Concept: Costumed Avenger
Tradeoffs: Attack +3 / Damage -3; Defense +3 / Toughness -3
Skylark was born in the cold steel embrace of a genetic engineering lab, created by VIPER to be the perfect assassin. Unlike previous creations, she was not subjected to accelerated growth in the hopes that this would avoid problems with mental instability seen in earlier such clones. However, the same process also gave her a human conscience, and as soon as she could, she kicked ass and escaped. Alone, free but heavily wounded, she was found by the Falcon -- billionaire, defense contractor, philanthropist and retired ex-hero -- who took her in and nursed her back to health. Despite his insistence that she grow up and lead a normal life, Skylark insists on following in his footsteps and fighting crime. Maybe it's something in her spliced genes or her neural programming, but she feels that she has a lot more in common with the world of capes and cowls than she does with the world of normal teenaged girls.
Skylark is a sixteen-year-old Caucasian girl, with blue eyes and blonde hair in a long ponytail. She stands roughly 5'2 tall and weighs 130 lbs. Her costume is white with light blue and yellow highlights, comprising long gloves, thigh-high socks, combat boots, utility belt and a sleeveless turtleneck leotard with a yellow bird emblem emblazoned across her chest. A flight harness strapped to her back deploys antigravity units and a pair of flexible, smart polymer wings that let her fly.
Relationship: Retired ex-hero and Batman expy, the Falcon found Skylark soon after her escape and took her in. He trained her and provides her with her gadgets and resources. They don't always get along, but Skylark holds him in great respect, and would do just about anything for him.
Minor: Can't enter age-restricted establishments, can't legally drive and most adults think she's just a kid out to cause trouble... which isn't helped by the fact that she really IS mouthy and mischievous.
Motivation (Rebellion): They made her to serve as their greatest weapon. She intends to become their worst nightmare.
Enemy: VIPER would like their super ninja assassin clone back. Now.
Abilities (34pp): Str 16 (+3), Dex 20 (+5), Con 16 (+3), Int 18 (+4), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 14 (+2)
"Skylark's Song" Enhanced Feat 5 (Daze [bluff], Power Attack, Set-Up, Takedown Attack, Taunt) 5pp
DEVICE 4 [20pp of effects, Hard to Remove 4pp/r] 16pp
"Wings of Steel" ARRAY 15pp + 3pp
BASE "Feather Blades" Damage 2 (Autofire 5, Improved Critical 2, Mighty, Ranged 5)
-- AP "Sonic Blade" Damage 4 (Improved Critical, Mighty) linked to Drain Toughness 7 (Affects Objects +1, Limited: Enemy recovers immediately after attack -1)
-- AP "Ultrasound Gun" Nauseate 7 (Ranged +1, Sense-Dependent: Auditory -1, Subtle)
-- AP "Lullaby Darts" Fatigue 7 (Additional Save: Toughness -1, Ranged +1, Subtle)
DEVICE 1 [5pp of effects, Hard to Remove 4pp/r] 4pp
"Lark Ascending" Flight 4 (Subtle, Wings -1) 5pp
Commlink, Costume [Protection 3], Mask [Super-Senses 4 (Darkvision, Extended Vision, Radio)] 8ep + 2ep unspent
Feats (18pp): Benefit: Mentor, Defensive Roll, Dodge Focus 8, Equipment 2, Evasion, Fearless, Move-by Action, Throwing Mastery 2, Uncanny Dodge [auditory]
Skills (23pp / 92r): Acrobatics 8 (+13), Bluff 13 (+15), Computers 2 (+6), Disable Device 11 (+15), Gather Information 4 (+6), Investigation 8 (+12), Knowledge: Streetwise 4 (+8), Knowledge: Technology 6 (+10), Notice 12 (+12), Perform: Singing 10 (+12), Search 4 (+8), Stealth 10 (+15)
Base Attack 13, Grapple 16, Knockback -3, Initiative +5
- +13 Feather Blades (Ranged, Damage 7, DC 22 Toughness)
- +13 Sonic Blade (Touch, Damage 7 + Drain Toughness 7, DC 22 Toughness & DC 17 Fortitude)
- +13 Ultrasound Gun (Ranged, Nauseate 7, DC 17 Reflex & DC 17 Fortitude)
- +13 Lullaby Darts (Ranged, Fatigue 7, DC 17 Toughness & DC 17 Fortitude)
- +13 Unarmed (Touch, Damage 3, DC 18 Toughness)
Defense (29pp): Defense +5 (+13), Toughness +7, Fort 5 (+8), Ref 6 (+11), Will 8 (+8)
Abilities 34 + Powers 25 + Feats 18 + Skills 23 + Offense 26 + Defense 29 = 155
Design notes wrote:
Skylark's a teenaged super soldier with a dash of gadgeteer on the side. Her stats don't look superhuman until you consider that she's 16 years old and has base attack 13. Despite having Str 16, she doesn't look any different from a normal girl her age, since her bone and muscle is denser than normal. As an adult in her twenties, she would probably have Str 20, Dex 24, Con 20.
Skylark doesn't have a vehicle, HQ, contacts, or many of the usual costumed adventurer amenities because she either doesn't have the resources or is too young to have them yet. Instead, her mentor provides her with support and advice through the Benefit: Mentor feat. Once an adventure at the GM's discretion, this provides some minor benefit such as information (one use of the Contacts feat), advice (equal to Inspiration from HP), help (one use of the Well-Connected feat) or airdropped gear (5 ep worth of Equipment that lasts for 1 adventure).
Unlike most costumed adventurers, Skylark and doesn't have Intimidation; as a mischievous upbeat type, she relies very heavily on Bluff instead. Despite her gadgets, Skylark isn't a super inventor herself. Instead, her mentor provides her with gear.
Skylark's gadget array is Hard to Lose. Narratively, while she can still be disarmed and so on, she always has enough spare weapons to last the scene; but if you capture her or knock her out you can still take all her stuff away.
Sonic Blade: A vibro-blade that cuts through just about anything. The Limit makes the victim recover from Drain Toughness immediately after saves are rolled. Effectively, the drain toughness only ever benefits the linked damage portion of the attack, which should help avoid usual problems with Drain Toughness where the villain gets their toughness floored after one bad save.
Ultrasound Gun: A gun that projects a beam of ultrasound, causing nausea and irregular heart rate. Subtle is for the invisible beam effect, since normal humans can't see or hear ultrasound.
Lullaby Darts: Juiced-up sleep darts. In addition to the usual Fort save, the victim gets an additional Toughness save (10 + power rank) vs this attack, representing that the dart has to pierce skin to work; it does nothing if it bounces off a battlesuit or a Paragon's invulnerable skin for example. Passing either save means no effect. This attack is subtle, since the darts are specially silenced.
Lark Ascending: Skylark wears a pair of wings made out of a smart polymer that can flex and change shape on mental command, allowing her to fly.