Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 25 STR 15 14- Lift 800 kg; 5d6 HTH Damage  21 DEX 33 13- OCV: 7/DCV: 7 24 CON 28 14- 16 BODY 12 12- 15 INT 5 12- PER Roll 16- 15 EGO 10 12- ECV: 5 20 PRE 10 13- PRE Attack: 4d6 4 COM -3 10- 8 PD 3 Total: 8 PD (8 rPD) 8 ED 3 Total: 8 ED (8 rED) 4 SPD 9 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 10 REC 0 48 END 0 41 STUN 0 Total Characteristics Cost: 125 Movement: Running: 6"/12" Leaping: 0" Swimming: 2"/4" Cost Powers & Skills 20 Rad Burn: HKA 3d6; No STR Bonus (-1/2), Only Works On Living Beings (-1/2), No Knockback (-1/4), END 4 35 Filled With Radiation: RKA 1/2d6, Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (Side Effect only affects the environment near the character; irradiates environment; +0), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Damage Shield (Offensive; +3/4), NND (defense is Life Support [Safe Environment: High Radiation]; +1), Does BODY (+1), Continuous (+1); Only Works On Living Beings (-1/2) 88 Virtually Intangible: Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 75%; No Effect On Lead-Based Attacks (-1/2) plus Energy Damage Reduction, Resistant, 75%; No Effect On Chi-Based Attacks (-1/4) 5 Undead Form: Damage Resistance (8 PD/8 ED); Not Versus Lead-Based Attacks (-1/2) 15 Undead Form: Does Not Bleed 10 Undead Form: No Hit Locations 76 Intangible And Invisible: Desolidification (affected by lead or chi-based attacks) plus Invisibility to Sight Group , No Fringe, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); Linked (Desolidification; -1/4), END 4 6 Undead Senses: +4 PER with all Sense Groups; Only To Perceive Images Created By Means Other Than Necromancy (-1) 17 Sense Life: Detect Life 16-/12- (Unusual Group), Range, Sense 27 Nuclear Shade Senses: Spatial Awareness (Unusual Group), Range 47 Undead Form: LS (Immunity All terrestrial poisons and chemical warfare agents; Immunity: All terrestrial diseases and biowarfare agents; Longevity: Immortal; Safe in High Pressure; Safe in High Radiation; Safe in Intense Cold; Safe in Intense Heat; Safe in Low Pressure/Vacuum; Self-Contained Breathing; Sleeping: Character does not sleep) Skills 10 +2 with HTH Combat Total Powers & Skill Cost: 356 Total Cost: 481 75+ Disadvantages 5 Distinctive Features: highly radioactive (Not Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable Only By Technology Or Major Effort) 0 Physical Limitation: Human Size 5 Physical Limitation: Reduced Leap, cannot leap (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing) 20 Psychological Limitation: Hungers For the Flesh Of The Living (Very Common, Strong) 376 Experience Points Total Disadvantage Points: 481
Ecology: When a nuclear weapon detonates it doesn’t totally consume all of its human victims in atomic fire. A portion—a small portion—of each person’s soul remains behind. And thus a nuclear shade is born.
Nuclear shades tend to haunt the area where their human body died, often gathering in great packs to seek and flesh (in any form) to feed on. Immune to the passage of time, they can denude an area of all life before eventually moving on to fresh hunting ground. The bulk of nuclear shades are found in Japan, although some are known to exist in China, Russia, and the USA.
Personality/Motivation: Although of human intelligence (and even able to speak, albeit haltingly), a nuclear shade’s needs are fairly basic—feed. They seek flesh, normally human, but animal will do if that’s all there is, and will use their Rad Burn ability to virtually melt if off the bones of their victims.
Powers/Tactics: A nuclear shade tends to remain invisible (and thus virtually intangible), until it closes in a potential victim. Once within range, the shade will become solid, Grab its target, and then give it a “kiss” with its Rad Burn power. At the same time, it’s radioactive form will irradiate both the victim and surrounding area, sickening anyone the Rad Burn doesn’t kill out right. Once the target is dead, the sated shade will turn invisible and start to search for a new victim.
Appearance: A nuclear shade is a roughly human-sized and human-shaped cloud of vapor. The cloud is lit from within and glows in dim conditions. The form fades to nothingness at the extremities, while the eyes are bright points of golden light, while the mouth is a black hole. Although capable of vanishing from sight, nuclear shades are easily detectable via Geiger Counters.
Designer's Notes: The Nuclear Shade appears in the Feng Shui supplement Blowing Up Hong Kong. I derived many of the secondary powers from various undead in Monsters, Minions, and Marauders, while the radiation powers themselves are built based off of ideas seen in the UNTIL Superpowers Database.
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