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Lucan of the Viltrumites (Invincible Comics)

Lucan


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Lucan is, as you may tell from the picture, a Viltrumite.

If you can’t tell from the picture that Lucan is a Viltrumite — presumably because you don’t read Invincible — we bemoustachedly recommend that you first read our Generic Viltrumite article. It’ll help a bunch.


Background

  • Real Name: Lucan
  • Marital Status: Presumed married
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed wife
  • Group Affiliation: Viltrumites
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile (presumably within the USA), the dark side of the Moon
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 285 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald (black mustache)


Powers & Abilities

Strength Level

Lucan possesses the vast superhuman strength that one would expect to find in a Viltrumite male of his age, height, weight and build who engages in intense regular exercise.

Using the Marvel Handbook terminology, this places his strength level somewhere above the “Class 100+” range, allowing him to lift (press) weights far in excess of one hundred tons directly overhead.

Known Superhuman Powers

Lucan’s alien biology grants him superhuman strength, speed, durability, stamina and the gift of unaided flight. He possesses these traits at levels that dwarf those of all known Earth-born heroes and heroines.

Like all Viltrumites, Lucan ages at a mere fraction of the rate that humans do. He can fully expect to live for thousands of years as long as he doesn’t meet an unexpected and violent end.

See the “Generic Viltrumite” write-up for a more in-depth discussion regarding the powers of an average Viltrumite.

Abilities

Lucan is an experienced warrior and a skilled melee fighter (though he is clearly not as skilled as one would expect of a warrior who has lived over one thousand years). He presumably also possesses a layman’s understanding of Viltrumite technology and astrogation.

Limitations

Lucan has all of the typical vulnerabilities and allergies that afflict all Viltrumites including:

  • the bioengineered Scourge Virus (which decimated the Viltrumite race)
  • an intense allergy to the Klaxus plant
  • an unusually sensitive inner ear

Lucan himself has survived exposure to the original strain of the Scourge Virus, and is presumably immune to that specific strain.

Finally, Lucan (like all pure blooded Viltrumites) suffers from an acute form of a rare behavioural disorder known as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). It can be characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand.

In layman’s terms, it can take very little to cause a violent outburst from Lucan should he feel angry or frustrated.


History

Lucan was one of the three Viltrumite warriors that appeared in the skies above Thraxxa when Omni-Man first attempted to desert the Viltrumite Empire. Lucan and his allies devastated the Thraxxan populace, causing the near extinction of their kind, until Omni-man came out of hiding and faced them in skies above the capital.

While Omni-man fought his partners, Lucan surreptitiously followed Nolan’s son, Invincible, to a mass of dark caves which he had hoped would conceal his location.

Lucan confronted Invincible in the caves, but was shocked into stillness when he discovered Nolan’s other offspring within them. His surprise lasted long enough for Invincible to take advantage of him and escape the caves.

Lucan strangling Invincible

Enraged by his own stupidity, Lucan pursued Invincible in a blaze of motion. He very nearly caught him in the open skies of Thraxxa. As he closed the last few inches between them, Nolan slammed into the small of his back and drove him into the ground below.

Lucan vs. Omni-Man

The two engaged in a titanic battle, which ultimately ended up with the far more experienced Omni-man literally eviscerating Lucan. Omni-Man left Lucan for dead and left to re-engage the remaining two Viltrumites in battle with his son.

Unknown to Omni-Man, Lucan survived his assault and upon gathering his wits (and intestines) soared skywards in search for his would be slayer. Lucan found Omni-man standing triumphant over his allies, and used all of his remaining strength and speed to drive the full weight of his body into the small of Nolan’s back.

Nolan’s spine snapped under the force that Lucan generated in that small area and dropped helplessly to the ground. After spitting a curse at the older warrior, Lucan quickly followed him into unconsciousness. The two were eventually recovered by a Viltrumite retrieval squad.

Lucan was taken to a hospital while Nolan was taken to a heavy security prison.

The Viltrumite War

Lucan was next seen during the Viltrumite War. He was one of the three Viltrumites that were sent to confront the Grayson family when they first entered Viltrumite space. Lucan ended up fighting both Omni-man and his son Oliver, while Conquest battled Invincible to a standstill.

Lucan did his best to defeat the two. But he eventually let them escape in order to turn his attention to their other allies.

Lucan also participated in the war’s final battle over Viltrum. He was one of the many Viltrumites that ended up wounding Allen the Alien so severely that he was forced to leave the battle.

Colonizing the Earth

At the war’s close, Lucan joined the other remaining Viltrumites in colonizing the Earth. He was given strict instructions to impregnate as many human females as possible in the attempts to bolster the Viltrumites flagging numbers. But Lucan instead decided to remain fateful to one of the humans that he fell in love with.

He was awaiting punishment for his direct defiance of Thragg’s orders when it was discovered that Nolan was the true ruler of the Viltrumite Empire. He (alongside General Kregg, Anissa, and Thula) prevented Thragg from murdering Nolan outright. They very nearly beat him to death until Nolan ordered him to allow Thragg to live.

At this time, Lucan is at least outwardly loyal to Nolan, and serves him as loyally as he did Thragg before him.


Description

Lucan is a relatively handsome, bald Black man. He stands a few inches taller in height than Omni-Man and is decidedly heavier. He is built like a brick-house, with layer upon layer of thick and bulky muscle covering his massive frame.

Lucan’s Viltrumite attire is typical of an average Viltrumite soldier. It is a form fitting white body stocking with grey accents. A large semi-circular swath of grey surrounds the neck of his uniform, and a thin strip of grey runs down the centre of its chest.

The lower torso of the uniform is completely covered by a simple grey loin cloth, and the feet are made up of sturdy grey boots.


Personality

Lucan embraced the typical Viltrumite ideals for the majority of his life. Loyalty to the Viltrumite Empire, strength, combat and glory in battle were all that mattered to him and were the only means with which he knew how to define his own sense of self worth.

It was for this specific reason that he was utterly stunned and shocked by Nolan’s actions on Thraxxa and moreover, his fathering and protection of his imperfect son (Oliver).

Upon his acclimatization to life upon the planet Earth though, Lucan may have been the one Viltrumite that had the most in common with Nolan. Unlike his fellow Viltrumites, Lucan has met and fallen deeply in love with a human woman who had suffered a great heartbreak earlier in life.

Lucan desperately wants to maintain her happiness and has gone as far as to refuse the commands of the former Grand Regent Thragg to mate with other women.


Quotes

“So it is true — the great Nolan has sired an offspring. If you are powerful enough to withstand my assault, you will be allowed to live. You will be worthy to stand by my side — a soldier of the Viltrumite Empire. If you are not — you will die.”

“Prepare for battle, young Viltrumite. I’m here to give your life glory — or an ending. I am anxious to see which it will be.”

“Keep your guard up, Lucan. You’re never going to advance in rank if you keep turning your back to your enemy.”

Stupid. Keep your head — there’s killing to be done.”

(After snapping Nolan’s spine in retaliation for being eviscerated) “Next time you kill someone — make sure they’re dead.

Oliver: “I’m not scared of you — any of you !”
Lucan: “You’re young, give it time.”

“My mate, she has been… hurt in the past by a companion who was disloyal. She doesn’t approve of my procreating with other women. Were I to do so… she would become upset. I don’t wish to do that to her. Because I… care about her a great deal…”

“It’s… amazing, like… nothing I’ve ever felt before. To have someone care for you… to think about you… to be allowed to think about them…”


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Lucan

Dex: 08 Str: 22 Bod: 18 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Viltrumite Warrior
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 037 HP: 040

Powers:
Cold Immunity: 06, Flame Immunity: 06, Flight: 38, Mind Over Matter: 12, Regeneration: 01, Sealed Systems: 15, Superspeed: 15, Systemic Antidote: 04

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation): 08, Martial Artist: 07, Vehicles (Space Craft): 06

Advantages
Area Knowledge (Milky Way Galaxy), Familiarity (Viltrumite Technology), Lightning Reflexes, Near-Immortal (Potential Lifespan – 3000 years), Stabilization

Connections:
Viltrumites (High)

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability (-2CS vs attacks against the inner ear), Exile (Viltrumite Empire, Involuntary), Fatal Vulnerability (Scourge Virus), Gradual Loss Vulnerability (Scourge Virus, All Powers ot 0 APs and Physical Stats reduced to 02 APs, Rare), Loss Vulnerability (Klaxus Plant, All Powers and physical attributes reduced by 2CS, Rare), Minor Rage, Secret Identity, SIA (Battle), SPI (Intermittent Explosive Disorder)

Genre:
Action

Equipment:
TELEPATHIC EARPLUG [BODY 03, Comprehend Languages: 06, Telepathy: 06, R#: 2 ; Limitations: Comprehend Languages: Spoken Languages only; Telepathy: Communication only; Comprehend Languages and Telepathy only function in a Vacuum]


Intermittent Explosive Disorder

All Viltrumites suffer from this disorder which causes them to perform an action check against a Serious Rage whenever they begin to feel negative emotions (frustration, anger, fear) with failure resulting in immediate devastating physical violence.


Design notes

As part of the Invincible Universe genre rules, battles between beings such as the Viltrumites result in a lot more collateral damage than typical superhero fights.

To simulate these devastating battles, a modification of the Knockback rules is necessary. When a character is Knocked Back into an inanimate obstacle such as a building, the obstacle is attacked with an AV/EV equal to the EV of the original attack, not the distance of the Knockback.


By Bryan Gittens

Source of Character: Image Comics Series – Invincible, created by Robert Kirkman (author), Cory Walker (illustrator/artist), Ryan Ottley (Illustrator).

Writeup completed on the 2nd of September, 2013.

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