Friday, May 16, 2014

Homebrew Supers: Adam Van Helsing

Adam Van Helsing 
PL: 10 (150 pp)

ABILITIES: STR: 14 (+2) DEX: 14 (+2) CON: 16 (+3) INT: 16 (+3) WIS: 16 (+3) CHA: 12 (+1)

SKILLS: Acrobatics 4 (+6), Bluff 12 (+13), Climb 8 (+10), Computers 4 (+7), Concentration 12 (+15), Mechanical 8 (+11), Diplomacy 4 (+5), Disable Device 8 (+11), Disguise (+1), Drive 4 (+6), Escape Artist 4 (+6), Gather Info 12 (+13), Handle Animal 4 (+5), Intimidate (+1), Investigate 8 (+11), Arcane Lore 8 (+11), History 8 (+11), Theology and Philosophy 8 (+11), Medicine 4 (+7), Notice 8 (+11), Ride 4 (+6), Search 8 (+11), Sense Motive 4 (+7), Sleight of Hand 4 (+6), Stealth 8 (+10), Survival 8 (+11), Swim 4 (+6), Languages [4 (Latin, Romanian, Italian, German)]

FEATS: Critical Strike, Dodge Focus (2), Favored Opponent (1), Improved Initiative (1), Quick Draw (2), Takedown Attack (2), Seize Initiative, Fearless, Equipment (5), Contacts, Track, Inventor, Improvised Tools, Precise Shot (1), Sneak Attack (2), Luck (2), Ultimate Will (1), Connected, Ritualist, Distract (1), Well-Informed

EQUIPMENT: Cell Phone, Comm-link, Night-vision Goggles, Silver Sword, Leather Jacket, Undercover Vest, Heavy Pistol, silver bullets, crucifix, garlic, Crossbow, rope, Wooden Stakes

COMBAT: Attack 10 [Silver Sword 3 (Lethal), Heavy Pistol 4 (Lethal)] Defense 20 (14 flat-footed) Init 6

SAVES: Toughness 7 (7 flat-footed) Fortitude 6 Reflex 6 Will 9

COMPLICATIONS: Enemy (Dracula, Council of Night), Hatred (Vampires)

Abilities 28 + Skills 43 (172 ranks) + Feats 30 + Powers 0 + Combat 36 + Saves 13 – Drawbacks 0 = 150 / 150

Real Name: Adam Van Helsing
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair: Auburn
Eyes: Hazel
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Caucasian

Adam Van Helsing is the Great-great-great-great grandson of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, the famous vampire hunter. Most people consider the story of Van Helsing’s battle with Dracula to be myth, even members of the Van Helsing family, but it’s very much true (even though Stoker’s story embellishes some elements).

Adam’s father was a dentist. He didn’t believe the family history and would become quite annoyed with anyone that would question or joke with him about his name. He raised his son to reject the stories as an inconvenience that a member of their family had their name used in a story that fuels so many over-active imaginations. However, Adam’s grandfather didn’t feel the same way.

Adam would spend most of his days with his grandfather during summer break and after school while his parents were at work. Adam’s parents thought that Adam was going fishing and working on homework with his grandfather, but Rudolph Van Helsing was secretly training Adam in the arts of fighting the undead. Adam learned not only how to fight and build effective weapons used against creatures of the night, but also how to recognize vampires hiding amongst the living as well as occult lore.

After high school, Adam went on to college where he majored in Parapsychology, much to the chagrin of his parents. He became one of the world’s foremost experts on the occult and the supernatural. His renown grew even further when he was tapped to be an expert on several Learning Channel and Discovery Channel specials on the supernatural (though he despised the sensationalistic slant of the programs) and even appeared a couple times on Ghost Hunters. His notoriety would prove to be Adam’s greatest enemy.

For generations, the forces of darkness have left the Van Helsings alone. After Abraham’s valiant crusade against evil ended with his death, the Van Helsings went into hiding. Only in the last couple generations has the family dared call themselves by the Van Helsing name. When it was shown that the family were no longer carrying on Abraham’s quest, they were left alone as a non-threat (unless one crossed the path of one of the hungry dead, that is). Adam, however, changed that.

Two weeks after appearing on the Ghost Hunters, Adam’s parents were slaughtered and turned into zombie slaves by an upstart vampire necromancer named Vlakinswol. Adam himself was attacked by a couple werewolves that he was able to dispatch. This was the first time that Adam truly utilized his training. He then confronted Vlakinswol and with a grieving heart, ended his parent’s existence as members of the undead.

The battle against the vampire didn’t go nearly as well as the earlier battle with the two werewolf mercenaries. He was tossed around by the undead sorcerer easily before he was able to wound the monster with a crucifix hidden in a compartment up his sleeve. That gave Adam enough of an upper hand to allow him to drive off Vlakinswol, leaving Adam to bury his parents with the curses of the vampire ringing in his ears.

Rudolph was gravely wounded in the attack. Not to in a way where there was any danger of becoming the undead, but there was little hope of his survival. He told Adam not to blame himself for what occurred as it was only a matter of time before the dark forces discovered that some Van Helsings still carry the torch. He warned Adam with his dying breath that the attacks on his family were just the beginning and that, sadly, Adam was likely going to have live a very guarded, lonely, and secretive life.

The next couple of years saw Adam build up a reputation as a pariah even among the peers in his field. Too many people from friends to colleagues of Adam’s had been slain, and even those that didn’t really believe in tales of the truly fantastical, such as vampires and black magic, saw Adam as carrying a curse. Adam dealt with it the only way he knew how: he threw himself into his research and training. Hardly a waking moment was spent on anything other than trying to discover the true identity of Vlakinswol and developing new tools to aid him in his battle.

Adam started a society dedicated to the eradication of the darkness. He recruited people from all walks of life that have survived brushes with the undead. The inner sanctum of his organization, called The Torch, was comprised of the martial arm of the group. These were people and beings of such physical and mental caliber as to allow them to take the fight to the creatures themselves. He’s even taken up the cause of those that are tainted by the darkness that strive to overcome their curses to fight evil, such as Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s original monster.

Adam recently discovered Vlakinswol’s identity, which lead him to discover the existence of a council of vampires lead by a slowly regenerating Dracula. His crusade has reached a fevered pitch as Adam and The Torch race to defeat the vampires before Dracula totally regains his strength.

Adam is a thin, but athletic man. His features are attractive, but he cares little for working on his appearance. He wears rugged clothing, mostly denim and leather, which can hold up to the rigors of battle as well as wear and tear from climbing into ruins and ancient tombs. Heavy-duty denim jeans, black shirt, steel-toed boots, and a leather trench coat with many hidden pockets are his common wardrobe, sometimes he also wear a chain shirt into combat. He always wears the silver crucifix that his grandfather always wore prominently on a chain around his neck. His hair is long and usually pulled back in a top-knot. Adam always carries a crossbow and handgun (with a clip filled with silver bullets) is concealed in his coat. When going into combat, he sometimes straps a silver longsword to his hip.

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