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Reprise (Hardware enemy) (Milestone comics)

Reprise


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • A convenient opponent, and he was in the way of a potential Hardware writeup. And yes, he was around way before Agent Smith started replicating.

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Former employee of Alva Technologies
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed (likely either Dakota City, or Mobile).
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Reprise is a one-man army — within seconds he can duplicate himself an unclear amount of times. There is almost certainly a maximum number of duplicates that can be active, or perhaps a time limit before he collapses back into one single person, but such a limit has yet to be observed.

When he fought Hardware, there seemed to be at least 50 of him around.

Since he does not have to meaningfully limit his number of duplicates, when the action starts he will usually send of a few duplicates to places where the fight is likely to drift to – and they can quickly duplicate if the fight does move toward them. In practical terms, trying to evade him through conventional means is often pointless – if there is any reasonable way for him to be there, he will be there first.

Reprise multiplying

Reprise is armed with a simple shotgun and the knowledge that, sooner or later, one of him is going to score a double with a shot. This is not a figure of speech – his main tactic is to rely on this feature of the game system, and his encounter with Hardware was fairly successful when he finally got in a double while shooting his high-RV opponent.

Since his Split duplicates his equipment (including his shotgun), as long as he splits off holding a loaded gun he has a functionally infinite amount of ammunition.

Reprise will replicate any equipment he’s currently using – *including* vehicles. There is likely a mass and/or time limit, but this is again undemonstrated – he could create at least twenty jetskis after he boarded and started one.


History

Reprise is a mercenary working for shady concerns around Dakota City, and possibly elsewhere. He was first seen after Edwin Alva started hiring mercs during the early stages of his war against Hardware. Reprise was positioned at an Alva Technologies building, and when Hardware came in he engaged him as an army.

Hardware narrowly got out alive after a lucky shot penetrated his shell. While he managed to blow up the warehouse they were fighting in, it is very unlikely it had any lasting effect on Reprise.

Reprise fighting on a beach

Reprise then popped up again when he was hired to kill one Johnson Stroman, an activist on racial justice, and prevent his latest book from being published. He eventually traced the manuscript to a friend of Hardware, Dr. Young, and found both Dr. Young and Hardware (as Curt Metcalf). Metcalf Took Away Reprise’s shotgun after he fired once and before Reprise created any Split – resulting in unarmed Splits.

Reprise nevertheless chased Metcalf and Young and eventually managed to corner them and get the manuscript. When he realised that the handwriting was the same as his employer’s, he realised Storman had hired him to make him a martyr, and left Metcalf and Young alive, assuming that his employer would have wanted to keep this copy of the book available for publication to capitalise on the author’s martyrdom.


Description

When Reprise talks, he does that thing where every one of his body says a single word of the sentence, in the correct order and with the correct timing.


Personality

Reprise seems confident – so confident, in fact, that he’s usually smiling and comes across as being cheerful. He knows that he’s practically impossible to kill and does not mind any pain or death his dupes might withstand, so he just goes for deploying himself as an army and blasts away, being everywhere his target goes (and in large numbers).

Reprise seems to have some sort of mercenary’s code of honour going beyond the usual “once bought, stay bought” clause. He will always try to execute not only on the letter but also on the spirit of his contract, trying to accomplish what he understands is in the best interest of his employer even if that ends up being somewhat weird.

When he was hired to kill Stroman, he assumed that the goal wa sto silence him and also tracked down copies of his manuscript ; when he was given new information he revised that to the exact opposite as he assumed that publication is what his employer would have wanted.


Quotes

“They call me Reprise. Aren’t you sorry you asked ?”

“You’re very good, Hardware. But you can’t beat us all.”

“My name is Reprise. And that means you’re always outnumbered.”


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Reprise

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Hitman
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 015

Powers:
Split: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Split does not lower any of Reprise’s APs, *including* the Split Power (i.e., his duplicates can also Split, and do so without any APs loss)
  • Split will also duplicate large equipment – at least a jetski and possibly up to a car (+2)

Skills:
Weaponry (firearms): 05

Advantages:
None

Connections:
Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated

Equipment:

  • Sunglasses [BODY 01, Shade: 01]
  • Shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Recommended STR: 02, Advantage : Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Very long reload time]. While the art depicts a double-barelled sawed-off affair, Reprise keeps shooting more than two shots without reloading – I assume this is an artistic error and that the writer meant a semi-automatic or pump action shotgun.
  • Backup shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07 (Diminishing), Range: 02, Ammo: 02, R#03, Recommended STR: 03 Advantage : Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Long reload time. Note : EV can be raised to 08 Diminishing by shooting both barrels at once, expending two Ammo and increasing Recommended STR to 04]. This backup weapon can be assembled in one Phase – and *this* one seems to have been meant to be a sawed-off double barrel shotgun.
  • Reprise will occasionally use other gear, such as a sniper rifle when he’s on an assassination mission.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Hardware comic books (Milestone Universe)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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