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Klara Prast of the Runaways (Marvel Comics)

Klara Prast


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Other Aliases: Rose Red, Tower of Flower
  • Marital Status: Widow
  • Known Relatives: Mr. Prast (husband, probably deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Runaways
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile; formerly The Hostel, under the La Brea Tar Pits museum, Los Angeles
  • Height: 4’9” Weight: 195 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Klara can control the growth and movement of plants with her mind, technically known as chlorokinesis. She describes it as talking to plants, and has stated that some plants talk back to her.

She can cause plants to erupt from any vegetated area, quickly overwhelming an area, and even causing trees to burst up from under a mall to break someone’s fall.

She has had vines burst out of the ground to shield her from attacks, and had trees burst out to slam into a target directly above them. When feeling strong emotion, she can unconsciously spread this to surrounding plants, such as causing them to wilt when shamed, or plants attacking anyone who approaches her when she’s panicked.

While her Handbook entry claims she’s a mutant, it’s unclear why she wasn’t invited to join the congregated mutants in San Francisco when Molly was. So the origin of her powers is still not clear.


History

[A complete History of the Runaways can be found in the team entry]

Born in the 1890’s, somewhere in Eastern Europe, Klara’s mother was intensely religious, and saw Klara’s abilities as unholy. She was happy to see her daughter married to an older sailor who took her far away to America.

By 1907 she lived in New York, where she had to work to support her drunken and abusive husband. When her abilities were spotted by the time-lost Runaways, she was approached by Karolina and Molly who tried befriending her.

Initially wary, and shocked at learning Karolina was homosexual, which her upbringing taught her was a sin, Klara couldn’t ultimately resist the freedom they offered in returning to their time with them.

Being closer in age, Molly adopted Klara, educating her in the ways of the future, and Klara soon managed to adapt, actually beginning to enjoy her life. She became close to all the team, and was particularly badly hit when Old Lace died saving her life, her grief seeing the house overrun with plant life.


Personality

Shy and still somewhat overwhelmed by her new surroundings, Klara has nevertheless come out of her shell slightly, and has actually started to enjoy her life in the future.

Her introduction to the new world has mostly come from Molly, though, so a lot of it she still doesn’t understand, or doesn’t understand properly.


Quotes

“On our farm in Bern, I would speak and the crops would listen. But the roses… the roses would speak back. My mother thought it was unnatural. She was relieved to find me a husband that was sailing far away. She said I shamed God, and never to speak of my cur… my power.”

Klara: “…and every room has one of the talking boxes. What did you call it ?”
Molly: “Television. It’s like YouTube for old people.”
Klara: “What is your tube ?”

Molly (playing a video game): “Klara ! That is so not fair !”
Klara: “I know ! Thank you for teaching me how to cheat.”
Victor: “Okay, ladies, this ends now !”
Molly: “Nooo ! Klara, save me from this dork who talks like a bad comic book !”
Klara: “Save yourself ! I must cheat !”


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Klara Prast

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Runaway
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 008 HP: 015

Powers:
Plant Control: 10, Plant Growth: 10

Skills:
None Known

Advantages:
Languages (German)

Connections:
Molly Hayes (High), Runaways (High)

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), Miscellaneous Drawback (Can’t swim)


Design Notes

While she can allegedly speak with plants, there’s no evidence of her being able to perform the actions covered by the Speak with Plants Power.


By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (covers up to Runaways Vol.3 #14)

Writeup completed on the 28th of January, 2012.

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