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Cyberjack

(Jack Rhodes)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Jack “Cyberjack” Rhodes is a minor character in what soon become the Wildstorm Universe. He primarily appeared during the mid-1990s.

He has ties to one of the most seminal organisations in the setting, Team 7. However, like many of the contemporary Image characters, his genericity hampered character development.


Background

  • Real Name: Jack Rhodes.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former Team 7 member.
  • Base Of Operations: NYC.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond


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Powers and Abilities

Cyberjack was a top-notch special forces soldier before training to become a formidable computer hacker.

He has access to safehouses, consequent caches of advanced equipment (including numerous weapons), and stays on the cutting edge of available technology.

He likes to plan bad times ahead.


History

Jack Rhodes was a soldier recruited in I.O.’s covert operations Team 7. But he was crippled during a mission, ending up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Not willing to give up, he threw himself in the hacking business. Training for days and nights, he eventually became, for some authorities, one of the best hackers in the world.

He also left I.O. just after his former teammates got affected by the Gen-Factor. In fact, this may have been the trigger to his departure. Understanding how ruthlessly Craven managed his men, he blamed him for his crippled legs.

On my own

One of his first contracts after I.O., was to work as an weapons developer for Clan Gamorra. He took the job in exchange for a suit enabling him walk again.

But he left Gamorra Island before the completion of his last project, perhaps because he became aware of Kaizen’s schemes, or because he guessed he would be disposed of afterward. He got back to the US to get revenge on I.O.

Later, in an attempt to get information about Daemonites, Backlash went to Cyberjack. However, Black Razors had been surveilling Jack. They took Cyberjack as an hostage to bring Slayton in custody. They received the order to kill the hacker, but Grifter interfered and saved his life.

While this ruined I.O.’s original plan, they thought Slayton, Rhodes and Cash would ultimately lead them to the rest of the ex-Team 7 soldiers.


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Backlash

Returning from Caballito Island, Slayton contacted Jack again for a safehouse. As Backlash was still in his quest to save Diane LaSalle, Cyberjack gave him a hand. They teamed together, Rhodes providing the intelligence data while Slayton went in the field.

Among other things, they liberated Taboo from Purgatory Max, the US state prison designed for superhumans, in order to interrogate her about Daemonites on Earth. Some time later, they finally managed to catch S’ryn’s trace and saved LaSalle. All the while, Backlash and Taboo were living in his various safehouses.

Just before the “Fire From Heaven” crisis, Cyberjack just disappeared, leaving Backlash to worry about what had happened. The hacker had been lured back to Gamorra, where Kaizen captured him. He underwent a brainwash and was implanted with a monitoring device and a cortical bomb.

He was later used to fight Backlash and his friends when they escaped StormWatch’s prison. Backlash couldn’t hit his old friend, and was in a rather precarious position. But Jack managed to overcome the brainwash and let the heroes flee.

He then turned against the Hunter-Killers that were accompanying him, and Kaizen detonated the bomb, killing him.


Description

Though confined though a wheelchair, Cyberjack is still heavily muscled.

From time to time, he puts on a special suit that enables him to walk again. But it’s very demanding and doesn’t last for long.


Personality

Though he went through many disasters, Rhodes is still a positive guy. He adopted Taboo when she settled with them.

he later was delighted by the face of Slayton when his daughter, Jodi, dropped by. He was also delighted by her cooking and housekeeping skills. He took care of her as if she had been a relative.


DC Universe History

Cyberjack is a rather low-profile character, and can be inserted as a former CBI agent who still has contacts with King Faraday. I wouldn’t advise porting him to the DCU, though, due to superficial similarities with Oracle.


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Cyberjack

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 06 Occupation: Hacker
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 08
Init: 020 HP: 020

Skills:
Detective*: 07, Gadgetry*: 07, Martial Artist*: 05, Military Science (Cryptography, cartography)*: 07, Military Science (all other subskills): 04, Scientist (computers): 09, Thief (Security Systems): 09, Weaponry (firearms, heavy): 05

Advantages:
Expansive H.Q. (various safehouses), Intensive Training, Scholar (I.O., Computers), Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Team 7 (High).

Drawbacks:
Age (Old), CPR (crippled legs), Mistrust.

Equipment:

  • Cutting edge laptop with numerous hacking utilities [INT 2 BODY 02, Recall: 13, Split: 01 (computational purposes only), Miniaturization: 04].
  • CYBERNETIC LEFT EYE [BODY 04, Thermal Vision: 05].
  • WALKING SUIT [BODY 05, Misc.: negates his CPR].

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Images Comics (Wildstorm Universe).

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.

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