5961 in-depth character profiles from comics, games, movies

Aztek (DC Comics) hovering upside-down

Aztek


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

Context

Aztek is a DC Comics super-hero, who first appeared in 1996. The themes were a strange mix of Grant Morrison’s cosmic grandeur and unreal machinations, and Mark Millar’s squalidness and goat-licking .

Though his publication career was short, Aztek the Ultimate Man is a true blue, positive, powerful super-hero who mixes Silver Age  purity with a post-modern plot and atmosphere. He could easily have been a major player in the DC Universe, and could thus occupy such a rank in other fictional worlds.


Background

  • Real Name: Uno (“number one”) is how the Q-Society calls him, since he is the main user of the helmet and has a “number two” to replace him if he falls. This seems to be his “real” name for most intends and purposes, but it is possible he was called otherwise by his father.
  • Other Aliases: Doctor Curtis “Curt” Falconer, MD.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Emilio (father); Mrs. Rodman (mother); Lawrence Rodman (brother); unnamed sister-in-law (Lawrence’s wife); unnamed nephew or niece (Lawrence’s child).
  • Group Affiliation: Q-Society ; JLA.
  • Base Of Operations: Vanity.
  • Height: 6’1 ½” Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown/dark blond


Advertisement


Powers and Abilities

Aztek is trained to the peak of human perfection. He’s an extraordinarily powerful athlete and martial artist. He was further trained to be extremely intelligent, analytical and resilient to distress. His sobriquet as the “ultimate man” is not exaggerated by much.

Although he initially lacked experience, he proved to be an extremely competent fighter and tactician, and was obviously on his way toward becoming a major hero.

The cure

Uno has manifested various seemingly superhuman abilities, such as the ability to heal and stop bleeding with but a touch, through applied energy.

Aztek the Ultimate Man

His abilities as a doctor generally seem to be much higher than what you’d expect. He was able to heal the badly wounded Martian Manhunter. Uno seemed to be on par with, if not slightly more competent than, Batman when it came to tackling this highly unusual medical issue.

Armour up, part 1

Uno’s training also included operating a unique suit of extremely advanced light armour.


Advertisement


The helmet is the key part of the Aztek armour. With enough training the rest of the armour can be thought into a higher vibrational key and disappear, but the helmet always remains there. The helmet includes a sort of built-in shotgun mike he uses to eavesdrop, as well as various specialized optics.

The armour can deploy a sort of feathered cape to glide or to help guide his flight. Furthermore, it greatly enhances his strength.

It has also various hidden weapons :

  • A retractable blade in the bracer very much like the ones used by Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley).
  • Plasma beams much like Iron Man’s palm repulsors (though much less powerful).
  • A steel net that can be shot from a bracer to capture an opponent.
  • Micro-rockets (the size of a short pencil) within the bracers.

The armour can even increase its outer temperature within seconds, for instance to free itself when encased in ice. It also can generate an energy shield in front of itself, though that implies increasing the density of the armour and thus greatly reducing mobility).

The armour, a miracle of occult engineering, occasionally has to be recharged with four-dimensional energy through a specialized ritual. In DC Heroes RPG terms, that has to take place whenever the R# of the helmet is rolled.

Armour up, part 2

By combining the use of several of his audio sensors Aztek can, much like Supergirl or Daredevil, to ’scan’ large volumes from a considerable distance for a specific sound. And while his “X-ray vision” optics aren’t highly penetrative, they’re quite sufficient to see through soft obstacles such as heavy rain, bushes, foliage, etc..

Aztek is cautious and well-trained, and uses those sensory abilities to their full extent. Before going in (say, in an hostage situation) he will carefully, patiently look and listen to gain as much information as he can.

From what we see when Aztek confronts the Lizard King, his armour is much more advanced than even the previous generation. It is heavily implied that this is due to Lex Luthor joining the Q-Society. All the new gadgets, electronics and weapon systems in Aztek’s armour are likely the result of Lexcorp’s best engineering, using the unique source of power within the armour.

Other assets

Aztek is extremely charismatic. He will often leave a strong and lasting impression upon those with whom he interacts, especially when he is kind and positive. His compliments brighten the day and are easily remembered. His acts of support toward those in dire straits will move the heart of both the recipients and most onlookers, if any.

Hospital patients applauded when they saw him relieving the pain of a terrified and bleeding explosion victim. Thugs to whom Aztek had given money so they would not mug people felt more loyalty and respect toward him than toward their own psychotic employer.

At one point he somehow stole the ring off Rayner’s finger. I have no idea of how he did that.


History

2,000 years ago, in what is now Mexico, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl vanquished the shadow god Tezcatlipoca. Quetzalcoatl then left Earth. But he warned that Tezcatlipoca would return to destroy the world, and left behind a battle helmet. This helmet was to be donned by a human champion of Quetzalcoatl to battle Tezcatlipoca when the day came.

Tezcatlipoca was later revealed to be a doomsday weapon of the Third World. This is the one of the Old Gods who preceded the modern Fourth World. The Fourth World is the one led by New Gods such as Highfather and Darkseid. It is thus probable that Quetzalcoatl — or at least this Quetzalcoatl — was an Old God living on Earth, or otherwise had strong connections to the Old Gods.

Human followers trained a succession of champions. Thus, one would always be ready to don the helmet when the day came. However they eventually strayed from their path, and Quetzalcoatl destroyed their champion.

The Q-Society

As a result the followers were replaced by a new organisation more clearly devoted to training and arming a succession of champions. Each champion had a backup to prevent any gap in the succession. It was usually called the Q-Society or Q-Brotherhood, among others.

Aztek flying

The Q-Society developed weapons based on the best super-technology of each century or decade. It was apparently a global organisation, since some of their champions spoke English or French.

The shadowy Society also built up its temporal power and influence. During the XXth century they attempted to recruit Thomas Wayne, who turned them down, and Lex Luthor, who agreed. Though Luthor wished to back an organisation that could prevent the Earth’s destruction, he unsurprisingly had his agenda.

Circa 1970, the Q-Society determined that their champion should reside in an awful, terrible city in the US called Vanity (see the Vanitas vanitatum… section below). Things always go wrong in Vanity, and the champion wasn’t spared by this phenomenon.

Looking out for number one

The Q-Society champion back then was named Emilio. He and a local woman fell in love, and they married and had a son. This did not fit the Society’s plans. Thus, the ruthless shadow masters ordered the backup champion to kill Emilio. The man refused this order and was psychically tortured and broken. Then the Society murdered Emilio and kidnapped his son, Uno.

Through its own actions, the Q-Society now had neither a champion nor a backup. Thus, they trained Uno as intensively as they could so he could take the mantle. The child was raised in a Society base in the Andes. He was trained to the peak of physical and mental perfection so he could be Quetzalcoatl’s host if the shadow god returned during his time. He was then sent to Vanity once he was 20.

Soon after arriving, Uno intervened in a bank heist. Retired Silver Age  villain the Piper (Dr. Curt Falconer) had been forced to commit the crime lest his estranged daughter be executed. The situation went bad when Vanity killer vigilante Bloodtype arrived. Despite Uno’s efforts, both Bloodtype and the Piper were killed.

Uno took over Falconer’s identity as his cover. As to Uno’s super hero identity it was nicknamed “Aztek” by the Vanity press due to the design of his helmet. Though for what it’s worth it’s Inca-looking and not Aztec-looking.

Dr. Curt Falconer :

  • Had no close relative.
  • Was expected at a new job where nobody knew him.
  • Had many of his ID-grade documents expire shortly before his death.
  • Was unidentifiable after the explosion.

Thus, his identity was a perfect cover. Nevertheless, Uno’s naiveté and honesty, as well as the discrepancy between his apparent and listed age, made some colleagues suspicious. Dr. Julia Frostick in particular realised that something was off. However, she came to trust Uno even after she discovered that he was Aztek. The Q-Society later recruited her.

The Ultimate Man

In Vanity Aztek fought Synth with the help of Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), though Falconer’s daughter was killed in the fray. He teamed up with Batman to stop the Joker, then took down the Parasite (then known as “Doc Parasite”) and handed him over to Superman.

Though Aztek didn’t realise at first, the later two crises had been engineered by Lex Luthor. Luthor wanted Aztek to network with the Justice League of America ASAP. Luthor later stated that an alliance with the JLA could only help against a return of the shadow god. However, his actual plan was to eventually use Aztek and the vast Q-Society network to destroy Superman and the JLA.

Thanks to Luthor’s machinations, Aztek was considered a potential JLA recruit. After defeating Amazo in Vanity, Uno formally joined. However, most of his time was spent familiarising himself with JLA equipment and procedure rather than in the field.

Uno learned about his father’s fate when he was attacked by the Lizard King. The King was the former backup of Emilio, rendered insane by the Society’s torture. This incident and other bits of information about the Q-Society made Uno increasingly wary about his masters.

As a Justice League member, Aztek fought Metallo at Fort Knox. He later played a key role in saving the life of the Martian Manhunter after J’onn fought the angel Asmodel. Aztek was also on JLA monitor duty when he detected a gigantic, impossibly powerful menace headed toward Earth.

As he would soon learn, this was the shadow god.

Secret Hospital

At this point, Luthor was getting more directly involved with the Q Foundation and Aztek. He had the entire personnel of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital kidnapped and implanted with cerebral chips. These made them forget that they had been operated on and that “Falconer” was Aztek. The chips also made unable to hear or see anything relating to those points.

When somebody shouts “Curt Falconer is Aztek” among them, they simply ignore it. The only exception is his boss and ally, Julia, who has been initiated in the Q-Foundation.

On top of this heavy-handed approach, Luthor also relocated Falconer to a luxurious penthouse home in Vanity. He provided him with professional, heavily-armed bodyguards (one of whom may have been a Bana-Mighdall Amazon, like Luthor’s own bodyguards Hope and Mercy are suspected of being). The monastery-raised Uno was quite uncomfortable with all of this.

(In DC Heroes RPG terms – at this point the Wealth of Aztek becomes a 08 (and he keeps the Rich Friend on top of that), and he acquires an Expansive H.Q. Advantage.)

The shadow god

In late 1997, Luthor’s Injustice Gang attacked the JLA. Luthor also contacted Aztek, who was in the JLA’s moon base. He told Uno that he was behind much of his equipment and training – hoping to tip the odds in his favour.

Aztek refused to betray the JLA, and Luthor teleported 12 armed nuclear missiles into the base. Aztek disarmed all the missiles within less than 3 ½ minutes, saving everyone. He then resigned, considering that he presented a security risk for the League.

Aztek’s activities over 1998/1999 are largely undocumented. But he remained a JLA reservist and was briefly called to reinforce the League against Amazo.

In late 1999 the final day came. The New Gods came to Earth and warned of the coming of Mageddon. This Third World god-killing relic was the object Aztek had seen on the JLA sensors years before.

Its coming as the Anti-Sun had been prophesied in many cultures under many names, including “Tezcatlipoca”. Mageddon soon overwhelmed Wonderworld, where titanic super-heroes stood eternal guard against untold perils from outside time and space

As Mageddon attacked Earth Aztek successfully entered its brain. However, Uno was permanently blinded by one of the Anti-Sun’s thoughts. Meanwhile humans all across Earth were driven to a frenzy by Mageddon’s presence. Super-heroes pooled all their resource together to bring this Word War Three under control. Their resources included the Atlantean military and a host of angels.

Meanwhile, Aztek learned to use his helmet to function whilst blind and attacked Mageddon again. Allying with Superman, Aztek sacrificed himself to detonate his helmet within Mageddon. Only this explosion made it possible for the Man of Steel to prevail.


Dos

Each Champion of Quetzalcoatl has a silent partner, another person receiving most of the training of a Champion. Uno’s numero dos was a woman, who seemed more pragmatic, cold-hearted and aggressive than Uno. Likewise, she had a weaker code against killing.

Uno did not appear to like her much, and even seemed wary of her. She seemed ambitious and itching to replace Uno, whom she thought was weak. When Aztek joined the JLA she announced she wanted to go rogue and replace him.

Though the helmet has been destroyed and she cannot become the Champion anymore (and the God of Darkness has been destroyed, anyway), it is likely Uno’s former number two is still around. What she has done since the coming of Mageddon is a mystery, still to be told.


Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas

Vanity is a city in Oregon. It has a large but run-down downtown area. Vanity has a deserved reputation as a very bad place. It is famous for its squalor, its violence and the highest suicide rate in teens throughout the United States by far, at five times normal.

The hostility of Vanity goes beyond the mundane. The architecture is grey, warped, sprawling, monolithic and extremely dense, with most buildings having odd features. Thus it is not merely completely run down and forsaken, as is Hub City, or twisted and oppressive, like many places in Gotham. Vanity sometimes seems evil, hateful and malicious. It breeds depression and hopelessness.

The neighbourhood names all seem derived from convicted Anglo-Saxon murderers (though this is difficult to realize for a casual observer ; for instance the area of Chapman seems to refer to either Victorian poisoner George Chapman or to Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon). Several spots, such as Urthona Tower, derive their names from near-forgotten sinister, alien comic book villains (though Urthona himself derives from the poetry of William Blake ).

It is impossible to develop an Area Knowledge of Vanity. The place keeps somehow changing with buildings constantly being torn down, built or modified. Even longtime residents will occasionally get lost.

The role of Vanity in corrupting enthusiasm and imagination definitely seems supernatural. For instance, the imagination-powered emerald constructs of Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) were more fragile and prone to unravelling in Vanity. Rayner himself seemed more attracted toward killing than he ever would normally be.

The writers described the city thus: “Everybody always says that a town is worse than Gotham, but it never really is, there are just more back alley muggings. In our plan Vanity is actually much worse, and the evil is built into the city’s architecture. Every priest is a pervert, and there’s a monster in every family. The city was built by [Clarence] Vane, who was a worshiper of the dark, and he wanted to create hell on earth.”


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Uno is a genuine hero, so good you’d think it’s the Silver Age all over again. He’s innocent, incredibly virtuous, and brilliant. He’s utterly dedicated to helping and protecting people, no matter what the personal cost. He knows endless secret techniques and is highly trained.

He exhibits a strong professionalism as a hero. When his relative inexperience leads him to make small mistakes, he will meditate about it all night long not to repeat them. He’s very nice, mild-mannered and responsible. Well, you get the idea.

Code against killing

He’s very demanding toward himself, considers any death or maiming in his vicinity to be his fault, and generally tries to avoid unnecessary violence. He has been taught to respect all life and only kill as an absolute last resort.

In fact, he was quite willing to give what little money he had to thugs when they pointed out they were only mugging a passerby because they had no money. This struck him as the most rational and effective course of action, even though that would make his everyday life difficult. The thugs, not believing somebody could be that good, maced him instead.

Aztek knows that the little things help. Thus, he actually spends time rescuing kittens from trees. At one point, he spent several hours tracking down an old lady’s pet lizard. Morrison likened him to the “Doogie Howser, M.D. , of the super hero community […], the class nerd of superheroes”.

He’s nice and caring, and always has a nice word or an acknowledgment for other people. Initially, Uno was disoriented by being in a modern town full of people – especially with the tension and fear in Vanity. But he had extensively studied the modern world and his intelligence and resolve allowed him to adapt in record time.

In fact, by issue #2 he already seemed more competent and on the ball than Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner — which, granted, may not be that great a benchmark). Still, in complex interpersonal situations such as flirting, he can be as clueless as his Innocent Drawback implies.

Policy of truth

Uno simply does not lie, and will always state the plain truth even if that is catastrophic? For instance, he *will* explain where he comes from when asked. He *will* say he was raised by warrior monks in the Andes. Of course, most people hearing such weirdness will assume this is a weird joke and change the subject.

Aztek stated that he wanted to return to his people and devote his life to meditation and learning once his mission had been accomplished. While he never was able to, this illustrates his Responsibility for Power Motivation. But admittedly, it would be easy to conclude he’s an Upholding the Good person due to his evidently strong moral code.


Quotes

“I don’t want anything from you. I’m asking you to stop beating that man and I’m hoping you don’t intend to make an issue of it. It would be stupid to start a fight…”

“Don’t move. I can help you.”

“Uh, well, Falconer isn’t really such an unusual name, Nurse Page. There’s 41 of us in the current telephone directory.”

“Good. Well, now that we’ve passed the predictable fight superheroes are obliged to have when they first meet and established the fact that I’m not a villain, maybe we can get down to business here.”

“No. Something’s wrong. This Mindy Falconer doesn’t sound like any hostage I’ve ever studied. Let’s just listen for a minute.”

“You people look smart enough to realize you don’t stand a chance here. Spare yourselves six months physio and surrender while you can.”

“I failed again. I handled the hostage situation carelessly and someone died. I should have been more alert, more aware.”

“I’m not trying to look cool. All I wanted to do was help this man before you injured him.”

(As bystanders just discuss among themselves instead of running from the battle) “Thank you. I’m fine. Now stand back or you might get hurt. This isn’t supposed to be entertainment.”

“That was so strange. I’ve never been encased in ice before…”

“Batman ? I’m using my helmet radio ! Can you hear me ? ‘Way over your head‘, [the Joker] said. [The viral bomb is in] the blimp !”

“To be honest, the kidnappers weren’t psychopaths. These children were never in any real danger. I wouldn’t want what I did here to be blown out of all proportion.”

“Speed’s what counts. Speed and skill. All the power in the world doesn’t make a difference if you can’t land a punch.”

“This isn’t a test, Julia. Go find Ivo and get him as far away from this lunatic as you can ; behind the lead shields in x-ray would probably be safest.”

“I’m a doctor. I might have been able to save him.”

“Martian biology isn’t exactly my area of expertise, but it looks to me like his adaptive system is frozen and he’s lost control of his molecular structure. His body simply shut itself down.”

“I’ve penetrated the dark god’s boiling cosmic shroud… surprised my suit could adapt for space travel… through raging thoughtstorms taller than continents… flying deep into labyrinthine mechanisms. Its brain is like a city, a world in flames… It cannot be argued with. It cannot be threatened. It will simply exterminate us. All of us. I saw one of its thoughts and was blinded in an instant. It’s rising from beneath our solar system. All my life, the Q Foundation trained me for this, to face the dark god, Tezcatlipoca. And I failed.”

“I am in the heart of the shadow-god of my people, Tezcatlipoca — and he’s just an old computer. Just a machine. But for a long time we have had a weapon designed to stop him. This weapon is called ‘Aztek’. Tell them I did my duty.” (Detonates his uniform.)


Sharing



Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

Tell me more about the game stats

Aztek

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 09 Wil: 09 Min: 08 Occupation: Champion of the Q-Society, Doctor
Inf: 08 Aur: 08 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 029 HP: 075

Skills:
Acrobatics: 07, Detective (Clue analysis): 05, Gadgetry (Identify gadget): 04, Martial artist: 09, Medicine: 09, Military science: 06, Weaponry (armour weapon systems)*: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Uno can use his Medicine (first aid) Subskill both as a Powered Skill and as a normal Skill. If he uses it as a Powered Skill, he can work without any equipment and in about a fourth of the time a normal medical procedure would take in an hospital (+1) – but he cannot use the Powered version on himself.

Advantages:
Expertise (criminology, philosophy), Iron Nerves, Language (Spanish), Lightning Reflexes, Rich Friend (Q-Society/Luthor), Sharp Eye.

Connections:
Q-Society (High).

Drawbacks:
Innocent, Secret ID (sort of – 0 pts), SIA toward Never Lying, SIA toward Responsibility.

Equipment:

Helmet

HELMET [BODY 25, Directional hearing: 10, Extended hearing: 08, Invisibility: 06, Microscopic vision: 04, Radio communications: 10, Telescopic vision: 04, Ultravision: 06, X-ray vision: 02, Military science (tracking): 10, Scholar (super-heroes and super-villains, Q-society technology), Omni-Scholar, R#02. Bonus: Military science (tracking) can also be used to trace an ongoing telephone call, provided Aztek wears the ARMOUR and can access the phone receiving the call, Limitation: Invisibility requires ARMOUR ; Invisibility can also be used against Thermal Vision, but this is a completely different setting ; when activated Ultravision carries a -1CS Attack Vulnerability toward Flash. Note that even if he loses his normal sight, Aztek can use the other visual powers without hindrance].]

Note that technically, the Omni-Scholar is a combination of the EXPERIENCE STORAGE MATRIX below, Lexcorp databases integrated in the armour, and user interfaces for the Lexcorp databases installed within the helmet. Thus for modern subjects, such as how to disarm nuclear explosives, access to the ARMOUR is a reasonable requirement.

Knowledge matrix

EXPERIENCE STORAGE MATRIX [BODY 15, Data storage: 35, Disintegration: 18, Recall: 15, Note: Disintegration inflicts SPI damage and attacks against INF/SPI ; if SPI is reduced to zero it will continue its course against MIND/MIND then BODY/BODY once MIND is reduced to zero. The MATRIX’s Disintegration is automatically triggered on the third Phase anyone wears the HELMET, unless the wearer knows the post-hypnotic riddle – in which case he’s safe. Data Storage is used to contain the memory/souls of the previous wearer].

The Matrix holds the memories and, to some degree, the souls of all the previous Champions of Quetzalcoatl. The accumulated mental energy is tremendous, and all the Champions’ soul will “speak into” and invade the mind of the wearer, likely demolishing his mind and brain and skinning his entire body.

The full Champions of Quetzalcoatl are taught a code word, a mental game, a post-hypnotic riddle that keeps the minds in the helmet occupied. This game might be some form of intractable algorithm — if this is the case, perhaps a person who somehow realises what is going on can use her Scientist skill and an Expertise or Scholar in maths or logic to add to her RV (no, a Tower of Hanoi game is probably not going to be sufficient).

Armoured suit

  • ARMOUR [/BODY/ 09 /STR/ 10, Claws: 11, Energy blast: 09, Flame being: 02, Flight: 13, Force shield: 04, Gliding: 04, Lightning immunity: 03, Projectile weapons: 10, Snare: 09, Insta-change: Note Insta-change requires wearing the HELMET, Limitations: Force shield reduces the wearer’s DEX by the number of APs used, and his movement speed by half that number ; /BODY/ is ignored by gas-based attacks ; Snare has Ammo: 01 ; Projectile weapon has Ammo: 02, Flame being is heat, not flame (+0), Drawback: If the HELMET is missing, activating a Power of the ARMOUR manually takes an Automatic Action.]
  • SPACE TRAVEL MODE [BODY 06, Cold immunity: 08, Flame immunity: 08, Flight: 30, Sealed systems: 12, Limitation: Cold immunity, Flame Immunity and Flight are only useable in space.]. This suite, which Aztek did not known he had, kicks in when he leaves the confines of the atmosphere.

Other built-in weapons

  • OMNI-GADGETS (x2) [ABC, 5 APs]. Since the ARMOUR seems to have a special ability for every occasion, it is best modelled as also having built-in OMNI-GADGETS.
  • CABLE LAUNCHER [BODY 08 STR 05, Lightning: 09, Projectile weapon: 08, Range: 03, Bonus: Projectile weapons trails a line with a BODY of 08 and enough tensile strength to support Aztek’s full armoured STR ; Limitations: Neither Lightning nor Projectile weapon have Range, but Projectile weapon uses the Range listed instead ; when Combined Lightning can only be used on target against whom pre-LDD RAPs have been scored by Projectile weapon, though it can be used un-Combined as a touch weapon of its own].
    This launcher is built into the right bracer, and launches a steel line topped with a piton that can embed itself in the target. A sort of powerful taser is also integrated, and can be used to shock targets hit by the piton, with the electricity flowing through the line. Note that, if the target is Stunned by the Lightning, its muscle will spasm, which may lead to involuntary action such as discharging a firearm — Uno is of course aware of this. The taser can also be discharged from contact, through the gauntlet. Aztek occasionally uses the superior STR from his armour to hit a heavy object behind his target and yank it into falling on top of his opponent, which can result in very dangerous Blindside Attacks.

Fourth-dimensional energy

FOUR-DIMENSIONAL BATTERY AND DROPLET EXTRACTOR [BODY 06, Mental blast: 13, Ammo: 02, Note: While it is possible to use Mental blast even after there is no Ammo left, Aztek must then subtract as many APs from any Attributes or Powers of his costume and its various components as he used to power Mental Blast. Those APs cannibalized from other abilities of the armour must be Recovered normally. Note: If somebody uses Power Drain (or a similar energy absorption mechanism, but usually not Vampirism) on the armour, Mental blast can be used to attack them ; in those circumstances it becomes its own AV and the cost of boosting the AV and the EV with HPs become halved (round down)].

This hidden weapon seems to be built into the chest of the armour. It can project a droplet of four-dimensional energy, but he can only spare a little of this potent energy or start running down the power in his suit. As demonstrated when the Parasite tried to drain the armour, four-dimensional energy does not play well with three-dimension beings, and is very likely to knock out the energy absorber.

When Aztek detonated his entire store of four-dimensional energy near the heart of Mageddon, the effects didn’t seem to be physical (asides from apparently incinerating him). It was likely a Mental or Spiritual attack with an AV around 20 and an EV somewhere in the high 40s (maybe even 50), since it Stunned Mageddon, seriously disrupted all of its operations and cost it a huge chunk of HPs.


Design notes

I’ve broken down the costume into sub-systems largely to keep things legible. However, separating the helmet from the rest actually reflects how Aztek’s gear works.

Spanish is not demonstrated, but his father is Mexican and he was raised in the Andes so it would be odd if he didn’t understand the language.

It is quite possible Uno had full Gadgetry, and at a higher level. After all, the Lizard King did, and it’s not extraordinary to suppose they had the same training. In fact, it is implied Aztek has quite an arsenal of skills. The ones in the writeup that are below 08 or so might be higher, but I’ve stuck to what he actually had time to demonstrate.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Aztec series and JLA (DC Universe).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan, Gareth Lewis — and Alan Kistler’s article for Fanzing (defunct). One of the illos was detoured at rapsheet.co.uk .

Writeups.org is a non-commercial, community site

We chat and work at the DC Heroes Yahoo! group .