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  1. GM 3PM, March 4th, 2020 The Riverfront District It was perhaps appropriate that Sunburn, Dinostroyer and Metamind had been brought back to the Riverfront district that they had attacked. Their trial had, despite the overwhelming evidence, lasted a few weeks now. It was not much of an argument of guilt, it was more a question of how bad, and how to punish someone that didn't seem to exist. As it turned out, it seemed that Sunburn's claim that that the trio was from another world had been true. Or, at the very least, they had been good at hiding any trace of themselves. Now, a verdict had been reached. Property damage, mind control, but thankfully, no fatalities, and mostly minor injuries. The Upstarts were to be sent to an A.E.G.I.S. holding facility closer to Freedom City, far from Emerald City. Super villains were not something that happened in Emerald City, after all, so they had no way of keeping them. As the group was loaded into individual trucks, they were still wearing the power dampening equipment created by MarsTech. Dinostroyer wore heavy chains, Metamind had been outfitted with a helmet and Sunburn was inside a large tank filled with a strange fluid, with a breathing apparatus around her mouth and nose. She looked even more pissed off than the rest. The trucks didn't far before they simply stopped. The drivers got out, any guards simply left... and then the first shots were fired towards the prison transports. Emerald City was not a city of villains, and it seemed that being a villain here came with its own consequences.
  2. ooc for this. @Tiffany Korta, @angrydurf, follow up to EC Showdown, as promised. Once you've made your entrance, give me an Initiative
  3. Steel Shogun Power Level: 12 (216/216PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: (Katana) +1 Attack / -1 Damage, -2 Defense / +2 Toughness In Brief: Yakuza heir turned ironclad Oyabun. Alternate Identity: Takazumi Kaneda (Secret) Birthplace: Emerald City Residence: Jadetown, Emerald City Base of Operations: Jadetown, Emerald City Occupation: Oyabun of the Takazumi-gumi Affiliations: The Chamber, Takazumi-gumi, Katanarchists Family: Takazumi Kagami (Wife, Born 1980), Takazumi Ryu (Son, Born 1998, So-Honbucho of Kaneda's household, member of Takazumi-gumi), Takezumi Tomiko (Daughter, Born 1998, has visions of the future) Description: Age: 46 (DoB: 1973) Gender: Male Ethnicity: Asian Height: 5'7'' / 6'7'' as Steel Shogun Weight: 166 lbs. / 500 lbs. as Steel Shogun Eyes: Black Hair: Black Takazumi Kenada is an attractive 46-year-old Japanese man. He is 5’7” with a strong build, black hair and brown eyes. He wears well-crafted Japanese business suits, Italian shoes, and expensive silk ties. As the Steel Shogun, Kaneda is 6’7” tall and appears to be made from a silvery-grey metal. He wears a suit of light metal armor designed to resemble that of a traditional samurai, and he wields a katana and a wakazashi. His voice in this form is deeper, with a hollow quality, almost as if it were coming from a deep well. History: Takazumi Kaneda, the boy who would one day become the Steel Shogun, was the son of Takazumi Tetsuo, the Oyuban of the Takazumi-gumi—a Katanarchist Yakuza clan based out of Little Osaka in Emerald City. To have his son raised traditionally, Tetsuo sent him to Japan to be fostered by his uncle, the Oyabun of his own Yakuza clan, where Kaneda would be indoctrinated to become a loyal Katanarchist. He was to be given the best education Japan could provide, including the ancient art of wielding the sacred katana. He became an active member of his uncles’ clan when he turned 16, but with the strict understanding that he would return to Emerald City at his father’s command to take control of the ‘family business’ in America. Kaneda rose through the Yakuza ranks buoyed, not by his birthright, but by his intelligence and skill. He proved to be an insightful member of the organization who commanded not only the loyalty but the love of the men below him due to his willingness to lead them directly and not from behind the safety of a desk. It was this very trait that very nearly led to Kaneda’s undoing. What seemed like a simple trade of smuggled weapons for drugs in an abandoned warehouse on an isolated dock proved to be a police set-up. Kaneda and his footsoldiers became embroiled in a gun fight. He knew the only way out was to ensure every one of the police officers was killed with no witnesses left standing. What neither the police nor Kaneda realized was that the warehouse had not been completely emptied of the barrels stored there. The hail of bullets ruptured the barrels and caused the chemicals to spill and ignite, resulting in a huge explosion, destroying the warehouse completely and setting fire to the surrounding area in a blaze that burned for a week. While most of the police and footsoldiers were killed instantly, Kaneda was flung free of the warehouse and landed on a rusting ocean freighter moored on the dock. Covered in burning chemicals, Kaneda’s skin melted and bubbled until he succumbed to the pain and passed out. When he regained consciousness, Kaneda at first thought that the chemical fire had fused his body to the freighter. Panicked, he tried to pull himself free but realized his body had not fused with the metal plates of the deck, but had instead become some sort of organic steel. He found his new body did not detrimentally affect the way he moved, and in fact he was far stronger and more resistant to injury than before. A small amount of experimentation revealed he could revert back to his normal flesh and blood form with just a thought, enabling him to hide his new-found ability until he wished to reveal it. Returning to his uncle, Kaneda continued to serve the clan and rose through the ranks. He used his new powers to act as an enforcer and special operative of the clan. The day finally came when was called back to America by his family; his father was gravely ill, and it was time to return to Emerald City to begin the process of assuming leadership of Takazumi-gumi. Kaneda stepped into the position of Oyuban with no opposition from his father’s men, and quickly earned their respect and admiration as a powerful and resourceful leader. As the leader of the Takazumi-gumi, Kaneda would become the unofficial, hidden leader of Jadetown. During his rise to power, Kaneda would marry Myashita Kagami, fathering the twins Ryu and Tomiko. While Kaneda would lavish attention on Ryu as his heir, his attention has turned to Tomiko in recent years, as she discovered that she could receive visions of the future, expressed through art. Eventually joining forces with other super criminals to create the conspiracy known as the Chamber, Kaneda became one of the secret rulers of Emerald City, a position that the Steel Shogun keeps to this day, ruthlessly dispatching any interference that could threaten the peace of his family. Personality & Motivation: Kaneda is ruthless and focused. His upbringing was steeped in the customs and rituals of his homeland and he grew up understanding the demands of honor, face, and respect. He is confident with a clear and commanding voice and gives the impression he isn’t used to being ignored or disobeyed. As a member of the Chamber, Kaneda stands in contrast to the likes of Koschei the Deathless and the Brain. While the pair could care little for the façade of a normal life in Emerald City, Kaneda champions keeping life in Emerald City in general, and Jadetown in particular, as normal seeming as possible. To this end, he will often dispatch the Takazumi-gumi as unofficial enforcers to kill or deport unwanted superpowered criminals. A loving father, Kaneda strives to keep his children Ryu and Tomiko out of the reach of the rest of the Chamber. While he is content with the life he leads, he strives to keep the Chamber from exploiting either Tomiko's visionary gifts, and Ryu's lust for power. Powers & Tactics: Kaneda is able to transform himself into “organic” steel, which vastly increases his strength and toughness, but also makes him denser and slower. He is a skilled martial artist, but prefers to fight up close with a katana. He is not above trying to grab his opponents to crush the life out of them. Power Descriptions: Following his exposure to the burning chemicals, Kaneda has become able to trnasform his body into "organic" steel. The process increases his density, making him heavier and slower, though it also makes him much stronger and harder to hurt, while making him virtually immune to most environmental effects. Complications: Honor: Steel Shogun is, ultimately, a man of honor. He does what he is honor-bound to do and expects the same from the people under him. He doesn’t understand those who feel differently and is often surprised by betrayals, major and minor. Motivation—Responsibility: Steel Shogun is the head of a family and he takes his responsibility to his family members seriously. Abilities: 8 + 8 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 8 = 42PP Strength: 18 (+4) / 26 (+8) w. Metal Body Dexterity: 18 (+4) Constitution: 18 (+4) / 30 (+10) w. Metal Body Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 18 (+4) Combat: 20 + 20 = 40PP Initiative: +12 (+4 Dex, +8 Improved Initiative) Attack: +10 Base, +13 Melee (+10 Base, +3 Attack Focus), +10 Ranged Defense: +10 (+10 Base, +0 Dodge Focus), +5 Flat-Footed Grapple: +22 (+10 Base Attack, +3 Attack Focus, + 8 Strength, +1 Super-Strength) Knockback: -3 / -14 w. Metal Body Saving Throws: 4 + 8 + 10 = 22PP Toughness: +6 (+4 Con, +2 Defensive Roll) / +14 (+10 Con, +2 Density, +2 Defensive Roll), Impervious Toughness 12 w. Metal Body Fortitude: +8 (+4 Con, +4) / +14 (+10 Con, +4) w. Metal Body Reflex: 12 (+4 Dex, +8) Will: +12 (+2 Wis, +10) Skills: 124R = 31PP Acrobatics 9 (+13) Climb 10 (+14/+18) Concentration 8 (+10) Diplomacy 6 (+10) Intimidation 15 (+19) Knowledge [Behavioral Sciences] 8 (+11) Knowledge [History] 8 (+11) Knowledge [Streetwise] 10 (+13) Language 1 (English, Native Japanese) Notice 9 (+11) Profession [Criminal] 15 (+17) Sense Motive 9 (+11) Stealth 6 (+10) Swim 10 (+14/+18) Feats: 32PP Accurate Attack All-out Attack Assessment Attack Focus 3 [Melee] Benefit 2 (Crime Lord) Benefit 3 (Multi-millionaire) Connected Contacts Defensive Attack Defensive Roll 1 Improved Defense Improved Disarm Improved Grapple Improved Initiative 2 Improved Pin Improved Sunder Improved Trip Instant Up Power Attack Quick Draw Startle Takedown Attack Trance Uncanny Dodge [Auditory] Weapon Break Well-informed Powers: 43 + 6 = 49PP Alternate Form 8.6 ("Metal Body"; 43PP Alternate Form) [43PP] (Mutation, Metal) Density 4 (Strength +8, Toughness +2, Impervious Toughness +2, Immovable 1, Super-Strength 1, Mass x3) [12PP] Enhanced Constitution 12 [12PP] Immunity 9 (Life Support) [9PP] Impervious Toughness 10 [10PP] Device 2 ("Katana"; 10DP Container; Flaws: Easy-to-lose) [6PP] (Mutation, Metal) Damage 3 (Extras: Penetrating 4; Feats: Improved Critical 2, Mighty) [10DP] Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block Name Range Save Effect Attack bonus/Other Unarmed Touch DC19 Tou (staged) Damage +13 Metal Body: Unarmed Touch DC23 Tou (staged) Damage +13 Katana Touch DC22 Tou (staged) Damage +13, Penetrating 4 Metal Body: Katana Touch DC26 Tou (staged) Damage +13, Penetrating 4 Totals: Abilities (42) + Combat (40) + Saving Throws (22) + Skills (31) + Feats (32) + Powers (49) - Drawbacks (0) = 216/216 Power Points
  4. Koschei the Deathless Power Level: 12 (197/197PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: (Ranged) +2 Attack / -2 DC. Defensively under caps. In Brief: Unstable former Russian spy turned psychic head of the Mafiya. Alternate Identity: Gregor Malakov aka Gregory Malinski (Secret) Birthplace: Russia Residence: Emerald City Base of Operations: Emerald City Occupation: Head of the Malakov Mafiya Affiliations: The Chamber, Malakov Mafiya Family: None Description: Age: 98 (DoB: 1921) Apparent Age: Early 50'es. Gender: Male Ethnicity: East Slavic Height: 6'2'' Weight: 165 lbs. Eyes: Green, formerly pale blue Hair: Silvery grey Typically, while appearing to members of his organization or fellow criminals, Koschei wears a full, concealing hood of dark green, showing only his glowing green eyes, with wrist length leather gloves (to conceal his fingerprints) and a dark, tailor-made suit. In his public identity as “humble importer” Gregory Malinski, he dresses in similarly fine fashion, with his silvery grey hair neatly trimmed. Decades of use of the Viridian Stone have left their mark in his eyes, now permanently a vivid green rather than Malakov’s former pale blue (another useful quirk for concealing his true origins and identity). History: The undisputed head of the syndicate bearing his name for decades, Gregor Malakov long ago traded his humanity for power and would gladly trade whatever remains of it for the promise of a few more years of life. For the ability to live forever, he would sacrifice anything or anyone. A spymaster in USSR during the Cold War, Malakov's ruthless climbing through the ranks afforded him with no shortage of enemies. While he remained untouchable due to his success, a single failure would eventually lead to his downfall. Exposed to scientific experiments intended by his enemies in the KBG to destroy him, they instead unlocked Malakov’s latent psychic potential. Initially, his mental powers were limited, but subtle and persistent, like their master. He used them to extricate himself from a nest of vipers and set himself up as a crime lord in Emerald City. There he acquired the fist-sized chunk of green viridian he keeps close at hand at all times. A failed attempt at creating a Preserver Stone, the Viridian Stone greatly enhanced Malakov's psychic powers. With it, he became “Koschei the Deathless,” fearsome master of the Mafiya. Gregory Malinski’s legitimate business interests serve primarily as a means to launder Mafiya money by investing it in shipping, real estate, warehousing, contracting, and various other businesses. Malakov is careful to keep his criminal connections hidden and does not generally deploy Mafiya resources against his business rivals, although he sometimes indulges in using his powers to his advantage in business negotiations, relishing the advantage—and the reputation as a shrewd businessman—they give him. As a member of the Chamber, Malakov keeps Emerald City in a stranglehold, but despite his enhanced lifespan, his age and constant exposure to the Viridian Stone has begun to take their toll on his sanity. While Koschei the Deathless remains a fearsome figure, and can be as subtle as ever in his manipulations, he has grown increasingly paranoid and erratic. Yet, Koschei remains strong, and so far, none in the Mafiya would dare challenge his leadership. Personality & Motivation: Malakov’s greatest fear is mortality: His viridian stone and mind-over-matter have maintained him in a relatively hale and hearty state. For a man nearing one hundred years old, he seems only in his fifties. Still, age has taken its toll, and Malakov wants to find a way to reverse it and perhaps secure true immortality. He obsessively pursues various methods of life-extension and enhancement, careful not to show his hand, lest his enemies try to exploit any sign of weakness. While his decades long use of the Viridian Stone and age has begun to take its toll on Malakov's mental stability, making him prone to irrational action and paranoia, he is still a ruthless master manipulator. Powers & Tactics: On his own, Malakov posses low level psionic powers, unlocked due to the scientific experiments he was exposed to by the KGB. These abilities are enhanced to a fearsome degree when Koschei wields the Viridian Stone, allowing him to read thoughts and memories, project illusions, and strike foes with powerful mental blasts. He can also exert mental influence over the minds of others, editing their memories (a useful means of concealing his activities). Koschei’s powers make his position as mob-boss almost unassailable, since he knows every disloyal thought and can deal with any plot against him before it happens. The Viridian Stone has also granted Koschei a degree of mind over matter, somatically controlling his body to resist aging and shrug off some harmful effects while healing quickly from any injury. While he is trained and efficient with a large number of weapons, particularly rifles and guns, Koschei prefers to use manipulation and subtle use of his mental powers to defeat his foes. Power Descriptions: Koschei's mental powers are all but impossible to track and recognize. Aside from the Viridian Stone in his hand, and the constant glow of his green eyes, one would never know that Koschei were the source of the mental attack that just felled an ally. Even when he takes direct control of a person, they will fail to recognize that they are even being controlled. Complications: Addiction: Koschei has grown dependent on the power of his Viridian Stone, not only for his psychic power, but for his extended life as well. Motivation—Greed: Koschei is motivated by having the very best in all things and believes living well (and wealthy) is the best revenge. Obsession—Survival: Koschei wants to avoid death at all costs and is obsessed with any means of prolonging his life. Unstable: Koschei's advanced age and repeated use of the Viridian Stone has taken its toll on his psyche. While this generally takes the forms of various rants and threats for even the smallest of slights ("Bethlehem Heights will BURN for blocking my Wi-Fi signal!"), Koschei has been known to act on these threats. Abilities: -2 + 2 + 4 + 6 + 4 + 8 = 22PP Strength: 8 (-1) Dexterity: 12 (+1) Constitution: 14 (+2) Intelligence: 16 (+3) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 18 (+4) Combat: 10 + 20 = 28PP Initiative: +3 (+3 Intelligence, Speed of Thought) Attack: +5 Base, +5 Melee, +9 Unarmed (+5 Base, +4 Attack Specialization), +14 Ranged (+5 Base, +9 Attack Focus) Defense: +10 (+10 Base, +0 Dodge Focus), +5 Flat-Footed Grapple: +3 Knockback: -4 Saving Throws: 6 + 9 + 13 = 28PP Toughness: +7 (+2 Con, +2 Defensive Roll, +3 Undercover Vest) Fortitude: +8 (+2 Con, +6) Reflex: +10 (+1 Dex, +9) Will: +15 (+2 Wis, +13) Skills: 160R = 40PP Acrobatics 6 (+7) Bluff 15 (+19) Diplomacy 9 (+13) Drive 6 (+7) Gather Information 12 (+16) Intimidate 12 (+16) Investigation 12 (+15) Language 4 (Czech, English, German, Polish, Native Russian) Notice 12 (+14) Pilot 5 (+6) Profession [Criminal] 15 (+17) Profession [Spy] 15 (+17) Search 12 (+15) Sense Motive 15 (+17) Stealth 6 (+7) Swimming 4 (+3) Feats: 30PP Attack Specialization [Unarmed] 2 Attack Focus [Ranged] 9 Assessment Benefit 2 (Crime Lord) Benefit 3 (Multi-millionaire) Connected Contacts Defensive Attack Defensive Roll 1 Diehard Eidetic Memory Equipment 1 Improvised Weapon Leadership Set-Up Speed of Thought Trance Well-Informed Equipment: 1PP = 5EP Undercover Vest (Protection 3 [Feats: Subtle]) [4EP] Additionally: Access to most guns and explosives listed in the rulebook Powers: 21 + 21 + 6 = 48PP Device 7 ("Viridian Stone"; 35PP Container; Flaws: Easy-To-Lose) [21PP] (Cosmic, Preserver Stone) Enhanced Psychic Powers Array 16 (32PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 3) [35PP] (Note: All stack with same powers in Psychic Power Arrays) (Psionic) BP: Mind Control 9 ("Enhanced Mental Influence"; Extras: Conscious; Feats: Mental Link) {28/32} AP: Blast 8 ("Enhanced Mental Blast"; Extras: Alternate Save [Will], Range [Perception]) {32/32} AP: Illusion 6 ("Enhanced Mental Illusion"; Options: All Senses; Extras: Duration [Sustained], Selective; Flaws: Phantasms; Feats: Progression [Area] 2) {32/32} AP: Mind Reading 8 ("Enhanced Mind Probe") [8PP] 1PP/rank + Mental Communication 9 ("Enhanced Telepathy") [18PP] {26/32} Psychic Powers Array 9 (18PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 3) [21PP] (Mutation, Psionic) BP: Mind Control 3 ("Mental Influence"; Extras: Conscious; Feats: Affects Insubstantial 2, Insidious, Subtle 2) {12/18} AP: Blast 4 ("Mental Blast"; Extras: Alternate Save [Will], Range [Perception]; Feats: Subtle 2) {18/18} AP: Illusion 3 ("Mental Illusion"; Options: All Senses; Extras: Duration [Sustained], Selective; Flaws: Phantasms; Feats: Progression [Area] 3) {18/18} AP: Mind Reading 4 ("Mind Probe"; Feats: Subtle 2) [6PP] + Mental Communication 3 ("Telepathy"; Feats: Subtle 2) [8PP] {14/18} Somatic Healing 3 (6PP Container ) [6PP] (Cosmic Mutation, Psionic) Immunity 4 (Options: Aging, Disease, Poison, Radiation) [4PP] Regeneration 2 (Options: Recovery Bonus 2) [2PP] Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block Name Range Save Effect Attack bonus Unarmed Touch DC14 Tou (staged) Damage +8 Mental Influence Perception DC13 Will (staged) Mind Controlled N/A Enh. Mental Influence Perception DC22 Will (staged) Mind Controlled N/A Mental Blast Perception DC19 Will (staged) Damage N/A Enh. Mental Blast Perception DC27 Will (staged) Damage N/A Mental Illusion Perception DC13 Will (staged) Tricked by Illusion N/A Enh. Mental Illusion Perception DC19 Will (staged) Tricked by Illusion N/A Totals: Abilities (22) + Combat (30) + Saving Throws (28) + Skills (40) + Feats (30) + Powers (48) - Drawbacks (0) = 198/198 Power Points
  5. Maximillian Mars Power Level: 11 (166/166PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: Under caps. In Brief: Super genius super villain that has mothballed his armor to lead a succesful technology corporation, hiding his ongoing villainy behind a popular reputation Alternate Identity: The Commander (Secret, former) Birthplace: Emerald City. Residence: Riverfront, Emerald City. Base of Operations: MarsTech Headquarters, River Front, Emerald City Occupation: Head of MarsTech, Criminal mastermind Affiliations: MarsTech, the Chamber Family: None known Description: Age: 55 (DoB: 1964) Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasian Height: 5' Weight: 170 lbs. Eyes: Green Hair: Light brown, greying at the temples Always dressed in tailored suits from London, Maximillian Mars always looks his best. A bright smile on his lips, a gleam in his green eyes, his hair and beard immaculate, he simply looks perfect, even as wrinkles are beginning to show on his face. History: Once, there was a super villain known as the Commander. He wore a high tech armor, filled with alien technology that he had stumbled upon and reverse engineered as a young man. He wanted power, he wanted riches. He fought the Centurion on several occasions. He was foiled by the Freedom League. Under the Moore Administration, he fought FORCE Ops on several occasions. His ever evolving armor meant that any encounter would mean something new. Never employing the same trick twice, he was a persistent foe. While he was defeated, he always managed to escape, and his identity remained a secret. And then the Terminus Invasion happened. Surprising even himself, the Commander fought side by side with the heroes, even aiding his hated foe the Centurion against Omega. After the Terminus Invasion, the Commander disappeared. Most believed that he had died. Few claimed to have seen him in the years since, but it was never confirmed. It was all just rumors. Years later, the company known as MarsTech appeared. Seemingly out of the blue, the MarsTech brand became synonymous with high tech user friendly technology. The popular Deimos laptop! The Phobos operating system! Stylized and cheap smart phones! They seemed to be ahead of the competition in every regard. Research in the history of the company showed it as a simple start up, all the work of a single man. Working for hire, the founder would eventually create a juggernaut of technological advances that would take the world by storm. That man, that founder, was Maximillian Mars. Inviting the world into his life as the chief designer, creator and director of MarsTech, he would only continue to grow on popularity, as he raised his company to even greater heights in his native Emerald City. He was a man of the people, a friend to every employee, he offered benefits and great pay, paid insurance for all of his employees: In short, the man of the year for all years. And of course, he was also once the Commander, and even now, he was a member of the Chamber, the organization that rules Emerald City from the shadows, supplying his technological expertise and businesses to their goals. The Commander armor left in storage, he now had more power than ever before. Maximillian Mars might be a lighter shade of black than his compatriots in the Chamber, and almost a hero to the people of the world, but make no mistake: At heart, he is still a villain, and his ultimate goal remains: Nothing less than world domination. Personality & Motivation: Maximillian Mars is a genius and a visionary. Even as the mastermind behind MarsTech, and the creator of the vast majority of their technologies and advances, he is friendly and affable. He knows the name and history of every employee, he eats lunch with the janitors every other week, if his time permits. He genuinely cares about his employees, and does his best to keep the them safe from machinations of the Chamber. Still, Maximillian is a super villain, even if he no longer wears the colorful armor of the Commander. He has a ruthless side, having masterminded several of the Chamber's plans, and even if he is the voice that will advocate keeping innocents safe, he is more than willing to go through with anything, if it means furthering his own goals. His ultimate goal? To rule everything. Emerald City is just the start, the testing phase of his plans for the world. After all, Maximillian Mars is a nice man, but he also knows that he is a genius, and he really do know better than everyone else. Powers & Tactics: Maximillian will rarely, if ever, directly confront others in combat. Those days are simply behind him, and he would much rather play mind games, or, if it comes to it, send henchmen, mercenaries or even MarsTech security to deal with any potential trouble. He keeps his involvement in any scheme a secret, perhaps even more so than the rest of the Chamber. Power Descriptions: Maximillian posses no overt super powers, but he incredibly intelligent, able to process knowledge much faster than the vast majority of humanity. His Commander armor is currently in storage, but can be used if necessary. Complications: Better a Villain than Bored: Maximillian wants fame and riches. He wants everyone to respect him, and he has achieved all that. Legally, too. So why do he is he still a member of the Chamber? Why do he still manipulate Emerald City, if he does not always need to? Simple: Boredom. What better way to fall into a lull? The Commander: The stock of MarsTech would surely drop should Maximillian's true nature as a villain and a member of the Chamber come to light. MarsTech: Maximillian genuinely cares about his employees at MarsTech. Abilities: 4 + 2 + 6 + 20 + 8 + 8 = 48PP Strength: 14 (+2) Dexterity: 12 (+1) Constitution: 16 (+3) Intelligence: 30 (+10) Wisdom: 18 (+4) Charisma: 18 (+4) Combat: 8 + 18 = 24PP Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative) Attack: +4 Base, +10 Melee (+4 Base, +6 Attack Focus), +4 Ranged, +12 Commander Suit Weapons (+4 Base, +8 Attack Specialization) Defense: +9 (+9 Base,), +5 Flat-Footed Grapple: +12 (+10 Attack, +2 Str) Knockback: -2/-1 (Toughness /2) Saving Throws: 5 + 8 + 9 = 22PP Toughness: +5 (+3 Con, +2 Undercover Shirt) Fortitude: +8 (+3 Con, +5) Reflex: +9 (+1 Dex, +8) Will: +13 (+4 Wis, +9) Skills: 168R = 42PP Bluff 15 (+19) Climb 6 (+8) Craft [Electronic] 15 (+25)Skill Mastery Craft [Mechanical] 15 (+25)Skill Mastery Diplomacy 12 (+16) Drive 6 (+7) Intimidation 12 (+16) Investigation 6 (+16) Knowledge [Business] 12 (+22)Skill Mastery Knowledge [Life Sciences] 6 (+16)Note: Focused on superhumans Knowledge [Physical Sciences] 15 (+25)Skill Mastery Medicine 3 (+7) Notice 12 (+16) Pilot 6 (+7) Profession [Criminal Mastermind] 9 (+13) Sense Motive 12 (+16) Swim 6 (+8) Feats: 27PP Attack Focus [Melee] 6 Attack Specialization [Commander Suit] 8 Benefit 3 (Wealth) Benefit 1 (CEO of MarsTech) Connected Contacts Distract (Bluff) Equipment 1 Fascinate (Bluff) Improved Initiative Inventor Skill Mastery (Craft [Electronics], Craft [Mechanical], Knowledge [Business], Knowledge [Physical Sciences]) Well-Informed Equipment: 1PP = 5EP Undercover Shirt (Protection 2, subtle) [3EP] Smartphone Powers: 3 = 3PP Quickness 6 (Descriptive Name; Flaws: Limited [Mental tasks only]) [3PP] (descriptors) Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block Name Range Save Effect Attack bonus Unarmed Touch DC17 Tou (staged) Damage +10 Totals: Abilities (48) + Combat (24) + Saving Throws (22) + Skills (42) + Feats (27) + Powers (3) - Drawbacks (0) = 166/166 Power Points
  6. The Iron Matron Power Level: 10 (163/163PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: (Fists of Iron) +4 Attack / -4 Damage, -2 Defense / +2 Toughness In Brief: SHADOW assassin with skin like iron turned caretaker and bodyguard of the Big Brain. Alternate Identity: Natalie Nelson (Secret) Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio Residence: Secret location, Emerald CityBase of Operations: Emerald CityOccupation: Caretaker and bodyguard of the Big BrainAffiliations: The Big Brain, (formerly) SHADOWFamily: Unknown mother and father, deceased. Description: Age: 55 (DoB: 1963) Gender: Female Ethnicity: Caucasian Height: 5'7'' (projected image) / 6'4'' Weight: 150 lbs. (projected image) / 350 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde At age 55, Natalie Nelson is still an attractive woman. She has kept herself in peak physical condition, and hasn’t let age slow her down. She stands at 5’7” with a willowy build and her face possesses an unassuming beauty. Her straight, shoulder-length blonde hair is normally kept in a utilitarian bun and she spends most of her days wearing a nurse’s uniform. When the Big Brain sends her out in the field, which happens very rarely, the Iron Matron wears a black leather dress reminiscent of a nurse’s uniform. A pair of small red circles with a white cross in the center adorns the front of her costume near the hips, while similar circles attached to red bows embellishes the tops of her stockings. On her feet she wears black stilettos, that in no way interfere with her fighting ability. Her identity is protected by a small black domino mask. This is all a lie, hidden behind a holographic device that continuously projects the image. Natalie is in reality 6'4'', weighing at least 350 lbs., with a powerful, muscular build. A strong woman's build, broad shouldered, muscular. Her skin is not just like iron, it is iron. Though once her iron skin was shiny, almost like a mirror, it has dulled in the years between. The creaks and joints of her body has begun to rust, and her once almost beautiful metallic skin is filled with blemishes and dents from a life of combat. History: Natalie Nelson was an agent of the criminal organization SHADOW. An assassin and martial artist, she earned her code-name from her iron skin, a mutation she possessed from birth. Given up for adoption soon after, she was snatched up by SHADOW. While a formidable ability, her iron skin also left her unable to feel any touch, leading to her becoming isolated from the world around her, easily manipulated into joining SHADOW by the always unfulfilled promise of a cure. SHADOW’s founder, Overshadow, sent her to recruit the Big Brain while he was still in the hospital. Overshadow felt the nascent super villain would make an excellent addition to SHADOW’s growing stable of super-powered operatives. However, if the Big Brain refused his generous offer, the Iron Matron was to eliminate him, making it appear his artificial life support had failed. But Overshadow underestimated the Big Brain’s powers, even at that early stage of his development. The budding criminal mastermind saw what the Iron Matron had in store for him in the recesses of Natalie’s consciousness, but rather than lashing out and destroying her mind, Big Brain gave Natalie what she had always dreamed of: The sensation of touch. Through the use of his powers, Big Brain could let Natalie felt what others felt, or even simulate the responses that a touch would bring her. The Iron Matron defected immediately, leaving SHADOW to take care of the Big Brain as his caretaker and bodyguard, keeping his body alive and protected. Whether the Big Brain truly sees her worth or not, he seems content to simply help the Iron Matron feel, rather than exercising his mind control powers, making her one of the few persons to be truly loyal the Big Brain. Personality & Motivation: The Iron Matron is a hard woman. She is direct, and suffers no nonsense, moving quickly and decisively to eliminate any threats to the Big Brain. She is absolutely devoted to the Big Brain. She will protect him to her dying breath, though so far, it has been to the dying breath of his assailants. The Iron Matron will only rarely leave the Big Brain's side, not trusting anyone else to keep him safe. Powers & Tactics: The Iron Matron is an extraordinarily skilled martial artist, knowledgeable in many techniques that have helped make her an efficient and dangerous killer. Her skin is as hard as iron, which has the added benefit of turning her hands into bone-shattering implements of destruction. Though she does not eschew the use of weapons, she rarely has need of them. Power Descriptions: As the name implies, the Iron Matron is as hard as iron. While this makes her incredibly hard to hurt, it also means that the Iron Matron posses no sense of touch, which has isolated her greatly. Her true appearance hidden by a holographic device, the Iron Matron skin is not just as hard as iron, it actually appears to be iron. Complications: Motivation—Responsibility: The Iron Matron’s first and foremost responsibility is to keep the Big Brain safe. Relationship: The Iron Matron is intensely loyal to the Big Brain. Iron Skin: The Iron Matron's skin is iron. As great as this sounds, this also means that she do not posses any sense of touch, be it to harm or to pleasant experiences. It is only through the power of the Big Brain that she is able to experience the sensation of touch. Don't Look At Me: The Iron Matron is vain. She hates her true appearance, and will react negatively to anyone seeing her without her holographic disguise. Abilities: 4 + 8 + 8 + 4 + 0 + 1 = 25PP Strength: 14 (+2) Dexterity: 18 (+4) Constitution: 18 (+4) Intelligence: 14 (+2) Wisdom: 10 (0) Charisma: 12 (+1) Combat: 10 + 16 = 26PP Initiative: +8 (+4 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative) Attack: +5 Base, +6 Melee (+5 Base, +1 Attack Focus), +11 Ranged (+5 Base, +6 Attack Focus), +14 Unarmed/Fists of Iron (+5 Base, +1 Attack Focus, + , +8 Attack Specialization) Defense: +8 (+8 Base), +4 Flat-Footed Grapple: +7 Knockback: -6 Saving Throws: 6 + 8 + 4 = 20PP Toughness: +12 (+4 Con, +8 [Impervious Protection]) Fortitude: +10 (+4 Con, +6) Reflex: +12 (+4 Dex, +8) Will: +4 (+0 Wis, +4) Skills: 132R = 33PP Acrobatics 12 (+16) Bluff 18 (+19) Climb 9 (+11) Disguise 18 (+19) Drive 6 (+10) Medicine 9 (+11) Profession [Assassin] 9 (+9) Notice 12 (+12) Pilot 6 (+10) Sleight of Hand 12 (+16) Stealth 12 (+16) Swim 9 (+13) Feats: 29PP Accurate Attack Agile Bluff All-Out Attack Attack Focus [Melee] 1 Attack Focus [Ranged] 6 Attack Specialization [Unarmed] 4 Benefit 1 (Cipher) Chokehold Equipment 3 Fearless Improved Initiative Improved Trip Instant Up Interpose Power Attack Quick Draw Seize Initiative Takedown 2 Equipment: 3PP = 15EP Heavy Pistol (Blast 4) [8EP] Knife (Damage 1 w. Mighty, Improved Critical) [3EP] Holographic Disguise Device (Illusion 1 [Visual] w. Duration 2, Limited [Human forms only]) [3EP] Powers: 16 + 16 = 32PP Impervious Protection 8 ("Body Like Iron"; Extras: Impervious) [16PP] (Metal, Mutation) Ironclad Offense 7.5 (15PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 1) [16PP] (Metal, Mutation, Training) BP: Fists Like Iron Rank (Linked) [15PP] {15/15PP} (Impact Damage Type) Damage 4 ("Fists Like Iron"; Extras: Penetrating 5, Feats: Mighty) [10PP] Enhanced Feat 5 (Improved Critical 2, Improved Disarm, Improved Sunder, Weapon Break) [5PP] AP: Deflect 4 ("Weapon-Breaking Stance"; Feats: Precise, Subtle 2) (Deflect all ranged attacks) {15/15PP} Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block Name Range Save Effect Attack bonus Unarmed Touch DC17 Tou (staged) Damage +14 Knife Touch DC18 Tou (staged) Damage +6, Crit 19-20 Heavy Pistol 40 ft. DC19 Tou (staged) Damage +11 Fists Like Iron Touch DC21 Tou (staged), Penetrating 5 Damage +14 Totals: Abilities (25) + Combat (26) + Saving Throws (18) + Skills (33) + Feats (29) + Powers (32) - Drawbacks (0) = 163/163 Power Points
  7. The Big Brain Power Level: 12 (186/186PP) Unspent Power Points: 0 Trade-Offs: None In Brief: 60'es smartest boy in the world, fallen from grace. Mutated by a bizarre disease, he uses his giant brain and mental abilities as a criminal mastermind. Alternate Identity: Copernicus Oliver (Secret) Birthplace: London, United Kingdom Residence: Secret location, Emerald City Base of Operations: Emerald City Occupation: Criminal Mastermind, Head of F.O.E. Affiliations: The Chamber, F.O.E. Family: Unknown mother and father, deceased. Description: Age: 68 (DoB: 1950) Apparent Age: Difficult to tell, due to atrophied body and giant brain. Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasian. Height: 5'6'' Weight: 260 lbs., with at least 90% of body weight coming from his brain Eyes: Unknown Hair: None Copernicus appears as a giant, pink, floating head, with a huge exposed brain, easily the size of the rest of the head. His eyes are yellow, as are his teeth, his face usually contorted into a grimace of anger, with heavy wrinkles making even his face appear brain-like. This is but a projection, created by the Big Brain to participate in the world. In reality, Copernicus Oliver is an atrophied body on a table, attached to a truly gigantic brain. It has been decades since his body was strong enough to life his head, and he appears almost like a corpse, kept alive by an artificial life support system. History: In the 1960s, Copernicus Oliver was touted on television quiz shows as “The Smartest Boy in the World”, and amassed a small fortune in winnings and endorsements before his fame waned after he failed to answer a single question correctly during Beatles Day on the show Q and A. His fame faded and he became another footnote in the history of the Golden Age of Television. Embarrassed, Oliver escaped the public eye, buying a sailboat called Friendly and setting out to sail around the world. Desperate to avoid England, Oliver set a course that took him across the Atlantic and then directly down the coast of Africa. Sailing was smooth until the Friendly was suddenly caught up in a storm that wrecked the boat on a rocky shore. Before he could be rescued, Oliver contracted a rare tropical disease that caused his brain to swell, putting him into a coma for three months. When Oliver awakened, he found himself at home in a hospital — and smarter than ever! Discovering he was also still in the grips of a fatal disease, Oliver turned his intelligence to finding a cure. Facing failure after six months of fevered research, Oliver instead attempted to accelerate the course of the disease, in hopes that he could unlock more of the power of his brain. Injecting himself with an experimental formula, Oliver screamed as his brain swelled against the confines of his skull. A thousand voices crowded into his mind, and he pushed back with a single command: “QUIET!” As everyone in the hospital paused at the voice they heard in their head, Copernicus Oliver died... and the Big Brain was born. Discovering that he could now speak to and command the minds of others, the Big Brain directed doctors to keep him alive and to remove the top of his skull to allow his brain to grow. Once that was accomplished, he needed a place to stay since the hospital and his old home were of no use to him. In order to build it, he’d need money... much more than he currently had. The Big Brain searched through the minds of the city until he found a criminal planning a bank robbery. The Big Brain helped him improve his plan in return for some of the proceeds from the robbery — the same deal the Brain would strike with dozens of other criminals as he assembled his new organization: F.O.E.. Initially, the Big Brain needed the money for himself, but over the years he’s come to enjoy the challenge of bringing villains together for missions and the power he has over a small army of super-beings. F.O.E.’s members assume the giant, disembodied brain that issues them orders is merely a projection disguising their leader’s true nature. Little do they suspect that the Big Brain’s actual appearance isn’t far off: a gigantic brain atop a nearly atrophied human body hidden away in a secret, secured location far away, projecting his will around the world! Personality & Motivation: The Big Brain is a thinker and a planner. Almost all other aspects of his personality have been left by the wayside over the years. He cares little for companionship and has little interest in the “animal” concerns of the physical world. He keeps his body alive because without it he will perish. The one thing he enjoys in life is feeling superior, which he prefers to achieve by outsmarting others. He abhors violence and only involves himself in combat when all other avenues have been exhausted. He prefers to let his underlings handle any violent confrontations, while he remains behind the scenes to direct their activities. Powers & Tactics: The Big Brain is one of the most—if not the most—powerful telepaths in the world, with the ability to project his consciousness anywhere on Earth, communicate with and mentally control others, inflict debilitating mental attacks, and read minds. However, physically, he’s a paraplegic with a brain so large and deformed his body is incapable of supporting it and his atrophied body has been bedridden for decades. If his body is found and threatened, he may be able to defend it by surrounding it with his mental projection, but if that’s not possible, he is defenseless. Power Descriptions: All of the Big Brain's powers are mental in nature. Unable to move on his own, he lives his life by projecting his senses and mind across the world. When the Big Brain projects himself to a given location, he appears as a giant, floating face with a gigantic brain. The powers of his mind is mostly visible in effect only, as he destroys, probes or dominates minds. Complications: Freakishly Large Brain: Though the Big Brain can project his senses, will, and powers around the world, his body is mostly useless and his head is too large to move under his own power. Motivation - Power: The Big Brain wants power. He wants to prove to the world that he’s the smartest, most influential criminal on the planet. Abilities: -2 - 4 + 0 + 20 + 4 + 6 = 24PP Strength: 8 (-1) Dexterity: 6 (-2) Constitution: 10 (+0) Intelligence: 30 (+10) Wisdom: 14 (+2) Charisma: 16 (+3) Combat: 0 + 0 = 0PP Initiative: +14 (+10 Int, +4 Improved Initiative) Attack: +0 base Defense: +0 base Grapple: -1 Knockback: -0 / -10 for Remote Sensing Saving Throws: 6 + 0 + 16 = 22PP Toughness: +0/+20 (For ESP Feedback, ESP +8, Protection +12) Fortitude: +6 (+0 Con, +6) Reflex: -2 (-2 Dex, +0) Will: +18 (+2 Wis, +16) Skills: 80R = 20PP Bluff 12 (+15) Diplomacy 15 (+18) Intimidation 15 (+18) Knowledge [Civics] 8 (+18) Knowledge [Streetwise] 6 (+16) Knowledge [Tactics] 9 (+19) Notice 15 (+17) Feats: 4PP Eidetic Memory Jack-Of-All-Trades Speed of Thought Ultimate Effort (Will Saves) Powers: 11 + 51 + 54 = 116PP All powers have the Psionic/Mental and Mutation descriptors Mental Prowess 5.5 (11PP Container) [11PP] Enhanced Feat 1 (Improved Initiative) [1PP] Quickness 4 (Flaws: Mental Only; x10 normal speed) [2PP] Super-Senses 8 (Accurate Acute Radius Detect Psionic (5 ranks), Psionic Awareness (2 ranks), Radius Visual (1 rank)) [8PP] Power of the Mind! 24 (48 PP Array; Feats: Alternate Power 3) [51PP] BP: Blast 12 ("Mental Blast"; Extras: Alternate Save [Will], Range 1 [Perception]) {48/48PP} AP: Mind Control 9 ("Mass Mental Domination"; Extras: Area [Burst], Conscious, Selective) {45/48PP} AP: Mind Control 12 ("Mental Domination" Extras: Conscious) {36/48PP} AP: Mind Reading 12 ("Mind Probe"; Extras: Sensory Link) {24/48PP} Telepathic Presence 27 (54PP Container ) [54PP] Communication 9 ("Big Brain Is Talking"; Extras: Area [Burst], Feats: Selective) (Mental Communication, Worldwide Range) [19PP] Big Brain Is Watching (Linked) [33PP] ESP 8 (Flaws: Feedback, Feats: Subtle 2) (Auditory, Mental/Psionic, Visual senses, Continental Range) [26PP] Feature 1 (Projected Image of Giant Brain) [1PP] Protection 12 (Flaws: Limited [only applies to Feedback to ESP]) [6PP] Drawbacks: (-0) + (-0) = -0PP DC Block Name Range Save Effect Attack bonus Unarmed Touch DC14 Tou (staged) Damage +0 Mind Probe Perception DC22 Will (staged) Can read surface thoughts N/A Mental Blast Perception DC27 Will (Staged) Mental Damage N/A Mental Domination Perception DC22 Will (staged) Mind Control N/A Mass Mental Domination Perception DC19 Will (staged) / DC19 Reflex Save for DC Mind Control N/A Totals: Abilities (24) + Combat (0) + Saving Throws (22) + Skills (20) + Feats (4) + Powers (116) - Drawbacks (0) = 186/186 Power Points
  8. The Chamber A secret society bent on perpetuating its shadow rule of the Emerald Cities, a coterie of the most powerful local figures of organized crime and some of its most diabolical secret villains, with many political figures and nascent technocrats, including Maximilian Mars of MarsTech, among its associates. ____________________________________________________________ [OOC] The Chamber is a book-canon organization, found in Secrets of Emerald City, which here has some modifications. First, counter to the status quo in the book, the Chamber and its stranglehold on what are here the Emerald Cities still exists. Max Mars is still on the board as the Commander and no Silver Storm has occurred to shatter the conspiracy's monopoly on super-powered dominance. As in the book, Zhi, the former Dragoneye of the Golden Dragon Society, is dead. Both by the weakening of his body by poison from his subordinate Feng-Li Chen and from the shock of being confronted by the neophyte superhero the Salmon. Also as in the book, the dragon's mystic power has not been granted to Chen, though no other Dragoneye has appeared. Chen has kept up appearances with magic artifacts.
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