Though he is the American Avenger, Don Caldwell is but a normal human - physically speaking, at least. He has no mystic knowledge, genetic aberrations, or even immortal beings stalking his family tree, but nonetheless has an itch to defend freedom everywhere!
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Lariat (s): Don has almost supernatural mastery over the lariat, which he can use to grapple or entangle all manner of things, from guns (in a body's hand), to people, to even large animals. This length of rope is of material strength 8.
Brawling (s): Don's quite the scrapper, having no powers or advanced technology to fall back on. In essence, this skill allows him to inflict bloody damage while unarmed, and if he pummels a foe to zero Health (or cards), that foe won't be getting up any time soon.
Animal Handling (w): Don's a natural horseman. He can use this skill to ride a horse with ease, and can also perform various tricks and stunts on the beast while doing so. He controls a horse with his Agility, as if it were any other vehicle (if alive).
Languages / English and Spanish (i): while born an American, Don spent several years in college as an Argentinian exchange student. He can speak both English and Spanish as if they were his native tongues, using both without telltale accents or grammatical errors.
Skill / Lariat (s): while he can use any whip competently, Don's true skills shine forth in the use of a lariat. He can use one to lasso objects with an average difficulty Strength (Agility) action, or people with an average difficulty Strength (Strength) action.
Don Caldwell never interacted with other heroes from the 1940s - according to his one published account, at any rate. However, most folks can see that he is a proponent of freedom, and may very well be willing to help him out if he should need aid in his battles.
Idealist: Don has embraced his new, super-heroic lifestyle with an almost youthful exuberance, fighting the good fight to stamp out any evil that threatens his adopted home - going so far as to follow such evil around the world to end it, if it acted in his homeland.
While acting in his role as the American Avenger, Don wears red boots, loose-fitting blue pants, a white, loose-fitting shirt, a long and thick red scarf around his neck, and a sort of black half-mask (covers his hair and eyes, but not anything else).
Don Caldwell, the American Avenger, is quite a heroic guy. At the mere prompting of an old man, he dons a costume and uses it to fight crime. He truly cherishes freedom and liberty, and that probably shines through in everything he says and does.
Real Name: Don Caldwell
Legal Status: American, and possibly also an Argentinian citizen with no criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: El Gaucho
Group Affiliation: none
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Caldwell wears a pencil-thin moustache.
In his youth, Don Caldwell traveled from America to Buenos Aires as an exchange student. Upon his arrival, he embraced the culture of his new, temporary home, learning all he could about the locals, their traditions, and of course their many sports and mysterious legends.
During this time, he learned how to ride horses, to wield a lariat with impressive skill, and tended to unload his problems by talking to the local statue of El Gaucho, a hero of the nation from times past. As with all good things, however, Don's time in Argentina grew to a close.
As he prepared to leave, Don said goodbye to the statue of El Gaucho, at which point he was approached by a mysterious old man, one who claimed that his grandfather fought with El Gaucho himself. Claiming to have the hero's actual costume, he then offered to show it to Don.
Once Don was in the old man's home, he was presented that ancient hero's costume, and told it was perfectly okay to try it on. Admiring him in the suit once Don put it on, the oldster then proclaimed that yes, Don Caldwell could be no other than the reincarnation of El Gaucho himself!
Thinking it would be an honor to save the nation he'd come to love, Don accepted this strange mantle, and indeed declared himself El Gaucho! Soon after, the statue of his predecessor disappeared mysteriously in the night, and people began to talk about the return of their hero.
In his first heroic endeavor, Don encountered a mad beast terrorizing several locals. Reining it in and saving its would be victims, Don discovered that the beast was no mere monster, but a man in a beast costume! And worse yet, he was some sort of German infiltrator!
Interrogating his captive, Don realized that Baron Girbel was behind this strangeness, and went to face him. Little did he know, however, that the man in the beast suit had an accomplice, one who had fled before Don and warned the Baron of El Gaucho's imminent arrival.
Trading blows with the Baron's men, Don found that the leader of this little enterprise had fled, ultimately to a ship kept at the ready. Thinking he should head to America, since these fiends threatened both his homeland and adopted nation, Dan boarded a ship headed to the States.
Baron Girbel attacked said ship under the cover of night in his own, his men quickly overtaking the surprised Americans. Before they could scuttle the ship, Don changed into El Gaucho again, and turned the tide of the fight. He then fled before the captain could ask any questions.
With Girbel and his cronies apprehended, Don then left the ship upon its arrival in New York City, feeling reinvigorated by the Spirit of Liberty!
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