Ten second superheroes: Pipistrelle
Good superhero concepts can often come from merging two established heroes together, and running with the result. Here’s a quick example.
Pipistrelle (aka Philippa Strelli) is a cross between Batgirl and Black Canary. She has a typical Bat family member’s love of shadows and dark clothing, but also possesses Black Canary’s sonic scream. She can use this at ultra-sonic levels to mimic a bat’s echolocation.
Philippa was a classically trained singer until she was kidnapped by Knife Maestro, a mad scientist who wanted to unlock to the secrets of perfect pitch. He mutilated her vocal chords, and it’s these mutilations which have massively extended her vocal capabilities. After months of recovery she is back on the stage, but it is now the dark underbelly of the city where she finds her true calling.
Here’s her stats!
Pipistrelle, aka Philippa Strelli (PL10, 150pp)
STR 3, STA 3, AGL 6, DEX 6, FGT 12, INT 3, AWE 5, PRE 4
Dodge 12, Parry 12, Fort 6, Tough 8/3, Will 10, Init +6
Acrobatics +12, Athletics +9, Close Combat +14, Deception +8, Expertise:Music +11
Insight +9, Intimidation +8, Investigation +9, Perception +11, Ranged Combat:Sonic Scream +12
Sleight of Hand +10, Stealth +14, Technology +5, Vehicles +10
Benefit:Wealth 2, Defensive Roll 2, Uncanny Dodge, Equipment 3
60′ Cone Area Blast 8, DC23, 40/80/160′ (Diminished Range 2, Sense-dependent (Hearing), Distracting)
– AP: Blast 8 +12 DC23, 40/80/160′ (Diminished Range 2, Sense-dependent (Hearing))
– AP: Senses 6 (Accurate Acute Hearing, Darkvision, Ultra-hearing, Sustained)
Costume (+2 Tough), Commlink, Flash Goggles, Mini-tracer, Motorcycle
I have made her sonar and advanced hearing ability (accurate acute hearing means she can hear the difference between two pins falling, and identify where they fell) an Alternate Effect of her Sonic Scream, meaning she loses that ability for the round that she uses her Blast attack – effectively she “blinds” herself with her own attack. Clever use of the rules, even if I say so myself.