CONTAGION (Power Level 8)Real Name
: Darwin StrausHeight / Weight
: 5’9” / 153 lbs.Hair / Eyes
: Brown / BluePlace of Birth
: Leon, Norway (October 3, 1988)First Appearance
: New Vindicators #13Physical Description
: Nothing stands out about Darwin in particular: he wears his brown hair short and keeps himself clean shaven; his physicque is as average as his build. Relationships
: Jeffrey Carter / Phobos (teammate; deceased), Brian Bentley / Amok (teammate), Hans Ronke (teammate), Taegan Mallory (removed powers; deceased), Gabriel Farouk (restored powers), Maria Loder / Tierra (victim), Jay Smith (victim; deceased), Doctor James Howell / Silverback (victim), Adrianna Covington / the Aurelia (victim), Clarissa Townsend / Boson (victim), Joshua Cron / Breeze (victim), Alicia Altair (victim), Neige Altair (victim), David Meinstein / Blitzkrieg (victim) Biography
: Little is known of Contagion’s life prior to graduating from the New Vindicators Academy of Europe. NEW VINDICATORS: sic simper tyrannis
—During the 2007 Trials, Contagion was selected to join Phobos’ team, along with Amok and Scrimshaw. During the Second Trial, their team attempted to prevent Lodestone’s team (which included Phobos’ twin brother, Deimos) from advancing any further. In the conflict, Contagion was able to lay a hand on each of Lodestone’s teammates—Deimos, Frostbite and Loess—and infect them with Tuberculosis, almost crippling their chances of passing later tests.
During the first round of the Final Trial, Contagion found himself facing Taegan, whose biokinesis allowed him to remove every disease inhabiting Contagion’s body. Without the pathogens necessary to infect anyone and his immunity still intact, Contagion found himself without his devastating abilities and withdrew. NEW VINDICATORS: contraria contrariis curantur
—After leaving the New Vindicators Academy of Europe, Contagion began to study medicine with the intent of becoming a doctor. Two years into his studies, he was approached by Gabriel Farouk and offered a deal: Gabriel Farouk used his temporal abilities to undo the damage done by Taegan’s healing and Contagion was once more recruited into a fight with the alumni of the American school.
Contagion boarded the same flight Magnus and Maria Loder were taking to return from their honeymoon. Introducing himself as Doctor Darwin Straus, the couple failed to recognize their former opponent. Though he was able to subtly infect Maria with Henoch-Schönlein purpura, circumstances prevented him from being able to make contact with her husband.
After landing in New York, Contagion hit pay dirt when the Vindicators arrived to stop a group of bank robbers. Contagion infected one of the robbers with Reye’s syndrome after he was taken hostage. When the Vindicators rescued him, he was able to infect several of them: Silverback (Huntington's disease), Boson (Sandhoff disease), Breeze (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and the Aurelia (ocular toxoplasmosis).
He next appeared in a park where he was able to make contact with Alicia and Neige Altair. Though Neige’s condition (Kawasaki disease) appeared soon after, it was much later before the heroes discovered what he had infected Alicia with thrombocytopenia.
Ultimately, the Vindicators discovered the truth behind the biological attacks and tracked Contagion to Cairo, Egypt. There, they discovered Gabriel Farouk had used his powers of temporal reversion to restore Contagion’s Neo-Sapien abilities to the point before Taegan removed them. The two both began taking the orders from Semyazza: making seemingly random attacks to lure Coldfire away from his family and use them as collateral to ensure he brought about the end of the world.
STR 12, DEX 13, CON 12, INT 15, WIS 12, CHA 10
SKILLS: Bluff 4, Concentration 4, Knowledge (life sciences) 10 (+12), Languages 2 (English, French, Norwegian [base]), Medicine 8, Notice 4, Sense Motive 4
FEATS: Defensive Roll 2, Equipment 1, Teamwork 1
POWERS: Immunity 1 (disease), Transform 12 (Human Physiology; Alternate Powers: Disease [any ability score]; Power Feats: Reversible, Subtle 2; Extras: Disease [+2], Duration [Continuous, +1]; Flaws: Range [Touch, -1])
Equipment: cell phone; 4 free equipment points
COMBAT: Attack +4, Grapple +5, Damage +1, Defense +4 (+2 flat-footed), Knockback -1 (-0 flat-footed), Initiative +1
SAVES: Toughness +3 (+1 flat-footed), Fortitude +7, Reflex +3, Will +3
COMPLICATIONS: Obsession (Revenge), Prejudice (Neo-Sapien)
Abilities 14 + Skills 9 (36 ranks) + Feats 4 + Powers 64 + Combat 16 + Saves 13 = 120 points
Michuru81 wrote:If Contagion can lay a hand on you, it's pretty much Fortitude save DC 22 or you're screwed. The good news is, in actual combat he should have a hard time making the necessary touch attack to evoke such an absurd save. Even better news: Contagion is just as easy to hit and even easier to smack around. I like to think that his numerous glass jaws more than make up for the fact that he comes close to having a death touch...
But then again, I'm the GM...