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Belial666 wrote:Before I start looking over builds, here are a few things you should know;
As your power flavor/type you can choose creatures that are dark and/or undead. Something with an icky death factor that will be a complication. Like, sirens and lamias are hot but they also eat people. Vamps are more World of Darkness than Twilight Saga. Ghouls eat flesh - and aren't particular about where they find it. Banshees are scary and cause death. Wraiths are in style in Mordor for a reason. Basically, find a dark creature myth for inspiration and run with it.
This does not mean the creature you are has to be obvious. You can have a perfectly human-looking character who is actually a flesh-eating ghoul or a destruction-feeding bloodfiend.
I'm gonna point this out again since I am seeing a lot of high scores; an average score is 0 for humans. Each point above that means an effective doubling in that ability, especially flavor-wise. A strength score of 3 for example is already olympic competition level and a stamina score of 3 means you can take hits by joe average the axe-wielder as well as he can take punches. One of the reasons you guys find the PL4 points too few is that you get multiple above-average abilities. And I've yet to see any ability penalties i.e. the strong guy with below average intellect or the homecoming queen with lower than normal awareness. And please, no inhumanly high scores.
It is a good idea to have at least a rank in the Equipment advantage. Bedroll, rations, a flashlight, a smartphone are good things to have in a zombie apocalypse - or when you're in an island resort where you supposedly go to see tropical island wildlife up close. A fireaxe or a gun can be even better.
Character Name: Jessica Stark
Weight: 115 lbs.
PL 4 (60 PP)
Abilities: 10 PP
Melee Attack: +2
Range Attack: +4 Light One handed Firearms
Defence: 10 PP
Skills: 25 PP
Acrobatics (AGL) +4
Athletics (STR) -1+4=+3
Deception (PRE) +5
Expertise (AWE) [Journalism] 2+4=6
Insight (AWE) 2+4=6
Investigation (INT) +5
Perception (AWE) 2+4=6
Persuasion (PRE) +5
Ranged Combat (DEX) [Light One handed Firearms] +4
Slight of Hand (DEX) +5
Stealth (AGL) +4
Treatment (INT) +4
Vehicles (DEX) +4
Powers: 0 PP
Advantages: 15 PP
Defensive Roll 4
Water-proof Matches [1 EP]
Canteen and Water Purifying Tablets [1 EP]
First-aid Kit [1 EP]
Audio Recorder [1 EP]
Camera [1 EP] with Telescopic Lense(Senses: Extended Vision) [1 EP]
Smart Phone [2 EP]
Flashlight [1 EP]
Multi-tool [1 EP]
Light Pistol (3 Dmg, Ranged, Crit 20) [3 EP]
Pepper Spray (4 Dmg, Close Combat, No Crit) [2 EP]
Crowbar (Strength Based Damage: 3 Dmg - 1 Str = 2 Dmg, Crit 20) [2 EP]
Perfect Shot: Jessica loves photography, it is her one true passion in the world. She still photographs everything and everyone. She is willing to risk it all for the perfect photo.
Gone to her Head: The fame, the money and adoration Jessica recieved from her big story sent her to cloud nine, and made her feel like a big shot. She bought an expensive house, and an expensive sports car, and she lived a life of luxury, expecting to get another big break. But that break never came. The money ran out, and she lost the car and house. Now with every year that passes without another big story, the more and more she realises she is no longer important, and people have moved onto bigger and better things. This drives her to take greater and greater risks to try and recapture the wonderful feeling she had, and give her a rich life style once more.
Fear of Snakes, Spiders, and other Creepy Crawlers: Jessica hates these things, and has to make a will check to be able to touch or even be near such things. This means she may scream in terror is she spots things like rats.
Jessica grew up in a fairly small town, with a normal family, her father worked at factory, her mother worked at the library. Jessica however did not get along well with the other children, she loved using her mother's camera to take photos, which she discovered, had a natural talent for. She had more joy talking photos of other children playing than actually playing herself.
She photographed everything, and everyone in her life. She joined the high school yearbook committee, and school newspaper just so she could photograph everything at school. A requirement for being on the newspaper was she also had to write articles. She quickly discovered she had a talent for digging up juicy scoops.
Jessica was called weird, and odd, but it never bothered her. When she got old enough to leave town, she left with only a back pack and a camera. She made her way California where she made a living as a paparazzi until she caught her big break. Jessica happened across a police officer accepting a bribe from some drug dealers.
With careful investigation, she soon realised the corruption ran deep within the one precinct. She quickly found out through various information sources that there was rumours of connections with the Russia mobster. Realising the danger of what she was doing, Jessica began taking a self defence course. She even purchased a small firearm and took lessons on how to use it.
Over the next two years she slowly built a solid case against them, using her paparazzi money to grease wheels for documents.
When she was satisfied she had enough dirt on every cop in the precinct to put the mall away, she brought it to the largest newspaper in he city. Over night, Jessica Stark became world renown, and more than three dozen arrests were made.
Jessica won several Journalism awards that year for her work. Since then however she has had little luck, and has only be able to get small stories.
She heard a rumour that the current President was having an affair at a tropical resort, and with nothing else on her plate, she hoped a plane to see if she could catch him in the act.