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Skullfire of the X-Men 2099 (Marvel Comics)

Skullfire


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Skullfire was a member of the X-Men 2099, which were part of the Marvel 2099 possible future.

This cyberpunk  sci-fi setting endured from 1993 to 1998, and though it wasn’t always the best it had many interesting bits and characters.

Though he was originally meek and hesitant, Skullfire evolved to become the team’s leader.


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Background

  • Real Name: Timothy Sean Michael Fitzgerald.
  • Marital Status: Presumed Single, he may have been married to Reiko.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: X-Men 2099 (former) briefly a member of the Undead.
  • Base Of Operations: Halo City, California (former) Nuevo Sol Arcology.
  • Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 180 lbs Age: Early 20’s.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Skullfire absorbs ambient electrical energy, then projects it as a powerful burst. When he does this, his body glows from within and portions of his skeleton become visible.

The amount of power he can project is dependent upon the amount of electricity he can absorb. He has proven able to absorb the entire output of Halo City’s massive generator.

It has also been implied that Skullfire cannot be killed by normal means.


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History

Skullfire is the last of Xi’an’s chosen X-Men. He was originally quite timid and fearful of his power, and unable to consciously control it.

His power originally manifested itself when he browned out an entire city block and released it. This destroyed his apartment building and killed his companion Reiko. He was found in Phoenix by Shakti Haddad, and received an invitation to join Xi’an’s X-Men.

Bad boy

After having his psyche violated by La Lunatica, he went over the edge. Fitzgerald became careless of his personal safety, willing to do whatever it took to get the job done.

When Xi’an left his X-Men buy the roadside, Skullfire took up the reins. He showed what he was really made of : a true leader, cool under fire and a clear thinker.

Skullfire led the X-Men until he was killed by Vulcann the Bloodsmith, and became a being of living electrical energy. The series ended next issue.


Description

Skullfire is a tall man with shoulder-length straight red hair and intense blue eyes. He is usually unshaven. He came to wear a mask made of an osmotic micro-polymer in the form of an abstract skull – whiteface with black areas denoting the jaw and eye sockets).

He is always dressed in his X-costume. This is a dark blue bodysuit with a gold stripe running up the left leg to the shoulder, gold boots, belt, and padded arm bracers, and a bulky blue jacket.

Oddly, though many of his cover and advertisement illos show him wearing a black headband (see illo bar), he never actually wore it in the X-Men 2099 run.


Personality

Skullfire started out as a wussy sort of whiner. He was afraid of his powers and what might happen if he used them. He was saddled with a heaping helping of guilt and angst.

Joining the X-Men and helping them defeat the Synge Syndicate helped – at least he stopped whining. But at that point he still had no voluntary control over his abilities, and was prone to jump in without thinking.

Lunatic

Then he ran into Luna, who made him relive Rieko’s death. Fitzgerald freaked out, got mad, and stayed mad.

He became more hot tempered, more volatile, and more prone to do crazy things “just because”. For instance, while returning to Nuevo Sol from NewYork, fellow member Bloodhawk decided to stretch his wings and fly home. Skullfire jumped out of the moving plane and grabbed onto Bloodhawk’s ankles to “catch a ride”.

After Xi’an left them for the Theatre of Pain, Skull found himself as the de facto leader of the group. While this didn’t cut down on his wild nature any, he did rise to the occasion. Notably, he planned and executed the raid on the Theatre to save Xi’an. Then he led the X-Men into a new era in Halo City.


Quotes

“You want a god of lightning ?…. I’ll *give* you one…”

Metalhead : “This lady is what… In her 80s ? She’s probably senile or crazy by now…”
Skullfire : “No problem… I speak fluent crazy.”


DC Universe History

The future-X-Men are kind of like the old X-Men. They’re fairly world-specific. See Kansas Jim’s Mutant History for details.

However, if your world includes the mutant problem, they are just the future incarnation of a mutant equality team, just a little more activist.


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Skullfire

An 849 Point Character.

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill/Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer, leader of the X-Men
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 045

Powers:
Energy Absorption: 18, Energy Blast: 07, Power Reserve (Energy blast): 07, Flash: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers Contingent to Energy Absorption (-1).
  • Energy Absorption: Ranged (+1), Usable Against One Energy Type (Electricity) Only (-2), Absorbed Energy Adds to Power Reserve (+3).
  • Power Reserve: Must Be Fueled by Energy Absorption (-5 FC, BC reduced to 75).
  • Flash: Flash is only used when Skullfire is Absorbing and Channelling energy (-1), and makes his skeleton visible (0). Normally this is only 1 AP, but he uses 1 AP of Flash for every AP of Power Reserve or Energy Absorption he uses, up to his Maximum.

Skills:
Vehicles (Air, Land): 03

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Desert Southwest), Iron Nerves, Leadership.

Connections:
X-Men 2099 (High).

Drawbacks:
Guilt (Reiko’s death), Minor Rage, SIA toward All-Out Attacks, Distinct Appearance (Skull mask ), SPI (General Insanity: Skullfire has no concern for life or limb, and may pull some crazy stunts for Thrills or to “get the job done”).


Previous Statistics

In his original version, Skullfire should have Uncertainty. He also was working through a Power Complication subplot…He could not use his power except in times of stress.

After he was “reborn” from the Graverobber’s manipulations, Skull was unable to completely “power down”. Thus, he constantly was surrounded by a flickering electrical aura. He became overconfident, thinking he was effectively immortal and could not be killed.

For the last two issues of the series, after he was blown apart by Vulcann, he attained Self-Linked Lightning at around 15 APs. It is impossible to determine for certain, since he used his power only once.

By Pufnstuff.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (X-Men 2099).

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.

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