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750 points

Age 35 years; Human; 6'2"; 8,000 lbs.; a rugged, well-built man made entirely of metal. Somewhat slow-moving but methodical.

ST 40 [300]; DX 10 [0]; IQ 12 [40]; HT 12 [20].
Damage 4d+1/7d-1; BL 320 lbs.; HP 40 [0]; Will 12 [0]; Per 12 [0]; FP 12 [0].
Basic Speed 5.5 [0]; Basic Move 4 [-5]; Block 0; Dodge 8; Parry 10 (Karate).

Social Background

TL: 8 [0].
CF: Western (Native) [0]. 
Languages: Dutch (Native) [0]; English (Native) [4]; French (Native) [4]; Japanese (Native) [4]; Korean (Accented) [2]; Myeerrrarrr (Accented) [2]; Russian (Native) [4]; Spanish (Accented) [2].


Body of Metal* [130]; Claws (Blunt Claws) [3]; Damage Resistance 40 (Can't Wear Armor, -40%) [120]; IST [132]; Language Talent [10]; Military Rank 6 [10].


Code of Honor (Soldier's) [-10]; Colorblindness [-10]; Compulsive Generosity (6) [-10]; Ham-Fisted -2 [-10]; Honesty (6) [-20]; Pacifism (Cannot Harm Innocents) [-10]; Sense of Duty (City of Pittsburgh) [-10]; Truthfulness (6) [-10]; Vulnerability (Magnetic attacks, Occasional) (x4) [-40].


Administration-13 (IQ+1) [4]; Area Knowledge (Australia)-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Area Knowledge (Canada)-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Area Knowledge (Melbourne)-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Area Knowledge (Pittsburgh)-13 (IQ+1) [2]; Area Knowledge (United States)-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Area Knowledge (Vancouver)-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Computer Operation/TL8-12 (IQ+0) [1]; Diplomacy-14 (IQ+2) [12]; History (international, U.N.)-11 (IQ-1) [2]; Karate-14 (DX+4) [20]; Law (American Criminal)-12 (IQ+0) [4]; Leadership-14 (IQ+2) [8]; Linguistics-15 (IQ+3) [16]; Public Speaking-13 (IQ+1) [4]; Research/TL8-12 (IQ) [2]; Strategy (Land)-12 (IQ+0) [4]; Tactics-14 (IQ+2) [12]; Writing-12 (IQ) [2].

* Staal's Body of Metal meta-trait does not include Damage Resistance, having been replaced with his greater DR 40.


Maarten Sterk was a young linguistics professor at Harvard when his metahuman abilities first manifested. Overnight, he transformed into a four-ton metal man with strength enough to lift an SUV. Needless to say, his career prospects changed drastically.

His sense of responsibility led him to join the IST. He is now a 10-year veteran, having served with distinction at IST Melbourne and as second squad leader at IST Vancouver. He was appointed head of IST Pittsburgh when it opened its doors three years ago.

The people of Pittsburgh have taken well to their big steel mascot, linking him in the public consciousness to local folk hero Joe Magerak. The press has dubbed him "the Silver Boy Scout" for his outstanding charity work, his honesty and respect for the law, and his habit of walking the streets at night, looking for random crimes to stop.


Staal is made entirely of metal. As such, he is fairly indestructible, but his composition makes him vulnerable to magnetic attacks. He is super-strong but lacks some manual dexterity and speed. Also, the physical transformation rendered his eyes incapable of perceiving color.

Group Role

Staal is the group leader and Team Administrator. He is a mid-level tank, capable of withstanding most man-portable weaponry. While he isn't quite strong enough to throw vehicles on a regular basis, his damage output is still quite impressive, given the hardness of his fists and his decent martial arts training.

Staal should be played for his "Boy Scout" nature. Think Superman without the cape or the x-ray eyes.

IST: Duty (to the U.N.; 15 or less; Extremely Hazardous; Involuntary) [-20]; Legal Enforcement Powers 2 [10]; Military Rank 4 [20]; Patron (U.N.; 12 or less; Grants equipment, more than starting wealth, +50%) [120]; Reputation +3 (from law-abiding citizens and government officials of U.N. member nations, as an IST member, all the time) [10]; Reputation -1 (from citizens and government officials of U.N. non-member nations, as a U.N. tool, all the time) [-3]; Reputation -3 (from criminals, as an IST member, all the time) [-5]. 132 points.

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