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Kaine Salinger


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Kaine Salinger
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Father
  • Group Affiliation: The Outcasts
  • Base Of Operations: The Net & Reagan Heights Enclave, Big City
  • Height: 5’11’ Weight: 125 lbs Age: Approx 25-30 years
  • Eyes: Bleak blue Hair: Gray


Powers and Abilities

Kaine Salinger is not only really good-looking, but she’s also capable at many different fields; she’s a superb crack-shot, a master hand-to-hand combatant, extremely charismatic and an excellent speaker. Having chosen the life as an Outcast, she’s also developed her criminal skills including stealth, lock-picking, jamming of security systems etc.

She’s also rather intelligent, and a good and courageous leader.

Additionally, she’s secretly a mutant with the power to drain the life-force out of anything she touches with her bare hands: if the victim was superpowered she also receives the same powers temporarily. Her power is actually so strong that it is always active; thus enabling her resurrection even after her death. She wears thick gloves to avoid accidentally touching, and thus killing anyone.


History

The story of the Outcasts takes place in the future dystopia named the Big City in the year of 2049 (looking at the architecture, tech level, social absurdity etc. the city could actually reside on the earth of Judge Dredd…).

The Big City consists of many residential zones, most of which are extremely poor (these areas are collectively named ’the Net‘). Some zones, like the Reagan Heights Enclave (a so called ’Enclave‘), are inhabited by the rich only. The areas in-between the Net and the Enclaves are called the Semi-Enclaves, and the small percentage of this multi-million city’s citizens that actually have works, live here.

The city itself is over 3000 square kilometers in size. The world is generally fascistic, and the only safe and good place to live is the enclaves themselves. The mayor of the city, is the secretly criminal man named ’Boss Angel‘. Currently, the government has started ’mutant cleansing‘ campaigns, that basically mean that every mutant is deported from the city permanently to penal colonies.

In truth, they were dumped into free space as soon as possible to reduce costs, but to cover murder. The poor are getting even poorer while the Enclave citizens such up all their remaining wealth. Of course, local resistance forces erupt around the city to oppose the extreme fascism…

One of the extremely rich people, living in the Reagan Heights Enclave, was a young woman named Kaine Salinger. Salinger was the daughter of the famous and influential Judge Salinger, and as such bore a very high status as an Enclave citizen. Kaine had recently found out that her deceased father had actually been killed by the criminal government, since he’d been working on defending mutants. She wowed to dedicate her entire life on fighting the city’s fascist forces and leadership.

Kaine Salinger was secretly a mutant herself, with the power to drain the life-force from other individuals, and thus powering herself up. Using the Enclaves’ powerful computer systems and her father’s old client archieves she sought out potential allies in this fight.

She reached her first member, a mutant working for the resistance, and called Shock, just when he was about to be executed by the security forces of the city. Kaine easily defeated the guards, and Shock, whose girlfriend, Blue, had just been killed, readily joined her in her quest. Shock’s mutant electrical powers would come in handy…

The next member was a former star of the bloody sport of Bloodbowl, named B.D. Rickenbacker. This veteran had been fired due to illegal implants and was now unemployed. Now this psychopath named Rickenbacker was found by Salinger in a bar in the Net. Being offered a job, Rickenbacker immediately and enthusiacally accepted joining her gang.

The fourth and last member of the team, which would be named the Outcasts, was a former space pilot named Yancy Queeg. Queeg had during one of his trips been cursed by a space witch, with immortality. Also, continuously in constant pain, and unable to sleep, Queeg now only sought death. Unfortunately, his body would immediately heal any damage and and wounds he gained, and all attempts at suicide were doomed to fail.

When Kaine showed up, and promised Queeg that she’d kill him, proving that she was able to actually do it, if he’d work with her, Queeg readily accepted becoming an Outcast.

The team’s headquarters would be Salinger’s own home hidden in the Enclaves. All of the member’s had their own specialities and expertise, and pooling their knowledge, they’d formulate some plans. Queeg knew about the mutant killings in space, and this would become their first mission. The Outcasts hijacked a space-ship and Queeg piloted them to the moon. B.D. identified the worker drones, present there, as being manufactured by the Styron Corporation.

Thus the team returned to Earth to investigate the Styron Corporation’s archieves in order to find evidence of the mutant killings. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Outcast’s theft had not gone unnoticed and a pair of android henchmen named the Brothers Satan were sent to interrogate D.B.’s father about his whereabouts. Finding no answers, the Brothers killed the father.

After arriving at the Big City spaceport, the Outcasts were attacked by security forces. Although the Outcasts won this fight, they’d later all become identified by the guards.

Salinger made a covert visit, in the guise of a prostitute, to Styron Corporation’s president Mr. Niedermeier. Niedermeier was thouroughly interrogated, and it was revealed that the killed mutants had been used for making the new miracle drug, named Immortalis. Immortalis, as its’ name implies, actually stops one from aging, and even makes one younger. Finding this out, Salinger killed the old man Niedermeier in an act of vengeance.

Meanwhile, when B.D. found out about the killing of his father, he went berserk. He actually managed to track down the Satan Brothers themselves, and engaged them in a vicious fight. After a while, Shock and Queeg also arrived, joining the frame. Rickenbacker managed to destroy one of the brothers, while Shock almost managed in getting himself killed. Queeg actually was killed, but soon resurrected again… and destroyed the other brother in his turn.

Salinger now had proof, in the form of documents and photographs, and she knew the motives and modus operandi. In an desperate act, she went to the TV studios, and forcing herself into a live broadcast. There, during the ’Freak Show‘ she held a speech for the citizens of the Big City, but after a while was attacked by security forces. She managed to finish the broadcast, but was lethally wounded.

Meanwhile, D.B. and Queeg saw that broadcast. They hurried to the studios, and, in the end, found Kaine Salinger’s dead body. Queeg, enraged since Salinger could no longer hold her promise, grabbed her. Kaine’s powers were, surprisingly, still active, and Queeg was emptied on his entire life-force. Rotting his entire body, Queeg apparently died, and the only thing left was a zombie-like head.

This life-force transfer resurrected Kaine back to life, but she was left extremely weak. The team left for their HQ, and D.B., who found that Queeg still was alive, took his head along. Further killings at the Styron Corp. were also reported by the media at that time.

D.B. Rickenbacker realized the need for new power within the group, and contacted his old Bloodbowl teammates Killer and Professor W.R. Watson. Kaine Salinger had given up her fight already, and Rickenbacker, Killer and the Prof, along Queeg, went after Boss Angel himself. Capturing him at the ’Suicide Park‘ they took him back to Salinger.

Boss Angel revealed that the mutant killing plan was formulated by their own sentient computer, named ’Orcom‘. Orcom, was secretly the villain behind it all, and while that interrogation took place, he killed the entire government of Big City himself. The Outcasts were tracked down by a new pair of Satan Brothers, and the Prof was killed in the ensuing fight.

The rest of the Outcasts were defeated, and captured by security forces. Being sent to Orcom for interrogation, Orcom soon gloated about his plans to them. Using his electrical powers, Shock managed in destroying the life-support systems of Orcom…at the price of his own exploding head. Kaine then absorbed Orcom’s entire organic life-force and destroyed the two brothers Satan using new powers. With Boss Angel being set straight, Salinger had actually succeeded in her quest to rid Big City of the fascistic rule.

Yancy Queeg was granted his wish to die by Salinger, who absorbed the last of his life-force. D.B. Rickenbacker and Killer went on the celebrate in the Net, along Queeg’s head, whom they were uncertain of whether or not he was dead. Salinger herself could finally retire to the Enclaves in peace. Big City was about to change…


Description

Kaine Salinger is a slenderly built, attractive woman (she’s always called ’Lady‘). Her hair is gray, short-cut, back-combed and has the same form as, for example, Amazo’s classic costume head piece, or wolverines hair (without the ’horns’). Her eyes bear an intense and focused look.

She often wears full body suits in dark leather (purple or black) along high leather boots, high leather gloves and a leather belt with the letter ’K‘. Occasionally, depending on the mission and if she needs to blend in with the general populace of the Net, she wears a tunic, robe or similar. Despite her rather rough clothing, she gives an elegant and tidy appearance.


Personality

Kaine rather lived a good life, in the rich Enclaves, up until the death of his father. Her mutant power, to end the lifes of others by only touching them, has caused her great grief, and she always feels guilty after having used this on another living being. Since she has to use this ability in order to survive, she attempts to make it as comfortable as possible with victims that have agreed on her draining their energies (they receive lots of money for this service), leaving them in an advanced age afterwards.

Since becoming the leader of the Outcasts, she’s, for the first time in her life, found an acceptable use for her power; that is, against the oppressors of the city. Her state has also made her live in seclusion with robot servants and her father her only company, and she’s accepted the loss of general social life.At heart, she’s a somewhat embittered idealist.

She’s also very compassionate, feeling the need to free the inhabitants of the Net from the grip of its’ fascistic rule and would undoubtly sacrifice her life for the accomplishment of this goal. Apparently seeing herself as somewhat of an outcast, she sought the aid of people in similar pariah-like positions as herself, resulting in the formation of the Outcasts. Although she can only move safely and unprovoced within the boundaries of the Enclaves, she still is courageous enough to walk the streets of the Net without any bodyguards.

It’s clear from her attire that she’s one of ’those filthy rich enclavers’, but in the case of trouble, she usually physically defeats her opponents in mere seconds. The rest of the Outcasts were apparently her friends as well as colleagues. Although a good strategist and being a person who gets things done, she’s a tendency to give up her goals a little too easily.


Quotes

“Try to break me !”


DC Universe History

Salinger and the Outcasts fit will within the boundaries of the world of Judge Dredd. In the DC Universe they have no real position of equivalent, although, in case the Outcasts’ world is in the DC Universe’s future, they might be descendants from various well-known DC characters. For example, D.B. Rickenbacker might be a descendant of Victor Stone alias Cyborg (following the cyborg traditions) and Yancy Queeg the descendant of Pariah (born normal, but easily cursed into eternal life).


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Kaine Salinger

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 05 Occupation: Avenger
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 016
Init: 019 HP: 045

Powers:
Cell Rot: 11, Invulnerability: 00, Power Drain: 00, Power Reserve (Invulnerability, Power drain): 13

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Cell Rot is the infamous permanent Aging Attack (+4)
  • Invulnerability can even be used after death (+5)
  • All effects of Power Drain are permanent (+3) and Power Drain suffers no multi-attack penalties (+2)
  • Cell Rot is Always On (-1)
  • Power Reserve is automatically powered up by the RAPs gained from a Cell Rot attack (-1)
  • Power Drain is only usable against the same opponent that Cell Rot was used against (-1)

Skills:
Charisma: 07, Martial Artist: 07, Thief: 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 08, Vehicles (Land): 05

Advantages:
Attractive, Credentials (Reagan Heights Enclave Citizen), Iron Nerves, Gift of Gab, Leadership, Rich Family (Father)

Connections:
The Outcasts (High), Enclave High Society (Low)

Drawbacks:
Dark Secret (Mutant, earlier only), Guilt, Mistrust, Fatal Vulnerability (Lack of periodical use of Cell Rot power)

Equipment:
Standard Blaster Gun

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Outcasts series by Grant and Wagner, DC Comics

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