Stone-fleshed scientist whose heart burns for revenge
|Quotation||"You should not have interfered."|
|Real Name||Bernard Vulcan|
The only part of Vulcan's body not covered by his armor his is head. He is gaunt, with a square jaw, broad forehead, and close-cropped hair. His skin, eyes, and hair are normally all grey and rough, with an appearance not unlike granite, but the lasers in his suit's collar bathe his head in intense heat, making it glow like molten magma, and making the air around his head shimmer. His armor is rigid and bulky, having the appearance of a space suit or diving suit, with smooth areas around his limbs and torso, and pleated sections at the elbows, hips, and knees. Most of the armor is a deep red, almost black.
|Max Save DC||18|
|Attack||12 (Melee 12, Ranged 12) [Unarmed +18 (Bruise)]|
|Defense||6 (3 flat-footed)|
|Toughness||17 (17 flat-footed)|
|- Mechanical||2 (+9)|
|- Life Sciences||8 (+15)|
|- Physical Sciences||8 (+15)|
|PS: Scientist||8 (+13)|
|Diehard||Automatically stabilize when dying|
|Environmental Adaptation||Suffer no penalties from extreme heat|
|Inventor||Can create temporary devices|
|Master Plan||Bonus in situations when you have a chance to plan|
|Minions (4)||Five 30pp followers (Thug, p. 229)|
|20||Enhanced Strength 20|
|20||Enhanced Constitution 20|
|15||Immunity 15 (Life Support 9; Heat 5; Aging 1)|
|Heat Ray Gun (Device, easy to lose)|
|18||[a] Blast 18|
|12||[a] Blast 12; Cone, 120 ft long x 120 ft wide (extra +1)|
|12||[a] Blast 12; Line, 300 ft long x 5 ft wide (extra +1)|
|18||[a] Dazzle 18, Visual|
|12||[a] Dazzle 12, Visual; Cone, 120 ft long x 120 ft wide (extra +1)|
|Armor (Device, hard to lose)|
|10||Impervious Toughness 10|
|Disability: Dependent on armor [UC: DC 15] [Maj: DC 15]|
Abilities 54 + Skills 15 (60 ranks) + Feats 8 + Powers 87 + Combat 36 + Saves 12 â€“ Drawbacks -3 = 209 / 225
Bernard Vulcan was a biomedical engineer at Panco Medical Technologies, where his primary field of expertise was lasers. He was successful and reasonably happy with his daughter Elizabeth, whom he raised by himself after his wife died from complications during Elizabeth's birth. When Elizabeth was 14, she was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer of the brain stem. After consulting with every expert money could buy, Bernard was told that the available technology made surgery impossible, and Elizabeth's recovery unlikely. She would be dead within months. After that, Bernard focused every hour on research, trying to invent a new type of surgical tool which would enable doctors to operate on Elizabeth and save her life.
He created a laser so precise that it could vaporize individual cells, and a process which would crystallize human tissue so that the cells would be safely immobilized during the surgery. Unfortunately, while testing the crystallization process, he was interrupted by William Dees, CEO of Panco, who had terminated his research funding weeks weeks before. A struggle ensued, and Dees shoved Vulcan backward into a rack of equipment and volatile chemicals. The research facility was destroyed, and Vulcan's flesh was turned to stone. Later, he created an armored suit which bathed his stony flesh with enough heat to grant him near-normal mobility. Thus enabled, he began plotting his revenge.
Vulcan believes that he has lost everything that he loved, and that once made him human. He no longer values, or believes that he feels, such human emotions as pity, or regret, or compassion. In fact, he feels all of these things, but he suppresses these feelings as part of his mechanism for coping with the pain at the loss of his daughter. He will make a point of being merciless, and ruthlessly logical, as part of his emotional defenses against his pain.
Vulcan plans obsessively, analyzing each possible obstacle and formulating a counter to it. When faced with what he expected, he is efficient and precise in his response. When faced with the unexpected, he reacts by using the most direct means at his disposal: typically, his heat ray gun. He does not respond gracefully to the unexpected.