Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 25 STR 20 14- Lift 800 kg; 5d6 HTH Damage  13 DEX 9 12- OCV: 4/DCV: 4 20 CON 20 13- 15 BODY 10 12- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 11- 13 EGO 6 12- ECV: 4 20 PRE 10 13- PRE Attack: 4d6 10 COM 0 11- 8 PD 3 Total: 8 PD (0 rPD) 6 ED 2 Total: 6 ED (0 rED) 3 SPD 7 Phases: 4, 8, 12 9 REC 0 40 END 0 38 STUN 0 Total Characteristic Cost: 87 Movement: Running: 6"/12" Leaping: 5"/10" Swimming: 2"/4" Cost Powers & Skills 2 "Gave A Mighty Shove": +5 STR; Only To Lift (-1), Increased Endurance Cost (x2 END; -1/2), END 2 12 "Huge Right Hand": HA +4d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2), Extra Time (Full Phase, -1/2), Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (-5 DCV; -1/2) Perks 3 "You Didn't Give No Lip To Big John.": Reputation: Not A Man To Be Trifled With (MineWorkers And Other Townsfolk) 14-, +3/+3d6 Skills 10 "Sent A Louisiana Fella To The Promise Land": +2 with HTH Combat 2 CK: New Orleans 11- 3 Climbing 12- 7 "Grabbed A Sagging Timber": Hoist 13- 0 Language: English (idiomatic; literate) 2 PS: Coal Miner 11- 2 TF: Common Motorized Ground Vehicles 1 WF: Axes, Maces, Hammers, and Picks 44 Total Powers & Skills Cost 131 Total Character Cost 75+ Disadvantages 15 Distinctive Features: "A Giant Of A Man" (Not Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses) 0 Normal Characteristic Maxima 20 Psychological Limitation: Quiet And Shy (Very Common, Strong) 10 Reputation: "sent a Louisiana fella to the promise land", 14- (Miners and Townsfolk) 10 Social Limitation: "Nobody seemed to know where John called home" (unknown past is subject to rumors and speculation) (Frequently, Minor) 1 Experience 131 Total Disadvantage Points
Description: Big "Bad" John stands six foot six inches and weighs 245 pounds, none of it fat or flab. He just drifted into town one day and took a job in the coal mine, saying little to anyone and keeping mostly to himself. No one knows where he comes from, although there has been speculation—the most popular of which having him come up out of New Orleans after killing a man in a fist fight over a woman. This story, coupled with his size, made John a man others gave a wide berth too and respectful (albeit fearful) treatment.
John met his end when the mine collapsed. He held up a cracking support timber long enough for 20 men to escape, but before they could return with jacks and more support timbers, John's strength gave away and the mine fully collapsed.
Big John is found in the song Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean. He's another Dark Champions/Pulp Hero character who's origin makes him suitable for a wide range of settings. His origin and background is open-ended and GMs could fill it in with a wide range of options. He could come from New Orleans (as I have done here) and he could be Hunted by the police for the murder of a man in the Big Easy. Coming out of New Orleans he could be a longshoreman or a fisherman, or could have been involved in more shady occupations.
(Big Bad John created by Jimmy Dean, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)
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