Themesong: Strength of a thousand men
Most people make a few dumb mistakes in high school. Maybe they are trying to fit in with a click. Maybe they fall in with the wrong crowd. Maybe they slack off from education in favor of more social pursuits. For Clover, her dumb high school story was named ‘Jason Westly’. He seemed to be just the perfect guy. Funny, Friendly, a musician, from a good family with decent money. And they we’re in love. Least, that’s what it felt like. And, like most dumb kids, things got out of hand when Clover found herself pregnant at 19.
You might be thinking, Jason probably ducked out on her then and there, rather than deal with the responsibility of raising a kid. You’d be half right. Jason did end up ditching out, but it wasn’t till after their baby girl, Nicole, was born. It was only afterwords that the two broke up, when Clover caught her ‘soul mate’ cheating on her when he thought he could get away with it. She threw the piece of scum out of her life. Course, that ment she was now a young dumb kid trying to raise a family on her own, more or less. Sure, her parents tried to help out where they could, but the Madison household was never exactly well off, financially.
Clover ended up shelving her college plans in favor of something a little more down to earth. One of their neighbors, Bob Waterman, owned a auto repair shop and offered to hire on Clover. Money was alright, and she didn’t really mind the work all that much. Sure, keeping the newborn girl fed and happy and healthy was still a struggle, and her bank account usually hovered somewhere in the red, but she managed, somehow, to get by.
Like most people, Clover knew about the superhuman phenomena. People would just appear with all sorts of abilities that went in the face of science. And, like most people, once the shock wore off, she brushed the whole matter aside, figuring that it was someone elses problem. She had her own life to deal with, raising a kid and teaching her right.
And really, Nicole was a big part of Clovers new life. She loved her daughter dearly. While it was never easy, she did her very best to be a good parent, watching her little girl grow older, taking her first steps, going to school, learning to read and write. Even after coming home covered in engine grease and sore all over from a long days work, nothing ever brightened up Clovers life like seeing her kids face. It wasn’t easy, but it was a happy life.
It was two years ago when things got complicated, when Clover went from being a nobody to an icon. It started off like any other day. Clover got up, helped little Nicky get ready for school, before heading off to work. After getting her paycheck for that week, she slipped over to the bank to cash it. One moment, it was just another Friday afternoon. The next, the world exploded. A Armored van came smashing in through the front door, and out of it poured masked gunmen. They swarmed through the bank, gathering up everyone and corralling them into a corner, before taking a crack at the bank vault.
Before the robbers could make their get away, the cops had the bank on lockdown. It quickly turned into a standoff, the police on one side, the criminals on the other, and the news covering every second of it. Minutes ticked into hours with no solution in sight. As fear and desperation set in, the criminals decided to make a break for it, figuring they had a shot if they got a few hostages. Seeing Clover as a good choice, they grabbed her.
Up until then, Clover had done her best to stay out of notice and hope to get through this alright. She wasn’t a hero, she had a family she needed to get back to. But in that moment, something inside her just snapped. Call it panic, or Adrenalin. To her, it was like a star had just been born inside her, filling her every cell with more energy than she could ever imagine. What had only a moment before been the vain struggles of a woman against her captor, turned into Clover flinging a 200lb man across a room with enough force to crack the plaster walls. The other gunmen freaked and turned on her, showering Clover in bullets. They didn’t even scratch her. Heck, they barely even tickled. Whatever this newfound power was, it was more than the criminals could handle, and Clover was able to knock them around like ragdolls, putting an end to the hostage crisis.
As she exited the bank, Clover was surrounded by cameras and reporters, all of them eager to cover this new superhuman, and her heroic exploits. Thus began Clovers new life. She never really wanted to be a superhero, yet her she was, being called one. Heck, she got an award handed to her by the mayor, in recognition of her deeds. She smiled and waved and tried her best to play along, when all she really wanted was to figure out what had happened to her, where she’d gotten this power inside her.
When at last she got some time to sit down and get her head together, Clover came to a few conclusions. The first was that, whatever she was now, she was out in the public. Her name and face had been broadcast all over the country, maybe even further. And if they knew about her, they probably knew about Nicole, and her parents, and Bob and virtually everyone else that Clover had any relation to. She couldn’t just hope to fade off the radar. Faced with leaving behind her entire life, taking her daughter off somewhere new and starting again, or stepping up to be the hero she was hailed as, Clover chose the latter. She registered herself with the government, getting license to apprehend criminals and bring them to justice. It seemed like the right thing to do, using her powers to help out others. She felt optimistic.
Now a registered crime fighter, Clover found her new life did come with some perks. She got a lot of good press, and with that soon came offers for sponsorships or advertisement or even just being called on to make an appearance for some charity. She got asked to sign autographs, and found herself approached on the streets by fans. It started out fun at first.
There were downsides to. Some of them, she’d anticipated. Not everyone liked super humans, even the good ones. She found herself appearing in news stories examining her every action. Some questioned if Clover was really as good as she appeared to be. She’d be called out as a ‘threat and a danger’, that her power all to easily would lead to corruption. Seemed like any time she misspoke on camera or slipped up, even for something minor, it was a scandal. Then there we’re the other people, who’d call her out for not being there to stop every disaster and crime as it happened. Those were worse in a way, since those at least made her feel guilty every time she stopped to spend some time at home, or going down to Bob’s workshop to clear her head. There was the Paparazzi to. Not as problematic as the mainstream news, but more annoying, since they harassed not just her, but her family as well. At times it got so bad that Clover would have to fly off just to get a moments peace.
But again, she’d expected those things. She hadn’t counted on scientists calling for her to come in so that they might try and understand the nature of her abilities. Or the outcry against her from the news when she refused, having been uncomfortable with the idea of being put under a microscope. Nor did she foresee her ex coming back into the picture when Jason published a tell all book about his and her relationship.
At present, Clover is still active as a hero. Its hard work, balancing her heroic duties and her personal life, to live up to what’s expected of her. In many ways, She’s still trying to find her path. To most, she’s a champion and a crusader for justice. Only those close to her know how much of that is really just Clover trying to do what people expect of her, and with all the stress that comes with being a full time hero, more and more she questions whether or not she’s really doing the right thing, not just for herself, but for her daughter, and for all the people counting on her to save the day.
To the public, Clover is a paragon of virtue and justice. A shinning champion of the downtrodden and defender of the peace. And a lot of that is just Good publicity. Sure, she believes in some of those ideals, but she’s not perfect and she knows it. She’s human, after all. But at the same time, she’s become something of an icon. And while she doesn’t see that same kind of perfection in herself that others do, she knows that she can do a lot of good by trying to reach that ideal. She Wants to be an inspiration, she wants to help people believe that goodness and honor are things that we should strive for. Which just makes it all the harder for her when she fails to live up to such things. Because while she wants to be a positive force in the world, more than that she just wants to live her own life, one where she’s not constantly trying to be some role model. She likes being able to spend time with her daughter, or hang out fixing up old cars with Bob. She misses being able to go to a bar and get a drink, or going grocery shopping without it suddenly turning into a big deal, with people lining up for autographs. Everyones hailed her as a hero, But Clover herself doesn’t really know what it means to be a hero, beyond making sure the bad guys go to jail.
Mother: Clover is a single parent with an 8 year old firecracker of a daughter. While her responsibilities are many, nothing is more important to her than looking after her child. She also worries greatly that someone will eventually try to go after her through Nicole.
Court of Public Opponion: Clover is, undoubtedly, one of the more well known faces of super humans world wide. And while her actions have certainly won her the trust of many, that trust only continues so long as she lives up to the ideals which people expect from her. All it takes is one bad news story to get out, and people can end up turning on her.
Paragon Ideal: Its expected of Clover that she live up to her own reputation. This means fighting injustice, upholding the law, and being a good role model, among other similar concepts. She works extra hard to try and maintain this lofty moral code.
Child Welfare: While nobody is questioning that Clover loves her daughter, there are government agencies whom moniter her and Nicole, looking out for the best interests of the girl. There are certainly some whom think that keeping a child with a superhuman is unsafe.
Public Identity: Clover has no secret identity. Everyone knows who she is. That means she can’t duck away from her responsibilities like other hero’s can by just changing costumes.
Scandal: Like most celebrities, the media is always on the lookout for a good scoop. And nothing gets readers attention like a scandal. Any misstep on her part, or perceived wrongdoing, no matter how minor, can quickly turn into a media circus.
Enemy: Herbert Glennson Outspoken Anti-Superhuman advocate and surprisingly popular host of his own Daytime Pundit show, Herbert has taken it upon himself to paint superhuman individuals as the root source of virtually every problem facing society, and by far his favorite target for slanderous remarks is Clover.
Abilities: 4 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 4 = 16PP
Strength: 34/14 (+12/+2)
Dexterity: 12 (+1)
Constitution: 34/20/12 (+12/+5/+1)
Intelligence: 12 (+1)
Wisdom: 12 (+1)
Charisma: 14 (+2)
Combat: 12 + 8 = 20PP
Attack: +6 Melee, +6 Ranged
Defense: +8 (+4 Base, +4 Dodge Focus), +2 Flat-Footed
Unarmed: +8/DC 27 Toughness (Damage)
Plasma Vision +8/DC 23 Toughness (Damage)
Arctic Breath DC 20 Reflex (Half Effect) /DC 20 (15) Reflex (Entangled/Bound)
Speed: 30ft/4400ft (Walking), 4400ft (Flying)
Carrying Capacity:250 tons/500 tons/800 tons/1600 tons/4000 tons
Saving Throws: 0 + 6 + 7 = 13PP
Toughness: +12 (12 Impervious) (+12 Con)
Fortitude: +12 (+12 Con, +0)
Reflex: +7 (+1 Dex, +6)
Will: +8 (+1 Wis, +7)
Bluff 2 (+4)
Craft (Mechanical) 4 (+5)
Concentration 14 (+15)
Diplomacy 4 (+6)
Knowledge (Current Events) 3 (+4)
Notice 10 (+12)
Search 4 (+5)
Sense Motive 3(+4)
Attack Specialization (Unarmed)
Benefit (Champion of the People)
Dodge Focus 4
Move By Action
Hyper-Kinetics (12pp ArrayFeats:Alternate Power 1 ) [13PP]
- Base Power: Flight 6 ( [12PP]
- Alternate Power: Hyper Speed (Speed 6 linked Quickness 6) [12PP]
Hyper Strength (Enhanced Strength 20 Flaws: Sustained Strength (-1) ) [10PP]
Hyper-Might (Super Strength 9 Flaws:Sustained (-1) ) [9PP]
Hyper Stamina (Enhanced Constitution 22 Flaws:Sustained Constitution (14 ranks) (-1) ) [15PP]
Hyper-Resilience (Impervious (Applied to Constitution) 12) [12PP]
Hyper Force (20pp Array Feats:Alternate Power 3 ) [23PP]
- Base Power: Plasma Vision (Damage 8Extras: Ranged (+1) Feats: Accurate 3, Precise ) [20PP]
- Alternate Power: Arctic Breath (Snare 10Extras: Area (Cone)(+1)Flaws: Touch Range (-1) ) [20PP]
- Alternate Power: Tornado Breath (Move Object 8 Extras: Area (Cone)(+1) Flaws: Touch Range (-1), Limited Direction (Repulsion)(-1), Concentration (-1)) Linked (Trip 8Extras: Area (Cone)(+1), Concentration (+1) Flaws: Touch Range (-1) ) [20PP]
- Alternate Power: Cut Loose (Drain Toughness 10Extras: Affects Objects (+1), Linked to Unarmed Damage )[20pp]
Hyper Vision (Super Sense (Vision): Penetrates Concealment (4), Extended 2) [6PP]
Hyper Hearing (Super Sense (Hearing): Ultra hearing (1), Extended 2) [3PP]
Totals: Abilities (16) + Combat (20) + Saving Throws (13) + Skills (11) + Feats (9) + Powers (91) = 159 Power Points