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Catman and Kitten from the Femforce comics

Catman

(Femforce version)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Femforce is an indie, niche comics that started in 1985 and kept on trucking.

A good part of the cast are Golden Age  characters who are now public domain. This is the case for Catman – we also have notes for Catman (David Merryweather)’s vintage appearances.

Like the rest of our Femforce material, this entry is 20+ years old.


Background

  • Real Name: Captain David Merryweather
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Known Relatives: Katie Merryweather (aka Kitten, wife).
  • Group Affiliation: Sentinels of Justice.
  • Base Of Operations: Sentinels H.Q.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 185lbs Age: 35
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Catman has the powers of a cat :

  • Night vision.
  • Leaping ability.
  • Enhanced strength and speed.>/li>
  • Feline cunning (whatever that is).

He is also a fair detective and spy, a superb athlete, and a highly trained hand-to-hand fighter.


History

David Merryweather was on an expedition to Burma with his uncle, the famous explorer Alton Merryweather, when bandits attacked the party. Only David survived, but just barely. The leader of a cult of Sekhmet worshippers rescued him. During the course of the woman’s ministrations, young Merryweather somehow became imbued with the powers of a cat.

Upon his return to the US, David enlisted. By the time America entered the war, he was an intelligence officer. But no matter how hard he worked, he felt hampered in his ability to deal with spies and saboteurs. Soon, he fashioned a costume and became the mysterious Catman, doing by night what he was unable to accomplish by day.

Later, his fiancée Katie Conn joined him, adopting the guise of Kitten. Before the war ended the two had married, and after the war they became the first to volunteer for the Vault of Heroes program.


Description

Outside of his costume, Catman is the most normal-looking guy you could imagine.

In costume, he’s hard to miss. He wears an orange body suit, with red cat’s head mask, cape, boots, gloves, and shorts.


Personality

Catman is a nice enough guy, just, kind of boring. You’d think someone who dresses up like a cat would be a bit more outgoing, but he’s not. Under the tights, he still sees himself as a military officer, and is still the good soldier, happy to follow orders.

However, he is a good team player and quite efficient at what he does. If only he wasn’t such a stiff.


Quotes

“Let her go, you fiend !”


DC Universe History

Most of the Sentinels are Vault heroes, heroes from the 1940s and 1950s who willingly entered suspended animation to wait until they were needed again. The Vault heroes were activated during the Shroud War and have been trying to adapt to the future ever since.

In the DCU, the Vault heroes can be Golden Age heroes (just add them to the already immense JSA roster). Like Femforce, they could be an arm of Task Force X, perhaps operating under the command of Sarge Steel.

Pre-Crisis there was a Batman villain called Catman. I have no idea if he still exists in the current continuity or not. If not, no problem. If so, either rename him or this one something else cat-related.


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Catman

Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 09 Min: 09 Occupation: Superhero
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 020 HP: 045

Powers:
Jumping: 04, Running: 06, Ultra Vision: 06

Skills:
Acrobatics: 10, Detective: 06, Martial Artist*: 08, Military Science: 07, Thief*: 08, Vehicles (Land): 07, Weaponry*: 08

Advantages:
Credentials (US government, Medium), Headquarters (Expensive), Lighting Reflexes, Sharp Eye.

Connections:
Femforce (High), Sentinels of Justice (High), US Government (Low).

Drawbacks:
Married, Secret Identity, Socially Inept.

By Andrew Ross

Source of Character: Femforce Comics (AC)

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