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    SKJAM! got a reaction from steriaca in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Allegiant
     
    Rykka North has the ability to make people loyal to her temporarily.  The bad news is that they otherwise retain their own free will and personalities, so tend to do what they think is best for Allegiant, rather than what she wants them to do.  She's working on Disguise and Acting skills so that she can appear to be an authority figure as needed for the situation.
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    SKJAM! reacted to Gent in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
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    Donald Trump went to sleep one night, and, when he woke up, he was in a different world. In this world he found that he could make the most powerful superhero into a bumbling incompetent.
     
     
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
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    Dr. Emil Lime was one of several scientists working on Project Maps (Man Amplified by Powered Suit) for the US government back in the early 1950s. He had a double identity, though. As Scarlet Steel, he posed as a Soviet agent attempting to steal the secrets of MAPS for the Commies. This would cover his own ordinary selling of information to the Reds. Unfortunately for him, Captain Justice figured out Dr. Lime's game, and gave him a good and proper beating in the process. Dr. Lime was convicted of treason (despite his claims that he'd actually sold the Communists worthless information--"I'm a capitalist at heart!") and narrowly escaped prison before being executed.
     
    Building a better Scarlet Steel outfit, Dr. Lime went after Captain Justice for revenge. It wasn't that much better, and Dr. Lime was soon back behind bars. Scarlet Steel clashed with the good captain twice more before Justice vanished. Thwarted from his vengeance, Dr. Lime went into general supervillainy, constantly refining and upgrading his powered armor. When the Seven Syndicate was formed, Scarlet Steel was made the leader due to his long experience and undeniable intelligence. (As proof of his intelligence, Dr. Lime was a mastermind who did not turn the rest of his team against him with arrogance and abuse.)
     
    But then one day Scarlet Steel discovered that Captain Justice, the real Captain Justice, had returned from temporal exile, and had now joined the Constitutional Guard. At last, he was able to take the cause of vengeance up again. Dr. Lime carefully studied the Constitutional Guard and devised ways to make his armor impervious to all their powers, both individually or in any combination.
     
    Then he struck. Captain Justice laughed at first to see his old enemy again, but five decades of technological advance had made Scarlet Steel far more formidable than the clunky "rustbucket" he remembered. Scarlet Steel walked all over the Guard, easily swatting aside the less important members and concentrating on the man he hated so. Soon, he had his metal hands on Captain Justice's throat, ready for squeezing. "Now, Captain Justice, you shall die, slowly and hor--"
     
    Captain Justice waited for the end of that word, but it never came. He couldn't feel any relaxation of the armor's grip, and he could hear Dr. Lime, aged though he might be, still breathing. But the armor wasn't moving, and Scarlet Steel wasn't talking any more. The rest of the Guard awoke and recovered, surrounding Scarlet Steel. Still, nothing changed. They tried various ways of attacking the villain, or breaking Justice free. But the suit's defenses held, automatically protecting it from all damage.
     
    After a few hours and the loss of some neck skin, Captain Justice was able to wriggle free of the death grip. It took three more days to finally break through Scarlet Steel's armor, and by then Dr. Lime was dead. After an autopsy and federal investigation, it was concluded that Scarlet Steel had had a severe stroke from the emotional stress of fighting his old enemy. It damaged the speech center of his brain, which was also how he cybernetically controlled the armor's functions. The defenses were automatic, but not the hydration and nutrition systems, which had to be actively engaged. Scarlet Steel had been alive and very probably conscious until an hour or two before his armor was breached.
     
    "He was protected from everything in the world but old age," as Captain Justice put it in a press release. "Old age and his own hatred."
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    SKJAM! reacted to aylwin13 in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    In my ideal world, government representatives would give a damn about their constituents.
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    SKJAM! reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I have words, but forum rules prevent me from repeating them here.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Also, Arnie has actual political experience and has learned how government works.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Sociotard in A Thread for Random Videos   
    This one may have been posted before, but it's still one for getting going.
     

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    SKJAM! got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Queen's Rook is Crusher Carver.  Yes, that's his real name.  His father was a huge sports fan, and encouraged by how large his son was at birth, gave him an aspirational name.  Young Crusher, however, did not share his father's enthusiasm for athletics, but funneled his interest into science, particularly chemistry.  His father did not take this well, becoming physically abusive towards Crusher (and emotionally neglectful of his daughter Cutie, who did love sports and excel at them.)  Crusher won a scholarship to a prestigious college, but on a trip home was so badly beaten that he was hospitalized for several months and lost the grant.
     
    To pay his hospital bill, Crusher began supplying customized chemicals to shady enterprises that did not mind his lack of a formal degree.  He moved up the ranks of criminal scientists until he was picked up by the Chessmen.
     
    Queen's Rook uses various chemical sprays and mists to defend the team.  He invented the amnesia gas that the Pawns are rigged with.  In combat, he will generally be called upon to lay down smokescreens, knock out opponents the Chessmen want to capture alive, and assist teammates who have gotten in over their heads.  His white armor is equipped with several impact-released sprays to make engaging him in hand to hand dangerous--he can control which one is released by toggles inside his helmet.  He is not otherwise a good melee combatant.
     
    QR's biggest psychological weakness is a rivalry with other criminal scientists--he hates it when they lord their completed degrees over him.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from procyon in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Non Sequitur was formerly Adam Lilithski, a scientist known for his inability to explain his advanced theories in a linear order.  As you might imagine, he got laughed at a lot.  His power is being able to alter the order or action of causality--making things happen in reverse order, making correlation equal causality, producing illogical results from standard procedures, etc.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from BoloOfEarth in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Obligate is a pony from a dimension where horses are the dominant species (see the One-Trick Ponies) who was shunted to the Earth dimension and immediately became disgusted with the evil meat-eaters.  Her ability is to change any living being into an obligate herbivore; their teeth, digestive system and metabolism adjusting accordingly.  It isn't terribly combat effective (except on enemies who rely on carnivore teeth for attacks) but is heck annoying.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Cancer in What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...   
    Not a book, but Analog Science Fiction and Fact just reached its 1000th issue!
     
    http://www.skjam.com/2015/05/27/magazine-review-analog-science-fiction-and-fact-june-2015/
     
    Or you could just run out and buy it.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Steel Maiden didn't start out with that name.  Originally, she was Victoria Excalibur, an agent for Her Majesty's government.  And quite a good one too.  Until she fell in love with one of her fellow agents, ignoring his nickname, "the Black Widower."  Things were going just fine until they were surrounded by Dr. Destroyer's minions, and she learned how he earned that name--by abandoning his lovers to die.
     
    Except that she didn't die, just lost an arm.  As it happened, Zerstoiten had nothing better to do that day, so he replaced her arm with an experimental prosthetic.  She no longer has it, as it was programmed to self-destruct should she ever cross Destroyer.  Her attempts to get revenge on Black Widower earned Steel Maiden the enmity of British law enforcement, also, more missing parts that were replaced by cybernetics (none ever quite as powerful as the first, but with less self-destruct sequences.)  She's now more than 80% metal and wires, replete with useful weapons.  Most of her money earned from the Magnificent Seven goes into maintenance.
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    SKJAM! reacted to Logan.1179 in Arena: General Discussion   
    Hey, everyone. I'm afraid the delay could not be avoided as I took an unexpected turn in the hospital last night. Spent all day vomiting for some reason, just something I do every year or so now. To make matters worse, my phone decided to turn into a paperweight so I couldn't contact anyone either.  
     
    We will get started again, but I might need to take another night off tonight for recovery.  Thanks for being patient with me.
     
    -L
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from steriaca in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    President Jon Terra wasn't a villain in the original Jet Justice series, being a fairly benevolent father to Melinda, and a pompous blowhard to Jet.  However, something happened on the way to our world that has twisted his mind, and he now seeks to become President of Earth again, no matter what it takes.  He's also gained the power to control bureaucracy so that government officials are always on his side unless mentally shielded.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from steriaca in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Okay, for the Grey List...
     
    Bryce (or is it Brice?  Brace?) Eborn is the Houseguest.  His one power is being able to walk into any building and have people assume he's meant to be there.  Thus, he manages to have a fairly steady living as an extra, and saves money by crashing at other people's cribs.  You're pretty sure you've met him before, but can't quite put your finger on it.  His preferred method of becoming a houseguest is simply to stay late after a party--usually the hosts were too drunk last night to remember if they actually invited him to stay.
     
    What makes him an actual villain is casing places for robberies, and issuing invitations to vampires.  He doesn't do this often, to avoid raising his profile, but Bryce has a gambling problem and needs cash infusions every once in a while.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Lucius in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Okay, for the Grey List...
     
    Bryce (or is it Brice?  Brace?) Eborn is the Houseguest.  His one power is being able to walk into any building and have people assume he's meant to be there.  Thus, he manages to have a fairly steady living as an extra, and saves money by crashing at other people's cribs.  You're pretty sure you've met him before, but can't quite put your finger on it.  His preferred method of becoming a houseguest is simply to stay late after a party--usually the hosts were too drunk last night to remember if they actually invited him to stay.
     
    What makes him an actual villain is casing places for robberies, and issuing invitations to vampires.  He doesn't do this often, to avoid raising his profile, but Bryce has a gambling problem and needs cash infusions every once in a while.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Legatus in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Chaos Butterfly was once an ordinary butterfly until it was bitten by a radioactive human and gained hyperintelligence and (by butterfly standards) immortality.  Now it knows the exact small actions to take in the exact spot to cause enormous disasters.  Soon it will be the smartest being left living on Earth.  That will show those humans!
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Chaos Butterfly was once an ordinary butterfly until it was bitten by a radioactive human and gained hyperintelligence and (by butterfly standards) immortality.  Now it knows the exact small actions to take in the exact spot to cause enormous disasters.  Soon it will be the smartest being left living on Earth.  That will show those humans!
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Echo3Niner in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Chaos Butterfly was once an ordinary butterfly until it was bitten by a radioactive human and gained hyperintelligence and (by butterfly standards) immortality.  Now it knows the exact small actions to take in the exact spot to cause enormous disasters.  Soon it will be the smartest being left living on Earth.  That will show those humans!
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from DShomshak in LGBTI Characters in the Champions universe?   
    For worldbuilding purposes, mention might be made of the first openly gay superhero.  "Yeah, the 1970s wasn't a good time for that, but someone had to be first."
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from BoloOfEarth in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    Sebastian Quan, Esq. started his professional career as a hero-hater.  He was convinced that these "masked hoodlums" were reckless lawbreakers that needed to be taken down, and used his considerable legal skills to that end.  He didn't notice, though his friends and family did, that he was becoming steadily more irrational on the subject.
     
    Then came the night when he was kidnapped by a villainous group that wanted to gain access to the extensive database his office had created of dirt on superheroes.    When the Champions attacked the baddies, Mr. Quan disregarded his own safety and strode into the middle of the battle to harangue the heroes.  A mishap involving magical probability bolts, radioactive waste and an exploding Malvan hyperdrive component put the lawyer into the hospital.
     
    When he awoke several days later, Sebastian found his mind clearer than it had been for years.  He now remembered meeting with a man who later became notorious as a mind-controlling supervillain, and being subjected to brainwashing.  This same villain had repeated the process several times to keep him enthralled.  That villain visited Mr. Quan in the hospital, but this time his powers had no effect, and the villain was captured.
     
    Under the circumstances, Sebastian Quan felt obligated to undo some of the damage he had caused, and his law firm now aids superheroes with legal issues.  You accidentally blew up the mayor's car?  Your trademarked catchphrase is being used without payment?  You need zoning clearance for your hero base?  You don't understand the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor, and the other heroes laugh at you?  Angels' Advocate will help you out.
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from Lord Liaden in LGBTI Characters in the Champions universe?   
    For worldbuilding purposes, mention might be made of the first openly gay superhero.  "Yeah, the 1970s wasn't a good time for that, but someone had to be first."
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    SKJAM! got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    The being known as Pancake has a very simple motivation for its hatred of giants..It used to be a normalish human until a gigantic villain stepped on it.  An adaptive mutation allowed Pancake to survive as a two-meter wide, one centimeter tall circle of flesh, but it can never be returned to its original form.  It's not always useful in a fight with giants, but its hatred never wavers.
     
    ETA:  Was typing while the above was posted.
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    SKJAM! reacted to Christougher in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    As was said before, that is just sick, twisted and awesome.  I may have to steal it for my game.
     
    Chris.
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    SKJAM! reacted to Logan.1179 in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    This is pretty damn twisted.
     
    Well done.
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