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Dream - Shadow-Man - PL10 Hero

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Power Level: 10 (150/153PP)

Trade-Offs: -4 Defense / +4 Toughness

Unspent PP: 3

Progress to Bronze Status: 3/30

In Brief: a skilled detective with the powers of a superhuman

Alternate Identities: Matthew Rose (real name)

Identity: Secret

Birthplace: New Jersey

Occupation: detective

Affiliations: None

Family: Robert Rose (father, deceased), Ramona Rose (mother, deceased), Nikki Rose (ex-wife, 33), Faith Rose (daughter, 16), Joshua Rose (son, 13)

Age: 36 (DoB: April 20, 1974)

Apparent Age: mid twenties

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Italian-American

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 245 lbs

Eyes: brown

Hair: brown

Description: Matthew is no stranger to a workout. His physique is hard all over and stacked ruggedly. His skin is of a natural tan stock. His skin is also smooth and looks about ten years tounger than it should be. He keeps his hair a little bit longer than he likes it, but not long enough to care to cut it any shorter. Not long enough for any kind of ponytail, but enough where he can feel it on his ears and hanging on his neck. There is no real style to it, just combed back, though nothing to slick it. His eyes look attentive, seemingly ready to catch anything. Not really nervous or paranoid, he just keeps abreast of the surroundings. His stride is purposeful, it seems he takes no wasted movement. His voice is not bass, but there is something resonant about it.

When he's on his day job, he wears a business casual sort of dress. Slacks, polo and loafers. When he's off the clock, he's either in the gym or with his kids when he can be. Gym clothes for the gym (sweatpants and sneakers), casual clothes for his normal life (jeans, tshirt, sneakers). When he goes out as Shadow Man it's a simple black spandex bodysuit, black spandex gloves and boots, and a black spandex face mask that covers his whole head except for his eyes. He covers those with a pair of mirror goggles.

Power Descriptions: The super serum magnified his health (Enhanced Constitution and Protection). It also made him super resistant to some forms of attacks (Immunity and Impervious Toughness). His strength readings were off the charts (Enhanced Strength and Super-Strength). Though the real surprise was unaided flight (Flight)!

History: Matthew Rose was born into a family of cops. His mother and father were cops, both pair of grandparents were cops. It was his destiny to be a cop. Unfortunately, that destiny was never fulfilled. Both of his parents were killed on the job in some unrelated incidents. This made him leave the academy where he was training to become a cop. He refocused himself into the private investigator field. This is where he met his wife and settled down into the American dream. House on a hill with a white picket fence, two kids and a loving wife. Though he and the wife seemed to drift away from each other. A few years ago after he was shot and almost died, when family is supposed to come closer together, she did not. She took everything she could from him and left. He eventually settled with child support and seeing the kids on weekends and some holidays. Though he eventually got better after the bullet from Hell and the divorce, he was not up to speed as he usually was before it. A friend from the academy keyed him in on a program that would give him the powers he has today. The program was not 100% successful, hell not even 10% successful. But the ones who were received an experimental package. They were stronger and more resilient. and 1% of them, it was said, even got some other effects... super effects! They were made to sign a waiver, absolving the program from any fault. Little did he know that his 'friend' was a recruiter for a secret organization for villains who wanted test subjects: The Labyrinth. When when he was injected, they told him to stay a week with them so they could monitor him. He agreed. Matthew was a bit of a success story of the program. not only did he get the super effects mentioned, but they were stronger than any others had been before! He lifted more than another, and it took a full tank round to even stop him. On top of that... he flew! No one had ever showed that much power! Over the next year or so they tested him to see if they could repeat the results again. Matthew was never told the results, but they seemed happy. After that, they let him go out into the world. Over the time he was in there, he started to think, with the powers he had been given, he could protect people. It was somewhat of a responsibility with these powers. When he was released, he kept quiet about the powers and the program wasn't talking about the results either. He had a secret life now. By day he was private investigator Matthew Rose, by night he was the enigmatic Shadow Man!

Personality & Motivation: Matthew is a generally nice guy. He's a bit soft spoken, but he says what he means and means what he says. He's very attentive of his surroundings, mentally taking notes on everything he meets and talks with. The reason he's a hero are many reasons. First off is a 'selfish' reason. He wants to protect his kids. Though by extension, he wants to protect everyone. He cares a lot for people. He can't idly stand by while horrible things happen. He has powers... and a sense of responsibility.

Powers & Tactics: He is powered by a super serum that gives him great powers. He tries to be sneaky, but is finding it harder to do so with said powers. He's training himself to balance between the sneaky fighter and the big damn hero. Either way, punches get thrown and bad guys get knocked out.


Dual Life: On top of everyday life, Matthew has a secret identity.

Kids: Matthew's kids are his life. Even though he does not have custody of them, he'll make time to see them anytime he can. He would do anything to see them happy.

Secret Command: The Labyrinth put something in him besides superpowers, they subliminally conditioned him to look out for Larceny Inc. If he ever runs across them, he will be compelled to take them back to The Labyrinth instead of the police or other authorities.

Vindictive Ex: Matthew's ex-wife has made it clear she does not like him and will put him on the spot to make him look bad when she can.

Watched: The organization that gave him powers is looking after him even though he's done with them. They can cause problems for him just to 'test' him.

Abilities: 10 + 6 + 10 + 2 + 4 + 4 = 36PP

Str 30/20 (+10/+5)

Dex 16 (+3)

Con 30/20 (+10/+5)

Int 12 (+2)

Wis 14 (+4)

Cha 14 (+4)

Combat: 12 + 12 = 24PP

Initiative: +7

Attack: +6, +10 unarmed

Grapple: +16, +11 without powers, +21 with full Super-Srength

Defense: +6 (+6 Base, +0 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed

Knockback: -12

Saving Throws: 0 + 3 + 4 = 7PP

Toughness: +14/+9 (+10/+5 Con, +4 Protection; Impervious 10)

Fortitude: +10/+5 (+10/+5 Con, +0)

Reflex: +6 (+3 Dex, +3)

Will: +6 (+2 Wis, +4)

Skills: 56R = 14PP

Bluff 8 (+10)

Intimidate 8 (+10)

Investigate 8 (+9)

Knowledge (streetwise) 8 (+9)

Notice 8 (+10)

Sense Motive 8 (+10)

Stealth 8 (+10)

Feats: 15PP

All-Out Attack

Attack Specialization (unarmed) 2

Challenge (Fast Startle)

Improved Initiative



Move-By Action

Power Attack


Takedown Attack 2

Skill Mastery (Intimidate, Investigate, Notice, Sense Motive)

Ultimate Save (Toughness)

Uncanny Dodge (auditory)

Powers: 10 + 10 + 9 + 10 + 4 + 13 = 56PP

Enhanced Constitution 10 [10 pp] (science)

Enhanced Stength 10 [10 pp] (science)

Immunity 9 (Life Support) [9 pp] (science)

Impervious Toughness 10 [10 pp] (science)

Protection 4 [4 pp] (science)

Paragon Array 5 (Power Feats: Dynamic, Dynamic Alternate Power 1) [13pp] (science)

  • DBE: Super-Strength 5 [Heavy Load: 24 tons]

    DAP: Flight 5 (250 MPH)

Drawbacks: (-2) = -2PP

Vulnerability (daka crystals, Frequency: Uncommon, Intensity: Moderate [cumulative -1 penalty to all checks, attacks rolls, and Defense per 20 minutes]) (-2PP)

DC Block

ATTACK                RANGE     SAVE                        EFFECT

Unarmed               Touch     DC20 Toughness (Staged)     Damage (Physical)

Unarmed, Enhanced     Touch     DC25 Toughness (Staged)     Damage (Physical)

Abilities (36) + Combat (24) + Saving Throws (7) + Skills (14) + Feats (15) + Powers (56) - Drawbacks (2) = 150/153 Power Points

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You need to flesh out the Power Description section. It's not "what my powers look like" it is "these are what my powers are and how they work"

For combat and saves, you need to break it down to show what they have with and without their powers.

Fortitude should be: Fortitude: +10/+5 (+10/+5 Con, +0) for example.

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In retrospect, I probably should have made something simpler. Like a straight Paragon or a straight Costume Detective, but I am not withdrawing this like I originally planned.

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Background Fluff looks good, though a tad sparse. But that's what 20Q and the HellQ are for.

You should mark that his Grapple is +11 w/out Powers, and +21 when using full Super-Strength.

You should note his Impervious Toughness up with his Impervious save.

His Paragon Array only costs 13pp -- 10pp for the base, +1 to make it Dynamic, +2pp for the one Dynamic Alternate Power.

I'm a bit unsure on the Vulnerability to Daka crystals. As you've got it written, it'd be fine if Daka crystals were used as the striking surface of a weapon (like a Daka-edged blade, or a spearhead made of Daka crystal), but that's not what Daka crystals are typically used for; they're generally the power channeling/focusing components of devices.

Suggested alternatives:

* Add Limited [1/2 Effect] to four of his Immunities, which'd free 2pp. That, and the 1pp from the improperly costed Paragon Array, gets you the 3pp needed to erase that Drawback.

* Power Loss (exposure to Daka crystals) for two of his powers.

* Weakness (daka crystals [uncommon], cumulative -1 penalty to all checks, attacks rolls, and Defense [moderate]). That alone would be 2pp, but the penalties accrue every 20 mins; decreasing the time gives you more pp, which could be used for other things.

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