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Gorgon of the Extremists (DC Comics)

Gorgon

(Doctor Mortimer)


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

Background

  • Real Name: Dr. Mortimer
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Known Relatives: Susan (wife, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: The Extremists
  • Base Of Operations: The Experiment House
  • Height: 3’10” (5’9” as Mortimer) Weight: 300lbs (230lbs as Mortimer)
  • Eyes: Glowing yellow (Brown as Mortimer) Hair: None (Brown but bald as Mortimer)


Powers and Abilities

In his Gorgon form, Mortimer has a short red body with eight large tentacles emerging from his head. These tentacles can stretch a short distance, and Gorgon is capable of increasing their size, as well as that of his body.

In combat the tentacles are his main weapon, attacking enemies at a distance, either knocking them around of wrestling them (he managed to hold Ultraman for a short time).

The transformation to Gorgon is relatively controllable, although Mortimer can begin to transform uncontrollably if he loses his temper.


History

[The Extremists are native of Earth-8 in the current DC Multiverse]

A scientist working in the United States of Angor’s Experiment House, a secret military installation for producing enhanced operatives, Mortimer was caught in an accident caused by the management not listening to him, and had his genetic structure altered without his being fully aware of it.

One benefit of the accident was that his colleague Susan, whom he’d had a crush on, actually spoke to him, and they began a relationship, eventually marrying.

Gorgon in giant form

When Dr. Leonard Grant, not-so-secret alter ego for the Meta-Militiaman Wadnjina, began working at the lab, Mortimer began to get jealous of the time Susan spent with him, and eventually became enraged with the notion they were having an affair.

Returning home one night to find Susan brutally murdered, Mortimer snapped. Believing Wandjina responsible, he went on the rampage searching for him, but was stopped by Lord Havok, who revealed Gorgon’s tentacles each had individual personalities, and it was one of those, insane with mistaken jealousy, which had killed her.

Lord Havok helped Gorgon merge his personalities, and Gorgon joined his Extremists in turn, acting as their spy within the Experiment House.

Countdown

With the United States of Angor incensed at Lord Havok’s taking over of Slovekia and execution of the royal family, President Americommando threatened invasion even without the sanction of the International Council.

Gathered in Slovekia, the Extremists captured the multiverse-travelling Challengers from Beyond, Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner, the Jokester and ’Bob‘ the Monitor, believing them new members of the Meta Militia. They were disabused of this by the arrival of Barracuda, the Extremist’s spy in the Meta Militia.

Soon after, Monarch appeared with some of his cross-dimensional super army, inviting them to join him. They refused, and a brief fight ensues between the Extremists, Monarch’s army, and the escaping Challengers, during which Barracuda was killed. The Challengers escaped, and Monarch withdrew, making a temporary alliance with Americommando.

When Tracer was badly beaten by Monarch’s troops, Lord Havok recalled the Extremists to Slovekia, where they waited while the Meta-Militia fought through Lord Havok’s army of Havokoids, and tried to break through the force field surrounding Slovekia.

Gorgon hits an enemy

Tensions among the group escalated as attacks were made on places close to them, with the Experiment House being destroyed by Monarch’s forces.

The Meta-Militia, led by Americommando, and aided by Monarch, broke through the field surrounding Slovekia. The remaining Extremists fell quickly before them while Lord Havok remained ensconced within his lab. The invading force finally entered it to discover themselves in a large empty room which neutralized the powers of all within except the Extremists, who’d freed themselves and followed them in.

Faced with a powerless Wandjina, Gorgon devoured him. The only enemy survivors of the ensuing slaughter were Monarch, and President Americommando, who was taken down by Vice-President Bluejay, who’d turned against him in the earlier battle, believing he’d taken Angor in the wrong direction. Returning (most of) Monarch’s power, Lord Havok agreed that the Extremists would serve him.

Joining Monarchs army, the Extremists were part of the invasion of Earth-51. It eventually went bad, when Superman-Prime arrived, breaching Monarch’s armour and causing an explosion which annihilated all life.

Before it could take them, though, Lord Havok used the fragment of power he hadn’t returned to Monarch to teleport the Extremists safely back to their own universe, where they took up residence in a base he’d constructed within the moon, from where he could observe the Multiverse and make plans.


Personality

While his multiple personality problems have apparently been dealt with by Lord Havok, Gorgon still seems to switch between insecurity and manic aggression.

His uncertainty is most often displayed among his team mates, where he’s reluctant to express an opinion, or rock the boat, going along with whatever the rest of them believe.

Faced with enemies, however, he appears a confident and brutal opponent, turning his insecurities into anger.


Quotes

“You can’t say I didn’t warn you, Diehard. Now look at you. Beaten. Humiliated. Pathetic.”

“I… I’ll go along with the rest of you.”


Marvel Universe History

With Gorgon being a counterpart of Doctor Octopus in the Marvel Universe, the Extremists might do best as being from an alternate reality. His appearance is different enough from his counterpart, though, that he could be transplanted without worrying about confusion.


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Gorgon

Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Extremist/Scientist
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 050

Powers:
Extra Limb (x8): 12, Growth: 02, Self-Link (Snare): 14, Shrinking: 01, Stretching: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth adds to APs of Extra Limb and Self-Link (Snare) (+1)
  • Shrinking is Always On in this form and Already Factored In (-1)

Skills:
Gadgetry: 07, Scientist: 08

Advantages:
Scholar (Biology)

Connections:
Extremists (High)

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (Dr. Mortimer, controllable), Minor Rage, Secret ID, Strange Appearance


Dr. Mortimer

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Extremist/Scientist
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 011 HP: 050

Skills:
Gadgetry: 07, Scientist: 08

Advantages:
Scholar (Biology)

Connections:
The Experiment House (High)

Drawbacks:
Minor Rage, Secret ID


Design Notes

Due to limited appearances, much of this is speculative.


By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: DC Comics

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Chris Cottingham, Frank Murdock, Adam

Writeup completed on the 16th of October, 2010.

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