Wednesday, February 22, 2012

V&V Vednesday: Quickstrike

Character Name: Quickstrike     Real Name: Edward 'Eddie' Langford     Side: Evil
Gender: Male     Height: 6'6"     Weight: 290 lbs     Age: 25

Physical Description: A tall, extremely muscular Caucasian male with blue eyes and short-cut blond hair. His costume is a black and purple bodysuit with yellow and white trim.  He has a pair of tonfa sticks, one strapped to each of his thighs when not in use.

STR: 21     END: 40      INT: 7     AGL: 27     CHA: 14

Level: 4th     XP: 9,114     Basic Hits: 6     Hit Points: 137      Healing Rate: 7.2/day
Movement: 598”/turn (136 mph)      Power: 95      Carrying Capacity: 1,923 lbs      
HTH Damage: 1d12     Damage Modifier: +2     Accuracy: +5
Detect Hidden: 6%     Detect Danger: 11%     Inventing: 21%     Inventing Points: 2.8
Reaction Modifier: -1 good/+1 evil     Training: Combat Accuracy w/ tonfa clubs

Combat Accuracy: +1 to hit w/ unarmed HTH attacks (from training)
Heightened Agility B: +19
Heightened Endurance B: +21
Heightened Speed: +510" ground movement, +17 initiative
Heightened Physical Prowess (acts similar to Heightened Strength A, Heightened Endurance A and Heightened Agility A, bonus may be split between those three attributes as desired): +5 END, +6 STR
Invulnerability: 9 pt

Tonfa clubs (+2 to hit, +1d4 damage) 

Areas of Knowledge
Athletics, Crime

Character Notes/Origin/Personality: Eddie liked playing football.  Besides making him popular in high school and college, it let him work out his aggression in a socially acceptable manner.  If he beat up someone away from the stadium, he sometimes got into trouble, but when he sacked an opposing quarterback, people cheered for him.

Eddie wasn't the most agile player out there (even among defensive lineman), and as he wasn't exactly the sharpest tack on the field, he sometimes had problems adapting to opposing strategies, but his size and strength were impressive enough to make him one of the most dominant linebackers in college football.  He probably would have been a first-round draft pick for the NFL if he hadn't been caught placing bets on upcoming games during his senior year.  To his mind, he did nothing wrong, as he was betting for his team, not against it, so it wasn't like he was going to be throwing the game.  Still, the act of gambling on games he was competing in was enough to get him expelled from college, as well as killing any chance of making it in the NFL.

No longer in college, and no longer able to work out his aggression on the field, Eddie started getting into fights, picking up a minor criminal record for assault in the process.  Over time he started working as an enforcer and legbreaker for a local criminal syndicate, which allowed him to earn a living, indulge his violent tendencies, and have smarter people than himself run things so that the law would not get involved.  This eventually led him to becoming one of Scarlet Queen's criminal henchmen.

The Scarlet Queen took a liking to Eddie; he followed orders well, and his strength and physique were useful assets for her criminal operations.  After getting to know Eddie in a more personal and private manner, she offered him the chance to become one of her superpowered followers.  He accepted.

The first thing that became apparent was Eddie's super-speed, which allowed him to run over a hundred MPH.  It soon became obvious that his stamina and reflexes had also been boosted to superhuman levels, and that he was also mildly resistant to physical damage (enough so that wind shear would not adversely affect him while running).  Combined with his already impressive physique, his super-speed makes Quickstrike (as the Scarlet Queen has dubbed him) especially dangerous, as he can deal out a lot of damage before most foes can ever hope to lay a glove on him.

When facing superpowered opponents, Quickstrike prefers to initially target foes lacking Invulnerabily, Armor, or other means of deflecting/absorbing the sort of damage he can dish out.  He will try to take out as many of these targets as possible, trying to decrease the numbers of foes as quickly as he can, so as to stack the odds in favor of his allies.  He dislikes attacking women, and will usually target them last, hoping that his teammates take out any female foes before he is forced to do so.  He has recently picked up a pair of tonfa sticks that he has been practicing with to use in combat, which just make him even that much more dangerous.

Quickstrike is extremely loyal to Scarlet Queen, not from any romantic desire or bond, but simply because she is the one who has given him these wonderful powers, and that she is an intelligent and charismatic leader.

Campaign Use: Quickstrike will rarely be found alone; when not in the company of the Scarlet Queen or one of her other superpowered henchmen, he will usually have a few of the Queen's non-powered henchman with him as his 'handlers', making sure he doesn't do anything too stupid.  If for some reason he was no longer associated with the Scarlet Queen and her gang, he would probably hire himself out as superpowered muscle to various criminal organizations.  Failing that, he might try to get by committing simple smash-and-grab robberies.

On his own, his combination of decent strength, multiple attacks per turn, and high durability can make him a suitable opponent for a group of neophyte heroes.  As part of the Scarlet Queen's gang he's really dangerous, as he can quickly decimate the heroes' ranks before they can react, leaving them badly outnumbered and outgunned by the rest of the Queen's gang.

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