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CACTUS
CACTUS
Felix Mendoza
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
30 STR 70 23- Lift: 409.6tons; HTH: 14d6; END: [7]
30 DEX 20 13- OCV: 7  DCV: 7
30 CON 25 14-
0 BODY 16 12-
-2 INT 8 11- PER Roll: 11-
-4 EGO 8 11- ECV: 3; Mental Defense: 0
10 PRE 20/30 13-/15- PRE Attack: 6d6
-1 COM 8 11-
16 PD 30   Total: 30 PD (0 rPD)
15 ED 20   Total: 20 ED (0 rED)
10 SPD 4   Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
0 REC 19   Running: 12" / 24"
0 END 50   Swimming: 2" / 4"
1 STUN 65  
 
Cactus | Summary
Real Name: Felix Mendoza Hair Color: None
Concept: Brick Eye Color: Black
Affiliation: Defensa Suprema (Reserve) Height & Weight: 26' 3" (8.0 m) / 7 tons (6400 kg)
Played By: NPC Date of Birth: May 5, 1979
Created By: Noah Thorp Place of Birth: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Cost Powers END
26 Cactus Powers: Elemental Control, 52-point powers
26 1) Needle Blast: Energy Blast 6d6, Area Of Effect Nonselective Target (7" Cone; +3/4) (52 Active Points) 5
13 2) Photosynthesis: Healing 3d6, Can Heal Limbs, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (70 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), -1 1/4), Self Only (-1/2), Only in Direct Sunlight (-1/2) 0
34 3) Pulpy Flesh: (Total: 60 Active Cost, 60 Real Cost) Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 50% (Real Cost: 30) plus Energy Damage Reduction, Resistant, 50% (Real Cost: 30) 0
29 4) Thorns: Energy Blast 4d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2), Damage Shield (Offensive; +3/4) (55 Active Points) 0
     
Enormous Creature Package  
30 1) Greater Strength: +30 STR 3
12 2) Greater Mass: +6 BODY 0
10 3) More Impressive: +10 PRE 0
12 4) Heavy: Knockback Resistance -6" 0
12 5) Long Legs: Running +6" (12" total) 1
22 6) Reach: Stretching 2", Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (22 Active Points) 0
-15 7) Enormous: Physical Limitation: Enormous (8m tall, 6,400 kg, -4 DCV, +4 on Other PER Rolls) 0
     
7 Plant Life: Life Support (Eating: Character does not eat; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat) 0
     
Cost Skills
3 Breakfall 13-
3 Climbing 13-
10 +2 with HTH Combat
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Cuidad Juarez, Mexico 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: Spanish (Idiomatic)
PS: Busboy 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
6 Defensa Suprema Team Package
KS: Known Uberhumans (North and South America) 11-
KS: Defensa Suprema 11-
KS: Enemies Of Defensa Suprema (Known Adversaries) 11-
Member of Defensa Suprema (National Police Powers)
Monitored: Mexican Government 8-
Social Limitation: Famous
Systems Operation 11-
TF: Suprema Vehicles
Team Communicator Earplug: High Range Radio Perception (12 Active Points), IIF (-1/4), (10 Points)
Teamwork 13-
2 KS: Food Handling 11-
3 Language: English (completely fluent)
3 Lipreading 11-
2 Survival (Desert) 11-
   
225+ Disadvantages
25 Distinctive Features: Obvious Superhuman-Giant Walking Cactus
15 Physical Limitation: Clumsy Hands
10 Physical Limitation: Treated as Plant Class of Mind as well as Human Class of Mind
20 Psychological Limitation: Considers Himself A Monster
15 Psychological Limitation: No Longer Identifies With Common Humanity
15 Psychological Limitation: Reluctant to Kill
20 Social Limitation: Monstrous/Inhuman Appearance
15 Social Limitation: Permanent Identity
5 Unluck: 1d6
10 Vulnerability: 1 1/2x STUN Fire Attacks
10 Experience Points
   
Cactus | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 135 Base Points: 225
Powers Cost: 218 Disadvantages: 150
Talents Cost: 0 Total Experience: 10
Perks Cost: 0 Spent Experience: 10
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 32 Total Points: 385
Background

Felix knew he was in trouble. The noon day sun glared down on him as he stumbled across the desert wasteland of southern Nevada. His wounds ached from the heat and the beating he had received from the two goons.

Felix thought back to the day before. He was working in the Lucky Ace Casino as a busboy. The pay was horrible and the working conditions were equally repulsive, but it was a better living than he made while living in Mexico. That day the air condition in the kitchen had broke, and the place became like a sauna. The heat made Felix feel sick. He struggled to remain working.  Things took a turn for the worse when Felix was ordered to clean the table of the owner of the casino. The heat proved to be to much for Felix and he spilt a whole glass of wine on Don Marco Paradise. At first the man was angry and yelled at Felix who didn't understand a word of what the man was saying. Eventually he calmed down and ordered Felix back to the kitchen.

It was after that incident that Felix got fired for the spilling of the wine. Dejected Felix gathered his stuff and took off walking down the strip. He never noticed the two large hairy men who were following him.  The men dragged Felix into a deserted alleyway and proceeded to beat him up. Eventually Felix passed out from the pain. But before he totally lost consciousness he overheard one of the men talking about taking a little drive.

Felix awoke in the dark. He was stiff and hurt all over. Eventually his eyes adjusted to his surroundings. He was in the trunk of a car. The bumping that was going on is what woke him up. Finally the car stopped and when one of the men opened the truck, Felix was able to hit him in the face with a tire iron that he had found. Stunned the man reeled back. Felix took off running pell-mell. Shots were fired at him, but Felix never looked back. That was yesterday.

Onward and onward Felix walked on into the heat. His thirst was killing him. Sand under his feet made walking difficult. Then Felix thought he saw a mirage. Was that a building in the distance? Maybe he could find water there? With new hope Felix practically ran to the building.

His hope crashed once again. The building turned out to be nothing more than sand blasted ruins of a concrete bunker. But at least it could provide Felix with some shelter from the sun. Felix hunkered down inside the building and quickly fell asleep due to exhaustion.  Felix's dreams were greatly troubled. In them he saw bright flashes, howling winds, American soldiers running around. It made no sense to Felix. His thirst eventually awoke him. The sun had set and the heat that was so overpowering was quickly fading into the cold of night. Looking around, Felix found a large chunk of rusty metal that might serve as a knife.  Felix picked up the object and as he was doing this so happened to look out of the window of the bunker. Not far off from the bunker were a group of cactuses. Felix knew from his years of living in Mexico that one could find water from sucking on the flesh of the cactus.  With a mad rush, Felix charged out of the ruined bunker towards the cactus. Headless of the thorns Felix cut into a particularly large cactus. His relentless thirst drove him on. Finally Felix was able to get a large chunk of cactus and squeezed enough liquid to sate his thirst. While the liquid felt strange, Felix thought it was greatest thing he had ever drunk.

Felix walked back to the ruined bunker thinking that he might be able to actually get out of the desert, and even make it back to Las Vegas and get some revenge on the men who beat him up. Felix once again laid down and slept from pure exhaustion.

While he slept strange things started to happen to him. Felix first started by turning green and then sprouting thorns all over his body. These were minor changes compared to what happened next. His body lost most of it definition that night. No longer was he human in appearance, but became a vaguely humanoid cactus-like creature. And then Felix started to grow, and grow, and grow. It was the destruction of the bunker that finally woke Felix. The changes in him caused Felix immense pain.

In a rage the gigantic cactus stormed towards Las Vegas. Soon Felix was stomping down the Strip causing destruction where ever he went. And there was no one to stop him. Felix would have his revenge. However, before Felix knew what was happening a powerful wind was blowing him away from the town. Turning his head he spied a strange man up in the sky directing the blow.

Raising an arm towards the man, millions of needles fired from his arm like a machine gun. His attacker was lost in a haze of needles, but miraculously the man was unharmed. His winds had blown the majority of the needles away. Felix didnít have much time to contemplate this before a huge lightning bolt slammed into him. Like a falling tree was knocked into a nearby casino taking a chunk out of the Lucky Aces Casino. Pain raced up and down his body, but oddly enough it didnít hurt for long.

The two battled out of Las Vegas, towards Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Neither Felix or the man calling himself Aztec seemed to get the upper hand. Aztec kept out of arms reach, and Felix healed from Aztecís attacks so fast that neither gained much. Their fight ended on Hover Dam. With a powerful burst of wind, Aztec blew Felix off of the dam into Lake Mead. It seemed the shock of the water brought Felix out of his rage.

Aztec landed on the dam, and spoke with Felix who was submerged up to his head in the water. Once Felix explained what had happened to him the American government, were just as glade to have Felix, whom the media had dubbed Cactus, return to Mexico.

Back in Mexico, Felix was allowed to join Defensa Suprema. Cactus was kept mostly as reserve member, mostly because his enormous size made it difficult for him to fight crime. However, Cactus was on hand to fight against Apocalypto when the extradimensional creature returned to Mexico City. Cactus didnít fair well, because Apocalypto practically ripped Cactus from limb to limb. Cactus has since healed from his wounds, but has remained as a reserve member ever since.

 

Personality

Felix mourns his lost humanity, and considers that he has become a monster. He just doesnít know why. Since becoming Cactus heís yet to find a way to reverse the transformation into a humanoid cactus. Luckily for him, he doesnít need to eat anymore (other than sunlight). Felix has no real desire to be a super-hero, probably one of the reason heís just a reserve member of Defensa Suprema. However, if someone were to offer to find a way to return him to his human form, Felix would certainly jump for it; even if it meant working for a super-villain.

Felix spends most of his time out in the desert absorbing sunlight. He rarely speaks anymore, and certainly doesnít interact much with anyone either. Occasionally Aztec or a few of the other members of Defensa Suprema will visit him, but he barely acknowledges them either. Felix seems to be adrift in life, neither going forward or backwards.

The only part of his humanity that seems to be left is his desire not to harm normal humans. This is another reason for a twenty six feet tall monster to keep himself out in the desert. Cactus has used his body to protect innocents, and many consider him a hero, but for safety sake, Cactus prefers the desert where there is little that he can hurt.

 

Quote

"Give me the strength to be what I was, and forgive me for what I am."

 

Powers

Cactus is an extremely strong uberhuman. He can lift over three hundred tons over his immense head. Because of his size, itís difficult to move Cactus when he doesnít want to be moved. Also because of his pulpy nature, most blows have little effect on him. His body just seems to absorb the damage with no effect on him. During the battle with Apocalypto his arms were ripped off, but even then Cactus was eventually able to regenerate them. While itís possible to damage Cactus, his nature allows him to regenerate from almost any wound.

Cactus is covered with millions upon millions of razor sharp thorns. He can uses the thorns as a supplement to his strength and cause even more greater damage. Foes physically striking Cactus often find themselves slashed by his thorns. Cactus can also project his thorns, usually from his arms, in a blast that covers a lot of area.

 

Appearance

Cactus is an enormous walking cactus. He stands about eight meters (or twenty six feet) tall, and weighs several tons. Cactus has arms and legs like any other humanoid, but that is where the similarities end. He neither has fingers nor toes. Black holes mark the places where his eyes and mouth would be located; lacking a nose or ears altogether. Other than the black holes, Cactus doesnít have any other distinguishing facial features.

Cactusís rind is a dark green colour, and heís covered with millions of sharp needles. He doesn't wear clothes either. Needless to say it would be impossible for Felix to maintain a life outside of his current predicament. When not occasionally aiding Defensa Suprema, Cactus stands in the desert absorbing the sunlight.