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Shapeshifter demons


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

Background

  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Cynda and Fritz are siblings or they’re using that as their cover story.
  • Group Affiliation: Each other
  • Base Of Operations: San Francisco, CA
  • Marshall: Height: 6’0” Weight: 195 lbs.; Eyes: Dark Brown Hair: Black
  • Fritz: Height: 6’1” Weight: 210 lbs.; Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown
  • Cynda: Height: 5’9” Weight: 145 lbs.; Eyes: Blue Hair: Auburn Red


Powers & Abilities

Marshall, Fritz, and Cynda are demonic Shapeshifters who use their powers to disguise their true forms. They’ve shown the ability to transform into a large dog or crows. It’s assumed they could take other animal forms. Their disguises are sometimes betrayed by their glowing eyes.

They can also take on humanoid forms, even distinct individuals, mimicking their appearance as well as their voice. The trio are not great actors but having shape changed many times they’ve earned some experience in it.

Because of their demonic influence they have some degree of super-human strength.


History

The Shapeshifters, Marshall, Fritz, and Cynda, observed the Halliwells from a distance for a short time; eventually, coming up with a plan. It’s not revealed how, but the shapeshifters previously knew about the Book of Shadows and planned to steal it.

They bought a house near the Halliwells and threw a house warming party. The Halliwell sisters came to the party. The Shapeshifters made a point of making contact with them and to keep them engaged in conversation. However, Fritz got distracted, hoping Andy could help with some parking tickets.

The three shape-changing demons in Charmed

While the girls were occupied with Cynda and Fritz; Marshall left the party, shape changed into a large Rottweiler, and then entered the Halliwell manor. He clawed at the attic door but couldn’t get in.

Prue was able to break away from the conversation with Fritz and Andy and left the party early. Marshall, in dog form, confronted her growling and barking loudly and chased her from the house.

The next day, disguised as a mailman, Fritz entered the Halliwell Manor. He shapechanged his index finger into a key and opened the locked front door. He then proceeded directly to the attic and kicked the door off its hinges.

Fritz grabbed up the Book of Shadow and left, however, as he passed the threshold of the front door the Book was magically pulled back inside. No amount of physical force would allow him to remove it. He gave up when again Prue arrived.

I’ve got this feelin’ somebody’s watchin’ me

Fritz threw the Book into an adjacent room and quickly transformed into Andy. The disguise worked perfectly and he left with Prue none-the-wiser. Later that evening, the sisters were away meeting their father for dinner.

Marshall and Cynda had a plan of their own; they’d wait at the Halliwell’s manor in the guise of Piper and Phoebe and when Prue got home they would convince her to get the book out of the house. This plan was interrupted by Fritz, still disguised as a mail man.

Fritz argued that their plan wouldn’t work and as the sisters and their father returned, the shapeshifters fled, taking the form of crows.

When Victor returned to his apartment the shapeshifters were waiting for him. They planned this time to kill him, impersonate him, and trick the girls into getting the book out of the house. Victor poked holes in their plan and convinced them instead to let him do the work himself.

The Shapeshifters didn’t trust Victor and went along with him the next day. When Phoebe touched Victor she had a premonition. She saw Victor stealing the Book of Shadows but then transforming into Marshall.

Armed with the truth, Phoebe raced back inside and up to the attic where she found a vanquishing spell in the Book of Shadows. The Charmed Ones used it to “cleanse” the house.

All three Shapeshifters perished.


Description

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Personality

Not the brightest of villains, this trio rely on their powers to get things done. Their plans are not well thought out and often are made and executed within the same day.

Marshall is probably their leader though the other two challenge his plans constantly. When things don’t work out they quickly become frustrated, blaming each other or acting on their own.

Cynda is the most aggressive of the three. She is much more likely to suggest killing as a way to solve a problem. Cynda will often show her true form when trying to intimidate others or re-enforce her desire for an aggressive approach.


Quotes

Marshall: “Cynda, heel. Plenty of time for that later. Heel.”

(Cynda smashes furniture after a fruitless evening)
Cynda: “Disappointed.”
Marshall: “Patience, my sweet.”
Cynda: “Patience is highly over-rated. We could have destroyed them right there.”
Marshall: “Then we’d have three dead witches and no way to get the book out of the house. Where would that put us ?”
Cynda: “Satisfied.”
Fritz: “I still like my idea. We kill two of them and force the third to get the book out.”
Marshall: (shouting)”Let me explain this once again for the cerebrally impaired. These are not school girls that we’re dealing with. These are good witches. We cannot alert them to our presence. At their full strength, battling them… would be unpleasant. However, once we possess the book, we get its powers. We weaken theirs and they’re easy prey.”


DC Universe History

This villainous trio can easily be inserted into most any campaign. The three could work as muscle or as infiltrators for street level villains.


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Marshall, Fritz, Cynda

347 points Characters (Marshall 354 points)

Dex: 03 Str: 05 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Not revealed
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 009 HP: 002

Powers:
Chameleon (ML): 09, Claws (ML): 05, Shapechange (ML): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon includes the ability to duplicate the target’s voice. (+1)
  • Claws may only be employed after a successful grapple is made.

Skills:
Artist (Actor)*: 03, Thief (Locks and Safes): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Thief is a powered skill (BC +20)
  • Thief is derived from shapechange (-1)

Advantages
None demonstrated

Connections:
Each other (High)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance, Secret Identity

Genre:
Action


Marshall

Marshall has Int: 04 and Initiative: 10.


Design Notes

The Shapeshifters from this episode are essentially thugs with powers.

It’s reasonable to assume that both Marshall and Fritz also have demonic forms similar to the one demonstated by Cynda. If a GM prefers that Cynda be the only one, remove Claws and creepy appearance from both Marshall and Fritz.


By Ethan Roe

Source of Character: The Charmed TV Series, the 1998 episode “Thank you for not morphing”. Characters played by Markus Flanagan (Marshall), Eric Matheny (Fritz) and Mariah O’Brien (Cynda)

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Animals file on Worg, Chris Chaplain, Mark

Writeup completed on the 16th of March, 2013.

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