Snow Leopard (Icons Writeup)

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aka Kavya Ajit

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Claws 5
*Leaping 2
*Super-Sense – Smell 2 (adds +2 bonus to awareness tests using the sense of smell)
*Wall-Crawling 4

Specialties
Athletics (Expert + 2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert + 2 bonus), Photographer (Master +3 bonus), Stealth (Master +3 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Family Disappointment
Protector of Nature
Quiet and Reserved

Background

Kavya Ajit was born and raised in Jaipur, a city with a population of over three million people. Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan and is known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. Her parents are quite wealthy and her older brother founded his own technology company – and expectations for Kavya were very high. To her family’s dismay, she was fascinated by nature and became a photographer, capturing those parts of India’s countryside that were beginning to fade from history.

On the morning of January 1, she was in the Himalayas, tracking a female snow leopard, a big cat that was on the endangered species list. At 11:43 am, she snapped a picture of the creature, just as the beautiful animal turned to stare directly at her. She had no way of knowing that this instant would be one that not only changed her life but that of people all around the globe. An accident linked to a test conducted with the Large Hadron Collider somehow caused everyone on Earth to “lose” five minutes of time. This would become known as “The Skip” and slightly less than 1% of humanity would be altered physically by this event.

At 11:48 am, Kavyja’s picture was completed… and she found herself possessing many of the abilities associated with the gorgeous big cat she’d been following. In the weeks that followed, she learned her limits and wondered what to do, even as reports from all around the globe showed that some men and women were becoming heroes or villains.

When her older brother was kidnapped by a local criminal, Kavya became the Snow Leopard and rescued him before her father paid the requested ransom. Since then, she has become Jaipur’s protector and a spokesperson for preserving as much of the natural world as possible.

In her secret identity, she is a serious young woman that often loses herself in her work, leaving little time for friends or romance.

The Snow Leopard is part of “The Skip Timeline” Universe and is copyright Barry Reese

Blue Flame (Icons Writeup)

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aka Benjamin “Benny” Richards

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

Stamina 8

Powers
*Fire Control 6 (Extras: Flight, Blast, Aura) (Limits: Powers will not function without sufficient oxygen present in the area)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Performance – Acting (+1 bonus)

Qualities
I’m on fire!
Daredevil personality
Social Media Influencer

Background

Benny Richards was just one of many good-looking men in the world. He parlayed his attractiveness into some minor-league modeling gigs and a brief appearance on a reality dating show. He was a nice enough guy but he had little in the way of long-term prospects and as he moved further into his twenties, he knew his chance at stardom was beginning to slide away from him.

Then came January 1 and “The Skip” – five minutes in which the entire world lost five minutes. One moment it was 11:43 a.m. and Benny was sleeping off a heavy night of drinking. The next it was 11:48… and Benny was on fire. It took him a few moments to figure out how to control his new condition but with practice, he discovered that he could manipulate and cover himself with fire – eventually he even learned how to fly. At the urging of his manager, Benny became one of the first of a new breed of celebrity: a super-human. Now he splits his time between celebrity appearances and endorsements and helping people as the Blue Flame. More and more his handlers want to compromise the good that he feels he can do… eventually he knows he’s going to have to choose: is it more important to be famous… or to be a hero?

Blue Flame is part of “The Skip Timeline” universe, copyright Barry Reese

Fathom (Icons Writeup)

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

Stamina 11

Powers
*Aquatic 8 (Prowess, Coordination, Strength, and Awareness are all 8 in water)
*Hard Water Blast 6
*Mind Control 6 (Limit: Aquatic lifeforms only)

Specialties
Underwater Combat (Master +3 bonus)

Qualities
Dread Defender of the Deep
“You shall suffer for your depredations of the oceans!”
Brutal and Merciless

Background

The entity known only as Fathom made his first known appearance on the same as the event known around the world as “The Skip.” This strange occurrence, which most sources connect to a glitch involving the Large Hadron Collider, resulted in everyone on Earth losing five minutes’ worth of time. The incident took place during a test conducted at 11:43 a.m. EST on New Year’s Day – at 11:48 a.m. EST, the being known as Fathom rose from the ocean, boarded a Japanese whaling vessel, and proceeded to brutally murder all hands on board. Since that time, he has appeared all around the globe, in various oceans, lakes and other, smaller, bodies of water. There appears to be no place on Earth that is immune to his harsh oceanic justice. He rarely speaks and when he does, he utters things that can only be described as harsh portents of doom. No one knows his ethnicity, his true name, or what his agenda truly is. As such, many Internet conspiracy sites have filled the void with their own wild imaginings: some say he is the living embodiment of the planet’s waterways, come to punish humanity for its years of pollution and abuse; others say he is merely a human being, empowered by the Skip and now running amok with his own peculiar brand of harsh environmentalism. There are even some that believe he is a malevolent figure that eventually plans to claim the oceans for himself or for some dark master.

Fathom is part of The Skip Timeline, copyright Barry Reese.

Singularity (Icons Writeup)

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Prowess 2
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 6
Awareness 8
Willpower 7

Stamina 10

Powers
*Detection – Cosmic Awareness 6 (Extra: No Range)
*Cosmic Power 7 (Extras: Blast, Damage Resistance, Flight – Spaceflight)
*Life Support 10

Specialties
Science – Energy Conversion Research (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Fearless
Driven by Curiosity
“Don’t worry – I’ve got this!”

Background

Dr. Erica Nordheim was on her first day on the job with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) when the event dubbed “The Skip” took place. “The Skip,” which most sources connect to a glitch involving the Large Hadron Collider, resulted in everyone on Earth losing five minutes’ worth of time. The incident took place during a test conducted at 11:43 a.m. EST on New Year’s Day – during this period, Nordheim was watching the testing sequence when she noticed a strange fiery glow engulf the Collider. She screamed at 11:43 a.m., hoping to alert others that something was wrong. At 11:48, her screaming stopped and she suddenly found herself transformed into something far more than human. While the rest of the world experienced a “Skip,” her physical body had been paralyzed and her consciousness had somehow traveled from one end of the universe and back, giving her a different appreciation and understanding of the fundamental nature of reality. She has since theorized that if others somehow experienced something similar they might have abilities much like her own – to date, she has not encountered anyone else that claims to have been conscious during those ‘missing’ five minutes.

Nordheim soon found that she was able to manipulate energy at a subatomic level… and that she was not the only person in the world to have undergone a change. Superpowered men and women now made up approximately 1% of the world’s population – though the level of power granted to each varied wildly. Some merely looked different, others had abilities that were minor in usefulness.

Operating as Singularity, Erica has become the most famous superhuman in the world. She continues to work with CERN and so far no one suspects the beautiful young scientist as being the woman they see on television and the Internet. She is a confident young woman, even more so since her transformation, and has a good sense of humor, loves cats, and enjoys spending her weekends traveling around the solar system. Where some might go mad with her powers, Erica has become a well-centered and empathetic person. If she has any flaws, they are these: She displays a stunning lack of interest in discovering the source of The Skip – it’s almost as if something prevents her from exploring this mystery. This is made all the more concerning because of her second flaw – an insatiable curiosity about new experiences and how the universe works. She has nearly caused more than one interstellar war because of her meddling in others’ societies. Her supreme confidence in her own abilities can also be a detriment at times.

Singularity is part of The Skip Timeline, copyright Barry Reese.

Hellhound (Icons Writeup)

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aka Thomas “Tommy” Ferguson

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

Stamina 10

Powers
*Hellfire Breath 5
*Claws 7
*Detection 3 (Limit: “evil” magic)
*Leaping 3
*Damage Resistance 3
*Swinging 2 (this is accomplished via Hellhound’s “ponytail”)

Specialties
Art – Writing (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Why me?
Viewed with hostility by the authorities
Local hero

Background

Tommy Ferguson was a struggling writer living in the Bronx when the event dubbed “The Skip” took place. “The Skip,” which most sources connect to a glitch involving the Large Hadron Collider, resulted in everyone on Earth losing five minutes’ worth of time. The incident took place during a test conducted at 11:43 a.m. EST on New Year’s Day – during this period, Ferguson was in the midst of writing what he hoped would be the first in a series of stories revolving around a creature unleashed from Hell whose job was to pursue a group of escaped demons known as Satan’s Eight. At 11:43 a.m., Ferguson was toiling away on an action sequence… at 11:48, he suddenly found himself transformed into the bestial Hellhound of his stories.

Ferguson soon found that he was able to transition at will between his human form and his superpowered identity… and that he was not the only person in the world to have undergone a change. Superpowered men and women now made up approximately 1% of the world’s population – though the level of power granted to each varied wildly. Some merely looked different, others had abilities that were minor in usefulness.

For his part, Tommy has decided to keep his activities local – he’s a “street-level” hero for the time being and many people aren’t even sure if he’s real at this point. Unfortunately for him, there are signs that his fictional enemies – Satan’s Eight – may have either been created out of thin air or other men and women may have gained their abilities.

In his normal identity, Tommy is a 50-year old African-American male. He is twice-divorced and has two grown children. With all of this in mind, he is not a hot-headed hero, despite the fact that he spews hellfire. He relishes his power and the youthfulness that comes with it but he also knows it’s a tremendous responsibility and he feels a need to inspire the youth of today. Not wanting to reveal his connection to Hellhound, Ferguson has shelved that series and continues to write stories featuring his other characters.

Hellhound is part of The Skip Timeline, copyright Barry Reese.