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Lionmane (Heroes for Hire enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Lionmane

General Lo Chien


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Lionmane does not get much screen time, so parts of this are speculative.

Background

  • Real Name: General Lo Chien
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: PLA and Communist Party (as Lo Chien)
  • Base Of Operations: China and nearby seas
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald (black goatee)


Powers and Abilities

General Lo Chien is a smart, educated man with clear vision and bottomless ambition. His mutant power includes great strength and impenetrable skin, and he’s a remarkably skilled fighter who could engage Wolverine.


History

General Lo Chien is an influential PLA officer, as well as being secretly a mutant. As the masked Lionmane, not only is he a known superhuman, but he and many of his men also lead double lives as pirates. Yet there is a further level of deception, for the activities of those pirates often advance the interests of the PRC.

For instance, Lionmane and his modern day pirates once captured a highly valuable and significant stone statue of the warrior Mulan as it was conveyed by freighter, and had it sold at an auction in Madripoor. Switching to their PLA uniforms, they then openly attacked the auction in an attempt to reclaim this piece of Chinese heritage (conveniently killing the organizer, who could have recognized Lionmane).

But again this wasn’t their ultimate goal — their man inside the Heroes for Hire team observing the auction, Cat, arranged to have the statue explode during the fight. This reached the actual goal – giving the PRC an excellent casus belli against the infestation that is Madripoor.

Lionmane later managed to capture the Heroes for Hire and take them to his base — but they escaped just as Wolverine, leading a small army of armed Madripoor rabble, assaulted the base. Wolverine fought Lionmane, but did not fare very well (he had, at this point, been drained of his Adamantium bone reinforcements) until Daniel Rand showed up and clobbered Lionmane from behind with the famed iron fist.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

A subtle planner and smart, methodical leader and officer. Although he appears to be a general who pretends to be a pirate who actually upholds his government, Lo Chien’s actual goal is personal power and wealth ; he accumulates money and resources for when the Party will become weak, and opportunities to seize real power as a warlord will arise.

Lionmane is very confident, and is a cold-hearted and pragmatic killer.


Quotes

“Take these four below. Guard them carefully. Do not take your eyes from them. Do not permit them to speak. They are dangerous but, perhaps, necessary to my plans. Kill all the other survivors.”

“The wealth I plunder [in Madripoor] will underwrite my efforts. Besides, this haven of cutthroats and criminals deserves to be destroyed.”

“Yes. Your claws cannot penetrate my skin, Wolverine — while I can grind your bones into paste.”


DC Universe History

Sure. He probably would have been a Birds of Prey opponent, some time before the death of Ted Kord.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Lionmane

Dex: 07 Str: 09 Bod: 09 Motivation: Power
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: General, pirate lord
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 018 HP: 025

Powers:
Skin armour: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Skin armour also compensates for Sharpness — attacks against which Skin armour applies do not get to apply as many APs of Sharpness as Lionmane has APs of Skin Armour (+1)

Skills:
Martial artist (AV): 08, Vehicles (Land, sea): 04, Weaponry: 06

Advantages:
Expensive HQ (large coastal secret base in China), Language (Mandarin Chinese), Rank (General)

Connections:
PLA (High), Chinese Communist Party (Low), South Sea pirates (Low)

Drawbacks:
Secret ID

Equipment:

  • Chinese sabre [BODY 10, EV 04 (10 w/STR)]
  • As Lo Chien, and possibly as Lionmane, a Norinco QSZ-92 9mm Pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 15, R#02]

Let a thousand caps burst

Lionmane’s men are treated like the shock troops in the Average Soldiers And Military Types writeup, and will be armed with pistols and/or submachineguns ; they have access to night vision gear and prefer to launch boarding actions at night. Their fleet includes an unseen ship, a high-tech and fairly large submarine, and various small outboards.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Heroes for Hire v1 #18-19

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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