Back to Euroforce, hoping you guys will enjoy this build (don't worry I'll do some other Valiant comics builds in the future).Half the speed, twice the skill.ZefiroAntonio PicardiPower Level:
STR: 12 (+1), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 14 (+2), INT: 14 (+2), WIS: 12 (+1), CHA: 14 (+2)Skills:
Bluff 4 (+6), Climb 6 (+7), Demolitions 2 (+4), Diplomacy 4 (+6), Disable Device 5 (+7), Investigate 3 (+5), Knowledge (civics) 3 (+5), Knowledge (current events) 5 (+7), Knowledge (popular culture) 4 (+6), Language 3 (English [fair], Soomaali [poor]; Native: Italian [good]), Medicine 3 (+4), Notice 6 (+7), Profession (fireman) 5 (+6), Search 4 (+6), Sense Motive 6 (+7), Stealth 5 (+7), Swim 8 (+9)Feats:
Attack Specialization 1 [throwing weapons], Defensive Attack, Environmental Adaptation 2 (enclosed spaces & underwater), Equipment 2, Power Attack, Throwing Mastery 1/2, Uncanny Dodge (Visual)
(Attack Focus 2 [ranged], Attack Specialization 1 [unarmed], Bank Shot 1, Dodge Focus 5, Improved Initiative 7, Improved Ranged Disarm, Throwing Mastery +1)Powers:Speed Fighter
(Enhanced Feats 11 [Attack Focus 2 (ranged), Attack Specialization 1 (unarmed), Bank Shot 1, Dodge Focus 5, Improved Ranged Disarm, Throwing Mastery +1]; 11pp)Super-Speed 7
(PF: Moving Feint, Rapid Attack, Rapid Fire, Trail Attack, Wall Run; Flaw: Side-Effect 2 [Suffocation, 6 ranks only]; 31pp)- Speed 7 (1000 mph; PF: Alternate Power 1)
-- Swimming 7 (250 mph)
- Quickness 7 (task speed 250x)
- Enhanced Feats 7 (Improved Initiative 7)
- Speed Tricks (Array 7; PF: )
-- Machine-Gun Punch (Strike 7; Extra: Autofire 1)
-- Missile Snatch (Deflect 12 [fast & slow projectiles]; PF: Precise; Extra: Reflection; Flaw: Distarcting, Limited [can only relfect throwing weapons])
-- Throwign Weapons Cloud (Damage 7; Extra: Area [Burst General]; Selective Attack; FlaW: Action 1 [full round])G-Suit
(Device 6 [hard to lose]; 24pp)Devices:G-Suit (30pp of effects)- G-Shock Protection
(removes the Side-Effect Flaw from Super-Speed)- Gyro-Balancer and Rugged Boots
(Device 6 [hard to lose]; 24pp)- Immunity 3
(Environmantal Conditions [cold, heat, pressure])- Protection 2
(PF: Air-Tight 2 [20 minutes])- Visor
(Super-Senses 7 [Extended 1 (visual), Radius (visual), Infravision, Radio])Equipment:
Cell Phone (1ep), Euroforce Communicator
(6ep), Steel Pellets (improvised throwing weapon plus Ricochet 1; 1ep)
2ep in mission equipmentCombat:
Attack +7 (+9 ranged or unarmed, +11 throwing weapons); Damage +1 (unarmed), or by power of choice; Defense +12 (+4 Flat-footed); Initiative +2/+30Saves:
Toughness +6/+8 without suit (+4/+2 without spinning), Fortitude +5, Reflex +8, Will +7Abilities 20 + Skills 19 (76 ranks) + Feats 9 + Powers 74 + Combat 28 + Saves 15 + Drawbacks 0 = 165Complications:
- Addicted (self-controlled thrillseeker): Antonio love to take risks, he's a veritable passion for extreme sports, but for him everything pales compared to being a superhero
- Love (Dabaysha): recently Antonio has started to date the Somalian superheroine Ayanna "Dabaysha" Khalid-Omar, she was adamant about dating only outside costume. The big problem is that her parents aren't too happy having her dating an Italian
- Prejudice (mutant): opposite to some of his colleagues Antonio never admited being a mutant, but there were rumors
- Psychological Disorder (being the mask): unique among the members of Euroforce, Antonio seem to think of his mask as his real identity, something that deeply disturb his teammates
Zefiro (Zephyr in english) is my take on speedsters. Like Le Ange he spawned form certain considerations about his the kind of character. Usually in comic books speedster are strictly melee fighters, but in my mind someone capable of accuratly throwing a knife or even a stone at 2-3 times the speed of sound is even more scarrier than one that have to close the distance first (after all if he is at arm length I can still try to grapple him). As James Kakalios pointed out several times, many super-stunts are well... almost impossible, but I always thought that the fact that the majority of speedsters are simply immune to all the consequencies of their main power (friction, G-LOC, hypoxia; only to name a few) has always been something a little too stretched for my own tastes, so I gave Zefiro the G-suit and used it to pack some extra tricks.
Zefiro is basicly a lightweight speedster mixed with a throwing weapon expert, since I decided to gave him a protecting suit I went the full way and used i to compensate some of the speester's most common problems (pretty much all based on Central City Rogues' anti-Flash tacticts)
the Demolition skill and Enviromental Adaptation feats are a result of his training as a scuba diver during his years as a Vigile del fuoco
(a member of Italian fire brigades), since these guys are trained to operate inside sewers, flooded mine shafts, water weels and other similar structures it seemed logic to make him adept to enclosed spaces as much as underwater
the steel pellets are nothing more than a pinball marbles used as improvised throwing weapons
in my mind the Super-Speed side-effect is more a matter of acceleration rather than speed, but since the system doesn't include this parameter I goes with what was at handBackgroundFull name:
Antonio Cataldo PiccardiCitizenship:
Italian citizen with minor criminal records for violations of city speed limits and drunk drivingBirth:
June 15th 1977, Milan, ItalyProfession:
part-time bike courierActive as hero:
late 1995 - presentPersonality
Antonio life and personality are deeply conditioned by his being a superhero, while he's generally a dependable and easygoing kind of guy, he's also an adrenaline junkie. He simply love the rush and for a long while he practiced some extreme sports, including skydiving, free-diving and free climbing. But all of this pales when pitted against thee rush he get from being in the middle of a superpowered battle. This has caused him to be more and more interested in being a 24/7 hero, something that his teammates find deeply disturbing. Many hopes that his current relationship with Ayanna "Dabaysha" Khalid-Omar will help him find some stability.
Aside from that he tend to hold grudges and have a very deep distrust towards politics.Generations factor
Through his mother side Antionio is related to the Fascist regime superhuman Il Littore
(the Lictor), but the family is oblivious of this fact.Origin
Antonio's parents, Roberto Piccardi and Elisabetta Tarabini, met in Milan in 1968 both were students at the Politecnico
, he was studing to be an architect, she a chemical engineer. In the middle of the student protests the fell in love and married shortly after they got their degrees. A few years later (1976) there was the infamous Seveso disaster, being a specialist in depolution - quite rare at the time - Elisabetta was among the engineers called in to contain the emergency. It's unknown if it was the exposure to some chemicals, an inborn predisposition or something else entirely, but Elisabetta DNA container some minor alterations, not eneough to gave her any trouble, but enough to make her son a mutant. Like many others Antonio's powers started surfacing during the puberty but, much to his horror, he came to realize that he wasn't immune to the worst consequences of his powers, each time he accelerated too much he started experiencing G-LOC.
As a consequence Antonio rarely used his ppower behind the minimal levels and developed quite a fascination for risks. He started practicing various sports, especially free diving. After the secondary school Antonio decided to enlist for the mandatory military service, but he made conscientious objection and enlisted in the Fire brigades. Being already a decent diver he was moved to the scuba divers unit as soon as possible. Antonio loved his work and do it with passion and dedication.
In many ways these years shaped his future, not only he really enjoyed the work, but also found a way to cope with his problems. During a particulary difficult intervetion Antonio was forced to use his powers to save a member of his team from a falling ceiling. His commander witnessed the whole scene and asked for some explanation. Cornered Antonio didn't even try to negate and told his superior all he knew. Foreseeing great possibilities for the young man, his commander decided to help him. By pulling some strings and contacting some friends he was able to get his hands on a prototype of a G-Suit, developed for the EF 2000 Typhoon projec After some modification, the solution worked out and Anotnio strated superheroing with the codename of Zefiro. After his first exploits near Milan, Zefiro was hastly recruited by Euronet as part of the last batch of recruits before the Bruxelles Crisis of 1994.
He stayed on the team even after the crisis and Hood
's resignation, but the situation turned out for the worst during a mission in Bosnia in 1995. Along with his teammate Blitzkrieg
, Antonio was investigating rumors about a serie of prison camps handled by the paramilitary uni Scorpions
. They found some and tried to rescue the inmates, but something went spectaculary wrong and the Scorpions nailed thme both. Antonio was injured in both legs, while Blitzkrieg - even is injured himself - was able to reach a nearby unit of the U.N.Me.C.T. The following intervetion by Dove
(a superhuman healer affiliated with the UN) save Antonio's legs, but it took two full years to him to heal completly.
A short while after his full recovery, Zefiro alongside Tarrasque
joined forces to stop a S.H.A.D.O.W. commando from hijacking a uranium transport, this improvised cooperation created the base for the new Euroforce.Recent Developments
Today Zefiro is a key member of Euroforce, being the team main goonsweeper and one of their scouts. Seeing htis as a continuation of his Fire Brigade days Zefiro dedicate a little too much time to heroing and too little to his normal life. This situation is creating some tension with the rest of the team.
During a long mission in eastern Africa, Antonio met a fellow superheroine called Dabaysha
and after the end they stayed in touch and started dating, when possible. Since she was very clear about dating only
outside costume, his teamates hope that this new relationship will help him getting escaping from becoming the mask.