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Faceman of the A-Team (Dirk Benedict)

Faceman

(Templeton Peck)


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

Context

The A-Team was a silly action/adventure TV show that ran from 1983 to 1987. A band of colourful soldiers, famously condemned “for a crime they did not commit”, is forced to become white-hat roving mercenaries.

With their improbable skills, supposedly military weapons and techniques, and improvised vehicles they always save the day with plenty of violence and explosions. Which seldom hurt anybody seriously.

In some localizations, Peck’s nickname is “Smart guy” or “Phoenix” instead of “Face”. Faceman was played by Dirk Benedict, also known as Lt. Starbuck in the original version of Battlestar Galactica.


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Background

  • Real Name: Templeton Peck.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The A-Team (A is for Alpha).
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Light Brown.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 158 lbs


Powers and Abilities

Face is the A-Team’s con-man. He often manages to cheat people out of everything they owned and still leave them smiling.

Whatever is needed, be it a lawnmower engine (in the jungle) or an American Air Force Jet (in Peru) he can obtain it. His clean-cut good looks (which earned him his “Face” nickname) certainly help.


History

In 1972 a crack commando unit who fought during the Việt Nam War was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. They were accused of robbing the Bank of Hanoi. After being arrested and tried, they escaped from a maximum security prison (Fort Bragg ).

In the years that followed, still wanted by the government, they were on the run and survived as soldiers of fortune. The A-team helped out victimised people in America and beyond, usually for very little money.


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Description

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Personality

Face is effectively second in command to Hannibal in the A-Team. Murdock technically has a higher rank, but he is certified insane. But Peck devotes much more time to the women and seems to get one during every mission, simply by smiling at them.

The term “Face man” doesn’t entirely refer to his looks. It refers to Face being the front man or “face man” of the organization… the one who deals with people.

However, Face has never been one for the inevitable fighting that being an A-Team member entails. He is forever complaining about getting hit too often.


Quotes

“Look to this day, for yesterday is but dream and tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”


DC Universe History

As they are they can be played on the late 1980’s, and even be the inspiration for the later The Losers (bringing them, too, from Vertigo to the DCU).

If one wants to update them, and play with them nowadays, the second Gulf War, with its prisoner torture scandals, may be the better replacement for Nam when taking them into the XXIst century.


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Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 020

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 06, Charisma (Interrogation, Persuasion): 07, Detective (Counterfeit Recognition, ID systems)*: 05, Gadgetry: 02, Martial Artist: 03, Military Science: 03, Thief (Forgery, Locks & Safes, Security Systems, Stealth): 05, Vehicles (Land)*: 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 05

Advantages:
Attractive, Connoisseur, Gift of Gab, Omni-connection.

Connections:
The “A” Team (High).

Drawbacks:
MIA (Attractive women), Mistrust.

Equipment:
Usually a borrowed car. On mission, the weaponry and equipment available.

By KalEl el Vigilante.

Helper(s): Pufnstuff, Mikael B., Jackson, David Johnston, www.ateamshrine.co.uk .

Source of Character: “The A-Team” TV series.

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