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Edge's body


Tom O'Brien

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Tom O’Brien
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Mary (mother), Petey (kid brother), Katie (kid sister), unnamed kid brother
  • Group Affiliation: New Bloods
  • Base Of Operations: Metropolis
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 180lbs
  • Eyes: Formerly green, now solid silver Hair: Formerly red, now none

Powers and Abilities

Edge is a living, breathing knife factory. Every part of his body is covered with blade-shaped shards of steel. Anyone attacking him risks serious damage to themselves (Claws being).

Edge has also gained the ability to fling volleys of these shards from his body. In addition to those abilities, he has become extremely resistant to physical damage and seems even stronger than he was as a human.

Edge (Tom O'Brien) throws blades

Note that the Claws Being is not Always on, strictly speaking – Edge can fire all the blades from an area of his body, and will be able to touch stuff with the body part without shredding it for few Phases, before more knife blades grow to replace the spent ones. Simply expelling blades into a nearby obstacle or onto the ground without aiming is an Automatic Action.

The “new Bloods” seem to be able to sense each other’s presence and general direction, but since that was a plot device to speed up the action it is unclear how it works, and if it still works (it seemed to be tied in some unclear way to the gargantuan alien raised by the parasites who created them). I have thus included no such sense in the stats block.


When he was twelve, young Tom’s father died leaving him to support himself. Dropping out of school, he did just that. He was determined to make sure that his much younger siblings wouldn’t have to suffer the same fate, and kept working hard to make sure they could go to school.

A muscular, courageous brawler, O’Brien was respected in the street of his Metropolis ’hood. When John Henry Irons opened a gym close by, Tom started pumping iron there, and became a friend of John Henry.

As Tom was leaving his factory job, he witnessed what he thought was a rape. Seeing himself as a tough guy hero, Tom rushed in and saved the woman. Unfortunately, the ’victim‘ turned out to be an alien invader out for human spinal fluid, and the actual aggressor in the scuffle.

Leaving Tom for dead, the alien flew away. However, like 1% of the victims of the alien cadre the ’woman’ belonged to, O’Brien did not actually die, but unpredictably mutated instead.

Tom awoke in the middle of his transformation, almost killing several sewer bums. Experiencing temporary amnesia, he fled in confusion. Following a brief battle with Steel (secretly his friend John Henry), Tom calmed down, and remembered that he was no monster.

He then joined Steel in tracking down the alien before it could kill Tom’s little brother Petey, who was out looking for his missing brother. Using teamwork, the two heroes drove the creature away. Petey called his amnesiac big brother “Edge”, telling him it should be his super-hero name.

Edge (Tom O'Brien) eyes closeup

Later, Edge joined several other “New Bloods” who gained their abilities from the same marauding aliens – Loose Cannon, Prism, Sparx, Anima and Nightblade.

After repulsing Eclipso (who had schemed to possess Angon, the alien who had transformed O’Brien), they combined with the majority of America’s heroes (under the leadership of Amanda Waller) and ultimately destroyed the Bloodline aliens.

Most of the New Bloods disappeared into obscurity fairly soon – and, basically, Edge was among those. We know that he’s still around and still a superhuman, and it is possible he is now a minor Metropolis hero.


Before the transformation, Tom was a tall muscular man. After the transformation, his entire hairless body is covered with blades and shards of steel. His eyes are silver, or metal grey.

After the transformation shredded most of his clothing, he used some nearby barbed wire which he wrapped around the remains of his clothes to hold them in place and prevent further damage. Eventually, he found himself some leather that somehow does not get torn around much.


Tom projects a tough guy attitude to anyone he is unfamiliar with, but shows a much more caring side to family and friends. He also has a strong sense of justice – in fact it was his strong sense of justice that got him into trouble. His mother described him as always wanting to be the knight in shining armour.

After his transformation he was quite amnesiac – remembering nothing about his name, his family, his life, etc. but retaining his command of English and his fundamental morality. He may have recovered his memories, but this is not demonstrated.


“I don’t want to kill you !”


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Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 08 Motivation: Unwanted power/Seeking Justice
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Superhero, ex-factory worker
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 014 HP: 030

Powers: Claws: 10, Claws being: 10, Projectile weapons: 09, Sharpness (Claws): 04, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations: Projectile weapons has no built-in AV (-0 or -1), had a Range of but 04, and has the Autofire Bonus

Skills: Acrobatics (Athletics): 04, Charisma (intimidation): 04

Advantages: Area Knowledge (Metropolis)

Connections: New Bloods (Low), Street (Low)

Drawbacks: Strange Appearance

By Philip John Mason (v1, v2) and Sébastien Andrivet (v2.5)

Source of Character: DC comics (Bloodline series)

Helper(s): Jackson

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