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Agrippina (Robin / Batgirl enemy) (DC Comics)

Agrippina


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

“Agrippina” is a Latin first name for women – a number of historical Roman figures  were thus named. In the DC Universe, the name is also used by an obscure villain who was only seen in one 2002 story arc, in Batgirl.

But she has potential, and is a good base for further development. This is especially true if you happen to be a Roman history fan.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Livia, Tiberius, Gaius (aka Caligula), Claudius, Messalina, Agrippina, Britannicus, Nero (all deceased, most famous alleged ancestors).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 124 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Unrevealed


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Powers and Abilities

Agrippina seems to be a dangerous melee fighter. She couldn’t threaten Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) — few people can — but was dangerous enough for Cain to order Robin (Tim Drake) not to engage in melee.

She can also emits electricity from her hands. It is unclear whether it’s a natural power or the product of technology.

She seems to have access to massive resources. Her cadres of goons are good fighters and she could afford to buy an entire building as a base.


History

Agrippina is supposedly a descendant of the Julio-Claudian emperors . Their tribulations are well-known due to the number of classic plays on their lives (such as Racine’s Britannicus ). As it is well known that the Claudian line ended with Nero , her claims do not seem likely to be true.


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We have standards

Agrippina’s forces were first seen hunting for the eagle standard of the IXth Legion. These are sometimes called the “lost legion”, as they disappeared to the last man in the wilds of Britain during the occupation. The alleged fate of the IXth features in various fringe theories.

According to Agrippina, the lost standard could rally the citizens around her cause. That would make it possible to rebuild the glory of Rome and conquer the world.

Agrippina thought that the eagle standard was held by a member of an American social club, the Club of the IX. These wealthy men had an interest in Roman history, and collected Roman artefacts to decorate their quarters.

Agrippina’s men started hitting IXers around America. One of their victims was a member of the ashram where Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) studied. They also ambushed Jack Drake (Robin’s father).

Whilst Rome burns

Connor Hawke) and Eddie Fyers went after the hitmen. In Gotham, they teamed up with Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) to foil the Drake hit. They then located Agrippina’s headquarters, and stormed it with the help of Robin (Tim Drake) and the Spoiler (Stephanie Brown). During the battle, a fire was accidentally started.

Agrippina was last seen playing the lyre in the flames, much like her alleged ancestor Nero was accused of doing.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Agrippina seems to really be in her Ancient Roman trip. Everything around her is themed after an idealised version of Rome. That includes statues of Emperors, replica Roman furniture and gardens, etc.. Maxie Zeus would be so jealous.

Her goal seems to have an ideal Rome rise again. From there they’ll conquer the world and restoring civilisation, which supposedly lost its way in the “Dark Ages” since the fall of the Eternal City.

Agrippina speaks in a formal way, with numerous allusions to Roman life, mythology, etc.. She occasionally hints she has been around ever since the messy fall(s) of the Julio-Claudian emperors. She is highly dedicated to the legacy of her alleged ancestors, and she behaves like an Empress would.


Quotes

Agrippina : “Then they will join the rest on Charon’s  barge and make the journey to the vale of shades.”
Catafract leader : “Uh ?”
Agrippina : “You’ll kill them, stupid”


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Agrippina

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Power
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Would-be-conqueror
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 014
Init: 018 HP: 025

Powers:
Lightning: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Lightning has a Range of 0 APs (-1).
  • Lightning can be Combined with a melee weapon.

Skills:
Weaponry (melee)*: 07

Advantages:
Scholar (Roman Republic History).

Connections:
Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
SIA toward Roman artefacts.


The catafracts

The catafracts (usually spelled cataphracts) were the cavalry of the Imperial and Late Imperial Roman Army. They were usually medium to heavy cavalry and thus pretty well armoured. This is also the name of Agrippina’s elite goons.

All of them are well trained in the use of ancient weapons, clad in heavy armour and do not use any gun.

Their archery during assassinations was remarkable. In groups of three, they could shoot a man dead with an arrow each at impressive ranges. But they did not seem to have that accuracy in combat. Maybe Agrippina only has three or four elite bowmen with Weaponry (missile): 07 instead of the Weaponry score below.

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Goon
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 007 HP: 010

Skills:
Vehicles (land): 03, Weaponry (missile, melee): 04

Equipment:

  • ARMOUR [BODY 03, Blunting: 03, Damage capacity: 03, Enhance (Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing RV): 01 (cap is 07), Enhance (Slashing, Piercing RV): 01 (cap is 08), Enhance (Laser, heat/flame, Acid RV): 01 (cap is 06), Telescopic vision: 02, Stealth penalty 3/3, Limitations: Damage Capacity only vs. Piercing and Slashing RAPs ; Damage Capacity has the Full Recovery with Infrastructure Bonus.]
  • Roman-styled compound bow & arrows [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 01, Recommended STR: 03, /STR/ 04, R#02, Bow Advantage (effective EV is 05, effective Range is 07), Limitation : Low Penetration, /STR/ only to use the bow].
  • Spatha broadsword [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 06), Descriptor: Slashing, piercing].
  • Some have a Trident [BODY 06, EV 05] and a Weighted net [BODY 06, Snare: 06]

Design Notes

There’s very little material, so most stats are speculative.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: DC Universe.

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