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Lu Shan (Wonder Woman enemy) (DC Comics)

Lu Shan


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Lu Shan is an obscure Wonder Woman antagonist. She appeared in 1972, during the “karate mod era” – that is, the period when WW had lost her powers and was operating as a martial artist, international adventurer and clothing shop owner. For more context, you should refer to our Wonder Woman (Karate mod era) character profile.

She is of particular interest to older fantasy fans, since Lu Shan is the link between the DC Universe and Fritz Leiber’s Nehwon heroic fantasy setting. Which is where Fahrd and the Grey Mouser operate.


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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: “I-Ching” (real name unrevealed, father, deceased), mother (reportedly deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Her own gang – which is part of Dr. Cyber’s network.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile through China and America.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 122 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Lu Shan is a crack shot with a handgun, and could drive a truck during a deadly car chase through Hong Kong.

She seems to have been taught in the occult by her father, though as a scholar rather than as a practitioner.

Lu Shan a skilled actress. Her act as an innocent businesswoman was good enough to fool even Ching and Diana.


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History

Lu Shan is the daughter of the Asian sage and mystic I-Ching, who once mentored Wonder Woman. She blames her father for the death of her mother, which occurred in her childhood. She has worn to kill I-Ching to avenger her mother.

This is presumably the reason why she became an agent in the international criminal network of Doctor Cyber, an enemy of her dad.

Lu Shan became important enough within Dr. Cyber’s empire to head her own gang. In 1970, she got what she wanted – the possibility to personally spearhead an attempt on I-Ching’s life. Under the cover of being a businesswoman, she was planted on an airplane I-Ching and Diana Prince (the former Wonder Woman) were to fly in to Hong Kong.

Sleek patricide assassin

Her story was that she was hunted down by the Tiger Tong. Agents from this mob were hired by Dr. Cyber to attack before the plan had even landed. Lu Shan also arranged for I-Ching to discover that she was his daughter, feigning astonishment and elation at this revelation.

The Tiger Tong made other scripted attempts on Lu-Shan’s life. Since her father and Diana were now her bodyguards, she easily led them right into Dr. Cyber’s Hong Kong HQ. Lu-Shan then petitioned for her prize — I-Ching’s life — and coldly shot her father when this was accepted.

The leader of the Tiger Tong then came to claim his pay. But a dispute arose and Cyber had him killed. One of the Tiger bodyguards’s stray gunfire triggered explosions, and the ship-based HQ started sinking. Diana managed to leave with I-Ching and got him to a hospital in time. Meanwhile, Lu Shan fled with the hideously wounded Dr. Cyber, also saving her life.

After Diana foiled Cyber’s plan to destroy Hong Kong with earthquake machines, Dr. Cyber was apparently killed. Lu Shan swore to avenge her boss, then escaped by clandestinely entering the PRC. While I-Ching was determined to find her and talk to her, he failed to locate his daughter.

The Fist of Flame and the Eye of the Ocean

Lu Shan started working on acquiring a pair of mystical jewels, the Fist of Flame and the Eye of the Ocean. With these, she could power a machine allowing her to pillage the dimension of Nehwon . Lu Shan secured the Eye of the Ocean, but learned that Catwoman had set her sights on the Fist of Flame.

To conduct some reconnaissance and casing work, Catwoman hired private eye Jonny Double. Double had briefly been Diana Prince’s lover. Lu Shan captured the P.I., and used him as a bargaining chip to have Diana and I-Ching deliver the Fist to her.

Lu Shan wasn’t aware of all the properties of the jewels, though. For instance, that the reunited stones would randomly teleport themselves and those in their immediate vicinity to other worlds.

Another world

Thus, she and her bodyguards were unexpectedly teleported to Nehwon, landing square into a battle. On one side were her father and his allies Diana Prince, Catwoman, Fahrd and the Grey Mouser. On the other the sorcerer Gawron and his numerous guards.

This battle royale ended when I-Ching used both jewels to create a gate back to Earth. He and his allies escaped, and the Grey Mouser snatched the Eye as he ran into the portal. Thus Lu Shan and her men found themselves stranded on Nehwon in the middle of a wizard’s fortress.

While Lu Shan hasn’t been seen since, it is probable that she established herself as a crimelord on Nehwon – or even gunned down Gawron and took over his turf. If she ever manages to return to Earth, things could be… interesting.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

About what you’d expect from an early 1970s Asian female villain in Western comics. So she is a deceitful viper and dragon queen who doesn’t handle frustration well, often slapping her henchmen to let steam off.

She was very loyal toward Dr. Cyber and hated her father with a passion.


Quotes

“We are attacked ! Crush them !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Lu Shan

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills:
Artist (Actress): 05, Occultist (Occult knowledge, identify artefact): 04, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Firearms): 05

Advantages:
Language (Cantonese, possibly other Chinese languages).

Connections:
Dr. Cyber (Low), Chinese underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
None.

Equipment:

  • Luger P08 9mm handgun [BODY 05, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 08, R#02].
  • A broken medallion – the other half was worn as a pendant by I-Ching.

Kung-fu heavies

The majority of Lu Shan’s men are mooks with standard thug stats. However she also has a retinue of elite Chinese heavies who act as her Prætorian guard. A half-dozen of those were teleported along with her on Nehwon, though some may have perished since. Those dour, beefy martial arts experts have the following stats:

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Heavy
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 005

Skills:
Martial artist: 05

Connections:
Lu Shan (Low).

Drawbacks:
Misc. (do not speak English).

Equipment:
Usually none, though I’d imagine they started using medieval weapons on Nehwon.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Old Wonder Woman stuff.

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