Seven Champions: The Groundsman
Explorer David Sands always felt a close kinship with the land. Put him in the centre of an untamed wilderness where there’s no other soul for hundreds of miles, and he would tell you he is home. It was on such an expedition in the jungles of South America that he discovered the ruins on an ancient pyramid. He entered and made it into the central chamber where a flawless sapphire talisman rested on an altar. When he removed it the ground shook and he feared the pyramid would collapse around him. Closing his hands around the talisman he prayed that the shaking would stop – and it did! The talisman is tied to the earth itself and the wielder can manipulate not just the earth, but cause plants and rivers to form by his will, and could possibly create whole mountain ranges with but a thought. David is drawn to the talisman yet also fearful of its awful power. Who is to say what it could do in the wrong hands?
Dirty Little Secret: More to the point – what’s going to happen in South America now that the Talisman has been removed? Things tend to be secured in ancient pyramids for a reason. Maybe it was holding back a major ecological disaster, operating as the lynchpin for a powerful binding spell, or…… worse! Uho.
Notes: This is one seriously powerful guy! With his Earth Control power he can move around 200 tons of earth each round without breaking sweat. He can bump that up as high as 200 thousand tons (roughly twice the weight of Mount Everest), but that’s tiring and will doubtless have a permanent environmental impact. Heck, he could Push up to one million tons of earth. That’s more then plenty to create whole mountain ranges. Phew.
If that’s not enough (!!!), he can alter terrain on a more tactical scale, creating terrain which hampers movement and is distracting in some way (tremors, shards of earth, plants, uneven surfaces, mud, quicksand – whatever works) – in a 5,000’ radius. That’s battlefield control on a superheroic scale for you.
Oh, and he can also Burrow up to 100mph, Fly up to 500mph (using a platform of Earth) and cause shards of earth to blast a shapeable area, selectively targeting enemies and ignoring allies.
He also makes a mean chocolate cake.
David Sands, The Groundsman
Sapphire Talisman-wearing Terraformer (4), Professional Explorer (3), Hands-on Scientist (2), Keen amateur chef (1)
Mutants & Masterminds:
David Sands, The Groundsman, PL10 150pp
Str 14, Dex 14, Con 18, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 14
Tough +10, Fort +15, Ref +8, Will +6
Attack +10, Defense +10, Init +2
Handle Animal +4, KS:Earth sciences +5, KS: Life sciences +5, Search +5, Stealth +8, Survival +8
Earth Control (Element Control 14, Continuous)
– AP: Blast 10 (250’, DC 25, Shapeable Area, Selective, Improved Range, Indirect)
– AP: Burrowing 7 (100mph)
– AP: Flight 6 (500mph, Earth Platform)
– AP: Environmental Control 10 (Distraction DC 10, Hamper Move 25%, 100’, 5000’ radius)
Immunity 3 (High Pressure, Extreme Heat, Suffocation)
Super-Strength 9 (+45 STR, Tiring, Side-Effect 2, applies to Earth Control)
Drawback: Power Loss, all powers (when separated from Talisman)