CAPTAIN BRITAIN – EARLY (ICONS WRITEUP)

CAPTAIN BRITAIN
AKA Brian Braddock
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Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 5
Awareness 4
Willpower 5

Stamina 11

Powers
*Captain Britain’s uniform is linked to the Amulet of Right, worn around his neck. Touching the amulet summons his uniform and bestows the power of Captain Britain upon him. When in his natural Brian Braddock form, his PRO, COO, and STR are all 3 and his Stamina drops to 8.
*Staff 4; Captain Britain is skilled in using the staff to pole vault himself into the air, giving him Leaping 2.

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Science – Engineering, Physics (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Staff (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*”I’ll be your champion, now and forever. I’ll be Captain Britain!”
*”I’m champion of the forces of reason. I suppose I’ll just have to thump his head until I win.”
*Born into privilege

Background

Brian was a graduate student in physics, in advance of his years, at London’s Thames University. His parents had been killed years before by a creation of his father, the Mastermind computer. Working under his mentor Dr. Travis at the Darkmoor Research Centre during the holidays, he was present when the mercenary Reaver and his men raided the facility to kidnap the scientists there. Escaping with the intention to get help, Brian fled on a motorbike, but was run off the road.

Bleeding to death, Brian was approached by Merlin and his daughter Roma, who told him that he could live if he became Britain’s next great champion. They offered Brian a choice: The Amulet of Right (Life) or the Sword of Might (Death). Being a scholar and not conceiving of himself as a warrior, Brian chose the Amulet.

He then became Captain Britain, complete with costume and super-powers, as well as a staff. Moments later, the Reaver arrived and, claiming the sword, was transformed into an armored knight with tremendous strength. Captain Britain nonetheless defeated him, meeting his first challenge as a hero with courage and surprising skill.

Over the next few months, Brian battled such foes as the Vixen, Hurricane, the Mastermind computer, Lord Hawk, Doctor Claw, Dr. Synne, the Highwayman and the Manipulator, the Lurker from Loch Ness, Nykonn, the Black Baron, and the assassin Slaymaster, as well as teaming up with Steve Rogers against the Red Skull. His activities made him popular with the public, which became especially apparent when he was believed killed in an air raid, though he was considered a vigilante by the police. This was especially true for Chief Inspector Dai Thomas, who dedicated himself to capturing and unmasking Captain Britain. Thomas’s subordinate, Detective Inspector Kate Fraser, was more sympathetic to the novice hero.

These stats are for Cap in his earliest days. Eventually his staff is transformed by Merlyn into a club-like weapon called the Star Sceptre which allowed him to fly. Much later, the Amulet and the Sceptre were incorporated into a revised uniform and, eventually, the powers were placed inside of Brian directly. His strength eventually increased to level 8 but early Cap wasn’t nearly that powerful. While I love the later Alan Moore/Alan Davis era of Captain Britain, there’s something about these really early adventures that appeal to me greatly.

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