Real Name: Scott Rigel
From ‘The Seven Planes of Existence’
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Power Level 16Abilities:
Str 1, Sta 1, Agl 1, Dex 2, Fgt 4, Int 1, Awe 2, Pre 3 Skills:
Close Combat(unarmed) 1[+6], Deception 2[+6], Expertise(Earth History) 2[+16 enhanced], Expertise(magic) 5[+25 enhanced], Expertise(minerology) 0[+8 enhanced], Expertise(music; use Pre) 9[+13], Expertise(philosophy) 2[+14 enhanced], Expertise(pop culture) 6[+8], Expertise(The Seven Planes) 2[+14 enhanced], Expertise(Ulru’s Life) 3[+25 enhanced], Insight 2[+12], Perception 3[+13], Persuasion 2[+6], Ranged Combat(magic) 9[+12]Advantages: Artificer
, Beginner’s Luck
, Benefit 2 (wealth 2), Equipment 4, Extraordinary Effort, Fearless, Jack of all Trades
, Luck 2
, Power Attack, Ritualist
, Skill Mastery (Expertise/Magic)
, Ultimate Effort (Expertise/Ulru’s Life)
, Ultimate Effort (Expertise/Magic)Equipment:
Guitar, The Home Of Magnus Algernon (a.k.a Ulru)
Size: Medium Toughness: 10 Features: Dual-Size (Huge), Laboratory, Library, Living Space, Personnel (ravens with speech and manipulative claws), Power System, Secret, Security System, Workshop, Crystal Orb (Senses 20: Detect ‘The Fallen’, ranged, radius, accurate, acute, extended 7, counters concealment 5, penetrates concealment); 15ep Powers:Free of Nadia’s Curse:
Enhanced Luck 2; 2ppGarsceg’s Fang:
Advantages 15 (Close Attack 12, Language 1 [draconic], Move-By Action, Takedown), Active Defenses 13 (Dodge 5, Parry 8,); Quirk(must be in Dragonform to access these effects), Removable [-5pp]; 22ppMental Defenses:
Immunity(Mental Effects); Limited(half effect); 10ppMixed Bloodline:
Abilities (+1 to all), Immunity 3 (aging, cold environments, disease), Senses 11 (Detect Fallen Angels [ranged, radius, accurate], Detect Magic [ranged, accurate, acute], Low-Light Vision); 30ppMystic Defenses:
Force Field 12, Impervious* Toughness 12, Dodge 4, Parry 4; Dynamic; 33pp
Flight 6; 2pp
(linked with Shapeshift): Morph 4; Action(move), Quirk (Star Gem remains the same); 1pp
AE: Scales and Fire Breath
(linked with Dragonform, see below); 1ppMystic Vitality:
Stamina 5; 10ppUlru’s Knowledge:
Artificer, Beginner’s Luck, Expertise[Earth History] 12, Expertise[Magic] 18, Expertise[Minerology] 6, Expertise[The Seven Planes] 10, Jack of all Trades, Ritualist, Skill Mastery(Expertise/Magic), add Analytical to Detect Magic; 29ppUlru’s Memories:
Expertise[Ulru’s Life] 20, Ultimate Effort[Ulru’s Life]; 11ppUlru’s Wisdom:
Awareness 7, Expertise[Philosophy] 10; 24pp Magic Array
(all effects have 1 rank of Check Required[Expertise/Magic])
Main Effect: Mystic Bolts:
Ranged Multiattack Damage 16; Affects Insubstantial 2; 49pp
AE: Conjure Mystical Force:
Create 16; Moveable, Stationary; 1pp
AE: Dispel Magic:
; Nullify 16; Broad(magical descriptor), Concentration; 1pp
(linked to Scales and Fire Breath, see below); Activation(Standard); 1pp
AE: Light Control:
Environment(full light) 7, Invisibility(passive), Visual Dazzle 16 (touch ranged cone-area); 1pp
Burst-Area Damage 16; Affects Insubstantial 2, Progression(increased Area: 60ft radius); 1pp
AE: Planar Travel:
Movement 2 (Dimensional; Élonyth, Valherion, Midgardhyr, Loth-Lógrim, and the Sea of Chaos); 1pp
(linked with Morphology): Variable 6 (traits suitable to form taken with Morphology); Action(move); 1pp
AE: Spatial Travel:
Teleport 14; Accurate, Change Direction, Extended, 7 ranks Limited to Extended; 1pp
Move Object 16; Damaging, Precise; 1pp
AE: Visions From The Void:
Cone-Area Affliction 16 (Resisted by Will; Dazed and Impaired, Stunned and Disabled, Incapacitated and Unaware); Cumulative, Extra Condition, Sight Dependent; 1ppDragonform [traits = 52pp] Linked With Scales/Firebreath [traits = 32pp]; Activation(standard)Colossal Size and Might:
Enhanced Strength 2, Growth* 12 (House Ruled Effects => Size rank: 2, Speed rank: +4, Strength +12, Toughness +12, Attack Checks -4, Dodge -4, Parry -4, Intimidation +8, Stealth -8); Quirk (add to Stamina until Fortitude reaches PL caps, then add Toughness); 35ppDraconic Senses:
Senses (Darkvision, Acute and Extended Smell); 3ppDragonscales:
Impervious* Toughness 16; 16ppFire Breath:
Cone Area Damage 16; Unreliable(must wait 2 rounds to reuse); 16ppNatural Weapons:
(teeth, claws) Unarmed Strength-Based Damage 2; Improved Critical; 3ppWings:
Flight 7; Wings; 7ppOffense:
Mystic Bolts: +12; ranged, Multiattack Damage 16
Manaburst: 60ft radius Burst-Area Damage 16
Visions From the Void: Cone-Area Affliction 16Defense:
Dodge: +8, +12 with Mystic Defenses
Parry: +8, +12 with Mystic Defenses
Toughness: (Sta 7 + Mystic Defenses 12) = +19
Will: +16 (Limited Immunity to Mental Effects)
Offense: (includes size penalties)
Natural Weapons: +14; close, Damage 18
Fire Breath: Cone Area Damage 16
Defense: (includes size penalties)
(He’s a rock star – lead guitarist of the band Talisman.)Power Loss
(Scott Loses Ulru’s Knowledge, Memories, and Wisdom if he acts in any way 'unworthy' of the Stargem – ie, does something Ulru would heavily frown upon if he were still alive.)Power Loss
(Must be able to speak and gesture to use Magic Array.)Power Loss
(Mystic Defenses, Mystic Vitality, and Mental Defenses requires 1 hour meditation each day.)Relationships
(girlfriend/bandmate Julia Verush, bandmate Blake King.)Reputation/Temper
(He’s known for having a wild streak in him and a hot head.)Responsibility
(Scott feels a strong sense duty to use his powers to protect Midgardhyr.)Rivalry
(the world at large has no idea he’s the most powerful dude on the planet.)PP:
Abilities 30 + Skills 24 + Advantages 10 + Powers 234 + Defenses 18 = 316pp
This is Scott Rigel, the Starmage. I’ll get into his story in a sec, but before I do that, it’s necessary that I first tell you a little about someone else – Ulru the Immortal, the creator of the Stargem that rests upon Scott Ryder’s brow.
Ulru was the half-breed son of Azaroth the Arch-Demon and a human woman (identity unkown) who on Dec. 21, 2012 sacrifices himself to save Earth from the first wave of extra-planar invasion at the beginning of the Demon Wars. Ulru was born many thousands of years ago on Earth, and wore many identities over the ages. He was Iyzoultar, ruler of Atlantis before the Flood; he was worshipped as Zeus by the Ancient Greeks, and as Odin by the Vikings and Germanic peoples of northern Europe; he was known on the British Isles as Merlin the Magician; and in recent times he often went by the name Magnus Algernon, a worldwide trader in rare gems. To the secret society of immortals, half-breeds, Mageborn, and Fey creatures of Earth, he was known as Ulru the Immortal, Archmage of Midgardhyr and Supreme Wizard in all the Seven Planes.
During the first wave of demonic invasion in December of 2012, Ulru meets his end at the hands of the Arch-Demon Maelbrôdh. However, in years prior to this event, Ulru had premonition that he would someday be killed in battle and was greatly concerned about what would happen to the world if he was no longer there to help protect it. Ulru made preparations for his eventful death by fashioning the Star Gem. The Gem itself is a crystal Ulru discovered in the plane of Valherion ages ago that is believed to have originated from the Sea of Chaos (sort of like a meteor that fell from one plane into another). The crystal is indestructible and visible only to those with magical senses. (To magical beings, it appears as a tiny glowing star, hence the name Star Gem.) Ulru placed identical copies of all his memories and knowledge and wisdom into the Star Gem, and a spell on the gem has made it so that the gem was constantly updated with new memories and knowledge Ulru gained as he continued to have experiences in life, all the way up to the moment of his death. He also placed another powerful spell on the gem, making it so that in the eventuality of Ulru’s death, the Star Gem would instantly seek out the most ‘worthy’ wizard it could find and become symbiotic with that wizard, giving him or her all of Ulru’s memories and knowledge and wisdom. And if that wizard were ever to die or become unworthy, the Star Gem would remove itself from that wizard and seek another one. When Ulru dies in December of 2012, this spell is put into effect, and the Star Gem chooses Scott Ryder to be its bearer.
Only a few individuals knew of the Star Gem and its significance prior to Ulru’s death. Of those who did know of it, some thought the Star Gem might come to them, or had a guess as to who it would go to in the event of Ulru’s death. It never occurred to any of these individuals the gem might choose Scott Ryder, famous guitar player from the rock band Talisman known for having a hot head and a bit of a wild streak in him, a young man with no experience or knowledge of magic whatsoever.
Scott Rigel was born in 1987 in the suburbs of Chicago. His mother died giving birth to him, and his father, a wizard of some renown among those who know of wizards, mysteriously disappeared a few short months later and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Scott’s grandmother (on his mother’s side) is Sy’liri, Lady of the Mists and former queen of the Fey realm once known as Firlorn (now called Loth-Logrim). Scott’s grandfather (on his father’s side) is Azaroth the demonlord. Because of this powerful mix of heritage, Ulru the archmage felt a need to keep an eye on Scott as he grew up, and arranged it so that Scott’s care fell into the hands of a woman named Beatrice Swift, a foster parent secretly in touch with Ulru and his magical society. Beatrice Swift also cared for a young girl named Nadia Belikov at this time. Nadia just so happens to be Ulru’s youngest grandaughter.
It wasn’t clear at the outset whether Scott or Nadia would ever exhibit supernatural powers or not (grandchildren of demons and feylords don’t always
inherit special gifts), so they were raised as normal children with no knowledge of their special backgrounds. Nadia, 2 years older than Scott, displayed magical abilities for the first time at the age of 12. She was promptly introduced to Ulru her grandfather for the first time and began taking lessons in magic. All this was kept hushed up, so Scott never knew anything about his ‘older sister’s’ secret magical life. Three years later, when Scott was 13, he manifested his own powers for the first time in dramatic and powerful fashion. The school he was attending at the time was destroyed and many lives lost, unfortunately. It turned out that Scott had incredible potential within him (perhaps due to his mixed heritage, perhaps for other reasons; no one really knows for sure), potential that could one day make him more powerful than Ulru himself. But Scott had a temper, and his magic was raw and wild (his first exhibition of power came as a result of being taunted by other kids at school for being skinny; in his rage, a fireball was unleashed that destroyed all around him). Ulru and the other mageborn fell into discussion amongst themselves over what to do with the boy, how to handle his further upbringing and training in power, for they had to be careful with someone of such potential. As they were discussing this however, Nadia decided to take matters into her own hands. She was jealous of Scott’s power. She had grown used to being the star pupil of Ulru over the last 3 years, and now this upstart young ‘brother’ of hers was taking her spotlight. Acting out with spite, she cast a curse upon Scott that robbed him of his magical powers. All the special abilities gained from his Fey and Fallen heritage were barred from him, leaving him as he was before, just an ordinary boy.
Ulru was upset with Nadia over her rash action, but he did not remove the curse from Scott. It was decided that, though the act was done out of spite, the result of Nadia’s curse was for the best. Scott was too powerful, too unpredictable and dangerous in his wild outbursts, to the world at large. It would be best if he remained a normal person and left to live a normal life. So the curse remained upon Scott Ryder, and he was moved to another foster home. All memory of his first exhibition of power and of Nadia’s curse was erased from his mind.
Scott’s teenage years were tumultuous. His wild ways caused him to skip from foster home to foster home, and getting into fights with other kids his age almost landed him in Juvie. The one saving grace of his life was music. He took up playing the guitar, became really good at it, and eventually found his way into his first rock band at age 16. Still, he always felt as if something were missing in his life (magic). He thought about entering the Marines at age 18, but finally decided that would interfere with his music too much and instead erolled at a community college. He dropped out after less than a year to focus only on music, and at age 19 Scott and two friends he’d recently met at that college, Blake King and Julia Verush formed the band Talisman. 4 years later, they are famous.
Enter the year 2012. The demon wars have begun, though the world at large is still unaware of it. (That will change, eventually.) Ulru has died, sacrificing himself to save the Earth, and with his death, the Star Gem chooses Scott Rigel to be its bearer. Why Scott was chosen for this burden remains unclear, but some have ideas. It is known that Ulru put a spell upon the Star Gem so that it would choose the individual most justified bearing it, and under regular circumstances it seems Scott wouldn’t even be considered. But this is a time of crisis, a time of war, possibly the end times even. The world needs someone that can stand against the invading demons of Loth-Logrim and make a difference; so maybe that is why the Star Gem chose him. Scott’s natural gift for magic surpasses anyone in all of Midgardhyr (such power will be needed in the coming war), and Scott has never backed down from a fight (this has not always been a good thing and has landed him in jail more than once, but in the upcoming war such a fighting spirit is also needed). The world is in need of a hero. Whatever sentience guided the Star Gem into making its decision must have believed that Scott Ryder was the man for the job.
The Star Gem itself is a tiny stone about the size of a dime. As was said earlier, it was found by Ulru in the plane of Valherion, but is believed to have originated from the Sea of Chaos. No other stone like it is known to exist. It rests upon Scott Rigel’s brow and cannot be removed or destroyed by any known means (because of this, it does not have a Removable flaw and is not by definition considered a Device). Interestingly enough, the Star Gem is completely invisible to those with no magical senses, so regular folk are unaware that a gem is resting on Scott’s forehead. To those with magical or divine senses, the Star Gem appears to be a silvery stone that glows like a miniature star (hence the name Star Gem).
The Star Gem first came to Scott during the middle of one of his band’s performances. He felt a sudden, splitting headache and managed to finish the current song before fleeing to his backstage room, leaving the spectators and his bandmates in confusion. (Later he made an excuse that he was sick and had to vomit. Many think he does drugs, though he never has.) Backstage, he sees himself in the mirror and notices the Star Gem on his brow. (Note - the gem has also removed Nadia’s curse, giving him back his magical heritage and senses, so he can see the gem whereas most cannot.) He does not question what the gem is or what its purpose is though, because he already knows
what it is! His mind is suddenly filled with all of Ulru’s memories and knowledge and wisdom! He is still himself, but he now knows everything Ulru ever knew or experienced up to the final moment of his sacrifice. Scott instantly has access to it all, as if he were Ulru himself. It’s almost like he’s two people now, having his own personality and all of his own memories, but also having intimate access to Ulru’s knowledge and experience. He knows about the Seven Planes of Existence, about magic and its uses, about the demon invasion, about his own magical heritage (what Ulru knew of it anyway) and how much potential for power he has within him. He knows everything Ulru ever knew.
With Ulru’s death, his granddaughter Nadia Belikov takes over a number of his former responsibilities. She has matured and become one of the most highly regarded of all Mageborn in Midgardhyr. When she learns that Scott Ryder is now the bearer of the Star Gem, she is quite shocked. (She had been hoping, expecting even, that the gem would choose her.) Scott is none too thrilled with the fact that she cursed him out of jealousy all those years ago, but they come to an uneasy alliance, knowing that the world is under dire threat. Scott becomes known to those in the know as the Starmage (bearer of the Star Gem.) He agrees to keep his magical abilities secret from the world at large (more on that another time) and help defend the Earth from demonic invasion. He takes up residence in Ulru’s former headquarters, the home of Magnus Algernon (it is more than what it seems) and begins training in his newfound abilities while continuing to try and live his own life as Scott Rigel, lead guitarist of Talisman.
This build represents Scott roughly one year after he first becomes the Starmage. He’s had time to acclimatize himself with his powers (made rather easy with Ulru’s knowledge and wisdom to guide him), and is now somewhat of a veteran when it comes to fighting demons. With Ulru’s knowledge and his own natural strength in magic, he has become extremely powerful, and many of his powers are similar to Ulru’s. However, Scott does not rely on magical items as much as Ulru did. The only item of note that Scott carries with him is Garsceg’s Fang, an actual tooth taken from the corpse of Garseg, the most feared dragon that ever prowled the realm of Firlorn (now called Loth-Logrim). With help from his grandmother Sy’liri, Lady of the Mists, Scott places enchantments upon the tooth so that when he takes on the form of a dragon using his shapeshifting powers, he gains the draconic ferocity originally possessed by Garsceg himself. He also has a crystal orb that lets him detect when demons enter the realm of Midgardhyr, but that he keeps in Ulru’s former home. Scott Rigel stands 6’1, weighs about 165lbs, has medium length golden brown hair and blue eyes.