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Avalanche (Marvel Comics)

Avalanche

(Dominic Petros)


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

Context

Avalanche is a minor but recurrent foe of the X-Men. He’s a mutant who can move large volumes of earth with his mind. He appeared in 1981, during Claremont’s landmark “Days of Future Past” X-Men storyline.

These are older technical notes, not a full profile. There have been multiple attempts to entirely overhaul this entry into a modern profile, and every time something happens before I can get around to it. Conspiracy or ancient curse ? You decide.


Background

  • Real Name: Dominic Szilard Janos Petros
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Known Relatives: Helen (wife)
  • Base Of Operations: US
  • Group Affiliation: US Government
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 195 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

While only a fair fighter, Avalanche can generate powerful waves of vibrations from his body. These can shatter bodies or turn inorganic matter to dust. Avalanche can use these to seemingly disintegrate matter. His main power stunt is to use his power against large objects such as buildings or the earth to produce earthquakes, landslides and avalanches.

His control over earth is getting finer and finer over the years and he may yet reach, in DC Heroes terms, complete Earth Control.


History

Dominic Petros is a Greek immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen. He first appeared as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants while they attempted to assassinate senator Robert Kelly.

Until recently, and with the sole known exception of an attempt to blackmail the state of California along with Landslide, he has always operated as part of Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and its successor, the Freedom Force.

That has meant numerous clashes with the various X-groups and occasionally the Avengers. Last time I saw him, Avalanche was a government operative who worked in tandem with the Crimson Commando, but I understand he has since reverted to being a criminal.

Avalanche was later forcibly recruited into the paramilitary group X-Corps, which was headed by Banshee. However, X-Corps had been infiltrated by Mystique, and Avalanche swiftly switched sides, resulting in major damage in Paris.


Description

The costumes are illustrated in chronological order — oldest top, latest bottom. The black costume is his XCorps costume, and the featureless gray (or brownish gray, depending on the light) one is the one he wore when he was Crimson Commando’s paramilitary partner.


Personality

Avalanche is mostly a power-hungry thug. He enjoys ignoring or being above the law, and his primary motivation is greed. Except for rare solo operations, he will always seek to ally himself with the most powerful employer available and try to milk as much money and power from him as possible.

Given the nature of his powers, he has little regard for collateral damages. He tends to bluster, but he is well aware of his limitations and is always willing to work with others if it furthers his own goals.


Quotes

“They’re not worth it.” (X-Factor Annual #6. When a Freedom Force mission goes bad, Avalanche decides to take the heroic, grievously wounded Crimson Commando to safety rather than go back and rescue his old criminal buddies, Pyro and the Blob.)


DC Universe History

Avalanche is basically a second-string mercenary and could be used as a lackey for any powerful master. Given his limitations, he works best in teams and could be used as additional muscle in a villain group (although the Freedom Force was an excellent villain group and could be reused).


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Avalanche

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Government operative
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 06
Init: 012 HP: 035

Powers:
Earth control: 08, Vibe: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Earth control can only be used to create landslide-like effects which can damage and/or snare (-1)
  • Vibe, if used against an organic creature, does not attack its target but Avalanche himself as Bashing damage (-2)

Skills:
Vehicles (land): 02

Advantages:
Language (Greek) ; previously had Clearance (US gov’t, Low)

Connections:
Freedom Force alumni (Low)

Drawbacks:
Public ID

Equipment:
BODY ARMOR [/BODY/ 08, Radio communications: 06]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: X-Men comics (Marvel Universe)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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