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Tremolo (X-Factor enemy)

Tremolo


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • The Hell’s Belles are very convenient – obscure group, reasonable power level, little backstory, mercenary nature, etc. They’re great if you need opponents for low-powered, beginning PCs.
  • Since they haven’t appeared much, stats inevitably are somewhat speculative.

Background

  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Hell’s Belles
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Tremolo has vibratory powers – she can set a field of vibration that propels her through the air and/or hurl destructive blasts that look like weirdly coloured streaks of lightning. One of her remarks implies that she is interested in, and likely trained in, the martial arts.

Tremolo might have other minor vibratory abilities, such as Force shield: 05 and/or Bomb: 05, but these are not really demonstrated.

The Belles were not a shining moment of teamwork — they lacked coordination, did not try to complement each other, and their ’plans’ were usually to just go in from different angles as pairs. Presumably they’re used to picking on opponents weaker than themselves, and lack experience taking on quality fighting forces.


History

Practically nothing is known about the group of female mutant criminals known as the Hell’s Belles. During the 1980s and possibly before, they worked as enforcers for undisclosed criminal cartels, chiefly dealing in the gargantuan US market for narcotics. Circa 1991, they were placed under the authority of the dreaded mercenary Cyber, who considered himself to be their mentor given his experience.

One of their number, Shrew, eventually decided she had had enough and in 1992 she negotiated with the authorities to act as a witness ; her treason may have been motivated by Cyber’s influence making the Hell’s Belles even more crazed and on the edge than they already were. Part of the negotiation was of course protection, since it was obvious the cartel would send her former colleagues to kill her. The government had the then-current X-Factor team (commanded by Alex Summers) run that protection.

Though the Hell’s Belles lacked the raw power or skill to pose a real threat to X-Factor, Cyber accompanied them on that mission. Nevertheless, the first attack was repulsed, though Cyber and the Belles blew out the hotel in which Shrew and X-Factor had been residing, out of spite. During the fray, Cyber poisoned X-Factor operative Strong Guy, and later called to offer the only known antidote in exchange for Shrew.

X-Factor and the government turned the exchange, which took place at Judiciary Square, into a trap, and the Belles were defeated and arrested ; Cyber managed to flee. Strong Guy had previously been given an antidote the government labs had cooked up after analysing the toxin.

The Hell’s Belles were not seen after that, but in 2006 the S.H.I.E.L.D. analyses detected the powers of Tremolo, Vague and Flambé within Michael Pointer, which would mean they were depowered during M-Day. The status of Briquette and Shrew is unknown – they were not on the available lists.

Note that the depowered Belles’s powers can fairly easily be simulated by technology (micro-flamethrower, stealth suit, jetpack and vibroshock units), so like some ex-mutants they might soldier on with technological aids. As for Shrew, she may have been forced back into a life of crime by the cartels, or may have become an Initiative “recruit” if she kept her abilities.


Description

See illustrations with the cool Stroman art.

Tremolo wears a tight black leather jumpsuit with shoulder pads, even though her physique is not as idealised as that of most superhumans. Her haircut is somewhat reminiscent of a 1950s rocker cut, and she wears very red lipstick.


Personality

Apparently, the Belles were a dysfunctional, edgy, aggressive, cruel, out-of-control bunch – presumably in part thanks to Cyber. It is also possible that they were kept on a leash via narcotics addiction, and Shrew generally considered that being on the group was insane and that the Belles were mad dogs.

Whilst Cyber was leading the Belles, Tremolo seemed to be brash, assertive, impatient, somewhat crude, and to like to intimidate and bully people. She was definitely a major reason why the Belles had the reputation mentioned above.


Quotes

(To Strong Guy) “Look, you oversized kewpie doll… this isn’t your concern. Shrew’s coming back with us.”

“Oh funny funny ! Laugh off some sonic waves, wise guy !”

“Fall back ! Regroup ! C’mon ! We can take these bozos !”


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Tremolo

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Enforcer
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 020

Powers:
Flight: 07, Vibe: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight is Contingent on Vibe
  • Vibe has the Scattershot Advantage

Skills:
Martial artist (EV): 04

Advantages:
Language (French)

Connections:
Hell’s Belles (Low), Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Bullying

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (X-Factor books in the Summer of 1992)

Helper(s): Darci, Alan Wilkinson

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