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Some guy's notes: Will be in this colour.

Also, this isn't meant to be a character sheet, just a general builder. When time permits I might convert this thread into an character idea list.

Player Name: Typh(ron)

Character Name: Marah Khan

Power Level: 10 | 149/150PP

Trade-Offs: None

Unspent PP: 1

Progress To Bronze Status: 0/30

In Brief:

Marah Khan is an humanish alien detached from his home planet in search of a productive life in the form of his choosing. Being from a planet where magic reigns, and being a person who cannot normally said magic, Marah often circumvents or completely substitutes convoluted spell workings with homemade inventions or ingenuity. After years of preparation he's traveled to (aka: sent to) the once-thought-fictional technology driven world in order to hone his craft and making his people proud.*

*General gist, not final.

Alternate Identities: Khan Marah Khan (proper name), (human name tba)

Identity: Secret

Birthplace: Setican

Occupation: [Journeyman] Artificer



Age: 209 (21ish ALIEN YEARZ)

Apparent Age: 20's

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Green

Height: 6' 4''

Weight: 195lbs

Eyes: Green

Hair: Green

Description: Human: tba

Alien: This being's body has a mesomorph build, that stands slightly taller than the human average. Aside from a few select body parts (5 digit hands and feet) and proportions, the similarities between human and alien end. The skin is rough and a dark shade of green, and a [non-prehensile] tail adds onto the list of appendages.The alien's face sports a long snout filled with flat teeth (except in the 'corners' of the jaw), and the alien's hair begins just below the crown-line.

Power Descriptions: Using mental focuses, that he has disassembled and improved through the duration of his life, Marah has gained a healthy peak into tinkering, coupled with the basics (though unimaginative) of his powers. At early ages all of his kind are taught to create simple constructs as well as undo damage done by the creatures of their world, later learning to expand upon their powers. During this, they learn about their old tribal-like ways, although it seems more out of habit than necessity.


Seticans were like any other that strive to live in the universe as we know it, being a race that grew out of a primordial pool of genes and evolved to fit, and dominate, their planet as well as being affected by their immediate planetary surroundings. They learned to communicate with each other and the land, braving the hardships of seasons change and living off what the planet had to offer. Wildlife, shiny rocks, and all.

It was only when the Hunter Gatherer race encountered another did life dramatically change for them. This other race, hailing from a neighboring planet in the same system, sought out bodies for their role in planetary/galactic conquest. For a number of years Seticans were rounded up and enslaved, the entire race falling before this foreign invader who used strange powers to control them. One day, however, a pair of Seticans attempted back with the notion that they could wield a similar power like their captors, the result leading to the systematic decimation of one of their invaders' armies.

As the tide turned the knowledge they obtained from this race swelled proportionately, culminating in the other surrounding to the entire race and their own oddly karmatic enslavement. With this slate, however, Seticans had quickly grown out of their tribal ways into something more. Here, their society began to bloom and the age magic began.

The story is passed down throughout the generations of the long lived race, told to ensure the newer breeds do not forget about the plight they suffered centuries ago, and that when they are instructed to give back to the collective they do not do so at the expense of others.

Khan Marah Khan is one of the latest born on the planet 'Setic', being an odd case for the race in that he cannot naturally, innately, use his magic powers like the rest of his race. Odder in that he's the only one of his race to not develop out of this defect like the rest of his kind. Due to this the Setican was sentenced to a life wearing mental focuses while, initially, being barred from attending the Rites. Marah responded by showing he could train just as well as any other attending the Rites with what he had available on hand.

While not as effective as directly using magic, the use of simple machines and gadgets would become Marah's particular motif through the years to come, his struggle to keep up with his peers seemingly non-existent as he neither stood out or excelled, merely achieving the same ends with different means. The 8 [setic] year period of learning came together at the Final Rite, where Marah was barely able to complete the task he was asked to do, but completing it none the less.

When asked what he could return to the world, he chose the common task of going off-world and learning about another race no matter the other races' views on their own. After an extensive search of their and neighboring galaxies in their cluster, the young alien happened upon a galaxy that seemed unreal at first glance: Filled with many a race that was technologically advance as opposed to harnessing magical energy. With interest thoroughly peaked Setican was asked to sent to one of their more inhabited planets to learn everything he could.

And with that, Marah Khan was sent the whimsical land of Earth.

Personality & Motivation: Living on the same planet for a large duration of his life, has lead the alien to assimilate slowly to other cultures. Earth and its' score of difference overwhelming the alien would be an understatement, and aside from well(?) crafted holographic emitter designed to hide his hide, his culture shock is very noticeable despite the tone of his voice. Coupled with this Marah is overtly curious about his surroundings, keen on sticking his big nose into other's business to learn more about them.

Marah's voice is baritone with a slight pitch, sounding perpetually trance-like. He sounds like he speaking softly even when his not, the pitch often not changing immediately when angered, saddened, or showing any other kind of extreme emotion. This may or may not be a trait left over from Setican language or how Seticans speak in general.

Powers & Tactics: Marah uses his natural agility and powers to avoid being touched in combat, but is able to stand toe to toe with most normal beings on his peer level. He excels, however at fighting with thrown or improvised weapons from a distance. Advance 'strategies' from this tactic often amount to finding something bigger and/or different to throw.


Alien: Marah isn't from 'round these parts, and it tends to show. Political standings aside, Marah is a foriegn entity from another planet, and thanks to Earth not always having good outcomes with that sort of thing, Marah's first impressions and surface view could range from 'normal' to 'dangerously disastrous'. Nevermind the poor Setican is a fish out of water.

Phobia: Marah is afraid of bloodletting, as per his people's belief that all the magical energy inside of oneself would bleed out, drilled into the heads of all seticans to heal any punctured wound as quickly as possible. While seeing a race that seems to have no qualms with being cut (such as humans) may not cause much issue, severe injury to himself causes him peril.

Abilities: 6 + 8 + 6 + 8 + 6 + 0 = 34PP

Strength: 16 (+3)

Dexterity: 18 (+4)

Constitution: 16 (+3)

Intelligence: 18 (+4)

Wisdom: 16 (+3)

Charisma: 10 (+0)

Combat: 20 + 12 = 36PP

Initiative: +4

Attack: +10

Grapple: +13

Defense: +10 (+8 Base, +2 Dodge Focus), +x Flat-Footed

Knockback: -3

Saving Throws: 1 + 6 + 4 = 7PP

Toughness: +10*/15 (+3 Con, +6 Defensive Roll, +1 Protection/+5 Force Field)

Fortitude: +5 (+3 Con,)

Reflex: +6 (+4 Dex,)

Will: +6 (+2 Wis,)

* Without Force Field

Skills: R 92= 23PP

Acrobatics 8 (+12)

Climb 4 (+7)

Computers 4 (+8)

Concentration 8 (+11)

Craft (Electronic) 8 (+12)

Craft (Mechanical) 8 (+12)

Disable Device 8 (+12)

Escape Artist 4 (+8)

Knowledge (Arcane Lore) 8 (+12)

Knowledge (Technology) 4 (+8)

Notice 4 (+7)

Search 4 (+8)

Sense Motive 4 (+7)

Survival 8 (+11)

Feats: 15PP


Defensive Roll 3

Dodge Focus 2

Eidetic Memory

Improvised Tools


Quick Change 2


Throw Mastery 2


Powers: 0 + 0 + 0 = 34PP

Immunity 2 [2PP] (suffocation, All)

Device 8 (32PP, Flaws: Hard-To-Lose, ) [32PP]

Protection 1 [1PP]

Illusion 5 [10PP] (Visual Senses)

Magic 8 (16PP Array, Feats: Alternative Power 3) [20PP]

  • Base Power: Blast 8 [16PP]

    Alternate Power: Create Object 8 [16PP]

    Alternate Power: Healing 8 [16PP]

    Alternate Power: Nullify 8(Flaws: Range [touch] [P]) [16PP] (Counters: Magic)

Super-Movement 1 [2PP](Swinging)

Drawbacks: (-0)= 0PP

DC Block:

ATTACK      RANGE     SAVE                        EFFECT

Unarmed     Touch     DC15 Toughness (Staged)     Damage (Physical)

NOTE: The easiest way to get your DC Block to line up is to write it out in a word processor in a Courier font, then just copy/paste it into your post.

Abilities (34) + Combat (32) + Saving Throws (7) + Skills (23) + Feats (15) + Powers (34) - Drawbacks (-0) = 149/150 Power Points

When in doubt, use TVTropes. Without the really annoying passive aggressiveness.

:Applicable Tropes:

-Played Straight-

Batman Can breath in Space hehehe

Dungeon Punk

Humanoid Alien

Weak but skilled

-Played With-

Gadgeteer Genius


Translator Microbes

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I post this not as a favour to you, but to spare any Ref or player from having to go over this with you again after your attitude. Same with the formatting.

(19:14:28) ShaenTheBrain: Lessee...Device 8 gives you 40PP to build with...and you've only got 33PP worth of traits purchased with it.

(19:15:20) ShaenTheBrain: Also, that array power looks like this: Magic 8 (16PP Array) [16PP]

When it should look like this: Magic 8 (16PP Array, Feats: Alternate Power 4) [20PP]

(19:16:05) ShaenTheBrain: Device gives you 5PP per rank to build with. But then it costs 3PP or 4PP per 5 points you get. It starts off like any Container power, 5PP per rank, but then you add either the "Hard-To-Lose" (-1) or "Easy-To-Lose" (-2) flaw to it.

(19:15:43) Ecalsneerg: Also, it seems like you're using Illusion outwith the array to look human

(19:15:53) Ecalsneerg: I'd go with Morph

(19:16:15) ShaenTheBrain: I echo Ecal's sentiment.

(19:20:25) ShaenTheBrain: Definitely use Morph for a personal disguise, even a holographic one. Hell of a lot cheaper AND more effective than Illusion, and totally within the spirit of the rules; that was the intent. Consider buying the duration up to Continuous if it's something a device is doing rather than something you have to maintain. 1PP/rank for a single disguise, +1PP/rank for Continuous, that's only 2PP/rank, and at +5 Disguise per rank, it's easy for it to be damn near impenetrable with just a few ranks. And if you're desperate to shave points, the Action drawback (it's a drawback for Morph) can net you a couple if the disguise takes longer than a free action to activate.

(19:20:24) Ecalsneerg: Also, dunno if this was intentional, but from here it's looking like magic Green Lantern, not magic alien Batman

(19:24:50) ShaenTheBrain: And yeah, this looks less "Batman" and more "A techie with a Green Lantern ring." That's not a value judgement, just an objective observation.

(19:21:37) ShaenTheBrain: Looks like you're short-changing yourself on the Nullify AP, too. Nullify "All Powers of a certain descriptor" is 2PP/rank base, and Ranged by default. A touch-range version would be 1PP/rank.

(19:21:55) ShaenTheBrain: A Ranged Force Field? WTF?

(19:22:35) ShaenTheBrain: OK, first of all, Force Field is a Personal-range power. If you want it to work on other people, you need to buy the Affects Others extra, which changes it to a Touch-range power.

(19:23:28) ShaenTheBrain: At that point, you can "share" it with one other person, by touching them. If you want to share it with more than one person, you need to either buy Progression (Subjects) feats, possibly with the Ranged extra, or buy the Area extra (and probably the Selective feat - it's a feat for non-attack powers, rather than an extra).

(19:23:50) ShaenTheBrain: Honestly, Create Object probably does everything you wanted that weird Force Field power to do.

(19:24:24) Ecalsneerg: You also don't meet caps.

(19:24:32) Ecalsneerg: +10 Attack, Blast 8 is PL9

(19:24:59) Ecalsneerg: I'd drop some of that attack for Attack Focus/Specialisation or Accurate on the Blast

(19:25:43) Ecalsneerg: Defensively... I'm just utterly perplexed

(19:26:09) Ecalsneerg: But, no matter how it adds up, you cannot have +10 Defence and +15 Toughness

(19:26:56) Ecalsneerg: They can add up together to make +20 at PL10

(19:28:02) ShaenTheBrain: Yeah, Attack+Damage* and Defense+Toughness each have to average out to your PL or less. And at PL10 or below, it's a good idea to take them up to your PL cap. (After PL10, it's not really an issue.)

*"Damage," in this context, means "effective rank of whatever attack power you're using - Damage, Stun, Snare, Transform, whatever.

(19:28:27) ShaenTheBrain: When the books or the players talk about "Power Level caps," they're usually talking about the combat caps, those 4 core values.

(19:28:51) ShaenTheBrain: In M&M, you build up to a ceiling, rather than starting on a floor and then piling as much stuff on that floor as you can find.

Remember... had zero obligation to do this.

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Remember... had zero obligation to do this.

Thanks all the same. Will say what I have to say fully when I'm allowed back in chat 14 hours from now.

*Addendum: Removed forcefield due to the misconception of why it was there, and the lack of impact it would've made without it. The forcefield was supposed to be a textbook fortified bubble that requires a (sometimes strained) effort to maintain (Invisible woman motif, for example). It's presence was there less for practicality (saves in game) and more for fluff, and it would seem easier to mess with the "Armor Mesh" (Protection 1, right now) in devices for the same effect.

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