the Phantom Reporter
Unlike a large number of his fellow crime fighters, Dick Jones - the Phantom Reporter - is naught but a normal human. He lacks special powers of any stripe, whether they be from physical mutations or high tech gear. Dick just fights crime with his wits and his fists when possible.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Semi-automatic Pistols (a): Dick carries two of these weapons with him while 'on the job' as the Phantom Reporter - you never know when some two-bit hood is going to open up on you. He can fire these weapons to inflict his Agility +4 damage, +5 if fired in a burst.
Artist / Writing (w): as a general matter of course, Dick prefers the written word when detailing the things he's found out via his journalistic work. He should make actions to write compelling works at one difficulty level lower than is usually required.
Boxing (s): former a collegiate boxer, Dick knows full well how to defend himself without weaponry. Whenever engaging in unarmed melee, Dick may divide his pre-cardplay action score between two such attacks, the last of which occurs as a contingent action.
Guns (a): in addition to his considerable hand to hand fighting abilities, Dick can also fire a gun with ease. Whether wielding a standard, semi-automatic or fully automatic rifle or pistol, Dick may do so at a reduced difficulty level.
Journalism (i): thanks to his newspaper work, has access to - and the skill to use - several sources of information. Furthermore, on a challenging difficulty action, he can find out anything remotely public about anyone or anything within a working day.
Sports / Football (a): an ex All-American fullback, Dick knows the ins and outs of football - whether playing or when writing about it for the paper. The man should receive a reduced difficulty on any football-related actions, whether playing or commenting on the sport.
Swords (s): a former fencing champion, Dick has the ability to wield a foil - and by extension, most other swords - with heightened ability. Whenever he takes a foil or other long blade into battle, he may use it at one difficulty level lower than normal.
Wrestling (s): a former wrestler, Dick is well-versed in the application of holds in combat. If he can pass a Strength (strength) action, he can apply a hold on a foe, and for each turn he can succeed in further such actions, he can keep inflicting the same damage.
As the Cub Reporter for the Daily Express, Dick can easily rely upon his city editor as a reliable contact, along with several other, additional contacts in either law enforcement or criminal circles (can be chosen as the adventure dictates).
Investigator: it probably goes without saying, but Dick loves to unravel a mystery - particularly one that others fail at handling. Whenever an unsolved crime comes to his attention, Dick is more than happy to look into it and bring the perpetrators to Justice!
While active as the Phantom Reporter, Dick has worn two separate costumes. The first was a blue three piece suit, with a large collared red cape, a red domino mask that glowed, black leather shoes, and a purple fedora with a black band.
His second uniform was just a bit different. It consists of a three piece purple suit, accented with a magenta tie, a black cape with a magenta interior and magenta collar, magenta gloves, a magenta domino mask, and a purple fedora with a magenta band.
Dick is a principled, idealistic sort, feeling a need to use his abilities to help the 'little guy' who can't help himself. As a reporter he's always digging into the fine details of a case, particularly if there's an unsolved crime involved that he thinks he can sort out.
Real Name: Dick Jones
Occupation: journalist, vigilante
Legal Status: citizen of the United States with no known criminal record
Marital Status: single
Alias(es), if any: Mr. Van Ergen
Group Affiliation: none
Weight: 180 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: none
Son of a World War I veteran, Dick Jones was raised to do the right thing - and to do it well. As such, he excelled in multiple sports while in college, and was an All-American fullback, not to mention an ex-collegiate boxing, wrestling, and fencing champion.
Of course, while his physical prowess was almost without peer, Dick didn't want to be a professional athlete. No, in his heart Dick wanted to be a journalist, and while his parents disagreed with his choice of career, they nonetheless supported him in it.
So, fresh out of college, Dick got a job at a New York newspaper. It was while Dick was getting his feet wet in his job that he had his first brush with the fantastic, which all started when an old family friend, Edmund Chancellor, contacted him about the death of another.
After Edmund gloated about the demise of Billy Sullivan, Dick was incensed enough to look into the matter, which led him to discover that Edmund's father, Oswald Chancellor, was deep in bed with the mob. Not that he could exactly prove it, of course.
Meeting Sullivan's widow, Dick ultimately found out that Oswald was after the legendary Philosopher's Stone, which one of his employees had apparently rediscovered. Knowing that Dick knew his secret, he sicced his mob thugs on the man. But then, something unexpected happened.
Donning a mask that two partygoers had given him earlier in the night, Dick felt empowered suddenly, supposing that this was how other costumed adventurers popping up of late felt. Instead of rolling over and dying, Dick fought off his attackers - and won quite handily!
Exulting in this new identity, feeling that he could use it to right wrongs that were beyond the reach of his typewriter, Dick began to fight crime as the Phantom Reporter! And he started by dealing with Oswald Chancellor first - who had been considerably enhanced by the Stone.
Dick next unleashed the Phantom Reporter when given the task of investigating a series of murders being committed on the East Side, murders that nobody seemed able to stop. Lurking on the streets one night, Dick discovered several thugs in the act and broke up their murder party.
Of course, Dick hit one thug so hard that he killed him! The next day, Dick found that his boss had been threatened by other thugs, and was told to lay off the case. Not one to back down so easily, Dick resumed looking for his quarry, though they roughed him up in the process.
Returning to their lair at midnight, Dick smashed this second crew up, and forced a mouthful of Nembutal ™ down one's throat. He thus learned that the police chief, the park commissioner, and the publishers of the Record and the News-Telegram are behind it all - for sensationalism!
Subsequently taking all of these conspirators down, Dick let his victims know how he'd drugged one of their cronies. Soon enough, though the police wouldn't arrest any of them, Dick's foes were implicated by said crony, who confessed while still under the effects of Dick's drugs.
With the case solved, Dick returned to his high school beat, though none of his further exploits have yet to be revealed.
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