Eric Chin, in a strictly physical sense, is a normal human. Intellectually, however, he is quite exceptional. While he didn't get around to developing his own MAX device like his fellow Troubleshooters, Eric nonetheless aided them in the programming of their technology.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Computers 2: while Terry knew a thing or two about programming, Eric was truly the computer expert of the group. He's been hacking and repurposing computer hardware and software since he was a child, and may add a +2 CS to any related Reason FEAT rolls.
Engineering: Eric, like the rest of the Troubleshooters, was an engineering student in Jenny Swensen's MIT course. As such, he can add +1 CS to all FEAT rolls required of him when attempting to build anything, whether mechanical or otherwise.
Student: an MIT collegiate, Eric was still learning his final Talents. This thus reduces the final Karma cost of any other talents he attempts to learn while in school to 800 points, which is a very generous discount, indeed!
As one of the five Troubleshooters, Eric could readily rely upon his fellow engineering students for aid in a pinch, since they had all gone adventuring together for a while. And naturally, Eric could consider his teacher, Jenny Swensen, a contact as well.
None. Eric Chin wasn't a superhero, didn't fancy himself one, and didn't even develop a MAX device / application like his fellow Troubleshooters did. Thus, he didn't wear anything remotely fantastic, whether active or passive in nature, while going on adventures.
A smart and reserved soul, Eric goes out of the way to help his friends. He didn't quite trust Doctor Swensen's miraculous MAX technology, much less the effects it seemed to have on his Troubleshooter friends, so he never bothered to make one of his own.
Real Name: Eric Chin
Legal Status: American citizen with a criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Troubleshooters (defunct)
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
As a youth, Eric Chin was fascinated with computers. He played with them constantly as a child, and learned how they ticked at a very early age. However, his fascination for computers turned to computer hacking, as he learned how easy (and fun!) it is to break into other people's machines to learn their dark secrets. Most impressive with a Commodore 64, to be sure.
Eric got really good at it, though, and decided he wanted to try breaking into real places as well; of course, this didn't go as well as his online hijinks, and he got caught. Luckily for him, however, Eric didn't go to jail due to his age, and was able to resume a normal, crime-free life from then on until his college days, when he became a part of MIT's Troubleshooters.
An odd duck of a clique, the Troubleshooters were a gaggle of techno-geeks and other high tech wannabees, who happened to be at the absolute top of their classes at MIT. A hard working student himself, Eric couldn't help but get sucked into the eddies of mirth and mayhem that surrounded the Troubleshooters and their bizarre technological pranks on campus.
As a Troubleshooter, Eric found himself eventually helping one of the team's favorite instructors, Professor Jenny Swensen, to break into Krotze International. Her father worked there until his mysterious death, and Jenny needed to get proof that the company killed him on purpose. Liking the idea of the challenge, the five Troubleshooters helped her get in.
Once there, the team discovered something else altogether: Doctor Karl Swensen's Mark 2 MAX armor suit. Knowing why it was hidden, Jenny then stole it and the mobile laboratory it was built in, taking the Troubleshooters with her into the back woods of Boston. While there, the Troubleshooters began to break down the MAX technology to see how it worked.
Once they understood how it functioned, the Troubleshooters started producing practical applications of the heuristic breakthroughs of the late Doctor Swensen - well, all but Eric. Unlike his fellows, Eric wasn't sure that this was such a good idea, and as such, he never built himself up a high tech MAX toy. And this, in the end, saved his life from the anger of Steel Hawk.
This assassin, in the employ of the Club, was working to destroy Jenny Swensen. The Troubleshooters, trying to get her out of jail, went to his place looking for proof of his involvement in the murder he'd framed her for, on a lark. Of course, at the man's place, they also found evidence that the man was out to kill the visiting English Prime Minister, and set out to stop this dastardly deed!
The Troubleshooters succeeded at this, but gained Steel Hawk's enmity, and the villain tracked the college students down and smacked them silly, killing Andy and maiming Ferris. However, having lacked any actual high tech toys, Eric managed to avoid Steel Hawk's vengeance. Though he wasn't affected by the carnage, Eric was at ground zero when it happened, so he rode with Tim to the hospital.
Eric's further activities have yet to be chronicled.
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