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As a young man, Darren Allgood turned a love of science into a personal religion. His dream was to be a widely read Atheist scholar like Richard Dawkins or Christopher HItchens. He wanted to write a new gospel, bringing the words of Hawking, Einstein, and Newton to the masses. He wanted to find Darwin's Missing Link. It could be argued that Mr. Allgood was a pompous demogogue, but there is absolutely no arguing that he is a genius.
In University, Allgood double-majored in Physics and Genetics. He also dabbled in Electronics, Chemistry, Zoology, Sociology... Darren earned his Bachelors and a double Masters in a very impressive 5 years. Then, he started to work in earnest on his Doctoral Thesis. He wanted to find the Missing Link... but not through Archaeology (one of the few disciplines he hadn't devoted much time to), but rather through Genetics. He developed a device that was intended to trace the "Evolutionary Pathway" through the DNA sequencing of living subjects.
After the fact, Darren postulated his undoubtedly true Allgood's Equation: Genius + Obsession = Stupidity
. His device didn't do exactly what he thought it was supposed to do, and because he hadn't adequately tested it, he didn't know this. Then, because possessed a surplus of both Genius and Obsession, he was more than Stupid enough to use the device on himself. The device made him tingle somewhat, but had no other apparent effect.
With an apparent failure knocking some sense into him, Darren took his device back to the drawing board and had a closer look at the particulars. He determined that his device was more of a "What If?" machine. Once he properly understood the device, Darren promptly used it on himself repeatedly, amplifying his intelligence and altering his circumstances. He still wasn't entirely sure what that first tingling was about...
The downside of being a moral person who's intellect can no longer be measured by human standards is that it takes only a few seconds to work through an ethical delimma. The device he had built, allowing him to alter reality, was essentially a wish fulfillment device. It could alter reality, even the past. Put in the wrong hands, it was surely a Nightmare Generator. Reluctantly, he destroyed the device, and self-hypnotized the design notes out of his mind. Having enjoyed the fruits of his device, he determined that he must use the fruits of his invention for the greater good, or else concede his own hands were the wrong ones. As a side note... destroying his device and accompanying notes also meant that he had abandoned his Doctoral Thesis.
Not long after Allgood used self-hypnosis, he had his first blackout. Also, there was still the mystery of that first, unexplained tingling he experienced when he used the device on himself...
As a Hero, Mr. DNA was first active in response to a scenario where his sister was in danger. He seldom goes out as Mr. DNA, more interested in using Science as a weapon against the ills of this world.Note
I'm a huge fan of musical group Devo. In one of their songs, Smart Patrol
they reference Mr. Kamikaze/Mr. DNA, which is the inspiration for the character. It's a bit clunky to refer to either aspect of the one character by both monikers, so I'll honour their inspiration and refer to them collectively as Smart Patrol.Note II
A Freudian psychologist would describe Mr. DNA as the Ego and Mr. Kamikaze as the Id of a fractured personality. Mr. DNA is all logic and self control, while Mr. Kamikaze is entirely driven by passion. The third aspect of Freud's trio of consciousness, is the Super-Ego, which balances rational thought against desire. In this instance, the Super Ego is primarily a reflection of the original identity, Darren Allgood. The influence of the Super Ego may be what influences Kristian Karvellos to behave heroically.Shared Points
Morph 1 (Extra: Metamorph; Flaws: Uncontrolled, Limited Use, Quirk) Uncontrolled
: Neither Mr. DNA nor Mr. Kamikaze have any ability to trigger a shift between forms. Typically, shifts between identities will take place "out of scene." The active identity tends to change during a natural demarcation during the day; dawn, sunset, high noon, moon rise, an eclipse. Powerful emotions or psionic interference could also cause an identity shift. At great need, Smart Patrol can try to change identity by expending a Hero Point.Limited
: Each form gets "equal time" active. This also means that Smart Patrol's identity cannot shift too frequently -there is at minimum a one-hour cooldown on shifting identity.Quirk
: Memories are not shared between identities. Only fuzzy, short term impressions carry over; which is to say that if Smart Patrol's identity suddenly changed in combat, the emerging identity would still be able to distinguish between enemy and ally instinctively.Mr. DNA
Darren Norbert AllgoodDescription
Darren is a man of medium height and build, with mousy brown hair and hazel eyes. His clothing choices tend to intersect somewhere between Preppy and Mr. Rogers. He is near-sighted, and wears gold-rimmed glasses polarized with a rose tint. He's a rather attractive man, if you can see past the awkward style
. As Mr. DNA, he wears a long coat, like a lab-coat, only with many pockets to house his gadgets, and replaces his glasses with a domino mask with built in lenses. Both coat and mask are a dusky red colour.ComplicationsSister
: Dora Noreen Allgood
, Darren's younger sister, is a Forensic Chemist with the Salt Lake City Crime Lab. She spends most of her days determining drug purity, and differentiating between flour and cocaine.Responsibility
: Having used his "What If?" Machine to give himself a luxurious lifestyle, and superhuman advantages, Darren determined that it was necessary to use these advantages to benefit the world around him... otherwise, he was merely a selfish douchebag.Arrogance
: Mr. DNA is brilliant... when he says he knows best, this is usually true. Unfortunately, he can have tunnel vision about seeing his ideas through, above the ideas of others.Secret Identity
: All the cool superheroes have them... so, maybe even an uncool hero ought to have one too?Near Sighted
: Without corrective lenses, Mr. DNA has a focusing distance of about 10 feet, and worsens progressively. Beyond close range, he suffers a -5 to vision based perception checks.
PL10 pp138 (+3 Shared)Abilities
Parry 8 (1+7)
Dodge 8 (1+7)
Will 11 (4+7)
Fortitude 7 (2+5)
Toughness 12 (2+10)
Wealth 3 (Millionaire)
Ranged Combat 2
Second Chance: Save vs. Emotion Controlling Effects
Equipment 1 Custom Data Slab
(Recording Camera, Internet Access), Doctor's Bag, Multitool
Head Quarters 2 [Large, Toughness 10, Living Space, Security System, Fire Prevention System, Laboratory, Infirmary, Workshop] Darren's Las Vegas manor is a sterile looking residence, made of stainless steel, white ceramic tile, and bullet-proof glass. The decor is rather spartan.Skills
Expertise: Law 1 (+11)
Expertise: Science 7 (+17)
Expertise: Technology 5 (+15)
Perception 2 (+6)
Persuasion 4 (+6)
Ranged Combat: Mental 8 (+10)
Vehicle 1 (+1)Powers
Mental Acuity (Quickness 2; Flaw: Mental Only) 
Psionic Awareness (Mental Sense, Psionic Powers, Extended) 
Telepathy (Communication 4; Mental; Feats: Subtle 2, Rapid 2) [20 +3 AP]
Crushing Intellect (Affliction 10; Resisted by Will; Entranced/Compelled/Controlled; Extra; Ranged)
Mind Reading 10 (Extra: Cumulative; Flaw: Ranged)
Psychic Projectile (Damage 10, Extra: Ranged, Alternate Save: Will)
Psychometric Neuro/Muscular Unit (Removable Device 3) Darren wears a cybernetic mesh that allows his body to react to his mind's commands at a much faster rate than it would normally be able to. This device is Restricted to users who have Psionic abilities.
(Enhanced Dodge 7, Enhanced Parry 7, Uncanny Dodge)
Force Field Belt (Removable Device 2) 
Protection 10 (Sustained)
Gadgets (Variable Power 3; Flaws: Removable, Increased Time) 
It takes Mr. DNA a Full Round to change his devices for each 1pp changed.
Cloud Skates Flight 3 (Flaw: Platform) (3)
Cyber Monocle Extended Vision, Infravision, Radio Sense (3)
Manticore (Mechanical Telescoping Claw) Damage 4 (Strength Based, Feat: Accurate 2), Elongation 1, Power Lifting 2 (9)
PL9 pp133 [+3 Shared]History
The "What If?" device, the "Wish Fullfillment" device Darren Allgood created was intended to scan human DNA to trace the Missing Link. What it actually did, was find a more primal, predatory set of DNA in Darren Allgood's own makeup, and create a new Possibility. In this Possibility, instead of developing into a highly intelligent young man, the person who was Darren Allgood was instead a person with exceptional physicallity. Each time Darren used the device again, to improve his own situation or enhance his own intellectual abilities, this new possibility, Kristian Karvellos, was also enhanced.
Shortly after Darren destroyed his "What If?" machine, he began to have blackouts. These gaps in time were times when his other Possible Self came to the fore. Naturally, Kristian also experienced these blackouts when Darren was "in charge." Darren's investigation revealed the truth of their shared existence. The two halves of this identity are aware of each other, but have no real way to interact with each other... they have learned to coexist, but in a way neither identity likes the other. They are the exact same person, except they are completely opposite.
Because Mr. Karvellos shares a bank account with Mr. Allgood (and darn it, nothing Darren seems to do can change this), he has no particular need for employment. He has done the occasional work as a Stunt Man... but employers have found him unreliable; he flies out to a shoot, Darren wakes up in Los Angeles the next day, and fliesback to Las Vegas. Thinking it might bring more structure to his heroic activities, Kristian signed both himself and Mr. DNA
up for Valor Unlimited. Description
Kristian is a tall man, with a frame of tightly wrapped steely muscle. Even when he's just lounging around, he gives off an aura of speed and violence; almost as if he were evolved from a more dangerous and predatory creature. He has a mane of jet-black hair and icy blue eyes
. His typical outfit tends to feature black denim, leather and "band" T-shirts. As a vigilante, Mr. Kamikaze wears a muscle-shirt of rip-stop nylon featuring a bright yellow "K" emblazoned on it. A half-mask obscures his face.ComplicationsA Woman of Interest
: One day, Dora Allgood
took a wrong turn, or something. Instead of her brother's impressive mansion, she found herself at the home of an entirely different man. For Kristian Karvellos, the young lady who knocked on his door... well, she wasn't really his type. A little bit plain for a Lady Killer of his calibre... and yet, a shock of something, deja vu, je ne sais quoi
went through him when he met her. Instead of telling her to sell her Girl Scout Cookies somewhere else, he invited her in...Alpha Male
: There is a bit of blood in Mr. Kamikaze's Testosterone Stream. His overly developed sense of manliness, combined with a toxic level of self-confidence has given Kristian something of a noveau-Chivalry
. Chivalry is still deplorably chuavanistic... but at least it's genteel.Amnesia... sort of?
: Kristian Karvellos came into existence virtually out of nowhere. He can be quite vague about the particulars of his past... because he honestly has no idea what it is. Secret Identity
: That is the fashion among heroes, is it not?Risk Taker
: Kristian enjoys taking risks. Gambling for money? Not all that interesting. Making plays for the most beautiful women? Not all that challenging. Putting on a costume, taking to the streets and fighting crime? Well, now we're starting to get warmer...Abilities
Parry 1 (+12)
Dodge 1 (+12)
Will 3 (+7)
Fortitude 4 (+11)
Toughness 7 (+1 Defensive Roll)
Danger Sense (Hearing)
Takedown Attack 2
Wealth 3 (Mr. Karvellos has access to all of Darren Allgood's funds, and he occasionally contributes to the accounts)
Equipment 1 (Flashlight, Multi-tool, Disposable Restraints, Smart Phone (camera))
Head Quarters 2 [Large, Toughness 10, Living Space, Security System, Fire Prevention System, Garage, Gym, Communications]
Chez Kamikaze looks somewhat like a nightclub, crossed with a hotel, crossed with the set of a porno from the 70s. As much of the residence as possible is built in what's called "open style." The place is surprisingly clean, despite the apparent lack of a butler or maid.Skills
Acrobatics 5 (+16)
Athletics 4 (+8)
Stealth 5 (+16)
Expertise: Streetwise 6 (+5)
Intimidation 5 (+10)
Persuasion 3 (+8)
Insight 3 (+7)
Perception 3 (+7)Powers
Quickness 2 (Flaw: Limited to Physical Tasks) 
Speed 2, Leaping 2, Wall Crawling 1
Cheating (Strength Based Damage 4; Feats: Improved Critical) Kristian knows how to hit where it really hurts