Hu Qiang sighed… locked out again. Sure, he could get around it – but it would be nice if his parents would remember to leave the door open for him!
Oh well, it was time to use his little trick.
It took a few moments of focusing on his concentration-amulet – a minor tool for students that helped them keep their minds on their studies – before he could reach through the door to open the lock from the inside.
It was such a simple trick that it was odd that no one else seemed to be able to learn it.
His talents grew as he did – and made it awfully easy for him to find things out. He’d seen quite enough detective movies to know how handy the ability to become incorporeal and invisible was – especially since he could still affect the physical world a bit while insubstantial. Quite a lot of heroes had done impressive things with only one of those powers!
Private detective work was a natural fit – and his tenacity served him well in it.
“Wraith Sword” possesses three basic abilities – desolidification, invisibility, and the power to affect the material world while incorporeal (a talent that he usually focuses through a psychically-attuned sword). Overall he can be quite annoying if you lack the ability to affect insubstantial characters – but if you can, or if you have mental powers, he’s pretty easy to take out. Fortunately for him, Combat is not his real focus.
|8||Elemental Control: Phantom Powers (16-pt reserve); Focus (Amulet): Obvious Accessible, -1|
|a-22||Desolidification; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Focus (Amulet): Obvious Accessible, -1||0|
|b-8||Modified Characteristic: STR; Affects Solid: +2; Reduced END: Zero, +½; Focus (Amulet): Obvious Accessible, -1|
|c-10||Invisibility (Hearing, Sight); Reduced END: Half, +¼; Focus (Amulet): Obvious Accessible, -1||1|
|6||+6 CP to All Attributes Blessing; Modifications to Primary Attributes do not affect secondary attributes. Aid to Defenses has half effect per standard rules.|
|(6)||1d6 Aid (All attributes) (Fade/turn, Max. 6); Range: 0; Affects: All Powers of Special Effect, +2; Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1; Always On: -½; Personal Only: -1; Increases maximums only, does not speed healing: -1; Aid to Defenses is halved per the standard rules. Aid to primary attributes does not affect secondary ones.||0|
|6||1d6 30-Point Equipment Allowance Aid (Fade/month, Max. 30); Range: 0; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Extra Time: 1 hour, -2½; Only activates in armories, labs, or between outings: -1½; Personal Only: -1; Difficult to Dispel: ×4, +½; Increased END: ×10, -4; This allows a character to haul along 60 CP worth of customized gear.||20|
|Points||Skills, Talents, Perks||Roll|
|15||+5 level w/With Swords|
|2||Private Investigator License|
|27||Total Skills, Talents, Perks|
|15||Phantom Blade; OAF (Sword): -1|
|(2)||Fast Strike (OCV +2, DCV +0, 8½d6); OAF (Sword): -1|
|(2)||Nerve Strike (OCV -1, DCV +1, 4d6 NND); OAF (Sword): -1|
|(1)||Martial Throw (OCV +0, DCV +1, 6½d6+v/5); OAF (Sword): -1|
|(2)||Killing Strike (OCV -2, DCV +0, 2d6 HKA); OAF (Sword): -1|
|(8)||+4 DC for Martial Attacks; OAF (Sword): -1|
|5||Tailored Kevlar Armor (4 PD/4 ED) ; IIF (Kevlar Underweave): -¼; Generic Limitation (Conventional Technology): -1|
|5||10″ Cloak of Levitation / Gliding (NC: 20″) ; Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 30; OAF: -1|
|3||High-End Smartphone (0kg)|
|2||Rune of Changing / Instant Change ; Clothes: One Set, 5; Charges: 3, -¾; Recoverable Charges (Must recharge for half an hour between changes): -2 lev; Focus (Wristband): Inobvious Accessible, -½|
|5||Dependent NPC: Partner Donna Hall (a more conventional detective). (Slightly Less Powerful, 11-); Skills: Useful, -5|
|5||Reputation: Mysterious Detective (8-)|
|15||Overconfidence (Very Common, Moderate)|
|15||Won’t give up on a case (Common, Strong)|
|20||Code Against Killing (Common, Total)|
|6||6||4||0||10/4||9/4||3, 6, 9, 12|
Height: 155cm (5’1″), Weight: 51kg (112 lbs), Sex: Male, Age: 32, Race: Human