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Khalid Tefibi


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • For this writeup the characters are still considered to be an UN team, since that’s their most likely use in a campaign.
  • “Khalid” is pronounced “Rhahl-heed” (and “Tefibi” “Tay-fee-bee”, FWIW)

Background

  • Real Name: Khalid Tefibi
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Base Of Operations: UN building, Manhattan, New York City
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Tefibi is an out of shape techie without much in the way of people skills – but he’s a genius in a large number of fields, mostly having to do with computers and guns. He can handle pretty much any technical matter, but his real loves are being a computer geek and a weapon systems nerd.

Tefibi has built numerous advanced weapon systems which allow Team Achilles to successfully engage powerful superhumans – those are detailed in the relevant entries for Team Achilles members.

His research and computer skills probably make him among the five top hackers in the Wildstorm universe – the only thing he couldn’t penetrate was Halo Technologies, and he also had problems with Bendix’s genius-level security and encoding of his files. Everything else is easy – he even hacked the Authority’s carrier ship, though this was only possible with ultra-powerful computers using alien tech.

Another achievement was locating the super-secret meeting room used by the United Nations Special Security Council, allowing Santini to turn the tables on them and have them executed on the spot.


History

Tefibi is an Egyptian-American computer nerd – and a highly skilled one. His past is shady and not very well known, but it has been established he’s a former I.O. member trained in electronic warfare and critical systems assault. Santini almost certainly met him while they both were working for I.O.

At one point, though, Tefibi’s career went very, very wrong. He was manipulated by Ivana Baiul, who under a false name told him she wanted him to run a check on computer security at the Pentagon by infiltrating their systems and destroying the files of various clandestine, very black projects.

Tefibi did a superb job, single handedly compromising the Pentagon’s systems to their core and destroying vast amounts of data, erasing several unmentionable projects and causing a lot of chaos in Pentagon operations, including a wargame that was being run in Germany.

Tefibi didn’t cover his tracks particularly well and was arrested as he was writing his report on security holes at the Pentagon. When he explained the situation, it was revealed the I.O. agent he was mentioning had never existed, and he went down very hard. He spend several years in the extremely harsh and dangerous penitentiary at Pelican Bay, and emerged a changed man.

Santini, however, hadn’t forgotten Tefibi. He was among the first persons Santini hired for the new Stormwatch, and the third, after Santini and Coleman, to start drawing pay and working as an UN agent. Along with Grunier and later Barak, he is at the core of the support team for Santini’s yahoos.

At one point, Tefibi was kidnapped by Ivana Baiul’s teams, as she was now the head of a Homeland Security agency ; he was swiftly declared an enemy combatant. Baiul, however, didn’t know that her data on Barak was out of date, and that the Stormwatch agent was no longer a little level eight telepath but closer to level 3 or 2. The telepathic booby traps engineered by Barak in Tefibi’s mind, without Tefibi’s knowledge, allowed Tefibi to escape.

After Team Achilles left the UN’s employ after the Authority’s coup d‘Etat, Santini called in markers with a Golden Age hero, the Magneteer. The Magneteer being a legend in the techno-nerd community, Tefibi was enthusiastic about meeting a childhood hero. He and the Magneteer got along so well that the wartime legend eventually allowed Tefibi to use his armour.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Tefibi comes across as a geek – and he has no problem admitting he’s an out-of-shape nerd and a wuss. This is not actually true – he’s actually a hard man, having survived years in a very tough penitentiary.

Although he’ll protest there’s no way he can cut it in the field, he is quite deployable in cases of emergency, his marksmanship seems to be excellent and once his back is to the wall he shows an excellent level of initiative and resourcefulness. He’s a survivor.

Tefibi is crazy about guns and computers. He knows the specs and trivia of pretty much any gun ever made, and he’s visibly excited when talking about weapon systems and advanced computers. Santini could persuade him to do pretty much any amount of work in return for the promise to let him play with computers based on alien technology CPUs.

He’ll lovingly explain every improvement he’s made in Team Achilles specialized gear, and the soldiers have learned to be very attentive to his explanations – Tefibi’s stuff *works*.

Although Tefibi maintains the “I’m a wuss, really, leave me alone, why does every alpha male always pick on me” vibe (except if somebody criticizes his tech), he’s actually a pretty intelligent man, with excellent deductive skills.

Santini is grooming him for leadership functions – Team Achilles is a crew of unimaginative but very hard men and women, and they can use Tefibi’s smarts when it comes to analyzing threats and making plans above the tactical levels. Tefibi has the smarts, depth of reasoning and creativity to become a decent officer, though it’ll take time.

As an obviously Arabic guy with an obviously Arabic name, a criminal record and being a known hacker, he is very wary of the current US administration, the PATRIOT laws, camp X-Ray and that sort of things – he was quite ambivalent when Santini remembered that if he claimed the team’s luggage at an airport, he’d probably get to visit Guantanamo within a few days. His hatred of Ivana Baiul is actually at the “foaming at the mouth” level.

Being ex-I.O. he has, like all team members, a level of military discipline, address and so on.


Quotes

“Hey don’t yell at me, I didn’t do it !”

Weiss : “Tefibi, why is it that when you speak of weapons, you sound like you are describing sex ?”
Tefibi (angry) : “Oh ha ha, very funny. Look, there’s more…”
Weiss (increasingly amused) : “What more could there be ? We already have penetration, soft tissues mushrooming, barrels which are too short and yahoos who never clean their residues…”

“Keep hitting me, bitch. I’m bored already. What do you think you can pitch me that I didn’t already catch in Pelican Bay penitentiary ? Hadn’t considered that one, had you, fuckwit ? Thought I was soft because I sit behind a desk with computers ? Fuck you *with* the horse you rode in on, jackbooted fascist !”

“I got their ass, sir. Three teleportation signatures from inside and ten more from the street.”

“This isn’t some stupid TV cop show where I can pull off a guy’s licence plate number from a blob on the screen… I can’t add resolution that isn’t there.”

(After barging in the Santinis’ room as they were having sex) “Calm down, sir. I’ve seen her naked before. On the Internet.”

Santini : “Can you hack it ?”
Tefibi : “Does a bear shit in the wood ? Of course I can hack this primitive Eastern European shit. ”

(Muttering to himself as he feels unappreciated) “Gee, thanks for disarming the armored madman in our midst, Tefibi ! None of us could have done it because we’re too primitive to use a television remote, that’s for fucking sure. Gosh, you’re a real hero.”

“Just doing my job, sir. For God and Country and the Advancement of Science and all that great shit.”


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Khalid Tefibi

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Techhead
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 025

Skills: Detective (identification systems): 10, Gadgetry: 10, Military science (cartography, demolition): 04, Scientist: 09, Scientist (research, computers): 12, Thief (security systems): 10, Weaponry (firearms, exotics): 05

Advantages: Credentials (UN, Medium), Genius (weapon systems, computer systems)

Connections: Stormwatch : Team Achilles (High)

Drawbacks: MIA toward guns and computers, MIH of Ivana Baiul, Mistrust

Equipment:

  • Alien CPU laptop [INT 04 BODY 04, Recall: 18, Split: 04, Telepathy: 11, Limitation : Split only for computational purposes, Telepathy only with telecoms and computers. A milspec laptop whose CPU is based on alien tech, possibly Daemonite. Its communication capacities (Telepathy) make it the ultimate tool for man-in-the-middle hacks]
  • Khalid is not usually armed or in the field, though this has changed with the Magneteer lending him his armour
  • During Citizen Soldier’s assault on Washington DC, Tefibi used a special rifle to prevent the District of Columbia from being vaporized. [BODY 02, Dimension travel (Banishment): 06, Telescopic vision: 01, Ammo: 01, Bonus : Dimension Travel has Range, Limitation : Dimension Travel only to the same point on Project : ENTRY Earth]
  • The capacities of the Magneteer armour and rifle are pretty much unknown. The ARMOR seems to be about [/BODY/ 10, Flight: 06, Sealed systems: 10, Shade: 03] and the Magnet Rifle about [BODY 04, Magnetic control: 11, Energy blast: 09], but this is based on scant information.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: “Stormwatch : Team Achilles” comic books

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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