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Rubble from Bloodpool (Image Comics)


Horace Benson

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Horace Benson
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Parents (names unspecified)
  • Group Affiliation: Bloodpool
  • Base Of Operations: An unspecified west coast town
  • Height: around 4’5” Weight: around 160lbs Age : 16
  • Eyes: Glowing yellow Hair: None

Powers and Abilities

Rubble is a genetically engineered human, whose consciousness exists in what seems to be an inorganic stone-like substance. Stronger and much more durable than normal, Rubble can casually survive having most of his body pulverized, and can reconstitute himself with ease under most circumstances.

Rubble (Horace Benson) portrait

Rubble puts that control over his body to good use : he’s turned going to pieces into an aggressive art, breaking his own body down into its component parts and using his head, limbs, and even smaller fragments as weapons against his enemies.


The Bloodpool project was certainly not the finest moment of the US government’s special projects involving superhumans. About twenty nu-gene active teens were recruited from their families, prodded, tested, operated on, genetically and cybernetically enhanced, and subjected to a dangerous and gruelling training. The promise was that they could one day join the prestigious Youngblood action team, a powerful combat force and media tool for the government.

However, there was a crisis in the Youngblood organization when director Graves was discovered to be a demon. During the upheaval, the new director, Battlestone, decided to forego the Bloodpool contracts ; despite all the promises and all they had been through, the Bloodpool subjects were effectively downsized.

Rubble (Horace Benson) leaps into action

A few of them (Task, Psilence, Wylder, Fusion, Rubble, Seoul) chose to follow the advice of one of Seoul’s spirit guide and, with the support of former Youngblood leader Shaft, struck on their own as a private, hero-for-hire outfit. An early, lucky meeting with a millionaire in an unfortunate situation bankrolled them, and the group, which carries on the Bloodpool name, soldiers on.


See illustration.


Rubble is a young, immature, loudmouthed, unruly, aggressive and prone to tantrums. Ovarall, though, he’s certainly not a bad kid, and he obviously loves swashbuckling adventures.


“This bites !! It *sucks* ! IT TOTALLY BLOWS !”

DC Universe History

The Bloodpool might stay a failed government attempt at a super-group, perhaps a Task Force X remnant that Amanda Waller killed in order to make more space for her pet Suicide Squad.

If you want a more recent origin, I’m afraid you won’t escape the DEO… unless you’re willing to resurrect the DDI from Swamp Thing (plus, that would resemble them).


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Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 07 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 03 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Bloodpool member
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 03
Init: 011 HP: 035

Powers: Anatomical separation: 08, Invulnerability: 16

Bonuses and Limitations: Rubble uses his Anatomical separation to throw body parts at opponents (+1). EV depends on the part ; he generally uses his head (EV 06), which is by far the most balanced. A hand would have an EV 04 (and could grapple ), most other body parts have an EV 03.

Skills: Weapons (thrown): 06

Advantages: None AFAIK

Connections: Bloodpool (High)

Drawbacks: Age (young), Strange Appearance

Anatomical Separation

Link: DEX
Range: Normal
Type: Auto
Base Cost: 10
Factor Cost: 03

This power allows a Character to separate parts of his body without any ill effects, allowing the detached body part to function normally, as if it were still attached to his body. Thus, a hand could be removed and it would still be capable of holding things. However, a detached hand would have difficulty moving, having to ambulate much in the way of Thing from the Addams’ Family.

Range of Anatomical Separation is the maximum number of APs that a body part may be separated without it going temporarily inert. An inert body part may no longer be controlled by the Character, and is effectively paralyzed until is once again brought within range of the Character (or at least within range of his brain).

Anatomical Separation may be bought with the following bonuses and limitations:

  • (+2) Detached body parts are capable of flying through the air, though they may never fly higher than 0 APs above the ground, and never faster than the Character’s normal movement rate (not counting any additional powers like Flight or Running).
  • (-1) May only detach limbs and head.

Examples of characters who have this power include the Captain Marvel who shouts “Split!” and the Wild Cards character called Modular Woman, as well as a comics character named Mr. Jigsaw, Man of A Thousand Parts.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Bloodpool (Image comics)

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