Like the other members of the Build Team, Heavy Load is an Autobot: an electromechanical entity from Cybertron, one that strives to prevent Decepticon dominion of the universe. This alien may also be from another time period, making him doubly out of place on earth.
Cybertronian Physique: like his fellow Autobots, Heavy Load is a robotic entity of Cybertronian design and origin. As such, this graceful warrior has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. His very body gives Heavy Load these super-human powers:
* Body Armor (s): made (or formed) from primarily metallic materials, Heavy Load is considerably durable. His sturdy, inorganic composition affords Heavy Load intensity 8 (+2) protection from attack, enough to make him strongly resistant to most basic human assaults.
* Growth (a): Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Heavy Load, for instance, nominally stands at about eighteen feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at intensity 4 as a general matter of course.
As such, this martial artist possesses a +4 size factor. This grants him a +4 bonus to the damage he inflicts on normal sized foes, while theirs suffers a -4 against him. Conversely, he suffers a -4 penalty to strike standard sized enemies in the first place, while they gain a +4 to hit him.
* Microscopic + Telescopic Vision (w): all Transformers can alter their visual sensitivity where distance is concerned. Functioning at intensity 2, these powers let Heavy Load see objects up to a mile distant with ease, and allow him to read items on microfiche.
* Radio Transceiver (i): as are most all Transformers, Heavy Load is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other Cybertronian within a wide radius of his person, having intensity 7 range (100 miles).
* Resistance / Invulnerability to Disease and Poison (s): as an inorganic life form, Heavy Load possesses complete immunity to poisons and organic diseases. He also possesses intensity 30 (+7) resistance to more chemically creative forms of disease.
Chomper Bucket (s): in his humanoid mode, Heavy Load's 'cargo' area is reborn as a giant, deadly claw mechanism. He can use this devastating weapon to grapple or inflict slashing damage as per a +4 weapon - making it highly effective against even the largest of foes.
Corporeal Gestalt (a): a member of the Autobot Build Team, Heavy Load can merge with his fellows to form the mighty Landfill. This intensity 15 power allows him to join with Wedge in one of three possible configurations - serving as either of Landfill's legs or both his arms.
Headlights (i): to better emulate earthen vehicles, most automotive Transformers on earth are equipped with a set of convenient headlights. These twin lamps can be used by Heavy Load to generate intensity 8 illumination, making driving at night no problem.
Shape Change (a): whenever he desires, Heavy Load can transform between his humanoid and dump truck mode, and often does so quickly for tactical purposes. This power is voice-activated, however ('Heavy Load, Transform!'). Heavy Load has intensity 3 speed in his dump truck mode.
Super Digging (a): Heavy Load can use this power either by himself or in tandem with the rest of the Build Team. If tunneling solo, Heavy Load may do so at intensity 1 speeds, but if all four members of the Build Team work together, they can dig through the earth with intensity 2 skill.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Boxing (s): highly skilled in the fine art of personal combat, Heavy Load has mastered various martial techniques. Skilled in quick strikes, he may divide his pre-card play action score between two unarmed melee attacks, the second of which occurs as a contingent action.
Engineering (i): as are the other members of the Build Team, Heavy Load is a competent engineer, able to build any item or structure he needs to, thanks to his advanced Cybertronian knowledge. He can resolve actions required while building something at a reduced difficulty level.
Martial Arts (a): in addition to his skill with boxing, Heavy Load is well-versed in the martial arts proper. He can reduce the difficulty of any card play called for when making unarmed attacks, dodging incoming assaults, and even catching thrown weaponry!
Skill / Chomper Bucket (s): supplementing his extensive martial arts talents, this skill describes Heavy Load's prowess with his one and only personal weapon. When using his chomper bucket to grapple or dismember a foe, Heavy Load may do so at a reduced difficulty level.
As a member of the Build Team, Heavy Load is naturally able to call upon his fellows for assistance at any time - though it's more likely that he will be helping them in a pinch. Furthermore, being an Autobot means that he can count on that large group of warriors for help when necessary.
Mentor: while he's a competent combatant in his own right, Heavy Load prefers to function as a teacher, passing his considerable knowledge along to others. This is why he hooked up with the Autobots in the first place, not to mention the Build Team - Wedge needs a LOT of mentoring.
In his vehicular configuration, Heavy Load appears to be a simple, mundane dump truck - a yellow dump truck, at that. However, when he transforms into his humanoid mode, Heavy Load appears to be a large, yellow and silver robot built from various bits and pieces of a dump truck.
Loyal to a fault, the cheerful Heavy Load has devoted himself to Wedge's service. He acts as the young Autobot's personal assistant, and would lay down his life for Wedge if necessary. He also sees himself as a mentor of sorts, and tries to teach his charge everything he knows.
Real Name: Heavy Load
Occupation: Autobot architect, warrior
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron with no known criminal record on earth
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none
Group Affiliation: the Autobots, the Build Team
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Heavy Load is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily yellow in color, with bits of silver in places, regardless of his current configuration.
Details about Heavy Load's origins are murky at best, but it is known that some time ago he befriended fellow Autobot, Wedge. Though incredibly young, this Cybertronian architect was possessed of inexhaustible energy and drive, and Heavy Load thought him destined for greatness.
Heavy Load thus devoted himself to Wedge's cause, and has become his personal assistant in all matters. He is instructing the youthful Autobot in the martial arts, hoping to make him a master like himself; of course, Heavy Load tends to be Wedge's voice of reason more often than not.
At any rate, when Wedge came to earth at Optimus Prime's request, Heavy Load was right behind him in the transport, and has helped in his mission to wire up the planet with space bridge technology, technology that allows the Autobots to drive virtually anywhere in mere minutes.
Wedge eventually wished to join the various battles the other Autobots on earth were fighting however, and hoping to keep him out of harm's way, Heavy Load and the rest of the Build Team naturally accompanied him into the fray. However, their first fight on earth was a bit... messy.
Though Wedge wound up in more trouble than he could handle, Heavy Load managed to trick the Predacons and Decepticons menacing him into removing themselves from of the picture. After this, he and the rest of the Build Team have repeatedly foiled Megatron's sinister plots.
Of course, the war between the Autobots and Megatron's flunkies was eventually won, and the Autobots were no longer needed on earth. Thus it fell to the Build Team to dismantle the Autobot technology scattered about the earth, so humans don't use it to advance themselves too quickly.
So Heavy Load and company may be around for quite a while, yet.
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