Nathan was born in the shadow dimension to the extremely wealthy and influential life essence broker Lucy Natas. More precisely, he was created from the shadows by her force of will. The Natas family goes back eons as life essence brokers and has done quite well at the business. Some more primitive dimensions called the brokers in the family names like Satan or the Devil. The more "enlightened" dimensions call them sellers of joy, luck, bliss, and any number of other desirable states. Life essence trade is not without it's perils though. It makes some fabulously wealthy and others get easily squashed by their competitors, literally. The Natas are perhaps the most successful traders and can afford the best shadow servants to protect them. As they age, they also gain the ability to teleport anywhere no matter the dimension, which has helped them stay alive in the cut throat business.
From birth, Nathan had several shadow guards assigned to him. It was there assignment to see he was safe at all times and to do his will. Over the course of a year they became a part of him. Knowing her son was protected was only one issue. Lucy's enemies would like to see Nathan dead and unable to join the family business. While it is true that Lucy had many children, one less broker might give competitors an edge. To keep Nathan hidden until he came of age, Lucy bought a dimensional traveling ship and staffed it with the finest robotic tutors, chefs, and anything Nathan might need. The only thing they could not do is provide friendship.
The next several years of his life were spent being raised by robots. He would wake in the morning to a robotic nanny. A robotic chef would sit with him while he ate breakfast. His tutor and workout instructor were cold, impersonal robots. The ship itself was programmed to jump to an arbitrary dimension every 24 hours and Nathan was never allowed to leave the ship. He would see such amazing sights outside the windows, but never be able to visit or experience them. Lucy always promised to visit, but the Shadow people are not known for their commitment to family, especially the Natas Shadow's.
When Nathan was old enough to reason he tried to convince his mother through communication buoys, robotic couriers, and other impersonal means to let him at least off the ship for a couple hours. He never got a reply. The robotic messengers never returned and he was left to his own devices on the ship. His only friends were the servant's who had been with him since birth. They would talk for days on end about the joys of one day seeing the multiverse as brokers and the fabulous wealth they would inherit. Deep down though, Nathan did not want any of it. He just wanted to be another creature going from dimension to dimension reporting on the sights and experiencing the action. His shadow servants tried to reason with him, but it just turned into a big argument that never got resolved. In the end, they knew whatever Nathan decided, they were stuck with.
After one dimensional jump when Nathan was entering his teens, his ship was spotted by one of the Natas family rivals. Word quickly spread and in hours the ship was surrounded. The ships defenses fought off most attackers and the ones that got through were put down by Nathan's mother who was at the ship in seconds. She resolved to put Nathan in an even safer place for the next few years. The Natas family had a hideaway protected by magical and technological means that existed in it's own pocket dimension only Natas family could get to. Nathan begged and pleaded with his mother not to be hid away.
After much pleading, Lucy finally relented. She agreed to let Nathan attend a school with other children in a dimension rarely visited by life essence brokers. She did not send him alone though. On top of the shadow servants, she contracted some mercenaries who could keep watch on him at all times from an alternate dimension. In exchange, Nathan had to promise to not be careless and get too close to anyone. A life essence broker did not have close friends.Character Sheet:
STR 10(+0) DEX 12(+1) CON 10(+0) INT 16(+3) WIS 14(+2) CHA 12(+1)
Toughness 8*/0 Fort 6 Reflex 4 Will 9
Bluff +4(+5), Computers +3(+7), Diplomacy +5(+6), Gather Information +8(+11), Knowledge(School Happenings) +8(+11), Knowledge(Dimensions) +2(+5), Notice +7(+9), Profession(School Paper Journalist) +8(+10), Search +2(+5), Sense Motive +8(+10)
Attack Specialization(Shadow Minions) 3, Eidetic Memory, Luck 3, Well Informed, Connected, Contacts, Equipment 1
Shadow Creature traits
Shadow Jump: Teleport 4(400 ft normal, 1 mile full round; Flaws: Medium(Shadows); PF: Change Velocity, Change Direction)[6pp]
Shadow Sight: Super-Senses 2(Dark Vision)[2pp]
Shadow Broker Charisma: Enhanced Charmisa 2[2pp]
Shadow Guards: Protection 8(PF: Subtle 2)[10pp]
Minon Darkness: Obscure 8(Darkness Normal Vision, 250ft radius)[16pp pool + 5 AP = 21 pp]
AE Shadow Spies: ESP 4(All senses, 1 mile range) [16pp]
AE Shadow Strike: Strike 8(PF: Penetrating
AE Shadow Blast: Blast 8[16pp]
AE Shadow Bind: Snare 8[16pp]
AE Shadow Servants: Summon 4(60pp; Extras: Duration Continuous; PF: Progression 3 10 minions, Mental Link)[16pp]
Shadowy Form: Enhanced Defense 4 [8pp]
Shadow Translators: Comprehend 3(Speak and understand all languages)[6pp]
Shadow Bind +8 DC 18 Reflex
Shadow Strike +8 DC 23 Toughness
Shadow Blast +8 DC 23 Toughness
Cell Phone, Laptop, Tablet, Digital Audio Recorder, Camera
Hunted(Rival Life Essence Collectors): Rivals of his mother would like nothing better than to see him out of the way. Killing him would cause a war they would never win, so instead they want to kidnap him and use him as leverage against his mother.
Extremely Protective Servants(Shadow servants): If the shadow creatures assigned to Nathan feel his life is in danger or he is doing something stupid that will endanger his life, they will try and stop him in anyway they can.
Parental Pressure(Mother): He is being groomed, against his will and sometimes subconsciously, to take part in the family business. Sometimes he doesn't even know he is doing it due to the influence of his mother. For instance, he might feel the strong urge to try and make deals with other creatures that put them at a severe disadvantage.
Secret Crush(Sandy Webberburn): He has a secret crush on Sandy Wedderburn, the editor of the school paper. He doesn't quite know how to approach her and his shadow servants constantly discourage it. Personality:
Nathan is a reserved and cryptic teenager. He really wants to get close to others and develop deep bonds, but is hampered by his families trade. Often times he appears to be talking to himself, which makes even the more alien students think he is weird. His interest in journalism helps him gain access to places his strange personality would not allow and to gain some friends who mostly just want to use him for good mentions in the school paper. He is adept at judging what others want though and using it to gain their friendship, if even for a little while.Appearance:
He looks mostly human. His only non human feature is his black eyes which he often covers with sun glasses. Physically, he is average. Something that is disturbing though is his lack of a shadow. Light seems to hit him and just pass right through him. Classes:
Normal - Writing, Psychology, and Business
Para - Inter dimensional politics, secret history of the multiverse, and dimensional economics
Extra Curricular - School paperShadow Servants
They are echoes of the more specialized servants who carry out small tasks like scoping out an area, getting Nathans books while studying, serving as an early warning system, playing with him when he was alone on the ship, etc. To those who can penetrate their invisibility they look like shadows. Abilities
Str 0(-5) Dex 10(+0) Con 0(-5) Int 10(+0) Wis 10(+0) CHA 10(+0)Saves
Toughness 3, Fort -, Reflex 0, WIll 5Skills
Notice +10(+10), Search +10(+10)Powers
Insubstantial 4(Light Based Effects, Extras: Continuous, Flaws: Permanent)[20pp]
Immunity 30(Fortitude Effects)[30pp]
Move Object 3(Extras: Affect Substantial; Flaws: Concentration, Touch; PF: Subtle)[4pp]
Regeneration 10(+10 Bonus)[10pp]
Concealment 4(All Visual Senses; Extras: Continuous; Flaws: Blending, Permanent)[4pp]Combat
Abilities -20 + Saves 5 + Skills 5 + Feats 0 + Powers 75 + Combat 0 - Drawbacks 5 = 60pp