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Like many of the crime fighters of his era, young Dennis Burton is a normal human, lacking special powers of any variety - whether they be physically inborn, knowledge based, or even housed within fantastic equipment. Dennis can compete with criminals, however, in that he's quite the fighter, and even handier with his twin .45 pistols than he is with his fists!

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.45 Pistols: his signature weapons, Dennis always carries his pieces with him - even if he's doing legal work as the district attorney! He may fire these deadly implements to inflict rank value 6 Piercing damage in a single shot, raised by +1 RS if used in a semi-automatic mode. However, Dennis can also fire both weapons simultaneously, raising his damage +1 RS (whether firing singly or semi-auto).

Laughing Mask: while operating as the Laughing Mask, Dennis carries several of these masks. In addition to protecting his identity, these smiling masks glow with a weak phosphorescence, which gives them the ability to shed rank value 2 light. While not readily visible under normal lighting conditions, they stand out quite conspicuously when Dennis cuts the light in a given space.


Unattractive: Dennis is a generally unpleasant person to be around. He seems to hold himself together well enough in his secret identity, but his brash sadism comes to the fore when fighting evildoers. Ugly in both body and mind, Dennis tends to put others off, and as a result he tends to suffer a -2 RS penalty to his Repute trait where these shortcomings matter in interpersonal reactions.


Chemistry: to better investigate crimes in his jurisdiction, Dennis maintains a secret laboratory full of equipment that allows him to make proper use of this skill. Whether he studied chemistry in school or boned up on it as an aside to his vigilante work, Dennis knows everything there is to know about conventional chemistry, and can make associated Intellect ACTs at a +1 RS.

Guns: though he can fight competently even while unarmed, Dennis is a demon with a gun in hand - or as is most often the case, two. He can fire any standard, semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle or pistol, or even irregular firearms such as a shotgun or a dragon, as if his Coordination was +1 RS higher than is listed above - and he's pretty darn agile, when you get down to it.

Law: as a young, assistant district attorney working in a major metropolitan area rife with crime and corruption, Dennis knows the law like the back of his hand. While he himself is not legally allowed the power to make arrests, Dennis can wield the law like a weapon in court. He may add a +1 RS to any ACT roll regarding knowledge of the law, whether academically or in practice.

Martial Arts style B: on top of his ability to fill his foes full of lead, Dennis is more than competent in the use of his very body as a weapon. Whenever he's engaged in unarmed combat, Dennis may strike as if his Melee trait was +1 RS in value. While he usually prefers two-fisted action (if not striking with the butts of his guns), Dennis can also kick, knee, and even bite with equal ability.

Quick Draw: making him incredibly deadly with a gun whether or not it's currently in hand, Dennis has the ability to draw and fire with almost blinding speed. He is allowed a +1 initiative bonus when handling firearms in battle, and may attempt a multiple attack ACT roll when doing so as if his Melee value was +1 RS higher than the already impressive value listed above.

Two Guns: a style he's evolved all on his own, Dennis excels in the use of two-handed gunplay. What this means is that he can fire both of his .45s without penalty in a single turn, regardless of whether or not he attempts a multiple attack ACT. He may wield both attacks either separately or as a burst attack, the latter of which is a singular assault which will inflict +1 RS damage.


There are few people that Dennis can rely upon for aid. A murderous vigilante, the police would like nothing more than to bring Dennis into custody, should they learn of his various public personas. While the authorities and some heroes might not like him, Dennis has assisted numerous people in the past, relieving them of organized crime burdens, and could conceivably draw help from them in a pinch.


Dennis began his vigilantism as the Laughing Mask, and wore a distinctive uniform while inflicting death upon evildoers. It consisted of a red T-shirt, red trousers, an oversized golden lifting belt, boots of either red or golden hue (it varies), and twin holsters to house his dual hand cannons. This, of course, held no candle to his trademark, golden laughing mask, which glows ever so slightly.

When he instead began to operate as Purple Mask for a time, perhaps because things had become too hot for his original heroic identity, Dennis instead wore a much darker ensemble! It included stretch fabric pants, a stretch fabric shirt, and trunks of navy blue hue, navy blue boots with purple trim, a large purple belt, purple leather gloves, and his namesake purple mask, with an arrow emblem on the forehead.


While he means well in his effort to carry on the Burton family tradition of dispensing law to the lawless, Dennis goes to severe extremes in doing so. Having no qualms about putting criminals down in the most painful fashion possible, and in fact enjoying the act of doing so, Dennis is kind of an ugly man - though he hides his dark side while working as an assistant district attorney. Somehow.

Real Name: Dennis Burton
Occupation: district attorney, vigilante
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: the Purple Mask
Group Affiliation: none

Height: 5' 10"
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
Weight: 170 lbs.
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none


The latest in a long line of Burton men, Dennis followed in the family footsteps and decided he wanted to enforce the law. Instead of being a policeman, however, Dennis studied law in school, and became a lawyer. Quickly finding his way into public service, Dennis became an assistant district attorney due to his deft handling of the law, and had a career that was taking him places.

But Dennis felt that the wheels of Justice moved too slowly. Using knowledge gained as the assistant district attorney, Dennis leapt into action as the Laughing Mask, a frightening vigilante who put his prey down hard... and permanently. Armed with twin .45 pistols, he usually killed all but one of his evildoing targets, forcing a confession from him or her before handing them over to proper authorities.

On one such outing, Dennis came into conflict with Lester Deeks, a businessman who was sabotaging various passenger trains to force the rail yard into insolvency, and thus making it easy for him to purchase. Though he killed many men, women and children, Deeks felt no remorse for his actions, and thus Dennis had no problem murdering the man outright, not to mention most of the hired thugs who did Deeks' dirty work.

For a while, Dennis continued this activity, putting down countless gangsters, bad businessmen, and even a corrupt politician or two. But it became harder and harder for Dennis to elude the police whose work he felt he was doing in the first place, so he eventually adopted a second vigilante identity for a time. Now going by the name of the Purple Mask, Dennis could continue his work with less hassle.

As the Purple Mask, Dennis helped out Frederick Swaberts, a millionaire heir beset by criminals under the command of Renard, a corrupt official in charge of public records. Once Renard's goons found the millions of dollars stashed in Swaberts' inherited home, Dennis killed the thugs invading the joint, even throwing one in a moat of acid! Naturally, he forced a confession out of Renard before subsequently escaping.

Dennis next leapt into action after witnessing a brazen bank robbery first hand. Tailing its perpetrators to their hideout, he invaded the joint as the Purple Mask, only to be knocked out with a chair from behind. Recovering, Dennis harried the bank robbers until he could pick them off one at a time, and at last apprehending the thieves, he handed them over to the police - along with all the bank's purloined cash!

Though this is the extent of Dennis' published accounts of extreme violence against evildoers, it is known that he continued his crusade against crime both before and during the Second World War. And while he maintained his Purple Mask identity for a time, Dennis did revert to his Laughing Mask persona eventually. His reasons for doing this, of course, are known only to himself.

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