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Garbo (Juan Pujol Garcia)

“Garbo”

(Juan Pujol Garcia)


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

Background

  • Real Name: Joan Pujol Garcìa, Bovril, Arabel
  • Marital Status: Married (twice)
  • Known Relatives: Araceli Gonzlez (wife 1940-47), three children with Araceli, unnamed venezuelan wife and children
  • Group Affiliation: Republican spanish army (1936-38), National spanish army (1938-39), Abwher (1940-45), MI5 (1941-45)
  • Base Of Operations: Barcelona (until 36), Lisbon (40-41), London (42-45), Caracas (46-88)
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 170lbs
  • Eyes: Light Brown Hair: Dark


Powers and Abilities

Joan (or Juan) Pujol, alias ’Garbo’, was gifted with an unmatched gift of trust. He was a master of counterinformation who managed to convince the whole nazi secret service and military intelligence, even after his information was proved to be wrong.

In the opinion of the British secret service, he was also one of the best actors in the 40s, hence his alias.


History

Pujol’s biography is documented in various history texts. A decent starter resource is his Wikipedia entry.


Description

Hard as it may sound today when seeing his picture, “Garbo” was considered quite an attractive man in his times and never had much trouble to conquer the other sex.


Personality

Pacifist and defensor of life, ’Garbo’ was proud of two things in his life: having took part in both spanish Civil War and WWII without killing anybody or even using a firearm, and being the only person awarded a medal by both the nazis and the british, gaining both an Iron Cross from the Germans and an MBE from the UK.


Quotes

“I went through two wars without ever killing anybody or firing a single shot.”


DC Universe History

“Garbo” actions involved the gathering of information for the Blackhawk Skyrocket opperations since 1940 and even sometimes having to pull the strings that helped their release or escape after some member was captured.

His top priority, nonetheless, was to locate the Spear of Destiny who held the superheroes out of Europe, a task he devoted until almost the end of the conflict, although Captain Nazi and Dragon King machinations made it specially difficult, thus making him devote to more mundane tasks in the meantime.

In a Bond-verse, maybe he became M after WWII, during the 1960s, directing Connery and Lazenby-Bond opperations.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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“Garbo”

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Upholding the good
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Entrepreneur/Spy
Inf: 03 Aur: 05 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003 (005 during the 50’s)
Init: 010 HP: 020

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 07, Military Science (Cartography, Cryptography): 05, Scientist (Research): 03, Thief (Forgery): 03

Advantages:
Attractive, Gift of gab, Languages (Catalan, English, German, Spanish), Master of interaction (Bluff), Rich Friends (1941-60), Scholar (Counterinformation), Security Clearance (Medium)

Connections:
Abwher (High, until 1984), MI5 (High)

Drawbacks:
Age (old, 1952-88), Debt (+1, his bussinesses never seemed to go right), SIA to not using violence, Secret ID (1941-84), Misc.: +2 cs OV/RV on tasks relating the british pre-decimal system

Equipment:
UK Railroad Guide [BODY 1, Area Knowledge (UK)]


Alternate stats – Comic Book ’Garbo’

Were ’Garbo’ to play against comic-book nazis, his stats could be raised a bit to go on par with the masterminds at DC’s WWII and still make him legendary master double agent. He would surely have opperated directly on German ground, infiltrated inside the enemy lines.

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 07
Inf: 05 Aur: 07 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 016 HP: 040

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 09, Charisma (Persuasion): 07, Detective: 05, Gadgetry: 04, Martial Artist (OV, RV): 05, Military Science (Camouflage, Cartography, Cryptography): 08, Scientist (Analysis, Research): 05, Thief (Forgery, Stealth): 05, Vehicles (Land): 03

Advantages:
Raise Security Clearance to High level

Connections:
Also Adolf Hitler (Low), Winston Churchill (High), M (High), Resistance (High) and Omni-Connection

Equipment:
Also 6 AP ABC Omni-Gadget (x3) and Quick Change Masks [Body: 01, Chameleon: 09, Ammo: 05, Limit.: Maximum Chameleon in effect equals the user’s Actor Subskill, Drawback: takes 1d10 phases to apply. Time can be bought off at 1 HP per phase]


New rule – Master of Interaction [10 HPs Advantage]

This character is exceptionally good at one of the Interaction Maneuvers (Bluff, Charm…). If he gets the upper hand when comparing the relevant attribute, he earns one more bonus cs than usual. This Advantage stacks with the benefit from Gift of Gab, and can be bought multiple times, though each one will apply to a new Interaction Maneuver.

by KalEl el Vigilante

Source of Character: Real life double agent

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