Friday, February 12, 2016

Earth 10: the Question

This version of the Question came about with some brainstorming with Matt about his favorite DC characters for the new world, with those being the Question and John Constantine. Wat we ended up with was kind of a fusion of the two. Charles Victor Sazas has spent 20 years as a blogger travelling the world in search of Fortean events, magical places, conspiracy theories and general weirdness. Along the way he has mastered Chinese Zen Awareness, Indian Kalaripayattu, European Ritual Magic, Haitian Voodoo, Thulian Viril technology, the secret maps of ley lines and a dozen other things. Returning to his home town of Hub City he has befriended inventor Aristotle Rodor and started using Tot’s inventions of Psueododerm and a variety of chemical compounds to explore deeper criminal conspiracies – from criminal gangs to government corruption to the world spanning Kobra cult -that are threatening civilization. At best an affiliate of the team, he also fulfills the Phantom Stranger niche in he can show up with any bizarre-ass problem to draw the Alliance into any adventure while still relying on a fairly broad array of modest powers.

While we’ll get to the mechanics later, look at how the Question kicks up the Sarcity cost on his Chameleon power since it behooves him to have other shape shifters be relatively rare. Plus with the regenerative powers of Pseudoderm for his body and his Zen Awareness for his mind and spirit he is, like Vigilante with his Inevitable Comeback, a go-to character for kicking the crap out of to watch them get back up. What we didn’t add were all fo the spirit walking/urban magic stuff that Rick Veitch did with the character, but he is still more magical and has more powers than the Earth One Denny O’Niel classic version.

Player
Matt
Affiliation
Justice Alliance of America
Character
The Question
Secret ID
Charles Victor Sazaz is a slightly mad investigator who runs a Fortean Events Blog with the screen name Vic Sage.
Metaphor
Deeper Truths in a Weird World
Attributes
Normal
Enhanced
Normal
Enhanced
Normal
Enhanced
Current
Defense
Notes
Dex
6

Str
5

Body
5


Physical
9

400 lbs
Lift
Int
6

Will
7

Mind
7


Mental
9

8 MPH
Run
Infl
7

Aura
7

Spirit
8


Spiritual
10

5
Hero Pts




Initiative
21
Running
3

Wealth
3
60k
Income
Abilities
Name
Potency
V. Factor
Scarcity
Notes
Facial Cameleon Device
6
3
50
The pseododerm can be molded to perfectly match another's face.
Regeneration (dev)
4
8
5
Gets to recover lost Body (via pseudoderm), Mind or Spirit (via Zen Awareness) in 4 min
Alternate Form Device
5
1
5
Mask+Hair+Clothes change color, -5 on any Investigation roll to identify, instant change
Fog Device

5
4
5
Covers 15 AP (10' square) with 5AP density fog. He can see through it w/ mask
Aura of Fear Device
3
4
15
Spiritual attack to make fear, but based on gas (10' radius, blocked with masks)
Vertigo Device

5
4
15
Gas-based attack on mental stats, Outcome=reduction to Dex, Int, and effect duration.







Danger Sense

6
3
5
his Zen Awareness make him very hard to surprise.



Mind Blank

4
5
20
His Zen Awareness makes his mind very hard to read or even sense mentally/magically.














Skills


Expertise
V. Factor
Scarcity
Description







Combat (S. Asian Weapons)
7
5
0
Replace 1 stat (usually Body for defense) when armed with South Asian style weapons
Combat (Martial Arts)
8
5
0
Replace 1 stat (usually Dex for accuracy) when making unarmed attacks.
Investigaton (Forensics/Sci)
8
5
0
He's professional level with police forensics and Fortean weird science
Invention (Ritual Magic)
8
8
0
He's able to use and redesign ritual magic for specific effects.
Connive
10
5
0
He's an exceptionally skilled actor, liar, sleight of hand expert,
Profession (Jorurnalist)
7
3
0
He's a Blogger with an established following for reporting on the strange and impossible
Intrusion
7
5
0
He's has established skills as a burglar and general sneaky type







Origins
Earth 2
None
Earth 1
Vic Sage is a crime reporter & brawler using a Pseudoderm mask to conceal his identity when getting to the truth as the Question
Earth 9
As Earth 1, but having received deep spiritual and martial arts training he now fights to find deeper truths of justice, law and humanity
Earth 10
Vic Sage travelled the world for secrets profound & mundane, mastering martial & magical arts before donning the Question's mask.