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Bloodstrike (Marvel Comics) of the Folding Circle

Bloodstrike

(Eric Conroy)


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

Context

Bloodstrike, with his very 1990s name, is a member of the Folding Circle. The Circle is a team of minor New Warriors opponents, who were chiefly seen in 1992/93.

Though there isn’t much material, the Folding Circle looks fairly useful as an opposing team for super-hero RPG purposes. For those interested in using them as such, this profile includes bit of material from a pitch by Danny Donovan and Jeremy Rock, which wasn’t accepted by Marvel.


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Background

  • Real Name: Eric Conroy.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Lt. Mark Conroy (father, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Folding Circle.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile ; formerly Chicago.
  • Height: About 6’8” Weight: About 330 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Bloodstrike has “Class 50” strength and toughness, and is an apt brawler and enforcer.

His durability is a bit hard to gauge. Bloodstrike could fight Rage for a while and didn’t appear to feel handgun fire at close range. Yet he could be stunned by Night Thrasher’s gas pellets or pitons.


History

The Temple of the Dragon’s Breadth has been hidden deep in the jungles of Cambodia for millennia. It sits on a well that is a potent source of primal energy.


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Its best known project was to give birth to a number of children infused with the power of the well. The purported goal was to unite their culture with “the ways of the West”. The project started when an American recon patrol stumbled on the temple in 1966. They were invited to father children during a ritual.

One of the children was Eric Conroy. He went on to become a street tough and then an enforcer for a Chicago crimelord. He wasn’t aware of his full power until he was tracked and contacted by Diego Casseas.

Caseas was one of the patrolmen who had been at the temple. He had been assembling the children, now all grown up, in order to take control of the temple. He also had a vendetta against Conroy’s boss, who had attempted to have him killed. Casseas murdered Conroy’s boss, but the ever pragmatic Conroy just took Casseas’ offer.

Folding Circle

This group of superhumans was called the Folding Circle. Bloodstrike discovered his powers after he accidentally killed a security guard. A blood-like sigil appeared on his chest, and mystical bands of clothes appeared around his forearms, legs and waist. These bands were manifestations of the Bands of Cyttorak, one of the extradimensional entities on which the Well draws on.

Bloodstrike posing

Bloodstrike has beencursed to be the last one to discover his potential. That was because his father had spit on the mistress of the Temple when they were captured, annoying her. She put the “sign of the bloodstrike” on Conroy’s father, which would later emerge on Conroy’s own chest. That was because he was the point man, the first to draw blood, in his patrol.

After incidents at the Temple, the Folding Circle, now led by Midnight’s Fire, left. They became criminal operators in the turbulent island nation of Madripoor. Midnight Fire coerced his sister Silhouette into joining the Circle for a bit. But Night Thrasher intervened, and after a four-way struggle with crimelords Aardwolf and Tyger Tiger, Silhouette left.

Non-continuity events

In non-continuity events, Casseas then came back from the well with greater occult understanding. Midnight Fire left.

The rebuilt Circle moved back to the US to become a powerful, scary syndicate mixing superhuman power, the occult and ruthless made men competence.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Conroy is not particularly smart, and does not have much initiative. On the other hand, he’s cool-headed and used to violence. He actually likes combat, and speaks in a laid-back fashion while fighting, enjoying himself. He fights without hostility, however, often merrily apologising to the one whose bones he’s breaking.

Bloodstrike sometimes use a few Italian words and mild insults. He presumably picked the habit as a mob associate trying to get chummy with made men.

Conroy’s levelheadedness extends to unusual pragmatism. He’ll always consider his best options without letting emotion get in the way.


Quotes

“You just killed my boss. 35K a year, I’m getting — *untaxed* — and you just killed that, too.”

(Upon hearing the Left Hand’s recruitment offer) “Very Barnabas Collins . Just tell me you have a dental plan and I’m all yours…”


DC Universe History

One of the best uses is presumably to have one or some of the PCs, with mysterious origins, be revealed as children of the patrol much like Night Thrasher.

Or you could simply use the non-continuity version as a shady New York City syndicate – they may have had clashes with a small number of Titans.



Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Bloodstrike

Dex: 05 Str: 12 Bod: 09 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 014 HP: 025

Powers:
Growth: 01, Skin armour: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In (-1).
  • Skin armour only against blunt attacks.

Skills:
Charisma (intimidation, interrogation): 04, Vehicles (land): 03, Weaponry (firearms): 04

Advantages:
Familiarity (Mafia culture), Iron Nerves.

Connections:
Underworld (Low), The Folding Circle (High).

Drawbacks:
Attack vulnerability (gasses, -1CS OV/RV).

Equipment:
Shades [BODY 02, Shade: 01].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: New Warriors comics.

Helper(s): Pufnstuff, Roy Cowan, Mike.

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