Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Homebrew Supers: Black Bird

Black Bird 
M&M Stats
PL: 10 (150 pp)

ABILITIES: STR: 30 (+10) DEX: 16 (+3) CON: 30 (+10) INT: 7 (-2) WIS: 12 (+1) CHA: 10 (0)

SKILLS: Climb (+10), Concentration (+1), Escape Artist (+3), Intimidate 8 (+8 ), Notice 4 (+5), Search (-2), Sense Motive (+1), Stealth (+3), Survival (+1), Swim (+10)

FEATS: Power Attack, Teamwork (2)

POWERS: *Super-Strength [4], *Flight [6], *Protection [2], *Immunity (Life Support) [9], *Regeneration (Diehard, Persistent, Regrowth feats) [7]

COMBAT: Attack 10 [Unarmed +10 (Bruise)] Defense 18 (14 flat-footed) Init 3

SAVES: Toughness 12 (12 flat-footed) Fortitude 15 Reflex 12 Will 9

Abilities 45 + Skills 3 (12 ranks) + Feats 3 + Powers 41 + Combat 36 + Saves 22 – Drawbacks 0 = 150 / 150

Real Name: Craig Lang
Height: 6’8”
Weight: 350 lbs.
Hair: Strawberry Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Identity: Public
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: Caucasian

Craig Lang has always been different. He was born with several learning disabilities that left him behind both educationally and socially to other kids his age. What Craig lacked in smarts, he made up for in toughness. He didn't have to suffer too many insults because he always stood at least 6 inches taller than everyone else and was built like a tank. Craig also had a heart of gold. He was tough, he could take the insults, but he hated to see weaker kids get picked on. Craig was always getting into fights standing up for other kids getting picked on, which quickly became a constant problem.

By the time that Craig was in the third grade, he had to be sent to the alternative school for kids with social issues. While Craig was never the instigator, he was always the one that ended whatever came up…usually with the result of the other kid getting black eye, fat lip, or the occasional broken bone. At the alternative school, Craig was surrounded by kids that had no qualms with starting fights with him.

To his credit, Craig didn't get into any fights for the first three weeks at the alternative school. He took the insults and jabs in stride and just tried to get through the day so he could make his parents happy. (His folks fought the school board for weeks after they decided to send Craig to the alternative school.) There was a group of older kids that decided they were going to finally get to Craig. They ambushed him after school, hitting and kicking him mercilessly. Craig didn't really fight back since he promised his parents that he would do his best not to fight. One of the thugs picked up a rock and hit Craig in the head. As blood poured down the side of his head, fear kicked in and unlocked his latent mutant abilities. The wound on his head healed, and Craig got up. The kid with the rock took another swing, but Craig was quicker shoving the kid back 50 feet with barely any effort. The other kids stopped their attack and ran off. As they fled, Craig leapt at the kid that hit him in the head and surprised himself as he flew at his attacker! Craig was so astonished that he ignored the kid as he ran off to catch up with his buddies.

Craig flew home, totally unaware of the scene he was causing by flying over heavily populated Chicago. It was long after he got home that the police arrived and swarmed his family’s townhouse. The cops had called in backup from the National Guard (since it was an obvious report of unknown super-human activity) who relayed the call to Air Force who scrambled three Argonauts to apprehend Craig. At the sight of all the attention, Craig got scared and flew straight up through the roof of the building. After a brief chase, and the intervention of Hero Prime, Craig was returned to his worried and frightened family.

A few days went by with Craig’s family wondering what they were going to do with their super-powered son. They were visited by Professor Charles Xavier and two of his students: Jean Grey and Jubilee. They convinced Craig’s parents that he needs to learn how to use his powers responsibly and to enroll him at Xavier’s School for Gifted Children. While Craig was scared to leave home, he was happy that he would be in a better school with kids that are a lot like him.

Thanks to Prof. X’s guidance Craig discovered that he has super-strength, regenerative powers, and can fly at great speed. Over the years, Craig has developed into the very vision of a gentle giant. He has learned how to judge when and how much force he should use against various foes. He became a member of the New Mutants and adopted the name of Black Bird. He still doesn't like to fight, but will quickly step in to protect innocent people or his teammates. Once he graduated, he left the New Mutants and became a member of the X-Men.

Craig is an imposing figure. He is tall and heavily muscled. He tends to wear a backwards Chicago White Sox cap even when suited up in his X-Men uniform. His hair is kept long and usually tied into a ponytail, and his facial hair is kept in a goatee and mustache.

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