In the 1940s, Professor Perilous was a C-list mad scientist and foe (more like nuisance) of the original Bowman & The Arrow. He schemed alone in his laboratory hideout, his only company his gorilla, that he kept as a potential subject. While he experimented, he’d leave the gorilla alone to listen to the radio, usually a drama about a popular lawyer. One day, the police raided the “good” Professor’s lab, but he was confident that he’d be left alone. After all, there were no witnesses to any of his many crimes and no evidence. To the shock of everyone, the gorilla spoke! He cooperated with the police, pointing out needed evidence, and pledged to be a material witness, if necessary, provided Professor Perilous got a fair trial. It seems that the radio drama instilled the ape with a love and appreciation for the law and the judicial system. Fletcher Beaumont (the civilian identity of the Bowman) ran the story on the front page for weeks (“Monkeys sell newspapers!”), and offered to pay for the gorilla to attend college and law school. The ape got his degree and passed the bar, thus beginning the legal career of Sterling Silverback, Attorney at Law, one of the strangest lawyers in the history of Earth-Prime.
When Jenni Rocket decided to revive the Liberty League, Sterling was one of the first people she called. In addition to having lived through the Golden Age, he has an incredible legal mind; since the original Liberty League was dissolved in part by an act of Congress, Jenni wanted to make sure there were no legal impediments to the new team’s existence.
Powers & Abilities
… He’s a talking gorilla! Okay, that’s a bit of an oversimplification, but the fact is that he’s very intelligent, but otherwise little different than an average ape. He is remarkably vital considering his age, prompting many to speculate just what the heck Professor Perilous was working on.
In addition to his formidable legal mind, Sterling has an uncanny knack for getting at the truth by engaging someone in conversation. (Whether this is an actual superpower, like a specialized form of telepathy, or simply a talent, not unlike a certain detective who’s known to ask “Just one more question…”, is left for the player and GM to determine.)
Playing Sterling Silverback
Out of the courtroom, Sterling is a jovial fellow with a wry wit. He’s familiar with Earth-Prime’s other famous talking ape of similar origins, the supervillain Dr. Simian, and while he’s sympathetic to the Doctor’s stated goals, he absolutely condemns the methods that Simian undertakes. “Though, I must say, his taste in brandy and cigars is exquisite.”
Sterling is very much built for adventures focused around mysteries and role-playing (speaking of, there are rules for courtroom dramas and trial proceedings found in Danger Zones, from Green Ronin Publishing), though he is more than capable of handling himself in a fight, if need be. An excellent public speaker, he’ll use his mastery of rhetoric to get opponents to hesitate in combat from time to time.
Skills- Acrobatics 6 (+8), Athletics 4 (+10), Close Combat: Unarmed 8 (+14), Deception 10 (+13)Expertise: Law 14 (+20), Expertise: Politics 8 (+14), Insight 9 (+14), Intimidation 4 (+9), Investigation 4 (+10), Perception 6 (+11), Persuasion 11 (+14), Stealth 6 (+4)
Advantages- Agile Feint, Connected, Daze (Deception) Defensive Roll 3, Eidetic Memory, Fascinate (Persuasion), Skill Mastery (Expertise: Law), Well-Informed
Talking Gorilla- Feature (Prehensile Feet), Growth 4 (Permanent, Innate; +4 Strength & Stamina, +2 Intimidation, -4 Stealth, -2 Dodge & Parry), Senses 2 (Acute Smell, Low-Light Vision) (12 points)
Knows What To Ask- Mind Reading 6 (Sense-Dependent, Subtle) (7 points)
Been Around Awhile- Immunity (Aging) (1 point)
Toughness +9/ +6
Motivation- Justice While Sterling believes in the law, he also believes it means absolutely nothing unless applied equally to all, tempered with mercy and wisdom.
Obligation While he lets his law firm run itself, he does on occasion need to appear in court.
Reputation Many supervillains don’t care for him, as he’s stymied many of their plans over the years. Conversely, many heroes an unfair opinion of him, as he’s represented a few supervillains in court. “Even a sorcerer attempting to conquer the world is entitled to plead their case before a jury.”