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Power Ring wields an other-dimensional ring, from which all his powers derive. All power ranks are based on the user's will power (equal to his Psyche rank, which is Monstrous for Power Ring). The ring must be recharged periodically from a green power battery, or it will cease to operate. The ring has the following capabilities:
Piloting * Electronics * Poker
The Crime Syndicate of America * Per Degaton * The Weaponers of Qward
Carlton Vickers was the owner/pilot for a flight service which served as the cover for a gang of modern-day pirates, which he led. The usual method was to book flights to extremely remote and dangerous locations -- once there, the gang would either kill the passengers outright and steal their goods; sell them into slavery and take their goods; or kidnap them and pretend to have Carlton rescue them for a substantial reward. This operation worked well until they encountered the Buddhist monk, Volthoom.
Volthoom was a close friend of one of the gang's recent victims, whom they had killed. His philosophy, as with all Buddhists on Earth-3, was to gain enlightenment through strength, for only by eliminating those unworthy could one achieve Nirvana. He possessed a mystic ring of power, created by the Boddhisattvas of his order. The ring emitted a beam of pure mystic energy which could effect anything, with the exception of those beings who were more worthy of Nirvana, i.e. anyone more cunning, ruthless and willful than the wielder.
Volthoom avenged his friend and made short work of Vickers' gang, but had a harder time with their leader. Though gravely wounded by Volthoom, Vickers' fought on and escaped into the Alaskan wilderness. After a prolonged chase, Volthoom cornered him in a remote bar-room where he had sought refuge. They fought hand-to-hand, since Volthoom's ring was having less and less effect on Vickers as the chase went on. Finally, Vickers inflicted a serious wound on the monk with a broken bottle, and proceeded to slash him severely. As he lay dying, Volthoom bequeathed the ring to Vickers, recognizing in him the very qualities that he had always cultivated in himself.
As a super-powered criminal, Power Ring (as Vickers now called himself) strives to ensure that his ring will have no weaknesses by being the strongest, most cut-throat individual anywhere.