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Context

The diminutive Shortpack is an X-Men-adjacent character, working for Professor Xavier.

However, he only appeared in the 2003-5 run of Mystique.

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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Professor Xavier’s espionage network.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 4″ (10cm). Weight: Unrevealed.
  • Eyes: Green. Hair: Brown.

Powers and Abilities

Shortpack is a mutant permanently stuck at a size of a few inches.

Amazingly, while shrunk, he seems to have kept the strength and durability of a full-sized man.

He is adept at making noise distractions in the field.

Shortpack is also a minor telepath. He can communicate mentally with any subject over a range of a few hundred yards/metres. This ability is ideal for espionage work.

Other assets

In addition to his powers, Shortpack is:

  • Well-trained in espionage field work.
  • An adequate hacker and cartographer.
  • A fair pilot and weapons operator. Although he requires miniature vehicles or weapons.
  • Adept at using various nifty gadgets of Xavier’s or Forge’s design.

He probably has picked up a few languages during his many trips around the world.

Shortpack - Marvel Comics - Mystique ally - With pencil

History

Shortpack is a young mutant man. His stature began diminishing after he hit puberty. He only stopped shrinking under the tutelage of Professor Charles Xavier.

His miniature size and inability to function in normal society led to his employ with Xavier’s secretive espionage network. After extensive technical training, he has worked as the field handler for at least two agents.

The field handler’s job is to stay in the background. They provide mission parameters, escape routes and backup plans to their assigned agent by radio communications.

In Shortpack’s case, no radio is needed, as he possesses limited telepathic abilities.

What’s blue and red and fluid ?

During the early 2000s, he was the field handler of a young mutant woman named Prudence. But she died in the line of duty.

His next assigned field agent was no less than the former leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique. Although they had something of a strained relationship, they managed to complete many espionage missions together.

Shortpack remains within Xavier’s espionage network to this day.

Shortpack (Marvel Comics) in Mystique's hand

Description

Shortpack is a miniature man, but a few inches tall.

He appears to be in his early 20s, and is usually seen clad in combat fatigues.

He always carries several different miniature gadgets, and is often seen standing working with a special non-miniaturized laptop.

Personality

Despite being estranged from mainstream society, Shortpack has an optimistic outlook on most situations. He loves to travel around the world and sees the potential for development and growth everywhere.

He is, in fact, quite the idealist. His main concern is to capture the bad guys and to correct the wrongs of the world. He loves the adventures that missions get him into.

Nowadays, however, he is usually working as field handler. But he would prefer to work directly as a field agent himself, a position that he keeps longing for at times.

The death of an old field agent, Prudence, still weights heavy on his conscience.

He seems to carry deep respect as well as friendship for Charles Xavier, and trusts his judgement. Most justifiably, he is a bit distrustful of Mystique, but is still very professional in their relationship.

Shortpack (Mystique ally) (Marvel Comics) flying attack out of Mystique

Quotes

“Switchboard, this is Field Handler Shortpack on a priority-one telepathic channel. Tell the Professor I need an X-traction Team dispatched to a possible hot zone immediately !”

“Come on, Mystique… you can’t just paint all of humanity with your big, cynical über-brush. Saying all humans are evil is like… well, it’s like saying we’re all just one big Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.”

DC Universe Adaptation

(This section proposes ways of using this character in DC Universe stories).

Shortpack, being estranged from society, would probably have ended up working for the Suicide Squad for some unusual reason. He’s probably be in it for idealistic reasons, and be loyal to Ms. Waller.

He’d have started out as field handler, but taken active duty as field agent after the second “Atom” got lost in the field.

During his active Suicide Squad days, Shortpack might have changed his name to “Atom” himself. Until he mysteriously disappeared during one of the Squad’s last missions. Also, naturally, during the Infinite Crisis, it would have been revealed that he is, in fact, the Atom of Earth-8.

Shortpack might also work for the newly gone underground Outsiders.

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DC Heroes RPG

Shortpack

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04
Init: 014 HP: 015

Powers:

Shrinking: 08, Telepathy: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

Shrinking is Always On (-1) and Already factored into stats (no STR or RV reduction).

Skills:

Gadgetry (Identify Gadget): 05, Martial Artist: 03, Military Science (Cartography): 06, Scientist (Computers): 05, Thief (Stealth, Security Systems): 04, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 04, Vehicles (Air): 04

Advantages:

Expertise (Espionage), Languages (Unrevealed).

Connections:

Mystique (Low), Professor Charles Xavier (Low).

Drawbacks:

Voluntary Exile (from mainstream society).

Motivation:

Seeking Justice.

Occupation:

Field handler.

Wealth:

006

Equipment:

  • Special Laptop [BODY 01 INT 05, Recall 12, Medicine (Medical Treatment): 08, Note: Normal-sized, R#2].
  • Backup Backpack [BODY 04 STR 3, Flight: 04, Bonus: Miniaturized, R#2].
  • Tranquilizer Gun [BODY 04, Chemical Attack: 05, Range: 03, Ammo: 10, Note: Also contains a line with grappling hook, Bonus: Miniaturized, R#2].
  • Rollerblades [BODY 02, Running: 00, Bonus: APs of the Running power are equal to the DEX of the user, up to a maximum of 5 APs, Bonus: Miniaturized].

Shortpack (Mystique ally) (Marvel Comics) operating a laptop computer

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen.

Source of Character: Mystique (Marvel comics).

Helper(s): Frank Murdock.