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Serpent (Marvel Boy enemy) (Atlas comics)

Serpent

(Marvel Boy encounter)

  • Very obscure and dated horror-ish ethnic villain, as was the style of the day.

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Likely some form of cult
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 115 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

It is strongly hinted that the Serpent can turn into a large, very poisonous snake, and that she has a rapport with serpents (and possibly other kinds of reptiles).


History

In 1951, a rare snake escaped from an American zoo (perhaps the Bronx zoo). On the next day the head zoo-keeper was found dead from a snake bite. The police, and eventually Marvel Boy, found the death suspicious – and of course the prime suspect ended up being a foreigner, a young Indian girl who often was at the reptile house in the zoo.

Marvel Boy determined that she was a snake worshipper, and found her apartment to be full of snake cages and cases of snake eggs, along with Indian books about snake cults. That was proof enough !

Marvel Boy had the police announce that he was now in charge of the case and intended to kill all snakes in the reptile house for public safety reasons. That very night, a snake sneaked into the head zookeeper’s house, but Marvel Boy was ready and stomped on it before it escaped.

He did not find the snake outside but the young Indian girl, in great pain and holding the small of her back. She left, and Marvel Boy called the police.

All the police found was a dead rare serpent and an empty sari ; Marvel Boy told them that he had discovered that the snake had been stolen from an Indian snake cult and brought to the zoo, but could not prove his suspicions that the snake and the woman were the same entity.

(Note – this adventure is typical of 1950s “shock ending” comic book short stories, save for the presence of a super-hero).


Description

See illustration.


Personality

She’s very big on protecting snakes from harm, and seems to have a French accent. Perhaps the latter indicates that she’s from Puducherry (புதுச்சேரி, formerly Pondicherry).


Quotes

“Vicious ? Oh, no, sir ! Zese lovely animals are sacred in my country ! And zey never attack people who are pure in spirit, and pure in body ! I zink zey… but I shouldn’t talk to strangers ! Ex-excuse me, please !”


DC Universe History

She would presumably be a Kobra associate. Since serpents are traditionally immortal, it might even be the same person as in 1951. The statuette that empowered obscure but sort-of-cool Batgirl foe Lady Viper could easily be related to the Serpent’s snake cult.


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The Serpent

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Protect snakes
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Traveller
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 008 HP: 010

Skills:
Animal handling (Snakes): 06

Advantages:
Alter-ego (Snake form), Language (“The language of India”. Without any further information we’ll assume Sanskrit)

Connections:
Mysterious Indian Snake Cult (High)

Drawbacks:
Exile (Voluntary)


Snake form

Dex: 02 Str: -02 Bod: 01
Int: 00 Wil: 00 Min: 01
Inf: 02 Aur: 00 Spi: 02
Init: 06

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 07, Paralysis: 06, Poison Touch: 05, Shrinking: 04, Ultra Vision: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Paralysis and Poison Touch have Combined Power bonus – this is for species that combine hemotoxins (represented by Poison Touch) with the more common neurotoxins (represented by Paralysis). Poison Touch does not attack every Phase – try having successive attacks every 3 minutes. Paralysis is resisted by AV/OV bonuses vs. poison, such as Systemic Antidote.

Skills:
Stealth : 02 (Shrinking bonuses not included)

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability: -1 CS vs. cold.

Note:
Switching forms provides no healing – wounds, damage, etc. are carried on from one shape to the other.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Astonishing #5, 1951).

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham’s snake stats ; Ethan Roe, Darci

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