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Polychrome Heroics Characters Part 2

This is a list of character descriptions for the series Polychrome Heroics.  Begin with Part 1. Skip to Part 4.



Abigail Southway -- She has fair skin, blue eyes, and short curly brown hair beginning to go gray. She was a single mother most of the time, raising her daughter Rhonda after her husband left when the girl was six. Abigail is Nathaniel's grandmother; the picture is about three years old, taken just after his birth. Rhonda tried to convince Abigail to take Nathaniel, but Rhonda didn't -- and still doesn't -- feel up to raising another child. Abigail just wants to be able to visit her grandson.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Games, Good (+2) Grandmother, Good (+2) Putting Kids to Sleep, Good (+2) Saleslady
Poor (-2) Not So Spry

Introduced in "Save the City."

Amada Durante -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair permed into curls. She is the wife of Faramundo and the mother of Eduardo, Fernán, Gil, and Rosita. Amada celebrates her Hispanic heritage and often speaks Spanish with her children, much to Faramundo's annoyance. She has a pet parakeet named Bamba trained to ride on her shoulder.
Amada is far more interested in her family than in having a career, and just thinks of a job as a way to bring in extra money from time to time when the family needs it. This makes it easier for her to pull up stakes and relocate to Onion City after the disappearance and reappearance of her newborn daughter. While disconcerted by Rosita's superpower, Amada is trying to accept it and is far more upset by the difficulty of reestablishing a close bond with her daughter. However, her reliance on her family makes her shaky if that identity is threatened. The current situation makes her anxious.
Qualities: Master (+6) Mother, Expert (+4) Hispanic Culture, Good (+2) Graceful, Good (+2) Office Worker, Good (+2) Organizational Skills
Poor (-2) Reliant on Family

Introduced in "Wherever We Find Them."


Angelica Young -- She is a lively high school student with a cheerful, athletic bearing.  She has blue eyes and bleached blond hair in a short, sassy cut.  Angelica comes from a good family and can afford fashionable clothes.  She is popular at school.  Although she loves her boyfriend Stanley Wood (Stalwart Stan), it frustrates her that other girls keep trying to get his attention.  Antimatter keeps kidnapping her, and it creeps her out.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Cheerleader, Good (+2) Social Studies, Good (+2) Video Gamer
Poor (-2) Jealous

Introduced in "Pulling Pigtails."

Antimatter -- Lawrence Cunningham is a high school student with a keen interest in science. He has a wiry build, pale skin, and pale blue eyes. He has just a hint of beard at the end of his chin. Born with straight black hair, it turned a radiant starlit silver after the accident. He dyes it black, which leaves his hair looking dull and matted until it burns through the dye after a week or two. It currently reaches his elbows. Lawrence is gay, and self-conscious about it. He has a love-hate relationship with Stalwart Stan. Antimatter keeps kidnapping Angelica Young to get Stalwart Stan's attention.  A friendly acquaintance of his is Han Gordon from the chess club. Lawrence's handle on BlackSheep is Positron.
Origin: Determined to win the science fair, Lawrence attempted to create a new universe inside a cola bottle.  It blew up.  The accident left him with superpowers, but no science fair entry, and everyone laughed at him.  He currently deals with social frustrations and professional setbacks by making trouble.
Uniform: All white, including the hat, with a black lab coat thrown over the top and a black-and-white atom patch on the chest; and goggles to obscure his face.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Intelligence, Good (+2) Agility, Good (+2) Captain of Chess Club, Good (+2) Gender Studies
Poor (-2) Such a Dork
Powers: Expert (+4) Manipulate Physics (Signature Stunts: Greater Than Equal Reaction, Irresistible Force, Neutralize Mass, Remove Friction; Spin-Off Stunt: Speed-Healing, Thicken Air)
Motivation: Mind over matter.

Introduced in "Pulling Pigtails."

Aquariana -- Muriel Green is a bald superhera with a swimmer's build: trim, muscular, flat-chested and narrow-hipped with slight waist.  She is 5'10" and weighs 140 lbs.  She has blue eyes.  Her skin is beginning to turn a soft aquamarine color.
Origin: While scuba diving, she experienced the rapture of the deep and nearly died as a result.  Dolphins carried her back to the surface.  When she recovered from the ordeal, she realized that she had influence over water and its creatures.  Other manifestations developed with time.
Uniform: None.  Literally.  She goes nude.
Qualities: Master (+6) Swimmer, Good (+2) Environmentalist, Good (+2) Fanbase
Poor (-2) Manual Dexterity (due to webbed hands)
Powers: Master (+6) Water Powers
This meta-power includes Control Water, Control Aquatic Life, and Beam of Water.  Her use of Water Form is iffy.
Limitation: Aquariana's super-powers grow stronger in or near a large body of water, but weaker the farther away she gets.  She tries to stay close by an ocean or lake.  Her enemies try to get her away from there.
Motivation: Protect the waters of the world.
Model: Staciana Stitts, swimming, 5'10" 140 lbs.

Introduced in "Sink or Swim."

Arlene Verdereau, RN -- She has medium brown skin, brown eyes, and straightened black hair that she usually pulls into a ponytail. She speaks English and Louisiana Creole (Kreyol Lwizien). She works at Saint Henriette Delille Hospital in Easy City.
Uniform: Fuchsia scrubs. St. Henriette's uses fuchsia for the nurses' uniforms.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Childcare, Expert (+4) Constitution, Expert (+4) Registered Nurse, Good (+2) Bayou Skills, Good (+2) Connection with Saraphina Dreux, Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Courage, Good (+2) Gumbo Ya-Ya, Good (+2) Singer
Poor (-2) Brokeass Broke

Introduced in "Je Ne Regrette Rien."

Augie Dwyer -- He has fair skin, vivid green eyes, and short brown hair. He looks scruffy and disreputable. Augie hasn't bothered to learn much about his telepathy beyond what he needs to molest children from a distance. He's not really interested in larger-scale crime so much as satisfying his own prurient interests.
Origin: He had brain surgery to remove a tumor. After that, he developed telepathy.
Uniform: Street clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Accountant, Good (+2) Persistent, Good (+2) Tailing People
Poor (-2) Creeper
Powers: Average (0) Telepathy
Motivation: Pedophilia.

Introduced in "The First Requisite of a Good Citizen."

Backdraft (Gilbert Brenton) -- He has milk-pale skin, flame-blue eyes, and wild hair streaked in fire colors. His body is short and slim. He is left-handed. There is a tattoo of Brigid's Flame on his left shoulder. Gilbert is homosexual and can be very flamboyant about it. He reacts badly to prejudice against queerfolk, even though it's not his primary motivation. There is a lot of unresolved sexual tension between him and Green Man. Given his sassy nature, Backdraft usually wins their flyting.
After the traumatic activation of his pyrokinetic abilities, the closest person with the powers to help train him had been a hero during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan -- on the Afghan side. Her hero name translated from the Persian into Sacred Flame, but hey, thirty years later, she goes by Disia, is a quietly devout Muslim living up near Seattle and counsels burn victims. After all, she was one, once upon a time. She and Backdraft are on opposite sides of the cape argument, and the cape is one of the few things they had in common to begin with.
Despite his vendetta against the government, Backdraft only attacks buildings while they are mostly empty. He doesn't want to hurt people, and isn't completely confident of his fire control yet. So he waits until he has at most a few security guards to neutralize and move to a safer spot. Backdraft also takes a dim view of terrorists who target innocent bystanders, particularly ones like the IRA who started out bombing government offices and devolved to bombing schoolbuses. More recently, he has targeted banks and credit agencies, destroying their records with fire and hacking to wipe out debts and mortgages. Sometimes he goes after large businesses with pernicious practices. His theme music is Leslie Fish's Firestorm album.
He has one power aspect that even SPOON doesn't know about. He can create 'fire-gems' -- like a flame trapped inside a faceted gem -- that are inert to touch, but melt in water.
Origin: Gay bashers beat him up, tied him to a post, and tried to set him on fire. It did not go well for them, and they wound up in the hospital with severe burns. He wound up with superpowers. When nobody would press charges against the gay-bashers, he stated a goal of burning down the government, starting with the local city hall.
Uniform: Scarlet and orange swirled dexflan with gold boots and gloves, and a flame-cut cape of gold capery. Leather half-mask has a fire design, yellow at the top, then orange, and deep blue at the base.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Computer Wizard, Good (+2) Activist, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Sassy
Poor (-2) I'll Show You a Flaming Fag!
Powers: Expert (+4) Invulnerability, Good (+2) Fire Powers (Signature Stunts: Fire Blast, Fire Shield, Firestopping, Firetripping; Spin-Off Stunts: Fire Form, Fire-Gem, Ignite Passion)
Equipment: Good (+2) Sleep Ray Bolt Pistol
Vulnerability: Wanted Man. Police generally recognize him and will try to arrest him if they can, although they rarely have the means. They may call a BASH team or superhero if possible.
Motivation: Bring it down!

Introduced in "Interchange."

Backhoe (Theo Reynolds) -- He is a middle-aged black man with medium-brown skin, brown eyes, and short nappy brown hair. Most of the time he does construction work, but he takes occasional non-combat calls from SPOON.
Origin: As a boy, Theo always loved digging. One day he hit some kind of line in the back yard, and wound up with superpowers.
Uniform: No official uniform. He often wears jeans and a sleeveless t-shirt at work, or in colder weather, a long-sleeved flannel shirt.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Construction Worker, Good (+2) Gardener, Good (+2) Manners, Good (+2) Unflappable
Poor (-2) Changing Plans
Powers: Good (+2) Earth Control
Motivation: To be reliable.

Introduced in "Leaflets Three, Let It Be."


Barf-o-Whirl -- She has fair skin, brown eyes and long wavy reddish-brown hair. Her face is triangular but her body is notably curvaceous. She is a supervillain henchwoman with Teleporting so clumsy that she gives people motion sickness. She fights by teleporting people short distances to make them sick, but has Iron Stomach herself. She specializes in confronting superheroes who are Tough, Armored, Invulnerable, etc. because it's a way to disable them that their protections can't block. She has a mean sense of humor, the kind to laugh over banana peels, rubber crutches, and twirling kids until they puke -- which is how she originally got her nickname, because some of her cousins also think it's funny and kept asking to go again. She goes by "Barf" for short, coming in to Omaha, Nebraska to work for Boss White after Shiv is arrested.
Origin: Barf has always enjoyed testing her Iron Stomach against whatever people could bring that was supposedly edible.  At a high school party, someone brought an unlabled bottle of booze.  Okay, that one made her a little queasy.  When the hangover wore off, however, the room was still spinning -- and she could teleport. Sort of.
Uniform: Street clothes.  She has a rather rude sense of fashion.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Iron Stomach, Good (+2) Nebraska Sports Fan, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Supervillain Henchwoman
Poor (-2) Mean Sense of Humor
Powers: Average (0) Teleporting
Motivation: Take 'em for a ride!

Introduced in "The First Requisite of a Good Citizen."

Blankie (Danso Ward) -- He has milk chocolate skin, nappy brown hair cut close, and brown eyes. He grows a faint shadow of moustache to make himself look older. Danso is homosexual. Although he grew up with a loving mother, she died and left him with a much less tolerant uncle. Danso successfully hid his superpowers, but at sixteen he got caught kissing another boy, after which his uncle kicked him out. He survived on the street, collecting a group of other young soups.  See a picture of him just after turning 15, when his mom died and he moved in with his uncle; just shy of 17, when he came to the Muffler with his found-siblings in tow; and just after 17 when he has re-enrolled in high school and has new reading glasses.
Origin: His ability to interact with other people's superpowers arrived with puberty.
Uniform: Street clothes. He tends to dress in faded, secondhand clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Streetwise, Good (+2) Thief, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Letting Go
Powers: Good (+2) Power Manipulation
This meta-power includes such uses as detecting, tracing, enhancing, suppressing, and copying other people's superpowers.
Limitation: Because Danso is so young, he doesn't have much control or strength yet. His abilities are clearly still growing in, and can be erratic.
Motivation: Family comes first.

Introduced in "The Ones Who Would Do Anything."

Blitzen -- Ferdinand Hirsch is a German superhero.  Like many runners, he has a very thin and wiry build.  He is 5'5" and weighs 125 lbs.  He has dark blond hair, hazel eyes, and fair skin.  He began as a rising star in the Olympics.  After he gained superpowers, he retired from competition to serve as a first responder for crimes and accidents.
Origin: During a field event, Ferdinand was struck by lightning.  His speed increased to super level, and he gained electrical powers.
Uniform: Nike Pro Turbospeed track uniform, primarily black with red and gold accents, the colors of the German flag.  A large red chevron over the chest has "Germany" written in gold across it.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Marathon Runner, Good (+2) First Responder, Good (+2) Knowledge of European Politics, Good (+2) Sports Endorsements
Poor (-2) Can't Swim
Powers: Expert (+4) Speed (Spin-Off Stunts: Run on Water, Speed Reading), Good (+2) Lighting Powers (Signature Stunt: Lightning Bolt, Spin-Off Stunt: Control Electricity)
Motivation: Get there in time to save the day.
Model: Khalid Khannouchi, marathon, 5'5" 125 lbs.

Introduced in "Pulling It Backward."

Bo Ray Petersen -- He has ruddy skin, blue eyes, and short brown hair. He goes by Ray. He serves as the boys' coach and one of the P.E. teachers at the Omaha, Nebraska high school where Stan and Lawrence go. He and the science teacher, Bruce Marshall, squabble the way jocks and nerds usually do.  Ray is known for making excellent chili.
Qualities: Good (+2) Crockpot Cook, Good (+2) High School Coach, Good (+2) Physically Fit
Poor (-2) Not the Sharpest Marble in the Stack

Introduced in "What You Expect Them to Be."

Boarskin (Chriselda Eberhardt) -- She has tawny-fair skin, blue eyes, and wavy blonde hair that falls just past her shoulders.  Her torso is slim, with flat breasts and narrow hips, but her thighs are thicker and her arms are enormous.  She is 17 years old.  Chriselda has a deep sense of family loyalty, is devastated by losing the connection with her birth family, and yearns for a replacement.  She feels protective of people she cares about.  For hunting, she uses various weapons, including an Absolute German compound bow.
 Her superpowers relate to her temper.  When berserk, she has Super-Strength, Toughness, Regeneration, and Enhanced Senses at Expert level.  The muscles of her arms and legs expand.  Chriselda can sustain a berserk rage for just over ten minutes, after which she collapses in exhaustion. Otherwise, her powers are only Average.  After joining the Marionettes, she studies judo.
Origin: Chriselda and her father hunted wild boar to keep the animals from becoming a nuisance.  They got separated, and she was savaged by a radioactive boar.  She nearly died from the wounds before Blitzen found her.  Then Chriselda thought she was safe, but her muscles began to develop more.  About a month later, an argument turned violent and her superpowers manifested.  Because she injured her father, Chriselda's mother sold her to human traffickers willing to deal in soups.
Uniform: Street clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Determination, Good (+2) Huntress, Good (+2) Reading People, Good (+2) Traveler
Poor (+2) Volatile Temper
Powers: Expert (+4) Berserker
Motivation: Survival.

Introduced in "Pulling It Backward."

Boomer (Hadyn Kennedy) -- She has wavy blond hair past her shoulders, brown eyes, and golden-fair skin. Her ability to explode and reform her body has made her anxious and skittish, because she can't control it much. She clings to Danso as a protector and an anchor. Hadyn particularly enjoys jumping rope and has taught Lakia how to do it.
Origin: Her superpowers manifested at ten, when her father sexually abused her. Neither he nor their house survived the incident. Hadyn fled and lived on the street alone until she met Danso.
Uniform: Street clothes. Hadyn likes girl clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cute, Good (+2) Girl Stuff, Good (+2) Survivor
Poor (-2) Sexual Abuse Trauma
Powers: Average (0) Regeneration, Average (0) Self-Detonation
Motivation: Avoid conflict.

Introduced in "The Ones Who Would Do Anything."

Boss White (Dwayne White) -- He has mahogany skin, brown eyes, and short nappy black hair. A very thin line of beard runs down from his hairline in front of the ears and along the edge of his jaw, framing his face. He is cool, tough, and yet also suave.
Boss White controls the underworld of Omaha, Nebraska. He deals in drugs, gambling, and other organized crime. Despite being a supervillain, he is as mentally fastidious as most other telepaths. While he blithely abuses information gleaned from projected thoughts, he never enters another mind without permission, and he has executed at least one criminal telepath for mindrape. His people have included Antimatter, Barf-o-Whirl, Buttons, Shithouse, and Shiv.
Origin: While in prison, he was subjected to mad science experiments.
Uniform: On duty as a supervillain, he wears an ivory suit and hat. Off duty, he wears a charcoal gray or black suit and hat.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Gangster, Expert (+4) Tough, Good (+2) Saxophone Player
Poor (-2) Internalized Racism
Powers: Good (+2) Forcefields (Signature Stunts: Invisible Jail, Invisible Staircase, Shield Bash, Trash Compactor), Average (0) Telepathy
Good (+2) Minions: Ebonies & Ivories have 9 named lieutenants, each in charge of his own gang full of common thugs. Lieutenants typically have at least Good (+2) Gangster, a Good musical ability, one other Good, and one Average superpower. These include Lieutenant Brown, Faster Blaster (Zachary Johnson), and Popgun (Tyler Davis).
Motivation: To consolidate power.

Introduced in "Turning Leaves."

Brick / Shithouse (Bud Ogletree) -- Bud has amber eyes and dark brown hair in a buzzcut. His skin is coarse and dark red. He works as a supervillain henchman, where he is quite popular as a bodyguard and blocker. His supervillain friends call him Shithouse, which is the name he chose for himself. Most superheroes think it's vulgar, so they typically call him Brick instead; he hates that.
Origin: Bud grew up poor, near a dump site for coal ash. Arsenic, mercury, and lead have genotoxic effects. This caused health problems for a lot of people and superpowers for a few.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Bodyguard, Good (+2) Camping, Good (+2) Country Music, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) My Name Is Shithouse, You Fuckin' Assholes!
Powers: Expert (+4) Super-Armor, Good (+2) Invulnerability
Equipment: Four bolt pistols (freeze, pain, sleep, and force); for each mission, he packs the two he expects to be most useful.

Introduced in "Turning Leaves."

Bruce Marshall -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair with a short beard. He wears large geeky glasses. He favors ties with geometric or scientific designs. Mr. Marshall teaches science at the high school in Omaha, Nebraska where Stan and Lawrence go. He also sponsors the science team and the chess club. He has a good eye for which students can handle more responsibility or need extra help.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Science Teacher, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Negotiation, Good (+2) Patience, Good (+2) Teen Support Contacts
Poor (-2) Overworked and Underpaid

Introduced in "What You Expect Them to Be."

Bully Boy -- Hugo Henderson is a junior high student who tries to lift himself up by putting other people down.  His abusive father is always ragging on him to be a "real man."  Prior to gaining his powers, Hugo had the misfortune of being small, slender, and pretty rather than robust.  Now he is huskier, although he still has the pretty face and fluffy blond curls.  As Bully Boy, he intimidates and beats up other students, preferring targets much smaller and weaker than himself.  He has been reported many times, but usually manages to talk his way out of trouble.  While not technically popular, he is admired by the rough and lower-class portion of the student body.  He is a rival of Plucky Girl.
Origin: In an effort to make himself big and strong, Hugo combined a bunch of nutritional aids.  The overdose almost killed him, but he gained superpowers as a result.
Uniform: Street clothes, usually torn jeans and a t-shirt (summer) or flannel shirt (winter).  Almost everything is second-hand.  He starts out wearing a garish multicolor ski mask to hide his face, which he hates.  Later Plucky Girl takes pity on him and gives him a plain black one.
Qualities: Good (+2) Convincing People, Good (+2) Poorskillz, Good (+2) Shop Class, Good (+2) Wrestling
Poor (-2) Trailer Court Trash
Powers: Good (+2) Super-Growth, Average (0) Minions, Average (0) Regeneration
Minions: Bully Boy has 7 devoted cronies and dozens of more distant admirers among the student body.  While it is primarily the cronies who get their hands dirty helping him hurt people, the other students join in milder harassment, warn him of adults approaching, and vouch for him if questioned.
Motivation: I'll show you I'm no sissy!

Introduced in "Pulling Pigtails."

Buraq (Akram Zaidi) -- He has tinted skin, brown eyes, and short black hair. He is slim and quick. Akram speaks Arabic and English, currently learning French from his partners Patches and Rampart. He enjoys reading and writing Arabic poetry. He is a Muslim, originally from Iraq. He finds political conversations stressful and prefers to avoid them, because he's seen how much damage is done over political disagreements.
Buraq currently works as part of a punch team, meant to cut through any obstacles or hazards to reach a designated casualty. He specializes in getting through defenses meant to block teleporters, and in memorizing coordinates for many hospitals and other safe zones. He has also learned enough first aid to help Patches with casualties.
Origin: Before joining the military, Akram made his Hajj to Mecca. His flight home was canceled, leaving him stranded and about to be late reporting for duty. He wished fiercely that he was at his base -- and suddenly, there he was. Over time, he learned how to acquire jump references from other people's minds as well as his own experience, although his telepathy is iffy for anything else. Akram considers his superpowers to be gifts from God, hence his nickname: the buraq was a legendary creature who carried the prophets.
Later in Iraq, Akram was wounded in combat with the American military. A Marine field medic named Patches found him and provided first aid, but there was no path out of the hot zone. Akram offered to teleport them out. The medic refused to leave his first casualty behind, and Akram said that he could carry two; he was able to teleport them all to a field hospital. The three of them later formed a team.
Uniform: He still wears an Iraqi-style uniform in the field, but without the old insignia, with red cross armbands to mark his first aid skill.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Soldier, Good (+2) Compassion, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) First Aid, Good (+2) Partners with Patches and Rampart, Good (+2) Poet
Poor (-2) Hates Politics
Powers: Expert (+4) Teleportation, Average (0) Telepathy
Motivation: To carry on.

Buttons (Sheylinn Bailey) -- She has medium-brown skin, brown eyes, and nappy black hair usually pulled back in a small bun. She has a two-year-old son, Jaxon, who usually stays with her sister Tamicka during work hours. Sheylinn used to do science as a lab technician, but as a black woman found it difficult to get work in that field.
Currently she works as a button woman for Boss White in Omaha, doing whatever odd jobs he needs in addition to bodyguard and enforcer tasks. When she first started, Boss White remarked that she was doing the work of two men -- he hadn't gotten around to replacing the second one yet -- so she replied that she ought to get paid for both of those jobs. Boss White laughed, doubled her payout, and never did get around to replacing the second guy. That's how she got the name "Buttons."
Origin: Her Super-Strength arrived at puberty.
Uniform: Usually workout clothes or a cheap business suit.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Button Woman, Good (+2) Hard Worker, Good (+2) Science, Good (+2) Smart
Poor (-2) Brokeass Broke
Powers: Average (0) Super-Strength
Motivation: Put beans on the table.

Introduced in "Mad Scientesses."

Buzz (Toby Mendoza) -- He has fair skin, black eyes, and straight black hair in a wild buzz cut. He usually has a scruff of beard. He has pierced ears, often with claw earrings. He likes to say, "Let's go, chop-chop!" Most of the time he works as a prep cook in a restaurant, chopping things for everyone else.
Origin: When Toby was ten, a telekinetic supervillain tried to rob a bank and grabbed him as a hostage. The supervillain tried to kill him, but instead the power broke off and attached itself to him. The supervillain was so badly sliced up in the power struggle that he later died of his wounds. Upset over his inadvertent role in the man's death, Toby was afraid of his power for years and it took a long time for him to learn how to control it. Recently he has begun taking simple jobs for SPOON.
Uniform: In the restaurant he wears black pants with a white shirt and white apron. Off-duty he wears fashionable men's clothes. He doesn't have a superhero outfit.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Coping Skills, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Legendary Tales, Good (+2) Self-Defense, Good (+2) Teamwork
Poor (-2) Impatient
Powers: Good (+2) Telekinesis
Limitation: So far his telekinesis only works for creating a localized 'blender' effect of tiny blades chopping things apart.
Motivation: Cut problems down to size.

Introduced in "Leaflets Three, Let It Be."


Calliope (Calvin Sanna) -- Calliope comes from Oklahoma; the father's family is Greek-American, while the mother's family is American. Calliope has light olive skin with gray eyes and short hair in shades of lighter and darker blond. Cal is demiromantic demisexual.
Origin: Sucked into a tornado.
Uniform: Feminine-styled costume of dexflan and capery in dusty shades of pink, blue, lavender, and cream.
Powers: Expert (+4) Air Powers (meta-power including Flight, Phasing, Sonic Blast, Tornado Straws, Whirlwind, Windtalking), Average (0) Empathy, Average (0) Shapeshifting
Vulnerability: Air Powers are opposed by Earth Powers. Some Air abilities do not work on an Earth-powered opponent, and vice versa, typically those meant to affect a person directly. Others gain an upshift on damage, typically attacks.
Limitation: So far the Shapeshifting only works to switch between Calvin and Calliope. As the power improves, additional shapes may be gained.
Motivation: Self-discovery.

Introduced in "Everyday Lies and Heroic Revelations."

Cassandra Vogler -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long brown hair habitually worn in braids. Parts of her hair tend to bleach out to a more golden tone. Cassandra is an only child, with no cousins or even close friends her age. Tall for a girl, she tends to hunch down in attempt to hide her true stature. She is gawky and awkward in her body.
Having just turned 18, Cassandra demands that people treat her as an adult woman and quickly becomes belligerent if she feels that people are treating her like a child -- because to her, being a child is associated with people being free to hurt her. Now that she's an adult, she wants to learn how to defend herself. She dislikes coffee, but insists that it's an acquired taste and she's determined to acquire it.
Her family belongs to the Evangelical Methodist Church. When Cassandra's superpower manifested, her parents first put her into suppression therapy, which spurred several unsuccessful attempts to run away. Later they found a clipper to remove her Flight ability. That loss has left Cassandra with chronic pain, and a deeply conflicted identity crisis over whether she is still "really" a soup with her power crippled. She is more at risk for lashing out than for regressive types of teen rebellion.
Origin: Her superpower emerged at puberty. Her parents immediately started trying to make it go away.
Uniform: Street clothes.
Qualities: Good (+2) Artist, Good (+2) Birdwatching, Good (+2) Bookworm, Good (+2) Endurance
Poor (-2) Hostility Issues
Powers: formerly Average (0) Flight
Motivation: Escape from parents.

Introduced in "Clipped."

Cheersquad -- Chuck Collins has short sandy hair, green eyes, and tawny skin. His body is crumpled and mostly paralyzed from an accident, so he uses an electric wheelchair to get around. He has very limited use of his left thumb and forefinger, not much else. Given his current job as a counselor, he knows many other people with superpowers and/or handicaps. Most people pronounce his code name as "Cheer Squad." If you listen closely, however, you can hear that he says "Cheers Quad." If asked which it is, he smirks and says, "That's a state secret." (It's the Hellspark joke.) Chuck is popular as a charity auctioneer, one of the few ways he can still use his super-speed.

Origin: Chuck started out as an ordinary college student studying linguistics. While on a field trip in Guatemala, he was struck by a mysterious clay pellet from a blowgun that left him shivering and delirious for weeks. Chuck emerged from the ordeal with super-speed and a new interest in emergency medicine. So he got his Class Z license and drove a zoom ambulance, sometimes also serving as a translator. His girlfriend Jocelyn, a cheerleader at the local college, threw a fit but stuck with him.
Then a drunk driver T-boned the ambulance at an intersection, killing everyone but Chuck. He broke his neck and a bunch of other bones, leaving him mostly paralyzed. At this time Jocelyn finally dumped him. Chuck fell into a depression, but eventually started to claw his way out. A local charity contacted him, intending to put him on their list of recipients. Instead, he proved such an engaging conversationalist that they hired him and trained him as a counselor. Now he works primarily over the phone, helping people deal with personal trauma, especially things related to superpowers. He has subsequently begun working at the Eastbord SPOON Base as well.
Uniform: Light blue jumpsuit with a red cross on each lapel, modeled after his old ambulance uniform. His electric wheelchair is a bright metallic blue with the same emblem on both sides and the back.
Qualities: Master (+6) Cheerful, Expert (+4) Ambulance Driver, Expert (+4) Constitution, Expert (+4) Counselor, Expert (+4) Contacts in Soup/Disabled Circles, Good (+2) Games, Good (+2) Linguist, Good (+2) Science Fiction Fan, Good (+2) Trivia
Poor (-2) Mobility
As a linguist, Chuck is fluent in 9 foreign languages: Esperanto, French, German, Japanese, Láadan, Latin, Nahuatl, Russian, and Spanish.
Powers: Average (0) Super-speed (Spin-off stunts: Auctioneering, Speed-reading)
Motivation: Keep your chin up and do your part.

Chester Davidson -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair. If he doesn't eat regularly enough, the low blood sugar makes him very cranky -- and his body doesn't always give him a lot of warning before it needs to refuel. Chester works at Yard Zone in the Mercedes mall. He is the circumstantial kind of bigot who grew up in a bigoted family and is kind of bemused when "those people" (of various types) turn out to be not necessarily like what he was told.
Qualities: Good (+2) Churchgoer, Good (+2) Mechanic, Good (+2) Strong
Poor (-2) Bigot

Introduced in "Building Doors"

Cindy Goodwin -- She is a counselor at the Urbanburg University.  Cindy has brown eyes and long brown hair, usually done up in a bun.  She has pinkish-fair skin.  Her body is softly curved and average height.  She typically wears feminine suits to work.  Cindy is gentle and sympathetic.

Qualities: Good (+2) Body Language, Good (+2) Counselor, Good (+2) Fashion Sense
Poor (-2) Confused by the Extraordinary

Introduced in "Shrink Wrap."

Crystal Hines -- She is the lab assistant and friend of Dr. Doohickey.  She is meticulous, patient, and quiet.  She has shoulder-length blond hair, round gray eyes, and pinkish-fair skin.
Qualities: Good (+2) Faithful, Good (+2) Lab Assistant, Good (+2) Physically Fit
Poor (-2) Imposter Syndrome

Introduced in "Dr. Doohickey and the Problem of Locomotion."

Dace Graham -- He is a student at Urbanburg University, majoring in Cultural Studies, minoring in Art.  He sketches with charcoals, among other techniques.  Dace is black with chocolate skin, full pink lips, and a wide nose.  He has short, tightly curled black hair and brown eyes.  He is average height and slender.  He has a low voice that roughens when he gets upset.  Dace constantly overestimates his ability to do things like take a beating or hold his liquor.  He can be cynical, and he's not the best student.  He doesn't make friends easily, although he's a nice guy once you get to know him.  Dace is a friend of Damask, primarily Keane and Clement.
Qualities: Good (+2) Artist, Good (+2) Generous, Good (+2) Meticulous
Poor (-2) Constitution

Introduced in "Through the Haze."

Dan the Ice Cream Man -- He runs a soda shop/ice cream parlor on campus.  Dan learns to distinguish Damask's headmates because each of them likes a different flavor (Keane: dark chocolate cayenne, Mira: spumoni, Clarity: lemon sorbet, Ham: rocky road, Clement: mint chocolate chip, Maze: strawberry frozen yogurt; and Maisie used to get vanilla with different toppings).  He is an ordinary person without superpowers.
Qualities: Good (+2) Ice Cream Man, Good (+2) Observant, Good (+2) Friendly
Poor (-2) Can't Resist Puppy-Dog Eyes

Introduced in "Favorite Flavors."

Dr. Doohickey -- Donald Hicks has fair skin, brown eyes, and floppy blond hair always falling in his face.  He has an average-sized body, a little soft from spending lots of time in his workshop.  After losing his legs in a woodchipper death trap, he uses a super-gizmo wheelchair.
Origin: Always smart and interested in technology, Donald just gradually got better and better, crossing into super-gizmology in college.
Uniform: Typical lab wear, usually dark pants with a light shirt, sometimes a white coat.  He likes to wear a helicopter beanie at parties.
Qualities: Master (+6) Intelligence, Good (+2) Engineer, Good (+2) Geek Friends, Good (+2) Wealth
Poor (-2) Dorky
Powers: Master (+6) Super-Gizmology, Good (+2) Constitution
Expert (+4) Antchair resembles an ordinary wheelchair but can reconfigure to scuttle or climb on six metallic legs.  Good (+2) Agile, Good (+2) Smart, Poor (-2) Energy Hog
Expert (+4) Storm Gun fires cloud of carbon nanoparticles which wrap the target in fine black strands along with an electromagnetic pulse that kills technology.  Good (+2) Carbon Net, Good (+2) EMP, Limitation: Sometimes releases random EMP on stormy days.
Good (+2) Egghead Beater (or Mad Science Scrambler) began as an eggbeater and disrupts nerve impulses in soups, causing a migraine and making it difficult or impossible to use mental superpowers.
Good (+2) Geoshield is a device that folds down to a single triangle, but quickly expands to a geodesic dome.  Made primarily of quartz, it uses piezoelectric power and general relativity to disperse beams and bolts.  Good (+2) Protection from Rays
Motivation: To discover how everything works.

Introduced in "Dr. Doohickey and the Problem of Locomotion."

Dr. Infanta -- Alicia Martins is a world-class supervillain who looks like a little girl about 7 years old, but is actually centuries old.  She has hazel eyes, shoulder-length wavy hair of light brown, and slightly tinted skin.  She has a heart-shaped face. She admires altruism and loyalty, hence the makeup of her minion contingent.  She isn't malicious, just ruthless.  She is effectively asexual, due to her biological age. In French she is called la Petite Mort ("the Little Death"); in Italian, la Angioletta ("the Little Angel").
 Dr. Infanta is extremely  well-protected by other super-villains and many wealthy naries because of her powers.  She always travels with a "nanny" and bodyguards, masquerading as a rich young heiress.  She can't be killed, has rarely been captured, and it never takes long for her to escape.  She is that powerful and connected.
 Dr. Infanta often uses her influence to quash legislation that could harm soups.  She is a key reason for how little institutionalized oppression there is, given the amount of informal oppression.  This makes even some superheroes secretly appreciate her, if they haven't personally had to fight her or watch her give their archenemy a new face.
Origin: Alicia was a peasant child purchased by a noblewoman for experiments to extend life.  They worked.  She killed her owner and ran away.  When Alicia discovered what she could do with her powers, she soon gathered adult protectors and traded her skills for what she needed.
Uniform: street clothes, usually whatever is fashionable for children of her apparent age.
Qualities: Master (+6) Children's Folklore, Master (+6) Wealth, Expert (+4) Intelligence, Good (+2) Cute, Good (+2) Gunplay, Good (+2) Living History
Poor (-2) Pint-sized
Powers: Master (+6) Time Control (Signature Stunts: Erase Memories, Transfer Lifeyears; Spin-Off Stunts: Danger-sense, Precognition), Expert (+4) Healing (Signature Stunts: Plastic Surgery, Regenerate Lost Body Parts), Average (0) Immortality
Average (0) Minions: The Guardians are a set of 7 trusted grownups, in charge of the collective personnel.  They protect Dr. Infanta and usher her through the adult world.  They are all relatives of people whose lives she has saved, thus all sharing the Poor (-2) Fanatically Devoted to Leader quality.  In addition, each has a Good (+2) profession (usually Nanny or Bodyguard), another Good (usually social for Nanny, physical for Bodyguard), and one Average (0) superpower (often Teleportation, Invulnerability, Super-Gizmology, or Sorcery).
Motivation: Survive and prosper.

Introduced in "Lifeyears."

Dr. Laser (Hugh Buchanan) -- He has straight black hair, black eyes, and pale skin. He's letting his hair grow now; so far it has reached his shoulders. He is tall and slim, with long elegant fingers. Due to the scars from the accident, he feels self-conscious about his appearance and typically dresses to cover as much skin as possible, also drawing attention away from his face except when he uses his Laser Eyes. He is currently in therapy trying to overcome that sensitivity, because he doesn't want it to undermine his entertainment career. His hometown is Bluehill and he is thirty years old.

He serves as the lead guitarist and male vocalist in Dr. Laser and the Nocturnal Emissions. He plays a Dean MAB1 Speed of Light electric guitar. He provides the leadership and vision. The band is becoming a cult favorite with soups of all kinds, given their message of self-acceptance and making the best of what life brings you. They also perform at schools where people want to send a message of tolerance, some science shows, and they've even done a few weddings for soups, handicapped people, or same-sex couples. They promote the idea that everyone has a right to be themselves, even if it's not what people expect of you -- just because you have superpowers doesn't mean you have to fight crime. Or cause it.

Their style is fusion: mostly soft rock, some jazz and techno, a little classical in the form of nocturnes. The electric violin and the super-powered special effects give them a unique sound. Although not the first super musicians, they are the first band in which all members are known to be soups. Popular songs include "Change It Up," "Soup and Salad," "Let's Make Lemonade," "Dreampillow" (nocturne instrumental), "Blue Juice" (jazz instrumental), "Light the Way," "Make Some Noise," "Shadowplay," "Little Cat Feet," "Bleeding Hearts," and "Sometimes You Gotta Quit Your Day Job." They started out doing covers including "The End of the World."

Origin: He used to work in retroengineering, and was attempting to build a new kind of laser inspired by a super-gadget. A jealous colleague sabotaged the testing, an experiment blew up in his face, and he wound up with laser eyes. The accident left him with a lot of scars, worst on his face and hands but also much of his front. During rehab, he resumed his old practice of guitar as a way to regain dexterity. Then he started experimenting with using his new power as a laser show. He decided to retire from physics and become a professional musician.

Uniform: Matte black dexflan jumpsuit studded with multicolored rhinestones making straight trails toward the ends of the sleeves and pants where they become solid bands, with white leather boots also set with rhinestones. He wears a visor of dark crystal to control his Laser Eyes. His swag t-shirt is black with multicolor glitter streaks.

Qualities: Master (+6) Particle Physicist, Expert (+4) Gizmology, Expert (+4) Intelligence, Expert (+4) Musician, Good (+2) Adaptable, Good (+2) Networking, Good (+2) Stamina, Good (+2) Tai Chi
Poor (-2) Disfiguring Scars

Powers: Average (0) Laser Eyes
Limitation: Laser Eyes require a gizmotronic visor to control. They aren't strong enough to do much, but they make a terrific light show.
Poor (-2) Minions: The five Nocturnal Emissions are Dr. Laser's band. Each has one Average (0) superpower and Good (+2) Musician plus other Qualities.

Vulnerability: Fork Magnet. The entire band consists of soups and they are becoming well known, although not really "big name" performers yet. This attracts negative attention from people who hate soups. Their shows have been picketed more than once, and individual members have been harassed.

Motivation: Reach people through entertainment, education, and enlightenment.

Introduced in "Dr. Laser and the Nocturnal Emissions."

Dr. Nicole Chais -- She has wavy brown hair, brown eyes, and pinkish-fair skin. She speaks English and Cajun. She works at Saint Henriette Delille Hospital in Easy City.
Uniform: Pink scrubs. St. Henriette's uses pink for the doctors' uniforms.
Qualities: Master (+6) Pediatrician, Master (+6) Dexterity, Master (+6) Memory, Expert (+4) Fastidious, Expert (+4) Quilting Bee Member, Good (+2) Hunter, Good (+2) Politicking, Good (+2) Tolerance, Good (+2) Wealth
Poor (-2) Imposter Syndrome

Introduced in "Je Ne Regrette Rien."

Durganta -- A world-class soup, Jaya Tandon lives in India.  She has long curly black hair, brown eyes, and deep brown skin.
Origin: Jaya grew up in a small village near Pakistan.  When Pakistani soldiers invaded her village, she prayed for help.  A tiger came out of the jungle and carried her into battle; together they destroyed all of the invaders.
Uniform: Red sari trimmed in gold over white sari blouse trimmed in gold.  She wears a conical headdress of gold and jewels, gold bracelets and anklets, and gold jeweled earrings.  Her ruby bindi was a gift from another soup, and is charmed to stay on her forehead.
Qualities: Master (+6) Weapon Skill, Expert (+4) Dance, Expert (+4) Languages of India, Good (+2) Intimidation, Good (+2) Enduring Hardships, Good (+2) Wisdom
Poor (-2) Literacy
Powers: Expert (+4) Energy Beam, Expert (+4) Instant Karma, Good (+2) Conch Shell (sonic blast OM for pacification), Average (0) Blessing, Average (0) Memories of Past Incarnations
Average (0) Super-Sidekick Utsaah: Good (+2) Strength, Average (0) Flight, Average (0) Invulnerability, Average (0) Speed, Average (0) Tiger
Weapons: Discus, Elephant Goad, Lasso, Scimitar, Trident
Motivation: Do the work of the goddess Durga.

Dylan Flynn -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair. He has knotwork thorn tattoos banding both arms just above the elbows. Dylan belongs to the branch of the IRA that is more-or-less precise in its use of terrorism to protest British dominion and bring justice where the courts won't. He has little tolerance for bigots or bullies, and tries to maintain his bar as a safe place.  He actually has the whole spectrum from terrorists to pacifists getting along.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Bartender, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Sports Fan, Good (+2) You Quit Brawlin' or I Quit' Pourin'
Poor (-2) Quick Temper

Introduced with "In Dublin's Fair City."


Earwig -- Ernest Reiniger is a supervillain who can manipulate people's beliefs and actions.  It's not his superpowers that make him really dangerous; he only has a modest level of power there.  It's his knowledge of how people work and his skill at convincing them that causes the problems.  Disempowering bondage has a minimal effect on him; a gag alone won't do it; and he has been known to earwig people with body language  while completely tied up.  When free to use his faculties as he wishes, Earwig prefers to stack as many of them as possible -- and if he's trying to sell somebody a vacuum cleaner, he can use ALL of them together, which is 2d6+22.  That's nearly twice the Target Number (13) for a Master difficulty task; it's in Inconceivable (21+) range even by Swashbuckling rules.  Ernest sells a lot of vacuum cleaners.
 His appearance is unremarkable: average height, dark blond hair and blue eyes, fair skin.  His parents immigrated to America from Germany.
Origin: As a teenager, Ernest took a job selling vacuum cleaners.  He was broke and desperate, willing to do whatever it took to succeed.  He studied intensively to learn how people think and what makes them do things.  Once Ernest had enough money to get by, he started taking business and psychology classes at a community college.  The more he learned, the better he got.  His Qualities developed first, followed by his Powers.
Uniform: Street clothes.  Earwig dresses to blend in wherever he goes, whether that means a nice suit or ripped jeans.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Charming, Expert (+4) Persuasive, Expert (+4) Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Psychology, Good (+2) Wealth
Poor (-2) Afraid of Poverty
Powers: Good (+2) Mental Influence, Good (+2) Vocal Powers
Motivation: To gain control.  Earwig just likes to make people do things.  He doesn't always care what.  He's as happy to set superheroes fighting each other as he is to pursue a goal of his own, and when he can't think of anything else then he stirs up angry mobs to attack politicians or other unpopular targets.  He is also prone to convincing superheroes, police, and other authorities to buy vacuum cleaners.


Emma Matthews -- She has tawny-fair skin, hazel eyes, and wavy brown hair that falls to her shoulders. She lives in Onion City. She is six years old, in the same class as Lakia Collins. She is friends with Sophie Bergstrom. Emma starts out teasing Lakia, but eventually they make friends too.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Nature Lover
Poor (-2) Pranks People

Introduced in "House of Cards."


Everyman -- Harry Dixon is a Robin Hood type supernary who is a hero or a villain depending on who you ask.  Everyman champions the cause of regular folks against those with more power or money.  This makes him many friends and enemies.  His super-armor and Versa-Gun, for instance, are gifts from a super-gizmologist whom he rescued from captivity.
Origin: As a teenager, he saw his low-rent neighborhood bulldozed to make room for a new freeway.  Lacking true superpowers, he trained his body to extreme skill.
Uniform: Street clothes.  His appearance is so forgettable, he doesn't need a mask.
Qualities: Master (+6) Tough, Expert (+4) Hand-to-Hand Combat, Expert (+4) Versa-Gun (fires projectiles that do different things), Good (+2) Computer Wizard, Good (+2) Friends Everywhere, Good (+2) Spy Stuff, Good (+2) Utility Belt
Poor (-2) Enemies Everywhere
Powers: Good (+2) Super-Armor
Motivation: Help the underdog.

Among the projectiles commonly stocked for the Versa-Gun are armor-piercing, freeze, heat, glue, and fog bullets.  Less common are the tracking bullets that can turn corners to pursue a target once locked onto its signature.  The transmogrification bullets are difficult to produce, erratic in effect, and rare.

Faramundo Durante -- He has light brown skin, brown eyes, and short curly black hair. He is the husband of Amada and the father of Eduardo, Fernán, Gil, and Consuela/Rosita. They've been living in an apartment, trying to save up enough for a house because of the new baby. Faramundo's heritage is Hispanic, but he tries to assimilate with American culture instead of embracing his Hispanic roots. So he only speaks English, and discourages his family from speaking Spanish. He was relatively happy until his newborn daughter Consuela disappeared.
Faramundo works for an insurance company, which relies on his knowledge of local conditions and people, often demanding long hours and involving emergency calls. He is a staff adjuster working for a large company that handles much of the local business and residential coverage. He is licensed as an "all-lines adjuster" meaning he can handle any type of claim, but mostly he's been working with buildings. If a big storm blows through, he's busting his ass for weeks trying to clean up the mess. That puts him under strain to choose between job and family when his daughter (now called Rosita) is found, but cannot immediately be returned home. He is also not dealing well with her superpower.
Origin: Faramundo began flickering in highschool, but his power is so weak that it never amounted to much and he has largely repressed it.
Uniform: Business wear.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Insurance Claim Adjuster, Good (+2) American Culture, Good (+2) Guitarist, Good (+2) Physically Fit
Poor (-2) Spork
Powers: Poor (-2) Blinkstep
Motivation: To have a normal life.

Introduced in "Wherever We Find Them."


Farce -- Mallory Brasher is a college girl with fair skin, hazel eyes, and straight, shaggy brown hair that sticks out at the ends. Her childhood did not include abuse, but did include maladaptive parenting, along with bullying in school.
Origin: Secret experiment: After being denied entrance to graduate school, she tried to commit suicide with her roommate's pills; unbeknownst to her, those were part of an illicit lab project that left her with superpowers and a bitter appreciation of how the Universe can be a jackass.
Uniform: A motley jester outfit in green and orange with a white tragicomic mask.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Theatre Major, Good (+2) Pranks, Good (+2) Party Animal, Good (+2) Computer Wizard
Poor (-2) Asthma (in particular, overusing Theatrical Voice can trigger an attack)
Powers: Expert (+4) Behold the Banana Peel of Fate! (make inconvenient and ironic things happen), Good (+2) Theatrical Voice (with Spin-Off Stunts for Disabling Shout and Convincing Delivery)
Motivation: Reveal the farcical nature of life.

Introduced in "Weaving Damask."


[To be continued in Part 3 ...]

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