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Ankylosaur (Champions RPG)

Ankylosaur


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Champions is one of the early, classic super-hero tabletop role-playing games. Its first edition was in 1981, and it still endures as of this writing (2010s). It has its own roster of characters, many of whom appeared across the decades and editions.

The power armour -clad Ankylosaur — named after a species of dinosaurs  — is one of the baddies.


Background

  • Real Name: Paul Bressler.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’8” (6’3” in armor). Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Watery green Hair: Dirty brown


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Powers and Abilities

Although Bressler is a depressingly average loser, the Ankylosaur armour is good kit.

  • The servos give him excellent speed and bounding ability.
  • The sensors suite is excellent.
  • The onboard computer and combat assistance systems quite good.
  • The raw strength and durability are sufficient for most engagements.
  • The built-in grenade launcher allows for strong and versatile destructive abilities.
  • The sheer power of a tail blow is fearsome.

The armor is vulnerable to sonics. Anything that is described as based on sonics (in DC Heroes RPG this can be the case of numerous Powers such as Vibe, some forms of Flash, certain forms of Force Manipulation, Disintegration, Energy blast, Hypnosis, etc.) will likely work against him.

Bressler is likely to forget about some of his suit’s abilities. Often, he’ll just shell away then melee. He may well waste a few Phases before he remembers to use a useful sensor mode.


History

Bressler was a two-bit mook. That was mainly because pretty much everything he ever did turned into a failure and he never got a break.


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He and his pals were then recruited by the villainous organisation VIPER. Their job was just to stage a diversion near an UNTIL base (UNTIL being the UN anti-terrorist organization). They were to do lots of damage and noise to lure a part of the forces away and facilitate the simultaneous VIPER raid.

UNTIL reacted with much more speed and manpower than anticipated. The mooks with disposable weapons were soon routed. Bressler was cut off the rest. He had to flee *inside* the UNTIL base to escape, hiding in a storage area.

While listening to the noises of the fight and hoping it would go away so he could run like hell, he decided to tamper with a few of the big crates he was hiding between. He simply changed the delivery address to his home. A few minutes later he managed to escape.

To his astonishment, a few days later the crates were delivered to him. Within was the completed Ankylosaur prototype.

UNTIL managed to track them down a few days later. But Bressler had more or less figured out how to use the suit, and thrashed the UNTIL squad that had been sent after him. He then become a freelance criminal.

Ankylosaur from the Champions RPG


Description

The Ankylosaur suit is a simple steel gray in color.

Bressler is an average schmuck with the beginning of a gin blossom. He dresses with more money than taste.


Personality

Bressler is just a bully who likes to be big and tough (which he is as Ankylosaur) and have truckloads of cash. He’s a follower, not very educated (saying correctly the name of the armor took weeks). Villains with brains and style will likely impress him.

Ankylosaur over a black background

Having been a two-bits hood for years, Bressler hates the cops and anything having to do with law enforcement. He will go out of his way to express this point of view violently. When the subject come up, and needlessly endanger himself and create troubles.


Quotes

“Ready for a pounding, hero ?”

“Feel the power of Ankaler… Ankilu… Anklyo… aaaaahhh shit.” (fires grenade)”


DC Universe History

In the DCU, the source of the Ankylosaur armor would be Intergang – back when it was controlled by Apokolips forces. With its giant dinosaur looks, high tech and brutal weapons, the Ankylosaur suit does look Apokolipsian enough.


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Ankylosaur

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation: Supervillain
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 008 HP: 030

Skills:
Vehicles (land): 03, Weaponry (street weapons): 03

Advantages:
Iron nerves (Only in Ankylosaur suit, 10 pts).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Unluck, Secret ID, SID of police and authority figures.

Equipment:
ANKYLOSAUR SUIT [/DEX/ 05 /STR/ 09 /BODY/ 11, INT 04, Extra limb: 15, Jumping: 02, Radar: 06, Radio communications: 10, Range: 06, Recall: 13, Running: 05, Sealed systems: 08, Shade (aural, visual): 04, Sonar: 06, Thermal vision: 06, Ultra-vision: 06, Martial artist: 06, Weaponry (launcher): 06, Limitation: Attack vulnerability (Sonics) – 2CS RV, R#02].


Ankylosaur’s tail grenade launcher

The tail grenade launcher is simply modeled by Ankylosaur’s Range power. His ammo supply is 24 shots, stored in six distinct, selectable internal magazines. These are voice-controlled. The launcher is a standard semi-automatic 40mm weapon, intended to be fully compatible with common grenades. Grenade types may include (stats from rulebook) :

  • Frag [BODY 01, Bomb: 05, Claws (Range, Area of Effect): 05, Grenade Drawback, R#03].
  • Blast [BODY 01, Bomb: 07, Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • Flashbang [BODY 01, Flash: 08, Sensory block (aural): 10, Grenade Drawback, R#03].
  • Smoke [BODY 01, Fog: 08, Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • Concussion [BODY 01, Super-breath: 05, Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • Flame [BODY 01, Flame project (Area of effect): 06; Grenade drawback, R#03].

You can also use grenades from our Weapons locker – grenades article.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Champions books and universe.

Helper(s): John Colagioia, William Peterson, Phil Dixon, REZcat.

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