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Star-Stalker (Avengers enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Star-Stalker


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: Varanus (reportedly)
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Biawak (alleged son)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile through spaaaaace
  • Height: 15’-ish Weight: Probably circa 4000 lbs
  • Eyes: Dark Hair: N.A.


Powers & Abilities

The Star-Stalker isn’t your typical Vorm ! He’s a mutant specimen with low-cosmic-scale powers. He can fly across galactic distances within minutes, can exist in the void of outer space for very long durations, and can apparently ignore all language barriers.

His primary ability is energy vampirism. Anything touching or being touched by the Star-Stalker will be drained of its life-force – or of its powering energy, if it’s a machine such as a suit of power armour.

This attack isn’t usually lethal, but could take down even the likes of Thor or Iron Man within seconds, leaving them prone and unable to move for several minutes.

Star-Stalker cunningly hiding behind a pillar

If he’s on a planet, the Star-Stalker can drain a tiny part of the planet’s energy to generate a “ionic cocoon”, which looks very much like the cocoons used by Adam Warlock to heal and transform himself.

After several hours in the cocoon, the Star-Stalker will emerge in a larger, stronger form – looking very much like his normal body, albeit with smooth and slightly metallic-looking skin rather than a scaly hide.

This form is capable of draining the “ionic energy” of an entire planet, leaving it barren (and quite possibly physically damaging or destroying it) and feeding the Star-Stalker – who has been likened to a mini-Galactus.

The Star-Stalker did not appear to age – one imagines that the immense quantities of energy he can absorb from planets make him functionally unageing and immortal.

Stars, my destination

Even in his base form, the Star-Stalker is powerful enough to engage the classic Avengers. He’s very fast and precise (more so than Thor, less so than Mantis), a highly skilled fighter, and has immense superhuman strength and durability.

Furthermore, his energy drain ability allows him to both fell opponents by simply grasping them, and to absorb ranged energy attacks such as Iron Man’s repulsors.

The Star-Stalker could somehow immediately sense that the Priests of Pama in Việt Nam had been slain. Our game stats assume that he can place “psychic alert triggers” mentally informing him that a temple of Pama has fallen, with the underlying assumption that he place such an alert trigger whenever he runs into a Temple of Pama.

This is not demonstrated in the material, and is present as the most economical as to how he immediately knew what had happened in Việt Nam.

The mutant Vorm is highly sensitive to heat – a hot sunny day causes him constant pain, and the likes of lava or the Vision’s solar eyebeams could gravely wound or even slay him. However, this has to be a very specific… kind of heat, for lack of a better word.

For instance Iron Man’s repulsors or the Zodiac’s Star-Blaster did inflict pain, but it was the “wrong kind” of heat and the Star-Stalker could absorb the attack and feed off it. Since it doesn’t seem to make scientific sense, it is possible that this vulnerability is mystical and based on some Vorm symbolism.


History

The Star-Stalker is a powerful mutant of the Vorm species, space aliens who look a bit like humanoid red dragons. He is a solitary exile feeding off entire planets, flying through space under his own powers to locate suitable targets.

Having a strange susceptibility to heat, the Star-Stalker usually targets uninhabited worlds – worlds with inhabitants tend to be close to their sun (in the Goldilocks Zone), tectonically active, etc. and thus hostile to the Star-Stalker.

This also means that the lone alien, despite his ability to speak all languages, has had few contacts with the galactic community – for instance he had never heard about Galactus.

Space kung fu

Millenia ago, the Star-Stalker came across a barren world existing in a perpetual night, and was surprised to find inhabitants. These people were dissident monks, the Priests of Pama, who had been exiled there by the Kree Supreme Intelligence to be punished for their pacifist beliefs.

The Priests had been eking a bare subsistence there, for themselves and their plant-like allies the Cotati.

Star-Stalker retreats into a cocoon as Thor watches

The Star-Stalker announced to the passive monks that he would consume their world. Once he exited his “ionic cocoon” and started doing so, the monks allowed themselves to attack.

Though he was vastly stronger than them, they guessed his vulnerability and punched the ground in unison, opening a fissure deep enough to draw magma to the surface. The burned Star-Stalker barely escaped.

The Priests went on to capitalise on their knowledge of the Star-Stalker’s weakness, offering the Supreme Intelligence to defend other worlds against him. A deal was struck, and pairs of Kree monks (plus, clandestinely, their Cotati friends) migrated far and wide through the galaxy.

They apparently even developed kung-fu powers making them immune to the energy-draining touch of the mutant Vorm, though their control of their life-force may have allowed for this all along.

Unbeknownst to the Star-Stalker or the Kree monks, the entire incident had been engineered by the Cotati. They had telepathically attracted the Vorm to the prison world, and the crisis had played out exactly as they had predicted.

Avengers assembled

In 1974, the temple of Pama hidden in the Vietnamese jungle was attacked by gangsters and the priests killed. Somehow, the Star-Stalker immediately sensed this and was on Earth within minutes to seize the opportunity and drain the planet dry.

He arrived when the gangsters were still there and killed them all, including their leader monsieur Khruul.

Star-Stalker vs. Thor and Iron Man

The Avengers responded, but found that they couldn’t beat the Star-Stalker, who then spun his “ionic cocoon”. They engaged him anew as he came back in his more powerful ionic form – but even the super-powerful Star-Blaster cannon built by Cornelius van Lunt’s Zodiac conspiracy failed.

However, the Avenger Mantis (Ms. Brandt) deduced what his weakness was, and had the Vision attack the Star-Stalker with his solar eyebeams. This attack immediately slew the mutant Vorm.

In 1990, a draconic giant calling himself the Star-Stalker and claiming to be the son of the original clashed with Nova (Frankie Raye), but she destroyed him.

A zombie-like version of the Star-Stalker was among the 1992 version of the Legion of the Unliving animated by the Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), but Legion members are generally thought to be fac-similes rather than the actual dead persons.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

The Star-Stalker acted like a grandiose force of nature, treating his opponents as scum whose stance made no sense as his feeding was unpreventable cosmic destiny.

He was very confident and made various pronouncements about his supposed invulnerability – which did work, as the Avengers trusted his statement that he was invincible. However, he was also too confident and announced that he had a weakness, which the Avengers inevitably deduced.


Quotes

“I came from beyond the stars !”

(As Iron Man fires his repulsors at Star-Stalker) “SSSSS ! Rays from your appendage — burning — searing — but ultimately, FEEDING ! Strike me again, metaloid ! It is to feed that I am here !”

“I am invincible ! Nothing you can do can injure me in any fashion ! — and I mean to destroy your planet !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Star-Stalker

Dex: 08 Str: 16 Bod: 15 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 06 Occupation: Drifter
Inf: 08 Aur: 06 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 026 HP: 050

Powers:
Alert: 60, Comprehend Languages: 18, Energy absorption: 20, Enhanced Initiative: 06, Flight: 60, Growth: 04, Sealed systems: 25, Vampirism: 22

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Neither Energy Absorption nor Sealed Systems protect against a specific type of heat
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored in
  • Vampirism can be used to attack anything touching the Star-Stalker, except for inert objects. Powered objects (e.g., power armour) can be attacked via Vampirism.

Skills:
Accuracy (Vampirism): 10

Advantages
Expertise (Astrogation), Immortal

Bonuses and Limitations:
Immortal is Contingent Upon the Vampirism power in his ionic form (see below)

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability (-7 CS RV vs. a specific type of heat), Strange Appearance

Equipment:
COCOON. Star-Stalker can generate a “ionic cocoon” to activate his “ionic form”. He assumed that he was invulnerable in this cocoon, so it might be treated as equipment : [BODY 25, Hardened Defences]


Ionic form

If the Star-Stalker spends several hours in his cocoon on a planet from which he can absorb energy, he will activate his “ionic form”, giving him higher scores.

Technically this is considered a Power Loss Vulnerability – the higher APs are inaccessible until the cocooning takes place. The “ionic form” sees the following changes :

  • Four additional APs of Growth, with the usual effects (STR goes to 20, RV to 19, land speed increased by 1 AP, etc.)
  • Vampirism can now also be used to attack the planet he’s standing on, with 52 APs worth of Power. These APs can only be used against the planet he’s on.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (primarily Avengers vol. 1 #124)

Helper(s): Dr. Peter Piispanen

Writeup completed on the 25th of January, 2014.

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