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Jake Sully (Sam Worthington in Avatar)

Jake Sully


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Avatar was a 2009 science-fiction movie, about the exploitation of an alien planet by mankind and the ensuing conflict. It was enormously successful, and in this world of ours might be better remembered for how much it grossed than for its story or the groundbreaking visuals and CGI work.

Jake Sully is the protagonist of the first movie. The title refers to the fact that he’s detailed to use technology to inhabit an artificial alien body — an avatar of sorts — for an deep intelligence-gathering mission among the natives.

This profile is relatively short character notes, not a full-blown writeups.org-style profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Jake Sully.
  • Marital Status: Married (Netyiri).
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed twin brother (Dead).
  • Group Affiliation: Former USMC, now Pandorian.
  • Base Of Operations: Planet Pandora.
  • Height: 10‘ Weight: 650 lbs.
  • Eyes: Yellow Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Jake Sully is the soul and mind of a crippled Force Recon Marine in the body of a giant blue warrior. He is proficient in many types of weaponry both modern and primitive. He is an acrobat and aerialist of great ability and is utterly fearless.

Jake is a talented speaker and a war leader of notable skill. Jake’s avatar body can breathe the strange atmosphere of Pandora but not standard Earth air.

Jake’s Pandorian body is ten feet tall and very durable. He survives a number of long falls with minimal effort. He is proportionately strong to his size. Jake, as all Pandorians, has an exposed bundle of neural fiber that comes from the end of his long pony tail.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and a Na'vi avatar body

This neural link can be matched to a similar protrusion coming from most high animal life on Pandora. If this link can be established a symbiosis is established and a Pandorian can control the animal. Once the link is established the animal remains compliant to that user for life. Even with this power Jake is a questionable equestrian but an utterly awesome flyer.

Jake, by proxy of technology, projects his psyche into this body during most of the movie.

On one occasion Jake used his neural interface to communicate with the world spirit through its exposed neural strata.


History

Jake is a crippled marine. He is brought in at the last minute to take his murdered brother’s place off-world on planet Pandora. Only he can use his brother’s avatar body as it is grown to the user’s genome at great expense.

After arriving on Pandora and subsuming himself to the Avatar he finds he likes the local primitives better than his world. He falls quickly for a Pandorian huntress, Netyiri.

Jake Sully and Neytiri

The Humans come to armed conflict with the natives over a local mineral, unobtanium. Jake sides with the locals and fights a war against his native kind.

After the war, the world spirit transfers Jake’s spirit into his avatar body permanently.


Description

Jake is a 10 foot tall blue male with a waist length pony tail in his black hair. Inside the ponytail is an exposed bundle of nerve fibers. He has yellow eyes and intimidating fangs.

In his human form he is a good-looking paraplegic man with dark hair and dark eyes.


Personality

Jake changes a lot during the telling of the story. He starts as a crippled marine living in his brother’s shadow. He grows into the hope of getting his legs back through exemplary service.

He becomes a native warrior, and falls in love in a foreign culture. He is forced to make a choice between his old and his new people. He becomes a great hero. In the end he goes back to being a hunter and married man.


Quotes

“They’ve sent us a message… that they can take whatever they want. Well we will send them a message. That this… this is our land !”

“Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world and in here is the dream.”

“It’s hard to put in words the deep connection the People have to the forest. They see a network of energy that flows through all living things. They know that all energy is only borrowed… And one day you have to give it back.”

“I was a warrior who dreamed he could bring peace. Sooner or later though, you always have to wake up…”

“If Grace is there with you — look in her memories she can show you the world we come from. There’s no green there. They killed their Mother, and they are gonna do the same thing here. More Sky People are gonna come. They are gonna come like a rain that never ends until they have covered the world. Unless we stop them. Look, you chose me for something. And I’ll stand and fight, you know I will. But I could use a little help here.”


DC Universe History

Jake’s story can be placed independently anywhere as it is so isolated. You could take your favorite low power space traveling character (Vril Dox, Adam Strange, the Warlord, Starfire, Carter Hall, etc.) and put them in the position of needing Unobtanium.

Maybe someone will be hiding on Pandora. They will need to deal with Jake as a guide if they can get his agreement.


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Jake Sully

Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Seeks Justice, formerly Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Tribal hero, former mercenary
Inf: 07 Aur: 04 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 005/001
Init: 020 HP: 075

Powers:
Damage Capacity: 03, Animal Control: 06, Growth: 02, Telepathy: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animal Control has No Range and requires use of the direct neural interface (DNI) in his ponytail to establish the first time. The DNI can be used to communicate with afterward but is not required.
  • Telepathy has No Range, is Send Only and requires use of the direct neural interface (DNI) in his ponytail. Under some circumstances it can be used to communicate with the world spirit of Pandora.
  • Growth is always on and already factored in.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 07, Weaponry: 07, Military Science (Field Command, Cartography, Danger Recognition, Survival): 04, Animal Handling: 07, Martial Arts: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Animal Handling is Double-Specialised with flying animals – Jake receives a -2CS OV Penalty from Specialisation when dealing with other beasts.

Advantages:
Altered Anatomy, Local Hero (Later only), Iron Nerves.

Connections:
Earth forces on Pandora (Low, early), Residents of Pandora (High, later).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, Married (0 points), Man in a Box (see below).

Genre:
Action.

Equipment:

  • Massive bow [BODY 05, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 01, Rec. STR: 04, R#02, Bow Advantage (EV is 05 for Sully in his blue body, Range is 08 for Sully in his blue body), Limitation : Low Penetration] plus Poisoned Arrows [BODY 02, Poison touch: 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 10, Bonus: Poison touch can be Combined with Projectile weapons and ride its Range, Limitation : Ammunition load for the bow].
  • Knife [BODY 06, EV 03 (07 w/STR of the blue body)].
  • Jake briefly used an AVR-30 Machine Gun, a drum-fed light machinegun used as a door gun by humans and wieldable as an assault rifle by Pandorian warriors. This weapon seems practically identical to a modern M60 – the following stats assume that it’s a more robust M60, but takes the weight of the ammo drum into account. AVR-30 MG [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Ammo: 12, R#02, Recommended STR 04, Advantage: Autofire].
  • Although not seen on screen he has access to powerful neurotoxins.

Man in a box

For most of the story Jake’s real body is in a scientific projection chamber that lets him control his Avatar body (main stats) while in a near coma. If the projector is damaged or disengaged his Avatar body drops unconscious (Current MIN Condition zero) until he can reestablish the link.

No one other than Jake or an identical twin could use the link. The range of the link is planetary (24 APs). For mechanical purposes this could be seen as Personality Transfer: 24. Limitation, Works on the users Avatar only.


Holistic growth

Over the 4 months or so of that story Jake finds his true calling as an alien warlord. His INF rises from 3 to 7 across that time.

He also gains all his survival and primitive weapons skills. The Martial Artist Skill is intended as a precursor Skill for future Character Advancement.


Local lifeforms

  • 8 legged horse (Thanator) Dex 04 Str 05 Body 08 Int 01 Acrobatics (climbing) 04 Running 05.
  • Flying beast (Banshee) Dex 04 Str 06 Body 08 Int 01 Flight 04.
  • Flying monster (Tuirok) Dex 05 Str 08 Body 08 Int 02 Flight 06 damage capacity 06.

By Mike Winkler.

Source of Character: Avatar (2009 movie), played by Sam Worthington.

Helper(s): Ethan Roe, Darci, Tiago Quintana, Sébastien Andrivet, Adam Fuqua. Rendering of the main illustration by Agon.

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