Banshee for Champions Play

Real name: Sean Cassidy
Other known aliases: None
Occupation: Teacher and hero.
Current group affiliation: Generation X (co-leader).
Past group affiliations: X-Men, Factor Three
Major enemies: Ogre, Black Tom Cassidy.
First appearance: X-Men #28
Description: Sean is a man in his early 40's with green eyes and blonde hair. He stands 6' tall and weighs 170 lbs.

10     STR      0
14     DEX     12
13     CON      6
12     BODY     4
13     INT      3
14     EGO      8
13     PRE      3
14     COM      2
 7     PD       5
 6     ED       3
 4     SPD     16
 8     REC      6
26     END      0
24     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 68

Powers, Skills and Equipment

15     Sonar     
20     EC (Sonics) (30),Restrainable(-1/2)     
20a)   12D6 EB (Sonics),vs physical defense                      6
15b)   3D6 Flash,Hearing Group,Linked(-1/2),"to Energy Blast.",0     
        END(+1/2)                                                0
18c)   18" Flight (Sonics),x64 Non-Combat,Concentrate(-1/4)      4
 5     5 Flash Defense,Hearing Group     
15     5/5 Force Field (Sonics),0 END(+1/2)                      0
 5     8 Mental Defense     
 4     +7 PRE,"Booming Voice",Concentrate(-1/4),Only to effect     
        people, not to resist.(-1/2)     
 3     Ultra Hearing (Sonics)     
 3     Bugging 12-     
 3     Bureaucratics 12-     
 3     Climbing 12-     
 3     Computer Programming 12-     
 3     Concealment 12-     
 3     Conversation 12-     
 3     Criminology 12-     
 3     Deduction 12-     
 3     Electronics 11-     
 3     Forgery 11-     
 4     2 Levels: with EB.     
 3     Mechanics 11-     
 3     Navigation 11-     
 3     Paramedic 12-     
 3     Streetwise 12-     
 3     Stealth 12-     
 3     Tactics 12-     
 2     WF,Small Arms     
 8     4/4 Armor,OIF(-1/2)     
Powers Cost: 182


Base Points: 100
 5     Distinctive,"Irish accent.",easily concealable,minor
10     Distinctive,"Mutant",easily concealable,major
20     Hunted,"by mutant hating groups",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,harsh,appear 11-
20     Normal Stats
15     Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,strong
20     Psych Lim,"Protective of Generation X.",very common,strong
 5     Rivalry,"With White Queen.",professional
15     Secret ID,"Sean Cassady"
10     Unluck,2D6
Disadvantages Total: 120

Experience Spent: 30
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion:

History: Sean Cassidy was born as the heir to the castle and estate of Cassidy Keep, Ireland, as well as a small fortune. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, Cassidy became a detective at Interpol, the international law enforcement organization. By the time he married Maeve Rourke, Cassidy had risen to the rank of Inspector at Interpol. Although Cassidy had discovered his mutant powers in his adolescence, he kept them secret, even from the rest of Interpol.

However, Cassidy's powers were known to his disreputable cousin Black Tom Cassidy, who had discovered that he himself was a superhumanly powerful mutant. Sean and Black Tom had long been rivals, especially over the love of Maeve Rourke, before she ultimately married Sean.

Sean Cassidy was assigned by Interpol to a top secret mission which required that he stay out of touch with his family for a considerable amount of time. When he left on the mission, Maeve was in her first month of pregnancy, although neither Tom nor Maeve knew it at the time. Their daughter, Theresa, was born during Sean's absence. Maeve took the infant Theresa with her on a visit to her relatives in Armagh in Northern Ireland. While she was there, Maeve, an innocent bystander, was killed by an explosion caused by terrorists. No trace of Theresa was found by the authorities, and they and Maeve's relatives assumed that Theresa had also been killed in the explosion. In fact, however, Black Tom Cassidy had been present at the scene of the explosion and had secretly carried Theresa off with him. Black Tom suspected that Theresa might develop superhuman mutant powers as she grew older, and therefore he intended to raise her secretly so that he might exploit her powers himself.

On returning from his mission, Sean Cassidy was informed that his wife was dead. Those who knew that Theresa had been born decided not to inform Sean Cassidy that Maeve had had a daughter in order to spare him further grief. At first Cassidy attempted to escape his despair over this news by throwing himself into his work at Interpol. Eventually, however, the still melancholy Cassidy left Interpol to become a freelance operative, and as time went on, he found himself engaged in criminal activities. The legal authorities never discovered that Cassidy was guilty of crimes, but the mutant known as the Changeling did, thanks to the technology of the subversive organization of superhumanly powerful mutants and their underlings known as Factor Three. The Changeling contacted Cassidy, whom Factor Three's technology had also identified as a superhumanly powerful mutant, and invited him to join the organization. Cassidy was appalled upon learning of Factor Three's goals and adamantly refused. However, the Changeling and his superior, the so-called Mutant Master, agreed that Cassidy's powers and knowledge of the workings of law enforcement agencies were too valuable for Factor Three to lose, and so they sent their agents to capture Cassidy. Factor Three had a headband containing explosives placed around Cassidy's head. If Cassidy defied their orders, the headband could be detonated by remote control; it would also detonate if Cassidy attempted to remove the headband himself. Furthermore, Factor Three put Cassidy, who went by the code name of Banshee, under the supervision of one of their trusted human agents, the Ogre. The Banshee thus felt forced to obey Factor Three's commands, and, accompanied by the Ogre, performed various criminal missions for the organization.

While in New York City on a mission for Factor Three, the Banshee clashed with the original X-Men, who captured both him and the Ogre. The X-Men's leader, Professor Charles Xavier, used a psionic "mental bolt" on the Banshee's headband which prevented the detonation mechanism from functioning so that the Banshee could remove it. Once freed of the headband, the Banshee told the X-Men all that he knew about Factor Three. Later, the Banshee discovered Factor Three's secret European headquarters, only to be recaptured. But the Banshee participated in the X-Men's battle with the Mutant Master, and it was the Banshee's powers which exposed the Mutant Master as an extraterrestrial.

The Banshee returned to an honest life, and time passed without major incident for him, except for his brief captivities by the Sentinels, and by the second Secret Empire. Professor Xavier later invited the Banshee to join the X-Men when he was recruiting new members to battle the menace of Krakoa. The Banshee remained in the X-Men for some time. It was during this time that he met Xavier's silent partner, the Scots geneticist Moira MacTaggert. Cassidy and MacTaggert soon fell in love, but while Cassidy was based at Xavier's mansion, MacTaggert was based at her mutant research center on Muir Island off the coast of Scotland.

While in Japan the X-Men found themselves in battle with Moses Magnum, a criminal mastermind who had been endowed with psionic power to cause earthquakes. Magnum unleashed tremendous psionic energy in an attempt to create seismic waves great enough to cause a chain reaction that would destroy Japan. The Banshee simultaneously used his powers to create waves of vibratory force that would cancel out the waves of force that Magnum was creating. The Banshee succeeded to the extent that only small uninhabited islands in the vicinity of Magnum's base were destroyed. However, the tremendous strain that the Banshee had placed upon his powers in performing this heroic feat seriously damaged his vocal cords. Cassidy soon regained his ability to speak, but his superhuman sonic powers, which were dependent on his vocal cords, appeared to have been destroyed.

Cassidy accompanied the X-Men to Muir Island where they battled the menace of Proteus, Moira MacTaggert's mutant son, who at one point took his mother prisoner. Proteus was defeated, and the experience of seeing the woman he loved in danger made Cassidy realize that he wanted to stay by her side. Therefore, Cassidy retired from the X-Men, and he and Moira MacTaggert divided their time between Cassidy Keep and Muir Island. Cassidy briefly returned to aid the X-Men against operatives of Arcade during an emergency situation when most of the X-Men were simultaneously engaged in conflict with an android which Doctor Doom had created in his own image.

Later, the X-Men battled Black Tom Cassidy, his partner the Juggernaut, and Theresa, who had developed sonic powers of her own, which she used under the alias of Siryn. Theresa felt obliged by her duty toward Black Tom, the man who had raised her (and whom she called "uncle" out of respect, although they are actually cousins), to assist him in his crimes. After they were defeated by the X-Men, Black Tom gave Theresa a letter to Sean, explaining that she was his daughter. Sean and Theresa were joyfully united at Xavier's mansion.

Banshee is now the co-headmaster at the Massachusetts Academy, where he teaches young mutants in the use of their powers alongside Emma Frost.

Note: In the alternate future that Phoenix III comes from Banshee was the head of the New Mutants when she was a member.

Note: In the alternate time line depicted in New Warriors #11 to #13 Sean was a member of the mutant underground lead by Magneto.

Banshee from the Generation X file Note: In the 1996 Generation X film Banshee was played by Jeremy Ratchford.

Powers: Sean Cassidy is a mutant who has the same powers as his daughter Siryn, but who cannot use them in as many ways as she can. His powers function in the same way that hers do: he creates powerful sonic waves with his voice with which he can achieve various effects, often with the assistance of limited psionic abilities which function only in unison with his sonic power. The Banshee can use his sonic powers to propel himself through the air in flight, to shatter solid objects.

Links to other Banshee pages:
  • http://mutanthigh.dnsart.com/banshee.html
  • http://pc59te.dte.uma.es/cdb/series/marvel/banshee.htm
  • http://www.classicmarvel.com/cast/banshee.htm
  • http://www.geocities.com/Area51/3282/banshee.html
  • http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Realm/6198/Banshee.html
  • http://www.geocities.com/echopast/GenerationX/Banshee.html
  • http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Cavern/8186/x-men/banshee.html
  • http://www.marvel.com/comics/bios/bio_banshee.html
  • http://www.marvelmagic.com/CardPages/banshee.html
  • http://www.users.xeroanime.com/~handbook/abcd/banshee.htm

  • Character created by Marvel Comics.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - mathewignash@comcast.net.
    Last Updated - September, 2002

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    Authored on Amiga.