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Ramon Bracuda


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Ramon Bracuda appeared during most of the Showcase ’93 run. Which as you can surmise took place in 1993. Unsurprisingly, he was never seen again.


Background

  • Real Name: Ramon Bracuda.
  • Other Aliases: “The ’cuda”.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: His own mob.
  • Base Of Operations: Formerly Cuba ; formerly Storrow Street in Gotham City.
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 208 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Ramon Bracuda is a hardened, homicidal criminal. He has enough juice to command about 40 men in his criminal operations, and a lot of cash at hand. He’s familiar with numerous markets, from dope to car chop-shops and diamond smuggling.

His excellent lawyers have a talent for keeping Bracuda’s hands clean. It’s tough to get him convicted.

Bracuda sports chiselled teeth. These may be artificial or the result of some low-key metagene  expression. These make him even more intimidating (in DC Heroes RPG terms, that’s Distinct Appearance). Furthermore, they are fully capable of ripping a man’s throat out (Claws).

He is a superior, highly trained hand-to-hand fighter. Bracuda is able to threaten even such world-class fighters as Catwoman, and could overcome a young Robin (Tim Drake). Robin thought for a time that he was some sort of low-powered metahuman given this robustness. Even Nightwing was taken aback by his resilience.


History

In 1980, Ramon Bracuda was part among the emigrants who left the island when Fidel Castro opened the Mariel port . Presumably, the police heat on Cuba had forced Bracuda to leave, or he was a prisoner who was exiled by the authorities.

US media at that time frequently portrayed the Mariel immigrants as sinful, coloured hordes of barbaric criminals. Bracuda just happens to match this description – no doubt through sheer coincidence.

Over the following 13 years, Bracuda built a series of lucrative operations in Miami, Gotham and perhaps other cities. As part of his Gotham business, he decided to buy out an entire block on Storrow street — in the Brideshead area — to facilitate operations and security. This specific block had a large, open central area, convenient yet invisible from the streets.

Bracuda’s thugs forced the locals to sell their shops and apartments at cut-throat rates. Then they enabled a zero tolerance for crime policy on their new turf. The prostitutes on the block were ousted, and the pushers were shot in drive-bys. The police was also paid off to ignore the block. Bracuda’s thugs ran the shops as fronts.

Cats

However, one of Catwoman’s horde of pet cats died after eating cocaine-poisoned food in a dumpster near the Storrow St. block. Arizona, a young friend of the Feline Fatale, investigated. The girl was badly beaten as she got too close to Storrow Street’s secret.

Coincidentally, one of Catwoman’s fences had hired her to take the fall for a theft committed by Bracuda’s men. Between this betrayal and Arizona’s ordeal, Catwoman wasn’t in a good mood.

Ramon Bracuda impresses Nightwing

She stole back a valuable painting while Storrow Street was invaded by Commissioner Gordon and his men. This left Bracuda little choice but to let her go. Robin (Tim Drake) tried to stop the two criminals, but the ex-Cuban took him out with but one kick. But Robin remain determined to get Bracuda.

Birds

Robin did intercept Bracuda, and barely won the brutal fight that ensued. But that was for naught – there was no crime that could be pinned Bracuda. Robin worked on accumulating evidence, manipulating Bracuda into mistakes. This was feasible since the crimelord was furious, his hair having accidentally been burned off during the fight.

Robin arranged for Bracuda to attempt a hit on him, then took him down. This time the police had enough proof to arrest him. But Robin’s actions constituted entrapment, and the charges didn’t stick.

Bigger birds

Ramon Bracuda moved to New York City. He immediately seized a power base by double-crossing and killing a local dope big-shot. Bracuda also grabbed the man’s war chest.

He associated with a dangerous killer from Keystone City named Chulo, but both were stopped by Nightwing and Robin.


Description

Bracuda spends most of his time in a luxurious penthouse, wearing but a bathrobe and a loincloth.

If he has to fight he will dramatically take off his bathrobe to reveal his tats and big muscles. His dragon tattoo covers his chest, his back and his thighs.

The loincloth and tats are reminiscent of Yakuza culture, so there might be something here. Or maybe he’s just a fan of Yakuza movies.


Personality

A beastly, homicidal, super-macho crimelord. He will make various macho remarks, kill henchmen who failed in their endeavours with his bare hands and teeth, surround himself with molls and tacky but expensive luxury, those kinds of things.

Bracuda seems to spend most of his time smoking cigars and enjoying the attention of escort girls.


Quotes

(To Catwoman) “If you were not almost a man, I’d enjoy loving you”

“You have failed like children… and you whine like babies… at least die like men !”

(Catching Robin’s bo stick) “Your patterns are too predictable.”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Bracuda

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Crimelord
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 013
Init: 018 HP: 020

Powers:
Claws (Teeth): 05

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation): 04, Martial artist: 08, Weaponry (Firearms): 04

Advantages:
Iron nerves, Language (Cuban Spanish).

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Street (Low), Cuban underworld (High).

Drawbacks:
Distinct appearance, SIA toward Machismo, Serious Rage.

Equipment:
Shades [BODY 01, Shade: 01].


Design note

In combat he prefers to sub his high Martial Artist Skill for RV and keep his hero points for LDD. This makes him exceptionally durable.

Bracuda’s HP total assumes that Robin had about 030 HPs during their first clash.



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Ramon Bracuda — Averaged PL8.4

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
03 04 02 02 08 01 01 01 (02)

Powers

Chiselled teeth ● 7 points ● Descriptor: Unrevealed
– Looks scary — Enhanced Presence 1, Enhanced Intimidation 1, Enhanced Advantage (Startle)
– Bite — Damage 2, Improved Critical 2, Quirk (cannot be Strength-based)

Ignores most blows ● 2 points ● Descriptor: Unrevealed
– Luck Control 1 (Forces re-rolls), Limited 2 (To Toughness-resisted attacks against him)
– Luck 2 (Limited 1 to fuelling Luck Control)

Combat Advantages

All-out Attack, Chokehold, Defensive Roll 4, Improved Defence, Improved trip, Improved smash, Power attack, Ranged attack 2, Startle, Takedown, Uncanny Dodge.

Other Advantages

Benefit 4 (Multimillionaire), Benefit 1 (Elite lawyers on retainer), Contacts, Equipment 3, Fearless, Language (Cuban Spanish).

Skills

Athletics 5 (+8), Close combat (Unarmed) 3 (+9), Deception 1 (+2), Expertise (Crime lord) 7 (+9), Insight 3 (+4), Intimidation 1 (+5), Perception 3 (+4), Ranged Combat (Firearms) 2 (+6).

Equipment

Shades Second chance (Bright Lights) ● 1 point

Offense

Initiative +2
Unarmed +11, Close, Damage 3
Firearms +6, Ranged, Damage by type

Defence

Dodge 11 Fortitude 09
Parry 12 Toughness 04*/08
Will 04

* Without Defensive Roll

Complications

  • Appearance The teeth and general looks and demeanour sort of draw attention.
  • Macho, macho man Bracuda is over the top, über-macho every hour of his life. Might be overcompensation.
  • Stereotypes, ho! Bracuda has an almost bestial level of bloodthirst and general ferocity.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 7, Dodge/Toughness PL 10, Parry/Toughness PL 10, Fort/Will PL 7.
  • Points total 112. Abilities 44, Defences 21, Skills 13, Powers 9, Devices 0, Advantages 25. Equiv. PL 8.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Showcase 1993 (DC Universe).

Helper(s): Pawsplay.

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