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The Atom (Ray Palmer) (DC Comics) by Gil Kane

Atom

(Ray Palmer)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Atom (Ray Palmer) was part of the Silver Age  revitalization of super-hero comics at DC. He appeared in 1961. He was typical of the lot – he drew elements from the Golden Age , such as the “Atom” name and Doll Man’s power, but with a much more science-fictional bend. The stories were also longer and meatier than back during the 1940s.

Though he’s a relatively early Silver Age figure, Ray Palmer has mostly remained a C-lister, getting much of his exposure as one of the Justice League’s science brains.

This profile covers up to Blackest Night.


Background

  • Real Name: Raymond A. Palmer.
  • Former Aliases: Sting, Don Shuffler, Mr. Jones.
  • Marital Status: Widower.
  • Known Relatives: Jean Loring (Eclipso, ex-wife, deceased), Laethwen (wife, deceased), Jean Loring of Earth-51 (wife, deceased), Mary Sue Palmer (mother, deceased), David (father, deceased).
  • Note: A couple of issues give his mother different names. Action Comics #523 calls her Mary, whereas Power of the Atom #6 has it as Sue. So I’ve listed her as Mary Sue.
  • Group Affiliation: Justice League of America; Formerly Teen Titans, Indigo Tribe.
  • Base Of Operations: Ivy Town, New York.
  • Height: 6’0” (5’8” as teen) Weight: 180 lbs (which apparently stayed the same as a teen).
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

The Atom is capable of reducing his size to at least subatomic level. There is no known limit on how far he can shrink. This is achieved by means of white-dwarf star matter from which his costume and belt were made.

Originally the size-changing was controlled by a mechanism in his belt buckle. But he frequently became stopped from reaching the buckle, so he created a remote control for it in his gloves. At this time his costume would disappear when he was at his full height.

At the beginning of The Power of the Atom series, his original costume had been destroyed, it’s remnants absorbed into his body. Creating a new one, he managed, with help, to merge the new costume with the remnants of the old one.

Palmer discovered that he could now control the size change mentally. He could also manifest his costume or not, at will, so it didn’t automatically appear whenever he shrunk.

The physics of shrinking

The weight decrease when shrinking isn’t automatic. It must be activated independently of the size-changing. So he may retain his full weight and strength at six inches. Conversely, he can, since The Power of the Atom, reduce his weight while still at full height. This allows him to glide about as he does when shrunk.

His mass seems to disappear to an extra-dimensional location. Since The Power of the Atom he’s been able to access additional mass from this location. This allows him brief bursts of strength while at full size.

He’s able to transport himself along phone lines by shrinking himself small enough to ride the signals. Ray later adapted to travelling on photon signals along fiber optic cable. Mobile phones did take some getting used to once he returned from the jungle, but they no longer explode when he arrives through them.

Recent changes to his technology allow him to take others with him when travelling in this manner. These also allow him to shrink other willing individuals (he’s done these things before, but they usually required some extra device to be built, or involved a degree of risk).

Skills

Ray has developed a fighting style against regular-sized opponents. It involves jumping about, shifting from feather light to glide around, to his full weight for striking and manipulating his opponent’s moves. He also shifts his size to evade attacks and move through obstacles.

He often leverages his opponent’s movements against them, using judo to throw far larger people around. His fighting skills have developed over the years, especially following his time in the Amazon, where he became proficient with the sword.

Ray was the leading scientist of the JLA, and remained as scientific advisor even when a reservist. He’s built a number of devices on and beyond the bleeding edge of current terrestrial technology. He has two Ph.D.’s (one, presumably, in physics, but it isn’t stated what the other is in).


History

From a young age Ray was fascinated with the way things worked. He thus developed an interest in science early on, which has never left him. His father died of cancer while he was still young, and his mother died before he became the Atom.

Ray became a graduate student and fellowship research physicist at Ivy University. After recovering a fragment of a white dwarf star which fell to Earth, Palmer became obsessed with finding a way to compress matter. His main goals were to make farming more efficient, and to enable larger loads to be transported using less energy.

Fashioning a lens from the white dwarf star matter, he discovered that ultra-violet rays shone through them temporarily shrunk inanimate objects. However, these objects would blow up when they returned to their original size.

Early experimentation

While leading a nature club hike, a cave-in stuck him and his students in a remote cave. Having brought a lens with him, he managed to secretly use it on himself. He then made a hole big enough for them to escape through. Expecting to explode any moment, he was surprised to find himself simply returning to normal size without a problem.

Further experimentation found nothing to explain the difference. Ray decided that it must be due to some odd factor of his genetic makeup.

The Atom (Ray Palmer) shrinking

Fabricating a suit out of the white dwarf star matter (which would be invisible and intangible at his normal size) he assumed the identity of the Atom.

His first case was helping his girlfriend Jean Loring win her first case as a lawyer. Jean had refused his repeated marriage proposals until she was successful enough in her career.

Early adventures

Palmer grew to enjoy the super-heroing beyond its utility of getting Jean established. He soon clashed with super-villains such as Chronos, Jason Woodrue (the Floronic Man), and the Bug-Eyed Bandit. His aid was also often requested by the CIA and FBI for dealing with communist spies, and he’d often be transported into Eastern Europe via a phone call.

His mentor Professor Alpheus V. Hyatt had developed a Time Pool, which created a small hole in time and space. Hyatt dropped a magnet through this hole to see what he could pick up. The Atom would often secretly tag along the magnet to go sight-seeing (and usually foiling some crime) in the past.

Offered membership in the Justice League of America, Atom accepted. He then served on and off with most iterations of the team. He also developed a friendship with team mate Hawkman, and they often worked together.

Eventually revealing his identity to Jean, they were married.

Sword of the Atom, part 1

The time he spent in costume, along with that devoted to his job, and the time Jean spent on her growing practice, eventually drove the pair apart. Howbeit, Ray didn’t notice until he stumbled upon Jean kissing her law partner, Paul Hoben. Deciding to spend some time apart, Ray went to investigate signs of white dwarf star matter in the Amazon jungle.

His plane crashed. Ray survived, but he was stuck at a height of six inches. He soon discovered the source of the energies came from the disused technology of a civilisation of Katarthans, six-inch tall yellow skinned humanoid aliens.

Over the centuries on Earth, with no support from home, they’d lost most of their knowledge of how their technology worked, and had become barbaric.

(Their home planet wasn’t named at the time. Thus they were initially called Morlaidhans, after their main city on Earth, Morlaidh).

Atom joined, and eventually led, a rebellion against the oppressive ruler. He also fell in love with the Morlaidhan Princess, Laethwen. They overthrew the oppressor, but he’d sabotaged the white dwarf star matter engines to destroy Morlaidh. Atom could only give its inhabitants time to escape by absorbing the energy himself to delay the explosion.

Sword of the Atom, part 2

This left him growing back to his natural size, but also thrown unconscious from the site.

He was eventually found by Jean. Despite his being declared legally dead after being missing for so many months, she had come searching for him. Palmer thus returned to the outer world. However, he found it unfulfilling after his time in the Amazon, and couldn’t forget Laethwen.

Coming to accept they no longer loved each other as they had, Ray and Jean divorced. They also worked with their friend Norman Brawler to write a biography revealing Atom’s identity. Palmer’s secret identity no longer was important, as he returned to the Amazon and didn’t intent to come back.

By this time the stresses of size changing meant his body could no longer carry on doing so. He chose to permanently live at six inches high. Finding the Morlaidhans, he was reunited with Laethwen, and they married.

Power of the Atom

His happy life in the Amazon came to an end when a logging operation threatened the Morlaidhans. He tried to stop the loggers, but failed. The entire area was razed in a fire, so Palmer didn’t even have any bodies to find.

Distraught, he returned to Ivy Town. However, his powers were now resurfacing. This was possibly in part becaus ehe had absorbed the white dwarf star matter in the earlier destruction of Morlaidh.

Having trouble adapting to life now his identity was public, he tried adopting a couple of others. But they didn’t last long, and he felt as though he was endangering his friends by hanging around them. As a result, he nearly accepted a job offer from the CIA.

Palmer changed his mind when he learned that the Agency had been responsible for killing the Morlaidhans, as a way to regain his services. Hunting down those responsible, he permanently shrunk them to six inches tall. The lot continued serving the CIA as the “Micro Force”.

Ray then dropped out of sight.

The Cabal

He was soon approached by Amanda Waller and Sarge Steel. They believed the action against him had been part of a larger campaign by a group called the Cabal, to gain control of all super-heroes. In their estimation, Palmer had been wanted as much for his knowledge of others’ secret identities as for his powers.

They faked his death in an explosion, using one of the shrunken CIA agents they’d somehow acquired. This left only enough remains to test that the body had experienced size-changing. They set up a new Atom, Adam Clay, as a member of the Suicide Squad.

The Atom (Ray Palmer) fights, helped by a bird

Steel and Waller also made a deal with one of the shrunken agents, Sting. He gave a full confession, was restored to his full size, and went to prison. Meanwhile Ray infiltrated the Micro Force disguised as him.

He hadn’t uncovered much information about the Cabal by the time the Micro Force clashed with the Suicide Squad. Ray also was unable to stop Blacksnake from killing Cray and the other members of Micro Force, but did capture him. Blacksnake was assassinated before he could give any evidence.

(Waller and Steel did learn a bit more than they revealed to him. They then threatened the President with releasing it to the super-hero community should any further such actions be taken.)

Teen Atom

While fighting Monarch during Zero Hour, Ray was de-aged to a teenager. As a result, his memories of the intervening years became hazy. He returned to Ivy to try working out what to do with his life. Once there, Ray became involved when teenager Isaiah Crockett was kidnapped by aliens.

Isaiah and three other teens were half-alien, created as part of a breeding experiment. With Ray’s help they broke free, and returned to Earth where they became the new Teen Titans. Ray joined as a mentor, and developed a friendship with Isaiah.

During the Genesis wave his powers were altered so that he could grow as well as shrink. This didn’t last long, as he soon suffered spurts of weird aging. This was cured when Waverider returned him to Zero Hour. Waverider took a scan of Ray before Monarch attacked him, then imposed that on his current body.

Restored to his adult state, Palmer was reunited with the Titans as they confronted the aliens who created them. The team disbanded soon after.

Identity Crisis

With Jean having divorced Paul, Ray became worried about her safety after the murder of Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man. Jean and Ray began growing closer again, especially after Jean survived an apparent attempt on her life.

The reconciliation collapsed when he learned that Jean had killed Sue, intending only to harm her in an attempt to draw Ray back to her out of concern. She’d used his old size changing belt, but misjudged the damage, then panicked and tried to cover her tracks.

Her sanity deteriorating by that point, she’d faked an attack on herself to draw Ray closer. She then hired Captain Boomerang to murder Jack Drake (Tim (Robin) Drake’s father) to make it seem the work of a serial killer.

Having her committed to Arkham Asylum, Ray walked away from his life. He shrunk to microscopic size and disappeared.

New Worlds

Exploring a number of sub-atomic worlds, Ray eventually discovered the Multiverse. He travelled to alternate worlds similar to his own. Most seemed even worse than his, but he eventually arrived on Earth-51, which was nicer. Though it was still a decade or two behind his, time moved faster on 51.

Locating his counterpart in that dimension, he arrived just in time to see himself die in a lab accident. Ray learned that his Earth-51 counterpart had built a machine to travel to other Earths. Ray-51’s goal had been to inoculate them against a dangerous, and sentient, virus which threatened the Multiverse.

Earth-1’s Ray Palmer decided to replace his counterpart, carrying on his mission.

He also built a new life for himself. He had arrived just before Ray-51’s first blind date with Jean Loring, and ended up marrying her. He also became part of the Justice League of America. The League of Earth-51 was extraordinarily successful. Within five years they disbanded, having created a peaceful world.

(There’s some confusion in Countdown over whether Ray adopted the Atom identity as part of that world’s JLA, or whether he just served as the team’s scientist/mascot. It’s possible he did both, starting as mascot then pretending to discover his powers and joining as a full member. I’ve kept the history vague.)

Countdown

His peaceful world was shattered when the Challengers from Beyond (Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner, and “Bob” the Monitor) arrived searching for him. He revealed his history to Jean, Barry and Iris, and Ralph and Sue.

Before the shock could clear, however, “Bob” turned on his team mates. The purpose of his search had been to kill Palmer, whose actions threatened the plans of a sect among the Monitors. He failed, but killed Jean before Ray’s eyes.

Earth-51 was soon destroyed during an invasion by Monarch’s forces. Ray fled with the Challengers. He helped them prevent the Great Disaster, but not before seeing yet another world depopulated – this time by the virus.

Returning to his home Earth, Ray learned that Jean had become Eclipso and recently died. He also discovered that his Atom identity had been assumed by Ryan Choi, who believed he’d been corresponding with Ray for years. It turned out to be a ploy by Chronos and Lady Chronos, which the Atoms took care of. Ray gave Ryan his blessing to continue with the identity.

Palmer then joined Donna, Kyle and Forager as border guards of the Multiverse, keeping an eye on the Monitors. He still returned to Earth during the Final Crisis, working alongside Choi to access the other Earth’s to help save them.

Blackest Night

When the dead were animated by Nekron, Atom arrived at Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s place just after they’ve been killed and revived. He only survived by hiding in the Black Lantern Ring his friend now wore.

Leaping out of it when the Black Lanterns attacked Flash (the recently returned Barry Allen) and Green Lantern (the less-recently returned Hal Jordan), he helped them fight off the undead. Ray thus faced the reanimated Ralph and Sue Dibny.

Shoring up Earth’s defenders, Ray and Mera went to the aid of the JSA. There Ray helped Damage against his reanimated father (the original Atom), only to see Damage killed by the reanimated Jean.

With the vast army of Black Lanterns threatening to overwhelm their forces, Ganthet forced the Power Rings of the gathered representatives of each corps to produce temporary duplicates. These scattered in search of appropriate hosts. The Indigo Ring selected Ray because of his compassion.

Protecting Indigo-1, leader of the Indigo Tribe, while she called the rest of the tribe to Earth, Ray again faced Jean. She took him inside Indigo-1’s Power Ring, where he had to again face the losses he’d suffered in recent years. He made peace with what had happened, accepting Jean’s death and moving on. Ray then destroyed her Black Lantern form.

The allied Lantern forces defeated the Black Lanterns, and the temporary Ring Ray wore disappeared. With the revelation of the White Lanterns, Hawkman and Hawkwoman were resurrected.


Personality

Usually even-tempered and curious, Ray was always one of the more approachable members of the League. However events in the last few years have made him more reserved and pessimistic, and he developed a hard edge while in the jungle. He nevertheless retains a compassion for everyone, which drew the Indigo Ring to him.

From a young age he had an interest in understanding how things worked. This developed as he became a scientist. Thus, Ray is highly dedicated to whatever scientific investigation he is currently occupied with. He focuses all his energies on finding the answers.

This drive carried over to his costumed activities. He embraced the challenges it provided with as much determination as his research, to the eventual detriment of his first marriage.

It seems that after he married Jean (the first time) the challenge (which had primarily been in getting her to accept a proposal) was no longer there. So he spent too much time on other challenges.

When he met the Jean Loring of Earth-51 he consciously made an effort to counter this side of his personality. When he does suffer trouble with personal relationships, though, his tendency is to run away.


Quotes

“People talk about the horrors of war. The misery and fear and loss… and they’re right. But there is also a fierce joy to it. There’s a terrible exhilaration to killing the other man, before he kills you. Nobody talks about it, but it’s there. That’s what hooks you. I told myself I was the most civilized man there, that I was a man of peace trapped in a state of war. That was almost true. But a part of me thrilled to it. And I know, given the chance, I’d go back to those battles in a second.”

“Relax. Figuring things out is what I do for a living.”

Jay Garrick: “Your wife Jean, Sue Dibny not to mention that girl you loved and lost in the Amazon. Now your friend’s murder. It’s too much. Take it from an old man and stop blaming yourself.”
Ray: “I tried. I found another world. I even found another Jean Loring.”
Jay Garrick: “And what happened ?”
Ray: “Fate reminded me that I’m Ray Palmer.”


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Atom

A 5637 point character

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 09 Wil: 07 Min: 07 Occupation: Nuclear Physicist
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 022 HP: 075

Powers:
Claws: 01, Density Increase: 10, Dimensional Travel: 08, Dispersal: 08, Gliding: 02, Jumping: 00, Microscopic Vision: 38, Power Reserve (STR): 04, Sharpness (Claws): 10, Shrinking: 38, Teleportation: 22

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Claws can only be used when more than 20 AP of Shrinking is active and only when attacking a target from inside (-1).
  • AP of Density Increase engaged Add to STR (+3), do not add to his RV (-2), and do not subtract from DEX (+2), but he can only use as many APs as his active level of Shrinking so as to offset the STR/Weight loss (-1).
  • Dimensional Travel allows only Travel (-2), is Contingent of Shrinking (-1), and can only reach sub-atomic dimensions or other Earths (which have a Travel Value of 10) (-1).
  • Dispersal only works when more than 20 AP of Shrinking is active (-1), and only allows passing through objects (-3).
  • Gliding is Contingent on Shrinking (-1), and cannot be used while Density Increase is active (-1).
  • Jumping is reduced by the active APs of Shrinking as long as his STR remains at 4 AP (+1).
  • Microscopic Vision is Always On at the active APs of Shrinking (-1).
  • Power Reserve is Minor Marginal (-1), can only be used for one action per payment (-1), is Contingent on Density Increase (-1), and cannot be used while Shrinking is active (-1).
  • Shrinking reduces STR and Weight by the currently active APs (-2), and has a Range of Touch which allows him to shrink voluntary targets (+3), but those targets may suffer an explosive attack (-1, see Atom Bombs below).
  • Teleportation is Contingent on Shrinking (-1), only allows travel via communication signals (-1).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Detective (Clue Analysis): 07, Gadgetry: 12, Martial Artist: 05, Power Ring (Indigo): 05, Scientist: 12, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land, Air): 05, Weaponry (Melee): 06

Advantages:
Special Credentials (JLA), Genius, Insta-Change, Languages (some Arabic, French, Katarthan), Life Support (No Need to Breathe when more than 15 APs of Shrinking in use, 100 pts).

Connections:
Justice League (High), Hawkman & Hawkwoman (High), Ivy University (High), Ivy PD (Low), Indigo Tribe (Low), Teen Titans (Low).

Drawbacks:
Public Identity.

Equipment:

  • COSTUME [BODY 06, Invulnerability (Only protects against Chronos’ aging touch): 08].
  • He has built size changing devices other than his belt, such as the original (bulky) machine with which he first experimented on the white dwarf star matter, and a handheld device which shrunk the CIA agents. Both had Diminution, the handheld version having 6 APs.
    If the device is destroyed before the duration of the Diminution is up, the target remains shrunken, otherwise they suffer the risk of exploding when returning to their normal size (see Atom Bombs below).

Atomic War

The array of Powers and varying AP levels at different sizes can be complicated to keep track of. So here are some of the general benchmark heights he most commonly uses. His RV is unaffected by the changes, as his lighter body absorbs more of the impacts.

Changes caused per AP of shrinking are:

  • STR reduced by 1 AP.
  • Gains 1 AP to his OV against Physical Attacks.
  • 1 AP is subtracted from his movement speed.
  • APs of Shrinking are used as OV/RV against Perception checks (which could substitute for his Stealth Subskill).
  • 1 AP is subtracted from his weight.

Normal Size

At normal height Ray can engage in bursts of super strength by adding extra-dimensional mass to his body, allowing him to use Power Reserve for one action. He can also reduce his weight by shifting it to the extra-dimensional location his mass goes when he shrinks, so as to allow him to use his Gliding while still at full size.

Six Inches High

His normal Atom height is 6 inches (6 APs), the optimum height below which his perception shift slightly. At this height some of his abilities depend on whether he retains his full weight (reducing his weight while shrinking requires an additional action).

Regardless of which is true, he gains 6 APs to his OV (making it 12 APs), his movement speed is reduced to -2 AP (0.25 mph), he has 6 APs of Microscopic Vision, and he has 6 APs of Stealth.

If maintaining his full weight (full Density Increase is active) his STR is still 4, his weight is still 2 APs, and he has Jumping.

If reducing his weight in line with his size (Density Increase not active) his STR is -2, and he has Gliding (at -4 APs).

At this size his main combat manoeuvre is to use his full weight to jump about, reduce it and let his momentum glide him to where he wants to go, and increase his weight just in time to hit his target. He also frequently switches his weight on while standing on enemies or their weapons, throwing them off balance.

Intruder Size

At around 20 APs of Shrinking, Ray is small enough to slip inside a human body. At this size (assuming he isn’t using Density Increase), he has an OV of 26, 20 APs of Microscopic Vision, 20 APs of Stealth, has Dispersal, Life Support protect him from gas attacks, and his STR is -16.

If he enters a target, though, he can use Claws to attack them from within, such as by jumping about in their ears, or messing in their brain. (Of late, when he’s been particularly depressed and cynical, he’s used this as a method of questioning super-villains.)

Atom Size

38 AP is the maximum level of Shrinking he can achieve before he shifts into sub-atomic worlds (Dimensional Travel). At this point he can’t really interact with the normal world. His STR is -34, his OV is 44, he has Microscopic Vision at 38 APs, and Stealth at 38 APs.


Size Shifting Miscellany

If Atom has the initiative, he may decide to use his size changing to dodge an attack, so can instantly shrink and use the OV of his new size against the attack.

At more than 6 AP of Shrinking his visual perceptions start to go, and by 10 APs his visual perception begins to go by 1 AP per extra AP of Shrinking. Beyond 25 APs he’s unable to see anything through the air molecules.

His hearing also starts to go at around 10 APs, and anything shouted at that point is indistinguishable (which does make him immune to verbal attacks, such as verbally delivered Hypnotism commands), and beyond 20 AP he’s unable to hear regular speech.

He reaches a point in Shrinking (15 APs) where oxygen molecules become too big for him to breathe. While it’s unclear how, he can survive beyond this point, either breathing some kind of a substitute, or not breathing at all. This also makes him immune to gas attacks.


Atom Bombs

The initial reason Atom couldn’t use the shrinking technology for the scientific advances he’d have liked (making farming more efficient, enabling larger loads to be transported using less energy, etc.) was that anything shrunk for more than two minutes would explode when returned to its normal size, apart from Ray himself, who had a natural immunity.

The time limit has been increased over the years to around an hour.

Over time, though, there have been stories where others have used his belt (even without the costume) and changed size for long periods with no apparent harmful effects, or he’s managed to take passengers along when transporting along phone lines.

Equally, there have been a number of occasions where the danger of others changing size with his technology has been a plot point, so this seems more a continuity issue rather than a change over time.

(It should be noted that no person shrunk by his devices has ever actually suffered this effect as far as I’ve been able to find.)

If you decide to use this rule, then as soon as the Shrinking (or Diminution) effect wears off or is cancelled, the character suffers a Killing Attack with the AV/EV equal to the maximum APs of Shrinking (or Diminution) to which they were subjected.


Mote Indigo

During the Blackest Night, Ray was selected to wear a temporary Indigo Power Ring due to his compassion. The Ring allowed him to:

  • Fly.
  • Project energy.
  • Heal others by touch.
  • Gave him a protective field (Skin Armor).
  • Allowed him to force others to empathise with the pain they’d caused.
  • Created a lantern-like staff with which he could duplicate the abilities of other Power Rings in his vicinity.

He had previously used Hal Jordan’s Ring back in Justice League of America #14, when he first joined up. It was still on Hal’s finger, but Ray used it for telekinesis and reversing a mindwipe.

The stats for these rings are now explained in a full article on Indigo power rings. On Ray’s finger, the ring has 6 APs of Damage Transference and 11 APs of Phobia.


Major Mynah

During an archaeological dig he supervised in Cambodia, Ray was helped against some Việt Minh looters by a local mynah bird  whose wings were broken in the fight. Returning to the US with it, he took it to Hawkman. Hawkman was unable to help heal its wings but gave it a new artificial pair, powered by a cosmic ray motor, which allowed it to fly at up to 120mph.

Training the bird, with help from Hawkman, Ray named it Major Mynah. He used it as a mount while he was the Atom. He used a device capable of distorting the reflected light to make Major appear to have golden feathers, to hide their secret identities.

As well as acting as a mount, it also provided a distraction for his enemies, while repeating phrases it’d heard, frequently phrases from TV. During this period Atom had the Pet Advantage.

Major Mynah

Dex: 04 Str: 00 Bod: 01 Motivation: Bird
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Bird
Inf: 01 Aur: 01 Spi: 02 Resources: N.A.
Init: 007

Powers:
Claws: 01, Flight: 07, Shrinking: 05, Telescopic Vision: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is always on and is already factored in (-1).

Skills:
Thief (Pickpocket, Stealth): 04

Major Mynah was the Atom (Ray Palmer)'s pet and ally for a while


Previous Stats

Initially his shrinking was controlled by a mechanism on his belt buckle, which he had to manually operate, so if his arms were restrained he’d be unable to change size. He soon created a remote control for it in his gloves, which allowed him to control the size change even if he wasn’t wearing his belt.

Following his Sword of the Atom period he became mentally able to control the changes. It was at this point he became able to control whether his costume appeared, whereas before it always appeared when he shrank.

So initially the Powers were from his Gadget (Belt), although Ray himself had immunity to the explosive effect of Shrinking (a Miscellaneous Advantage). At least one of these belts survived until recently, and was used by Jean when she murdered Sue Dibny.

During his early adventures he showed familiarity with a number of fields including ornithology, numismatics (coin collecting), and archaeology, (basically whatever was needed to get him into the story) so he may well have had Omni-Scholar.

Prior to the Sword of the Atom period, Jean was a Dependant for him, and he had a Secret ID. It was after this time that he gained Public ID, with a few privacy subplots during the Power of the Atom period.

Initially his Motivation seemed to be Thrill of Adventure, but this began to change around the time of Power of the Atom, and certainly during the Identity Crisis it was closer to Upholding the Good. Just prior to the Blackest Night he began veering towards Seeking Justice, but that appears to have been a brief thing (primarily during Cry for Justice).

During the period he was reverted to a teenager, Ray lost a lot of his scientific knowledge, and his memories became slightly hazy. Following the Genesis event, he also developed the power to grow larger than his regular height, to around 50‘. He lost his Gadgetry and Scientist Skills, gained the Age (Young) Drawback, had a High Connection to the Teen Titans of the time, and gained Growth: 09.

Prior to the Blackest Night, Teleporting others along with him was Minor Marginal.


Design Notes

While his powers seem to come from his equipment (although this has become vague since he developed the ability to mentally operate them) they appear to have switched from his belt to his costume.

Since he always wears his costume, which simply disappears when not needed, and given the number of Boni/Limitations, it seemed easier to handle the Powers as innate, as that’s how they basically operate unless the story requires otherwise.


By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: DC Comics

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Darci, interrobang75, Mike Winkler, The Ghost Rider (movie version) WU on WORG for part of the Penance stare mechanics copied for the Indigo Ring.

Writeup completed on the 27th of January, 2011.

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