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Mask of Justice
Mask of Justice
Nick Phillips
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
5 STR 15 12- Lift: 200.0kg; HTH: 3d6; END: [1]
33 DEX 21 13- OCV: 7  DCV: 7
12 CON 16 12-
4 BODY 12 11-
3 INT 13 12- PER Roll: 18-
2 EGO 11 11- ECV: 4; Mental Defense: 12
8 PRE 18 13- PRE Attack: 3 1/2d6
1 COM 12 11-
5 PD 8/11   Total: 8/11 PD (0/3 rPD)
5 ED 8/11   Total: 8/11 ED (0/3 rED)
9 SPD 4   Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
0 REC 6   Running: 8" / 16"
1 END 34   Swimming: 2" / 4"
2 STUN 30  
 
Mask of Justice | Summary
Real Name: Nick Phillips Hair Color: Blonde
Concept: Martial Artist Eye Color: Brown
Affiliation: The Crimebusters Height & Weight: 5' 10" (1.79 m) / 168 lbs (76.00 kg)
Played By: Scott Jamison Date of Birth: 6 September 1912
Created By: Scott Jamison Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Cost Powers END
2 You Can't Hide From the Mask of Justice: Elemental Control, 6-point powers, (3 Active Points); all slots Limited Power Only When Eyes Are Covered (-1/4)
2 1) Darkness Cannot Hide You: Nightvision (5 Active Points); Limited Power Only When Eyes Are Covered (-1/4)
5 2) My Vision is Unclouded by Your Mind Tricks: Mental Defense (12 points total) (10 Active Points); Limited Power Only vs Mental Illusions (-1/2)
5 3) Sharpened Senses: +3 PER with all Sense Groups (9 Active Points); Limited Power Only When Eyes Are Covered (-1/4)
4 4) Trickery Cannot Hide You: +3 PER with all Sense Groups (9 Active Points); Limited Power Only vs Images, Shapeshift, and Disguise (-1/2)
6 5) Walls Cannot Hide You: N-Ray Perception (Blocked by Plastic) (Sight Group) (10 Active Points); Limited Power Only When Eyes Are Covered (-1/4)
4 Armored Trenchcoat: Armor (3 PD/3 ED) (9 Active Points); OIF (Trenchcoat; -1/2), Activation Roll 14- (-1/2)
4 Fast On His Feet: Running +2" (8" total) 1
18 Gas Gun: Energy Blast 4d6, Personal Immunity (+1/4), No Normal Defense (Self-Contained Breathing; +1) (45 Active Points); OAF (Gas Gun; -1), 8 Charges (-1/2)
Cost Perquisites
2 Contact: Unidentified Stoolie 11-
2 Contact: Unidentified Beat Cop 11-
6 Contact: Elmo Tarn (Contact has: very useful Skills or resources, Good relationship with Contact) 12-
1 Fringe Benefit: Press Pass
1 Reputation: Heroic Crimefighter (A small to medium sized group) 8-, +1/+1d6
Cost Martial Arts
Maneuver Phase OCV DCV Notes
13 Boxing
Block 1/2 +2 +2 Block, Abort
Cross 1/2 +0 +2 7d6 Strike
Hook 1/2 -2 +1 9d6 Strike
14 Wrestling
Escape 1/2 +0 +0 40 STR vs. Grabs
Hold 1/2 -1 -1 Grab Two Limbs, 35 STR for holding on
Sacrifice Throw 1/2 +2 +1 5d6 Strike; You Fall, Target Falls
Sleeper Hold 1/2 -2 +0 Grab One Limb; 3d6 NND
8 +2 HTH Damage Class(es)
Cost Skills
10 +2 with HTH Combat
8 +1 with All Combat
3 AK: New York City And Surrounding Environs 12-
3 Analyze: Physical Condition 12-
3 Athletic Skill: Boxing 13-
2 Athletic Skill: Wrestling 11-
5 Breakfall 14-
3 Bureaucratics 13-
3 Climbing 13-
3 Combat Driving 13-
3 Conversation 13-
1 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)
Monitored by the East Coast Media 11-
PS: Crimebuster 8-
Reputation: True Blue Heroes, +2/+2d6 14-
Teamwork 13-
3 Deduction 12-
10 Defense Maneuver I-IV
0 Everyman Skills
AK: New York City, New York, USA 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: English (idiomatic) (4 Active Points)
PS: Investigative Reporter (Custom Adder) 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Custom Adder, Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
[Notes: Custom Mod is Everyman Skill]
2 Gambling (Card Games) 12-
1 High Society 8-
3 Paramedics 12-
3 +3 with PS: Investigative Reporter
18 Scholar
KS: Known Superhuman Criminals (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: American Crime News (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: American Politics (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: Combat Sports (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: German Ubermen (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: Mystery Men (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: New York City Police (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: New York City Underworld (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: New York City's Who's Who (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: The Newspaper Business (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: World Politics (2 Active Points) 11-
1 SS: General Science 8-
2 SS: Human Anatomy 11-
3 Shadowing 12-
3 Stealth 13-
3 Streetwise 13-
175+ Disadvantages
25 Dependent NPC: The Junior Justice Club 8- (Incompetent; Group DNPC: x4 DNPCs)
15 Hunted: The Faceless One 11- (As Pow, Harshly Punish)
10 Hunted: The Cloak of Crime 8- (As Pow, Harshly Punish)
15 Psychological Limitation: Reporter's Curiosity (Common, Strong)
15 Psychological Limitation: Seeks Justice (Common, Strong)
20 Psychological Limitation: Will Not Kill (Common, Total)
15 Social Limitation: Secret Identity (Nick Phillips) (Frequently, Major)
10 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x STUN Sight Group Flash Attacks (Common)
Mask of Justice | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 90 Base Points: 175
Powers Cost: 50 Disadvantages: 125
Talents Cost: 0 Total Experience: 13
Perks Cost: 12 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 35 Unspent Experience: 13
Skills Cost: 98 Total Points: 313
Background

Nick Philips was born Nikolas Philosophos, son of Greek immigrants. Honest, hard-working folk, they were quite successful in their new country, and ran a small grocery in the Little Greece neighborhood of New York. Nikolas was an adequate student in school, but a gifted scrapper, and it was with some relief that his parents allowed him to join a boxing club for boys, even if it was run by a Roman Catholic. The boy's skills were good enough to get him a partial scholarship to college, where he also was on the wrestling team. But Nikolas knew that his parents wanted him to have a more respectable profession, and he decided to pursue journalism.

Nikolas quickly discovered that his name was a bit of a handicap, and reluctantly changed it to Nick Philips, which fit well on a byline. The young reporter quickly worked his way up to the crime beat, establishing a reputation for fearlessness and honesty. But Nick didn't forget his old neighborhood, and often came to visit his father. (His mother had died shortly after he graduated college.) On one such visit, Nick witnessed a thug harassing the shopkeepers into carrying shoddy merchandise distributed by the Dubny Company. Nick investigated, and discovered that "Dubny" was actually former bootlegger Don Buny. Nick started a series of articles exposing Buny's past and current unethical business practices.

The morning after the first article ran, Nick received a call to come down to his father's store. Someone had smashed every display in the shop, and painted on the wall were the words, "Shut up if you know what's good for you." Nick knew who had done this and why.

"What am I going to do, Pop?" Nick asked. "I can't back down to crooks, but you'll be in danger if I don't. If only I could get enough evidence to put Buny behind bars for good!"

"There was something in your own paper, Nick, just the other day. Remember that story about the masked man who caught those arsonists?"

"Yeah. But how would I get in contact with him? He doesn't exactly advertise in the classifieds, you know."

The elder Philosophos nodded. "Actually, I was thinking maybe you could be the masked man."

"Me?"

"Yes. I think it is time to show you a family heirloom." Mr. Philosophos led the way upstairs to the cramped apartment Nick had grown up in, and removed a small cedar box from a cupboard.

"Long ago," began Mr. Philosophos, "before Athens united Greece, the king of Thessalonika was a cruel tyrant who had anyone who spoke against him killed. One day, a man named Philosophos returned from the fields where he'd been tending his goats with his son to find his wife and infant daughter had been slain. His neighbors told him that the king had been passing by when the little girl had started crying, and the king had taken offense. When Philosophos' wife protested the order to execute her daughter, she too had been condemned to death on the spot. Philosophos was naturally wroth against the king, but knew that saying anything against him would endanger not only himself, but his son.

"Philosophos went to the temple of the gods, and prayed for their aid. To his surprise, Dike, the goddess of Justice, also known as Astraea and Virgo, appeared before him. She told him to don a mask she would give him, and to seek justice. His identity protected by the mask, Philosophos was able to lead a revolt against the cruel king and overthrow him. After a new, better king was enthroned, Philosophos took off the mask and returned to being a goatherd."

"Uhh, nice story, Pop. I notice he has the same name as us." Nick was wondering where this was leading, though he had a strong suspicion already.

"Yes. According to legend, that man was our ancestor. And this," said Mr. Philosophos, opening the box, "is his mask. Try it on."

Later, Nick would wonder how a cloth mask had supposedly survived more than three millenia, but at that moment, he lifted out the white cloth with black markings, and slid it over his head. "Hey, Pop, this thing doesn't have any eyeholes. How am I supposed to--I can see?!" And indeed he could. It was slightly odd, like a black and white movie, but very clear. Even more interestingly, just by willing it, Nick could see *through* objects.

"This...this is amazing! Like something out of Buck Rogers! This could actually work!"

That night, Nick donned the mask, along with a blue trenchcoat and fedora, and set out to prove that Buny was committing actual crimes. He was pleased to find that he could also see clearly in the dark. With his new abilities, the Mask of Justice was able to find the evidence he needed, and Buny was put behind bars. At the trial, Nick used a store mannequin and a gramophone to make it appear he and the Mask of Justice were two separate people, protecting his father.

Since then, Nick has used the Mask of Justice identity whenever he runs across crimes that a mere reporter can't stop.

Personality

Nick Philips is a patriotic American who believes in a free press, democracy and justice. He's also proud of his Greek heritage and its contribution to those principles. He's quick with a wisecrack, and a little cynical about politics, but affects a more dignified and evenhanded persona when acting as the Mask of Justice. Nick is a bit condescending towards women, as most men of his time and background are, but is willing to respect any female that shows competence.

While the Mask of Justice does not kill, he recognizes that sometimes it is necessary, as when police are forced to shoot in self-defense, and he certainly does not object to criminals reaping the consequences of their actions, whether by state execution or cruel twist of fate.

Quote

"Yes, shades of gray do exist. But to have those shades, you must first have black and white."

Powers

Nick is a two-fisted journalist, proficient in boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. But he also has uncanny abilities to see in the dark and through objects, only when his eyes are covered. While these abilities apppear to have been triggered by the mask, they are not exclusively tied to it; an ordinary blindfold will do, or even the Mask of Justice putting his own hand over his eyes (though that causes its own problems.) Although he has not discovered it yet, his powers also allow him to see through illusions of various kinds. Nick cannot, however see through plastic. Whether this is because of its molecular structure, or because it's a man-made material that wasn't around in Ancient Greece is unknown. In addition, Nick's other senses become more sensitive at these times; with the drawback that he's vulnerable to having his senses overloaded, a weakness that persists even with his eyes uncovered. He does not know if his powers are magical or otherwise in nature, as he hasn't met anyone who could tell the difference.

By preference, Nick does most of his investigating in civilian ID. After all, it's an investigative reporter's *job* to ask questions. He'll even get into minor scraps on his own. But when he reaches a roadblock, or when innocents might be endangered, Nick dons the garb of the Mask of Justice. As the Mask, he prefers fighting in the dark and using cover to his advantage. He has begun to wish he had some sort of a ranged weapon, but regular firearms are too likely to kill by accident. If a gas gun or other non-lethal option becomes available to him, the Mask of Justice will certainly adopt it.

Appearance

Nick Philips is a ruggedly handsome man in his mid-twenties, 5'10" and built like a middleweight boxer. He has slightly wavy blond hair and brown eyes. In civilian guise, he wears inexpensive but tasteful suits, with a press pass stuck in his hatband. As the Mask of Justice, he wears a white mask that covers his entire head, with a stylized pair of scales emblazoned in black on the face. There are no eyeholes. To this is added a blue trenchcoat and fedora. (It is likely that the Mask of Justice will switch to a full-blown costume as time goes on.)