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Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2)

Hellfire Club

(X-Men enemies) (Original Sebastian Shaw era, part 2)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This entry is the second half of a Hellfire Club. You can start with the .

It starts right where the previous part ended.


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History (part 2)

Rachel’s attack

Friedrich von Roehm woke up when an attractive redhead rang his door-bell. Rachel Summers easily controlled his mind to lead her to The Hellfire Club’s mansion and his mistress: Selene. There, she assaulted The Black Queen during her sleep. She was close to crushing her in her telekinetic grip when Wolverine stepped in.

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Roster master edition handbook

Phoenix dared him to kill her if he wanted to prevent Selene’s murder: he kindly obliged and mortally stabbed her with his adamantium  claws. He thus let the vampire live.

She promptly went to Central Park to feed on a mugger and his prey. She came back to the mansion and summoned The Inner Circle to report the incident. Shaw was not even hiding his displeasure. But Tessa’s analysis went ahead of The Black Queen’s statement. Phoenix had gone rogue, was out for The Inner Circle’s blood and thinking her dead was underestimating her abilities.

Selene dared Shaw to directly oppose The X-Men over Phoenix. They took a handful of guards and went after Rachel.


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Nimrod

Rachel found Selene’s victims’ remains and blamed it on Wolverine. She unleashed her power on him, giving up her location in Central Park to The Inner Circle. Selene triggered von Roehm’s lycanthropic transformation and he caught Rachel’s scent.

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Inner circle faces

When he closed in for the kill, Rogue tackled him. In the ensuing battle between The Inner Circle and The X-Men, The Hellfire Club was winning… Until Nimrod showed up.

X-Men and Inner Circle agreed to a truce to defeat the ultimate Sentinel. They forced it to retreat but at the cost of von Roehm’s disintegration and Leland dying of a heart attack. There was no trace of Phoenix or Rachel’s body.

Mutants Massacre

In the aftermath of the battle against Nimrod, The Black King decided to extend the truce with The X-Men. Magneto was in charge of the school since Xavier left Earth with The Starjammers. Shaw offered Magneto the vacant position of White King, to be taken in his own name or The X-Men’s.

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - with Sentinels

He presented it as a mutual survival necessity. Against increasing anti-mutants odds, opposing one another would doom both.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Richard Salmons, a young Hellfire Club guard, has tried to protect his Morlock lover from her relentless hunters. He invoked his masters’ name, expecting The Club’s power to be impressive enough… in vain. The Marauders killed both the protector and his charge, spilling the first mutants’ blood of The Mutants Massacre  episode.

After the carnage, and the damage done to the defending X-Men, Storm saw the benefits of accepting Shaw’s offer. They could keep an eye on The Inner Circle and access their impressive network of connections. She convinced Magneto to accept. Magneto thus became The White King, beside the only three surviving members of The Inner Circle: Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost and Selene.

Unholy alliance

As Magneto’s enthronement ceremony unfolded, Selene and Shaw already plotted to control the new White King… not together, of course.

To seal this alliance, The Hellfire Club organized a gala where both young teams, Magneto’s New Mutants and Frost’s Hellions, would show their best. See The New Mutants, team profile #2 for details of how the night turned out.

Both Selene and Shaw used any opportunity to make Magneto uncomfortable. Selene fanned the tension between her and Amara above the replica of a Nova Roman statue (see Magma’s character profile for details). And Shaw challenged Magneto to tighten his grip on Karma after she possessed Tessa (see Karma’s character profile for details).

Inferno

Shaw blamed Magneto for losing control of his students, particularly Illyana. As she was losing influence over Limbo , the other-dimensional energies spilled on Manhattan, transforming it. See The New Mutants, team profile #2 for details on The Inferno.

N’Astirh stopped by the roof of the Empire State Building to chat with The Inner Circle. He and The Hellfire Club both sought world domination. As his victory, in Limbo and Earth alike, was unavoidable, he negotiated. Manhattan for himself, the rest of the World for The Club.

After N’Astirh’s defeat, Shaw blamed Magneto for The Inferno and the loss of powerful assets like Illyana. They went physical and Magneto won. Shaw was expelled from The Inner Circle. Magneto claimed both kings positions as The Grey King.

Sentinels, again

How Shaw came back in power as Black King is untold. He tightened his influence over Senator Kelly by match-making him with one of The Hellfire Club’s maid: Sharon. He had trouble convincing the Senate to launch his own Nimrod project.

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Black Queen Jean Grey

On a nearby construction site, the actual Nimrod accidentally merged with the remains of The Master Mold. The X-Men battled and defeated this formidable combination of Sentinels, but collateral damage killed Sharon Kelly. This convinced the senator to launch Shaw’s new Sentinel program.

In a bloody jailbreak, what remained of The Reavers, associated with Lady Deathstrike, freed Donald Pierce from his Kentucky prison. Pierce didn’t seek revenge on The Hellfire Club. Instead, he started his anti-mutants’ crusade by The X-Men.

Rise of The Upstarts

Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor) used inside help to hack The Hellfire Club’s computer system. He thus located Angelica Jones, aka Firestar and recruited her in his New Warriors.

Months later, Emma Frost picked up Dwayne Taylor’s hacking trace. She gruesomely punished the tech who helped Taylor, and launched her Hellions in a punitive strike against The New Warriors. It ended in a stalemate. Frost agreed to let her grudge go, for the hacking and Firestar’s defection. See New Warriors, year one for details on both episodes.

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Captive X-Men

Under the secret impulsion of Selene, The Gamesmaster gathered The Upstarts. These were a group of young, rich and bored mutant related people. He launched them on a killing game against mutant power players. On the top of the list was The Inner Circle.

Believing they just played a high stakes game, they did her dirty work of eliminating her Inner Circle’s rivals. She went underground to avoid suspicions.

Shinobi Shaw apparently killed his father The Black King, and claimed the position for himself. Trevor Fitzroy nearly killed The White Queen, putting her into a coma. Her Hellions died defending her. The X-Men took care of her body. When she woke up, she joined Xavier’s dream.

This marked the end of this era. The bearers of The Hellfire Club’s spirit had been removed. Even Selene was out of the picture.


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Mercenaries

All the Hellfire Club’s mercenaries wear dark blue and red tight suits with a hood over their skull. They have red boots, red gloves and a pink flesh colored mask covering their whole face.


Basic guard

They are the soldiers of The Club’s personal army. They are paramilitary troops, trained to work together and to follow The Inner Circle’s order. They know the mutant powers of their leaders and fear them. The White Queen is the one most using them. Thus, they greatly fear her telepathic powers and the ruthlessness with which she uses them to punish failure.

(Stats based on Spandex-clad henchmen).

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 08 HP: 005

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 04, One other military oriented skill (Military science or Thief subskill, other Vehicle, other Weaponry): 04.

Advantages:
Expertise (Hellfire Club’s security), Credential (Hellfire Club, Low).

Drawbacks:
SIF (White Queen).

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOR [Bod 05, Blunting: 06, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio communication: 05, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial coverage (vest), Drawback: Real armor].
  • Assault Rifle [Bod 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Ammo: 08, R#02, Advantage : Autofire].

Support personnel

They are qualified personnel in charge of support missions: maintenance, transport, medicine, research, laws, interrogation. They are non fighters and will usually surrender, expecting proper armed and trained personnel will free them.

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Variable
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 006
Init: 09 HP: 005

Skills (pick 2-3):
Animal Handling: 04, Charisma: 04, Detective: 04, Gadgetry: 04, Medicine: 04, Military Science: 04, Scientist: 04, Thief: 04, Vehicles: 04

Advantages:
Scholar (1-2 fields), Credential (Hellfire Club, Med).

Drawbacks:
SIF (Lords Cardinal).

Equipment:
BODY ARMOR [Bod 05, Blunting: 06, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio communication: 05, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial coverage (vest), Drawback: Real armor].

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Sensor technicians


Commandos

They are The Hellfire Club’s elite forces, trained as special forces soldiers. They are scarcely deployed and only on delicate missions: spying, assassinate, kidnap, ex-filtrate. It’s the kind of personnel The White Queen attached to Firestar as a bodyguard. They’re so close to being named villains that they are actually named.

When The Club deploys Mandroid armors, they equip soldiers of this category.

(Stats based on Special forces operators).

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Wealth: 006
Init: 11 HP: 010

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 04, Acrobatics (Dodging): 02, Medicine (First aid): 03, Military science (Camouflage, cartography, danger recognition, demolition, field command): 05, Vehicles (Sea, land): 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Weaponry (Infantry weapons): 04

Advantages:
Expertise (Hellfire Club’s security), Credential (Hellfire Club, Low).

Drawbacks:
SIF (White Queen).

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOR [Bod 05, Blunting: 06, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio communication: 05, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial coverage (vest), Drawback: Real armor].
  • Heavy High-tech Assault Rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Ammo: 20, Telescopic vision: 03, Ultra-vision: 06, R#02, Recommended STR: 03]].
  • MANDROID ARMOR (see below).

Hellfire Club (Marvel Comics) (Sebastian Shaw 2) - Mercenary hitting Wolverine with severed carbine


Cybernetic Commandos

Before leaving The Lords Cardinal, Donald Pierce operated on several Hellfire Club’s mercenaries to make them cyborgs. We know he did it on Macon, Reese and Cole to save their lives after Wolverine maimed them.

We can assume he also did it on other valuable mercenaries, who suffered disabling, if not life threatening, wounds. The Hellfire Club thus demonstrates that, in spite of its severity toward its personnel, it rewards loyalty.

These are likely to be exceptional elements, mostly from the ranks of the Commandos above. They are scarce and are deployed to face super-beings.

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility of Loyalty to The Hellfire Club
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Wealth: 005
Init: 15 HP: 015

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 05, Acrobatics (Dodging): 02, Medicine (First aid): 03, Military science: 05, Vehicles (Sea, land): 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Weaponry (Infantry weapons): 05

Advantages:
Expertise (Hellfire Club’s security), Credential (Hellfire Club, Low), Lightning Reflexes.

Drawbacks:
SIF (White Queen, Donald Pierce).

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOR [Bod 05, Blunting: 06, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio communication: 05, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial coverage (vest), Drawback: Real armor].
  • Heavy High-tech Assault Rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Ammo: 20, Telescopic vision: 03, Ultra-vision: 06, R#02, Recommended STR: 03].

Hellfire Club’s staff

They serve in The Hellfire Club’s mansion in New York.

Servant in livery (Male)

They are trained to grant a flawless and discreet service to the guests. They are also trained in basic close quarter combat so they can provide discreet security if the need arise to bounce uninvited or troublesome guests.

They are dressed in 18th century liveries, and thus maintain the public image of The Club. They obey The Lords Cardinal’s orders. They comply to the guests’ requests as long as it doesn’t infringe upon the former. They know The Club is involved in subversive activities but not the details.

We can assume they are former basic mercenaries who no longer assume active, covert duty (either after an injury, old age, or may be as a reward for good service).

(Stats based on the Basic guards above, but with more social skills).

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Servant/Bouncer
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 08 HP: 005

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation, Persuasion): 04, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 04

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Expertise (Hellfire Club’s etiquette), Credential (Hellfire Club, Low).

Drawbacks:
MIF (Lords Cardinal).

Equipment:

  • Sap [Bod 03, EV: 02 (03 w/Str)]. That was the discreet equipment of the servants in the 1980s. A modern days’ version would equip them with :
  • Stun gun [Bod 01, Lightning: 04 (No Range), Ammo: 12, R#3].

Maids (Female)

They are a symbol of The Club’s sulphurous reputation: attractive women dressed as French maids with short black dresses (dress is overrated), white aprons, fishnet stockings and high heels.

They serve in the more private salons of the mansion, usually under the supervision of male servants (The Club has a tradition of patriarchal management). They are trained to provide more personal and carnal services to the (male, exclusively, we were in the 1980s) guests. But they are not just escorts. They also are spies trained in the art of conversation… to get people to talk.

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Servant
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 08 HP: 005

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 04, Charisma: 04, Thief (Stealth)*: 02

Advantages:
Attractive, Connoisseur, Expertise (Hellfire Club’s etiquette), Credential (Hellfire Club, Low).

Drawbacks:
SIF (Lords Cardinal).


Guests and members

Guests and members are always likely to be present in the Hellfire Club’s mansion. If a party is ongoing, they will mostly be in the main halls, where they can be seen. Otherwise, they will be meeting their peers in private salons, or in rooms with a lady friend.

All the guests are successful actors in finance, industry or politics. They are all rich and influential. If a scene takes place in the mansion, the Player Characters are likely to interact with them. Some of the guests will take sides against the Player Characters if they act too brash.

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Baron in the industry, finance, politics or media
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Wealth: 010
Init: 11 HP: 010

Skills:
Charisma: 05, Detective (Law): 04, at least one in Artist (Actor or Music): 06, Detective: 06, Medicine: 06, Military Sciences: 06, Scientist: 06, Vehicles: 06

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Expertise/ Scholar/ Credential/ Connections (Politics, Finance, Industry, Media, Military, Sports, Showbiz), Rich Friend (Enterprise), (Popularity).

Drawbacks:
Authority Figure/ Limelight.


Advantages

In addition to the mansion in New York, The Hellfire Club has numerous facilities and hideouts all over the World, usually hidden behind perfectly legitimate fronts:

Advantages:
Expansive Headquarter (Mansion on the 5th avenue in New York), Expansive Headquarters (many facilities around the World).

The Hellfire Club’s purpose is to concentrate power and influence. Members and guests meet there, where The Hellfire Club can introduce them to the proper partners required to launch new ventures:

Advantages:
Omni-Connection.

The Hellfire Club has its own financial assets. Most of them are legal, laundering the illegal ones:

Wealth:
15.


Additional notes

A GM introducing The Hellfire Club in his campaign may assume that any player character with at least 10 AP of Wealth is a formal member of The Hellfire Club. Then, player characters with High level credential in Government, Military, Police or Media are either formal members or were introduced as part of a former venture. Characters with the Authority figure drawback are also eligible.

This is how The Hellfire Club gets the Omni-Connection advantage (High for members, Low for guests). Use it to involve your player characters in The Club’s scheming.

A Low Connection to The Hellfire Club costs 30 HP and means the character is not only a formal member, but also an actor of the network (providing/laundering money, foreman…). As any member, he can attend their parties and use their public facilities. He can also use the Club’s Omni-connection advantage (the character pays the HP fee).

A High Connection costs 45 HP and means the character is closer to The Inner Circle and aware of the true purpose of the Club. He might get support from the secret part of the Club (para-military, equipment…).

The Hellfire Club is eligible to be a Very Rich Friend. However, calling upon this kind of favor will have a price.


Equipment

The Hellfire Club, through Shaw’s armament industry, has access to top of the line weaponry:

  • MANDROID ARMOR SUIT [/STR/ 06 BODY 09(Hardened), Cold Immunity: 02, Energy Blast: 07 (Range: 03), Flame Immunity: 02, Growth (already factored): 01, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio Communication: 06, Running: 03, Sealed System: 06, Shade: 02, Thermal Vision: 04, Skin Armor: 06 (caps to RV 10 max), Sonic Beam: 07 (Range: 03), Snare: 09 (No Range, Ammo 1), Adv: Remote Control, Disadv: Real armor].
    (Based on Secbot).
  • KEVLAR BODY ARMOR [BODY 05, Blunting: 06, Mind Field (Self only, No range): 02, Radio communication: 05, Skin Armor: 01, Limitation: Partial coverage (vest), Drawback: Real armor].
    (Based on the body armor of many stock writeups, like Stock soldiers’ Shock trooper).
  • Regular High-tech Assault Rifle [Bod 04, Projectile weapons: 06, Ammo: 10, R#02, Advantage : Autofire].
    (Based on Weapons Locker – Modern Firearms – Chapter #2 – Small Arms, part 1 – Assault Rifle).
  • Heavy High-tech Assault Rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Ammo: 20, Telescopic vision: 03, Ultra-vision: 06, R#02, Recommended STR: 03].
    (Based on Weapons Locker – Modern firearms – Chapter #2 – Small arms, part 2 – High-Tech Heavy Assault Rifle).

The Club has its own long range mutants detection device:
MULTIVAC [BODY 6, INT 8, WILL 8, Detect (Mutants): 18, Recall: 15].

They also use advanced vehicles: helicopters, jets, hi-tech AFV…

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Uncanny X-Men (#100-247), The New Mutants (Graphic novel and #7-75), X-Men: Hellfire club (2000 mini-series).

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 18th of October, 2017.

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