Captain America 3 (deceased)
Spirit of '76
William Naslund was the Spirit of '76, a man motivated by the fine example of Captain America to do his utmost to fight his country's many enemies. Like his idol, William lacks super-human powers of any stripe, merely doing battle with his Axis foes under his own steam.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Cape (s): as the Spirit of '76, William utilized a brilliant red, bulletproof cape. This item provided the man intensity 12 (+3) protection from attack physical attacks, as long as they came from behind. In a pinch however, William can forgo attacks and wrap his cape around his body.
Shield (s): though he wielded only his cape as the Spirit of '76, William did utilize Captain America's steel shield as Captain America 3. The shield offers William (or anybody else utilizing it) intensity 12 (+3) protection from attacks, though it can also be used as a +3 weapon in a pinch.
Boxing (s): William made it a point to fight with his fists, as opposed to using knives or guns (which he absolutely refuses to do). Skilled with these natural weapons, he can divide his total action score between two melee attacks, the last of which will occur as a contingent action.
Martial Arts 2 (a): William may use his Strength or Agility to resolve unarmed melee combat. Also, this skill allows him to reduce the difficulty of actions to catch thrown weapons, lower the damage inflicted by falling, or even to strike in melee.
Shields (s): William can either use his shield as a defensive or offensive item in a given exchange (though not both). However, considering his aversion to using anything besides his fists in battle, he's only likely to use the shield defensively in a fight.
William was a member of the short-lived Crusaders team, and as such can count on those ersatz heroes for aid should he need it. Of course, most of them have since retired out of shame over being so easily duped into participating in the team's, er, crusade against the Invaders.
Upon filling the role of Captain America, William could rely upon his fellow Invaders or All-Winners Squad members for assistance in a pinch. They all know he's not the original Captain, and occasionally remind him of this, but will still go out on a limb for him when possible.
Idealist: William is a tried and true patriot, as he risks his life constantly in the protection of America and the idea it represents. He does this despite the fact that he is essentially a normal human, and is always mixing it up with super-villains and the like.
As the Spirit of '76, William wore a costume that included a long-sleeved, collared white shirt with ten blue stars on the chest, blue trousers with white racing stripes, black leather boots and gloves, a black domino mask, a black cocked hat, and a brilliant red cape.
As Captain America, William naturally wore that uniform. It included a blue shirt with white lower sleeves, a white star over the heart and red and white stripes on the torso, a blue cowl with white wings and a white 'A' on the forehead, red buccaneer boots and gloves, and blue trousers.
William was an extremely patriotic American, and felt he could best serve his country by fighting its many foes as his idol, Captain America did - namely, up front and personal in a bright costume. Of course, he seemed somewhat ill-at-ease when actually being the Captain, however.
Real Name: William Naslund
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with no known criminal record, legally deceased
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Captain America 3
Group Affiliation: the All-Winners Squad, former member of the Invaders, former member of the Crusaders
Height: 6' 2"
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Little is known about the origins of the man that became the Spirit of '76. It has been revealed over time that he idolized Captain America, watching him with pride on the news reels as the red, white and blue Son of Liberty bashed in Nazi heads week after week.
Wishing to do his part, he began to study the Captain's fighting style, training intensely to become as good at fighting evil as his hero. He didn't quite manage that, but William nonetheless became quite adept at the unique, unarmed fighting style he evolved over time.
Feeling he was ready, he assembled a costumed identity of his own: the Spirit of '76. Traveling to Europe, William went about looking for a means with which he could take the fight to his foes without being an easy mark, and failed after he was taken in by a man known only as Alfie.
This fellow was a Nazi intent on assembling a team of English super heroes - to eventually turn them against the mighty Invaders. William wasn't English by any means, but he was a costumed do-gooder in England at the time, so Alfie figured that was good enough.
Once his Crusaders were ready, Alfie set his plot into motion, but naturally the Invaders were more than a match for these hastily assembled, ersatz heroes. Once it was revealed they'd teamed up in some sort of Axis scheme, the Crusaders quickly disbanded and gave up super heroics.
Well... most of them did. William certainly did not. In fact, he continued fighting the good fight for years in Europe, up until April of 1945, when he was approached by President Harry S. Truman to fill a role; you see, the original Captain had been lost in battle.
Finding it an honor he couldn't refuse, William gladly took the job, though he never seemed to play the part to the expectations of his fellow Invaders - Namor in particular. When the Invaders became the All-Winners Squad, William continued on as Captain America.
He did this for some time, until during a fateful encounter with the evil Adam II, an android created by Phineas T. Horton. While he fought off Adam II's minions with the new Bucky, William was mortally injured when one of the artificial beings crushed his very body.
William got a warning out to his fellows in the All-Winners Squad before he fell, however. Found mortally wounded by the Patriot, William passed on knowing the world would be saved from Adam 2's dastardly plot to conquer the world. Though he died, the Captain's legacy did not.
Moved by his sacrifice, the Patriot then took on the role of America's Sentinel of Liberty, and led the All-Winners Squad to victory against Adam II!
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