Babel is a paranormal, a sort of altered human who gained his powers during the White Event, an incident that set the New Universe apart from standard reality. His expression of paranormal power is psionic in nature, and has given him several enhanced linguistic capabilities.
Natural Psionics (Psipathic Powers):
Greater Linguistics (a): this rank value 40 power allows Thame to speak in any tongue, but be understood by listeners in their own language. This power isn't limited by the number of people present, nor any number of different languages spoken by his 'audience'.
Linguistics (t): this psipathic talent allows Thame to understand the languages used by people talking to him. Combined with his own language studies, he need only make a power ACT (at rank value 40) if he encounters a language he has never heard before.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Communications Gear: Thame usually has some sort of communications mechanism on his person at all times, in the event that he needs some Web agents for something, or he has some sort of emergency. This equipment operates with rank value 20 range (100 miles).
Fanatic: Thame is completely devoted to his ultimate goal: the total unification of the world's governments, even if this goal makes his own Medusa Web the target of their collective power. He is willing to do anything to make this goal succeed.
If forced to make a choice between his goal and his personal ethics, he must first pass a Willpower ACT roll at a -2 RS to act counter to his goals.
Archaeology / History: Thame is a scholar at heart, and has studied history to a large extent. That is why he can see what is coming for the world, and is trying to stop it at all costs - including his life, if necessary. Thame makes historical Intellect ACT rolls at +1 RS.
Computers: to facilitate his leadership of the Medusa Web, Thame has learned all he can about computers - how to operate, program, and repair them. He is very fluent in computer technology, especially when using it to adversely affect others.
Detective / Espionage: preferring to sit in the background of a situation as opposed to taking it on directly, Thame has become quite an expert in surveillance operations, commanding them from afar via data sent to him by various Web operatives.
Languages: Thame has learned how to speak fifteen as of yet unknown languages (well, one of them is Greek, of course, his native tongue). He did this before he gained his paranormal abilities, even! Should his powers be negated somehow, Thame can still converse with virtually anyone.
Leadership: Thame is also a great coordinator of men, being quite the charming and charismatic fellow, though the fact that his plans normally work helps. Any group led by Thame is granted a 100 point bonus to its Fortune pool for the duration of his membership.
Tactics: Thame is an authority on historical battles and combat methodology. This allows him to readily plot various combat operations, and he (as well as any team following his lead) may add a +1 RS to any ACTs attempted in the execution of his plans.
Thame is the leader and co-founder of the Medusa Web, and as such he can easily rely on anyone within that organization for aid, if he should find that he is in need of it. As he's recently recruited the Psi-Force into the Web as well, he can count on them for help, too.
Thame doesn't dress up in funny suits. He simply wears business attire while he is action, particularly since he's never actually found at the front of any battle - if he can at all help it, at any rate.
Thame is a charming and intelligent fellow, and he is also quite driven in his goal of world unification. However, he regrets the things he has done (and plans on doing) in the name of this goal, as they weigh upon his conscience. Not that he's about to let that stop him, of course.
Real Name: Professor Thame Panagitis, PhD.
Occupation: leader of the Medusa Web, former history professor
Legal Status: Greek citizen with no criminal record
Marital Status: married
Alias(es), if any: several, but as of yet unknown
Group Affiliation: the Medusa Web
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: his beard and moustache
Thame Panagitis was a college professor and linguistics expert in the sixties when he was approached by KGB defector Alexei Ruyanev, who had a proposition for him. This proposition was the unification of the entire Earth into one single political body.
Thame liked this idea.
He joined up with Ruyanev to form the Medusa Web, a paramilitary force that was funded by a large number of corporate interests. This group had the goal of uniting the governments of the earth against a singular foe: the Medusa Web.
This would bring the earth together like never before, and keep it in one piece in the coming chaos that Ruyanev predicted would come about. He was more right than he knew, for in the summer of '86, the White Event graced the earth.
This astronomical occurrence granted two people out of one million paranormal abilities; that's a lot of folks on a planet with 5.5 billion souls. Incidentally, Thame was one of those people, developing the power of communication to the utmost extreme.
His language-based powers, augmented by his own linguistic studies, made Thame (who'd taken the Medusa Web code name of Babel) the best choice for leader of the Web, and that is exactly what he does. He leads the paramilitary force now, and usually oversees all its military actions.
Such was the case when he was approached by the US government, who had a problem with several paranormal teens, those known as the so-called Psi-Force. The government wanted them gone, not caring how, so Thame decided to take them in and make them Medusa Web agents.
Over several weeks, his operatives tried to capture the Psi-Force kids, and eventually got half of them. The American government went back on its deal, however, keeping the captured youths for themselves. When he made a stink about this, Babel and the rest of the Web were all deported.
After that, Babel decided to be friendlier to the youths, and tried to recruit them again, though this didn't work. He eventually got them into the Web's folds, though, after he rescued all of 'em from the Siberian Project, a Soviet paranormal laboratory.
This battle cost him several of his own agents, but he managed to gain the trust (sort of) of Psi-Force, and they joined the Medusa Web on a contract basis. Babel then used Psi-Force and the Medusa Web to fulfill his goal of world unification, right after the War.
This was the third World War, throughout which Babel and his groups were quite active, though they didn't participate in the 'meat' of the action (as presented in the four-part War mini-series). His activities after the War have not yet been catalogued.
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