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Danny Archer (Leonardo di Caprio in Blood Diamonds)

Danny Archer


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“Sometimes I wonder… will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other ? Then I look around and I realize… God left this place a long time ago.”


Context

Blood Diamond is a 2006 film starring Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Set in Sierra Leone  during the 1990s civil war, it shows the conditions in which some precious gemstones are mined and how it fuels conflict and carnage.

DiCaprio’s character Archer is a hard cynical killer who found his soul in the last moments of his life. He deserves a profile to go with it.


Background

  • Real Name: Danny Archer
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Archer is a Rhodesian  ex-military. He has a long experience as a soldier of fortune. He is skilled with many varieties of weapons and vehicles.

Archer is a scam artist of long experience and has skills of the tools of the trade.

It is worthy of note that he is a real solder in a world of posers and wanna-bes. The lack of real opposition makes him seem a lot deadlier than he would be in other settings.

Archer has a fake tooth with a compartment in it big enough to carry a small diamond.


Movie trailer


History

Archer was a solder of fortune and smuggler in Sierra Leone during the 1990s. He became involved in a quest for a singularly large diamond. Along with the mine worker Solomon Vandy (who found the diamond) and Maddy Bowen (a journalist who wanted to write about the plight of Africans), he crossed the war-torn country.

The trio ran afoul of warlords, government atrocities and unspeakable horror.

In the end he betrayed the group that was responsible for indirectly sponsoring the war. Archer was killed helping Vandy and his son escape the country. He found a reason to live for aside from greed in the end.


Description

Archer is a scruffy-attractive white man in a poor African nation. Even in the most extreme places he dresses in casual outdoor gear without being inconvenienced by anything short of a hail of bullets.


Personality

Archer is without question a hard cynical son of a bitch. He cares not for anything but himself and his needs of the moment. In the last moments of his life he comes to the realization that there is more than endless African Nihilism.


DC Universe History

Archer is a picture perfect guide though any kind of blow-hole. Characters needing to find something or someone in the jungles or towns of war-torn impoverished countries could hire him for a rumble through the jungle.


Quotes

Maddy Bowen: “You lost both your parents.”
Danny Archer: “That’s a polite way of putting it, ja. Mum was raped and shot and uh… Dad was decapitated and hung from a hook in the barn. I was nine… boo-hoo right ?”

Maddy Bowen: “Smuggler ?”
Danny Archer: “How about ‘Soldier of Fortune’… or is that too much of a cliché ?”

Danny Archer: “American, huh ?”
Maddy Bowen: “Guilty.”
Danny Archer: “Well, Americans usually are.”
Maddy Bowen: “…Says the white South African ?”
Danny Archer: “Ts ts ts ts. I’m from Rhodesia !”
Maddy Bowen: “We say Zimbabwe now, don’t we ?”
Danny Archer: “Do we ?”


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Danny Archer

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 04 Occupation: Smuggler
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing and Dodging)*: 04 Animal Handling: 02, Artist (Actor)*: 04, Charisma (Intimidation): 06, Detective (Counterfeit Recognition, Clue Analysis, Leg Work, Police Procedures): 04, Martial Artist*: 04, Medicine (First Aid): 03, Military Science: 06, Survival (Urban and Jungle): 05, Thief (Stealth, Concealment)*: 04, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee and Heavy): 06, Vehicles (Land): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Sierra Leone); Attractive; Schtick (Stance Assessment), The Horror (See below)

Connections:
Solomon Vandy (Low); Maddy Bowen (Low); Colonel Coetzee (Low)

Drawbacks:
Exile (Voluntary)

Genre:
Real

Equipment:
Archer uses many varieties of pistols and rifles. He never seems to hold on to any one for long.

By Mike Winkler

Source of Character: 2006 Movie Blood Diamond

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet

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