Gd -10 *
* Amongst humans, at least. Mn +75 among Predacons / Decepticons / Vehicons, Mn -75 among Autobots / Maximals.
Like his fellow Decepticons, Scourge is a primarily electromechanical entity from Cybertron. He differs from his fellows, however, in that he also has bits of Autobot, Predacon, and even human skulking around in his assembly, due to the weird fashion in which he came online.
Cybertronian Physique: Scourge is a Transformer, a robotic entity of Cybertronian design and origin. As such, this arrogant combatant has, by his very nature, the use of a large variety of abilities that reflect this. Scourge's very body gives him these super-human powers:
* Body Armor: like most Cybertronians, Scourge was formed with a reinforced steel frame, one that offers him Excellent (20) resistance to injury. This makes him immune to most basic human attack forms, and moderately resistant to his fellow robots. His defense breaks down as follows:
Ex 20 / Ty 6 / Fe 2 / Sh 0 / Sh 0
* Growth: Cybertronians come in all manner of sizes, few of which align with the human norm. Scourge, for instance, normally stands at around eighteen feet tall in his humanoid mode, which grants him this power at Typical (6) rank as a general matter of course.
As such, this powerful warrior possesses a +1 size factor. He thus suffers a -1 CS when targeting human-sized foes, but gains a +1 CS on any damage he inflicts against them, as well as 1 CS of damage reduction against any attacks they, in turn, launch against him.
* Microscopic / Telescopic Vision: all Transformers have the ability to alter their visual sensitivity where distance is concerned. Functioning at Feeble (2) rank, these powers let Scourge see objects up to a mile distant with ease, and allow him to read items on microfiche.
* Radio Transceiver: as are most Transformers on earth, Scourge is equipped with an audio / video transmission system. This communications rig allows him instant contact with any other nearby Cybertronians, having Excellent (20) range (100 miles).
* Resistance to Disease and Poison: as a primarily inorganic life form, Scourge possesses heightened, Unearthly (100) resistance to disease and poison. Due to his ever so slightly organic nature, however, Scourge is not completely immune to these hazards.
Barrage Attacks: though he has been reformatted into a somewhat different configuration, Scourge retains his devastating barrage attacks. He can fire missiles in either mode, his truck form holding the launcher on its bed and his robot form having it attached to his lower right arm.
These missiles have the following vehicular characteristics:
Am 50 Edged Attack (fragmentary)
Headlights: to better emulate earth vehicles (and since they come in handy in the dark), most automotive Transformers on earth are equipped with a set of headlights. These twin lamps generate Excellent (20) intensity illumination, making driving at night no problem.
Plasma Blaster: Scourge can either mount this weapon on his missile launcher or carry it in hand. It inflicts Monstrous (75) Armor Piercing Energy damage. Being plasma, this blast is primarily fire and heat, and carries an SD effect as well.
Shape Change: Scourge has the ability to shift his form between two different modes as he sees fit. His new vehicle mode is that of a heavily armed Kenworth truck, though it's somewhat smaller than his previous, gas tanker configuration. He's most powerful when transformed, however.
When he changes shape, Scourge's entire body transforms into a singular unit, a humanoid robot (as opposed to the 'split form' used previously). This power is voice-activated, however ('Scourge, Transform!'). When active as a truck, Scourge has these vehicular characteristics:
Unique Spark Powers: due to the curious nature of his rebirth on earth, Scourge developed several strange powers unique to his own Spark. You see, when his stasis pod scanned a likely donor for an earthen form, it got much more than anyone bargained for.
This is because Megatron, before he overwhelmed the pod with his Spark, had it scan a tanker truck full of rocket fuel. Furthermore, since Optimus Prime was trying to keep it and its human occupant from crashing, Scourge's pod scanned both Prime and the human as well.
As such, he can amplify the portion of his spark that contains Autobot energies (both his own and Optimus' copied power), as well as the bio-signature of human life forms, to fool sensors that can detect such (like those that Cerebros and Fortress Maximus utilize).
Scourge can do this with Unearthly (100) ability, fooling all but the most discerning of sensors that detect such things. Of course, fooling a human bio-scanner connected to a visual recognition program could be tricky, what with him being 18 foot tall, and primarily inorganic in makeup.
Limitations / Enhancements:
Sword of Fury: stored in a sub-space pocket while not in use, this powerful blade is Scourge's trademark. An artificial crystalline structure of either red or pink hue, depending, this weapon is of Class 1000 m.s., and is particularly devastating in Scourge's hands.
He can use it to inflict his Strength +1 CS in Edged Attack damage, but that's not all. When sufficiently angry, he seems capable of channeling energy into this blade, which enhances it with an Armor Piercing effect, thus allowing him to cleave most opponents with ease.
Advanced Guns: while he possesses incredible natural ability, Scourge has also augmented his aim with lots of combat training, both in the field and otherwise. As such, he can use most advanced projectile weapons (including those inherent to his form) at his Agility score +1 CS.
Leadership: thanks to his force of personality and his exceptional combat skill, directing others comes naturally to Scourge. Any group of fighters he leads into battle should receive a 100 point bonus to their Karma Pool if they possess one - as long as they follow his plans to the letter.
Skill / Sword: Scourge has considerable skill in the use of his Sword of Fury - and as a result, other long, sharp blades as well. He can strike with a sword as though his already considerable Fighting rank was +1 CS in rank, making it an exceedingly deadly weapon in his hands.
As the commander of the Destructicons, Scourge can naturally rely upon his subordinates for assistance should he need it. They readily do his bidding, both out of respect for and fear of his capabilities. He can possibly rely upon other, older Decepticon allies as well.
In his vehicle mode, Scourge resembles a black Kenworth truck with teal trim and, of course, a big missile launcher on the back. In his humanoid mode, though, Scourge appears to be a particularly menacing robot built from spare black tractor trailer parts, one with teal trim in places.
Cunning, dangerous and cruel, Scourge is also exceedingly ambitious. With the utter defeat of Megatron / Galvatron, Scourge has set out on his own, and is building an army of like-minded stooges that will toe the line while he places his unique stamp on the universe.
Real Name: Scourge
Occupation: Destructicon leader, former Decepticon warrior
Legal Status: citizen of Cybertron wanted on earth for various crimes against humanity
Marital Status: inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: none known
Group Affiliation: the Destructicons (Decepticon offshoot), former Decepticon, former Autobot
Height: 18' (approximately)
Weight: several tons
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Scourge is composed of a strong alien metal that is primarily black and teal in hue, regardless of his form.
Like many of Megatron's minions, Scourge has a very interesting background. Originally an Autobot, he was sent to earth approximately sixty years ago along with an indeterminate number of his fellows, directed to retrieve the mighty Fortress Maximus, who had been stashed there.
But something went wrong, and Scourge's craft crashed in the American west. Undisturbed for decades, the ship was ultimately uncovered during a scrap between later Autobot arrivals and their Predacon foes. Before Scourge and company could be revived, though, they were abducted.
Seized by Megatron, the stasis pods containing Scourge and his fellows was programmed to scan various vehicles, and then flooded with the energies of Megatron's own Spark. However, Megatron had a good feeling about Scourge, and scanned a tanker truck full of rocket fuel for him.
When the scanning beam was activated, it also took in details from Optimus Prime and a human female driving the truck, so Scourge wound up being a bit... special. In fact, Scourge has become pretty much unique amongst the Transformers for that very reason.
Now evil to the core, Scourge had these extras to draw upon when his own, revamped personality came online. This caused him to become amazingly ambitious, and Scourge quickly grew to chafe under Megatron's erratic rule. He thus began to plan his glorious leader's demise.
This was easier than one could imagine, thanks to the unwitting jealousy of Megatron's second in command, Sky-Byte. Whenever things would go wrong with Scourge's plans, he could blame Sky-Byte for the problem (and half the time, this wasn't all that much of a stretch).
Scourge eventually began to remember just why he'd been sent to earth, especially after an encounter with Fortress Maximus, and started putting his plans into high gear. He even gained control of Maximus on several occasions, though this control was fleeting for various reasons.
The last time Scourge managed this, he tried to use Maximus to destroy both Sky-Byte and Galvatron (an upgraded Megatron), but Maximus shrugged off his control at the last minute. Less than amused, Galvatron feasted upon Scourge's energy, and then set about reprogramming him.
Reducing him to the level of a Vehicon drone, Galvatron had once again reigned Scourge (and his fellow Decepticons) in, though the villain wasn't sure if his reprogramming was successful. As such, he arranged for Scourge and company to be destroyed in his final battle with the Autobots.
Luckily for Scourge, he survived the fiery, lava-filled doom arranged for him and the Autobots by Galvatron, and lived on to fight to the finish with the earth-bound Autobots over the fate of Fortress Maximus. Scourge and his compatriots were ultimately defeated, however.
Once they were beaten, the Autobots loaded up Galvatron's and all his other flunkies on earth (sans Sky-Byte, who slipped away in the confusion), and shipped them off within Fortress Maximus to a penal colony on an asteroid somewhere nearby the planet of Cybertron.
This was not the end of Scourge's tale, however. Refusing to accept defeat or anything other than his own, complete domination of the universe, Scourge has managed to break free of the Autobots' penal colony, and has started to form his very own, offshoot Decepticon army in the process.
This group consists of Bludgeon, a powerhouse that facilitated his escape, as well as Dreadwind and Smokejumper, an aerial deadly duo. Upon his release, Scourge had his body reformatted, and now works to forge his own place in the universe, as the leader of the Destructicons!
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