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Possessor (Bloodstone enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Possessor

(Bloodstone foe)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Another minor Bloodstone foe, since those can be useful for GMs (both for direct use and to create comparable monsters for their games).
  • The possessor had a surprisingly complex range of abilities and can be a complete encounter if played right.

Powers and Abilities

The possessor’s natural form looks like a humanoid giant with blue skin, but he doesn’t seem to be quite material – he’s not made of flesh but of an unstable energy field.

While this form is powerful (for instance he can project excess energy as destructive beams who are sometimes blaster-like and sometimes lightning-like in form), it is not sustainable – the ’normal‘ existence of the possessor is to Personality Transfer within a living being, which stabilises his energy field. Shocks and vibrations can help disrupt its natural form.

The possessor has minor psychic powers – mostly to “page through” the mind of somebody he’s interested in possessing to learn more before he makes the jump. He also can use his energy to enhance the strength and durability of the person he’s possessing.

The possessor can exert willpower to “re-knit” his energy field together (Regeneration), and may also be able to do so to repair the body he’s currently possessing. He could be felled through psychic damage, though.

When the possessor has access to a source of sound or vibration that it can precisely modulate (usually a musical instrument, preferably a wind instrument), it can use its understanding of vibration and energy to trigger strange effects, generally of a painful nature. These take the form of a strange music, whose unusual vibratory effects exist at the threshold of perception and seem to be as psychic as they are vibrational in nature.


History

The possessor (it seems to just be his description, his role or his race, rather than a given name – he claimed not to have a name) is presumably an otherdimensional life-form pulled into Reality-616 by the Hellfire Helix. This is just an hypothesis, though – it is entirely possible than he’s native to Reality-616, travelled to Earth-616 on its own from another planet or dimension, etc.

The possessor appeared in 1975 in San Francisco. At that point he was possessing a blind man (presumably a local), but wanted to possess a more powerful form. Having somehow detected the presence of a powerful creature in the water near SF, he went to the pier and played his flute, the quasi-psychic vibrations conducted by the water angering the creature.

The Dweller in the Depts emerged to rampage, but Ulysses Bloodstone responded. The possessor directed some of the effects of his music at Bloodstone, who determined that the blind man was suspect and likely behind the monster’s attack.

When Bloodstone engaged the man in combat he was met with superhuman strength, but the flutist was nevertheless knocked out in short order.

The Possessor among energy globes

Realising that the now-unconscious blind man was likely not at fault, Bloodstone took him to his hotel room to recover from his blows. Whilst the man was still unconscious, the possessor emerged from his body and attacked Bloodstone, suspecting that he might be a more interesting form to possess than even the Dweller of the Depths.

The possessor fought Bloodstone right in the streets of San Francisco, and knocked him for a while. Actor Brad Carter distracted the possessor using sound equipment in order to save Bloodstone, but at that point Bloodstone was playing possum.

As the possessor was hungrily Mind Probing Bloodstone to learn about his origin, he was yanked into Bloodstone’s Bloodgem where he was met by the mental form of Bloodstone, who seemingly destroyed the possessor in mind-to-mind combat.


Description

The possessor’s natural form was fairly unique, if dated. Note that it more or less looks corporeal and made of flesh despite being an energy form.


Personality

A sort of alien driven by his wish to possess powerful living beings, to unknown ends. It seemed very confident and to consider itself to be mostly unstoppable, which of course precipitated his undoing.


Quotes

“You-u-u… humans DIE !”

“I am… I have no name… need not ! I am… possessor ! Take form to live… like [the] blind man ! But want strong form !”


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Possessor

Dex: 05 Str: 10 Bod: 11 Motivation: Power
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 06 Occupation: Parasite
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 012 HP: 015

Powers:
Comprehend Languages: 12, Enchantment: 12, Energy beam: 09, Flash (Audial): 10, Growth: 05, Mind blast: 06, Mind probe: 08, Regeneration: 06, Self-Link (Personality Transfer): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Enchantment can only be used in Personality Transfer host, to boost the STR and BODY of the possessed person. No score can be augmented by more than 7 APs, and no enhanced STR or BODY score can exceed the possessor’s own STR or BODY.
  • Flash and Mind Blast can be Combined – however both require playing some sort of musical instrument, and for the target to hear the music. Both Powers are their own AV (+0 or +1 depending on house rules).
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.
  • Mind probe acquires information at a fairly slow rate – about the speed of watching a TV documentary, I guess.
  • Regeneration only heals BODY damage (and could likely regrow limbs).

Skills:
Artist (Musician): 04

Advantages:
No Vital Areas

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability (-2CS OV/RV vs. Vibe & Sonic Beam ; -1 CS OV/RV vs. Bomb and other explosions), Strange Appearance, Fatal Vulnerability (not being in Personality Transfer form – how long he can hold in his natural form is unknown)

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Presents (1975) #1-2

Helper(s): Darci

Writeup completed on the 11th of December, 2009.

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