Bombor (Icons Writeup)

Bombor the Living BombBOMBOR

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

Stamina 7

Powers
*Blast 5 (Bombor’s headpiece fires “knob projectiles”)
*Explosive Blast 8 (Limit: Bombor takes damage from this attack)
*Life Support 10

Specialties
None

Qualities
“You see, in me, a living bomb! I was designed to explode both myself and my target upon contact! You will be that target!”
A big dumb machine
Loyal to the Brain Emperor

Background
Much of the following comes from mightycrusaders.net:

Bombor was one of several henchmen the Brain Emperor gathered together to fight the Mighty Crusaders. He challenged the Black Hood to battle, gloating that he was a living bomb and could explode both himself and his target upon contact. When Bomber leaped towards his opponent, Black Hood’s mechanical horse, Nightmare, sacrificed himself and jumped in the path of his owner and exploded when Bombor hit.

This character appeared on two pages of a comic book published in 1966. On the first page, he just stood there. On the second, he introduced himself and then blew himself up. Considering that his major power results in his own demise whenever he uses it, Bombor is just as much of a threat to himself as he is to others. Still, something about this character strikes me as fun. He’s a robot so he could be rebuilt whenever The Brain Emperor (or whatever villain you’re using) wants him to reappear. Let the guy blow himself up every few adventures as a running gag? Maybe he develops an irrational glitch where he assumes an existentialist fear of blowing up? Or maybe a master villain mass produces Bombors so your heroes have to fight a horde of suicidal robots?

The Eraser (Icons Writeup)

Eraser
Real Name Unknown
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 Mighty Crusaders, in particular Kip Burland, Matthew’s nephew and the current Black Hood. His team gets in 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.

Brain Emperor (Icons Writeup)

Brain Emperor
brain_emperor

Prowess 2
Coordination 3
Strength 2
Intellect 5
Awareness 8
Willpower 8

Stamina 10

Powers
* Telepathy 8
Extras: Mind Control, Mental Blast
* Extra-Sensory Perception 5
* Teleportation 5
* Dimensional Travel 3

Specialties
Mental Resistance (Expert, + 2 bonus)

Qualities
Mind over Matter
I’m through playing games with you, Crusaders!
Go forth, my minions!

Background

Originally from the planet K-Shazor, Brain Emperor’s brain was modified to be hyper-efficient. These modifications, along with the Brain Emperor’s own mutations, gave him vast mental powers which he used to become ruler of his world. After being overthrown by his own people, he fled his planet and set his sights on Earth.

On Earth, he has become the world’s most feared super-villain. He has repeatedly clashed with The Mighty Crusaders and is responsible for many of their greatest tragedies. Long thought dead, the Brain Emperor’s return led to the formation of the New Crusaders and when several of their members fell in battle against him, he cemented his position as the most dangerous foe any hero has ever faced. His current whereabouts are unknown but it is only a matter of time before he returns.

The Brain Emperor is not a particularly nuanced villain – he wanted to take over the world for his own amusement and is willing to kill, maim, or mind-control anyone to accomplish this. He often uses small armies of super-villains to wear down his enemies before arriving on the scene himself. These minions often serve out of fear but if need be, he’ll mind control them into working for him.

The Comet (Icons Writeup)

The Comet
Comet2-2017aka Greg Reeves

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

Stamina 8

Powers
* Flight 6
* Energy Blast 8

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Leadership, Science (Expert, +2 bonus)

Qualities
“We’re here to fight the battles that normal people can’t!”

Heir to multiple legacies

Background

The current Comet has multiple ties to the original Crusaders – he is the nephew of Crusader Malcolm Reeves and he is also the adopted son of original Comet John Dickering and his wife.

When Greg first appeared on the scene, much was made of his mysterious past – at the time, he was very concerned with exactly how his parents had died. In later appearances, that appears to no longer be a major concern so it’s possible that the mystery was resolved off-panel.

Greg has natural leadership tendencies and he sometimes clashes with the group’s official leader (the current Shield) as he thinks she has a lot to learn about managing the team’s various personalities.

Darkling (Icons Writeup)

DarklingDarkling-2017b
aka Darla Lang

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

Stamina 9

Powers
* Shadow-Bending (Darkness Control) 7
Extras: (Expert +2 bonus) – Dimensional Travel, Energy Drain, Phasing
Limits: +2 Difficulty when operating in bright sunlight or extremely well-lit areas

Specialties
Occult (+1 bonus), Stealth (Expert, + 2 bonus)

Qualities
“Bright sun. No clouds. Makes shadow-bending impossible out in the open. In the dark? Different story.”

“You’re right. You are lousy at this. But thanks. Jerk.”

Background
(part of this comes from The Mighty Crusaders Network)

The mysterious Darkling first appeared during the Crusaders epic battle against the combined forces of Eterno, the Brain Emperor and the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts. She aided the team with her mystic cloak and was quickly accepted into their ranks. Darkling never revealed anything about herself, though she seemed to forge a quick friendship with Kim Brand, aka Flygirl.

Serious without being overbearing, Darkling was a sensual woman with an appreciation for the paranormal. During the alien invasion that united the Crusaders with Thunder Bunny, it was Darkling who sensed that the rabbit hero was not a threat to the Earth. She also proved her usefulness in dispatching the Druid when the mystic villain attempted to steal the Jaguar’s magical belt.

Unfortunately, Darkling’s promising career as a hero came to an abrupt end when the evil Brain Emperor returned with the Riot Squad at his side. Seeing that Darkling posed a threat to him, the Brain Emperor wiped her mind clean and left her floating adrift in Limbo.

When the New Crusaders were formed, Darkling was included amongst the members. While at first it was unclear if this was a new heroine or the same woman from the original Crusaders, it was eventually established that she is the same person. Her attitude and appearance are quite different now as she’s very somber – and her powers, which used to be a part of her cloak, now seem to be internally generated. We can assume that the shift in personality comes from her recovery from being mind-wiped but the alteration in powers has yet to be explained.

Darkling is my favorite of the Crusaders and you’ll see more writeups of the New Crusaders as time goes by. I love that group! The energy drain power works a little differently than described in the Icons rulebook – generally, she dispatches foes into a “shadow dimension” and while they are there, they are ‘attacked’ by the power. In issue four of the most recent Mighty Crusaders series, we see that she can also do this by touch.

The Shield (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

THE SHIELD
Joe Higgins
First Appearance: Pep Comics # 1 (1940)
TM & © 2012 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS, INC.

Affiliations: Solo D8 Buddy D6 Team D10

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
G-Man Extraodinaire
Fiercely Patriotic
Never Surrenders

Power Sets:
Chemically Enhanced
Enhanced Reflexes D8
Enhanced Strength D8
Enhanced Stamina D8
SFX: Dangerous – Add a d6 to your dice pool for an attack action and step back highest die in pool by -1. Step up STRESS TYPE inflicted by +1.
SFX: Regeneration – Spend 1 PP to recover your STRESS TYPE stress and step back your TRAUMA TYPE trauma by -1.
Limit: Exhausted – Shutdown any POWER SET power and gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.

Super Suit
Enhanced Durability D8
SFX: Take the Hit – Spend 1 PP to take Physical Stress intended for a nearby ally or friend.
Limit: Gear

Specialties:
Covert Expert D8 or 2D6
Crime Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Psych Expert D8 or 2D6
Science Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Vehicle Expert D8 or 2D6

Background Info:
Joe was born to Tom Higgins, a chemist and U.S. agent, in the years leading up to World War II. Tom Higgins died confronting enemy spies before he could complete his greatest work: the S.H.I.E.L.D. formula. Joe finished school and then completed his father’s work. A combination of the super-serum and a specialized suit of Joe’s design turned him into the Shield! Wearing the colors of the American flag, the Shield became the F.B.I.’s top agent, answering directly to J. Edgar Hoover.

The Web (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

THE WEB
Wyatt Raymond
First Appearance: New Crusaders #1
TM & © 2012 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS, INC.

Affiliations: Solo D6 Buddy D8 Team D10

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Academically Gifted
Not Very Phyiscal
Filled With Self Doubt

Power Sets:
Strand Sense
Danger Sense D8
SFX: Spend 1 PP to add Danger Sense (or step up by +1 if already in your pool) and reroll all dice on a reaction.
Limit: Exhausted – Shutdown Strand Sense power and gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.

Super Suit
Enhanced Reflexes D8
Enhanced Stamina D8

Specialties:
Crime Expert D8 or 2D6
Science Expert D8 or 2D6
Tech Expert D8 or 2D6

Background Info:

John Raymond was a brilliant writer and criminologist, which helped him out as the super-sleuthing Web.  It didn’t help him so much when his wife, Rose, didn’t approve of his late nights out super-heroing or when she became Pow Girl to get in on the act.

That led to Wyatt coming from quite the interest household.  He always knew there was some secret connection between his parents, but he never guessed they were a crime-fighting couple!  He lacks the psychical prowess his parents had, instead preferring to stay indoors to read or game.  But with his “Strand Sense,” he still was one step ahead of his detective dad.