For our final profile in our series on The Paladins, Silver City’s 1980’s superhero team, we’re proud to introduce you to the lovely Luna!

Luna (whose real name is unknown) was a visitor from a world orbiting the star we know as Altair. From her cloaked ship in high orbit around Earth, Luna was to map and observe events on our planet using high-powered scanners. The metahuman activities in Silver City caught her eye and, after several weeks of observation, Luna decided to have a closer look; using her ship’s teleporter she traveled to Silver City in person. To her delight she discovered that the high nitrogen content of Earth’s atmosphere interacted with her unique Altairan physiology to give her abilities similar to Earth’s metahumans. After a chance meeting with The Paladins, Luna decided to join the team and became its fourth (and final) member.

The Paladins had traditionally experienced difficulties in their dealings with their metahuman foes, but Luna’s presence bolstered the team; after her arrival, the team went from success to success, even gaining national (and, later, international) recognition as Earth’s foremost superhero team (after the disbanding of Calvert’s team The Crusaders). Luna became romantically involved with Deep Freeze and the couple became quite an “item” in the tabloids and popular press. All good things must end, however, and the breakup of The Paladins occurred in dramatic fashion. Traveller discovered the Arcturan Sword and began to behave in an erratic manner; after he began killing foes of The Paladins (and even innocent bystanders), the other Paladins were forced into battle with their teammate. In a mammoth confrontation that destroyed several blocks of Silver City, Traveller was banished to an alternate dimension. Deep Freeze quit the team immediately after the battle, The Brain joined the N.S.A., and Luna returned to space.

The Brain has hinted to Deep Freeze that Luna has returned to Earth on multiple occasions to “check up” on him, but this may just be an unsubstantiated rumor. Luna’s present whereabouts are unknown.

LUNA

IDENTITY: Leslie Braddock (Earth alias; real name is unknown)
NAME: Luna
SIDE: G
SEX: F
AGE: 22
EXPERIENCE: 0
LEVEL: 1
TRAINING: Intelligence
POWERS

  • Flight – 225 MPH; 990″ per turn
  • Heightened Attack = +1 damage per experience level
  • Heightened Agility B – +15
  • Force Field – Range=30″; PR=1 per attack
  • Speed Bonus – +50″ ground
  • Illusion (Animate Solid Energy) – see V&V rules – Range=54″
  • Weakness – claustrophobia

WEIGHT: 130
BASIC HITS: 3
AGILITY MOD:
STRENGTH: 15
ENDURANCE: 15
AGILITY: 12 (27)
INTELLIGENCE: 14
CHARISMA: 14  REACTIONS FROM GOOD: +1  FROM EVIL: -1
HIT MOD.: 7.7616
HIT POINTS: 24
DAMAGE MOD.: +3 (+4)
HEALING RATE: 1.2
ACCURACY: +5
POWER POINTS: 71
CARRYING CAPACITY: 316.88
BASIC HTH DAMAGE: 1d6
MOVEMENT RATES: 107″ ground/990″ flying
DET. HIDDEN: 10%
DET. DANGER: 14%
INVENTING POINTS: 1.4
CASH: $
INVENTING %: 42
LEGAL STATUS: Extraterrestrial; member of The Paladins
OTHER INFORMATION: Knowledge area: Broadcasting

Luna does have a bit of a backstory. I was a radio announcer in the early 1980’s and one of my co-workers was a rarity among gals: she was both a comic fan and a RPG fan. She’d expressed an interest in playing Villains and Vigilantes, so I created a character for her and invited her to join my Silver City campaign. We lived quite a distance apart (the radio station was more than 30 minutes from both of us and was the approximate “mid-point” between our homes), so we never got together to play V&V (or “got together” in any other way, either, thanks for asking.). Her character sheet’s been lost long ago, so I’ve reconstructed it as best as I can recall nearly thirty years later.

So if we weren’t “involved” in real life, why are Deep Freeze and Luna romantically involved in the game? Because it’s my campaign — duh. Rank hath its privileges.

Next up: we bring the Silver City campaign into the present day with our current superhero team Junior Justice, a side branch of the world-famous Justice Federation.

Have fun! — Steve

Copyright 2010, Steven A. Lopez. All rights reserved.

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