MDSnowman (PL 11)
STR: 14 (+2) DEX: 10 (+0) CON: 14 (+2) INT: 16 (+3) WIS: 12 (+1) CHA: 10 (+0)
Bluff 10 (+10/+13), Craft [Creative] 4 (+7), Computers 8 (+11), Diplomacy 8 (+8), Drive 4 (+4), Knowledge [Pop Culture] 10 (+13), Notice 4 (+5), Sense Motive 8 (+9)
Accurate Attack, Attack Specialization [Cold] (3), Benefit [Use Intelligence on Taunt Checks], Sidekick [White Howler
] (30), Move-by Action, Power Attack, Taunt
Cold Control 14 (Dynamic; Extra: Wide Array [+1]; Dynamic Alternate Powers: Environmental Control [Distraction, Hamper Movement], Blast, Obscure, Corrosion, Protection (Flaw: Duration – Sustained), Strike, Flight (Flaw: Platform), Shield; 59pp), Immunity 5 (Cold Descriptor; 5pp), Super Senses 1 (Mental Link – White Howler; 1pp)
Attack +2 (+8 w/ Cold) [Unarmed +2] Defense 16 (13 flat-footed) Init +0
Toughness +2 (2 flat-footed) Fortitude +7 Reflex +2 Will +10
Abilities 16 + Skills 14 (56 Ranks) + Feats 38 + Powers 65 + Combat 16 + Saves 16 – Drawbacks 0 = 165pp
Complications: Responsibility (Family), Responsibility (White Howler), Accident (Klutzy), Reputation (Surly Character Converter)
South of the Adironack mountains in central New York State winter can be vicious. No one knows this better than Matthew Snow, a native of the region he always boasted to his friends that he could withstand the cold far better than any of them. This boast was put to the test when his 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport’s car battery died on a routine trip from Syracuse to his home in Waterville. Stranded on the back roads outside of Syracuse his cell phone died. Alone, and without a coat he was forced to walk twenty miles during a noreaster in an attempt to reach the next town.
When he reached town and was able to call for help he was discovered to be in surprisingly good physical condition. However he quickly fell unconscious upon finding civilization and remained in a coma for three days before awaking. When he did everyone around him remarked at how much colder it seemed to be in the same room as him than elsewhere in the same house. Matt did not notice these temperature changes, what he did notice is that when his computer began to malfunction three weeks later the gentle swat he gave the CPU froze the piece of plastic solid, and it crumbled under the weight of the book he’d placed on it earlier.
A true geek at heart Matt was thrilled. He had super powers, some training taught him that he could lower the temperature of a wide area, icing it over, or filling it with snow and wind. He could focus that power and flash freeze anything that he touched. This proved to be devastating as he could easily destroy even reinforced metals with the lightest touch.
Donning a custom blue mask and a collection of his favorite blue clothing he embarked on a career as a hero. Over the course of a few weeks the city of Syracuse had several murders averted by The Snowman. He would freeze foes in place or cause them to slide into tight places where they could not escape.
Syracuse was alight of news of their newest Superhero… until they actually saw him in action. The first video footage of the Snowman fighting evil had Matt wearing a pair of jeans, a baggy blue shirt, and a Boston Red Sox T-shirt. The murmurs began soon afterward, the Yankee fans of the city immediately denounced him, while super hero fundamentalists decried his lack of a “proper” costume. The local papers began to run more and more scathing critiques of his super heroic works.
The final straw came on April 1st of 2003 when the teen villain Black Diamond attacked the Carrier Dome while Syracuse University was playing for the NCAA Basketball Championship in Louisiana and thousands of students were watching the game via jumbo-tron at the Carrier Dome. As an S.U. student The Snowman appeared quickly and began to battle against Black Diamond on the basketball court while those students looked on. Unfortunately Black Diamond’s suit protected him from The Snowman’s cold-based powers. With little left to fall back on The Snowman took an epic beating trying to protect the screaming crowd. In the end Black Diamond managed to destroy the carrier dome’s roof while The Snowman held onto the villain’s flying Snowboard for dear life, but was dropped in the middle of the campus. The fall knocked him unconscious and his powers operated on their own, blanketing Syracuse in snow on April Fool’s day.
The media was vicious, they blamed him for the damage to the Carrier Dome, and for the tens of thousands of dollars in money it cost the city to plow all that snow. Some even speculated that Snowman was working in league with Black Diamond. Afraid of being handed another bill he couldn’t afford Snowman reluctantly hung up his mask. He instead focused on his education.
Two and a half years later the man that was Snowman was largely broken, trudging through a graduate school he was less than thrilled about and scrapping together just enough money to survive. He’d taken to using his free time to write about other super heroes using the Mutants and Mastermind’s system. He was so single minded at this that he achieved, what he called “The Lowest Rung of Internet Celebrity”.
This tiny bit of internet celebrity would eventually change his life. Little did he know that another person with meta human powers followed his work. She was White Howler, the telekinetically powered paragon from Georgia enjoyed Snowman’s internet work and extended her friendship. Her timing turned out to be good as a weary Snowman told her about the various woes in his life. She just smiled and assured him that things would be all right. The funny thing was, he believed her.
The two quickly became fast friends and allies, White Howler even declared herself Snowman’s sidekick. Snowman would later joke that his lack of action made for it being a boring job, little did he know that his sidekick had plans of her own. She took to fighting crime on her own, Snowman, feeling responsible for her followed her into action. This became a pattern between the two of them and eventually White Howler had nudged her favorite hero back into the business. He changed his code name to MDSnowman, and now he fights all manner of evil by his sidekick’s side, and this time around he’s enjoying the experience of doing the right thing with his powers.