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Ideal (Create a hero Ultraverse contest) (Malibu Comics)

Ideal


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

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 created as part of a community event to flesh out characters created by Malibu Comics readers. These characters were never actually used in Ultraverse comics. Only their name and appearance were ever given.


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Background

  • Real Name: Ideal/Jaime.
  • Marital Status: Single/Single.
  • Known Relatives: None/Celia (mother), Diana (sister).
  • Group Affiliation: None/None.
  • Base Of Operations: Cuba/Guantanemera (Cuba).
  • Height: 6’6”/5’1” Weight: 265 lbs./132 lbs.
  • Eyes: Light Brown/Light Brown. (full green on transformation).
    Hair: Black Age: 30/14.


Powers and Abilities

Through the power of a mystic wand, young Cuban boy Jaime Segura can become a tall, handsome, powerful man. It is his ideal of what a man can be.

Ideal can only manifest for short amounts of time, usually when he is more needed. While the transformation lasts he has superhuman resilience to damage and some degree of super-strength (capable of lifting an elephant without much strain). His agility is also highly increased, as is his speed, that sometimes seems to have no limit, specially when flying.

Ideal’s senses (hearing, sight and touch) seem also to be superhuman. His skill is also better than Jaime’s as he represents all the boy would want to become and be able to do. Thus, it’s possible that in the future Ideal shows other powers or abilities.

His meta-existence as partly-mental creation makes him specially susceptible to some kind of mental assaults.


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Other assets and limitations

On his side, Jaime is a sensitive boy, taller than usual for his age, with a knack for painting and mechanics, as much as other fine manipulations. Since the transformation he has become more in tune with reality than before. Sometimes in the shape of dreams of disasters to come, more commonly through better understanding others’ feelings (Awareness, Empathy).

The downside of it all it’s he’s become more vulnerable than usual to magic. His communion with creation is also disrupted by the emotion opposite to his super-idealism: despair.

Yet another manifestation of Jaime’s idealism are the gadgets that Ideal sometimes creates when needed (Omni-Artifact).

If Ideal takes damage, he heals while “inside” Jaime. In DC Heroes RPG terms, 1 automatic AP of every condition per Recovery Roll allowed.


History

Three centuries ago, the original inhabitants of Cuba were hunted down and abused both by Spanish slavers and American buyers. A mix of Cuban and African magic called to existence the Wand of Change.&emsp.It was meant to create a warrior to fight against the oppressors.

The occultists  never had an occasion of using the wand. They were surprised by Spanish soldiers while the metal of the Wand was still cooling from forging. When the fight ended, none of the rebels was left alive. The wand finished in the sand, to be buried for 295 years.

Jaime

In 1998, young Cuban boy Jaime Segura discovered the wand while drawing on the sand. When he touched it, a magical transformation happened. He became the powerful being further called Ideal. That occurred just in time for him to fly to Montevideo, to save as many people as he could from Vandal Savage’s atomic bomb.

It was the only time he would be Ideal for such a long time (almost 4 hours). After that, he could just do it for 30 seconds. Once it has run out, the power is unavailablefor seemingly random time gaps.

Both Cuban and American politicians have tried to make of him a symbol of their personal interests, something both Jaime and Ideal deeply dislike.

He later gave chase after- the attack of his island by a crazy commando. After flying after them at 50 times the speed of sound he stopped in a San Francisco’s skyscrapper’s roof to spot the gang. But his 30 seconds then ended, letting him stranded in the city in Jaime’s body for some time.


Description

Jaime wears casual clothes, most usually jeans and a red shirt with black squares.

His Ideal suit is kind of a variation in that pattern, mixed with Cuba’s flag colours and star, which he shows on his chest.


Personality

While they share a good, honest heart, the belief that there’s always a chance to success if one really tries and a distaste towards authority and power abuse, there are some differences between both egos.

Jaime is more shy, although that’s quickly changing as he gets more of Ideal’s personality. He is also more close to uncertainty on moments of danger, although knows when to make use of Ideal and when to rely on his own skills and intuitions.

Ideal is quite experienced. He was a bit astounded when he first appeared, but it a couple of minutes was in full control of his powers. Despite his physical might, he is no fool and has in fact extensive scientific knowledge that uses to his best.

For example, he makes good use of his 30 seconds of existence thanks to his superspeed. He is also quite capable of transforming when Jaime hears of a distant catastrophe, flying there at top speed (pushing), helping stop it or saving people, and returning to Cuba in time for the transformation to end.


Quotes

“I wear my flag, but I’m no party’s flag. I’m the flag of those in need, of those with dreams, of Cuban songs, not Cuban fights.”

“Wand of Change, I know I am/the ideal of my heart.”


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Ideal

A 900 Point Character

Dex: 09 Str: 07 Bod: 12 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Superhero
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 032 HP: 075

Powers:
Directional Hearing: 09, Extended Hearing: 05, Flight: 15, Hypersensitive Touch: 05, Sealed Systems: 08, Superspeed*: 09, Telescopic Vision: 05, X-Ray Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Flight: Cannot Substitute for OV.

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 09, Animal Handling*: 07, Artist (Painter): 10, Gadgetry*: 07, Medicine*: 07, Scientist (Analysis)*: 07, Vehicles (Space Craft): 06

Advantages:
Ambidextrous, Attractive, Popularity, Language (Spanish).

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego: Uncontrollable [Can’t control return to Jaime’s form], Attack Vulnerability (Evil mental attacks, -3 cs), Loss Vulnerability (Trapped inside a mental field, 2 APs, All Powers and Skills), Secret Identity.

Equipment:
3 AP ABC Omni-Artifact (x4).


Alter Ego: Jaime Segura

A 225 Point Character

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Student
Inf: 02 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 007 HP: 015

Powers:
Awareness: 02, Empathy (Mystic Linked)*: 03

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing, Dodging)*: 02, Animal Handling (Animal Training)*: 02, Artist (Painter, Writer): 04, Detective (Clue Analysis)*: 03, Gadgetry (Build Gadget): 01, Thief (Pickpocketing, Stealth): 02

Advantages:
Area Knowledge: Guantanamera, Insta-Change, Language: English, Luck.

Drawbacks:
Age: Young, Attack Vulnerability (Magic attacks, -1 cs), Loss Vulnerability (Despair, Range of 1 APs, All Powers), Secret Identity, Uncertainty.

Equipment:
Wand of Change [BODY 12, EV 01, HP Cost: 50, Drawbacks – Attack Vulnerability (Magic, -2 Column Shifts)]. The transformation can only be triggered by Jaime (the first person to grab the Wand once it was enchanted) and is impossible without saying the incantation “Vara del cambio, s que soy/el Ideal de mi interior” (“Wand of Change, I know I am/the ideal of my heart”). The transformation lasts for 30 seconds (roughly 8 phases) and can’t be triggered again in 2D10 APs of time (no re-rolling with doubles).

By KalEl el Vigilante (based on the Create a Hero competition for Ultraverse books).

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