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Raiden from Mortal Kombat, doing lightning

Raiden


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mortal Kombat is one of the more enduring brawling console games series. The first game was released back in 1992, and the series is still ongoing as of 2016. There were also various media spin-offs and merch and whatnot.

Here are older notes, based on the 1990s MK games. They’re primarily concerned with DCH game stats for Raiden’s avatar/manifestation on Earth.


Background

  • Other Aliases: The Thunder God.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Unspecified divine pantheon.
  • Base Of Operations: The World, The Outworld.
  • Height: 6’4”? Weight: 240lbs?
  • Eyes: White Hair: Unrevealed (always wears hat).


Powers and Abilities

As a thunder god, Raiden possesses powers related to powerful weather phenomenons.

  • He has some limited flight capacities.
  • He can control the lightning which constantly flows around his body giving him a powerful appearance.
  • He can also transform into energy and teleport from location to location instantly.

The avatar body he uses in the tournament bears but a fraction of his true power level which is more close to the typical levels of a storm god.

Skills

Raiden is also mystically oriented. He appears to be very able on the occult and practices magic for different purposes.

The thunder god is, of course, also extremely able at physical combat. He sometimes even uses a hammer against his opponents, like that other guy.


History

Raiden is a member of an unspecified divine pantheon. He is a the thunder god of this pantheon and apparently works as the protector of mankind. Raiden is the one who alerted the Earth of the coming danger from the Outworld. He then selected the human fighters known as the Chosen Ones to defend the Earth.

Sometimes he’s not allowed in the Mortal Kombat tournament, and works as an advisor. At other times he participated as a champion. He is still very much active as a powerful protector of mankind being the last one of his pantheon.

He has some assistance from the two demigods Wynd and Rayne in keeping his field of influence in check.


Description

Raiden is a very big and muscular man/god. He gives a very powerful impression having lightning bolts flow around his body all the time.

Raiden is clad in completely white clothing resembling monk clothing from the Far East. He also wears the headgear typical for the ancient Chinese. Some parts of the clothing are tied up by cords. Only the head and the hands are free from clothing.

Raiden has an extremely forceful aura and emanates power on the level of a god.


Personality

Raiden is a god and thus has a very powerful personality. He cares a lot about the inhabitants of the Earth. He apparently would risk anything to protect it.

Raiden can also appear very sympathetic and works well as the leader of a group. While leading the Chosen Ones he spoke wisely and was inspiring.

Even though he is a thunder god he can relate with feelings of justice and goodness and not only rage and arrogance.


Quotes

“You are one of the Chosen.”


DC Universe History

Raiden is very probably part of a divine pantheon of Far Eastern origin in a parallel universe.

He would probably be at his best in a strictly Mortal Kombat campaign. But, having dimension travelling capacities he could be anywhere and then probably working as an advisor or teacher.


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Raiden

Dex: 09 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 06 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: God, Protector of Mankind
Inf: 08 Aur: 15 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 027 HP: 070

Powers:
Awareness: 07, Dimension Travel: 12, Flight (ML): 06, Invulnerability (ML): 10, Lightning (ML): 05, Lightning Being (ML): 01, Power Reserve (ML): 04, Teleportation (ML): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight power may be added to the AV of any charging attack made by Raiden.
  • Use of the Dimension Travel power is Fatiguing.
  • Power Reserve is limited to Lightning and is limited by regular Mortal Kombat Rules.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Charisma (Persuasion): 09, Occultist: 09, Martial Arts: 08, Weaponry (Melee, Missile): 07

Advantages:
Expansive Headquarters (own Pantheon), Immortal, Iron Nerves, Languages (Japanese, Mandarin Chinese), Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Mystic Background, Scholar (Mortal Kombat Tournament).

Connections:
The Chosen (High), Own Pantheon of Divine Entities (Low), Wynd And Rayne (High).

Drawbacks:
Misc.: limited by certain mystical rules about involvement in human affairs.

Equipment:
Hammer [BODY 08, EV 04 (06 w/STR, 09 w/Martial artist)].

Rituals:
Many of them, including telepathy rituals and Chosen detection rituals.


Design Notes

These stats reflect the avatar body that Raiden uses in the Mortal Kombat Tournament. His true power level (and stats) are far from that and may be adjusted as seem fit.


Mortal Kombat Rules

Some character powers are subject to Sorcery Power limitations. This is used for simulating Fatalities from the games. These powers are normally only used at the end of a combat finishing the opponent with it.

Before the fatality takes effect the character has to stand around concentrating a whole round first, during which dodging is not possible at all (OV = 0) ; if any damage is sustained during this round, then concentration is broken and the fatality fails to occur.

Success indicates the fatality is successful and the user takes the mystical bashing damage associated with the use of the Sorcery power. During all fights a lot of different combat maneuvers are used and HP expenditure is extremely common.

By Peter S Piispanen aka The Angel.

Helper(s): Dr. Sean Mac Donald, JaseKT.

Source of Character: Mortal Kombat (many) games.

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