Baron of the Establishment (Wildstorm Comics)



The Establishment was a 2000-2001 comics series. It was part of a small wave of off-beat, unusual comics set in the Wildstorm Universe. In some respects they evoked DC’s Vertigo imprint, then a major reference.

These books didn’t last long, though.


  • Real Name: Ian Hotspur.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Establishment.
  • Base Of Operations: Nowhere, London.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 145lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

While possessing no known powers, the Baron is a highly trained swordsman.

He enters combat in a set of hard light armour, sword and shield, which he can summon from the Establishment’s Floating Arsenal.

He also has a suitcase, which contains a portal into his own personal extra-dimensional hideaway.


The Baron was an agent of the Establishment. This was a secret British government-sponsored super-group, which had been protecting Britain since the 16th Century.

Assigned to investigate rumours of trouble in the seaside town of Hobb’s Bay, the Baron was present when a ship full of Daemonites and mercenaries landed.

The Baron did his best to drive them off, but he along with most of the population of Hobb’s Bay, was overwhelmed and killed.


He seemed like a professional, who had no hesitation charging into an overwhelming battle.


“There’s nothin’ goin’ on Scarlet. Place’s dead. Me too if I gotta stomach another week of fried breakfasts. I’m cruisin’ for a coronary ! Does Drake imagine anythin’s goin’ to happen here ? An out-of-season seaside town full of old people who smell of piss and biscuits. He having a laugh or what ? Y‘know, I even think some of ’em are shaggin’. It’s disgustin’!”

DC Universe History

Since the Establishment has operated as a secret organisation for the first 400 years of their existence, they could be inserted fairly easily. If also integrating other histories, the Establishment could have been called the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen earlier in its existence.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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The Baron

A 435 Point Character

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Government Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 015 HP: 020

Weaponry (Melee): 07

Government Credentials (High).

The Establishment (High).



  • Suitcase [BODY 08, Dimensional Travel (Travel): 12, Bonuses & Limitations: Dimensional Travel has the Tesseract Limitation].
  • ARMOUR [/BODY/ 07].
  • Sword [BODY 08, EV 05].
  • MEDIUM SHIELD [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 08, EV 03 (04 w/STR), Recommended STR 02, Note: OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 2 APs, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 2 APs].

Establishment Tech

The group headquarters is called Nowhere. It’s a portion of a planet-sized time machine, originally built by Mother and Dr. Orwell. It can open up Windows to allow transportation, but requires a receiver to be set up at the target location [Warp: 25, Limitation: Requires equipment to be set up at target site (-2)].

All members have communicators, which allow instant communication with Nowhere from any point on the planet [Radio Communication (Scrambled): 20], and they can all access a storage system, the Floating Arsenal, to access equipment that they may need on a mission. (Each member can access an 8AP AC Omni-Gadget).

Design Notes

The portal in his suitcase could be a standard Warp, representing the Establishments Windows, but if so his team mates could have gotten to him faster, so I’ve decided to classify it as a private tesseract.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: The Establishment (Wildstorm Comics).