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Quiz


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Quiz appeared in a 1989/1990 Doom Patrol story arc by Grant Morrison, The Painting That Ate Paris. It was one of the coolest books ever.

In some ways, The Quiz is the ultimate super-hero comic book character. This is especially true for super-hero role-players, who spend a fair bit of times poring over lengthy lists of super-powers.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Brotherhood of dada I.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: Unclear due to costume. Weight: Unclear due to costume.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed. Hair: Unrevealed.


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Powers and Abilities

The Quiz has every super-power you haven’t thought of yet. Any power, one at a time, however she wishes. She can :

  • Fly.
  • Project lasers.
  • Dematerialize.
  • Become super-strong.
  • Reverse the flow of time.
  • Become invisible.
  • Perform telekinetic actions.
  • Change appearance.
  • Turn people into glass statues or toilets.
  • Enlarge bullets to the size of a car (making them stop flying and drop to the ground from the massive increase in weight)…

People aware of the Quiz’s nature may attempt to think about powers to strip her of such, but the list of possible super-powers is essentially infinite.

The Quiz tends to start with simple powers such as laser eyebeams and flight. She’ll then manoeuvre with superspeed or teleportation, using increasingly subtle and weird powers. So for instance she may finish her opponents off with powers such as “the power to create escape-proof spirit jars”.


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History

The Quiz is an unnamed Japanese woman. She was recruited by Mister Nobody, the illuminated surrealist activist and madman, as a part of his first Brotherhood of Dada.

The Brotherhood had a plan – to recover a weird painting mentioned in lost works by Thomas DeQuincey , which supposedly ate people. This œuvre, by the mad Italian painter Piranesi , had been destroyed in 1814. But a duplicate had been made and was ultimately recovered by Horst Eismann, the collector of the strange.

The painting

The Brotherhood of dada stormed Eismann’s retreat in the French Alps, and absconded with the painting. They then went to Paris, and Mister Nobody performed strange manipulations over it in the Champ de Mars . These resulted in reality inversion – Paris was plunged into the dimension of the painting, and the Brotherhood of dada with it.

The Doom Patrol intervened and broke the phenomenon, restoring Paris. But much of the Brotherhood of dada, including Quiz, elected to stay within the Painting. It was a dimension  with various subdimensions following the conventions of various art schools.

The freaks, forever rejected on Earth, had found a world that could accept them and which they could enjoy.


Description

The Quiz always floats slightly above the ground.


Personality

The Quiz has a strong phobia about germs and dirtiness. Therefore, she lives permanently inside a hermetically sealed suit with extensive air purification equipment. She often attacks to the cries of “Dirty ! Dirty !” and finishes victims stating “Clean now”. These seem to be the only two phrases she knows in English.

While the Quiz only speaks Japanese, she never had difficulty understanding Mister Nobody. Given Mister Nobody’s strange nature, he may be able to transcend language barriers. As to what others were saying – either Mister Nobody told Quiz about it, or she didn’t care.

The Quiz appears to be quite crafty and competent in combat and in the field. She is a formidable, perhaps unstoppable operative for Mister Nobody.


Quotes

“Dirty ! Dirty ! Dirty !”

“あなたはエスケーププルーフの瓶を作る力を忘れた.”



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The Quiz

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Rebel
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 04 Occupation: Absurdist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 014 HP: 035

Powers:
Air Walking: 00, Omni-Power: 16

Bonuses and Limitations:
See below.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Language (Japanese).

Connections:
Brotherhood of dada (Low).

Drawbacks:
CIA toward Cleanliness, MPI, Misc.: The Quiz does not speak or understand English.

Equipment:
CLEAN SUIT [/BODY/ 05, Sealed systems: 12].


“She only has every super-power we haven’t thought of”

The Quiz’s Omni-Power has rather unique modifiers :

  • The Quiz does not pay HPs to mimic a Power (+ 1000 BC).
  • If someone wants her to stop having a specific power (small p — see below for the difference) and says it aloud, she stops being able to use it. That lasts until she can Recover it, as if it had been entirely Neutralized (- 200 BC).
  • Omni-Power can only duplicate one power (small p) at a time (-1 FC).
  • When duplicating Power Reserve (presumably to enhance Attributes), Omni-Power is at half-strength. That is, two APs of Omni-Power are necessary to create one AP of Power Reserve.

Big P, small p

As always, big-P-Powers and small-p-powers are different. The Quiz works with powers, not Powers. ”Plasma blasts” and “death rays” are two distinct powers but probably are the same Power (Energy blast), depending on specifics.

Likewise, a given power may need two or more Powers to be modelled. And some powers, such as the ability to turn people into toilets or to create escape-proof spirit jars, may not correspond to any unmodified Power.

When in doubt, assume that things that can be described under one umbrella term are a power – for instance “telepathic powers”.

But even without “telepathic powers”, the Quiz could invoke “mesmerism” or “psionic  abilities” or “the powers of the human mind as it will exist a million years in the future”. Or any other comic book power that uses many of the same Powers as “telepathic powers”.

A given Character can think about and request the neutralisation of two powers per Phase. That number can be Pushed as if it were an Attribute. Characters with Superspeed can cancel a number of powers equal to their APs in Superspeed. Yelling power names so the Quiz stops having them is an Automatic Action.

By Sébastien Andrivet vaguely based on Mayfair.

Source of Character: Doom Patrol #26-28.

Helper(s): John Colagioia, Roy Cowan.

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