XIPHOSArtwork from Storn’s Art Thread
Real Name: Ariston “Andy” Handeland
Identity: Secret IDAPPEARANCE
Height: 5' 11”
Weight: 173 lbs
Eyes: GreyPOWER LEVEL
Power Level: 9
Power Points: 135
Max Attack: 11
Max Defense: 9
Max Save DC: 7
Max Toughness: 9ABILITIES
STR: 16 (+3)
DEX: 16 (+3)
CON: 18 (+4)
INT: 12 (+1)
WIS: 12 (+1)
CHA: 14 (+2)COMBAT
Attack +7 (Melee +11, Ranged +7)
Damage: Unarmed +3 (Bruise); "Anaklusmos" +7*
Defense +9 (+4 flat-footed)
* Improved Critical 18-20; +7 Penetrating, Autofire or StunnedSAVES
Toughness +9 (+7 flat-footed)
Acrobatics 4 (+7); Bluff 4 (+6); Climb 4 (+7); Concentration 5 (+6); Drive 2 (+5); Gather Info 4 (+6); Knowledge -Streetwise 5 (+6); Notice 8 (+9); Ride 4 (+7); Search 7 (+8); Sense Motive 8 (+9); Stealth 3 (+6); Swim 8 (+11)LANGUAGES
English (base), Greek, LatinFEATS
Improved Critical (2 or 18-20)**; All-out Attack; Attack Focus, Melee (4); Defensive Attack; Defensive Roll (2); Dodge Focus (2); Elusive Target; Equipment (1 or 5eps); Improved Block (1); Improved Disarm (1); Improved Initiative (1); Light Sleeper; Power Attack; Quick Draw (1); Swift (1); Takedown Attack (1); Weapon Bind
** Purchased as part of device "Anaklusmos" DEVICES"Anaklusmos"
(Device 7; Easy to Lose) (Feats: Split Attack; Affect Insubstantial x2; Improved Critical x2)
- ARRAY: Strike  (Extra: Penetrating +7)
---- [a] Stun 
---- [a] “Rapid Attack” Strike  (Extra: Autofire)
- Water Control  "Helm of Silver"
(Device 1; Hard to Lose)
Immunity  (Dazzle Effects) (Flaw: Half Effect only)
Super Senses  (Low Light Vision)EQUIPMENT
Costume (Protection 3) (3eps)MOVEMENT
Base Move: 30 ft/60 ft/120 ft
Leaping: 15 ft/5 ft/5 ft
Swift: 90 ft (10 mph)COMPLICATIONSIMPULSIVE -
Andy can act on instinct without considering the consequences.DISABILITY -
Andy suffers from dyslexiaENEMY -
Andy is terrified of the Terror Bears.SUMMARY
Abilities 28 + Skills 17 (68 ranks) + Feats 21 + Powers 25 + Combat 28 + Saves 16 – Drawbacks 0 = 135 / 135BACKGROUND
Ariston Handeland or "Andy" to everybody apart from his family was an impulsive hyperactive kid growing up always pushing the boundaries and then pushing them some more. The only times when he was more or less still was either riding horses or when he visited his Uncle Percy's house.
Uncle Percy was not a real relative but always referred to as Uncle anyway, dealt in antiques and had rooms fill of Roman, Greek & Egyptian weapons and once Andy was strong enough to lift them would spend hours pretending to be heroes from ancient myth or as a member of the Golden Age JSA team.
It was after been kicked out of another school in his late teens that Andy visited Uncle Percy's place rather than face his parents again that his life changed. Looking through the racks of weapons Andy came across a sword that he could not recall seeing before. Something about the sword seemed to call him and then Uncle Percy was there in the room with him. "So Anaklusmos has chosen you" he said to Andy "you can take it with you but use it wisely. I will explain it to your parents" Uncle Percy answered the unspoken question in Andy's eyes.
After spending some time practising with the sword Andy realised that it was sharper and stronger than other swords he had used. Thinking that the sword could make him a superhero, Andy started sneaking out at night to deal with street crime and through good luck survived a number of encounters. However his luck ran out when he came across a quartet of bear cubs surrounding a young couple out on a date. Acing on instinct Andy started shouting and waving his sword to scare the cubs away and his intervention allowed the couple to make their escape but then the cubs turned their gazes on him and Andy was plunged into a nightmare world of pain and fear that overwhelmed him.
When Andy awoke he found himself in the sewers surrounded by a group of man sized turtles and a giant rat. He discovered that the bear cubs were known as The Terror Bears and that he had been rescued by The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and what was he thinking attacking The Terror Bears as they are too dangerous for a meer kid. Annoyed and noticing that one of the turtles carried a sword, Andy challenged him and was defeated in seconds by Leonardo.
After a number of requests Andy convinced Leonardo to train him in the use of the sword and a couple of years later and many strange adventures fighting the Foot Clan and other foes of the turtles alongside Casey Jones and others, Leonardo said he was good enough to survive on his own.
Deciding to travel to San Antonio to make a fresh start and to put as much distance between himself and The Terror Bears, Any now has a better understanding of the abilities of his sword and the skills to use more effectively. Calling himself Xiphos, Andy wants to prove himself as a hero like the JSA.NOTES
This build is a character in Kenseido's new Crinoverse game "San Antonio Avengers" on the gaming board and takes inspiration from a couple of sources. I like the idea of weapon users and wanted to try a swordsman that was slightly different to the pirates I have done earlier.