Black Lightning

Jefferson Pierce

Fighting Good
Agility Excellent
Strength Good
Endurance Remarkable
Reason Excellent
Intuition Good
Psyche Good

Health 70
Karma 40
Resources Typical
Popularity 0

Powers

Electrical Generation: Jefferson can generate Amazing intensity electrical energy in a variety of ways.
Electric-Bolts: Incredible energy, 5 areas, and +1CS to hit.
Electrical Shock (on touch): Monstrous damage, knocking out his opponent for 1-10 rounds unless the opponent makes an Endurance FEAT against Monstrous intensity. He must successfully grapple his opponent before he may use this ability.
Ride lines of Electro-Magnetic potential (areas where there is electricity coursing nearby, like powerlines and wiring within buildings): Monstrous ground speed.
Jefferson can override electrical systems with Amazing ability and shut down computers or electrically powered robots. Robots with an Endurance stat may make an Endurance FEAT to avoid this reprogramming.
Energy Absorbtion: Amazing ability to absorb energy and use it to fuel his energy blasts by an Addtional +1CS
True Flight: He is able to attain Incredible airspeeds.

Talents

Teaching, Martial Arts B

Contacts

Outsiders, Batman, Markovian Government, Justice League, Teen Titans.

History

Growing up in Metropolis’s Suicide Slum, Jefferson Pierce watched as his family struggled to make ends meet. When his father was accidentally shot to death, Jefferson and his mother soon found themselves taken under the wing of Peter Gambi, who had opened a small tailor shop underneath their apartment.

Determined to get out of the slum, Pierce trained himself to physical perfection, gaining national attention when he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics of 1976. After receiving a teaching degree from Kent State, Jefferson taught high school English in the city of New Carthage, until his mother’s death brought him back to Suicide Slum.

Realizing nothing had changed in his old neighborhood, Pierce decided to stay and make thing change, growing more and more angry as he watched a criminal organization known only as the 100 corrupt his students with drugs. Witnessing Pierce’s frustration, Peter Gambi designed the costume and electronic power belt of Black Lightning, so that Jefferson could fight back against the 100 without placing himself in perpetual jeopardy and yet still serve as a positive example for the local youth.

After many months, Black Lighting finally defeated the 100 and their monstrous albino leader, Tobias Whale, and turned his attention to other criminals. He remained active until a young girl was accidentally killed as a result of his actions, after which Pierce hung up his costume and went into seclusion.

He finally resumed his Black Lightning identity several years later at the direct request of The Batman for a case that turned into the first mission of The Outsiders. Pierce now fights crime with his new friends and teaches at a Gotham City high school, inspiring others to reach for greatness.

An advocate for academic achievement, Jefferson Pierce was appointed to President Luthor’s Cabinet as Secretary of Education.

Originally, Black Lightning’s power belt enabled him to surround himself with a protective electromagnetic force field and to throw bolts of electromagnetic energy. It also augmented his strength. In the course of his adventures, through as yet undisclosed means, these powers became internalized, and he can now throw bolts of bioelectrical energy generated by his body.

Pierce also maintains his Olympic-level physical conditioning, giving him above average strength, speed, and endurance. Under the Batman’s tutelage, he has become a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant.

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