The Wizard (Icons Writeup)

The WizardTHE-WIZARD
aka Blain Whitney

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Extrasensory Perception 5
*Immortality 1
*Costume – Damage Resistance 4
*Dynamagno-Saw Ray Projector – Blast 5
*Gadgets 4

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Science (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Photographic memory
*Trained from youth to be a mental wizard
*Temporarily replaced by Hans Martz, the villainous Wizard

Background

Ever since the founding of the United States of America, members of the Whitney family have served America and have helped the country in its hour of need. Among those members of the Whitney family who have served America include such notables as general Steven Whitney, who had helped cover General George Washington’s retreat from long island and cleared the way to Valley Forge; Capt. Ambrose Whitney, who was a Privateer Commander during the War of 1812; Major Thomas Whitney, who accepted Robert E. Lee’s saber at Appomattox Courthouse on behalf of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War; and James Whitney, a Federal Agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs who signed a treaty with several tribes of Native Americans to put an end to a series of raids against white settlers. They were among the many members of the Whitney family to serve America at her darkest hour. Trained from youth to be a mental wizard, Blain possesses a photographic memory and supersensory perception, which allow him to tune into criminal activity – his mental acuity also allows him to slow the effects of aging on his body. His costume also made him invulnerable.

For a time, he was believed to have been killed and replaced by a Nazi sorcerer that adopted the title of The Wizard. Hans Martz was eventually defeated and Blain returned to action.

Spider Spry (Icons Writeup)

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aka Simon Spry

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*Silken Spider Cords 5 (Extras: Binding, Wall-Crawling)
*Gadgets 6

Specialties
Athletics – Climbing (Expert +2 bonus), Science (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Brought together the Mighty Crusaders (Uh-Oh)
*At the center of a worldwide web of crime
*Hates The Fly and Fly-Girl

Background

Simon Spry is a dastardly criminal scientist. His life work has gone into putting an end to his nemeses, the Fly and Fly-Girl! He was the first enemy to take on the combined might of the Fly, the Shield, the Comet, Black Hood, and Fly-Girl, who would later become the Mighty Crusaders. In fact, it was Spider Spry himself who created the idea of the Mighty Crusaders, in a plot to draw them all together and pit them against each other!

Spider Spry can build giant high-tech weapons and machines, capable of immense power. In addition to this, Spry can climb extreme heights with the aid of his silken spider cords, thus giving him the name “Spider Spry.” Also at his disposal are numerous other gadgets that he can call upon at will to combat the forces of good. And as if that weren’t enough, Spray has a world-wide system of corrupt operatives tracking the movements of precious metals and technology, which he uses in his schemes.

The Comet – Impact (Icons Writeup)

Comet
aka Rob Connors aka Jay Cole

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

Stamina 10

Powers
*Photonic Energy Manipulation 6 (Extras: Flight, Blast, Dazzle, Force Field [Limit: Force Field only protects at level 2 against heat-based attacks])
*Damage Resistance 3
*Transformation – Humanoids 4 (Limit: For much of The Comet’s career, he did not realize he had this ability)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Athletics – Baseball (Expert +2 bonus), Power – Photonic Energy Manipulation (+1 bonus), Underwater Combat (+1 bonus)

Qualities
What’s Going On? (early) / They put my brain into an alien’s body! (later)
Unlucky
Founding Member of the Crusaders

Background

In the beginning, he is an ordinary human named Rob Connors, whose only real ambition in life is to play professional baseball. His ambition is somewhat stilted by his parents, who are scientists living in arctic areas.

Rob returns to his parents’ home one day to find it torn apart by some kind of battle, which to all appearances took places weeks ago: our first sign of a strange continuity clash, since Rob had been gone only a matter of hours. In an attempt to call for help, Rob is forced to climb up the radio mast to fix it. It collapses under his weight, and he is pinned beneath it, unable to free himself until a sudden surge of energy sends him soaring through the air. Assuming his powers to be the result of an electric shock from the mast, Rob learns he can fly and generate energy beams from his hands – one of which inadvertently sets off an explosion. He returns to his girlfriend, a news reporter, who reprimands him for not speaking to her for months, even though Rob wrote to her every week. He reveals his powers to her, and she suggests he don a costume and become a superhero, since he left a red energy trail behind when he flew, he assumed the guise of The Comet.

In his numerous battles as the Comet, Rob slowly learns to use his powers. He can fly, generate heat beams and force blasts, create a limited forcefield, and even breathe underwater by using his powers to force the water away: he hypothesizes that this traps a bubble of air between him and the water. The Comet is also stronger than a normal human, and considerably tougher, though not invulnerable: shrapnel from a grenade does his arm some damage. Eventually, Rob learns that his powers are the result of his mind being accidentally transferred into the body of shape-shifting aliens that were researching the Earth, disguised as the Connors family. This is the reason for the discontinuity in Rob’s memory compared to actual events. He attempts to force the other aliens to free his parents, but fails: they leave, never to return. The hits keep coming, as Rob’s original human body is killed by one of the Comet’s enemies, in circumstances that make it look like the Comet was responsible. He goes to his girlfriend for help, only to discover that she knew all along, and was in fact the one who sent the aliens to the Connors. In attempting to reveal this story on the news, she breaks the bargain she made with the aliens, and the last of them on the planet kills her. The police attempt to arrest the Comet for the murder of Rob Connors. Rob tries to unmask himself to prove himself blameless, but accidentally accesses his alien shapeshifting ability in his desire to show his face, and morphs into a one-eyed alien monster. Horrified, Rob tears away from the scene, and is apparently killed in an explosion. We learn later, in The Crucible, that he didn’t die, but resumed human form and became a baseball player named Jay Cole with no memory of his earlier life.

His true identity is revealed by The Black Hood, and they team up for a while. However, the Tomorrow Men, a group of time-manipulating businessmen, make it look like the Hood was intending to betray the Comet, and in insane rage, the Comet irradiates an entire city. The city is covered over with an immense dome, but the Comet breaks free, intending to kill Jordan, the world’s greatest authority on energy control, whom he believes is a threat to him. His attack is foiled by one of the Tomorrow Men, who captures the Comet, intending to steal his energy to power the Tomorrow Men’s base. The Comet breaks free, but is sent back to Earth, where the Black Hood is forced, regretfully, to kill him.

Rogue Star (Icons Writeup)

Rogue Star
aka Unknown

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*Starbolts – Blast 7
*Flight 7 (Extra: Spaceflight)
*Energy Absorption 4
*Life Support (Can survive in space)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Attacks from a distance
Proud member of The Eliminators

Background

Not much is known about Rogue Star – she’s a member of the Eliminators and a foe of the Mighty Crusaders. Based upon her name and the powers we’ve seen, it appears that she has some sort of stellar powers – but she’s pretty much a blank slate with a cool costume! She and her teammates could be slotted into just about any superhero campaign with minimal effort. Given the fact that her skin is such an odd color, perhaps she’s an alien?

Iron Fist (Icons Writeup)

Iron Fist
aka Unknown

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*Iron Fist 6
*Flight 3
*Protective Suit – Damage Resistance 3

Specialties
Weapon – Iron Fist (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*He has an iron fist
*Likes to break things

Background

Iron Fist has a hand made of iron and the ability to fly. He fought the Web. That’s it, really.

Dream Demon (Icons Writeup)

Dream DemonDream-Demon
aka Unknown

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

Stamina 8

Powers
*Immortality 1
*Illusion 7 (Extra: Dream Control)
*Flight 3

Specialties
Occult (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Darkling’s Rival
*Core member of the Eliminators
*Condescending towards others

Background

A villainess and witch who has lived centuries and who murdered Darkling’s mentor. She has illusion powers, among other abilities, and is a member of the Eliminators. Beyond that, we really don’t know very much about her. She’s got an interesting look, has cool powers, and is so mysterious that you can pretty much add anything you want to her backstory.

The Monster (Icons Writeup)

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aka Bram Lewis

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

Stamina 10

Powers
*Glider Wings – Flight 3
*Claws – Strike 6
*Immortality 1 (Limit: requires occasional doses of his special formula)

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Law (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Psychiatry (Expert +2 bonus), Science (+2 bonus)

Qualities
*The world doesn’t understand the importance of my work!
*Wants to live forever
*Master of Fear

Background

Bram Lewis was the warden at a youth prison during a series of a bizarre attacks conducted by a fearsome entity known as The Monster. Eventually the Wizard and his sidekick Roy managed to uncover the truth – Warden Lewis was conducting horrific experiments on young people, draining their youth in an attempt to extend his own. Lewis had previously been both a scientist and a child psychologist – his position at a local university ended when it was discovered that he was performing experiments upon unwilling teenagers. Lewis believed that if you instilled fear into an individual and then drained their blood, you would end up with a life-extending formula. Given that his victims ended up looking like wizened old men, it seems that his process worked. He was capable of extreme cruelty and showed a willingness to kill anyone that threatened his position.

Lewis wears The Monster costume to terrify his enemies but I think it might be fun to say that the formula he used might have actually transformed him into this appearance. It’s your call since it’s your campaign, after all!

Stone Face (Icons Writeup)

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aka Lionel Fenwyck

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

Stamina 8

Powers
*Face Made Out of Stone – Damage Resistance 3
*Face Made Out of Stone – Headbutt 6

Specialties
Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Performance – Actor (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*He has a stone face
*Eterno’s henchman
*Wants to be a star

Background

Lionel Fenwyck was one of several henchmen Eterno the Tyrant “materialized” to fight the Mighty Crusaders. He was originally a non-powered actor making a movie when Eterno found him and “transformed” him to a “real” super-villain. He was apprehended shortly after battling the “Mighty” team and changed back to a normal person.

Something about this guy screams mafia boss to me – it’s probably memories of Spidey villains like Hammerhead influencing me. Despite his lack of powers, I think he has an interesting gimmick and think you could use him to good effect in a street-level campaign.

Dovi (Icons Writeup)

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*Time Machine Shuttle – Handling 8, Speed 10, Structure 5, Armor 5, Blast 8, Time Travel 8
*Helmet – Damage Resistance 2, also offers protection from the rigors of time travel
*Gadgets 4

Specialties
Pilot – Time Machine Shuttle (Expert +2 bonus), Science (+1 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Would-Be Master of Time
*Appreciates the Ladies
*Member of the Anti-Fly League

Background

Dovi was a criminal from the future who sought refuge by escaping into the past. It was during this “time period” that he joined fellow Fly foes and became a member of the Anti-Fly League. During their first confrontation, the Fly was able to trick Dovi, and sent him back to the future.

Still seeking vengeance, Dovi recruited the beautiful Cleopatra as his crime partner, and they went back in time to destroy their enemy. Unfortunately, Cleopatra fell in love with the Fly and planned to stay and marry him, instead of luring him into Dovi’s trap. Yet, Dovi had a surprise for her, as he already arranged a punishment if Cleopatra did not follow through with their original pact.

He was aware that his partner’s facial tissue was not protected from time traveling (this is why he wears a special helmet), and she was beginning to show signs of rapid aging. As punishment for being a traitor, she had to make a choice, stay in the present time with the Fly, and continue to lose her bewitching beauty, or go with Dovi in order to regain her looks. She chose her looks, and they both traveled away together.

Dovi could return at any point – or someone might steal the time machine that he possesses. There’s potential here.

The Strangler (Icons Writeup)

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aka Unknown

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*None

Specialties
Art – Painting (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Wrestling – Strangling Maneuvers (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Hands-On Killer
Wants to be recognized for his art
Sadist

Background

The Strangler was a Nazi agent that fought The Shield. His code-name came from his preferred method of killing his enemies. He is a cruel man that enjoys the suffering of others. Intriguingly, he is also an accomplished landscape painter and has a bit of an ego where his art is concerned.

As with so many of these Mighty Crusaders villains, it would be easy to update him for the modern day – maybe his great-grand-daughter has adopted his identity?