Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

Brother Bones
Tommy Bonello
Created by Ron Fortier
First Appearance: “Brother Bones”

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Supernatural Enemy of Organized Crime
Spooky
Occupies His Brother’s Body

Power Sets:
The Undead Avenger
Superhuman Durability D10
Enhanced Reflexes D8
Enhanced Senses D6
Superhuman Stamina D10
SFX: Immunity to Poisons and Disease
SFX: Dangerous – Add a D6 to the dice pool for an attack action and step back highest die in pool -1. Step up STRESS TYPE inflicted by +1.
Limit: Growing Dread – Both 1 and 21 on his dice count as opportunities when using a The Undead Avenger power.

Pistols
Weapon D8
Limit: Gear

Specialties:
Combat Expert D8 or 2D6
Covert Expert D8 or 2D6
Crime Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Menace Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Milestones:
Much To Atone For
1 XP when something from his criminal past resurfaces.
3 XP when given the opportunity to in some way make up for a prior crime that he has committed.
10 XP when toppling the criminal empire of someone that he used to work for.

Allies Are Hard to Come By For Dead Guys
1XP when Crandall is placed in danger because of his association with Bones.
3XP when gaining a new minor resource ally.
10XP when gaining a new major resource ally.

Brother Bones stands 6’2” and had straight black hair. He is an undead avenger, draped in black clothes and torn, slouch hat. The gray, rotting flesh of his face is hidden beneath a bone white mask.

His transition from a man of flesh and blood to The Undead Avenger began when mob boss Topper Wyld sent his best killers on a particularly bloody assignment. Jack and Tommy Bonello were known far and wide as the most merciless members of the underworld and on this particular night, they attacked their work with relish, slaughtering a dozen whores and their customers in a bordello. As Tommy was leaving the scene, one of the dying girls thanked him, setting in motion a strange chain of events. Haunted by her words, Tommy found himself becoming wracked with guilt. He fled the mob, finding peace at a local monastery. Plagued by a newly developing conscience, Tommy sought to make amends for a lifetime of blood and debauchery.

Nearly a year later, Jack Bonello found out where his brother was hiding. Acting on orders from Topper Wyld, he journeyed to the monastery and killed everyone there, including his own brother. When Tommy’s soul passed over to the afterworld, it encountered the spirit of the dead prostitute. She told him that he was being sent back to the world of the living to atone for his sins by dealing with those who would terrorize Cape Noire. Tommy’s soul was returned to Earth, where it took control of his brother’s body, evicting the murderous soul to Hell. Though Jack’s body died as a result of this, it continued to be animated by Tommy’s spirit. Tommy spared the life of gambler Blackjack Bobby  Crandall, who had been about to die at Jack’s hands, and the two became fast allies.

Hiding his rotting features behind a mask, Brother Bones next brought down Boss Wyld’s criminal empire. Living with Crandall in an apartment, Bones became a frequent sight in the city, waging war against all those who would claim Boss Wylde’s vacant throne as their own.

The strongest feature of the Brother Bones character is his origin, which manages to include elements of spirituality that aren’t usually found in pulp heroes. His adventures are driven by both revenge and personal redemption, which are heady themes to work with. Though Brother Bones hasn’t appeared in more than a handful of stories, the strength of them are enough to include him as one of the more successful New Pulp heroes.

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