Five hundred cycles ago, the being called Saturn was a young colonist trying to build a life for himself and his new family on a world called Harmony. While plowing his field one summer, he uncovered an alien artifact, a square device marked with sigils analogous to those marking the Jump Gates. The farmer was excited, as the farm was struggling, and he believed he would be able to get a tidy sum for the artifact. However, when he touched it, the box opened up and somehow expanded, or pulled the farmer into it. The family alerted the authorities, and the alien box was removed to a secure location on Harmony, and from there to a planet further core-ward. The farmer’s family was well paid for their hardship and contribution to Covenant science, but they would never see the farmer again.
Three standard months later, after a battery of inconclusive tests, the box vomited forth the farmer. He was utterly transformed. Although he remembers his life as a colonist farmer, his emotional connection to those memories had been severed, as if they were a story told to him by someone else. A being of immense power, codenamed Saturn for the duration of the science team’s observation of him, the former farmer was slowly reindoctrinated into Covenant society. He forged a new identity for himself, taking the name Saturn for his own, and gradually, as fears of alien contamination subsided and hopes that he would be able to solve the mystery of the missing Ancients proved fruitless, Saturn was allowed to leave the custody of the scientists, earned a pass from the military, and was allowed to go back out into the universe.
With no direct connection to anyone living, Saturn made a conscious choice to make the Covenant itself his family. Every citizen of the galactic civilization would be his brother, his sister, his friend. So he has pledged himself to protect, serve, and assist anyone in need of his immense powers. For five hundred cycles he has been one of the greatest champions of the Covenant. He flies across the cosmos, going wherever he is needed.
Abilities: STR: 40 (+15) DEX: 10 (-) CON: 40 (+15) INT: 10 (-) WIS: 18 (+4) CHR: 14 (+2)
Skills: Diplomacy 8 (+10)
Gather Information 8 (+10)
Notice 8 (+12)
Sense Motive 4 (+8)
Feats: All-Out Attack
Attack Focus 2 [Melee]
Environmental Adaptation [Zero-G]
Ultimate Effort 1: Toughness Save
Powers: Immunity 10 [Aging, Life Support]
Impervious Toughness 12
Super-Senses 6 [Cosmic Awareness, Spatial Awareness]
Super-Strength 20 [Dynamic; Heavy Load 3.4m tons; Bracing, Countering Punch, Groundstrike, Shockwave, Super-Breath, Thunderclap]
- DAP: Disintegration 9
- DAP: Flight 20 [25000000 mph, 2.2e+008 ft./rnd]
- DAP: Super-Speed 9 [Improved Initiative 9, Rapid Attack, Quickness 9, Speed 9 (5000 mph, 44000 ft./rnd]
Combat: Attack +10 [Disintegration +9], Melee +12 [Unarmed +15], Defense +12, Init +0/+36
Saves: Toughness +15, Fortitude +15, Reflex +10, Will +12
Description: Saturn is humanoid, but his DNA has been completely rewritten. His flesh has been replaced with a reflective black substance that looks metallic, but is organic. Coils of light thread throughout his body, glowing different colors depending on his mood and which powers he is currently accessing (yellow for super-strength, green for disintegration, blue for flight, and red for super-speed; a blend of colors and hues when activating more than one ability). His head is helmet-like, but he can retract the front piece to reveal a semi-normal face beneath, with reflective black skin, harsh angles, and glowing eyes. Saturn can survive in a wide range of environments, including the cold emptiness of space, fly under his own power at nearly superluminal speeds, and can lift a starship with his bare hands. He can also boost his land speed and reaction time, or unleash a stream of bright green light from openings in his helmet-like head that can utterly obliterate matter.
Under the Hood
Saturn is one of the earliest builds I designed for the Covenant. Again, I was hewing to suggested power level point totals, which is why his phenomenal cosmic power is confined to an array. But I wanted a Silver Surfer type in the setting, and that's kind of who Saturn is supposed to be. Obviously without the looming threat of Galactus, but he's the kind of cosmically powered alien do-gooder who zips from planet to planet, getting into adventures, that the Surfer embodies.