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Gunmetal Gray (Ghost Rider enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Gunmetal Gray


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • People who have not read that mini-series will find this profile easier to understand (especially the bits about the ’chain of vengeance‘) after reading the corresponding Ghost Rider entry.

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile on American highways
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Gunmetal is a badass, and reputed to be one of the best riders and shooters on the road today. He’s a professional mercenary and assassin and is a smart, highly driven man. He’s quite resourceful ; for instance, when he saw firearms didn’t help much against the Ghost Rider, he immediately resolved to try a new approach and crash thousands of litres of liquid nitrogen, which he quickly procured, on the Ghost Rider – the idea was to test if he could “extinguish” his hellfire.

Likewise he quickly determined that the Rider’s weakness was his alter-ego, and how the Ghost Rider’s chain of vengeance worked.

Gunmetal regenerates, and seems very hard to put down for long. He was once dragged for miles behind a chopper at high speed, and when the man stopped simply got up and killed him.


History

Gunmetal is pretty well known among the outlaws living along American highways – both as an admired badass and a ruthless mercenary who will “solve problems” for money. He has something of an entourage, and in most truck stops and biker rallies people will pay for his food and beer, since he’s quite famous in that subculture.

At one point, Gunmetal was drinking in the same bar as Johnny Blaze. Blaze had just begun turning into the Ghost Rider again, and was in a state of major emotional confusion and distress. In a drunken stupor, he approached Gunmetal and his fans, and paid him to kill the Ghost Rider.

Shortly after, Gunmetal Gray caught the Ghost Rider on the road and emptied both barrels at point blank while both were going full speed. The Rider walked away from that, so Gunmetal called in a marker to have a truck full of liquid nitrogen take a detour in the area. He then drove the truck straight into Ghost Rider who was interrogating a man in a truck stop, killing several innocent bystanders but failing to destroy the Rider.

Killed by death

Gunmetal Gray had learned that a corrupt police detective was the Ghost Rider’s next target and found the man before the Rider did, then savagely beat him up. Since Gray knew that the Rider is the spirit of vengeance, he made the half-dead detective ask the Rider to avenge him – thus binding the Rider and forcing him to go after his would-be assassin – then killed the cop.

Now certain that his target would come after him, Gray decided to wait for the Rider to turn into Blaze, then kill him with his bare hands.

He and a member of his entourage nicknamed Magnus (a Magneto fan ?) started gleefully hounding Blaze when he was in human form ; Blaze repeatedly managed to escape them due to his incredible skill as a cyclist, but couldn’t shake them off for long. At one point, Magnus was killed when charging with his bike into a storefront – the clerk took him down with a shotgun.

Angry at the death of Magnus, Gunmetal was about to shoot Blaze when he unexpectedly turned into the Ghost Rider. Gunmetal gave the Rider his money back, telling him he was now in to avenge Magnus, and that he would meet him a few days later at a biker rally – or destroy his rep by making it clear the Rider/Blaze chickened out.

Showdown

The Rider showed up, and Gunmetal Gray was ready to destroy him with his bare hands or die trying. The Rider didn’t budge, and Gunmetal shot a bystander dead to “motivate” him. This only resulted in a large number of bikers angrily taking Gunmetal down while the Rider remained immobile.

When Gunmetal woke up a few minutes later, he threw in the towel – he knew Magnus’ death was his fault, not the Ghost Rider’s, and could no longer find it in him to blame the demon. The Rider then turned into Blaze, who forgave him his attempts to kill him – it was, after all, his own fault – and forgave himself for his attempt to have the Ghost Rider killed, accepting him as a part of his life.

Gunmetal Gray then attempted to take Blaze down, but wasn’t fully recuperated and all out of HPs, enabling Johnny Blaze to knock him out in a brawl. Blaze then rode away before Gunmetal Gray could recover.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Gunmetal Gray is a complete outlaw. He doesn’t give a damn about cops, civilians, laws, morals and the like, and just does whatever he wants. He’s a casual killer, and thinks nothing of shooting somebody at random just to further his own aims. He doesn’t kill for a living – if it resembled a job, he would have dropped it long ago because he hates jobs. He kills for sport instead, and the money is something secondary, usually handled by his entourage.

Due to his regenerative powers, he’s almost devoid of fear – he’s willing to fight even demons and superhumans, and has no problem with nearly suicidal actions. He doesn’t appear to really feel pain, and he’s certain that he can walk away from pretty much anything. Very little he does has perceptible consequences for him, reinforcing his lack of inhibition.

Gray is relentless and resourceful ; once he has taken a contract, he will do his considerable best to honour it, no matter what happens. However, he tends to also be a bit overconfident, and he talks too much when he thinks his target is at his mercy. He has a pirate’s honour – word is bond, opponents are to be met in straight single combat, reputation is everything, cowards are not fit to live, etc.


Quotes

“They call me Gunmetal Gray, and I’ve been hired to kill you.”

“I don’t care if you’re some kind of undead thing… I ain’t gonna stop ’till you’re re-dead.”


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Gunmetal Gray

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Assassin
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 020

Powers: Invulnerability: 08, Regeneration: 08

Skills: Vehicles (Land): 06, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Advantages: Iron Nerves, Local Hero (Outlaw bikers and wannabes), Lightning Reflexes

Connections: American criminal bikers (Low)

Drawbacks: Serious Rage

Equipment:

  • Double-barelled sawed-off shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07 (Diminishing), Range: 02, Ammo: 02, R#04, Recommended STR: 03 Advantage : Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Long reload time. Note : EV can be raised to 08 Diminishing by shooting both barrels at once, expending two Ammo and increasing Recommended STR to 04]
  • He rides a Hog [STR 04 BODY 05, Running: 06, R#02]
  • His secondary weapon is some Colt M1911 .45 version [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 08, R#02]
  • He also has a a WWII-style Fighting knife [BODY 06, EV 03 (05 w/STR)]
  • And a pair of WWII-style grenades (x2) BODY 03, EV 07 (Area of effect 1 AP), Grenade drawback]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Ghost Rider v3 Limited Series (Marvel Universe)

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