Old Characters Don’t Die…

They just get used in other campaigns.

I made this guy for an Emerald City game using Mutants and Masterminds but the game never happened. Maybe someone else can use him?


Created back in the Golden Age by Gil Kane, his full name was The Stellar Swordsman and he was a kind of space-Zorro figure with a dash of Conan, allowing stories to blend fantasy and space tropes. Untrademarked, the name was later used by Stan Lee and Don Heck for a Hawkeye villain, but there is no relationship between the two characters. In the early 1980s, the character was rebooted by Len Wein and Brian Bolland. Most of his backstory remained unchanged apart from establishing he was not the first to carry the Ultima Blade. He appeared briefly in Freedom Galaxy, a selection of stories about the heroes of Freedom City establishing a space exploration and defence platform after Chronicle revealed to them how little they knew of the galactic threats surrounding them. His fate following Freedom Galaxy was not covered; it is assumed he returned to his home planet once again.

The Swordsman is a Titon, an alien from the planet Titona. The Titons resemble humans for the most part, but their higher gravity and the harsh solar winds have made them faster, stronger and more alert. Aeons ago, they were contacted by mysterious higher beings whom they worshipped as something akin to gods. They had detected or perhaps made themselves objects of pure power, which somehow collapsed the higher dimensional existence of a concept into our three dimensional universe. The most dangerous of these (and so far the only seen) is the Ultima Blade, the sword of all swords, a weapon that encapsulates the very archetype of the perfect blade and which is said to be able to cut through anything that exists, even time and space itself. Unable to interact with our universe easily, the higher beings charged their faithful servants of Titona to be the guardians of the blade. Since then, every generation of Titons has competed for the honour of being the Swordsman, with only the wisest, bravest and greatest warriors being worthy.

In the current age, the bearer is a Titon called Kellan Tarn. As a general, Titon was an Alexandrian figure who felt the Titons should be expansionistic in their search for justice and safety. He admitted feeling denied what he thought was his destiny when he was chosen to wield the Sword, as it is a weapon he feels deserves nothing but the utmost caution, to be drawn only in great need. However, before he could ponder this new destiny, some power in the sword cast him across dimensions, to Earth, arriving in Emerald City in the wash of the Silver Storm. As yet, he has no idea why.

Complications: Mystical Destiny, Can Be Yanked Around By Higher Beings, Relatively Useless Without His Sword, Alien Who Doesn’t Always Get Earth, Code of Behaviour About Not Throwing Around Violence For No Reason And Also Representing The Highest Honour Of His Entire Race So Can’t Just Goof Off, Also Keen On Pacifying The Whole Galaxy If He Has Time.

Powers: The Ultima Blade can cut everything. Even the fabric of reality, allowing travel between dimensions, and space, allowing teleportation. It can also cut everything short of itself/Plotimmunium. It has a built-in connection to the “higher reality”, which gives it a few mystical powers like precognition. Unlike Thor’s Hammer, anyone can wield it although it is heavy as hell (semi-literally); only a superhero would have the required strength or training. As a Titon he has Thor-ish levels of strength and resilience, can ride his horse through space without a helmet and a few other doo-dads.

Visual Reference: Gil Kane’s Black Mark. This is probably what Tarn looked like back on Titona. On earth he is less bare-chest barbarian, wearing one of those usual body-stocking unitards, but keeping the boots, cape and bad-ass belt over the top.
Gil Kane - Blackmark Pin-Up Original Art.jpg

Ā Attributes:

Strength 8
Stamina 9
Agility 3
Dexterity 0
Fight 4
Intelligence 1
Awareness 2
Presence 3

30 levels = 60 points

Dodge: 3
Fortitude: 9
Parry: 9 (5 levels)
Toughness: 9
Will: 6 (5 levels)

10 levels = 10 points


Acrobatics 6
Athletics 12
Close Combat 15
Deception 2
Expertise: Strategy and Tactics 13
Expertise: Cosmic Knowledge 10
Insight 4
Intimidation 6
Persuasion 2

70 ranks = 35 points


Accurate Attack
Agile Feint
All Out Attack
Benefit: High General of the Titonic Armies 2 (He’s a long way from home)
Benefit: Bearer of the Ultimate Blade 1
Defensive Attack
Extraordinary Effort
Great Endurance
Improved Defence
Improved Disarm
Improved Smash
Improved Trip
Language (Titonic) 1
Power Attack
Weapon Break

Feats: 20 points


Immunity (to being in space, to hunger and thirst) 2

Ultima Blade Item, Easily Removable. 30 ranks in powers, cost: 18 pts. (

Damage 10
Penetrating 10
– Impervious, Dimensional, Feature (Cosmically Heavy)

Alternate Powers
– Senses 4 (Precognition, Uncontrolled)
– Movement 3 (Dimensional Travel)
– Teleport 5 (Solar System)
– Movement 3 (Time Travel, Limited)
– Transform 10 (anything whole into anything cut)
– Telepathy (Close, Limited, Dimensional)
– Deflect/Interpose something like that
… that feels about 30 points.

Powers: 20 points.


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