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 Origin: 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
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 Watched,"by the Canadian government.",as powerful,non-combat
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated - October, 2002