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Cruz, Sofia (PL6 NPC, Tier 1)

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Power Level: 6 (90PP)

Tradeoffs: None

NPC Tier: 1 (Usable By Anyone)

Appearance:

Sofia is a Latina woman in her early 40s. She has long black hair and is in above-average physical shape.

Background:

Maria Hernandez was the personal assistant and trusted confidante of Alexander Rhodes, secretly The Scarab. They were close friends and allies up until his death in 1979. Maria considered Rhodes "part of the family," and Sofia even referred to him as "Uncle Alex." Maria's husband, Ricardo, had no idea that Rhodes was a superhero, let alone that he was an eternally-reincarnating Egyptian prince. He only knew that his wife loved her job, and was ridiculously well-paid for it. The long hours she put in were occasionally a source of marital tension, but overall he thought highly of Rhodes and the two were on friendly terms.

Sofia was 10 years old when Rhodes died, and it devastated her. Two years later, after witnessing the profound impact his death still had on her daughter, Maria brought Sofia down to The Scarab's Lair and revealed his identity to her. Sofia took some solace in the notion that Alex would live again, and leapt at the chance to be a part of his legacy. For almost three decades after, Sofia has helped her mother maintain and secure The Lair, awaiting the next incarnation of Heru-Ra. To that end, she has exercised and trained as much as time allows, in both unarmed combat and the use of firearms.

Sofia decided that she wanted to follow in Alex's footsteps and continue his good works. The massive fortune Rhodes bequeathed to Maria did little to comfort Sofia, but it did open many doors that would have otherwise been firmly closed. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard, and was hired by the Rhodes Foundation right out of college. But her family connections proved to be a double-edged sword. While they helped her get her foot in the door, once inside she had to work twice as hard as any of her colleagues for the same amount of respect. Sofia rose to the challenge with a zealot's fervor, and quickly rose to the top. As both a wide-eyed idealist and a shrewd, ruthless negotiator, Sofia is a study in contrasts.

Campaign Use: Sofia makes a powerful and enthusiastic ally for any PC Heroes who earn her trust. The strong influence of The Scarab is apparent in the altruism and idealism that permeates her every action. She will take every opportunity she can find to help make the world a better place. Her position at the head of the Rhodes Foundation gives her access to a wealth of information and resources she can tap to help heroes "fight the good fight." Nor is she above throwing on a kevlar vest and hefting a shotgun to pitch in directly (if she thinks she can get away with it). She or her loved ones may also occasionally need rescuing.

Complications:

:arrow: Dependents: Sofia has a husband, Roberto "Bob" Cruz, and three children, Alejandro, Emilia, and Esteban. Her mother is retired, and her father was killed in the 1993 Terminus Invasion.

:arrow: Enemies: The Scarab has many. Any of them who discover her identity may target her through Sofia or her family.

:arrow: Fame: As the face of a large corporation, Sofia is a public figure, subject to a certain amount of scrutiny.

:arrow: Prejudice: Sofia is neither "white" nor male.

:arrow: Responsibility: Sofia is C.E.O. of the Rhodes Foundation.

Abilities [24PP]

Strength: 12/+1

Dexterity: 12/+1

Constitution: 12/+1

Intelligence: 16/+3

Wisdom: 16/+3

Charisma: 16/+3

Combat [16PP]

Initiative +1

Attack +4

Defense +4, +2 Flat-Footed

Damage +1 Unarmed, +6 Shotgun, +4 Heavy Pistol

Grapple +5

Knockback 2, 1 Flat-Footed


ATTACK           SAVE               TYPE       RANGE

Unarmed          DC16 Toughness     Bruise     Melee

Heavy Pistol     DC19 Toughness     Injury     Ranged

Shotgun          DC21 Toughness     Injury     Ranged

Saving Throws [11PP]

Toughness +4, +3 Flat-Footed, +2 w/o Armor, +1 Flat-Footed w/o Armor

Fortitude +4 (+1 CON, +3)

Reflex +4 (+1 DEX, +3)

Will +8 (+3 WIS, +5)

Skills [24PP = 96 Ranks]

Acrobatics 4 (+5)

Bluff 7 (+10)

Climb 4 (+5)

Computers 2 (+5)

Craft (Writing) 3 (+6)

Diplomacy 11 (+14)

Gather Information 11 (+14)

Knowledge (Business) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (Civics) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (History) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (Pop Culture) 2 (+5)

Knowledge (Theology/Philosophy) 2 (+5)

Language (Spanish) 1

Profession (Business) 7 (+10)

Notice 7 (+10)

Sense Motive 10 (+13)

Swim 4 (+5)

Feats [15PP]

Benefit (Wealth) 5

Connected

Contacts

Defensive Roll

Equipment 6

Well-Informed

Abilities 24 + Combat 16 + Saving Throws 11 + Skills 24 + Feats 15 = 90 Power Points

Wealth: +30 (+8 Base, +20 Benefit, +2 Profession)

Equipment [6PP = 30EP]

Heavy Pistol (8)

Shotgun (13)

"Smartphone" (6)

:arrow: Camera (1)

:arrow: Cell Phone (1)

:arrow: GPS (1)

:arrow: PDA (1)

:arrow: Video Camera (2)

Undercover Shirt (3)

:arrow: This version of Sofia Cruz is an upgrade from the suggested stats in FC Atlas #2. She is PL6 in terms of power point allotment and skills. In combat, she's PL4-5 while armed and armored, PL2-3 otherwise.

:arrow: Sofia is technically a Tier 1 NPC. She is free for anyone to use and run. However, any character responsible for injuring or killing her, or any of her family, will be hunted relentlessly by the most pissed-off psychic in the entire World of Freedom. :bat:

:arrow: Based on the advice of a Ref, I'll be dropping Sofia as a Minion for The Scarab during the end-of-month power point distribution, instead buying the Connected Feat and some Diplomacy to represent their relationship.

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Abilities [24PP]

Strength: 12/+1

Dexterity: 12/+1

Constitution: 12/+1

Intelligence: 16/+3

Wisdom: 16/+3

Charisma: 16/+3

Adds up.

Combat [16PP]

Initiative +1

Attack +4

Defense +4, +2 Flat-Footed

Damage +1 Unarmed, +6 Shotgun, +4 Heavy Pistol

Grapple +5

Knockback 2, 1 Flat-Footed

Adds up.

Saving Throws [11PP]

Toughness +4, +3 Flat-Footed, +2 w/o Armor, +1 Flat-Footed w/o Armor

Fortitude +4 (+1 CON, +3)

Reflex +4 (+1 DEX, +3)

Will +8 (+3 WIS, +5)

Adds up.

Skills [24PP = 96 Ranks]

Acrobatics 4 (+5)

Bluff 7 (+10)

Climb 4 (+5)

Computers 2 (+5)

Craft (Writing) 3 (+6)

Diplomacy 11 (+14)

Gather Information 11 (+14)

Knowledge (Business) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (Civics) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (History) 7 (+10)

Knowledge (Pop Culture) 2 (+5)

Knowledge (Theology/Philosophy) 2 (+5)

Language (Spanish) 1

Profession (Business) 7 (+10)

Notice 7 (+10)

Sense Motive 10 (+13)

Swim 4 (+5)

Adds up.

Feats [15PP]

Benefit (Wealth) 5

Connected

Contacts

Defensive Roll

Equipment 6

Well-Informed

Adds up.

Approved

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Looks fine to me. Just keep in mind that since she would no longer be Scarab's Minion, you won't be able to use her as a Minion. I.e., she's not a pseudo-Red Shirt, she's now a full-blown character.

Approved.

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