MEET THE BEETLES, Part II
Strength 3 Fighting 8
Stamina 3 Intellect 7
Agility 6 Awareness 4
Dexterity 6 Presence 2
BB Gun: Array (16 points), Easily Removable (-8 points)
• Blinding Strobe: Cumulative Cone Area Affliction 8 (Resisted by Fortitude; Impaired Sight, Disabled Sight, Unaware), Limited--Visual Only • 16 points
• Air Burst: Cone Area Move Object 3, Diminished Range 3, Instant Duration, Limited Direction: Straight Away • 1 point
• Air Hammer: Ranged Damage 8 • 1 point
The Bug: Vehicle • 68 points
Huge; Str 8, Speed 8 (Flight), Def 8, Tou 9; Alarm 3 (DC 30), Navigation System, Remote Control; Swimming 6 (30 MPH); Immunity 10 (Life Support); Ranged Damage 10; Feature 1 (Skywire allows pilot to move between flying Bug and ground), Enhanced Skill 6 (Investigation +6, Ranged Combat: Heavy Weapons +6)
Other Equipment: Blue Beetle has 7 points to spend on other equipment.
Agile Feint, Benefit 3 (Millionaire), Contacts, Defensive Roll 4, Equipment 15, Evasion, Improved Initiative, Instant Up, Inventor, Luck 3, Move-by Action, Power Attack, Redirect, Uncanny Dodge, Weapon Bind
Acrobatics 6 (+12), Athletics 6 (+9), Close Combat: Unarmed 4 (+12), Deception 5 (+7), Expertise: Science 6 (+13), Investigation 8 (+15/+21*), Perception 6 (+10), Persuasion 3 (+5), Ranged Combat: BB Gun 8 (+12), Ranged Combat: Heavy Weapons 6 (+12)*, Technology 10 (+17), Vehicles 6 (+12)
*While in the Bug.
Unarmed +12 Close, Damage 3
Blinding Strobe ― Close, Cumulative Cone Area Affliction 8, Resisted by Fortitude
Air Hammer +14 Ranged, Damage 8
Dodge 14 Fortitude 7
Parry 12 Toughness 7/3**
**Without Defensive Roll.
Abilities 78 Skills 34
Powers 10 Defenses 20
Advantages 36 Total 178
Blue and Gold: Blue Beetle is best friends with Booster Gold, and their shared misadventures and sense of humor is notorious.
Legacy: After he was injured saving Ted Kord's life, the dying wish of the first Blue Beetle was that Kord carry on and continue his battle against evil. Kord's adventuring as the Blue Beetle is a never-ending effort to live up to the name and wishes of his predecessor.
Real Name: Theodore "Ted" Kord
Occupation: Inventor and Entrepreneur
Base: Chicago, IL
The Blue Beetle fights crime with a grin on his face, trading quips with his friends as he trades blows with his foes. Yet beneath the humor he takes his crime-fighting seriously, always improving his equipment and studying new tactics.
Powers & Abilities
The Blue Beetle has no meta-human abilities, but combines his skills in acrobatics and hand-to-hand combat with his own genius inventions, including the non-lethal "BB-Gun" and the flying craft he calls the "Bug."
Blue Beetle's best friend is the time-travelling hero Booster Gold, a partnership that has led to as much trouble as success over the years. Together, they served as members of the Justice League, and later as part of the "Super Buddies." He has also been a technical advisor to Oracle and her Birds of Prey.
Blue Beetle's own rogue's gallery includes the indestructible battlesuit Carapax, the motley mercenaries called the Madmen, and the living pharmacopeia Catalyst. Alongside the Justice League, he battled the robotic Manhunters, the forces of Darkseid, Master Disaster's Injustice League, the intergalactic conqueror Despero, and the interdimensional villans called the Extremists. Yet the villain who in the end defeated the Blue Beetle was someone he once called friend: the mind-controlling businessman Maxwell Lord.
The first Blue Beetle was mortally injured defeating a robot army built by the uncle of young genius Ted Kord, and charged Kord with carrying on the legacy and the battle of the Blue Beetle. Unfortunately, Kord was unable to use the scarab that gave the Beetle his powers, so instead constructed his own costume and equipment to become the new Blue Beetle.
For a time Blue Beetle fought crime in Chicago while running his research company Kord Omniversal, until he joined a new incarnation of the Justice League. There he met Booster Gold, and between titanic battles with villains like Despero and Starbreaker the duo found time for misadventures that included founding a Justice League-themed casino on the Pacific island of Kooeykooeykooey. But his time with the League also involved more serious challenges: for a time, Blue Beetle fell under the mental domination of the Queen Bee, and while trying to prevent Doomsday from reaching Metropolis, Blue Beetle was beaten so badly that he was in a coma for several months.
Yet the Blue Beetle stuck by the friends and teammates he made as part of the Justice League, even when businessman Maxwell Lord formed a new and somewhat low-rent team he called the "Super Buddies". He also helped other teams of heroes, such as the Birds of Prey, providing funding and financial assistance.
When money began disappearing from Kord Omniversal, Blue Beetle tracked an increasingly worrying series of clues to a castle in the Swiss Alps, where he discovered that the international espionage organization Checkmate had been taken over by Maxwell Lord, who planned to use Checkmate and his powers of mental domination in his bid for power. To keep his secret, Lord killed Kord.
Along with other heroes of the Blue Beetle legacy, Booster Gold travelled through time to save the life of Ted Kord. Though they were successful, saving the Blue Beetle created an apocalyptic alternate timeline. To save the world and restore history, Ted Kord returned to the time of his demise and accepted his fate.
Blue Beetle III PL10
Strength 6 Fighting 4
Stamina 4 Intellect 1
Agility 4 Awareness 2
Dexterity 3 Presence 2
Beetle Wings: Flight 5 (60 MPH) • 10 points
Carapace: Protection 8 • 8 points
Reach Infiltrator: Array (16 points)
• Khaji Da: Senses 8 (Analytical (Normal Hearing), Analytical (Normal Sight), Counters Illusion, Counters Concealment (Invisibility), Danger Sense, Darkvision, Radio, Radius (Normal Sight), Tracking), Enhanced Advantage: Assessment, Enhanced Skill 5 (Insight +5) • 16 points
• Dimension Shift: Dimension Travel (Bleed) • 1 point
• Dimension Step: Concealment (total), Unreliable (may cause Blue Beetle to skip forward in time up to +8 ranks of time he intended to stay concealed) • 1 point
• Energy Pattern Disruption: Effect Nullify 10 (Energy Effects), Randomize • 1 point
• Rocket Booster: Flight 5, Stacks with Beetle Wings (2,000 MPH) • 1 point
Reach Weaponry: Array (16 points)
• Energy Cannon: Ranged Damage 8 • 16 points
• Arm Blades: Strength-based Damage 3 • 1 point
• Shield: Protection 4, Impervious Toughness 12, Distracting • 1 point
Strength of the Scarab: Enhanced Strength 4; Enhanced Stamina 2; Enhanced Agility 2; Enhanced Dexterity 2; Enhanced Fighting 3 • 26 points
Subdermal Scarab: Feature 1 (Scarab AI and Database), Feature 1 (Quick Change to armor) • 2 points
Extraordinary Effort, Language (Spanish), Power Attack
Close Combat: Arm Blades 7 (+11), Close Combat: Unarmed 6 (+10), Expertise: Tactics 3 (+4), Perception 7 (+9), Ranged Combat: Energy Cannons 9 (+12)
Energy Cannons +12 Ranged, Damage 8
Arm Blades +11 Close, Damage 9
Dodge 8 Fortitude 12
Parry 8 Toughness 12/16*
Abilities 26 Skills 16
Powers 84 Defenses 21
Advantages 3 Total 150
Family and Friends: Jamie Reyes has shared the secret of his super hero career with not just his family, but also a circle of friends, all of whom help and support him in his adventures.
Hybrid Hero: The Blue Beetle was born when Jamie Reyes merged into a unique symbiotic relationship with the scarab named "Khaji Da." Together they are still figuring out the exact nature and extent of their abilities.
Identity: Blue Beetle isn't always super-powered, sometimes he's a normal teenager -- with an alien probe implanted in him. Regardless, when the scarab isn't active Jaime doesn't have any powers.
Lone Star: Blue Beetle is not only a new hero, he is a hero in a Texas city that has not previously had many super heroes.
Real Name: Jamie Reyes
Base: El Paso, Texas
The newest Blue Beetle is a young hero, and along with his youthful enthusiasm comes inexperience ― but he has also proven more than willing to seek out and accept help when needed.
Powers & Abilities
The scarab bonded to Jamie Reyes can surround him with a suit of shape-shifting armor that enhances his physical abilities, grants him protection, and allows him to fly. It can also manifest a variety of weapons from blades to energy cannons, provide him with a variety of enhanced senses, and allow him to slip into the transdimensional space known as the Bleed.
Jamie Reyes greatest ally is the scarab, which has named itself "Khaji Da." Jamie's family and friends also know of his adventures and help when they can. Jamie is a member of the Teen Titans and made a number of allies through the legacy of the Blue Beetle, including Danielle Garrett (the granddaughter of the first Beetle) and the second Blue Beetle's friends from the Justice League and the Birds of Prey.
The alien Reach vow to destroy Blue Beetle, and he has already tangled with a wide number of Earth's villains, including the Parasite, the Ultra-Humanite, and Eclipso.
Jamie Reyes was walking home from school with friends when he discovered a strange scarab in a vacant lot and took it home. That night, the scarab bonded to Jaime while he was sleeping and the new Blue Beetle was born. After helping Batman defeat the orbiting Brother Eye satellite during the Infinite Crisis, Jaime returned home to El Paso and launched his heroic career with a lot of help from his family and friends.
Investigating the true nature of the scarab, Blue Beetle discovered it had been created by an alien race called the Reach, ancient enemies of the Guardians of the Universe who had designs on conquering Earth. With the help of the scarab and his many allies, Jamie defeated the Reach. He continues to defend El Paso and adventure alongside the Teen Titans and his many allies.
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