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Lou Lubrano: Hitter

Power Level: 8 [Without Powers] / 10 [With Powers] / 13 (180/199PP)

Unspent Power Points: 19

Trade-Offs: +2 Attack / -2 Damage [Without Powers], -2 Defence / +2 Toughness [With Powers]

 

In Brief: Contender, cop, criminal, concrete.

ThemePush + Pull by July Talk

 

Alternate Identity: Lou Lubrano (Secret)

Birthplace: Stark Hill, Bedlam City

Base of Operations: Converted Warehouse

Occupation: Hitter

Affiliations: The Fix, BCPD [Formerly], Scarpia Family [Formerly]

Family: Nora D'Angelo [Ex-Wife], Max Lubrano [Son]

 

Description:

Age: 44 (DoB: 1972)
Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Italian-American

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 215 lbs

Eyes: Ice Blue

Hair: Grey, Black Beard

 

Lou's layers of muscle are built for function rather than aesthetics and mostly hidden under the perpetually rumpled suits he wears. His hair, combed back off of his lined face, has gone uniformly grey but his beard remains jet black and notably better maintained than most of his appearance. He stands with his back straight and shoulders squared but with his unassuming manner he still tends to fade into a crowd. He never drinks while he's working and never smokes when he's not but the lingering scent of both suggest he still does more of both than he ought.

 

 

History: Lou was never a great boxer. Making up for any lack of finesse with an ability to soak up monumental amounts of punishment, he was good enough to earn a modest scholarship and some respect in the neighbourhood but he never considered himself anything more than a big fish in a small pond. Real respect meant being more than a second rate prizefighter. Real respect in Bedlam meant joining up with a gang and he knew only one gang had a retirement plan: the police.

 

Lou was never a great cop. The city didn't provide that opportunity. They didn't have a fraction of the resources to deal with all of the crime in Bedlam anyway so where was the harm in taking a bribe to let the organized, orderly stuff slide? Picking your battles was just another job skill and Lou wasn't afraid of putting in the work to learn. Nobody could say he didn't do some good and more people went home happy than not. Besides, it wasn't like the basic salary was worth risking his neck over and he had a family to think about.

 

Lou was never a great husband. He met Nora at a college when her date made the poor decision to take a swing at him. He liked that she was pretty and quick witted, she liked that he was ambitious and laughed loudly and often. They got married the same month he graduated from the academy and joined the police force and their son Max was born a few years later. They never got around to taking that trip they talked about but maybe once they had enough set aside for Max's schooling.

 

Lou was never a great partner. It wasn't like Simmons made it easy on him, always pushing his luck, always sticking his nose where it was liable to get cut off. They should have ignored the tip about the drug lab but Simmons wanted the bust and it was only two blocks away from a school. Max had just started Grade 5. They went in without backup. It wasn't a drug lab, at least not the way they were thinking. Somebody shot. Something exploded. Lou woke up in the hospital nearly two week later. Simmons didn't.

 

Lou was never a great liar. He nearly slipped up maybe a dozen times before he finally got caught just shy of two years later; it was tough to miss a bullet bouncing off of a chin suddenly made out of the same steel as his car door. Metahumans couldn't be cops and that left Lou without a career and without friends. He took a few odd jobs but nothing stuck. He started to drink more. He never came home drunk but a lot of nights that meant he just didn't come home. Eventually he came home to an empty house and a note.

 

He sold the house, moved into a closet the landlord had the gall to call a bachelor apartment. He signed the papers Nora mailed to him from her sister's place out of state seven months after that. She put a copy of Max's latest school picture in the envelope; that went up on the nearly empty fridge. He was down to his last excuse over late rent when one of the guys he used to take money from offered to buy him a drink. Turned out there were certain people very interested in someone with Lou's specific combination of experience, skills and abilities.

 

Turned out that what Lou was truly great at was hurting bad people who'd made other bad people angry. Sometimes somebody needed to be found, sometimes something needed to be retrieved, sometimes it was just about sending a message. They gave their hitter a name and the situation got handled. He finally had respect, of a sort. The only trouble was that those names didn't always belong to people who were as bad as Lou might have liked. Sometimes they weren't that much older than his son. Lou started to think that someday he was going to be given a name and there'd turn out to be one more thing he wasn't great at.

 

 

Personality & Motivation: Lou plays his cards close to his rumpled vest, content to remain anonymous and unassuming while others posture. Focused and goal-oriented he does his best to remain professional in a line of work that's often anything but. If he feels he's not being extended that same courtesy, however, he's quick to demonstrate why respect is a wise policy.

 

That stoicism hides layers of self-reproach. Having seen both sides of the law in full Lou doesn't so much regret his indiscretions as a police office as wish that he'd been a good enough man to accomplish real good with his position. He considers himself to be a failure as a father and demonstrates a sometimes misplaced protective streak as a result. After years of doing whatever it took to get ahead or stay afloat he's begun to let his better principles guide him and found that standing up for those who need it suits him better than he'd expected.

 

 

Powers & Tactics: The drug lab Lou and his partner raided was experimenting with metahuman treatments, leading to him being doused in unstable chemicals and buried in rubble in the explosion that followed. As a result he can take on the attributes of any inorganic material he touches. Doing so greatly enhances his overall strength and durability, enough to shrug off small arms fire. The specific material he mimics determines the specific benefits or side effects he receives on top of this, such as making him more or less conductive, fire resistant or brittle.

 

As his powers provide a distinct visual Lou prefers to use them only as a last resort, favouring discretion and relative anonymity unless he finds himself otherwise outmatched. Even without them he is a competent hand-to-hand fighter with impressive endurance. When required to buy time he will gladly let an opponent wear themselves out before moving in for a decisive finishing blow but when the person he is protecting comes under immediate threat he switches to a much more aggressive style, foregoing his own safety to end a fight more quickly.

 

 

Power Descriptions: Lou takes on the appearance of the materials he mimics along with their properties. This extends to copying graffiti sprayed on a brick wall or yellow centre lines painted down a concrete road. Dents and cracks sustained while in a transformed state are translated into bruises and cuts when he reverts to flesh and blood. His powers do not extend to the clothes he wear; Lou goes through a lot of suits.

 

 

Complications:

Blood and Iron: Lou's son and ex-wife no longer live in Bedlam but were they in danger there are very few things that would keep him from immediately going to their aid.

 

Cement Overshoes: Quitting the Scarpia Family family is a poor health decision, leaving in the middle of a job even more so. Taking out Lou would be a good way to build a rep and earn points with the higher ups all at once.

 

Concrete Evidence: Lou goes out of his way to avoid using his powers unless there's no other choice. They draw the wrong kind of attention and getting spotted would effectively ruin any cover story he's using.

 

Feet of Clay: Lou is trying to be a better man but he's not there yet. He's slow to trust and slower to let go of a grudge. Convincing him to take risks for strangers may take some doing and convincing him to ask for help is all but impossible.

 

Glass Half Empty: Although he makes a point not to drink while on the job, Lou definitely drinks more than he should. In an unexpected emergency there's no guarantee of finding him sober or without a hangover.

 

Golden Rule: Respect is met with respect. Disrespect is met with percussive correction.

 

Steely Resolve: Though usually methodical and cautious once Lou has committed himself to a fight he's loathe to walk away. He'll take on impossible odds or weather fantastic amounts of punishment if it means keeping his word.

 

Tin Badge: Many of Lou's former colleagues in the BCPD take issue with his metahuman status while others resent his newer ties with the Scarpia Family. Plenty don't see any reason to choose just one reason to hate him.

 

 

Abilities: 8 + 6 + 12 + 4 + 8 + 4 = 42PP

Strength: 18 / 26 (+4 / +8)

Dexterity: 16 (+3)

Constitution: 22 / 30 (+6 / +10)

Intelligence: 14 (+2)

Wisdom: 18 (+4)

Charisma: 14 (+2)

 

 

Combat: 16 + 12 = 28PP

Initiative: +7

Attack: +8 Base, +10 Melee

Defense: +8 (+6 Base, +2 Dodge Focus), +3 Flat-Footed

Grapple: +14 / +18

Knockback: -3 Flat-Footed / -4 without Powers / -8 with Powers 

 

 

Saving Throws: 4 + 6 + 8 = 18PP

Toughness: +8 / +12 (+6 Con, +2 Defensive Roll, +4 Enhanced Constitution) [Impervious 4]

Fortitude: +10 / +14 (+6 Con, +4 Enhanced Constitution, +4)

Reflex: +9 (+3 Dex, +6)

Will: +12 (+4 Wis, +8)

 

 

Skills: 148R = 37PP

Bluff 8 (+10)

Concentration 6 (+10)

Diplomacy 8 (+10)

Drive 2 (+5)

Gather Information 8 (+10)

Intimidate 13 (+15)

Investigate 13 (+15)

Knowledge [Behavioral Sciences] 3 (+5)

Knowledge [Civics] 8 (+10)

Knowledge [Streetwise] 13 (+15)

Knowledge [Tactics] 8 (+10)

Language 2 (English [Native], Italian, Spanish)

Medicine 6 (+10)

Notice 11 (+15)

Perform [Singing] 8 (+10)

Search 8 (+10)

Sense Motive 11 (+15)

Stealth 12 (+15)

 

 

Feats: 20PP

All-Out Attack

Attack Focus [Melee] 2

Connected

Defensive Roll 1

Dodge Focus 2

Fast Task 2 [Feint, Startle]

Improved Critical [Unarmed] 2

Improved Grab

Improved Initiative

Interpose

Luck 2

Power Attack

Startle

Stunning Attack

Uncanny Dodge [Auditory]

 

 

Powers: 4 + 5 + 19 + 7 = 35PP

 

Damage 2 (Boxing; Feats: Innate, Mighty) [4PP] (training)

 

Device 1 (Earbud; 5PP Container, Flaws: Hard to Lose, Feats: Subtle) [5PP]

Super-Senses 4 (Communication Link 4 [Other Earbuds], Feats: Subtle) [5DP]

 

Alternate Form 4 (20PP Container [Active, Sustained], Drawback: Noticeable) [19PP]

Enhanced Constitution 8 [8PP]

Enhanced Strength 8 [8PP]

Impervious 4 [4PP]

 

Object Mimicry 1 (5PP Variable Power, Any Power, Multiple Powers at Once, Touch Range; Extras: Action [Free Action]) [7PP] 

 

 

DC Block

ATTACK                     RANGE   SAVE              EFFECT
Unarmed [without Powers]   Touch   DC 21 Toughness   Damage

Unarmed [with Powers]      Touch   DC 25 Toughness   Damage

 

 

Totals: Abilities (42) + Combat (28) + Saving Throws (18) + Skills (37) + Feats (20) + Powers (35) - Drawbacks (0) = 180/199 Power Points

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