Another repost from the LiveJournal.
For no particular reason, I was thinking that there aren't enough villain groups for ICONS. (Man, did I love the Champions Enemies books back in the day.) So, have a villain group in ICONS. Have them without stuff like, oh, explanations or tactics. This group, Fourscore, specializes in stealing things: information, diamonds, ATM refills, whatever.
I see them as losers, actually, taking jobs and always looking for the next big job. Kobold keeps having his heart broken and talking to Covalent about it, who thinks, "I'm right here!" and Whackjob is laughing at both of them. Lightfinger is this earnest crook type who is sure that the very next job will put them in the big time. Despite their powers, they can't quite put it all together.
As powers go, they're actually not bad, though they are hindered by the lack of anything in a technical sense. On a lot of jobs, Lightfinger just sends in Whackjob as the new filing cabinet. She gets the stuff (so long as it's material; she's no good with computers—reminds of her days in an office, before the accident) and they go. She walks out the next day, and off they go.
If the job calls for something more direct, then Whackjob waits to be auxiliary if it all goes south (which she often ensures). Covalent general takes the leadership role here, because he has experience with small squad tactics; he's largely hampered by the fact that he doesn't know nearly enough chemistry.
|Point Value 53||6|
|Tina Wells||5||Performance (Acting), Stealth|
Limit: Not physical properties Extra: Stretching
|Height||7||6||Aura (usually grows spines)|
|Varies; originally 4'11"||Awareness||Qualities|
|Point Total 51||6|
|Larry Erdman||4||Science (Geology)|
|10||Strength||4||Elemental Control (Earth) [Blast]|
|Point Total 40||5|
Extra: Defensive Extra: Effect, Telekinesis Limit: One element at a time, full panel to shift
Extra: Effect, Energy Drain (as all the oxygen tries to leave you)
|Point Total 43||4|
Likes Kobold romantically, but Kobold is straight, so that's not going to happen.
In my brain, they have this whole backstory. They grew up in the same poor crime-ridden neighbourhood. Pick a problem, somebody had it, including substance abuse, health problems, self-image, abusive boyfriends, self-loathing, and so on. They stuck together because nobody else would stick with them. When they found the device, they figured selling it would be their ticket out. They were all eighteen to twenty at the time. They were hiding it at Finch's place when it exploded and caught all of them. It triggered Finch's mutation. Erdman tried powers for the first time and it works, so he figures he was transformed. Petersen was on leave from the Army, but he never returned, being a kind of glowy guy now.