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Bolt of Capes (Image Comics) with ice cream

Bolt

(Bruce)


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

Context

Capes was a 2003 mini-series, by a then semi-obscure Robert Kirkman. Invincible had just started publication, so at this point the bulk of his work was Battle Pope.

This short series was mostly a deconstructionist one, showing super-hero work as banal salaried fare. This material was eventually established as taking place in the same universe as Invincible (though back then, my impression was that it took place in the “Larsenverse”).

The characters in Capes were generic ones. So if your campaign needs stock superheroes, they are quite useful. And they have a limited power level, too.


Background

  • Real Name: Bruce (last name unrevealed).
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: A wife and two daughters (names unrevealed), Richard (son).
  • Group Affiliation: Capes, Inc..
  • Base Of Operations: New York City.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eyes: Light brown Hair: Black (shaved off).


Powers and Abilities

Bolt is super-strong and durable.

He is also experienced and confident. He has more Hero Points  than normal for his setting, and he knows it.


History

Bolt’s origin is that he was hit by lightning, which somehow granted him superhuman strength and durability. He decided to change jobs and get a higher salary by becoming an employee at Capes, Inc..

Founded by a trio of World War II heroes, Capes provides superhuman services and security as well as bounty hunting. Capes employ a roster of super-humans, though it’s not an easy business and the company often experiences financial stress.

Bolt himself is a respected and popular Capes employee. He’s a pal of the old guard at Capes – including the HR director, the semi-retired costumed hero Captain Capitalism. Bolt is, in DC Heroes RPG terms, verging on the Popularity Advantage due to his cool style and good looks.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Bolt is a cool guy. He has a nice middle-class family with a loving wife, and he’s a recognised professional and experienced hero.

He has an open and suave style. In combat he talks like a comic book good cop, advising to surrender, explaining how escalating the situation is not worth it, etc.


Quotes

“I wanted to go by ‘Black Samson’. But when I was hired on at Capes, they told me the only popular Black heroes had lighting names… Storm… Black Lightning… Static Shock… ‘Bolt’ seemed like a good idea at the time.”

“THIS IS A JOB FOR…” (dramatic pause) “… the night shift. It’s 10 PM.”

“I’m gonna need to get back pay for the last hour. I had to bring in some joker called ‘Medallion’ on my way over. The cops can back me up on this.”


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Bolt

Dex: 06 Str: 10 Bod: 09 Motivation: Uphold good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Capes employee
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 040

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 03

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Capes Inc. (Low), Captain Capitalism (Low).

Drawbacks:
Dependants (Family), Misc.: Bolt must eat twice as much as normal.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Capes mini-series.

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