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Brutus of the MERCS

Brutus


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • The MERCs are a pre-made, very generic villains group. They’re so generic that very little is known about them, though, and much of the info below is somewhat speculative.
  • Some of the data comes from Wildstorm trading cards.

Background

  • Real Name: Joey Parker
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: MERCs
  • Base Of Operations: Gamorra
  • Height: 6’11” Weight: 680 lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Brutus is a Seedling, whose mutation includes great size and enormous superhuman strength. He can use cars as deadly projectiles, or win fights against Fuji of Stormwatch. He even managed to keep fighting after taking a punch from Mister Majestic, though he was Stunned by the experience.

Brutus is surprisingly stealthy, and his preferred tactic is to sneak up on people and to hammer them from behind while they are distracted by his team-mates. He’s also trained with firearms – Deathtrap will give him a gun if the tactic is to engage at a range.

Brutus rushing in

At one point, Brutus’s hand was practically burned off by Flashpoint, but he was back in action without hindrance within at most hours. By Brutus’s next appearance, his hand looked fine. While it presumably was a continuity mistake, we’ve assumed minor regenerative abilities allowing him to regrow the carbonised flesh and ignore the pain. After all it was the 1990s at Image, and everybody had a healing factor. Brutus also once fully recovered from a fall from a skyscraper, giving some weak credence to the healing factor hypothesis.


History

Brutus is a member of the MERCs who participated in nearly all of their missions. He survived the Armageddon along with Hellslayer and Razer.

Brutus face closeup

Secondary sources have described him as a thug, a killer and a career criminal, who possessed a talent for fighting – and presumably great strength – even before he was activated.

He was noticed by Kaizen Garmorra during a bar fight on Gamorra Island, and the tyrant had him tested. Seedling tests came back positive, and Parker was activated by Gamorra’s staff. He toiled for Gamorra, then worked freelance, then joined the MERCs.

See the Deathtrap and Razer entries for a some more data about known MERCs missions.


Description

Brutus has somewhat Neanderthalian face features, with thick hair and thick beard – though his features vary from artist to artist.

He wears a metallic chest plate with spikes on the shoulders.

Brutus wearing spiked plates


Personality

A loyal bruiser and a bit of a pub brawler. Razer seemed to consider him as less smart and professional than the other (save Kilgore), but no such inferiority was apparent for readers. Perhaps Brutus drinks too much (he was often seen in bars) and that causes occasional security problems.

Like the other MERCs, Brutus has no problems working for demonic space aliens or very evil Fu Manchu types.


Quotes

“You gave me your best and I’m back from it. Now, you’re going down.”

“Yeah, we’ve been waitin’ for ya, Stormwatch.”


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Brutus

Dex: 05 Str: 15 Bod: 10 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 014 HP: 035

Powers:
Growth: 02, Regeneration: 03, Skin Armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In (including in his Thief (Stealth) Subskill APs)
  • Regeneration can regrow body parts

Skills:
Athletics: 04, Thief (Stealth): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Advantages:
None demonstrated

Connections:
Mercenary scene (Low), Gamorran regime (Low), MERCs (Low), Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance (Size, distinctive facial features)

By Nicolas Lemaçon and Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Wildstorm Universe

Helper(s): Capita_Senyera, Quislet3000

Writeup completed on the 3rd of June, 2010.

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