The creature known as Xous Potestates physically resembles a human being, but he is not remotely human. Ten thousand years ago, Xous Potestates was placed in hypersleep and left to slumber, programmed to be awakened in only a few centuries. But the machinery malfunctioned and Xous slumbered long after he should have. He outlived his civilization, but his body, however well protected in the hypersleep chamber, still withered and broke down over the millennia. The ancient machines were restarted accidentally by a Covenant expedition. The machines, damaged by the passage of time, worked to awaken its charges. Xous was the only one able to be revived, and the medical machines had to borrow material from the Covenant explorers to put him back together.
Xous came back to himself completely disoriented, in a new body, surrounded by the ruins of his world and invaders from beyond the stars. He reacted violently. When the wreckage settled, he was once again the last thing alive on the planet, and more than a little mad. But he had a starship – the vehicle the Covenant expedition used to come to his world – and a burning desire to continue revenging himself against these invaders. He garbed himself in the ancient armor of his people, modified for his new shape, and took to the stars. He is recruiting an army and a fleet to attack the Covenant and wipe out this scourge called humanity.
Abilities: STR: 44 (+17) DEX: 18 (+4) CON: 44 (+17) INT: 26 (+8) WIS: 22 (+6) CHR: 18 (+4)
Skills: Computers 8 (+16)
Concentration 4 (+10)
Diplomacy 4 (+8)
Intimidate 8 (+12)
Knowledge: Physical Science 4 (+12)
Knowledge: Tactics 4 (+12)
Knowledge: Technology 8 (+16)
Navigate 4 (+12)
Notice 8 (+14)
Pilot 4 (+8)
Sense Motive 4 (+10)
Feats: All-Out Attack
Improved Critical 2 [Strike]
Improved Initiative 1
Powers: Gravity Control 15 [STR: 75, Force: 409.6 tons, Damaging; Environmental Adaptation (High Grav), Environmental Adaptation (Low Grav)]
- AP: Deflect 15 [All Ranged Attacks]
- AP: Time Control 6 [+24 Initiative, Quickness 6, Speed 6 (500 mph, 440 ft./rnd)]
- AP: Time Stop 7 [Radius 35 ft., Slow]
Flight 8 [2500 mph, 22000 ft./rnd]
Immunity 11 [Critical Hits, Life Support]
Impervious Toughness 10
Super-Senses 8 [Infravision, Radar, X-Ray Vision]
Device 7 “Staff of the Seraphan” [Easy to Lose; Only He Can Use]
Blast 15 [Incurable, Increase Range 1 (3750 ft.), Split Attack 1]
- AP: (Strength Bonus) Strike 10 [Autofire 1, Penetrating]
- AP: Nullify 15 [All Powers, Range (Touch)]
Saves: Toughness +17, Fortitude +18, Reflex +8, Will +12
Description: Xous Potestates stands nearly seven feet tall, roughly humanoid in shape, with deep purple skin, crystalline eyes, and ropy growths that line his chest and limbs. He is immensely strong and durable, legacy of his alien nature, although not as powerful as he once was in his original shape. The humanoid form limits him to some extent, although Xous still possesses his native mastery of the fundamental force of gravity. He can increase or decrease gravity in his immediate area, allowing him to lift enormous weights or crush objects from afar. He can also manipulate gravity fields to protect himself from attacks, or create such extreme gravity that even time can slow down.
Xous garbs himself in a suit of modified battle armor, decorated with the iconography of angelic beings from his native mythology. The suit protects him from environmental extremes, including the void of space, and is further reinforced with grav tech to provide protection and flight capabilities. A sensor package increases his access to the visual spectrum.
Xous carries a five foot long staff of black metal with a head that bleeds magenta energy. The staff can unleash a devastating blast of burning energy or be used as a close combat weapon, which Xous wields with blinding efficiency. The energy from the staff can also shut down another being’s extranormal abilities if Xous can connect with the being physically.
Under the Hood
In my earliest conception, and surviving in the file name for the image, I had this guy pegged as some kind of admiral. This was based largely off the ships in the background behind him. But as I bounced that idea around in my head, he started to look too much like Mars. So I went a different way with him, starting him out as an alien, but now he's trapped in a humanoid body that he hates and he's out to destroy the Covenant. Someone who can control one of the fundamental forces of the universe stands a good chance of succeeding, especially considering how much Covenant technology itself depends on manipulating gravity.