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Childs of the British Super-Soldiers (Marvel UK)

Childs

(British Super-Soldiers)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Childs was an evil British super-soldier. He appeared in Super-Soldiers, one of the semi-obscure comics produced by Marvel Comics UK during its brief 1990s revival.


Background

  • Real Name: Childs (first name unrevealed), formerly codenamed “Revenge”
  • Note: Childs might be a former Major
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: UK Super-Soldiers, Empire Chemical Enterprises (ECE)
  • Base Of Operations: Canary Wharf, London
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 240 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Childs has been engineered for superhuman strength, speed and healing ability. He can secrete a variant of the “Red” drug used by Nuke through a genetically enhanced organ. This gives him formidable aggressiveness and speed – although it seems much less powerful than the Red pills used by Nuke.

He can also secretes a variant on the “White” drug with his organ, to calm down and counter the effects of the Red.

Under Red his vision is actually red coloured and he tends to kill everything that moves. But he can break that at will with White, which actually colours his vision white. Childs tends to stay on Red.

Childs has formidable skill with extremely destructive weaponry. He can take on large armed formations with military vehicles and win.


History

Very little is known of Major Childs before the Falklands war in 1982. He was then a trooper or officer in the Parachute Regiment, and was well known for his bloodlust.

Childs crossed the line when he cold-bloodedly murdered bound and blindfolded Argentinean POWs. However, he stepped on a mine before he could be court-martialed, and went into a coma.

Red and white

By that time, the UK had a super-soldiers program going. Previous attempts in the 1960s never amounted to much, and were abandoned when dangerous Soviet super-soldiers such as the Crimson Dynamo or Omega Red defected or disappeared. But the projects in the 1980s were almost entirely based on the program which, in the US, resulted in the super-soldier Nuke. Much of the work was done by a major government’s contractor, the ECE corporation.

The UK super-soldiers used reconstructive surgery and the three drugs used by Nuke – Red (speed), White (down) and Blue (hypnotic). However, the drugs were used in different dosage. Further, they were produced by an artificial organ invented by doctor Khan, originally from Pakistan, rather than taken as tablets.

The super-soldiers also received an amnesia treatment, which had to be re-applied at regular intervals.

Six such soldiers were created, code-named Invincible, Dauntless, Dreadnought, Victory, Challenger – and Revenge. The latter was Child’s codename.

Shock troopers

The Super-Soldiers were apparently deployed numerous times. Their lot included Cold War operations and numerous murder campaigns against IRA activists and terrorists.

During a mission in Cambodia, Revenge snapped. He slaughtered a whole village and most of the other Super-Soldiers. His colleague Invincible (Joseph Hauer) apparently killed him, then collapsed from his wounds.

Childs survived, was recovered, and was brought back to England for heavy treatment. During that time, the US super-soldier Nuke also went postal in the middle of Manhattan, where he was opposed by Daredevil and Captain America. It was decided the Super-Soldiers project wouldn’t be revived.

The private sector

Sir Marcus Grantby-Fox, the head of ECE, arranged for Childs to be physically healed and transferred to him. He had Childs implanted with control chips, and made him the head enforcer and wetworker for ECE.

When Hauer escaped from suspended animation, Sir Grantby-Fox knew Childs would be his best weapon to terminate him. After Hauer cleft through a roadblock by the Home Guard, Childs was sent with an heavily armored SAS team to kill Hauer, his companion the left-wing journalist Sarah Wilde and doctor Khan. The trio simply knew too much.

Childs left the SAS men to their own devices and underbriefed. He only wanted to headshoot Hauer. After he got too frustrated he even shot his own men dead to clear a bead to Hauer. The assault failed and Hauer escaped.

Sir Grantby-Fox escalated the ante. He had Peter-Henry Gyrich, an American official, send in a manipulated USAgent to kill Hauer in Cambodia. He then had Childs take command of another super-soldiers squad, the Welsh Super-Squaddies. Their targets now were Hauer, Wilde and the last surviving super-soldier, Dalton (formerly “Dauntless”). Hauer and Wilde had freshly located Dalton in Cambodia.

Not exactly brothers in arms

Childs had orders not to interfere, and was considerably frustrated by this. He sent the inflexible Welsh Super-Squaddies into an all-out assault, and took too long to change tactics when he saw that the USAgent and Dalton had joined Hauer.

Childs attempts to personally join the fray, but was incapacitated by Sir Grantby-Fox’s pain control implant – which he didn’t know about.

When, after a series of events, Hauer and his allies assault ECE’s headquarter’s on Canary Wharf, London, Childs was unleashed at Hauer. They had a brutal and bloody fight, and Childs was defenestrated. He survived the fall but was almost immediately crushed by an incoming train.


Description

Like almost all super-soldiers he is very tall and is built like a garbage truck.


Personality

Childs likes to kill. He enjoys the tremendous feeling of power he gets when he pulls the trigger or slits a throat. He enjoys war, random carnage, explosions and shooting people.

He feels very angry at anything that could possibly match his killing power. He becomes irrationally frustrated and violent when he cannot accomplish his fantasies about killing opponents he hates. If anybody gets in his way, even an ally, he’ll gleefully kill him.

His ability to handle frustration is rather close to zero.


Quotes

“Nah, I’m not crazy. I just like killing people.”


DC Universe History

Childs is a straightforward, simple villain with lotsa big guns. He can be reused in any plot that calls for such a killer of post-Tarantinesque proportions.


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Childs

Dex: 07 Str: 08 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 020 HP: 040

Powers:
Regeneration: 03

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing)*: 07, Martial artist*: 07, Military science: 06, Thief (Stealth): 05, Vehicles*: 07, Weaponry: 09

Advantages:
Credentials (ECE (Low)), Iron nerves, Lightning reflexes, Schtick (paired firearms)

Connections:
UK Super Soldiers (High)

Drawbacks:
Catastrophic Rage, MPR (Sir Marcus can trigger incapacitating pain fits in Childs through global remote command)

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOR [BODY 08, Flame immunity: 04, Skin armor: 03]
  • Targeting system [BODY 02, Telescopic vision: 04, Thermal vision: 07, X-ray vision: 06, Limitation: X-ray vision only to detect heat sources through obstacles – such as walls)]
  • .44 magnum semi-automatic combat pistol (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo 12, R#02 – usually loaded with super-efficient armor-piercing rounds with the Sharpness (Projectile weapons): 04 Power]
  • Adamantium combat knife [BODY 20, EV 03 (09 w/STR), Sharpness (EV): 04]
  • Royal Enfield X-4 Retaliator assault rifle [BODY 04, AV Projectile weapons: 07, Sharpness (Projectile weapons: 02, Ammo: 12, Advantage : Autofire] w/built-in grenade launcher [BODY 04, Range: 06, Ammo: 07]
  • Grenades for the Retaliator are usually straight offensive rounds – [BODY 02, EV 07 (Area of effect), Grenade Drawback)], but he seems to sometimes uses some kind of HEAT ammunition [BODY 02, EV 12, Grenade drawback – HEAT stands for High- Explosive Anti-Tank. If you want to impress with your knowledge of the fashionable military cutting edge call it a EFP-HE-FT round (Explosively Formed Projectile, high Explosive, Follow Through. Yeah, that’s a mouthful)]
  • Childs also has four grenades of various types on his uniform

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Super-Soldiers (Marvel Universe)

Helper(s): Michael Redman

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