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Lizard King

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the Q-Society
  • Base Of Operations: Vanity
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 215 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

The Lizard King was one of the fully-trained champions of Quetzalcoatl, trained to the peak of human strength, speed and endurance and armed with the secret knowledge of the Q-Society. His mind was later damaged, however, and it is unclear what amount of his skills he retains.

He seemed more of a technologist than Aztek ; between his high, full Gadgetry, his Scientist and his Scholar, he can build many creepy, unclean things.


For more details about the Q-Society, Aztek, the helmet, etc. and the city of Vanity, see the Aztek entry.

The Lizard King was the number two of the previous champion of Quetzalcoatl — Emilio, Aztek’s father. When Emilio broke the code and started living with a native of Vanity, the Q-Society ordered the future Lizard King to kill him and become the new number one. Loyal to his friend, the number two refused and paid a dire price for it — the Q-Group psychically tortured and damaged him then cast him aside before killing Emilio themselves, and taking his son to become the next champion.

Now demented and diminished, the fallen number two declared himself to be the Lizard King in a moment of madness, and started a strange existence hidden deep within Vanity. Still obsessed with the coming of the Shadow God, he started tinkering up many horrible things in a grotesque imitation of a one-man Q-Society, but knew he could not hope to defeat the god of darkness without the real helmet and suit of armour of Quetzalcoatl.

When Aztek started appearing in Vanity, the Lizard King realized how young the new champion was and became convinced one so young could not possibly face the imminent return of the Shadow God ; he decided to kill Aztek and take the helmet to become the new de facto champion and save the Earth.

He first took the measure of Aztek by sending two junk cyborgs piloted by tortured innocents after him, then kidnapped Joy Page, the nurse who was dating Aztek in his secret identity, and started experimenting on her. Several hours within this, he phoned Aztek to taunt him.

Aztek swiftly traced the call and confronted the villain. The fight proved brutal and harrowing for both men, physically and psychologically, but the Lizard King eventually managed to stun Aztek long enough to take the helmet and wear it.

However, one of the facts he had forgotten, or was never taught, was the secret mind-games to keep the spirits in the helmet occupied. His soul was quickly destroyed, which also skinned his body and killed him. Joy was recovered by Aztek, but too late — she had been shrunk into a hideous, monstrous toddler.

Ironically, the demented Lizard King seemed right about many things regarding the Q-Society, as Aztek may have later discovered.


Since Aztek was himself 6’1”, the Lizard King is a pretty big and powerful guy.


The Lizard King is fallen and demented. He’s a cross between a psychotic killer and a Silver Age villain — like a Silver Age villain he sets deathtraps, builds experimental weapons, kidnaps loved ones, etc. except it’s all horrible, and murderous, and goes fatally wrong for all innocents involved.

He rants a lot in a fairly unique and disquieting style — see quotes. Although he sounds paranoid, he isn’t clinically so – “they” are really after him. The Lizard King is convinced he’s Earth’s only hope, and will regretfully sacrifice anyone or anything to prepare against the god of shades.

The Lizard King casts a really bad vibe — it is obvious he’s very sick but absolutely determined and can do anything, no matter how horrible or unpredictable.


“I am the Lizard King ! I can do anything !”

“I will kill you. That much is certain. I just want you to understand that I’m doing it to save you. I’m doing it to save everyone.”

Lizard King: “I came to Vanity because I want a job. The post’s already occupied at the moment but you’re going to help remedy the situation. You’re going to be a kind of pilot. It’s hard to explain but you’ll understand soon enough. I chose you and your unit because of the inherent decency you share. The pure should be spared the horrors which are to come.”
Tortured man: “Unit ? Wh-what unit ?”
Lizard King: “Your daughter, of course. She was a good deal smaller than you to begin with. Probably consumed less fatty food and candy bars. Her modification took half the time. She’s going to be your co- pilot.”

“I am what you are.”

“I’ve trained every day. Forty years. Almost.”

“My materials are crude, I admit, but the technology is sound. It’s a kind of virtual reality. Look.”

“You have one hour. I’ve prepared a little… ummm… deathtrap. Isn’t that what they call it ? A deathtrap ? In this new life you’ve created for yourself, you’re a superhero, aren’t you ? Protector of the city, defender of the weak, that sort of thing. And if you’re the super-hero, I must be the inevitable villain. Hence the… ah, deathtrap. I can’t stop saying that word. Deathtrap. Do you understand ? Or am I talking to myself ? It’s the first sign of madness, apparently. So they say.”

“Perhaps you’re beginning to see how little it takes to create the perfect deathtrap ; no elaborate machinery, no tricks. Just this room and me and you. Just information.”

“Only I’m old enough or smart enough now to face the god of shades. I have to kill you, to save the world. You can’t trust them anymore. They can’t be trusted to save us. Don’t you understand ?”


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Lizard King

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 08 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: Madman
Inf: 08 Aur: 08 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 025 HP: 050

Acrobatics: 05, Charisma: 09, Gadgetry: 06, Martial artist: 07, Medicine: 04, Scientist: 05

Headquarters (Expansive), Iron Nerves, Scholar (Q-Society technology), Sharp Eye


Serious Rage, Serious Psychological Instability, Misc: Much of the information about the Q-helmet and armor has been destroyed in his mind


  • ARMOUR [/STR/ 08 /BODY / 08, Claws: 10, Flight: 08]. The Lizard King and Emilio wore armour that seemed less powerful and much less sophisticated than Aztek’s. It is possible this suit had a few more Powers similar to Aztek’s suit, though a few APs lower. This suit doesn’t have a helmet anymore, but the Lizard King stole an antique Spartan helmet to replace it. It includes a retractile katar-like punch dagger in at least one bracer.
  • Eyes-fork [BODY 01, Flash: 12, Postcognition: 25, Remote sensing: 25, Bonus: Remote sensing and Postcognition can be Combined ; Limitation: Flash only on an untrained person using the Eyes-fork]. This weird and disgusting piece of technology seems to be two human eyes (one blue, one brown) impaled on a thick tuning fork. Described as “a kind of virtual reality”, it could be used to witness events far away in the distance, and occasionally in time.
  • “Junk cyborgs” — those have a separate entry under that name.
  • 10 APs Lab in his Vanity HQ

Design Notes

The Lizard King’s full capabilities are unknown ; since he was trained as a champion by the Q-Society they are likely considerable, but on the other hand he was brain-damaged. Given those unknowns, I have based speculation on Aztek’s abilities.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Aztec series (DC Universe)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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