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Oak
Oak
Samuel Baker
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
20 STR 45/60 18- / 21- Lift: 12.8tons/102.4tons; HTH: 9d6/12d6; END: [4/5]
30 DEX 20 13- OCV: 7  DCV: 7
36 CON 28 15-
10 BODY 15/18 12- / 13-
8 INT 18 13- PER Roll: 13-
8 EGO 14 12- ECV: 5; Mental Defense: 10
10 PRE 20 13- PRE Attack: 4d6
0 COM 10 11-
9 PD 15/36   Total: 15/36 PD (2/23 rPD)
9 ED 15/36   Total: 15/36 ED (2/23 rED)
10 SPD 4   Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
0 REC 12   Running: 6" / 12"
2 END 60   Swimming: 2" / 4"
16 STUN 60/63   Flight: 8" / 16"
 
Oak | Summary
Real Name: Samuel Baker Hair Color: Brown
Concept: Brick / Energy Blaster Eye Color: Brown
Affiliation: The Sentinels, Alliance of Superheroes Height & Weight: 6' 6" (1.98 m) / 229 lbs (104.00 kg)
Played By: Stephen Bates Date of Birth: July 11, 1966
Created By: Stephen Bates Place of Birth: Sevenoaks, UK
Cost Powers END
128 Plant Creation and Control: Variable Power Pool, 70 base + 58 control cost, Powers Can Be Changed As A Half-Phase Action (+1/2), No Skill Roll Required (+1) (157 Active Points); Limited Class Of Powers Available Limited (Plant Powers; -1/2)
0 1) Beanstalk: Flight 8", Usable Simultaneously (up to 8 people at once; +1) (32 Active Points); Limited Power Power loses about a third of its effectiveness (Limited Maneuverability: Generally Straight Up; -1/2), Physical Manifestation (-1/4) Real Cost: 18 3
0 2) Create Plant Creatures: Summon 8 200-point Plant Creatures, Friendly (+1/4) (69 Active Points) Real Cost: 69 7
0 3) Dramatic Plant Growth: Minor Transform 4d6 (Plants Into Much Larger, More Mature Plants) (40 Active Points); Limited Target ([Limited]; Living Plants Only; -1/2) Real Cost: 27 4
0 4) Grasslands: Change Environment 2" radius, -1" Running, Long-Lasting: Permanent, Personal Immunity (+1/4), MegaScale (1" = 10 km; +1/2), Can Be Scaled Down: 1" = 1km (+1/4) (60 Active Points) Real Cost: 60 6
0 5) Jungle: Change Environment 16" radius, -3 to Sight Group PER Rolls, -3" Running, Long-Lasting: 1 Hour, Multiple Combat Effects, Personal Immunity (+1/4) (69 Active Points) Real Cost: 69 7
0 6) Manipulate Plants: Telekinesis (40 STR), Fine Manipulation (70 Active Points); Physical Manifestation (-1/4) Real Cost: 56 7
0 7) Miraculous Plant Growth: Major Transform 4d6 (Create Mature Plants) (60 Active Points) Real Cost: 60 6
0 8) Plant Control: Mind Control 11d6 ( Plant class of minds), Telepathic (+1/4) (69 Active Points) Real Cost: 69 7
0 9) Plant Speech: Telepathy 10d6 ( Plant class of minds) (50 Active Points) Real Cost: 50 5
0 10) Plant Memory: Retrocognitive Clairsentience (Sight Group And Normal Hearing) (45 Active Points); Precognition/Retrocognition Only (-1), OIF (Plants; -1/2) Real Cost: 18 4
0 11) Plant Sight: Clairsentience (Sight Group And Normal Hearing), x32 Range (125") (50 Active Points); Precognition/Retrocognition Only (-1), OIF (Plants; -1/2) Real Cost: 20 5
0 12) Root Path I: Teleportation 20", No Relative Velocity (50 Active Points); OIF (Only Through Open Ground or Plants; -1/2) Real Cost: 33 5
0 13) Root Path II: Teleportation 10", x2 Increased Mass, MegaScale (1" = 10,000 km; +1 1/4), Can Be Scaled Down: 1" = 1km (+1/4) (62 Active Points); OIF (Only Through Open Ground or Plants; -1/2) Real Cost: 41 6
0 14) Tangling Growth I: Entangle 4d6, 7 DEF, Entangle And Character Both Take Damage (+1/4) (69 Active Points); Vulnerable (Common; Fire; -1/2) Real Cost: 46 7
0 15) Tangling Growth II: Entangle 3d6, 4 DEF, Entangle And Character Both Take Damage (+1/4), MegaScale (1" = 1 km; +1/4), Area Of Effect (One Hex; +1/2) (70 Active Points); Vulnerable (Common; Fire; -1/2) Real Cost: 47 7
0 16) Tangling Thorns: Entangle 3d6, 6 DEF, Backlash (+1/2) (67 Active Points); Vulnerable (Common; Fire; -1/2) Real Cost: 45 7
0 17) Thorny Poison: Killing Attack - Ranged 1d6, No Normal Defense (Life Support: Immunity to Phytotoxins; +1), Does BODY (+1) (45 Active Points); No Knockback (-1/4) Real Cost: 36 4
0 18) Thorn Spray: Killing Attack - Ranged 2d6, Armor Piercing (+1/2), Area Of Effect Nonselective (10" Cone; +3/4) (67 Active Points); No Knockback (-1/4) Real Cost: 54 7
0 19) Towering Oak: Growth (+45 STR, +9 BODY, +9 STUN, -9" KB, 53,248 kg, -6 DCV, +6 PER Rolls to perceive character, 16 m tall, 8 m wide), Costs END Only To Activate (+1/4) (56 Active Points) Real Cost: 56 4
0 20) Uncover Plants: Detect Plant Life A Class Of Things 13- (Unusual Group), Discriminatory, Analyze, Increased Arc Of Perception (360 Degrees), Microscopic (x10), Range, Sense (30 Active Points) Real Cost: 30
15 Wooden Form: Elemental Control, 30-point powers
20 1) Barkskin: Armor (15 PD/15 ED) (45 Active Points); Visible (-1/4), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4) 4
15 2) Giant Size: Growth (+15 STR, +3 BODY, +3 STUN, -3" KB, 832 kg, -2 DCV, +2 PER Rolls to perceive character, 4 m tall, 2 m wide), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (30 Active Points)
12 3) Natural Strength: (Total: 30 Active Cost, 24 Real Cost) +15 STR, Reduced Endurance (1/2 END; +1/4) (19 Active Points); No Figured Characteristics (-1/2) (Real Cost: 13) plus Reduced END (1/2 END) for 45 STR, Reduced Endurance (1/2 END; +1/4) (11 Active Points) (Real Cost: 11) 1
18 4) Plant Metabolism: Life Support (Eating: Character only has to eat once per week; Immunity: Phytotoxins; Immunity: All animal/human diseases; Safe in High Pressure; Safe in High Radiation; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat; Safe in Low Pressure/Vacuum; Self-Contained Breathing) (33 Active Points)
5 5) Regrowth: Healing BODY 1d6, Can Heal Limbs, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (30 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), -1 1/4), Self Only (-1/2)
15 6) Spongy Cork: Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 50% (30 Active Points)
8 Alliance Comms Unit: Radio Perception/Transmission (Radio Group) (10 Active Points); IIF (-1/4)
10 Immutable: Power Defense (10 points)
12 Old Div 10 Costume: Armor (6 PD/6 ED) (18 Active Points); OIF (-1/2)
7 Plant-Like Mind: Mental Defense (10 points total)
5 Plant Vision: Nightvision
8 Rooted: Knockback Resistance -4"
2 Tough Periderm: Damage Resistance (2 PD/2 ED)
Cost Talents
3 Bump Of Direction
2 Thicket Master: Environmental Movement (no penalties in Undergrowth/Forests)
Cost Perquisites
5 Contact: Dr. Rachel Cornell (ex-wife, Head of Div 3) (Contact has access to major institutions, Contact has: useful Skills or resources, Good relationship with Contact) 11-
1 Education (Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences)
4 Reputation: Globally Known, Trusted Superhero (A large group) 11-, +2/+2d6
1 Reputation: Skilled Biological Scientist (A medium-sized group) 11-, +1/+1d6
The Sentinels Package
4 1) Computer Link (S.A.G.E.)
5 2) Fringe Benefit: International Police Powers
4 3) Fringe Benefit: Security Clearance (S.A.G.E.)
-10 4) Hunted: S.A.G.E. 11- (As Pow, NCI, Watching) (Custom Adder)
Cost Skills
20 +2 Overall
5 +1 with HTH Combat
3 Bureaucratics 13-
3 Deduction 13-
Everyman Skills
AK: London, UK 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: English (idiomatic) (4 Active Points)
PS (Custom Adder) 11-
[Notes: Everyman Skill]
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Custom Adder, Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
[Notes: Custom Mod is Everyman Skill]
2 KS: Gym Equipment 11-
3 KS: Horticulture 13-
3 KS: Plants, Mosses, Fungi 13-
1 Language: German (fluent conversation) (2 Active Points)
2 Language: Spanish (fluent conversation)
2 Navigation (Land) 13-
3 Paramedics 13-
3 PS: Biologist 13-
Scientist
SS: Biochemistry 13- (3 Active Points)
SS: Biology 13- (3 Active Points)
SS: Botany 21- (11 Active Points)
SS: Medicine 13- (3 Active Points)
SS: Microbiology 13- (3 Active Points)
SS: Phycology 13- (3 Active Points)
SS: Ubergenetics 13- (3 Active Points)
4 Survival (Temperate/Subtropical, Tropical) 13-
1 Systems Operation 8-
3 Teamwork 13-
1 TF: Small Planes
300+ Disadvantages
15 Distinctive Features: Tall, Red Eyed, Wooden Man (Not Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)
10 Hunted: Div 10/ The Department of Uberhuman Affairs 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, Watching)
30 Hunted: Rogues' Gallery 11- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Harshly Punish)
10 Physical Limitation: Tall (Frequently, Slightly Impairing)
15 Physical Limitation: Uberhuman Physiology Requires Special Medical Care (Frequently, Greatly Impairing)
10 Psychological Limitation: Environmentalist (Uncommon, Strong)
15 Psychological Limitation: Reluctant to Kill (Common, Strong)
10 Psychological Limitation: Overconfident (Common, Moderate)
15 Social Limitation: Public Identity (Frequently, Major)
10 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x BODY Fire (Common)
10 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x STUN Fire (Common)
Oak | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 168 Base Points: 300
Powers Cost: 280 Disadvantages: 150
Talents Cost: 5 Total Experience: 101
Perks Cost: 14 Spent Experience: 101
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 84 Total Points: 551
Background

Sam had always had an affinity with plants. As a child, it was almost like he was able to picture what the trees, flowers and grasses were thinking or feeling. And the town of his childhood Sevenoaks, a little suburb outside of London in the UK, was full of trees and plants. They made him feel safe, welcome and never alone.

That's why when he reached 18 and headed off to university, he decided to study Plant Science and Botany at Oxford. Sam was an intelligent lad and, with his keen interest in plants, he passed his degree with flying colours. Interested in working to further the affairs of uberhumans, Sam travelled to the US and applied to the DUA. After review of his scientific knowledge and ability with plants, Sam was given a position in Division 3.

As part of his research study into using plants to help cure uberhuman aberrations, he went on a field trip to rainforests in Central America. It was on this field trip that Sam's own uberhuman abilities fully manifested themselves.

During a trek alone through the trees a snake bit him. Stumbling to the ground, Sam reached into his backpack for a syringe of plant-based universal anti-venom that he himself had created. In great pain as the venom worked its way into his system, Sam injected the full amount of the serum into his blood stream. The serum, along with the poison and the stress of the situation, had a bizarre effect on Sam. It activated a dormant ubergenetic twist in his DNA and suddenly his body grew and hardened. The flesh about his bones mutated, turning him into a huge creature made of flexible, durable wood.

This unearthly change made him incredibly strong and increased his endurance to superhuman levels. His bark-like skin was amazingly resilient to damage. His amazing wooden form was also able to slowly shrug off the effects of the poison. After a couple of hours, Sam eventually felt better. Concentrating, he'd turned back into human form and made his way back to base camp.

During his time studying the plant life in Central America, Sam managed to keep his transformation ability a secret. That was until an encounter brought him into conflict with a logging crew who were cutting down part of the forest. In his Oak form, Sam quickly saw off these destroyers of wildlife, smashing their machinery into pieces with his mighty fists.

His secret now revealed and realising that his vast powers could be put to better use, Sam moved back to Washington DC and applied to transfer from Division 3 to Division 10. There he hoped to more fully learn the extent of his powers in the Division 11 training program. Since then he has achieved much and has risen to the rank of a field agent within Division 10.

Since joining Division 10, Oak has defended the United States on numerous occasions. Oak's mighty strength has helped stop the madcap Oz Street Gang. He has defended downtown Washington D.C from the onslaught on giant robots. His vast intellect has helped investigate the inner workings of Richler Enterprises. He has fought the indestructible Weapon and hunted him to the ends of the Earth. Finally, he has helped apprehend the havoc causing, highly electrically charged Son of Richler.

However, after the apparent death of one of their number and the release of the Lightning Lad, all members of Division 10 were fired and replaced. Stunned at this sudden change of events, Director Wells took the ex-D10 members to a rundown barn and set up a private group of superheroes to help defend America.

As the rogue Division X, Oak and his teammates acted outside the law stopping a number of threats, including The Society for Human Preservation and an escaped Weapon. During the conflicts they often trod on the feet of and butted heads with (sometimes literally) their replacements in the government-funded D10. During this time, Oak found that the gap between his more human and wooden forms began to widen, the gulf becoming deeper with each encounter.

Sam concentrated on improving his medical knowledge and as he did his uberhuman DNA adapted, making his brain process information more quickly and his mind more intelligent. However, as Sam became cleverer, his tree-like alter ego became more of an unruly force of nature. In his wooden form, Oak's mind lost it's enhanced intelligence and would occasionally go berserk if any act of violence was inflicted on his botanical brethren. Oak grew stronger and was able to use this increased strength in new and destructive ways.

Eventually, the new Division 10 decided to stop the interference of the vigilante Division X. They confronted Oak and his teammates head on. The conflict was too much for Oak. Listening to the call of the plants around him, Oak issued a mighty earthquake-inducing roar and bounded away into the nearby forests. He needed time to calm his nature and slow the sap coursing around his veins. He needed the solitude of the plants and trees.

For weeks now, Oak has been out in the forests. He knows that the Earth needs him. He is just waiting for the call.

Personality

Sam is a usually quiet man who likes to be left on his own. In spite of this he is quite confident and his tall, broad muscle bound appearance lends an air of strength and intimidation to his character. When he does speak, Sam's voice is slow and deep, sounding like the voice an oak tree might have if it could speak.

In his Oak form, Sam becomes somewhat more animated, revelling in his increased strength and power. Strangely for a scientist, Sam's interests include sports and bodybuilding, and he can often be found either lifting weights in a gym or watching a football game in a bar. As would be expected for someone so in tune with plant life, he is also a strong environmentalist.

Quote

"Leave the rampaging, giant killer robots to me, okay?"

Powers

Samís body has been altered due to his inherent ubergene and further adapted after his experience with a reality-altering little girl. The result is that now Samís biology is mostly plant-based. His skin is tougher than normal, heís incredibly strong, and his physiology is based on that of a plant rather than a human. He therefore has the ability to photosynthesise and is able to heal wounds at a much faster rate than normal humans.

As the superhero Oak, his main power is the ability to grow and transform into a wooden, tree-like form. In this form, he becomes an unstoppable behemoth, growing to twelve foot in height whilst his body becomes unbelievably dense. This increases his normally incredible strength to superhuman proportions and his tough skin allows him to shrug off all types of attacks.

Oakís latest power is the ability to create and control. This gives him numerous abilities, such as creating entangling thickets of vines, super strong stalks to smash or lift people (including himself), and spiked thorns to cause harm to those that attack his teammates. Using this power he can also travel through the earth appearing wherever there is open, earthy ground or large plants. This new power has allowed him to help in the terraforming of various areas of barren land.

Appearance

Sam is a tall, large man who, on close inspection, is made of wood. He is six and a half foot tall and broad and athletic of build. Well-defined, wooden muscles bulge from the man's arms, chest and legs like that of a part time body builder. Sam's figure is an imposing sight and his plant-based biology adds to his unnatural presence. His head is bald and his face is reasonably plain looking, with deep-set red eyes and a firm, square jaw. At times some have commented that he looks like a well-built version of Bruce Willis.

When he converts to his Oak form, his spongy plant-like flesh turns into tough bark, taking on a tough brown-hued rough texture. His body expands, growing to anywhere between 8 foot and 12 foot tall whilst his muscles enlarge to even greater proportions.

When not in costume, he tends to wear informal clothes of a sporting nature - football shirts and tracksuit trousers, or vest and shorts. He also sometimes wears a lab coat over the top of these when he is doing some scientific research. As the superhero Oak, he wears his old Division 10 outfit, which consists of a figure hugging green and brown costume that covers his torso and upper legs leaving his arms and head free. This costume is decorated with oakleaf-like designs down the side.