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.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Cape: as the Spirit of '76, William wore a brilliant red cape that happened to be bullet proof. It offered him rank value 6 protection from attacks from behind (of the physical sort, at any rate). He could also wrap it about his entire body, in a pinch, to stop whole hails of bullets.
Martial Arts styles A, B, and D: William studied Captain America's fighting style for a time, and eventually mastered these disciplines. He gains a +1 RS in unarmed melee attacks, can Pound or Concuss a target regardless of his comparative Brawn or Fortitude traits, and more!
William may also, after studying an opponent for two turns, find the weak points in their fighting style. This lets him inflict Pound or Concuss results even against heavily armored foes, and he need not actually inflict damage to produce said results with a melee attack.
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.
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.
William was an extremely patriotic young 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. He may not be the smartest fellow but his heart was definitely in the right place.
Real Name: William Naslund
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: 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.
Except maybe William. In fact, he continued fighting the good fight for years in Europe, doing so for the duration of World War II.
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