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Totentanz (Aberrant RPG)

Totentanz

Klaus Kleisner


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Aberrant was a tabletop RPG published by White Wolf. It was part of a larger universe with three games retracing the emergence of superhuman on Earth, from the early XXth century to the far future. Aberrant itself is set 10 years into the future.

The setting featured superhuman in a realistic manner, without Golden Age  and Silver Age  comic book conventions. Super-powers had an unified source and significant costs, and the factions were based on credible politics and the reaction of ordinary people to superhumans.


Background

  • Real Name: Klaus Kleisner.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: DeVries Agency.
  • Base Of Operations: The DeVries Compound, Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 235lbs.
  • Eyes: Blond Hair: Blue


Powers and Abilities

Tötentanz has superhumanly fast reaction time, ability to mentally and physically act, and ability to process sensory input. He cannot run at superhuman speed, but this appears to be among the only things he cannot do at a heightened level.

Furthermore :

  • He has superhuman strength and stamina, is capable of jumping miles at a time, and can resist/ignore almost any environmental threat.
  • He can become invisible and move silently.
  • He can sense living beings around him, both through enhanced olfactory senses and a “zen” sense of living beings around him (allowing him to fight blind).
  • He has the ability to drain metahuman and spiritual energy (known in the Aberrant world as “Quantum”) from other superhuman beings and use it sustain his own powers.
  • He can also generate an invisible beam which mentally disorients opponents.
  • He is a superhuman martial artist, an almost unparalleled weapons master, and a brilliant tactician.

His preferred weapons are a pair of steel spears, with which he has killed more superhuman targets than anyone else on Earth.


History

(From “Aberrant: Elites”.)

There was a time when the man named Klaus Kleisner was a happy and well-adjusted engineer designing automobile chassis for Daimler-Benz. That time ended when he met a beautiful American woman named Erica Ellis. Ellis told Kleisner that she “wasn’t dating,” but the two spent a great deal of time together and over the space of several months, she began staying most nights at his comfortable home outside of Munich.

Kleisner fell in love with Ellis and then fell further, into obsession, as she seemed both to be dating him and maintaining an almost cruel aloofness that he found maddening.

As time passed, Kleisner sensed that Ellis was lying to him more and more frequently, a possibility that haunted him even in his dreams. When he asked her if she had slept with any other men during the eight months they’d been seeing each other, she replied, “Of course I have. Four of them, in fact: but I told you we weren’t dating, so don’t act surprised.”

When she proceeded to give him the graphic details of her experiences with the four other men, Kleisner’s gut twisted and he vomited.

The unmitigated rage and sense of betrayel elicited by Ellis’ casual announcement triggered the explosive eruption of Kleisner’s superhuman powers. In that fraction of an instant, Kleisner turned off his emotions entirely and erected walls around his psyche that are nearly impenetrable.

Now, as Tötentanz, he is a shark in Nova skin, swimming ceaselessly through the carnage and violence of combat because he suspects that if he stops, he’ll drown in his own festering rage.


Description

Tötentanz dresses in all black except for his golden skull mask and gold belt. He carries long steel spears on him when in combat. Under his mask, he is “the Aryan ideal” – tall, muscular, blond haired and blue eyed.


Personality

Tötentanz is totally without any kind or gentle emotion. He has cut off all feelings that he perceives as weak and buries his anger in combat. Despite Totentanz’s authoritarian nature, he holds no political ideology. He hates two categories of people – those who he perceives as weak and decadent, and those he is paid to hate.

When not in the battlefield, he follows an ascetic and almost compulsive regimen of physical training and meditation. He eschews any and all relationships, preferring solitude to the company of others. He reserves his true scorn and disdain for those who weaken themselves with junk food, cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs, and he takes a particular enjoyment in killing those elites (superhuman mercenaries) whom he feels have weakened themselves by indulging in stupid and self-destructive vices.

He is extremely professional in all his business dealings. He is punctual, cordial, and he listens attentively when given an assignment. Beyond this, he has almost no interaction with others beyond taking assignments and training other Elites at the Devries Agency Windhoek compound.


Quotes

“Ich bin der Hammer, der Dolch, die Sichel, die alles niedermäht.” (“I am the hammer, the knife, the sickle, all tools of the slaughter”)


DC Universe History

In the Aberrant world, this guy is controlled only by his unwillingness to feel anything. If he had the Power Lust motivation, he’d be among the top super-villains in the world.

In the DC Universe, he might begin by killing Deathstroke the Terminator and move up from there through the Titans and perhaps onto an assignment to kill their mentors in the JLA. He might also be the secret offspring of Captain Nazi, although that’s a bit cliché.


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Totentanz

Dex: 15 Str: 09 Bod: 09 Motivation: Mercenary/Psychopathic
Int: 12 Wil: 12 Min: 10 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 06 Aur: 10 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 12
Init: 052 HP: 065

Powers: Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 10, Cold Immunity: 04, Damage Transference: 04, Flame Immunity: 04, Force Field: 10, Invisibility: 06, Jumping: 12, Life Sense: 10, Mental Freeze: 08, Mind Field: 12, Power Drain: 08, Regeneration: 04, Sealed Systems: 20, Spirit Drain: 06, Superspeed: 15, Systemic Antidote: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Damage Transference has Minor Power Burnout (R#: 2), heals BODY Damage only and has with No Risk of Injury.
  • Force Field is Fatiguing, Protects User Only. Tötentanz can attack through Field.
  • Invisibility is Fatiguing.
  • Mental Freeze has Minor Power Burnout (R#: 2) and does not “Freeze” the target so much as disorient him/her.
  • Regeneration cannot regenerate Mind or Spirit.
  • Superspeed has Minor Power Burnout (R#: 2). Superspeed can be used for every function EXCEPT Movement.
  • Mind Field protects user only.
  • Power Drain drains APs of Powers rather than powers, themselves. RAPs are added to any of Totentanz’s powers that are Burned Out or to any Current Conditions that have been reduced due to Fatiguing limitations.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 06, Charisma (Interrogation): 06, Charisma (Intimidation): 08, Detective (Clue Analysis, Identification Systems, Legwork): 04, Martial Artist: 10, Military Science (Camouflage, Cartography, Cryptography, Demolition, Tracking): 10, Military Science (Danger Recognition, Field Command): 08, Scientist: 02, Thief (Security Systems, Stealth): 10, Vehicles (Air Vehicles, Land Vehicles): 04, Weaponry (Firearms): 08, Weaponry (Melee Weapons): 10

Advantages:
Iron Nerves, Languages – R, W, &S [English, German, Afrikaans], Lightning Reflexes, Stabilization, Life Support (Total), Scholar [Tactics, Automobile Design], Sharp Eye.

Connections:
High Level [DeVries Agency].

Drawbacks:
Catastrophic Rage, SPI, MIH (those perceived as “decadent”), Miscellaneous: Tötentanz’s DEX, INT, and WILL are all superhumanly enhanced and drop to 4 APs each if his powers are neutralized.

Equipment:

  • TOTENTANZ MASK [BODY 6, Radio Communication (scrambled): 22, R#02].
  • Spear (x2) [BODY 10, EV 04 (09 w/STR, 13 w/Martial Artist].
  • Smoke Pellets (x5) [BODY 01, Fog: 10].
  • Grenades (x5) [BODY 01, Bomb: 08].

By Andrew Lee.

Source of Character: Based on character from Aberrant: Elites (White Wolf Games).

Helper(s): Mark Ayen (form DC/Aberrant Conversion Rules), Sébastien Andrivet.

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