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Stark (Catwoman mentor) (Selina's Big Score) (DC Comics)

Stark


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Background

  • Real Name: James (last name unknown)
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Miami
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 170 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue-gray Hair: White


Powers and Abilities

Stark is a criminal legend – a master thief and stone cold killer with great intelligence, superb professionalism and nerves of steel.


History

Stark was raised by the state – he doesn’t know his real name, and never gave his official one. After a hard childhood, he joined the Army. At first he was in the Signal Corps, but with his capabilities he quickly graduated to the Special Forces. There he learned two things to perfection – how to plan under pressure, and how to kill.

Back in the civilian life, Stark became a professional and heister in Gotham. He quickly achieved the status of local legend during the pre-Batman years. At one point, though, a local criminal named Tony “the Toucan” Tudeska tried to double-cross him. Stark located him while he was with a hooker, and gunned him down.

As he chatted a bit with the hooker, one Selina Kyle, they discovered a strong, mutual attraction. They became lovers, and Selina became his partner. He trained her, taught her what he knew about thievery, a clear head, planning and killing.

However, after a particularly spectacular diamond heist, Selina double-crossed him – she wasn’t there with the getaway car. As Catwoman, however, she grabbed the bag out of Stark’s hands with her whip and ran. It is not clear if Stark recognized Selina – although this is highly probable, since he just stared at her and didn’t shoot her. The exact reasons for Selina’s betrayal are still unknown.

Stark managed to flee, but Gotham became too hot for him. He started moving and working around, achieving a national reputation ; eventually he came to Miami – he was getting old after all, and the place was good for fixing deals. Staying in Miami, of course, he didn’t “work” in that town.

Years after the double-cross, Selina contacted Stark for a daring, $24M heist that looked impossible to carry out at first glance. Stark knew Selina was back and of course remembered pretty well what happened – but for old times’ sake and his own reasons, chose to go along. He did most of the groundwork and assembled the tools and the team, letting Selina come up with the plan.

The plan worked almost perfectly ; however, as they were recovering the money, they were ambushed by Laperier, a Canadian who had second-guessed them. He killed half the team, leaving Selina and Stark to face him. They outmanoeuvred Laperier, but at the critical moment Stark’s gun jammed, and Laperier fatally shot him, point-blank. Stark grabbed Laperier’s gun and shot him dead before collapsing.

Despite all of her tough, manipulative attitude Selina was devastated by Stark’s death. As she held him as he passed away, Stark had a flashback of his mother calling him Jimmy. He told Selina that his real name was James, then died.


Description

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Personality

Stark is the coldest, strongest man Selina met before Batman – she compared him to living granite, and admired that he was totally amoral. He has a strong Lee Marvin vibe – as Selina makes an Angie Dickinson joke at one point, Stark may be based on Lee Marvin in the original “Point Blank” movie (1967).

Stark is all about planning and being highly prepared. He has an astounding network of contacts who will pass him info, hardware, services, etc. He never slips, and never forget, and always know what is going on, and always do his homework. Stark is a cold, hard, unfeazable master from heist movies, miles above common crooks. He has a very virile way to act and speak – an old school he-man who naturally commands respect, although he’s classy about it.

He is no longer after money – he already lives a lavish lifestyle. However, the only time when he feels at peace is when he’s on a job – hence his Thrill motivation.

Since he’s so old school (and in his 50s), Stark is not much of a new technologies person. He’ll leave tech and computer stuff to his associates.


Quotes

Selina : “I’m staying at the Fontainebleau. But you probably knew that.”
Stark : “Yes. I just wanted to see if you still were a lying tramp.”


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Stark

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Master thief
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 012 HP: 015

Skills: Charisma: 06, Military science (demolition): 04, Thief: 06, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 05

Advantages: Iron Nerves

Connections: Selina Kyle (Low), Street (High), Underworld (High)

Drawbacks: MIA toward Selina Kyle, Age (old)

Equipment: Glock 17 handgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 17, R#02]. He’ll often procure a silencer — or a semi-automatic shotgun, depending on circumstances — for jobs.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Selina’s Big Score (DCU)

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