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Moondark (Ghost Rider enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Moondark


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

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Servant of the Dark Beings, formerly employed the Freaks
  • Base Of Operations: Extradimensional (originally San Francisco, but who can tell the difference anyway)
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Moondark initially had but the Hypnotism power (which, in itself, is pretty useful), but he was later granted full Sorcery and augmented Mystical Attributes by the Dark Beings.

He has been documented using this ability to :

  • mesmerize or transfix large groups (Hypnotism with an Area of Effect)
  • conjure the Mists of Passage (Warp)
  • project a wraith-like image of his face through the Mists of Passage to observe distant events (Remote Sensing)
  • fire eldritch bolts (Energy blast)
  • form eldritch shields (Force shield)
  • disguise himself (Chameleon)
  • form Illusions
  • conjure bands of ectoplasmic power to hold prisoners (BODY 08 plus a special enchantment preventing access to alter-egos as long as Moondark concentrates on it)
  • sense intruders in his sanctum (Alarm)
  • Enchant both humans and superhumans to make them much more powerful than normal
  • conjure beasts from beyond (Dimension Travel), etc.

He seemingly conducts regular scans using Detect (Superhumans), being convinced that any superhuman in the area is there to oppose him.

Moondark seems to be very good with demons, always convincing the Dark Beings to strike deals with him or mesmerizing the Blaze-less Ghost Rider. He was also skilled enough to build two soul-stealing artifacts, which he said were made “from the substance of both this world and the next one.”

While his soulless nature protects him against some dreaded mystical attacks, his body is still vulnerable and he knows that if his body is also lost, all will be lost.


History

Moondark was initially just a stage magician (with adequate technique, but with little imagination or stage presence) with a talent for entrancement. However, he came to worship unspecified “Dark Beings” led by a Dark Master, who greatly enhanced his mystical potency. The nature of these ’dark beings’ is unclear, though they looked like generic grotesque demons. They might be Dykorrs.

Moondark was unfolding his nefarious plans in San Francisco when Peter Parker flew in for a photoreporting assignment. Now sensing superhumans in the area, Moondark concluded that their goal was certainly to oppose him. He lured Jack Russell, his sister and his best friend to his stage magic show, then mesmerized everyone and ordered Russell, as the Werewolf, to track down and kill Parker. The tenacious lycantrophe clashed with Parker several times, while Moondark remotely transfixed all witness of the powerful fights.

Of course, in short order, the two superhumans (who previously had no idea Moondark even existed) allied as the sun turned Russell human again, and brought Spider-Man to Moondark’s sanctum. Russell mystically returned to his werewolf state under Moondark’s influence and assaulted Spidey anew, but during the fight Spider-Man tackled Moondark through the Mists of Passage, unaware of their mystical nature.

Both were Warped over the Golden Gate Bridge ; Spidey narrowly managed to grasp the bridge to stop his fall, but Moondark plunged to his seeming doom.

As per their prior deal, Moondark went to some demonic dimension after his death and his masters took his soul — but he bargained with them for the possibility of obtaining souls in exchange of his own. He returned to Earth, crafted special mystical artifacts to steal souls and took over a carnival as his base.

Realizing that the temporarily employed stunt rider, Johnny Blaze, already had sold his soul to the Devil, Moondark proudly stole said soul. This led to Blaze turning into the Ghost Rider, which Moondark entranced and used as an exhibited freak called the Blazing Skull (possibly as an homage to the wartime superhuman of the same name).

Peter Parker, visiting the carnival with Glory Grant, recognized the Rider and came back as Spider-Man to investigate. There he confronted the Freaks, mystically-strengthened carnies and a hypnotized Ghost Rider, the later of whom eventually defeated and captured Spidey.

Ultimately, Spidey managed to break Moondark’s ring, thus freeing the Ghost Rider. Their combined efforts were not sufficient to defeat Moondark until the Rider used his mystical hellfire to destroy the orb, which resulted in Moondark being summoned by the Dark Beings to be killed and punished.

Moondark came back from death and damnation, of course, and decided to recover Johnny Blaze’s soul, since it had obvious value and could be traded for his own. He set up his headquarters in a cavern in the Las Vegas desert, and sent demonic vultures to capture Blaze, who was in Vegas at that point. The vultures narrowly failed against the Ghost Rider, who reached the cavern. There, Moondark mystically disguised himself as Blaze’s old girlfriend, Gina Langtree. This subterfuge was sufficient to make the Rider change back to Blaze, who was captured.

Moondark then produced his new Soul Orb and was about to have it absorb Blaze’s soul when the Phantom Rider (Hamilton Slade), who had been mystically warned and had just killed the two demonic cougars guarding the entrance, intervened.

The Phantom Rider weakened Moondark’s concentration so much that the Ghost Rider burst free ; although hellfire could not hurt the man with no soul, physical burning was sufficient to make him drop his Orb and blanket it under a wall of flame, rendering it inaccessible. Deprived of his means to collect souls, Moondark had to retreat to the extradimensional realm of his masters.

Weakened but lusting for vengeance, Moondark came back mere weeks later, and allied with the Water Wizard after appearing to him as an image reflected on water. While Moondark could not do much directly as he had been defeated too recently, he could enchant his ally and make him powerful enough to crush their common enemy. The plan would have worked, too — but the Water Wizard started ranting about his awesome power, which proved unbearable for the tremendous ego of Moondark.

Unable to witness the Wizard taking credit for a victory he felt he had entirely engineered, Moondark taxed his mystical strengths to journey to Earth, which he was in no condition to do. Moondark popped in and started bragging about how he had been behind everything, and of course the Rider blasted him with hellfire, forcing him to retreat, taking along with him the Water Wizard’s enhanced might and thus precipitating the Wizard’s defeat.

Moondark has not been seen since.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Not much, really — I guess the quotes and the History tell you everything you need to know. Grandiloquent, huge ego, paranoid, long villainous rants, etc.


Quotes

“The name is Moondark, my boy — you’d do well to remember it, for soon, thanks to your presence here, the whole world shall change at its mention ! Now be silent — and gaze again into my eyes ! We have little time to waste !”

“A splendid idea, shaggy one — bringing the costumed interloper here ! Now, I will have the pleasure of witnessing his frightful demise personally !”

“Actually, my old foe, I’m glad to see you ! It saves me the trouble of hunting you down — now that my work here is almost finished ! I have something very special planned for you, Spider-Man ! Something very special indeed !”

“Joke while you can ! Soon I will do to you what I have done to the Ghost Rider ! Ah ! You wish to know what I have done ? Then gaze into my ring — and see, torn from the Ghost Rider, the soul of Johnny Blaze !”

“Noooo… my souls ! They’re escaping ! But they mustn’t ! They mustn’t ! Without them, I’ve nothing to bargain with ! The master — he’ll… You fools ! Do you know what you’ve done to me ?”

“That is right, demon ! It is I, your hated enemy — MOONDARK !!”

“Ah, good ! All is silence, now ! Whoever the intruder was, by now he lies without my cavern, in a mangled heap of bones ! And now, Johnny Blaze, your doom is at hand, as well ! See how the soul-devouring spirit rises forth from my orb, to rip your soul from your body and to… What ?! Who dares —?!”

“You can’t intimidate me with your simple-minded parlor tricks ! I am one who has journeyed to netherworlds without number, who has taunted demons and lived to boast of it ! In these hands reside powers unimagined by mortal men ! And with these powers, I will obliterate you — I swear it !”

“Moondark ! The most awesome master of the dark forces the universe has ever known ! Moondark, whose very name sets the brimstone biker to trembling with fear !”


DC Universe History

The Dark Beings could actually be from the DCU — for instance, the Dark Master could actually be Trigon ! This would make Moondark operate between the two universes.


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Moondark (as enhanced by the Dark Beings)

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Sorcerer
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 013 HP: 025

Powers:
Hypnotism: 04, Invulnerability: 10, Sorcery: 11

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Invulnerability is Contingent upon Sorcery (-1)
  • Invulnerability involves dying, being taken to a demonic dimension, bargaining for his soul and coming back to collect souls, so it may take a while to work (-1)
  • Powers mimicked by Sorcery do not include AV (-) or -1 depending on house rules)

Skills:
Accuracy (Sorcery): 06, Artist (stage magician): 03, Occultist: 06

Advantages:
Scholar (soul-stealing artifacts), Misc.: All Character Interaction and related powers (such as Hypnotism, Sorcery-duplicated Hypnotism or broadcast Empath, etc.) Moondark uses against demons reduce the OV/RV by 1CS (25 pts), Misc.: Moondark no longer has a soul, making him immune to certain attacks (such as the Ghost Rider’s Penance Stare), Note: Moondark is not really Homo Magi — he has been mystically invested by extradimensionals

Connections:
Dark Beings (Low)

Drawbacks:
SIA toward paranoia, SIA toward megalomania (and generally huge ego)

Equipment:

  • Soul Orb [BODY 20 SPI 05, Disintegration (ML): 09, Data storage (ML): 29.Note: Disintegration is Mystically-linked and attacks INF/SPI. If the target’s SPI is reduced to 0, its soul is drained to the Orb and stored there using Data Storage. The Disintegration manifests itself as a demonic mist. Note that souls can be somehow transferred from the Orb to the Ring, below. If the Orb is destroyed, likely by reducing its SPI to 0, the mist will return the souls to their original owners.]
  • Soul Ring [BODY 01 SPI 05, Data storage (ML): 25. Note: Data storage can hold one soul, which is normally transferred there from the Soul Orb. Like with the Orb, breaking the Ring instantly releases the soul to reoccupy its original body, and this return also breaks any control Moondark had over the soulless body.]

One of us ! One of us ! Gooble gooble !

During his second appearance, Moondark used four ferocious and pretty big guard dogs, as well as the Freaks (Gorilla Girl, the Muck Monster and the Amazing Six-Armed Spider-Man) – though only the Six-Armed Spider-Man fought for him, without much success.

Since they appeared again, the Freaks are probably best treated with a writeup of their own. Of course, it’s not like wantonly obscure characters would ever appear on WORG, so maybe not.

Moondark also seemed to Enchant some of the carnies he hypnotized to give them something like STR 06 BODY 06.

When he did not have access to mesmerized werewolves, mutant carnival freaks, hypnotized and magically strengthened rubes, etc. Moondark would conjure demonic animals from nether dimensions to do his bidding. Examples follow.


“Viridescent vultures” (x3)

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05
Int: 02 Wil: 01 Min: 01
Inf: 01 Aur: 0 Spi: 01
Init: 008

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 05, Claws: 09, Flame immunity: 08, Flight: 05, Magic field: 07, Magic sense: 08, Telescopic Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Magic Field is Self Only, but they can Attack Thru

These gigantic vultures are bathed in a weird, very green,shimmering glow. Their body is as big as a man, their claws can shear even superhumans, and hellfire will set them aflame but not destroy them. However, these craven monsters will flee if one of their number is killed.


“Glaucous cougars” (x2)

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 06
Int: 04 Wil: 02 Min: 02
Inf: 02 Aur: 0 Spi: 02
Init: 013

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 03, Claws: 08, Extended Hearing: 02, Jumping: 02, Running: 07, Super Hearing: 02, Telescopic Vision: 01, Ultra Vision: 04

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 07, Thief (Stealth): 03

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes

Those tiger-sized cougars glow like the vultures, but with a darker green.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Team-Up and Ghost Rider comics

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham (animal stats), Roy Cowan

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