Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Write Ups: BLACK RACER, BLACK LIGHTNING, BLACK VULCAN, CYBORG, & VIXEN!

Day 2 of Black History Month brings us to DC's black heroes.


BLACK RACER 
1971 saw Jack Kirby introduce the character that DC insists on calling its first black superhero. I love Kirby and his New Gods and I think Black Racer is cool in that way that only Kirby could manage, but I’d really debate whether he qualifies as a superhero or not. As death incarnate, he's more of a cosmic entity.
DEX
15
STR
8
BODY
16
Alter Ego
INT
9
WILL
16
MIND
12
Willie Walker
INFL
11
AURA
10
SPIRIT
10
Motivation
INIT
37
WEALTH
N/A
HP
175
Responsibility of Power
POWERS
Awareness: 12, Dimension Travel (Travel): 20, Dispersal: 20, Life Sense: 30, Spirit Drain: 35 (If Black Racer so wills, anyone touching him is automatically attacked by his Spirit Drain Power)
SKILLS
Military Science (Tracking): 18
ADVANTAGES
Immortal, Insta-Change, Lightning Reflexes
DRAWBACKS
Altered Biology (Mystical), Uncontrollable Alter Ego (Willie Walker)
EQUIPMENT
SKIS [BODY: 20, Flight: 35]

WILLIE WALKER
DEX
0(4)
STR
0(4)
BODY
2
Alter Ego
INT
0(6)
WILL
0(8)
MIND
6
Willie Walker
INFL
0 (5)
AURA
0 (7)
SPIRIT
9
Motivation
INIT
0 (15)
WEALTH
4
HP
15
Responsibility of Power
SKILLS
Military Science: 4, Weaponry: 4
ADVANTAGES
Free Access (Military), License to Kill (Military), Rank (E-5 ), Security Clearance (Low)
CONNECTIONS
Low- US Army
DRAWBACKS
Uncontrollable Alter Ego (The Black Racer), Secret Identity, Catastrophic Physical Restriction: Walker is in a deep coma. He is paralyzed and mute due to injuries sustained while in Vietnam. While comatose most of his attributes are 0 and he cannot use his skills or advantages.


BLACK LIGHTNING 
In 1977 Tony Isabella created the first black superhero to have his own (short lived) title at DC. He's probably just a accurately described as DC's first black superhero. Black Lightning is a cool character who has long suffered due to a never ending battle between DC and Isabella. It's a shame. He really has deserved more attention over the years. At least Brad Meltzer finally gave him a spot on the JLA in 2006.
DEX
11
STR
5
BODY
6
Alter Ego
INT
7
WILL
7
MIND
6
Jefferson Pierce
INFL
8
AURA
6
SPIRIT
6
Motivation
INIT
30
WEALTH
7
HP
100
Responsibility of Power
POWERS
Energy Absorption: 8 (Power linked to Energy Control, RAPs absorbed can be used to heal damage), Energy Control: 12
SKILLS
Acrobatics: 9, Charisma: 8, Martial Arts: 7, Scientist: 5, Weaponry: 7
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Suicide Slum), Buddy (Peter Gambi), Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Physics, Education)
CONNECTIONS
High- JLA, Outsiders, Education Community; 
Low- Olympic Committee, Mister Terrific, White House
DRAWBACKS
Arch Enemy (Tobias Whale), Married (Lynn Stewart), Dependents (Anissa and Jennifer), Secret Identity, Attack Vulnerability: -2 vs Cold


BLACK VULCAN 
In 1977, the Superfriends gave the JLA its first black member. He wasn't terribly original or detailed, but growing up in the '80's I loved him (though I thought he was Black Lightning), so here he is.
DEX
9
STR
4
BODY
7
Alter Ego
INT
6
WILL
6
MIND
5
Unknown
INFL
5
AURA
4
SPIRIT
4
Motivation
INIT
22
WEALTH
5
HP
75
Upholding the Good
POWERS
Force Field: 9 (Power Lined to Lightning), Lightning: 10 (Self Link), Flight: 20 (Power Linked to Lightning)
BLACK VULCAN’S POWER STUNTS
Black Vulcan can push his Flight up to and beyond the speed of light, paying only 1 HP per RAP. Once above the speed of light, he can increase the HP expenditure to 5 per RAP to Power Stunt Time Travel at an amount equal to the APs in excess of 29 he has achieved.
ADVANTAGES
Insta-Change, Lightning Reflexes
CONNECTIONS
High- JLA
DRAWBACKS
Altered Biology (Near Human), Secret Identity


CYBORG 
In 1980 Marv Wolfman and George Perez created DC’s most important (and best) black superhero.
DEX
7
STR
8
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
7
WILL
6
MIND
6
Victor “Vic” Stone
INFL
7
AURA
5
SPIRIT
5
Motivation
INIT
19
WEALTH
6
HP
100
Unwanted Power
POWERS (all powers are Cybernetic)
Cling: 7, Cybertelepathy: 8 (No Range), Directional Hearing: 6, Extended Hearing: 6, Heat Vision: 7*, Jumping: 7, Lightning: 7, Regeneration: 10 (Repairs mechanical damage only), Running: 5, Skin Armor: 6, Snare: 6*, Sonic Beam: 10*, Stretching: 1* (Cyborg can only stretch his hands), Super Hearing: 6,Telescopic Vision: 5, Thermal Vision: 8, Ultra Vision: 12
CYBORG’S WEAPONS
Cyborg can only use one of the powers marked with an (*) in a single phase. It takes him an automatic action to switch between them.
SKILLS (all linked)
Charisma: 7, Gadgetry: 7, Scientist: 7, Vehicles: 7
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (New York City), Genius, Iron Nerves
CONNECTIONS
High- S.T.A.R. Labs, Titans, JLA
DRAWBACKS
Altered Biology (Cybernetic), Minor Irrational Fear of his mechanical side causing him to lose his value as a human being, Public Identity, Strange Appearance

Cyborg as seen on Smallville


VIXEN
1981 saw DC's first major black superheroine. She was intended to have her own comic, but the title never made it to print. In 1984 she joined the JLA during its rather forgettable Detroit days, thus becoming the JLA's first official black member. She was easily the most memorable character of the Detroit League and would later rejoin the JLA in 2006. 
DEX
8
STR
4
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
5
WILL
6
MIND
5
Mari Jiwe McCabe
INFL
7
AURA
8
SPIRIT
6
Motivation
INIT
24
WEALTH
8
HP
60
Seeking Justice
SKILLS
Acrobatics: 8, Charisma: 6, Martial Artist: 6, Thief (Stealth): 8
ADVANTAGES
Attractive, Lightning Reflexes
CONNECTIONS
High- JLA, Martian Manhunter; Low- Animal Man, Suicide Squad
DRAWBACKS
Iron Nerves, Minor Irrational Fear of the Tantu Totem releasing her “animal side”, Secret Identity
EQUIPMENT
Tantu Totem Amulet [BODY: 6, INFL: 1, AURA: 1, SPIRIT: 6, Animal Mimicry: 16 (Mystic link, Can be used to mimic physical attack forms (like claws)), Can only mimic a single attribute, power, or skill at a time), Danger Sense: 6 (Mystic link), Minor Rage, Geas: Only a member of the Jiwe family may use the totem, and it must be used in the cause of justice, Sentience (However, a failed roll does not mean that the totem does not work, only that the rage induced by the totem is increased to Serious (Catastrophic on the roll of 2)] Use of the totem for evil or selfish purposes automatically increases the Rage to Catastrophic.
Common animal abilities Vixen uses include: Cheetah (Running: 6), Dolphin (Swimming: 5), Eagle (Telescopic Vision: 9), Elephant (STR: 7), Hawk (Flight: 6), Owl (Ultra Vision: 6), Rhinoceros (Skin Armor: 9),Tiger (Claws: 2), and Wolf (Analytical Smell/Tracking Smell: 7)


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