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Marco (Question ally) (DC Comics)

Marco


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), unnamed cousin
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Brazil ; for a time, Hub City
  • Height: About 6’1” Weight: About 180lbs
  • Eyes: Greenish brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Marco is one of the best capoeira mestres in Brazil. Against thugs, he favors powerful kicks launched at unexpected angles, often from the ground. He’s skilled enough to face multiple armed opponents ; however if guns are involved he prefers to knock out an opponent, grab his gun and force the others to throw their weapons away at gunpoint – so he can engage them in hand to hand combat.

Marco is one the same general level as people like the Question or John Butcher – extremely competent, but still realistic, on the level of a cinematic martial arts specialist hero.


History

Marco (maybe not his real first name) is a Brazilian master of the martial art of capoeira, favouring non-weapon techniques. His father was an American criminal who fled to Brazil and was killed when Marco was but a child – still, he knew him enough to learn a decent amount of English. Marco has also indicated that he can “beat anybody around here”, not a mean feat in a country known for its many reputed schools of free-form martial arts.

A few years ago, Marco was challenged to a duel by Lady Shiva, who wanted to learn about capoeira. Although Shiva defeated Marco, she was impressed enough by the young man’s talent to access his demand for a rematch – provided he would earn that right by defeating a better martial artists than himself. When he asked who, Shiva told him Vic Sage, aka the Question.

Marco prayed for God to send him Vic Sage – and one morning, he stumbled on him deep in Brazil, saving Sage from an ambush. Sage, however, was wounded in one arm, which wouldn’t have made a duel fair – and he was attempting to get back to the US to get medical relief for the young child who was traveling with him – Jackie, Mira Femin’s daughter. Marco easily accepted to help him reach the US, provided they would fight there.

American adventures

Marco and Sage successfully made it to Hub City, which was in a state of chaos approaching civil war, and they had to reconquer the hospital from a large band of biker who had decided to take it as their own and empty the stock of drugs for recreation. The Question and Marco cleared them out, but Marco was nicked in the arm in the brawl – which gave him an handicap equal to that of the Question, and Sage, out of respect for his new friend, accepted the duel.

The duel between Marco and the Question left them both badly battered, and the outcome was not very conclusive – although they seemed to agree that Sage had won by a small margin. Marco decided to stay a bit in Hub City with his friend – Hub city offered many, many opportunities for violence which could teach him something. Plus, he liked “Miz Fermin”.

The Question Quarterly ceased to be published at this point, and Marco disappeared into comic books limbo.


Description

See peekchurs.


Personality

Marco is something. He’s very laid back, very confident and makes it obvious he isn’t playing in the same class than most people since he’s much cooler. Martial arts are everything for him – he enjoys getting into fights, duelling against other masters, and is a big fan of even the worst martial arts movies (his favourites are Steven Seagal movies).

Since he puts his obsession with hand to hand combat, martial arts and learning new techniques above anything, he can come across as somewhat crazy. He really enjoys any story with fighting sticks, swords, ninja, badass fighters with improbable backgrounds, revenge stories, etc. and sometimes provides such tales as a fertile storyteller. This is rather easy for him, since he’s a movie martial artist in his own mind.

Marco is very intuitive – he doesn’t worry too much about anything, and does whatever feels cool and interesting, even if that involved traveling two thousand miles over dangerous land in an old truck. He seems to be rather religious, and routinely offer short prayers to Saint Bruce, saint patron of martial artists (at least according to him, as Bruce Lee hasn’t been canonised as far as I am aware).

He has a very noticeable Brazilian accent, and a somewhat ghetto grammar, but doesn’t really care. He spend too much time training and keeping in shape to learn, and most people he meets don’t have any greater command of English anyway. Marco says “man” a lot, in a vaguely Rastafarian way.

Marco is pretty charismatic, and seems to be a hit with the ladies.


Quotes

“Saint Bruce help me to kick ass – amen”

Vic Sage : “Marco, would you be offended if I told you i think you’re more than slightly crazy ?”
Marco: “No, thass okay, man”

(Facing a pair of armed bikers) “You got anything to show me ?”

Marco: “Man. This is gonna take weeks to heal. Whey’d you have to go and let him do this ?”
Sage: “Look, I appreciate your help. But, why the hell do you care ?”
Marco: “’Cause I gotta fight you. Maybe to the death, man. How’m I gonna do that if you got a bad arm ?”
Sage: “Why?”
Marco: “Why you gotta bad arm? ‘cause he cut you ! Man, you are one dumb shit.”
Sage: “No, why do we have to fight?”
Marco: “’Cause I’m the best martial artist in Brazil – Master of Capoeira.”
Sage: “The art based on dance?”
Marco: “It ain’t based on hopscotch, man. Anyway, I beat everyone from around here. I’m prayin’ I could have somebody else to beat. Prayin’ to the patron saint of martial artists.”

Marco : “What do you mean, ’we‘ ? Man, thass some nerve you got, bringin’ me into this—”
Sage : “Marco there are eight vicious, insane, drug-crazed killers in there. You want to test your skills ? How about eight vicious, insane, drug-crazed killers ?”
Marco: “You got a point.”

“By the way, I did not lie about never harming a soul — but bodies… I tear the hell out of those.” (Throw gun away) “Come on I’ll show you.”

“I thought you said there’d be combat, man. That was too basic. I din’t work up a sweat.”

(After being shot in the arm) “You call this hurt, man ? You think this is hurt, you don’t know hurt.”


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Marco

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Martial artist
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 021 HP: 025

Skills: Acrobatics: 07, Artist (capoeira dancer): 07, Martial artist: 07, Medicine (first aid): 04, Thief (stealth): 04, Vehicles (land): 04

Advantages: Lightning Reflexes, Iron Nerves, Language (Brazilian Portuguese)

Connections: His extended family and cousins (Low), Brazilian martial artists community (Low), Vic Sage (High), Mira Connely (Low)

Drawbacks: SIA toward hand to hand combat

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: DC Universe

Helper(s): Dr. Peter Piispanen

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