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Red dragon flying over a fortified city

Pyremus Heraklyon


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event. This specific character was part of a RPG campaign run by writeups.org contributor Kal El, set in Barcelona.


Background

  • Real Name: Pyremus Heraklyon
  • Alter Ego: The Painted Dragon
  • Marital Status: Widower
  • Known Relatives: Hercules (father), Pyrene (mother, deceased), Harisha Sherezade (wife, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Cult of the Painted Veil (leader)
  • Base Of Operations: Barcelona
  • Height: 82 feet Weight: 400 tons Age: 7,000 years
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Flaming red Scales: Dark red, black
    wings


Powers and Abilities

Although much smaller than Akalandrazor, Pyremus is much more powerful, his strength unmatched among the Earth dragons (after all, he is Hercules’s son), his body heavily armored and his fighting skills so finely tuned that despite his 80 feet he can hardly be hit by nobody but the best of heroes.

He can breath unholy fire capable of melting stone and vaporizing steel, possesses “true vision” and is almost impossible to kill.


History

Pyremus’ mother, Pyrene, commited suicide after seeing she had given birth to a snake. When he became an adult, Pyremus blamed his father Herakles, who had raped her, and decided he would stripe him from anything he accomplished. But Herakles had long died. The only thing that remained was his legend, that Pyremus couldn’t tarnish, and the cities he found.

THAT would be his object: he headed towards Barcelona and for many years tried to rule it through many ways. Direct attack, subdual, subterfuge, politics, religion… but he was constantly opposed by other 2 dragons, Akalandrazor and Jorgnurmarydan, who equilibrated the balance, plus a powerful demonic sorcerer, Maestro Mephisto, who wished the city for his own sake.

Pyremus was ultimately defeated one night of Saint John on the XVth century: Mephisto trapped him inside a painting of the city the own dragon had created, but in the process he cursed the devil never to be able to leave the city until he was released.

Pyremus remains inside the “Dragon over the city” mysterious painting that has puzzled the art experts for centuries… but not for long.


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Pyremus Heraklyon

A 2177 Point Character

Dex: 12 Str: 26 Bod: 10 (22) Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 09 Wil: 12 Min: 11 Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Inf: 09 Aur: 08 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 030 HP: 085

Powers:
Aura of Fear*: 08, Extended Hearing: 06, Flame Immunity: 13, Flame Project (ML): 12, Flight: 07, Growth: 12, Invulnerability: 15, Magic Shield: 05, Skin Armor: 08, Sharpness (Flame Project) (ML): 08, Telescopic Vision: 07, Truesight: 07, Ultra Vision: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flame Project is Transdimensional
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In
  • Physical OV is usually 08, 13 when dodging
  • Physical RV is 35 vs fire, 30 vs impact/force/cutting attacks, 22 against other attacks

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing, Dodging): 05, Artist (Actor, Painter): 06, Detective (Clue Analysis, Counterfeit Recognition, Law)*: 09, Medicine*: 09, Military Science*: 09, Occultist: 08, Thief (Forgery, Stealth): 08

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Languages (Ancient Greek, Ancient Arabic, Runic), Iron Nerves, Immortal, Scholar [Dragons]

Connections:
Evil dragons [Low]

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability (Ancient greek weaponry and heroes, -2 CS), Authority Figure, SIA (Ruling Barcelona), SIH (Maestro Mephisto), Strange Appearance, Traumatic Flashbacks [Hercules]

By KalEl el Vigilante

Source of Character: Supernova/Patrulla Barna homemade campaign

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