The Age of Apocalypse
A bratty know-it-all, Nicole Stevens ("Nik") learned at a young age that she has the ability to "see" inside of machines telepathically, giving her full understanding of how they work, how to build it again, and eventually, how to control them.
STR 10 (+0), DEX 22 (+6), CON 18 (+4), INT 20 (+5), WIS 20 (+5), CHA 10 (+0)
Acrobatics 8 (+14), Computers 8 (+13), Craft: Electronic 8 (+13), Craft: Mechanical 8 (+13), Drive 4 (+10), Gather Information 4 (+4), Knowledge: Physical Sciences 8 (+13), Knowledge: Streetwise 8 (+13), Knowledge: Technology 8 (+13), Pilot 4 (+10)
Acrobatic Bluff, Beginner’s Luck, Contacts, Eidetic Memory, Grappling Finesse, Improvised Tools, Inventor, Jack-of-All-Trades, Luck 1, Sidekick 1, Taunt, Well-Informed
Comprehend (Machines) 2
Super-Senses 2 (Electronic Awareness, Mechanical Awareness; Mental sense)
Animate Object 9 (Flaws: Touch, Limited to machines)
Device 2: X-Ray Glasses (Easy to lose, Device Powers: Super-Senses 10 (Darkvision, Microscopic Vision [Atomic-sized], X-Ray Vision)
Device 3: Phaser (Easy to lose, Device Powers: Stun 7)
Device 1: Dimensional Pocket (Easy to lose, Device Powers: Dimensional Pocket 2)
Device 1: Jet-Pack (Easy to lose, Device Powers: Flight 2)
Device 2: Bracers (Hard to lose, Device Powers: Deflect 5)
Attack +4, Damage +0 (Unarmed), Defense 14 (12 Flat-footed), Grapple +4, Initiative +6
Toughness +4, Fortitude +4, Reflex +9, Will +8
Abilities 40 + Skills 17 + Feats 12 + Powers 44 + Combat 16 + Saves 6 = 135 PP
Born in tumultuous Missouri, Nicole Stevens was raised under the watchful eye of her overprotective parents. As she got older she, and her parents, began to realize that she was different. Her parents grew afraid for her, and that fear turned to themselves. When Nicole turned 11, they tried to trade her to Apocalypse in order to spare themselves. Furious, betrayed, and frightened, Nik left home, vowing vengeance on her unloving family. “He may have the world, but he’ll never have me!”
On the run from muggers, rapists, and French lawyers, Nik began to discover an amazing ability within herself; she had the power to see into, understand, and manipulate machines. She could remember any machine she had connected to at will, and reproduce it with little to no effort.
Utilizing her unique abilities, she began an underground rebellion against Apocalypse and his Horsemen. By the time she was 13, Nik had formed the Nik-work, an extensive group of spy’s, suppliers, and assassins, all with the intent of one day destroying Apocalypse’s stranglehold on mankind.
After five grueling years, one of Nik’s most trusted contacts, Angelica, died on a mission. Angel managed to get one message to Nik, and by doing so , she completed her last mission successfully.
“The X-Men are looking for you, Mekanik. They want your help.”
Nik was always a snotty child, giving lip whenever she had the chance. Forcing her way through school in Branson, MO, she hated school, and pretty much everyone there. That is until she reached 10th grade. There, she met a boy (though he was 20 by then) named James. James McDaniels, or “Ox” as everyone called him, was huge. And boy was he dumb. Nik immediately felt sympathy for Ox, always having been picked on herself, and took him under her wing. She helped him pass his classes, and he kept the bullies from pestering her.- -They both graduated the next year (Nik forced the school to test her out, and the school forced Ox out).- -Planning on opening her own Mechanic’s Shop, Nik began packing to move the day she finished school. Trying to explain it to Ox, he didn’t quite know what a “Mekanik” was, she was given her alter ego.- -The very next day, a man in a weird suit appeared at her home. The man explained to her parents that he was from the Xavier Institute, a school for gifted children, like Nicole, in New York. Though her parents couldn’t be happier, Nik was indignant. Like hell she needed to go back to school! And Ox couldn’t stay here by himself; they’ll run him out of town! The man, who identified himself as Mr. Forge, told Nik that she would be enrolled in a specialty program along with Ox, if his parents would allow it. She wouldn’t be going to school for anything, except to learn machines. How to build them, how to take them apart, how to make them better, and how to make them hers. Nik’s eyes lit up, and she said yes yes, absolutely yes. She began hauling her bags into the hallway, and the rest, well, you already know… -