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Iman of Mexico (Superman ally) (DC Comics) in armor

Iman


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

“Planet DC” was an event in multiple Annual issues from DC Comics, in 2000. The gimmick was to feature new heroes from outside of the USA – some created with input from local talent.

Though most such characters have barely been seen since, they remain interesting when creating new stories in the DC Universe.


Background

  • Real Name: Diego Irigoyen
  • Note: For the non-Spanish-speaking, an imán is a magnet.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Mother (name unrevealed, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mexico City
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 182 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brownish blond


Powers and Abilities

Iman might be the best Mexican technologist of his generation. He is in some respects the local Tony Stark – complete with his own power armour technology, and a taste for adding a never-ending arsenal of gadgets and weapons to it. Given his code name, magnetism is likely important in his technology.

From one remark of his, it would seem that his suit can shift between a number of slightly different forms, each being more effective in a specific role. A possible approach is to lower most Powers’s APs by 02 and give it Power Reserve (any Power of the suit, and maybe any Attribute): 03, but this is too speculative for me to incorporate into the main stats.


History

Diego Irigoyen, a renowned scientist in Mexico City, is also known as Mexico’s second astronaut (in a STAR Labs shuttle), a computers prodigy and a doctor in astrophysics who wrote a landmark thesis. He studied at Yale on a Wayne Foundation scholarship. It seems he chiefly works as a freelance researcher, usually selling his IP to STAR Labs, with whom he has a well-established working relationship.

Iman in flight

While he was in space, his millionaire mother was kidnapped and the ransom paid. As soon as he came back Diego used all of his skills to find her, but was too late and only found her mutilated corpse. Following this traumatic episode he rededicated himself to justice, and became a major hero in Mexico City after he built himself a suit of power armour.

In 2000 El Muerto, Acrata, Iman and Superman teamed up to defeat a supernatural menace conjured by the sorcerer Duran in Mexico City. Iman was psyched to meet the Man of Steel, and very happy when Superman turned out to know about him.

During the Final Crisis, Iman fought in the US along with the heroes who had retained their free will. He was felled when Darkseid’s forces nailed him with a gravity amplification weapon, but recovered and was part of the very last stand.

Iman likely helped with the construction of the Miracle Machine, which Superman used to save reality from Darkseid and Mandrakk.

A few months later Iman teamed up with Mon-El, who was filling in for an absent Superman. Together they fought off an alien invasion, which was originally mistaken for a chupacabra horde. Iman was also one of the technologists consulted by the Justice League in 2010 when analysing a teleporter used by Prometheus.


Description

The current armour is 7’6” tall, and weight with operator is 1,425 lbs.


Personality

Iman is an overenthusiastic nerd who tends to both overanalyse stuff and jump to conclusions. He’s very eager and willing to take charge, and most of all he wants to be the big cool hero. Although the circumstances that led to his career as Iman were dire, he’s a eager super-hero.

Being a big nerd he’s more interested in stuff like space exploration than in the everyday issues of the people. He’s also one of the few Mexican heroes with a working relationship with the police (it is mentioned at one point he helped them against the pandillas (the big, tightly-knit gangs)), quite possibly because he’s by far the richest.

In his enthusiasm about being a super-hero, Iman tends to spout very bombastic and stilted dialogue, threading well into the melodramatic and theatrical. Like many comic book characters, he does that thing where he injects Spanish into his English for local colour.


Quotes

“I will not allow the Man of Steel’s blood to be spilled on my soil !”

“You… you know who I am ? Superman, you’ve been such an inspiration to me !”

“Perhaps it is based on the ancient legend about the unending struggle between good and evil, or…”

“Hm. From the acoustics of that door slamming, I would guess we’re encased in six inches of reinforced steel.”

“Good citizens, please remain calm !”

“¡ Ah, carajo ! …mi armadura esta inútil… pesa un tonel… ¿ Qué hariá Superman ?”


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Iman

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 04 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Scientist, hero
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 012 HP: 030

Skills:
Detective (Clue analysis, ID systems): 07, Gadgetry: 07, Scientist (incl. Computers): 07, Thief (Security systems): 07, Vehicles (Land, air, power armour): 05

Advantages:
Expertise (Computer science), Scholar (Astrophysics, power armour engineering, magnetism), Language (Mexican Spanish)

Connections:
Acrata (Low), El Muerto (Low), STAR Labs (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Overwrought Enthusiasm, Public ID, MPR (Farsighted)

Equipment:

  • IMAN SUIT Mk12 [/STR/ 11 /BODY/ 11, Attraction/Repulsion: 12, Data storage: 18, Energy blast: 11, Flight: 10, Growth: 02, Microscopic vision: 06, Radio communications: 10, Recall: 08, Snare: 09. Limitations: Growth is Always On and Already Factored In, Recall is a video feed (with sound) that runs continuously during combat. Iman can also shoot more specific footage and store it in Data Storage, Misc: The suit has also various means to compensate for his MPR]
  • MICRO-MISSILES (x4) [BODY 02, EV (Area of effect 1 AP): 11, Range: 08, R#03, Grenade drawback]. Those are launched from within the SUIT.
  • Omni-gadgets (x2) [ABC, 7 APs]. Those can be either built into his armour, or hidden within his costume. One was a skeleton key he could recover from a secret pocket in his clothing using his teeth.

Design Notes

  • This writeup uses the DC Comics Encyclopedia (DK, 2004) as a secondary source – which we don’t usually do, but it’s the only secondary source available.
  • It also involves a fair bit of guesswork, since Iman is noticeably harder to peg down than the others.
  • Short version about the Vehicle (Power Armour) Subskill – Iman can sub it for DEX while operating his suit.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Superman v2 Annual 12 (“Planet DC”)

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