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Player Name:  Nexus

Character Name: Pulsar
Power Level: 10 (150/150PP)
Trade-Offs: None
Unspent Power Points: 0
Progress To Bronze Status: 0/30

In Brief: A young man trying to help people the best way he can.

Residence: 221 Apt D Clinton St. Midtown

Alternate Identity: Jacob “Jake” Manning
Identity: Secret
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Occupation: Writer
Affiliations: People and/or groups you work with.
Family: Maria Alvarez (mother) Benjamin Manning (father, deceased)

Age: 27 (6/17/88)
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Caucasian/Hispanic
Height: 6’0”
190 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

In his teen years, he was a relatively average looking teenager.   As he matured into adulthood, Jake’s frame filled out with several dozen pounds of pure muscle and he eventually reached six feet tall.  He often wears clothes that hide just how athletic he really is. He eventually took to wearing a nerdish pair of glasses in the hopes of looking more stylish.


Power Descriptions:
His unique physiology constantly absorbs ultraviolet radiation and converts it into pure energy. The radiation also allows him to fly at high speeds without the major effects of gravity. The energy also gives him enhanced strength, and durability.   

Jake Manning was raised in an abusive home; his father was a drunk who often took out his bitterness on his wife and son. When he was seventeen years old, his powers began to emerge. After high school his father tried to attack him, he accidentally blasted him through a wall crippling him to the point that he ended up in a coma from his injuries. Jake was so afraid that he ran away from home. He was eventually found by the government and they offer an opportunity to fight for his country. He was taken to a special facility where he was trained to use his abilities and became an agent to work on black ops missions.

Jake was a natural agent and a quick learner. By the time he was  he was one of the best at stealth, information gathering and observing people without them noticing.

Under examination the scientist informed him that his powers allowed him to absorb ultraviolet radiation. The radiation is then converted into energy, allowing him to flight, superhuman strength and fire energy bolts. After years of working for AEGIS, he grew tired of the grind.  Eventually he left the government when he was twenty-three after a mission went bad and he was force to kill a lot of people. Something he never wanted to do. Moving to Freedom City, he roomed with Daniel Cruz, who was studying art. Together they became friends and a writing team. Together they both wrote for their college’s paper, The Aegean. Jake influenced Sam into writing him into more human interest stories. Together they created a comic strip called ‘Nightowl and The Sparrow’. One day Sam spotted Jake using his powers, he encouraged him to use his powers for the greater good. While he did help people he made sure to keep his identity a secret.

Those were fun times couldn’t last forever, eventually went their separate ways. Jake graduated with degrees in Political Science and Journalism. He worked for a couple of different publications before landing a job at World Magazine.  While at work he’s virtually invisible, few notice him, which is something he doesn’t mind since he gets more work done without people bothering him. His friend Daniel went on to become a professional cartoonist, and they lost touch for several years. Eventually the pair recently met back up again at a convention. With Daniel changed into a woman, she told him that she had transition into a woman and was going by Michelle Ross. Something she had been dealing with since her childhood. Michelle encouraged Jake to do more and be more active, which is something he took to heart. Now he fights crime as Pulsar trying help people to the fullest of his abilities.

Personality & Motivation:
In his everyday life Jake tends to be a bit of a social misfit, fading into the background, that he often goes unnoticed, though that’s mostly just calling back to his blackops training. Though most of the women he interacts with do notice his rather good looks. While in college he was the same, except he was noticed by his roommate Samuel Ross. Who drew him out of his comfort zone and helped him socialize better. When he is called on to socialize he can be a pretty easy going guy that tries to sees the good in everyone.   

Powers & Tactics: A man with military training, his first instinct is to get people to safety. Calling back to his training, Pulsar likes to his opponents hard and fast to avoid collateral damage. With his powerset he can hit his enemies hard with either his fist or a well directed energy blast with his eye beams. If he has to retreat he will make sure to get as many people to safety as possible before. He fights to protect people, and his first priority is to shield people and his second instinct is to get rid of whoever is putting the people in danger. As a young man he struggled to control his powers, so now he always thinks before he fights, a military minded young man. He knows his moves can do some real damage.  

Redemption: Jake wants redemption for the lives he took during his finale mission.

Secret: Superhero Identity

PL: 10 (150) 


Abilities: 8 + 6 + 8 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 34 pp  

STR 30/18 (+10/+4) 

DEX 16 (+3) 

CON 18 (+4) 

INT 12 (+1) 

WIS 14 (+2) 

CHA 16 (+3)

Combat: 12 + 12 = 24 pp  

ATK: +6 (+10 Melee) 

DEF: +10 (+4 Dodge, +6 Base, +3 flat-footed) 

INT: +3

Grapple: +14/+25

Knockback: -10/-2


Saves: 3 + 5 + 5 = 13 pp  

TOU +10/+4 (+4 Con, +6 Protection) 

FORT +7 (+4 Con, +3)  

REF +7 (+3 Dex, +5) 

WILL +7 (+2 Wis, +5) 


Skills: 72 r = 18 pp  

Bluff 12 (+15, SM) 

Diplomacy 7 (+10) 

Disable Device 14 (+15, SM) 

Gather Info 6 (+10) 

Investigate 8 (+11) 

Languages 2 (French, German, Base: [English]) 

Notice 13 (+15, SM) 

Pilot 7 (+10, SM)   

Sense Motive 8 (+10) 


Feats: 17 pp  

Attack Focus: Melee 4

Challenge (Fast Feint) 

Dodge Focus 4 

Improved Crit (Unarmed) 

Move-By Action 

Power Attack

Second Chance (Disable Device checks) 


Skill Mastery (Bluff, Disable Device, Notice, Pilot) 

Takedown Attack 

Uncanny Dodge (auditory)  

Powers: 23 + 6 + 10 + 6 = 45 pp 

Empowerment Array 11 (22 PP, PF: Alternate Power 1) [23PP] 

BE: Enhanced STR 12 (to STR 30/+10) {12} + Super-Strength 5 (Effective STR 55, Heavy Load: 24 tons) {10} {12+10=22/22} 

AP: Blast 10 (PFs: Accurate 2) {22/22}


Flight 5 (250 MPH/500 feet per move) [6PP] 


Impervious TOU 10 [10PP] 


Protection 6 [6PP] 


DC Block:


ATTACK                    RANGE     SAVE                         EFFECT

Unarmed [no powers]       Touch     DC 18 Toughness (Staged)     Damage

Unarmed [with powers]     Touch     DC 29 Toughness (Staged)     Damage

Eye Blast                 Range     DC 23 Toughness (Staged)     Damage


Totals: Abilities (34) + Combat (24) + Saving Throws (13) + Skills (18/72) + Feats (17) + Powers (45) - Drawbacks (0) = (150/150) Power Points




Edited by Nexus
need to do some minor changes
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I have no real objection to this character - but he left the government awfully young! The World of Freedom is a pretty optimistic one - AEGIS wouldn't take a powered teenager and immediately turn him into a field agent. I could see a version of him recruited at 17 or 18 (after all, you can join the Army at that age) and then who stays working for the government until he's in his early twenties. 

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The character is still somebody who left his black ops training job at 21. Now, I'm someone who likes military backgrounds for characters, including the occasional black bag job, but that is a bit early. I'd like to know more about his time in the service. What sort of targets was he trained to fight against? What were his successful ops? Is there anyone left over from that last bad job who might want to settle the score? 

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