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Epsilon Red (Wolverine character) (Marvel comics)

Epsilon Red


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Epsilon Red (though I guess I could write it Ε) is a minor Wolverine character and ex-cosmonaut. He first appeared in 1993, and was also seen in a 1997/98 Maverick story.

This profile is best read after the Elena Ivanovna character profile, which has the context.


Background

  • Real Name: Ivan (patronymic and last name unrevealed).
  • Marital Status: Widower.
  • Known Relatives: Wife (name unknown, deceased), Elena Ivanovna (daughter).
  • Group Affiliation: Former KGB agent.
  • Base Of Operations: Tyuratam Space Center, Siberia.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


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Powers and Abilities

Epsilon Red is a highly trained cosmonaut, which implies a solid background in science and technology. He also was selected for his psionic  potential. Said psi ability, once fully activated :

  1. Made him a low-powered but skilled telepath.
  2. Gave him enough telekinetic oomph to fully animate four hose-like “tentacles” attached to the back of his suit.

He made one of his entrance by detonating a door to bits but never tried to blast anybody. Our game stats assume there are reasons for that.

Man in space

Epsilon Red was further modified so he could live in a vacuum. And his supple extra limbs making him a natural in weightless conditions. However, this meant that the Earth’s atmosphere was like the depths of the oceans for him.Therefore, he had to wear a bulky containment suit. This suit was later modified into a much sleeker, lighter costume.

While he has a superhuman body and is courageous, Epsilon Red was obviously built and trained to be a super-cosmonaut, not a super-death-machine of mass destruction like the later Omega Red. He fights if necessary, but faced with superior force has little choice but to retreat. However, he will then attempt a quick ambush on his pursuers – using his mobility and climbing ability to his advantage.


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History

See the history section for Elena Ivanovna.

What happened to Epsilon Red after he hijacked the space shuttle is unrevealed. Yet several interesting opportunities come to mind.

The most pedestrian would be for him to hire his services as a satellite repairman, to be regularly paid in fuel and spare parts.


Description

Both shots are of his 1990s costume.


Personality

In 1968, his full transformation into Epsilon Red was likely recent. Thus, he was seriously depressed over his life as a prisoner of his containment suit. In fact, he wished for death.

It is likely that, at this point, he had learned that he would not beat the Americans to the Moon. Which meant that his project was basically shelved, which meant meant all the modifications he had endured were for nothing. Still, his beloved wife strongly objected to those feelings. She maintained there was hope over her husband’s despair.

Later on

By 1992, he was well over those feelings. He accepted his fate as a debris of a dream that had failed long ago. He seemed to be mostly concerned with raising his daughter, and it seems likely that, when she became an adult, he was the one who trained her in the use of her psi powers.

Still, with Elena a grown woman, he longed to leave Earth to finally accomplish his mission and lived where he belonged — in space.

In the 1960s he sounded like your classic comic book Communist. In the 1990s there was a poetic slant to his speech, as well as a slight Marxist tinge.


Quotes

“What are these hallucinations, capitalist assassin ? Have the imperialist warmongers sent a madman to murder me ?”

(Gesturing his “tentacles”) “How do you think I control these ? The first prerequisite for a DNA-altered cosmonaut was psi-talent ! Do you want to know more about yourself ? […] Open your mind to a probe. Allow the blocks and implants to be excised. Free your memory from the shackles of illusion and repression ! Let me show you what really happened back in 1968.”

(After failing to give Wolverine back more than a few memories) “I’m sorry… there are blocks that are immovable and impervious to the cleansing fires…”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Epsilon Red – the Super-Cosmonaut

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 06 Occupation: Would-be cosmonaut
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 015 HP: 018

Powers:
Extra limbs (x4): 02, Life sense: 06, Mental blast: 09, Mind probe: 08, Sealed systems: 08, Telekinesis: 01, Telepathy: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Life Sense and Mind Probe Contingent on Telepathy.
  • Extra limbs represents his telekinetic ability to animate purpose-built supple limbs — he has to wear those for this Power to have any use.
  • Mental blast consumes two full Phases to prepare, and is released on the third Phase’s Dice Action.
  • Mental blast is not very useful against moving targets — lower its EV by every AP of DEX the target has.

Skills:
Acrobatics (climbing): 08, Gadgetry: 04, Medicine (first aid, treatment): 04, Scientist: 04, Vehicles (air, space): 05, Weaponry (Tentacles): 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • As long as Telepathy and Mind Probe are available, Epsilon Red can use his Medicine Skill to affect MIN (+1).
  • Acrobatics (Climbing) is diminished by one AP for every Tentacle that is no longer operational.
  • Weaponry is contingent on Telekinesis.

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Tyuratam Space Center), Expertise (Soviet and Russian space program since the 1960s), Language (Russian), Life Support (no need to breathe).

Connections:
Tyuratam Space Center (Low).

Drawbacks:
Altered Anatomy, SPR (must wear a containment suit to live on Earth).

Equipment:

  • CONTAINMENT SUIT [BODY 05, Skin armour: 01, Real armour].
  • “TENTACLE” 1 [BODY 04, Note: Ends in a screwdriver head].
  • “TENTACLE” 2 [BODY 04, Claws: 04, Note: Ends in a buzzsaw].
  • “TENTACLE” 3 [BODY 04, Flame project (No Range): 05, Note: Ends in some kind of blowtorch or flamethrower. This can likely function even without oxygen, by having its own gas reserves].
  • “TENTACLE” 4 [BODY 04 STR 03, Note: Ends in a motorized pincer].

Design notes

Epsilon Red appears very briefly, so a lot of this are guesses.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Wolverine v2 #67-68.

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen.

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