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Kihei Soge


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

(This is an original, homemade character. He was submitted by our contributor Pufnstuff, who also did the art — Ed.).

Kihei Soge was designed for my young son’s (soon to be) first game. It is, inevitably, heavily influenced by the Naruto animé .

It’s odd how things work out. I’ve introduced a number of people to gaming, and I’ve always had the same problem with first-timers. They want to make their first character way too powerful. My younger brother is a good example. His first chr (Marvel Classic RPG) had everything at 100.

Zack didn’t do that, in fact, I had to persuade him to step up his Power level.


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Background

  • Real Name: Kihei Soge.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None, formerly Genin of the Hidden Mist Village.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 130 lb. Age: 14.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Kihei is a talented Genin (apprentice ninja). He’s skilled in infiltration and espionage. He is especially skilled with weaponry.

Like most ninja of his village, Kihei has mastered several semi-mystical ninja arts (or “jutsu”). These grant him the abilities to avoid detection or distract and/or confuse his opponents.

Kihei has a specific talent for jutsu related to weapons. It enhances the effect, range, or damage effects of his weaponry. It can even summon weapons out of nothingness.

His most powerful jutsu is his Bladestorm, a swirling vortex of tiny bladed weapons that can reduce stone to gravel in seconds. It is so powerful that he has difficulty using it without the proper scroll.


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History

Kihei of the Soge Ninja Clan hails from the Hidden Mist Village, somewhere in Japan. He trains as a genin, or junior ninja. But for some reason yet to be revealed, he has left his village and currently is operating in the United States.

Recently, Kihei was hired by crimelord Colin Hawksmoor, leader of the Irish Wolfhounds gang. A rival known only as the Black Claw has been interfering in his group’s operations, and Rather than getting a number of his own best men killed, Hawksmoor decided to farm out the investigation to an outside agent.

Considering the amount of Powered talent that Black Claw has at her disposal, the battles should be epic.


Personality

No details as yet.


Quotes

(Watching target through a scope) “Go ahead. Make a mistake. I have time…”


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Sogekihei (Sniper)

An 809 Point Character

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 05 Occupation: Ninja Genin
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 021 HP: 040

Powers:
Jumping: 02, Gliding: 04, Projectile Weapons: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Gliding: Only With Jumping, Only to Extend Jumping Range.
  • Projectile Weapons: Requires an Object of Opportunity (i.e., Weapons).

Skills:
Acrobatics: 08, Charisma (Persuasion): 06, Martial Artist: 07, Military Science (Camouflage, Cartography, Danger Recognition, Tracking): 04, Occultist: 06, Thief*: 06, Weaponry (Melee Weapons, Missile Weapons): 08

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Neighborhood — Hidden Mist Village), Lightning Reflexes, Iron Nerves, Scholar (Weapons Jutsu).

Connections:
Wraith (High), Colin Hawksmoor & the Irish Wolfhounds (Villain group) (Low).

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), Guilt, Involuntary Exile, SIA toward Girls, MIF of Snakes, Mistrust, EXTRA Secret ID.

Equipment:
Most of the weaponry Kihei makes use of is straight off-the-rack or readily available on the open market. They are therefore not paid for with Hero Points, and costs are noted for comparison only. Specialty items such as Smoke bombs and ninja-made Artifacts are paid with HP.

  • Shuriken [BODY 03, EV 02, Ammo: 06, Dart Bonus, HP Cost: 6].
  • Kunai Blades [BODY 05, EV 03, HP Cost: 13].
  • Smoke Bombs [BODY 01, Ammo: 04, Fog: 06, R#: 2, HP Cost: 8].
  • Ninja Short Bow [BODY 03, Projectile weapon: 02, Miniaturization: 02, Ammo: 01, Rec. STR: 02, R#03, Bow Advantage, Must Be Assembled Before Use (3 Phases for an expert) (-2)].

Rituals:
All Rituals (called a Jutsu in the game world) are Fatiguing (-1), Have 1 Phase casting time, and with certain exceptions, require the correct hand signs to cast. Kohei knows the following:

  • Clone Jutsu: Illusion: 08, creates a Duplicate Only, 45 HP.
  • Substitution/Transformation Jutsu: Illusion: 08, Creates a Duplicate, Cloaks User w/ Invisibility (35 HP).
  • Wall Walking Jutsu: Cling: 03 (2 HP).
  • Water Walking Jutsu: Air Walking: 01 (Only to Walk on Water) (1 HP).
  • Disguise Jutsu: Invisibility: 02 (10 HP).
  • Far-Throwing Jutsu: Gliding: 08, Only to Increase Weapons Range (4 HP).
  • Power Strike: Sharpness (Weapons EV): 05 (17 HP) Note: A variant of this jutsu allows Sharpness to affect Chakra constructs.
  • Barrage Strike Jutsu: Combines Power Strike w/ Critical/Devastating Blow.
  • Free Weapons Jutsu: Projectile Weapons: 08 (Needs No Object of Opportunity) (10 HP).

Artefacts:
Bladestorm Ninja Scroll [BODY: 01, Projectile Weapons: 08, Sharpness (Projectile weapons): 03, Area Effect, 3 rounds to Cast (1 round to draw and open the scroll, 1 round to read scroll and perform any hand signs, activates on the 3rd round), Can be used only Once (35 HP)].
Bladestorm creates a swirling vortex of tiny edged weapons that attacks a large area, and thus must be used very carefully, as it will affect allies as well as enemies.
Once he has used the copy, it takes him a minimum of Three days (16 AP’s) to transcribe a new copy of the scroll, plus a Wealth check vs 9/9 (The effect rating of the Scroll). Since the cost is quite high with respect to his Wealth Level, he will typically only have one on hand at any time, and once used, it is relatively hard to replace.


New rules – Mysterious Background Aka VERY Secret ID [15 points]

A higher value of Secret Identity, MB is used where the character in question has no real legal identity, or where the person’s background is so shrouded in mystery that they are essentially defined by their hero (or villain) persona.

This seems like an advantage, but there is also a definite disadvantage in that either the character will need to take extraordinary measures to preserve this anonymity, or that they essentially have no legal identity, and cannot procure housing, credit, education, legal documents, etc, except by illegal means.

Rogue has this Drawback, as once did Wolverine and Magneto.

By Pufnstuff’s Kid, ZackToons & Pufnstuff (Zack created the character, I provided the numbers).

Source of Character: Original homebrew based on the Naruto Universe.

Helper(s): Ethan Roe

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