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As we are finally starting to pick up some speed I'm going to set an application dead of next weekend, Saturday the 18th at 0800 EDT.
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Baxter “Troubler” Bentley
NAME: Baxter Bentley
ALIAS: Troubler
SECRET?: Yes
DESCRIPTION: 21, Caucasian male, Casual Clothing. Blue eyes. Sandy brown hair.

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In his everyday life, Baxter is mellow, easy going, and friendly. He likes to help out where he can, and otherwise he just quietly does his own thing. In his hero life, Baxter struggles to be the very best that he can be, even if it means making hard decisions. Like not turning evidence on the Andragathía family over to the cops. Or rushing in headlong to play vigilante against the family himself. Instead, Baxter plans to play the long game and bring the entire operation down.

SKILLS AND POWERS: Bax has the ability to manipulate the air around him. He can create shields of solid air for protection, and likewise missiles of solid air to act as projectiles. He can create gusts of wind to push at objects. He is working on levitation and perhaps someday, flight.

ORIGIN STORY: It wasn’t a suicide attempt. It was an accident. I didn’t know I was that high. Literally and figuratively. I fell off the terrace. That was it. Except I walked away unhurt. Nobody saw it. The reason Baxter walked away unhurt was because the wind itself rose up to stall his fall. And it didn’t end there.

Over time Baxter found that he could affect the air around him. At first it was just gusts, but then Bax tried to make a fist with the wind. That is when he found out about his ability to solidify parts of the air itself. He is still experimenting with his abilities.

BACKSTORY: It ain’t easy being the pizza delivery guy. No wonder his girlfriend left him for a hustler. Who thought Bax was going anywhere? Not even Bax. And did he mention…F#CK College? Let everybody else go a hundred thousand or more in debt just to land a mediocre job for life. So what if his current job was less than mediocre? Bax was stashing a little cash back for the future. Trade school probably. Except that Bax sucked at anything physical. Maybe he could fake it until he could make it as a plumber or something. In the meantime, slinging pizza still puts cash in his pockets.

But then there’s the powers. And Rey Rey thinks that this is Baxter’s chance to make his mark in the world. Be an honest to goodness superhero. Meanwhile, Bax’s best buddy Reymundo Garcia is stuck with being connected to the wrong kind of people. Rey’s a bag man for the Andragathía family. Bax hasn’t even touched base with the mafia guys, but he has noticed them on the scene when Rey Rey has been working. Bax has to get his bro out of that gig. And if he has to play hero to do that, he will. Just call him Troubler.

CONTACTS: Reymundo “Rey Rey” Garcia, best friend, bag man for the Andragathía family. Knows Baxter’s secret because Bax had to tell somebody.
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Marvel player when it came out, FASERIP is new to me but always interested in a good superhero game. Post has a lot of references to being a port and water access. Would a hero based on the ocean work in style and story you have in mind? Thinking of something along the lines of Stingray or Marrina (Alpha Flight)
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Ok, I think Baxter is ready to be reviewed and possibly complete.
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I definitely would appreciate a review!
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NAME: Andrew Matheny
ALIAS: Rift
SECRET?: Keeping his true identity secret is of paramount important to Andrew. It was his need for attention and validation that led to his life falling apart, the death of those he loved. By hiding the truth that it is Andrew Matheny behind the mask of Rift, he guarantees that Andrew never receives accolades for the good that Rift does. Even as Rift he shies away from the glory and attention. He has vowed that his ego will never be in control again. Due to his years of homelessness, many of his records are out of date and most who knew him think him dead. He does not go out of his way to correct this, preferring to leave the pain he caused others in the past.

DESCRIPTION: Andrew is somewhere between 38 and 40, he isn't sure anymore. From Mediterranean descent, his once dashing good looks have become rugged and worn due to years of weariness and bad choices. His dark hair has begun to grey, made more noticeable as he keeps it cut short along with the beard he keeps trimmed close. He has quite a few scars and old needle marks so he tends to wear long sleeved or blazers to cover them up. He has a wisdom gained through a hard life and his once quick wit has given way to thoughtful consideration.

As Rift he wears a body suit and full face mask. It is white in color with colored swipe patterns along the face, forearms and calves. His costume also has a belt with a series of hard pouches where he keeps several items to help him make more creative use of his powers. They hold such things as ball bearings, a length of paracord, M80 firecrackers, zipties, air horns, glow sticks and the like.
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SKILLS AND POWERS: While he is not sure how, he knows that it was the experimentation done to him that has given him his powers. He does not truly understand them, but sees them as a gift and has been practicing to understand how to use them. By concentrating he can create a pair of connected portals in the space about him. These 'rifts' appear as slashes of two dimensional dark red energy, roughly oval in shape with wobbling edges. He can change their size and relative distance to each other to some degree and continues to work at increasing these. The rifts can be created at any angle or rotation relative to each other but are always flat along their plane. Anything entering one rift exits the other as if the space between them did not exist. There is nothing preventing something being pushed through a rift and then retracted back. Presently, Rift can only create them in a space he can see. While he is able to keep several pairs up at once this does strain him. He can make his rifts appear in mid air or on surfaces, which does not damage or displace the material they appear on. He has learned how to use these for defense, creating one in front of an oncoming attack so that it passes through to the second rift leaving all in between unharmed. He has also learned to use them for attack, redirecting an attack against someone else or allowing someone's attack to reach a target further away. He has experimented with using them to manipulate the environment, such as placing one at the bottom of a fish tank and having the water pass through onto a fire. He is confident that with continued practice he can learn new ways to use these rifts. What was done to him has also purged him of his addictions and left him physically enhanced above a normal human. While his personal ethics prevent him from killing he realizes he needs to be able to handle himself against foes that may be combatants so has begun to train to learn fighting styles beyond his basic boxing skills gained in college.

ORIGIN STORY: After years or tragedy and hardship, Andrew is a man reborn and he seeks to help Arcade City experience the same. Up until his mid thirties he led a normal, even envious life. Being a well-educated man who was respected by his peers, loved by his family and active in his community he was a man many looked up to. Sure, he had his faults just as any man did. Perhaps the biggest being ego. Getting his name in the paper or receiving an award for his contributions to the community were as important to him as the love of his family. It was this need for validation and acknowledgement that was the spark that set his life ablaze.

That night he had a choice to make. Attend another award ceremony, this one for some minor achievement that he had all but forgotten about, or attend his children's school play. The argument between him and Elizabeth, his wife, had not been pretty and he stewed on what she said the whole night. Even on the way home he was angry, expecting the argument to continue. He did not expect the flashing lights of a police car in his driveway. Or the news that his wife and children has been in a car accident on their way to the school play. The officer had tried to be sympathetic but Andrew didn't hear anything after learning there had been no survivors.
Andrew gave up on life and the world, shutting everyone out who tried to comfort him and turning to drink and drugs to numb his pain and guilt. He lost his job, his home, his friends and even most of his family who no longer knew how to be there for him. For years he was homeless and wasted, his life determined by stopping the pain he felt when sober and chasing the next fix to forget it all. And then he woke up somewhere else.

The first awareness he had was the feeling of being strapped down. Through blurry eyes he could see stark white walls lit by glaringly bright lights. Over the next few weeks, between the pain and sickness of going through forced withdrawal, he came to learn that he had been one of several people that had been taken off the streets. From moments of lucidity he recalled men and women in lab coats coming in to make sure he was still alive he learned that he was apparently 'Patient 12' and there were at least ten more as there was a 'Patient 22' who had died. No one spoke to him or answered his questions, ignoring his impotent rage and pleas for 'just one fix'. They kept him hydrated and fed intravenously and cleaned him once a day but that was all.

It was when he had finished his withdrawal, still sick from the process, but his system clean that things changed. Two guards escorted two doctors in and stood watch as they began a daily regiment of painful injections. Each day it grew worse, his mind on fire and his body cramping constantly. He prayed for withdrawal again, more than willing to suffer through that instead of this new pain. It was the fifth day that he became overwhelmed as they injected him. He felt consumed by the fire that was racing through his body and the pain was so great it felt like every cell of his body was exploding.

And then he was drowning. In a panic he floundered and splashed, gagging for air as he dragged himself onto what felt like damp grass. He had pulled himself from a shallow fountain to the horror of the mothers and children playing in the park. Having no idea what happened and wearing only a hospital gown he ran. For the next week he hid out in old haunts but things were different now. He no longer felt urge to numb his pain or the lure of the fix he had lived for. In fact, the very though of taking something made him nauseous. He also discovered that now he could do things. Taking stock of his life he made three decisions that date. First, he would never again turn to substances to numb his pain or avoid his difficulties. Second, he would find out who did this to him and put a stop to them taking people from the streets. Third, he would seek to help others find their way out of darkness by making his city safer.

BACKSTORY: Since finding himself in the fountain that day he has begun to build a new life focused on helping others and making the city a better place. He has obtained a job at an organization that runs several homeless shelters, putting his prior career experience to use in helping obtain funding to keep the shelters running. This keeps him in the rougher parts of Arcade City which allows him to have a pulse of what is happening on the streets.

CONTACTS: Lauren Willet was the police officer who gave Andrew the news of his families passing. She was also there at ACPD headquarters when he was brought in months later on his first arrest for disorderly conduct. She had kept tabs on his for several years while he was homeless, trying to get him to a shelter or rehab at first then just making sure he was alive after that went nowhere. Lauren has not seen him in nearly six months and while fearful he may be dead continues to check skid row every so often just in case.

Jonathan Byrnes is Andrew's former father-in-law. The death of Jonathan's daughter and grandchildren was hard for him as well and for a long time he blamed Andrew. He has not forgiven him but has seen the hell he has been through and has sympathy for him. Jonathan is not the kind of man to show his feelings or reach out to make amends but would be willing to talk with Andrew.

Elizabeth, James and Cynthia Matheny. His family, gone but always with him. After years of trying to forget them and what he did he now holds onto their memory for strength.


OK, went a different direction than was originally thinking but really like what I came up with. Not sold on the costume design yet but works for now. Goal was to start with him just having learned his powers so have kept some of the specifics vague to allow it to fit within the point buy system. Looking forward to having the chance to play him.
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For those of you interested in the mechanics of character creation I've written them out here.

I'm not big on application reviews, but I'll give it a quick go with first impressions:

As an overall note, as a DM, I like to steal things from your background applications and incorporate them into the game when possible. So details can be very helpful - for more information on this please see my counter point article in the most reason edition of Explosive Runes (shameless editor-in-chief plug).

Troubler - How did Rey Rey learn your secret? Did Bax ever get involved with the Andragathía? What hard decisions has Troubler had to make? Does he still deliver pizzas?

Raijin - How does he not get murdered in the streets? Has the military attempted to capture and weaponize him yet? Does he resent the mutation? Why does he use an mp3 player in 2025? Does he wear shoes or horseshoes?

Shriek - How does he deal with physical altercations? Do you mean echo location instead of SONAR (SONAR only works in water)? How far has his rage gone? Is he wanted by the ACPD? I will suggest that when concerning things of a mature nature, it is often best left vague and alluded too. Not only because of the sites pg13 rating but something I've learned running horror games (my favorite genre to run) is that what people imagine is so much worse than anything you can describe, so don't be afraid to fade to black and allude to things.

Alright, I hope that helps.
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Raijin - How does he not get murdered in the streets? Has the military attempted to capture and weaponize him yet? Does he resent the mutation? Why does he use an mp3 player in 2025? Does he wear shoes or horseshoes?
I'm getting the *faintest* inkling of a hint that perhaps my question was answered in the negative, and would not work in your setting. Sorry for bothering you.
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I'm getting the *faintest* inkling of a hint that perhaps my question was answered in the negative, and would not work in your setting. Sorry for bothering you.
It was no bother, I was just asking questions.
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Shriek - How does he deal with physical altercations? Do you mean echo location instead of SONAR (SONAR only works in water)? How far has his rage gone? Is he wanted by the ACPD? I will suggest that when concerning things of a mature nature, it is often best left vague and alluded too. Not only because of the sites pg13 rating but something I've learned running horror games (my favorite genre to run) is that what people imagine is so much worse than anything you can describe, so don't be afraid to fade to black and allude to things.
I do not remember that requirement for sonar but for the sake of discussion, OK. Echolocation would be more accurate. He is blind but his hearing is superhuman and he can get around environments by echolocation, which is superior in some ways. It operates over 360° and just fine in total darkness for example.

For fights, I haven’t sat down and figured out if this is actually mechanically possible in the system but I was imagining an advanced form of sonic mimicry. He already creates sound with his mind. His two talents together and combined means that if enough sound is traveling through an object he can sense if it has a resonance frequency, and if so what it is. if he targets said object and broadcasts sound out at that frequency the object then usually breaks. Usually his first objective in a fight is to use this to break all light sources and glass in the area, turning his blindness from a massive disadvantage to a massive advantage.

The idea then is that the human skeletal system does have a resonance frequency. Finding and broadcasting this frequency at a target is extremely painful to the victim to the point of being incapacitating. Fortunately, due to the softer and more organic nature of the human body while killing somebody this way is theoretically possible it would take at least several minutes.

Right now I’m imagining it as there are victims of the Shriek that the only reason they are alive is explicitly because killing someone with his powers alone would take too long. If Shriek was on a CW show like Arrow the episode would be about a vigilante who clearly means well but is too violent for Team Arrow’s tastes and has to be wrangled in. [Might dial that back a bit.]

He’s definitely wanted by the ACPD as, like I think I said before, he specifically targets people who abuse authority and especially authority over children. As such Dirty Cops are pretty much his 2nd favorite type of victim. In his defense though he does try to also help gather evidence against his target in the process. He’ll gladly go after Cops, but he does make sure it’s completely clear that the Cop was Dirty in the process. Clean Cops have absolutely nothing to worry about, he might even help them out in some circumstances.

Also, tweeked the App a bit as per your suggestion.
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For those of you interested in the mechanics of character creation I've written them out here.
A quick read through shows it is very aligned with the TSR Marvel system (assuming my recollection from 20 years ago is not too far off). Is it safe to assume powers options mirror it as well?
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A quick read through shows it is very aligned with the TSR Marvel system (assuming my recollection from 20 years ago is not too far off). Is it safe to assume powers options mirror it as well?
It is the 2.0 Marvel system so yes - I have the rulebook, power guide, and judge's guide so I'm sure we can manage to replicate just about any power someone desires.
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Mostly because his horn can be easily dismissed as one of those weird fashion/cosplay things most of the time. Otherwise, he tends to avoid crowds of racists.

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It hasn't been brought up yet in his history, but I was unaware the setting was that gritty. You know... nevermind on this. It sounds like your game's just not right for this character application. I'm withdrawing.
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It hasn't been brought up yet in his history, but I was unaware the setting was that gritty. You know... nevermind on this. It sounds like your game's just not right for this character application. I'm withdrawing.
It isn't that gritty, it is a common trope in both Marvel and DC.

It could have been as simple as Raijin contracts with the military going in for semi regular check ups with his handler every couple months and noticing every once in awhile that a black SUV follows him around which is enough to keep people from messing with him.

But, of course, withdrawing is your prerogative.

As I said, I was just asking questions.
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