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O ENCOBERTO
O ENCOBERTO
Ricardo Almeida
Cost Characteristic Value Roll Notes
45 STR 55 20- Lift: 51.2tons; HTH: 11d6; END: [5]
48 DEX 26 14- OCV: 9  DCV: 9
40 CON 30 15-
24 BODY 22 13-
8 INT 18 13- PER Roll: 14-
30 EGO 25 14- ECV: 8; Mental Defence: 15
15 PRE 25 14- PRE Attack: 5d6
0 COM 10 11-
4 PD 15   Total: 35 PD (20 rPD)
6 ED 12   Total: 32 ED (20 rED)
14 SPD 5   Phases: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
6 REC 20   Running: 6" / 12"
0 END 60   Swimming: 2" / 4"
0 STUN 65   Flight: 20" / 80"
 
O ENCOBERTO | Summary
Real Name: Ricardo Almeida Hair Colour: None
Concept: Powered Armour Eye Colour: Red/Gold
Affiliation: None Height & Weight: 6' 7" (2.00 m) / 992 lbs (450.00 kg)
Played By: NPC Nationality: Portuguese (Atlantean Technology)
Created By: Rodrigo Place of Birth: Evora, Portugal
GM: NPC Date of Birth: April 7, 1959
Cost Powers END
65 Blasters: Multipower, 65-point reserve
6u 1) Energy Blast (Plasma): Energy Blast 13d6 (65 Active Points) 6
6u 2) Energy Blast (Rapid Pulse): Energy Blast 10d6+1, Autofire (3 shots; +1/4) (65 Active Points) 6
6u 3) Energy Blast (Sonic): Energy Blast 13d6 (65 Active Points) 6
6u 4) Energy Blast (Sonic Boom): (Total: 64 Active Cost, 64 Real Cost) Energy Blast 8d6 (Real Cost: 40) plus Hearing Group Flash 8d6 (Real Cost: 24) 6
6u 5) Underwater Sculpting: Tunnelling 10" through 15 DEF material (65 Active Points) 6
25 Orichalcum Armour: Elemental Control, 50-point powers
30 8) Able To Withstand The Depths: Armor (20 PD/20 ED) (60 Active Points) 0
30 9) Anti-Gravity Thrusters: Flight 20", x4 Noncombat, Usable Underwater (+1/4) (56 Active Points) 6
25 3) Orichalcum Symbiote: Life Support (Eating: Character does not eat; Immunity All terrestrial poisons and chemical warfare agents; Immunity: All terrestrial diseases and biowarfare agents; Longevity: 1600 Years; Safe Environment: Zero Gravity; Safe in High Pressure; Safe in High Radiation; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat; Safe in Low Pressure/Vacuum; Self-Contained Breathing; Sleeping: Character does not sleep) (50 Active Points) 0
10 11) Water-Based Self-Repair: Healing 2 BODY, Can Heal Limbs, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (50 Active Points); Extra Time (Regeneration-Only) 1 Turn (Post-Segment 12) (-1 1/4), Self Only (-1/2), Only When Submerged In Water (-1/4) 0
3 Enhanced Underwater Senses: +1 PER with all Sense Groups 0
4 Heavy Suit: Knockback Resistance -2" 0
5 Infrared Vision: Infrared Perception (Sight Group) 0
10 Joined Minds: Mental Defence (15 Total) 0
40 Orichalcum Energy Reserves: Endurance Reserve (200 END, 20 REC) (40 Active Points) 0
10 Protected Senses I: Hearing Group Flash Defence (10 points) 0
10 Protected Senses II: Sight Group Flash Defence (10 points) 0
15 Sonar Sense: Active Sonar (Hearing Group) 0
32 Underwater Sense: Spatial Awareness (Unusual Group), Discriminatory, Increased Arc Of Perception (360 Degrees) 0
     
Cost Talents
3 Underwater Freedom: Environmental Movement (No penalties underwater)
   
Cost Skills
10 +1 Overall
2 AK: Azores 11-
0 Everyman Skills
AK: Evora, Portugal 11-
Acting 8-
Climbing 8-
Concealment 8-
Conversation 8-
Deduction 8-
Language: Portuguese (idiomatic)
PS: Monarch 11-
Paramedics 8-
Persuasion 8-
Shadowing 8-
Stealth 8-
TF: Small Motorized Ground Vehicles
3 High Society 14-
3 Interrogation 14-
3 KS: Atlantean Culture 13-
5 KS: Kingdom of Portugal (circa 16th century) 15-
2 Language: Atlantean (fluent conversation)
1 Language: English (basic conversation)
3 Language: Spanish (completely fluent)
3 Navigation (Air, Marine) 13-
3 Oratory 14-
3 Persuasion 14-
3 Shadowing 13-
3 Stealth 14-
2 Survival (Marine) 13-
3 Tactics 13-
3 Teamwork 14-
   
425+ Disadvantages
5 Distinctive Features: Conflicted Psyches (Two Creatures Joined Under Stressful Circumstances)
15 Distinctive Features: Orichalcum Armour
15 Enraged: When Insulted (Common), Go 8-, Recover 11-
15 Hunted: Atlantean Empire 8- (Capture)
15 Hunted: Europol 8-
15 Physical Limitation: Atlantean Technology / Human Hybrid
15 Psychological Limitation: Casual Killer
20 Psychological Limitation: Determined To Rule Portugal (And The World)
20 Psychological Limitation: Overconfidence
10 Reputation: Mad King, 11-
15 Social Limitation: Supervillain
5 Unluck: 1d6
10 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x Effect Adjustment And Drain Powers
32 Experience Points
   
O ENCOBERTO | Points Summary
Characteristics Cost: 240 Base Points: 425
Powers Cost: 334 Disadvantages: 175
Talents Cost: 3 Total Experience: 32
Perks Cost: 0 Spent Experience: 32
Martial Arts Cost: 0 Unspent Experience: 0
Skills Cost: 55 Total Points: 632
Background

Ricardo Almeida was going through a mid-life crisis. His work was boring; his wife was probably cheating on him and the historical book he was trying to write had already been rejected by 3 publishers.

In the spur of the moment, he had taken leave from work, withdrawn all of his life savings from the bank and booked a flight to Sao Miguel Island, one of the Azores Islands. His wife had been totally against the unplanned vacation even after he explained that he needed the time to finish his book. He then tried to reason with her, saying that it would be like a second honeymoon for them.

In the end, she had agreed to come with him, but had just spent the first week; always complaining about the weather before returning to the mainland: Ricardo was certain that she would be using that time alone to be with her lover and that seemed to crush him even more.

He found himself near the shore of the Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), one of the two lagoons that constitute the Seven Cities Lagoon. The final draft for his book – The Hidden Story of King Sebastian – was in his backpack and the wind was behind him, as if trying to push him forward into a new future. This was the time for making a choice. To continue with his old life or start a new one…

He decided to take a different path. It was time for his life to end. He dropped the backpack and wrote a little goodbye letter for his wife. He was sure that after he was gone, she would really miss him. And he still loved her, so he explained how she could publish his soon to be posthumous book and get rich by doing that.

After that, he stepped into the water, took a deep breath and plunged into the depths. He was never a strong swimmer, but it wasn’t very difficult to swim in those calm blue waters. His plan was to stay underwater until he couldn’t hold his breath anymore and then just open his mouth.

But something caught his attention. Something was pulsating some meters under him. A pale golden light that looked like some sort of beacon, calling to him. Pushing himself to the limits, he dived even further until the tips of his fingers touched the light.

An electrical current charged through his body and he opened his mouth in pain, letting the water rush in. He never felt the liquid metal pooling around his

fingers and covering his body. He was drowning but at the same it was like he was being immersed in a suffocating oven. Then the metal sang… The story it sang was story of loss. The metal was a living being, the last of its kind. A living machine created by the Atlanteans. It had waited and waited for them to return but to no avail. It had lost track of time and had had been covered by layers upon layers of sediment, powering down to conserve energy. But a minor earthquake had set it free, just in time to feel something dive.

It could feel the being dying and it knew the only way to help him. It would graft itself into his host body and together they would return to the surface.

Even in his dying moments, Ricardo felt the excruciating pain as the machine joined him at a cellular level. His jumbled neural pathways were mapped in mere nanoseconds and in a burst of speed, a man covered in golden metal flew out of the lake and into the shore.

They were confused, so It split the personalities again. It knew what it was: an Orichalcum based, sentient work suit. But the other part – the being that looked like an Atlantean but wasn’t – was a mess. His neural fingerprint was jumbled. It scanned deeper and found that the being had lots of information about someone called “Sebastiao” (Sebastian). That was one of the last coherent thoughts in the Human’s mind.

It made a decision. It was sure that Sebastian was the true identity of the Human, so it reconfigured their outer shell to resemble a suit of armour like the one It could see in it’s host mind. That seemed to appease the Human, who directed them to a lone backpack left on the shore. There It found the story of the Human. He was the King of Portugal, lost in a battle in another country. He would return to help Portugal in its darkest hour.

Satisfied with that answer, It merged both personalities again, correcting the neural pathways of the Human with the new information and relegating itself to the maintenance and support role. They took their first steps and the Human half of their personality announced that They would now be known as “O Encoberto” (The Hidden One). And that Portugal awaited them!

With that in mind, They flew to the mainland. Of course the Portuguese Government wasn’t very pleased with the arrival of someone who claimed to be the King of Portugal. After all, Portugal was a Republic since 1910, and D.Sebastiao had vanished in the 16th Century...

But “O Encoberto” would bide his time and wait for the people to acclaim him. He was their saviour and he proved that several times, attacking the symbols of the Portuguese Republic. Who needed a President if they had a King? Who needed a Parliament if they had his wise rules and laws? Who needed money if those coins and notes didn’t even have the symbols of Portugal? It’s just a matter of time until the people bow down once again to Sebastian, the King of Portugal!

 

Personality

Ricardo Almeida was never the most sane of people to start with. He was obsessed with writing his book and that cost him his marriage. When he tried to commit suicide, we was near a mental and nervous breakdown.

That fact, plus the fact that he was drowning when the Atlantean work suit mapped his neural pathways – and only found his obsession about the king -, explains why the suit overlaid what remained of his brain with what it perceived to be his true identity and personality – that of the D.Sebastiao.

That’s why “O Encoberto” can’t be reasoned with. No one can convince him that he isn’t the real king. All remains of his past life as Ricardo Almeida have been deleted and replaced with his vision of D.Sebastiao – based on his research and his book, both that weren’t very good to begin with.

 

Quote

“Why do you people keep rejecting me? I’m your King!”

Powers

All the powers of “O Encoberto” come from the Atlantean creation. The suit isn’t really a battlesuit. It was conceived as a semi-autonomous machine, which could latch itself to an Atlantean user for deep underwater work. In its original form, It looks like a pool of golden metal. When touched by the user, It covers all of the wearer’s body like a tight bodysuit. Due to a malfunction, It went beyond that and meshed with Ricardo on a cellular level.

Its Orichalcum metal construction makes it impervious to crush depths up to 10,924 meters (35,838 ft), so in the surface world it’s a very tough suit. It can reconfigure both hands gauntlets to shoot sonic or plasma beams (although in their original form, both were used to do some underwater mining and repairs, “O Encoberto” found out they could be used for offensive duties).

Due to its anti-gravity thrusters, the suit can also fly.

 

Appearance

Ricardo never steps out of the suit. He can’t do that right now, because they are joined on a cellular level. But the suit can reconfigure its exterior to look like a person, albeit a metal one.

On several occasions, the suit was severely damaged and witnesses caught glimpses of the wearer before the Orichalcum repaired itself. They say that the wearer was some sort of pale, shrivelled human being; a mix of Robocop and a drowning victim.

When “O Encoberto” first appeared, the suit looked like a gold imitation (a bad one) of a 16th century armour. After some time it evolved and now looks like a streamlined knight suit of armour, with the legs and arms in deep red and the chest and head in blue and white (reflecting the Portuguese flag of the time of D.Sebastiao). The head piece has two slits in the place where the eyes should be, and they both pulse with a red/golden light. It has also a gold crown, but very streamlined.