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Pepper Adu
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
-2 STR 8 11- Lift: 75.8kg; HTH: 1 1/2d6; END: [1]
12 DEX 14 12- OCV: 5  DCV: 5
4 CON 12 11-
-4 BODY 8 11-
3 INT 13 12- PER Roll: 12-
0 EGO 10 11- ECV: 3; Mental Defense: 0
0 PRE 10 11- PRE Attack: 2d6
0 COM 10 11-
2 PD 4   Total: 12/67 PD (8/63 rPD)
2 ED 4   Total: 12/67 ED (8/63 rED)
16 SPD 4   Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
0 REC 4   Running: 6" / 12"
3 END 30   Swimming: 2" / 4"
0 STUN 18  
RICHOCET | Summary
Real Name: Pepper Adu Hair Color: Black
Concept: Speedster Eye Color: Brown
Affiliation: Next Gen Height & Weight: 5' 7" (1.71 m) / 99 lbs (45.00 kg)
Played By: NPC Date of Birth: February 22, 1990
Created By: Ben Langdon Place of Birth: Abuja, Nigeria
Cost Powers END
60 Richocet Field: Elemental Control, 120-point powers
48 1) Near-Absolute Absorption: (Total: 120 Active Cost, 96 Real Cost) Energy Damage Reduction, Resistant, 75% (60 Active Points); Nonpersistent (-1/4) (Real Cost: 48) plus Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 75% (60 Active Points); Nonpersistent (-1/4) (Real Cost: 48) 0
77 2) Field Of Invulnerability: Force Field (55 PD/55 ED), Costs END Only To Activate (+1/4) (137 Active Points) 11
30 Richocet Field Effects: Multipower, 30-point reserve
3u 1) Leaping And Bounding: Leaping +20" (21 1/2" forward, 10 1/2" upward) (x8 Noncombat) (30 Active Points) 3
3u 2) Richocet Effect: Missile Deflection (Any Ranged Attack), Adjacent Hex (+1/2) (30 Active Points) 0
2u 3) The Rebound Slam!: Hand-To-Hand Attack +6d6 (30 Active Points); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2) 3
2 Goggles: Sight Group Flash Defense (3 points) (3 Active Points); OIF (-1/2) 0
14 Next Gen Body Armour: Armor (8 PD/8 ED) (24 Active Points); OIF (-1/2), Real Armor (-1/4) 0
13 Next Gen Communicator: Mind Link , Any Willing Target, No LOS Needed, Number of Minds (x8) (40 Active Points); Only With Others Who Have Mind Link (-1), Sense Affected As More Than One Sense Hearing and Radio (-1/2), Does Not Provide Mental Awareness (-1/4), IIF (-1/4) 0
Cost Talents
3 Whiz With Numbers: Lightning Calculator
Cost Perquisites
5 Next Gen Corporation: Money: Well Off
Cost Skills
9 +3 with Computer Programming, Electronics and Security Systems
3 Breakfall 12-
3 Bugging 12-
5 Computer Programming 13- (16-)
3 Cryptography 12-
3 Deduction 12-
3 Electronics 12- (15-)
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Abuja, Nigeria 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: English (idiomatic)
PS: Computer Hacker 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
3 Lockpicking 12-
3 PS: Computer Technician 12-
5 SS: Mathematics 14-
8 Scholar
KS: Books: Spy Thrillers (2 Active Points) 11-
KS: Computer Hardware And Software (4 Active Points) 13-
KS: Juvenile Prison System (2 Active Points) 11-
3 Security Systems 12- (15-)
3 Systems Operation 12-
200+ Disadvantages
10 Hunted: Computa 8-
20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
15 Physical Limitation: Suffers Double Knockback (When Field Is Activated)
15 Physical Limitation: Weird Biochemistry Requires Specialist Medical Care
10 Psychological Limitation: Blind Faith In Any Computer Systems Work He Does (Work-Based Overconfidence)
10 Psychological Limitation: Computer Geek: Obsessed With Computers And Computerspeak
10 Psychological Limitation: Fear Of Heights
20 Psychological Limitation: Will Not Kill
1 Quirk: Always Talks To Himself When He Is Breaking The Law (Playing Through His Conscience)
1 Quirk: Distrusts Other Computer Specialists Until He Gets To Know Them (Everyone Is A Spy)
1 Quirk: Hates The Countryside (Too Much Dust And Too Many Biting Insects)
1 Quirk: Maintains Multiple Online Computer Personas
1 Quirk: Vegetarian
5 Social Limitation: Juvenile Criminal Record
15 Social Limitation: Secret Identity
10 Social Limitation: Seen As A Motormouth
5 Unluck: 1d6
0 Experience Points
RICHOCET | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 36 Base Points: 200
Powers Cost: 252 Disadvantages: 150
Talents Cost: 3 Total Experience: 0
Perks Cost: 5 Spent Experience: 0
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 54 Total Points: 350

Pepper Adu is the son of a wealthy banker, Richard Adu, and was spoiled rotten in his early childhood when both of his parents left him in the care of a nurse and spent most of their time jet setting around Africa. As a result, Pepper became a computer aficionado with a desperate need for human contact. His nurse was old and well past the usual retirement age, and his school friends were equally self-centred and distant. When he began to socialise on the internet Pepper found that he was no longer alone.

Within months he had established a wide range of cyber-friends from all corners of the globe, but it was his friendship with one which ultimately brought him undone. Her name was Pru and she seemed to be everything Pepper wanted in a friend, particularly in a friend who also happened to be a 'girl'. As a fifteen year old he was smitten with her, which was exactly what the real mind behind 'Pru' wanted. The Pru persona was created by a computer criminal dubbed Computa who had begun using her prodigious gifts with computers to organise scams across the internet. She was an uber, a technopath, and she was soon responsible for numerous 'Nigerian Scams' which flooded the inboxes of millions of people across the world.

She soon learned everything there was to know about Pepper and his father, and while the boy was good with computers he was an easy touch when it came to scams. He was quickly hooked by Pru and gave her enough information to bankrupt his father as well as the bank he worked for. When Pepper discovered what his information had led to, he was devastated. Unfortunately he never had the opportunity to find out who she was, because the police quickly arrested him and brought him to trial in one of Nigeria's most infamous trials. Because he was a minor, his name was suppressed, but the story was sensationalised. It turned out that Pru had committed a series of high profile crimes and Pepper was intrinsically linked to her. In fact, Computa had made sure that Pepper was seen to be the boy behind the Pru persona. He was blamed for everything.

Pepper spent a year in juvenile detention. His father disowned him and he was left to flounder in a dangerous new world. Pepper doesn't really talk about what happened behind bars but it is clear that it still haunts him today.

When he was released he was sent to a state-run foster home because his family refused to allow him back into their house. While the government attempted to coerce his father to take him back, Computa took her opportunity to silence Pepper once and for all. She dispatched two hit men to kill him in the foster home, but they killed the wrong boy and when they realised their mistake, Pepper had made a run for it, clambering over the roof of the home and onto an adjacent building. The hit men chased him and during the course of the chase Pepper was wounded and fell through a skylight in one of the buildings, plunging head-long into a vat of chemicals which lay below.

He quickly surfaced and pulled himself out, only to be confronted by the hit men. They fired at him, but the bullets simply bounced away. When the hit men recovered from their shock (after quickly ducking in case the bullets struck them) they realised Pepper was gone.

He had been slammed backwards by the force of the bullets and careened far across the neighbourhood, landing safely in a park several blocks away. He realised he was now an uberhuman and he decided there and then that he wouldn't let anyone else manipulate him into anything he didn't want to do. He refused to return to his father's home, even after the courts ordered Mr Adu to do so, and struck out on his own, earning some money as a computer technician as well as working nights as a super hero.

After trying to hunt down Computa and failing miserably, he settled into his new role as Ricochet; so when he was approached by Professor Pan to join his superhero team, Next Gen, it seemed like the natural thing to do. Plus there was the incentive of regular pay cheques and the resources to perhaps capture Computa once and for all.



Rico, as he likes to be called, is a bright-faced overly talkative kid. He is a keen computer technician, bordering on obsessive, and extremely overconfident about the quality of his work (something which got him into trouble with Computa years ago). He also likes submerging himself in spy thrillers, especially conspiracy theory stories like the Da Vinci Code, and dreams that one day he will be the subject of a similar title. He considers himself a hero, without any hesitation.

His upbringing has made him selfish but dense about his poor interactions with other people. He doesn't realise he is annoying and pretentious, nor does he seem to care if others act that way. With that in mind he gets on well with everyone, until they get tired of his antics.

Beneath his effervescent precociousness is a dark brooding boy who has experienced some horrible things in the youth detention centre. It is quite probable that he will need counselling very soon, and may even change his personality once he begins to deal with the issues which still haunt his dreams.



"Ooooh nnoooo! Nottagain!"



Ricochet is able to withstand nearly any level of assault, whether it be a bullet or a cruise missile. His body generates an absorbent/reflective field which absorbs great levels of energy while also shunting away any excess. This shields him from nearly everything but has the sometimes awkward side effect of shoving him backward with great force. He has become the human soccer ball, able to be kicked great distances without any harm coming to him.

His team mate, Crash, has begun using Ricochet as a weapon in combat by slamming into his field and sending him flying into enemy lines. While Ricochet was initially hesitant about such tactics he has since found that being Crash's bowling ball has its benefits: the gregarious Crash now considers Ricochet more of a friend, and that's something Rico is always on the look out for.



Pepper is a scrawny kid of eighteen, although he looks to be much younger than that. He has grown up without much guidance and has the look of an outsider about him, perhaps in the way his eyes constantly dart from side to side. He talks all the time, ALL the time, and this combines with his nervous appearance in a way that quickly annoys those around him.

As Ricochet, he wears green goggles to protect his identity as well as the armoured costume of Next Gen, which has a dark green band across the top covering his shoulders and upper chest, with a white band covering the rest of his torso, and dark green trunks and pants.