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Science Dog (Image Comics Kirkman)

Science Dog


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. FIGHT EVIL WITH SCIENCE !”


Background

  • Real Name: Science
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed city within the United States of America
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 255 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown/Grey


Powers & Abilities

Strength Level

Science possesses super-canine strength, allowing him to press (lift) at least one ton directly overhead under normal circumstances.

Known Superhuman Powers

As a result of the lab accident that evolved Science Dog from a Scottish Terrier to his currently evolved form, Science Dog now possesses super-canine physical attributes as well as a genius level intellect that surpasses that of any other being of his earth; human or otherwise.

Science Dog possesses super-canine strength (see strength level), speed, agility and reflexes at a level that far exceeds that of normal canines, much less humans.

In addition, his senses are at least 10 times as keen as the average human which makes them approximately 5 times as sensitive as would be found in the average dog.

Abilities

Science Dog’s most startling gift is his raw intellect. As it stands, Science is at least 10 times more intelligent that the world’s most gifted thinkers. His ability to think abstractly and to learn new concepts is simply superhuman.

His theories and hypothesis are generally revolutionary in any field that he is currently studying and all of his inventions either expand on previous breakthroughs or simply represent a quantum leap in science or technology; extending the boundaries of human knowledge.

Paraphenalia

Despite the advanced technology at his command, Science generally adventures with a relatively simple set of equipment. He utilizes a twin turbine jet-pack to ferry himself from location to location. The jetpack has a range of approximately 1500 miles and a maximum airspeed of 175 mph.

Science’s main offensive weapon is a custom designed pistol which is capable of shooting a variety of ammunition types on demand, including explosive and incendiary rounds.


History

Science dog was the personal pet of a brilliant scientist named Dr. Collins who was on the verge of creating a technological wonder the like the world had never seen; a time machine.

Despite his brilliance, Dr. Collins was a superstitious man and believed that Science brought him good fortune. With that mind, he always kept Science close by. Eventually everyone who worked in the lab came to see Science as the Lab Mascot.

Only one of Dr. Collins’ assistants saw Science as a nuisance. Walter often argued with Dr. Collins over Science’s presence in the lab, but was always overruled by Dr. Collins and his other assistant Daniel.

The trio worked tirelessly on the time machine, until they hit a point where they could realistically conduct their first test. Everything seemed to be going smoothly with the time machine’s initial test run, until a small toy ball started rolling towards the pod.

Science raced after the ball even as the device was activated. Walter, ever annoyed with the silly dog, raced after him hoping to prevent him from disrupting the delicate device. It was at that moment that the time machine malfunctioned, and both Walter and Science were caught up within a temporal explosion.

The effects of the explosion were immediate and life altering; Daniel was paralyzed from the waist down, Dr. Collins was killed and both Walter and Science underwent a process that put their bodies through a million years of evolution in a single instant.

Science was changed into a superhumanly powerful, well built bipedal being with a matching intelligence. Walter, on the other hand, was horribly deformed by the accident and gained impressively powerful telekinetic abilities.

After recovering from the accident, Science joined Daniel and his new assistant Rachel in rebuilding the lab and using his new found strength to battle any forces of evil that threatened mankind. In a matter of months, Science become a celebrity and a house hold name.

Groundhog Day

Science’s greatest test occurred when he encountered an unknown alien race that had become stranded within Earth’s orbit. The alien’s teleported Science to their vessel while he was in a pitched battle with Walter (for the fourteenth time).

The aliens’ vessel had become stranded in Earth space when it had run out of its unique fuel source upon entering the Milky Way.

The aliens needed someone brilliant enough to create a new fuel source, and after observing the earth for some time, they decided that Science was that individual. Desperate, the aliens kidnapped Science and threatened to destroy the planet unless he helped them. Left with little choice, Science complied with their demands.

Science Dog shoots lightning from his staff

The aliens had prepared a stasis chamber within which Science could work uninterrupted until he had created a solution. Science worked diligently on a solution and eventually engineered a process that would re-create the aliens original fuel source instead of creating a new one.

Relieved that the work only took a few hours, Science was eager to return to Earth and deal with Walter.

Unfortunately for Science, he underestimated the stasis affect that the chamber generated. Instead of being within the chamber for a few hours, he had been working within it for eleven months.

The aliens returned Science to the Earth’s surface an instant later, and Science found a dystopian landscape waiting for him. Walter had run amok across North America and somehow destroyed the city Science had attempted to protect.

Nothing but a hound dog

Science eventually stumbled across Rachel, and found out that in his absence Walter had murdered Daniel. Instead of confronting Walter, Science went into solution mode and began a six year long process of recreating (and perfecting) Dr. Collins’ time machine.

Science used the machine to travel back to the moment he disappeared, but was temporarily disoriented by his trip through time. By the time he had regained his wits, the present day Science had already been abducted by the aliens and Daniel had engaged Walter in battle in his place.

As the two fought, Science gathered together his combat gear and raced to the battle ground and arrived just in time to see Walter murder Daniel. Enraged, Science murdered Walter in retaliation and returned to his underground layer, resolute that this wasn’t over.

Science spent the next six months recreating the time machine once again. He ignored everything that happened around him, including attacks by powerful super-villains and horrific menaces. Rachel lost an arm during one such conflict but Science continued to work diligently, reasoning that none of it would matter when he went back in time and fixed things properly.

When the time machine was ready (for the second time), Science went back once again but this time was better prepared for the transition. Moreover, instead of travelling back to the point where he was taken, he travelled to a point of time several minutes prior to it.

As the “present” Science went to battle Walter, “future” Science gathered up a space suit and rocketed into earth orbit searching for the alien vessel. He didn’t even bother to conceal his exit, which was witnessed by both Daniel and Rachel.

It didn’t take Science long to discover the location of the alien vessel. The aliens were taken aback when “future” Science boarded their vessel and offered his aid, but were grateful nonetheless.

”Future” Science had but one condition for his aid; upon the completion of his work he wanted to be taken far away from Earth as two Science dogs may have been too much to bear.

Back on Earth, “present day” Science Dog made quick work of Walter and returned him back into police custody, completely unaware of the catastrophe he had narrowly avoided. Daniel and Rachel, who had witnessed “future” Science leaving the lair decided that it was for the best to keep what they saw a secret until a later date.


Description

Science Dog is a large bipedal man-shaped humanoid. He is clearly inhuman though, his head and features greatly resemble that of a Scottish Terrier, complete with swivelling ears, a snout and those large obviously inhuman eyes.

His body is covered from head to toe with brownish grey fur. His hands and feet are three fingered and toed.

Science normally dressing in a red short sleeved top, and green cargo pants. He tops off his “uniform” with a pair of sturdy brown work boots and a dark pair of gloves.


Personality

Science is a compassionate, loyal and brave adventurer who’s courage can only be matched by his insatiable curiousity. His personality has been crafted in the model of “Pulp” science heroes like Doc Savage or Tom Strong.


Quotes

Daniel: “We got someone or something doing some major damage downtown, looks like that rest will have to wait. Sorry, old friend.”
Science: “Don’t sweat it, Daniel. Nature of the business.”

“What were you doing three hours ago, Walter ? I was clashing swords with the ruler of another dimension !”

“I promise I’ll fix this.”


DC Universe History

Science could have been a card carrying member of the JLA during the Keith/Giffen era. He would make a fascinating straight man to the Blue Beetle during this time or even taking his place and working alongside Booster Gold.


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Science Dog

Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 12 Wil: 12 Min: 10 Occupation: Scientist/Adventurer
Inf: 09 Aur: 08 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 012
Init: 029 HP: 120

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 10, Claws: 07, Extended Hearing: 06, Jumping: 01, Running: 06, Super Hearing: 06, Ultra Vision: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
All Powers have the Form Function Bonus (+1FC per power)

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 08, Charisma: 08, Gadgetry*: 12, Martial Artist*: 08, Scientist*: 12, Thief*: 08, Vehicles*: 08, Weaponry*: 08

Advantages
Area Knowledge (Unnamed City), Expansive Headquarters (Underground Headquarters), Genius, Iron Nerves, Omni-scholar, Popularity, Sidekick x2 (Daniel & Rachel)

Connections:
None demonstrated.

Drawbacks:
Enemy (Walter), Public Identity, Strange Appearance

Genre:
Action

Equipment:

  • Superhuman handgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 06, Range: 04, Ammo: 10, R#03, Rec. STR 06, Limitation: Projectile weapon has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Long Reload]
  • Ammo (x10) [BODY 01, Bomb: 08, R#01. Bonuses & Limitations: Grenade Drawback, May be set with five second delay]
  • Exploding pellets (x4) [BODY 01, Bomb: 08, Grenade drawback]
  • Goggles [BODY 04, Shade: 04]
  • Jet Pack [BODY 05, Flight 07]
  • Omni gadgets (x2) (6 APs, AC)

By Bryan Gittens

Source of Character: Image Comic Series – Invincible and Science Dog, created by Robert Kirkman (author) and Cory Walker (illustrator).

Writeup completed on the 3rd of November, 2012.

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