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Sentinels of the Multiverse: Benchmark


Equipment, Hardware

Flash Installation Drive (x1)
At the end of your turn, discard the top card of your deck. Then, you may put a Software card from your trash into play.
Art: Benchmark getting fed information from a device, with Revenant reflected in his visor;
Flavor-text: "Sir, I'm sure this isn't part of the job description. In fact, I checked." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #9
"Inferno" Missile Pod (x1)
Whenever you discard a card from your hand, you may put it under this card. At the end of your turn, destroy all the cards under this card. Then, Benchmark deals 1 target 1 Fire Damage X times, where X = the number of cards destroyed.
Art: Benchmark firing off a macross missile massacre from his suit;
Flavor-text: "Comin' atcha! Yeah! Way better than that 'new standard' crap!" - Benchmark, The Deadliest Game #12
Legion-Core Processor (x1)
At the start of your turn, you may either move one Software card from your trash into your hand, or you may use a Power.
Art: A close-up of a fancy microprocessor chip;
Flavor-text: "It's got dozens of ultra-tiny processors inside every microprocessor! I want twenty of 'em." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #9
Micro Fabricator (x1)
At the end of your turn, you may play a Hardware card or draw a card. Then, you may discard a card.
Art: A close-up of a device on the chest of Benchmark's suit;
Flavor-text: "Fascinating. You have no idea how any of this works, do you? A living puppet!" - Biomancer, Time & Time Again #9
Onboard Cooling Systems (x1)
The first time a Software card enters play each turn, Benchmark deals up to 2 targets 2 Cold Damage each. You may use an additional Power during your Power phase.
Art: Benchmark with cooling hoses on his suit;
Flavor-text: "Look, man. I'm not saying I'm the only one who can have cold hoses and a metal suit, but come on." - Absolute Zero, Freedom Five #760
Reinforced Chassis (x1)
Reduce damage dealt to Benchmark by 1.
Art: Benchmark with a massive heavy-duty bulletproof armor upgrade to his suit;
Flavor-text: "Remember? I'm the new standard. With or without your contract." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #12
Secondary Cannon (x1)
Whenever Benchmark uses a Power, you may discard a card. If you do, Benchmark deals 1 target 1 Projectile Damage.
Art: Benchmark with a flying gun drone hovering over his shoulder;
Flavor-text: "Kapow? Blammo? Zap? Bleh, none of those are really working for me." - Benchmark, Mystery Comics #467
Subcutaneous Cybernetics (x1)
The first time Benchmark is dealt damage each turn, you may discard a card. If you do, Benchmark regains 1 HP. At the end of your turn, Benchmark regains 1 HP.
Art: Benchmark out of his suit in a tank top staring at circuitry that's embedded into the skin of his arm;
Flavor-text: "Huh. Well, I'd say I didn't sign up for this, but that's obviously not the case." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #1
Upgraded Memory Unit (x1)
Increase HP recovery by Benchmark by 1. At the end of your turn, if you have 5 or fewer cards in hand, draw a card. If you do not draw a card this way, you may play a Software card.
Art: Benchmark smiling behind his mask;
Flavor-text: "I'm sorry, I really don't know-- er, wait, I do know now. Fancy that!" Benchmark, Freedom Five #761

One-Shot

Deployment Actuation (x4)
Reveal cards from the top of your deck until a Hardware card is revealed. Put it into play. Discard the other revealed cards. You may move a Hardware or Software card from your trash to your hand.
Art: Benchmark skydiving with a giant rocket pod strapped to the back of his suit;
Flavor-text: "Falling! Falling! Oh, OK, cool. Everything's good here. Right. Stay on target." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #1
Fly-By (x4)
Benchmark deals up to 3 targets 2 Energy Damage each. You may either play a card or return this card to your hand.
Art: Benchmark flying up to the air after strafing bad guys on a street;
Flavor-text: "Look! Up there! Is it Legacy? Or a robot?!" - Innocent Bystander, Freedom Five #760
Overhaul Loadout (x3)
Draw up to 3 cards. Move any number of Hardware and Software cards in play to your hand. Play up to X Hardware and/or Software cards, where X = the number of cards you moved to your hand this way.
Art: Benchmark with his suit set to be fully armored, a missle gun over one shoulder and a laser drone attached to the other;
Flavor-text: "I'm not here to do a job. I'm here to do what's right." - Bencmark, Freedom Five Annual #30

Ongoing, Software

Ally Matrix (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Discard a card. If you do, one other player may draw a card and use a Power.
Art: Benchmark looking at the battlefield as if it were a color-coded wireframe;
Flavor-text: "There! She's open - take the shot before it's too late!" - Benchmark, Freedom Five #772
Auto-Targeting Protocol (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Benchmark deals up to 5 targets 1 Energy Damage each.
Art: Benchmark facing off against Magman, Re-Volt, and Ray Manta, who all have targeting reticules superimposed over their foreheads;
Flavor-text: "I've got each and every one of you in my sights. Literally." - Benchmark, The Deadliest Game #12
Countermeasures (x2)
Whenever Benchmark would be dealt damage by a non-Hero target with 2 or fewer HP, destroy that target instead. At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Art: Benchmark frantically flying away from hostile aircraft, while firing his own missles back at them;
Flavor-text: "I'm not in charge here or anything, but I'm pretty sure this is a no-fly zone." - Benchmark, RevoCorp Presents #5
Intel Analyzer (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Draw 2 cards. Discard 2 cards. You may play a Software card.
Art: Benchmark looking alarmed at something he sees in his visor;
Flavor-text: "You'll find that we are, in fact, able to see it from your point of view." - Revenant, RevoCorp Presents #7
Intervening Path Calculator (x2)
Whenever the Hero with the lowest HP would be dealt damage, you may redirect that damage to Benchmark. At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Art: Benchmark saluting a suit-less Tyler Vance while shielding him from an energy blast;
Flavor-text: "Meet the new standard! ...I am so sorry. I'm contractually obligated to say that." - Benchmark, Freedom Five #761
Load On Initialization (x2)
At the start of your turn, you may either draw a card or play a Software card. Then, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Art: Benchmark with an impatient expression staring at his HUD reading "System critically damaged [progress bar] Reinitializing";
Flavor-text: "Come on, come on, come on... you're making me look bad in front of all the REAL heroes!" - Benchmark, Freedom Five #761
Multi-Point HUD (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Increase damage dealt by Benchmark this turn by 1.
Art: Benchmark looking through his HUD at a targeting reticules centered on Progeny who's holding Tachyon helpless up in the air in a hand made of rock;
Flavor-text: "Ah, team? Someone? I could really use a hand, here! Preferably not one made of rocks!" - Tachyon, Freedom Five Annual #30
Shunt Energy (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Benchmark deals himself 1 Energy Damage and deals 1 target 4 Melee Damage.
Art: Benchmark uppercutting one of the Colosseum gladiators, knocking his helmet clean off;
Flavor-text: "Yeah, sure. Get in close, pal. I don't just shoot lazers!" - Benchmark, The Hero in the Arena #5
Tactical Communicator (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Select a target. The next damage dealt to that target is irreducible and increased by 2.
Art: Benchmark dodging around Dark Mind firing psychic energy blasts at him;
Flavor-text: "I've certainly gotten her attention! Someone want to take advantage of that? Anyone?" - Benchmark, Scion Strike #3
Threat Neutralizer (x2)
At the start of your turn, if you have more Software than Hardware in play, draw a card and destroy 2 Software cards.
Power: Destroy an Ongoing card, an Environment card, or a target with 1 HP. Destroy this card.
Art: After-images of Glamour as she has her brain short-circuited by a device attached to her forehead;
Flavor-text: "How do you like that?! No, that was uncalled for. Even after messing with my brain." - Benchmark, The Deadliest Game #12




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Aliases: Randal Butler

Group: RevoCorp

Group: Paradigms

Nemesis: OblivAeon


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  • At the start of Benchmark’s turn, each software card’s text activates once for each card as long as there is more software than hardware in play. If you have 2 software cards and 1 hardware card, and the first software card destroys itself, the second card is not destroyed.
  • Countermeasures destroying the target does not count as preventing damage.
  • If Countermeasures is in play and an Explosives Wagon is destroyed, Benchmark doesn’t take damage because of the “instead.” Everyone else does, though.


Comic Books: Benchmark

Small note: Items that are in bullets are from the Podcasts, so their form may not make sense, or feel like they are missing a part - its probably on another tab

Spoilers May Be Ahead - SCU and Miststorm Universe Tabs may contain spoilers for future products.

Now, meet the latest offering from Revo-Corp: Benchmark. He is the hero against which all other heroes will be measured.

With all of the shady dealings Revo-Corp has been involved in, it’s hardly surprising that they have been playing both sides of the field. They were waiting to unveil Benchmark when a carefully calculated villain plot had disabled many of Earth’s heroes, but OblivAeon seemed an even better opportunity! Either, Benchmark would save the day, positioning Revo-Corp as both corporation and savior, or everything would be destroyed and it didn’t really matter then, right?

  • His real name is Randall Butler and he is only a few years older than Unity
    • Unity and Benchmark are said to starting a relationship towards the end of SotM sharing a bond over Revo-Corp
    • In the RPG timeline Benchmark still works for Revo-Corp (seemingly not under non-Blade management) as a part of their team, the Paradigms (with Unity- they're not a Setback/Expatriette pair yet, but it's still furthering their relationship).
  • From Letters Page Episode 32:
    • So, fairly late in the Multiverse era the company reveals their new project - the Benchmark Program. Benchmark^TM "The New Standard"^TM
    • Benchmark is the last permanent (i.e. not a "Be the Gate" alternate reality) hero to arrive in the pages of Sentinel Comics [presumably before OblivAeon and the start of the RPG events where new heroes are introduced]. Randall Butler was a tough, athletic, smart, handsome man who had great potential, but had the flaw of being kind of aimless in life. Noted by the guys as being on high school sports teams, the chess club, the boxing club, etc. and was popular and he thought a lot of himself given the reactions he got from others - "arrogance" isn't the right word, but he had so little understanding of how the world really works that he got the idea that just his presence would make things better. This trend continued through college where he also picked up acting (which continued to feed his ego in that he was giving people somebody to look up to or just making their day better).
    • That's not to say that he was a bad guy, he genuinely helped people out (volunteer firefighter) and he's not doing things for the fame or his own self image - he just thinks that his self image is enough to help people by itself. If he sounds like a jackass, that does kind of apply looking at in in the abstract, but he doesn't think of himself as selfish and he's also genuinely likeable.
    • His agent eventually gives him a call about this "hero" opportunity through this Benchmark^TM program. He thinks that he can finally, genuinely use all of his natural qualities to help out.
    • The readership is immune to his in-setting charisma, though, and his appearances elicit groans of "Oh, this guy again" eyeroll He's just a little too much of a Mary Sue.
    • His first appearance is during Termi-Nation where he saves Bunker from Chokepoint - this no-name guy who just shows up and saves one of the most important/competent heroes in Sentinel Comics and is immediately insufferable.
    • He "saves" Tachyon during a Progeny fight.
    • He takes on the Slaughterhouse Six by himself.
    • As his story progresses in RevoCorp Presents and his guest appearances in other books, the question becomes "What's the point of this character?" Readers know that RevoCorp is up to shady stuff, but this guy seems to be genuinely on the up and up (even if we all hate him). Is he just really good at hiding a bad side or what?
    • He does catch on to RevoCorp's bad side eventually, but kind of too late and even then the people he approaches brush him off with "that's some rogue division" or "of course we have a weapons development program given the nature of the company" and so on. Then OblivAeon happens.
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Variant: Originally revealed during the OblivAeon Kickstarter as the $250k stretch reward.

In an alternate reality, Benchmark is the only hero left in a world that needs heroes desperately. Backed by the angel-investor funded RevoCorp, Benchmark does all he can to protect the world.

Benchmark is running up against a classic economic issue of Supply and Demand. So, when a portal opens to a dimension with a threat against all reality, Benchmark must join the fray.

    • He's fighting Scions alongside other heroes (who have come to be allies, but not really friends because even they are annoyed by him - except Setback, Setback likes him). Specifically, he's working with Setback and Parse (the heroes who, coincidentally, have ties to RevoCorp) when some hidden subroutine in the suit's programming takes over and attacks them - leaving Randall as a passenger unable to prevent this. They're both incapacitated and just before the suit is able to execute them, Randall is able to figure out a way to prevent it - suit functions that aren't specifically overridden for these hidden programs and actions that aren't technically against orders allow him just enough freedom of action to stop it. That is, if he's pretending to "help" the suit, he can trick it into letting him disrupt things (and he's good at chess and can play the long game here). What he eventually manages to do is "accidentally" run it through some walls or "unsuccessfully" dodge some attacks from the Scions they should be dealing with to the point where the suit is broken. It's still got several operating components, but the systems aren't talking to one another to the point that they're able to work as a cohesive unit.
    • Revenant shows up - he had been monitoring the situation and was the one who triggerred the secret programming when he saw that Setback and Parse were both present. This was to be the culmination of his plot against these heroes. However, now that Randall is back in control of his (more advanced, but severely damaged) suit he's able to fight Revenant and protect the other heroes. This is the final reveal of who's behind the Revenant mask, ending his story in the Multiverse era. Benchmark goes back to the fight against OblivAeon, but it's changed his outlook on being a hero and endears him to the readers once they see that he's been duped this whole time and the bluster was his corporate "brand", not his own personality. He's not perfect and he continues to grow, even into the post-OblivAeon era.


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