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Costel Popeseu
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
8 STR 33 16- Lift: 2425.1kg; HTH: 6 1/2d6; END: [3]
30 DEX 20 13- OCV: 7  DCV: 7
20 CON 20 13-
4 BODY 12 11-
3 INT 13 12- PER Roll: 12-
4 EGO 12 11- ECV: 4; Mental Defense: 0
8 PRE 18 13- PRE Attack: 3 1/2d6
0 COM 10 11-
3 PD 7   Total: 15 PD (8 rPD)
3 ED 7   Total: 15 ED (8 rED)
20 SPD 5   Phases: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
0 REC 8   Running: 13" / 26"
0 END 40   Swimming: 2" / 4"
4 STUN 35  
Janus | Summary
Real Name: Costel Popeseu Hair Color: Varies
Concept: Metamorph Eye Color: Varies
Affiliation: Solo Height & Weight: 5' 7" (1.7 m) / 130 lbs (58 kg)
Played By: NPC Nationality: Moldovan
Created By: Noah Thorp Place of Birth: Comrat, Moldova
GM: NPC Date of Birth: October 18, 1963
Cost Powers END
20 Assassin's Skills: Multipower, 30-point reserve, (30 Active Points); all slots IAF (Sharp Objects of Opportunity; -1/2)
2u 1) Close In Work: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 2d6 (4d6 w/STR) (30 Active Points); IAF (Sharp Objects of Opportunity; -1/2) 3
2u 2) Ranged Slaying: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6+1 (2 1/2d6 w/STR), Ranged (+1/2) (30 Active Points); IAF (Sharp Objects of Opportunity; -1/2) 3
7 Enviromental Adaption: Life Support (Safe in High Pressure; Safe in High Radiation; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat; Safe in Low Pressure/Vacuum) (9 Active Points); Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4)
59 Everyman: Shape Shift (Sight , Hearing , Radio , Smell/Taste and Touch Groups, limited group of shapes-Any Humanoid Form), Imitation, Instant Change, Costs END Only To Change Shape (+1/4) (59 Active Points) 5
12 Arm Enhancement: Multipower, 15-point reserve, (15 Active Points); all slots Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4)
1u 1) Augmentation: +15 STR (15 Active Points); No Figured Characteristics (-1/2), Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4) 1
1u 2) Power Blow: Hand-To-Hand Attack +3d6 (15 Active Points); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2), Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4) 1
11 Leg Enhancement: Multipower, 14-point reserve, (14 Active Points); all slots Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4)
1u 1) Enhanced Leaping: Leaping +14" (20 1/2" forward, 10" upward) (14 Active Points); Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4) 1
1u 2) Enhanced Running: Running +7" (13" total) (14 Active Points); Extra Time (Delayed Phase, -1/4) 1
5 Molecular Control: Power Defense (5 points)
14 Regeneration: Healing 2d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (40 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), -1 1/4), Self Only (-1/2)
16 Body Armor: Armor (8 PD/8 ED) (24 Active Points); IIF (-1/4), Real Armor (-1/4)
Cost Talents
4 Flexible: Double Jointed
Cost Martial Arts
Maneuver Phase OCV DCV Notes
16 Assassin Skills
Edge 1/2 -2 +0 HKA 1d6 +1
Eye Gouge 1/2 -1 -1 Flash 4d6
Nerve Strike 1/2 -1 +1 2d6 NND
Strike 1/2 +0 +2 8 1/2d6 Strike
Cost Skills
6 +2 with Assassin Skills
3 Acting 13-
3 Breakfall 13-
3 Bribery 13-
3 Climbing 13-
3 Concealment 12-
3 Contortionist 13-
3 Conversation 13-
3 Demolitions 12-
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Comrat, Moldova 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
PS: Assassin 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
[Notes: Custom Mod is Everyman Skill]
3 Interrogation 13-
2 Forgery (Documents) 12-
3 KS: The Intelligence World 12-
12 Linguist
Language: English (completely fluent)
Language: German (completely fluent)
Language: Italian (completely fluent)
Language: Moldovan (Romanian) (Idiomatic, native accent)
[Notes: Native Language]
Language: Russian (idiomatic)
3 Lockpicking 13-
2 PS: Priest 11-
3 Security Systems 12-
3 Shadowing 12-
3 Stealth 13-
3 Streetwise 13-
4 WF: Common Melee Weapons, Small Arms
200+ Disadvantages
10 Accidental Change: When Struck By Sonic Based Attacks 11-
20 Hunted: Europol 8-
20 Hunted: Russian Dawn 8-
15 Physical Limitation: Weird Biochemistry Requires Special Medical Care
15 Psychological Limitation: Casual Killer
15 Psychological Limitation: Cold and Calculating
20 Psychological Limitation: Must Complete His Mission
5 Reputation: Ex-KGB Agent, 8-
5 Rivalry: Professional (Spartak)
15 Social Limitation: Secret Identity
5 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x STUN Sonic Based Attacks
5 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x BODY Sonic Based Attacks
0 Experience Points
Janus | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 107 Base Points: 200
Powers Cost: 152 Disadvantages: 150
Talents Cost: 4 Total Experience: 0
Perks Cost: 0 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 16 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 71 Total Points: 350

Not much is known about the man calling himself Costel Popeseu, other than the fact that he is a Moldavian, and was one of the KGBís top assassins. The reasons for little knowledge of Costel are twofold. One is that Costel is a known shapeshifter, what isnít known is if his abilities were natural or artificial. His abilities to become almost anyone were legendary in the KGB before that agency was disbanded. Secondly the files on Costel that were kept were destroyed, as were all copies. Attempts to locate Costel since the breakup of the Soviet Union have proven fruitless.

While in the KGB, Costel went by the codename Doorway. His specialty was the elimination of defectors and dissidents. No one was ever sure when Doorway would strike. It could be your best friend, or even a relative. Costel used a variety of techniques from explosives to silenced weapons. One of few agents to ever rival Costel was the agent known as Sweeper.

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Costel disappeared. Many thought that he had been liquidated, as were many KGB agents at the time. However, no records remain detailing his retirement, even though several Hunter and Killer squads were dispatched for such purpose. No traces of Costel Popeseu were found in the Russian Federation. Without further evidence of Costel, it was assumed that the assassin has returned to Moldova. Again, however, it has proven impossible to follow a man who could be almost anybody. Costel is still considered a threat to certain members of the Russian Federation government.

Costel Popeseu still lives. He did return to Moldova, a changed man, at least on the surface. The people of the village he lives in think of him as a true man of god, a caring man, loyal to his ailing mother who lives in the capital. The good priest often goes to visit his mother. Little do they know, the man who gives them communion, is really Costel Popesu, even though he doesnít use that name. Nor is there an ailing mother. When Costel goes visiting, itís for his old profession, a paid killer. However, Costel doesnít go by his old codename that would bring too much heat from the Russians. Now Costel uses the codename Janus, and this time itís not just political enemies who get visits from the assassin, but anyone who has paid his fee.


Costel is a well trained killer, possibly too well trained. He kills without remorse, because that is what he was trained to do. Just because the KGB isnít anymore, doesnít mean that Costel is going to change. Actually since becoming free of the entanglements of the KGB, Costel has actually killed more people. The KGB acted as a control for Costel, and now heís a free agent. Costel is quite popular with the Russian Mob because not only does he get results, no one knows whom he is either. For Costel, killing is just part of the job, and it is something heís really good at.

From his days with the KGB Costel was known as a pretty cold customer. However, the number of people who knew Costel from those days are dwindling because Costel has systematically eliminating them. Costel always has a plan, and contingency plan, in case the first plan falls through. A saying that went around the KGB for awhile was that Ďno one got past the doorwayí. Needless to say, Costel has no great liking for Spartak, whom Costel feels has no professionalism. Spartaks willingness to protect innocents, is seen as a liability to Costel.

The KGB has instilled Costel with a sense of duty. Once he has accepted a contract, Costel doesnít back down. While it might be possible to defeat him, that just means that Costel is going to regroup and try to take out the target from a different direction.


"Death always comes knocking on the door. In your case, I think it comes a little sooner."


Costel is an Uber who has superb control over his musculature. With a mere though he can either contract or expand his muscles in his legs allowing him to jump great distances or to run at superhuman speeds. Further Costel can augment the muscles in his arm, allowing him to lift a lot more than a normal human could, or by directing his am muscles, Costel can deliver crippling punches. His control also prevents attacks that would drain energy from him, and also allows Costel to quickly heal from almost any wound.

Costelís greatest power is his ability to take on the appearance of almost anybody, male or female, adult or child. Itís almost impossible to differentiate Costel from the original. Telepathy and DNA testing are probably the only way to identify Costel when heís imitating someone. Costel is limited to just humanoid forms. While he can appear as the President of Russia, he canít take the form of a desk or a chair for example.

The KGB trained Costel to be an assassin. As such, Costel can use almost any sharp object as a weapon. In Costelís hands a common pocket knife becomes a deadly weapon. It doesnít matter if a target is up close or at a distance, all Costel needs is a pointed object. The KGB also gave Costel some training in hand to hand combat. His training makes Costel a brutal combatant.


Costel can be almost anyone. With his powers he can appear to be almost anyone, from man to woman, from child to adult. Few have actually ever seen Costel in his true natural form. Currently Costel has taken on the identity of a Romanian Orthodox priest in a small village. In this identity, Costel has a long beard and wears black robes.

The few who remember Costel from his days with the KGB say that heís a man of average height and weight, and usually looked like he could fit in almost anywhere. However, when on official business, Costel would take on the appearance of a man with short wavy hair, piercing blue eyes, and his favorite mode of dress were tight fitting jeans, shirts that showed off his hairy chest, and combat boots.