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Warlord

(Travis Morgan)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Warlord (Travis Morgan) is a pulps  DC Comics character who debuted in 1975. He’s a sort of Tarzan/John Carter/Conan figure operating in Skattaris , a lost world with wizards and dinosaurs.

These are very old notes done using Mayfair and DC material. As I remember it, it was chiefly a courtesy for people who couldn’t find the Atlas of the DC Universe where Mayfair published the stats for the Warlord and some of his supporting cast.


Background

  • Real Name: Travis Morgan.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Rachel Morgan (first wife, deceased), Tara (second wife), Jennifer Morgan (daughter), Joshua (aka Tinder, son), Marie (sister-in-law).
  • Base Of Operations: Skartaris.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 188lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: White


Powers and Abilities

Travis Morgan is :

  1. A brilliant military strategist and leader.
  2. A formidable hand-to-hand combatant.
  3. A superb marksman with a gun.
  4. An extraordinary swordsman.

He also upgraded his handgun to an Automag during his last stay on Earth. The high-powered ammunition allowing to perform what amount to sniper shots with a mere, unscoped handgun.


History

US Air Force  pilot Travis Morgan became a widower when his wife Rachel was killed in an automobile accident. Their daughter Jennifer was then eight years old. Believing life on Air Force bases was inappropriate for her, Morgan sent her to live with her aunt Marie.

Morgan subsequently served in the Việt Nam war.

Morgan was later sent by the Pentagon on a secret aerial spy mission to photograph a new Soviet installation. The Soviets fired missiles at his plane. Though the missiles did not hit it, the explosion of one missile damaged Morgan’s jet, causing a severe fuel leak. Heading to Alaska over the North pole, Morgan finally ran out of fuel.

Another world

Parachuting from the plane, Morgan descended through an interdimensional nexus from Earth’s arctic region to the otherdimensional realm of Skartaris . Soon he rescued Tara, the heir to the throne of the city of Shamballah, from a carnivorous dinosaur. Morgan and Tara were captured and brought to the city of Thera, where he first encountered his archfoe, the high priest Deimos.

Tara taught Morgan her language, and they escaped from Thera. She also tutored him in swordsmanship. Later Morgan was enslaved and trained as a gladiator. He led other gladiators to freedom, and intended to bring liberty to the people of Skartaris.

Travis Morgan became known in Skartaris as the great warrior called the Warlord. He eventually married Tara, who became ruler of Shamballah, and they had a son, Joshua.

Deimos kidnapped Joshua and used advanced technology to clone the baby and then advance the clone rapidly to adulthood. Morgan, thinking the clone was his true son, was forced to shoot and kill the clone in battle. Morgan now believed his son to be dead, when actually Joshua was brought up by peasants and still lives under the name of Tinder.

Mighty thews

The Warlord has made some notable friends and allies, including Machiste, Mariah and Shakira. His daughter Jennifer came to Skartaris in search of him, and became the realm’s supreme sorceress.

The Warlord has seemingly abandoned his dream of bringing liberty to all of Skartaris, but is continually going on far-flung adventures. His marriage to Tara has undergone strains, but is still strong. More recently, the Warlord has played a major role in freeing Shamballah from conquest from the forces of New Atlantis, thus helping restore Tara to her throne.

In 1990, the Warlord went back to Earth to discover what had been going on on Earth for the last 20 years. He was less than pleased, and had trouble explaining his disappearance to the military. As a result, he went back to Skartaris.


Description

The Warlord’s hair style is very similar to the first Green Arrow’s which led to extremely violent confusion on one occasion.


Personality

Morgan is a study in contradictions. At heart, he’s an idealist ; he believes strongly in human rights and despises tyranny and corruption. But he’s found that human nature (including his own) often falls short of his lofty ideals. Thus, his many disappointments have left him bitter and cynical.

He has a strong sense of loyalty to his friends and comrades, but he is also cursed with wanderlust and a love of adventure. He’ll fight against overwhelming odds to be reunited with his wife Tara, then turn around and abandon her again to pursue some new quest.

He is hot-tempered and brutal in combat, but in quieter moments he is prone to bouts of depression, brooding over past failures.


Quotes

“I kind of wonder… what happened to all those bright kids who were going to change the world ? Maybe they didn’t care enough after all… More women are working now, which is fine. And more men are wearing earrings, which is… weird. ”Liberal” has become a dirty word, but at least Teddy Kennedy never got to be president, indicating the country hasn’t totally lost its mind. Except that doesn’t explain Ronald Reagan . Somebody should have told him that there’s more to being president than remembering your lines and not bumping into the furniture. Did you know Elvis Presley  is dead ? And Ricky Nelson . Bing Crosby . Jack Benny . John Wayne . And most of what I knew… tradition… values. I hear we lost that stupid war. Hell, I could have told them that was coming.”

“I once had a dream for this world of yours, Shakira. I saw Skartaris as a place where all men could live in freedom and equality, with equal justice for the smallest and the greatest ! Maybe that dream still burns somewhere in my soul. Or maybe it’s simply that I never feel so alive as when the scent of blood and the sound of battle are in the air and a stout blade is in my hand !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Warlord

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 10 Min: 08 Occupation: Warlord
Inf: 08 Aur: 08 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 027 HP: 100

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Animal handling*: 08, Charisma: 10, Martial artist*: 08, Military science*: 07, Thief*: 08, Vehicles*: 08, Weaponry*: 08

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Shamballah), Attractive, Intensive training, Iron nerves, Language (Shamballah tongue), Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Popularity, Sharp eye, Schtick (Miracle Shot), Slowed Aging.

Connections:
Shamballah (High), Wizard World (Low).

Drawbacks:
Authority figure, Exile (voluntary), Dependent (Tara, 5pts), Public ID, Minor Rage (see Hellfire below).

Equipment:

  • Hellfire [BODY 12, INT 01, INF 06, AUR 06, SPI 06, EV 10, Magic field: 15. Note : Hellfire may only be wielded by Morgan or one of his blood relatives (anyone else who tries to unsheathe the sword is mystically attacked by the sword’s INF/AUR as AV/EV). Limitation: Hellfire must draw blood every time it is unsheathed, or it attacks its wielder as above ; Limitation : gives its wielder a Serious Rage, reduced to Minor if the wielder’s WILL is 08 or more].
  • Automag [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 08, R#2].

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet and JKCarrier (stats from Atlas of the DCU, history from Who’s Who).

Source of Character: Warlord comics (DCU).

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