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Bag o' bones - Meltdown - Pre-Crisis DC Comics

Category :

Comic Books

Subcategory :

DC Universe

Type :

Villain

Game System :

DC Heroes (Blood of Heroes S.E.)

Notes :

Meltdown (aka Bag O’Bones) v1.2

By J. Kevin Carrier and Sébastien Alexandre Andrivet

Source of Character: Batman #195, Black Lightning v1 #4-5, Batman and the Outsiders #04 (DCU)

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Quotes

Creegan as Bag O’Bones

“Shocking isn’t it, Batman ?”

Creegan as Meltdown

“Damn it, stay away ! I don’t want to do this !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Each of Creegan’s identities had distinct stats.

Bag O’Bones
Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Thief
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 012 HP: 030

Powers: Attraction/Repulsion: 05, Lightning Being: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Attraction/Repulsion and Lightning Being are Always On
  • Attraction/Repulsion are Always On only works against creatures or objects that carry a static electric charge : positively-charged objects will be attracted and negatively-charged ones will be repelled
  • Lightning Being represents his body’s electrical charge - anyone touched by / touching him will be shocked.

Skills: Martial Artist: 06, Thief*: 04, Weaponry (Firearms)*: 04

Advantages: Lightning Reflexes (I’m positive, this is a re-volt-ing pun, Batman !)

Connections: Gotham City Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: Controllable Alter Ego (stats are the same, but no Powers), Strange Appearance, SPR (for every second he spends in skeletal form, Bag O’Bones’ life expectancy is reduced by a day)

Equipment: Pills [BODY 01, Insta-Change. These pills allow Bag O’Bones to control his transformations. The white pills allow him to resume human form for up to 24 hours, and the purple pills will cancel out the effects of the white ones, turning him immediately back into a skeleton]

 

Meltdown
Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Redemption
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Thief
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 015 HP: 040

Powers: Attraction/repulsion: 07, Disintegration: 08, Flame project: 12, Flight: 06, Force shield: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Disintegration is used by super-aging objects and doesn’t work against targets who are eternal (-1)
  • Flame project is pure heat (+0)
  • Force shield can only be used when he has the Initiative (-1) against projectiles which can be Disintegrated (-2)

Skills: Martial Artist: 06, Thief*: 05, Weaponry (Firearms)*: 05

Advantages: Lightning Reflexes, Misc: Power Tricks around the concept of molecular acceleration and deceleration only cost half cost (50 pts)

Connections: None

Drawbacks: Fatal Vulnerability (lack of radioactive elements)

Background

Real name: Ned Creegan
Other Aliases: The See-Through Man
Marital Status: Presumed single
Known Relatives: None
Group affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: Gotham City
Height: 6’ Weight: 175lbs
Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

Initially, exposure to radiation has turned Ned Creegan into a walking dynamo. His electrified body makes him a formidable foe in hand-to- hand combat ; trying to punch or grapple him is like grabbing a live wire. His tendency to repel like-charged objects and attract opposites could prove problematic for heroes with electrical powers (GMs discretion whether such characters are positive or negative).

Creegan’s power mutated along with the years.. When he fought the Outsiders he could fly, generate intense heat (by touch or heat beams) and greatly speed up the aging of materials (instead of having his own aging process sped up) ; he used this ability to weaken obstacles or neutralize bullets. He could also give objects or persons a negative or positive charge, allowing him to attract or repulse things with great power.

Creegan knows his power pretty well and would often use power tricks.Against Halo, for example, he sped himself up to add his Disintegration APs to his RV against her green aura, then sped up her red aura to send it out of control, giving himself the equivalent of a Mind Blast against her with his Disintegration APs

History

Ned Creegan was an ordinary thief, until he happened to rob the laboratory of a scientist named Nevil Logan ; his goal was to steal the gems the scientist was using in his experiments. Creegan knocked out Logan and entered the isolation chamber where the gem where, being in the process bathed in the purple light inside the chamber.Unknown to him, Logan had modified the jewels to become radioactive as part of his experiments to find a cure for radiation sickness. The radiation he absorbed had a delayed effect on Creegan… eventually he turned into a living purple skeleton, with static electrical powers. He and Logan cut a deal ; Creegan’s condition could be studied for Logan’s experiments, and Logan gave Creegan pills that would temporarily cure his condition.

With his newfound abilities, Creegan was a more formidable thief than ever, even giving Batman and Robin a run for their money. It was the Boy Wonder who nicknamed their new foe “Bag O’Bones”. But Creegan’s powers were also his downfall ; when the Dynamic Duo finally managed to defeat him, his white pills were crushed in the fight. Batman and Robin went to Logan to get more, but Logan attacked them, unleashing his test animals (who had been given the same powers as Creegan). By the time the Caped Crusaders captured Logan and forced him to concoct more pills, Creegan had lost most of his remaining years. Creegan blamed Logan for his impending death, while Logan pointed out that it was Creegan’s fault for trying to rob him in the first place.

While most would have thought he would have then disappeared forever, he re-appeared later under the name Meltdown, nearly killing Superman and Black Lightning - an adventure we unfortunately haven’t available for research.

After this clash, Meltdown became a model prisoner, particularly obedient and docile and accepting to be treated every day with a special lotion intended to dampen his power. After some time the lotion became inefficient, but Creegan was waiting for his plea for a special treatment to his condition to be accepted, and the loss of potency went undetected. When the board refused his plea, he gave up and used his powers to easily escape from the prison.

As Meltdown, he went around stealing radioactive materials in order to survive, but the warden called Batman and the Outsiders and they eventually apprehended him. Batman, however, deducted that the warden was trying to kill Creegan - the board had actually accepted the demand, but the warden would rather have a dangerous super-criminal die than eventually return to the streets. Ironically, once treated, Creegan readily accepted to return to prison.

Description

In human form, Ned Creegan is a nondescript man with short brown hair, who dresses in ordinary casual clothes. As Bag O’Bones, his skin, clothing, and internal organs become transparent, revealing a glowing purple skeleton. Sparks fly whenever his electrified body comes in contact with someone or something.

Next is a picture of him during his first appearance as Meltdown, then his costume when he fought the Outsiders.

Personality

In his youth, Creegan was a cheap thug with little imagination or ambition ; when granted superhuman powers, his only thought was to keep committing the same kinds of small-time robberies as always. He was understandably reluctant to assume his Bag O’Bones form, and would start out his crimes in human form, only transforming if some unforeseen difficulty occurs (i.e., superheroes show up). If a fight started to go on too long, he would start looking for an escape route, or failing that, surrender.

In his Outsiders appearance, Creegan certainly didn’t want to be stopped but he wasn’t malicious either, and tried to escape both cops of hero instead of being deliberately confrontational. When he fought, he was more interested in disarming heroes and knocking them away than in harming anyone. 

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