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Dreamslayer


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Louise Marino
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Louie (brother)
  • Group Affiliation: The Extremists
  • Base Of Operations: Temple of Dreamology
  • Height: 6’0” (as Dreamslayer, 5’5” as Louise) Weight: 300lbs (as Dreamslayer, 125 lbs as Louise)
  • Eyes: Brown (Louise) Hair: Brown (Louise)


Powers and Abilities

The demonic entity Dreamslayer has sorcerous abilities the full extent of which are unknown, but it regularly flies, teleports, and throws around fire which often surrounds it. It needs a human host to operate outside its own dimension, and prefers weaker willed ones who are more susceptible to its control.

The Host it has currently been forced to bond with, Louise Marino, has a stronger will than it would like, and it can only try to influence her.


History

[The Extremists are native of Earth-8 in the current DC Multiverse]

Dreamslayer is a demon who posed as a god to gather a following of worshipers to bring it forth in a material vessel. Selecting former convict Louie Marino from its congregation, it murdered his other followers to gain the power to manifest, but was stopped by Lord Havok. Dreamslayer was transferred out of Louie and into his sister Louise.

A nun, Louise had always had to help her brother out when he made a mess of his life, and Lord Havok convinced her that her stronger will would enable her to better control the demonic entity, so she agreed to host it.

Establishing a larger church, which quickly became popular and trendy, its worship apparently helped Louise control Dreamslayer. She also joined Lord Havok’s Extremists, and began a relationship with team mate Tracer.

Countdown

With the United States of Angor incensed at Lord Havok’s taking over of Slovekia and execution of the royal family, President Americommando threatened invasion even without the sanction of the International Council.

Gathered in Slovekia, the Extremists captured the multiverse-travelling Challengers from Beyond, Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner, the Jokester and ’Bob‘ the Monitor, believing them new members of the Meta Militia. They were disabused of this by the arrival of Barracuda, the Extremist’s spy in the Meta Militia.

Soon after, Monarch appeared with some of his cross-dimensional super army, inviting them to join him. They refused, and a brief fight ensues between the Extremists, Monarch’s army, and the escaping Challengers, during which Barracuda was killed. The Challengers escaped, and Monarch withdrew, making a temporary alliance with Americommando.

When Tracer was badly beaten by Monarch’s troops, Lord Havok recalled the Extremists to Slovekia, where they waited while the Meta-Militia fought through Lord Havok’s army of Havokoids, and tried to break through the force field surrounding Slovekia.

Dreamslayer's temple of dreamology

Tensions among the group escalated as attacks were made on places close to them, with the Temple of Dreamology destroyed by Monarch’s forces. This left Louise worried that she wouldn’t be able to control Dreamslayer, and reluctant to turn back into him. When she eventually had to, her fears proved true, and he butchered a number of their foes.

The Meta-Militia, led by Americommando, and aided by Monarch, broke through the field surrounding Slovekia. The remaining Extremists fell quickly before them while Lord Havok remained ensconced within his lab. The invading force finally entered it to discover themselves in a large empty room which neutralized the powers of all within except the Extremists, who’d freed themselves and followed them in.

The only enemy survivors of the ensuing slaughter were Monarch, and President Americommando, who was taken down by Vice-President Bluejay, who’d turned against him in the earlier battle, believing he’d taken Angor in the wrong direction. Returning (most of) Monarch’s power, Lord Havok agreed that the Extremists would serve him.

Joining Monarch’s army, the Extremists were part of the invasion of Earth-51. It eventually went bad, when Superman-Prime arrived, breaching Monarch’s armour and causing an explosion which annihilated all life.

Before it could take them, though, Lord Havok used the fragment of power he hadn’t returned to Monarch to teleport the Extremists safely back to their own universe, where they took up residence in a base he’d constructed within the moon, from where he could observe the Multiverse and make plans.


Personality

Dreamslayer appears to revel in chaos and destruction for its own sake, and its only goal seems to be gaining its freedom to fully revel in these.

Heavily conflicted, Louise has to deal with her own faith, being figurehead of another faith, and the fact that she’s host to a being of evil. This leaves her alone, with only Tracer to turn to for comfort and support.

Even so, she can’t help feeling some resentment for the life she’s lost, but has to keep her feelings in check so that Dreamslayer doesn’t use them against her.


Quotes

Dreamslayer (appearing within his temple): “Your prayers have been answered, loyal servants, your god is here.”
The faithful: “Praise be Dreamslayer !”
Beep ! Beep ! Beep !
Priest 1: “Is that you ?”
Priest 2: “Not me. I shut my cell phone off before the mass. Who— ?”
Dreamslayer (sighs ; answers phone): “Now is really not the best time. What is — I’ll be right there.”

[Demon in control] “Hahaha ! Burn, lowly human swine — burn !”


Marvel Universe History

With Dreamslayer being a counterpart of Dormammu in the Marvel Universe, the Extremists might do best as being from an alternate reality.

Alternatively, Dreamslayer, being slightly less powerful than Dormammu, could be an agent of his, a pawn sent to Earth to cause havoc as part of a larger plot.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dreamslayer

Dex: 06 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Extremist/Head of church
Inf: 10 Aur: 10 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 021 HP: 060

Powers:
Flame Project (ML): 09, Flight: 05, Magic Blast: 07, Sorcery: 10, Teleportation: 12

Skills:
Occultist*: 10

Advantages:
None demon-strated

Connections:
Extremists (High), Tracer (High), Temple of Dreamology (High)

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (Louise Marino, Controllable), Authority Figure, Strange Appearance, MIA (see Caged Demon below)


Louise Marino

“As I predicted, it was only a matter of time before my brother screwed things up and I would have to bail him out. And I did… forever condemning myself to a life of a demonic co-existence in the process.”

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Nun
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 011

Skills:
None demonstrated

Advantages:
Iron Nerves

Connections:
Extremists (High), Tracer (High)

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated


Caged demon

As the host for a powerful demonic entity, Louise has to exert her will to maintain control over it, so that its actions aren’t as bad as they would be were the demon allowed complete control.

In particularly stressful situations, such as when those close to her have been injured or killed, the demon will try to assert its dominance, and Louise must fight for control (make an IA roll). If events conspire to be particularly stressful (multiple incidences such as Tracer being badly wounded and the Temple being destroyed) the severity of her IA may increase.

Louise has claimed that without the faith of the devoted of Dreamslayer, she can’t maintain control as easily. This may have been the effect their deaths had on her rather than any actual reinforcement from their faith. Or it may have been that her IA would naturally be a step more severe without their faith (GMs discretion).


Design Notes

Due to limited appearances, much of this is speculative.


By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: DC Comics

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Darci, Chris Cottingham, Frank Murdock, Adam

Writeup completed on the 16th of October, 2010.

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