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Brother Nature (Marvel Comics) vs. the Thunderbolts

Brother Nature


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This minor character appeared but twice. He was in a small bit in Captain America in 1988, and made an unexpected return 20 years later in Thunderbolts.-


Background

  • Real Name: Mark Diering.
  • Marital Status: Apparently single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former Washington state park ranger.
  • Base Of Operations: WA.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Brother Nature can control, well, nature — the soil, the animals, the wind, etc. He can even control lightning, though he will only use it in clear cases of self-defence.

It is possible that he has, in DC Heroes RPG terms, limited versions of Fire Control and Weather Control at about 10 APs.

Brother Nature can multitask elements of his Weather Control. This is because they don’t instantly disappear when he ceases building them up. For instance, against the Thunderbolts he started by rising a large jetstream pushing them back and preventing them from reaching him. Then he started to call down lightning strikes on them.


History

A passionate outdoorsman, the man who would become Brother Nature found himself a job as a park ranger in the state of Washington. He worked hard for more than three years.

Diering then tried to prevent the sale of ten thousand acres of virgin timberland to disreputable private developers. He funded a lawsuit on his own, to prevent ancient redwoods from being taken down. But he was laughed out of court.


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They wouldn’t listen

THe was so furious that he waged a one-month eco-terrorist campaign against the developers. But he was caught by the workers, beaten up until he seemed dead, and buried in a ditch via bulldozer. While he laid below the earth, Diering had a vision of “the goddess of the earth”. She told him he was nature’s guardian warrior and gave him superhuman powers.

In the Marvel Universe, the role of the earth goddess throughout known pantheons is played by a single entity, Gaia. As far as we know, she does not operate that way. Therefore, it is likely Brother Nature was a late-blooming mutant who hallucinated. Or perhaps he was contacted by a lesser entity, such as a nature spirit.

Brother Nature drove the developers out. He then began patrolling an expanding area of forest to prevent it from being despoiled. This is how he ran into the Captain (Steve Rogers). They got into a fight but Brother Nature could not touch the Captain.

Diering fell into a crevasse of his own making along with his opponent. Cap fixed Brother Nature’s damaged ankle and ribs then helped him out of the crevasse. Realising that, in fighting the Captain, he had devastated a significant area of forest, Brother Nature left, demoralised.

1988-2008

Brother Nature presumably continued to make sure forested areas in his home state remained untouched. Probably even from fires, since forest fire damage largely stem from human intervention.

Brother Nature appeared again in 2008, when the government-managed Thunderbolts (Songbird, Venom, Moonstone, Penance, the Swordsman III, the Radioactive Man) were sent to arrest him as an unregistered superhuman after the Civil War. They found him to be surprisingly powerful and he managed to hold them off for a while.

Songbird decided to go for psychological tactics. She threatened to have the Radioactive Man burn and irradiate vast amounts of old growth forest. Unable to accept such massive and lasting destruction, Brother Nature surrendered.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Brother Nature is not genuinely violent (unless provoked). He just wants to make the forest pristine and virgin again.

He speaks like your stereotypical tree-hugging hippy, with various 1960s pop culture reference. Such as calling the Captain “Easy Rider ”, since he was on a road trip on a Harley.


Quotes

“Anyway, I’m glad you’re okay. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I just wanna save the trees. Now if I were you, I’d get on that fossil-burning pollutant machine of yours and split, dig ?”

“So you’re gonna play good citizen and take me in, is that it ? Forget it, dude ! The laws of men don’t apply to me anymore ! I serve higher laws ! The laws of nature !”

“Do yourself a favor, man, and go away ! I’m not into violence, but nature is full of fury ’cause of what men do to her !”

“Stop ! This is an old-growth forest ! You’re destroying life that’s been here for centuries !”

“I’m a hippie, sister. I’m not stupid.”


DC Universe History

Brother Nature could have been chosen as one of their “new men” by the Guardians during the Millennium. But he was probably killed by the Manhunters, leaving the Guardians with no other option but to use the Floronic Man.


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Brother Nature

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Upholding Nature
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Eco-terrorist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 012 HP: 015

Powers:
Animal control: 07, Animal summoning: 07, Earth control: 14, Speak with animal: 07, Weather Control: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Earth control is only usable to move volume of earth. This generally means creating instant crevasses.
  • Crevasses from Earth control are considered to be 3 APs deep for falling purposes – a 06/06 attack against BODY/BODY. Falling in the first place occurs if Brother Nature gains RAPs from a Accuracy/Earth Control roll against DEX/DEX).
  • Weather Control is limited to manipulating winds and triggering Indirect Lightning strikes.

Skills:
Accuracy (all Powers): 06, Medicine (first aid): 02, Survival (forest): 07

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (forests throughout Washington state), Familiarity (park ranger stuff).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
SIA toward saving the trees, man ; Mistrust.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Captain America v1 #336 (and much more recently Thunderbolts – Breaking Point).

Helper(s): Capita_Senyera, Kal El el Vigilante.

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