Lancelot Strong – The Shield (Icons Writeup)

THE SHIELD
AKA LANCELOT STRONG AKA ROGER FLEMING

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

Stamina 12

Powers
Lancelot harnesses mental energy into various feats of physical prowess, such as:

  • Damage Resistance 7 (Limit: Ineffective against gas attacks; Extra: Increases to 8 against cold and heat attacks)
  • Aquatic 4 (Coordination and Awareness are boosted +1 while in water)
  • Lightning – Blast 8
  • Leaping 2
  • Enhanced Vision 5 (vision-based Awareness tests are level 5)

Specialties
*Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Military (+1 bonus), Underwater Combat (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Vocally Patriotic
*Considers himself the ‘real’ Shield
*Routinely risks his life for others

Background

Lancelot Strong was born Roger Fleming, the son of Cooper City scientist Malcolm Fleming. Fleming’s career was devoted to tapping the latent powers of the human brain, to make men “more than mere men.”

Testing his theories on his own son, Malcolm kept the boy in a germ-free environment within a huge bubble. He also fed him micro-electrical stimuli through a specially designed helmet. When fellow scientists threatened to bring Malcolm up on charges of mistreating his child, the scientist drove off with his son. They were pursued by Communist agents who wanted Fleming’s secrets ; trying to elude them, Fleming drove off a cliff.

The child survived and was found by Fairfield County farmers Abel and Martha Strong. They raised him as their own. Years later, when he returned to the overgrown wreckage of his father’s van, Lancelot found a notebook which explained powers he never realized he had.

Lancelot also found a costume which his father intended him to wear when, according to the notebook, he would “protect all mankind from the forces that would cause it harm.”

Drafted into the army, Lancelot became a career soldier. Assigned to the tank division at Fort Patton, he was later transferred to Fort Sherman in the Midwest, where he worked his way up to Captain. Strong was a member of the Mighty Crusaders along with the original Shield (Joe Higgins) and Shield III.

A note about stats: while doing research for this character I found various sites that varied wildly in their descriptions of his powers and their respective levels. Ultimately I based this writeup on the 1980s version from the Red Circle line of books. He’s not a straight-up copy of the Joe Higgins version of the Shield… he has different abilities and seemed a little more hot-headed than his predecessor.

The Shield – Dark Circle Version (Icons Writeup)

THE SHIELD
aka Victoria Adams

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

Stamina 13

Powers
*Immortality – Reincarnation (If The Shield dies, she will be return at some point in the next generation but with no memories)
*Damage Resistance 4
*Leaping 1
*Guns 4

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Drive, Investigation, Leadership (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Military (Master +3 bonus), Sleight of Hand, Stealth, Weapons – Guns (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
*Recurring memories of past lives
*America’s Symbol of Freedom
*It’s tough to live up to your own legacy

Background

Victoria Adams was a rogue saboteur and guerilla soldier during the Revolutionary War in the late 1770s. She was eventually captured by British forces and turned over to the mysterious Burning Hand shadow society. Her death soon followed but this was not the end of her story – she was born again not long after… this happened over and over. Following each death, she would return in the next generation but without her prior memories. These memories would always come back to her over time but it often took many years.

She continued to resurface across the centuries, serving in every major armed conflict conducted by the United States of America. The legend of “America’s Shield” would go on to inspire Joe Higgin’s father and his experiments.

Victoria’s most recent return saw her get involved with the splinter black-ops cell Black Seven. After bringing down the agency from within, she was brought into M.L.J. by Director Higgins and made the head of the newest incarnation of the Mighty Crusaders. She is a powerful and deadly foe as she has access to all of her previous lives’ memories — the only problem is that sometimes these memories don’t always surface as easily as she might like.