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Dr. Michael Tolken
 
Cost

Characteristic

Value Roll Notes
20 STR 30/60 15- Lift 1600kg/100tons; 6d6/12d6; [3/6]

36 DEX 22 13- OCV: 7  DCV: 7
26 CON 23 14-  
12 BODY 16 12-  
8 INT 18 13- PER Roll 13-
6 EGO 13 12- ECV: 4
10 PRE 20 13- PRE Attack: 4d6
2 COM 14 12-  
6 PD 12   Total: 12/24 PD (6/15 rPD)
7 ED 12   Total: 12/24 ED (6/15 rED)
8 SPD 4   Total: 0 MD (0 rMD)
2 REC 12   Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
7 END 60   Running: 6" / 12"
10 STUN 53   Swimming: 2" / 4"
 

Cost

Powers

END

22 Augmented Defences: Armour (9 PD / 9 ED) (27 Active Points); Linked to Density Enhancement (-¼) 0
7 Augmented Physiology: Life Support (Extended Breathing; Safe In High Pressure, High Radiation, Intense Cold, Intense Heat, Low Pressure and Vacuum) (10 Active Points); Linked to Density Enhancement (-½) 0
7 Augmented Strength: +15 STR (15 Active Points); Linked to Density Enhancement (-½); No Figured Characteristics (-½) 1
6 Breakout: +15 STR (15 Active Points); Only To Escape From Grabs/Entangles (-1); Requires A Brick Tricks Roll (-½) 1
15 Density Enhancement: Density Increase (1,200kg mass, +15STR, +3PD/ED, -3" KB) (15 Active Points) 1
20 Supertough Form I: Lack Of Weakness (-10 for Normal and Resistant Defences) (20 Active Points) 0
10 Supertough Form II: Power Defence (10 Points) (10 Active Points) 0
7 Supertough Skin: Damage Resistance (6PD / 6ED), Hardened (+¼) (7 Active Points) 0
 

Cost

Talents

3

Mathematician: Lightning Calculator

Cost

Perks

1

Doctor: PhD in Astrophysics
15 Friends In Convenient Places: Unassigned Contacts In The Scientific Community
1 Membership: SETI
1 NASA Astrophysics Data System: Computer Link
2 Noted Astrophysicist: Reputation (scientific community) 11-, +2/+2d6
1 Published Scientist: Published

Cost

Skills

10

+2 with HTH Combat
2 Area Knowledge: Australia 11-
2 Area Knowledge: France 11-
2 Area Knowledge: Japan 11-
5 Academy Teacher Skill Package
Contact: Dr Saul Numen 11- (Good Relationship)
Knowledge Skill: Known Uberhumans 13-
Knowledge Skill: Numen-Kami Institute 13-
Language Skill: French (fluent conversation)
Passport
Power Skill: Brick Tricks 11-
Professional Skill: Teacher 13-
Staff Communicator: High Range Radio Perception (12 Active Points) IIF (-¼)
Teamwork 13-
Monitored: Numen-Kami Institute 11-
Social Limitation: Occupation
2 Breakfall 13- (3 Active Points); Only To Reduce/Avoid Damage From Falls And Knockbacks (-½)
3 Bureaucratics 13-
3 Computer Programming 13-
3 Electronics 13-

0

Everyman Skills
Acting 8-
Area Knowledge: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language Skill: English (idiomatic)
Paramedic 8-
Persuasion 8-
Professional Skill: Academic Researcher 11-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
Transport Familiarity: Small Ground Vehicles
3 Hoist 13-
3 Knowledge Skill: Astronomy 13-
2 Knowledge Skill: History 11-
2 Knowledge Skill: Observatories and Astronomy Centres 11-
3 Knowledge Skill: Scientific Community (Physics/Astrophysics) 13-
1 Mechanics 8-
3 Oratory 13-
3 Professional Skill: Astrophysicist 13-
14 Scientist
Science Skill: Astronomy 13-
Science Skill: Astrophysics 13-
Science Skill: Biochemistry 11-
Science Skill: Biology 11-
Science Skill: Dimensional Physics 11-
Science Skill: Mathematics 13-
Science Skill: Physics 13-
3 System Operation 13-
200+ Disadvantages
15 Hunted: Mystery (As Powerful) 11-
5 Physical  Limitation: Heavy
15 Physical Limitation: Weird Biochemistry Requires Specialist Medical Care
15 Psychological Limitation: Code Against Killing
10 Psychological Limitation: Disdain For Religion
15 Psychological Limitation: Overconfidence
15 Psychological Limitation: Protective Of Innocents
10 Psychological Limitation: Scientific Curiosity
1 Quirk: Beer'n'Pizza Kinda Guy
1 Quirk: Hates Driving
1 Quirk: Loves Classic Comedy (Three Stooges, Milton Berle etc.)
1 Quirk: Science Nerd
1 Quirk: Neat And Orderly Bordering On OCD
5 Rivalry: Other Scientists
5 Social Limitation: Other People's Contact
15 Social Limitation: Secret Identity
10 Susceptibility: When Activating Density Increase, 2d6 damage, Instant
10 Vulnerability: 2x STUN from Sonics
0 Experience Points
 
Characteristics Cost 160 Base Points 200
Powers Cost 94 Disadvantages 150
Talents Cost 3 Experience Points 0
Perks Cost 21 Total Points 350
Martial Arts Cost 0
Skills Cost 72
Total Cost 350
 
Concept Brick Hair Colour Brown
Nationality American Eye Colour Brown
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Height 1.85m
Date of Birth March 29, 1968 Weight 145kg
 
Background

Dr. Michael Tolken was a brilliant theorist in the field of astrophysics, working on a number of revolutionary ideas concerning the density of the universe. Michael had postulated that "shadow matter" made up a large portion of the universe's density. Using modern techniques, analysts can only account for roughly one-seventh of the universe's density, and Michael's theory accounted for the remainder. Overlapping dimensions--not in the space/time sense, perhaps, but dimensions we have yet to account for--could explain much of that yet to be explained. A black hole is a point where all the shadow matter converges, creating the ultimate point of density in the universe.

So Michael continued his experiments at the University of Washington in Seattle. Using a single atom of antimatter created by the superconductors in Geneva, Michael was mapping the symmetries between matter and antimatter. A single atom of antimatter, a nucleus made of antiprotons and antineutrons surrounded by a swarm of positrons in an electro-magnetic trap. It was at this point that scientific espionage intruded.

Michael hadn't thought of any practical uses for his discovery--he was in it for the answers, after all--but someone had. Some corporation seemed to know a great deal about science; more specifically, Michael’s work. Agents broke in to Michael's lab as he was firing up his experiment. A stray shot from an overzealous operative managed to shatter the vacuum-gauge, releasing the single atom of antimatter. Unfortunately, the ionization of the blaster coupled with the ambient energy produced by the experiment was enough to open a brief portal to one of Michael's theorized 'shadow dimensions'. There was a >pop<, then Michael knew no more. How long he remained this way he didn't know; it could have been minutes, it could have been years. In actuality, it was two weeks.

How he returned he has yet to discover, but return he did. And he felt different--charged. He was much stronger than before, though he worked diligently to hide this from his peers. He invented a story of kidnapping, which fit the state in which the mystery operatives had left his lab, and professed no knowledge of his abductors. He fabricated a story of telling them all his secrets, and they released him rather than risk a murder charge. The police and science community accepted this, and life quickly returned to normal.

Except for Michael Tolken, of course. What Michael had discovered about the shadow dimensions was that a great store of untapped, and untamable, energy was contained there. Essentially the power of a black hole was at his beck and call. Michael decided that this was too much information, too much power, for man to have in this day and age. The harm outweighed the benefit, and his curiosity would just have to wait for another day to reveal his studies.

Though never actually becoming a full-time superhero, Michael did use his abilities to oppose crime and aid when tragedy or disaster struck. After several months of this part-time heroing, he was approached by Dr. Samuel Numen. Michael’s abilities both as an uberhuman and an astrophysicist fell neatly into Dr. Numen’s plans to advance the study and research, as well as the training, of young uberhumans. With a general salary and guaranteed time for research, Michael Tolken happily accepted Dr. Numen’s offer to teach physics and related sciences at the newest Angelus Academy in Melbourne, Australia. He finds the variety of uberhuman manifestations intriguing, and branched out his studies to include biology and biochemistry, the better to not only understand their genetic changes, but perhaps find the key to his own. Too, though he never actively pursued teaching as a career, he finds the imparting of knowledge to be highly rewarding.
Personality
Michael is a dynamic individual, gifted both physically and intellectually. He loves to talk and expound upon any number of subjects, but is aware of his subject and audience and is likely to try and make it more interesting than not. He was a popular speaker at UW Seattle, and enjoyed his infrequent teaching substitutions. Likable and friendly, Michael is nonetheless a bit wrapped up in his work, and has consequently suffered somewhat in the social arena. Talking about science he's fine, but chit-chat with an attractive woman can make his palms sweat. He was married once, but it didn't last, and he's dated infrequently since. An overwhelming curiosity drives him from experiment to experiment, and it's this curiosity that appears to be driving him into the ranks of the superheroes. That, and his sense of invulnerability. As he believes in science that any question can be answered with patience and perseverance, he does find blind faith and unquestioning certainty to be readily annoying, bordering on the insipid. As such, he finds himself very much opposed to religion in it’s purest form, and to those who choose Faith over hard science especially.
Quote
Sometimes it’s not enough to know you can shoot fire or lift tanks or blip from one spot to another. Sometimes you have to know the whys and hows of it all."
Powers

Michael's body somehow absorbed the energy of the shadow dimension to which he was transported. Much like air will seek out areas of low pressure in order to equalize pressure, so too did the energy seek to establish a balance, and Michael was the 'low pressure zone'. His theory continues in that once a balance of density was established, he was 'popped' back to his home dimension. He'll have to study that further, of course, but that's his starting point. He is much stronger, much more durable than he ever was before, and even without altering his density he functions on a 'super' level. Increasing his body's density beyond a certain point causes some pain, but in spite of that he decided he rather enjoyed the feeling of power he got from his newfound abilities.

Michael is not your traditional superhero in that he never donned a costume, went on patrol, teamed up with other heroes or the like. On several occasions he's found himself in a position to help, either against superpowered criminals or with more natural dangers such as fires or the like. As such he's never really developed his powers beyond his ability to increase his density. The extent of his 'training' is unofficial lessons in basic combat. He can hold his own, but there are plenty with more experience than he. As such his tactics generally turn toward the "hit 'em til they drop" plan.
Appearance

Michael Tolken is a reasonably attractive man in his early thirties. He stays in shape with morning jogs and the occasional racquetball session, and swimming regularly. He's a firm believer in the 'sound mind, sound body' principle. His dress is atypical for a scientist of his caliber; usually jeans and a cotton button-up shirt. He keeps his sandy-blond hair neat and tidy, and occasionally wears glasses while working, though he doesn't need them full time.  His hero costume at this point is blue-jeans, a tight black shirt, boots, and a trench coat (a bit of melodrama, that, but he's new at this).