Black Bishop from the Foundation d20 RPG

Black Bishop

(Foundation RPG)


Circa 2000 there was a big wave of tabletop RPGs based on the d20 system. The Foundation was an early one, and a super-hero-themed one. Back then I was getting every super-hero RPG, so I’ve got a copy.

It’s a terrible game and at best a footnote in RPG history. I converted a few of the more generic characters for reasons that now elude me.


  • Real Name: Jesse Cafferty.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Shadow Empire.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 220lbs. Age: 28
  • Eyes: Dark Hair: Dark


Powers and Abilities

Gadgeteer .

His most common powers are a personal force field and weapons that drain an opponent’s strenght or speed.

While he has no compunction against killing, he rarely uses a lethal weapon himself.


Jesse Cafferty was a skilled inventor. But he found conventional research too confining and boring.

He came into contact with the Black King – a master criminal that was building a conspiracy against the US called the Shadow Empire. The Black King, a brilliant engineer, took him on as a pupil. He taught Cafferty about some of the more unusual technology he had developed.

Jesse became a field test specialist, and later built his own devices. He was attached to the Black Queen’s team as technical support and help against especially difficult foes.


See illustration.


Neutral Evil. Yep, that’s our boy.

DC Universe History

The Shadow Empire is your basic conspiracy with chess pieces. It is probably better to take its members and turn them into henchmen for whatever conspiracy you use in your campaign and want to beef up.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Black Bishop

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 014 HP: 030

Gadgetry: 07, Thief: 05, Vehicles (land): 04


Underworld (Low), Shadow Empire (High).


ARMOR [/BODY/ 06, Force Field: 04, Power Drain: 08, Bonus: Power Drain Can Drain Physical Attributes (+1) ; Limitations: Force field is Self Only (-2), Power Drain Can Only Drain DEX and STR (-2)].

By Sébastien Andrivet (MEGS adaptation) from a Eric Metcalf Foundation writeup.

Source of Character: The Foundation RPG.