CREATED BY AND COPYRIGHT 2022: Barry Reese/ Designed by Gilbert Monsanto
REAL NAME: Gwydion fab Dôn / Sam Hain
OCCUPATION: Adventurer/Troublemaker
HEIGHT: 5’8″
WEIGHT: 150 pounds
EYES: Green
HAIR: Brown
RACE: Human
TECH LEVEL: Modern (1)

Reflexes 2D (4D): Brawling 3D (5D), climbing 3D (5D), dodge 4D (6D), melee weapons 3D (5D, scythe +4D), sneak 5D (7D)
Coordination 2D (4D): Sleight of hand 4D (6D), thievery 3D (5D)
Physique 2D (5D): Leap 3D (6D), lifting 3D (6D), resistance 3D (6D)
Knowledge 2D: Arcane lore 8D, computer ops 5D, research 5D
Perception 3D: Know-how (nature sorcery) 7D, search 4D, shadowing 8D, survival 4D, tracking 6D
Presence 2D: Bluff 6D, intimidation 6D, willpower 5D

ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES: Contact (Sheriff Liam Beecham) -2D, Contact (International Hero Corps) -5D, Courage -2D, Obscure Knowledge -2D, Dependent (Lester Hain) +2D, Enemy (Rhiannon) +3D, Enemy (Forces of Heaven and Hell) +6D each, Targeted for Assassination +3D, Unattractive Appearance +2D

PDV: 2 (3)
P/L BONUS: +2 (+3)
BODY POINTS: 27 (43)

POWERS: All powers have the Limitation – Super Hero Form and the Enhancement – Mystically powered. Longevity 3D, Superattributes – Reflexes and Coordination 2D each, Superattributes – Physique 3D, Magic Manipulation 10D, Pumpkin Vines – these vines can be extended out from the Straw-Man’s back. They have Elasticity 1D and Natural Weapons 3D.

EQUIPMENT: Scythe – BDV 4D (edged)/2D (flat). The scythe can be summoned and dispatched to the Void by mental command. Limitation – Can only be summoned in Super Hero Form.

HISTORY: Gwydion fab Dôn was a young adventurer and would-be sorcerer when he met a powerful witch named Rhiannon. The pair became lovers and she began to tutor him in the ways of magic. After nearly a century together, the couple parted on bad terms, with Rhiannon headed to Egypt while Gwydion continued traveling through Europe. Distrustful of authority, Gwydion earned many enemies by repeatedly fighting against monarchies and the church. Eventually, Rhiannon tracked him down and cursed him, binding his soul to a set of tattered clothing. Through unknown means, these rags ended up in North America, where they were eventually purchased by a couple that planned to use them on a scarecrow on their land in Grove’s Folly. While en route to Grove’s Folly, a terrible car accident occurred and Gwydion was able to animate the scarecrow to complete the journey. Lester Hain was shocked when the car came to a stop on the property, with the scarecrow behind the wheel and his dead son and daughter-in-law in the backseat. Taking in his grandson Sam, Lester put the scarecrow up in the fields and kept the rest to himself… until the night when three strangers came to the property, seeking to kill Sam before ‘something terrible’ occurred. The strangers brutally assaulted both Lester and Sam, leaving Sam for dead… but he was saved by the scarecrow, who bonded with him to become an entity known as the Straw-Man. The ‘something terrible’ that the trio had sought to avoid was this — the return of Gwydion in a powerful new form. The Straw-Man dispatched the three killers, who were later revealed to be agents of Rhiannon, and became the defender of Grove’s Folly, a city built atop an open portal to Hell. Agents of both Heaven and Hell have repeatedly attacked both the city and the Straw-Man since. Gwydion has a propensity for telling lies about his past, having falsely claimed to have inspired the legends of both Loki and Anansi. He and Sam are able to communicate telepathically, with only one able to manifest on the earthly plane at a time. When Sam transforms into the Straw-Man, his body is sent to a dark realm dubbed ‘the Void’ and Gwydion’s consciousness emerges in the form of the Straw-Man. During one adventure in which Gwydion’s spirit was badly damaged, it retreated back to the Void, allowing Sam’s soul to take control of the Straw-Man. Initially, Gwydion’s abilities were fairly limited but he was able to eventually restore much of his mystic power and is now able to call upon the forces of Nature to assist him. The Straw-Man is considered by many to be a cryptid, an urban legend, but he has been captured on video and seen by dozens of people. This has led to Grove’s Folly becoming a popular destination for monster hunters and reality television shows. He has both fought against and alongside the United Nations’ group, the International Hero Corps. Rhiannon is currently in the custody of the IHC though she has sworn revenge on her former lover.

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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