the Skipper

F
Gd 10
A
Gd 10
S
Ty 6
E
Gd 10
R
Gd 10
I
Ex 20
P
Gd 10
Res
Ex 20
Pop
Sh 0

Health:
Karma:
36
40

Origin:

As are most members of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Skipper is a normal human, lacking ascendant abilities of any variety. However, he is rather crafty, and (naturally) has his CIA training to back him up in most every situation.

Known Powers:

(none)

Limitations / Enhancements:

(none)

Equipment:

Semi-automatic Pistol: standard issue really, this 9mm hand cannon has served Paul well over the years. He can fire this weapon to inflict Typical (6) Shooting damage in a single shot, raised to Good (10) Shooting damage in a semi-automatic spread.

Quirks:

Missing Parts / Eyes and Legs: Paul was originally possessed of his full, natural abilities - at least until a chance encounter with the mad paranormal known as Rodstvow. This encounter left Paul alive, but his legs were gone, and he had been blinded.

Talents:

Detective / Espionage: his main occupational skill, Paul is well versed in information gathering techniques. Whether he's surveilling a target, digging up dirt on them from the locals, or even researching public data, Paul may do so at a +1 CS.

Guns: once he'd signed up for government work back in the day, Paul was naturally trained in the use of most conventional firearms. Whether he's wielding a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Paul may do so at his Agility +1 CS.

Law Enforcement: as a member of the CIA, Paul can engage in officially sanctioned actions in the name of the United States government. These are not true 'law enforcement' actions so much as activities meant to gather intelligence for the United States abroad.

Martial Arts type B: an essential part of Paul's intelligence training has taught him how to defend himself without a weapon - though he has always been good at that sort of thing. Paul may attempt any unarmed melee strike (punches, kicks, etc...) at his Fighting score +1 CS.

Contacts:

Known as 'the Skipper' to most of his colleagues, Paul can readily rely upon them for assistance in a pinch - unless it is to the CIA's benefit to disavow him, of course. Paul could also consider his friend Emmett, and ex-wife Colby Shaw reliable contacts as well.

Costume:

Paul wears a simple outfit while on the job. It includes a gray suit jacket under a pink collared shirt, a black tie, gray trousers, and black leather shoes. When working outside, he sometimes adds a brown leather trench coat as well.

Personality:

Paul is a man who was trying to do right by his friends and country, even picking up where his dead friend Emmett's work left off for a time. The death of his ex-wife shattered his belief in a rational world however, and now Paul simply doesn't care what happens to himself or others.

Real Name: Paul Crawforst
Occupation: CIA operative
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: divorced
Alias(es), if any: Skip
Group Affiliation: the Central Intelligence Agency

Height: 5' 10"
Hair: white
Eyes: blue
Weight: 175 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Paul has lost his legs and eyes in the wake of Rodstvow's assault on the CIA headquarters. He's also a heavy pipe smoker.

Story:

Most of the background of the man known to his fellow agents as the Skipper has yet to be revealed. It is known that he was formerly married to the charity worker Colby Shaw, who ran a network of homes for runaways around the country known as the Sanctuary.

It's also known that Paul was good friends with Emmett Proudhawk, which is why it fell onto him to investigate his fellow CIA operative when he'd gone 'rogue'. You see, Emmett's task was to seek out potential psychics for the government, as a counterpart to similar Soviet work.

Someone sold Emmett's work out right around the time of the White Event however, and when kids on that list started disappearing, Emmett took it upon himself to protect them from the results of his 'Psi-Force' work having been sold to various corporate and military powers.

Of course, Paul's superiors didn't totally trust him, and followed up on most of his work. This ultimately didn't matter though, for Emmett was killed by a psionic KGB operative of vast power in San Francisco - after collecting five of the teens on his list.

Though his fellow CIA operatives wanted to take them into custody, they formed the mighty Psi-Hawk, a sort of amalgamation of their psionic essences, and it handily trounced the CIA goons before them. It then wiped the memories of everyone else present... save for Paul.

And his ex-wife, Colby, who had taken the kids in at Emmett's request.

Paul wanted to do right by the memory of his old friend Emmett, and tried to help out his paranormal charges to some extent. He did so when Tyrone journeyed to Washington DC looking for information about Emmett in general, thinking he'd 'pushed' them into traveling to San Francisco.

He may have also had something to do with Derek Shiningstar leaving them alone for several months, as he was censured after his third attack on them. This all changed after the Psi-Force demolished a genetics firm in Denver, Colorado - at this point, the CIA took an active interest.

Since Derek was out of action, Paul was placed in charge of hiring the Medusa Web, a group of paranormal paramilitary goons, to ultimately capture the teens. They operated with 'kid gloves' at first, but when the Sanctuary was destroyed - with Colby in it - Paul changed.

He had the Web catch them in an 'all or nothing' gambit that saw three of them nabbed. Before he could do anything about the Psi-Force members he'd had captured, they ultimately escaped from government custody - and the government never got their hands on 'em again.

This was because Rodstvow subsequently attacked the CIA headquarters, possibly in an attempt to draw out the Psi-Force youths. Paul was having an argument with Derek at the time, who was killed almost immediately by Rodstvow after pulling a gun on the insane paranormal.

While Paul wasn't killed in this assault, he was horribly mutilated, and is now blind and legless.

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