Friday, June 06, 2014

Homebrew Supers: Backslash

The first of three villains from The Lords of Change!

M&M Stats
PL: 10 (150 pp)

ABILITIES: STR: 30 (+10/+5) DEX: 16 (+3) CON: 23 (+6/+4) INT: 12 (+1) WIS: 14 (+2) CHA: 10 (0)

SKILLS: Climb 12 (+17), Concentration (+2), Escape Artist (+3), Intimidate 12 (+12), Notice 12 (+14), Search (+1), Sense Motive (+2), Stealth 8 (+11), Survival 12 (+14), Swim (+5)

FEATS: Defensive Roll (4), Dodge Focus (2), Improved Critical: Claws (1), Power Attack, Sneak Attack (2), Diehard, Takedown Attack (2), Startle, Fearsome Presence (2), Improved Initiative (2)

POWERS: *Growth [5], *Strike (Mighty) [2], *Super-Senses (Danger Sense, Darkvision, Scent, Ultra-Hearing) [5], *Leaping [3], *Regeneration [8]

COMBAT: Attack 8 [Claws (Mighty Strike) 12 (Lethal)] Defense 20 (14 flat-footed) Init 11

SAVES: Toughness 10 (6 flat-footed) Fortitude 10 Reflex 10 Will 8

Abilities 30 + Skills 15 (60 ranks) + Feats 18 + Powers 34 + Combat 36 + Saves 17 – Drawbacks 0 = 150 / 150

MSH Stats

Health: 120        Karma: 46
Resources: TY    Popularity: -30

Claws: Backslash’s claws do EX edged damage. 
Heightened Senses: Backslah’s hearing, sight, and sense of smell are all at GD levels. 
Darkvision: GD intensity
Danger Sense: GD
Regeneration: RM
Growth: FB (permanent)
Resistance to Cold: EX
Stealth: RM

Talents: Martial Arts B and E, Intimidation

Contacts: Lords of Change

Real Name: Unknown
Age: Unknown
Height: 9’ 7”
Weight: 675 lbs.
Hair: White
Eyes: Black
Nationality: None, but was likely born in Romania
Ethnicity: Unknown, but is thought to be a mutant of Slavic descent

The being that now goes by the name Backslash was discovered as a babe covered in a thin layer of white fur left for dead in the mountains of Romania. The gypsies that found him took him in and raised him; however, they were anything but kind. They sought to make the young monster into a sideshow act for their traveling performances. When Backslash refused to perform properly or misbehaved, he was savagely beaten. His was a very sad and painful childhood.

As Backslash grew, it soon became clear to the gypsies that they were going to have to be rid of their monster. At 9 years of age, he was already as big as most men and was as strong as five. His near-human features were growing into a more wolf-like visage with protruding canines and tough claws for fingernails. The gypsies constantly had to acquire more chains and reinforcements for his cage, due to him constantly bending the bars in hopes of breaking out of his cage. On night after Backslash attacked a careless handler and broke three of his ribs with a single punch, the gypsies decided to rid themselves of their monster.

Under the light of a full moon, the gypsies took Backslash’s wagon to the top of a curvy, steep, winding mountain path and unhooked it from the horses. The gypsies watched as wagon careened over the side of cliff to fall into the treetops below. Their task done, they left to rejoin the rest of their clan.

Backslash didn’t die however. He lay battered and bloodied amid the wreckage of his cage on the ground. Pain wracked his body. Just when he thought that he was about to die a stranger slithered out of the shadows. The man, if he could be called that, offered Backslash a chance for vengeance, all he had to do was swear his life, his very soul, to the service of the Lord, the Lord of Chaos. Backslash agreed and passed out.

Once Backslash awoke, he was amazed that his pain was nearly gone. He looked down at a gash in his arm, a gash that nearly severed the arm, healing before his eyes! He turned to the man with the serpentine body and asked what he did to him? The serpent man told Backslash that he had improved him, and that he wouldn't have to worry about such wounds anymore. Backslash stood up, one of the few times in his life he could stand at his full height and sniffed at the air, noting that he could still smell his former masters. The serpent man told him to go and take his revenge, and that he would find him after.

Backslash tracked the gypsies to their camp, which had hurriedly packed up and moved on after disposing of Backslash. Silently he kept up on the troupe and then attacked. The slaughter was obscene. All the rage and fury that had built up in the young mutant was released on the closest thing that he ever knew as a family.

Romanian authorities investigating the scene of the murders didn't know what to think of the crime scene. While none of them really believed the report, the investigators decided to blame the attack on a pack of wolves. None of them could shake the fear inside themselves at the sight of the clawed footprints that said otherwise.

Since that night, Backslash has worked as a loyal member of the Lords of Change, a group of mutant terrorists bent on ushering in a new era for mutant-kind. There are times when he thinks that all the violence and death are wrong, but then he thinks of his life before. He is now educated. He receives praise and support from his peers and master. Most importantly, he has never been caged again. A little bloodletting is nothing compared to freedom.

Backslash is a mountain of a man. He stands nearly 10 feet tall and is extremely muscular. His body is covered in thick white fur, like that of a dog or wolf. His eyes are black and allow him to see in the dark. Long claws line Backslash’s fingers and toes and his teeth are much like those of a wolf. His face is the only characteristic that keeps Backslash from looking like a very large overt Canine Moreau. His face is still very human-like. His ears are small, but slightly pointed. His nose is somewhat upturned, but otherwise like any other person. No fur grows on his forehead, nose and upper cheeks. Typically, all that Backslash wears is a pair of tough combat pants, but when a mission calls for more of an ability to hide easily in the shadows, he wears and full combat suit to cover his white fur.


Blue Tyson said...

Backslash is a good one, FASERIP and all!

Giles Kiser said...

Thanks! He's a pretty basic "zerker" character, but one that I always liked using.

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