THE SHROUD

Real Name: Unknown
Base of Operations: West Coast, US, Mobile
Marital Status: Unknown
Race: Human

Advantages: Acting Ability, Acute Senses (Smell, Hearing), Contacts (Captain America, West Coast Avengers, Night Shift), Courage, Fast Reactions, Sixth Sense, Wealth 4D
Disadvantages: Dark Secret (Parents Killed, Is a good guy), Fanatic, Fugitive +1D, Hides Emotions, Obsessive Tendencies, Physically Limited-Blind, Secret Identity, Shady Background

Reflexes: 4D Acrobatics 6D, Athletics 7D, Brawling 10D, Climbing 7D, Dodge 9D, Martial Arts 10D, Sneak 11D
Coordination: 3D
Physique: 3D Leap 7D, Lifting 4D, Resistance 6D, Running 5D, Swimming 5D
Knowledge: 3D Arcane Lore 4D (Kali +2D), Criminology 7D, Languages 6D (Original Language: English), Research 4D, Scholar 5D (Law +2D), Security 5D
Perception: 5D Artist (Actor) 6D, Hide 11D, Know How 6D (Meditation +3D), Search 7D, Shadowing 12D, Streetwise 9D, Surveillance 8D, Survival 6D
Presence: 3D Bluff 5D, Command 5D, Interrogation 6D, Intimidation 7D, Willpower 7D

PDV: 6
Unarmed BDV: 5D/1D
P/L Bonus: + 2
Hero Points: 12
Villain Points: 1
Body Points: 37
Character Points: 75

Powers: Darkness Control 8D (Limitation: Shroud does not have the 3D aspects of this power, ESP 1D (Mastery-Though Shroud is blind, he possesses mystic senses that allow him to “see” without penalty, even in his own darkness; he can even see through walls and barriers. Limitation-Limited Range-Shroud senses only go out to about 50’.)

History: The man who would become the Shroud was orphaned at ten years of age when a hold-up man gunned down his parents. Embittered, the youth decided to dedicate his life to fighting crime. Entering college, he studied law and criminology, and began a rugged regimen of exercise to build his body to its peak of physical potential. Upon graduation, he traveled to Nepal to the temple of the Cult of Kali to study their martial arts and mystical disciplines. For seven years he studied among them until his masters believed he had learned all he could. He was then prepared to receive the ceremonial “Kiss of Kali” from a branding iron whose imprint was in the shape of the goddess Kali.

The man screamed when the branding iron was pressed against his eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Believing his masters to have betrayed him, the man stumbled out of the temple to bury his scarred face in the snow. When he recovered from the shock and pain, he discovered that his eyesight had been replaced by a mystical extrasensory perception. Inexplicably, he was unable to perceive the temple anymore, so he made his way back to civilization and America, where he adopted the identity of the Shroud.

To begin his crime-fighting career spectacularly, the Shroud decided to hunt and kill the Latverian dictator Doctor Doom. Although at one point he came close to his goal, he eventually found himself siding with Doom against the Red Skull, who had launched a “hypno-ray” satellite designed to enslave the Earth’s populace. In order to stop the hypno-ray, the Shroud intercepted and absorbed the full effects of the ray bombardment himself. Rescued from the oblivion of space by Captain America, the Shroud was taken back to Earth to recover.

In the long months it took him to regain his sanity, the Shroud discovered that the blast had apparently triggered the emergence of a latent mystical power, the ability to summon a volume of absolute darkness at will. He also decided to go undercover, build up his own reputation as a criminal, and destroy the underworld from within. Associating with the underworld of Los Angeles, the Shroud soon gained a reputation with both criminals and lawmen as a master criminal. At the same time, he often would work with various heroes, such as the original Spider-Woman, Tigra, and the Avengers. Invited to join the Avengers as they opened a West Coast branch, he declined, preferring not to compromise his autonomy. He went on to organize his own gang, dubbed the Night Shift, although they later refused his leadership.

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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