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Adonis (Marvel Comics) (Captain America enemy)

Adonis

(Eric Cameron)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Eric Cameron
  • Marital Status: Presumably married
  • Known Relatives: Brady Cameron (son)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 339 lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Brownish grey
  • Note: Before becoming Adonis, Cameron was 5’6” and 133 lbs, and had blue eyes.


Powers and Abilities

As Adonis, Cameron possesses a deformed and unusually strong LMD body. His limitations are unclear, but he seems to essentially be a human brain in a cybernetic cradle controlling a robotic body disguised as an organic one.

Adonis’s body is superhumanly strong – he can crush stone statues, punch through some metals or easily flip over a large car, but Captain America can survive his punches and keep fighting.

Adonis could withstand blows from Cap’s shield without being damaged, and did not need to breath – he could remain for hours at the bottom of a river without ill effects. He was also bulletproof, at least as far as small arms are concerned, and allegedly immortal (though he may just have meant that the body could be repaired like any machine).

Adonis is a ferocious, dedicated fighter and moves very quickly – he was fighting Captain America on what seemed to be an equal standing. This has been modelled as a very high DEX and Martial Artist Skill (since he seemed easier to hit whilst taking the offensive)

As noted above, whereas Adonis was barely rational and was lashing out, Cameron was a technologically-oriented genius specialising in cybernetics.


History

Eric Cameron was the owner and chief technology officer of Cameron Electronics, a company based in the New York State. How large Cameron Electronics was is unknown, but it may have been a major concern in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cameron himself was a genius, particularly in the domain of cybernetic man/machine interfaces. According to his son, Eric Cameron was an overbearing martinet and an authoritarian egotist.

As the result of either old age or an unspecified degenerative disease, Eric Cameron’s body started breaking down, but the technologist stubbornly refused to die and started building artificial means to sustain his failing body.

In time, he converted much of the main Cameron Electronics plant into an extended life support system, since keeping him alive required enormous power and processing capabilities.

By 1980, the plant he had poured his life into during his youth was essentially his extended body, and his biological body was riddled with tubing and implants.

The determined Cameron resolved to procure a young, powerful, immortal body for himself to defeat death and live forever. His plot was to steal the core piece of technology behind the Life Model Decoys (LMD) robots used by S.H.I.E.L.D. so he could brew himself up a perfect LMD body.

As he prepared for this, Cameron designed a cybernetic cradle that could fully interface with a disembodied human brain ; he also hired neurosurgeons and along with them designed a surgical robot that could make it possible for the doctors to harvest Cameron’s brain, wire it into the cradle, and implant the cradle into a LMD body.

Cameron referred to his future body as “Adonis”, since it was young-looking and flawlessly handsome.

Eric’s son Brady, who for his entire life had felt oppressed and held in contempt by his father, decided that he would sabotage the operation — killing his father and taking over Cameron Electronics to be his own man.

Rock that body

Cameron’s plan was initially successful. He had a competent team of commandos in colourful uniforms (presumably mercenaries) steal the Master Matrix – the main equipment used by S.H.I.E.L.D. to create LMDs – while it was being presented as legal evidence in a courtroom.

The Matrix was guarded by Captain America, who decided to pretend that he had been defeated so he could follow the thieves ; however in the fray the coffin-like Matrix was damaged by a stray shot.

Adonis emerges from the lake

When the Matrix arrived by helicopter at Cameron Electronics, everything was ready ; the neurosurgeons and the robots successfully extracted Cameron’s brain from his broken down body, and transferred it to the LMD body which was being assembled within the Matrix.

Brady Cameron then dismissed the staff so he could sabotage the Matrix before it was done ; combined with the damage to the Matrix (which nobody had noticed in the hustle) his amateur attempt at sabotage produced a disaster.

The Matrix exploded and caught fire with Cameron’s new perfect body still inside. As Cap intervened to take Brady Cameron to safety, the elder Cameron nonetheless emerged from the Matrix. However, the LMD body was grotesquely damaged and warped, and Eric Cameron was irrational from having been locked into a coffin filled with fire and lightning.

In shock, the elder Cameron tried to kill his son for tampering with the process and, after Captain America stopped him, fled in confusion.

Rampage

Running into a forest, Cameron saw his reflection in a pool of water and became even more insane, attempting to destroy his reflection and then commit suicide through drowning. His robotic body being waterproof and not needing to breath, this did not work.

Aimless and violent, Adonis eventually came back to Manhattan, wandering through Central Park. Seeing statues, the former Eric Cameron started destroying them as they symbolised beauty. The police attempted to stop him, and this escalated into a battle during which Adonis decided that he should also kill beautiful women.

Captain America intervened to prevent passers-by and cops from getting hurt. Spotting lightning from a thunderstorm, Adonis fled in fear of electricity (due to the trauma suffered within the Matrix), but Cap pursued.

The fighting resumed at a construction site at the 59th Street Lake, and Adonis was apparently fatally electrocuted after he was accidentally caught in the gearshift of a bulldozer.

Though Adonis was never seen again, the odds that he died from the electrical shock (rather than simply pass out due to his traumatic fear of fire and electricity) seem fairly low. If he ever came back, he could – between his fighting skill, strength, obsessions and genius – be a formidable presence.


Description

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Personality

Cameron did seem to be a domineering egotist raging against his impeding death, though the account of his character given by his son may have been otherwise exaggerated. After the accident with the Matrix, he was irrational and psychotic out of horror about his new body and the trauma suffered within the Master Matrix.

After trying to commit suicide, he came up with the notion that he was a sort of avatar of ugliness and should destroy beauty around him to teach everybody that beauty was fleeting and a lie. This was presumably a phase, as he seemed to recover enough rationality to listen to Captain America offering help ; unfortunately he was then scared off and became hostile again as he saw lightning.


Quotes

“You are weak ! Beauty is weak ! Only ugliness is eternal ! Only Adonis is eternal !”

“All you know is beauty ! You build statues to beauty ! You put beauty on a pedestal ! You worship beauty ! But beauty is false ! There is no beauty ! Not for me ! There is only ugliness now ! Ugliness… and pain !”

“Electricity ! Fire ! It burned me, and changed me and made me a monster !”


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Adonis

Dex: 09 Str: 08 Bod: 09 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 02 Occupation: Monster
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 020 HP: 025

Powers:
Self-Link (Gadgetry): 10

Skills:
Adonis did not seem to have access to his Skills due to his psychological state, but had the equivalent of Martial Artist: 10 due to his insanity

Advantages:
Adonis did not seem to have access to his Advantages due to his psychological state, but had the equivalent of Lightning Reflexes due to his insanity

Connections:
Not anymore

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, Traumatic Flashback (Fire and electricity), Serious Psychological Instability, Serious Rage, Partial Attack Vulnerability (-2CS RV vs. fire, – 1CS RV vs. electricity)


Industrial strength

Though Adonis was traumatised and irrational, Eric Cameron was previously a genius. If Adonis survived and regained his composure, it is likely that he could make use of his intelligence and technical skills.

From what was seen, Cameron’s technologically-oriented intellect seemed to be in the vicinity of Gadgetry: 08, Scientist (Drawing plans): 09, Genius, Expertise (Cybernetics), plus possibly others. He may have had Charisma (Intimidation): 05.

The Mental Attributes in the stats block reflect Adonis’s shellshocked state ; Cameron’s scores were presumably something like INT 04 WIL 05 MIN 04. His Wealth was unclear (perhaps 08 APs ?) and he likely had Low Connections in the business world.

When he was on life support and tied to his electronics plant, Cameron essentially had Interface: 08 throughout the entire plant, monitoring everything going on within it through an extensive network of microphones and cameras — and activating numerous security systems in a quasi-telekinetic manner.

These included all the classics — metallic tentacles, flamethrowers, lasers, miniature rocket launchers, etc. — with enough systems being animated to reasonable approximate Interface.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Captain America volume 1 #243-244

Writeup completed on the 27th of Março, 2011.

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