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Ulluxy'l Tae Kwan Syn of the Conspiracy (Bloodstone enemy) (Marvel Comics) closeup

Conspiracy

(Bloodstone enemies)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • This entry is mostly here to a/ unclutter the Ulysses Bloodstone entry (which used to have a long boxed section about the Conspiracy) and b/ as a source of inspiration about an obscure corner of the Marvel Universe’s past. It could easily spark scenarios, NPCs or even PC background ideas.
  • This here entry will not make much sense unless you’ve attentively read the Ulysses Bloodstone entry – which lays out the general framework and who entities such as Ulluxy’l or the Exo-Mind are, and what they do.

History

So what do we know ? Not much.

Ulluxy’l Tae Kwan Syn and the Conspiracy

Ulluxy’l Tae Kwan Syn thought he belonged to something called the Conspiracy. What it was was never revealed. From context, the three main possibilities are :

  • “The Conspiracy” was an alternative name for the circle of five guardians, which the Exo-Mind was supposed to create to conduct the ritual and tap the Hellfire Helix’s energies. Since Ulluxy’l was the one and only known guardian, in this interpretation the four other slots of “the Conspiracy” are vacant and Ulluxy’l has been its only member for 10,000+ years. The Conspiracy would thus be more like a shell or a goal than an organisation per se.
  • There never was a Conspiracy, and this was a delusion of Ulluxy’l fed by the Exo-Mind, much like the Exo-Mind manipulated Bloodstone. Perhaps Ulluxy’l didn’t know about the Exo-Mind and thought he was working for “the Conspiracy”, never meeting these secret masters. Perhaps he thought these were the five Elders back in the chaotic universe.
  • Ulluxy’l’s Conspiracy was the same as the later five-members Conspiracy, with the same roster — except Centurius replaced Ulluxy’l Kwan Tae Syn. In this hypothesis, Ulluxy’l had been working for some time with the other persons described below (minus Centurius). This is the simplest reading, but is not that well-supported by the story.

Ulysses Bloodstone is given a vision of the Bloodgem by the Conspiracy

At one point Bloodstone states that he has battled Ulluxy’l and the Conspiracy “for centuries”. Of course, this may just mean that Ulluxy’l mentioned the Conspiracy some centuries ago, and does little in shedding light over what it actually is.

The Conspiracy seen during the 1970s

A five-members Conspiracy was assembled by the Exo-Mind ; Bloodstone detected its existence in the mid-1970s, and it likely wasn’t created much earlier.

Apparently, the five were told that it was time for the Exo-Mind to switch to new vessels as it had grown tired of Bloodstone’s perspective. The five were hoping that after the Bloodgem was rebuilt, the Exo-Mind would dispose of Ulysses Bloodstone and make them into its new immortal vessels ; the Exo-Mind mentioned that it wanted to now experience human life through vessels less benign than Bloodstone had been.

The assembled Conspiracy

The job of this Conspiracy was, at that point, relatively easy since for 10,000 years Bloodstone and Ulluxy’l had fought over collecting the Bloodgem fragments – and thus between the two of them owned most of what was to be found.

In the 1970s the Conspiracy, likely guided by intelligence from the Exo-Mind, swept up the last fragments that were out there in the wild (except for the Bloodstone Choker). All they had to do next was to take out Bloodstone and Ulluxy’l with the Exo-Mind’s help, grab their accumulated troves of gem fragments, and perform the Ritual of Joining as per the Exo-Mind’s instructions. Rebuilding the Bloodgem could thus be done quickly and efficiently.

Membership of the Exo-Mind’s Conspiracy

  • Centurius, who has his own writeups.org profile and was one of the two heavyweights of the group
  • Kaballa, a sorcerer, who seemed to be the other heavyweight. He could summon powerful elementals and managed to keep Bloodstone stupefied until the end. Do note, though, that it may all have been the work of the Exo-Mind, who has a long track record in monsters summoning and clouding Bloodstone’s mind.
    In fact, Kaballa mentioned that it was the Bloodgem fragment in Bloodstone’s chest that was instrumental in stupefying him, giving credence to the hypotheses that Kaballa’s seeming power may largely have been a result of the Exo-Mind’s actions.
    In any case, Kaballa could hurl lightning bolts from his hands, powerful enough to stun and knock back Boodstone.
  • Dr. Juden Bardham, apparently a reputed cardiologist. He may have been chiefly recruited to perform the very difficult surgical removal of the Bloodgem fragment from Bloodstone’s chest. This was a good recruitment, since Bardham did succeed in his mission.
  • Bubbles O’Day (likely a pseudonym) was presented as an ecdysiast, which is the word we suave, urbane people with large vocabularies use for ’em strippers. Kaballa said that she had procured a Bloodgem fragment from a client (implying that she killed that person after pretending to accept selling sexual favours). Kaballa stated that O’Day now could “floor an audience with her mind”, so she presumably had psychic powers.
  • Atlan was a dolphin. In a large fish tank. Apparently he was sapient, and a magician of some sort. Having an intelligent magical dolphin was in keeping with the 1970s New Age themes Gerber used in the story.

The Conspiracy absorbed by the Bloodgems

My interpretation of the roster would be that the Exo-Mind just needed Centurius to do the heavy lifting, plus four useful idiots. All that mattered, apparently, was to have five trained persons do the Ritual of Joining to reconstitute the Bloodgem. Of course, if one of them intrigues you as a GM and you want to weave them into your campaign’s history, feel free to make them more than a useful idiot.

When Bloodstone scried the captured souls of the Conspiracy members within the Bloodgem golem with his third eye, he knew that they were ’evil‘ persons. Keep that in mind if you want to use them further in your campaign.

Remainder of the Conspiracy facts

  • The hideout of the Conspiracy, deep below Manhattan, was protected by old school mechanical traps (tubes shooting spikes from the walls, pit traps into magma, ceilings lowered to crush trapped persons, lots of spikes, etc.)
    These worked even decades after the destruction of the Conspiracy, killing quite a few curious Moloid stumbling on the place. Since these traps are very much what one would expect to find in a tomb in an Indiana Jones movie, one suspects that these headquarters were constructed centuries ago, possibly by Ulluxy’l Kwan Tae Syn.
  • When Kaballa held Bloodstone’s Bloodgem he stated that it was the fifth fragment. Since at one point we are told that all the fragments were geometrically perfect, it is likely that the small fragments can be combined into medium fragments, which can be combined into big fragments like Bloodstone’s, etc. in a mathematically regular way.
    As previously noted the tiny sliver in the Bloodstone Choker was not necessary to reassemble the full Bloodgem, so presumably the gem can grow back minor missing chips over time, perhaps using a similar process that allowed it to “spawn” the Star of Capistan.

The Conspiracy cuts the Bloodgem free from Ulysses Bloodstone's chest

  • The Conspiracy’s astral forms were seemingly destroyed when Bloodstone destroyed the Exo-Mind, the Hellfire Helix and the Bloodgem. As to their bodies, the skeletons were found later decades by Captain America, right where they had been killed at the apex of the Ritual of Joining.
  • Having, within a sinister secret organisation out to kill an Aryan guy and take over the world, somebody named “Juden” and somebody named “Kaballa” may not have been… the best idea, really. It probably wasn’t deliberate, but if you use those elements in your campaign you may want to be careful about that.


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Centurius has his own writeup ; so do several agents of the Conspiracy, such as Killer Shrike and the Modular Man. This entry includes game data about other agents of the Conspiracy, namely :


Ulluxy’l Kwan Tae Syn’s operatives

Ulluxy’l used seemingly human operatives, armed with energy pistols. Their eyes had been altered to allow them to see in the dark – which apparently also meant that their eyes looked weird.

The readers never see how altered the eyes have been, so I’ve assumed a Creepy Appearance (agents not operating in the dark will wear sunglasses).

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Agent
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 008 HP: 000

Powers:
Ultra Vision: 02

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Advantages:
None demonstrated

Connections:
Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance

Equipment:
Laser pistol [BODY 03, Laser beam: 05, Ammo: 12]


Sharzan the elemental demon

This demonic-looking creature was conjured by Kaballa (or perhaps conjured by the Exo-Mind and placed under Kaballa’s orders) to attack and capture Ulysses Bloodstone at the UN. While it was only briefly seen and the stats below are very tentative, it was an unusually powerful servant of the Conspiracy. Sharzan could make himself unto a giant, and could control the elements.

Sharzan
“Sharzan lives ! Mine is the power elemental — and with it I shall destroy all enemies ! I shall destroy Bloodstone !”

“Fool ! You can’t defeat Sharzan by kicking him !”

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unknown
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 08 Occupation: Elemental demon
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: Unknown
Init: 015 HP: 020

Powers:
Air control: 09, Earth control: 09, Growth: 10, Ice control: 09, Ice production: 09, Teleportation: 05, Water control: 09. Sharzan presumably also had Fire control and perhaps other “elemental” powers ; he may also have had Flight (Winged).

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is *not* already factored in – Sharzan seemed to vary his height as needed. There might be a minimum number of APs of Growth he has to use, though. At his maximum height Sharzan was 40 feet tall, the equivalent of a four-stories building.
  • Growth enhances BODY, not just RV

Skills:
None demonstrated, but possibly APs of Occultist.

Advantages:
None demonstrated, possibly Iron Nerves

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

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