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Junta (Marvel Comics) (Black Panther / The Crew character)

Junta

(Danny Vincent)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Danny Vincent
  • Other Aliases: Vincente
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: The Crew; Formerly NSA, Volcan Dumuyo
  • Base Of Operations: Queens, New York
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 170lbs Age: early 20’s
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown (formerly Blond)


Powers and Abilities

Danny exists within a gravity well, out of phase with the World around him. Left alone Danny would lose cohesion within 15 minutes, at which point he would implode into a singularity, taking everything within a 100 yard radius with him. He wears a Gravity Belt, which is designed to suppress this.

His condition also allows him to project a protective force field over himself, adjust the gravity field of himself and anyone I contact with him, enabling them to walk on ceilings and walls, or leap about without paying attention to local gravity, and surrounds him with a phase variance which disorients anyone coming into contact with him, putting them to sleep.

He also has a floating servo-tech, allegedly salvaged from a brown bag gig in Latveria, which he programmed with his mother’s personality. It floats around near him, often out of sight, and seems able to operate on its own. It shoots a laser, usually only to disable weapons, interfaces with, and manipulates, other computer systems, and constantly nags Danny in Spanish.


History

His origin, and the source of his powers, remains unknown, but it is rumoured that his real name was Vincente, and that he was a high-ranking official in the LCL (the Volcan Domuyan Secret Service), and he claims to have also worked for the NSA, writing books for them.

XCON

Danny was first heard of working for XCON, a conspiracy between factions of the US Intelligence community, the Russian Mob, and the LCL. He was part of the XCON operation backing a coup of Wakanda, helping arm extremist factions in the neighbouring country of Ghudaza, enabling a civil war that turned into an ethnic slaughter. It was during this operation he first encountered Black Panther.

Junta (Marvel Comics) (The Crew) in the sewers with Ma

Following the failed coup, control of XCON was usurped by Hunter, the White Wolf, T’Challa’s adopted brother and head of the Wakandan secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, in retribution for their acts against Wakanda.

XCON had instituted a plan, which had been taken over by Hunter, to replace heads of state, and other important figures, with doubles that were under their control. They had already taken control of Canada in this manner, and had just replaced the American President.

Danny managed to evade the Hatut Zeraze, and escape with the President, and made contact with Black Panther, via Queen Divine Justice, one of T’Challa’s ceremonial brides. While T’Challa and Iron Man dealt with XCON’s plan Danny and Queen Divine Justice kept the President hidden.

66 Bridges too far

Following the fall of XCON, Danny was out of favour with the intelligence community, and he found himself unemployed, forced to do any freelance jobs he could find (such as being hired by a wife to find evidence of her husbands infidelity, taking her husbands car, which she had given him permission to do, so his forensics team could find the evidence, then offering her husband a deal to provide her with fake evidence that wouldn’t stand up in court).

During this time he made contact with Moishe the Cleaner, another freelance spook, formerly of Mossad, looking to get back in the game. Moishe, apart from running his dry cleaning business, was an errand boy for the CIA, working for the 66 Bridges, a former New York street gang that had grown into a ’legal‘ business, Grace & Tumbalt, and was now the largest gang on the East Coast, with a number of politicians, judges and police in their pocket, and connections to the CIA.

They set up a fake meeting between themselves, where Moishe recruited Danny to help with a problem the gang had, with the goal of getting the CIA talking to him again.

66 bridges had a weekly “money train”, travelling on an old subway maintenance track run by their policemen, which delivered their payroll drop. The train had been derailed under the Little Mogadishu are of Brooklyn, and over seven million in cash and drugs was stranded there, with the police and the local gang warlords all trying to get to it first, before the media.

After a meeting with Triage, head of Grace & Tumbalt, Danny eventually agreed to the job, and went after the train. When he reached it, he clashed with White Tiger III (Kevin “Kasper” Cole), whom he managed to overcome, just before being knocked unconscious by Jim Rhodes (War Machine), who left them both tied up, with the police closing in on them, and Danny’s belt malfunctioning. Tiger manages to free Danny, who abandons him without returning the favour.

Danny tracked down Rhodey, who by this time had rescued and recruited Kevin, to get him to fix the belt. Danny caught up with them at a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a local mission run by Josiah X. Josiah subdued Danny and Rhodey fixed his belt. Rhodey then tries to recruit Danny to help him as well, offering to help him get back in the CIA’s good books. Danny works out that Rhodey planted chemical tracers on the money train cash, and agrees to work with him.

The three of them confront Josiah X, whom they know had been in contact with the train money, and discover that he’s the son of the original subject of the Captain America super-soldier project, going by the identity of Justice, dressed in a costume similar to Captain America’s. He tolerated the trafficking because interfering with it could mean endangering civilians, but when he realizes that Rhodey’s going to interfere with or without him he cooperates with the Crew.

They track down the recipients of the drug money, and warn them that they know of their connections to the 66 Bridges, while also gathering evidence. They then storm Grace and Tumbalt’s offices, intending to capture Triage. They corner him in the street, at which point a Black Hawk helicopter sent by the CIA tries to kill Triage, to cover up their connection to the 66 Bridges. While Justice rushes to rescue the people endangered by the attack, Danny and Kevin attack the ’copter, and manage to bring it down, and apprehend the pilot.

Danny then captures Triage, away from the others, but decides to turn him in to the police, rather than use him to get back in with the CIA.


Personality

The nature of his powers leaves him slightly disconnected from the world around him, so he tends not to for deep connections with people. He displays a breezy, wise-cracking personality, seeming not to care about the world around him, only being out for himself, and justifies the things he does as just business (if he hadn’t armed a faction to start an ethnic cleansing, the contract would just have been given to someone else).

While this is easy enough for him when he’s distant from the effects of his actions, it gets harder the closer they are.


Quotes

“I’m Danny. I live in Queens with my mom. I write books for the NSA.”

Junta: “What am I, an onion now, Moishe ? Got ’peel me‘ written on my forehead ?”
Moishe: “Danny — c’mon !”
Junta: “Here’s Moishe with his ten-pound bag of crap. ’Please hold my ten-pound bag of crap ! Pay no attention to the smell thereto— !‘”

“I don’t have any friends, Triage — not worth the investment.”

“Cops’ll be all over you in about a hairy eyeball, pal. Scooby says ’rotsa ruck !‘”

“Don’t you have super-strength or heat vision or some such ? I mean, you do more than pull spandex out of your crack, yes ?”

Jim Rhodes: —why did the chicken cross the road ?”
Junta: “Because the road crossed him.”

“Geez, you’re good, Rhodey. You shamed the guy. Shame is good. Shame works. Accrues interest like a credit card.”


DC Universe History

XCON was destroyed as part of the Janus Directive, and Junta later took part in some Suicide Squad missions, to try and get back into favour.


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Junta

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Freelance Intelligence Operative
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 020 HP: 045

Powers:
Bomb: 12, Flight: 06, Force Field: 08, Gravity Decrease: 08, Sleep: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Bomb: Power Always On (-1), Fatal to Danny (-1), Takes 15 minutes to reach critical mass (+0)
  • Flight: contingent on Gravity Decrease (-1)
  • Force Field and Gravity Decrease are disrupted by an EM Pulse (-1); Force Field: Self only (-1)
  • Gravity Decrease: Range: Touch (-1)
  • Sleep: No Range (-1FC), Power Always On (-1)

Skills:
Charisma (Persuasion)*: 05, Gadgetry: 04, Martial Artist: 05, Thief (Security Systems, Stealth): 06, Weaponry (Melee Weapons): 06

Advantages:
Language (Spanish), Iron Nerves

Connections:
The Crew (Low), Intelligence Community (Low)

Equipment:

  • GRAVITY BELT [BODY 05, Neutralize: 14, R#03, Power Bonuses and Limitations: Neutralize: Only works on Juntas Bomb power (-2)]
  • MA [DEX 05 STR 01 BODY 06 INT 06, Flight: 08, Interface: 06, Laser Beam: 08, Radio Communication: 12, Thief (Stealth): 04, R#02, Drawback: Speaks only Spanish]

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (Black Panther and The Crew)

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