Straw-Man (Icons Writeup)

Samuel Hain/Gwydion fab Dôn
Created by Barry Reese

Prowess 6
Coordination 4
Strength 5
Intellect 5
Awareness 6
Willpower 6

Stamina 11

*Extra Body Parts – Elongation 4 (The Straw-Man can grow pumpkin vines out of his back)
*Immortality 3
*Life Support 10
*Magic 5 (Limit: Spells must be nature-based and require the Straw-Man to ask the spirits of nature to assist him by lending their powers)
*Regeneration 6
*Damage Resistance 3
*Strike – Sickle 8 (Extra: the Sickle is a magical artifact and may be summoned back to its owner’s hand)

Note – When transformed back into Sam he has no powers and his stats are as follows:
Prowess 2 Coordination 2 Strength 3 Intellect 4 Awareness 4 Willpower 3 Stamina 6

Investigation, Occult (Expert +2), Weapon – Scythe (Expert +2)

Distrusts any kind of formalized group – churches, governments, teams.
Prone to exaggeration
Protector of Grove’s Folly

Background: The Straw-Man is made up of two very different entities: a young man named Samuel Hain and the spirit of Gwydion fab Dôn, a magician, hero, and trickster whose exploits had been highly fictionalized in Welsh mythology. Gwydion was apprentice and lover to a powerful witch during the middle ages… she taught him nature magic but when her lust for power grew to fightening levels, they parted on bad terms. Eventually she tracked him down and cursed him, destroying his physical form and binding his spirit to a set of tattered rags. Those rags survived through the centuries, eventually ending up atop a scarecrow that came to rest in Grove’s Folly, a sleepy little town located just outside Sovereign City.

The duo bonded after Gwydion’s former lover attempted to kill Sam — since then they have battled the forces of Heaven, Hell, and everything in-between. Gwydion has a habit of adding to his own legend by falsely claiming to have inspired the likes of Loki and Anansi but he’s certainly done many things that are verifiably amazing. Despite the fact that he is now spiritually bonded to a teenager, he is making the most of his new existence – as the Straw-Man, he is involved with Logan Jenkins (Catalyst) and he has formed partnerships with several other heroes such as the new American Crusader and the International Hero Corps. Grove’s Folly has become his adopted home and he protects it from all threats.

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