Real Name: Adonis Michelle Skraag
Aliases: Acrimony, Armistice
Height / Weight: 6' / 180 lbs.
Hair / Eyes: Blonde / Blue
Place of Birth: Philadelphia Pennsylvania (May 14, 1989)
First Appearance: New Vindicators #1
Relationships: Arthur Skraag (father), Denise Skraag (mother), Chienne Bedford (ex-girlfriend), Alicia Gladstone (lover), Emily Stewart (daughter), Magnus Loder (rival), Cassandra Goodman (ex-girlfriend), Laura Geraldo (girlfriend)
Physical Description: No one is really sure what Adonis looks like as everyone gives a different description of him. Those attracted to tall, dark men describe him as tall and dark; gentlemen prefer blondes and to those individuals, Adonis is described as having blonde hair. Those attracted to body art / piercings claim that the man is covered in them while those with an affinity for Asians perceive him to be of Japanese descent.
In reality, Adonis has a shaggy mop of blonde hair that hangs to his jaw line. A meticulous groomer, Adonis is almost always clean shaven. Adonis typically wears a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled lower over his face, so that only his mouth is visible.
Biography: Adonis Michelle Skraag was born to Arthur and Denise Skraag in Philadelphia, where the Skraags lived comfortably until Arthur’s role as a high-demand attorney moved the family to Manhattan.
It was there that all of Adonis’ troubles began, when in the second grade, he laid eyes on Chienne Bedford. Even at a young age the boy was a hopeless romantic who imagined that his and her fates were irreversibly intertwined. The two were best friends for years- the Skraags evoked a measure of high society that resonated with the Bedfords- Arthur Skraag even belonged to the same firm Amy Bedford did.
Despite his incredible intellect, the young protégé was a shy young man and incapable of truly telling Chienne how he felt about her. As such, he watched as their relationship evolved when her older brother was killed by a Neo-Sapien- John Olsen, a pyrokinetic unable to fully control his powers.
Adonis watched as Chienne sacrificed their relationship- using it as a component in her transfiguration. Almost overnight she began a new person… and Adonis lacked the strength to tell her he wanted the old her back… and he wanted her in his life.
As the pair drifted through high school they drifted further and further apart, until their senior year when Chienne and her long-term boyfriend Jack suffered a very public breakup. Adonis wanted to comfort her… though underneath he hoped she would come to her senses and see how much she loved him. It was then that his own Neo-Sapien abilities manifested- draining all common sense from her (and every other girl in the halls of Eleanor Roosevelt High School) and enchanting her soul.
The next morning, Adonis woke up to Chienne’s father wondering what Adonis was doing in his daughter’s bed… and where their clothes were at. Startled by her father’s wake up call, Chienne snapped from Adonis’ spell and found herself unable to remember anything after her break up with Jack Olsen. Realizing Adonis was a Neo-Sapien, Forrest N. Bedford attacked Adonis; the young man evaded and eluded him, escaping the Bedford’s home and retreating to his own. He barely had time to hastily explain everything to his parents when the Church of Genetic Purity, a group formed from the KKK and led by Forrest Bedford, surfaced on their doorstep. The Skraags refused to hand over their son; the Church of Genetic Purity knowing that Adonis’ powers had to come from one of them, the Skraags were lynched on their own yard.
Adonis was rescued by Breanne Jordan, the Vindicator better known as Rift. Rift had accepted a teaching possession with the New Vindicators Academy of America and was nearby when the commotion roused her interest. Upon learning what Adonis’ powers were, she asked if he were capable of making people love anyone- or if only he gained their adoration.
The two knew how they could help each other- Breanne was in love with one of her former teammates, a man who barely knew she existed as she assumed. Adonis wanted to avenge his parents- feeling himself weak compared to so many other Neo-Sapiens. Adonis was able to put his superior intellect to work, playing on Breanne’s hopes for a life with Michuru Bradshaw in exchange for her help in organizing a cell of soldiers he would use to wage war on bigotry.
Thus was born the Affiliation…
NEW VINDICATORS: Radix Malorum est Cupiditas—Adonis feared that as their numbers increased, so to would that chance that his soldiers become less than loyal. He allowed Breanne to recruit one more he would trust with his identity; she chose Blitzkrieg. From then on, all of Adonis’ orders were funneled from him through the pair- allowing him to hide himself from all their recruits.
At first, Breanne focused herself on the other teachers- advancing on those she knew suffered from unrequited love- Professor Incendiary harbored feelings for Chimera while Doctor Splash had yet to recover from his relationship with Miss Mist. Likewise, Pandora was infatuated with Halogen. Each Breanne told would be rewarded for their servitude; she claimed Adonis could be used as a weapon, that his powers could ultimately be used to play cupid. Enticed by such an offer, they agreed…
Each began approaching students- both past and present –of the New Vindicators Academy. Initially they recruited Lurker, Black Widow, Circe, Forecast and Coriolis. However, Black Widow informed her friend Addison Truman (Avian) of the Affiliation and invited her to join them as well. Avian refused, tattling to Professor Philip Alston of the clandestine group. Adonis sought to rectify the problem peacefully. His powers had left Chienne Bedford with no recollection of the time she spent under his influence- perhaps he could use his powers to make Addison forget about the Affiliation?
Adonis made his move and bedded the winged girl… yet still, when released from his hold, Addison was able to recall everything. More drastic measures had to be taken and Adonis ordered her murder.
Insisting that his abilities needed refinement and that his powers couldn’t simply be honed in the Wreck Room like the other students’ had, Adonis began to practice with his abilities- at first targeting Alicia Gladstone (Captain Canada IV). The girl had no clue how she had become pregnant and Adonis realized if he continued with such practices, he would eventually draw unwanted suspicions. Instead he attempted to appear to have a normal relationship with Cassandra Goodman (Hourglass).
Still, during this period Adonis realized their army lacked muscle. His attempts to recruit Lex Sway (Anomaly; then known as Amalgam) to the Affiliation had failed. The only other strong student at the school was Atlanta White (Rumble), but her powers shut off if she used them for an act she knew to be morally wrong. Still, Adonis wondered what if she was not in true control of her mental faculties. Knowing her pattern, Adonis stalked her as she left the nursing home she had been volunteering at. He took control of her senses- intending both to test her abilities and his own.
Before he could rape the young woman, Malachi Brown (Kelvin) arrived on the scene. Rumble was ordered to attack, her punch counting for nothing as she struck Kelvin. The young man quickly pieced together Adonis’ connection to the deaths- even incorrectly attributing Adonis’ powers as being the trigger that caused Deimos to murder Psion (it had actually been Chimera who murdered Lucas Howell IV, posing as Deimos). Kelvin attempted to warn Deimos that Adonis was the true culprit, though he was intercepted by Breanne Jordan.
Using her intangibility, Rift thrust Michuru’s katana through Kelvin’s chest and let go of the blade- letting it become substantial as it jutted through him. She had stolen the sword from Michuru’s room- further alerting Adonis to her growing obsession with the man. Still, it created chaos and confusion- Adonis allowed the teachers to suspect Michuru to be Kelvin’s true killer.
After the third death of a student, Adonis thought to lie low. One of his agents, the morphing Chimera, had become a suspect in the killings and Adonis commanded it to lay low. Already enraged by Cloud Goodman’s accusations concerning Adonis’ relationship with his sister, Adonis ordered Fog’s death and had Chimera begin to pose as the youth.
Still, Adonis had made yet another enemy- Magnus Loder, the fourth Neo-Sapien to carry the mantle of the Lodestone, had begun dating Chienne Bedford, whom Adonis convinced was meant for him. As Adonis plotted his revenge on Forrest Bedford and his followers, he likewise planned to act against the Loder family. For months Adonis endured sleeping in the same room as Magnus, promising himself that soon the time would come for his Affiliation to strike…
On May 27, 2007, the Affiliation moved in full force. In a single afternoon they had disabled the Vindicators, dispatched their fellow students and prevented any other hero from entering New York City. Adonis declared war on the Church of Genetic Purity and soon unleashed his most terrifying weapon on humanity. The power that the world recognized as having defeated Atlas erupted in the streets of New York. Adonis had awakened a monster unlike anything mankind would ever know… and before the day was done he had cemented himself into the history books.
Adonis had succeeded where so many terrorist groups had failed; in a single day he not only conquered one of the most powerful cities on this earth, he crippled it and left her people shaking… Adonis had proved himself to be more than a competent foe… he had become the most dangerous villain the New Vindicators would ever know.
NEW VINDICATORS: para bellum—After aiding Abaddon in reviving Apocatastasis, Lodestone was given the exact location of the Affiliation and he departed to bring his nemesis down. After fighting his way through the ranks of Adonis’ followers, Lodestone was bested when he pulled back Adonis’ hood and discovered that the man’s abilities had evolved: Adonis’ powers now affected anyone who looked upon him.
NEW VINDICATORS: contraria contrariis curantur—Needing the Affiliation’s help in saving his wife’s life, Lodestone assembled a small group to track down Adonis and his band of Neo-Sapien freedom fighters. When the two men met, words were exchanged and a truce appeared to be reached. It wasn’t soon after that Coldfire erupted into the Affiliation’s current home and impaled their leader on a spear of ice.
With the arrival of the Sentries, the Affiliation accepted Lodestone’s invitation to come to the New Vindicators Academy of America, where Adonis’ injuries were treated. There, Adonis was forced to face the gravity of his actions and, in an attempt to repent, moved to strike against Black Box—the only possible culprit behind the pandemic attacking his alma mater.
The Affiliation, joined by Hourglass, laid siege to the Peoria base and returned with the files the militia had absconded from the school. Pouring over the database, Adonis pieced together who was responsible for the outbreak and moved to join the strike force determined to take the fiend out.
NEW VINDICATORS: condemnant quod non intellegunt—Adonis learned of the existence of Autumn, a Nephilim capable of nullifying all Neo-Sapien powers on the planet. Against Black Box, he entered a race to find the woman and save the Neo-Sapien race from the planned genocide. At the zero hour, he drafted members of the New Vindicators into his cause. Ultimately, when one of his followers took an assassin’s bullet meant for him, Adonis assumed the role of headmaster of the New Vindicators Academy of America and declared war on humanity.
THE AFFILIATION: ira deorum—Adopting the codename ‘Acrimony’, Adonis loaded a six-shooter revolver with six rounds, claiming each one would be a victory for the Neo-Sapien race. He announced his intended targets: Hajime Hanyou, Doctor Noah Meinstein, Forrest Bedford, Doctor Cheryl Colbenson, Justice, and one other he kept secret: himself.
- STR 10, DEX 10, CON 10, INT 20 (+5), WIS 16 (+3), CHA 20  (+10)
SKILLS: Bluff 5 (+15/+23 attraction), Concentration 2 (+5), Diplomacy 0 (+16/+24 attraction), Knowledge (current events) 5 (+10), Perform (oratory) 5 (+15), Perform (wind instruments) 2 (+12), Sense Motive 5 (+10)
FEATS: Attractive 1, Dedication, Distract 1 (Bluff), Eidetic Memory, Equipment 5, Fascinate 1 (Perform [oratory]), Inspire 5, Leadership, Master Plan, Minions 12 (twenty-five 120-point minions), Skill Mastery 1 (Bluff, Diplomacy, Perform [oratory], Sense Motive), Speed of Thought, Talented 1 (Diplomacy/Sense Motive)
POWERS: Comprehend 2 (Languages [speak and understand]), Drain Wisdom 10 (Power Feats: Subtle 2; Extras: Area [cloud, +1], Duration [Continuous, +3], Insidious [+1]; Flaws: Permanent [-1], Sense-Dependant [visual, -1]), Emotion Control 10 (Power Feats: Mind Blank, Subtle 2; Extras: Area [cloud, +1], Duration [Continuous, +1]; Flaws: Limited-one emotion [love, -1], Permanent [-1], Sense-Dependent [visual, -1]), Enhanced Charisma 10 (Power Feats: Attractive 1), Immunity 10 (mental effects)
COMBAT: Attack +2, Grapple +2, Damage +0, Defense +2 (+1 flat-footed), Knockback -0, Initiative +5
SAVES: Toughness +0, Fortitude +3, Reflex +3, Will +10
COMPLICATIONS: Prejudice, Reputation, Responsibility
Abilities 26 + Skills 6 (24 ranks) + Feats 32 + Powers 80 + Combat 8 + Saves 13 = 165 points
Michuru81 wrote:Adonis is a lover, not a fighter. His powers serve little effect in combat without a woman around for him to enchant and turn against her teammates. Without such a weapon, Adonis relies on his minions. As they're all PL 8, there's not much they can do in combat, but they can get in a few surprise hits courtesy of Adonis' +10 Charisma modifier and five ranks of Inspire.
Who are Adonis' minions? At present, the Affiliation consists of Beekeeper, Bile, Black Widow, Bleach, Bluetooth, Cerulean, Circe, Coulomb, Didgeridoo, Dingo, Fluke, Lurker, Mara, Pack Master, Prompt,
Rapunzel, Renewal, Torrent.
Most importantly, Adonis has a Fascinate (Perform [oratory]), meaning that when he gives his villainous speech, the PCs need to make a DC d20+15 save in order to say, "Screw the 'No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die' speech! Let's fight!" That's right: when they confront the villain, they may have no choice but to listen to his ego-stroking rant about how smart he is!