Cecil Mortlake, Scientific Detective!
Power Level: 8
; Power Points Spent: 120/120
+0 (10), DEX:
+1 (12), CON:
+0 (10), INT:
+6 (2), WIS:
+5 (20), CHA:
+8/+0 (without Vest), Fort
: +5, Ref:
Computers 4 (+10), Concentration 6 (+11), Craft: Chemical 8 (+14), Craft: Electronic 8 (+14), Craft: Mechanical 8 (+14), Diplomacy 4 (+4), Disable Device 10 (+16), Gather Information 8 (+8), Investigate 10 (+16), Knowledge: Behavioral Science 8 (+14), Knowledge: Civics 4 (+10), Knowledge: Earth Science 8 (+14), Knowledge: History 6 (+12), Knowledge: Life Sciences 6 (+12), Knowledge: Physical Sciences 8 (+14), Knowledge: Technology 10 (+16), Language 4, Notice 8 (+13), Ride 4 (+5), Search 8 (+14), Sense Motive 8 (+13)
Dodge Focus 4, Eidetic Memory, Equipment 1, Improvised Tools, Inventor, Quick Draw, Skill Mastery (Knowledge: Physical Sciences, Craft: Electronic, Craft: Mechanical, Disable Device)
The Mind of a Scientific Detective!
(Quickness 4 - Flaw: Limited to Mental Tasks)
(Device 4, Easy to Lose)
Blast 8 (Feat: Accurate)
AP - Dazzle 8 (Visual, Feat: Accurate)
AP - Paralyze 5 (Feats: Reversible, Accurate; Extras: Range, Alt-Save [Fort])
AP - Stun 5 (Feats: Sedation, Accurate; Extra: Range)
(Device 2, Hard to Lose)
Force Field 8
Smart Phone (Camera / Cellphone / Computer / Video Camera / Flashlight),
+6 (+8 with Lighting Pistol Blast)
Lighting Pistol Blaster Setting (Blast 8): +8 to hit, DC 18 Toughness Save
Lightning Pistol Dazzler Setting (Dazzle 8): +6 to hit, DC 16 Reflex Save (Fort Save for recovery)
Lightning Pistol Paralyzer Setting (Paralyze 5): +6 to hit, DC 16 Fort Save
Lightning Pistol Stun Setting (Stun 5): +6 to hit, DC 15 Fort Save
+8 (Flat-footed: +2), Knockback: -8
English (Native), French, German, Russian, and Latin
: Abilities 24 + Skills 37 (148 ranks) + Feats 10 + Powers 16 + Combat 20 + Saves 13 + Drawbacks 0 = 120
- Cryosleep Side Effects: Cecil was on ice for 115 years. That he’s alive at all is a miracle. There were a number of complications. His hair isn’t growing back (he once took pride in his stylish locks and mustache) and he looks pale white, but more seriously he sometimes deals with dangerous side effects. These can arise without warning - coughing fits, headaches, muscle spasms, etc.
- Man Out of Time: Cecil spent a few years catching up before he went back in the field, but he’s still wildly out of his comfort zone. Catching up on technology was easy enough (though he still has hardly had the chance to read every scientific journal he missed), but the social and political changes are a whole ‘nother thing. He thought of himself as forward-thinking for his time. And he was! But sometimes his lack of knowledge shows. Especially with pop culture.
- Motivation - Justice: Ultimately, it’s why Cecil became a detective. “Science advances. Crime has always been the same.”
(as of Jan 2019): Chronologically 153, appears & mostly physically 38
None, formerly black
The second son of the wealthy Mortlake family, Cecil was born in 1866 in the United Kingdom. He was a bookworm, and obsessed with the latest developments in the sciences, a real believer in scientific progress and the hope that it might lead to social progress as well. But he also came to know that human nature is fallible, and a technology only as good as its user. In this era of rapid societal and technological development, there was a spate of crimes and offenses committed via novel, never-before-seen means.
Thus, he turned his wealth towards financing his career as the first Scientific-Detective! He was a minor celebrity helping Scotland Yard deal with strange machinery and unusual chemicals. Mortlake was also a contemporary (and acquaintance) of the likes of H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw, and developed a strong social conscience, and took on many cases pro bono to help out those who could not turn to anyone else, perhaps especially the law, for help.
In 1901, not long after the death of Queen Victoria, during an investigation into several missing persons, Cecil found that a mad scientist had been attempting early cryogenic storage efforts, to try and freeze and restore organs. While struggling with the mad scientist, Mortlake was himself sealed in one of the cryopods, and left buried.
Mortlake spent more than a century frozen, until 2016 when Carla Perkins was on a “business trip” to London. Carla stumbled across the long-abandoned lab while following up on potential lead for Dr. Chromium (which turned out to be a bust - different mad scientist, looking for inspiration/resources). This included the frozen Mortlake. He was (mostly) successfully thawed out, and aided Carla in closing the case. Left with nowhere else to go - the Mortlake family had died out over the World Wars, and Mortlake Manor had become a decrepit ruin - Cecil accompanied Carla back to New York. There, he worked for a few years doing various forms of research, occasionally as a sort of paralegal for NPC, to start catching up on the science and technology of the modern age, and more slowly catching up on the social and cultural changes.
Then came the Eternity War, the Dusting, and the Endgame. Cecil was somewhere in the background of one of the crowd shots, firing his lightning pistol at alien warriors. After the Dusted returned, he felt a need to become more active, taking a position as a junior associate. After all, Cecil is all-too-aware of how it feels to discover one has lost time, with the world moving right out from under your feet.