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Seattle superheroes, huh? I hope they have Immunity (Rain)!

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Excellent work so far Omega Girl. Please keep it coming! :D
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Aw, thanks guys. I'll try to keep up the good work

What's really slowing me down is illustrating every character.

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Crux, the Hungry Shadow

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Crux PL: 14 (277 pp)

"Tremble, soft and fleeting things of flesh.
For mountains crumble,
Seas dry,
The works of men slip from memory.
I stand vigil from the crux of shadows,
Ever watchful.
Only I am immortality.
And one day, you too shall bow to me."


ABILITIES: STR: 12 (+1) DEX: 8 (-1) CON: - (-) INT: 16 (+3) WIS: 26 (+8) CHA: 17 (+3)

SKILLS: Bluff (+3), Climb (+1), Concentration 8 (+16), Diplomacy 8 (+11), Disguise (+3), Escape Artist (-1), Gather Info 4 (+7), Handle Animal (+3), Intimidate 8 (+11), Arcane Lore 8 (+11), History 16 (+19), Theology and Philosophy 12 (+15), Notice (+8), Search (+3), Sense Motive 4 (+12), Stealth 8 (+7), Survival (+8), Swim (+1)

FEATS: Assessment, Equipment (3, headquarters), Leadership, Minions (12), Leadership, Ritualist

POWERS:
Ghostly Form
-Insubstantial 4 (Permanent, Innate)
-Immunity 33 (Aging, Critical Hits, Fort Saves)
-Concealment 2 (Normal Vision)
-Protection 12
-Super Senses 8 (Darkvision, Detect Ghosts [Ranged, Radius, Extended, Accurate])
-Flight 4 (100mph)

Comprehend 2 (Language, Flaw: Only languages spoken by locals)

Dimensional Pocket 6 (The Shaded Vale; see headquarters)
-AP: Super-Movement (Dimensional 2: The Shaded Veil and the Spirit Realm, Progression 10)

Drain Con 5 (Affects Corporeal, DC 15)

Pact Magic 14 (Wide Array, Affects Corporeal)
-DAP: Additional Limbs (Continuous)
-DAP: Confuse
-DAP: Emotion Control (Fear Only)
-DAP: Environmental Control (Cold)
-DAP: Illusion (all senses)
-DAP: Obscure (Visual and Audio)
-DAP: Telepathy

COMBAT: Attack +10 [Unarmed +1 (Bruise)] Defense 22 (16 flat-footed) Init -1

SAVES: Toughness 12 (12 flat-footed) Fortitude - Reflex +3 Will +14

DRAWBACKS:
-Disability (No Arms) - Uncommon, Moderate
-Power Loss (Pact Magic, During Daylight Hours) - Common, Minor
-Weakness (Direct Sunlight) - Common, Major
-Vulnerable (Silver Weapons) - Common, Moderate

Abilities 19 + Skills 19 (76 ranks) + Feats 19 + Powers 179 + Combat 44 + Saves 10 – Drawbacks -13 = 277


The being referred to as Crux has long been a part of Seattle's history. Witnesses report a midnight black funerary cloth circling the skies during the Great Seattle Fire. Even before that, the local Sammamish tribes passed on legends of the hungry shadow, the spirit wolf among sheep. What Crux is, and where it came from, are unknown, but its purpose are all too clear: This fell force wants nothing more than to transform the gloomy Northwest into a personal kingdom of the dead.

Seeing life as nothing but a transitory state, and even dead souls as little more than beasts of burden, Crux believes itself to be the crown king of an unloving feudal system, binding desperate or insane souls to its service and cause untold havoc among the living, leading to widespread chaos, death, and finally more restless spirits to enslave. As Crux can only bargain with lost souls on the anniversary of their death, his bids to seize the souls of powerful or famous locals are easy enough predict and are usually entangled within a complicated series of distractions and plots. The anniversaries of major disasters, both natural and man-made especially draw this reclusive spirit from his shadow realm.

The Hungry Shadow's first recorded appearance with true intent was during the WTO Protests. Earlier sightings of a similar being stretch back more than a century, but always as a quiet schemer in the shadows, and never in the bold, open bids for dominance that Crux has undertaken in the past decade. He seems to understand a variety of languages, any spoken by Seattle's ethnic populations, but has also been heard to mumble to himself in Tzotzil (Mayan), leading many of the Sound's mystic community to relate his increased aggressiveness with the approaching end of the Mayan calendar in 2013.

Crux's appearance has changed repeatedly over the centuries. According to ancient Sammaish myth, the hungry shadow was a gaunt, black wolf, emblazed with the eyes of the eagle who prowled like the winter wind. As Europeans came to call the Sound home, it's appearance gradually shifted, it's body becoming draped in funerary cloth like the proverbial reaper. Today, Crux continues reflect the preconceptions and superstitions of the area, a twisted blend of European, native, and Asian death beliefs vying for dominance. Though he lacks a physical body or limbs, he has the capacity to generate as many free-floating hands as he desires, and has no trouble seeing, hearing, or finding a voice.

Crux seems to be a manifestation, not of death, but rather the fear of death. As such, it reflects negative aspects like darkness, cold, loss, fear, and longing, and possesses a strange ability to control and generate such effects. It is clearly a spirit of some sort, passing easily through solid matter and proving impervious to environmental conditions. Perhaps most terrifying is its ability to enslave the ghosts of those who died alone or in pain. Backed by these contractually-bound dead, Crux can unleash devastating curses and reality-bending magicks that tear time and space asunder.

While it has a distinct and arrogant persona, Crux's motives are alien and unknowable. While it craves power and has little regard for life of any sort, Crux often expends tremendous resources to win the souls of seemingly innocuous mortals, and has been observed on more than one occasion to simply meander through the city or wilderness without aim. Still, many of its actions are plainly predictable. Crux seems to enjoy gloating, expresses all-too-human frustration over failure, and rarely misses an opportunity to prove its inherent superiority. It is insatiably curious, and will actively spare a captured opponent if it considers him to be hiding information.

Crux is one of Seattle's greatest threats. Ultimately, he seeks the death of every living thing within his influence, ideally a painful, sudden death that will leave thousands or even millions of restless souls for him to enslave. Beyond this immediate goal, he brokers for power in other ways, striking Faustian bargains with would-be mages, swaying the weak-willed into cults, and fomenting thoughts of rebellion and violence in undirected minds. Crux lies at the very center of the Pacific Northwest's web of shadows and magic, and even dips its fingers into traditional crime and violence when it believes doing so will lead to pain and death. Its plans may be as blatant as raising a zombie army to march on the city, or as subtle as pushing a simple gang of street punks to become a hardcore, violent operation.

The Hungry Shadow has little fear in combat: backed by dozens of spirits and its own unnatural gifts, it is more than a match for the average hero. It prefers to let it's minions handle the fight at first, sapping away the light and warmth from the area to give the dead an advantage, then flitting through the fight, draining life essence or physically battering opponents. Against a single enemy, it prefers to delve into their mind, using their own fears and insecurities to drive them mad and push them to suicide.

HEADQUARTERS:
The Shaded Vale
(15 ep)
Size: Awesome, Toughness: 15, Features: Concealed, Defense System, Holding Cells, Isolated, Library, Living Space, Power: ESP (visual)
The Shaded Veil is a place removed from the waking world of mortal men, but not quite within the spirit realm. Crux rules over this gray forest realm from an ever-shifting fortress at its heart. Old Salish tales speak of a cave hidden deep within the Cascades that lead to this dread realm of shadows and mists, but few who journey there ever return.

SPIRITS
When a human being passes while at peace, their soul is unencumbered and free to move on. But when they die angry, confused, or alone, their soul may cling fiercly to the world of the living. Caught in a world they don't belong to, these ghosts exist in torment, unable to understand the world around them. Most crave nothing more than to find their peace and move on, while the rest seek nothing but to pass on their pain they feel to anyone nearby. Crux offers these lost souls exactly what they need: a free pass to the hereafter in exchange for a term of uindentured servitude. The only proviso is that Crux can only recruit a lost soul on the anniversary of their death, and can bind them for no longer than six-score years.

These recruited souls are sometimes sent directly against opponents, serving as cannon fodder or (more often) spies, but they are far more likely to be used as fuel in any of Crux's profane rituals, animating corpses, cursing enemies, or clawing the light and warmth away from a room. Apply the following template to any of the support character archetypes in Chapter 11.

Restless Ghost Template (+68 pp, minus cost of Str and Con)
Attributes: Str and Con are reduced to 0
Powers: Concealment 2 (Visual, Continuous), Drain Con 2 (Affects Corporeal), Flight 2 (25mph), Immunity 30 (Fort saves), Insubstantial 4 (Permanant, Innate)
Saves: Will +3


Those fortunate few ghosts who feel nothing but fury are among Cryx's favorite recruits. Unlike the restless souls who serve as a means to an end, they serve voluntarily, and often indefinately. Furious spirits crave nothing but the violence that Crux empowers them to deliver, and are among his favorite minions. Their link to the deacon of demise gives them the strength they need to do more than just scare the living.

Furious Spirits prefer to strike their opponents physically rather than draining their vitality as a restless ghost might. They love the fear an unseen attacker generates. More than anything, though, they love to paralyze a victim, then leave them in a deadly environment to let them die slowly and helplessly.

Furious Spirit Template (+80 pp, minus cost of Str and Con)
Attributes: Str and Con are reduced to 0
Powers: Concealment 2 (Visual, Continuous), Drain Con 4 (Affects Corporeal, AP: Strike 4, Affects Corporeal, AP: Paralyze), Flight 3 (50mph), Immunity 30 (Fort saves), Insubstantial 4 (Permanant, Innate), Protection 4
Saves: Will +3

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I got to say, the drawings on these characters are great. Do you do them yourself?

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Crinos wrote:I got to say, the drawings on these characters are great. Do you do them yourself?
I do, actually. Thank you.

That's actually the reason the updates are coming a little slowly: I need to find more time during the week to finish my illustrations.

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My dear Omega Girl, a gaming polymath (Art and stats) may work at whatever pace pleases you! :wink:

Keep up the Good Work. :D
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Omega Girl wrote:
Crinos wrote:I got to say, the drawings on these characters are great. Do you do them yourself?
I do, actually. Thank you.

That's actually the reason the updates are coming a little slowly: I need to find more time during the week to finish my illustrations.
they're certainly worth the wait.

also, i'm enjoying the setting and looking forward to what else you come up with.

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As a fellow Puget-Soundite, I applaud your setting a superhero game in the area. Keep it up, it's some fun stuff!
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Dr. Mysterion wrote:As a fellow Puget-Soundite, I applaud your setting a superhero game in the area. Keep it up, it's some fun stuff!
Thanks.

It seems like, just as I was starting this project, suddenly everyone and their mother wanted artwork from me. Mind you, nobody wants to pay very much for said artwork, but they all want it, and since I have no other income, I have to run with it.

More is coming sooner or later. I've got Moonbeam statted and drawn; just waiting for a chance to color her, and then probably start delving into Seattle's tech side for a while.

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I really like the stuff you have come up with. I eagerly look forward to your next installment.

BTW.. I really like Crux... it/he/she is an interesting design.
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As a former Seattleite myself, I only have two things to say:

1) No building in the world deserves to be a superhero HQ more than the Space Needle

B) You had me at Drama Queen.

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fletch137 wrote:1) No building in the world deserves to be a superhero HQ more than the Space Needle
I thought so, too, but at the same time, can you imagine the media sh1tstorm that would kick up over that? Especially the third time it got blown up? For my campaign, at least, I decided it would be easier to make the headquarters a no-name building just south of Ballard. Of course, nothing is stopping you from converting the Needle over :D
fletch137 wrote:B) You had me at Drama Queen.
I'm only lacking a quality illustration for that one.

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Ha! I'm sure that lack can be remedied by an artist of your skill. :wink:

As to your Space Needle dilemma why not simply have the team construct their own, suitably super-heroic version of the Space Needle?
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