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Tower of the Alliance of Evil (X-Factor enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Tower

(Edward Pasternak)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Tower is a minor X-people mercenary opponent. He appeared in 1986, and the bulk of his appearances took place then.

He’s straightforward muscle-for-hire with a direct super-power, but more experience and cunning than most would expect. So that makes useful in games.


Background

  • Real Name: Edward Pasternak.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother.
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Alliance of Evil.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 182 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond, to the shoulder.


Powers and Abilities

Tower can shrink to the size of a large insect. Or he can grow to become more than 15’ tall, with attendant strength and durability.

He’s but a unrefined brawler and his moves are never commented about as being particularly fast. Nevertheless, he consistently could punch or kick (soccer-style) genuinely difficult targets. These included the Beast, a flying Angel, or an aircraft created by Whiz Kid and flying at high speeds.

He occasionally throws cars around, to compensate for the uneven ranged capacities of the Alliance. But this is a relatively slow-moving and imprecise attack. In DC Heroes RPG terms, he has an AV of 04 with thrown cars, and an EV equal to his current STR minus one.

When he’s near his maximum height, Tower can stomp his foot to create a big shockwave. But he does not seem to do this as part of the Alliance, even when it would have been useful. I suspect there have been incidents where his foot-stomping affected other Alliance members, and Frenzy forbade him to do it again.


History

Tower is a mutant mercenary — a powerful thug-for-hire.

He made his first known appearance as a agent of Doctor Carl Maddicks. Maddicks retained him to capture his former research colleague, Henry McCoy aka the Beast. After some crude detective work, Tower located McCoy at a friend’s house. Tower charged in and clobbered McCoy, swatting aside the humans and Iceman (who was in his civvies and did not get a chance to use his powers).

However, after he brought his quarry in, Tower was promptly betrayed by his employer. Maddicks sicced X-Factor on him. What he didn’t know was that X-Factor was actually a cover for McCoy’s mutant friends, who were at that point looking for Tower. X-Factor engaged Tower as he was moving from his current safehouse. Although he fought fiercely, they soon took him out.

The wily Tower offered to make a deal with them. At this point Carl Maddicks’ son attempted to remotely mindlock him. Tower then told X-Factor everything, probably out of spite after the telepathic assault he just had endured.

Alliance of Evil

Shortly after those events, Tower joined the Alliance of Evil. This was a group of mutant thugs assembled by Apocalypse just before his first encounter with X-Factor. The Alliance members received power boost from mutant Michael Nowlan. But they soon discovered this had strong addictive effects and was keeping them in thrall to their master.

Tower started casing the X-Factor compound to prepare for his first mission. He was to “rescue” mutant Rusty Collins from X-Factor, and have him become an Alliance of Evil mercenary. Tower did not realize X-Factor were the mutants he had already fought, and were thus familiar with him. They attacked him, but he managed to flee by shrinking.

The Alliance’s field leader, Frenzy, scolded him and threw him into a dumpster. Then she took charge of the operation and brought Collins in.

Inferno

The Alliance was seen again during the early days of Inferno. That was just as objects in New York City started behaving aggressively. People were starting to act somewhat irrationally, too. As an example of the latter the Alliance rampaged through New York to protest against the Mutant Registration Act. They were eventually defeated by X-Factor and their students.

The group later appeared as AIM-paid mercenaries. They helped helped Harness power Piecemeal up by swatting aside any opposition. During one such fight, Tower (now able to grow taller than ever before) purposefully stomped on Whiz Kid, leaving the young teenager with multiple fractures. The Alliance was later defeated by X-Force.

South of the border

Tower was next seen in an undisclosed Latin American country, in a village called San Miguel. He had been hired as superhuman muscle for some revolution. But he hated the job and got stinking drunk in San Miguel’s bar, terrorising the locals.

Ranting about how he hated his job, the inebriated Tower seemed about to rape the waitress. That’s when he was murdered by the X-Cutioner. The killer used some sort of incendiary weapon to burn Tower to a crisp before he could react.

1,001 nights of the living dead

Much later, a giant, dead, reanimated mutant was used by the Vanisher as security for his “designer gene” drug cartel. Though some think it was the animated body of Tower, I’m not convinced.

  1. This mutant was much bigger than Tower.
  2. The Vanisher described him in a way that doesn’t match Tower.
  3. The corpse wasn’t charred.

In any case, the giant mutant zombie was incinerated by a huge energy blast from Chamber (Jonothon Starsmore).

In 2009, Tower was clearly identified as one of the techno-zombies serving the Black Queen (Selene) after she used necromancy to develop her own strain of techno-organic virus.


Description

Officially, Tower is 6’2” and 355 lbs. But that seems wrong – he was considerably shorter than Frenzy, and did not seem that bulky.


Personality

Tower is a hooligan. He’s brutal, rude, intellectually and socially somewhat limited. His fighting style is like his grammar — a Saturday Night bar fight thing.

He’s a bully, and has a endless list of stupid nicknames for everybody he comes across, rarely using the same twice in a row.

He is, however, somewhat canny, in a streetwise way. And he properly follows Frenzy’s orders.


Quotes

“I’ve looked for you a long time, furball ! Now get ready to be smashed by Tower !”

“Let’s do it the tough way, wimps !”

“OK wiseguy, you asked for it ! I’ll just use your overgrown popsicle against you and the girlie !”

“I’m startin’ to get the picture ! I’ve been set up to take a fall ! Well, I’m no dummy ! You guys ain’t no cops or nuthin’ ! If you want the blue boy… yer gonna have ta make a deal !”

(Intervening in front of a camera during a live TV broadcast) “Like Frenzy said ! We’re gonna teach the city what mutants can do. Especially mondo mad mutants ! Hi, mom !”

“Right behind ya — just gimme a minute t’reach a com’frt’ble tail-kickin’ size…”


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Tower

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 020

Powers:
Bomb: 06, Growth: 08, Shrinking: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Bomb is performed by stomping the ground (-1) and its APs are capped by his APs of Growth currently active or being activated (-1).
  • Shrink can also be used on his stuff provided he concentrates — for instance, a briefcase he’s holding and its contents.

Skills:
Detective (Legwork): 03, Martial artist (AV): 09

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Alliance of Evil (Low), Mercenary scene (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Violence.

Equipment:
Tower’s costume is made of unstable molecules, and thus adapts to his size changes by itself.


Nowlanhanced

When receiving a boost from Michael Nowlan’s power-enhancing mutant ability, Tower did not seem to increase his Growth. Rather he boosted his STR by four APs beyond its normal level, and his BODY by one.


Compounding Growth

During his confrontation with X-Force, Tower was growing taller than ever before — perhaps about 40’. That meant a Growth of about 12 instead of 08. Yet that proved useless since Shatterstar slashed his right tendons with his special sword, incapacitating Tower. It is likely he still had that level of power when he died.


Design Notes

Detective (Legwork) is there for campaigns with rules about Unskilled Character Interaction.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Bil.

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