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Mister Twist (Icons Writeup)

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

Stamina 11

Powers
*Claws 4
*Affliction 5
*Regeneration 3
*Servant 4
*Ability Boost 4 (Extra: Usable on others)

Specialties
Occult (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Pure Evil
No regard for human life
Likes the finer things

Background
Much of this comes from Valiant Fandom:

The demon known only as Mister Twist was a servant of the evil necromancer Master Darque. When Darque was trapped in the Deadside, he used Twist as his emissary on Earth. Twist was responsible for gathering souls to power the dark necromantic rituals needed to return Darque to Earth, but his plans were opposed by Shadowman and his allies. Despite opening the portal to the Deadside, Twist was ripped apart by dark spirits commanded by Shadowman, and Darque was trapped outside both the Deadside and Earth.

Mister Twist is your classic demon henchman. He serves a greater power but he also enjoys the trappings of power in his own right. He is able to summon demonic servants of his own and he can also gift ability boosts to humans. He could make a decent enemy for a moderately-powered group of heroes.

Livewire (Icons Writeup)

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aka Amanda McKee

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

Stamina 11

Powers
*Remote Technomorphing 7 (Extras: Interface, Images, Gadgets)
*X-O Nano Suit – Damage Resistance 3, Flight 5, Blast 7)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Mental Resistance (Expert +2 bonus), Power -Remote Technomorphing (Master +3 bonus), Technology (Master +3 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Lives by a code of honor – bushido, the way of the warrior.
“I have yet to meet a technology I couldn’t understand.”
Willing to question orders.

Background
Much of this comes from Valiant Fandom:

Livewire is Amanda McKee, a powerful Psiot with the ability to control machines. She is a member of the Harbinger Foundation loyal to Toyo Harada, but has also worked against Harada when she believes his power needs to be checked. She has also been a member of the superhero team Unity.

She is a psionic technopath, able to control computers, and micro-circuitry with her mind.

Amanda McKee was orphaned at a young age. Taken in by the billionaire visionary and founder of the Harbinger Foundation, Toyo Harada, Amanda grew up devoted to Harada and his mission assuming. Assuming the name Livewire, she rose to the highest level of the Foundation rank’s. Harada raised her to be his personal samurai and taught her the philosophy of bushido.

All that changed when Peter Stanchek joined the Harbinger Foundation. Confronted by Peter’s sheer power and his rebelliousness, Harada’s façade of control began to fray and his domineering tendencies became clear. Though she still believed in Harada’s vision, Livewire believed she needed to counterbalance Harada’s immense power. Livewire aided Peter in his escape and went into exile.

Months, later when Aric of Dacia claimed Romania and his people’s homeland, Harada asked Livewire to join Unity, the elite strike team he was forming to stop Aric and avert a large scale global conflict. Using her control over machines, Livewire stripped the X-O Manowar armor from Aric, donned it herself and easily subdue his people, ending the conflict.

Bonding with the armor enhanced Livewire’s abilities, permitting her to now access nearly the full extent of the Harbinger Foundation’s records. With Harada’s darkest secrets now exposed to her, Livewire learned the true extent of his evil, and quickly marshaled the Unity team against her former mentor. Leaving the Harbinger Foundation behind completely and committing herself to the path of the ronin (a masterless samurai), Livewire joined Ninjak, The Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar in the newly formed Unity team.

During the team’s mission to stop Dr. Silk and his hybridized memetic-biological virus capable of completely rewriting an infected individual’s mind, Livewire discovered she alone was immune to the effects of the Silk virus. During the subsequent Armor Hunters invasion, Livewire learned this was a result of bonding with the X-O Manowar Armor. The armor infectious property of slowly replacing portions of the bonded host with herself had altered her physiology. Using her psiot abilities, Livewire suppressed the armor’s urge to replicate, ceasing its infections of both herself and Aric.

Following the Armor Hunters’ invasion, Unity went public, Livewire took on the public role of team leader, and the team secretly adopted the Armor Hunters sentient alien spacecraft GIN-GR’s behalf. After facing threats from the War-Monger and the escaped Armor Hunters called Helix, the Unity team ultimately disbanded. The group was driven apart by the events surrounding the apparent death of their teammate, The Eternal Warrior.

Now working solo, Livewire joined the international effort to stop Toyo Harada in his attempts to declare a psiot nation on the Somali coast. While teamed with Major Charlie Palmer’s H.A.R.D. Corps team to investigate Harada’s hacking of P.R.S.(Project Rising Spirit) satellites, she discovered Harada’s plan to import supplies for his space elevator program under the cover of humanitarian aid. Livewire’s plan now is to turn opinion against her one-time mentor by exposing to the world the high-tech contents of the aid shipments to the Foundation Zone.

Personally, when it comes to the category of “Which Valiant character has been improved the most from VH1 to the current Valiant Universe?”, there’s a clear winner for me: Livewire. She’s got a great visual, she has an awesome personality, she’s easily one of the coolest heroes Valiant has, AND I think that she’d translate well to film or television. As a player character or NPC, she’d be fun, as well, given her connections to Unity, Harada, etc. I mean, she’s worn X-O’s armor… she and Ninjak have been lovers… she was trained by Harada… the storytelling possibilities are endless.

Savage (Icons Writeup)

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aka Kevin “KJ” Sauvage, Jr.

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Dinosaur Claw Daggers 4
*Spears 3

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Stealth (Master +3 bonus), Hunting (Master +3 bonus)

Qualities
“This is my kill, stupid monster!”
Feral wild child
Dinosaur Hunter

Background
Much of this comes Valiant Fandom:

Savage, real name Kevin “KJ” Sauvage, Jr., is a warrior who battles dinosaurs. His parents are celebrity soccer player Kevin Sauvage and supermodel Veronica Sauvage. After a plane crash, they were stranded on a mysterious island populated entirely by dinosaurs when KJ was an infant.

Being a toddler at the time of the plane crash, Kevin wasn’t old enough to remember his father’s death, which was caused as he searched for supplies for his unwell wife. Kevin grew up being taught how to survive by his mother Veronica, who often told her son that one day they would leave the island and go home. Things took a turn for the worse however when his mother was killed by the leader of a group of men living on the island, leaving the young boy alone.

For an unspecific amount of time, though not a long one, Kevin perfected his hunting skills and ability to kill, becoming an enemy to those who lived on the island. Eventually he decided to try escaping through the portal that the island inhabitants use to get new supplies, killing them all and their leader. Taking the dead body of the leader with him, Kevin went through he portal and found himself in a city.

Due to the harsh conditions of the island he was raised on and the things he had to do to survive, Kevin is very brutal and bloodthirsty, often seen enjoying the killing. After the death of his mother, Kevin has grown obsessed with finally leaving the island forever and going “home”, as his mother promised they would, despite not truly knowing what to expect.

If Savage reminds you a little bit of another Valiant ‘dinosaur hunter,’ you aren’t far off. Since they no longer have Turok, we now get Savage – who is an interesting character in his own right. Keep in mind that he was only fifteen years old at the time of the first Savage series — so those stats you see above? They’re only going to get better.

Broken Empire gets reviewed!

thumbsupRay Bara has been a longtime supporter of the Reese Unlimited universe so it’s no surprise that his is the first Amazon.com review for Broken Empire. Ray gave the book 5 stars and titled his review “Loved the next wave of Assistance Unlimited” – here’s what he had to say in full:

I’ve been a big fan of Barry Reese’s Lazarus Gray series. It’s been a long time since the last novel (the publisher has inexplicably delayed publishing Reese’s already-written Gray novels), and this one is not a straight Lazarus Gray novel, but it is a great one nonetheless. Reese has skipped ahead a few years in this one, placing the story in 1964 instead of the 1930s. Assistance Unlimited, Gray’s group of heroes, has expanded and moved out of Sovereign City, Reese’s setting for his fictional universe. We see more focus on Emily Grace (the daughter of Samantha Grace) and Ezekiel Gray (Lazarus’ son). While the focus is not on Lazarus Gray, all the elements of a classic Barry Reese novel are there: lots of action, a great “pulp” feel, plenty of occult references, and great characterization. Reese also did a great job of moving Assistance Unlimited into the future; it’s great to see something “pulpy” that’s not in the 1930. I would love to see an actual new Lazarus Gray novel soon (I know they are ready to go), but Broken Empire is a wonderful way to spend the time while waiting. Go get this one!

Thanks, Ray! I’m really glad that you enjoyed the book. When I originally came up with the idea for the novel, I thought it would be fun to see Assistance Unlimited grow into a SHIELD or UNCLE type of organization – and since we’d established that some of the old crew were becoming parents, it just seemed natural for those kids to lead the future version of Assistance Unlimited.

As for the release of the other Lazarus books, I’m hopeful that you’ll see volume 8 before too long. I’ve written books 8-12 and am currently working on number 13. I sympathize with your impatience – it’s been three years since volume 7 was released! Pro Se is a big company, though, and they sometimes have to put their focus where they think it’s best. Our time will come.

Thanks again, my friend!

The Spirit (Icons Writeup)

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aka Denny Colt

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

Stamina 11

Specialties
Athletics (Expert + 2 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus), Investigation (Master +3 bonus), Law (+1 bonus), Boxing (Expert +2 bonus), Sleight of Hand (Expert + 2 bonus), Stealth (Expert + 2 bonus)

Qualities
Woman Magnet (Limit: The Spirit’s Willpower drops to 4 in cases involving attractive women. This also means that in fights involving women, his Stamina drops to 9 to reflect how often women capture and bind him)
Consistently cheats death.
Always the optimist.

Background
Part of this comes from the Fandom Wiki:

Denny Colt’s early life remains largely unknown, though it is known his father was the wealthy Denny Colt, Sr.  Denny was a young detective who was seemingly murdered by criminals looking to silence him. In fact, Denny was put into suspended animation as part of the experiments of a supervillain named Dr. Cobra.  When he was re-awakened, he found that the world thought he was dead.  Afterward, Denny went to see his friend, Police Commissioner Dolan and revealed that he was still alive.  However, Denny decided not to reveal the truth to anyone else, believing that he could fight crime in secret so he wouldn’t be targeted again. As The Spirit, Denny is in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with Dolan’s daughter Ellen.

Denny then began wearing a blue suit with a red tie and a domino mask and referred to himself as “The Spirit”.  He gained an assistant in the youth Ebony White and funded his campaign against crime with an inheritance from his wealthy father.

 

Doctor Eclipse (Icons Writeup)

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aka Fred Bender

 

Prowess 3
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 6
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

Powers
*Energy Control – Darque Power 8 (Extras: Blast, Flight, Binding, Dimensional Travel, Energy Drain, Growth {-2 to tests to hide, +2 intimidation}, Illusion, Phasing, Stretching; Limit: Doctor Eclipse is weakened by the presence of silver – he takes +2 damage from silver-based attacks)

Specialties
Investigation (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“Normal?! Maybe I didn’t like things normal! You think you’ve got a monopoly on godhood, Seleski?!”
“Oh, yeah, that almost hurt! Haw! You pansy! C’mon, big boy, give me all you’ve got!”
Absolutely insane.

Background

Fred Bender wasn’t the smartest of men but he was good at piecing together the truth. He was able to dig into Phil Seleski’s background and figure out that he was actually the red-suited superhero known as Solar. When he demanded that Phil give him a portion of his power, Solar made the foolish decision to show Fred that omnipotence wasn’t all it was cracked it to be. He briefly gave Fred superhuman power and then took it away – his goal was to frighten Fred back onto the straight-and-narrow. Unfortunately, the experience left Bender out of his mind with desperation to achieve godhood once more. When Master Darque came to him and offered mastery of the necromantic energy dubbed ‘Darque Energy’ in exchange for servitude, Fred leapt at the chance and renamed himself Doctor Eclipse. In this form, he battled Solar several times, as well as clashing with the Secret Weapons team.

Doctor Eclipse is incredibly powerful but a close comparison of his stats against those of Solar show that he’s ultimately not quite the equal of his foe. He is, however, more than powerful enough to terrorize innocents and quite a few superhumans. Eclipse is a total lunatic now, frequently cracking jokes while killing or attempting to kill his foes.

Ravenus (Icons Writeup)

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aka Dr. Raven

Prowess 2
Coordination 3
Strength 3
Intellect 5
Awareness 4
Willpower 3

Stamina 6

Powers
*Energy Absorption 7 (Extra: Blast; Limit: Constant – Ravenus feels like he is starving the longer he goes without absorbing energy)
*Radiation Suit – Life Support 2 (internal oxygen supply and radiation resistance)

Specialties
Science (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“Incredible! I’ve become some sort of… parasite!”
“Help?! I’m not the one in need of help, you pathetic little twit!”
Desperate for new and more powerful ‘energy highs’

Background

Ravenus is not a complicated man. A scientist that came into contact with some of Solar’s energy particles, he was transformed into a parasite in constant need to absorb energy. He didn’t give Solar much of a fight, given the fact that Solar is able to produce incalculable levels of energy while Ravenus has a limit — in their first battle, Solar simply overwhelmed him with more energy than Ravenus could handle. Later, Ravenus teamed up with Doctor Eclipse in another attempt to defeat Solar but once again, he failed miserably. As is, Ravenus might provide a minor threat to most hero groups but he’d probably be much more dangerous if paired with other villains.