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Splice (Wonder Man enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Splice


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles area
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 175 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Unrevealed


Powers and Abilities

Splice is a formidable close-combat specialist and acrobat, wearing an strength-enhancing concealed armour allowing him to engage Wonder Man in combat. His armour can resist powerful superhuman blows, and he sports a large arsenal intended to allow him to engage a wide variety of superhuman targets. He sometimes throws his pellets by hand, and sometimes uses launchers on his wrists.

During their second clash with Wonder Man (and the Crazy Eight), Rampage added ion-specific weaponry and detectors to Splice’s arsenal – and his own.

Splice has unusually high HPs for a hired killer – between this and his remarkable prowess, he can be tough. Wonder Man usually didn’t spend HPs against him, though.


History

Splice is a killer working the LA area. He is a former actor, but he didn’t gain professional success. At one point he landed a role in a sitcom, but the child star didn’t like him and had him fired. After having been canned by a 11-year old, the actor decided to find a more dignified job as an assassin. One of his early contracts was the child star, after he washed up and burned the drummer of a big rock band in a dope deal.

Splice specializes in the cinema industry – he once described a classic contract for him as “cutting out” two teenage hookers in order not to embarrass a famed sitcom actor over his sexual indiscretion ; he also once was hired by two crooked producers to kill several nasty cinema critics. It is not clear, though, why he is equipped with enough firepower and damage-sustaining ability to tango with Wonder Man.

A side-market for Splice is that he often films his own hits, in order to sell them as well-produced snuff movies. This also gives him an excuse to be more daring than he should be when carrying out a contract – and pull off high-speed acrobatics. At one point one of his henchmen, Ellis, betrayed him – siding with a client of Splice to market the illegal video containing Splice’s bloody exploits to much greater effect than Splice himself could. The illegal movie, “Splice & Dice”, grossed 2.6 mils – furious at being cheated out of his fair share, Splice killed Ellis and the four producers.

Splice clashed with Wonder Man twice, during Wondy’s solo Hollywood career. He did so both times on orders of the LA crimelord Lotus, teaming up with Rampage for the second attempt. During the first clash he was defeated by scriptwriter Alex Flores, who electrocuted him from behind with a severed cable.

His second attempt was to take out the Crazy Eight, a group of people living close to Simon Williams and who had gained ionic powers from exposure to him. The fight between Splice, Rampage and the Crazy Eight was brutal and unforgiving. Splice put a knife in Alex Flores’ chest, slaughtered several clones of Spider and depowered several of the Crazy Eight.

Splice and Rampage would, in fact, have slaughtered the entire Crazy Eight – but Flores managed to warn Wonder Man, and another of the Crazy Eight used her time-manipulation powers to bring him to a point of time before the carnage was done – though she only could take Wonder Man to a point after Alex Flores had been knifed.

Burning HPs like mad and entering a maddened rage, Wonder Man took out both villains – though rescuing Flores from her coma would prove a challenge, taking Wonder Man to Hell.


Description

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Personality

Splice is a confident professional and a casual killer. In combat he’s very analytical, trying the effects of different kinds of projectiles and staying very mobile in order to gain an edge ; he’ll also try various tactics, and is generally quite savvy.

He has no problem with running away to regain initiative or position himself, and prefer attacking from a distance if his target doesn’t seem to have ranged attacks.

His main weak points is that he loves hunting and killing, even basically defenseless preys. If a victory would be too easy, he’s likely to leave a fighting or fleeing chance to his target to spice things up. His Mercenary aspect is as strong as his Thrill of Adventure – he hates, hates, hates not being paid fairly, and will easily get all revenge-like and murderous if he feels he doesn’t get his fair share.

He hates defeat, and can be downright brutal when pursuing revenge – a stone cold killer.


Quotes

“So, a shockwave pellet is more disruptive to a ionic body than a straight electroshock. I’ll have to remember that.”

“Splice. Confidential Services. I’m the last step in the production of your life. I’m the one who leaves you on the cutting room floor, baby. I’ll cut you out so quick and clean, it’s like you were never in the picture.”

“Gas is not good, must not have normal lungs. Shockwave is still best. Electro isn’t bad, maybe a combination… Have to keep him talking…”

“Hey Marston — I hope you’re getting all this — ’cause I only do one take !” (kills his target)


DC Universe History

He would have been a decent Superman villain – presumably with red sun pellets instead of ion dampers.


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Splice

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary of Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 016 HP: 040

Skills:
Acrobatics: 06, Artist (actor): 04, Martial artist*: 07, Vehicles (land): 05, Weaponry (melee, missile)*: 07

Advantages:
Luck

Connections:
Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
SIA to Thrill, MIA to revenge, Secret ID

Equipment:

  • CONCEALED EXOSKELETON W/ VIBRANIUM MESH [/STR/ 10 /BODY/ 08, Jumping: 03, Skin armour: 03, Limitation : Skin armour only vs. blunt impacts]
  • FOREARM BLADES [BODY 14, EV 03 (11 w/STR)]
  • Shockwave pellets (x8) [BODY 03, Vibe: 08 (Area of effect 0 AP), Grenade drawback]
  • Electroshock pellet (x8) [BODY 03, Lightning: 07 (Area of effect 0 AP), Grenade drawback]
  • Gas pellets (x8) [BODY 03, Fog: 03, Poison touch: 08, Grenade drawback, Bonus : Poison touch is Combined with Fog and active throughout it]
  • Throwing knives (x2) [BODY 08, EV 03 (07 w/STR), Grenade drawback]
  • Electronic ion damper pellet (x8) [BODY 03, Neutralize (Area of effect : affects all ionic powers at once): 12, Grenade drawback]
  • Ion-tracer [BODY 02, Detect (ionic powers): 10, R#03]
  • SPORTS BIKE [STR 03 BODY 05, Running: 07, R#02]

Henchmen

Splice had two henchmen working with him – although they are more likely to intervene in low-risk contracts than when a superhuman is involved.

Ellis, a “Clint Eastwood type”, was Splice’s driver. He had Vehicles (land): 05 and usually drove a Porsche [STR 04 BODY 06, Running: 07] – he may have been replaced by another, comparable driver. As for Marston, he’s just a young cameraman with a baseball cap.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Wonder Man v1 (Marvel Universe)

Helper(s): Roy Cowan (who revised his Wonder Man writeup for the occasion)

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