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Phobos

Son of Ares


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Phobos
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Ares (father), Aphrodite (mother), Deimos (brother), Harmonia (sister), Eris (sister), Zeus (grandfather), Hera (grandmother), Hephaestus (uncle)
  • Base Of Operations: The Netherworld
  • Group Affiliation: Olympian Gods
  • Height: 7’7” Weight: 459lbs
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Flaming red


Powers and Abilities

As the God of Fear, Phobos can – using the Heart of the Medusas – manifest in physical form the darkest fears of those he opposes, manifestations capable of actually slaying their victim ; he can also with that artifact, using his Occultist skill, create magical creatures and monsters such as Decay.

A squat, troll-like creature of great size and strength, he’s possessed of such sheer power that his hands and the topknot of his hair are constantly smoldering.


History

Born of the war-god Ares’ brief union with the goddess Aphrodite, Deimos and Phobos dwelt principally in the Netherworld, from which they intended to aid their father in the destruction of the Earth, and thus of the hated Amazons, as well as the other Olympian Gods. Deimos himself assumed the role of the god of terror in his father’s legions, terrifying soldiers on the battlefield.

At first, Phobos attempted to slay the Amazon princess Diana, who had been chosen by combat and the Gods to oppose Ares’ plans, by bringing to life the creature called Decay – but the Amazon Princess destroyed Decay after a savage battle across the city of Boston.

As for Deimos, when his father declared war on mankind, he was his choice for manipulating key military leaders of the Soviet and American armies. Deimos controlled the minds of these nations’ leaders, causing them to bring the planet to the brink of World War Three.

However, the Princess Diana, accompanied by four humans who had befriended her, brought the battle against Ares to the Netherworld itself. Here she confronted Deimos and Phobos, and a struggle to the death began. During the course of the battle, Deimos attempted to poison the Amazon with the venomous bite of his serpentine hair, venom that would fill the Princess Diana with blind, unreasoning fear.

In the last seconds before she could succumb to the venom, Diana hurled her razor-sharp tiara at the gloating Deimos, and decapitated him. The cowardly Phobos, fearing for his own life, fled into the darkness, swearing vengeance on the Amazon Princess.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

The most important thing in Phobos’ life is the approval of his father and Phobos would act independently of his brother, Deimos, to obtain his father’s praise. Whenever Phobos did this, he rarely exercised good judgment and would often jeopardize the very mission with which he was entrusted. To this extent, Phobos should be played in a moderately haphazard manner ; he’s also quite impulsive and much less restrained than his brother.

Phobos is otherwise a calculating and surreptitious villain capable of deceit, trickery and phenomenal brutality. He’s also, however, a coward, who prefers to frighten his foes without risking himself in battle. He will generally find a good, safe vantage point near his foes and throw their greatest fears at them.


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Phobos

Dex: 08 Str: 15 Bod: 10 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 06 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: God of Fear
Inf: 12 Aur: 13 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 026 HP: 040

Powers: Animate image: 13, Aura of fear: 08, Growth: 01, Illusion: 12, Mind probe: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animate image only with the Heart of the Medusas (-1)
  • Animate image can be applied to mental images obtained through Mind probe (+4)
  • Animate image can only be used on such images (-2)
  • Growth is Always On and already factored in
  • Mind probe only to determine innermost fear (-2)

Skills: Occultist: 09, Thief (stealth): 07

Advantages: Nil

Connections: Aeropagus (High), Olympus (Low)

Drawbacks: MIF of failure, MIA to impulsiveness

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats based on Strangers in Paradise, history from Who’s Who)

Helper(s): First illustration detoured at rapsheet.co.uk.

Source of Character: Wonder Woman comics (DCU)

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