Guardian for Champions

Real name: James MacDonald Hudson
Other known aliases: Vindicator, Weapon Alpha.
Occupation: Canadian government super agent.
Current group affiliation: Alpha Flight.
Past group affiliations:
Major enemies: Master of the World.
First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #109
Description: James in an athletic man weighing 187 lbs. He has brown hair.

13/43     STR      3
   14     DEX     12
   14     CON      8
   10     BODY     0
   18     INT      8
   14     EGO      8
   18     PRE      8
   14     COM      2
 7/13     PD       8
    8     ED       5
    4     SPD     16
 8/14     REC      8
   28     END      0
24/39     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 86

Skills and Equipment

 3     Computer Programming 13-     
 7     Electronics 13-     
 3     Inventor 13-     
 4     2 Levels: with Energy Blast.     
 3     Navigation 11-     
 3     SC: Physics 13-,(INT based)     
 3     Systems Operation 13-     
 3     Tactics 13-     
10     5/5 Armor,OIF(-1/2)     
15     EC (Magnetism) (22),"Electromagnetic Armor",OIF(-1/2)     
45a)   12D6 EB,0 END(+1/2)                                     0
33b)   14" Flight,x32 Non-Combat,0 END(+1/2)                   0
15c)   +30 STR (Magnetism),0 END(+1/2)                         0
 8d)   10" Teleport (Magnetism),x250 Increased Range,Can only     
        teleport due west.(-2),Must have open space in line of     
        teleport.(-1/2),x2 Increased End Cost(-1/2)            4
 9     4/4 Force Field (Magnetism),OIF(-1/2),0 END(+1/2),x1     
        Hardened(+1/4)                                         0
Powers Cost: 164


Base Points: 100
15     DNPC,"Various people in need of saving.",normal,appear 11-
20     Normal Stats
10     Psych Lim,"Not sure if he's the "real" James Hudson.",
15     Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,strong
20     Psych Lim,"Duty to his country.",very common,strong
10     Public ID,"James MacDonald Hudson"
15     Rep,"Major Canadian hero.",occur 14-
 5     Rivalry,"with Puck.",romantic
10     Unluck,2D6
10     Watched,"by the Canadian government.",as powerful,non-combat
        influence,mild,appear 14-
Disadvantages Total: 130

Experience Spent: 20
Total Points: 250

Explanation of the conversion:

History: A little over a decade ago, James MacDonald Hudson, an engineer for the American-Canadian Petro-Chemical Company in Canada, invented an armored suit that would enable its wearer to bore through the earth in exploring for oil or other geological resources. Hudson resigned from Am-Can when he learned that his superior, Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon, intended to turn the exploratory suit over to the American military. which would use it as a weapon. Determined to prevent Jaxon from implementing his plan, Hudson went to an Am-Can complex one night, secretly donned the suit, and then used its power to destroy Am-Can's plans for its construction. Hudson then used the suit's flying capability to escape. Hudson abandoned the suit but made off with its cybernetic helmet, which he had designed and built before going to work at Am-Can, and without which the suit was inoperable.

Shocked by what had happened to Hudson at Am-Can, Heather McNeil, Jaxon's young personal secretary, had also resigned. from the company. McNeil was strongly attracted to Hudson, who was her elder by many years. The day after Hudson committed the theft, McNeil visited him and learned that he had taken the helmet. She told Hudson she had fallen in love with him the first time she had seen him, and told him that she warned to be hie wife. Hudson was taken back by this confession of love from a girl who was still a month away from turning eighteen, but he acknowledged that he was attracted to her as well. Hudson was deeply depressed about his future, believing he would be sent to prison for stealing the suit. McNeil decided to seek the Canadian government's aid for Hudson, and she and Hudson spent two days speaking with various government employees. Finally, the Canadian government declared that Hudson had been a government employee "retroactively" for six years, that the helmet was indeed his property, and decided to compensate Am-Can for all damages incurred by Hudson in reclaiming the helmet. Jaxon, however, lost his position at Am-Can as a result of Hudson's theft of the cybernetic helmet.

Hudson was invited by the Canadian Prime Minister to participate in the creation of Department H, a top secret research and development agency within the Canadian Ministry of Defense. Within a year Hudson married Heather McNeil.

While visiting Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park, James and Heather Hudson were attacked by a wild man whom they later learned was named Logan, the superhuman mutant who still later was given the code name Wolverine. Logan had become savage and animalistic and seemingly incapable of speech, apparently due to the shock of having his skeleton laced with the metal alloy adamantium. James Hudson shot Logan, but the bullet did not stop him, and Logan physically assaulted him. Then Heather fired a shot that felled Logan, rendering him unconscious. The Hudsons brought Logan to their cabin, where James tied him to a bed. Saying he was going to get medical help for the wild man, James Hudson left Heather alone in the cabin with Logan. But a blizzard prevented James from returning to the cabin for some time. Logan severed his bonds and might have attacked Heather, but was horrified upon seeing his claws for what he later claimed was the first time he can remember. Believing that someone had implanted claws in Logan against his will, Heather Hudson comforted the despairing Logan until James Hudson finally returned. (It is suggested that James Hudson may have had something to do with implanting the Adamantium in Logan's body and giving him his claws.) The two Hudsons had Logan live with them and nursed him beck to health. They also worked with Logan day and night until he emerged from his state of shock and regained his human sanity, although Logan was still prey to animalistic rages at times.

Alpha Flight Flashback #1 As Weapon Alpha he joined Wolverine and Puck in combating the cosmic meance of Chinook (Alpha Flight Flashback #1).

It was shortly after his wedding that James Hudson learned of the formation of the team of superhuman champions called the Fantastic Four. Inspired by the news, James Hudson decided to form a team of superhumanly powerful agents to go on missions for the Canadian government. Logan aided James Hudson in the initial phases of the creation of the team, which would be called Alpha Flight, and it was planned that Logan, as Wolverine, would lead the team.

Logan soon quit Department H when he received an offer from Professor Charles Xavier to join the X-Men. James Hudson continued to develop and improve upon his exploratory armored suit, and it eventually became the costume that he himself wore as a member of Alpha Flight. James Hudson reluctantly became the team's leader after Wolverine's resignation.

X-Men #109 At first James Hudson's code name as a costumed agent was Weapon Alpha. Under this name he attempted to carry out his orders to bring Wolverine back to Department H by force. Hudson failed in this task, but in the course of this mission accidentally nearly killed the X-Men's ally, Dr. Moira MacTaggart (X-Men #109).

Alpha Flight #1 The guilt-ridden Hudson subsequently took the new code name Vindicator,' believing he now had to vindicate himself. Eventually, the Canadian government accepted Wolverine's departure from Department H, and the Hudsons resumed their friendly relationship with him.

Alpha Flight had six members (Aurora, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, Snowbird, and Vindicator) when it and Department H were disbanded by the Canadian government for financial reasons. But shortly thereafter, when James Hudson, as Vindicator, went to investigate what proved to be the emergence of the mystical Great Beast called Tundra, Heather, without her husband's knowledge, summoned the other members of Alpha Flight to help him. The six members afterwards decided to continue acting as a team performing altruistic missions, and they were joined by two trainees for eventual membership in Alpha Flight from Department H's Beta Flight, Marrina and Puck. Having come to terms ,with his guilt over injuring MacTaggart, James Hudson took the new code name Guardian.

Incredible Hulk #279 Once it was established that Bruce Banner's mind was in control of the Hulk's body, the Hulk was treated to a celebration in New York City where he received a presidential pardon from Ronald Reagan, the key to the city, and praise from a number of superheroes, including Guardian (Incredible Hulk #279).

Months later, Heather Hudson was taken captive by Delphine Courtney, a humanoid robot serving Jerome Jaxon, who had formed a team of superhuman agents called Omega Flight in order to destroy Alpha Flight and gain vengeance on James Hudson. Jaxon took remote control of the robot Box and used it to battle Guardian during the ensuing clash between Alpha Flight and Omega Flight. Hudson's battlesuit was severely damaged in the battle and in order to defeat Box, he tore circuits out of the battlesuit and fed energy from his battlesuit's power pack directly into Box. Thus the Box robot was destroyed and the feedback apparently killed Jaxon. But then Hudson had to disconnect his battlesuit's power pack within seconds or else it would explode. Heather entered the room just in time to witness the explosion that killed her husband.

In reality, Hudson was not killed, but thrown backwards through time and space and captured by the alien race known as the Q`wrrlln. In their attempt to help him, they revived Hudson's body into a cybnertic composite, thinking that the leftovers of his battlesuit were a part of his physiology. The aliens returned him to Earth in suspended animation, where he lay buried for countless centuries, until he was discovered by the Roxxon Corporation many years after his supposed death with Omega Flight. Roxxon attempted to use him for their own purposes, but he reasserted control of himself and rejoined Alpha Flight, now code-named Vindicator.

Soon, however, the Q`wrrlln contacted Hudson in order to use him as a weapon against the planet-ravager alien Galactus. Hudson teleported members of Alpha Flight and the hero team Avengers to the Q`wrrlln homeworld. Successful in thwarting Galactus, Hudson apparently sacrificed himself again in order to return the teams back to Earth.

In reality, Hudson was not killed, but shunted into null space where he was later discovered by Alpha Flight's archenemy, the Master. The Master bent James to his will and sent him against Alpha Flight as the Antiguard. It was Heather`s love for James that allowed him to reassert control and help defeat the Master. Hudson, reunited with his wife, left Alpha Flight to be free agents, occasionally doing assignments for the Canadian government. However, the two people had grown to far apart due to their separate life experiences, and they parted ways.

Hudson returned to work for the Canadian government, when Department H was reopened, Hudson wanted to be on board. Unfortunately, Department H was involved in many dubiously criminal experiments, and Hudson refused to work for them. In retaliation, the Department had Hudson captured, his memories and mind downloaded into computers, and his body sent into space. Hudson's battlesuit, however, reacted with some part of Hudson to interfere with the trajectory, and Hudson landed in Antarctica, where Sasquatch was working at a secluded laboratory. Shortly afterward, Department H created a nineteen year old clone of Hudson with his memories and battlesuit. This new Guardian became the leader of a new version of Alpha Flight.

Sasquatch revived Hudson, and together they reformed their own version of Alpha Flight to confront Department H. Hudson's Flight confronted the current Alpha Flight and cloned Guardian. The two versions of Alpha Flight soon reconciled and joined together as one.

There was initially some confusion on which Guardian was the true Hudson, although the younger clone was soon revealed as the duplicate. Both the original and duplicate Hudson were soon kidnapped by the subversive organization A.I.M. who wanted to study them both. Through the intervention of both Alpha Flight and Wolverine, both Hudsons were freed, but the duplicate was seemingly killed during the escape.

Hudson returned to Alpha Flight, where he leads them under the guise of Guardian.

Trivia: For a short time the robot Delphine Courtney pretended she was James, and took on the roll of Guardian II in Omega Flight. James is connected to Guardian III and Vindicator II, who are both his wife Heather, who took up James' roll in Alpha Flight when he first was believed dead. Guardian IV was a life model decoy who believed himself to be the real James Hudson.

Powers: James Hudson was a brilliant inventor and engineer and an above mintage athlete with extensive training in hand-to-hand combat. As Guardian, his superhuman abilities stemmed solely from the steel-mash battlesuit that he wore. The suit contained an array of 1,200 miniature electromagnetic projectors that generated a stress patten within the local area of the Earth's electromagnetic field. Through this means Guardian's battlesuit could tap into high order energies that the suit could utilize for other purposes.

The suit served as an exo-skeleton for Guardian that amplified his natural strength. By directing dispersed beams of force towards the ground, Guardian could fly at a maximum speed of up to Mach 1. Guardian could shoot beams of concussive force from his gauntlets, which were originally intended for the suit's blasting capability to serve as a digging tool.

Guardian could also use the battlesuit to form a protective force field at a distance of about three inches from his armor. The field could also deflect physical force and absorb and shunt the energies of most incoming radiations in the electromagnetic spectrum: The force field was controlled by a cybernetic link and was left on during flight to protect against high-speed winds and mid-air collisions.

Guardian's battlesuit computer used a high resolution, solid-state, laser-interferometry navigation system that could compute every component of Guardian's movements relative to the Earth. Guardian could trigger the computer to fire a beam of gravitons (the subatomic particles that carry the force of gravity) in the exact direction that would cancel the Earth's rotation relative to himself. This caused a nearly instantaneous acceleration, which, at the equator, where Guardian would reach his maximum speed, meant that Guardian would reach about 1,000 miles per hour. To the unaided human eye Guardian would have seemed to have instantaneously teleported himself from one location to another.

Links to other Guardian pages:

  • Character created by Marvel Comics.
    Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - October, 2002

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    Authored on Amiga.