Werner Schmidt was a brilliant, if twisted German scientist who, after developing a variant of the Super-soldier serum for the Nazis, was struck by a falling spacecraft. Rebuilding their unintentional victim, these friendly aliens gave him a cybernetic body and (accidentally) dangerous psionic powers, which he used in several bids to dominate both them and the world at large!
Crowd Control: after grasping the Ring of the Nebulas, a device which could reportedly enhance the properties of mechanical devices, Werner's will was vastly increased - to the point that he could easily impose it on others. He can control up to eight people at a time, if they fail a Psyche FEAT roll versus this power's Incredible (40) rank, and force them to do whatever he wishes.
Full Body Conversion: his natural, human body crushed by the falling spacecraft of the so-called Star-Gods, Werner was luckily rebuilt by these curious aliens, who mounted his brain and eyes in an indestructible, life supporting transparent dome, and replaced his body with a robotic frame. This frame was later upgraded by the villainous Master, and grants Werner these powers:
* Body Armor: Werner's new body, a robotic conveyance for his brain tank, is highly resistant to conventional injury. It provides this evil scientist Remarkable (30) protection from physical attack - defense which breaks down for him as follows:
Rm 30 / Gd 10 / Pr 4 / Sh 0 / Sh 0
* Brain Tank: this life support unit is what maintains Werner's remaining biological tissues. It is basically a transparent dome that houses his brain and eyes, offering his tissue matter Class 5000 environmental independence. Furthermore, this dome is virtually indestructible, being made of Unearthly (100) strength materials despite its transparency.
* Flight: after his replacement body was crushed by the actions of the Invaders, Werner revealed that he was just as dangerous without it. It turns out that the Axi-Tun builders of his new body made it such that his brain tank could abandon it when necessary, and achieve Remarkable (30) ranked flight - which translates into approximately 225 miles per hour movement.
* Resistance to Disease and Toxins: since the vast majority of Werner's body is robotic in nature (and the rest within a self-sealed system), he benefits from these resistances as a matter of course. Functioning at Monstrous (75) rank, these resistances demonstrate Werner's virtual immunity to all but the most powerful of such contaminants.
* Implant Psychosis Statistic: Excellent 22.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Implant Psychosis Statistic: as a cyborg, Werner is subject to the problem of implant psychosis. Under duress, he must pass a Psyche (will) FEAT roll against his IPS, or will suffer from extreme mental instability for a time - usually until he next falls unconscious. When subject to IPS, Werner must pass a Psyche (will) FEAT roll at -4 CS lest he engage in over the top villain activity, such as an extended monologue.
Ring of the Nebulas: holding this device for a brief time, Werner could use it to enhance the properties of mechanical devices, even those that were connected to organic tissues! Items so affected by this mysterious device of dubious origin should receive a +1 to +3 CS boost to either their material strength or their operating ranks. It may have been destroyed, but it could always be rebuilt.
Super-soldier Serum: before his horrific transformation, Werner had developed a variant of the American Super-soldier serum, one that could boost the Strength of a person to Incredible levels, and grant them the power of flight. While his laboratory was destroyed by the Invaders and the Star-Gods, Werner could presumably recreate this formula if he chose to.
Unattractive 3: there's no two ways about it, Werner is a repugnant human being - whether you're talking about his body or his mind. People tend to react to Werner in a highly negative fashion, doing so as though his already low Popularity score were 6 CS worse than is listed above (which, in his case, makes it highly unlikely for him to get favorable reactions from most).
Biology: more than anything else, Werner is a master of biology, years ahead of his time concerning such matters. In areas of biology, especially the enhancement of biological systems, he should make all Reason FEAT rolls at a +1 CS to his ordinary rank.
Chemistry: similarly, Werner is good at brewing up advanced chemical formulae, which he can use for all manner of purposes. When attempting to identify, create, and modify chemical substances, Werner should make FEAT rolls as if his Reason score was +1 CS higher than is listed.
Martial Arts type B: while he may not have initially had much skill in the fighting arts, Werner demonstrated such after the Master built his second robotic body for him. In unarmed melee combat, Werner makes all attack rolls as if his Fighting score was +1 CS in rank.
Werner served the third Reich for a time, and as he was their supplier of a variant of the Super-Soldier Serum, it is likely that the Nazis looked upon him with favor. Should he need it, they would likely help him - particularly those who benefit from his work, like Master Man.
After World War II, Werner found himself in the service of a clandestine American group known only as Icon, along with several other former Nazis and Nazi sympathizers. This association was short-lived, however, being dismantled by a group of heroes calling themselves the Avengers.
In modern times, however, Werner has few contacts remaining - fascism is generally on the outs these days. However, he has hooked up with the Master, who rebuilt his shattered robot body, and as such Werner serves as a member of that villain's team, Omega Flight.
Originally, Werner wore a Nazi uniform over his rather clunky robotic body, which he really didn't wear very well; it was kind of loose on him. After his robotic body was destroyed, he simply floated about as was necessary, 'naked' to the world (after a fashion).
Once he was found and rebuilt by the Master, Werner adopted a new outfit. It was a stretch fabric suit consisting of black pants, black leather boots, a purple shirt, darker purple gloves, a steel belt, and steel shoulder pads that hooked up to his brain tank.
Werner, while a brilliant scientist, is thoroughly insane. Who wouldn't be, after having one's brain transplanted into a poorly-built machine? While he was an evil supporter of the Nazi regime before his transformation, he transformed into a psychotic, would-be despot afterward.
Real Name: Werner Schmidt
Occupation: criminal, would-be dictator
Legal Status: German citizen wanted for the perpetration of war crimes in several nations
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: former member of Omega Flight, former member of Icon
Height: 6' 3"
Hair: not applicable
Weight: 500 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: well, for one thing, Werner's remaining tissues consists of a brain and a pair of eyeballs floating in a transparent tank atop a robotic body.
Not too much has been revealed about the origins of the Brain Drain. This mad scientist was born under the name of Werner Schmidt, and quickly rose to prominence in Nazi Germany as they attempted to conquer the world. With his advanced skills in biochemistry, he proved invaluable to his fascist masters, as they needed to build super-powered warriors with which to combat Captain America.
Oddly enough, with both his own skill and after scraping up bits and pieces of the American Super-Soldier formula, Werner managed to develop his own version of the compound. He tested it out on a subject similar to the one the Americans used, transforming a waifish American of German descent into the diabolical Master Man - and while Werner's formula worked, it had some kinks to be worked out.
Werner never got a chance to do this though, for someone dropped a spacecraft on his head.
This ship, piloted by four Axi-Tun adventurers, felt bad about wrecking up this perfectly good human, and rebuilt him using their advanced science. They did this by giving him a powerful robotic body, not to mention gear to preserve what was left of his functioning organic tissue. They also exposed him to their Ring of the Nebulas, hoping he could use it to help repair their spacecraft, but that's when everything went wrong.
Exposure to its power gave Werner vast psionic potential, with which he quickly dominated the unsuspecting aliens. Renaming them after figures of German myth, he proceeded to use them in his scheme to take over the world. Of course, the Invaders were hot on his trail after having defeated Master Man, and in their attack, the Axi-Tun managed to shake free of Werner's control.
And killed themselves to keep Werner from regaining control of them again.
Though they tried to take Werner with him, he survived in his nigh-indestructible brain tank. Thanks to what he'd managed to learn from their craft, Werner then proceeded to plan the construction of a mobile arsenal, a massive flying swastika that could gun down anything it couldn't merely fly through. The plans called for several special components he needed to seize from American sources.
Deploying several Nazi villains to collect these components, Werner came into conflict with both the Liberty Legion and a time-traveling Thing. Victorious at first, Werner managed to complete his horrifying weapon of mass destruction, but the Thing (with the Legion's help) managed to take the diabolical device apart. Though defeated, Werner fled to safety while his pawns were captured.
Even if it looked as if his proverbial goose was cooked.
Naturally, Werner wasn't about to let such minor setbacks stop him from conquering the world, oh no. One of his subsequent diabolical plots saw him taking over the minds of several American soldiers and shipbuilders, to get a hold of their ship and its subjugated crew. This plan was foiled by the Liberty Legion however, who seized the equipment he used to command his thralls and turn said thralls against him.
After the War proper, Werner was offered a position in a secret and probably illegal American government team, known as Icon. In this capacity, Werner came into conflict with a group of heroes assembled by Nick Fury in 1959, who went by the name of the Avengers (before the modern day version was founded, of course). Though his brain tank was punctured in this fight, Werner himself escaped to fight another day.
And that was the last the world heard from Werner for a very, very long time.
While experimenting on some new weapon to turn against the free world, Werner suffered the destruction of another laboratory, this time finding himself buried beneath the rubble for a very, very long time - over five decades, in fact. It took the villain that long to finally seize control of a random hiker, who he had take him to a massive gathering of super-humans in Europe.
This Pan-European Conference on Super-Human Affairs was an ideal target for Werner's rage at being trapped and impotent so long, and he smuggled himself into an ice sculpture being delivered to this gathering. There, he tried to control various heroes into killing their respective government representatives, but he was stopped in time by Alpha Flight's Aurora.
Naturally, this didn't sit well with Werner.
When the Master approached him soon after his defeat, Werner was more than receptive to promises of vengeance, and as such joined that man's Omega Flight team. Working with the Master to build an all new robot body, Werner happily aided that villain in the furthering of his agenda for a time, partly out of gratitude and partly to see just how powerful the man really was.
This led him into several clashes with his team against the Alpha Flight, though each of these ultimately led to the defeat of Omega Flight despite Werner's vast psionic power. Just what Werner has gotten up to since the apparent demise of the rest of Omega Flight at the Master's hands has yet to be revealed, but the man (or bits of him, at least) are surely working hard to secure a new power base in the modern era!
Assuming the Master didn't terminate Werner, as well.
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