(William Barrens)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


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 part of a RPG campaign run by contributor Bil.


  • Real Name: William Barrens.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The New Legion.
  • Base Of Operations: Denver.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 210lbs. Age: 55
  • Eyes: Hazel Hair: Salt and pepper grey.


Powers and Abilities

Synergy’s bones appeared to be composed of an unbreakable, crystalline substance. His every cell seemed to be capable of harmlessly dispersing incredible amounts of energy.

In fact, he absorbed every bit of the heat and radiation generated by a 50 kiloton nuclear explosion, although the concussion killed him.


Synergy appeared in the streets of NYC on the day the hero Windwalker fought the alien Shockwave. He helped the old pro out, and together they drove the foe away.

Later, he showed up on the steps of the Mendolsson Memorial Hostel for Displaced Metahumans, little more than a bum. He helped Silverlance clean the hostel out, and adventured with them for several years.

Drop the bomb

In vengeance for multiple defeats, the Doom Guard managed to acquire a low-yield nuclear weapon. Amber and Synergy flew up to the bomb, and Synergy grabbed it as it was falling.

It exploded before either one could react. Synergy absorbed the entire fireball and radiation pulse the bomb generated, while a force construct of Amber diminished the shock wave enough to do minimal damage to the city below.

Unfortunately, the shock wave had already killed Synergy, tearing him apart around his unbreakable skeleton. A monument to him now sits in the lobby of the Hostel, as a tribute to his heroic death.


Synergy was a stocky man, about 5’10”, and 210 lbs..

His costume, as it were, was a suit of normal clothes, composed of the Dimensionally Transcendental fibers, as created by Springer.


Though he had a public identity, Synergy was a secret man. Everyone at the hostel only knew him as Synergy, or as Will. But only Silverlance, Dragonlord, Flame Strike, and Gateway knew his full name.

He seemed to carry with him a lot of emotional baggage from between his battle with Shockwave, and his appearance at the hostel. He was frequently depressed.

DC Universe History

I really don’t know if he should be carried over. His purpose in my timeline is to be the martyr, the hero who pays the ultimate price to protect what he knows and loves. DC already has that – Barry Allen.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 09 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 09 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 083

Energy Absorption: 31, Skin Armor: 11, Claws: 13

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Skin Armor: Only applies to blunt impact.
  • Claws: Does Bashing damage as default ; represents the impact of his nearly unbreakable bones.

Martial Artist (AV, EV, OV): 08

Headquarters: Expansive, Iron Nerves, Life Support (No Need to Drink), Life Support (No Need to Eat).

Age (Old), Guilt, Public Identity.

By Bil.

Source of Character: Homemade.