The Eraser (Icons Writeup)

The Eraser

Prowess 3
Coordination 2
Strength 3
Intellect 7
Awareness 2
Willpower 3

Stamina 6

Powers
*Dimensional Transporters 6
Limit: Power works on others only and requires a successful Prowess attack. Whatever body part The Eraser touches will be “erased” unless the victim makes a successful Strength test against the power. If they succeed, they take damage normally but the body part is salvaged.

*Transmutation (Ion Ray) 6
Limit: Only transforms human flesh to stone.

* Gadgets 3

Specialties
Technology (Expert + 2 bonus)

Qualities
Hatred of the Shield
Unappreciated genius
He’s a bully

Background

Part of this comes from Comic Vine:

The Eraser is a criminal scientist and a masked hit man, he always promises to “rub out” the targets he was hired to kill. In the late forties he was hired by a mob boss to kill The Shield. The Eraser was successful and efficient; he managed to turn the famous hero into a stone statue with an “ion ray”, a device of his own creation. This event led Bill Higgins, the son of the first Shield, to take up his father’s moniker and become the new Shield, swearing to get revenge on The Eraser for his father’s petrification. Bill tracks the Eraser down and defeats him, imprisoning him in another dimension, where he would remain for over a decade. Eventually the Eraser escaped from his imprisonment in the alternate dimension, but was amnesic, unable to remember anything.

Later the Brain Emperor (a long-time foe of the Mighty Crusaders, who was out to kill the super team) used his telepathic powers to restore The Eraser’s memory. The Eraser once again resumes his career as a super villain, incorporating “dimensional transporters” into his gloves, which let him literally “erase” objects by transporting them to another dimension. He later goes on to join a super villain team named the Riot Squad, and went on to fight The Fox with the team. Soon afterward he and the Riot Squad killed Matthew Burland, the first Black Hood, which brought him to the attention of the Mighty Crusaders, in particular Kip Burland, Matthew’s nephew and the current Black Hood. His team gets in a fight with the Mighty Crusaders, bearing the full weight of their wrath for the murder of a fellow hero, and the entire team is killed in an explosion.

The Eraser is a tubby little genius with a truly horrifying power – with his dimensional transporters, he can “erase” part of an enemy’s body… resulting in a terrible death. Though he was seemingly killed the last time we saw him, that doesn’t really mean anything. For one thing, the Mighty Crusaders continuity is notoriously unstable. Secondly, when has death ever stopped a supervillain anyway?

The Eraser is often considered The Shield’s arch-foe but he’s not capable of fighting the hero head-to-head for very long. He tends to use gadgets, traps, and goons to help even the odds.

Gamin (Icons Writeup)

Gamin

Prowess 4
Coordination 6
Strength 3
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 7

Powers
*Images 8 (Limit: Can only produce three-dimensional images of herself)

Specialties
Athletics, Sleight of Hand (Expert +2), Stealth

Qualities
*Master Thief
*Flirtatious
*Beneath it all, she wants to do the right thing.

Background

Gamin uses sophisticated technology to project false three-dimensional images of herself. Gamin is also a thief and went after Aric’s X-O Manowar armor but ultimately she seems to find Aric more attractive than his armor and settles for a kiss. They become friends until she is killed by the armor after it is corrupted by the Darque Power of Master Darque.

Star Brand (Icons Writeup)

Star Brand
aka Ken Connell

Prowess 3
Coordination 4
Strength 7
Intellect 3
Awareness 2
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

Powers
*Energy Control 9 (Extras: Flight, Force Field, Dazzle, Transmutation, Absorption, Blast, Healing, Life Support, Immortality, Ability Boost – Strength)

Specialties
Technology – Auto Repair (Expert +2 bonus), Drive – Motorcycles (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Narcissistic Personality
*I’m my own Grandpa
*Ladies Man

Background

I know what you’re thinking — the New Universe was crap. Well, yes and no. The execution was certainly lacking at times and some of the books should never have been started to begin with, but others had potential. Star Brand, for instance, has many parallels to Jim Shooter’s later work on Solar, Man of the Atom. Both stories are about a man who becomes a veritable god, and both Ken Connell and Phil Seleski were in some way responsible for the birth of heroes in their universes. Both were also responsible for numerous deaths, as Phil destroyed his entire universe and Ken blew up Pittsburgh… the biggest difference between Solar and Starbrand is that Ken was often a jerk, using one girl for sex and ignoring her feelings for him while he was also cheating on another woman.

While riding his dirt bike in the hills outside of Pittsburgh, auto mechanic Ken Connell came across a blasted circle of forest. Investigating, he was greeted by an old man who, after interviewing him for a few short minutes, gave him the most powerful weapon in the universe: the Star Brand. Ken passed out from the physical shock of this, and when he woke up, the Old Man was dead.

In fact, it appeared that he wasn’t even human, as when Ken found him, he appeared to be a sort of pink, fish-headed thing with loose skin. Burying the apparent alien, Ken went home to think about his new abilities, and confided in his old pal Myron, a psychologist who Ken trusted enough to talk about this bizarre occurrence. Though he didn’t believe the alien bit, he was still wowed by Ken’s ability to fly.

Though Myron tried to help him decide what to do, it took Ken about a year before he finally decided to help people with this amazing powers. During this time, he had various adventures across the earth, several of which involved the return of that Old Man, who tried to get Ken to give him the Star Brand back. Having gotten used to such power, however, Ken declined… violently.

Deciding at last to go public, he donned a costume made for him by his girlfriend, and Ken exposed his powers to the media in several spectacular ways. He was liked and adored by the public, which was what Ken always wanted, though this didn’t last. You see, he decided to attend a comic book convention as a guest of honor, and the creators of several comic books tore him apart.

After these folks pretty much insulted him for being stupid enough to fly about as a costumed ‘hero’, the Old Man again appeared to confront Ken, and this time, he killed him. Spectacularly. In fact, the explosion the Old Man used to achieve this flattened the complex, killing at least five thousand people in addition to Ken himself. Of course, Ken got better.

His body, for the first time, assumed that pinkish regenerative form, and Ken made his way to Myron’s place, who convinced him to get rid of the Star Brand once and for all. Feeling guilty about the deaths he had inadverdently caused, Ken didn’t want anything to do with the power anymore. As such, he grabbed an bent iron weight and flew into the skies.

Remembering things the Old Man had revealed to him, about the creation of the White Event, Ken was going to get far away in order to release the Star Brand’s power into the weight. Of course, he decided that ten miles up was probably good enough, and transferred the power over into that inanimate object. The resultant explosion ripped his body to shreds, and obliterated the city of Pittsburgh.

Again, however, this wasn’t enough to kill Ken. His body eventually pulled itself back together again, though he’d gone completely nuts after realizing what he’d done. Of course, he still had ten percent of the Star Brand’s power flowing within him, so this made him unbelievably dangerous to have around. His son realized this when he finally managed to track him down.

You see, Ken’s girlfriend discovered that she was pregnant several months before, and after the Pitt occurred, her son was violently born into the world. Trying to understand his place in the world, he tracked Ken down to get his help, but since the man was gibberingly insane, the so-called Star Child decided that he had to protect the world from Ken.

Given a choice of suffering permanent death or powerlessness, Ken chose powerlessness, and was returned to the earth without his portion of the Star Brand; his child was indeed powerful enough to take it from him. Of course, he was still crazy, and after he saw an apparition of his dead friend Myron, Ken accidentally drove his motorcycle off a cliff.

He didn’t die, however. You see, by this time, the Star Child had temporarily halted the process of death itself across the earth. Ken, though horribly burned and broken up by the wreckage of his bike, was still alive. In fact, he formed a sort of White Event cult in the ruins of Pittsburgh, and preached the gospel of his godhood until death returned to the earth, and he died yet again.

Once he died, Ken’s body finally had an opportunity to heal itself, and Ken awoke anew in his old body, this time with his sanity returned to him. Realizing the horrible things he’d done, Ken resolved to help fix matters somewhat, when the Star Child teleported him (and everybody else that’d ever used the Star Brand’s power) onto an asteroid in orbit around Jupiter.

He’d been delving into the origins of the Star Brand, you see, and discovered that it was spontaneously created at some indeterminate point when the universe folded in upon itself for a microsecond. As such, he resolved to trap the Star Brand in time before it’s continued existence destroyed the continuity of the universe as it was presently known.

In order to do this, however, he needed to absorb the energies of the Star Brand from those who currently wielded it (all three of the others), and then he needed to wedge Ken Connell himself into this time loop, since he was already there. You see, it was revealed that the Old Man was a much older version of himself, and that the Star Child was actually a younger version of Ken.

So, once he’d absorbed the Star Brand into himself, the Star Child took Ken and the Old man into time, altering their essences and minds until they fit into the places he needed them to be, so that this loop could be completed once and for all. While the Star Child’s essence became what would become Ken Connell, Ken Connell’s essence was transported into the past so he could become the Old Man.

And finally, the Old Man’s essence was imparted into Ken Connell’s baby while it was still within his girlfriend, Debbie. As such, Ken was finally able to atone for his horrible mistakes to some extent, as his sacrifice managed to heal the wounds the Star Brand inflicted upon the time stream, even if it meant he’d be doomed to repeat his actions over and over….

Vibe (Icons Writeup)

Vibe
aka Paco Ramon

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

Stamina 6

Powers
*Sonic Shock Waves – Blast 6 (Extra: Burst)

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Performance – Breakdancing (Expert +2 bonus), Power – Sonic Shockwaves (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*“Word’s out on the street is chu guys are the Chustice League. I figure, guys like chu and me, we should be on the same crew.”
*Brashness hides deep-seated self-esteem issues.
*Breakdancing is his thing.

Background

The leader of the Detroit street gang Los Lobos, Paco Ramone had a secret asset: his mutant sonic powers. When the JLA moved to his hometown, he decided it was time to go after the big score. He asked to join under the name “Vibe”.

Steel and Vixen accepted him after witnessing his powers. However Aquaman, and to a lesser extend the Martian Manhunter, were understandably sceptical. Especially after Vibe managed to involve the JLA in a turf war in Detroit.

Vibe’s career in the JLA lasted for a few months. Over this time he gradually improved himself and became more and more efficient. He even played a vital role in defeating Despero. However, the “Legends” PR campaign by Darkseid then struck, and heroes became reviled.

Paco went back to the streets of Detroit as he couldn’t stomach the public’s reaction.

While he was far from the temporarily disbanded JLA, he was tracked down. Despite a valiant struggle, Vibe was killed by an android dispatched by Professor Ivo. He thus became the first JLA member to be killed in the line of duty. The JLA later arrested Ivo for murder.

One of Paco’s brothers later became a member of the Conglomerate with similar powers, under the name Reverb.

Though often reviled as the ‘breakdancing member of Justice League Detroit,’ Vibe had potential to be much more. His accent was far more pronounced when he was among outsiders and was a way that Paco ensured people underestimated him. At home around his family, his English was quite good.

Mad Jim Jaspers (Icons Writeup)

Jim Jaspers

Prowess 3
Coordination 3
Strength 3
Intellect 7
Awareness 5
Willpower 8

Stamina 11

Powers
*Jaspers Warp – Reality Manipulation 10

Specialties
Leadership (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*The more power he taps into, the more insane he becomes.
*Prolonged use of the Jaspers Warp can cause mutations in people exposed to his powers (“Warpies”)
*Drawn to politics and an anti-superhero platform

Background

Sir James “Mad Jim” Jaspers is a powerful supervillain from Marvel Comics who was the archenemy of Captain Britain and Excalibur as well as a few other heroes. Despite his relative obscurity he is considered one of the most powerful mutants in existence. Two versions of him have existed and the most powerful one is the Earth-616 version (which is the mainstream Marvel Earth). His power can be summed up as so: the less powerful alternate-reality Jaspers was so dangerous his entire reality had to be erased to get rid of him. The more powerful mainstream Jaspers threat is so great that Merlyn has suggested he could become an omniversal threat (which means he could theoretically become dangerous enough to destroy/take over entire multiverses).

In the alternate reality of Earth-238, Jaspers led a criminal gang known as the “Crazy Gang”, inspired by Alice In Wonderland. He played the part of the Mad Hatter before he was a criminal. However, Jaspers was also a British politician to managed to outlaw superheroes, then proceeded to create a powerful being by the name of The Fury to exterminate any remaining superhuman beings on the planet. Within two years the world was almost barren of superhuman beings except Jaspers, who had programmed the Fury to not try and kill him. After Captain Britain arrived in this reality and foiled a bank robbery, Jaspers reactivated the Fury, which proceeded to kill both Captain Britain and Jackdaw,. However, Captain Britain was revived by Merlyn and return to Earth-616. The Fury detected this and adapted itself so as to travel across realities. However, when Jaspers unleashed the power of the Jaspers Warp Mandragon, it destroyed the entire Earth-238 reality out of fears of contamination. Presumably this event killed off this particular version of Jaspers.

Upon returning to mainstream reality, Captain Britain found that another Sir James Jaspers was leading an anti-superhero campaign, with the aid of Henry Peter Gyrich and Sebastian Shaw, members of the Hellfire Club (and strongly suggesting Jaspers is also a member of this organization).

Jaspers managed to win a landslide general election victory on his anti-superhero platform and became Prime Minister of Britain. Events began to mirror those of Earth-238 and Jaspers unleashed the force of the Jaspers Warp upon London, causing much chaos and devastation. However (and somewhat ironically) Jaspers found himself under attack from the reality-hopping Fury (which realized he was not the same Jaspers he was programmed not to kill) and the two engaged in a large-scale reality-warping battle in which Jaspers was ultimately killed by the Fury, who teleported him outside the universe. Since Jaspers no longer had any reality to control he was rendered powerless.

Wildcat (Icons Writeup)

Wildcat
aka Ted Grant

Prowess 6
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 8

Powers
*Immortality 7 (Limit: The resurrection aspect of Immortality only works 7 more times. Each time Wildcat is revived from the dead, reduce his power by one. When it reaches zero, he will be unable to return to life after death).

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Drive – Motorcyles (+1 bonus), Martial Arts – Boxing (Master +3 bonus), Weapons – Melee (+1 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Fight trainer for other heroes.
*Old-fashioned.
*Estranged relationship with his sons.

Background

Ted Grant grew up in the Great Depression with his father Henry. As a child, he participated in many sports at his father’s behest, and excelled at boxing. As an adult, Ted attempted to study medicine, but became a professional heavyweight boxer instead.

Early in his career, Ted became entangled in criminal plot crafted by his managers Flint and Skinner, who attempted to fix one of Ted’s matches by drugging Ted’s opponent “Socker” Smith. However, Flint and Skinner miscalculated the dosage, and “Socker” Smith died as a result. Not wanting to get caught, Flint and Skinner framed Ted for their crime.

After Ted was arrested, Flint and Skinner then arranged a hit on him to prevent the truth from coming out. Although Ted survived the assassination, the police officers who held him in custody were killed. Ted then fled the scene and was wrongly accused of murdering the officers. While on the run, he came across a boy who had been robbed of his Green Lantern comic. The boy described Green Lantern which inspired Ted to become a vigilante. He create a costume of a large black cat, called himself Wildcat, and vowed to clear his name. He forced Flint and Skinner to confess, and cleared himself of all charges. Ted then continued to fight against crime as Wildcat.

During World War II, Ted became a member of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron, and had a romantic relationship with a time-displaced Queen Hippolyta. In 1945, King Inferno and Zatara cursed Ted with nine lives, which allowed him to recover from fatal inquiries. In the 1950s, Ted impregnated his then girlfriend Irina, who gave birth to Ted’s eldest son Jake Grant. However, Jake was kidnapped by the Yellow Wasp, one of Ted’s sworn enemies. Although Ted searched for Jake and the Yellow Wasp for years, he was unable to locate either of them. As a result, his relationship with Irina disintegrated. However, Ted would have a one-night stand with Marilyn Bronson, who became the mother of his youngest son Thomas Bronson. Later, Ted was critically injured by an out-of-control Red Tornado, but his goddaughter Yolanda Montez became Wildcat in his place.

Eventually, Ted recovered and became Wildcat again after Yolanda was killed in action. He then joined the reformed Justice Society of America where he and his teammates regained prominence as the forefathers of the heroic community. He was one of the many combat instructors sought out by Bruce Wayne on his path towards becoming Batman, and he also taught Dinah Lance and Selina Kyle, becoming a father figure to the former and a lover to the latter.

World Beater (Icons Writeup)

Prowess 9
Coordination 9
Strength 10
Intellect 4
Awareness 3
Willpower 3

Stamina 13

Powers
*Light Control 8 (Extras: Infra-Red Energy Blast, Yellow Aura Generation, Dazzle)
*Ice Control 8 (Extras: Blast)
*Blast – Anti-Energy Blasts 10
*Weather Control – Storm Generation 9 (Extras: Lightning Blast)
*Teleportation 8
*Super-Speed 8 (Extras: Phasing)
*Damage Resistance – Robot Body 8

Specialties
None

Qualities
“That does it! I’ve beaten every superhero on Earth!”
“You certainly are fast, Flash! But so am I!”
Big man has big weaknesses – the GM should reward players for cleverly identifying weaknesses that someone with his powers might possess and manipulating World Beater into a situation where they can take effect.

Background

The evil-scientist Dr. Indrom has been capturing villains against their will for a truly diabolic plan. He plans to kill them all by disintegrating their atoms and have them re-formed into one robotic creature known as the World Beater. Upon completion, Dr. Indrom gives World Beater a test to go to Earth and defeat all the heroes there. Amazingly, he succeeds! World Beater defeats the Freedom Fighters, Plastic Man, the Teen Titans and many others off-panel and we witness him utterly humiliating the various members of the Super Friends. It falls to Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog to try and stop him… and they manage to do so! World Beater’s one flaw is that he not only absorbed all the powers of the various villains that Indrom captured… but he also got their weaknesses! Anti-Man, a villain recently defeated by the Super Friends, had a weakness to x-rays… so Wendy and Marvin encase themselves in medieval suits of armor to make World Beater think he’s facing a new threat. The robot generates x-rays to see what sort of beings are inside the armor — and the x-rays cause him to shut down, as they were Anti-Man’s weakness!

World Beater is probably the most famous of all the villains introduced in the Super Friends comic. He’s wonderful to look at and he kicks butt. He probably has a lot more powers than the ones described in this writeup but this covers the abilities he displayed and it should make him more than a match for almost any roleplaying group. He beat Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc. without much trouble at all. Of course, he didn’t inherit any magical or mental powers that we saw so he does have some weaknesses if your group is mystically or telepathically strong. And, of course, there’s whatever weaknesses (besides x-rays) that he may have inherited from his unwilling donors.

Badrock (Icons Writeup)

Badrock
aka Thomas John McCall

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 9
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 13

Powers
*Damage Resistance 7
*Immortality 1
*Growth 1 (Limit: Always-On. Badrock is 8 feet tall)
*Regeneration 2

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Impulsive – he’s a teenager in a body capable of mass destruction
Yabba-Dabba-Doom!!!
Celebrity Superhero

Background

Thomas John McCall was an average under-achieving 16-year-old teenager. When he swallowed a vial of top secret genetic material in his father’s lab, a startling transformation occurred and McCall’s body became a mass of granite-like organic rock. He is 8’0″ tall and weighs 1800 lbs. He possess super strength and a near invulnerable rock carapace. But inside this mountain-like hero is a gentle soul with a heart of gold. Badrock has a lot of power at his fingertips, but still is mentally immature. Later, Thomas assumed the identity of Badrock when he was recruited to join the high-profile government superteam, Youngblood. He is the super agent who gets paid big bucks and still answers to his parents.

Badrock is proficient with a number of weapons including the many guns and knives available to him in the Youngblood arsenal. Not one to hide behind gadgetry, Badrock often uses the incredible power of his fists to pummel opponents into submission.

Badrock is impulsive, having picked dangerous, property-damaging fights with the Savage Dragon and Mighty Man.

He also once visited Hell, confronting Spawn’s old enemy the Violator. This was after being named temporary security head of a scientific installation that was investigating the realm of hell. He was more responsible at this point, trying to protect the many innocent people who had unwittingly made the trip to Hell with him. He had to deal with the interference of heavenly and hellish agents and the unwillingness of some of the humans to actually obey his orders.

When Youngblood was discontinued after the death of Riptide, Badrock took some time off. It did not last long though and through a series of events, he became part of the fourth incarnation of Brigade.

In the year 3000, Badrock was still alive and returned for a brief period of time to get some help from Youngblood to stop the Katellans. The continued presence of the Katellans to get Combat back led to the destruction of Earth, Katella and Acura in Badrock’s timeline. Badrock had therefore returned to 1995 to prevent this from happening. The mission succeeded. What happened to Badrock after this is unknown.

Brimstone (Icons Writeup)

Brimstone
aka Joseph “Joe” Chamberlain

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 7
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

Powers
Brimstone’s source of power comes from the Dark Multiverse’s variant of the Firestorm Matrix (wielded by an evil Firestorm known as Infernal). This power is considered elemental (similar to the likes of Swamp Thing), albeit corrupted. It gives Brimstone the following abilities:

*Flame Control 8 (Extras: Flight, Blast, Aura, Constructs)
*Regeneration 4
*Life Support 2 (Heat, Pressure)
*Magic Resistance 6
*Damage Resistance 5
*When not in his Brimstone form, Prowess, Coordination, and Strength are all reduced to 3, reducing his Stamina to 7.

Specialties
Occult

Qualities
*Loyal to his sister
*Possessing the power of Brimstone makes Joe struggle to restrain the dark aspects of his own powers. The more often he uses that power, the more it affects his mind and soul, which makes Joe sometimes lose control when he becomes Brimstone.
*I don’t care about order. I don’t care about chaos… I don’t care about any of it. It all ends in the same way. Everything burns.

Background

Joseph Chamberlain was born to a coal miner named Darren Chamberlain and had a sister named Annie. He lived in York Hills, a small but semi-prosperous town in the middle of nowhere. Joe’s father was injured in a tunnel collapse, permanently damaging his leg.

Eventually the coal mines dried up, and the town soon lost its economic use. As the inhabitants deserted, Joe and his family were unfortunately trapped in the dying town due to Joe’s father’s injuries keeping them from moving.

One day, Joe met a man who introduced himself as “the Salesman”, who made him a unique offer to “put York Hills back on the map” if Joe agreed to be his agent. Joe eagerly agreed, seeing the opportunity to save his family, and shook the Salesman’s hand. However, by doing so, Joe went through a dramatic transformation into a fiery creature known as Brimstone. The Salesman, in actuality, was a powerful entropic entity who planned to put York Hills on the map by killing all of its remaining inhabitants, an act Joe himself would be forced to carry out.

Joe was discovered unconscious after his deal with the Salesman by his sister Annie. Upon waking in his bed at home, Joe told his sister the entire situation, and the two looked for possible evidence about the Salesman. Going to the only hotel in town the Salesman could possibly be staying, the siblings found his room empty except for clothes and a ledger.

The pair were contacted by the Salesman, who told them that he had kidnapped their father in order to further his plans to destroy York Hills.

Soon after, they met the Hound, an agent of the Salesman who had been tricked to destroy her own town with ice powers. Though her situation was similar to Brimstone’s, she had accepted her fate as one of the Saleman’s agents and attacked him. Though they temporarily fought, Joe and Annie managed to escape.

While escaping, Joe and Annie were stopped by the Salesman, who threatened to kill their father if Joe didn’t comply. Though Joe fought back to save his father’s life, the Hound caught up to them and froze Joe’s father to death for his disobedience. In an emotional rage, Joe unleashed an explosion, accidentally destroying York Hills. Though both Joe and Annie survived, and the Salesman nowhere to be found, the brother and sister went on a road trip with the Salesman’s Ledger to prevent another tragedy like this to happen again.

Eventually, Annie assumed the curse from her brother and became the new Brimstone. She has all of the same abilities as her brother when he was Brimstone.

Sideways (Icons Writeup)

Sideways
aka Derek James

Prowess 3
Coordination 6
Strength 7
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 3

Stamina 10

Powers
*Regeneration 4
*Damage Resistance 4
*Derek can create tears in space-time, or “rifts” as he calls them, which allow him to leap through dimensions at will, letting him to move from one place to another whenever he wants. He also has the potential to be able to open the rifts to another universe with his power. The edges of these rifts are razor-sharp and super-strong, meaning he can shape them as weapons or shields. He can also track people by focusing his mind on them and then leaping through rifts to them. In game terms: Dimensional Travel 7 (Extras: Strike, Teleportation, Force Field, Extrasensory Perception; Limit: Unstable – If you use your power in a fight or other tense situation, roll a die: on a 1 or 2, your power goes off at random rather than doing what you intended)

Specialties
Athletics

Qualities
*Powerful but uncontrolled
*Unlucky
*Part of a new age of heroes

Background

Derek was in Gotham City with his adoptive mother, Helen, when Challengers Mountain returned from the Dark Multiverse. After being separated from his mother by the subsequent earthquake, Derek fell into a massive fracture in the ground and through a rift into the Dark Multiverse. After four days, Derek was able to teleport back to Gotham. After a month, his friend Ernestine designed a costume for him to use. However, in his first live-stream as the hero Sideways, Derek was confronted by the Tempus Fuginaut, a mysterious figure who intended to kill him for supposedly damaging space-time.

Derek attempted to escape using his powers, but Tempus revealed his staff renders Derek’s powers inert and decided to escape through freefall. Regaining his powers, Derek escaped but not without breaking his arm. Rushed to the hospital by Ernie, Derek’s short stay was interrupted by the angered Killspeed breaking free nearby. Reaching Gotham Pier, Derek’s attempt at reason failed, their fighting continuing with James eventually winning as the Gotham City Police Department neared, but not without accidentally taking Killspeed’s arm into one of his rifts. Unbeknownst to him, a close eye watched from above.

Sometime later, Derek still looking for fame would take on the rampaging Replicant with Hot Spot, unaware of planned meeting with his mother and Dark Star Sciences CEO Leto Dominus. Replicating his powers Replicant rifted himself apart, leading to opinion backfiring on Derek. Thinking of quitting such thoughts were dashed aside by the pleading Tempus Fuginaut within his bedroom. Apologizing the Fuginaut explained to Derek his true role of sealing disruptions through showing him the Branefold Interior. Pulled by responsibilities, Derek would later fight the Showman following the latters call-out and enthrallment of his school. Continuing his duties as Sideways after an argument with his mother, Derek would join the Tempus in cleaning existence of it’s sickness. Unknown to him Helen had figured out his identity, later passing within Crime Alley later that day.

Broken and disgruntled his relationship with his father and Ernie would slip, ultimately leading to him nearly drowning many students at school if not by the interruption of Zatanna and the mystical Seven Soldiers, needing his aid in a threat against humanity. Attacked he was separated yet saved by the The Unseen. Stuck within the dungeons below, he freed Kal-El from a kryptonite cocoon. Together the duo, later with help from the Unseen and the Seven Soldiers would defeat Sheeda, returning home with a strengthened pride in himself. However during this time he would miss his mother’s funeral.

Devastated by his own actions, he and Ernie would take a journey to Paris to clear his mind. Dealing with the local threat of Leviathan Organization terrorists. Returning to Ernie, he found her caught by a mysterious teleporter. Quickly saving his friend with a rift, Derek was unable to best Bolt. Placed within the hands of the Black Star Sciences, believing it was the actions of Leto and the group led to his mother’s death. Forcibly used to open a portal to the multiverse, the corrupted rift would unleash dark beasts within the laboratory. Broken free, Derek attempted to close the rift by opening another within causing a cascading gravity well and explosion, however he was saved by the intervention of the Tempus Fuginaut.

Returning home after a talk with Detective Hopkins and his father he would meet his biological mother. Reestablishing a relationship with both his adoptive father and biological mother his meeting was interrupted by a call by Detective Hopkins. Figuring out who truly killed his mother, Derek attacked Sandy Bridwell on the highway, forcing a confession out of the woman by balancing her car upon a cliff. Angered, he would rift the woman away to the police. Later meeting with Ernie they would discuss his future as a heroe, mentioning various teams at the time. With a cleared mind, he responded to the last late texts of his mother and moved on, rifting away with his close friend.

Derek, along with Aqualad, Spoiler, and Arrowette was recruited by Impulse as a backup member of Young Justice to confront a S.T.A.R. Labs division gone rogue. He was also a key component to rescue successfully Conner Kent, bringing him back to Earth after he was lost in Skartaris