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Jerry Reed - Amos Moses vinyl LP cover - The preacher and the bear - 1971

Amos Moses


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Amos Moses is from one of Jerry Reed ’s most popular songs, released in 1970. He is a tough and ornery guy, and the song was popular enough to make him a very minor folklore figure.

Reed chiefly was a country music artist, a style popular in all of two countries. But part of Amos Moses’ success was its fusion musical approach, with strong, bouncy funk and Cajun folk influences.

This profile is part of our “Rockworld” character writeups arc, adapting characters in songs. You can check the rest out by using the “Rockworld” link in the breadcrumb navigation above (you *did* notice the breadcrumb navigation, right ?).


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Background

  • Real Name: Amos Moses South.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Doc Mills South (father), Hanna South (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base of Operations: 45 minutes southeast of Thibodeaux, LA.
  • Height: 6’6″ Weight: 350 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers & Abilities

Amos Moses wrestled alligators routinely from childhood. He’s an expert at it, and mean as a snake.

Furthermore, his size and strength are so extraordinary (particularly by 1960s standards) that he can do so without a left forearm.


Soundtrack


History

Amos Moses was taught the fine art of alligator hunting and wrestling from early childhood. He learned mostly through experience, a prime example of unschooling. A typical lesson would be to tie a rope around his neck and throw him in the swamp, as alligator bait in the Louisiana bayou.

The loss of his left forearm to a bite didn’t deter him, and local cops have even less chance. One sheriff never did return from a quest to arrest him, likely digested by one of his subsequent “trophies.”


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Description

Amos is a huge Cajun  man. He dresses to hunt gators in the bayou.


Personality

Very loud, very bombastic, very simple.


Quotes

“He hunted alligators for a livin, he just knocked ’em in the head with a stump.”


DC Universe History

As a legendary swamp personality, Amos may encounter Swamp Thing from time to time, sometimes as friends, sometimes as enemies.

He could also be an occasional agent of Madame Waxahachie.



Amos Moses

Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Alligator Hunter
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Wealth: 000
Init: 017 HP: 025

Powers:
Growth: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Louisiana Swamps), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Alligators).

Drawbacks:
Mistrust, SPR (Missing left forearm), Public Identity, Catastrophic Rage.

By Robert Marcum.

Source of Character: Amos Moses (Song by Jerry Reed).

Helper(s): Jobe, Sébastien Andrivet.

Writeup completed on the 20th of December, 2017.

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