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El Diablo of Freedom Force

Diablo

(Ricardo Ramirez)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Freedom Force was a 2002 squad tactics video game, with a 2005 sequel. It received excellent reviews, and remains one of a puzzlingly small number of successful PC games about super-heroes.

It takes place during the 1960s, with a strong Silver Age  style and Kirbyesque character designs. in Diablo’s case, that also means deliberately dated character elements.


Background

  • Real Name: Ricardo Ramirez.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Freedom Force; formerly a street gang (don’t remember the name).
  • Base Of Operations: The Freedom Fortress.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 210lbs Age: 19
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Thanks to Energy X, Ramirez has the ability to generate intense flame and use it for a variety of purposes. He can :

  • Coat himself with a sheet of flame for defense.
  • Melee (“Flaming Fist”).
  • Fly.
  • Project beams of searing flames or explosive fireballs (“Flame Projection”, “Inferno”;, “Hellfire”).
  • Or even cause a target to burst into flames just by concentrating on them (“Ignite”).

Ramirez is also the former leader of a street gang, and is quite competent at hand to hand combat. Though he has not demonstrated the use of any thieving abilities, his origin makes it likely he still possesses them.


History

As the gang leader of a street gang in the Barrio of Patriot City, Ricardo Ramirez was suddenly engulfed in Energy X, which caused him to burst into flames.

El Diablo (Freedom Force) standing in fire

Ramirez first used his powers to fly above the city, making him realize for the first time how large and grand the whole of Patriot City was. This in turn inspired him to reflect on Estella’s earlier comments about the pettiness of his gang’s brutal fights to control their small barrio. He returned, and used his powers to end the gang fight.

Taking the name El Diablo, he teamed up with Mentor and Minuteman, and later Man-Bot, to form the initial core membership of Freedom Force.


Description

A relatively stocky, muscular young man, Ramirez normally wears a blue tunic with a high red collar and flame motif along the bottom and the edge of its sleeves, a red mask tied around his face with his hair flowing free, and blue pants. His blue boots have red trim, and he wears a red sash around his waist.

Covering the knot of the sash is a yellow shield with a black trident symbol on it.


Personality

Cocky, arrogant, and self-absorbed are among the nicer attributes associated with El Diablo. He believes he is God’s Gift to Women (though they prefer to think of him as God’s Gag Gift to Women), and is confident in nearly everything he does.

However, he is a good man, and easygoing under most circumstances, ready with a quip or joke under stress. Once combat begins, however, his fiery temper can sometimes escape his control, and he ends up doing considerably more damage to the surroundings (and his enemies) than intended.

He also speaks with a cliché comic book Hispanic tone, interspersing slightly accented English with random words in Spanish.

To sum it up, he thinks he’s the stereotypical “hot-tempered Latin Lover”, and while he does have some charisma, he is not the Don Juan he thinks he is.


Quotes

(Consoling Minuteman after Mentor berated him for complaining) “Stop right there, Señor. You already saved Patriot City from a nuclear holocaust. Don’t be so down on yourself, mi amigo.”

(During an Easter Egg – a hidden basketball court) “If this doesn’t go in, I’m gonna torch the backboard, I SWEAR !”

“Fried bad guy, comin’ up !”


DC Universe History

Most of Freedom Force should really be kept together. They tend to compliment each other nicely, and have most of their ’bases’ covered.

In this case, they could be dropped in whole cloth into the period between the Golden and Silver ages. Perhaps they held the title of the “World’s Premier Team” after the Justice Society ended, and before the Justice League started up.

Alternatively, Mentor could have been trying to escape with the Gene Bomb during Invasion, and when he fails, gathers many of the Energy X powered individuals as Freedom Force.


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El Diablo

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 065

Powers:
Flight: 06, Flame being: 08, Bomb: 10, Flame Project: 10, Flame Immunity: 10, Pyrotechnics: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flame Project has No AV (-1).
  • Pyrotechnics may be used as long as the character can directly see his target, even if, for example, a glass door is in-between them, though not through television or cameras or other inderect viewing methods (+1).
  • All powers except Flame Immunity Contingent on Flame Project (-1).

Skills:
Martial Artist*: 05, Thief*: 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge: The Barrio, Expansive HQ (The Freedom Fortress).

Connections:
Freedom Force (High); His former gang (low).

Drawbacks:
MIA (pretty women); Minor Rage; Attack Vulnerability: Cold (-2 cs vs cold-based attacks); MIF (“Creepy crawlies”).

By Bil.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Frank Murdock.

Source of Character: Freedom Force and Freedom Force vs the Third Reich computer games.

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