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Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) with paired machine pistols

Morpheus

(The Matrix)


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

Context

The Matrix was a highly successful and influential sci-fi action movie, released in 1999.

DCH players can refer to our Matrix setting for RPGs article for a fair bit of material about emulating the movie (and to grok  Morpheus’ stats).


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Leader of his own cell.
  • Base Of Operations: His hackship.
  • Height: About 6’ Weight: About 190lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Shaven


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Powers and Abilities

Morpheus’s avatar in the Matrix is very powerful by human standards. It displays superhuman strength, agility, speed, durability and hand-to-hand fighting skill. Trinity presented Morpheus as being among the toughest fighters in the ranks of the partisans, and one of the few capable of surviving a one-on-one fight against an Agent.

Morpheus prefers unarmed fighting, and serves as the sensei for his crew. He trains them in a small simulated dojo where the teaches them to fight harder with their avatar. Like other powerful partisans, he can manipulate his local gravity in brief spurts, allowing him to run on walls or make gigantic jumps.

The persona has also been twinked with the widest available range of combat, infiltration and evasion skills. These make him a match for even a heavily armed and armored group of opponents.

The Neb

The Mark III hovership N°11, the Nebuchadnezzar, was made in the USA in the year 2069. This sturdy design is still being used centuries later by the human resistance in battling the Machines. The Nebuchadnezzar looks like a wingless mechanized dragonfly with a truncated tail.


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It has a series of glowing neon blue electromagnetic thrust-vector coils adorning its surface. It also sports two dorsal and two ventral gun turrets, one each fore and aft. The guns are adequate for point defence but of limited use against mass sentinel attacks.

Due to this limitation, hoverships are also equipped with an EMP  generator that shorts out all electronics within its blast radius. The Nebuchadnezzar’s electronics are also affected by EMP bursts, so S.O.P. is to shut everything down before triggering one so that the ship can be quickly reactivated afterwards.


Video

Morpheus and Neo sparring, in 1080p. Whoah, they know kung-fu.


History

Morpheus is the captain of a human resistance hackship called the Nebuchadanezar. Nothing is known about his past, though he seems to specialise in recruiting “redpills” – prisoners within the Matrix who perceive the wrongness of their environment, and can be guided to break free and wake up in the real world.

The persons recruited by Morpheus are often hackers, and it is possible that he was himself a hacker who was recruited by the real world. It is possible that all the “ressucitated” (another word for “redpill”) operatives on the Nebuchadnezzar were recruited from the Matrix by Morpheus.

Based on his interactions with the mysterious Oracle, the somewhat mystically-minded Morpheus came to believe in the prophecy about the Chosen One. The Chosen One would allegedly a preternaturally gifted human who could be recruited from within the Matrix and become powerful enough to challenge the very reign of the machines.

Neo reflected in Morpheus' glasses, takes the pill

Every time he locates a potential redpill, Morpheus is on the lookout for signs that this person is the Chosen One.

One day, Morpheus had his top agent, Trinity, contact such a possible recruit — Thomas “Neo” Anderson.


Description

In the real world, Morpheus is almost as muscular as in the Matrix.


Personality

Morpheus is part good revolutionary leader, part kung fu sensei. He tries hard to remain just and fair as a leader, and to give people a real, actual choice before taking them into his violent, desperate world of endless struggling.

Although he’s aware that only his will hold partisans together, the prophecy of the Chosen One is all-important for him. Yet, his basic decency means he would sacrifice himself so that his crew can live. He tries hard to have a calm presence and enough authority to alleviate stress.

As a sensei, Morpheus knows the key is for his students to think and hone their willpower. He tends to have a pop culture zen-like approach to provoke thought as to the nature of the reality his students will have to fight in. The goal is to eliminate their inhibitions in order for them to make the most out of the cheat modes available to their persona.


Quotes

“What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”

“Stop trying to hit me and hit me !”

“You are the one, Neo. You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I’ve spent my entire life looking for you.”

Morpheus: “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Neo: “What truth ?”
Morpheus: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison… for your mind.”


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Morpheus

Dex: 10 Str: 06 Bod: 07 Motivation: Uphold Good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Partisan leader
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 029 HP: 045

Powers:
Enhanced Initiative: 09, Gravity Decrease: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Gravity Decrease is Self Only – see our main The Matrix article for notes.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 09, Martial artist: 10, Military science (Danger recognition, demolition): 06, Scientist (Computers): 08, Vehicles: 08, Weaponry*: 10

Advantages:
Credentials (Zion, Low), Expansive HQ (the Nebuchadnezzar), Rank (captain of the Nebuchadnezzar), Misc. (telecoms override to communicate outside of the Matrix and receive flash downloads), Misc. (emergency logouts).

Connections:
Zion (High), Neo (High).

Drawbacks:
Alter ego (outside the Matrix), Exile (to reality), MIA toward the Cause.

Equipment:
Morpheus rarely uses weapons, but will wear the usual Armored shades [BODY 08, Shade: 02] like nobody’s business. He skips the NEBUCHADNEZZAR [BODY 12 STR 10, Flight: 08, Electrical Control (EMP only, Area Effect): 10, Projectile Weapons (x4): 10, Radio Communication (can also be used to jack in to the Matrix): 10].

By Sébastien Andrivet, based on notes by Woodrow Hill.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan (who also did the Neb stats), Adam Fuqua, Mark.

Source of Character: The Matrix film (1999).

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