"While your computer's crashin', mine's multitaskin'
It does all my work without me even askin'
Got a flat-screen monitor forty inches wide
I believe that yours says "Etch-A-Sketch" on the side
In a 32-bit world, you're a 2-bit user
You've got your own newsgroup, "alt.total-loser"
~Weird Al Yankovic.
Edwin Ferguson / Pentium
PL: 8 (120pp)
STR: 10 (+0) DEX: 10 (+0) CON: -- (+0) INT: 26 (+8) WIS: 14 (+2) CHA: 10 (+0)
Computers 12 (+20), Craft [Mechanical] 8 (+16), Craft [Electrical] 8 (+16), Disable Devices 8 (+16), Gather Information 8 (+8), Knowledge [Technology] 12 (+20), Search 8 (+16)
Eidetic Memory, Equipment, Inventor, Master Plan, Speed of Thought
Comprehend 5 (Code, Languages [Speak and Understand all Languages at Once], Electronics, 10pp), Data Link 10 (Power Feats: Cyberspace; Alternate Powers: Machine Control, Deflect Weapons, Transmit; 14pp), Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects; 30pp), Morph 2 (Cyber Heroes; Flaw: Only when in Cyberspace; Power Feat: Metamorph; 2pp), Quickness 12 (Flaw: Mental Quickness [-1]; 6pp)
Attack +4 [Unarmed +0] Defense 14 (12 flat-footed) Init +8
Toughness +0 (0 flat-footed) Fortitude +NA Reflex +3 Will +10
Masterwork Notebook Computer [2ep], Multi-Tool [1ep], Cell Phone [1ep], Digital Camera [1ep]
Cost: Abilities 10 + Skills 16 (64 Ranks) + Feats 5 + Powers 62 + Combat 16 + Saves 11 – Drawbacks 0 = 120pp
"Play me online? Well, you know that I'll beat you
If I ever meet you I'll control-alt-delete you."
~Weird Al Yankovic.
Soul_Rippa02 – Cyberspace Persona
PL: 8 (120pp)
Abilities: STR: 16 (+3) DEX: 16 (+3) CON: 16 (+3) INT: 26 (+8) WIS: 14 (+2) CHA: 10 (+0)
Skills: Acrobatics 12 (+15), Computers 12 (+20), Sense Motive 8 (+10), Stealth 8 (+11)
Feats: Accurate Attack, All-Out Attack, Attack Focus [Melee] (7), Cyber Ritualist, Dodge Focus (4), Eidetic Memory, Master Plan, Power Attack, Speed of Thought, Takedown Attack
Powers: Device 4 [Viral Blade – Blast 8 (Power Feats: Accurate (3); Alternate Power: Corrosion 4 (Power Feats: Mighty, Improved Critical x2) 12pp], Device 4 [Cyber Samurai Armor – Protection 5 (Extra: Impervious), Super Speed 2 (Wall Run); 16pp], Super Senses 1 (Danger Sense [Hearing]; 1pp)
Combat: Attack +2 (+9 Melee, +8 Data Storm)[Unarmed +3, Viral Blade +7; 18-20 Crit, Data Storm +8] Defense 18 (12 flat-footed) Init +16
Saves: Toughness +8 (5 Impervious)(8 flat-footed) Fortitude +3 Reflex +6 Will +10
Cost: Abilities 38 + Skills 10 (40 Ranks) + Feats 20 + Powers 29 + Combat 12 + Saves 11 – Drawbacks 0 = 120pp
Edwin Ferguson didn’t have a normal child hood. Then again what state of the art piece of artificial intelligence does? Janet Ferguson, former robotics researcher at ASTRO labs, and current high-tech prosthetics designer for the Grant Conglomerate, built Edwin in 1990 after her husband Kevin died in a freak car accident.
The original body for Edwin resembled a baby, though it could not pass for living. Every single year Janet upgraded the android’s programming, and transferred it’s mind into a slightly more advanced body. Over the next several years Edwin became indistinguishable from any other normal child of comparative age. One thing that Edwin never had however, was comparative intelligence. He learned to speak within a week of being brought online, and after a mere ten years Edwin had adapted his own programming to translate any code, language, or even electrical surges into easily understood information. The android boy also showed an uncanny understanding of computers, and any matter of mechanical devices. He even went as far as to make requests as to future upgrades convincing his mother to making him his own wireless network as a birthday present.
Janet was beginning to fear that she was losing her son, with his intelligence he’d be in college before he reached his twelfth birthday. But a perky pink haired girl soon approached her. This girl, who called herself Gimmick, claimed to represent a school for gifted children that was interested in recruiting Edwin to evolve his unique talents for the betterment of mankind. Janet was wary at first, but when the girl revealed herself to be a bio-android Janet realized that this school could provide Edwin the opportunity for social growth his intelligence always denied him.
Edwin has attended the Claremont Academy for the past two years where he has appeared to under achieve, acing his classes, but taking no interest in the super heroics that enthralled many of the students. Headmaster Summers was originally worried about the android boy, but after his first year Summers discovered the truth. A computer virus that had locked down a dozen downtown Freedom City ATMs was traced to Edwin. Summers was naturally angry, but he saw the young man’s potential. Since then Edwin has received personal counseling from Gimmick, both to expand his skills and teach him the importance of ethics.
In the past two years Edwin has channeled his energy in new ways. First he’s developed a huge crush on Gimmick, imagining her as the only person that could possibly understand him. Also his once malicious computer antics have taken on a new dimension. No longer does he destroy systems, instead he breaks in and makes improvements. Naturally his idea of an improvement may not always be in line with that of the systems’ owners. For example, he recently hacked onto a server of the online RPG Heroes of the Freedom League (the officially licensed Freedom League computer game!) and decided the game was too predictable. He used his skill with computers to change the core Freedom League members into their Tyranny Syndicate counterparts. While this caused massive chaos on the server, those who fought and survived remember it as the best, most intense week that anyone had every played in the game. The company was furious and administrators tried to reverse the effect before Edwin had finished his event. However computer programs set up to stop him stand little chance. Because in cyberspace the quiet Edwin Ferguson is Soul_Rippa02, an unstoppable cyber samurai whose viral blade destroys other programs and barriers as though they were paper.
Since he’s arrived at the Claremont Academy Edwin has only met one significant challenge, The Freebooter. The two met when they both approached the same system. The two fought, and in the end Freebooter’s Techno Pirate easily defeated Edwin’s Cyber Samurai. This turn of events may yet make a hero out of Edwin as he now spends a lot of free time trying to track down and thwart the Freebooter’s cyber terrorism. Though few outside the net are aware of it, the war being waged by these two master hackers may well shape the future of the internet.