Seventeen heroes formed the Watchers after defeating Overlord. Many of those founders failed to become active members, for a variety of reasons. During the coming years several dozen SPBs would join and leave the ranks of the Watchers. Below is a sample of the founding members that quickly became active, the stats presented are from the height of the Watchers power (or at the character's death):
Character stats assembled using Heroes Unlimited Second Edition™
Superpower Category: Experiment: Super Soldier
Super Abilities: Physical Transformation; Attempted Invulnerability; Increase Agility; Healing Factor
Superpower Category: Enchanted Weapon
Super Abilities: Alter Physical Structure: Stone
Weapon Abilities: Superhuman PS; Damage Bonus (+6); Mystic Shield; Nightvision
Enchanted Weapon: Bronze Longsword (one handed): 5D6+6 damage; The
mystic shield produced by the sword is a large cylindrically curved bronze plate, about 5
Appearance: A tall man with an athletic build, until transforming into Centurion. In transformation he is a taller, broader version of his usual self dressed in crimson robes with shining bronze belt, forearm and shin guards, scabbard, and crested helmet. He appears to be in his late twenties or early thirties. In his stone form Centurion is a living statue, carved from pure white marble.
Superpower Category: Mega-Hero; Physical Training
Mega-Hero Abilities: Normal Powers; Immortal; Must physically
transform (bulging muscles, metallic blue/black skin)
Physical Training Style: Strength & Endurance; Aggressive and Deadly
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Hand to Hand Combat: Special
|Attacks per Melee: 8
Critical: 18-20; Body Flip
Auto Body Flip: +2
Death Blow: 18-20
Yun Wei was born near the beginning of the 18th century. He was a gifted martial artist, and used his powers for the good of the people. Wei walked the lands with his brothers and companions, fighting evil warriors and sorcerers. After a long career, having lost the last of his brothers in combat, Master Wei retired to a monastery to live out his remaining days. He spent nearly forty years there teaching younger men the martial arts he had long since mastered. Approaching the age of 90, he fell into years of deep contemplation. Master Wei knew that his life had been lived well, that he had accomplished more than most men could hope, and approached oblivion without fear or regret.
As Master Wei felt his final days setting in, he was visited at the isolated monastery by a peculiar man. They spoke for only minutes, but in those minutes the old master found great amusement. Days later the man returned, and again the old master was charmed. This peculiar man moved and spoke like a child, but possessed the wisdom of years far greater than his appearance. Several days after this second visit, Master Wei lay on his deathbed. The peculiar man approached him again. The man spoke to Wei of distant lands and visions of the future. After hours of talk, the man revealed his true nature to Master Wei; the peculiar man was a god. The man offered Wei a choice: To finish this day as his last, and send an enlightened soul to its next life, or to purchase a gift of longevity. The price of the gift was service, not to the god but to the land and people. This gift was offered to Master Wei because he was special, a man capable of accepting great power without great chance of corruption. In essence, the peculiar man offered Master Wei the power of a demigod.
Master Wei contemplated this offer. With his final breaths remaining, Wei realized that while he didn't fear death, he didn't crave it. There was no reason for him to die, and the godhood offered his spirit an oppurtunity for great enlightenment. He accepted the gift of the unnamed god.
As the old man felt his life expire it was replaced by something new. He felt youth and strength return to his body. He stood up from his deathbed, and praised the god for the gift he had been given. The god declined the praise of the newborn Master Wei, and showed him the full implications of the gift. Master Wei looked down at his body, and realized that it wasn't his only form. With a thought, Wei took the form of a dragon. As his body lengthened, he realized that he had six legs, powerful jaws, and a long tail. His golden scales reflected the glare of the dim candle lighting the small room. As he noticed the red crest traveling along his body he realized that he was floating in the air. With a laugh, he floated through the door into the courtyard of the monastery. When he reached the open space Wei felt his body instinctively growing. Over ninety feet long, Master Wei let out a triumphant roar. As the monks cowered in fear the peculiar man bitterly smiled, and disappeared. Master Wei realized that the power he had accepted was great, but that few mortal men would be comfortable with his glorious new form. With a great deal of reluctance, he took on his human body. His youthful appearance was familiar to only the oldest of the monks, who recognized him. Master Wei told his story, and the monks eventually accepted him. He had the mind and spirit of their ancient master, despite his new form.
During the next century, Master Wei travelled the land, occasionally returning to his home at the monastery where he was welcomed and honored as a demigod. Wei protected the weak from those with powers like his, as well as from normal men. Occasionally he encountered beings like himself, but most either lacked his longevity or were at the end of their lifespan; the days of mysticism were waning. After decades of his quiet adventuring, the supernatural foes he had long fought became rare, and he more often returned to his home. Around the year 1900, he found no appropriate outlet for his power, and returned permanently.
In 1934 Wei heard tales of beings with power akin to his in far-off lands. He travelled there briefly and, seeing that they needed little help from him, returned home. During the coming wars Wei protected his homeland as he could, openly encountering only a few "super heroes." In 1972 Wei learned of a new superpowered being with plans for conquest of his homeland, and rushed to combat him. As he arrived, he met several other heroes, from distant lands, who had already responded to the danger posed by this super villain. The heroes fought bravely against the villain's minions, but the villain himself struck down several of the heroes. Master Wei revealed his dragon form, and used his powers to decimate the villain and his followers. The heroes present that day, having lost a number of their own, saw the need to band together. They asked Master Wei to join them in forming a group of heroes willing to travel the world and fight against those who would use power to abuse the weak and ravage the land. Sensing great possibilities, Master Yun Wei joined the heroes and fought bravely at their side. The Watchers were born....
In the present day, the original Watchers have largely been replaced by younger heroes. Some of the originals have retired, but many have died. Master Wei spends much of his time training young heroes in the martial arts, hoping to prepare at least a few of the heroes of this new generation. He takes to the field on occasion, but is content saving his power for only the greatest of foes.
Super Power Category: Ancient Master (equivalent); Mystically Bestowed
Equivalent of Extraordinary ME, PS; Special Abilities of Ancient Master
Mega-Hero Abilities: Normal Powers, plus Longevity; Must
physically transform to use Super Abilities
Super Abilities: Growth; Flight: Wingless; Multiple Limbs (arms)
Blue numbers are in human form, Green numbers are in dragon form, Red numbers are at Maximum Size
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Hand to Hand Combat: Martial Arts Master
|Attacks per Melee: 8 / 10
Strike: +11 / +15 / +17
Damage: +23 / +30 / +78
|Initiative: +10 / +12
Parry: +11 / +16 / +18
|Dodge (Auto): +11(+10) / +17(+10) / +13(+6)
Pull: +11 / +13
Auto Body Flip: +7
|Coma/Death: +35% / +43%
Poison: +3 / +5
Mind Altering Drugs: +9
|Trust/Intimidate: 60% / 94%
Magic: +3 / +5
Magic Illusions: +4 / +6
Horror Factor: +15 / +25
|Psionics (needs 12): +5
Mind Control: +2
Possession: +13 / +17
Super Power Category: Mutant Human (ala Transdimensional TMNT)
Super Abilities: All TransD TMNT Extraordinary Attributes, "Animal Psionics/Abilities" Techno-Mind, Telepathic Transmission, Telepathy, Mechanical Manipulation
Mega-Hero Abilities (developed gradually) : Normal Powers, plus Superior Physical Specimen; Vulnerable to Radiation (negates powers)
Blue Values are original power set, Green Values are in Mega form (Exp level 6) Red Values are post-Bionic
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For some reason, Cameron never knew exactly why, temporal energies slowly accumulated around him. Through childhood and later, during his tragically cut-off adult life, his physical and mental attributes were continuously evolving. He had no control over the directions his evolution took, but was continually amazed at the lengths to which the human body could develop.
In 1982 the Watchers battled AX-3, a robotic intelligence who had created an army of militant techno-minions; Cameron was captured. The intelligence experimented on him with bionic implants, hoping to convert Mr. Tomorrow into a loyal servant. Some part of the experimental bionics acted as a beacon to the temporal energies that developed Cameron's powers, and AX-3 began to lose control of the experiment. Cameron, over the course of several weeks, was corrupted by the temporally advanced bionics and went insane. He managed to reverse the control AX-3 was exerting, and took over the robot's army. Using the advanced techniques AX-3 had developed, he grafted cybernetic weapons, sensors, and armor to his body, and took up the robot's standard. The Watcher's were horrified when they finally located and penetrated AX-3's base, finding their enemy overthrown and their teammate, now calling himself simply "Tomorrow," in control of the cyber-enhanced army.
During the ensuing battle Tomorrow was severely injured, and his army was contained. In his injured state the bionics continued to develop under the influences of the temporal energies. After several days of imprisonment the cybernetics completely suppressed the remaining biological components of his body; Cameron Jens died.
The Watchers didn't realize that the temporal energies continued to gather and develop the cybernetics (which were buried with Cameron's remains). After 16 months of growth, the robotic body clawed it's way to the surface, and began to take control over the temporarily abandoned base where he had been buried. The Watchers came back to their home, only to find it under the control of the robotic remains of their former teammate. Suffice to say, after a difficult battle they succeeded in removing the robot from their systems, destroyed the remains, and went on to fight the next battle. The horror of the death and "rebirth" of Cameron Jens was a contributing factor to the retirement of several founding members in 1985.
Super Power Category: Mutant
Super Abilities: Body Weapons; Winged Flight; more.....
Super Power Category: Mutant
Super Abilites: Bio-Armor; Superhuman PS; Extraordinary PE, PP