Shadowman (Icons Writeup)

Shadowman (modern)
aka Jack Boniface

Prowess 5
Coordination 6
Strength 7
Intellect 4
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

* Detection (other Loa) 2
* Leaping 2
* Regeneration 4
* Night Vision 3
* Darkness Control 4
* Shadow Scythe 6 (Extra: Can be used to open a portal to the Deadside)
* Mind Control 5 (Limit: Only functions on creatures in the Deadside)

Note: Jack’s powers stem from the necromantic energy of the Loa held with him. As a result, all of his powers are only effective at night. In addition, during the daytime hours, Jack’s Prowess, Coordination, and Strength are reduced to 3, which means his daytime Stamina is 7.

Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Occult – Voodoo (+1 bonus), Performance – Saxophone, Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Weapon – Shadow Scythe (Master +3 bonus)

“You have got to pull it together, Jack.”
Utterly ruthless when the need arises.
“I didn’t ask for this.”

Some of the following comes from the Valiant Fandom Wiki

Jack Boniface, better known as Shadowman, is a young man from New Orleans. His supernatural abilities come from the Shadow Loa, an immensely powerful (voodoo) spirit that has been passed down his bloodline and which he bonded with as the latest Shadowman, the one who protects the world of the living (Liveside) from the world of the dead (Deadside).

As the Shadowman, Jack had been working with the Abettors to battle spirits and demons, and to protect the world against the necromancer Master Darque. Later, Jack was tricked by Master Darque to serve him in the Deadside as the menacing figure known as Magpie. Unbeknownst to Jack, Master Darque’s binding were only psychosomatic and he could have left at any time but he didn’t. Eventually Jack was freed from the Deadside by Ninjak and Punk Mambo.

Five years after first entering his pact with Darque, Jack crawled his way back to the world of the living. Rescued for his near-comatose state by his old ally Alyssa Myles, they began working together to investigate the Shadow Loa’s true nature and hopefully free Jack from it. This investigation led them to the bad side of powerful loa Baron Samedi. Battling his minions, Jack, Alyssa and their allies were seemingly overwhelmed, until a quick-timed summoning ritual by Alyssa and a sneak attack by Jack seemingly put them on top. A well-placed curse on Jack’s Shadow Scythe, however, disabled the hero, and allowed Samedi to kill Jack, his corpse collapsing in front of Alyssa.

Death was, unsurprisingly, not the end for Jack Boniface. Instead of journeying to the afterlife, Jack’s soul slipped back in time, attaching itself to other people who wielded the Shadow Loa throughout history. Seeing the adventures of his great-grandfather Maxim Boniface during the 1940s, and then those of Marius Boniface, the first Shadowman, Jack became terrified to find his soul just kept falling through time. Astonishingly, his soul found someone else to latch onto: Standing Wolf, a tribal warrior in prehistoric Africa. He witnessed Wolf make a pact with the Loa to save his tribe, becoming the real first Shadowman, before being sucked back into the present. He awoke after his own funeral, now armed with the knowledge of how far back his legacy truly goes.

For those of you who want to compare these stats to the VH1 Shadowman, you’ll notice a few differences. The modern version of Shadowman has gone insane, been psychically manipulated, and just plain lied to on multiple occasions. That’s why is Willpower is only a 4 instead of a 5 that the VH1 Jack has. On the other hand, the modern Shadowman seems to a little stronger (Strength 7 vs. 6) and he has several additional powers. Keep in mind that VH1 Shadowman was limited in what he could do because of the alien spider-bite that he received in issue one of his series. Without that bite, he may have manifested some of the abilities that the modern version has, though none of the previous VH1 Shadowmans were ever shown manifesting a ‘shadow scythe,’ so it could just be that in a different universe, you get different powers.

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