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Kurt Harris (Jeff Wincott in Mission of Justice)

Kurt Harris


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Kurt Harris
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Mission of Justice
  • Base Of Operations: Some big city
  • Height: 177 cm Weight: 75 kgs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Kurt Harris is an ex-cop specializing in the Martial Arts. He’s fast, nimble, strong and very good at hand-to-hand combat. With a bo, jo, nun-chaku or nightstick he’s extremely good, capable of defeating several black belts at once.

From his police days he retains knowledge of detective work, security systems, stealth and the use of handguns.

He’s also pretty perceptive and clever, but makes mistakes. Unfortunately for his opponents he’s not only good at dealing out punishment, but he can also take it like nobody’s business. In fact, he can take inhuman amounts of pain and damage, and still go on strong and conscious.


History

Harris used to be a police officer in an unidentified American city. That city, had trouble with high crime rates, and a vigilante group calling itself ’the Mission of Justice‘ had formed. The Mission took up anyone capable enough (i.e. extremely good fighters) as a member in their efforts to cleanse the crime from the entire city using vigilante tactics and methods.

Now, this wasn’t, of course, very popular with the police, but they allowed the Mission since they had actually decreased the crime rates in the city. The mission itself was led by the well-known Dr. Rachel K. Larkin, an ambitious woman who also applied to the voted to become the city mayor. Unknown to the public and the police, Dr. Larkin was leading the Mission with an iron hand, and often had used murder, extortion etc. to reach her goals for reaching further power.

This Mission had had several prominent members including the former boxing heavy-weight champion Cedric Williams. Williams had broken with the Mission since he no longer approved with their methods.

Police officer Harris was working, as usual, with his partner Lynn Steele and apprehended a robbery (using hand-to-hand combat only). After that they caught a wife-beater, and brought him to the police station. Harris realized that the man had to be jailed or he would kill his wife, and when he heard that he had been released again by his superior officer Sgt. Duncan, since the man was his main informant, he and Lynn hurried to protect the wife. Unfortunately, they were both too late, and they caught him again straight after he had killed the wife.

Once back at the station, Harris beat down Sgt. Duncan, and resigned from his police work. He had simply had enough, and decided to join the Mission in order to enforce justice more unhindered. The depressed Harris went to his old friend Cedric Williams and had a rough night of training with him; afterwards, he went home a bit happier.

That night Williams got a visit from the Mission leader in the boxing hall he had trained his pupils in earlier that evening (and where he and Harris had trained). Dr. Larkin gave Williams the ultimatum to continue as a member of face the consequences. Williams refused and was challenged by Dr. Larkins brother and bodyguard, Titus Larkin, into a match in the ring. Williams, sure of victory, agreed and at first it appeared as if he would win. But then, Titus became angered and quickly broke the champ (see ’Titus Larkin’ write-up for his comments during this match!).

Broken, Williams still refused to rejoin the Mission and was shot to death by Dr. Larkin herself. Unfortunately for the Mission, one of Williams pupils was still around and saw the murder. That pupil, Jimmy Parker, was also a Mission member, but now became extremely reluctant in his choice to work with them.

The next day, when Harris showed up to meet with Willams again, he was met by the police, including his former partner Lynn, who told him that Williams had been murdered. In an unusual manner for Harris, he didn’t beat the officers there in his grief, but decided to later return to look for clues to the murder. That night he went there and found not only a clue to the murderers, a pin belonging to the Mission of Justice, but Lynn who knew he would show up later. She told him that she would work along him the best she could and give him any help possibly in solving the case.

The next day Harris went to the Mission of Justice HQ and wanted to join the group, in order to avenge his friends murder. Harris had no merits, not telling them he was a former cop, and had trouble getting approval. When suddenly three robbers showed up, showing their contempt for the Mission’s work, Harris showed up and quickly beat the robbers into pulp. After that he was immediately approved for training and later the chance to become a full member.

Harris went through combat training real fast and attracted the attention of Mission leader Dr. Larkin. Harris realized his chance and told her that he was a former cop who wanted to deal more roughly with the criminals (although all he wanted was revenge). Later, Harris got permission to apply for full membership, and thus becoming one of the street vigilantes. He, like the other applicants, had to fight his way, through an army of martial artists, to reach Dr. Larkin at the end of the room. It was like a gate cornered by fully armed opponents all the way (like the old american indian tradidion often seen in movies).

After the other applicants had been severely beaten (and probably killed) he was given a pair of fighting sticks. He surprised his opponents by throwing his weapons all the way to the feet of Dr. Larkin and walking away. Suddenly he began tumbling, jumping and dodging his way through them all to the sticks. He picked them up and gave them all a severe beating (very impressive scene this). Dr. Larkin immediately approved him to become a full Mission member and he got to live in the main HQ.

The doctor’s brother, Titus Larkin, was suspicious of Harris since he was an ex-cop, and decided to watch him very carefully. Although watched through security cameras while asleep, Harris managed to sneak away and steal the file and a video tape of Cedric Williams. Before anyone could realize he was gone, he went back to bed, just in time to be checked up by Titus.

The next day, Harris checked the tape at home and saw an interrogation with Williams, but that still wasn’t legal proof enough. Harris went on with some Mission missions, like being sent, along two other members, to beat up a gang of car mechanics that probably were dealing with illegal activities. After a long and brutal fight, the Mission won, and the mechanics were killed since that was apparently the only way to stop them (now those all had BODY 6s!).

Harris teamed up with Cedric’s pupil Jimmy Parker and eventually learned the truth from him: that the Mission had indeed killed Williams. Harris contacted Lynn since he now had a witness to the murder, and wanted to arrest both Dr. Larkin and Titus Larkin. Meanwhile, unknown to Harris, Titus had checked up his apartment and found the tape that he had stolen. Now realizing that he was a spy, as he had suspected all along, he decided that he had to kill him.

While sneaking around the HQ, Parker was himself brutally intimidated by Dr. Larkin, an event that Harris had the opportunity to watch through a camera with Lynn and they taped it as evidence. Lynn went away, and while watching, Titus suddenly showed up in the recording room. Kurt Harris and Titus Larkin had a long, hard fight trying to kill each other.

In that same house, Dr. Larkin was then holding a speech to the press, since she had now been voted to become the new Mayor. Lynn managed to free Parker and went on to arrest Dr. Larkin. Titus and Kurt had moved their fight to windows above the big press conference. Kurt managed to defeat Titus (with three headbutts, and three roundhouse kicks, none the less) after which Titus fell through the window down to meet his death. Titus almost landed on the photographers, and Harris jumped down after him.

At the same time, Lynn and Parker showed up and showed the new tape contents to the press. Dr. Larkin was arrested and Williams had been avenged. Kurt Harris got back his police work for having solved the case and continued his work along Lynn Steele.


Description

Kurt Harris is a man of average height and slender built. He has brown eyes and brown hair and usually is seen around in his blue police officer uniform. During his Mission days, he wore the typical clothing of the vigilantes; black jeans and a white T-shirt (with a black-framed box on the back with the yin-yang symbol in black and white and the text ’Mission of Justice‘ in red letters below it).


Personality

Kurt Harris is a no-shit, straight to the point kind of man. He’s got a terrible temper and often uses over-violence against apprehended criminals. If his superior officers have the guts to critizise him, he’ll beat them up too (!).

His main interests, besides seeing justice done (he did deal out some of his own justice while a Mission member), is perfecting his knowledge of the martial arts and the use of various weapons. He has a kind and friendly relationship with Lynn, almost as if they were a couple. The idea of revenge appeals strongly to him and he will often enter hand-to-hand combat even against opponents who are armed with firearms since he, apparently, likes to beat criminals.

Although he has a love for violence, his heart is basically in the right place, since he honours concepts such as friendship and rough justice. He will certainly not let down a friend, and will immediately risk his life to protect them. Kurt is also a quite clever guy who often uses surprise tactics just to shake his opponents up.

Actually, working as a vigilante fits him very well, and if he ever quit the police or went outside his jurisdiction area, he would probably still beat the crap out of criminals.


Quotes

Mission guard: “I’ve learned a new hold !”
Harris: “Keep trying, big guy !” (sneaking out of hold easily and punching him out)


DC Universe History

H-ck, just throw him in as is; he probably won’t unbalance the game. He can be used as another super-cop in a game including metahumans in big, american cities. Since he’s got a real streak for vigilante work he could be used either as a Mission member or working for himself outside the law and teaming up with other known vigilantes.


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Kurt Harris

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Ex-Cop, Vigilante
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 020 HP: 030

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Detective: 03, Martial Artist: 07, Thief (Security Systems, Stealth): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 06, Weaponry (Melee): 07

Advantages:
Buddy (Lynn Steele), Lightning Reflexes

Connections:
The Police (Low)

Drawbacks:
Serious Rage

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Mission of Justice-movie; character played by Jeff Wincott

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