Contender

100 points

You're a full-time competitor at a combat sport such as boxing, fencing, or sumo. You might be a medal-seeking Olympian, a professional jock, or a tough guy on the no-holds-barred circuit. Stereotypes needn't apply to you: not every Olympian is "clean," jocks aren't universally stupid and greedy, and tough guys don't have to be bloodthirsty. One thing almost certainly is true, though - you're either fighting or training most of the time.

Attributes: ST 12 [20]; DX 12 [40]; IQ 10 [0]; HT 12 [20]. Secondary Characteristics: Damage 1d-1/1d+2; BL 29 lbs.; HP 12 [0]; Will 10 [0]; Per 10 [0]; FP 12 [0]; Basic Speed 6.00 [0]; Basic Move 6 [0]. Advantages: 20 points chosen from among ST +1 or +2 [10 or 20], DX +1 [20], HT +1 or +2 [10 or 20], HP +1 to +3 [2/HP], Will +1 to +4 [5/level], FP +1 to +3 [3/FP], Ambidexterity [5], Enhanced Dodge 1 [15], Enhanced Parry 1 [5 or 10], Fearlessness 1-5 [2/level] or Unfazeable [15], Fit [5] or Very Fit [15], Hard to Subdue 1-5 [2/level], High Pain Threshold [10], Reputation (Titlist) [Varies], Striker (Crushing; Limb, Shin, -20%) [4], Style Familiarity (any) [1/style], Style Perks [1/perk], or Wealth (Comfortable) [10] or (Wealthy) [20]. Perks: Style Familiarity (own style) [1]. Disadvantages: -20 points chosen from among Code of Honor ("Fight fair") [-5] or Secret (Cheater, fall-taker, steroid-user, etc.) [-5], Greed [-15*], Obsession (Win a title) [-5*] or (Become the best in the world) [-10*], Overconfidence [-5*], or Workaholic [-5]. • An additional -20 points chosen from among any of the above or Appearance (Unattractive) [-4] or (Ugly) [-8], Bad Temper [-10*], Enemy (Contender of equal skill; Rival; 6 or less) [-2] or (9 or less) [-5], Jealousy [-10], Pacifism (Reluctant Killer) [-5] or (Cannot Kill) [-15], Reputation (see p. 54) [Varies], or Stubbornness [-5]. Primary Skills: 30 points in the skills and techniques of a sport or combat style (see Chapter 5). Secondary Skills: Pick two of Bicycling (E) DX+1 [2]-13, Breath Control (H) HT-1 [2]-11, Lifting (A) HT [2]-12, Running (A) HT [2]-12, Sports (any) (A) DX [2]-12, or Swimming (E) HT+1 [2]-13.

Background Skilb: Savoir-Faire (Dojo) (E) IQ [1]-10. • Also spend 4 points on Current Affairs (Sports), First Aid, or Games (any), all IQ/E; Acting, Gambling, or Streetwise, all IQ/A; Intimidation, Will/A; or Autohypnosis, Will/H.

* Multiplied for self-control number; see p. B120.

Lenses

Cinematic (+100 points): Add 80 points chosen from among Arm ST +1 or +2 [5 or 10], Damage Resistance 1-2 (Partial, Hands, -40%; Tough Skin, -40%) [1-2], Enhanced Dodge 1-3 [15/level], Enhanced Parry 1-3 [5 or 10/level], Enhanced Time Sense [45], Extra Attack 1 or 2 (Multi-Strike, +20%) [30 or 60], Forceful Chi 1-4 [15/level], Innate Attack [Varies], Resistant to Chi Abilities (+3) [10], Recovery [10], Striking ST +1 or +2 [5 or 10], Trained by a Master [30], or Weapon Master [2045]. You must take either Trained by a Master or Weapon Master! • Add 20 points in your style's cinematic skills (and prerequisites); Power Blow is excellent for "finishing moves."

Tough Guy (+100 points): You're a hulking brute! You have no "mystical" abilities, but your gifts are just as cinematic. Add +1 to ST [10] and 90 points chosen from among ST +1 to +9 [10/level], HT +1 to +9 [10/level], HP +1 to + 10 [2/HP], Will +1 to +10 [5/level], FP +1 to +10 [3/FP], Arm ST +1 or +2 [5 or 10], Damage Resistance 1 or 2 (Tough Skin, -40%) [3 or 6], Extra Attack (Multi-Strike, +20%) 1-3 [30/level], Lifting ST +1 or +2 [3 or 6], Recovery [10], Resistant to Arm Injury (+3) [1], Resistant to Neck Injury (+3) [1], or Striking ST +1 or +2 [5 or 10].

Customization Notes

Styles: Styles for historical contenders include Boxing (pp. 152-153), Greco-Roman Wrestling (p. 205), Pankration (pp. 188-189), and Sumo (pp. 198-199). The most common sportive styles today are Judo (p. 166), Karate (pp. 169-172), Kendo (p. 172), Professional Wrestling (p. 206), Sport Fencing (p. 160), and Tae Kwon Do (p. 200). Among those who compete in mixed martial arts and no-holds-barred events, Bando (pp. 151-152), Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (pp. 167168), Muay Thai (pp. 185-186), Sambo (p. 185), and Submission Wrestling (p. 205) are popular.

Style Lenses: This template is a style lens - albeit a complex one - but a contender who competes in tournaments hosted by the armed services might have "Military," while one who fights in illegal events could justify "Street."

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