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Dragon King (Spider-Girl enemy) (Marvel Comics MC2)

Dragon King


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Dragon King is an enemy of Spider-Girl (May Parker). He exists in a possible future of the Marvel Universe, called MC2.

If you’re not familiar with the MC2 continuity, you should read our Spider-Girl profile first.


Background

  • Real Name: Carlton T. Hackmutter
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: One-time member of the Savage Six.
  • Base Of Operations: New York City
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 175 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: White


Powers & Abilities

In his superhuman form, Mr. Hackmutter is a bulldozer-sized, winged draconic creature who can shoot laser-like beams from his eyes.

His draconic strength seems to be roughly in the high end of the “Class 50” range, with matching durability. Despite weighing tonnes he can somehow fly.

Though this all seems quite formidable, the Dragon King isn’t actually much of a threat for superhuman foes. His speed and accuracy are at best mediocre, he doesn’t have combat experience, he’s not particularly intelligent or focused, and his pain tolerance is Poor (4).

Thus, while his rampages can do a lot of damage, people who can find means to hurt him will soon put a halt to them.

He is noticeably better at hitting people with his tail than with his hands or eyebeams. But such blows are far more survivable – in DC Heroes terms it’s a textbook Flailing Attack, and in DCA it’s trading effect for attack.


History

For decades, Carlton Hackmutter worked as a janitor at the Midtown High School in New York City. By the time of the MC2 continuity, he was old enough to earn his pension.

However, he continued to work. He needed money for his life’s passion – a large collection of draconic sculptures from all over the world. He kept these in the janitorial room in the basement of Midtown High. Presumably, his apartment was too small.

The Dragon King threatens students

One day, Hackmutter badly cut his hand while picking up broken glass. Cursing about the irresponsible students, he went to the janitorial room for bandages, and accidentally spilled blood on an item in his collection. This piece was an ancient Chinese medallion depicting a dragon.

Reign of fire

Responding to the blood and Hackmutter’s rants about wanting to be in charge and have power, the magical pendant transmogrified  him.

The Dragon King’s rampage lasted for but minutes, as a Midtown High student intervened. Spider-Girl (May “Mayday” Parker) tricked Hackmutter back to the janitorial room, then into punching through an electrical main. Knocked unconscious, he was arrested and kept sedated.

No one was apparently killed or seriously wounded, as Hackmutter was more interested in ranting and breaking things than in killing people. But Spider-Girl likely prevented accidental fatalities.

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About two years later, the Dragon King was recruited by Funny Face to join his Savage Six. Though the team’s stated goal was revenge against Spider-Girl, Hackmutter was in simply because he needed money.

Funny Face set up a gauntlet for Spider-Girl to run, with the Dragon King being the third opponent she would meet. May quickly defeated the man-monster, though the gauntlet was starting to wear her down.

Dragon King vs. Spider-Girl

By this point, Hackmutter was tired of being a monster and being called the Dragon King. His power trip was over, and he wanted to go back to his old life. But he needed the medallion to return to his human form.

A lonely, unpopular student named Kevin Hartman helped him hide in the Midtown High janitorial room, and had the Dragon King beat up bullying students.

However, May Parker intervened and realised that Hartman was abusing Hackmutter’s friendship. She tore Hackman’s shirt open, revealing that the student had been hiding the medallion so Hackmutter would remain the Dragon King.

The former janitor could resume his human form at last, and both he and Hartman were arrested.


Description

The Dragon King looks like a cross between Stegron and the Dragon Man.


Personality

Hackmutter is terminally bitter and hates everyone. He didn’t even acknowledge that some students *weren’t* disrespecting him.

As an aged nerd he grew up on Conan and John Carter novels or the original Star Trek TV show. But his dreams of being a great pulpy hero were ground down by his menial occupation and poverty. His only pride was his dragons collection, and he was a curmudgeon about everything else.

Though he originally got a huge kick out of being the Dragon King, the power trip got old after some months. By then, his old life started looking pretty good compared to being a huge monster. He felt miserable, and prone to helping other underdogs as he fruitlessly looked for his medallion.


Quotes

Dragon King: “Oooo ! Did I scare you ? Good ! It’s about time you kids noticed me ! You might have been able to ignore Carlton T. Hackmutter, but no one can disregard the Dragon King !”
Random student: “RUN ! It’s some kind of monster !”
Dragon King: “You think I’m a monster ? When was the last time you looked in a mirror ?”

“They were a bunch o’ punks ! Nobody would have missed them !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dragon King

Dex: 03 Str: 13 Bod: 06 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Janitor
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 005 HP: 005

Powers:
Flight (Winged): 05, Growth: 05, Heat vision: 09, Skin armour: 04, Super-ventriloquism: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In
  • Super-ventriloquism only to increase the range at which he can be heard

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages
Alter-Ego (No Powers and all Attributes at 02, but requires the medallion to change), Familiarity (Dragon sculptures through the world, Janitorial work)

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
Age (Old), MIA toward Collecting dragon-themed sculptures, Public Identity, Strange Appearance


Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG Print Friendly

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Dragon King — Averaged 6.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 (13) 00 (08) 00 00 00 (04) 00 00 00

Powers

Enter the dragon ● 68 points ● Descriptor: Magical transmogrification
– Real big — Permanent Growth 5, Enhanced Dodge 2, Enhanced Parry 2, Improved Grab
– Draconic strength — Enhanced Strength 8 (Quirk – doesn’t enhance Athletics), Enhanced Fighting 4
– Draconic durability — Protection 4 (Limited 1 to Physical Impact), Enhanced Stamina 3
– Draconic wings — Winged Flight 4
– Draconic voice — Feature 1 (voice enhanced as if using an artisanal megaphone)
– Eyebeams — Ranged heat damage 8, Ranged combat (Eyebeams) 2

Combat Advantages

Improved Grab

Other Advantages

None demonstrated

Skills

Expertise (Janitor) 4 (+4), Expertise (Dragon-themed collectibles) 4 (+4), Expertise (Old sci-fi) 2 (+2), Intimidation 2 (+2), Perception 1 (+1), Ranged combat (Eyebeams) 1 (+3)

Offense

Initiative +0
Unarmed +4, Close, Damage 13
Eyebeams +3, Ranged, Damage 8

Defense

Dodge 2 Fortitude 9
Parry 4 Toughness 12*/8
Will 1

* Against physical impact

Complications

  • Gone, gone the form of man… Dragon King needs his magical medallion to transmogrify back and forth
  • Low status In his human form Hackmutter is an old curmudgeon with a low income and next to no social status
  • Strange appearance The Dragon King’s form is huge and threatening
  • Obsession His collection of draconic statues is what he prizes most in the world, and he might be interested in expanding it

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 9, Dodge/Toughness PL 6, Parry/Toughness PL 7, Fort/Will PL 5
  • Point total 78 Abilities 0, Defences 4, Skills 6, Powers 68, Devices 0, Advantages 0. Equiv. PL 6.

Notes

The Enhanced Parry and Enhanced Dodge part of the “Real big” power is simply to compensate for the Growth penalties, as it makes overall notation clearer. His Toughness has been counted as 10 for trade-off calculations.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe – specifically the MC2 continuity.

Writeup completed on the 2nd of May, 2014.

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