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Noah and the Crossbreed (Astro City comics) and Daniel

Noah and the Crossbreed


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Very minor character about whom little is known, but the Crossbreed might interest some players as an unusual super-hero team.

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Crossbreed
  • Base Of Operations: Astro City
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 215 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light grey


Powers & Abilities

Noah has weather control powers and can summon wind, rain and even lightning from the heavens. He might also have some sort of mystical senses, and can use his lightning to perform crude arc welding. The art gives the impression that his staff might play a role in his weather powers.


History

The Crossbreed are a team of superhumans active in the US, led by Noah. They see their power as a gift from God and are very active as street preachers, passing out tracts and encouraging passerbies to prepare themselves for the impending Judgement Day.

The Crossbreed are largely derided as “Jesus Freaks”, and it seems possible that they are their own denomination, or part of a minor sect. Their specific cross design was seen on some tombstones in the US, though.

The Crossbreed are reminiscent of the classic X-Men ; beyond Noah their members are :

  • Mary — winged flight à la Angel (Warren Worthington III), and a capable fighter.
  • Peter — telekinetic control of stone and soil, of course (though the pun in Aramaic with Kêfâ doesn’t work at all in English). Peter can erect large, permanent stone structures.
  • Daniel — a lion-man who is both a ferocious fighter and a gifted healer (using unguents)
  • David — a giant
  • Joshua — sonic powers à la trumpets of Jericho (or Banshee (Sean Cassidy))

Beyond the Biblical code-names, all Crossbreed members wear similar red-and-white hooded robes, with a large Celtic-style cross pendant.

Noah and the Crossbreed Christian super-heroes - group shot

The Crossbreed. Left to right – Joshua, Mary (winged), Daniel (lion), David (giant), Noah, Peter.

Read the Word !

Beyond their preaching, the Crossbreed are active as super-heroes. They travel through the continental US, and it seems possible that they follow some sort of calling telling them where they’ll be needed. For instance, they stopped the Devil’s Own in Montana, and Temblor in San Francisco.

In late 1996, shapechanging space aliens secretly took control of various governments, with a focus on the Astro City mayoral office given the density of superhumans in town. The populace was roused against its heroic defenders, and the Crossbreed were harassed in the street.

Though they seemingly left, they actually went to ground (in a wooden boat seemingly based on popular depictions of Noah’s Ark) as they thought that they were more needed than ever.

Noah in action, wielding lightning

When the Confessor (Jeremiah Parish) exposed the Mayor as an alien, the Crossbreed hurriedly emerged from hiding, rescuing the Confessor’s sidekick Altar Boy (Brian Kinney) and routing the alien forces on site so that the public could flee out of the open.

After taking Altar Boy to safety, the Crossbreed joined the heroic forces who defeated the aliens in Astro City and put an end to the invasion.


Description

He’s very much the figure of the Biblical patriarch as envisioned by Cecil B. DeMille – tall, with a mane of long hair and a huge beard, piercing blue eyes, robes, a severe look, a stentorian voice, a shepherd’s staff, charismatic, etc.


Personality

Noah behaves very much like a priest and a wise patriarch. His faith is his life, and he carries out the Lord’s work without judgement or fear.


Quotes

“Welcome to Astro City, young man. God be with you.”

“Peter ! Shield the crowd ! Daniel, David, Joshua… *smite* the invader !”

“No killing, Daniel. Ever.”

“We are here to spread God’s word, my son. If we only spread it to those who are already listening, what good would we be ?”

“Regardless of what the Confessor was, he was doing God’s work — he was saving innocents and serving truth. And in the final judgement, what is more important ? The burdens we bear, or the way we bear them ?”


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Noah

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Preacher
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Lightning: 10, Weather Control: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:
Lightning is Indirect – it comes from the sky

Skills:
None demonstrated, but Occultist: 04 and Charisma (Persuasion): 06 are a possibility

Advantages
Expertise (Unspecified Christian theology), Headquarters (the Ark), Leadership

Connections:
Crossbreed (High)

Drawbacks:
Public Identity, Misc.: the Crossbreed are unpopular due to their street preaching and the inhuman appearance of some members

Equipment:
Shepherd’s staff [BODY 04, EV 02 (04 w/STR)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Dr. Peter Piispanen

Source of Character: Kurt Busiek’s Astro City universe.

Writeup completed on the 10th of May, 2014.

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