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SOUND BARRIER
SOUND BARRIER
John Whitcomb
 
Cost

Characteristic

Value Roll Notes
0 STR 10 11- Lift: 100kg; 2d6; [1]

24 DEX 18 13- OCV: 6    DCV: 6
22 CON 21 13-
2 BODY 11 11-
0 INT 10 11- PER Roll 11-
6 EGO 13 12- ECV: 4
5 PRE 15 12- PRE Attack: 3d6
3 COM 15 12-
2 PD 4   Total: 4/21 PD (0/17 rPD)
1 ED 5   Total: 5/22 ED (0/17 rED)
22 SPD 5   Total: 0 MD (0 rMD)
12 REC 12   Phases: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
2 END 45   Running: 7" / 14"
10 STUN 37   Flight: 17" / 34"
 

Cost

Powers

END

42 Sound Control: Multipower, 52-point reserve, (52 Active Points); all slots Does not work in a Vacuum (-¼)
3u 1) Pump Up The Volume: Absorption 3d6 (energy, All Sonic Powers simultaneously), Delayed Return Rate (points return at the rate of 5 per Minute; +¼), all sonic powers simultaneously (+2) (49 Active Points); Limited Phenomena (Sonics Only; -¼)
4m 2) The Silent Zone: Darkness to Hearing Group 6" Radius, Personal Immunity (+¼) (37 Active Points); No Range (-½) 4
4u 3) Feedback: Dispel Sonic Powers 14d6, any Sonic power one at a time (+¼) (52 Active Points) 5
4u 4) Sonic Boom: Energy Blast 7d6, Explosion (+½) (52 Active Points) 5
4u 5) Stunning Sound: Energy Blast 5d6, NND (Hearing Flash Defence; +1) (50 Active Points) 5
4u 6) Ultrasonic Blast: Energy Blast 7d6, Armor Piercing (+½) (52 Active Points) 5
3u 7) Shriek: Hearing Group Flash 12d6 (36 Active Points) 4
4u 8) Sonic Wall: Force Wall (10 PD/10 ED) (50 Active Points) 5
4m 9) Amplification: Hearing Group Images Increased Size (8" Radius; +¾), +/-6 to PER Rolls (23 Active Points); Set Effect (Can only amplify existing sounds the character can hear; -1) 4
4u 10) Ultrasonic Liquification: Killing Attack - Ranged 2d6, Armor Piercing (+½) (45 Active Points) 4
14 Sound Control: Elemental Control, 34-point powers, (17 Active Points); all slots Does not work in a Vacuum; -¼)
14 1) Far-Hearing: Clairsentience (Hearing Group), x8 Range (100") (35 Active Points) 3
14 2) Riding the Soundwaves: Flight 17" (34 Active Points) 3
14 3) Sonic Screen: Force Field (17 PD/17 ED) (34 Active Points) 3
13 Feel the Rhythm: Active Sonar (Hearing Group), Increased Arc Of Perception (360 Degrees) (20 Active Points); Costs Endurance (-½) 2
5 Sonic Immunity: Hearing Group Flash Defense (5 points) (5 Active Points) 0
 

Cost

Talents

3

Pop Star: Perfect Pitch

Cost

Perks

3

Officer: Lieutenant

5

Money: Well Off

4

Reputation: Former Boy Band Pop Star (A large group) 11-, +2/+2d6

Cost

Skills

10

+2 with Ranged Combat

3

Acting 12-

1

Bugging 8-

3

Bureaucratics 12-

3

Conversation 12-

1

Cryptography 8-

1

Disguise 8-

1

Electronics 8-

0

Everyman Skills

AK: United Kingdom 8-

Acting 8-

Climbing 8-

Computer Programming 8-

Concealment 8-

Conversation 8-

Deduction 8-

Language: English (idiomatic)

PS: Pop Star 11-

Paramedics 8-

Persuasion 8-

Shadowing 8-

Stealth 8-

TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
1 Forgery 8-
3 High Society 12-
1 Interrogation 8-
3 Knightwatch Package

Area Knowledge: United Kingdom 11-

Breakfall 13-

Communicator: HRRP (Radio Group); IIF (-¼) and Scrambled Transmission Function: VPP (Scrambler Pool), 4 base +2 control cost; IIF (-¼), Only For One Language At A Time (-1)

Criminology 12-

Knowledge Skill: British Military 11-

Knowledge Skill: Known Uberhumans 11-

Knowledge Skill: Police Procedure 11-

Monitored: British Military and Intelligence Services 11-

National Police Powers

Paramedics 12-

Social Limitation: Subject To Orders

Teamwork 13-

2

KS: Music 11-

2

KS: Music Industry 11-

1

Lipreading 8-

1

Lockpicking 8-

20

Military Package

Climbing 11-

Demolitions 11-

KS: Customs and Traditions of the Royal Navy 11-

KS: The Military World 11-

Navigation (Land) 11-

PS: Royal Navy Officer 11-

Stealth 11-

Tactics 11-

WF: Blades

WF: Small Arms

3

Mimicry 11-

3

Oratory 12-

2

PS: Military Intelligence Officer 11-

2

PS: Musician 11-

3

Persuasion 12-

1

Security Systems 8-
200+ Disadvantages

15

Hunted: Empire 8-

10

Hunted: Knightwatch 11-

10

Hunted: Royal Navy 11-

15

Physical Limitation: Weird Biochemistry Requires Specialist Medical Care

15

Psychological Limitation: Arrogant and Flamboyant

15

Psychological Limitation: Reluctant to Kill

20

Psychological Limitation: Soldiers Code

10

Reputation: Arrogant Bastard, 11-

15

Social Limitation: Famous (Boy Band Pop Star)

15

Social Limitation: Secret Identity

10

Social Limitation: Seen as Rude
10 Experience Points
 
Characteristics Cost 112 Base Points 200
Powers Cost 154 Disadvantages 150
Talents Cost 3 Experience Points 10
Perks Cost 12 Total Points 360
Martial Arts Cost 0
Skills Cost 71
Total Cost 352
 
Concept Energy Blaster Hair Colour Blue
Nationality British Eye Colour Blond
Place of Birth Unrevealed Height 1.80m
Date of Birth 1980 Weight 77kg
 
Background

Progeny was a word used early in John's life to describe his musical talents. His first display of his talents was as a talented soprano in the boy's choir of his family's Anglican church, where his voice was often described as "angelic". His family supported his talent, and it was not long before he had an agent and a demo tape circulating through the record companies.

As luck would have it, Virgin Records had decided to form a "boy band" to try and seize a market segment held by American labels. Auditions were conducted in 1995, and John was one of five young men selected for Britain's latest music wonder, Bob's Your Uncle. Thanks to savvy marketing, Bob's Your Uncle became a huge hit with the Female 12-21 market, and, at the age of 15, John was launched into mega-stardom.

During the first year, the band got along famously, most likely because it was all new to them, and they each had much to learn about the business. But, as they each became more comfortable with their new roles, egos started to swell, with John's swelling the most. Originally cast as the "sweet innocent one", John quickly became known within the organization as "the bastard". No amount of arrogance and rudeness was too great for John to exhibit, and he made his handlers' lives a living hell. Many a time the record executives had thought they would gladly fire John, were it not for all the money he was bringing into the organization through record sales.

Bob's Your Uncle lasted for three years, with each member vying for lead status, but in the end it was John who rose to the top and in their fifth (and final) album, he headlined the group, singing lead vocal on all but two of the songs. Many did not think John's ego could get any bigger, but they were wrong. During what was to become the bands final world tour, John was intolerable at best. Nothing seemed to satisfy him, and no one seemed to be able to escape his scalding tongue.

It was during a stadium concert in Amsterdam that "the incident" occurred that would end Bob's Your Uncle, and send John's life down a different path. John was his normal prima-donna self, driving everyone around him crazy with his arrogance. The band had spent the afternoon drinking backstage, and was pretty snookered by the time the concert started. One of the other members of the band made a joking comment about John's appearance, which resulted in a scuffle between the young men, which was quickly broken up by a few members of the crew. John was still furious when the band went onstage, and his anger continued to grow throughout the first set. It was during the fifth song, an upbeat tune that deviated from the normal pop sound into a more punk feel that strange things began to happen. Reverb sounded through the sound equipment, causing a large squelch, equipment shorted out, electricity danced across platforms and crossbeams, fuse boxes exploded, the stadium went dark, and the crowd panicked.

After the chaos, it was determined that two people died, and 74 injured during the stampede. Several sound board operators were injured from the power surge that fed back through their equipment. John was in a coma, and the band member he argued with was permanently deaf. The official investigation blamed the event on a power surge. After the investigation, Virgin Records apologized for the tragic event and announced that Bob's Your Uncle was breaking up, the members too distraught over the tragedy to continue.

John stayed in a coma for two months. The doctor's could not find a reason for the coma, although they did detect increased brain activity. They were just as surprised as everyone else when John woke up and demanded breakfast from a shocked nurse.

John was relocated home, and was recovering nicely when he received the first of two visits that set his future course. The first was from his Manager, who told John that Virgin Records had done a quiet investigation of the Amsterdam concert, and determined that the surge originated as a burst of sound waves from John. They don't know how that happened, but John must understand that it was bad business to blow up concert halls and drive band members deaf. Not to mention killing off fans. Nothing personal, old chap, but they decided to cancel your contract. They will keep your secret safe, since it would affect them also, but they think you should just move on and get help for your...condition.

The second visit, not long after the first, was from a representative of Knightwatch, although John did not know that at the time. Her Majesty's government had seen a copy of the secret investigation, no need to ask how, and they were convinced it was the manifestation of John's ubergene. They would like him to allow them to conduct some tests, for his own good, to see what was what.

John went along after it was made clear to him that it was not a request he could turn down, and was taken to a hospital facility near Credenhill, the home base for the SAS. Hidden in a sublevel of this otherwise inconspicuous hospital was the latest medical technology used to analyze and treat uberhumans. John spent three weeks at the facility undergoing a variety of tests, learning amazing things about his new condition. At the end, the Knightwatch representative briefed him on their findings, and made him an offer.

If John would accept a commission in the Royal Navy, he would receive training in his powers, and, depending on how he completed training, would be considered for a position in Knightwatch. Even if he did not qualify for Knightwatch, he would learn how to control his powers, so that something like Amsterdam would not happen again.

John returned home to think over the offer. His first inclination was to decline, he was a singer, not a soldier. He was young, rich, and famous. The idea of going the military held no appeal to him. He discussed his options with his Manager, and was all but ready to turn down the offer, when he received a call from a reporter of The Sun. The reporter had received some information about a secret report concerning Amsterdam, and wanted John’s thoughts. John left him with no comments and hung up.

That short phone call put John’s precarious position into perspective. He realized he was a thread away from being painted a mutant monster, his career ruined, his prospects gone. Over his Manager’s objections, he called the Knightwatch representative and took the offer.

He was inducted within a few days, and preceded through basic officer training. Upon completion, he was assigned an aide de camp position with an admiral based at Credenhill, where his public persona was a member of the Royal Navy’s Public Affairs office. Secretly though, he received training on how to use his powers, as well as how to operate as an intelligence agent. The belief being that his fame would gain him entrance to places most interesting and beneficial.

He found this lifestyle so different than his previous life, and so much more interesting. He still had his music, and often conducted concerts for different venues, always as a representative of the Navy. He also, on occasion, conducted secret operations as his metahuman persona, Sound Barrier. At the end of his term, he applied for, and received a position with Knightwatch, where he has served since, filling something of the same role. Publicly, he is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy with an interesting background, secretly, he is Sound Barrier, newest member of Knightwatch.

Personality
John is arrogant, there is no getting around that. His personality grates on people, and if it wasn't for his talent, he would not be tolerated in any circles. However, he is one of those unique people whose talent allows them the latitude to behave badly.

He is also a thrillseeker, and this was one of the driving forces that has compelled him to join Knightwatch. He realizes that there is nothing else in life that is going to give him the high he gets when using his power. Because of this, he is motivated to do a good job, and not be so overbearing with his superiors. He has come to know how much a jerk he can be, and tries to keep it in check when he finds himself approaching the line.

He still has a performer in him, and is extremely extroverted. He likes the spotlight, and will gladly stand in the center of it when able.
Quote
"Can you hear me now? Good."

"He's a bloody priss...unfortunately a bloody talented priss." - Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Chapel, former shipmate HMS Surprise
Powers

Sound Barrier can control sound waves in his immediate area. He can use his powers to amplify or suppress sound, weave sound waves into a protective border around himself as well into a wall. He can also project sound in a variety of methods to cause damage, including an explosive blast as well as a very destructive blast that disintegrates his target. He can also hear sound at a great distance, sense his surroundings through an active sonar, and enhance his natural talents of singing. All of his powers are dependent on sound being present, and do not work in the absence of sound, such as in a vacuum.

Appearance

John Whitcomb is a good looking young man of 23 years with short blond hair and deep blue eyes. When not in his Sound Barrier persona, he wears whatever is appropriate for the occasion, from casual jeans to dress blues. He is skilled at fitting into a variety of social settings.

Sound Barrier wears a full body suit with hood that resembles a wet suit. Over his eyes he wears a yellow tinted pair of goggles. On his chest is a gold colored fiery ring.