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Aquaman (Imagine Stan Lee version) (DC Comics)

Aquaman

(Rob Raymond)


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

Context

Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating XXX was a series of one-shot DC Comics books in 2001. All were written by Stan “the Man” Lee, with artwork from fan-favourite artists.

The angle was to show what would have happened if Stan Lee had created a super-hero universe with characters named “Superman”, “Batman”, “Wonder Woman”, etc. These characters resemble the DC ones, but clearly have a different style.

These are useful to populate home-designed role-playing game worlds, if you need archetypes with a twist.


Background

  • Real Name: Ramon “Rob” Raymond
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Frank (brother), father (name unrevealed, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: JLA (extended roster)
  • Base Of Operations: A houseboat anchored in the harbour of Long Beach, CA
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 203 lbs./variable
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown/none


Powers and Abilities

Aquaman can apparently mimic the properties of any substance or being found in large quantities in Earth’s oceans. The limits of this ability are unknown, but it probably makes him one of the most powerful persons in the world.

In practice, most of the time, Aquaman is a being constituted of animated, translucent water, which alone gives him great durability, mobility, flexibility and strength. Most attacks pass harmlessly through him (Skin armour), and he can shoot high-pressure water jets from his body.

These jets (Mental blast) can be used to cut through metal at their highest force, or as much less deadly concussive blasts ; as a wide and heavy spray they can blind and disorient opponents (Fog). Aquaman can also ’shoot‘ himself forward or in the air, propelling his body like water shooting through a hose (Jumping, Running).

Surprisingly, Aquaman doesn’t have something like Fluid Form – for instance he cannot pass through an ordinary chain link fence, even though bullets blow through him with little resistance. However, a tingling sensation in the back of the neck alerts him of danger, which he has compared to the instinct of some fishes — presumably spiderfishes. That was a joke.

As he refined his powers, Aquaman learned to telekinetically control volumes of water

Rob Raymond knows an awful lot about the ocean, both academically and from personal experience. He’s a gifted marine biologist, specialising in genetics.


History

Rob Raymond’s passion has always been nature, and in particular the sea. A staunch environmentalist since he was a boy, he made a name for himself as he grew up – both as an activist (working in the field to protect endangered species, contain oil spills, and the like) and as a marine biologist.

Though Raymond soon became a very experienced sailor and diver, he dreamt of exploring the sea in an even more direct way and started working on DNA manipulation ; his goal was to rewrite his own genetic code using dolphin DNA to turn himself into an amphibious person.

Rob’s brother, Frank, was just as driven – but his own passion was police work, which he deemed eminently more practical and beneficial to society than his brother’s activism and academic pursuits. In this, Frank Raymond followed in their father’s footsteps – the elder Mr. Raymond having been a very well-regarded policeman with the LBPD. Despite this point of contention both brothers remained lifelong friends, often visiting each other.

Once Rob Raymond perfected his dolphin DNA serum, he decided to impress his girlfriend Amelia by taking her on his boat for the day and injecting himself with the serum whilst diving. As he proceeded, however, he ran into unplanned difficulties.

Ocean

A patch of ocean near his diving site started glowing green, panicking the sea life. This unfortunately included a bull shark and Raymond, who just wanted to test how long he could stay underwater after injecting himself with his concoction, found himself swimming for his life.

Swimming into the green patch to find some cover, Rob Raymond found himself surrounded by strange lights and eddies ; though he felt very strange and dizzy, he was relieved to see the shark inexplicably swimming away.

However, seconds later, he was shocked to discover that he had mutated into some strange watery creature – though thankfully he reverted to a fully human form as soon as he got out of water.

Aquaman (Imagine Stan Lee version) transforming

The puzzled Raymond decided to sail home and do tests, but his boat was attacked by a small pirate crew. He tried to fight back to defend Amelia, but was soon overwhelmed and thrown overboard. Turning into a water person again, he dispersed the pirates, their bullets harmlessly passing through him.

After the Coast Guard arrested the marauders, Rob sailed back to port. Though Amelia had been knocked unconscious during the incident and had not seen him transform, she was fine.

Testing his abilities, Rob came up with the name “Aquaman”. As he explained his transformation to his brother, they were attacked – the pirates had been released, and had been looking for Raymond to avenge themselves. One of their shots went through Frank’s right knee, and Aquaman chased them.

The pirates fatally crashed their car in a panic. Meanwhile Frank Raymond was hospitalised, but the prognosis was not good and it was feared that he would never walk again without the help of a crutch.

Feeling very guilty about this, Rob told his brother that he would be a crimefighter until Frank could walk, so there would be at least one Raymond serving the law as their father would have wished.

Just one league, and not under the sea

Aquaman and his brother soon came to be threatened by Reverend Darrk and the cultists of his Church of Eternal Empowerment, who tried to kidnap Frank twice as an hostage against Aquaman. This did not work, in part because they underestimated the handicapped Frank Raymond.

Aquaman was later summoned to reinforce the Justice League of America against the menace of Crisis, the entity Darrk had been seeking to summon. Though Crisis summarily teleported Aquaman deep into a desert to get rid of him, Aquaman survived and made his way back, and is still part of the extended JLA roster.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Raymond is a smart, well-meaning activist struggling for the greater good ; he defends both the environment and the well-being of people everywhere. While his passion is the sea and sea life, he’s also motivated by familial history to serve and protect if he can.

While few opportunities to do so existed before he became Aquaman, this is now a much more important part of his life, especially as he feels guilty about what happened to his brother.

Rob’s commitments and passions did not leave much room for further characterisation, though he seemed to be Peter Parker-like to an extent – albeit with a much more enjoyable life.


Quotes

“People should think more about the seas all around us, Amelia.”

(Surrounded by enemies) “Since it looks like we’re gonna be pals, you can call me Aquaman.”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Aquaman

Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Marine biologist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Danger sense: 06, Fog: 05, Jumping: 04, Mental blast: 08, Running: 07, Skin armour*: 06, Swimming: 08, Water control: 09, Water freedom: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Mental blast has a Range of but 02 and is Diminishing
  • Skin Armour also increases the OV (not just the RV) against Wrestling and Grappling attacks (+1)
  • All Powers are Contingent on Water Freedom

Skills:
Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 06, Vehicles (Sea): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Gadgetry is limited to biochemical applications

Advantages:
Alter-ego, Confidant (Frank), Familiarity (Diving techniques and equipment), Expertise (Oceanology, Marine biology), No Vital Areas, Stabilisation

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Protecting the seas, Secret Identity, Dependant (Amelia)


The temptation of flesh

In his human form, Rob has the following stats block:

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Marine biologist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 025

Powers:
Danger sense: 06

Skills:
Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 06, Vehicles (Sea): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Gadgetry is limited to biochemical applications

Advantages:
Alter-ego, Confidant (Frank), Familiarity (Diving techniques and equipment), Expertise (Oceanology, Marine biology)

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Protecting the seas, Secret Identity, Dependant (Amelia)

Equipment:
Rob owns a houseboat, a powerboat and a New Beetle car.


Design Notes

Aquaman was the least developed of the main characters in the story, and this entry thus has to make a number of assumptions stats-wise due to a lack of material.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating… comic books.

Helper(s): Frank Murdock, Darci

Writeup completed on the 1st of March, 2011.

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