Cabal: The Producer

The Producer (Zvolf)

Story: Gary Stewart’s tricks started out by merely exploiting the pocketbooks of his television audience. But now The Producer works for the Cabal now, no longer limited to merely bilking parents with overpriced merchandise. A natural-born genius only held back by his own his own erratic personality, Stewart applied his intellect to media. He developed mathematical principles of mental manipulation – at first just descriptors to help him create really obnoxious cartoon shows, but later advanced to minor hypnotic suggestion (Buy Now! Use the Deceptive Financing Terms!) Stewart quickly made a fortune, although he was too emotionally unstable to keep it.

He came to the attention of The Cabal after a brief crime spree following the cancellation of his last television production, as his personality flaws began to outweigh his profitability. Instead of smashing up the offices or going on a killing rampage, however, Stewart altered the officially-recorded ratings of the studio’s programs while sabotaging their financial systems. The effect was subtle at first, but cost the station many millions in revenue as news of the studios’s declining viewership went public alongside its hemorraging accounting system.

As it turned out, the Cabal owned that studio and was definitely not amused. However, his ability to conceal his electronic traces couldn’t stop the Cabal from noting that a mad genius with a grudge was the obvious source of the trouble. But in displaying that much talent, along with a healthy disregard for decency and the law, Stewart attracted considerable respect and interest instead of hatred. Gary Stewart immediately accepted their new employment offer, particularly as the alternative was “suicide” at the hands of Cabal agents, and became The Producer. He’s never looked back. His extreme skiills quickly earned him promotion to head of information security. As it turned out, the Cabal had long suspected he was weaving subliminal messages into his programming, and encouraged him to develop his theories even further.

The Producer now shores up the Cabal’s security by implanting loyalty in its soldiers and workers, as well as reprogramming the memories of anyone who discovers too much. While he can’t manage permanent control or total mental alteration, his abilities are quite enough to erase or implant memories, as well as inserting triggered actions. Further, his understanding of communications technology makes him responsible for much of the Cabal’s digital security as well. His ability to conceal almost all electronic and digital signatures make him the ultimate communications manager. Better yet, he’s an effective spy, with a full suite of abilities for watching everything he wants, and pulling apart the data afterward. While not a leader of the Cabal, the Producer is definitely one its most convenient, and very-well prized, servants. He’s given every courtesy and trusted to know many secrets, although frequently he learns more than his superiors desire. His Paranoid and Prankster traits put a considerable strain on his profesional relationships, as it were, but not nearly enough to discard him. The Cabal certainly notes that both make it easier to dismiss him as a madman should he ever be caught.

Height: 200cm (6’7″), Weight: 80kg (176 lbs), Sex: Male, Age: 32, Race: Caucasian (American)

Appearance: Tall but extremely thin, the producer has a very ungainly loo, as if a someone animated a scarecrow. His eyes and dart in all direcitons, while he constantly fidgets.

Value Characteristic Points
8 STR -2
12 DEX 6
12 CON 4
13 BODY 6
19 INT 9
17 EGO 14
14 PRE 4
8 COM -1
2 PD 0
2 ED 0
2.2 SPD 0
4 REC 0
24 END 0
23 STUN 0
Total 40
Points Powers END
29 10d6 Mind Control: Reprogramming Unit; Communication: Verbal, +0; Extra Time: 1 day, -3½; Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1; Variable Advantage (Can make effect

triggered or delayed, etc.): Max. Advantage ¼, +1¼; OAF: -1; The Producer’s Mind Control is limited to subtle effects and is very slow to work. He usually needs his victims to watch multiple episodes

of his special productions, but that’s enough to implant hypnotic suggestions. His Mind Control is also visual, not actually Verbal, but has similar limitations compared to Telepathic.

0
27 Invisibility (Radio Listen/Transmit); Side Effects: 30/Half, -½; Always On: -½; Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1; Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use,

+½; Usable by Others Number: 2, +¼; The Producer is effectively invisible to electronic tracking. His accounts can’t be found, he leaves no traces from staying in a hotel, and can transmit electronic

messages without leaving a digital trail. On the downside, he has to spend a good long time creating false identities to use. Having destroyed his digital signature completely, he also can’t turn it back on.

Anyone trying trace him digitally would need extensive work to link usual system errors and blank spots in time logs of system scattered across half the internet.

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4 Advanced Military Electronics Package; Computer: Int 13, Dex 0, Spd 1 (-27 Points Base).
(1) Elemental Control: Electronics (3-pt reserve); All abilities Conventional Technology (-1)
a-3 Radio Listen and Transmit; Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use, +½; Invisible (Scrambled: Detectable, but untranslatable.): One Sense Group, +½
b-2 Infrared Vision; Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use, +½
c-3 Telescopic Vision (Sight, +4 to PER); Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use, +½
d-2 Flash Defense (Sight, 5 pts); Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use, +½
e-2 Flash Defense (Hearing, 5 pts); Usable By Others: Simultaneous Use, +½
f-2 Detect Health of User (+1 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Touch, +0
g-2 Enhanced Perception (all) (+2 to PER); Usable By Others: Power Lost, +¼
h-3 Eidetic Memory; Always On (Memory is either perfect or utterly gone): -½
i-2 Basic Computer Functions
(1) Absolute Time Sense
(1) Inertial Locator/Bump of Direction
(1) Lightning Calculator
j-2 Detect Environmental Hazards (+1 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Touch, +0; Detects Chemical Weapons, High Radiation, Etc.
k-4 GPS/Heads-Up Map Display: Navigation; Usable By Others: Power Lost, +¼ 14-
l-7 +3 level w/Rangefinder/Targeting System: Ranged Combat; Usable By Others: Power Lost, +¼; OCV Only: -½
m-4 2d6 Aid: Programs/Databases (Fade/week, Max. 12); Range: 0; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Extra Time: 1 min., -1½; Activation: 11-, -1; Must have

program available to load: -2; This allows the user to load maps (area knowledge), mission information, and so on. All of it should be Usable By Others/Power Lost, so you can load a total of 10 points worth

of information.

3
(3) Programs; 1) Monitor instruments and transmit information to user and command systems
2) Place call for emergency assistance if serious health issues are detected.3) Refuse to activate without proper identification of authorized user.-The first two programs normally run continiously after boot-up. The third runs at boot-up but shuts down once satisfied.
(1) English (Basic Conv.); Literacy: Standard, 0
(4) Easy Interface: Computer Programming; Usable By Others: Power Lost, +¼ 13-
17 Multipower: Camcorder (35-pt reserve); OAF: -1
u-6 6d6 Energy Blast; Range: 225; Versus: ED; Penetrating: +½; OAF: -1 4
u-8 5d6 Flash (Normal Sight); Range: 250; OAF: -1 5
u-18 Clairsentience (Normal Sight); See: Present, +0; Dimensions: Current, +0; Range: 100,000″; OAF: -1 7
u-18 Clairsentience (Hearing); See: Present, +0; Dimensions: Current, +0; Range: 100,000″; OAF: -1 7
u-3 N-Ray Vision; Transdimensional: Any Dimension, +1; OAF: -1
u-3 Enhanced Perception (all) (+13 to PER); OAF: -1
133 Total Powers  
Points Skills, Talents, Perks Roll
10 Money (Wealthy)
12 +4 level w/3 Related Skills: Cryptography, Electronics, and Computer Science
22 Total Skills, Talents, Perks  
100+ Disadvantages
20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
20 Paranoid (Very Common, Strong)
15 Overconfidence (Very Common, Moderate)
15 Villain Bonus
10 Prankster (Common, Moderate)
15 Secret Identity
95 Total Disadvantages
COSTS: Char. Powers Total Total Disadv. Base
40 + 155 = 195 195 = 95 + 100
OCV DCV ECV Mental Def. PD/rPD ED/rED Phases
4 4 6 0 2/0 2/0 6, 12
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2 Responses

  1. Bound to annoy any superteam that isn’t smart enough to consider the social side of things.

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