"Time for the bullies to be the ones who run in fear!"
Plant toxin-using vigilante
Base of Operations:
U.S. citizen with a criminal record
STR: 15 (+2) DEX: 16 (+3) CON: 18 (+4) INT: 19 (+4) WIS: 14 (+2) CHA: 14 (+2)
Toughness +8 (+7 flat-footed ) Fortitude +7 Reflex +7 Will +6
Acrobatics 4 (+7), Bluff 9 (+11), Climb 5 (+7), Concentration 4 (+6), Craft (chemical) 14 (+18), Craft (mechanical) 8 (+12), Diplomacy 5 (+7), Disable Device 8 (+12), Disguise 7 (+9), Drive 6 (+9), Escape Artist 7 (+10), Gather Information 7 (+9), Investigate 6 (+10), Knowledge (current events) 3 (+7), Knowledge (life sciences) 7 (+11), Knowledge (physical sciences) 12 (+16), Knowledge (tactics) 8 (+12), Knowledge (technology) 10 (+14), Language 2 (Base: English; Spanish), Medicine 8 (+10), Notice 7 (+9), Search 8 (+12), Sense Motive 8 (+10), Stealth 7 (+10)
Attack Specialization (unarmed) 2, Attack Specialization (throwing darts) 2, Dodge Focus 6, Endurance, Equipment 8, Evasion, Favored Opponent (bullies) 2, Immunity to Poison, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Throw, Improvised Tools, Inventor, Martial Strike 3, Precise Shot, Quick Draw [draw], Second Chance [Craft (chemical) check], Skill Mastery [Craft (chemical), Gather Information, Medicine, Sense Motive], Tae Kwan Do
[All-out Attack, Defensive Roll, Improved Block, Power Attack, Takedown Attack 2], Throwing Mastery, Uncanny Dodge (auditory)
Powers: Device 8
(Chemical arsenal, easy to lose)
-[Drain Dexterity 10
[Slow Fade 2 (1/5 minutes); Poison, Range-Ranged; Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1 pp]-Paralytic Toxin dart
Alternate Powers: Boost Strength 15
[Slow Fade (30 minutes);Action-Move, Total Fade;Tiring]-Adrenal Surge serum
[Autofire, Range-Ranged; Limited (non-living only)]-Acid dart flurry
[Range-Ranged; Limited (One change only-Males to females, -2 Str, +2 Dex);Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1pp]-"Rose" toxin darts
[Reversible, Sedation; Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1pp]-Sleep darts
[Range-Ranged, Penetrating; Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1pp]-Stinger dart
Drain Strength 10
[Slow Fade 2 (1/5 minutes; Poison, Range-Ranged; Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1pp]-Weakness toxin dart
Drain Constitution 10
[Reversible, Slow Fade 2 (1/5 minutes); Poison]-"Death blossom" toxin
[Range-Ranged; Reduced Range (5 range increments, -1pp]-Pain toxin dart
[Accurate; Regenerating]-Expanding gel spheres
Attack +8/+12 (unarmed)/+12 (throwing darts) Grapple +10 Damage +5 (unarmed)/varies (by chemical used) Defense +12 (+3 flat-footed) Knockback -4 Init +7
Throwing darts [+1 Damage; Piercing, Autofire; Improved Range 2; 5ep], Camo Armored Jumpsuit [+3 Toughness, urban camo (+5 Stealth checks in urban environments); 4ep], Specialized mask [Night vision goggles, flash goggles, gas mask; 3ep], Multi-tool [1ep], Portable chemicals lab [+2 Craft (chemical) checks; 1ep]
-[Size: Huge; Strength 40; Speed: 5; Defense: 8; Toughness: 14 (Impervious 5); Features: Communications, Computer, Concealed, Laboratory, Living Space, Security System, Workshop; 26ep]
Abilities 36 + Skills 39 (156 ranks) + Feats 43 + Powers 24 + Combat 28 + Saves 11=
A skilled hand-to-hand fighter and wielder of unusual throwing darts, he can force most saves and take down opponents of higher PL. His knowledge of tactics allows him to out-think many targets.
His personal training and study into chemicals and science, along with a natural knack for them, has made him one of the world experts in chemicals and plant-based toxins. Using his Inventor feat, he will almost always have 1 unusual chemical or toxin on-hand just incase.
Against groups he prefers to use unarmed combat, taking down the weaker opponents before targeting the stronger ones. He saves his "Death blossom" only if he intends to kill someone, only killers and those as bad will face this deadly toxin. His acid darts are designed with glass tips, breaking on contact and only melting non-living matter.
His "Rose" toxin is one of his more unique creations. He analyzed his original toxin and removed some elements from it, so it would only cause a short-term transformation and not mutate the subject any further.
Description of Powers:
While having no true powers of his own, Nightshade has an arsenal of gear and exotic toxins at his disposal. He is well-known for his plant-derived toxins and use of unusual chemicals, some of which the feds still haven't cracked how they were made.
Due to his extensive training, both self-taught and some while in military school for 5 years, he can attack in multiple ways and force his opponents to think of new tactics to take him on. He has developed an immunity to all poisons and toxins due to working closely with them for over 13 years and self-testing some of his inventions.
Making Friends and Enemies
Will grew up in a small town in The United States, having a normal life with his two parents, father, businessman and mother, nurse. Small for his age and picked on a lot for being smart, he turned inward for comfort and took to reading books. Even at a young age, he found chemistry and science to be interesting, finding he had a knack for understanding it. But even this didn't keep him from being picked on and bullied, as they targeted him in school and when he wasn't at home.
Roy Callman noticed how his son seemed to come home almost every day with rips and tears in his clothing. Concerned for his only son's safety, he enrolled him into a Tae Kwan Do class to teach him how to defend himself. At first Will didn't care for the lessons and kept to himself, til he made a friend in Cassie Marks. She was able to get him out of his shell and encouraged him to take the lessons more seriously. Finally having a reason to come to the classes, Will started to cheer up and even spent time with Cassie outside of the Tae Kwan Do classes.
Quickly becoming close friends, they found they had a lot in common as they both loved to read and were picked on for being smart. A couple of years later and both Will and Cassie were the two best students in the TKD class, yet they still had one big problem. Brandon Cook, a 15 year old who was 6'4" and incredibly strong, used his strength to bully and pick on those smarter than him. He especially loved to target Will and Cassie, going out of his way to mess with them.
Turning Point in Many Lives
But he finally crossed the line one day. As he was beating up on a 10 year old boy, Cassie and Will showed up and tried to subdue him but he fought dirty. Using a large tree branch, he proceeded to knock down Will from behind then repeatedly hit Cassie til she was unconscious and bleeding. Waking up in the hospital, Will had minor injuries but Cassie was in intensive care due to internal injuries. Since there were no witnesses to the attack except Cassie and Will, and Brandon had an alibi from his "friends", it was their word against Brandon's.
Enraged and frustrated, Will took to working on his own toxin to teach Brandon a lesson. Using mostly plant enzymes taken from the flowers in his mom's garden, he worked feverishly on his concoction. Cassie was doing okay, still in the hospital but healing and stable. Will visited her each day to check up on her condition, glad she was getting better and starting to rethink his plan for revenge on Brandon. One month finally pasted and Cassie was out of the hospital, still needing to rest some more before she could return to the Tae Kwan Do classes. Will was happy to be hanging out with his best friend again and was going to completely forgot about his plans for Brandon, thinking they would only get him in trouble. But that didn't last long, as things took a turn for the worse only a few days later.
As Cassie was heading home from the mall on her own, Brandon ambushed her to teach this girl a lesson for even thinking of standing up to him. Striking from behind, he hit her hard, knocking her to the ground where he then proceded to continuely beat her til she was unconscious and bleeding badly. Taking off, Brandon left Cassie there, not caring if she lived or died. One of the neighboors stumbled upon her and called an ambulance, Will showed up just before Cassie was taken away to the hospital. Using the last of her strength, she whispered to Will telling him it was Brandon who attacked her, then pasted out.
Going to the hospital with Cassie, Will waited for hours wondering about her condition as she was being checked out. Despite surgery being done, she had lost a lot of blood and internal injuries complicated things. Young Cassie Marks died that day, the injuries to her too severe considering she was still weakened from her previous attack. Will was enraged, as he told the police what Cassie said to him and they said there were no witnesses or evidence against Brandon again.
Point of No Return
Rushing home, Will got his toxin out and went to confront Brandon on his home turf. Brandon only laughed when Will confronted him, not seeing him as a threat anymore than Cassie was. He even thought it was funny to speak ill of the dead, bashing on Cassie. Will snapped and lunged at Brandon, injecting him with his toxin made to teach this psychopath a lesson. As Brandon shrugged off the stinging sensation in his arm, he started to have trouble seeing clearly and keeping his balance. Collapsing to the ground, he started to go into seizures and a neighboor who watched the whole scene called an ambulance.
Brandon was examined and in stable condition after a few hours, but in a deep coma which none of the doctors couldn't explain. Taken to court over his actions, the judge sentanced Will to military school since he was underaged and considering the circumstances of the attack. Shipped out a few days later, he was upset it had come to this and how he had lost his best friend. Justice didn't seem in sight for Cassie, nor for Will due to the legal system protecting such thugs as Brandon. So somehow he would have to do it himself.
Justice Has a New Name
At military school he played the part of a good student, learning all he could and keeping in line while secretly working on his own chemical concoctions. Finally having a growth spurt, he was no longer small for his age and by the time he turned 16 was 5'11". Developing his physical abilities and fighting skills, he was now almost as strong as he wsa smart. Graduating at the top of his class, he was sent home to his parents at the age of 18.
Things had changed in the area as new businesses showed up and old ones shut down. But one thing still hadn't changed, bullies still ran the area and picked on those weaker than them. Will remembered Cassie and what he had promised himself, enough was enough. He started making his own toxins and chemicals to scare these thugs straight, if that didn't work he would have to finish what he starts. Within one month of his return bullying in the area had all but disappeared, fear of whom the press had dubbed Nightshade kept them from messing with kids most of the time.
But soon feds were brought in, under the assumed belief this Nightshade character was a terrorist. Forced to flee, Will took his portible lab and van heading out on the road to find places where bullies were messing with kids. It didn't take long for him to end up in a California town with a group of organized thugs controlling the area. He tested out his new "Rose" toxin, an altered and safer version of his original toxin he used on Brandon. Within a month the thugs had moved on or were in the hospital still recovering, shocked by being turned into females. Although he had brought some peace to the area, the local law enforcement and feds were attempting his capture once again. Forced to move on, he knew he would find another place with bullies and thugs needing to be taken care of.
Now at the age of 25, Will has become imfamous as the vigilante Nightshade. Wanted all over, he has to hide his appearance when out as Nightshade to keep from being identified on sight. But he still believes what he is doing is right, stopping bullies and thugs like those who took his best friend from him all those years ago. Especially since his old enemy, Brandon Cook, was back and had somehow mutated into a green-skinned female and was calling herself Bloodthorn. This was one fight Brandon hoped he was ready for, so he could finally put Cassie's spirit at peace.
Will is an athletic Caucasian man who appears to be in his mid to late 20s. His dusty blond hair is worn short and he has stunning gray eyes. He almost always dresses in an armored jumpsuit, black and designed to blend into the shadows, with many of his gear secured to it. He has a portable chemicals lab which he carries around in a backpack with him on missions/jobs.
He still has his simple, large deep blue van, used as a movable base and lab to work out of. He has armor-plated the interior and has a bullet-proof winshield tinted dark to hide his appearance.