Black Rook of the Hellfire Club (von Roehm) (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) portrait Sienkewicz

Black Rook

(Friedrich von Roehm)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


He is a minor character in the X-Men universe. His purpose was to introduce Selene as The Hellfire Club’s Black Queen.


  • Real Name: Friedrich von Roehm.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Hellfire Club, Inner Circle.
  • Base Of Operations: Hellfire Club’s Mansion, New York City.
  • Height: 5’8” Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers & Abilities

Von Roehm possess a form of mild lycanthropy. When he transforms, he gets feral features (fierce face, almost running on all four, claws), but he stays human.

The transformation is triggered by Selene’s mental powers. The power is supposed to be innate, genetically based. Its presence makes him the hereditary high priest for Selene’s cult.

However, it looks more the other way around: as high priest for Selene’s cult, he was granted the ability.


Von Roehm owns an important jewelry store in New York City. He’s the high priest of the supernatural and self proclaimed goddess Selene (See Selene’s write up for details).

When she arrived in New York, she went to him, demanding a high standard residence, safe and well provided. As a member of the Hellfire Club, he offered to sponsor her as Black Queen of the Inner Circle. She successfully went through the ordeal.

Black Rook of the Hellfire Club (von Roehm) (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) and Selene

Von Roehm was rewarded by being elevated to the Black Rook rank. However, the other members of the Inner Circle (and Selene being the first) hold him in nothing but contempt.

When Rachel Summer went on her rampage against Selene, she hypnotized the rather weak von Roehm to access her prey. Afterward, Selene activated his transformation to chase the girl in Central Park.

The chase was interrupted by the arrival of Nimrod. When Storm offered a truce between the X-Men and the Hellfire Club to fight the ultimate sentinel, von Roehm violently rejected it.

He jumped on Storm, got intercepted by Wolverine and disintegrated by Nimrod.


He’s a rather fat man in his 40s.

His big mustache and sideburns makes him look like a 19th century English industry baron.

Black Rook of the Hellfire Club (von Roehm) (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) clawing at Rogue

When in Hellfire Club’s session, he respects their formal 18th century male gentry dress code.

When transformed, he wears tight leather. It makes him look like an S&M submissive persona, increasing his submission to his dark mistress.


His main character trait is his complete devotion to his goddess Selene. While human, he would obey her without question. While transformed, he looks like compelled to her will.

Black Rook of the Hellfire Club (von Roehm) (X-Men enemy) (Marvel Comics) attacking Storm

However, it’s more like the ultimate aspect of his devotion, as she is the only one who can give him these animalistic powers.

Away from his worshipped one, he is a ruthless businessman. His only ambition was devotion to Selene’s cult.


“After 2 millennia, our goddess has returned.”

“As your high priest, blessed one, I exist to serve. Your wish is my command.”

“Mistress, I have her !”

“The Hellfire Club needs nothing from you wind-witch… But your life !” (jumps on Storm) KRAK ! (Knocked down by Wolverine) FZATSZK ! (Disintegrated by Nimrod)

DC Universe History

What role could the Hellfire Club have in the DC Universe? They might draw the attention of the DC Mystical Community, and for example Selene and Constantine would probably have a complex relationship. Von Roehm would get caught in a dispute between them, which is a very bad place to be!

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Black Rook (human form)

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding Selene
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Jeweler
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 011
Init: 011 HP: 015

Charisma: 06, Detective (Counterfeit recognition): 06, Occultist (Occult knowledge): 04

Connoisseur, Language (German), Scholar (Business, Jewelry, Selene’s cult), Rich Friend (Hellfire Club).

Hellfire Club (Low), Jewelry business community (High).

Alter Ego (Controlled by Selene), CIA (Selene).

Feral form Alter Ego

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding Selene
Int: 06 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Jeweler
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 011
Init: 019 HP: 015

Analytical smell/Tracking scent: 07, Claws: 06, Running: 04, Thermal vision: 05

Acrobatics: 04

Lightning Reflexes.

Hellfire Club (Low).

Alter Ego (Controlled by Selene), CIA (Selene), Catastrophic Rage.

Design notes

  • Low Connection (Hellfire Club) despite being member of Inner Circle. The rest of the Inner Circle shows much contempt toward Von Roehm. He gains his Black Rook status for successfully sponsoring Selene as the Black Queen.
  • No connection to Selene despite being her High Priest. The Selene’s cult is merely a fraud she uses to gather a flock of victims. She has nothing but contempt towards them. His high priest status does not much to change it for the best. He’s clearly her pet, and an expendable one.

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics, X-Men (Claremont’s run).

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Darci, Sébastien Andrivet.

Writeup completed on the 27th of November, 2015.