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Valfadir


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

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.


Background

  • Real Name: Henric Erlsson.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Hrolleif Erlsson (father), Rebeca Bragança (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: The New Global Guardians.
  • Base Of Operations: London, England.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Dark blond. Skin: Tanned.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 190 lbs


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Powers and Abilities

Even as a child, Henric seemed extraordinarily lucky. Later on he discovered that he was a shapechanger. Due to a life in contact with the fairy world he was not afraid of it and started exploring his powers. Soon it was clear that he was not limited by natural animal forms, but also to monsters of legend and myth, and even recently created ones in popular fantasy.

During the Queen of Fables’ invasion of Earth, Henric discovered he was not human anymore. He is now a supernatural entity himself with unnatural resilience (in DC Heroes RPG terms BODY, Mind over matter). And he is sometimes imbued by a charming presence and a piercing perception that are not of this world (Power Reserve).


History

Henric was a very special boy when he was little. When he had the odds against him, he succeeded where others failed. But besides this form of magic, Henric was child with the secret that most children would have liked to have. He knew the fairies.

In remote Norwegian woods, when he was just a child, he met the fairy Gudrun. They became friends and she took him to a party within the Faerie Dimension. But the Queen of Faerie had decreed that only the fae would go to the party. While Gudrun couldn’t make Henric a magical being, she discovered the spark of magic inside him and just awakened it.

To the boy it only meant that he could get in, as he didn’t notice anything new in him. But when he returned home, and as years went by, he started discovering his newly awakened powers. He could turn into animals.

At first it was a wolf, later a lion, a dog, a mouse… until one day he turned into a pegasus  and discovered his power was not limited to beasts this side of the dream.

He eventually fine tuned his powers as to become intelligent fantasy creatures: elves, pixies, devils… even dragons ! But he never could cross again the frontier to the Faerie.

Hail to the Queen, baby

In fact, he never again met his friend Gudrun until 20 years later in London. She was enslaved by the Queen of Fables during her brief invasion of the Earth. He helped her escape.

By that point, he was a successful fantasy writer for children in Norway. That was against his father’s wishes, who thought he should be scientist. Henric was trying to bring fantasy again to their lives, so polluted by the daily, material existence.

He had even helped a friend scientist to give a robot he was building, HK-47, a moral frame of reference by telling him stories and tales. Gudrun recommended him to use his powers to inspire others, too, and thus his identity as Valfadir (“Lord of all the living things”) was crafted.

Some weeks later he was contacted by Dr. Mist, who chose him as the first piece of his new Global Guardians.


Description

Tall, thin Scandinavian of an athletic though not overbuilt frame. His tanned skin (inherited of his Brazilian mother) attractively contrasts with his dark fair hair and his blue eyes. He uses to dress informal and sports a two days beard.

As Valfadir, he uses to take the shape of an Elandrin, a strong elven-like creature of distinguished features.

(Likely a reference or misspelling to these guys  — Ed.).


Personality

Henric is quite confident in his abilities, and that in the end he will win any fight and overcome any difficulty.

In combat, he tries to display at least a couple of different mythic creatures unless lifes are at a stake, in which case he tries the one that looks more efficient. He always prefers to shapechange into a legendary instead of a real animal.

In his private life, he wants to demonstrate his father that he can earn a wealthy life with his fantasy tales.


Quotes

“Let’s give the children new dreams !”


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Valfadir

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 06 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Fantasy writer
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 014 HP: 040

Powers:
Mind Over Matter: 04, Power Reserve: 07, Shape Change (ML): 08

Skills:
Artist (Writer): 04, Occultist (except Premonition): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Mind Over Matter is the Mayfair version, not the BoH:SE one.
  • Power Reserve: Boosts BODY, INT, INFL, SPIRIT, Shape Change and Occultist (+4FC, +5BC for applying to a Skill).
  • Shape Change: Can Assume any Imaginary Animal form.

Advantages:
Familiarities [Fantasy Literature, HK-47, Robots, RPGs], Insta-Change, Languages [Faeric, Norse, English], Scholar [Faerie].

Drawbacks:
SIA (Fantasy Tales), Secret identity, Partial Attack Vulnerability (Cold iron, -1CS RV), Loss Vulnerability (Being inside a magic circle, All Attributes, Powers and Skills).

Equipment:
UN-Com [BODY 02, Radio Communications: 13, Shrinking: 08, R#2].


The Elandrin

When not in his secret identity of Henric nor transformed in some other creature, Valfadir appears to be an Elandrin, a powerful built, elven-like creature with a noble aura.

He starts with these stats (Power Reserve and Shape Change already allocated: the Elandrin base physical attributes are 8/5/6):

Dex: 12 Str: 07 Bod: 12 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 07 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Fantasy writer
Inf: 08 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 029 HP: 040

Powers:
Air Control (Self Linked): 06, Cold Immunity: 10, Comprehend Languages: 12, Damage Transference: 05, Flame Immunity: 10, Force Field: 01, Hypnotism: 04, Illusion: 03, Invulnerability: 06, Jumping: 01, Lightning: 05, Lightning Immunity: 10, Mind Over Matter: 04, Paralysis Immunity: 10, Power Reserve: 07, Shape change (ML): 08, Skin Armor: 04, Ultra Vision: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Damage Transference: CPB, No Time Limit.
  • Hypnotism can only implant the suggestion he is a friend.
  • Illusion only creates a number of mirror images equal to the APs of Power.
  • Invulnerability doesn’t work against damage from evil sources nor against cold iron.
  • Lightning: CPB.
  • Mind Over Matter is the Mayfair version, not the BoH:SE one.
  • Power Reserve: Boosts BODY, INT, INFL, SPIRIT, Shape Change and Occultist (+4FC, +5BC for applying to a Skill).
  • Shape Change: Can Assume any Imaginary Animal form.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Animal Handling: 06, Artist (Writer): 04, Occultist (except Premonition): 06, Thief (Escape Artist, Stealth): 06

Advantages:
Familiarities [Fantasy Literature, HK-47, Robots, RPGs], Insta-Change, Languages [Faeric, Norse, English], Lightning Reflexes, Scholar [Faerie].

Connections:
United Nations [Low].

Drawbacks:
SIA (Fantasy Tales), Secret identity, Partial Attack Vulnerability (Cold iron, -1 CS RV), Loss Vulnerability (Being inside a magic circle, All Attributes, Powers and Skills).


Design Notes

A new houserule we use is that extra (beyond the first two) attributes, powers or skills boosted by Damage Absorption or Power Reserve become +1FC instead of +5BC. Valfadir’s Familiarity with HK-47 is put in as he recently earned full RAPs in a Scientist (Analysis) check on him.

He, then, can attempt repairs with him even as he doesn’t have the Gadgetry skill (it allows unskilled Gadgetry (Build) rolls, with the usual -2cs penalty, to repair HK-47, a penalty that his other Familiarity in Robotics neutralizes).


By Sergio Cantos.

Helper(s): KalEl el Vigilante.

Source of Character: Homemade “New Global Guardians” campaign.

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