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Sexy Boy - French super-hero - Gendarmerie

Category :

Homemade characters

Subcategory :

Others

Type :

Hero

Game System :

DC Heroes (Blood of Heroes S.E.)

Notes :

French gendarmerie

Sexy Boy v1.2

By Sébastien Alexandre Andrivet

Source of Character: Homemade

Helper(s): John Colagioia. The idea of eyes seeing a decayed future is taken from an old, possibly French SF novella (from the 1970s, I think), but I can’t for the life of me remember the title or author.

Reasons: A number of American listmembers having occasional need of European supers and feeling that the “official” characters in the MU and DCU such as Le Peregrine (sic) are somewhat campy, I took the liberty of creating a few French supers from an French point of view.

Writeups.org & Amazon.com recommend A Little Bit of Paris by Sempé

Quotes

Sexy Boy

“Comme d‘hab, vodka-Red Bull, et fais-toi plaisir sur la dose. Ça donne comment ce soir ?”
“The usual, vodka-Red Bull, and make it a serious one. How’s the scene tonite ?”

“Ils regardent pas de mon côté. Je peux me laisser tomber sur la rambarde et les neutraliser en repoussant le rideau, mais dégagez moi les vitres quand je commence à tomber.”
“They’re not watching my side. I can drop on the railing and take them down by pushing the curtains aside, but I need snipers to blow the windows out when I start falling.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Sexy Boy
Dex: 09 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: ESIGN operative
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 034 HP: 050

Powers: Danger sense: 12, Sensory block (All senses): 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Sensory Block is total for most senses, but only partial for Sight - many aspects of the environment can still be seen
  • Danger sense adds to Initiative (+1) but cannot predict anything more than 0 APs of time ahead (-1)
  • The top 5 APs of DEX (and DEX-linked Skills Acrobatics and Weaponry) are Powered and Contingent upon Danger Sense

Skills: Acrobatics*: 09, Artist (Guitar): 03, Martial artist: 06, Medicine (First aid): 02, Military science: 05, Scientist (Computers): 04, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Infantry weapons)*: 09

Advantages: Iron nerves, Familiarity (British pop music), Scholar (ESIGN/GIGN tactics), Schtick (Sure-footed, Bullet Placement (Low), Trick Shooter (Weaponry (Firearms))

Connections: ESIGN (Gendarmerie superhuman squad, High), Parisian clubbers (Low)

Drawbacks: MPR (Migraines)

Equipment:

  • MOTOROLA MX-330 TACTICAL RADIO [BODY 04, Radio communication: 06 - a small, black mike-and-earring piece of equipment]
  • TACTICAL VEST AND VISORED HELMET [BODY 04, Flame immunity: 02, Invulnerability: 05, Shade: 01, Skin Armor: 02, Limitations: Invulnerability and Skin armor are only effective vs attacks by slashing and piercing weapons (-2FC each), Invulnerability cannot be used to counter *continuing* loss of Current BODY due to Killing Damage (-1FC), Partial Coverage (Can bypass Powers with a +3CS OV Trick Shot); Real Armour] plus optional GAS MASK [BODY 03, Sealed systems (respiratory): 05]
  • Manhurin MR73 .357 magnum revolver [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 06, R#02, Recommended STR: 03, Drawback: Long reload time]
  • Extended mag Sig-Sauer P226 9mm pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 17, R#02]
  • H&K MP-5 submachinegun [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 07, R#02, Advantage : Autofire]
  • Flash-bang grenades (x5) [BODY 03, EV 02 (Area of effect 1 AP), Flash: 07 (Area of effect 2 APs), Sensory block (earring): 09, Note : all Powers are Combined, Grenade drawback, R#03]
  • Tear gas grenade (x1) [BODY 03, Fog: 03, Chemical attack: 04, Grenade drawback, Bonus : Chemical attack and Fog are Combined (Chemical attack is active thorough the Fog), R#03]

Background

Real name: Maréchal-des-logis-Chef Julien “Juju” Branosky
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Stéphanie (sister)
Group Affiliation: ESIGN
Base Of Operations: Mont-de-Marsan (near Paris)
Height: 5’10‘ Weight: 175 lbs
Eyes: Gray Hair: Light brown, bleached platinum blond

Notes about organizations

The French Gendarmerie Nationale is not unlike the Gendarmerie Royale du Canada, known in English as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Those are military units tasked with law-enforcement duties. Law enforcement in France is separated between the Gendarmerie Nationale (for rural areas and small towns) and the Police Nationale (civilian police, operating in large towns). Some towns, especially Paris, also have municipal polices.

The military nature of Gendarmerie is generally downplayed - it has a debonaire, old school and provincial image, and makes sure to have friendly relationships with the locals. Many Frenchmen are not even aware that the gendarmes are military, and have at their disposal means including assault rifles, close-quarter battle weaponry, armored vehicles, special airborne sections and the like.

The GIGN (Groupement d‘Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale) is a special, elite unit tasked with special operations - particularly high-risks hostage crises and anti-terrorist ops. Although the unit remains generally discreet, operations average between 50 and 100 per year - several hundred hostages have been freed and many more arrests have been made ; the GIGN is believed to be the most active anti-terrorist law enforcement unit in the world. The GIGN was heavily covered by international news during such operations as the 1976 Djibouti hostage crisis or the 1989 Marseille hijacking, both of which are considered brilliant anti-terrorist operations in very difficult circumstances. Highly controversial orders have also been followed, including an assault in New Caledonia in the 1980s that left a number of hardline independence activists dead in unclear circumstances.

Since the 1990s, focus as shifted away from the military gendarmes to an equivalent civilian unit in the Police National called RAID. RAID personnel trains very closely with GIGN gendarmes, uses the same techniques and weapons, etc. but are civilian policemen.

Although the GIGN is a cross between the British SAS and the American FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams, it professes a policy of keeping deadly violence to a minimum and will take considerable risks to arrest perpetrators instead of killing them. Training emphasizes bullet placement to shock and wound with a one shot, one hostile neutralized philosophy. The most common sidearm is thus a powerful, accurate revolver with only six bullets. Hand to hand combat techniques (based on an extensive krav maga cursus) are also stressed for non-lethal assaults, as well as K9 tactics - dogs are for instance taught to neutralise the driver of a moving car or to immobilize handguns using their jaws.

Powers and Abilities

Staff Sergeant Branosky is a highly trained ESIGN tactical operator ; he’s an assault and close-quarter-battle specialist. His powers (below) giving him incredible accuracy, he’s a perfect fit for the traditional French role of the voltigeur infantryman, moving quickly over any terrain to deliver pinpoint small arms fire. He often serves on point. Beyond his role as a gendarme, Branosky is - as a hobby - a competent computer programmer and power user.

Julien is a precognitive - he can see what will happen five seconds in the future. This is a visual sense - all his other senses can only perceive the present - and it can keep running as long as needed, with Sexy Boy always seeing things five seconds before they happen. He can switch between present-vision and very-near-future-vision at will.

Sexy Boy can see the consequences his actions will have in five seconds, which means that when he decides to do something, he can adjust what his specific gesture will be over the course of the next five seconds. This implies various time dilation and compression effects, possibly with odd artefacts, when the very-near-future-vision is active ; though Julien is no longer disoriented by those they are physically and mentally headache-inducing.

A typical example is seeing the impact of a bullet fired by his gun - during the next five seconds, during which he yet has to fire in the present, he can decide that he will shoot in a different manner and see the future bullet impact move in real time as a consequence. This ability to see what will happen before he starts moving, and adjust his movement, make him incredibly precise and physically assured. If he’s about to step on a slippery surface he has five seconds to adjust his footing, and so on and so forth. Sexy Boy will practically never trigger a trap or fall into an ambush.

Furthermore, by making eye contact while his next-five-seconds-vision is active, Sexy Boy can infect another person with future sight. This will be a much more potent and uncontrollable version of his own ability, and a curse than a boon. ESIGN operators occasionally refer to this as le mauvais œil (“the evil eye”).

An infected person has all their senses uncontrollably perceiving the future ; since future vision is solely a visual sense, it means that everything suddenly goes silent and odourless, the sense of touch is completely numbed, etc. As to the future-vision proper, it doesn’t provide a five-seconds headstart, but shift perception exactly 78 years in the future. However, Sexy Boy’s future vision can only accurate over a few seconds (five seconds is the sweet spot) ; when stretched over 78 years all it can do is extrapolate the condition of what it sees, 78 years in the future.

Thus, not only do other senses go dead, but all the infected person can see is a nightmarish, disgusting environment where everything is 78 years older. The buildings are either decrepit or in ruins, most people will be animated corpses or skeletons (except for small children who will appear as aged persons), everything organic is rotten beyond recognition, etc. Exceptionally collected persons can attempt to manoeuvre in this horrible reality since it is still a version of the real world, but most people will panic and many will assume they’ve just been banished into some sort of hell.

Sexy Boy can infect several persons with future vision if needed, and will retain his own ability to see in the very near future. He can also break the infection by making eye contact a second time.

History

A scion of the conservative Western Paris bourgeoisie, Julien never went along with his parents and wanted to strike out on his own. He move out as soon as feasible, taking various small jobs and the occasional cheque from his parents. While his life lacked direction, he was free - and could explore his passions for computers, IRC, and Parisian night life. During the early 1990s he had various crummy jobs in call centres - until a friend convinced him to join the military to do his duty as an emerging superhuman. Feeling he couldn’t decently let his burgeoning precog skills go to waste, but quite certain he would hate life as a civil servant, Julien gave it a half-hearted try.

Much to his surprise, he discovered he actually enjoyed the camaraderie during basic training, and that as long as he wasn’t away from Paris for too long things were fine. While Branosky had always seen himself as being lazy and a slacker, it become evident that it was more of a pose than his nature. Due to his reputation as a party animal, he was soon nicknamed Beau Gosse. When French electronica band Air released the single Sexy Boy in 1998, Branosky became known as Sexy Boy, the equivalent of Beau Gosse in English.

One of Juju’s best friends, another habitual carouser, was a close combat instructor for his unit and he recommended Branosky for ESIGN service. Sexy Boy’s accuracy and ability to never be caught flat-footed led to his recruitment by the elite “ninjas” of the Gendarmerie, and greatly helped him pass the various tests and endure the gruelling training.

Now a Maréchal des logis-Chef (the equivalent of a Staff Sergeant, normally addressed as “Chief”), Julien has taken part to dozens of ESIGN operations. He also runs a successful blog about Parisian nightlife, occasionally plays rhythm guitar and has a reputation for seducing barely-legal party girls that is solidly grounded in fact.

Description

Julien sports a strange mixture of boyish yet decadent charm and an attractive but weird double entendre smile. He has various piercings, although regulation have him remove them before putting on an uniform of any kind. He is 27, and intends to remain so for quite a while.

Personality

Sexy Boy still has nonchalant, lazy, unruly mannerisms - but will instantly become a disciplined and focused soldier when needed. His superiors tend to tolerate his sloppy-looking behaviour, knowing this is almost entirely an act. He spend about four nights per week scouring the Paris nightlife, where he is well-known and quite popular. Most people think he’s some kind of dilettante or computers guy ; almost none know he’s actually a gendarme and Chief Branosky prefer it that way.

He has been suffering from headaches since his teenage years due to his double vision between present and future, and often explains that since he has a permanent headache anyway, he might as well get drunk, smoke and run on too little sleep.

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