (Lifting Strength: 38, Heavy Load: 4,800 lbs. [2.4 tons]) [4PP] Alternate Power: [10 + 16 + 3 + 3 + 4 = 36PP] Concealment 10 (All Non-Mental type senses, Flaws: Phantasm, Feats: Selective, Drawbacks: Progression [Counter Rank / Save DC] 1 [-1 = Rank 9 / DC19]) [10PP] (Additional Descriptors: Hypnosis, Mind Control, Psychic Invisibility) Enhanced Strength 16 [16PP] Leaping 3 (x10, Running Long Jump: 190ft) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Strength) Speed 3 (50MPH, 500ft per Move Action) [3PP] (Additional Descriptors: Super-Speed) Super-Strength 2 (Lifting Strength: 38, Heavy Load: 4,800 lbs. [2.4 tons]) [4PP] Alternate Power: [10 + 23 = 33PP] Concealment 10 (All Non-Mental type senses, Flaws: Phantasm, Feats: Selective, Drawbacks: Progression [Counter Rank / Save DC] 1 [-1 = Rank 9 / DC19]) [10PP] (Additional Descriptors: Hypnosis, Mind Control, Psychic Invisibility) Flight 3 (50MPH, 500ft per Move Action, Extras: Linked [Immunity, Insubstantial], Feats: Subtle) [7PP] (Additional Descriptors: Mist Form) Immunity 2 (Critical Hits, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Linked [Flight, Insubstantial]) [4PP] Insubstantial 2 (Extras: Duration [Continuous], Linked [Flight, Immunity]) [12PP] Alternate Power: [37PP] (Additional Descriptors: Hypnotic Eyes) Mind Control 9 (Extras: Conscious, Duration [Sustained, Lasting], Linked [Transform], Mental, Flaws: Distracting, Sense-Dependent [Visual], Feats: Subtle) [19PP] Transform 9 (Memory Alteration, Extras: Alternate Save [Will], Duration [Continuous, Lasting], Linked [Mind Control], Mental, Range [Perception], Flaws: Distracting, Sense-Dependent [Visual], Feats: Subtle) [18PP] DRAWBACKS -14PP Vulnerability ("Blessed/Celestial/Consecrated/Holy" effects, Frequency: Uncommon, Intensity: Minor [+1 DC]) [-1PP] Vulnerability ("Fire" effects, Frequency: Common, Intensity: Minor [+1 DC]) [-2PP] Vulnerability ("Silver" effects, Frequency: Uncommon, Intensity: Minor [+1 DC]) [-1PP] Weakness (Daylight, Frequency: Very Common, Intensity: Moderate [Cumulative -1 Drain on Toughness, Destroyed when Toughness reaches -6], Time: 1/round) [-8PP] Weakness (Healing effects without Descriptors which identify them as being "Evil", "Unholy", or otherwise beneficial to the "Undead" do not work on him, even if they have the "Affects Objects" extra, and they also inflict Damage of equal rank; Frequency: Uncommon, Intensity: Moderate, Time: Instant) [-2PP] Abilities (18) + Combat (12) + Saving Throws (5) + Skills (8) + Feats (4) + Powers (185) – Drawbacks (14) = 218/218 Power Points ATTACK RANGE SAVING THROW EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC24 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Blood Drain Touch/Grapple DC19 Fortitude* Drain Constitution* Opposed Will vs +9 Mind Reading Claws/Fangs Touch DC24 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical, Lethal, Incurable) Hypnotic Eyes Perception (Visually Sense-Dependent) Opposed Will vs +9** Mind Controlled DC19 Will Transformed (Memory Alteration) Psychic Invisibility Personal DC19 Will*** Total Concealment from all non-Mental type senses *This saving throw is not Staged, because he can only drain 1 Constitution rank per round, regardless of the margin by which the victim failed their save. **Because the two Linked effects target the same saving throw (Will), the victim makes one saving throw and compares it against the DC for both effects. The Transform effect has a static DC, but the Mind Control effect has a DC determined by a power check, so it is possible that the victim will successfully save against one of the linked effects but fail to save against the other one. ***Creatures with Intelligence 0 are unaffected. Creatures with Intelligence 1+ only get a saving throw if he does something to draw attention to himself. Machines with Intelligence 0 are also unaffected, but he has a separate, permanent Concealment effect against all Auditory, Radio, and Visual-type machine senses.
  2. Cuttlefish Powerlevel: 9 (150/150 PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: None. (Character is built wide) Complications: Addiction: Ketamine, A neural blocker used to manage pain from nerve damage. Both the pain from not having it and the withdraw can be very troubling. Identity: Secret, While most people wouldn't know who she was, her role as a gadget maker for heroes is a big issue for some. Motivation: Doing Good: She would never admit it, but the whole hero thing really gets to her, truth and justice and all that. Motivation: Responsibility: When your this smart if you don't help people with it, what are you really? Relationship: Both her family and her former boyfriend can be quite a issue for her at times. In Brief: Multi-Armed Aquatic Battle suit with Stealth Powers. Comic Examples: I mean basically doc-oc/Ironman. Alternate Identity: Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont. Residence: Freedom City Occupation: "Appliance Repair" Affiliations: Family: Family back in Vermont. Mother: Hellan Wilson-Callas. (Professor of Political Science; University of Vermont) Father: Mark Callas. (Deceased; Detective Burlington Police Department) Sister: Mary Callas-Taylor. (Professor of Political Science; University of Vermont) Description: Name: Oliva Callas. Identity: Secret.Age: 26.Gender: Female.Ethnicity: Caucasian. (Ethnically Greek)Height: 5'2"Weight: 108lbs.Eyes: BlueHair: Platinum Blonde (Dye) History: Oliva was born and largely raised in and around the University of Vermont, her mother being a professor of Political Science and her father being on of the Burlington Police Departments lead Detectives, the balance of small town life and academia being a rather pleasant upbringing for her. Both she and her sister proved to be very gifted student even from a young age getting along with most everyone around her with only a few snags grow and the two of them Graduating high school a few years ahead of time. Indeed her life was more or less ideal until a cold January day, her father take time to drop his two daughters off at the university for orientation in the morning before heading into work. The three where just pulling out of the drive way when one car cut them off almost hitting them. Another pulling up besides them gunfire erupting from inside the car and showering there fathers police cruiser with a hail of bullets before the two vehicles pulled away. The next thing that Olivia knew she woke up in a hospital undergoing severed for a severed Vina Cava, perforated bowl and damage to the spinal column. She was soon put under as the doctors finished up a extensive seventeen our battery of medical procedures. Finally when she did come back around she was informed that her father had been pronounced dead on the scene. Most of the gunfire being directed at him through the drivers side window, the bullets hitting her lower on the body. And her older sister who had been sitting in the back seat was at the very least physically unhurt. The community was shocked by the act of violence in the normally placid city. And Olivia got to watch the cities sorrow quickly turn into a media circus as first investigators and then the media started to uncover extensive evidence that members of the cities police department including her father where taking extensive brides and where themselves involved in a myriad of criminal activities. And indeed when one and then two of the men involved in the shooting where captures they testified that the shooting had been ordered by high ups in a criminal gang involved in the smuggling of narcotics from ports in New York and up across the boarder into Canada. Her father having taken a large set of brides the prior year to insure that a member of the gang got off on charges being filed against him, but he has either through inability or unwillingness to break rules and laws to the extent needed failed. The combination of the physical trauma, exhaustion from physical rehabilitation and the constant media attention start to take its toll on Olivia and on being released from the Hospital, now mostly confined to a wheel chair only able to stand with assistance and a great deal of pain she chose to alter her plan of attending university in state. She after all could get a scholarship almost anywhere with her academic performance. Instead choosing to attend University in upstate New York at Cornell University. While her Grade where still exemplary her relationship with her mother and sister started to become strained the two of them standing by her deceased father even as the evidence against him became damning. Olivia coped by throwing herself into her studies while simultaneously starting to drink. A behavior that almost lead to her being expelled from the university and a charge of drinking while under-aged. Most likely costing her the position on the deans list. She graduated three years later withe a degree in Mechanical Engineering before heading strait into a graduate program. By this point the trail and media attention had died off and her mother and sisters relationship with her had largely recovered. This was also the time in her life where she had her first romantic involvement starting to date one of her fellow graduate students. One William Howard Sherman, heir to Sherman-Day industries. While some of the relationship could be written down to her being eighteen and Sherman being attractive, rich and charismatic, the fact of the matter was that Sherman was a caring, affectionate and almost doting partner, and the relationship also lead into her first job. So at the age of twenty fresh out of university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering she started to work at the Freedom city research and development branch of Sherman-Day Industries. Quickly becoming a important lead in the companies robotics department and becoming the lead contributor to a program who's stated aim was for a search and rescue. The program nicknamed "Cuttlefish" was for a underwater diving suite capable of both enhanced mobility and extracting oxygen from the water itself. Olivia being brought into the program to 'fix' a number of issues already built into the suit. That coupled with the well known information that she was dating the CEO's son didn't make her many friends, getting her the reputation as "teachers pet" in the often cut throat field of research and development. But her progress on the project was undeniable. Both her and Sherman's professional careers taking off quickly as he started to take on more and more of his fathers duties becoming CEO in all but name in a matter of months. However there relationship also stared to strain as time went on, he was never abusive, either physical or emotionally. But now that they where both in Freedom city be did become more and more domineering, and demanding both professional and personally. Her position as the girlfriend of a billionaire philanthropist clearly came with obligations that she wasn't always comfortable or physically able to easily keep. And the companies direction under William's leadership started to cause friction as first parts and then entire projects started to be redirected to military and weapons applications. The Cuddlefish suit clearly being reworked for at the very last military use was bad enough. And when she was instructed to out and out weaponize the suit she had finally drawn the line. Refusing to work on the suit and finally quieting her job and breaking off her relationship with William. And she left with a good amount of the programs data and work as well as some rather expensive mechanical and robotic pieces of the prototype, intent on not giving over her work with full knowledge that she was legal liable for taking it. She wasn't totally surprised however when no legal action was taken. After all "Billionaire has wheel chaired bound ex-girlfriend thrown in jail" Would be a hard RP sell to say the least. She was however surprised when she found that William was still paying for her living expenses. She at one point thought about filing for a restraining order, but she both knew that Sheman had a lot of political pull and that it would likely only escalate a otherwise awkward but not currently hostile situation. But a few months later she moved to a cheaper part of town, setting up shop making a modest living repairing appliances and mechanical equipment. And starting to prolonged program of tinkering with and altering the few pieces of the prototype that she had 'taken with her' The intent being to try and develop some sort of mobility assistant system for herself. Which she as rather successful with, The only issue being the size of the system. Simply not having the monetary of scientific support that she had at Sherman-Day. While in her new location in the city she did start to make new business connections and even friends. Her next door neighbor being rather helpful from time to time and even starting to associate as friends. The women having first met Olivia when she came into have repairs made to a piece of equipment. Her neighbor Christine was about her age and at first told her that she worked in Private Investigation after having been a deputy police officer in her home down in Pennsylvania for two years. But the extensive collection of devices that Olivia found herself fixing and then altering for Christine made it clear that the women was involved something else. When finally pressed on the matter almost three yeas later. Christine having asked Olivia to combine a number of optical devices into a helmet for her, Christine admitted that her work was far more extensive then 'detective work' Olivia had been both directly and indirectly fixing and making equipment for a small group of costumed crime fighters. Indeed to equipment was being used both directly and indirectly by a number of heroes. This knowledge however seamed to rekindle a spark of creativity for her. Her work on both her own project and her friends improving greatly. And a few months later she unveiled to Christine fully working if not rather rough looking mechanical suit that amount more or less to five hundred pounds of metal and Kevlar along with the power system to run it for about three hours, the system was put to good use by her friend in short order. And this too led into improvement on her own project the three or four pieces of the cuddlefish suit she had taken with her starting to look more and more like the prototype back at Sherman-day's labs. With improvements and alternations. Olivia had made up her mind, this was going to be her suit and she was going to follow her friends example. She was going to be a hero. With equipment as well as money "Gathered from Criminals" The suit quickly started to take shape. The heavy armored frame of Sherman-Days suit being rebuilt as a lighter armored suit. With the life support system beefed up and the propulsion system a kind of helical propeller slowly developing into a collection of mechanical tentacles protruding from a back unit. She also started to incorporate some of the technology she was being asked to fix and make for other heroes. Adding a optical cloaking system to the suit late in its development. Ironically she had to shave out the exoskeleton supports for the legs in the suit. meaning that the only way for her to actually move herself while in the suit was with the Tentacles. All the while still helping with other heroes devices as well as improving the suit of her friend. Personality & Motivation: Olivia is argumentative and can be quite confrontational, but is also rather playful and friendly, it would be easier and more polite to say that she simply doesn't suffer fools well. Her motivations are a complicated matter, she has a strong sense of right and wrong, but also a rather cynical outlook on justice. She respects the law but doesn't really trust the system. And it would not be totally incorrect to say that she wants to be a hero because of her fathers likely involvement in criminal activities and corruption. Powers & Tactics: A powerful intellect is Olivia's real power. But the suit helps. Powerful Mechanical tentacles. Armored frame. Sensors. Life Support and Optical Camo making the suit a very versatile system. Power Descriptions: The Cufflefish: Originally intended as a underwater search and rescue suit the armor consists of a exoskeleton suit that provides both physical protection in the way or a armored suit made of a mixture of Kevlar, neoprene, Twaron and UHMWPE materials, holding armored plates made from tungsten, depleted uranium and titanium. The suit also provides life support in the form of stored air, a filtration system and a nanite tank that extracts air from water. The suits power system is located on the back. And is also the mounting location for the Cuttlefish's "propulsion" system. A Round housing with five arms protruding from it in a star shaped pattern, with one arm at roughly the location of the users arms and legs as well as one located around the location of the head of the user. The mechanical arms being made of armored segmented sections able to telescope in on themselves to give changing lengths. And ending in a rounded almost suction cup like end, with a collection of five 'fingers' at the end. And allowing the user to move around there environment. The entire housing of the arms is also able to turn, allowing the arms to be used as a kind of helical screw propeller underwater. Then entire system has a built in advanced sensor sweet including cameras and sensors on the arms and helmet. As well as vibration and pressure sensors allowing the user to detect the movement of objects and creatures around them both the ground and in water. And the entire harness and armed system is covered in a reactive cell structure that can be used to change the color of the suit to better blend into it's environment. Complications: Disability: Olivia is more or less incapable of walking without assistance. Normal Identity. Complicated Relationship: Olivia's relationship with her former boyfriend is complicated to say the very least. Not quite antagonistic but clearly not a friendly one. He has legal dirt on her and very clearly still feels like she is his to some extent. Not even considering the information that he himself has access to much of her work. Abilities: 0 + 0 + 2 + 16 + 4 + 2 = 24. Strength: 10/22 (+0/+6) Dexterity: 10. (+0) Constitution: 12. (+1) Intelligence: 26. (+8) Wisdom: 14. (+2) Charisma: 12. (+1) Combat: 10 + 10 = 20. Initiative: +0 Attack: +5, +8 Melee, +10 Unarmed, +12 melee while in suit. Grapple: +8 Grapple, +20 Grapple with Mechanical Arms. Defense: +9 (+5 Base, +2 Dodge Focus, +2 Shield), +3 Flat-Footed Knockback: -1, -4 while in suit. Saving throws: 7 + 9 + 8 = 24. Toughness: +9/+1. (+1 Con, +6 Protection, +2 Defensive Roll) Fortitude: +8. (+1 Con, +7) Reflex: +9. (+0 Dex, +9) Will: +10. (+2 Wis, +8) Skills: 28R = 7PP. Acrobatics 0. (+0 / +8 in Suit) Climb: 0. (+0 / +10 in Suit) Computer: 2 (+10) Preform: Saxophone: 3 (+4) Disable Device: 1 (+9) Drive: 1 (+1) Investigate: 1 (+9) Knowledge: technology: 8 (+16) Language: 2 (English, Greek, Hebrew) Notice: 4 (+6/ +10 in Suit) Stealth: 6 (+6) Feats: 21pp. Attack Focus (Melee) 3. Attack Specialization. (Unarmed Attack) Attractive. Benefit 1 (Wealth 1) Defensive Roll 2. Dodge Focus 2. Eidetic Memory. Evasion 1. Inventor. Jack of all trades. Uncanny Dodge. (Sight) Equipment 6. Equipment 6PP = 30/30EP. Junkyard Headquarters - Size: Medium; Toughness: 10, Features: Communications, Computer, Concealed, Fire Prevention System, Garage, Laboratory, Library, Living Space, Power System, Secuirty System, Workshop. [13EP] Mobility Fiat 500 - Strength:30, Speed:4, Defense:-1, Toughness:7, Size:Large. (Alarm, Navigation System, Remote Control) [10EP] Equipment: Cell Phone, Commlink, GPS Receiver, Laptop Computer, Medkit, Multi-Tool, Toolkit [7EP] Powers: 58pp = 58pp. Device 14 (Battlesuit, 70PP Container, Flaw: Hard to lose, PF:Restricted: Only you can use) [58PP] (Technology) Super-Senses 7 (Dark Vision, Infravision, [Tremorsense] Radius (Sight: Cameras on ends of arms) [7dp] Immunity 9 (Life Support) [9dp] Protection 6 [6dp] Concealment 2 (Concealment Normal Sight, Feats: Hide in plain sight [Flaw: Blending]) [3dp] Container 8.2 (Squid Arms, All powers linked to Extra Limbs) [45DP] -Additional Limbs 3. (5 Extra Limbs, Feats: Improved Grapple) [3dp] -Elongation 3. (25ft, Range incr 30ft. +3 Escape & Grapple) [3dp] -Enhanced Feats 7 (Improved Disarm, Improved Grab, Improved Pin, Improved Throw, Improved Trip, Move by action, Attack Spec: Unarmed) [7DP] -Enhanced STR 12 (to STR 22/+6) [12DP] -Swimming 3. (10 pmh, 88ft/rd: linked: Additional Limbs, Alternate Power: Speed) [4dp] -AP: Speed 3. (50mph, 440ft/rnd: Alternate Power:Swimming) -Super-Movement 4. (Sure-Footed 1 [25% Penalty Reduction] Swinging, Wall-Crawling 1, Slow Fall [Half Speed]) Linked [8dp] -Shield 2: Arms always in the way. (+2 Dodge bonus) [2dp] -Leaping 2. (Jumping Distance x5) [2dp] -Enhanced Skills 16. (Notice +4, Climb +4, Acrobatics +8) [4dp] 8+9+6+3+3+3+7+12+4+8+2+2+4 = 70/70DP Drawbacks: (-4) = -4PP paraplegic (common, major, 4 points), DC Blocks: ATTACK RANGE Save Effect Unarmed out of suit: Touch DC 15 Toughness Damage (Physical) Unarmed in Suit: Touch DC 22 Toughness Damage (Physical) Totals: Abilities (24) + Combat (20) + Saving Throws (24) + Skills (7) + Feats (21) + Powers (58) - Drawbacks (-4) = 150/150 Power Points
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In Brief: Jason Chorde + Non-Snarky Harry Dresden + Gender-flipped Witch-skin Mercy with Winston's barrier projector Character: Hex Power Level: 12 (Built as PL9) Tradeoffs: None Power Points: 185/187 PP Unspent Points: 2 Alternate Identity: Leonard "Len" Kepler Identity: Secret Legal Status: USA citizen with no criminal record Birthplace: By the side of a county road in rural Oregon, USA Base of Operations: Emerald City, Oregon/Washington, USA Residence: A small house-barge moored on the Southern Shore Occupation: Wizard Affiliations: Briana Whitethorne (Mentor), Mr. Hewitt (Ghost Butler), Various Elemental Spirits who maintain and defend his headquarters Family: Mother, Father, Two Younger Siblings (A set of fraternal twins, Brother and Sister), Various extended family members DESCRIPTION Age: 24 (Date of Birth: 1995) Apparent Age: 24 Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasian American mutt of mixed ancestry, including, but not limited to, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Scandinavian Height: 6’4" Weight: 285 lbs. Hair: Blond Eyes: Green (Gold when using magic) Hex carries a black wooden staff almost as tall as he is, carved from ebony and etched with dozens of runes. He wears a sleeveless indigo robe that goes down to about mid-calf, over a lighter lavender tunic. The robe has a high upturned collar, and is affixed to the tunic with a pair of brooches sitting just under his collar bones, purple sapphires about the size of chicken eggs cut into a hexagonal shape and set into gold. The tunic goes down to just above his knees, and is belted at the waist with an indigo sash. The chest of the tunic is embroidered with a black disc containing white lines arranged in a "Flower of Life" design, 19 small interlocking white circles arranged in a hexagon pattern inside one larger circle. The part of the tunic below the waist is slit to divide it into six flaps. Indigo trim traces along the bottom of the tunic. The baggy sleeves of the tunic are tucked into white leather bracers. The left bracer is also etched with runes, and studded with another gold-set egg-sized hexagonal-cut purple sapphire. Below the tunic he wears a pair of baggy indigo leggings, tucked into knee-high white leather boots with large fold-over cuffs. Over his eyes, he wears a set of leather goggles. The strap is soft leather, while the part around the eyes is boiled hard leather. The lenses appear to be glass, but are actually crystal, transparent from the inside but opaque from the outside. When he uses his magic, his irises take on a slight golden glow, which sometimes shines brightly enough to be visible from behind the goggles. When not actively wizarding, his enchanted vestments transform into normal clothing which makes him look like just another Pacific Northwest hipster: A zip-up hooded jacket, blue jeans, combat boots, and a red and black plaid flannel shirt. His goggles turn into vintage-style black square-frame glasses with non-prescription lenses. His bracer morphs into a hexagonal wristwatch with a broken motor, the hands stuck permanently at 6 o'clock ("It's right twice a day!"). Len's body type is colloquially known as a "bear" or a "dad-bod." He's bulky, and extremely hairy, from head to toe. The hair below his neck is significantly darker than the hair on his head, making it stand out. The bulk is mostly muscle, which his body builds easily, layered over a wide frame (he really is "big-boned"), but it's covered with enough fat (which his body also accumulates easily) to completely obscure any definition. His head and hands are both slightly larger in proportion to his body than a normal adult, which makes him appear overall even bulkier. HISTORY Leonard Kepler was born in the right place at the right time. His parents lived in Emerald City, and it was expected that he would be born there. However, during his mother's ninth month of pregnancy, her father, his maternal grandfather, died suddenly. His parents had to drive out to the remote small town in rural Oregon where he lived for the funeral. They had no idea that their route passed close by a nexus point where several "ley lines" of magical energy crossing the planet intersected, spilling that magical energy into the nearby area. They also didn't know that they passed under a very specific and rare alignment of stars in the sky. Leonard's mother went into labor on the way to her father's funeral, and delivered her son into a point of time and space which imbued him with a natural talent for channeling magical energy and imposing his will upon it. His parents made it just in time for the funeral, with the new baby in tow, making the whole occasion emotionally complicated for all involved. Len's childhood was unremarkable at first. He excelled academically, so his parents made sure to move wherever they could find the best schools in town. The best schools were always in rich neighborhoods, so his family, despite being poor, always wound up living on the periphery of rich neighborhoods, and he always wound up being the one poor kid in a class full of yuppies and trust-fund brats. He seemed normal until he was 8 years old, when his talent began to manifest, mostly in the form of astoundingly unlikely mechanical failures everywhere he went. He was always big for his age, but when puberty hit, he grew like a weed. The combination of being a "teacher's pet," a "fat ogre," poor, and a walking technical difficulty was more than the adolescent could take, so he began lashing out. This caused the manifestations of his magical talents to intensify, which eventually drew supernatural attention to him. As a goddess of Chaos, Eris, also known as Discordia (see Threat Report), became aware of Len when he was eleven years old, and sent her minions to recruit him. Fortunately for Len, and probably the rest of the world, that effort was foiled by Briana Whitethorne, an old-school broom-riding, wand-firing, cauldron-stirring, gravelly voiced, Scotch-drinking, pipe-smoking, dirty joke telling ("Hey, grasp my rod! Hah!") witch. Briana intercepted and defeated the minions of Eris, and convinced Len's parents to let her take him on as her apprentice. For the next twelve years, while his siblings went to school, Len spent nine months out of every year by Briana's side, studying and practicing in her pocket-dimension home, and taking frequent jaunts across the multiverse, dimension-hopping to alternate Earths, visiting different time periods, and even traveling to more exotic planes of existence, like the Astral and the Elemental Realms. Briana appeared to be in her mid-fifties, but various interactions and artifacts Len observed over the years suggested she was much older. Briana taught Len how to use spells, conduct rituals, and forge and brew magical talismans and potions, to control, direct, and when necessary, unleash the magical energy he tapped into. Almost as a by-product of the different magical traditions they researched, he wound up with a knowledge base of history and mythology worthy of a graduate degree in several different humanities. In 2018, after a dozen years, Briana declared one day, with no warning and little fanfare, that Len was her student no longer, but a wizard in his own right, and announced her intention to leave, though she did not say where (or when?) she was going. She bequeathed the pocket universe and all its contents to Len as a "graduation present," pulling up its dimensional anchor and folding up the whole thing into a literal deed which she signed over to him before departing. He decided to purchase a house-barge moored on the Emerald City coast and anchor the pocket dimension there, where he could keep a safe distance from the heart of the city while still having relatively easy access to it. From there, he casts daily divinations to determine when and where he'll be needed to protect the city and its people. PERSONALITY & MOTIVATION In any comedy duo, Len would be the Straight Man that a Wacky Zany Guy would play off of. He carried a lot of anger when he was a child, but his training with Briana, especially in meditation, helped him to let go of that anger a long time ago. When he learned how to control his magic, he also learned how to control his feelings. The angry kid grew up to be a mellow adult, a "gentle giant" who just tries to be nice to people, help out, do the right thing, and avert or de-escalate conflicts instead of initiating or exacerbating them. He radiates a calm, quiet confidence that many people find disarming (a confidence borne of over a decade of traveling the multiverse and escaping or fighting off Death in many forms), with a big smile that comes easily and spreads all the way up to his eyes. When he's not saving the world, or researching new ways to save the world, he likes to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book, or sing and play on his guitar (at which he's middling, at best). He's a regular at one of the rare local coffee houses that doesn't have wi-fi, for obvious reasons. POWERS & TACTICS Hex has a natural talent for tapping into and channeling the "raw and chaotic magical energy" of The Phoros, another dimension inhabited by beings of the same name, "immortal, immaterial, glowing spheres of light and fire." (See The Book of Magic.) His magical training focused on bringing Order out of that primordial Chaos to which he was attuned, in several different ways. He can cast spells, conduct rituals, or imbue physical items with magic power. Generally, the more time and labor intensive the method of shaping and controlling the magic, the less chance there is of it "leaking out" and wreaking havoc on himself or his environment (see "Walking Techbane" under "Complications," below). He casts spells by quickly speaking incantations and tracing symbols in the air with his fingers. The words are mostly from ancient Atleantean and Lemurian dialects, though they sometimes include snippets of more "mundane" ancient languages, like Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Old Norse, or Sanskrit. They are mostly invocations, entreaties, or references to various mystical entities, realms, and forces across the multiverse. Some of the symbols he traces in the air are Atlantean or Lemurian runes (though, again, sometimes they belong to more "mundane" dead tongues), while others are sigils he created himself, which would require study of his own notes in his private spellbooks to understand. Often, while casting, golden flames will erupt from his eyes and surround his hands, and his fingers will leave burning streaks in the air which will linger for several moments. When trying to go unnoticed, he can whisper or mutter the incantations, and suppress the light show, but the spells are usually more effective when the casting is more bombastic and theatrical. This is the use of his magic which generates the desired effect most quickly, but which is also the most likely to disrupt local technology and/or "snap back" on him, so he limits himself to minor utility spells. He can also conduct lengthy rituals, using a complex combination of spoken incantations, physical movements, runes drawn or carved upon objects and/or the surrounding environment, certain clothes worn (or not worn), and employing all manner of special props or ingredients, ranging from candle flames to animal body parts. His most common application for this use of his magic is to draw an arcane circle upon the ground and cast specially-crafted rune stones into it, in order to divine past and future events, in a manner similar to Scandinavian mystics (though the runes carved upon his stones are all sigils of his own design). He does this regularly in order to figure out when and where his aid will be needed. This use of his magic is less likely to disrupt local technology or harm himself than spell casting, but it is also far more time and labor intensive. Finally, he can imbue magical energy into physical items. This method of magic use is by far the most time and labor intensive for him, but is also the one least likely to cause chaotic side-effects, as it imposes the most direct and permanent "Order" upon the innate "Chaos" of his magic. The items are most effective and resilient when he crafts them himself, which is why his tutelage under Briana included "mundane" skills like sewing, carpentry, and metalsmithing. Then he etches magical runes, mostly sigils of his own design, into the object. Often, the etchings are filled in with ink or dust which includes exotic ingredients. Most of the magical items he crafts are temporary in nature, limited use protective charms or brewed potions which provide some power after consumption which wears off once the liquids have been fully metabolized. The few permanent items he has created involved "locking down" a significant portion of his own personal magical talent, basically carving off a piece of his own soul and trapping it inside the object. If the object were destroyed, that piece of his soul would come rushing back into him, with potentially explosive results. Hex's magic focuses mainly on the summoning, shaping, and unleashing of direct "force," a magical version of pure kinetic energy. To protect himself and others, he uses the runes embedded in his robes to create selectively-permeable force fields and constructs, in the form of glowing golden transparent floating hexagons. To shelter large groups or to protect people from explosions or falling debris, he'll create domes or walls made up of multiple interlocking hexagons, what some would call a "beehive barrier." When he requires personal defense, he'll create one or more hexagons of various sizes, some connected and some not, which will hover and orbit around him, rapidly repositioning themselves and clustering together as necessary to block incoming attacks. Other runes woven into the back of his robes harness that same force to create giant feathered wings of pure energy which allow him to fly. The runes carved into his staff, meanwhile, allow him to cast healing spells, or, if combat is required, to cover the staff in one of several different glowing auras, each a different color accompanying a different effect. One punches opponents away, while another punches through them, and a third ignores their physical body to punch their soul (or rough equivalent). Hex also dabbles in dimensional magic, mostly for travel and storage, and minor divination (obtain information, find what is lost), conjuration (create something from nothing) and transmutation (alter the something that already exists) spells for utility. He doesn't use any mind-controlling or mind-altering magic, or any necromancy aside from the "white necromancy" of healing wounds and curing diseases, in both cases more for ethical reasons than on account of any lack of aptitude. Hex has his talent for channeling magic because of when and where he was born, but that talent has nothing to do with genetics. His parents are both physically unremarkable, and any examination or testing of his body or genes would show a "normal" baseline human. The change brought on by the circumstances of his birth was not to his body, but to his soul. In combat, Hex's first priority is always to see to the safety of victims and innocent bystanders. He'll throw up protective barriers, heal the wounded, spirit people away from the combat zone, and otherwise use his powers and even his own body to intercept any potential harm to civilians first, only actually crossing swords with supervillains if it's the last option. If he does engage in direct combat, then he tries to keep a cool head, use the minimum force required, and offer the villains multiple chances to surrender peacefully. If they finally do surrender, he'll take them up on it without hesitation, even if they spurned previous offers. COMPLICATIONS Disruption: There is no such thing as perfect order. Some chaos always slips out. Every system, no matter how efficient, wastes some energy. If Hex fails a Concentration check to maintain a power, then in addition to letting the power switch off, the GM can give him a Hero Point in exchange for declaring that he has lost control of his magic; it "misfires" in some way that causes something bad to happen. (Based on the drawback introduced in The Book of Magic.) Enemy (Eris): Eris still hasn't forgotten the boy who spurned her. Her minions clashed with Briana and Len several times during Len's apprenticeship. And now that the boy is a man, Briana isn't around to protect him anymore. The GM can give him a Hero Point in exchange for Eris or her minions or pawns attacking or otherwise disrupting him at the worst possible times. Honor: Some villains are going to escape or gain some sort of advantage because Hex will be too busy helping an innocent bystander to stop them. Other villains are going to get surprise attacks on Hex because they offered a phony surrender or begged for mercy and he relented. Obligations (Family, Mentor): If Briana or his family call for his help, he'll drop everything and run to their aid. The GM can give him a Hero Point in exchange for having them request his aid at the worst possible times. Prejudice: While out on the town, Len disguises himself as just another hipster, and for better or for worse, a lot of people are going to treat him as such. The GM can give him a Hero Point in exchange for a penalty or automatic failure on a Diplomacy check if the NPC hates what they think Len represents. Rivalry (Siblings): Len's siblings have been justifiably jealous of his awesome magical life at several points during their emotional development, and others could potentially play on that jealousy, either to gain information about him, or even to enlist direct aid in harming him. Even if one of them had to be mind-controlled into betraying him, they would suffer a penalty to resist that mind control effect, since it would play on their existing darkest desires. Secret (Identity): Len has a loving local family, and any adversaries who learned about his double life could threaten or harm them. Walking Techbane: The type of magic Hex uses is fundamentally incompatible with technology. His magic comes from Chaos, and Technology is an application of Order. Technology uses the existing laws of physics to perform tasks, while his magic changes and distorts the local laws of physics. The use of his magic, and sometimes merely his presence, causes Reality to fight with itself, and the outcome is never certain. For Hex, using magic in the vicinity of machines is like shoving his hand into the innards of an active engine. It's possible that his hand will be fine, but that the engine parts will break or slip out of place, bringing the whole thing grinding to a halt. It's also possible that his hand will be shredded but the engine will go on running without noticing. Or it's possible that his hand will be shredded and the engine will break. Any time Hex uses his magic near a machine (the GM can decide what "near" means), the GM can give him a Hero Point in exchange for inflicting one or more of the following consequences: Hex's effective power rank is reduced. Hex's power effect just fails. Hex suffers Damage, or some other Attack power effect. One or more nearby machines malfunctions, shuts off, surges, shorts out, and/or breaks. Hex hits one or more nearby machines with an Uncontrolled Nullify effect, and/or an Uncontrolled Damage or Disintegrate effect, effectively Linked to whatever power he was using, possibly with the Side-Effect flaw (so that he will suffer Damage or some other Attack power effect if the machines make their saving throws). ABILITIES 36PP Strength: 18 (+4) (Heavy Load: 300 lbs.) Dexterity: 10 (+0) Constitution: 18 (+4) Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 16 (+3) Charisma: 18 (+4) COMBAT 16PP Initiative: +0 (+0 Dex) Attack: +4, +8 Magic Staff Grapple: +8 (+4 Melee Attack, +4 Str) Defense: +8/+4 (+4 Base, +4 Magic Robes), +4/+2 Flat-Footed Toughness: +10/+4 (+4 Con, +6 Force Field) Knockback Resistance: 5/2 ATTACK RANGE SAVING THROW EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC19 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Staff Strike Touch +5ft DC21 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Staff Strike (Blue Aura) Touch +5ft DC19 Fortitude (Harmless) Healing + Boost Staff Strike (Gold Aura) Touch +5ft Opposed Trip vs +10 Prone + Knockback DC25 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Energy) Staff Strike (Red Aura) Touch +5ft DC20 Fortitude (Staged) Drain Toughness DC25 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Energy, Lethal) Staff Strike (Violet Aura) Touch +5ft DC20 Will (Staged) Drain Wisdom DC25 Will (Staged) Damage (Energy) Force Construct (Dropped) Touch* DC19 Reflex Avoided DC24 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Energy) Force Construct (Trap) Touch DC19 Reflex Trapped inside object Finding Spell 200 miles DC19 Will Limited ESP Element/Energy Spells Perception DC11 Fortitude (Staged) Drain Toughness DC16 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Any “Magic”) Telekinesis Perception/Area Opposed Grapple vs +1 Pinned/Bound DC16 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Energy) Dimensional Pocket Touch/Grapple DC16 Reflex Trapped inside pocket dimension *The force constructs can only be created at Touch-range, but if he were flying or otherwise elevated, he could potentially create one in mid-air and then drop it onto one or more enemies. SAVING THROWS 15PP Fortitude: +8 (+4 Con, +4PP) Reflex: +8/+4 (+0 Dex, +4 Magic Robes, +4PP) Will: +10 (+3 Wis, +7PP) SKILLS 108R = 27PP Concentration 10 (+13) Craft (Artistic) 12 (+15) Craft (Structural) 12 (+15) Diplomacy 11 (+15) Knowledge (Arcane Lore) 17 (+20) Knowledge (Cosmology) 7 (+10) Knowledge (History) 7 (+10) Knowledge (Theology/Philosophy) 7 (+10) Languages 2 (Atlantean, English [Native], Lemurian) Notice 7 (+10) Perform (Singing) 1 (+5) Perform (Stringed Instruments) 1 (+5) Search 7 (+10) Sense Motive 7 (+10) FEATS 5PP Artificer Attack Specialization (Magic Staff) Equipment 8 (40EP)Veteran Reward Interpose Ritualist Trance EQUIPMENT 8PP = 38/40EP Acoustic Guitar [1EP] Masterwork Chalk & Rune Stones [1EP] Masterwork Compass [1EP] Fixed-Gear Bicycle (Vehicle) [6EP] Size: Medium [0EP] Defense: 0 (DC10) [0EP] Toughness: 6 [1EP] Strength: 20 (Medium Load: 266 lbs.) [2EP] Powers: [3EP] Features 1 (Marked with a magic rune) [1EP] Speed 2 (25MPH) [2EP] Pocket Dimension Inside A Barge House (PL12 HQ) [29EP] On the outside, a small trailer home sitting on a flat-bottom boat, little more than a raft with a motor attached. On the inside, a mansion. The interior structure is maintained and defended by a few dozen elemental spirits, organized by Mr. Hewitt, the ghost butler who served Briana Whitethorne and decided to remain with the estate when it changed hands. One room contains a standing portal to the Elemental Realms. The elemental spirits are of limited intelligence, greater than a normal animal but less than that of a person. Most of them take the forms of animals, such as dogs and birds. The spirits can use that portal freely to return to their home dimension at any time; they are not slaves. However, in order to enter the estate from the Elemental Realms, they must accept a voluntary geas which imposes a non-aggression pact between them, and obligates them to clean, repair, and defend the manse for as long as they choose to occupy it, in exchange for a regular supply of "treats" for them to consume. These "treats" mostly consist of manifestations of opposing elements which they can consume. For example, the water spirits are usually provided with fire for them to quench. Mr. Hewitt is the ghost of an Englishman. He appears as a translucent pale blue version of his former self, with a wisp of blue mist instead of legs. He is not bound to the manse; in fact, he refers to it as his "refuge." He politely deflects any attempts to pry into his reasons for staying and serving the household. Cryptic comments have indicated that he was a butler in life as well, and that he lived through both World Wars. Size: Diminutive Exterior / Large Interior [2EP] Toughness: 10 [1EP] Features: [26EP] Defense System 4 (Damage, Snare, Suffocate, Trip) (Spirits) Dimensional Portal (Elemental Realms of Air, Earth, Fire, & Water) Dual Size Fire Prevention System (Spirits) Greenhouse Holding Cells 2 (Toughness 15, Nullify) Library 2 (Masterwork) Living Space Personnel (Spirits) Pool Powers 2 (36/48PP) Comprehend 3 (Languages 2 [Speak Any/All Simultaneously], Spirits, Extras: Affects Others, Area [General, Stationary, Burst], Flaws: Limited [Others], Feats: Progression [Area Size] 4 [100ft/rank = 300ft radius]) [13PP] (Translation Runes) Communication 7 (Range: 200 miles, Sense Type: Mental, Extras: Area, Linked [ESP], Flaws: Limited [One-Way], Medium [Reflective Surfaces], Feats: Dimensional [Earth-Prime], Selective) [6PP] (Scrying Mirror) ESP 7 (Range: 200 miles, Sense Types: Auditory + Visual, Extras: Duration [Sustained], Simultaneous, Flaws: Action 2 [Full], Medium [Reflective Surfaces]) [14PP] When Hex uses the mirror, every reflective surface within the area becomes a potential window through which he can see and hear. If an intelligent creature is near one of those surfaces, Hex can communicate with them telepathically. They will see his image in the mirror, and hear his voice as if he were speaking to them, but it's all in their mind. They will have to speak or write to reply, so any other observers will see or hear them normally, but those other observers will only catch a glimpse of Hex in the mirror and hear his voice if they make a DC17 Notice check. Features 1 (Temporal Inertia) [1PP] (Pocket Dimension Outside of Space and Time) Swimming 2 (5MPH) [2EP] The physical motor attached to the rear of the barge doesn't work. It's just for show. When Hex needs to move the barge, he activates runes etched into the underside to summon a water elemental. Sealed (Defensive Runes) Security System 2 (DC25) (Defensive Runes) Self-Repairing (Spirits) Think-Tank (Spirits) Workshop 4 (Mundane Crafts, Magical Inventions, Both Masterwork) 1 + 1 + 1 + 6 + 29 = 38EP POWERS 86PP Devices 11 (55PP Container [Passive, Permanent], Flaws: Hard-To-Lose, Feats: Quick Change [Transforms into normal clothes and accessories as a Free Action], Restricted [Magic users]) [46PP] Magic Robes: [28PP] (Transforms into normal clothing) Enhanced Defense 4 (Extras: Linked [Enhanced Reflex, Force Field, Immunity]) [8PP] ("Abbridon’s Aegis") Enhanced Reflex 4 (Extras: Linked [Enhanced Defense, Force Field, Immunity]) [4PP] Force Field 6 (Extras: Linked [Enhanced Defense, Enhanced Reflex, Immunity], Feats: Selective) [7PP] Immunity 2 (Critical Hits, Extras: Force Field [Free Action, Sustained Duration], Linked [Enhanced Defense, Enhanced Reflex, Force Field], Flaws: Unreliable [50%]) [1PP] Flight 3 (50MPH / 500ft per Move Action) [6PP] ("Abbridon’s Wings") Immunity 2 (Environmental Cold, Environmental Heat) [2PP] ("Abbridon's Succor") Magic Bracer: [14PP] (Transforms into a wristwatch) Create Object 9 (Max Volume: 9 cubes, Max Toughness: 9, Lifting Strength: 45 [Heavy Load: 6 tons], Extras: Linked [Environment Control], Flaws: Range [Touch], Feats: Progression [Max Volume] 1 [10ft cubes], Selective, Stationary, Tether) [13PP] (Force Constructs, "Abbridon’s Aegis") Environment Control 1 (Light [Level 2], Area: 5ft radius, Extras: Linked [Create Object], Flaws: Range [Touch]) [1PP] (Glowing Force Constructs, "Abbridon's Lantern") Magic Goggles: [13PP] (Transforms into a pair of glasses) Comprehend 1 (Languages 1 [Read Any]) [2PP] ("Eyes of Ios") Super-Senses 4 (All Visual-type senses, Extras: Counters Concealment, Counters Illusion) [4PP] ("Eyes of Ios") Super-Senses 10 (Magic Awareness, Descriptor Frequency: Very Common, Sense Type: Visual [Default: Accurate, Acute, Ranged], Extras: Counters Obscure ["Darkness" Descriptor], Penetrates Concealment, Tracking, Flaws: Limited [Counters Obscure only works for an individual sense, the Magic Awareness, not the entire Visual sense type], Drawbacks: Power Loss [Penetrates Concealment cannot penetrate Lead, Frequency: Uncommon]) [8PP] (Magic Aura Vision, "Eyes of Ios") Vulnerability (Visual Sensory effects, while Super-Senses are active, Frequency: Uncommon, Intensity: Minor [+1 DC]) [-1PP] Device 7 (35PP Container [Passive, Permanent], Flaws: Easy-To-Lose, Feats: Restricted [All powers except the Staff Strike are restricted to Magic users]) [22PP] (Magic Staff) Environment Control 1 (Light [Level 2], Area: 5ft radius, Extras: Action 2 [Free], Flaws: Range [Touch]) [3PP] ("Abbridon's Lantern") Magic Staff 14 (28PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 4) [32PP] Base Power: [5PP] (Staff Strike) Damage 2 (Feats: Accurate, Extended Reach [10ft], Mighty) [5PP] Alternate Power: [28PP] (Azure Aura, "Abbridon’s Healing Touch") Healing 9 (Extras: Action [Standard], Restorative, Flaws: Limited [Others], Feats: Extended Reach [10ft]) [28PP] Alternate Power: [28PP] (Golden Aura, "Abbridon's Rebuke") Damage 6 (Extras: Linked [Trip], Feats: Accurate, Extended Reach [10ft], Knockback 8 [Effective Damage 18], Mighty) [17PP] Trip 10 (Extras: Knockback, Linked [Damage], Flaws: Range [Touch], Feats: Improved Throw) [11PP] Alternate Power: [28PP] (Violet Aura, "Ghost Strike," "Soul Strike," "Abbridon’s Judgement") Drain Wisdom 10 (Extras: Alternate Save [Will], Linked [Damage], Feats: Accurate, Extended Reach [10ft], Drawbacks: Full Power) [11PP] Damage 6 (Extras: Alternate Save [Will, 10 ranks], Linked [Drain], Feats: Mighty) [17PP] Alternate Power: [28PP] (Crimson Aura, "Jaws of Vhoka The Devourer") Drain Toughness 10 (Extras: Affects Objects, Linked [Damage], Feats: Accurate, Extended Reach [10ft], Incurable, Drawbacks: Full Power) [22PP] Damage 6 (Extras: Linked [Drain], Feats: Mighty, Drawbacks: Lethal) [6PP] Magic 5 (10PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 8) [18PP] Base Power: [10PP] (Channeling Raw Magical Energy, Chaos Magic, "Flames of Phoros") Drain Toughness 9 (Extras: Affects Objects, Area [General, Burst, 45ft radius], Linked [Damage, Nullify], Flaws: Distracting, Limited [Objects], Limited [Machines], Side-Effect [Damage], Drawbacks: Full Power) [2PP] Damage 9 (Extras: Area [General, Burst, 45ft radius], Linked [Drain, Nullify], Flaws: Distracting, Limited [Objects], Limited [Machines], Side-Effect [Damage]) [3PP] Nullify 9 (All “Technology” effects, Extras: Area [General, Burst, 45ft radius], Linked [Damage, Drain], Flaws: Distracting, Range [Touch], Side-Effect [Damage]) [5PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Conjuring Spells, "Weyan’s Wheel of Workings") Create Object 1 (Max Volume: 1 5ft cube, Lifting Strength: 5 [Heavy Load: 50 lbs.], Extras: Duration [Continuous], Range [Perception], Feats: Innate, Precise, Progression [Object Toughness] 5 [Max Toughness: 6], Subtle, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Alternate Power: [9PP] (Element/Energy Control Spells) Drain Toughness 1 (Extras: Affects Objects, Linked [Damage], Range 2 [Perception], Feats: Precise, Subtle, Variable Descriptor 2 [Any "Magic"], Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [6PP] Damage 1 (Extras: Linked [Drain], Range 2 [Perception]) [3PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Dimensional Magic, "Ahgrazul’s Vault") Dimensional Pocket 1 (Extras: Duration 3 [Continuous, Lasting], Flaws: Medium [Existing pockets and containers], Requires Grapple, Feats: Progression [Cargo] 8 [25 tons], Subtle, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Force Magic, Telekinesis, "Hands of Lamal") Move Object 1 (Lifting Strength: 5 [Heavy Load: 50 lbs.], Extras: Area [General, Burst], Damaging, Range [Perception], Selective, Feats: Precise, Progression [Area Size] 4 [100ft/rank = 100ft radius], Subtle, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Alternate Power: [9PP] (Divination Magic, Rune-Casting Ritual) Super-Senses 8 (Postcognition, Precognition, Extras: Simultaneous, Drawbacks: Action 4 [1 minute], Noticeable, Power Loss 2 [When unable to conduct ritual, draw an elaborate circle on the ground, and/or when deprived of specially prepared rune stones, Frequency: Common]) [9PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Divination Magic, Finding Spell) Telelocation 7 (Range: 200 miles, Extras: Duration [Sustained, Lasting], Flaws: Limited [Only learns the target's direction relative to him, not their exact location], Medium [Requires a piece of the target, or an object heavily infused with the target's resonance], Feats: Progression [Counter Rank / Saving Throw] 2 [Rank 9 / DC19], Rapid 8 [x100,000,000, Take 20 to Search maximum area in less than a second as a Free Action], Drawbacks: Action [1 minute], Noticeable, Power Loss 2 [When target is hidden behind a lead barrier, or when deprived of specially prepared compass, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Dimensional Magic, Folding Space, Teleportation, "Gates of Ios") Teleport 4 (Range: 1 mile, Extras: Accurate, Portal [Duration: Concentration], Flaws: Action [Move Action to open portal], Distracting [Flat-Footed on any round when he opens or maintains a portal], Medium [Existing Doors], Feats: Change Direction, Dimensional [Between Earth-Prime and Pocket Dimension HQ], Progression [Portal Size] 1 [10ft x 10ft], Subtle, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Alternate Power: [10PP] (Transmutation Spells) Transform 1 (Any Inanimate Object Into Any Other Inanimate Object, Extras: Duration [Continuous, Lasting], Range [Perception], Feats: Progression [Mass] 3 [10 lbs.], Precise, Subtle, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [When unable to speak and gesture, Frequency: Common]) [10PP] Examples of "Minor Transmutation Spells": Transform locked objects into unlocked objects. Transform broken/torn objects into repaired/mended objects. Transform dirty objects into clean objects. Transform wet objects into dry objects. Change the temperature of an object, to hot, cold, or lukewarm. Heat up food. Chill a drink. Change the taste of food or drink by transforming it into a differently-seasoned version of itself. Change the color of an object. Inscribe text onto an object, or erase text from an object. Abilities (36) + Combat (16) + Saving Throws (15) + Skills (27) + Feats (5) + Powers (86) - Drawbacks (0) = 185/187 Power Points
  4. Sureshock Power Level: 9/10 (150/155PP) Trade-Offs: +3 Defense / -3 Toughness, -1 Attack, +1 Damage Unspent Power Points: 5 Affiliations: Claremont Academy, Shock and Awe Family: Tabitha Hannigan (Twin Sister), Bill Hannigan (Father), Tandy Hannigan (Mother) In Brief: High School Football Star turned living generator Alternate Identity: Tremayne Hannigan Identity: Private Birthplace: Odessa, Texas Occupation: Student Description: Age: 16 Gender: Male Height: 6'1 Weight: 200 lbs. Eyes: Hazel Hair: Black (With Colored Tips) Tremayne is a muscular teenager with long black dreads. The tips of his dreads are colored in autumn colors such as orange, and yellow. His posture can be best described as nervous outside of his costume. Hunched forward with his head held down by nature Tremayne attempts to avoid drawing attention to himself. His right chest and arm are covered in a large and intrinsic tattoo sleeve with images representing his family, team members, and accomplishments on the football field. His superhero costume is a repurposed football uniform colored black and gold with a visor added to obstruct his face. The center of the jersey has two lightning bolts. With an A emblem on his gloves as a tribute to a catchphrase he used during his football days, "Shock and Awe" now serving as his team name with his sister. Much to her chagrin. History: Odessa, TX is known for two things. Violent crime and High School football. And Tremayne Hannigan was high school football. Despite being an underclassman the young wide receiver's average yardage made him a leading scorer in his division. His future was bright. That was until Tremayne's twin sister asked for him to accompany her to meet her online penpal. Teresa may have been more withdrawn than her brother. But, she wasn't a fool. A teenage black girl in a small Texas city meeting up with a stranger online was a possible contender Cartel kidnapping in the making or any other story with the potential to find itself as a Lifetime movie one day. Personally, Tremayne was half expecting to find some middle age old man in the pizza parlor his sister had agreed to meet. In retrospect, he wasn't really wrong. Sure, there was a teenage boy there who appeared all too keen to meet his sister. But, the pizza place was a cover facility established decades ago. So what appeared to be an empty pizza shop with only employees and a cute teenage boy, quickly turned into an ambush by a group of middle-aged men whose faces seem to vanish from the teen's memories as quickly as they entered. The next week was a blur as they underwent experimentation in the DnAscent process. If not for the timely intervention of Captain Thunder, there was a good chance that the pair would have been sold off for some nefarious purpose. Their parents were grateful to have their children returned to them. But ill-equipped for the difficulties of raising powered children. So when the invitation to Claremont Academy came. With a personal assurance from the headmaster herself that the school was uniquely suited to help their children safely harness their gifts and as. They accepted for the sake of Tremayne and Tabitha. Personality & Motivation: Tremayne is a boy scout both in personality and in the actual association. Adventurous, prepared, and always willing to put others first. Fiercely protective of his sister, his only motivation of going to Claremont was to look out for her. At least that's what he's willing to admit openly. In fact, he misses being part of a team and as High School sports are out of the picture he is looking for something new to belong to as well. Powers (Descriptions & Tactics): Sureshock can generate a massive amount of electrical energy and harness it as he wills. Under Captain Thunder's tutelage, Tremayne learned to fire off arcs of electricity capable of leaping from target to target in a chain before grounding itself. Putting his hands together he can create a searingly bright flash of electricity capable of blinding anyone looking in his direction. Modulating the electricity he fires off, Sureshock is capable of stunning their nervous system akin to a taser. Furthermore, by draining all electric power in an area around him, Sureshock is capable of deactivating Electrical equipment. As this isn't meant to overload equipment it will leave them unharmed, unlike an EMP. A field of electromagnetic repulsion surrounds him slightly protecting him from harm. Tremayne's brain is different now. He isn't quite aware of it, but the way his brain interprets electrical impulses fired off by the neurons is altered enough to provide a level of resistance from mental control. Complications: Conductor: Surrounding Sureshock in a conductive material, or using electrically conductive equipment such as power cables might draw off stores of electricity, draining him like a battery faster than the stored electrical energy can be replenished NRG: Tremayne generates a massive amount of electrical energy which exists in a sort of state of homeostasis within his body. Affecting that stability either through massive amounts of damage or overloading his body with more electricity can affect the electrical impulses in his body leading to temporary medical conditions such as seizures, mental confusion, hallucinations, or whatever else the GM feels appropriate. Ride the Lightning: Tremayne feels drawn to the “rush” of absorbing or conducting electricity. When properly controlled it can stimulate the brain’s pleasure centers unless his mind is compromised then he can find his pain centers being stimulated again. Shock the System: Accidents happen and, in a modern world where everything runs on electronics, it’s fairly easy for electrical powers to short-out or overload computers, electrical wiring, and power systems, causing blackouts, system crashes, and all of their associated problems. Control of his powers can occasionally slip away from him causing such issues. ABILITIES: 6 + 6 + 8 + 4 + 4 + 2 = 30PP Strength: 16 (+3) Dexterity: 16 (+3) Constitution: 18 (+4) Intelligence: 14 (+2) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 12 (+1) COMBAT: 8 + 10 = 18PP Initiative: +11 (+3 Dex, +8 Improved Initiative) Attack: +4 Base, +9 Ranged Defense: +12 (+5 Base, +7 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed Grapple: +7 Knockback: -3 SAVING THROWS: 1 + 4 + 3 = 8PP Toughness: +6 (+4 Con, +2 Protection) Fortitude: +5 (+4 Con, +1) Reflex: +7 (+3 Dex, +4) Will: +5/+9 (+2 Wis, +3, +4 Enhanced Will) SKILLS: 12R = 3PP Concentration 3 (+5) Intimidate 2 (+3) Knowledge (Current Events) 1 (+3) Medicine 1 (+3) Notice 2 (+4) Perform (Stringed Instruments) (+4) FEATS: 39PP Attack Focus (Ranged) 5 Beginner's Luck Dodge Focus 7 Luck Sidekick 25 POWERS: 30 + 3 + 4+ 2 + 5 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 3 = 52PP Electricity Control ( 27PP Array; Feat: Alternate Power 3 ) [30PP] BP: Damage 9 (Extras: Autofire, Range [Ranged] ) {27/27PP} (Chain Lightning) AP: Dazzle 9 (Extra: Area [Perception: General, Vision], Flaw: Range [Touch] ) {27/27} (Lightning Flash) AP: NulLify 9 (All Powers of Type [Electronics] Extras: Duration [Concentration], Nullifying Field ) {27/27} (Rolling Blackout) AP: Stun 9 (Extra: Range [Ranged] ) {27/27} (Taser) Enhanced Feats 3 ( Improved Initiative 2, Second Chance [Mind Control] ) [3PP] (Rewired Brain) Enhanced Will 4 [4PP] Features 2 ( Charger, Jump-Start ) [2PP] Immunity 10 ( Electricity; Flaw: Limited to Half-Effect ) [5PP] (Electrical Resistance) Move Object 1 ( Heavy Load=50 lbs. ) [2PP] (Static Electricity) Protection 2 [2PP] (Electromagnetic Field) Speed 1 [1PP] (Training) Super-Senses 3 ( Acute [Mental], Electricity Awareness [Mental] ) [3PP] DC Block ATTACK RANGE DC EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC18 Toughness Damage (Physical) Chain Lightning Ranged DC24 Toughness Damage (Electricity) Lightning Flash Perception Area DC19 Reflex/Fortitude Dazzle (Light) Rolling Blackout 45’ Burst DC19 Will Nullify (Electronics) Taser Ranged DC 19 Fortitude Stun TOTALS: Abilities (30) + Combat (18) + Saving Throws (8) + Skills (3) + Feats (39) + Powers (52) - Drawbacks (0) = 150/155 Power Point
  5. The Red Rat (PL 9) Power Level: 9/15 (250/250 PP) [251] Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Off: +4 Attack / -4 DC, +4 Defence, -4 Toughness In Brief: Mutant Super Spy with Soviet Computer in her head. Alternate Identity: Noemi Von Neumann Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary Residence: Freedom City Occupation: Taxi Driver Affiliations: None Family: None (Alive) Description: Age: 70 (Cryogenically frozen for decades) Apparent Age: 25 Gender: Female Ethnicity: Height: 5’8” Weight: 70Kgs Eyes: Green Hair: Blonde Noemi has a Slavic look, with chiselled features. It is not immediately apparent, but her body is in phenomenal shape. Her musculature is well developed. She usually wears glasses and has her hair up, and somehow nobody recognises her as the Red Rat...?! The Red Rat wears close fitting grey spandex and a short Brown-Red Jacket with a Bright Red "Rat" Motif on the back. She carries two super-high tech pistols of Soviet Design. History: Noemi Von Neumann was born into a poor family in Budapest at the height of communist power. As a young woman, she was politically active, and soon joined the underground movement of artists, philosophers, and anarchists who wanted change. She studied a little, read a little, and shouted a lot. And she was caught. A few dozen radicals, including her, were used as human guinea pigs for the Soviets' Super Programme. They were exposed to the virus Darwin-X, a highly unstable and dangerous pathogen. Only Noemi survived. The virus had triggered off something in her, making her body evolve and adapt. Darwin-X was in almost all cases lethal, and if not, then dangerous. Only a few candidates were any good. The Red Rat only knows of herself, but there may have been others. Nicknamed the “Red Rat” (after a lab rat), she was brainwashed. A soviet computer system was installed in her skull, nicknamed “Slave”, complete with cybernetic eyes that replaced her own. The Slave System is advanced, but normal humans are unable to tolerate it. The Red Rat, with her adaptive genetics, was able to bond with it. Now an agent of the Soviet Union, she was put on cryo-stasis until she was needed for certain missions in Europe. Over the years she had been awakened a few dozen times, sometimes to upgrade Slave, sometimes to spy. When the Wall came crashing down, the unit handling her disbanded, and she was left for years, untended, unwatched, and asleep in a Berlin Cryo-unit deep underground, until a UNISON team found the old site and awakened her. Playing ball initially, the Red Rat soon went on the run. She had no wish to be anyone’s puppet anymore… Personality & Motivation: Noemi is an easy go lucky personality, who usually talks to her passengers when working, and loves hearing stories. She hits bars, coffee shops, and galleries in her free time, and hangs out with Artists, Poets, and Bohemians. She is basically a woman who likes standing up for, and helping people. However, she is also a militant believer in liberty, and not just in an abstract way. She may not be Patriotic, or Pro-American, but she will defend liberty with a real passion. When Devolved, the Red Rat becomes crude, unmannered, and simple, almost a feral thing. The Devolved Red Rat can be more caring and emotional, and believes itself to be a pure, spiritual thing, unfettered by modernity. It views Slave as a super smart God like figure in its head. Slave views it as an intolerable primitive. When Evolved, the Red Rat becomes egocentric and arrogant, believing itself to be the next stage of human evolution. It has a paternalistic but condescending view on primitive homo sapiens. It does its best to outwit Slave and is nasty to the system. Slave takes on an almost worshipful, sycophantic relationship to the Evolved Form. It is not clear if Slave is actually self-aware or just a very well programmed computer system. When the Red Rat is in her normal human form, it speaks to her obediently and mechanically, and keeps interjecting communist propaganda, almost like an information station. Powers & Tactics: The Red Rat is a mutant with the ability to adapt to the environment. A relatively minor power, it also allows her to “evolve” into a weedy but brainy form, or “devolve” into the mirror opposite. It has also allowed her to tolerate the cybernetic system in her head. This gives her advanced visual senses and tactical advice. She has pilfered two high – tech soviet pistols, snub nosed and sleek, that are activated by SLAVE. Whilst they can be destructive, they are spy pistols – firing knockout poison darts, EMP rounds, or non-lethal ammunition, all silently. The Red Rat is in excellent physical shape, partly as she recovers quickly from physical training. She is also an expert martial artist and markswoman, and a highly trained spy. Tactically, she will prefer guile and surprise to a straight up fight. Power Descriptions: The Red Rat's powers are largely unseen. However, when she makes her body adapt to hostile environments, this can be visible; for instance, growing fur, or gills. Her devolved form looks like a primitive Neanderthal, with a large muscular hairy frame and small forehead, whilst her evolved form looks the opposite: a feeble shrunken body and massively enlarged head. Complications: Outlaw: Technically, Noemi Von Neuman is an ex-Soviet Spy and wanted by UNISON for questioning. Slave? The Soviet Computer, in her head, may be called Slave, and may be under her control. Or it may not. Slave is programmed never to harm Russian / Soviet agents or government, and also to filter out (via her eyes), any capitalist propaganda (and replace it with Soviet style propaganda). Things might be invisible to her, or changed. If really pressed, Slave can completely blind Red. It might also be distracting, spouting communist propaganda at her at critical times. Slave could potentially be controlled by Soviet technology, or even hackers. Nuclear Mutations: Radiation sends her powers crazy. Aside from the loss of her mutant powers she can have all sorts of other problems, such as breaking out in green boils, or her mouth sealing over. Split Personality: In her devolved form, Red is crude, aggressive, and unsubtle. In her Evolved Form, Red is arrogant and aloof. Of course, both forms feel that their personality is best, and may be reluctant to change back to her normal form. She cannot sustain her evolved or devolved form indefinitely, fortunately. Taxi Driver: Noemi works for “EZ Cabs” with a hard nosed boss, “Easy Steve”. Easy Steve has plenty of enemies, and by default, so do his drivers. Empty Clip: Guns run out of bullets, even superior soviet guns with superior soviet bullets. Abilities: 6 + 12 + 10 + 6 + 2 + 6 = 42 Strength: 16 (+3) Dexterity: 22 (+6) Constitution: 20 (+5) Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 12 (+1) Charisma: 16 (+3) Combat: 26 + 26 = 52 Initiative: +10 Attack: +13 Defense: +13, +7 Flat Footed Grapple: +19 Knockback: -2 Saving Throws: 7 + 4 + 5 = 16 Toughness: +5 Fortitude: +12 (+5 Con, +7) Reflex: +10 (+6 Dex, +4) Will: +6 (+1 Wis, +5) Skills: 120R = 30 PP Acrobatics 4 (+10) Skill Mastery Bluff 10 (+13) Computers 4 (+7) [14 (+17) Enhanced] Skill Mastery Diplomacy 4 (+7) Disable Device 4 (+7) Skill Mastery Disguise 4 (+7) (Additional +20 Morph) Skill Mastery Drive 4 (+10) Skill Mastery Gather Information 8 (+11) Intimidate 8 (+11) Knowledge (Behaviour Sciences) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Civics) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Current Events) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Streetwise) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Tactics) 4 (+7) [14 (+17) Enhanced] Language 6 (English, French, German, Hungarian [native], Mandarin, Russian, Spanish) Medicine 4 (+5) Skill Mastery Notice 8 (+9) Pilot 4 (+10) Skill Mastery Search 8 (+11) Sense Motive 8 (+9) Sleight of Hand 4 (+10) Skill Mastery Stealth 8 (+14) Feats: 45PP Ambidexterity Assessment Attractive Benefit 2 (Use Tactics for Master Plan, and to spot Ambush / Feint) Blind-Fight Chokehold Defensive Attack Elusive Target Equipment 15 Evasion 2 Favoured Opponent (Spies) Grappling Finesse Improved Critical 1 (Unarmed) Improved Disarm Improved Grab Improved Grapple Improved Initiative Improved Pin Improved Throw Improved Trip Jack of All Trades Master Plan Power Attack Quick Draw 1 (Draw Weapon) Set Up Skill Mastery 2 (Acrobatics, Computers, Disable Device, Disguise, Drive, Medicine, Pilot, Sleight of Hand) Takedown Attack 1 Uncanny Dodge (Auditory) As enhanced Traits: Precise Shot 2, Improved Aim Equipment Headquarters: "The Safe House" [26 EP Total] Size Medium [1 EP], Toughness 15 [2 EP], Features: Communications, Computer, Concealed 7 / +40 DC, Defence System / Knockout Gas, Fire Prevention System, Garage, Gym, Hangar [Retractable Helipad], Infirmary, Living Space, Power System, Security System 5 (DC 40), Workshop [23 EP] Vehicle: "The Ratcopter" [42 EP] Size: Large [1 PP] Toughness: 10 [3 EP] STR: 30 [2 EP] Features: Remote Control, Smokescreen [2 PP] Powers: Flight 6 (500mph, Feats: Subtle) [13 EP], Concealment 1 (Normal Hearing, Extras: Continuous, Feats: Selective) [4 EP], Concealment 2 (Radio Senses, Flaw: Permanent) [4 EP], Super Senses 13 (Analytical all hearing, Accurate Radar, Extended Radar, Extended All Hearing, Radio, Ultrahearing, Penetrating Hearing) [13 EP] Total Cost 42 EP Concealable Microphone [1 EP] Multi-Tool [1 EP] Mini-Tracer [1 EP] Alternate HQ (Same type, based in Freedom City and Emerald City) [2 EP] Alternate Vehicle (Same type, base in Freedom and Emerald City) [2 EP] Powers: 6 + 2 + 5 + 1 + 17 + 5 + 1 + 5 + 8 + 17 = 67 “SLAVE” powers have cybernetic descriptor, Others have Mutant descriptor. Radio Array (5 PP Array, Feats: Alt Power 1) [6 PP] "SLAVE" BP: Communication 4 (Radio, 1 Mile, Extras: Omni Directional, Feats: Subtle, Flaws: Limited, one way) [5/5 PP] AP: Datalink 2 (100’, Feats: Subtle) linked with Quickness 6 (x100, Flaws: Limited to Computers only) [3+2=5/5 PP] Comprehend 1 (Decryption) [2 PP] "SLAVE" Enhanced Traits 4 (Computers 8, Knowledge [Tactics] 8) [4 PP] "SLAVE" Feature 1 (Internal Computer) [1 PP] “SLAVE” Super Senses 15 (Analytical All Visual, Direction Sense, Distance Sense, Extended All Visual 1, Infravision, Microscopic Vision 1, Radio, Time Sense, Ultravision, X-Ray Vision, Drawbacks: Power loss X Ray Vision [Lead etc], Feats: Improved Aim, Precise Shot 2) [17 PP] "SLAVE / Cybernetic Eyes" Adaptation 1 (5 PP of Variable Powers; mainly immunity to environment, Extras: Action 2 [Move], Drawbacks: Noticeable, Power loss 2 [Radiation]) [5PP] “Mutant” Immunity 2 (Aging, Sleep, Flaws: Limited [Half Effect]) [1 PP] "Mutant" Evolution Array (6 PP Array, Feats: Alt Power 1, Flaws: Power Loss 2 [Radiation]) [5 PP] "Mutant" BP: Morph 4 (+20 Disguise, Evolved form, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Feat: Metamorph, Drawbacks: Not clothes [-1], Standard Action [-2]) [6/6 PP] AP: Morph 4 (+20 Disguise, Devolved Form, Extras: Duration [Continuous], Feat: Metamorph, Drawbacks: Not clothes [-1], Standard Action [-2]) [6/6 PP] Regeneration 9 (Bruised 1 / round [1], Disabled 1 / Hour [2], Injured 1 / Minute [3], Staggered 1 / Minute [3], Feats: Regrowth, Drawbacks: Power Loss 2 [Radiation damage or environment]) [8 PP] “Mutation” Device 5 (25 DP, Feats: Multiple Weapons 1, Restricted Use 1 [Datalink users], Flaws: Easy to Lose) [17 PP] "High tech pistols" Armaments Array (21 PP Array, Feats: Alt Power 4) [25 DP] BP: Stun 5 (Extras: Range, Feats: Improved Range 2 [250' incr], Progression Range 2 [2500' Max], Ricochet, Subtle) "Taser Bullet" [21/21 PP] AP: Blast 5 (Extras: Penetrating, Feats: Improved Range 2 [250’ Incr], Progression Range 2 [2500’ Max], Ricochet, Subtle) “Rocket Bullet” [21/21 PP] AP: Blast 5 (Extras: Area [Burst], Feats: Improved Range 3 [500’ Total Range, no penalty], Ricochet, Subtle)“Explosive Bullet” [20/21 PP] AP: Fatigue 5 (Extras: Range, Poison, Feats: Subtle) [21/21 PP] “Knockout dart” AP: Nullify 5 (All Electronic Tech, Extras: Alt Save [Fort], Affects Objects, Feats: Improved Range 2 [250’ Incr], Progression Range 2 [2500’], Subtle, Richocet) [21/21 PP] “EMP Bullet” Drawbacks: -2 PP Vulnerability (Radiation; Frequency: Common; Intensity: Minor [+1]) [-2PP] DC Block ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC 18 Toughness Damage Rocket Bullet Ranged DC 20 Tough Damage EMP Bullet Ranged DC 15 Fort Nullify Explosive Bullet Ranged DC 20 Tough Damage KO Dart Ranged DC 15 Fort /Poison Fatigue Taser Bullet Ranged DC 15 Fort Stun Totals: Abilities 42 + Combat 52 + Saving Throws 16 + Skills 30 + Feats 45 + Powers 67 - Drawbacks -2 = 250/250 Power Points
  6. Snakebite Power Level: 9 (193/208 PP) Unspent Power Points: 15 Trade-Offs: +3 Attack/-3 DC, +3 Defence / -3 Toughness In Brief: Archaeologist. Adventurer. Snake. Catchphrase: “Sssss….” Theme: Chan Chan Alternate Identity: Cassandra (Cassie) Crow Birthplace: Canterbury, England Residence: London Base of Operations: World Wide Jet Setter Occupation: Archaeologist, Honorary Curator of British Museum Affiliations: British Museum, UNISON, Ministry of powers Family: Vera Crow (Grandmother, Professor of Egyptology), Diana Crow (Mother, Anthropologist), Amanda Crow (Older Sister, Mountaineer) Description: Age: 25 Apparent Age: 25 Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasian Height: 5’9” Weight: 70Kgs Eyes: Green Hair: Brown with Red Highlights Cassie looks like an athletic woman with a great physique and reddish brown hair of varying length (depending on her mood and activities). She wears a variety of clothes, including skirts and shirts at the library, to a more adventurous pants and jacket and boots when out in the field. No stranger to danger, Cassie objects to guns but does carry a customised revolver loaded with sedative darts. History: The Crow family stretches back centuries, shrouded in rumours of witchcraft. How much truth in these rumours is debatable, but the it is true to say that many members of the family have had some form of Eldritch sight, and have brushed with the arcane. It is perhaps due to these talents that they have amassed great wealth, with mansions, castles, and estates all over Europe and beyond (even if they are often crumbling and dusty). Cassandra Crow developed, as a teenager, the Eldritch eye – in her case, the ability to see what had transpired in the past. She was an adventurous soul, with her mothers inquisitive academic mind, and her fathers reckless spirit of adventure (he was a Brazilian ranger who protected the entrance to the Lost World). On one of her many trips to South America, the family (her mother, father, and sister) discovered an ancient temple dating back to the last days of Lemuria. And Cassie found a golden snake skull, a great find! Until she snagged her hand on a tooth and got injected with an ancient poison. She woke up a few months later. And recovered a few years later. The poison had awoken some trace Lemurian heritage (possibly the source of the Crow families Eldritch sight). She now had enhanced physical abilities and a fascination for history and archaeology that has propelled her to academic success. Two years later, her father died in Brazil, shot dead by some unknown villains trying to get access to the Lost World. This only gave more fuel to her determination. Now, with the code name Snakebite, she travels the world trying to understand the ancient past and the dread sorceries buried beneath the earth and ocean… Personality & Motivation: Snakebite is a scientist, artist, and explorer. A thrill seeker in many domains. Underneath this exterior she has the mysterious legacy of the Crow family in her blood, and feels compelled – like so many of her family – to explore the hidden worlds both mundane and eldritch. She has a complex relationship with her family and her wealth; on the one hand she enjoys the trappings and opportunity it affords her, on the other she actually admires “primitive” cultures, artists, philosophers and bohemians as opposed to the inhabitants of the Jet set. This gives her a rather conflicted personality. Powers & Tactics: Cassie has always had the magical ability to “see” the past with post-cognition. Cassie was already athletic but now functions at peak human physical performance, and has superhuman acute vision and hearing. She has developed an immunity to poison and an ability to communicate with snakes. Tactically she will either fight unarmed, with her whip, or with her dart gun – although she has a sneaking preference for a hand to hand fight. She is quite at home improvising with makeshift weapons or utilising the environment. Aside from her exceptional physical abilities, Cassie is an intelligent woman who has a PhD in South American history and is well versed in many associated sciences and disciplines. She is an accomplished explorer, a skilled fighter, and is fluent in several languages. Power Descriptions: Cassie's powers are essentially invisible. When using her post-cognition power, her eyes will go jet black. Complications: Curses! Whilst the Crow family have amassed immense wealth over the centuries, there seems to be some Eldritch trade-off, for they also have a habit of attracting curses and dark magics. In particular, Cassie is almost irresistibly drawn to activating curses – such as reading what she should not, or defiling forbidden tombs. She is in essence a magnet to every curse and hex for miles around. Lemurian Ancestor: She doesn’t quite know how (who does?) but the Crow family have some Lemurian heritage. Whatever the cause anyone or thing opposed to Lemuria might have an itchy crawling uncomfortable feeling, and the Snake people themselves will have a feeling that she is, in some way, an abomination (even if she is in disguise or the like). Appropriator: Cassie has a type of greed. Not so much for money (she is wealthy already although of course likes more!), but for prestige. She will go to nearly any costs to acquire rare and valuable antiquities for the British Museum – as long as she gets the credit for it. Flashback: Cassie’s Postcognitive power is not 100% reliable, and – in some cases going back many years and encountering something Eldritch, has even sent her catatonic. Wealthy? Cassie is always reasonably well off. The access to the various large amounts of estates, wealth, and possessions is more complicated as they are tied up in complex and old laws that date back centuries with the Crow family. She might have issues in accessing her resources if her family do not agree or some cunning legal mind is set against her. Abilities: 12 + 16 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 58 Strength: 22 (+6) Dexterity: 26 (+8) Constitution: 22 (+6) Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 16 (+3) Charisma: 16 (+3) Combat: 24 + 24= 48 Initiative: +12 Attack: +12 Defense: +12, +6 Flat Footed Grapple: +18 Knockback: -3 Saving Throws: 3 + 4 + 5 = 12 Toughness: +6 Fortitude: +8 (+6 Con, +3) Reflex: +12 (+8 Dex, +4) Will: +8 (+3 Wis, +5) Skills: 112R = 28 PP Acrobatics 12 (+20) Bluff 4 (+7) Climb 4 (+10) Drive 4 (+12) Intimidate 4 (+7) Knowledge (Arcane) 8 (+11) Knowledge (Art) 8 (+11) Knowledge (Earth Sciences) 4 (+7) Knowledge (History) 12 (+15) Knowledge (Theology and Philosophy) 4 (+7) Language 12 (Ancient Aztec, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Mayan, Arabic, Chinese [Mandarin], English [Native], French, German, Greek, Latin, Lemurian, Portuguese, Spanish) Notice 12 (+15) Perform (Dance) 4 (+7) Search 4 (+7) Sense Motive 4 (+7) Stealth 4 (+12) Survival 4 (+7) Swim 4 (+10) Feats: 22 PP Acrobatic Bluff Attractive Benefit 4 (Wealth 3, Honorary Curator of British Museum*) Chokehold Equipment 7 Elusive Target Evasion 2 Improved Initiative 1 Improved Pin Jack of All Trades Prone Fighting Uncanny Dodge (Auditory) *This esteemed position comes with few duties but many advantages; Cassie has full access to the museum and all its resources, and the goodwill of many academics and staff associated with the museum. The Museum itself is world class and enough to give a +2 situational bonus to knowledge rolls (of a related type such as history and some art, theology, arcane rolls). Equipment: 10 EP = 2 PP GPS Receiver [1 EP] Multi-Tool [1 EP] Rebreather [1 EP] Whip (Damage 0, Feats: Mighty, Extended Reach 2, Improved Trip, Improved Disarm) [5 EP] Headquarters: English Country Manor (Location: Outside Canterbury, Kent) Toughness: +10 [1 EP], Size: Large [2 EP], Features: Communications, Computer, Dock, Fire Prevention System, Garage, Grounds, Gym, Hangar, Infirmary, Library, Living Space, Pool, Power System, Security System 3, Stables, Staffed [19 EP] Total Cost 22 EP 3 EP: Alternate HQs Powers: 1 + 15 + 1 + 4 + 4 = 25 PP (All powers have magic descriptor) Comprehend 2 (Speak to and Understand Animals, Flaws: Limited to Snakes [-2]) [1 PP] Device 5 (Tranq Pistol; 25 DP Flaws: Easy to Lose) [15PP] (Tech) Fatigue 6 (Extras: Poison, Range, Feats: Subtle) [25 DP] (Poison) Immunity 1 (Poison) [1 PP] Super Senses 4 (Extended 1 [Visual], Extended 1 [Auditory], Darkvision) [4 PP] Super Senses 4 (Postcognition) [4 PP] Drawbacks: none DC Block ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC 20 Toughness Damage Whip 15’ DC 20 Toughness Damage Dart Gun Ranged DC 15 Fort Fatigue Totals: Abilities 58 + Combat 48 + Saves 12 + Skills 28 + Feats 22 + Powers 25 = 193/208 PP
  7. Ronin Power Level: 9/13 (217/245 PP) Unspent Power Points: 28 Trade-Offs: +4 Attack/-4 DC, +4 Defence/-4 Damage In Brief: Military Vet turned street hero. With a splash of Karate and a dash of 80s Action films. Alternate Identity: Curtis Crane Birthplace: Nancy Street, Bedlam Residence: 22 Nancy Street, Bedlam (off Ash Street) Base of Operations: The Well (Hidden under 22 Nancy Street) Occupation: Odd Job Man, US Army Vet. Affiliations: None Family Yoshie Chiba (Elderly Grandmother), Luther Crane (Alcoholic Father, Incarcerated for the murder of Curtis’ mother / his wife), Eleanor Crane (Street Cop Half-Sister), Jack Crane (US Marine Elder Cousin, Medically discharged after bilateral leg amputation). Yoshie, Jack, and Eleanor all live in 22 Nancy Street. Description: Age: 35 (25/12/1982) Apparent Age: 35 Gender:Male Ethnicity: ¼ Asian (Japanese - Maternal Grandmother), ¾ African American Height: 5’8” Weight: 80 Kgs Eyes: Brown Hair: Shaved Curtis Crane is a man of slightly short but strong frame. He has dark skin and a slightly exotic look to him. He usually cuts his hair to military grade shortness and sports a neat goatee. He had one earing and a few scars on his body (in particular, one on his forehead). He has a US army tattoo on his right arm and a tattoo of a Samurai on his left. As Ronin, Curtis wears a customized protective vest and carries his “Street Special” a modified non-lethal shotgun in a large shoulder holster. He also wears his personalized “Bushido” Trench coat, complete with a Katana motif on the back. Inside his trench coat he has a few more concealed weapons. Power Descriptions Whilst Ronin himself has no powers, his “Street Special” weapon has some rather elegant and impressive effects, namely: “Iron Fist” (a straightforward round) “Divine Wind” (a booming shotgun blast that knocks people off their feet) “Dragon’s Breath” (a short burst of blindingly bright fire), “Hornet’s Nest” (fills the air with buzzing shrapnel) and “Ogre’s Breath” (a smouldering smoky shell fills the air with dense smoke). History: Curtis grew up on one of the most deprived streets in Bedlam, Nancy Street. For all its problems, the Nancy Street residents stuck together and the “Nancy Street Crew” would always form to beat back organised crime or street thugs. Ronin came from a troubled household but his saving grace was his Grandmother, who despaired of her daughter and son in law but loved Curtis; teaching him akido and karate from a yound age. Curtis very smart kid. He did well at school, and would have gone far if the school and his home life was better; Aged 16, his good for nothing drug addled Father murdered his Mother. Bitter, angry and impatient to leave Nancy Street, he joined the army. Here, he learned discipline and excelled. After some time in the infantry he turned to engineering and bomb disposal. He became an expert in weapons maintenance, modification, and design. All that came to an end when he was caught by an IED in the Afghanistan. Left with a nice scar and concussion, he decided to leave. He respected his comrades in arms, but he didn’t really know what he was fighting for anymore. Ronin returned to Nancy street and found it in worse shape than ever. Most of the Nancy Street Crew had disbanded (or in a few cases, had been killed), and it was rife with drugs, thugs, and worse. The Police were of little use and sometimes worse than the street thugs, taking bribes, corrupt, and sometimes plain sadistic or racist. Moving into his Grandmothers house, he determined to do something about it: Dismantling the gangs on the streets, organised crime, and the corrupt in power. Naming himself Ronin, with his military, martial, and engineering expertis, he would be the honourable Samurai with no master… Personality & Motivation: Despite his tough upbringing (and Curtis is tough), Ronin has a strict code of honour. He won’t kill, he won’t maim, or torture. He meditates daily, and tries to ensure self-discipline. Thus, whilst he is not a forgiving man, and in some ways merciless, he is not sadistic or violent. He is not motivated by vengeance but by love for his friends, family, and neighbours. Whilst he operates outside the law (to bring down corruption) he actually has immense respect for the law (and its enforcers) when it works properly. Curtis has a selectively cynical attitude. He doesn’t believe the police or the government do much (if anything) to help the poorest or the most vulnerable. He does however believe in his fellow man, his family, his friends, the social worker, the youth worker, and Nancy Street (his home). Whilst he often operates alone, he believes that we are stronger together. He has an interest in Zen and the Shinto religion; for all his “street” credentials, he is a self-educated and philosophical man. Curtis is just as home repairing an automobile of a small businessman, fixing the Youth Centre computer, helping out in the soup kitchen for the homeless, or dropping off an OD’d drug addict to a medical centre. Powers & Tactics: Ronin / Curtis has no powers, but is an intelligent and physically capable man. He has extensive military and combat training and has been Practicing martial arts (mainly Akido and Karate) over twenty years. He has a number of self – designed / self – built paramilitary devices, the prime among them is his converted shotgun, the “Street Special”, a.k.a “Katana”. The Street Special is a rather short, elegant weapon. It has less raw stopping power than a regular shotgun, but is more versatile and reliable (and, importantly, non-lethal). Perhaps his greatest strength is his loyalty, honour, and pure will power. This is backed up by the support and respect he has in his neighbourhood. Complications: Bushido: To a greater or lesser extent, Ronin keeps to the Bushido traditions. Acting honourably, fearlessly, and with self-control or restraint. Often this is to his advantage (e.g. the fearless feat) but sometimes not so; for instance, he will struggle to “back down” or “retreat” – he may not start a hopeless fight, but once in one, he won’t run from it either. He would be reluctant to use his weapons against a (single) unarmed opponent (unless that opponent was super powered). Supply and Demand: Ronin doesn’t have any income. He relies on odd jobs (as a mechanic etc) which are cash in hand, the goodwill of Nancy Street, and “salvaging” (which includes taking what he needs from crooks he busts). This might mean he has problems replacing or repairing, or even reloading, his equipment. Brothers in Arms: Usually cynical, Ronin will have big respect for military men (or women). Particularly those in the front line (medics, infantry, etc), veterans, or old-timers. He has less, but still some, respect for commanders etc. He will be inclined to automatically trust and help such individuals (or those that can effectively pretend to have such a background). This attitude is also prevalent towards many super heroes and police – at least ones who have proved themselves as compassionate and honourable. Neighbourhood Watcher: Whilst a source of strength, Ronin also has a duty to protect Nancy Street, and to a lesser extent its neighbourhood and even Bedlam itself. He has a number of friends and family on the street that are dependants and sources of vulnerability (especially as his identity is essentially open). If his reputation is somehow marred, he will (at least transiently) lose his benefit feats. No Mod Cons: Ronin is a skilled mechanic, and keeps second hand cars modified and running. But they are built for utility not comfort. His vehicles don’t have any luxuries like CD players or air/con. At best, they have a slightly bad quality FM radio. Outlaw(ish): Technically Ronin is a vigilante, wanted by the Police. However, given his reputation and lack of serious crime (e.g. no murder), opinion on this is divided amongst the police force. Some (the corrupt) want his head on a spike (before, figuratively, he wants theirs on one). Some view him with favour, and even covertly support him (like his sister), most take a pragmatic position in between; they should ideally arrest him, but frankly they have bigger fish to fry and if he occasionally brings in a crook, best not to ask too many questions. Abilities: 6 + 8 + 4 + 6 + 6 + 2 = 32 Strength: 16 (+3) Dexterity: 18 (+4) Constitution: 14 (+2) Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 16 (+3) Charisma: 12 (+1) Combat: 28 + 28 = 56 Initiative: +12 Attack: +14 Defense: +14 (+7 Flat Footed) Grapple: +18 Knockback: -2 Saving Throws: 4 + 6 + 7 = 17 Toughness: +2/+4 (with Jacket) Fortitude: +6 (+2 Con, +4) Reflex: +10 (+4 Dex, +6) Will: +10 (+3 Wis, +7) Skills: 160 R = 40 PP Acrobatics 6 (+10) SM Bluff 4 (+5) Climb 2 (+5) Computers 4 (+7) Craft (Chemical) 8 (+11) Craft (Electronics) 8 (+11) Craft (Mechanical) 12 (+15) SM Craft (Structural) 8 (+11) Disable Device 12 (+15) SM Drive 6 (+10) SM Gather Information 8 (+9) Intimidate 12 (+13) Knowledge (Physical Sciences) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Pop Culture) 2 (+5) Knowlegde (Streetwise) 12 (+15) Knowledge (Tactics) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Technology) 4 (+7) Knowledge (Theology and Philosophy) 4 (+7) Languages 4 (Arabic, English [Native], French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish) Medicine 2 (+5) Notice 8 (+11) Search 4 (+7) Sense Motive 8 (+11) Stealth 8 (+12) Swim 2 (+5) Feats: 45PP Accurate Attack All Out Attack Assessment Attractive (Street Cool) Benefit: 3 (Local Hero, Informant Contact, Rusty Rose) Blind-Fight Bomb Defusing Expert (+5 situational bonus on disarm device only for defusing bombs / explosives!) Challenge (Fast Startle) Challenge (Fast Demoralize) Chokehold Defensive Attack Defensive Throw* Elusive Target Endurance Equipment 11 Evasion 2 Fearless Grappling Block Grappling Finesse Improved Critical 2 (Unarmed Attack) Improved Disarm Improved Grab Improved Initiative 2 Improved Pin Improved Sunder Improved Throw Improved Trip Improvised Tools Jack of All Trades Power Attack Precise Shot 2 Quick Draw Ranged Pin Second Chance: STR Saves vs Disarm Skill Mastery 1 (Drive, Mechanical, Disable Device, Acrobatics) Startle Stunning Attack Takedown Attack 1 Uncanny Dodge 1 (Auditory) Weapon Bind *as per "Warriors and Warlocks" Equipment: 8 + 12 + 16 + 13 + 5 + 1 = 55/55 EP HQ: The Curtis Residence Basement a.k.a “The Well” [8 EP] Size: Tiny [-1 EP], Toughness: 10 [1 EP], Features: Communications, Concealed 5 [+30 DC], Power System, Workshop [8 EP] Trenchcoat Array (8 PP Array, Feats: Alt Power 3, Easily Concealed Weapons*) [12 EP] BP: Obscure 3 (25’ Visual Feats: Slow Fade 1) [7/8 PP] “Smoke Pellet” AP: Damage 2 (Extras: Range, Feats: Improved Critical 2) [6/8 PP] “Shuriken” AP: Snare 4 [8/8 PP] “Weighted Bolos” AP: Dazzle 2 (Auditory) linked with Stun 2 (Extras: Range) [2+6=8 PP] “Firecracker” *To notice weapons: DC 15 for Shotgun, DC25 for Trench coat array. For a pat-down/search, DC 5 for Shotgun, DC 15 for Trench Coat Array Explosives (Blast 5, Extra: Area, Feats: Triggered 1 [timer]) [16 EP] Vehicle: Pick Up Truck STR 40 [2 EP], Toughness 9, Size Huge [2 EP], Features: Alarm, Caltrops, Oil Slick, Smoke Screen [13 EP] Alt Vehicles 5 (As per Core Rule Book: Motorcycle, Compact Car, Midsize Car, Full Sized Car, Van, all with additional features as per main vehicle) [5 EP] Rebreather [1 EP] Powers: 4 + 12 = 16 Device 1 (5 DP) [4 PP] “Protective Vest” Protection 2 (Feats: Second Chance 3 [Toughness vs Ballistic, Knives/Blades, Explosions]) [5/5 DP] Device 4 (20 DP, Flaws: Easy to Lose [-2]) [12 PP] “Street Special” Shotgun (a.k.a. “Katana”) Shot Array (16 PP Array, Feats: Alt power 4) [20 DP]BP: Blast 4 (Extras: Penetrating, Feats: Improved Critical 2, Variable Descriptor 1 [Piercing / Blunt) [15/16 PP] “Iron Fist” / “Swift Arrow”AP: Blast 4 (Feats: Progression Range Increment 2 [Rx50’], Drawbacks: Reduced Range 2, to 100’ Max) linked with Trip 4 (Extras: Knockback, Feats: Progression Range Increment 2 [Rx50’], Drawbacks: Reduced Range 2, to 100’ Max) [8+8=16/16 PP] “Divine Wind”AP: Strike 7 (Extras: Area[Cone], Feats: Progression Decrease Area 6, Flaws: Limited to Damage 3 Effect vs Protection power or armour) [16/16 PP] “Hornet’s Nest”AP: Dazzle 4 (Visual) linked with Blast 4 [8+8 = 16/16 PP] [Fire Descriptor] “Dragons Breath”AP: Strike 1 (Feats: Mighty) “Pistol-whip” [2/16 PP] DC Block ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC 18 Toughness Damage “SS”: Iron Fist Ranged DC 19 Toughness Damage “SS”: Divine Wind Ranged DC 19 Toughness + DC 19 Trip Damage/Trip “SS”: Arrow Storm Area Cone DC 23/18 Toughness Damage “SS”: Dragon Breath 20’ Max DC 19 Reflex + DC 19 Tough Dazzle/Dam “SS”: Pistol Whip Touch DC 19 Toughness Damage Baton Touched DC 19 Toughness Damage Shuriken Ranged DC 17 Toughness Damage Bolos Ranged DC 19 Reflex Snare Firecrackers Ranged DC 17 Reflex/Fort Deaf/Stun Abilities 32 + Skills 30 + Feats 56 + Powers 16 + Combat 56 + Saves 17 = 217/245 Power Points
  8. In Brief: Huntress dresses like Moon Knight and learns kung-fu in K'un L'un to control the Daredevil powers she got from Captain America's super-serum. Player: Grumblefloof Character: Mister Strix Power Level: 13 (9) Tradeoffs: None Power Points: 193/196 Unspent Power Points: 3 Veteran Rewards: Bronze: Additional character slot at PL12/180PP (Mister Strix) Silver: 6PP of free Equipment ranks for Mister Strix, 9PP of Equipment/Minions/Sidekick unclaimed Gold: Unclaimed. Residence: A two-story townhouse with a modest exterior and a heavily renovated interior, located in the Hardwick Park neighborhood of Bedlam City. Base of Operations: The bunker hidden under his townhouse. Alternate Identity: Brian Marcus Brubaker Identity: Secret Birthplace: Bedlam City, Wisconsin, USA Occupation: Sculptor Affiliations: Shambala Temple (former student), The Labyrinth (DNAscent test subject) Family: Franklin "Frank" Brubaker (Father), Ann Miller-Brubaker (Mother, Deceased), David Brubaker (Older Brother), Joan Romita-Brubaker (Sister-In-Law), Samantha "Sammee" Brubaker-Mazzuchelli (Older Sister), Eduardo "Ed" Mazzuchelli (Brother-In-Law), Wade Brubaker (Younger Brother, Deceased), Alexandra "Alex" Nocenti (Ex-Girlfriend) Description Age: 26 (DoB: 1991) Apparent Age: 26 Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasian of mixed German and Irish descent Height: 6ft 3in Weight: 250 lbs. Eyes: None (Grey prosthetics) Hair: Blond The skin on the top half of his face is still heavily scarred from being lacerated and burned by jagged shards of superheated shrapnel. His hair and sunglasses hide most of the scars, but not all of them. He wears a set of acrylic prosthetic eyes which mimic his original grey eye color. When out in public in his civilian identity, his usual mode of dress is "business casual," and he wears the dark sunglasses and wields the white cane which universally mark him as a blind man. Were it not for his blindness, strangers might assume he was an NFL linebacker or a Hollywood stuntman. Power Description Thanks to the DNAscent process, all of Brian's physical abilities are just beyond the normal human range. His strength, endurance, agility, and reflexes are all slightly higher than what any normal person could achieve, and unlike athletes without super-powers, his body is optimized for all kinds of physical activity. Unlike a normal human, he could be the world's greatest weightlifter, sprinter, and marathon runner, all at once. All of Brian's non-visual senses absorb information with far greater detail and sensitivity than a normal human. He can hear a person's heartbeat from across the room, hear a tear sliding down their cheek, and feel the vibration through the floor when they take a step. He can rest a pretzel on his tongue and count exactly how many grains of salt are embedded into it. He can feel the weight of a pistol and know exactly how many bullets it contains. He can run his fingers along a page of text and "read" it by feeling the difference between the ink and the paper, or "view" a picture by feeling the differences between the colors of ink or paint. He can caress an object gently enough to feel any fingerprints left on it, without disturbing the prints, and he can perceive enough detail to compare them to other prints he's felt. His nose acts as a mobile gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, able to distinguish the chemical makeup of a substance by the smell of its molecular components. In essence, his hyper-keen senses make him a walking crime laboratory. His enhanced senses of hearing and touch also give him superhuman balance and physical coordination. Brian no longer has eyes, but his brain processes and interprets most of his enhanced sensory input visually. He can hear sound and feel vibration just as a normal human would, but he can also "see" it in his mind, with the sound waves of different frequencies and decibel levels appearing to him as lines of correspondingly different colors and sizes, coating and illuminating the objects around them. Scents appear in his mind's eye as translucent clouds of mist, in various colors and sizes, leaving trails he can follow. His sense of smell is acute enough to judge the distance between himself and its source, as a normal human could with sound. As he moves closer to the source of the scent, it becomes "brighter" and "louder" to him. The DNAscent process not only enhanced Brian's original senses, but provided a new one as well: Echolocation. His brain has been altered to include a disk similar to the "melon" of a whale or a dolphin's melon. This disk emits waves of high-frequency sound in all directions. Those ultra-sound waves bounce off of the objects around him, and then return to his ears. A fraction of a second later, his brain interprets the results and paints him a mental picture of his surroundings. This allows him to "see" in all directions at once, though he focuses on one roughly 90-degree field of "view" at a time, with the rest appearing as translucent overlays. This allows him to "see" just as a normal human would see in the visual light spectrum, only without color or fine detail. He would, for example, perceive the difference between the bricks and the grout of a wall, but he would not perceive chalk drawings or spraypaint on that wall. He can effectively "see" human faces, but he can't "look someone in the eye." The echolocation is far more advanced than that of any existing animals or technological devices. He can it echolocation "off," in a manner similar to how a human closes their eyes. While it is active, anyone capable of hearing ultra-sound can detect the waves emanating from his brain, and the echoes returning to his ears. History Brian Brubaker never saw the world clearly until the day he lost his eyes. "You can have anything you want, but you have to want it enough. With hard work, anything is possible. People get what they deserve." Frank Brubaker made sure his sons lived by those words. He was a self-described "city college kid" who "pulled myself up from nothing by my own boot-straps." He grew up on Stark Hill, but when Stone Ridge opened, he was one of the first people to move in. With his money, he could move anywhere, but he chose to stay in Bedlam and give back to his hometown. To hear him tell it, Bedlam City was full of poor people because they just didn't work hard enough. Ann Miller was a minimum-wage kid who hitched a ride out of the Shady Meadows trailer park as soon as she could pass for 18. She didn't mind if Frank slapped her around a bit, as long as he did it less than her parents did, and as long as he was going places. They were both young and hungry, willing to do whatever it took to get ahead. By the time their first child was born, Brubaker Imports was well on its way to becoming one of the country's most profitable shipping empires, moving just about anything that needed moving to just about anywhere in the world. Their kids went to private schools. But Frank always stressed the importance of hard work, often with the back of his hand. His kids weren't going to have a free ride. They were going to work for everything they had, just like he had. Despite the abuse, Brian idolized his father, and spent every waking moment desperately trying to earn his approval. He got near perfect grades, tried out for every sport, auditioned for every play, took after-school jobs and summer internships. Brian was 19, home for a visit from his sophomore year at Freedom City University, the day he saw his family for the last time. His mother and his little brother Wade were already waiting in the limo. Brian was walking down the driveway when the driver turned the key. His father had just made it through the front door. The ignition switch set off a car bomb. Ann and Wade were blown to pieces. Brian was blown across the driveway. Shrapnel shredded the front of his tuxedo. His face was a mess of steaming metal. Frank's jacket got dirty. Brian woke up in the hospital to his father's voice, telling him that he was going to fix everything. He'd only been there a couple of days when his father told him he was being moved to a "private clinic." Brian didn't know why the new nurse sedated him. He was kept in an induced coma, but he could still hear the people around him. As the "treatments" progressed, he could hear them louder, more clearly, from further away. He heard things he was never meant to hear, like why his father took so many "business trips" to Freedom City. Frank Brubaker's life was a lie. When recounting his family history, he would neglect to mention that his grandfather was none other than the infamous Hans Graumach, also known as Die Eule of the Nazi superteam Die Ubersoldaten. In Frank's case, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. If he had told his sons the truth, then their words to live by would have been a different quote: "In devastation, there is opportunity. When there is blood in the streets, buy property." The car bomb was meant for Frank, a "gift" from one of his "business rivals." The Brubaker fortune didn't come from moving freight. It came from smuggling and human trafficking, on an industrial scale, and it got a big boost from new "friends" in Freedom City. Ann and Frank had enough Irish blood between them to join the local Bedlam syndicate in Stark Hill, but once the Italians absorbed it, they knew they'd never rise to the top, at least not out in the open. They needed outside help, secret help. Frank and Ann's operation was built during the tail end of the Franklin Moore era and the aftermath of the Terminus Invasion. With a period of low superhero presence in town, and the sudden death and destruction of so many Freedom City citizens and their properties (legitimate businesses and mob fronts alike), The Labyrinth and its front syndicates were able to quietly expand. One of the fronts they expanded into was Bedlam City, where there has never been a shortage of vulnerable and desperate people, or men of means looking to take advantage of them. Years later, the Labyrinth would wind up owning the legitimate city government as well, but they started with the black markets. Brubaker Imports is a subsidiary of Delphic Industries, which is in turn owned and operated by Constantine Urallos, part of the inner circle of Taurus. Most of the trafficked victims are sold to sweatshops or domestic slavery. Some are given to The Labyrinth directly, to become test subjects for the DNAscent process. Frank knows he's a part of something bigger than the crime syndicates he pays lip service and a small cut to, but he has no idea of the true scope of Taurus's evil. When Brian lost his eyes, Frank called in a favor. He didn't want Brian to become a brainwashed super-thug. He just wanted to give his only surviving son his eyes back. He didn't bother to get Brian's consent before letting the Labyrinth's mad scientists play with him. As far as the Labyrinth scientists were aware, the treatment failed. Brian's body was enhanced to just past the peak physical condition for a normal human, but his eyes had failed to regenerate. Brian had heard enough during the treatments to know he should keep the unintended side-effects to himself. He didn't tell anyone about how all his other senses had been enhanced, or how he now possessed a natural sonar that would be the envy of every navy on Earth. The DNAscent process didn't restore what he'd lost, but it boosted everything he had left. He knew that he would need to keep his cards close to his chest if he were ever going to be able to use his new gifts to dismantle the horrific empire his father had built on a foundation of blood and human misery. He was quiet and distant after his "recovery." His father, never the most emotionally available man himself, didn't press the issue. Frank was consumed with guilt, a foreign sensation to him. When Brian decided he wanted to "study abroad," Frank didn't try to stop him. But the boarding school for the blind in Spain returned Brian's tuition cheque to Frank, un-cashed. He had never shown up. Frank had secretly sent bodyguards overseas with Brian to watch his back discreetly, but Brian gave them the slip. His trust fund account sat untouched. One day, Brian Brubaker just vanished off the face of the Earth. He wandered through Europe and Asia for a time, learning anything he could get people to teach him, before he found himself chasing the legend of Shambala Vale, scaling the mountain peaks, and finding refuge among the ancient order of monks. They taught him how to master his new senses, and how to temper the worst of his rage. They gave him outlets for that rage. He took up sculpting. They instructed him in the original martial art from which all others descended. They helped to temper the worst of his rage. During one of his meditations, he observed a rat breaking into a container of stored rice, and an owl swooping down from the night sky to pluck that rat up off the ground. That incident became a symbol for him, and soon, it would become a symbol for his city. Seven years after he disappeared, Brian Brubaker quietly returned to Bedlam City. He spent a few months in Europe first, where the "intense, macabre, Giger-esque" works of the "mysterious, reclusive blind sculptor" became a darling of the art scene on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Then he bought (and renovated) a humble two-story townhouse in Hardwick Park, where he planned his mission to save his city. His father employed thugs, crooked cops, money-laundering accountants, coyotes and snakeheads, all vermin who preyed upon the innocent and the desperate. Brian would became a creature of the night who would rid his city of that vermin. He became Mister Strix. Personality Brian grew up as a mostly-happy son who suppressed his anger and idolized his abusive father. Now that idol has fallen farther than he ever thought possible, and that suppressed anger is coming back like a hurricane. The revelation of his father's true nature forced Brian to re-examine everything he ever thought he knew about himself and the world around him. Good things didn't always come to those who worked hard for them like he was always taught. In fact, more often than not, the worst things happened to the best people, while the worst people took advantage of them and laughed all the way to the bank. Even if you never give up, you can still lose. Those revelations, and the trauma of his injuries, lost family members, and subsequent transformation, left him bitter, cynical, and full of rage. Gaining the ability to know when most people are lying showed him just how often people lie, which eroded his faith in human nature even further. He hears everyone's dirty secrets, and he's overwhelmed by just how many dirty secrets everyone has. His time with the Shambala monks helped to soften that edge, but he still believes that justice only happens in the world when a righteous person forces it to. The monks showed him that the world can be a better place than it is, without vermin like his father gnawing at its foundations. But that vermin will feed, unless an owl comes along to eat them first. So much of the world he thought he knew is a dirty lie, that he's not even sure that world is worth saving. But he'll die before he stops trying to save the world, because it's his family, his people, who corrupt and destroy it. He owes the world his father's debt. These days, Brian enjoys solitude, partially as a result of his disillusionment and partially as a practical matter of his enhanced senses amplifying every outside stimulus. Just as everyone a speedster meets is the annoyingly slow customer in front of them in the ATM or checkout line, every person Brian meets is the neighbor who blasts his TV or stereo at all hours of the night or the guy sitting next to him on the bus who hasn't showered in a week. He rarely engages in conversation at all, and even when he does engage, he remains laconic, withholding, almost sullen. He does have a sense of humor, but it leans toward the dry, the morbid, and the self-deprecating. He is reluctant to volunteer information, and his reaction to those he meets defaults to suspicion (though his powers make clearing that suspicion and earning some measure of trust a faster process than it would be otherwise). Everyone is guilty (of something) until proven innocent. He has come to view emotional attachment to other individuals as a weakness, and so he does the best he can to avoid it. But since he is human, he can't avoid forming attachments, no matter how much he chastises himself for it in hindsight. Powers & Tactics Brian is an expert martial artist, and a world-class detective, athlete, and inflitrator. The DNAscent process left him at peak physical condition, just barely superhuman. His enhanced senses make it almost impossible to lie to him or to catch him off-guard. He prefers to strike from stealth, ending a fight in one decisive blow before it begins. When facing a foe directly, he still takes any opportunity to remove the advantage of their sight, whether by destroying light sources or by deploying smoke bombs. He adapts his fighting style to each opponent, seeking to counter them rather than match them or beat them at their own game. If they seem to favor karate punches and kicks, or the knee and elbow strikes of muay thai, then he'll use jiujutsu grapples. If they fight defensively, focusing on parries or avoidance, then he'll be aggressive, getting inside their defenses. Since the Shambala style is the foundation for every martial art on Earth, anyone fighting him is likely to see something familiar, mixed with something else completely foreign. He uses his cape to obscure and distort his movements. His enhanced agility allows him to move and strike in unexpected directions and angles relative to his foes. He uses custom-built throwing knives, stylized like crescent moons or an owl's talons, to disarm and distract foes at a distance, before closing in to finish the job with fists and feet. Complications Addiction (Painkillers and Stimulants): Brian's enhanced senses cause him chronic headaches, and make it difficult for him to get restful sleep. The meditation techniques he learned in Shambala Vale mitigate this problem, but they do not eliminate it entirely. The GM can force Brian to save against effects like Nauseate, or even automatically inflict conditions like Sickened, to represent the pain caused by his powers, or by medication withdrawal. The GM can also inflict conditions like Fatigued upon Brian, to represent lost sleep, or withdrawal from stimulants. Disability (Blindness): Brian's enhanced touch can feel the difference between ink and paper, and even between different pigments, which allows him to perceive color by touch. His echolocation, on the other hand, can perceive distance, size, and shape, but not color. It can perceive texture, but not with the same level of detail as normal human vision. This means he can only read text or view pictures if they are within arms reach. The screens of television sets, computer monitors, tablets, and smartphones may as well be blank to him, even to his touch, unless they have been specifically modified for blind users. He cannot directly perceive the level of light in the local area directly. At best, he can infer by feeling the heat from a nearby light source, if it emits significant heat at all. Incandescent bulbs are easy, but LED bulbs are difficult to impossible. Anything in his surroundings which depends on light, text, or color is invisible to him once it is physically out of reach. His enhanced smell can identify people by their individual scent, and his echolocation and tremor-sense together provide enough detail to differentiate between people based on size, shape, and mass, but not enough to let him tell their faces apart from one another. The white cane and dark glasses sometimes make him a target for opportunistic criminals, and if he puts up much of a fight, he'll arouse suspicion. He is physically capable of operating a vehicle or heavy machinery, but he cannot obtain a license to do so legally. Enemies (The Labyrinth, Frank Brubaker, David Brubaker): Frank Brubaker is a human trafficking kingpin, and he initiated his oldest son David into the family business years ago. Neither Brian, nor his father or brother, understand the full scope of The Labyrinth, the grand machine in which they are tiny cogs. Family Secrets: His father is a crime lord with good publicity, and his great-grandfather was a Nazi supervillain. Lost Love: Brian had a girlfriend in college, Alexandra "Alex" Nocenti. When he vanished from her life without warning, she came looking for him. When she asked too many questions, Frank Brubaker panicked and overreacted. He had her kidnapped, brainwashed, and subjected to the DNAscent process, turning her into his bodyguard and enforcer. The girl Brian loved now stands at his hated father's side. Noticeable (Echolocation): Anyone with Ultra-Hearing, or any other applicable Super-Senses, can hear the waves of ultra-sound being broadcast by Brian's brain when he uses his echolocation. This includes animals such as dogs, bats, dolphins, and whales. Obligation (Shambala Temple): The monks of the Shambala Vale took Brian in and trained him. One or more of their number may call upon him for aid in the future. Power Loss: A GM can force Brian to make Concentration checks to make sense of the information provided by his superhuman senses. Failure can leave him with the equivalent of hallucinations or "blindness." Secret (Identity): Brian may be superhuman, but he's not invincible. One sniper's bullet could end him. And if Brian's father finds out who's targeting him, then he'll make Brian wish for a bullet to the head. Vulnerabilities (Sensory Overload, Sonic Powers): A GM can arbitrarily increase the effective power rank of any effect which overloads Brian's senses, such as loud noises or tear gas. A GM can also force Brian to save against additional attack effects, such as Auditory Dazzle or Nauseate, when someone near him uses, or is targeted by, a power with the "Sonic" descriptor. Weakness (Sensory Overload): When Brian is exposed to sensory overload, such as loud noises or tear gas, a GM can inflict penalties to his checks and combat traits as if he had the Weakness drawback. Abilities 16 + 16 + 16 + 8 + 8 + 4 = 68PP Strength: 26 (+8) (Heavy Load: 1,200 lbs.) Dexterity: 26 (+8) Constitution: 26 (+8) Intelligence: 18 (+4) Wisdom: 18 (+4) Charisma: 14 (+2) Combat 8 + 8 = 16PP Initiative: +8 (+8 Dex) Attack: +10 Melee (+4 Base, +6 Attack Focus), +4 Ranged (+4 Base), +9 Shuriken (+4 Base, +4 Attack Specalization, +1 Masterwork) Grapple: +18 (+10 Melee Attack, +8 Strength) Defense: +10 (+4 Base, +6 Dodge Focus), +2 Flat-FootedUncanny Dodge Knockback Resistance: 4 ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC23 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical, Bludgeoning) Shuriken Ranged DC24 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical, Piercing/Slashing, Lethal) Stunning Attack Touch DC23 Fortitude (Staged) Dazed/Stunned/Unconscious Saving Throws 0 + 2 + 6 = 8PP Toughness: +8 (+8 Con) Fortitude: +8 (+8 Con, +0PP) Reflex: +10Evasion 2 (+8 Dex, +2PP) Will: +10Ultimate Save (+4 Wis, +6PP) Skills 156R = 39PP Acrobatics 7 (+15)Skill Mastery Climb 7 (+15) Concentration 6 (+10)Trance Craft (Art) 11 (+15) Disable Device 11 (+15) Escape 7 (+15)Ultimate Skill Gather Information 13 (+15) Intimidation 13 (+15) Investigation 11 (+15) Knowledge (Streetwise) 6 (+10) Languages 12 (Atlantean, Braille, Cantonese, English [Native], French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Morse Code, Nepali, Russian, Spanish) Notice 16 (+20)Skill Mastery Search 11 (+15) Sense Motive 16 (+20)Skill Mastery Stealth 7 (+15)Skill Mastery Swim 2 (+10)Swimming Feats 34PP Acrobatic Bluff Attack Focus (Melee) 6 Attack Specialization (Shuriken) 2 Benefit 2 (Status [Famous Artist], Wealth) Dodge Focus 6 Equipment 6 (30EP)Veteran Reward Evasion 2 Grapple Finesse Hide In Plain Sight Improved Ranged Disarm Luck 3 Quick Change (Costume) Skill Mastery (Acrobatics, Notice, Sense Motive, Stealth) Stunning Attack Takedown Attack 2 Trance Ultimate Save (Will) Ultimate Skill (Escape) Well-Informed Equipment 6PP = 29/30EP Disable Device Tools [0EP] Grapple-Gun Baton Super-Movement 1 (Swinging, Feats: Subtle [Disguised as a cane]) [3EP] Masterwork Smartphone (Modified for blind users) [1EP] Medication (Painkillers and Stimulants) [1EP] Shuriken Blast 1 (100ft Max Range, Extras: Autofire, Flaws: Unreliable [5 Uses], Feats: Improved Range [25ft Range Increments], Masterwork [+1 Attack], Mighty 8, Subtle, Drawbacks: Lethal) [12EP] Smoke Pellets Obscure 2 (10ft radius, Visual-Type Senses, Extras: Action [Move], Independent, Total Fade, Flaws: Limited [One Sense: Normal Vision], Unreliable [5 Uses], Feats: Subtle, Drawbacks: Full Power, Reduced Range 2 [2 20ft Range Increments = 40ft Max Range]) [2EP] Townhouse with Secret Bunker (PL13 HQ) [10EP] Size: Tiny [-1EP] Toughness: +10 [1EP] (Earthquake-Proofing, Bulletproof Windows, Steel Plate Shear Walls reinforced with Pre-Cast Concrete) Features: [10EP] Computer Concealed 2 (+15DC = DC25) Fire Prevention System Gym Living Space Power System Security System 2 (DC25) Workshop 3 + 1 + 1 + 12 + 2 + 10 = 29/30EP = 6PP Powers 1 + 3 + 1 + 1 + 21 + 1 = 28PP Features 1 (Internal Laboratory [Can analyze clues with the Investigation skill on the spot, without access to a crime lab]) [1PP] (Descriptors: Mutation, Super-Senses) Immunity 5 (Interaction Skills, Flaws: Limited [1/2 Effect]) [3PP] (Descriptors: Mutation, Super-Senses) Leaping 1 (x2, Running Long Jump: 36ft) [1PP] (Descriptors: Mutation, Training) Speed 1 (10MPH / 100ft per Move Action) [1PP] (Descriptors: Mutation, Training) Super-Senses 21 (Accurate Extended Normal Hearing, Acute Analytical Extended Tracking 2 Normal Smell/Taste, Analytical Normal Touch, Danger Sense 3 [Sense Types: Auditory, Olfactory, Tactile], Sonar [Ultra-Hearing, Extras: Accurate, Counters Concealment, Flaws: Counters Concealment Limited to One Sense], Tremor-Sense, Uncanny Dodge 3 [Sense Types: Auditory, Olfactory, Tactile]) [21PP] (Descriptors: Mutation) Swimming 1 (2.5MPH / 25ft per Move Action, Can always Take 10 on Swimming checks) [1PP] (Descriptors: Mutation, Training) Drawbacks -0PP [None] Abilities (68) + Combat (16) + Saving Throws (8) + Skills (39) + Feats (34) + Powers (28) - Drawbacks (0) = 193/196 Power Points
  9. Power Level: 9 (158/169 PP)Trade-Offs: +1 Attack / -1 Damage (melee), +2 Attack / -2 Damage (ranged); +1 Defense / -1 ToughnessUnspent Power Points: 11 In Brief: Daughter of the first Arrowhawk using Norse artifacts to fight crime Residence: Abandoned subway station underneath Stark HillBase of Operations: Bedlam, Wisconsin Alternate Identity: Osla Jónsdóttir, Osla JonssonIdentity: SecretBirthplace: Upon the Bifrost, outside the gates of AsgardOccupation: Superhero/honourary ValkyrieAffiliations: Aesir, Arrowhawk I, Loki (grudgingly), ValkyriesFamily: John Fraser (Arrowhawk, father), Vivian Kriger (Valkyrie, mother, deceased) Description:Apparent Age: Early 20sGender: FemaleEthnicity: Scandinavian/Scot (Caucasian)Height: 6'0"Weight: 175 lbsEyes: Blue-greyHair: Golden blonde Osla is an imposing young woman; tall, broad, and muscular. She takes very much after her mother, with pale skin, piercing blue eyes, and long blonde hair she keeps in a tight plaited braid. Her physique is very much one borne of practicality, muscular and strong without making sacrifices in speed or agility. Her movements are precise and graceful, her hands and forearms scarred and nicked from a childhood in a wild, often unforgiving environment. Her features also come across as a little harsh, the lines of her jaw and cheeks lacking softness, especially with her hair pulled back tightly. In her uniform, Osla dons armour of black leather, with strike plates of a carbide composite segmented over the more vulnerable areas. The Arrowhawk emblem is emblazoned across her chest in a white-silver hue. Her cape is a dark grey, with a hood kept up over her hair. Her features are obscured beneath the hood with a black domino mask, throwing her ice-blue eyes into sharp contrast. The more modern Arrowhawk costume is contrasted by the Norse artifacts she wields. She wears fingerless gloves of an intricately small chainmail, each with four carved metal claws on the back, stopping at the knuckles. Her boots are a soft dark leather, lacing up the side and with scale mail over their tongues and toes, with a faint engraved hoof design on each individual scale. A bronzed belt coils around her waist, made of a narrow chain that loops around three times, fastening at the front with a snake's head with ruby eyes. She also hangs her quiver from her belt, a battered, elderly looking construction of worn brown leather and fraying stitching. When not fighting crime, Osla favours simple, practical clothes; wearing thrift store work boots and worn blue jeans alongside flannel shirts and leather jackets. She often carries a shoulder satchel containing a couple of knifes or axes in case something happens and she isn't otherwise armed. Power Descriptions: Osla's heritage hasn't particularly given her many innate abilities. Her sight and vision is clear and sharp, and her health hale, resistant to the ravages of the time and the cold. If she inherited anything from either parent, it was a great physical prowess, being as strong, fast and tough as some of the greatest warriors with twice her experience, taking to combat and to woodmanship like a duck takes to water. Somewhat reluctantly, she has accepted gifts from the trickster god, Loki, to aid her in her efforts upon Midgard. Fenrir's Gauntlets imbue her with near-superhuman strength, allowing her to lift nearly half a ton without breaking a sweat, and hurl grown men around like ragdolls. Sleipnir's Shoes bolster her speed, allowing her to outpace the fastest steed, and keep pace with cars at a dead sprint. The enchantment on the Cincture of Jormungandr lets her obfuscate herself from view, obscuring the sight and scent of her from all but the most observant. All of these are also enchanted such that only a worthy warrior can wield them, someone willing to defend the weak and innocent, and also to battle those that would harm them both with violence and with terror. Her father also saw fit to give her her own suit to be Arrowhawk, based on modern fabrics and materials. The suit manages to be light-weight and easy to move in and don, while also being incredibly resilient. The hood can deflect a bullet of low enough calibre, and it's much less armoured than most of the suit. The most important part of her outfit is her bow. Named 'Arrowhawk' itself, it is enchanted to be able to strike even the intangible, and with the same restrictions upon its use as her raiment. It comes with a supply of enchanted arrows, able to burst into flames upon striking, cover a target in impenetrable icy bonds, or even explode like the lightning of Thor himself. The body and strings are also reinforced to allow Orheidr to not just be used as an improvised weapon, but as one in deadly earnest, able to deliver repeated blows with Osla's enhanced strength without taking damage. She also has a limited supply of arrows carved from fragments of the Bifrost, allowing her to punch temporary rifts in the fabric of the Nine Realms, stepping from one to another like walking through a door. History: Some years ago, Vivien Kriger, the Valkyrie, emissary to Midgard of the Allfather, was slain in battle with Doktor Archeville in a period where he was consumed by madness. Tragically, she was pregnant at the time. Having embarked on a brief relationship with John Fraser, the first Arrowhawk, neither of them knew this at the time. But despite their dismissal of Kriger, the Aesir were not utterly without merciless, and so they allowed Osla to be born despite her mother's technical death. Children were a rarity in Asgard, and so Osla grew up among Einherjar and valkyries, among gods and beasts. Despite her great talent for physical pursuits, she didn't have the physique of a literal deity. Even after training for hours and hours, her skill would never surpass the Einherjar's skill won of lifetimes and lifetimes. And technically residing in the afterlife, she never knew her father. Her mother was seen as something of an embarrassment and an outcast by the Aesir. Osla grew up very lonely, and without much in the way of friends. So she listened to the stories her mother told her of the Arrowhawk, a man fighting in the shadows against the worst of mankind, not stopping to bask in the glory or honour of it. Surrounded by people who found glory and honour in things not savoury enough to merit it, she found this intriguing, and sought to emulate it. As was the nature of time in the Nine Realms, Osla grew up within a few Midgard years, and was allowed to become a valkyrie. But their treatment of her mother chafed, and the condescension over her mortal nature hurt even more. But one day, a visiting member of another pantheon, the Heliopolitans, came to speak to her. Set informed her of the looming threat of Typhon, Father of Monsters, and his assault on the mortal realms. And of how he needed to recruit mortal warriors to do so, and of how one of them would be her father, if only he could get her across to Midgard... Without the resources and weapons her mother had been given, then stripped of; and without the backing of the gods to get across the Bifrost, Set took her to Loki. They made an open-ended deal. He would provide weapons and tools with which to fight, and a means to cross the Realms. She would in return do him a few favours, one day in the future... Reluctantly she accepted, and finally reunited with her father, and was shocked to find out the stories were true, but not quite so glorious. He was a sad, lonely old man, and didn't even know she'd been born. Making up for some lost time, they spent months together, before she broached the subject of doing what he did. After a few months more, he finally acceded, giving her the blessing to take up the Arrowhawk name and go to Bedlam City, in the hope of providing what aid she could to the denizens of this, one of the most blighted and dangerous places on Midgard. Personality & Motivation: Osla is a by and large a direct, motivated person. She favours economy of action, and of speech, often coming off as blunt and reserved because of it. The task in front of her is the most important thing to her. Osla's watchwords are stubbornness and directness; she's a doer even to the exclusion of tactics and in some cases even foresight. Her very isolated upbringing and the necessity of the arduous training and work needed to keep up with her near-superhuman companions has led her to place very little value on social interaction. As such, on those occasions where she does wish to be social and have companionship and friendship, she is less task-focused, but also quite awkward and inarticulate. Much of her motivation comes from her perception of never being quite good enough. Her parents' careers, the powers of the Aesir she grew up among, and the martial skill of the einherjar and valkyries have led her to have skewed perspectives on her in no way inconsequential martial prowess and combat effectiveness. But what primarily drives Osla is a sense of kinship with the underdog. She didn't enjoy being treated like the runt, like a mistake, and takes great umbrage with others being treated in the same way. This is why she chose to go to Bedlam, even if she doesn't quite consciously register it: she doesn't believe the city is beyond saving, or that it isn't worth the effort to do so. Complications: A More Civilised Weapon for a Bygone Age: The disadvantage of Arrowhawk using arrows as a primary means of attack is that this is 2016. Arrows are bulkier, and if they run out due to being much more limited in how much ammunition can be carried, restocking is only possible in a select few stores. And much of Osla's arsenal of magical, and thus can only be replenished if she spends time creating more in her downtime, not by simply walking into a sporting goods store. Deal With The Devil: In order to even be on Midgard, in order to be armed and equipped to deal with the worst it has to offer, to be the Arrowhawk, Osla was forced to make an open-ended deal with the Norse trickster deity Loki. In exchange for being able to cross worlds, and for being armed, Loki has the right to ask a number of favours of her. He's not foolish, though, and will tend to ask her for things she'd likely agree to anyway even if it didn't further his own ends. Double-Edged Arrowhead: As the second Arrowhawk, Osla inherits a fearsome reputation, but also the downsides of the legacy: organized crime the English speaking world over knows the Arrowhawk will come for them. As such, mafia families may have specific preparations for archers, or even come gunning for her personally. Has To Win The War, Not Just The Battle: Osla doesn't quite understand the sheer level of institutional rot and endemic corruption in Bedlam, and as such hasn't come to terms with the fact she may not be able to save the city. As such, she deeply struggles with the idea of a tactical withdrawal, and outright won't run away. This can lead to her being dragged out of hopeless fights, or only staggering away into the dark after enduring grievous and needless injury. Never Quite Good Enough: For all her skill, for all her power, Osla can't quite come to terms with the idea she's perfectly worthy of both her parents' mantles. She feels she isn't skilled or moral enough to take up either, and as such is driven to prove herself worthy of feats of great martial skill and derring-do, even if it would be smarter or less dangerous to those around her to stop and reconsider her actions. Stranger In A Strange Land: While Osla has been on Midgard a few months now, she still grew up on Asgard. As such, things we take for granted, she has no familiarity with, like how to drive or how to reset the wi-fi. She knows what these things do, but isn't practiced or particularly skilled in how to make them do it. As such, she cannot Drive at all, and any modern technology she uses a little slowly and haltingly for any task which is more complex than being able to read and press buttons. Additionally, her identification is fake and she doesn't have a legal birth certificate or Social Security number. ABILITIES: 8 + 8 + 10 + 2 + 2 + 4 = 34PP Strength: 22/18 (+6/+4) Dexterity: 18 (+4) Constitution: 20 (+5) Intelligence: 12 (+1) Wisdom: 12 (+1) Charisma: 14 (+2) COMBAT: 14 + 12 = 26PP Initiative: +8 Attack: +7 Base, +10 melee, +11 bow Grapple: +14/+17 Defense: +10 (+6 Base, +4 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed Knockback: -4/2 SAVING THROWS: 4 + 4 + 8 = 16PP Toughness: +8 (+4 Con, +4 Protection) Fortitude: +9 (+5 Con, +4) Reflex: +8 (+4 Dex, +4) Will: +9 (+1 Wis, +8) SKILLS: 68R = 17PP Acrobatics 2 (+6) Bluff 4 (+6/+10) Diplomacy 0 (+2/+6) Gather Information 8 (+10) Intimidate 12 (+14) Knowledge [Theology and Philosophy] 4 (+5) Knowledge (Arcane Lore) 4 (+5) Knowledge (Streetwise) 4 (+5) Language 1 (Old Norse [Native], English) Medicine 4 (+5) Notice 9 (+10) Perform [string instruments] 3 (+5) Sense Motive 9 (+10) Stealth 11 (+15) Survival 9 (+10) FEATS: 23PP Accurate Attack Attack Focus (melee) 3 Attack Specialization (bow) 2 Attractive 1 Beginner's Luck Benefit (Reputation: Arrowhawk) Dodge Focus 4 Equipment 0 + 4 [Veteran Reward] Evasion Fearless Luck 2 Move-By Action Quick Draw Startle Takedown Attack Track Uncanny Dodge [auditory] Equipment (20ep/20ep): Dane Axe: Strike 2 (Feats: Improved Critical, Mighty, Thrown) [5ep] Grappling Hook Pistol: Super-Movement 2 (slow fall, swinging) [4ep] Other equipment: Flashlight, Masterwork violin [2ep] HQ: Abandoned Subway Car and Station: 9ep Size: Small; Toughness: 10; Features: Communications, Concealed 2 [+10 DC to find], Gym, Living Space, Security System 2 [DC25], Workshop POWERS: 4 + 16 + 14 + 1 + 3 = 38PP Device 1 (5PP Container, Flaws: Hard to Lose [-1]) [4PP] (Arrowhawk Costume) Protection 3 (Feats: Second Chance [Toughness save vs bullet damage], Second Chance [Toughness save vs conventional blades]) [5PP] (armour) Device 5 (25PP Container, Flaws: Easy to Lose [-2], Feats: Restricted [only the worthy]) [16PP] (Orheidr) Bow & Magic Arrows Array 9 (18PP Array, Feats: Affects Insubstantial 2, Alternate Power 5) [25PP] Base Power: Blast 3 (standard arrows, Feats: Improved Critical, Improved Range [75' increment], Mighty 4, Progression [750' maximum range], Variable Descriptor [bludgeoning/piercing/slashing]) [14PP] (arrow, magic, variable) Alternate Power: Blast 3 (rapid arrows, Extras: Autofire [7]; Flaws: Action - Full; Feats: Improved Critical, Improved Range [75' increment], Mighty 4, Progression [750' maximum range], Variable Descriptor [bludgeoning/piercing/slashing]) [18PP] (arrow, magic, variable) Alternate Power: Blast 3 (flaming arrow, Extras: Secondary Effect [7], Feats: Mighty 4) [17PP] Alternate Power: Dazzle 6 (thunderbolt arrow; visual and auditory, Extras: Area - Burst [+1]) [18PP] Alternate Power: Snare 7 (ice arrow) [14PP] Alternate Power: Strike 2 (bow strike, Feats: Extended Reach, Improved Critical, Mighty) [4PP] Device 3 (15PP Container, Flaws: Hard to Lose [-1], Feats: Indestructible, Restricted [only the worthy]) [14PP] (Raiment of the Trickster) Fenrir's Gauntlets Enhanced Feats 2 (apply Affects Insubstantial 2 to unarmed strike) [2PP] Enhanced Strength 4 [4PP] (magic) Super-Strength 1 (Heavy load: 1/2 ton) [2PP] (magic) Cincture of Jormungandr Concealment 4 (normal visual and all olfactory; Flaws: Blending [-1], Passive [-1], Feats: Close Range) [3PP] (illusion, magic) Sleipnir's Shoes Leaping 2 (x5 distance, 80'/40'/20' jump) [2PP] (magic) Speed 2 (25MPH) [2PP] (magic) Immunity 2 (aging, cold, Flaws: Limited to half effect [-1]) [1PP] (divine, valkyrie) Super-Senses 3 (extended hearing [x10], extended vision [x10], low-light vision) [3PP] (divine, valkyrie) DC Block: ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC19 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Gauntlets Touch DC21 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Arrows Ranged DC22 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Blast (fire) Ranged DC22 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Energy: Fire), Secondary Effect Dazzle Area [Burst] DC21 Reflex Blinded/Deafened Snare Ranged DC22 Reflex (Staged) Entangled Strike Touch DC23 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) TOTALS Abilities (34) + Combat (26) + Saving Throws (16) + Skills (21) + Feats (23) + Powers (38) - Drawbacks (0) = 158/169 Power Points
  10. Player Name: Trollthumper Character Name: Temperance Power Level: 9/12 (133/197PP) Trade-Offs: None Unspent Power Points: 64 In Brief: Daughter of a water elemental turned urban heroine with a sideline in spiritual matters. Alternate Identity: Eliza Oxum Identity: Secret Birthplace: Freedom City, NJ Occupation: Student Affiliations: The Court of Tides (Father's Court) Family: Julia Oxum (mother, fortune teller), Michael Oxum (father, dockworker/water elemental) Description: When in civilian clothes, Eliza usually wears jeans, sneakers, and sweatshirts - nothing too different from the rest of her peer group. As Temperance, her clothing tends towards dark navy shades - a navy peacoat over dark blue body armor and Doc Martens, coupled with a mask made from opaque blue ice to conceal her identity. Age: 16 (DoB: August 3rd, 1995) Apparent Age: 16 Gender: Female Ethnicity: Black Height: 5'8" Weight: 110 lbs. Eyes: Black Hair: Blue Power Descriptions: All Powers - Water, Ice, Magical, Spiritual Blast w/ Autofire - Temperance causes water to swirl about her, then freeze into hail stones. The hail stones launch towards the target with the force of a fast ball from a professional pitcher. (+Bludgeoning) Snare - The water that swirls around Temperance coalesces around a target, then freezes solid. (+Entrapment) Trip - The ground area Temperance frosts over in patches, making it hard to retain balance. Move Object - Temperance raises her hands, and water surges forth from whatever holds it. History: Eliza's parents were always open with her, willing to tell her what she needed to know. The fact that, at a young age, she quickly cottoned to the fact that her "imaginary friends" might not be so imaginary likely had something to do with that. When she was seven, her mother and father sat her down and told her about how they'd really met. Eliza had always known that her father worked at the docks of the Waterfront. What she learned that day was that he wasn't human. He was a water elemental, a high-ranking member of the Court of Tides. Such spirit courts moved invisibly through the fabric of the earth, of it but hidden from it. Michael - whose real name was the thunder of a wave crashing against a cliff - had his eyes on the human world, and in watching the Boardwalk, had taken a shine to Julia, who read cards and palms for tourists. The two enjoyed a whirlwind romance that never faltered, even when Michael revealed what he really was. With the (begrudging) approval of his Court, the two were wed. The matter of Eliza's birth resulted in some consternation - the purists of the various Courts were unsure about spirits siring children with mortals, saying the results could be dire - but their complaints were nothing to the couple as they beheld their beautiful daughter for the first time. As far as Julia and Michael know, they gave birth to a perfectly normal girl, putting to rest the concerns of Michael's colleagues. But unbeknownst to them, Eliza has inherited her some of her father's power. After a lot of practice with glasses, bathtubs, and one embarrassing incident with the kitchen sink, she's attained fairly solid control over water and its various states. She's out to make a name for herself on the streets of Freedom, cleaning up her community and making sure that humanity remains in balance with the spirits. Personality & Motivation: When on the streets, Temperance embodies the term "sangfroid." Her speech is flowery, poetic, but still cold and pointed. She has a tendency towards theatricality and brusqueness, but always shows other heroes warmth. Out of costume, she's much more upbeat, active, and friendly, though quick to jump in and defend others or her beliefs. Powers & Tactics: Temperance usually needs water in some form to influence her powers, which is why she carries a Camelback under her pea coat to provide her with enough water to form into projectiles, black ice, and other armaments. While she can call water that she perceives, she hasn't reached the point that she can sense its mere presence. She will try to subdue targets by ensnaring them or getting them off their feet, relying on projectiles when little else works. Complications: ...And Not a Drop To Drink: In an urban environment with full utilities, and with her Camelback with her, Temperance usually has enough water to use her powers. But in an arid, dehydrated environment, she's pretty much out of luck. Child of Soil, Child of Water: Temperance's dad is a powerful member of the Court of Tides, which means there are a number of water elementals - and other elementals - who have business with him. The fact that Temperance is a "half-breed" is more than enough reason for some of the purists among her dad's kind to take issue with her. It's Ten O'Clock, Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?: Temperance is keeping her superhero career hidden from her folks - at least, at first. She's afraid of what her dad might say about the fact that his seemingly normal daughter has inherited his elemental mantle. Abilities: 0 + 4 + 4 + 2 + 6 + 4 = 20 PP Strength 10 (+0) Dexterity 14 (+2) Constitution 14 (+2) Intelligence 12 (+1) Wisdom 16 (+3) Charisma 14 (+2) Combat: 10 + 10 = 16 PP Attack: +5 (+8 Aquatic Mastery) Defense: +9 (+5 Base, +4 Dodge Focus), +2 Flat-Footed Initiative: +6 Grapple: +4 Knockback: -8/-1 Saving Throws: 5 + 6 + 4 = 15 PP Toughness: +8/+2 (+2 CON, +6 Protection) Fortitude: +7 (+2 CON, +5) Reflex: +8 (+2 DEX, +6) Will: +7 (+3 WIS, +4) Skills: 68r = 17 PP Acrobatics 6 (+8) Concentration 4 (+7) Diplomacy 4 (+6) Gather Information 7 (+9) Intimidate 8 (+10) Knowledge (arcane lore) 8 (+9) Knowledge (current events) 5 (+6) Knowledge (streetwise) 8 (+9) Notice 6 (+9) Sense Motive 6 (+9) Swim 6 (+6) Feats: 12 PP All-Out Attack Dodge Focus 4 Evasion Improved Initiative Luck 2 Power Attack Uncanny Dodge (audio) Well-Informed Powers: 33 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 6 + 2 = 49 PP Aquatic Mastery, 27 PP Array (Feats: Accurate 2, Alternate Power 3) [29 PP] Base: Blast 9 (Extras: Autofire 1) [27 PP] “hailstorm†Alternate Power: Snare 9 (Extras: Regenerating) [27 PP] “permafrost†Alternate Power: Trip 9 (Extras: Duration [Concentration], Area Shapeable) [27 PP] “black ice†Alternate Power: Move Object 9 (Extras: Area Shapeable, Range [Perception]; Flaws: Limited to Water) [27 PP] Alternate Power: Transform 9 ​(Water to Ice) [27PP] Comprehend (Spirits) 1 [2 PP] Flight 3 (50mph, Flaws: Platform) [3PP] Immunity 3 (cold, high pressure, suffocation from drowning) [3 PP] Protection 6 [6 PP] Super-Senses (Detect Spirits Ranged) 2 [2 PP] Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block ATTACK RANGE SAVE EFFECT Unarmed Touch DC15 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Blast Ranged DC23 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Snare Ranged DC18 Reflex 1/2 save DC18 Reflex (Staged) Ensnared Trip Ranged DC18 Reflex 1/2 save DC18 STR, DEX, or Acrobatics Prone Move Object Ranged DC23 Toughness (Staged) Damage (Physical) Totals: Abilities (20) + Combat (20) + Saving Throws (15) + Skills (17) + Feats (12) + Powers (49) - Drawbacks (0) = 133/197 Power Points
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