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Mace (Savage Dragon comics)

Mace (formerly Young Tough)


  • Real Name: Burt West
  • Other Aliases: Young Tough
  • Marital Status: Presumably single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: The Vicious Circle
  • Base Of Operations: Chicago
  • Height: 6’+ Weight: Unrevealed
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: None

Powers and Abilities

Mace seems to have the strength, stamina and speed of a human in near-peak form. He uses a large spiked ball and chain, effortlessly with seemingly superhuman strength and accuracy, and so is capable of bringing down powerful metahumans. Fighting and winning is all that Mace is about.


The veteran hero Super-Tough had a fairly successful career in the city of Chicago, partnered with his sidekick, Young-Tough. The duo battled a number of villains with their main nemesis Damien DarkLord, a time-travelling mastermind.

Around 1980, the heroes had their final confrontation with their enemy which ended with the detonation of a Nega Bomb. Super-Tough and Damien DarkLord disappeared in the explosion, leaving the teenaged Young-Tough alone.

In the aftermath of the Nega Bomb detonation, Young-Tough was taken to Hillman Hospital to be treated for scarring on the upper part of his face. This disfigurement ruled the hero out of eventual membership of the United States’ superhero team, Youngblood, that prided itself on having attractive members.

Mace hitting with his morgenstern

Disillusioned and bitter, Young-Tough eventually sunk into the depths of insanity and became the merciless vigilante Mace. Using a ferocious ball-and-chain, Mace severly beat the Shrew before eliminating thirty members of the Vicious Circle, one at a time.

His actions prompted OverLord to send one of his agents, Bad Axe, to recruit the new hero, only to be taken out with merciless blows that would have killed him if Officer Alex Wilde had not arrived on the scene.

Mace proved his ability by doing what no other hero could do, bring down the possessed Dragon while he was under the influence of Horde. Once he was back in control of his mind, Dragon knocked out the vigilante to answer for his crimes and he was sent to Stronghold Prison.

Mace face closeup

Months later, CyberFace caused a prison riot while seizing control of the Vicious Circle. Mace located the OverLord armor and attempted to use it to escape and resume his ’career‘. Unfortunately, the weapon had been built so that only the original host could operate it, and Mace’s brain was fried.

Over a year later, Horde reawakened Mace and used him to try and eliminate the rebellious CyberFace. Upon his liberation from Dragon, Mace was sent back to prison where he was visited by his former lover, Super-Tough. Following this visit, the government’s Special Operations Strikeforce chose him for membership where he served for a few weeks.

While guarding an anti-gay author, Mace went rogue and murdered his charge. He then resumed his vigilante career where and was recruited by OverLord II, who lied to him about Dragon killing his old partner. Dragon managed to eliminate OverLord II and apprehend his minions. Mace was sent back to prison and has yet to be seen since.

Mace whirling his flail


Mace has excellent physique and wears a bare chest with crossed white bands and white pants, cut in the classic military-style. In addition, he wears a black mask also covering his shoulders and black gloves. Further down, he wears a brown belt and black boots.

The appearance is that of a super-powered executioner as he attacks his foes with a grim demeanor, hard words and a swinging ball and chain. He does appears to be superhumanly strong and has an almost overdeveloped upper body muscularity. He has likely spent the last twenty years or so training, while using steroids.

Mace without his mask, in prison


In his young years, during his Young-Tough identity, he was a cheerful and heroic lad. His former mentor and lover called him sweet, sensitive and beautiful. Young-Tough was meant to grow up to become the next Super-Tough. He was supposed to take Youngblood training to complete this dream, but as his good looks were destroyed, in the nega-bomb explosion, so were his dreams.

He was deeply traumatized by the loss, the apparent death of Super-Tough and Young Blood turning down his membership. He only had the fight for justice left and his scarred psyche took it much too far, to beyond the point of no return. He is the prime example of a heroic sidekick taking all the wrong turns. Adopting a new identity, the ruthless vigilante Mace was born and there was no turning back.

Mace hates attractive, popular heroes to some degree. For example, when he fought the mind-controlled Dragon, he accused him of being unable to cope with all the fame and popularity. This is a reference to his lost dreams about Youngblood and his hate for his current state.

Mace smashing the Savage Dragon with his weapon

Mace appears to be a sadistic vigilante who viciously attacks supervillains. His savage methods and use of ultraviolence are very effective and he actually tends to get a lot of public support for his illegal actions. He has brought low many a supervillain and will, without remorse, go after anyone he considers a villain, super-powered or not. He is not a chatty-cat, but prefers to let actions speak for themselves. In most cases he will slay his enemies.

Mace : good guy or bad ?

Mace really hates criminals and will normally not be associated with them in any way. Feeling fully capable of dealing with any and all enemies himself, he will not ally with the law-enforcement agencies either.

It is likely that he does not trust anyone but himself, and the only person he really cares about is his former mentor and lover Super-Tough, whom he thought dead for so many years, and for whom he would seeminly do anything. While in the pursuit of combat, he will spend so many HPs that he appears to be superhuman.

Young Tough wading into a fight

As Young Tough

However, Mace has always wanted to belong ever since his days as Young-Tough, and he is still looking for his place in the grand design. It is possible to gain him as a temporal ally by appealing to this wish, and to present it as if they can fight for a better world more effectively that way. He will also listen if one appeals to his history with Super-Tough.

He is eager enough to join a cause that he will swallow quite big lies (by a Bluff maneuver, in DC Heroes terms), although the talker still needs to score full RAPs in a Persuasion attempt, also taking into consideration Difficulty modifiers, for this to work.

Mace can be persuaded to act as a champion of either villainy or the law, but eventually he becomes his own man again. He is too violent to work with the law, and too hateful of criminals to work with them for too long. He thus has Connections on both sides of the law. Simply put, his vindicative behavior means don’t trust this guy.

Curiously, Mace seems to relax a bit when teamed up, fighting less effectively then, and, in game terms, spending less HPs on his actions.


“Going somewhere, killer ? You can run, but you can’t hide…” (Bassh ! Thunk ! Hwokk ! Kraaak !) “… from Mace !”

“If you’re from the Vicious Circle… you can just keep walkin’. I’m fightin’ to take back the city for the common man. I won’t be joinin’ up with the likes of you. Not now. Not ever.”

“Those fruitcakes talk a good fight — it’s time a real man shows them how it’s done.”


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Dex: 08 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice / Psychopath
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Former sidekick turned Vigilante
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 022 HP: 075

Acrobatics: 04, Charisma (Intimidation): 05, Martial Arts: 06, Martial Arts (EV): 10, Weaponry (Ball and chain): 11

Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes

Special Operations Strikeforce (Low, temporary ally), Super-Tough (High), The Vicious Circle (Low, temporal ally)

Distinct Appearance (heavy facial scarring), MIH (Criminals), Minor Rage, Secret Identity

Ball and chain [BODY 10, EV 04 (07 w/STR, 11 w/Martial Artist), Stretching: 02, Note: This metallic spiked ball is attached to a long chain which Mace uses as handle. The chain is around 2 APs long, which often allows Mace to attack his opponent first at a distance. All attacks made using this weapon are, no doubt, Killing Combat]

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: Savage Dragon comics

Helper(s): Capita_Senyera, http://webpages.marshall.edu/~wise11/botf/pages/characters/imageverse/ (defunct)

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