Element Lad

© DC Comics / Used without permission
Origin: Birthright
Real Name: Jan Arrah
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #307 [DC Comics April 1963]
                            Character created by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte


Prowess 3 {Average}
Coordination 4 {Fair}
Strength 4 {Fair}
Intellect 4 {Fair}
Awareness 4 {Fair}
Willpower 5 {Good}

Stamina: 9
Determination: 5


Chemistry Expert


Transmutation [Limit: Complex changes tax his abilities] 9 {Fantastic}
       Ranged (Visual)


Legion Flight Ring


. Honor: Out of his concern for others, Jan uses his potentially lethal powers judiciously, even when such restraint puts him at a disadvantage. 
. Devout pacifist.
. Responsibility (Last Trommite alive). 

Points: 45


In the 30th century universe of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the radioactive planet Trom was home to a race of advanced, peaceful humanoids with the wondrous ability to alter the elements with a thought, creating or canceling electron bonds so as to move substances up or down the periodic table. As a corollary to this power, they could sense the elemental structure oa anything. The infamous Roxxas the Butcher, unmoved by their goodness, perpetrated a genocidal slaughter upon them, and only the teenage Jan Arrah survived.Jan fled to Earth in disguise, and successfully petitioned the Legion for membership. Naturally, his first order of business as a Legionnaire was bringing Roxxas to justice, and he eventually did so with the help of his new teammates. Jan mercifully spared Roxxas’ life, and with the Butcher safely imprisoned, Arrah finally revealed his true nature. He then took Element Lad as his Legion code name.

With his world literally destroyed, the solitary Jan made the Legion his new life’s focus. Formally, he has served multiple terms as the Legion’s leader or deputy leader, while informally, the team members look to him as a source of spiritual clarity and solace. Though change is inherent in Element Lad’s very nature, to the Legion he is often the stillness in times of storm. Jan is quiet, contemplative, and contagiously serene, showing an inner fire only through his dedication to the Legion.

Like the other members of his extinct race, Jan can alter the elemental composition of matter at will. Complex transformations tax his abilities and cause him strain, however, and there is an upper limit (although still unknown) to the volume of matter he can transmute at once.

Character revised according to rules presented in ICONS Great Power book. Streamlined, once again, according to ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: The Assembled Edition.


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