By the Sword and Spell
takes a turn for the campy.If you have to fight, fight for peace, not for war.Hercules (TV version)Power Level:
STR: 35 (+12), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 30 (+10), INT: 14 (+2), WIS: 16 (+3), CHA: 16 (+3)Skills:
Acrobatics 4 (+6), Bluff 2 (+5), Craft (menial tasks) 3 (+5), Craft (structural) 3 (+5), Diplomacy 5 (+8), Gather Information 4 (+7), Handle Animal 3 (+6), Intimidate 5 (+8), Knowledge (arcane Lore) 2 (+4), Knowledge (current events) 4 (+6), Knowledge (theology & philosophy) 3 (+5), Language 3 (Ancient Gaelic, Old Norse, Sumerian; native: Ancient Greek), Notice 3 (+6), Perform (stringed instruments) 2 (+5), Ride 4 (+6), Search 2 (+4), Sense Motive 6 (+9), Stealth 3 (+5), Survival 3 (+6)Feats:
Accurate Attack, Attack Specialization 1 (unarmed), Benefit 1 (Common Sense), Chokehold, Connected, Defensive attack, Diehard, Dodge Focus 5, Improved Block 1, Improved Grab, Improved Initiative 1, Improved Pin, Improved Sunder, Interpose, Leadership, Lionheart 1, Rousing Speech 1 (Diplomacy), Stunning Attack, Takedown Attack 2, Teamwork 1, Track, Ultimate Strength, Weapon BreakPowers:Demigod
(Immunity 2 [Aging, Disease]; 2pp)Super-Strength 5
(heavy load: 50 tons; PF: Bracing, Groundstrike; 12pp)Tough
(Protection 2; 2pp)Combat:
Attack +6 (+8 unarmed); Damage +12 (unarmed), or by weapon of choice; Defense +8 (+2 Flat-footed); Initiative +6Saves:
Toughness +12, Fortitude +10, Reflex +5, Will +7/+11 [Lionheart]Abilities 65 + Skills 16 (64 ranks) + Feats 28 + Powers 16 + Combat 18 + Saves 7 + Drawbacks 0 = 150Complications:
- Enemy (Hera): being the living proof of Zeus infidelity - well, one of many - Hera has tried to kill Hercules over and over.
- Fame (legendary hero): Hercules is probably the most famous hero in all of Greece, lucky for him few people know what he really looks like.
- Honor (defend the helpless)
- Rivalry (Ares): while they don't like each other one bit, Hercules tend to trust Ares a little more than Hera.
- Unlucky in Love: due in great part to Hera's machinations - she was the goddess of marriage after all - almost all of Hercules romances tend to end in tragedy.
well, here we have something I never thought to build. When I was kid I really loved mythology (thanks to my mom, who read me parts of the Odyssey, instead of fairy tales), so I had some big issues with Hercules: The Legenday Journey
and all the stuff related. Rewatching it after many years I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with this show: it's campy as hell, completly screw up any vague mythological reference, yet it manages to be incredibly good and funny.
anyway, on with the build. Herc is just a very simple powerhouse. He's not as durable as other bricks (lacking Impervious), but he can manage to be a very tough opponent (especially by combining Accurate and Defensive attack, which allows him to trade damage for defense)
as far as powers goes I went for a very simple set-up, ignoring some of the most questionable one shot tricks and the power-ups from later seasons (like super-speed)
one detail worth mentioning is his Common Sense Benefit. In a world filled with people ready to kill, gods that behave like spoiled children etc. Hercules seem to be one of the few people with a normal amount of common sense and willing to lend a hand.
UPDATE: I added the Menial Tasks craft to simulate one of the running gags of the shows, that Xena and Iolaus were completly unable to cook a decent meal