Monday, February 3, 2014

Write Ups: BLACK PANTHER, FALCON, POWER MAN, BLADE, & STORM!

In honor of Black History Month, I thought I'd present some of comics' groundbreaking black characters in a two day event.

First up, I present the black heroes of Marvel because, let's face it, the House of Ideas has always cleaned DC's clock when it comes to integrating its comic universe.


BLACK PANTHER 
 In 1966, Marvel presented the first black superhero. He was the first black Avenger. Wesley Snipes tried for years to get a Black Panther movie made, but eventually had to settle for Blade. Hopefully, the popularity of The Avengers will get T'Challa the movie he deserves. 
DEX
10
STR
5
BODY
6
Alter Ego
INT
11
WILL
12
MIND
11
T’challa
INFL
10
AURA
10
SPIRIT
10
Motivation
INIT
35
WEALTH
23
HP
150
Responsibility of Power
SKILLS (all linked)
Acrobatics: 10, Charisma: 10, Gadgetry: 11, Martial Artist: 10, Military Science: 11, Scientist: 11, Spy: 11, Thief: 10, Vehicles: 10, Weaponry: 10
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Wakanda, New York City), Connoisseur, Free Access (Military in Wakanda), Genius, Expansive Headquarters (Wakanda: Lab: 12, Security: 16), Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Security Clearance (High in Wakanda), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High- Avengers, Fantastic Four, Storm, United Nations; Low- European Union
DRAWBACKS
Arch Enemies (Klaw, Man-Ape), Authority Figure (King of Wakanda), Secret Identity
EQUIPMENT
PANTHERSUIT [BODY: 6, Skin Armor: 1, Claws: 1, Cling: 1, Jumping: 3 (Only reduces falling damage), Ultra Vision: 5]


FALCON 
In 1969, Marvel presented the first black superhero who was actually American. You can catch him this summer in the new Captain America movie, though he'll be the Ultimate version.
DEX
8
STR
4
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
9
WILL
8
MIND
8
Sam Wilson
INFL
6
AURA
6
SPIRIT
6
Motivation
INIT
27 (30)
WEALTH
5
HP
125
Upholding the Good
POWERS
Eye of the Cat: 12 (Only works with Redwing), Speak with Animals: 12 (Only works with Redwing)
SKILLS (* linked)
Acrobatics: 8, Animal Handling: 6, Gadgetry: 9, Martial Artist: 8, Scientist: 9, Thief: 8, Vehicles: 8, Weaponry: 8
ADVANTAGES
Free Access (Legal), Genius, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Pet (Redwing), Scholar (Birds), Security Clearance (Low), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High- SHIELD, Captain America, Avengers
DRAWBACKS
Dark Secret (Criminal Past), Secret Identity
EQUIPMENT
VISOR [BODY: 3, Telescopic Vision: 8, Full Vision: 4, Thermal Vision: 8, R#2]
GLIDER WINGS [DEX: 11 (Usable only when in Flight), BODY: 8, Skin Armor: 1,  Flight: 8 (Wings), R#3]
The Talon [BODY: 4 (the gun’s BODY, not the line’s), Snare: 4 (No AV), Ammo: 1, R#3] Swingline is 3 APs long.
Redwing
DEX
12
STR
2
BODY
2
INT
3
WILL
3
MIND
3
INFL
2
AURA
2
SPIRIT
2
INIT
19
WEALTH
N/A
HP
10
POWERS
Flight: 6 (Wings), Telescopic Vision: 9, Claws: 1
ADVANTAGES
Lightning Reflexes, Keen Senses, Sharp Eye


POWER MAN
In 1972, Marvel published the first black character to have his own title. 42 years later and he's still completely badass. 
DEX
8
STR
8
BODY
6
Alter Ego
INT
5
WILL
9
MIND
7
Luke Cage
INFL
6
AURA
7
SPIRIT
6
Motivation
INIT
23
WEALTH
5
HP
120
Seeking Justice
POWERS
Skin Armor: 8, Regeneration: 2, Iron Will: 5
SKILLS (*linked)
Charisma: 6, Detective: 5, Martial Artist: 9, Thief: 8, Weaponry: 8
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (New York City), Free Access (Legal- Licensed PI), Iron Nerves, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes
CONNECTIONS
High- Avengers, Iron Fist, Shang Chi, Heroes For Hire, Street;
Low- Fantastic Four, Underworld, NYPD, Daredevil, Spider-Man
DRAWBACKS
Altered Biology (Near Human), Public Identity, Minor Rage
EQUIPMENT
Chain [BODY: 6, Strike: 1 (Lethal), Snare: 2 (No AV)] Length of 0 APs
A Power Man movie needs to be made and Terry Crews needs to be Luke Cage. Get on it, Disney!


BLADE
Okay, so Blade first appeared in 1973 and he wasn't the first black anything in comics, but he was the first black superhero to star in his own movie franchise and his movies broke the Marvel curse!
DEX
9
STR
6
BODY
6
Alter Ego
INT
6
WILL
12
MIND
9
Eric Brooks
INFL
6
AURA
7
SPIRIT
12
Motivation
INIT
25
WEALTH
5
HP
110
Seeking Justice
POWERS
Claws: 1, Magic Sense: 8, Ultra Vision: 8, Vampirism: 8
SKILLS (all linked)
Acrobatics: 9, Detective: 6, Martial Artist: 9, Military Science: 6, Occultist: 6, Thief: 9, Vehicles: 9, Weaponry: 9
ADVANTAGES
Buddy (Whistler), Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Vampires), Sharp Eye, Streetwise, Weapon Specialization (Katana), Misc: Blade is immune to the vampire’s curse
CONNECTIONS
High- Vampire Community; Low- Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider
DRAWBACKS
Arch Enemy (Dracula), Altered Biology (Mystical), Minor Irrational Attraction to blood, Serious Irrational Hatred of vampires, Media Bias, Mistrust, Minor Rage, Secret Identity, Misc.: Must imbibe a vampirism cure once per day or his Rage and Attraction to blood increase to Catastrophic
EQUIPMENT
BODY ARMOR [BODY: 10, Skin Armor: 2]
Radio [BODY: 2, Radio Communications: 12, R#2]
Katana [BODY: 9, Claws: 3]
Wooden Stakes [BODY: 9, Claws: 1] On a devastating attack, the stake can impale a vampire’s heart and kill it instantly
Ultraviolet Grenades[BODY: 2, Flash: 7 (No AV, Full Force, Attacks BODY), R#2] Affects targets as if sunlight
Anticoagulant Grenades[BODY: 2, Poison Touch: 7 (No AV, Lethal, Full Force), R#2] Only affects vampires
ABC Omni-Weapon: 7 (x2) Blade is frequently armed with specialized weapons for use against creatures of the night.
Heavy Pistol* [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 6 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-2 AP)), Ammo: 8 R#2]
Submachinegun* [BODY: 5, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 5, R#3]
Shotgun* [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Diminishing, Lethal, Reduced Range (-2 APs)), Ammo: 4, R#3]
*Blade typically loads his guns with silver and ultraviolet bullets for use against vampires. A vampire may be killed by these weapons as if he were an ordinary mortal under attack.
MOTORCYCLE [STR: 4, BODY: 7, Running: 6, R#2]
1968 DODGE CHARGER [STR: 7, BODY: 9, Running: 7, R#2]
Two amazing movies and then they flushed it down the toilet...


STORM 
In 1975, Marvel produced the first black woman to be a major superhero and she remains probably the most important black superhero ever created 39 years later. 
As far as I can tell, she was not only the first black female superhero, period, she was the first black character to be the leader of a superhero team.
DEX
8
STR
3
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
8
WILL
10
MIND
8
Ororo Munro
INFL
10
AURA
12
SPIRIT
11
Motivation
INIT
30
WEALTH
5
HP
150
Responsibility of Power
POWERS
Weather Control: 20 (Continuous, Extra Time), Iron Will: 4
SKILLS (all Linked)
 Acrobatics: 8, Charisma: 10, Martial Artist: 8, Military Science: 8, Thief: 8, Weaponry: 8
ADVANTAGES
Attractive, Connoisseur, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Popularity (in Africa), Scholar (Botany), Sharp Eye, Streetwise, Weapon Specialization (Knives)
CONNECTIONS
High- X-Men, Mutants;
Low- United Nations, Underworld, Street, Dr. Doom, Dracula, Black Panther
DRAWBACKS
Altered Biology (Near Human), Catastrophic Irrational Fear of enclosed spaces, Media Bias, Secret Identity, Misc: When Storm is suffering emotionally, her powers will work to affect weather- the greater the trauma, the worse the storm
EQUIPMENT
Knife [BODY: 9, Claws: 1]
Lock Picks [BODY: 1, Misc. Advantage: -1 CS to OV/RV of lockpicking attempts]
Angela Bassett-- the actress who SHOULD have played Storm!

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