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Pink Pearl (Alpha Flight enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Pink Pearl


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Not the most enlightened of stories, but there was a request for this character. Pink Pearl is an Alpha Flight villain whose main appearance took place in 1985.


Background

  • Real Name: Pearl Gross
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former employee of Clémentine d’Arbanville’s circus troupe
  • Base Of Operations: Originally mobile ; later Toronto.
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: Circa 900 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde


Powers and Abilities

Pink Pearl is a skilled brawler and wrestler, and seems to have considerable strength to back her immense mass. One punch from her is enough to floor even people with above-average strength, and she can move and even jump with startling speed.

It is possible that her strength level is abnormal since she doesn’t seem burdened in the least by her body mass. But this hypothesis isn’t clearly supported.

In either case, most folks underestimate Pearl’s prowess and will not be spending Hero Points  against her. They simply do not realise how hard and how quickly they’re about to get hit. It seems that Pearl pulls her punches when hitting ordinary folks if she wishes them to stay conscious.

Durability

Pink Pearl’s body includes a thick layer of fat. Blunt attacks such as punches and kicks are simply not going to work unless delivered with extraordinary force, and our game stats assume that a baseball bat or the like isn’t going to fare much better. She also uses her fat to smother opponents, by pressing their face against her body.

However, if Pearl can actually be damaged, her durability seems limited, particularly when compared to her strength.

She was once knocked out by Diamond Lil. However this wasn’t taken in account for Pearl’s stats as Lil was shown as having about Class 10 strength – which isn’t the usual depiction.

Circus of dread, circus of terror !

Pearl had a number of helpers who, like her, were at once terrorists and circus performers. Most of those were seen to briefly to hazard stats but notable abilities are:

  • The strongman was hugely muscular – probably STR 04 in DC Heroes and Strength 3 in DC Adventures, with physically adept thug stats.
  • The bearded woman wielded a submachinegun, and might have been the one with some demolitions skills. Her physical abilities seemed to be that of an ordinary person.
  • A tiny man holding a handgun is glimpsed. His physical abilities seemed to be that of an ordinary person.
  • “Bones”, a circus thin man/contortionist with extraordinary wrestling strength. A weaker version of the stats for “Snake” Marston is likely suitable, though “Bones” was also an adept knife thrower.

History

Pearl Gross is apparently a professional circus fat lady. She was hired in 1985 by the Québecois circus operated by one Clémentine d’Arbanville while they were touring Europe.

Over the following months, and as the circus returned to Canada, accidents befell various performers – the bearded woman, the strongman, etc.. But Pink Pearl always knew people who could quickly replace them while they were incapacitated.

D’Arbanville started suspecting that the accidents had been arranged by Pearl. With the circus back in Québec she contacted her old friend Jean-Paul Beaubier, whom she knew from her days as a Québecois separatist. Beaubier came with his sister Jeanne-Marie to investigate.

The circus owner’s suspicions were on-target. Pearl and the new hires were working for unrevealed backers who hired them to place a bomb on the site of a major international political negotiation. Knowing of d’Arbanville’s past, they expected her to take the fall. The investigation would then get hopelessly side-tracked toward Québecois separatists.

The plot was successfully defeated by the Beaubier siblings, secretly Aurora and Northstar. During the fray Pearl was accidentally hit by a thrown knife. Though her girth prevented the blade from damaging an organ, she passed out from shock.

I’m on a boat !

Though Pearl lost a large amount of money by not completing her mercenary contract, she apparently escaped from the law, as she did not mention any prison time. The fight left her with a large scar over her sternum due to the knife wound, though.

In 1991, Pink Pearl was invited by Superia to a free luxury cruise to hear a pitch about Superia’s Femizons project. Since all guests were superhuman women and female costumed adventurers, it is possible that Pearl has low-key superhuman abilities.

Due to the intervention of Captain America and allies of his, the Femizons initiative never took place.

I want muscle, ooh ooh ooh

In 1992, Pearl was revealed to have opened a women’s club in Toronto, featuring a roster of muscular male erotic dancers. The establishment (The Cloister) was picked by Aurora of Alpha Flight for a small bachelorette party for her colleague Lilian Crawley aka Diamond Lil.

Though she entered the club as Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, she soon reverted to her Aurora persona and caused trouble by climbing on the stage and groping the dancers.

Pink Pearl moved in to expel the troublemaker, and recognised Beaubier, whom she blamed for her scar. This resulted in a brawl between Gross, Beaubier and Beaubier’s colleagues Lilian Crawley and Heather Hudson.

After the police broke up the brawl, Pearl returned to her establishment since she had acted within her rights as a club owner.


Description

Pearl wears bright pink clothing, and given her nickname one assumes that she always performs wearing this colour. For some reason she always refers to herself in the third person.


Personality

Not much characterisation was apparent. Pearl apparently insists that she’s a delicate and sensitive person, and likes to launches into lengthy monologues to expose what her master plan is.


Quotes

“Keep your nose out of this, pretty boy. So far you don’t know enough to hurt Pearl’s plans. Keep yourself to yourself, and Pearl may let you walk away from all this with a whole skin.”

“Language ! I *said* Pearl has a delicate nature !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Pearl

Dex: 04 Str: 05 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 010

Powers:
Density Increase: 01, Growth: 01, Skin armour: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Density Increase and Growth are both Always On and Already Factored In
  • Skin armour only against blunt and unarmed attacks

Skills:
Accuracy (Wrestling/Grappling): 05, Acrobatics (Athletics): 04, Martial artist: 05

Advantages: Misc. (Pearl has the No Vital Area Drawbacks, but only vs. blunt attacks and against opponents who cannot reach her head), Misc. (If Pearl gets RAPs in Wrestling or Grappling an opponent, that person will be unable to breathe for as long as Pearl maintains positive RAPs)

Connections:
Terrorist scene (Low), Circus world (Low)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance (Unusually tall and massive)


Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG Print Friendly

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Pink Pearl — Averaged PL 4.6

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
00 (04) 00 (02) 01 00 02 (05) 00 00 01

Powers

Real big ● 25 points ● Descriptor: Stature
– Growth 1 (Already Factored In, Innate)
– Great mass and reach — Enhanced Strength 4, Enhanced Stamina 2, Enhanced Fighting 3
– Thick layer of fat — Chokehold, Improved Hold, Impervious Protection 6 (Limited 2 to blunt and unarmed attacks) (Quirk – doesn’t apply against opponents who can easily hit her head)

Combat Advantages

Chokehold, Improved hold

Other Advantages

None demonstrated

Skills

Athletics 1 (+5), Close combat (Unarmed) 2 (+7), Close combat (Wrestling) 2 (+7), Deception 1 (+2), Insight 1 (+1), Perception 3 (+3), Persuasion 1 (+2)

Offense

Initiative +1
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 4

Defense

Dodge 5 Fortitude 3
Parry 9 Toughness 2
Will 2

Complications

  • Appearance Pink Pearl is huge, and usually quite noticeable
  • Disability Pink Pearl likely has problems due to her size (say, driving most cars or quickly getting up when knocked prone)

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 6, Dodge/Toughness PL 4, Parry/Toughness PL 6, Fort & Will PL 3
  • Point total 50 Abilities 8, Defences 11, Skills 6, Powers 25, Devices 0, Advantages 0. Equiv. PL 4.

Notes

Pearl’s Protection is not counted in the PL since it’s Limited 2 – but against an opponent with only blunt/unarmed attacks at their disposal her Dodge/Toughness tradeoff becomes 7 and her Parry/Toughness one becomes 9. Her Averaged PL thus rises to 5.8.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Chiefly Alpha Flight issues.

Helper(s): Darci, Ethan Roe

Writeup completed on the 28th of June, 2012.

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