The Cloaked Quarrel

Mystic archer and young vigilante


Character name: “The Cloaked Quarrel”
Secret identity: Kyle Martins

Campaign: " Glassworks " — street-level, Bronze Age-style supers — using Marvel Heroic Roleplaying ( Cortex )

  • Game Master: Jason E.R.
  • Date created: May 2012
  • Date revised: 18 October 2013


  • Solo: d8 (started out alone)
  • Buddy: d10 (looking for a mentor)
  • Team: d6 (aspires to join community)

Distinctions (1d4, +1 PP or 1d8):

  • Legacy hero (idealistic, wannabe)
  • Trained vigilante (normal human, lawbreaker, seeks justice)
  • Kid in black (urban hunter in an opera cape)

Power Set: Mystic Archer; traits:

  • Attack: Quarrels, enchanted d10 (normally d6)
  • Reflexes: Enhanced d8 (sniper, with crossbows only)
  • Senses: Mystic d6

[ Note : I can downgrade the quarrel attack under power traits from d10 to d8.]


  • Afflict (Attack, mystical bolts): Add 1d6 and step up effect die by +1 when inflicting Type complication on a target (tangle quarrels)
  • Area Attack (Reflexes, multiple bolts): Add 1d6 and keep an additional effect die for each additional target; useful against mobs; rolling opportunities may cause collateral damage/bigger doom pool
  • Multipower (Senses, heightened): Use two or more Power Set powers in a single dice pool at -1 step for each additional power; step back only the included power dice, not all of the dice in the pool

[ Note : May swap Multipower, which was supposed to represent the Cloaked Quarrel’s potential ability to entangle or stun multiple opponents at once, with Focus, which better represents his sniper training:

  • Focus (Senses/training, heightened): If a pool includes a Power Set power, may replace two dice of equal size with one die +1 step larger]


  • Conscious activation (requires mental focus): Shut down power set if stressed out, asleep, unconscious, or if take mental trauma until it’s recovered
  • Exhausted (mystical bolts, recovery): Shut down power set to gain 1 PP; recover power by activating an opportunity or during a transition scene
  • Gear (mystical crossbows, removable): Shut down power set and gain 1 PP; take an action vs. doom pool to recover

Specialties and Stunts (May convert Expert 1d8 to 2d6, or Master 1d10 to 2d8 or 3d6):

  • Combat Master: specialized collapsing multishot crossbows
  • Crime Expert: police scanner, Internet files
  • Mystic Expert: records of the Jade Bow and Toxaris
  • Tech Expert: bowyer/fletcher, communications gear

[ Note : I can also downgrade the specialty Combat Master to (d10) to Combat Expert (d8).]

Stress/trauma (to check off):

  • Physical: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12
  • Mental: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12
  • Emotional: d4, d6, d8, d10, d12

Milestones, personal: I am a real crimefighter!

  • +1 XP when: Uses crossbows to make a tricky shot
  • +3 XP when: Impresses an established superhero
  • +10 XP when: Saves the innocent, regardless of the risk

Milestones, event:

  • +1 XP when:
  • +3 XP when:
  • +10 XP when:

Total/current experience: 0


History: In 1938, archaeologist Dirk Cullen, aided by the alluring Miss Ling and plucky Takeo, helped several families flee turmoil in China. Among the handful of items they took with them was the legendary Jade Bow , said to be a gift from the gods. The refugees and artifact arrived in Bay City, Oregon, where they stayed for several decades.

Sometime later, a gang stole the bow and brought it to Empire City in New York, where a rookie police officer found it. As “Toxaris the Sniper,” Robyn Fitzwalter fought crime and supervillains until her untimely demise at the hands of the Cremator.

The great bow, broken and forgotten, passed to Fitzwalter’s partner Jim Marx, who later moved to Hamilton, Delaware. Recently, Kyle Martins, a college student and fan of Toxaris’ exploits, obtained the relic’s remains and vowed to carry on Fitzwalter’s fight for justice.

After several months of study and experimentation, Martins has placed pieces of the Jade Bow and its silvery strings into two folding crossbows mounted on vambraces that fit under his voluminous opera cape. As “The Cloaked Quarrel,” this latter-day man of mystery has honed his body and mind and wields his mystical weapons in a never-ending struggle. He is exited to learn that he is not alone….

Personality: Kyle is optimistic and idealistic, but he is well aware of the dangers that a “normal” human faces against criminals, let alone supervillains. The Cloaked Quarrel wants to fulfill his destiny, preferably with other heroes, but he has had to work in solitude so far.

Abilities & Resources: Kyle appears to be a normal human male of average height and build for someone who regularly participates in moderate physical activity. The twenty-something college student has black spiky hair and a goatee and wears casual clothes.

Other than his mystical twin crossbows, Kyle has a range of exercise equipment, computer and communications gear, and textbooks in his modest apartment in a transitional neighborhood. The mystical weapons can fire bolts that carry an electrostatic charge that can entangle or stun.

The Cloaked Quarrel’s costume consists of a dark frock coat, customized leather bracers, a bandana, and polarized glasses/infrared, telescoping goggles. He still needs to get more climbing and stealth gear, as well as proper body armor.

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Player Character roster for Jason E.R. “Glassworks” Bronze Age/noir superhero scenario, using the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game (based on Margaret Weis Productions Ltd.’s Cortex system, originally using DarkPages):

  • “Eli Wasserman/ the Amazing Mr. Fantastic [Brian W.]-male metahuman with shadow manipulation, semi-retired superhero and private investigator
  • “Rain Tomotowa/Thunderbird” [Sara F.]-female Native American metahuman park ranger, able to change into an eagle
  • “Matthew Shanks/Merlin” [Josh C.]-male incubus sorcerer and occultist with an ancient family legacy
  • “Tim Gray/DarkStorm” [Bruce K.]-male metahuman super soldier, experimented upon by the government, amnesiac weapons designer for Oryx Industries, and armored vigilante
  • “Summer Winters/ Santanica Pandemonium [Rich C.G.]-female human nurse and mother/demon with flame powers, newly aware of her dual nature
  • “Ezra Goldman/Daedalus” [Beruk A.]-male metahuman with the ability to temporarily imbue machines with personalities

Player Characters for Jason E.R.’s “DarkPages” superhero one-shot, July 2011:

  • The Black Hat [Gene D.]-(Vigilante/Wheel) crusader for street justice
  • The Reporter [Brian P.W.]-(Outsider/Hermit) dogged investigator losing touch with reality
  • Nightmare [Sara F.]-(Elemental/Sun) divine horse from another dimension
  • The Dark Man [Josh C.]-(Ghost/Moon) phantom created by the dreams of children
  • Shadow Fury [Bruce K.]-(Outsider/Warrior) survivor of a doomed world

The Cloaked Quarrel

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