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Doctor Dredd (Rom spaceknight enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Doctor Dredd

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Quite possibly N.A.
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Dire Wraiths
  • Base Of Operations: Near Clairton, West Virginia, U.S.A. ; formerly Wraithworld in the Dark Nebula
  • Height: Variable Weight: Unrevealed
  • Eyes: Variable Hair: Variable

Powers and Abilities

Dr. Dredd is a rarity – a Dire Wraith warlock. While normally only females can use magic, warlocks are those rare males who can wield spells, and they usually are even more powerful than the females.

Dredd also possesses the shape-changing abilities normal to his race (though they are somewhat underdeveloped), and demonstrated an uncommon durability – most of the time. Although he wasn’t flattened by a punch from the Torpedo, and was unscathed when trapped in a burning laboratory full of chemicals, he seems vulnerable to being strangled by Rom in decaying human form, which is really weird for a shapeshifter.


Doctor Dredd, a powerful Dire Wraith warlock, apparently studied Rom and his allies for some time before he found a way to use his modus operandi. Once he mystically discerned that the human Brandy Clark, a close ally of the spaceknight, secretly longed to become Rom’s lover, he struck.

His plan rested on the fact that Brandy and the recently deceased spaceknight Starshine had an exchange of power before Starshine’s death, and that he could use this link to make it much easier for Clark to mystically merge with the Starshine armour. He persuaded Clark to agree to be the subject of his mysticism, and soon the merging ceremony commenced.

The ritual was interrupted by Clark’s actual boyfriend, Steve Jackson, but Dredd easily Mystic Froze him and finished the ritual. The Torpedo intervened, punching Dredd straight across the room – but Starshine/Clark emerged from the infernal light and, having been mesmerized by Dredd before the ritual, promptly defended him and took the Torpedo out.

Dredd then teleported her and himself away to kill Rom.

However, when they reached Khystym (Soviet Union), they found a thoroughly unpredictable situation. The Rom they fought was actually Rom’s armour occupied by the artificial lifeform Quasimodo, who had restored Rom’s humanity in exchange for the armour. Rom’s cloned body was programmed to start decaying quickly however, and the ever-paranoid Quasimodo also turned against his Wraith secret allies, destroying them using what was now his neutralizer.

Thus, “Rom” did not hesitate to strike back against Starshine/Clark, which briefly puzzled Dredd who was not expecting this behaviour. With his help, though, Starshine “destroyed” “Rom”, expelling Quasimodo’s artificial consciousness from the armour. The shock pf the act broke Dredd’s conditioning.

Meanwhile Rom, his human form already seriously decaying, expended his last breath assaulting and strangling Doctor Dredd, who eventually crumbled into dust as Wraiths do. There’s a distinct possibility that this was a trick on Dredd’s part, though.

(Rom, of course, eventually escaped death with the help of the Gremlin and Starshine).


In his chosen human form, Dredd has a definite flair for the somewhat campy and definitely dramatic.


Doctor Dredd is a cruel manipulator and sadist. He relishes in using other’s repressed emotions and secret wishes against themselves, and loves to mock nobility and chivalry – both directly and by constantly and ironically pretending that his actions are gallant and for the good of others.

He’s pretty smart (his plan may well have worked if not for Quasimodo), though his hunger for the kill and his sadism are a problem. He has great, over-the-top, dramatic, Christopher-Lee-as-Dracula-like dialogue (see quotes).


“You wish to become a spaceknight, Brandy Clark. As such, you wish to offer your love to Rom. For that you will need the aid and assistance of… Doctor Dredd !”

(To Steve Jackson) “Why, I am Doctor Dredd… and I am merely granting your girlfriend’s fondest wish !”

“Now, there are more important tasks to be accomplished ! The death and destruction of Rom, spaceknight — at the hands of the woman he loves ! Fare ill, human cattle !”

“Rise, my golden gladiatrix ! Rise and strike at he who has hurt you !”

“By the black nebula !”

“You forget, I am a Wraith — able to assume any shape, however vile !”

DC Universe History

Y‘know, it would make complete sense if the Limbo the Wraiths get banished in was the same Limbo as the DCU’s, and if Prometheus happened to contact them from his Crooked House. Yeah, I know Dredd was killed and not banished, but he’s a warlock and may have cheated death — his corpse looked much like a banished Wraith’s.


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Dr. Dredd

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 07 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 07 Occupation: Warlock
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 015 HP: 025

Chameleon: 07, Energy blast (ML): 11, Mystic freeze: 06, Shapechange: 02, Teleportation (ML): 15

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Chameleon cannot mask the strong red glow in his eyes whenever he uses magic (which includes occult rituals)
  • Shapechange allows fantastic forms
  • Shapechange is limited to creatures smaller than he is, and precludes increases in STR or BODY over his baseline

Charisma (persuasion): 08, Medicine (brainwashing): 05, Occultist: 09

Expertise (exploiting one’s hidden desires, Dire Wraith mystic lore), Leadership (only on his thralls, 15pts)

Dire Wraiths (Low)

MIA toward Sadism, Attack Vulnerability (-2CS RV against choke holds and pain holds)

Cane [BODY 06, EV 03 (04 w/STR)]


  • Dredd knew an unique ritual which could magically merge an ordinary human with a vacant Space Knight armour (although it is possible that the human must be of the same gender and general size than the galadorian who previously occupied the armour, and is prolly barely possible if there is not some kind of pre-existing physical link between the two). This required a ceremony that lasted for hours, and materialized as a large ball of infernal light where the naked subject and the vacant armour very gradually floated closer to each other.
  • Subornation gaze [Hypnotism: 06, CT: 06, Nec. components: None]. This Ritual was used to turn Brandy Clark into an ally of Dredd.
  • Sense weakness [Detect (repressed emotion): 12, Bonus: Detect has the Assess bonus, CT: 08, Nec. components: Unknown]. This Ritual was used to sense Brandy wanted to become Rom’s lover.
  • Sense foe [Detect (spaceknight): 12, CT: 02, Nec. components: None]

Design Notes

I have not yet worked on a Dire Wraith writeup, so Dredd’s Wraith abilities are only based on what he’s actually displayed.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Rom comics. For those of you who are going all “oh, I remember him !” let me be depressing and note this story was published in 1983.

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham

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