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Powerhouse (Marvel comics Erik Larsen mutant) by Cory Walker

Powerhouse

(Obscure Marvel mutant)


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

Context

*This* Powerhouse (there are many) was first seen in a 1991 Spider-Man issue. She has little material, she has vague powers, she has the stereotypical Erik Larsen visuals and she firmly falls in the “obscure” bin.

But :


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Once associated with Masterblaster.
  • Base of Operations: New York area.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 145 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black with a large white streak.


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Powers & Abilities

A superhuman mutant, Powerhouse can drain and reuse energy. This includes energy from living beings, and may in fact be limited to such.

She was seen :

  • Emitting plasma blasts from her fists.
  • Punching with what amounted to superhuman strength. Part of the effect was the physical impact, part of the effect was the additional energy drain on contact.
  • Punching with what amounted to superhuman speed. The drain effect seems to make people nearby slower, allowing Powerhouse to reliably hit even superhumanly fast and agile targets. This stacks with the previous ability.
  • Surviving superhumanly strong blows without serious damage, and not being cut by Wolverine (James Howlett)’s bone claws (though the impact did affect her).

She is fit and has significant combat experience.


History

Powerhouse is a mutant supremacist. Her activities apparently include :

  • Anti-human attacks.
  • Attacks on prominent mutants accused of seeking peace with baseline humans.
  • Heists to fund her struggle.

In 1991, she attacked an Empire State University lecture given by the Beast (Dr. Henry McCoy). This was derailed by the concurrent attack of anti-mutant activist Masterblaster, and the intervention of Spider-Man (Peter Parker).

Mutant power !

In 1998, she attacked the UN Building, her plasma blasts keeping the NYPD at bay. Wolverine (James Howlett) and Warbird (Carol Danvers) responded. However, Carol was drunk as a skunk, which made everything worse. Nevertheless, Wolverine took Powerhouse down.

Powerhouse (Marvel comics Erik Larsen mutant) and Wolverine

In 2004, Powerhouse robbed a bank. Inexplicably, she was allied with Masterblaster, who was in charge of demolitions to breach the safe. But Spider-Man intervened. Spidey now had a sense of her powers, and attacked with enough speed and force to overwhelm Powerhouse.

Powerhouse was arrested and sentenced to seven years. To her surprise, she was visited in prison by some random bystander. He had become smitten with her during the attempted hold-up.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Angrily shouts cliché radical stuff, and other stock pro-mutant soundbites.


Quotes

“Cease your witless prattling, human-lover ! Traitorous pig !”

“It makes me sick the way you rally to the humans’ aid, while our people are hated and feared the world over ! We were the ones gifted at birth — we have the powers, the abilities, and that makes us their superiors !”


Larsenverse history

Powerhouse looks much like Rapture (Sharona Jackson), a Savage Dragon ally. She might thus be an otherdimensional equivalent of her.

Powerhouse could conceivably be named Sharonna Jackson… except for legal reasons.


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Powerhouse (no, not that one)

Dex: 04 Str: 06 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mutant supremacy
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Terrorist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 01 Wealth: 004
Init: 022 HP: 020

Powers:
Energy blast: 07, Enhanced Initiative: 08, Power Reserve (see below): 04, Regeneration: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Power reserve can feed all Physical Attributes, all Powers, and the Accuracy and Martial Artist Skills.
  • Power Reserve APs can be assigned at the beginning of a Phase, before anybody actually acts. It still consumes an Automatic Action.
  • Power Loss – Power Reserve depends on the human density around her.

Skills:
Accuracy (Energy blast): 05, Martial Artist (AV, OV): 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Accuracy is a Powered Skill.
  • Martial Artist is a Powered Skill, and only works against opponents within 0 APs of her.
  • Her Skills likely can’t be used against non-living targets (the undead, robots, golems, etc.). Against those she thus has to go with her DEX.

Advantages:
Stabilization.

Connections:
None demonstrated.

Drawbacks:
Power Loss (see below).


The power of gregariousness

We are going to *assume* that Powerhouse’s exact energy output depends upon how many people there are around for her to drain a bit of energy from. Her baseline power levels are given above for a generic urban setting.

Given denser crowds, she can engage her Power Reserve. Proposed scale :

Likewise, in a low-inhabitant-density environment she’d get a Power Loss Vulnerability.


Design Notes

Yes, I’m extrapolating how her powers might work, since there’s too little data. And since such mechanics can be useful for some Player Character  concepts.

You can also see the Every-Man (Larry Ekler) character profile for loosely similar mechanics. These are in his second profile.

The dialogue keeps describing how she drains energy, weakening those around her. A literal approach would thus model her using Drain or somesuch. But simply allowing her to boost her AVs (and to a lesser extend her EVs) works just as well as lowering people’s OVs (and RVs). And it is much simpler.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 4th of December, 2018.

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