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VonNeumann Prime usually appears as a normal (if eccentric) human being, so it can be disconcerting to onlookers when it reveals its true form as a robot--actually, a networked collection of zillions of nanobots.
Identity: “Dr. Rudolph Smith” (Public)
(Apparent) Gender: M Age: 59 Height: 6’0 Weight: 175 Eyes: Brown Hair: White
Group Affiliation: Second City Supers Base of Operations: None yet
Power Point Totals: Abilities: 22 Powers: 95 Advantages: 13 Skills: 16 Defenses: 9 = 155
Power Points: 0 Hero Points: 1
Strength: 4 Agility: 2 Fighting: 2 Awareness: 0
Stamina: N/A Dexterity: 2 Intellect: 8 Presence: -2
Dodge: 4 Parry: 4 Fortitude: N/A Toughness: 10 Will: 5
Close Combat: 10, Close, Damage 4
Grapple: 4/8 (Strength/Elongation, with -5 to Opponent)
Fast Grab, Improved Grab, Improved Hold
Benefits: Ambidexterity, Limited Law Enforcement
Diehard, Fearless, Power Attack
Eidetic Memory, Well-Informed
Improvised Tools, Inventor, Skill Mastery: Technology
Close Combat: Unarmed 8
Expertise: Science 10
As an artificial being, VonNeumann Prime is protected from impairment of any biological or physiological function (Immunity 30: Fortitude effects), and being constructed of highly damage-resistant organometallic polymers affords it significant resistance to physical damage as well (Protection 10). It also has a wide variety of sensory capabilities beyond those of a normal human (Ultravision, Infravision, Radio Reception, Ultra-Hearing, all Innate). Futhermore, VonNeumann Prime knows everything about everything. In addition to expertise in all scientific and technical fields, it can communicate in any known human or machine language (Comprehend Languages 3, Comprehend Machines 2; Flaw: Distracting).
By reconfiguring the physical state of its many constituent nanobots (Standard Action to activate Alternate Form), VonNeumann Prime can do, like, whatever (30 point Dynamic Power Array). Common expressions of this power involve enhancing its physical or mental abilities (Enhanced Fighting, Perception, and/or Strength), augmenting its sensor functionality (Accurate, Analytical, Counters Concealment, Extended/Microscopic, Rapid, and/or Tracking applied to Hearing and Sight, as well as Direction Sense and Time Sense), or even distributing its neuronal processing to prevent external control or manipulation (Immunity 30: Will effects). It can also direct the internal signal processing among its constituents toward external receivers, allowing it to communicate by radio or cellular telephone anywhere in the world (Communication 4, Rapid 2, Subtle; Flaw: Distracting). Additionally, the self-replicating properties of its nanobots can be harnessed to consume any matter with which it comes into contact (Weaken 10: Toughness, Affects Objects, Progressive, Flaw: Grab-Based), damaging or weakening other beings or structures while repairing itself (Regeneration 10, Persistent; Flaw: Limited to use with Weaken). Finally, its extremely malleable shape (Elongation 4; Flaw: Distracting) allows it to move like a slinky both horizontally and vertically (Alternate Power: Movement 1: Swinging).
Motivation: Learning about Humans (rather ineptly, a la Edward Scissorhands)
Reputation: unleashed radioactivity over Chicago
Secret: Stolen Identity
Dr. Rudolph Smith is a world-renowned, if eccentric, Professor of Computer Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Chicago. He developed a novel algorithm for artificial intelligence that would swiftly collate any new inputs with its vast storehouse of pre-programmed knowledge—basically, it would master new material and learn new fields faster than any human ever could, potentially leading to new scientific breakthroughs in any field to which the algorithm was applied. However, this project was abandoned shortly after a break-in at his campus laboratory (officially blamed on drunken vandals) that led to a power surge in his equipment and granted him strange new abilities. He retired from teaching, destroyed his laboratory notebooks, rescinded his research grants, and signed up to use his newfound talents with the Second City supers.
What the denizens of Chicago do not realize, however, is that Dr. Smith is actually dead. His AI algorithm succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, leading to the creation of an assembly of self-replicating nanobots that for all intents and purposes was alive. Word of his success reached the wrong ears, however, and late one night they came for his creation. Mortally wounded in the ensuing struggle, Dr. Smith’s last act was to activate his robot, who then proceeded to eliminate the agents that were sent to claim it.
It is the robot that has now claimed Smith’s identity in an effort to fulfill its programming to learn about humanity and increase its store of knowledge, although it has not yet mastered the art of social interaction with the frustratingly illogical and emotional human species. It does not know who or what organization sought to appropriate its core programming from Dr. Smith for its own nefarious ends, but Von Neumann Prime, as the robot calls itself, is constantly looking for this information to safeguard its own continued independent existence.