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Kaga (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Kaga


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed. Kaga may be short for a common Japanese name such as Nakagawa, or short for “kagaku” (“science” or “chemistry” depending on the exact characters).
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: A base hidden in a hollowed-out mountain in Northern Japan – North of Nayoro and West of the Teshio.
  • Height: 5’2” Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Eyes: Grey Hair: Bald


Powers & Abilities

Kaga is a crippled old man, stuck in a wheelchair and deformed by painful mutations. He’s also completely crazy as a result of his pain, bitterness and isolation – his obsessions simply do not make sense if given a small amount of scrutiny.

He is, however, a brilliant technologist and inventor. He seems to specialise in biological engineering, and can run huge projects. However, he lacks the spark of genius of a Henry McCoy, and needed to steal his research to make his real breakthroughs.

Otherwise, his research occurs on a more realistic time scale – very impressive by real-world standards, but not comic book-ish.

Cloned Brood attacking Abigail Brand

Brood warrior clones

Kaga has gigantic resources – howbeit, like with his technological acumen, there’s an important caveat. A lot of his labs, fortresses, vehicles, prototypes, etc. seem to be the result of decades of careful management and slow accrual, rather that things that he can get by snapping his fingers.

He is immensely rich, but his general strategy seems to have been to build up his research and production base until it became monstrous.

Kaga can pay the very best specialists to perform specific assignments, such as hacking Dr. McCoy’s files. Though in comic books hired help isn’t normally heroically skilled, Kaga can have things done that are loosely comparable to the work of an heroic engineer or computer expert – not a leading one like Tony Stark, but he may get people who can perform in the tier below that.

Presumably, that requires an awful lot of money.

Evil biology

Once Kaga stole Dr. McCoy’s research about extracting the x-factor from mutant corpses, he could repurpose his production base into cranking out a small army of biological constructs using genetic material from deceased foes of the X-Men – essentially throwing their history back at them in the form of giant zombies.

The creations that were witnessed:

  • Large pseudo-Brood. These presumably came from research that preceded access to McCoy’s research. It seems likely that used corpses from the mutant Brood whom the X-Men killed in Denver in 1988.
  • A zombie-ish clone of Wallflower (Laurie Collins), a Xavier Institute student murdered by the Purifiers. It was a delivery vehicle for a sort of biological version of a MkIII Sentinel possessing considerable strength and durability. This Sentinel seemed essentially made of meat and viscera.
  • A sort of zombie-ish, smaller clone of Krakoa the Living Island, crossed with some Brood DNA. This was kaiju-sized and larger than the Sentinel.
  • A giant zombie-ish clone of Karl Lykos aka Sauron, also with some Brood aspects. This animalistic replica generally remained in its pterosaur-like form and was a bit smaller than the Sentinel, though with a huge wingspan.

Various other kaiju-sized projects were glimpsed, many with Brood traits. Visual references to features, costumes, etc. included the Man-Thing, the Juggernaut, Magneto and N’astirh. Most of these projects seemed unfinished.

Kaga also owes assets built with less organic technology, albeit on a sci-fi scale – like asteroid bases, giant labs hidden within hollowed-out mountains and cloaked aircrafts the size of a small city (technically, a ionospheric cruiser/carrier).

These are easily the equivalent of the best Hydra stuff, and thus sophisticated, stealthy and powerful enough not to get immediately stomped by S.H.I.E.L.D. or S.W.O.R.D.


History

Kaga is the child of an Hiroshima survivor, and was thus born in 1945 or 1946. His DNA was damaged by the radiation and he was born an early mutant, the x-factor presumably allowing to survive what should have been fatal changes. His body was crippled and monstrously deformed, and Kaga was presumably in constant pain.

As he grew up, mutant births started being observed in greater numbers than ever. By the early 1960s research into mutants was still fringe, but the notion of “children of the atom” had gained some currency.

According to this framework, the birth of mutant babies from the 1950s onward was caused by an increase of the background radiation on Earth following the various nuclear detonation of the 1940s and 1950s, and the rise of nuclear power generation.

In this theoretical framework Kaga was one of the very first “children of the atom”, along with Nekra and Mandrill.

Giant Brood-like creature built by Kaga

Krakoa/Brood giant zombie monster

Kaga lived a solitary life, as even his parents found it difficult to look at his wrecked and deformed body. He turned out to be a technological genius, with a special interest in biology and medicine as he needed to develop means to keep his ravaged body alive. By age sixteen he patented a number of his discoveries, which were the start of his colossal fortune.

When he heard about Professor Xavier and his generation of mutant youths in the US, Kaga was very interested, thinking than he had at least found peers.

However, what he observed were not fellow disfigured outcasts ravaged by radiation but gorgeous, athletic young men and women possessing extraordinary powers, clad in tight costumes, forming a vibrant community and benefiting from guidance from their elders.

Revenge

If Kaga wasn’t insane by then, his sanity took a sharp dive and he became haunted by irrational jealousy of the X-Men. He started obsessively building up means to kill them yet not actually doing much as he wallowed in bitterness and solitude.

Furthermore the mutant population, and the number of folks associated with the X-Men, continued to rise, and Kaga stayed his hand as he knew that he probably couldn’t wipe them out.

This continued for decades – one suspects that Kaga was actually afraid of succeeding since that would rob him of what was now his reason for living.

Giant monsters being assembled by Kaga

Partially completed giant monsters

Still, he built up considerable powers. One successful area of research was to create clones of the alien Brood, then enlarge them and make them even deadlier. Among the more spectacular projects of Kaga’s was the creation of a secret base within Cruithine, a chunk of rock in loose orbit behind the Earth that was impossible to constantly monitor.

From context, one gets the impression that the zero-G labs there are what allowed the most progress with the Brood-based meat puppets during the early 2000s.

In 2005, the Decimation occurred – the Scarlet Witch cast a spell that greatly reduced the number of mutants worldwide, though Kaga wasn’t affected. There were apparently but a few hundred mutants left worldwide, and though many of the X-Men weren’t affected their overall force was significantly reduced.

It was now or never — but the X-Men still formed a formidable fighting cadre and conventional force was unlikely to succeed. Kaga needed a new edge whilst the X-Men were still reeling.

From death comes more death

Kaga decided to steal research from mutant genius Dr. Henry McCoy aka the Beast. This was a very expensive and well-planned operation in order to cope with the extraordinary level of security surrounding McCoy’s research.

The key was the severed head of a human/Phalanx hybrid calling himself Paradigm, who used to run with King Bedlam’s New Hellions. The best hackers money could buy learned to use the corpse’s OS to defeat the Beast’s security.

Automated measures made it impossible to get more that one file even using Phalanx tech, but Kaga was gifted enough than one file of McCoy’s opened vast possibilities to him.

The file was about McCoy’s research after the Decimation. The researcher had for a time investigated the use of mutant corpses to research the impacts of the spell and work around these to restore mutations or the potential thereof.

Kaga turned this research into the means of creating animated, super-powered clones of mutant corpses. The Brood-centric research was extensively reused with these, but it was now possible to build meat puppets that were far more powerful than the pseudo-Brood.

Giant creatures of Kaga, burning

Partially completed giant monsters

Some months later a S.W.OR.D. tactical team was sent to raid Cruithine, but the lab self-destructed and threw a guard of pseudo-Brood at the invaders, forcing them to retreat. The lab had been shut down, but S.W.O.R.D. couldn’t gain any intelligence from it and S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand was very nearly killed during the operation.

The same day, a clone of a deceased X-Men student was sent to San Francisco by Kaga to catch their attention, then turn into a bio-Sentinel and quash them. The Sentinel engaged the main team – Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Armor, Storm and Beast. It was defeated before anybody could be killed, and Abigail Brand volunteered what intelligence she had about Kaga’s work.

Meanwhile, the remains of the bio-Sentinel were brought to Utopia for analysis.

Confrontation

Kaga had his ionospheric cruiser sneak above Utopia and deliver a sort of Krakoa clone to destroy the Sentinel’s remains and deprive the X-Men of clues. However, Cyclops swiftly destroyed the monster and had his team scramble for a boarding-capable jet, having realised that some sort of cloaked aircraft was above Utopia.

His team did board the completely automated mega-ship and discovered Paradigm’s head aboard. After Kaga send a giant zombie Broodified clone of Sauron after them, the X-Men destroyed Paradigm’s remains and went into Kaga’s main base.

There they discovered an immense array of kaiju-sized mutant clone zombies reusing material from their historical foes, most still partially assembled but obviously representing months of work. Nevertheless, the mutants successfully invaded Kaga’s command center, where he venomously spoke of his hatred for them.

Seeing that he was completely crazy, Cyclops decided to just have him imprisoned and receive extensive medical care, knowing that Kaga would be furious to receive care from his self-declared worst enemies.


Description

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Personality

A crazed, bitter, burnt out outcast mostly running on resentment and jealousy.


Quotes

“I’ve been planning to kill you for a long time. Years and years of murder science. Stealing DNA and information and creating an army.”

“What were you expecting ? A master plan ? A scheme to turn off the sun ? This is the real world. Hatred and disgust are good enough reasons to want to kill people.”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Kaga

Dex: 01 Str: 00 Bod: 01 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 02 Wil: 04 Min: 02 Occupation: Crazed mastermind
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 019
Init: 004 HP: 010

Skills:
Gadgetry: 12, Scientist: 13

Advantages:
Expertise (Brood biology, Cloaking technologies), Scholar (Biological engineering)

Connections:
Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
Age (Old), SPR (wheelchair-bound and riddled with health issues), Mistrust (Mutant), Serious Psychological Instability, Distinct Appearance


Meat robots

Most of Kaga’s biological constructs were not seen long enough to suggest stats, but here are our observations :

  • The pseudo-Brood were larger than real Brood. Use Brood Warrior-Prime stats, but with 2 APs of Always On Growth thrown on top, increasing their STR and RV. Note how that makes them brittle against attacks that score significant RAPs against them.
  • The kaiju-sized creatures (bio-sentinel, the Krakoa pseudo-clone, the giant Sauron pseudo-clone…) have about 16 to 18 APs of Growth. The base stats before the Growth is applied are not exceptional, and the Growth increases RV but not BODY proper, again leaving them vulnerable to a single overwhelming attack – for instance Cyclops pumping a bunch of HPs into a well-aimed optic blast.
  • The “bio-Sentinel” in San Francisco was seen long enough to hazard a few numbers :
    • Growth 18, giving it a general RV of 20 and STR of 21. The Growth was not Always On – the bio-Sentinel could compress into a small human body and activate from there. Presumably this was possible thanks to pillaging the DNA of a dead mutant with Growth, such as Tower. Note that destroying a small portion of it is met by a lower RV, based on the size of the part.
    • The bio-Sentinel carried ten pseudo-Brood in its fingers, which it could eject once fully-grown. The capsules holding the pseudo-Brood seemed to have a range of about fifty metres.
    • It could fire a relatively short-ranged energy beam from its chest, which seemed to be a mix of fire and concussive force. An EV of 13 seems about right, but the range was perhaps thirty metres and it couldn’t quite be aimed – the target had to be in front of the bio-Sentinel’s chest.

Design Notes

Most stats are speculative – Kaga wasn’t seen much.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #31-35)

Helper(s): Darci, Tom Eilers

Writeup completed on the 30th of October, 2012.

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