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Annihilus (Marvel Comics) during the Annihilation

Annihilus


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Annihilus is a great Marvel Comics space villain, who first appeared in 1968 and has kept returning to do horrible things ever since. He’s chiefly clashed with the Fantastic Four, but he is a menace of literally galactic importance. This was seen in Annihilation, perhaps my favourite Marvel event.

We’d love to have a big series of character profiles for this guy, but we have to *sleep* sometimes. So what’s here for now is a very old set of notes to get a sense of his game stats. I’m almost certain it was a FASERIP conversion with a few additions. But heh, that’s clearly more useful than nothing.


Background

  • Marital Status: Single, perhaps inapplicable
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Sector 17A of the Negative Zone
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 200lbs
  • Eyes: Green Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Annihilus is a powerful conqueror and destroyer from the Negative Zone . He can take on the Fantastic Four by himself.

While his body is powerful in itself, most of his power comes from an extremely dangerous artefact, the Cosmic Control Rod. When the Rod is taken away from him, Annihilus loses the benefits of the Immortality advantage it confers, and is highly weakened by all the delayed aging.

Annihilus mostly uses the Energy blast and Matter Manipulation powers, but has been known to Teleport or use Time Travel.


History

Centuries (or more ?) ago, the alien Tyannan species set out to fertilize barren worlds in the Negative Zone with bio engineered spores. One of their ships crashed, and one of the spores that was released mutated.

It grew up into the insectoid being now known as Annihilus. He used the resources within the crashed ship to educate himself and create the powerful artefact known as the Cosmic Control Rod, which made him immortal.

Annihilus, looking fierce

Annihilus is the Negative Zone’s answer to Genghis Khan . He conquered a multitudinous planets in Sector 17A of the Negative Zone, where leads the portal invented by Reed Richards. He fought the Fantastic Four and Avengers numerous times, and has been locked for years in a war against Blastaar, another Negative Zone conqueror.


Description

Annihilus is an humanoid insectoid, with a nightmarish, Kirbyesque head but an humanoid, light green body. He has large, pine green bat-like wings. Annihilus wears an heavy magenta and pine green carapace/armor, which may or may not be a natural exoskeleton.


Personality

Annihilus is a raving megalomaniac and paranoid, who thinks his sole destiny is to conquer and destroy, and that everyone is out to get his precious Rod. He’s a classic villain, bent on being haughty and inflicting megalomaniac speeches to his adversaries, whom he chronically underestimates.


DC Universe History

Can you say “Qward” ? Annihilus would thus become an independent conqueror, wishing to be the new Anti-Monitor and viciously opposed to the Weaponers. Blastaar would be one of the Weaponers.

Kansas Jim’s version is even cuter : “I think I had it the other way in my writeup, Annihilus arose out of the Weaponers of Qward (perhaps the Cosmic Control Rod came out of the wreckage of the Anti-Monitor’s devices ?) and Blastaar was a conqueror from somewhere else (Blastaar always came across as a bit more honorable than the Weaponers did.)”


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Annihilus

Dex: 10 Str: 12 Bod: 12 Motivation: Power
Int: 09 Wil: 09 Min: 07 Occupation: Conqueror, tyrant
Inf: 09 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 015
Init: 030 HP: 090

Powers:
Flight: 07, Invulnerability: 06, Systemic antidote: 08

Skills:
Gadgetry: 10, Military science (field command): 10

Advantages:
Credentials (Sector 17A, High), Expansive H.Q., Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Tyannan tech)

Drawbacks:
Authority Figure, SIA to Power, CIF of having the Rod taken from him, MPR (paranoid), Loss Vulnerability on Attributes and Powers when away from the Cosmic Rod.

Equipment:
Cosmic Control Rod [BODY 20, Cold immunity: 12, Continuum control: 22, Flame immunity: 12, Flight: 15, Power Reserve (STR, BOD, ½DEX): 10, Sealed system: 23, Systemic antidote: 23 ; Immortality ; Limitation : as noted, when using Power Reserve on DEX, only half the APs used are added]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Helper(s): Kansas Jim

Source of Character: Fantastic Four and other titles (Marvel universe)

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