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Spear (Luke Cage enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Spear


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Spear is an obscure Marvel character who primarily appeared in a 1975/1976 Luke Cage storyline.


Background

  • Real Name: Daniels (first name unrevealed).
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Jack (brother, deceased), Mangler (brother, first name unrevealed), Mrs. Daniels (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Spear is a powerful athlete and fighter, using special-purpose equipment. He had a talent for disappearing in the shadows when fleeing by using his stealth, acrobatics and swing line.

We *assume* in our game stats that Spear’s equipment was built by the Tinkerer, but it’s just a guess.

Gear

Spear’s costume is thoroughly armoured, even though it looks like super-Spandex. Daniels also carry a line and grappling hook, and some tear gas grenades.

His main weapon is his speargun – a launcher of large bladed projectiles. His spears include :

  • Straightforward spears.
  • Spears with a trident-like head, which is useful for some trick shots.
  • Explosive spears.
  • Clusters of four small spears, used as a called shot to pin a target to a nearby wall through their clothing.
  • Shafts that clamp together once shot, their joint head forming a sort of heavy ramming plate.

History

While Jack Daniels was in prison, he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. He volunteered to be a test subject for the early cellular regeneration experiments of Dr. Noah Burstein. But the experiment failed and only accelerated Jack’s painful death. The corpse, still twisted in agony, was sent back to his mother and his two brothers.

Both of Jack’s brothers swore revenge — to make Burstein suffer and die as Jack did. The smarter brother became the costumed avenger Spear. He took the lead so his brother, the dim-witted professional wrestler known as the Mangler, wouldn’t mess things up.

(Marvunapp.com  notes that this story wasn’t the one that was originally intended. Indeed, it seems indeed likely that Burstein’s dark secret, the reason why Spear and the Mangler were hunting him down, was something more terrible and far-reaching than Mr. Daniels’ death.)

The hunt

Though it took a few years, Spear procured special weaponry, had an armoured costume made, and tracked Burstein down to New York City. He stalked the doctor, terrorising him for days. Burstein’s friend, Luke Cage, tried to stop Spear on several occasions, but couldn’t nail him.

Spear vs. Power Man

The Mangler tried to help, but Cage caught him. Thus, Spear had to leave Burstein alone for a while as he worked to free his brother. After a daring seventh-floor assault through a window freed Mangler, Spear returned to Burstein and finally shot him. However, a young couple called an ambulance in time, saving the doctor’s life.

Not knowing that Burstein was still alive, Spear started packing up to leave New York City. Meanwhile Mrs. Daniels, fearing that the police would kill her sons, came to Cage and his ally Detective Chase. She gave them Spear’s current address if they promised not to kill him.

Cage and Chase caught up with Spear in the nick of time. Spear nearly managed to escape, and leapt on the roof of a bus to make his getaway. Cage nevertheless caught up with him. The two men fought on the top of the bus and eventually crashed through the windshield, sending the bus careening into the Hudson river. Cage knocked Spear out and handed him over to the police.

2010

Decades later, Spear appeared as a member of the Rivals. It was a loose coalition of mercenary New York City villains coordinated by Nightshade. The Rivals were summoned to take on Iron Fist, Luke Cage and the new Power Man (Victor Alvarez) but were overwhelmed by their opponents.

Nobody pressed charges, however, and Spear soon left Ryker’s Island.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Daniels is consumed by his need for vengeance. He’s so big on that that he wants it to last and be thorough. He sounded smart and well-educated, and was daring and confident.

As can be seen from the quotes, Spear likes making thunderous, theatrical statements and threats, which he presumably rehearses. Either that, or he’s a graduate of the Thor School of Improv Monologuing. This was in large part because he felt that his cause was that of righteous justice, but his recent appearances also featured stagy threats.


Quotes

“Cage, I told you way back in the beginning to stay out of this. Accounts have been settled. Don’t make me have to take you out the way I did with Burstein.”

“You see what they did to him ? Commit a crime and they treat you like you’re a Guinea pig.”

“It leaves you with no time at all, Cage ! You aren’t anywhere as quick as Spear.”

(Text of a death threat sent wrapped around a spear) “There isn’t a Nuremberg  to judge your crimes ; you crimes have been sanctioned by the State, though there is no war to hide your atrocities. But there is a judge, and I am that judge. My spears slice through the deceit of your past. You have been sentenced ! And the sentence is death !”

“Don’t worry Burstein… you won’t have to sweat much longer ! Soon, you’ll burn in the fires of the Hell you created ! And even Cage — even he can’t stop your death !”

“You want to tell me how it feels, Burstein… the way Jack told me while he waited for death ? You aren’t safe anywhere. Not at the clinic. Or a grocery store. You’re fair game.”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Spear

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Avenge Jack
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Avenger
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Thief (Stealth): 05, Weaponry (Speargun): 06

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Mangler (High), Tinkerer (Low).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:

  • COSTUME [/BODY/ 09].
  • Speargun [BODY 04, Range: 05, Ammo: 02, Telescopic vision: 02, R#02, Note: can launch any of Spear’s spears, Drawback: Long reload time], which can be loaded with any of the following:
    • Basic spears (x8) [BODY 05, EV 06, Sharpness (EV): 02, Note – can be used as a melee weapon instead of ammunition for the Speargun, in which case the EV becomes a 04 and the Sharpness is halved. Some of the spears have two trident-style points instead of a single spear-like point — as a Trick Shot they can be used to pin a target with a STR equal to their BODY].
    • Explosive spears (x2) [BODY 03, EV (Area of effect 0 APs): 07, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun].
    • Set of four pinning spears [BODY 04, Glue: 05, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun. Those smaller spears are fired all four at once and are designed to pin a target to a nearby surface, normally by shooting through their clothes and into a wall].
    • Broadhead spears [BODY 05, EV (Planned Knockback Attack only): 07, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun. Those two spears magnetically clamp together as soon as they are shot, to form a sort of spiked plate at the tip of the two shafts. It was used to knock Cage away from the escaping Mangler.]
  • Line w/grappling hook [BODY 05, 3 APs long].
  • Tear gas grenade (x2) [BODY 03, Fog: 03, Chemical attack: 05, Grenade drawback, Bonus : Chemical attack and Fog are Combined (Chemical attack is active thorough the Fog), R#03].


Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG Print Friendly

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Spear — Averaged PL 9.2

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

Devices

Armoured costume ● 9 points (Subtle, Removable)
Protection 6, Enhanced Fortitude 3

Speargun Array ● 16 points (Noticeable, Removable)

  • Scope — Senses 1 (Extended Visual 1)
  • Impaling spear — Ranged Piercing Damage 5, Armour-Piercing 2
  • Pinning spear — Snare 5
  • Explosive spear — Ranged Explosive Damage 6 with Burst-Area 1 Explosive Damage 4
  • Knockback plate spear — Move object 6 (Limited 1 – Only backward)

Combat Advantages

Defensive roll 2, Evasion 1, Improved aim, Improved initiative, Precise attack (Ranged, Concealment), Ranged attack 3.

Other Advantages

Equipment 3

Skills

Acrobatics 4 (+8), Athletics 6 (+8), Close combat (Unarmed) 5 (+9), Deception 2 (+3), Insight 4 (+5), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 2 (+3), Ranged combat (Spear gun) 5 (+10), Stealth 4 (+8), Vehicles 4 (+6) (Limited 2 – Common land vehicles only).

Equipment

Tear gas grenades [Cloud-Area Visual Dazzle 4] ● 12 points

Offense

Initiative +8
Unarmed +9, Close, Damage 3
Spear gun +10, Ranged, See Devices

Defense

Dodge 10 Fortitude 10**
Parry 10 Toughness 11**/5/3*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll
** With Costume

Complications

  • Motivation Previously Revenge, presumably now Mercenary.
  • Relationship His family.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 8, Dodge/Toughness PL 11, Parry/Toughness PL 11, Fort & Will PL 7
  • Point total 121 Abilities 40, Defences 24, Skills 20, Powers 0, Devices 25, Advantages 12. Equiv. PL 9.


By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

Writeup updated on the 31st of May, 2011.

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