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THE MARK
THE MARK
Emerson Vermeulen
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
5 STR 15 12- Lift: 200.0kg; HTH: 3d6; END: [1]
15 DEX 15 12- OCV: 5  DCV: 5
10 CON 15 12-
0 BODY 10 11-
7 INT 17 12- PER Roll: 12-
2 EGO 11 11- ECV: 4; Mental Defense: 5
5 PRE 15 12- PRE Attack: 3d6
3 COM 15 12-
3 PD 6   Total: 9 PD (3 rPD)
3 ED 6   Total: 9 ED (3 rED)
5 SPD 3   Phases: 4, 8, 12
0 REC 6   Running: 6" / 12"
1 END 32   Swimming: 2" / 4"
6 STUN 32  
 
THE MARK | Summary
Real Name: Emerson Vermeulen Hair Color: Blonde, dyed Black
Concept: Martial Artist Eye Color: Blue
Affiliation: Africa Force Height & Weight: 5' 11" (1.80 m) / 174 lbs (79.00 kg)
Played By: NPC Date of Birth: April 5, 1973
Created By: Ben Langdon Place of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe
Cost Powers END
20 Seek Vulnerability: Elemental Control, 40-point powers
8 1) Flurry Of Attacks: Hand-To-Hand Attack +8d6 (40 Active Points); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2), Only After A Successful Find Weakness Roll (Must Follow In The Next Segment) (-1/2), Increased Endurance Cost (x2 END; -1/2) 8
21 2) Resist Assault: (Total: 45 Active Cost, 36 Real Cost) Energy Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25% (15 Active Points); Must Be Aware Of The Nature Of The Attack (-1/4) (Real Cost: 12) plus Mental Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25% (15 Active Points); Must Be Aware Of The Nature Of The Attack (-1/4) (Real Cost: 12) plus Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25% (15 Active Points); Must Be Aware Of The Nature Of The Attack (-1/4) (Real Cost: 12) 0
20 3) Teacher's Eye: Find Weakness 13- with All Attacks (40 Active Points) 0
9 Always Manages To Shrug Off Accidents And Mishaps: Armor (3 PD/3 ED) 0
3 Experience With Resisting Mental Attacks: Mental Defense (5 points total) 0
27 Effects of Training: Aid 4d6, Any Uberhuman power one at a time (+1/4), Delayed Return Rate (points return at the rate of 5 per Day; +1 1/2) (110 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Hour, -3) 0
2 Leap Of Faith: Leaping +2" (5" forward, 2 1/2" upward) 1
10 You'd Have To Be Lucky In This Line Of Business: Luck 2d6 0
     
Cost Perquisites
15 Associate Membership With Africa Force: Contact: Africa Force (Good relationship), Organization Contact (x3) (15 Active Points) 8-
25 Current Students: Followers (4 125 Point [75+50] Ubers)
   
Cost Martial Arts
Maneuver Phase OCV DCV Notes
25 Karate
Block 1/2 +2 +2 Block, Abort
Disarm 1/2 -1 +1 Disarm; 30 STR to Disarm
Kick 1/2 -2 +1 8d6 Strike
Nerve Strike 1/2 -1 +1 2 1/2d6 NND
Strike 1/2 +0 +2 6d6 Strike
+1 HTH Damage Class (already added in)
   
Cost Skills
6 +2 with Karate
1 AK: Accra, Ghana 8-
3 Analyze: Uberhuman Powers 12-
3 Breakfall 12-
1 Bribery 8-
3 Bureaucratics 12-
3 Conversation 12-
3 Criminology 12-
3 Cryptography 12-
3 Deduction 12-
8 Defense Maneuver I-III
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Harare, Zimbabwe 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: English (idiomatic)
PS: Teacher 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
3 Gambling (Card Games, Chess) 12-
1 High Society 8-
3 Interrogation 12-
2 Language: Asante (fluent conversation)
2 Language: Ewe (fluent conversation)
3 Oratory 12-
3 Paramedics 12-
3 Persuasion 12-
3 SS: General Science 12-
3 SS: Ubergetics 12-
18 Scholar
KS: Africa Force (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: African Politics (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: General Humanities (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: Kinder der Zukunft (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: Known Uberhumans (3 Active Points) 12-
KS: Philosophy (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: Students and Former Students (5 Active Points) 14-
KS: Training for Uberhumans (4 Active Points) 13-
3 Shadowing 12-
3 Streetwise 12-
2 Survival (Urban) 12-
2 TF: Helicopters, Small Planes
3 Tactics 12-
1 Tracking 8-
3 Trading 12-
2 WF: Blades, Handguns
   
200+ Disadvantages
15 Hunted: Kinder der Zukunft (Europe Only) 8- (Mo Pow, Limited Geographical Area, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Harshly Punish)
15 Monitored: Africa Force 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching)
15 Monitored: Ghanaian Government 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching)
20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
15 Physical Limitation: Weird Biochemistry Requires Specialist Medical Care (Frequently, Greatly Impairing)
10 Psychological Limitation: Holds Superheroes Who Wear Costumes With A Little Contempt (Common, Moderate)
20 Psychological Limitation: Protective Of Students, Both Past And Present (Common, Total)
15 Psychological Limitation: Reluctant To Kill (Common, Strong)
15 Social Limitation: Public ID (Frequently, Major)
10 Social Limitation: Seen As A Little Rough Around The Edges (Frequently, Minor)
0 Experience Points
   
THE MARK | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 65 Base Points: 200
Powers Cost: 120 Disadvantages: 150
Talents Cost: 0 Total Experience: 0
Perks Cost: 40 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 25 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 100 Total Points: 350
Background

Emerson Vermeulen's brother and other young ubers were killed and corrupted by an precursor to the Kinder der Zukunft in the very early 1980s before Vaterschmerz formed his coterie of young Nazi ubers. The details are sketchy even to this day, and Vermeulen refuses to discuss them, but the seventeen year old David Vermeulen and four other boys his age were either killed or kidnapped. All five boys were ubers, although their powers were nothing extraordinary. The killings and kidnappings caused a stir in Zimbabwe and beyond, but there was no justice and Emerson was haunted by the lack of closure up into his teenage years.

When he developed his own uberhuman powers Vermeulen's parents were so worried that he would be targeted like his older brother, that they emigrated to Ghana and tried to persuade Emerson to hide his powers. It was easy to do, his powers were very subtle; but as his parents became more and more paranoid, Vermeulen himself became more and more reckless. He took on the name The Mark and began to battle crime, even fighting crime alongside the Tsholofelo family on seeral occasions.

There was an inevitable battle between The Mark and members of Kinder der Zukunft. Vermeulen managed to capture one of the field leaders after suffering a major beating and after the Nazi was brought to trial Vermeulen just seemed to lose interest in The Mark. There was still no real closure in the case of his older brother's death, but now Vermeulen realised that pretending to be s superhero was not going to resolve anything either.

He quit and finished his schooling, going on to become a teacher.

In 2003 Africa Force was formed, and Vermeulen was approached to join the team by reprising the role of The Mark. He flatly rejected the idea, but after the decimation of Africa Force 4 in 2006 Vermeulen was coaxed back into the world of the superhero by assisting with the redevelopment of the team, especially the training of future uber heroes. He agreed to the role out of respect for Amity Tassembedo's father, the original Shaft; and even though he continues to grumble about the dangers of being superheroes, he finds the enthusiasm and idealism of the young ubers he trains to be rewarding - something he never managed to achieve as The Mark.

 

Personality

Although he is an uber, Vermeulen loathes the uberhuman world of superheroes and will go to great lengths to dissuade young ubers from putting on capes and becoming heroes (or villains). He is sometimes outright rude and always rough around the edges, although this temperament often endears him to his students who appreciate his version of 'tough love'. Heroes, on the other hand, tend to see him as a cynical man who never made it as a superhero in his own right. There is some conflict between Vermeulen and Africa Force, particular with Parhelion.

Vermeulen is not entirely sure why he continues to work with young ubers, especially now given his role as trainer for Africa Force. He is still haunted by the loss of his brother and the other young ubers who were corrupted by Kinder der Zukunft, but he also continues his work because he actually enjoys it. He is constantly reinvigorated with the young ubers, something which he has not found with adult ubers.

He is considered a loner amongst his peers, but it's something he has both actively developed and learned to live with.

 

Quote

"You've got a gift, kid, there's no doubt; but it doesn't give you the right to trip around wearing that dumb-ass cape and those flaming high boots. A little self-respect, eh? There you go."

 

Powers

Vermeulen is an uberhuman with the ability to gauge an opponent's abilities and react accordingly to either reduce any impact of attacks against him, or to increase the potency of his own attacks. He is a trained martial artist and capable of defending himself against most adversaries, which he has proven on several occasions against Kinder der Zukunft. In his role as trainer to young ubers he is able to temporarily increase his students' uberhuman abilities. No one really knows how he does this and its temporary nature tends to indicate that it is an uberhuman ability rather than any natural teaching ability. To make best use of this temporary boost, Vermeulen must work with his students for at least an hour.

 

Appearance

Vermeulen is a man in his late thirties who looks more like a harried private investigator than a teacher of young ubers. He has windswept black hair, a down turned mouth and blue eyes which seem to reflect Vermeulen's fluctuating moods, from great sadness to cynicism to mischievous fun. He almost always wears his dark blue trench coat, even on the hottest days and often attempts to appear professional by wearing a shirt and tie, although the tie is usually loosened.