Heroes of Freedom City
Small Hero, Big Heart
Name: Dr. Quark
Secret Identity: Dr. Derek Swift
Height 6’ 2" (as Dr. Swift) typically 3" in hero form, capable of any size down to atomic
Weight: 150 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde
Power Source: Science (Control of fundamental forces)
Power Level: 9; Power Points Spent: 151/153
STR: +0 (10), DEX: +0 (10), CON: +0 (10), INT: +6 (22), WIS: +0 (10), CHA: +0 (10)
Tough: 5, Fort: 10, Ref: 13, Will: 10
Skills: Acrobatics 7 (14), Diplomacy 8 (7), Knowledge (life sciences) 14 (19), Knowledge (technology) 4 (9), Notice 8 (24)
Feats: Benefit (Expert on biology of supers), Defensive Strike, Eidetic Memory, Elusive Target, Equipment 2, Evasion 2, Hide in Plain Sight, Improved Initiative 3, Quick Change
Anatomic Manipulation (Paralyze 6) (DC 16; Limited (Only when Shrinking))
Drain 6 (Alternate; drains: single trait, DC 16; Limited)
Healing 6 (Alternate; DC 16; Limited (Only when shrinking))
Strike 6 (Alternate; DC 21; Limited (Only when shrinking))
Suffocate 6 (Alternate; DC 16; Limited (Only when shrinking))
H.E.L.M. (Device 12) (Easy to lose; Disguised)
Force Field (Force Field 10) (10), Reflex 13), Will 10), Feats: Evasion 2, Quick Change)
Micronaut Life Support (Immunity 11) (critical hits, life support; Noticeable (Respirator Sound))
Team Communicator (Super-Senses 5) (communication link: Radio, darkvision, distance sense, time sense)
Microvision (Super-Senses 9) (analytical: Choose Sense, microscopic vision 4 (atom-size), x-ray vision)
Quantum Size (Shrinking 20) (quantum forces, -5 Toughness, -5 size categories, 1/16 movement speed; Normal Strength; Atomic Size)
Quantum Speed (Super-Speed 3) (Adds: Quickness 3, Speed 3, Feats: Improved Initiative 3; Limited (Only when Shrinking); Wall Run)
Quickness 3 (Perform routine tasks at 10x speed)
Speed 3 (Speed: 50 mph, 440 ft./rnd)
Swimming 9 (Alternate; Speed: 1000 mph, 8800 ft./rnd)
Equipment: Cell Phone, Headquarters
Attack Bonus: +12 (Ranged: +12, Melee: +12, Grapple: -20)
Attacks: Anatomic Manipulation (Paralyze 6), +12 (DC Staged/Will 16), Drain 6, +12 (DC Fort/Staged 16), Strike 6, +12 (DC 21), Suffocate 6, +12 (DC Fort 16), Unarmed Attack, +12 (DC 15)
Defense: +13 (Flat-footed: +7), Size: Medium/Miniscule, Knockback: +3
Totals: Abilities 12 + Skills 19 (76 ranks) + Feats 7 + Powers 110 + Combat 2 + Saves 1 + Drawbacks 0 = 151
Quark is infused with photonic and quantum energies due to his interactions with Beacon’s mystical light powers and his own gene altering serum. Quark can reduce his size from that of a normal human down to a size where he can interact with subatomic particles. Some unexplained aspect of Quark’s size manipulation also changes his interaction with space-time, making time seem to flow at a slower pace. To the rest of the world, Quark seems to be speaking, moving, and thinking at super speeds. Quark is also able to use his abilities to perform medical procedures, attacking bacteria at the sight, rebuilding tissues, or draining poisons from the patient’s system. His researching using his abilities to conduct gene therapy, which could eventually lead to the ability to suppress or enhance the abilities of others.
Dr. Derek Swift is one of the world’s foremost authorities on metahuman biology and a world class surgeon. His early work at University attracted the attention of Talos and The Foundry, who hired him and funded his research into genetic manipulation. Swift believed he was working to develop gene therapies to control dangerous mutations and powers granted through circumstance. He sought to return normal lives to villains like Gamma and to make incarcerating unrepentant super villains safer and more human, but the foundry was using his work to create weapons to suppress super abilities and sell them to the highest bidder. Swift developed a revolutionary gene therapy that could remove the abilities of a meta given time to study genetic material, and could also temporarily suppress the abilities of any meta who gained power from their physiology. Swift began to suspect the truth behind his employers and quickly developed a serum to counter the effects of the weapons the Foundry had developed based on his work. Not knowing what to do, he sought the help of Langston Albright who had been a guest lecturer at FCU Medical School, not realizing that Albright had been the hero Beacon. When Swift turned up in Albright’s office with such a firm resolve and wild story, Albright briefly thought that perhaps this was the one who was intended to succeed him and take control of the Beacon powers.
At the same time, Keres ordered Foundry agents to recover Swift, leading them to attack the Albright Institute to recover their asset. As the agents moved through the outer layers of Institute security, Albright granted Swift a small amount of his Beacon abilities as a test of his resolve. Swift struck out at the Foundry agents, but Swift was no fighter. He soon found himself stunned and losing consciousness. Dragging himself behind a pillar in the lobby of the Institute, he fumbled the vial of restorative serum from his jacket pocket and injected himself, believing he was killing himself but denying the serum to The Foundry. The serum, combined with the mystical energies of the Beacon, unlocked strange powers within Swift, allowing him to access sub-atomic energies.
Swift can now reduce his size to an atomic and even sub-atomic level. He has only begun to explore these abilities, but has already determined that he can use his abilities to be an amazingly accurate surgeon, and even to manually interact with the DNA of test subjects (plants, insects, mice). Swift has no particular aspirations to be a super hero, but is interested in helping the community. He fails to realize that the responsibilities that come with gifts like his will not allow him to stay at home and be support staff.
Swift has a 15 year old daughter named Aurora who lives in Freedom City with his ex-wife and is a star athlete at Roosevelt high. She is unaware of her father’s abilities, and Swift feels a fair amount of guilt for hiding these changes from his daughter. She is aware that he lost his job recently, and that he has been particularly unreliable of late. This has led to some tension in an otherwise peaceful relationship.
Swift will soon open a small medical practice on the first floor of his brownstone, gaining a number of dependent NPC’s as office staff. I imagine a tough as nails nurse who is a former military medic, a sharp tongued receptionist, and probably an attractive Doctor partner who he can have some romantic tension and someone to disappoint when he fails to show up because of his heroic activities. All of that is open to interpretation and alteration, or can be changed completely to fit the campaign. Maybe he takes a position somewhere that is useful to the campaign. In the basement of the clinic he will establish a parallel clinic that will treat metahuman patients for various reasons.