X-O MANOWAR (ORIGINAL)

Real Name: Aric Dacia
Occupation: CEO of Orb Industries
Marital Status: Single
Race: Human

Advantages: Allies (Valiant heroes), Attractive Appearance, Charismatic, Contacts (Orb Industries, business community), Follower (Ken Clarkson), Hardiness, Intimidating Grin, Leadership Ability, Wealth
Disadvantages: Arrogance, Dark Secret (very few people are aware that Aric is actually from the 5th Century), Enemies (Crescendo, Spider Aliens, various others), Fanatic (Aric has sworn a blood oath to annihilate the Spider Aliens), Moral Code (Aric lives by a savage code of honor), Phobia (Aric is distrustful of all magic-users and sorcery),

Reflexes: 4D Brawling 10D, dodge 6D (8D with armor), melee weapons 10D (sword + 1D), piloting (self) 7D
Coordination: 3D Marksmanship 5D (energy blasts + 3D), missile weapons 6D, thrown weapons 5D
Physique: 5D (12D with armor) Lifting 8D (15D with armor)
Knowledge: 2D Arcane lore 3D, scholar 4D – Roman/Visigoth history (6D with armor)
Perception: 3D Hide 4D, search 5D, surveillance 5D (with armor only), survival 8D, tracking 6D (9D with Armor)
Presence: 3D Command 6D, intimidation 7D, willpower 6D

PDV : 3 ( 4 in armor)
Unarmed BDV : 5D
P/l Bonus : + 4 (+ 9 in armor)
Hero Points: 18
Body Points: 44
Character Points: 144

Equipment: X-O Manowar Class Armor (The X-O armor is quite possibly the greatest weapon ever created. Capable of bonding with its owner, this current armor, Pol-Bekhara, has forged a strong connection with Aric.) Enhancement Modifiers : dodge +2D, scholar +4D, surveillance +2D, tracking (electronic) +3D
Armor Value : 25
Body Points : 250
Powers : Longevity 1D (maintains and youthens its wearer), Microwave Projection 12D, Flight 14D, Telepathy (limitation : only works between armor and its wearer) 4D, Shapechanging (limitation : armor only) 6D, Energy Absorption 10D, Healing 10D (the armor is able to heal almost any injury its wearer may sustain), Super-Attributes — Physique 7D, Language Comprehension 10D]

Armor Control Ring (Allows wearer to summon the armor to him) [Telepathy (wearer and armor only) 6D]


History :
Aric Dacia was a Visigoth barbarian in the 5th Century. He was the nephew of Alaric, a great barbarian leader who eventually sacked Rome. He had a wife named Diedre, who was eventually killed during one of his sojourns into the past. Aric was eventually kidnapped by a race of aliens known to Valiant fans as the Spider Aliens. The Spider Aliens collected humans for foodstuff and Aric worked as a slave for them before stealing the mighty X-O class armor. The armor allowed him to escape from the Spider Aliens and flee back to Earth — only to find himself in the early 1990s! Confused by the modern world, Aric found the sentient armor to be a very good guide. The armor taught him English and helped him adapt. Eventually, Aric seized control of Orb Industries and took it as the spoils of war. Orb had been a dummy corporation for the Spider Aliens. With the help of Ken Clarkson (who helped run the day-to-day operations of Orb) and Randy Cartier (in charge of Orb’s security), Aric began to accept the late 20th Century as his home. All of this was undone when a villain called Crescendo slew Randy and Ken, while destroying Orb. Aric then became a wanderer, both in space and on earth, before becoming partners for a time with a young thief named Gamin. At the end of his series, we were led to believe his entire career had been a dream but you and I both know that’s stupid as hell.

Aric is still out there somewhere. According to Rai # 0, Aric will rebuild Orb Industries and live into the mid 2060s thanks to the armor.

Aric is a fair and honorable man who delights in combat. He is also a tragic figure, doomed to always lose what means most to him. Roleplaying Aric can be a lot of fun — he’s now a modern man, but with the heart of a barbarian.

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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