THE HANGMAN – IMPACT VERSION (ICONS WRITEUP)

THE HANGMAN
ERIC ADAMS
Hangman-3

Prowess 3
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 5
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 8

Powers
*Raven (typical animal stats but this Raven will reform if killed) – The Hangman is able to see through his familiar’s eyes. This gives him Super-Senses (Telescopic Vision) 2. Limit: In situations where his raven is unavailable or knocked out, The Hangman is blind.
*Bag of Magical Charms – Gadgets 6 (Extra: Mystically Charged).
*Hangman’s Noose – Binding 4

Specialties
Business (+1 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Law (Expert +2 bonus), Occult (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Dedicated to fighting for Native American rights
*Corporations are souless predators!
*During the day, I fight for what’s legal in the courtroom… but at night I fight for justice on the streets!

Background

While working towards Native American rights, Eric Adams was beaten close to death and blinded by those who opposed his viewpoint. An Indian Shaman granted him two gifts after he suffered this loss – a bag of magical charms and a raven through whose eyes he could see again. Adams became the Hangman to continue to fight corporate corruption.

Unlike the more traditional Hangman, this version is not directly related to the Comet (though he did debut in the Comet’s magazine) and he has actual superhuman abilities. In many revivals, people seem to want to turn the Hangman into a mystical hero and I don’t mind that — the Crusaders actually have few characters that fill that category: they often don’t put Darkling at the forefront, Mr. Justice is far too powerful for most stories, and, despite his name, The Wizard is not a supernatural figure. Anyway, the Hangman functions well as an anti-hero as his war on corporations could lead him into conflict with more traditional heroes.

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