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Krypto


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Krypto is Superman’s dogs. The following are very old, minor notes. These depict Krypto as he existed before the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

These are primarily a rescaling and improvement of the First Edition, Mayfair stats for him.


Background

  • Real Name: Either Chip or Skip.
  • Marital Status: N.A..
  • Known Relatives: Zypto (father, deceased), Nypto (gradfather, deceased), Vypto (great-grandfather, deceased).
  • Base Of Operations: Smallville. Later the Doghouse of Solitude, in space.
  • Group Affiliation: Legion of Super-pets.
  • Height: 25 ½” Weight: 40lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: White


Powers and Abilities

Krypto has the full host of Kryptonian powers. Although he’s less powerful than Superman, he’s still Kryptonian-class .


History

Although Krypto was originally bought by Jor-El as a pet for his child, Jor-El was forced to use the dog in one of his rocket experiments. Krypto was successfully launched into orbit, but a meteor collision knocked the rocket off into space. When Krypton exploded, 58 days later, Krypto’s capsule was drawn to Earth through the same space-warp a Kal-El’s escape craft.

Unable to break out of the indestructible craft, Krypto was captive until the rocket crashed on Earth. The dog then tracked Clark Kent/Superboy down to Smallville. He then led Clark back to the rocket, where Superboy discovered the dog’s origins.


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Krypto often assisted his young master. He disguised himself as Chip, Clark’s pet, with the aid of a wood stain dark patch.

Krypto eventually left Earth. But he returned to Superman years later, old and in poor shape. Superman sent Krypto to a “Fountain of Youth” that rejuvenated the dog and made him temporarily immune to the Kryptonite meteors that surrounded the Earth. Krypto set out from Earth, built a Doghouse of Solitude, and only returned for brief visits since.

Krypto did make one symbolic Post-Crisis appearance in the LSH/Superman Pocket Universe crossover. He lost all of his powers due to Gold Kryptonite, though.

Of course, you could have him fully in a Post-Crisis world if you want. Just say that Krypto was a preliminary test by the Cadmus Project of the experiment which allowed the creation of Superboy. Considered a failure at the time, the dog was set loose, and currently roams the suburbs of Metropolis, looking for his place in the world…


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Krypto is a dog.

  • He doesn’t use his powers in creative ways.
  • His attention span is fairly limited.
  • He can be distracted by things that wouldn’t distract a human.

Although Krypto’s intelligence is as far above an ordinary dog’s that the pre-Crisis Superman’s intelligence was above a human’s, he’s still basically a dog and acts accordingly. He’s playful and unusually cheerful, but can become extremely menacing when anything threatens his master.

His animal instincts allow him to detect thoughts of hate and fear. Thus, he can usually penetrate the disguises of criminals.


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Krypto

Dex: 13 Str: 22 Bod: 15 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 03 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Dog
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 020 HP: 040

Powers:
Analytical smell: 15, Directional hearing: 08, Empathy: 08, Extended hearing: 08, Flight: 16, Invulnerability: 16, Microscopic vision: 15, Sealed systems: 11, Shrinking: 01, Speak with animals (Canines): 03, Super-breath: 12, Super hearing: 10, Superspeed: 10, Systemic antidote: 18, Telescopic vision: 13, Thermal vision: 13, X-ray vision: 13

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is Always On and Already Factored In.

Skills:
Accuracy (perception): 09, Charisma (intimidation): 06.

Advantages:
Iron nerves.

Connections:
Superman (High), Legion of Super-pets (High), LSH (Low), Space Canine Patrol Agency (High).

Drawbacks:

  • Attack Vulnerability (Magic, -4 CS).
  • Fatal Vulnerability (Kryptonite, 2 APs, Rare).
  • Loss Vulnerability (Kryptonite, 2 APs, All Attributes, Powers and Skills).
  • Loss Vulnerability (Lack of Yellow Sun radiation, Physical Attributes, and All Powers).
  • CPR (he’s a dog with no way to talk, non manipulative paws, etc. Note that, however, Superboy and Krypto had a series of rapid eye-blinks worked out as a language between them. Sort of morse code with blinking eyes.)
  • Secret ID (such as it is).

Adapted by Sébastien Andrivet (from the Superman sourcebook by Mayfair).

Source of Character: Superman comics (DCU).

Helper(s): John Colagioia, Sean MacDonald, Disruptor, Roy Cowan.

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