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Giant (Stormwatch Team Achilles) (Wildstorm Comics)

Giant aka Hallibastard

Peter Moran


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Giant’s power level is unclear – so a lot of guesswork went into his game stats.
  • Oh for those who missed it, Miracleman’s name is Michael Moran – and hint as to Giant’s nature as a terribly failed Captain Marvel.

Background

  • Real Name: Peter Moran
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Maximilian Moran (father), Michelle Moran (mother)
  • Base Of Operations: New York City ; now probably Hallibusker’s headquarter in Houston, TX
  • Height: 6’9” Weight: 290 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Giant has been genetically altered to be near-invulnerable and super-strong. He can alter his gravitonic field to fly, focus optical bio-energy – said eyebeams being powerful enough to vaporize humans.

He is also supposed to have enhanced senses – but has only conclusively demonstrated the ability to exactly locate a man talking from behind a thick wall.


History

Very little is known about Peter Moran’s past, other than his being part of Henry Bendix’s black projects in superhuman enhancement, in much the same way as Apollo and the Midnighter. In fact, his powers do not seem very different in their applications than Apollo’s.

By age 16 or 17, Moran became a “super-hero” in the New York area under the name Giant. He was a brutal, incompetent glory hound who would kill his opponents at the drop of a hat – he killed at least 10 criminals during that time. When the UN building was attacked by super-powered terrorists, he swooped in – but the UN’s elite commandos had already eliminated half the attackers.

Furious he was being ignored, Giant acted in his usual reckless, callous and irresponsible manner – killing a terrorist which had already been neutralized by Lieutenant Hämäläinen and destroying several wooden pillars – the resultant wooden shrapnel seriously wounding many of the hostages.

As Giant was getting offended that his contribution was not appreciated, Santini bluffed him, using scrapes of knowledge from recently cracked Bendix files to make Giant believe he could detonate his skull at the touch of a button. Santini then dismissed the immature cretin, who destroyed yet another floor by flying through it on his way out.

Rebranding

Giant then went on to be hired by Hallibusker, a powerful US corporation with very close ties with the US administration. He was renamed Hallibastard, and changed his costume to a terrible NASCAR-style jump suit full of corporate logos.

When the Authority took over the United States of America, Homeland security director Ivana Baiul escaped the purges, and had Hallibusker send Hallibastard in to be her bodyguard. Baiul also used him as an errand boy ; when she sent him to offer a meeting to Santini, Hallibastard happened right into a fight between Santini’s men and the Merovingian and his allies ; he snuck behind the Merovingian and punched the man’s heart out of his chest.

Santini’s team evacuated, leaving Giant to be subdued by the Authority who ’ported in seconds later, attempting to take Santini down.

Hallibastard was with Baiul when she met Santini in the Vatican. At one point Giant moved in, looking like he was about to manhandle Santini, not having understood the strict ban on violence in the Holy See. Santini’s contact, Cardinal Torquemada, himself a powerful SPB, made it instantly clear to the Hallibastard that he should behave or be beheaded.


Description

In his Hallibastard suit, he occasionally wears a helmet.


Personality

An immature, reckless, self-centred, irresponsible shallow cretin. All that matters to him in the world is his own rapid gratification, large ego and material comfort.

He thinks he’s entitled to whatever he wants, and has trouble understanding moral rules – such as not murdering people, not starting brawls in churches, not wantonly destroying property, etc. Basically, he’s a good example of everything you dislike in “the youths of today, mumble mumble”.

He’s a casual killer – he kills for no clear tactical reason, and will even vaporize random people if they insist on giving him lip. He’s very, very confident in his invulnerability and does not care about the comparative fragility of human beings around him ; however, if somebody seems stronger than he is (such as Torquemada), all his confidence suddenly evaporates.

His shallow personality and “I wanna be a star cuz I’m da baddest, yeah !” dialogue leaves him with very low AUR and INF. Professional, serious operatives and players always ignore him like some annoying, whining kid – and his incompetence is beginning to tire the easily annoyed Baiul.

Voice-wise, he’s almost certainly a dead ringer for early Keanu Reeves character – think Ted from Bill and Ted movies. What makes Giant so incredibly annoying is the contrast between his perfect abilities and great power – and his irresponsible moronitude. If your players want to hit him whenever he opens his mouth, but can’t and need his raw power anyway, you’ve done an excellent job.


Quotes

“Let go of me ! Dude ! I’m going to totally kick your ass !”

“Yeah, like that’s going to hurt me” (Lets Coleman, thrown by a villain, collide with his chest and nearly break several bones without lifting a finger). ”Yeah, that worked out real well for ya. Got anyone else you want to throw at me ?”

Santini: “And kill how many kids trying to get (the reborn Citizen Soldier) ? That’s been tried before, Giant, by a guy named Herod.”
Giant: “Huh? Ain’t no Herod works for the Civil Defense Administration, man.”
Santini: “Herod tried to kill Jes… oh, forget it.”

Hallibastard : “Hey” (nobody notices him) “I said hey.” (nobody cares) “Fucking hey already !!”
Santini, annoyed : “WHAT ?”


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Giant

Dex: 05 Str: 15 Bod: 11 Motivation: Insufferable ego
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: “Super-hero”
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 010 HP: 030

Powers: Directional hearing: 06, Extended hearing: 06, Flight: 11, Growth: 01, Laser beam: 11, Skin armor: 03, Telescopic vision: 02

Bonuses and Limitations: Growth is Always On and Already Factored In

Skills: None

Advantages: Sharp Eye

Connections: Hallibusker Corporation (Low)

Drawbacks: Serious Rage, SIA toward shallow, self-centred impulsiveness

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: StormWatch : Team Achilles comic books

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Andrew Lee

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