Doc Savage – A Marvel Hero

It should come to no surprise of anyone that I am a huge fan of Doc Savage. My dad traveled a lot for his job when I was young so he would pick up books to read on his long trips. As a kid I would read the books he left behind. This meant I read a lot of stuff that I wasn’t ready for (Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko and Liege Killer by Christopher Hinz come to mind) but it also introduced me to fantasy and pulp fiction at a young age. Specifically dad brought home a number of Doc Savage omnibus collections and I was hooked.

One of the things that’s been troubling me about Marvel Heroic is that characters are all defined by their superhuman powers and abilities. Those powers and abilities can come from a variety of sources but at the end of the day, they are still powers. I’ve wanted to write a character who wasn’t superhuman for a long time. In many ways, that character’s “superpower” is to be really good at a lot of different skills. Doc Savage is pretty much the epitome of such a character. Many of the ideas on this datafile have been kicking around my head for a while. I’m really happy with how it came out. Let me know what you think.

Dr. Clark “Doc” Savage, Jr.

Affiliation
Solo D8 Buddy D6 Team D10

Distinctions
Man of Bronze
Learned Perfection
Scientist-Adventurer

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
Rapid-Firer D6
SFX: Human Paragon. When a dice pool includes a Master specialty, you may add another specialty to the pool at Expert level.
SFX: Unpredictable. When spending PP to create a stunt, you may split the stunt into 2d at -1 step.
SFX: Tremendous Resources. When spending PP to create resources, step up the resource by +1 step.
SFX: Specialty Ammo. Step up or double Rapid-Firer when inflicting sleep or fire complications. Step up the effect die on a success.
Limit: Impossible Standards. Earn 1 PP and step up emotional stress by +1 when caused by guilt over your failures.
Limit: Gear. Shutdown Rapid-Firer and all tech-based resources and gain 1 PP. Take an action vs. doom pool to recover.

Specialties
Acrobatic Expert, Business Master, Combat Master, Covert Expert, Crime Master, Medical Master, Psych Expert, Science Master, Tech Master, Vehicle Expert

About PK Sullivan

PK Sullivan is a game designer and writer living in Chicago.
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One Response to Doc Savage – A Marvel Hero

  1. But he can’t keep his shirts from being torn apart!

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