Running: 6", 12" noncombat
Swimming: 2", 4" noncombat
Total Points: 88 + 92 = 180
Experience Points Spent: 0
Unspent Experience Points: 1
|An exchange student from leftist Spain, Juan Alpha immediately mastered cybernetics and electronic-implantation in college. While there, he befriended young Carb Ferris, electronics and microminiaturization specialist, and a professor of cryo-chemistry. One day, the professor let him in on a secret new chemical he claimed to have developed: an amazingly stiff and sluggish hypothermal that could be frozen upon exposure to ≈1 cm microwaves. This blue-violet liquid was hundreds of times denser than its own solid phase.
Unbeknownst to Juan, the cryo-chemistry professor was actually an agent of the KGB who had stolen the plans for the hypo and was looking for a bright mind to come along and figure out a "killer app" for it quickly. To goad Juan's creativity, the "professor" claimed not to want to market the hypo for altruistic "pure science" reasons. Juan, of course, couldn't leave such a challenge alone. He showed the hypo to Carb Ferris, who took a transient interest in it and developed a thimble-sized container for it coupled with a microminiature device that could atomize and propel the fluid and beam microwaves at it. (Carb considered this one of his lesser inventions, and soon switched his attention to his secret Metal Mind project.) Juan devised a neural interface for Carb's containment-and-propulsion device, and came up with a plan to implant it in the wrists and hands of a person without impeding normal mobility. Too excited by his first real cybernetic masterwork to let it go through normal trials, Juan took advantage of the fact that Carb rarely came into his workshop now that he was working on some "masterpiece android" somewhere else. Juan snuck into Carb's workshop with cybernetic surgery materials and the device, and programmed a few of Carb's intelligent, delicate drones to implant the device underneath a skin-colored screen in his left palm. He was so impressed with the results that he immediately took out a spare copy of the device he was carrying and had Carb's drones repeat the operation on his right palm.
Now, his hands could project thick streams of the hypo substance through his palms and the insides of his fingers. When frozen, the hypo was the same color as water ice, except that it was slightly more transparent. Once, he covered himself with ice and broke out (a la Iceman's transformation in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), and found himself covered in a 2 cm thick shell of the stuff. He quickly figured out how to adjust the amount of microwave radiation beamed at various parts of his ice armor while forming it, so that the joints would be flexible but the rest would be rigid. Currently, he makes ice slides for the fun of it. The hypo ice is quite resilient; despite the fact that the ice isn't actually cold, Juan once enabled some people to swim across a sea of molten lava by covering them in the ice. The hypo cartridges are stored in skin-colored pouches on the undersides of his wrists.
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