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Deimos

(Skartaris)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Deimos was the main bad guy in 1975+ heroic fantasy/lost land/planetary romance DC Comics series The Warlord.

We just have some notes for him. His Mayfair stats were in the Atlas of the DC Universe, but some folks just couldn’t find this sourcebook. So we did some quick profiles based on those, but with little original research.


Background

  • Real Name: Deimos.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Daamon (descendant, deceased).
  • Base Of Operations: Skartaris.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 193lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Deimos was believed to possess great mystical power. But in truth, the Scrolls of Blood that were the source of his power were technical manuals on computer holography. These taught Deimos how to use an ancient Atlantean computer he had discovered hidden beneath his fortress.

Deimos did not gain true supernatural powers until his resurrection by the Mask of Life. Now immortal, Deimos could transform himself into a serpent or dragon. He could also summon demons from some unknown dimension .

An average athlete and combatant, Deimos preferred to rely on his computers, his mystical skills and his devious mind to accomplish his ends.


History

Deimos was a practitioner of black magic. He served as the high priest of the city-state of Thera. An ambitious man, Deimos used the legendary Scrolls of Blood to ascend to the Theran throne.

He then decided to conquer all of Skartaris , that primitive world within the hollow center of Earth. But he found his efforts repeatedly thwarted by an army lead by a surface man who had accidentally discovered Skartaris and was now its greatest hero, Lt. Colonel Travis Morgan, now known as the Warlord.

When Deimos kidnapped Morgan’s beloved Tara, Morgan led an assault on Deimos’ fortress. It ultimately led to Deimos’ death at Morgan’s hand.


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Mask of life

Months later, one of Deimos’ minions used the arcane Mask of Life to resurrect Deimos. The priest then sought vengeance against the Warlord by kidnapping his infant son, Joshua. Using his powers, Deimos cloned Joshua, then caused the child to grow to adulthood in a matter of moments.

When Morgan burst into Deimos’ fortress, he was forced to battle and ultimately slay someone he believed to be his own son. Morgan then slew Deimos again, little realizing his true son lived. The real Joshua had been given into the care of simple farmers.

Deimos returned from the dead several more times more to challenge the Warlord. At first, he needed darkness and human blood to keep his body animated and slow the decomposition process. Finally, Deimos made a bargain with the mystical Evil One. He restored Deimos to life but took his powers in the exchange.

When his body was finally destroyed, Deimos’ head lived on. Even in this state he plotted new schemes of vengeance against Travis Morgan.

Ultimately, Morgan left Deimos’ still-living head to the wolves. It was presumably destroyed.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

When he first appeared, Deimos was a typical evil mastermind. He was brilliant, cruel, and ambitious. Other people, including his own henchmen, were nothing more than pawns to be used and discarded. After his first defeat by Travis Morgan, however, his ambitions narrowed, and he devoted all his energies to elaborate schemes of revenge.

In his various clashes with the Warlord, one can see Deimos’ mind and sanity deteriorating along with his body. By the end, he was a rather desperate and pathetic figure, groping for any means to restore himself to his former glory and somehow get back at his old foe Morgan.



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Deimos

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 08 Wil: 08 Min: 08 Occupation: High priest of Thera
Inf: 07 Aur: 08 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 011
Init: 019 HP: 100

Powers:
Invulnerability: 12, Shape change: 10, Dimension travel (summoning): 10, Sorcery: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Deimos’ Powers, Occultist Skill and Strange Appearance Drawback only appeared after he was resurrected by the Mask of Life.
  • Shape change can only be used to turn into a serpent or dragon-like form (-0).

Skills:
Charisma: 09, Gadgetry: 09, Medicine: 05, Occultist: 07, Scientist: 07, Weaponry: 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Skartaris), Connoisseur, Leadership, Scholar (ancient Atlantean tech).

Connections:
Thera (High), Evil One (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, Unluck.

Equipment:

  • ATLANTEAN COMPUTER [BODY 06, INT 10, Illusion: 10].
  • Mask of Life [BODY 04, SPIRIT 10, Animate dead: 12].

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet and JKCarrier (stats from Atlas, history from Who’s Who).

Source of Character: Warlord comics (DCU).

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