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Decay vs. Wonder Woman

Decay

Agent of Ares


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • This entry might the oldest set of notes that is still around on writeups.org. It was made 15+ years ago as a 2nd edition adaptation for 1st edition stats in a Mayfair sourcebook that had become hard to find.

Background

  • Marital Status: Inapplicable
  • Known Relatives: Medusa (mother)
  • Base Of Operations: Cavern of the Gorgons
  • Group Affiliation: Gorgons
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 95lbs
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Violet


Powers and Abilities

Though a superior hand-to-hand combatant (proficient enough to seriously threaten Wonder Woman, in fact), the creature called Decay rarely had to rely on her physical prowess. Her very touch would immediately age and wither anyone with whom she made contact, ultimately causing death.

Equally as deadly was her breath, which would cause whatever it touched to crumble into dust ; in fact her very presence caused objects around her to slowly dissolve.

Decay also possessed super-strength, the power of flight and limited invulnerability.


History

When the Princess Diana was sent to the Man’s World to put an end to the schemes of the mad War God Ares, Ares’ son Phobos decided to gain favor in his father’s eyes by destroying the Amazon princess. To this end, he journeyed to the Cavern of the Gorgons, where he drove his smouldering hands straight into the mystical matter that was the Gorgon’s seething heart. 

Using his breath to shape the molten material he’d thus extracted, much as the Princess Diana herself has been molded from humble clay, Phobos created a small statuette, the figure of a woman. He then had it delivered to the home of Professor Julia Kapatelis, who had become Diana’s mentor in the Man’s World.

Late that night, as Julia sought to teach Diana the English language, the statuette came to life, assumed full human size, and set about to destroy Julia’s home and the Amazon Princess.

The battle between the Princess Diana and the creature who now called herself Decay spread across the entire city of Boston, with Decay leaving a swath of ruin and destruction behind her as they fought. Diana herself almost perished at Decay’s hand, until the Amazon finally entangled Decay in the strands of her golden lasso.

Since Diana’s lasso had been forged from the girdle of the goddess Gaia, mother of all the Earth, the lasso possessed the power of constant renewal. Thus, the golden strands continued to pour life into Decay, who was an embodiment of death, until that power consumed her. Screaming in frustrated rage, Decay quite literally exploded from the strain, her lifeless carcass returning to the vile dust that had spawned her.


Description

See peekchur.


Personality

The most important thing to Decay was the infliction of pain and suffering on all living beings. She was quite mad – a wicked, cruel being who exalted in stripping the vitality and freshness from all things, living and inert – and took great delight in goading and provoking her opponents into suicidally charging her.

Decay enjoyed demoralizing her foes by rapidly aging and withering an innocent before battle, preferably one of her foe’s loved ones, attempting to prove to her opponent her ultimate superiority.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Decay

Dex: 09 Str: 13 Bod: 10 Motivation: Psychopathic
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Demon of destruction
Inf: 08 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 023 HP: 020

Powers: Cell rot: 13, Energy blast: 07, Flight: 10

Skills: None

Advantages: None AFAIK

Connections: None

Drawbacks: MIA toward Destruction, Fatal Vulnerability toward Life energy, Loss Vulnerability (Exposure to life energy), Catastrophic Rage, Misc: Decay only weights 1 AP

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats inspired from Strangers in Paradise, history from Who’s Who)

Source of Character: Wonder Woman comics (DCU)

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