Thanks for the comment, Mike. Wish more people would comment on the back stories for the characters as well. I tend to write them up first and design the build based upon the details of the back story.
And now here is a character I made for an online M&M campaign MDSnowman and White Howler are setting up. Did the whole back story before even spending one point on his stats.
"Mind over matter, I'm going to change the matter of that gun and don't care if you mind."
Quantum mechanics-based transmutor
Former professor of physics at Freedom University, adventurer
Base of Operations:
U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Protecting the Innocent
Enemy [varied], Prejudice [in scientific community as a crackpot], Secret [identity]
STR: 14 (+2) DEX: 14 (+2) CON: 14 (+2) INT: 28 (+9) WIS: 14 (+2) CHA: 14 (+2)
Toughness +10 (+7 flat-footed) Fortitude +5 Reflex +6 Will +12
Computers 5 (+14), Concentration 12 (+14), Craft [chemical] 5 (+14), Craft [electronic] 5 (+14), Disable Device 5 (+14), Knowledge [physical sciences] 14 (+23), Knowledge [technology] 6 (+15), Notice 10 (+12), Profession [research scientist] 7 (+9), Search 12 (+21), Sense Motive 7 (+9)
Defensive Roll 3, Dodge Focus 8, Eidetic Memory, Equipment 2, Fighting Styles
[Karate, Swordfighting: Accurate Attack, All-out Attack, Attack Focus [melee], Attack Specialization [katana] 2, Defensive Attack, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Instant Up, Power Attack], Improved Sunder, Lightning Calculator, Sneak Attack 2, Takedown Attack, Uncanny Dodge [visual]
[Continous Duration; Knowledge [physical sciences] check required; Power Feats: Accurate 3, Quick Change 2], Katana Damage
[Penetrating 6], Device 1
[specialized armored jumpsuit, hard-to-lose; Resistricted 1 [Only those with Transmutation power]
Specialized armored jumpsuit
Attack +7/+8 [melee]/+12 [katana]/+12 [Transmutation] Grapple +9 Damage +2 [unarmed]/+6 [katana, Penetrating]/+9 [katana sneak attack]/varies [Transmutation effects] Defense +12 (+2 flat-footed) Knockback -5 Init +6
Katana [+4 Damage, Mighty; 5ep], Camera phone [2ep], Masterwork laptop computer [2ep], Multi-tool [1ep]
Abilities 38 + Skills 22 (88 ranks) + Feats 30 + Powers 66 + Combat 22 + Saves 17=
Feel free to find creative uses for his transmutation power, including bonding clothes to other objects, etc. He is known for using this power with an inventive mind. Although his Knowledge [physical sciences] skill is so high, he still must make the check and can fail on a roll of 1. It is included as it is a part of the power concept and not as a points break. If someone else were to learn how to transmute matter like Lucas can, they would have the same Flaw built into the power.
His feats represent his natural abilities, trained abilities and combat skills he has learned. Never underestimate the value of any of them, even his Lightning Calculator which he uses to do the calculations in his mind for transmutation.
He is fairly focused in the ares he specializes in, try to expand on these with future power points. Such as becoming more skill in karate, katana fighting or alternate powers for Transmutation.
Description of Powers:
Due to cracking the formulas of quantum mechanics, he has figured out how to manipulate non-living matter and energy by force of will alone. This takes concentration to use as he focuses on the formulas used to rearrange matter and energy. With this he can change the shape, form and elemental composition of non-living matter. He can't inflict direct damage with this power, but can create many indirect effects by transforming the materials around a living target.
He has learned how to focus the transmutative energy through his katana so it can cut through even imprevious substances/targets. He has even created a tough armored jumpsuit which is still highly flexible, worn as his costume when working as Transformer.
The Beginning of a Weird Interest
Lucas was obviously a genius from a young age, showing at interesting in how things worked. By the age 5 years old he had already read many books on physics and other forms of scientific study in his efforts to learn how everything worked. He was developing too quickly for the public schools, being sent to a private school in the area for gifted children. He was so engrossed in his studies and learning all he could at the school library he often missed school functions. Considered an outsider by most of the other students, Lucas grew up keeping to himself most of the time and was considered anti-social.
His main area of interest, physics, intregued him the most. He loved to find out how objects moved, how things could fly and how the world worked. This expanded in time to the study of quantum mechanics, an area he believe could truely answer all of his questions about the world and how things worked. He even found some references online of a possible link between quantum mechanics and the ancient science of alchemy. Most either gave up on the study of it or considered it too far out there to be possible. At the age of 15 years old, young Lucas considered this the perfect challenge which he couldn't pass down.
Hired on at the age of 16 as an intern at one of the less reknown labs in Freedom City, he went to work on projects mostly as a "gopher" for the older scientists. Still, this left him time to read all of the research at the lab, furthering his understanding in many areas he couldn't find at local libraries or even the most obscure of online sites on the matter. Going to collage with the lab funding his further education, Lucas aced his classes with ease and kept to his own private research most of the time. 5 years flashed by and Lucas had become one of the more respected scientist at the lab.
Crazy Theories Lead to A New Life
His research was more closely regarded now by the owners of the lab, they considered his work to be cutting edge. But soon light of his private research came out, his theory that alchemy was just an ancient form of quantum mechanics which has been lost was what ruined him. Considered a crackpot and too unstable to continue working on such sensitive projects, he was fired and all funding he had for projects outside of the lab were cut off.
At first he was afraid of not finding a new job, til he found an opening at Freedom University for a physics professor. He had the credentials required and after an interview was hired on within the week. Although not as exciting as his work at the lab, Lucas loved his job and took joy in seeing his students learn. Many who seemed bored at first with the class were soon draw in by Lucas's hands on style of teaching. Doing physics demonstrations, he showed them things which most other teachers would expect them to learn about in a book.
But Luca's passion still drove him onward, as he continued his own research into the connection between alchemy and quantum mechanics. He would have been driven insane had it not been for his own unique way of thinking about things which kept him going. 4 years of teaching at the university and Lucas finally had a breakthrough in his research. There was a code hidden in quantum mechanics which revealed a hidden truth of the universe itself. Matter and energy itself were affected by human will, minor things like retro-pychokinesis and spoon bending gave proof of this.
By knowing the correct quantum mechanics formulas, anyone could affect matter and energy by force of will alone and cause them to reshape and alter. Most people didn't know how to affect this on a conscious level and the knowledge had been lost ages ago. Now Lucas had rediscoverd this secret knowledge and began to practice using it.
Destiny Drives Onward
It took him several months of practice and study to be able to focus his will to reshape matter and change energy. Finally he was confident enough in his control over matter and energy he went before the University board to present hs findings. The second he mentioned alchemy they silenced him, refusing to hear anymore of his claims. They falsely claimed he had used university funds for his own private research and fired him on the spot. As Lucas stormed out of the board room in a huff he lashed out, turning the gold watches of several members there into lead.
Lucas was out of a job once again because of his theories and this time he had proof yet no one would listen. Angry and without a job, he had some money set aside and was able to stay in his apartment for the remainder of the month at least. He thought long and hard about what to do to make some money. The idea of turning lead into gold and making a mint wandered through his mind for days. But his own morals and stories of what happened to alchemists in the past being destroyed by greed drove this idea from his head.
Looking through the want ads, he was able to find an opening at a repair shop for an apprentice. The old owner of the shop was skilled at repairing almost anything, but there were some pieces that laid for days untouched. Lucas discretely used his powers to repair these items and believed he was just a gifted young man. Able to maintain work at the repair shop, it was almost a year and he was happy once again with his life. The old store owner even let him take care of the store on his own somedays. It was a day where the store owner was watching the front desk that Fate would intervene in Lucas's life once again.
Bad Luck, Hero Needs More Training
An armed robber in a black mask came into the store, demanding the money and any valueables in the store at gunpoint. Lucas was in the backroom and hadn't been noticed just yet. Acting quickly, he used his power over matter to transform the gun into a toy squirtgun. As the robber tried to make a run for it the police showed up, placing him under arrest as he had robbed two other stores in the area. Reverting the gun back to normal, Lucas stayed in the backroom and tried to remain unnoticed.
But the old store owner had seen the glow from Lucas's eyes as the gun was changed. Freaked out and scared of what Lucas could do, he thanked Lucas for saving his life but asked him to never come back as he could draw more criminals there if they knew what he could do. Distraught but understanding about the matter, Lucas had saved up most of the money he had made in the last year incase of something like this happening again.
Lucas had liked saving someone's life though, deciding to try being a superhero for a living. He changed some junk into valueable items, selling them to support himself while setting up a secret identity. Turning some old clothes into a black with silver streaks fullbody costume and making a mask to cover the top half of his face, he adopted the codename of Transformer. Setting out to be a hero, he found the villanous robot Talos on a rampage and keeping the police at bay.
Trying to transform the bronze giant, he found that Talos was too resistant to his powers to change. Getting creative to at least slow down the giant's rampage, Lucas turned the street underneath Talos into rubber. Then making a titanium cage form out of the dust particles in the air, he hoped all of this would slow down Talos for at least a little while. But that wasn't the case, as the bronze giant ripped the cage open and walked on the rubber road without bouncing even a little, too heavy to be affected.
As it seemed all was lost for the new hero and he would be killed on his first adventure, the Freedom League arrived! Even the few seconds he had slowed Talos down had saved Lucas's life, as the bronze giant was quickly subdued by the combined might of the Freedom League. Lucas didn't stay around to see what happened, he reverted what he had changed and booked it out of the area before anyone could identify him.
Testing His Mettle
Lucas realized after that encounter that his powers alone wouldn't cut it, he needed to be able to hold his own in a fight. He found a local karate class and began his training with dilegence. For months he worked through blood, sweat and tears to become a skilled fighter. Even his sensei was shocked at the progress he had made in such a short amount of time, he even displayed a natural aptitude with the katana. With some testing he found he could focus his powers through his katana blade to slice through even the most dense of substances.
Feeling he was finally up to the task of being a true hero, Lucas set out on the streets once again as Transformer. Taking out some thugs and low-level crooks was no big deal, it would be his true debute as a superhero to the public which tested his mettle. Toy Boy was attacking the city in a giant mech, trying to prove he was better than Doc Otaku once again. Turning the street beneath the giant mech into jello it quickly sank into the goop. Slashing the legs of the mech with his katana, Transformer was able to disable it from moving and climbing up its side to the head. Inside Toy Boy was trying everything to regain control over his mech, only to find the controls turned to slag and the mech completely disabled.
Placed under arrest, Lucas was able to announce his name to the press which showed up. Since that day he has worked to not only continue to stop normal thugs and crooks but supervillains as well. Facing the likes of the Power Corps, agents of S.H.A.D.O.W., and even Doc Otaku himself, he held his own against all of them. He was making a name for himself finally, hoping that the Freedom League might even call on him for help sometimes.
Lucas is around average in height and build for a man his age (27 years old). He has a lean muscle tone (150 lbs.) with a fair height (5'10"). His eyes are gray but gleem with a spark of life, while he keeps his black hair trimed and neat. He has a few minor burn scars along his arms from working with dangerous chemicals and energies for years. He likes to keep himself clean shaven and present the look of a confident man.
He tends to wear simple outfits in his civilain identity, including jeans, tee-shirts and tennis shoes. In his identity as Transformer he changes his normal clothing into a black with silver streaks fullbody costume, including forming a black mask for the top half of his face. He can be seen wielding his katana in this identity and it seems to be made of a silver-blueish metal.