Bolt (Player character) (Speedster)


(Harry Kavanaugh)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character was part of a RPG campaign run by contributor Bil.


  • Real Name: Harry Kavanaugh.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 150lbs. Age: 23
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

With a psionically  enhanced bio-electricity, Bolt is one of the fastest individuals in this world. His top speed is nearly 90 times the speed of sound. For some unknown reason, he does not generate sonic booms.

He is capable of absorbing electricity with little or no harm, or projecting his bioelectricity in bolts of great power, at a range of up to half a mile.

His healing factor  is also capable of healing rates no less than 30 times faster than normal.

A downside of this increased metabolism is a tendency to fidget at superhuman speeds when he is not actively concentrating on not moving. This makes keeping his secret identity harder and harder.

As a side note, unlike most speedsters  in DC, his speed is not derived from the Speed Force. Therefore, he is incapable of time-travelling through the use of his speed. And he will not be subject to the lure of the Speed Force, should he ever get that fast.


As a genetic mutant, Kavanaugh’s entire metabolism has been accelerated. This doesn’t affect his aging or lifespan, though.

His increased bioelectricity first made itself known early on during his second adventure, when he fired a bolt in response to an electric ray fired at him by a Bloodforce agent.



Harry Kavanaugh is a lithe fellow, built like a gymnast.

His costume is medium blue, with white lightning bolts down the sides.


Almost as quick-witted as he is fast, Bolt is constantly making verbal jabs at his opponents.

He will use his superspeed primarily to avoid being hit, while zapping his foe with lightning bolts. If the going gets tough, he will attempt to use a power trick appropriate to the situation.

In his secret identity, Harry Kavanaugh is a bit of a wanderer. He never stays long in one place. He will take various odd jobs, using his powers slightly to accomplish them quickly and efficiently, and save what he can.

However, he is still paying off his college loans, and occasionally gets in financial trouble because of them.

DC Universe History

Bolt could be used as an interesting complication in a campaign featuring a character who uses the speed force. Since he is an incredibly fast individual whose superspeed does not rely on the Speed Force.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 11 Str: 05 Bod: 07 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 026 HP: 030

Energy Absorption: 13, Lightning: 09, Superspeed: 16, Sealed Systems: 16, Regeneration*: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy Absorption: Usable Against Electricity, Only.
  • Superspeed: Multiple Dice Actions, Does not cause sonic booms.
  • Sealed Systems: Power Ineffective Against Gas Attacks, Power Ineffective Against Radiation Attacks, Only used to resist environmental effects from Superspeed.

Acrobatics (Dodging)*: 11

Life Support (No Need to Eat), Lightning Reflexes.

Heroic Community (Low, Powerful).

Debt (+1), Minor Physical Restriction (The “shakes”), Secret Identity.

By William Chamberlin.

Source of Character: Homegrown.