aka Tommy Bonello
Copyright Ron Fortier
*Life Support 10 (as a dead man, Brother Bones can ignore all physical needs)
*Damage Resistance 3
*Regeneration 2 (Extra: Regrowth)
Athletics (+1 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Weapons – Guns (Master +3 bonus)
Atoning for his Sins
Occupies his brother’s body
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. With multiple books in print featuring the character plus a graphic novel on the way, Brother Bones is one of the most successful “New Pulp” characters in existence.