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Alex Fairchild and his daughter

Alex Fairchild


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This WildStorm character appeared in 1994. Though he cannot be really called a major one, he was a part of special forces unit Team Seven. This commando team acquiring superhuman powers was seminal in the recent history of the WildStorm Universe.


Background

  • Real Name: Alexander Thomas Fairchild.
  • Other aliases: Slaphammer.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Fairchild and Freefall (Daughters), Brother.
  • Group Affiliation: Team 7, Cordelia, Gen 13.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


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Powers and Abilities

Before receiving powers from the Gen-Factor, Fairchild was a Team 7 member. As an elite special operations troop, he was expert in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, demolitions, scuba diving, parachute and counter insurgency.

The Gen-Factor gave him potent psionic  powers. However, using them drains him (and eventually killed him).

Somehow, when the members of Team 7 unite in a kind of circle, they manage to boost their psionic powers.


History

He was a Iowa farm boy who escaped the corn belt by attending West Point . An iconoclast who abhorred bureaucracy, Alex ended up joining the Special Forces. That was not only because of his roughhousing but also his womanizing. After sleeping with a general’s wife, his career in the regular Army was crippled before it even started.

Soon, he found his home with the Green Berets. He was not only a proficient soldier, but also the go-to guy when things needed to get done or found.


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He caught the attention of John Lynch, who’d been assigned to put together Team 7 by Miles Craven. When Alex was exposed to the Gen-Factor, he carried out various missions for Craven while he was with Team 7. Soon, he escaped from I.O. when Team 7 disbanded. He went into hiding with the other renegade members (Cash, Chang, Calahan).

Things finally cooled down with I.O. when they accepted to do one last mission to save the country’s face. Then Cray was left as a kind of hostage to ensure the other would behave. They settled and built families.

But soon, they discovered that Craven was now after their sure-to-be-gifted children. Fairchild took the children to a safe place.

A favour from the Coda

He went to Melanesia  – to Cordelia, the Coda’s matriarch for South East Asia. She owed a favor to the Clan Chang of Hong-Kong. Thus, she took care of the fleeing Team 7 (minus Calahan who was supposedly dead) and their children (minus Nicole and Matthew Calahan, captured by I.O.).

Several years of hiding later, Fairchild, Chang and the kids were brought back to the States. Cordelia could no longer ensure their safety. I.O. was warned of their coming by a Coda traitor in Cordelia’s entourage. They were engaged by Black Razors upon landing, but were saved by Deathblow and Gaby. They put the kids in foster homes, near people they could trust.

Yet meanwhile, Craven was dealing with human guinea pigs to test the Gen-Factor. In an attempt to end those experiments, former Team 7 reunited to infiltrate “The Farm” compound. The operation went sour as they encountered heavy resistance in the person of newly activated Gen-actives.

But Fairchild had another ace up his sleeve. He got reinforced by Coda warriors. He had called upon Cordelia’s help, once more. But this time, he owed her one. So he went to her, offering his services as a mercenary.

Gen13

Fairchild learned from Lucius, that Caitlin, his daughter, was on the run and looking for him. He thus decided to escape Cordelia’s influence and left to find her. They reunited during the ’Fire From Heaven’ episode.

As things didn’t go well with Caitlin, he decided it was for the best if he left her to her life, and went freelance. But Alex felt bad about that, and came back to her in La Jolla. It was, however too late. I.O.’s Black Razors had blown the safehouse.

Crushed, he offered no resistance to Cordelia’s bounty hunters when they got him. He served her again, but with no heart. This nearly killed his teammates when he went on missions for her.

Then, someone contacted him, on behalf of Lynch, to tell him that his daughter needed him. He rushed to meet them again. Meanwhile, Freefall and Rainmaker went to NYC to visit Roxy’s mother. As Lynch suspected danger, he dispatched Fairchild to bring them back. That’s when Roxy learned that Alex Fairchild was her father.

Last hurrah

Ultimately, Lynch left Gen 13 to clear the air between them. He left the team in the hands of Alex. At this time, Cordelia’s bounty hunters were closing in on him. This time, she came personally to bring him back to her service. She took Sarah and Roxy as hostages.

The day was saved by the arrival of Tindalos and his new brand of Black Razors, who dispatched the Coda. In a final confrontation, Fairchild tried to kill the psycho. But he only managed to consume himself with his own destructive power.

He was buried privately, in the intimacy of his close friends (Gen 13 and Team 7).


Description

Alex Fairchild is a handsome, tall, strong man. He has a thick beard and mustache.


Personality

Alex was made for the life of a soldier. He wished no such things as someone waiting for him. Always on the run. He was a lady killer though, and that brought him his share of trouble.

In the end, when he looked at the mess he did with his relatives, he felt sorry for it, and tried to earn it back by sacrificing himself to save them.


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Alex Fairchild

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unwanted Powers
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 11 Occupation : Mercenary
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth} : 06
Init: 022 HP: 030

Powers:
Mental Blast: 13, Mind Blast: 07, Illusion: 10, Force Field: 09, Power Reserve: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Mental Blast is Fatiguing, inflicting Killing Damage on Alex.
  • Power Reserve works on all powers except itself and is fueled by the number of other Team 7 members at a range of touch.

Skills:
Charisma*: 06, Detective (All except Law): 06, Martial Artist*: 07, Medicine (First Aid): 04, Military Science*: 07, Thief*: 07, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water)*: 07, Weaponry: 08

Advantages:
Attractive, Intensive Training, Scholar (Demolitions, Skydiving).

Connections:
Team 7 (High), Lucius (High), Cordelia (High), Gen 13 (High).

Drawbacks:
SIA (Women), Dependents (Fairchild & Freefall, 0 pt), Guilt (Not caring enough for his daughters), Secret ID (Hiding from Cordelia).

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Image (Wildstorm Universe).

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