Identity: Hamilton Slade
Detection of Evil: When in the pres ence of ‘evil,’ Hamilton Slade is possessed by the spirit of the Ghost Rider. This power has a range of several miles, but functions at only Excellent rank, requiring a yellow FEAT roll (with possible modifiers depending on the severity of the evil) to activate. Once the Ghost Rider has sensed the evil, it will assume control of Slade for about six hours.
Phasing: The Ghost Rider may become intangible. When in this state, he has Class 1000 protection against all physical and energy attacks save those of mystic origins. As the Ghost Rider needs to breathe, gas attacks can affect him, and he can remain intangible only for as long as he can hold his breath. When in this state, the Ghost Rider can walk on air at Typical speed.
lnvisibiilty: The Ghost Rider can fade from view with Incredible ease. Also becoming undetectable in both the infared and ultraviolet ranges. As an established power stunt, he may turn only certain portions of his body invisible.
Alter Ego: When not possessed by the spirit of the Ghost Rider, Hamilton Slade has the following statistics:
Spectral Six-Shooter: The Ghost Rider may fire an unlimited number of phantom bullets form his spectral ‘six-shooter’ which can pass through intervening objects to hit their target, but do no physical damage. A struck target must make an Endurance FEAT against Incredible intensity stunning or be knocked out for 1-10 turns. The bullets have a range of three areas.
Mystic Lariat: The Ghost Rider’s lariat is also of mystic origin. He can throw it one area away. It is considered a Grappling attack at Amazing strength and can pass through material objects like his bullets. It is made of an Amazing material.
Banshee: The Ghost Rider’s horse appears upon command. She has similar powers of intangibility and invisibility. Banshee never tires and can move three areas per round.
Ghost Rider has both the Gun and Horsemanship talents.
Slade has Archaeology.
Hamilton Slade is an archeologist whose interest in the lore of the American Indians was spurred during childhood by his parents’ accounts of his family’s claim to fame in the history of the Southwest.
While studying archeology, Hamilton Slade hoped to some day discover the burial place of his famous great-great- grandfather. One day, while leading a team of archeologists from the University of Nevada, Slade did come upon the resting place of his ancestor, in a subterranean cave beneath a Comanche burial mound. Unable to contain his excitement, Slade investigated the site alone, and was startled when the ghostly garb of the Ghost Rider levitated from a burial urn as he approached. In a blinding flash, Slade was possessed by the spirit of one of the phantom horsemen and acquired a host of spectral powers, far beyond those once possessed by his mortal ancestors. Joined by the ghost of the Night Rider’s horse, Banshee, he galloped off into the night to save stunt-rider Johnny Blaze (at the time the supernatural vigilante Ghost Rider) from the magician Moondark. Upon the successful completion of this mission, Slade resumed his normal form, with no memory of his possession. Subsequently, however, whenever evil was nearby, Slade would be transformed into the Phantom Rider to combat it, leaving Slade with no idea why he was subject to occasional memory lapses.
The Phantom Rider was one of the five individuals who intercepted a call for help from Rick Jones to the hero team Avengers when Jones was being held captive by the villainous Corruptor. The Rider joined with Red Wolf, Firebird, Shooting Star, and Texas Twister to battle the monstrous Hulk under the Corruptor’s influence, and later agreed to help them form the Rangers, the Southwest’s answer to the Avengers.
As a member of the Rangers, the Phantom Rider fought the Avengers’ West Coast contingent under Firebird’s direction, believing one of the Avengers a demon. The demon turned out to be the Rangers’ Shooting Star, and once the battle was over, the Phantom Rider and the Rangers departed amicably.
As it turned out, the spirit possessing Hamilton was Lincoln Slade, who had previously kidnapped and brainwashed the Avenger Mockingbird into loving him during an adventure in the Old West. Lincoln would use Hamilton’s body to haunt Mockingbird in the present. At one point, Mockingbird confronted Hamilton, who had no control or knowledge of his activities when he became Phantom Rider. Ultimately, Mockingbird exorcised Lincoln’s spirit, which was destroyed by the spirit of Carter Slade, the original Phantom Rider. Mockingbird’s occult ally Hellstorm banished Lincoln Slade’s ghost to the netherworld while Carter Slade’s ghost merged with Hamilton, who became consciously aware of and in control of his actions as the modern Phantom Rider for the first time in the process. As the new Phantom Rider, Slade promised to devote himself to atoning for Lincoln’s sins and to continue fighting crime.