Thomas Boyd: Syphon

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Thomas is a paranormal, a sort of altered human who gained his powers during the White Event, an astronomical incident that set his world forever apart from our more conventional timeline. His powers are psionic in nature, and particularly aggressive.

Known Powers:

Natural Psionics (Metapsi Powers):

Adrenal Vampirism (a): Thomas can use this power to 'leech' energy away from others, if he can pass a successful Melee attack roll against them. If so, he can drain away their Brawn and Fortitude trait points with rank value 50 ability.

In other words, he can take up to 50 points from these traits from a target, and plug them back into his own traits. His Brawn cannot be raised higher than 40 in this manner, nor can his Fortitude be increased beyond rank value 50

This boost lasts for 1d10 turns, at which point Boyd will lose 1 RS from both enhanced ranks, until they revert to their natural states. Boyd's Health total is affected by the variable trait values, and should be recalculated each turn there is a change, to reflect this.

Oddly enough, Thomas has learned how to channel his power through a metal medium, and can thus use a garrote to increase his range with this power to one sector (if he can hit the target with it, of course). He prefers hand-to-hand combat, but will fall back on this if necessary.

Limitations / Enhancements:



Thomas Boyd carries a large variety of survival gear with him on missions for the Medusa Web. Several guns, knives, and other mundane things to back him up, in the event that he needs it. However, he tends to use a garrote the most (he carries two of these).


Action Addict: Thomas Boyd is violently inclined, to say the least, and tends to get antsy if he doesn't smash somebody up for a long period of time. If left to his own devices for a while, Thomas must pass a Willpower ACT at -2 RS to keep his cool.

Missing Part / Right Eye: in final battle with Rodstvow, Thomas lost his right eye. This has affected him by inflicting a -2 RS penalty on any vision-based ACTs, as he lacks depth perception, and is still a bit unaccustomed to working with only the one eye.


Computers: after he hooked up with the Medusa Web, Thomas was given special computer training. He attempts Intellect ACT rolls when handling computers at +1 RS, whether he's operating, repairing or even programming such devices.

Espionage: during his time with the CIA's Derek Shiningstar, Thomas was trained in various espionage techniques. He's good at noticing the fine details, reading between the lines, operating spy equipment, and detecting whether or not he's being followed.

Guns: his Medusa Web training has, in addition to the knife usage, gained Thomas the ability to effectively use any guns in battle; as long as it has a trigger, he can pull it with some competence. He fires most conventional firearms at a +1 RS to his Coordination trait.

Languages / English and Russian: During his time in Russia, Thomas learned how to communicate with his captors. It's possible that Thomas has mastered additional tongues as a part of his Medusa Web work, but these (if any) have yet to be revealed.

Martial Arts styles A, B and E: Thomas has been trained to fight by various organizations. He gains a +1 initiative modifier and +1 RS to hit in unarmed melee, and can Pound or Concuss a foe regardless of his comparative Brawn or Fortitude scores.

Military / US: after he was drafted, Thomas was forced to go through basic training by the US government. As such, he can easily decipher military plans, lead and coordinate troops, and has an inherent understanding of military protocols.

Skill / Garrote: Boyd has trained in the use of the garrote, since he learned that can channel his power through metal. This greatly improves his power's effective range, and he can hit a foe with one of these weapons as though his Melee was +1 RS in value.

Skill / Knives: Boyd has also been trained in the use of knives by his former CIA sponsor. He can use these weapons almost as well as he can a garrote, namely receiving a +1 RS to all Melee ACT rolls he attempts related to blade use.

Tactics: Thomas Boyd has learned various methods of attack planning through his long history, and has the benefit of a +1 RS on all ACTs pertaining to a battle that he can reasonably plan for - assuming everyone involved actually sticks to the plan.


As a member of Psi-Force, Thomas can probably rely on any team member for whatever help he could need. The Medusa Web should also be considered a reliable contact, as they went to great lengths to recruit the Psi-Force, and would not like to lose them.


While active with Psi-Force, Thomas usually didn't wear a specific uniform to speak of, but has considered such designs in the past. His 'ideal' combat look includes a pair of black pants, a black leather jacket with stylized red hawk head on front, and gray gloves.


Thomas Boyd has always been troubled. First, thanks to his odd childhood, and then due to the loss of the only person he ever loved, Anastasia Inyushin, who died to save his live. Cold and detached, he's started to come around thanks to Johnny Do, his sort-of adopted kid.

Real Name: Thomas Fitzpatrick Boyd
Occupation: vigilante, former student, former CIA operative, former US Army Private First Class (AWOL)
Legal Status: US citizen wanted by most authorities
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Stalker
Group Affiliation: Psi-Force, the Medusa Web

Height: 6' 1"
Hair: red
Eyes: blue
Weight: 175 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: missing his right eye (wears a patch)


Thomas Boyd never felt at home anywhere. He was shipped off to boarding school at an early age, apparently after accidentally killing his sister in a freak accident. He eventually got used to having nobody, and got on with is life, excelling in normal school - and one other area.

Boyd always scored high on ESP tests, though he didn't know why. He eventually figured this out during the White Event, when he manifested his power of adrenal vampirism. Shortly afterward, he was collected by Derek Shiningstar, to become a CIA operative.

This dirty agent was the man that sold out Emmett Proudhawk's list of psionic youths to the KGB and various other organizations. He intended to make Boyd a premiere assassin, and made sure he was trained well in what he was about to start doing.

Boyd started calling himself Stalker, and became quite good at espionage operations. He was eventually sent to capture or neutralize Psi-Force, a bunch of other youths on the list that he was led to believe were bad people trained by a rogue CIA agent.

He fought them twice, but failed to kill them each time. During the second battle, he learned two things: his boss was using him, and he could also form the Psi-Hawk entity with the other psionic youths. He couldn't initiate it, but could contribute to its power, at least.

On the run, Boyd eventually hooked up with Psi-Force, though Michael Crawley left the group at the same time because of this. While with the group, he fell in love with Anastasia Inyushin (and vice versa) and the two remained a couple from then on.

Eventually, Psi-Force's Sanctuary was destroyed by the Soviet paranormal known as Rodstvow, and the team was split up. Boyd fled the mad Russian with Anastasia and Kathy Ling, though they were eventually captured by the Medusa Web for the US government.

Led to believe the others were dead, Boyd remained in the Army (thanks to their paranormal Draft) until he was rescued by Network, Voyager, and their new pal Overtime, who told them the others weren't dead at all. He left the Army with them, and went to save the rest of their team.

After the rescue, the team was gunned down by Army soldiers. Anastasia knew the group would die without her help, and healed the others at the cost of her own life. This destroyed Boyd, who became totally cold and careless about his own existence.

He was very angry, however. He gleefully joined the others in forming the Psi-Hawk to destroy Rodstvow, who was also in Washington DC at the time. This failed however, and the Psi-Hawk was apparently wiped out by the Russian paranormal.

The group awoke in the Siberian Project, brought there by the Russian. Boyd simply began to get back in shape, though he eventually discovered Dehman Doosha (Russian for the Demon Within). The boy was autistic, and Boyd decided it was because of his poor treatment by the Project.

Thomas actually made progress with the child, until the group was broken out by the Medusa Web, and both they, Psi-Force, and Red Sun (a Russian paranormal group) banded together with Justice to slay Rodstvow once and for all.

This huge battle cost Boyd, as his eye was put out during the fight. He recovered, though, and eventually joined the Medusa Web with the rest of Psi-Force. He even began to recover from the emotional scars left by Anastasia's death, thanks to the help of his 'son', Johnny Do.

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