Barnstormer
Silas Tucker
 
Cost

Characteristic

Value Roll Notes
5 STR 35 16- Lift: 3200.0kg; Dice: HTH Damage 7d6 END [3]

Barnstormer

39 DEX 23 14- OCV 8 DCV 8
26 CON 23 14-
4 BODY 12 11-
8 INT 18 13- PER Roll 13-
2 EGO 11 11- ECV: 4
5 PRE 15 12- PRE Attack: 3d6
0 COM 10 11-
7 PD 17   17 PD (7 rPD)
5 ED 17   17 ED (7 rED)
17 SPD 5   Mental Defense: 0
0 REC 8   Phases: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
2 END 50   Running: 6" (12" NC)
3 STUN 35   Swimming: 2" (4" NC)
 

Cost

Powers

END

10 Meteorite-Enhanced Fitness: Elemental Control, 20-point powers
7 1) Mighty Strength: +20 STR (20 Active Points); No Figured Characteristics (-1/2) 2
11 2) Toughened Skin: Armor (7 PD/7 ED) (21 Active Points) 0
25 Multi-Gun: Multipower, 50-point reserve, (50 Active Points); all slots OAF (Multi-Gun; -1)
1u 1) Bola: Entangle 4d6, 4 DEF, Entangle And Character Both Take Damage (+1/4) (50 Active Points); 2 clips of 2 Charges (-1 1/4), OAF (Multi-Gun; -1) [2]
1u 2) Flare: Sight Group Flash 6d6, Area Of Effect (One Hex; +1/2) (45 Active Points); 2 clips of 2 Charges (-1 1/4), OAF (Multi-Gun; -1) [2]
1u 3) Flaming Slug: Energy Blast 10d6 (vs. ED) (50 Active Points); 2 clips of 2 Charges (-1 1/4), OAF (Multi-Gun; -1) [2]
1u 4) Knockout Gas: Energy Blast 4d6 (vs. ED), Area Of Effect (One Hex; +1/2), No Normal Defense (Self-Contained Breathing; +1) (50 Active Points); 2 clips of 2 Charges (-1 1/4), OAF (Multi-Gun; -1) [2]
2 Flight Goggles: Sight Group Flash Defense (5 points) (5 Active Points); OAF (Goggles; -1) 0
5 Meteorite-Enhanced Body: Life Support (Longevity: 200 Years; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat) 0
 

Cost

Perks

25

Follower: Tailgunner

24

Vehicle: Rocket Pack

Cost

Martial Arts
Maneuver Phase OCV DCV Notes
15 Flying Combat (Cost: 15)
Flying Grab 1/2 -2 -1 Grab Two Limbs, 45 STR for holding on; FMove
Passing Strike 1/2 +1 +0 7d6 +v/5; FMove
Passing Disarm 1/2 -1 -1 Disarm, 45 STR to Disarm; FMove

Cost

Skills

15

+3 with HTH Combat

3

Acrobatics 14-

3

Breakfall 14-

3

Combat Driving 14-

3

Combat Piloting 14-

2

Crimebusters Package

Contact: Jake Lobo (Useful Skills, Major Institutions, Significant Contacts, Good Relationship) 11-

Minor Talent: Is Contacted Whenever the Team is Needed (Specifics Vary By Character)

PS: Crimebuster 8-

Reputation: True Blue Heroes, +2/+2d6 14-

Team Base Contribution

Teamwork 11 or less (or +1)

Monitored by the East Coast Media, 11 or less

0

Everyman Skills (Cost: 0)

Acting 8-

AK: Burke Falls, New York 11-

Climbing 8-

Computer Programming 8-

Concealment 8-

Conversation 8-

Deduction 8-

Language: English (idiomatic)

Paramedics 8-

Persuasion 8-

PS: Auto Mechanic 11-

Shadowing 8-

Stealth 8-

TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles

3

Inventor 13-

3

KS: Mystery Men (INT-based) 13-

2

Language: French (fluent conversation)

1

Language: German (basic conversation)

3

Mechanics 13-

3

SS: Propulsion Systems (INT-based) 13-

4

TF: Agricultural & Construction Vehicles, Combat Aircraft, Large Motorized Ground Vehicles, Small Planes, Two-Wheeled Motorized Ground Vehicles

3

Weaponsmith (Firearms, Incendiary Weapons) 13-

2

WF: Small Arms
175+ Disadvantages

20

Dependent NPC: Calliope Washington 11- (Normal; Unaware of character's adventuring career/Secret ID)

15

Hunted: Cornwall Burke 11- (As Pow, Harshly Punish)

5

Hunted: Mystery 8- (As Pow, Limited Geographical Area, Harshly Punish)

10

Psychological Limitation: Calm and Philosophical (Common, Moderate)

10

Psychological Limitation: Cannot Resist Tinkering With Machinery (Common, Moderate)

20

Psychological Limitation: Code vs. Killing (Common, Total)

1

Quirk: Admires French Culture

1

Quirk: Airplane Buff

1

Quirk: Does Origami

1

Quirk: Likes Jazz

1

Quirk: Tap Dancer

5

Social Limitation: Debt (Occasionally, Minor)

20

Social Limitation: Object of Prejudice (Black Man In the 1940's) (Very Frequently, Major)

15

Social Limitation: Secret Identity (Silas Tucker) (Frequently, Major)
12 Experience Points
 
Characteristics Cost 123 Base Points 175
Powers Cost 64 Disadvantages 125
Talents Cost 0 Experience Points 12
Perks Cost 49 Total Points 312
Martial Arts Cost 15
Skills Cost 53
Total Cost 304
 
Concept Brick Gadgeteer Hair Colour Black
Nationality American Eye Colour Brown
Place of Birth Burke Falls, New York Height 1.91 m/6' 3"
Date of Birth April 13, 1908 Weight 93.00 kg/205 lbs
 
Background

A talented auto mechanic, Silas Tucker had long dreamed of flying an airplane, and had even developed a model of a "personal air machine," a rocket-like backpack that could allow a single person to fly through the air with as little effort as steering a car. In fact, he envisioned a world where everyone had such devices, where traveling across the country would take only a few hours and problems like death from falling would be a thing of the past.

His problems, though, were money and fuel. Although he ran an auto shop, he didnít own it. Black men didnít own many businesses in Burke Falls, New York, in 1938. He ran the shop for the townís richest man, Cornwall Burke, making only a small stipend despite the shopís profits, profits that were a direct result of Silasís skill and ingenuity. He even had to pay Burke rent for the small home he made for himself in a converted attic space over the auto shop. And despite his best efforts, Silasís "personal air machine" required so much fuel that it couldnít reliably keep a man in the air for more than a few seconds before sputtering out.

Then one day, a shooting star lit up the night in Burke Falls, startling Silas from his sleep. He woke first to a blinding light, then a tremendous crashing sound as the meteorite struck the auto garageís small yard, filled with car parts. Not even really thinking about it, Silas fished the white-hot stone out of the ground with a pair of tongs, hiding it away in a pile of scrap parts in the back of the garage, barely noticing the heat that it radiated and the strange tingling that spread through his body.

Strangely, no one else seemed to have been drawn by the meteoriteís fall. Silas filled in the small crater it had created, then waited three days for it to cool enough for him to examine it fully, working only a few feet from it day after day while repairing other peopleís automobiles. When he finally did begin to tinker with it, he was amazed at how the stone still glowed. His various experiments gave him few answers as to what the stone was made up of, but yielded an amazing result: Just a few tiny grains of the stone, mixed with standard gasoline, made for an incredibly potent fuel. With excited anticipation, Silas took his prototype rocket pack out in some woods far west of Darien, strapped it on, and pulled the ignition.

He flew. Like a man-sized missile, like a speeding bullet, Silas Tucker flew through the Illinois skies, a trail of fire and smoke behind him. It was the most amazing experience of his life.

It was probably fate that Silas wasnít the only one in the woods that night. Preparing to return home, he spotted some other men trekking through the trees. But these men werenít there for any experiment. They were there to commit murder and dispose of a body, a kidnapped detergent heiress whose father has paid the ransom, but whose kidnappers were too spooked to let her go free because sheíd seen their faces.

Hearing her screams, he clicked the rocket pack back on again, storming to her rescue, buzzing past the thugs so quickly that they couldnít draw a bead on them, slamming his fists into them at such high speeds that they lost teeth. His face covered with black soot and grease from tinkering with the pack, he was unrecognizable. She would later describe her rescuer as a "barnstormer, a brave flying man." And with those words and the thrill of the battle, the Barnstormer was born.

Since that time, Silas has used his Barnstormer pack sparingly, developing a costume to keep his identity hidden from others when he flies into action. He briefly weighed the possibility of covering himself enough to keep even his race a secret, but ultimately decided that, even if it endangered his own secret, he would prefer to show people a good black role model. Heís thought about revealing his invention or the meteoriteís power, but has thus far decided against it. He knows that the greedy Cornwall Burke would claim all rights to both, citing that the invention was created by his employee and that the meteorite landed on his property.

The only person to know of Barnstormerís real identity is, ironically, Burkeís 13-year-old son Archie (short for Archibald). Mostly good-natured, Archie liked to hang around the garage, and stumbled across the rocket pack while Silas was helping a customer. In a fit of selfishness, Archie blackmailed Silas into making a second rocket pack just for him, threatening otherwise to reveal all to his father. Silas did so reluctantly, but it proved to be a life-saving decision when he was captured by a mad scientist calling himself Doctor X-Ray. Donning his rocket pack and a mask of his own, Archie swooped in to rescue him. Calling himself "Tailgunner," he became, more or less against Silasís will, the new sidekick to Barnstormer.

Although they havenít fully realized it yet, both Silas and Archie have begun to change due to their exposure to the meteorite. Theyíre both stronger, faster, and more durable than they used to be. How far this progression will go remains to be seen.

Personality
Silas is a calm, soft-spoke, brave, and intelligent man. He has long felt trapped by his circumstances, both as a more-or-less helpless employee of Cornwall Burke, and as a black man in a white-dominated society. The opportunity that his Barnstormer identity has given him has thrilled him, yet he also feels a heavy responsibility to be a strong role model and to keep Archie safe from harm, to teach the boy, subtly when necessary, to be a better and more generous man than his father. Silas enjoys tinkering with machinery and has a very sharp, inquisitive mind. He has little formal education, but nonetheless can hold his own due to his quick wit and intelligence. Heís often nervous and a little quiet around white people, acting slightly subservient out of habit. Underneath that affect, however, heís a proud man who hopes to help change the world and make it a more accepting place with greater opportunities for others regardless of race.
Quote
"Get out of my way, mister, and drop the bean-shooter. I can fly circles around you and still knock you on your keister before youíd ever get a bead on me."
Powers

The rocket pack allows Silas to fly at great speeds for considerable lengths of time before needing to be refueled. Itís relatively maneuverable, often allowing him to circle around his opponents. Heís trained himself for aerial combat, and frequently acts by dive-bombing opponents, punching, grabbing, or disarming them as he gets close. His leather costume is reinforced to give him some protection, and he carries a flare gun that he uses to blind or startle opponents. Though he hasnít fully realized it yet, his physical abilities are rising above the typical human range as a result of his exposure to the meteorite.

Appearance

Silas is quite a large man, with very dark skin, short-cropped hair, expressive eyes, and a thick, wide mouth. His body is very muscular and his hands are heavily calloused. As Barnstormer, he wears a brown leather costume resembling a World War I flyer. His goggles are darkened to protect his vision and his identity, and he often wears a long red scarf. His rocket pack looks like an art deco creation of brass and steel, a metal pack with twin cylinders that provide propulsion. He emits fire and smoke as he flies through the air; the rocket pack itself is quite loud.