Maxwell (Max) Aman
Ability: Impossible Fighting Skills
. Despite his age and size, Tsunami commands impressive physical strength and endurance. Which he needs, for wielding the two handed kanabō
mace used as his preferred weapon.
Elemental Control (Tsunami:
Water / The Smith:
- Unlike what people might suspect from his name, Tsunami generally uses this ability to create and utilize steam to augment his armor, weapons, and movements. Whether it’s wrapping his mace in a wreath of scalding vapor, or adding extra pressure behind a blow, it finds a way to make the absolute bruiser a true terror of physical force.
- A hidden base, in the River District. Appearing as a storefront butting up against one of the canals, Max has the top floor as a personal living space. There is a basement level however that is outfitted for the team’s use, having a hidden entrance for security and privacy.
- Teleportal: There are a few discreet teleportals set throughout the city, that exit into the base.
- A weapon of last resort. (TBA)
- Security systems to protect the base and teleportals. Improved blast doors on the base, with entrances to the base and teleportals monitored and guarded by cameras and shock pylons.
- A super computer for Ronin and Chisei.
- A fabricator. Essentially a beefed up 3D printer, for simple tools and items.
- Drones. The team can call in for supply drops, facilitated by the fabricator if necessary and coordinated by Chisei and the super computer.
Potential: X X
O O O
Afraid: (-2 to directly engage)
Angry: (-2 to comfort or support or pierce the mask)
Guilty: (-2 to provoke someone or assess the situation)
Insecure: (-2 to defend someone or reject what others say)
Hopeless: (-2 to unleash your powers)
- ambiguous, man, shifting, transgressing, woman
- Asian or South Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, White
- athletic body, compact body, lean body, muscular body
- school uniform, casual clothes, fashionable clothes, loose clothes
- colorful costume, mentor’s garb, protective wear, simple costume
A bit of a mix, he has some Middle Eastern heritage though his exact background isn’t easily determinable at first glance. With tanned skin a warm tone, his facial features are still somewhat boyish; just barely a man. Dark hazel eyes hold a fiery determination but lack the wisdom of a more seasoned soldier, though his expression is often hardened with a grim stubbornness that does not quite fit his age.
Topping out at just barely 5'7" in height and on the lean side of muscled, Max might not appear particularly intimidating in stature alone. However, the young man moves with a firm presence, one that is uncompromising and undaunted. Dark auburn hair has streaks in a mixture of tones from black to bright red; with the sides of his head shaved, the rest of often pulled up into a topknot at the back, though often rogue strands fall free to frame his face.
While his typical civilian gear tends to consist of plain dark jeans, combat boots, and a dusty leather jacket, when out and about as Tsunami his gear tends to have a bit more flare, with a mixture of elements old and new. A modern Shoulder, arm, and leg armour are designed with samurai aesthetic in mind, though engineered to make use of his steam powers. A traditional hakama tucks into his shin guards, which end above a pair of thick soled boots. The signature piece of his costume is a blue Oni mask that covers the lower half of his face. Paired with the massive kanabō he wields, his appearance in costume is a touch more menacing than where his morals actually lie.
When you seek advice from your mentor, roll + the Label they embody. On a hit they will tell you what to do. On a 10+, mark potential if you follow their advice, and take +1 ongoing to follow through. On a 7-9, you get +1 forward to see it through if you do it their way. On a miss, they don’t have time for you because something big has gone down; mark a condition, GM’s choice.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings:
When you assess the situation before entering into a fight, you may ask one additional question, even on a miss.
When you directly engage while you are Angry, you can roll + the label your mentor denies (Mundane) and clear Angry.
Before We Get Started:
When you take the time to closely observe your opposition before a battle, roll + Savior. On a 10+, hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 2. On a miss, hold 1 and mark a condition. During battle, you can spend your hold 1 for 1 to name a character you observed and...:
Moment of Truth
- ...redirect their attack to another character or nowhere—into a wall or the sky.
- ...cross a distance between them and you.
- ...disarm them.
- ...ignore all harm to yourself from one of their attacks.
- ...escape any bindings or restrictions they attempt to place on you.
The moment that you show who you really are: your mentor, or something different. You can do whatever your mentor could do and more. You can do the incredible, even the things they always failed to accomplish. Of course, they’re not going to see you the same way, no matter which path you choose…
When you share a triumphant celebration with someone, ask them if you’ve been a good leader or effective team mate. If they say yes, your mentor loses Influence over you and you mark potential.
If they say no, your mentor gains Influence over you, and you take +1 forward on using the Label your mentor embodies.
When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, tell them a secret about your mentor (including your feelings towards them). Give them Influence over you and add 1 Team to the pool.
You and Hikari
teamed up a few times before the rest of you came together.
Your mentor is cautious; they asked you to keep an eye on Ground Zero
I have Influence over
They have Influence over me
They have lost Influence over me
- Took 4 more mentor resources. Security systems, a super computer, a fabricator, and drones.
I don’t know my real family, my blood family. I was put into the foster system as a baby. Real f***ing sad, I know. More like, cliché. So I guess it doesn’t really matter what they were like, whoever they were they didn’t want me. I don't have much information either, but I know I was turned over by blood, so it was a choice and not an accident. Somewhere out there is another ‘Aman’, probably an a**hole.
For whatever reason, the foster program had trouble placing me with a family. My earliest memories are in foster families, but I got cycled through a couple group homes as well. It never really stuck. The closest thing I have to family now is Baasan, The Smith. It’s a little weird, thinking of her like that sometimes, but it’s almost… a good feeling, I guess. I try not to get attached.
Anyway, my first foster families didn’t know about my powers, and neither did I really. I just thought I was strong. I sort of kept them hidden at first, when I realized. I’ve always had anger issues though… My last ‘family’, it kind of just came out. I punched a wall and… well, the hole it left, didn’t leave any questions to that end.
Thing is, I wasn’t living in San Fran at the time, I’d been born and raised in Halycon City, where not everyone just accepts that metas whole heartedly. It’s a mixed bag, especially, I imagine, when it’s not your kid, by blood. I took a chance though. Hunter Laine was my foster dad, and we’d been close enough that I thought maybe it would be okay. I’d even thought that he might consider adopting me himself, eventually. I thought he knew me well enough to trust me and my intentions. I never would have hurt him or anyone else, that didn’t deserve it.
He was patient while I had my meta ‘coming out’ conversation with him, but serious. It was bad timing I guess, he was about to leave on a business trip. He promised we’d figure it out when he returned in a few days. But he didn’t. And we didn’t. Instead, the next day the foster organization picked me up. Hunter couldn’t even tell me straight to my face. He just let someone else make the ‘problem’... go away. I never saw him again. I guess I wouldn’t want to.
Now the organization knew about my powers too, and were trying to figure out what to do with me. They talked about sending me somewhere more friendly to ‘weirds’. Transfering me to one of their affiliate programs in another city. I got ahold of Xiua though, and he helped drive me to San Fransapporo ourselves. I’ve never had anyone come looking for me, so I guess they didn’t much care about losing track of me either. ‘Lost in the system.’
I’ve been slowly making a name for myself now here in San Fran. I never really wanted the attention, but sometimes having a name can be useful, I guess. I’d been learning how to utilize my powers slowly but surely, and trying my hand at vigilantism. Mostly looking out for other kids, because it sucks not having someone you can trust to watch your back. Though ‘Tsunami’ is the alias I use, I’ve picked up on some kids calling me… uh, well… Oni-chan. Never heard that pun used before, but I’ll take it. Now that I have Baasan’s guidance, I hope to make a bigger difference as well, because the place sure could use some no-bulls**t heroes in my opinion.
Spoiler: Backstory Questions
How did you first meet your mentor?
There was a Gala being thrown at the Monsoon, some time ago. All the big heroes and anyone who’s anyone shows up, sort of deal. I was skeptical about going, it’s not exactly my jam, but in the end I did attend. For the most part it just confirmed my feelings that even some of the big names everyone idolizes… are just as much of jerks as anyone else. There’s just as much corruption in organizations of heroes as there are any other. But that’s irrelevant to answer the question.
At some point, all hell broke loose. In the middle of that was where I met The Smith. I didn’t really put two together at the time, that this was THE Smith, capital T: The. The famed lavasmith. I just saw that she’d taken a pretty strong hit, and someone was about to try and kick her while she was reeling. At least, I thought she was reeling. Either way, there was no question to me what to do, I dove in between. I feel pretty stupid about it now, at least she certainly didn’t let me live it down afterwards, trying to ‘protect’ someone like her. I don’t remember much after I dove in front of her, turns out if someone is strong enough to make The Smith pause… they’re too strong for me to take on, just yet. I think she ended up carrying me out afterwards… sort of embarrassing.
When and why did you choose to train with them?
I didn’t even really remember fully what happened in the aftermath of the Gala, but she invited me to meet with her afterwards, to thank me and chide me at the same time. When I realized exactly who she was, that she was the most famous smith ever… I mean, I wasn’t going to say no. I’m not crazy.
I don’t generally get along with older heroes, but her I respect, greatly. I was a little unsure all the same, I don’t really like to put myself in a position where I can be let down, but... I’ve always been interested in forging and metalcrafting myself as well, so I may have been… unusually enthusiastic. But I guess she liked that too. I admit It was the first time in a long time I really felt excited about anything. I really was humbled by her offer to learn from her, and despite my usual reservations, I guess some part of me was even eager to accept.
Why did they agree to train you?
She liked my ‘moxxy’ as she calls it, but decided I could benefit with a little more wisdom, wisdom she could provide. I think the fact that I had an interest in her and her craft helped too, because it meant she could teach me more than just the usual How Not To Die hero stuff.
Who else, outside of the team, knows about your training?
Xiua’Hi, one of my only real friends. He’s pretty solid, a bit volatile maybe sometimes, but who am I to talk. We butted heads a little at first, but he warmed up really fast. He’s also really good at video games... frustratingly good. Especially at shooters.
He also... helped me out at a time where I really didn’t have anyone to turn to. I didn’t know him well enough to ask for the amount of help I needed, but he came through. I owe him a lot for that.
It helped having someone who has to deal with the same sort of s**t though; Xiua doesn’t have a ‘family’ so to speak either, not one he’s in touch with anyway, so I guess we get each other, a bit. He’s a meta too, and I know he’s getting training from someone but… honestly, I’m afraid to know who. I told Xiua all about my own delving into vigilante-hood, and eventually being taken on by The Smith. I’ve also learned that he might… be using his own powers for less than savory means. It’s a point of contention between us, that I intend to deal with at some point.
Why do you care about the team?
Because I care about people, even if I don’t always like them… don’t like people, that is. Not… the team. I know it’s been a bad habit of mine to try and solve everything on my own, but… like I said, I’m trying to change that. I want to help people. More hands… makes that easier to do. Means we can help more people. We’re all trying to make the world a little better. Whatever their reasons for wanting that, and even if we don’t always agree on everything, I appreciate them for trying.