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Player Name: Shojikitsune
Character Name: Apex
Power Level: 7 (105 PP)

Trade-Offs: None
Unspent Power Points: 0
Progress To Bronze Status: 0/30

In Brief: Poor little rich girl who wants to play with the other heroes. Frustrated because she is trying to reverse-engineer 31st century technology “as that TV character put it, ‘using stone knives and bearskins’.  It’s a wonder I haven’t pulled out my hair!”

Residence: If you have to ask, you can’t make it past the gate…
Base of Operations: Various.
Catchphrase: “MUST I *remind* you of my superiority?”

Alternate Identity Alexandria Lorne
Identity: Public
Birthplace: unknown
Occupation: Brat, engineer. genius, dilettante, multibillionaire.
Affiliations: LorneTek, The Financial District, banking and robotics industries, fashion industry
Family: Parents – everyone has them. Alexandria’s are stuck in a stasis field from the 31st century. Such an unfortunate accident. She hopes to free them soon.

Description:
Age: 19 (D.O.B.: 1998)
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Caucasian.
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 120 lbs. (Dawson! Are you giving confidential information to the media again?!) REDACTED
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

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Alexandria Lorne is a strikingly attractive young Human redhead who takes pride in her long, almost waist-length hair. She has medium green eyes, a light smattering of freckles, and a heart-shaped, very attractive face. She dresses in avant-garde cutting edge designs from only custom labels.

Power Descriptions:

Lexi is a engineering genius, who has designed a series of labor, construction and rescue suits. She is possibly the best mind in LorneTek, and has dedicated herself to understanding, reverse-engineering, and eventually disseminating the knowledge that makes the high-tech temporal device they have recovered work. The sooner she solves this problem, the sooner her parents and their co-workers can be freed.

Although she has designed some impressive robotic suits, most are far to clumsy for superhero work. Instead, she has developed other systems from the detailed research notes on the strange device. Key to her public heroic efforts are the LT series drone system. The LT series drones consist of 2 or more disk-shaped devices, generally fielded in pairs to overcome their limited individual functionality. An LT Drone will generate a force field and interpose itself between its owner and a designated threat. Alternatively, it can use the force field projector to fire a bolt of stunning force. This is why they are often fielded in pairs. Stepping onto a drone's force field platform allows the rider to fly, much like riding a surfboard.  These LT drones form the basis for her powers.

To detail those powers, Lexi can 'ride' the force field effect, allowing her to fly - although very slowly. They provide a fair amount of defense, although she's aware that they'll overload against seriously heavy attack. Offensively, they can fire cylindrical bolts of force a fair distance, generate a massive kinetic potential to anywhere on her body to deliver a stunning melee attack, or attach themselves to a target and apply a 'zero-point' force field that resists the actions of the person inside it, slowing or immobilizing a target. tactically, Lexi uses her flight and kinetic blasts to engage enemies. She can deploy the snare drones early, trying to reduce any incoming attacks. If she must get close or go past a target, or if the force bolts and snare don't stop the threat, she will use her stun punches and kicks. She is not a trained fighter, and knows she must stay at range to be most effective.

Lexi is likely to have dozens of these small, ring-like drones on her at any given time, and can activate them with manual or voice commands. Although powerful, they are not 'smart' and do not engage in complex plans on their own. This is a deliberate move on Lexi's part. She is fully aware she could create an AI to run the drones and reduce her workload managing them, but is rightfully concerned that making robots as smart as herself might not be the greatest idea.

Unknown to many people, Lexi's set of drones are ever-evolving prototypes. Even as her marketing team sell her earlier designs, she keeps developing new applications for the tech. She is even shown on camera using some of these abilities. LorneTek force field drones may eventually make guns obsolete, enable flying cars and other futuristic tech, and bring law enforcement up to parity or even the odds when dealing with super-powered criminals. LorneTek drones are fast becoming popular with the media, as they can be piloted remotely, carry high-quality cameras and the ability to connect to audio equipment, and are much cheaper than a news van for nearly the same capability.

(Spoiler - unbeknown to anyone except Alexandria, the drones all have a system link to LorneTek, giving her vast quantities of data to search, and the ability to shut down the drone remotely. This is *naturally* to prevent criminal misuse.)

History:
Born to the wealthy Lorne family, Alexandria grew up in a world without want of material goods. It lacked a warm family setting though, as both her parents were stupidly rich and active in global affairs. A brilliant student, ‘Lexi’ as she came to be called, went through tutors like crazy – not because she abused them, or made them quit, but because she rapidly exceeded their own knowledge and skills. No subject was too difficult for her, no intellectual activity was a challenge. She also had to play dutiful daughter at events her parents planned. She learned decorum and manners, and in the process how to read people and get what she wanted without being a total brat.

She received her High School Diploma and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering on the same day, and with clever use of the local University’s course challenge system, received a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering the following year. She actually was invited to LorneTek to assist her parents, which she was thrilled about doing. They were researching a strange spherical device dredged from the ocean. It turned out to be a time capsule, built with (they believe) 31st century technology.

The team at LorneTek attempted to reverse-engineer the device, but in an odd backfire, Alexandria’s parents and several researchers were caught in the resulting stasis bubble. The controls to undo the effect are INSIDE the bubble, as is the power source. This almost decapitated the company.

Almost immediately, infighting at the Board level nearly brought the whole company to a halt – but Alexandria had her parent’s proxies and her own shares in the company and quickly rallied her family's supporters. Now there are staff analyzing every scrap of data on the LorneTek Anomaly, including outside researchers, in an effort to save the people sealed inside. Meanwhile, the preliminary research has led to very strong showings for LorneTek in the fields of electronics, computers, robotics and engineering of a more conventional manner. Labor suits that allow one man to replace ten, construction models with built in tools, even fire and rescue models with attachments for hoses and acoustical scanners that help find victims in smoke. Camera drones with all the capabilities of a TV news van, small enough to launch from your hand. Cell Phones that compete with the best that anyone else is making, and revolutionary new high-speed computers that are very cost-effective to make. And Alexandria is the driving force behind all of this, having consolidated her position as one of the East Coast’s wealthiest entrepreneurs at the age of 19.

“LorneTek! It’s more than just a company! It is a DREAM. To soar in the heavens, leap the greatest obstacles, outrun a locomotive. To be more than merely super.”

Personality & Motivation:
Alexandria “Lexi” Lorne is a genius, and she knows it. She is strong-willed, intelligent, and some might say single-minded. She is also usually bored out of her skull.  She fights in the boardrooms and in the halls of power, but these battles are old hat to her. Her super heroics using the Apex model LT drones are part daredevil, part showmanship, part advertising. She channels funds into charities and start-ups, gives generously to Freedom City, and seeks ways to improve the economy. She does this so that LorneTek can keep producing its excellent products and researching the anomaly her parents are trapped in. At least they are outside time’s ravages, and are in perfect suspended animation. Still, she wants to free them, sooner rather than later. She wants them to see how she’s done. Maybe they’ll actually be proud of her, show a little appreciation. To keep the funds coming for such an endeavor, LorneTek must continue to grow, expand, and develop.

Powers & Tactics:
Lexi is a 10th level intellect, easily among the top 5% of intellects on the planet. Although no Dr. Archeville, she prides herself on having accomplished as much as she has in so little time.

Although aware that a large battle suit is imposing, Lexi has gone a very different route. Her Apex drones are usually deployed in groups of 3-6. One will serve as a flight platform by directing its force field generator downward, creating a platform she can stand on, that she can move and steer by leaning/shifting positions much like a surfboard. Other drones will operate defensively, and any impacts deflected will cause the hexagonal defensive barrier to become visible, glowing a soft lavender color. The rest will operate as a rapidly reconfiguring group of weapons, each firing a cylindrical bolt of force. She doesn't have to point them, not are they attached to her, giving her weapons better coverage than her senses currently provide (upgrades imminent!). Alternatively, the disks will slide to her hands, elbows, knees and feet, creating large hexagonal lavender striking surfaces, These amplify the impact power of her strikes considerably. The last group of deployable drones attach to their targets and deploy a faint lavender field that is not hexagonal, but adheres to the target like glue. Unlike most force fields, which absorb incoming energy, these absorb outgoing energy, attempting to maintain a zero-point ratio and leaving most targets immobile. She can change  drone modes manually, via radio control, or via voice command. Naturally, it has to be *her* voice and many of the commands are obscure or advanced engineering terms.

Some will point out that Lexi is a bit of a glory hound, and that she seems to keep the best tech of the company for herself. Oddly, this isn't completely true. She has modified her personal drones with her own ideas, basing them off the stock drones she has already marketed. Stock LT drones lack the offensive capabilities, but can be used as shields or as a way to levitate large objects. Propulsion is possible as well.

Complications:

Day Job: businesswoman, dilettante, rich heiress, robotics engineer, multimillionaire.

Fame: Often seen on patrol, also whenever LorneTek is closing a deal. Helps that she's quite photogenic.

Showoff: As long as it’s good PR! Might also be read as 'grandstanding' by more subtle heroes...


Name: Alexandria “Lexi” Lorne

Identity: Very Public


Power Level: 7 (105 PP)

Trade-Offs: None

Abilities: 0 + 4 + 0 + 16 + 1 + 6 = 27 PP

Strength 10 (+0)

Dexterity 14 (+2)

Constitution 10 (+0)

Intelligence 26 (+7)

Wisdom 12 (+1)

Charisma 16 (+3)

Combat: 10 + 8 = 18 PP

Attack: +5

Defense: +7/+4 (+4 Base, +3 Shield)

Initiative: +2

Grapple: +4

Saving Throws: 4 + 5 + 4 = 9 PP

Toughness: +7/+3 (+4 Force Field)

Fortitude:  +4

Reflex: +5 (+3 Base, +2 DEX; +2 flat-footed)

Will: +6 (+2 WIS, +4 Base)

Skills: 72r = 18 PP

Computers 7 (+14)

Craft (electronics) 7 (+14)

Diplomacy 8 (+11)

Disable Device 7 (+14)

Intimidate 8 (+11)

Knowledge (Business) 7 (+14)

Knowledge (Physical Sciences) 7 (+14)

Knowledge (Technology) 7 (+14)

Notice 6 (+13)

Sense Motive 8 (+11)

Feats: 6 PP

Inventor

Master Plan

Uncanny Dodge (auditory)

Benefit: Wealth 3

Powers: 27 PP

All Powers have the following descriptors: Technology, Force

Blast 7 (Power Feat: Alternate Powers 2) (14PP) (Kinetic Bolt)

     Alternate - Stun 7(Kinetic Pulse Punch)

    Alternate - Snare 7(Zero-point energy)

Force Field 7 (7pp)

Flight 2 (4 PP)

Abilities (27) + Combat (16) + Saving Throws (11) + Skills (18) + Feats (6) + Powers (27) - Disadvantages (0) = 105 PP

Edited by shojikitsune
reposition image, change concept slightly. redo math.

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Int 16 and no Knowledge skills above +10 makes this character far from a genius. In fact, I don't know if I can buy her having a master's degree at that point. She's supposed to be an engineer and has no Know/Technology, Know/Physical Science or Earth Science, and Craft/Robotics isn't a thing. Craft/Mechanical and Craft/Electrical are.

Wealth 4 does not exist on these boards. The highest Wealth goes is 3, at which point you are a multibillioniare on the level of Tony Stark or Lex Luthor.

Entangle is not a thing that exists. I assume you mean Snare.

Def +7 and Tou +11 makes this character over caps defensively. Either reduce Def to +3 or reduce Tou to +7.

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Having gotten rid of the more cumbersome powered armor concept, the character now has three basic powers.  Her descriptor is that she has several small 'drones' that give her a force field, allow her to fly, and fire bolts of force. Most of the utility powers are gone, so no life support or other wacky stuff... yet. At INT 26, she is now smarter than the average bear. She has added skills, both to build and destroy technology; and some i thought might be relevant. Her Craft/Robotics was replaced with Craft/Mechanical since it isn't a thing. The snare no longer fit in the build, so i dropped it. It may be added in the future as an alternate effect of her Blast powers. Blast, Flight and Force field were all set as separate powers without a Device or Array in place, because for Lexi, these little force field drones are super-cheap, easy to build and for all intents and purposes, disposable. The 'Force' descriptor deals more with kinetic energy than the Jedi power.

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It looks solid. You can shave a couple points off Exotic Saves, and I recommend putting those into a few APs off the Blast; maybe some kind of Snare and/or a Stun, to handle foes with high Toughness.

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Ok, I reduced her exotic saves a little, so I could add a Snare and Stun feature. Basically, Stun is her Melee option if I read it right, where she basically does a force field enhanced punch but it's not as focused as her Blast. The Snare is having a force field drone temporarily attach itself to a target and generate an inverted force field that resists movement by the target. It wears off over time as the drone loses power.

So i have somehow gone from being a Battlesuit archetype to an energy Projector. There's a real superpower. :D

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You probably want to update the fluff, but the mechanics seem solid to me.

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