Skills: Acrobatics 3 (+8.), Athletics 6 (+11), Deception 9 (+9), Expertise [Nightlands] 6 (+6), Expertise [Survival] 7 (+8.), Insight 8 (+9), Intimidation 6 (+11), Perception 8 (+9), Stealth 4 (+9)
Advantages: All-Out Attack, Close Attack 4, Benefit [Bruiser-use Strength modifier for Intimidate checks], Diehard, Equipment, Great Endurance, Improved Disarm, Improved Feint, Improved Initiative, Improved Trip, Instant Up, Language [Base: English; Spanish], Power Attack, Prone Fighting, Redirect, Takedown, Weapon Bind
Powers: Body As Tough As Iron:
Immunity 4 [Disease, Environmental Cold, Environmental Heat, Poisons]
Impervious Toughness 5
Protection 7 (Extra: Impervious)
Enhanced Vision: Senses 3 [Darkvision, Low-Light Vision]
Super Strength: Enhanced Strength 4 (Flaw: Limited [Lifting Only])
Darkmetal Spear: (Easily Removable -6 pts) [10 pp]
Dark Enchantment: Feature 1 [Indestructible]
Unholy Edge: Strength-Based Damage 3 (Extra: Penetrating 8.); (Feat: Improved Critical 2, Reach 2)
Offense: Initiative +9
Melee Attack +8
Ranged Attack +5
Defense: Dodge +8
Equipment: Multi-Tool, Radio
-3 ep as found
Costs: Abilities 50+ Skills 19+ Advantages 20+ Powers 40+ Defenses 21= 150 pts.
Real Name: Rex Murphy
Weight: 200 lbs.
I’m Not Dead!: Because he’d been in the Nightlands for five years, Rex was declared legally dead. This can sometimes cause him problems.
Not From Around Here: For five years, Rex struggled to survive in a world that was harsher than anything he’d ever seen or heard of – the Nightlands. It’s a place where normal people are driven insane if they’re lucky and the rest simply end up dead before being there for too long.
Weakness: Ironside is vulnerable to magic/supernatural descriptors as any normal person, his Toughness versus magical attacks is not Impervious.
Background: Rex Murphy grew up like most kids in New York, running the streets but wasn’t a true problem child. Most of his arrest record comes from guilt by association, the bad friends he ran around with getting him into trouble.
Despite this Rex managed to stay out of jail and get regular jobs working construction, it was on the job that his powers manifested. Rex fell from the third story of a building he was working but when he hit the ground all that happened was a small crater in the ground and his clothes were ripped from where his coworkers had tried to hold onto him. Rex was fired from his job as the contractor didn’t want to deal with some of the anti-superhuman hate groups that inhabit New York and he was unable to find a job for several months having to settle for working as a janitor at a heat treating factory. They actually hired him because his powers left him less likely to be hurt on the job and he could work near the furnaces without any worry of any kind of burn injury.
It was while working there that Rex realized how the local neighborhoods hadn’t changed much since he had been a teenager and that the gangs were really worse than they had been when he was a teenager only a short five years before. Realizing that his powers allowed him to not have to worry about most weapons a street thug would carry Rex started to train himself in fighting so that he could handle himself in a fight without having to use weapons of any kind.
Several months later Rex set out on his first patrol, stopping a gang from robbing a liquor store, their bullets merely stopping upon contact with his body. This went on for the next six months until Rex stumbled upon a robbery at a museum involving a unique robber and an artifact said to be from Babylonian era. When the “normal” robber jumped from the third story window and landed on the street below and took off running with no injury Rex was left wondering who the hell he’d just dealt with.
Unfortunately for Rex the robber had killed a security guard during the robbery and Rex had been the only one seen by the other guards so as a result he was wanted for the murder. He quickly went about trying to locate the real murderer and after several days of questioning some of the local fences he was able get a lead to an antiques dealer in Chinatown. What Rex hadn’t been ready for was the fact that nothing in the dealer’s shop was what it had seemed; in reality the robber he had stopped was actually a minion for a group of demons who were attempting to invade Earth and that the antiques dealer was another one of their minions. In the ensuing fight the dealer revealed magical skills that he used to transport Rex to the lands the demon lords controlled.
Rex discovered that the demon lord’s lands were called the Nightlands and they had a strange relationship with Earth as they were a twisted mirror for everything and almost everyone there. Also the demon lords, called the Night Lords, were the total rulers with almost no impediments to their plans and that like the antique dealer they were steeped in magic. Rex also learned that his incredible resistance to injury wasn’t as good against mystical effects which almost led to his death in his first fight in the Nightlands, though he was able to survive, taking the weapons and gear of the minion he’d beaten. Rex spent several years in the Nightlands fighting against the Night Lords and their plans to invade Earth working with the meager resistance that there was of rogue doppelgangers, mystics and strange beings who called themselves the Nightbreed.
Rex eventually ended up getting sent back to Earth, though he still worked with the resistance as he was better suited to fighting against the invasion on Earth where the minions of the Night Lords were more likely to use Earth made equipment that he was more resistant to and were forced to disguise their true nature and had imposed limits on their natural abilities.
Rex has been to a hellish world and found the inner strength needed to face true evil and stand up in the defense of others. Even if nowadays he is believed to be dead after being away for over five years and he runs around with some of the strangest people he’s ever seen in his life, Rex knows that they are truly better heroes than he is; they look completely inhuman when they use their powers and still they push themselves to protect the world around them that would form mobs to kill them while he completely blends in with those people. And while the Resistance haven’t defeated the Night Lords yet, they still have a couple plans to finish and one last big raid to do back in the Nightlands and then hopefully after that Rex can try to put his life back together.
As I was going through my old gaming papers I found this character, another in a long line of early 90s gaming. All I was told was I was going to play a new kind of game that would be completely cool & new, so I rolled random and came up with Ironside. I thought it was a cool idea basically, Luke Cage with the invulnerability dial turned way up.
Then the story twist came & I was faced against monsters and minions that inflicted supernatural based damage that were able to get past my excellent defenses. It was a great game that I was lucky enough to play for almost two & a half years straight and all this time later the GM & I still talk about some of the things I said or did that kept us laughing or crying out over how lucky I was the dice liked me that day. Cause I’ll say this, I now understand why Superman doesn’t like dealing with mystical things since they’re one of the few things that can mess with him. It suucckkkks when most of your defense isn’t any good against that kind of thing and then you get stuck in a world full of it.
One of my other favorite memories was when a couple friends joined the game for a short while; one played the doppelganger of Jim Morrison (though like most doppelgangers he had mystic abilities) and a Nightbane whose other form was that of a “modern cenatuar” (in other words from the waist down he was a Harley-Davidson).