THE SHADE

REAL NAME: Richard Swift
OCCUPATION: Criminal bon vivant
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Opal City
HEIGHT: 6’2″
WEIGHT: 170 pounds
EYES: Gray
HAIR: Black
RACE: Human
TECH LEVEL: Modern (1)
In 1838, London resident Dickie Swift gained shadowy powers from a mysterious arcane ritual. Shortly thereafter, he ran afoul of the wealthy but immoral Ludlow family, who still hunt the now-immortal Swift many generations later, even in the present day. During the next century, Swift traveled the world, making many famous acquaintances and battling yet another arch-foe: Simon Culp, who gained his own shadowy powers concurrent with Swift. Their feud climaxed during the London Blitz, when an exploding bomb somehow fused their essences. For years afterwards, Swift remained ignorant of this transformation, and whenever fatigue overcame him, Culp usurped control of the Shade’s form. In 1942, Swift took to crime for the exhilaration and much-needed diversion that jousting with costumed heroes (primarily Jay Garrick, the original Flash) brought to his unending existence. The Shade (the only name Swift used for many years following) became one of the most infamous costumed outlaws of that era. He even clashed with the legendary Justice Society as a member of its criminal counterpart, the Injustice Society of the World. Motivated by sport rather than malevolence, Swift secretly did his share of good deeds whenever it served his purposes. He often intervened to protect his adopted home, Opal City, from threats to its safety and tranquility. The Shade also thwarted the (secretly villainous) Spider’s attempted assassination of his nominal nemesis Jay Garrick in 1951. In 1956, the Shade, allied with the Thinker and the Fiddler, suspended Keystone City in time, erasing it from the outside world’s memories. The super criminals then burglarized the city at will for over three decades’ span, until the efforts of two Flashes (Jay Garrick and Barry Allen) returned the city to a normal state. The Shade next appeared as part of the villain team Injustice, Unlimited, but his tenure was brief, ending after a defeat at the hands of Infinity, Inc. After this failure, Swift lost interest in acting the villain. He returned to Opal City and once again rose to its defense during a criminal rampage by the original Mist. Afterwards, the Shade became a friend and trusted advisor to his beloved city’s new champions, the foremost of these being Jack Knight (Starman VII), though he never regretted his past transgressions. In addition, Swift invaluably aided corrupt policeman Matt O’Dare (the reincarnation of his old friend Sheriff Brian Savage, also known as Scalphunter) in his efforts to turn his life around and erase his past misdeeds.

Reflexes 3D: Acrobatics 4D, boating 4D, brawling 5D, climbing 4D, dodge 6D, driving 4D, melee weapons 5D (knife, sword +1D each), riding 4D, sneak 8D
Coordination 2D: Lockpicking 4D, marksmanship 4D (Darkness Manipulation +4D), thievery 6D
Physique 3D: Leap 5D, resistance 5D, running 4D
Knowledge 2D: Arcane lore 8D, criminology 5D, forgery 3D, languages 8D, medicine 3D, scholar 6D, science 4D, security 6D
Perception 3D: Hide 8D, know-how (Darkness Manipulation) 13D, search 6D, shadowing 6D, streetwise 6D (Opal City +2D), surveillance 5D, survival 4D
Presence 4D: Bluff 5D, charm 6D, command 6D, interrogation 6D, intimidation 7D, persuasion 6D, willpower 7D

ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES: Contact (criminal underworld) –4D, Courage –2D,
Intimidating Grin –2D, Obscure Knowledge –4D, Observant –2D, Wealth –4D; Blackout (when the Shade blacks out, make a Very Difficult willpower roll to see if Culp gains control; once Culp has control, periodically make willpower rolls until the Shade succeeds at Very Difficult, then Swift has regained control), Enemy (the Ludlows) +4D, Hides Emotions +1D.

SPEED: 30
PDV: 3
UNARMED BDV: 3D
P/L BONUS: +1
HERO POINTS: 0
VILLAIN POINTS: 20
CHARACTER POINTS: 160
BODY POINTS: 34

POWERS: Darkness Manipulation 15D (Enhancement: Mastery +6D), Immunity 15D
(Limitation: Linked to Longevity), Longevity 1D, Sustenance 10D (Limitation: Linked to
Longevity).

Published by Barry Reese

Professional author that has worked for publishers as diverse as Marvel Comics, Moonstone Books, Wild Cat Books, Airship 27 and Pro Se Press!

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