The Curse


Race: Human

Agility d6
Smarts d6
Spirit d8
Strength d6
Vigor d6

Charisma: 0/-2
Pace: 5+1d4”
Parry: 5
Toughness: 9 (1)

Edges:
  • AB: Superpowers (10 Points of Powers, Free)
  • Super Karma (+5 Points of Powers/1 Major Hindrance, Free)
  • Power Points (+5 Point of Powers)

Hindrances:
  • Deathwish (m)
  • Delusional (M; His Cancer speaks to him; it is the voice of God)
  • Obese (m)
  • Terminally Ill (M)

Skills:
Fighting d6 [d10], Guts d6, Stealth d6, Investigate d6, Intimidate d6, Knowledge: Religious Lore d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d8

Powers:
  • Decay, Midas Touch (1)
  • Fear, Scary (1)
  • Fearless (2)
  • Infection, Instant Death, Strong, Always On (6)
  • Jinx (2)
  • Paralysis, Extra Power (3)
  • Super Skill (1)
  • Undead (4)

Gear:
  • Duraweave Suit (Armor +1, Heavy Armor)
  • Stun Wand
  • Bible
  • About $250 in Cash

Background:
A former Preacher, Diego Mendoza's faith began to waver when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. But when Diego's flock also took ill with the same illness, he lost his faith entirely. Convinced that he was abandoned by the Divine, he wandered aimless through the City, not even realizing that he carried an incredibly virulent sickness inside him. He indulged himself in every vice of which he could conceive, mostly involving food and women, as Diego spread his illness in his wake.

Hundreds took ill over the next few months as a new and unexpected pandemic spread across the region. The sickness was characterized by cancerous growths that formed along the bones of the victim, eventually spreading to the muscle fibers and then the brain. First people would feel stiff and achy; then, they would feel sharp, stabbing pains every time they moved; after that, victims would lose all sense of pain as a muted euphoria swept over them; lastly, that euphoria would give way to absolute mania followed by convulsions and death.

Diego realized that he had this illness, and like so many others, checked himself into the already overtaxed hospitals. It was there, after ten hours of sitting in a hospital waiting room, a half dozen people dead and nearly a score more dying around him, that the Voice of God spoke to him. This sickness, this cancer, claimed the voice, was both a gift and a curse, for through it, humanity might be made ready to handle the travails of the future. Diego Mendoza was called, Chosen, to bear this curse as a Harbinger for the Angel of Death. He would not have long to spread the Divine Word, only long enough to clear the path to the future and help shepherd Humanity through a forthcoming trial.

It was then that Diego awoke to the sound of shouting doctors and panicked nurses. He saw his hand wrapped around the wrist of one such nurse, and watched as her flesh tightened and withered to his touch. He saw the machines plugged into his own flesh, all of them failing to register any sign of life or vitality – yet there he was, walking, imbued with the Divine spirit itself. A chorus of angels regaled him as he strode free from the hospital, and the Voice of God instructed him to prepare. It even told him where to find a mantel to protect him.

Let no one stand in his way; only through this Curse can humanity find its way through the darkness.