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Miracleman

Alan Moore take


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


“I had decided to enslave their minds with dreams. With stolen alien science, I constructed a device that would shape their dreams and nightmares. All that I needed was the appropriate fantasy… a pseudo-logical system that would explain their abilities to my over-men in a credible fashion… One day… I chanced upon a flimsy, black and white children’s paper, left there by some semi-literate engineer. I picked it up. I read. And then… I laughed…”
– Emil Gargunza

Background

  • Real Name: Michael Moran
  • Marital Status: Separated
  • Known Relatives: Liz (Wife, estranged), Winter (daughter)
  • Group Affiliation: “Gods” of New Olympus
  • Base Of Operations: New Olympus, Isle of Great Britain, Earth
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 200lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Inhumanly (or, as Liz put it, “ridiculously”) strong, invulnerable, able to fly fast enough to leave Earth’s atmosphere from the surface in a couple of heartbeats. Incredibly intelligent and charismatic.


History

In March, 1948, a spaceship crash-landed in Wiltshire, UK. Using the technology aboard, a genius named Emil Gargunza was able to create a number of genetically-advanced human beings, among them war orphan Michael Moran.

Each of these beings was immersed in an artificially-created dream world where they were given a context for their abilities: they were superheroes and villains with origins and adventures directly based on those of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, as published by Fawcett.

In 1963, they were deemed too dangerous to be allowed to continue, so they were exposed to the detonation of a nuclear weapon by the British government. Most of them survived the experience, although none escaped unscathed. Moran received a form of amnesia, forgetting his ability to transform into Miracleman. He lived a normal life, marrying and getting a job as a reporter.

In the early 1980s, he was doing a story on a nuclear plant. In the midst of a terrorist attack, he remembered the “magic word”, “Kimota”, that allowed him to transform into Miracleman. He disabled the terrorists and flew away, returning home to explain what happened to his incredulous wife.

In time, he learned his true origin. Far from being an orphan given the power to do good by a powerful wizard, he discovered that Gargunza had made him everything he thought was reality, and discovered Gargunza’s long term goal was to have Moran impregnate his mortal wife in order for Gargunza to transplant his mind into that a newborn demigod.

He also met other members of the “Miracleman Family”, unfortunately including Johnny Bates, aka Kid Miracleman. Bates retained his memories and never returned to his normal form. More powerful than Moran, he devastated London before Miracleman and his allies were able to finally stop him.

He and the other “Gods of New Olympus” aided by extraterrestrial allies, built a structure, “New Olympus” on the former site of central London. New Olympus covers several square miles, stands several miles high and is beautifully-designed and appointed.

At the end of the Alan Moore run, Miracleman and his associates had basically taken over the planet. They dismantled all governments and economies and replaced them with their vision of a quasi-socialist utopia.


Description

Miracleman is tall and blond (although his eyebrows are dark), with muscles like a ballet dancer. He is surrounded by a sparkling glow (Force Field), which he refers to as his “Tinkerbell Effect.”

His costume actually changes over time to match his personal aesthetic. Generally, it is primarily blue, with a red collar, gloves and boots and yellow trim. There is a stylized “MM” on the chest. He occasionally wears capes, pseudo-military uniforms or suits, as the occasion demands.


Personality

He has finally come to terms with who he is, but remains in some ways surprisingly unsophisticated, especially compared to Miraclewoman and Winter. He views the ascension of humanity as his personal mission.


Quotes

“Kimota !”

“Damn you, Liz, You’re laughing at my life !!”

“I dream a world where everyone has sidekicks and caves to keep their eerie souvenirs.”


DC Universe History

Separating Miracleman from his universe would take away a great deal of his uniqueness. OTOH, visitors from the DCU would certainly have *very* mixed feelings about what he had done to “his” Earth.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Miracleman

Dex: 14 Str: 23 Bod: 12 Motivation: Responsibility (was Upholding the Good)
Int: 13 Wil: 13 Min: 13 Occupation: Planetary Guardian/Overseer
Inf: 13 Aur: 14 Spi: 12 Resources: 025
Init: 053 HP: 150

Powers: Flight: 30, Force Field: 10, Invulnerability: 15, Regeneration: 03, Sealed Systems: 23, Superspeed: 14

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Force Field is Self-Only
  • Miracleman can Attack Through the Force Field

Skills: Artist (Writer): 05

Advantages: Attractive, Expansive H.Q. (New Olympus), Credentials: Equivalent to Head of State, Leadership, Popularity, Scholar (Politics)

Connections: Miraclewoman (High), Young Miracleman (Low), New Olympians (High), Qys (High), Warpsmiths (High)

Drawbacks: Authority Figure, Controllable Alter Ego, Public Identity, Misc.: Transformed back to human form and cannot shift back for a while when he hears the word “Abraxas”

Pets: Miracledog (Requires Separate Writeup)


Alter Ego: Michael Moran

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04
Init: 10 HP: 25

Skills: Artist (Writer): 04

Note: Later in his life Moran has MPR : One hand.

By Mark Ayen and Hartley Holmberg

Source of Character: Miracleman and Related Comics

Helper(s): Vinnie Tusky, Phil Dixon, Perry Holley, JKCarrier, S. Andrivet, Jackson, Jeffrey Knight

Miracleman by Barry Windsor-Smith

Miracleman by Lenil Yu

Miracleman flies among birds

Miracleman by Quesada

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