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Inque


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

Context

Batman Beyond was a well-regarded animated series on the TV. It ran from 1999 to 2001, but was set in a future version of the DC Universe. Therein Bruce Wayne was too old to be Batman, and a much younger man succeeded him.

Inque was one of the original villains appearing on the show. She was intriguing.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: Deana (daughter)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Gotham City of the future
  • Eyes: Inky black Hair: Inky black


Powers and Abilities

One of her standard tricks using her powers involves flowing into a small crack (or cracks) and then expanding, causing the item involved to explode outwards. She did this once to a metal pole bolted to the floor (she expanded under the flat plate which held the bolts) and again to sidewalk tiles around pools of water (she expanded around the squares that made up the sidewalk).

Likewise, she can flow into electrical systems and short them out without injury to herself.

She also used her control over her form to appear (at a distance!) to be Batman Beyond. She also surrounded the overcoat of a future policeman, making his normal white coat seem to be black. This attempt at escaping unseen on the back of a policeman was foiled by Batman Beyond.

She has used fluid form to try to suffocate Batman Beyond, sending herself down his throat. Also, she could morph  her arm to take on various shapes, including an uncharacteristic mallet.

When exposed to water, she becomes a pool of ink on the ground, incapable of taking any action until the water seeps away. One hit with a water-based attack will incapacitate her for but a few seconds. Constant immersion is required to keep her helpless for longer periods of time.

Stronger harder

During her third appearance she received a further mutagenic treatment to boost her power. In DC Heroes RPG terms, her STR was 12 and her BODY was 10. Whether or not this power up lasted is unknown at the time of this writeup. It can be quite safely speculated, though, she has Invulnerability: 12.


History

Her origin is unknown. Her history is unknown. Her real name is unknown. And yet, she appeared in two episodes of Batman Beyond !

It would seem that her powers stem from a mutagenic experiment of some sort, though we don’t know if she did it to herself or not. However, she is able to later reproduce the results on another person (though, she apparently chose to only perform half of the experiment on him).

She is known as a corporate saboteur wanted by Interpol. Working for Derek Powers, she attacks Fox Teca, a company that Bruce Wayne has some interest in. Batman Beyond fights Inque unsuccessfully. She stows away on his flying vehicle when he returns to the Bat-Cave, where she attacks both Batman and “the old man” (Bruce Wayne).

Finally, one of the old trophies (Mr. Freeze’s freeze gun) is able to stop her when nothing else can.

Back from the pen

She is later freed from her icy prison by a disgruntled security person who helps her escape. Using him to serve her own ends, she attempts to cure her current condition which prevents her from attaining human form. Furthermore, she claims that she will give him the same powers she has.

Her activity brings her in conflict with Batman again, and she is seemingly destroyed (or at least defeated) when a sufficient quantity of rainwater pours over her.

Note: Fox Teca was clearly originally Fox Tech. However, all the h’s in “Tech” were crudely changed into a’s.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Cool and collected, Inque is intelligent and capable of improvising suddenly when the need arises. She is well-versed with her powers and knows how to use them to her best advantage. While she does work for money, she will also act on simpler motivations, such as revenge.

However, she is a professional. She will stick to any deal she has made. Perhaps due to her professional attitude, she doesn’t talk much during a fight, and never explains to the heroes what she is doing, unlike most villains.


Quotes

“Not exactly a fast learner, are you ?”


DC Universe History

Hypertime . Fnord .


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Inque

Dex: 09 Str: 09 Bod: 07 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 09 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Saboteur/assassin
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 026 HP: 050

Powers:
Flame immunity: 08, Fluid Form: 11, Stretching: 07, Omni-Arm: 11, Projectile Weapons: 07, Self Manipulation: 04, Cling: 09, Two-Dimensional: 13, Jumping: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Self Manipulation only allows for simple shapes and forms such as Extra Limb: 1 (x4)
  • Two-Dimensional can only be used while Clinging to a flat surface
  • Two-Dimensional does not provide additional protection against attacks, but does substitute for the OV/RV of any attempt to notice Inque
  • Omni-Arm may be used on legs as well
  • Fluid Form allows for partial solidification

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 09, Scientist*: 09, Thief*: 09

Advantages:
Insta-Change (In “Inque” mode, she has a white dot for a face, but she can change so that she has a human looking face ; as a Power Complication subplot, she lost the Insta-Change ability after being frozen by Mr. Freeze’s freeze gun and later kept in cryogenic suspension.) Scholar (biochemistry)

Drawbacks:
Loss Vulnerability (water – Attributes, Powers, Skills ; No Range), Fatal Vulnerabilities (water, no range ; solvents, no range)

Equipment:
Headset [BODY 01, Radio Communication: 10. She used this to talk to Derek Powers. She did not have it in her second appearance. Since it was also black, it could (in theory) have been another extension of her powers, but that would be silly]

By Sean MacDonald

Source of Character: Batman Beyond animated series

Helper(s): Jackson (stuff from her third appearance), Sébastien Andrivet, Ethan Roe

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