Saturday, June 25, 2016

Making MHR Characters ANOHotMU:U #2: Adam II

In close up shots, it looks like he's wearing
a mask over a human face - creepy.
And we're back. I'm doing one of the Update books this time, which goes from Adam II through to Zodiak and has some legitimately cool characters in between. There's Orka, one of my favourite Sub-Mariner baddies, Captain from N.E.X.T.W.A.V.E.* and Captain America himself!

But first, let's start off with a crappy knockoff of Ultron who pretty much only shows up only once in Marvel history and looks like his exterior was painted by a colour-blind pre-schooler. For all that, he's kind of a neat character.

He was created by Phineas T. Horton, who built the original robotic Human Torch because . . . well, reasons, I'm sure, abound, for making a robot that catches fire at random, but I can't think of any just now. Well, anyway, he tries again, this time hoping to create something a bit better than the original Torch who, let's face is, really was pretty darned glitchy.

And he ended up making a megalomaniac robot that took over the world and required a bunch of Captain Americas to overcome.

Wait, maybe I need to explain that last bit. See, after Steve Rogers went on ice, the U.S. government was like, "We can't just not have Captain America," so they drafted a bunch of second-stringers into the job in the ensuing decades. Taking down Adam II burned through one of them completely (William Naslund) and put Jeff Mace, the Patriot, into the uniform. An alternate universe of Adam II took Naslund, Mace and Steve Rogers (twice - once the modern version, and once the 50's version). He's a pretty powerful opponent, more because of his minions than anything else, and I think this build reflects that. Honestly, he's basically a low-rent Iron Man, and Iron Man vs. Cap, with other armored back-up, is usually a winning move for Stark, so that fits.

* This is the last time I'm putting in the periods. Seriously.

Adam II
Solo 1d8
Buddy 1d4
Team 1d6

Hatred of the Flesh
Superior Design

Energy Blasts 1d10
Enhanced Durability 1d8
Enhanced Stamina 1d8
Enhanced Strength 1d8
SFX: Parallel Processing - Use two or more Android powers in a single dice pool at -1 step for each additional power.
SFX: Power Transfer - Shutdown an Android power to step up another Android power by +1. Recover the power by activating an opportunity of spending a die from the doom pool.
SFX: Robotic Minions - Add 1d8 and step up the effect die by +1 when using Android to create robotic assets.
Limit: Robot Body - Add a die to the doom pool when affect by Milestones and tech that specifically target artificial lifeforms.

Menace Expert 1d8
Science Expert 1d8
Tech Master 1d10
Vehicle Expert 1d8

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