The Spiderweb: Obsidian the Janus
Runaway teenager who was the subject of experiments, with the memories of a veteran knight from a fantasy realm
Hero Name: Obsidian
Real Name: Blake Feurstein
- White (Jewish)
- Elegant clothing
- Iconic costume
- Featureless mask
Heightened physical abilities (strength, agility, toughness)
- You wear a mask and hide your real identity. Once per session, you can affirm either your heroic or secret identity to switch your Mundane with your mask’s Label (Danger). When you reveal your secret identity to someone who didn’t know it already, mark potential.
- When you commit yourself to save someone or defeat a terrible enemy, mark a condition and take +1 ongoing to all rolls in direct pursuit of that goal. At the end of any scene in which you don’t make progress towards that goal, mark a condition. When you fulfill your goal, mark potential.
- When you try to use your civilian identity to deceive, trick, or slip past someone, roll + Mundane. On a hit they buy your facade. On a 7-9, choose one:
- You’re still under observation
- You leave something incriminating behind
- You’re forced to make a fool of yourself to sell it
- On a miss, one of your civilian obligations rears its ugly head.
When you share a triumphant celebration with someone, ask them if they see you as the person wearing the mask or the person underneath. If the former, mark potential and clear a condition. If the latter, take Influence over them if you reveal yourself.
When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, tell them a secret about who you really are. Give them Influence, and shift your Mundane up and your mask’s Label down.
_____________________ knew you from your civilian life first.
You refused to tell ___________________ your secret identity when they asked.
Measure has influence over Obsidian.
Knight has influence over Obsidian.
How do your powers work, and do they look like when they work?
- When she uses her substance mimicry, her skins turns reflectively black, similar to obsidian. When she uses energy absorption, it manifests as an aura around her that gets bigger the more energy she absorbs.
Are there many Jews in UEB, or just your family?
- Just her family, as far as she knows; again, it's tough being minority in a rundown neighborhood, especially when you belong to a ethnicity that's constantly demonized as greedy blood-suckers by media and politicians. They keep quiet about the whole Jew thing except at family reunion and religious ceremonies and such.
Can you tell me about what you have to do for the family that keeps you busy?
- Household chores. If you're gonna be a girl, then you gotta do the chores. Oh, but you're not, not really, so you're never gonna be as good at it as real girls.
What do your parents want you to do with your life? Get married, have kids, go to medical school?
- They want their son back, which ain't happening.
When did you first put on the mask? Why?
- I put on the mask the first time I decided to do something with my powers. The mask is a symbolic line between what I am and what I can be.
Why do you keep a secret identity?
- Since my family - among other people - will never understand who I really am, and I owe it to myself to know what kind of person I could be if only no one was there to point fingers at me and tell me what to do.
Who, outside of the team, knows about your dual identity?
- Gavin, my only childhood friend, who supports me in my superhero endeavors since he think it's cool. I have a crush on him since forever, but I can't confess my feelings due to my own convoluted identity issues.
Who thinks the worst of your masked identity?
- My parents, actually, and they don't even know it's me! They're very traditional people and don't approve of any girl who doesn't knit and cook, never mind going around kicking ass and taking names.
Why do you care about the team?
- It's perhaps selfish, but in a way everyone on the team is an outcast in one way or another, just like me, so I feel like I can be myself around them, just like when I'm around my best friend Gavin.
What or who did the Spiderweb take away from you?
- Her identity. It's not easy being trans, but it's harder in a rundown neighborhood where people uses their own misery as an excuse to trivialize your struggle.
- 0 / 5
- None Yet
Moment of Truth
- The mask is a lie, and some piece of you has always known that. Doesn’t matter if others can see it. You’re the one that can do the impossible. Mask off. Costume on. And you’re going to save the damn day. Of course, you better hope nobody nasty is watching…