Friday, May 23, 2014

Homebrew Supers: Naste-Estan

PL: 10 (150 pp)

ABILITIES: STR: 24 (+7/0) DEX: 28 (+9/+1) CON: 24 (+7/0) INT: 10 (0) WIS: 10 (0) CHA: 10 (0)

SKILLS: Acrobatics 12 (+21), Climb 12 (+19), Disguise 4 (+4), Escape Artist 12 (+21), Intimidate 12 (+12), Notice 12 (+12), Search 12 (+12), Stealth 12 (+21), Survival 8 (+8 ), Swim (+7)

FEATS: All-out Attack, Dodge Focus (5), Grappling Finesse, Improved Initiative (1), Attack Focus (Melee) (2), Evasion (2), Elusive Target, Uncanny Dodge, Fearsome Presence (2)

POWERS: Super-Movement (Swinging) [1], Super-Movement (Wall-Crawling) [3], *Snare [10], Tether, , Enhanced Strength [14], Enhanced Dexterity [16], Enhanced Constitution [14], Protection [3], Super-Senses (Sight, Radius) [2], Strike (Claws) [10]

COMBAT: Attack 10 [Strike 10 (Lethal)] Defense 15 (10 flat-footed) Init 13

SAVES: Toughness 10 (10 flat-footed) Fortitude 7 Reflex 9 Will 0

Abilities 2 + Skills 24 (96 ranks) + Feats 16 + Powers 88 + Combat 20 + Saves 0 – Drawbacks 0 = 150 / 150

Real Name: Claire Todychini
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Black
Nationality: American, with a criminal record
Ethnicity: Native American

Claire Todychini is a native of Arizona of the Todychini clan of the Navajo. Her life growing up outside of Phoenix, AZ was tough. Her family was poor, very poor, and Claire was tormented by classmates due to that. Her shame at being poor turned into rage as she grew older and learned of the atrocities committed against Native Americans by the whites. Her parents tired to teach her to be proud of her heritage and not let hatred consume her, but the rage seethed in her heart more each day.

While reading about Navajo gods and goddesses, she came across the story of Grandmother Spider, who helped the Eldest Twins early in the days long before man spread across the world. She prayed and pleaded to Grandmother Spider to give her the means to gain revenge on the white man and lead her people back into the light. Grandmother Spider didn’t hear her prayers, but Red Head, the scorpion man, did. He turned her into a twisted hybrid of man and spider. Claire was horrified at her visage, but when she learned that she was now as strong as 20 men, could scale walls, and can spin nearly unbreakable webs, she forgot about her looks and went about seeking vengeance.

Her desire to gain revenge against the US government was out-weighed by her desire to see those that tormented her suffer. Her rampage left 18 people dead before she was driven into the desert by police and National Guardsmen. After a couple days, she returned to her family. They suspected that Claire was behind the killings when they heard who the victims were. When Claire entered the house, her family retreated in terror. He father leveled a shotgun at her and told her to leave and never come back. He said that she had become a monster and a disgrace not only to her family but to her people as well. Claire didn’t take his words very kindly. While none of her family was killed, her father was left crippled by the attack and their home was destroyed. Claire then retreated back into the desert again to decide who would pay next.

Since her emergence as Naste-Estan, the traditional name for Grandmother Spider which she took in mocking sarcasm of the goddess that ignored her, she has struck out at authority figures and government offices. Only occasionally has she made her cause public. Most of the time when she attacks, it’s merely to violently lash out and those she feels guilty of destroying her people, or her life in general. There is evidence to suggest and at some point she was tapped by Overthrow and became an agent with the mission to sow discord, but the evidence is inconclusive at this time.

The hero Wild Deer has become Naste-Estan’s greatest enemy. He is a Native American as well, but instead of trying to help their people by gaining vengeance against the white man, he fights injustice in order to make life better for his people. He doesn’t lash out at the government, he fights those that prey upon the weakest of his people and hopes that others get the message. Naste-Estan and Wild Deer have fought on several occasions. He has won each time. Combine their divergent methodologies with the fact that even though they were both granted power by spirits Wild Deer still looks human, and her hatred of him has grown beyond that of her hatred of the government. She longs for the day that she can suck the juices out of his dying body.

Claire is still humanoid, but her flesh is chitinous like a spider’s. Her mouth became filled with fangs and two large fangs frame her mouth. Instead of two eyes, she now has eight that surround her head and makes it difficult for anyone to surprise her. Her hands are three-fingered and tipped in wicked claws. When she needs to hide among humans, she wears loose, baggy clothing that is easily cast aside when it’s time to strike.

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