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Captain Triumph (Quality Comics | DC Comics) from the Who's Who

Captain Triumph


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Captain Triumph was originally a Quality character, and later on a DC one. He first appeared in 1943, during the Golden Age .

These notes are simply a refresh of his Mayfair ones, mated with DC Who’s Who information. We did a small series of these when people had trouble finding some Mayfair supplements. Thus, it’s not a full-on profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Lance Gallant.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: All-stars Squadron.
  • Base Of Operations: An unnamed city.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 198lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


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Powers and Abilities

Captain Triumph was supernaturally strong, as well as invulnerable to most harm.

He could fly and become invisible at will.

These powers only existed when the Gallant twins became one through Lance rubbing his birthmark. To return to normal, he did the same.


History

Michael and Lance Gallant were born in 1919. They were identical twins, even to a curious T-shaped birthmark on the left wrist of each. As they grew up, they were virtually inseparable, at least until Michael joined the US Army Air Corps .

It appears he was engaged in some secret work involving Acme Aircraft when the fateful day came : the 23rd birthday of the twins, in the fall of 42. Michael was in a hangar at Acme while Lance waited outside with Michael’s fiancée, Kim Meredith.

Suddenly, the hangar blew up. Though fatally wounded, Michael helped some survivors get to safety before succumbing.


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Ghost story

Lance swore to avenge his death. He soon found he would have his brother’s assistance, for Mike’s spirit appeared to him. He said that when Lance rubbed his birthmark, the two would merge in one person, the mighty Captain Triumph.

So it was Captain Triumph who brought to justice those responsible for the explosion : Baron von Bragg and his underling, Otto Rotter (ach).

Generally, only Lance could see Michael’s spirit. But when he revealed his secret to Kim, Michael appeared to her. Not long after, Lance also disclosed his secret to his friend Biff, a big, tough man who worked as a circus clown. Biff quit that job to become Captain Triumph’s assistant.

The war’s over

Captain Triumph was last heard in 1949, his fate an unknown. It is simply know that he was quite wealthy after Biff invested their money in a rich gold mine in 1946.

In apocryphal story The Golden Age, Lance abandoned the Captain Triumph identity circa 1950, but was hounded by his ghostly brother who wanted to be Triumph so he could experience the material world again. Lance Gallant was ultimately killed in combat, when he proved that he didn’t need to be Triumph to be a true hero.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Captain Triumph’s confidence is legendary, and gives him his forceful personality. Such a blond, blue-eyed, square-jawed, goody two-shoes superhero would be nigh impossible to write today 🙂


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Captain Triumph

Dex: 07 Str: 08 Bod: 09 Motivation: Upholding Good
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Army pilot
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 020 HP: 040

Powers:
Flight: 08, Invisibility: 11

Skills:
Military science: 05, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 05, Weaponry: 05

Advantages:
Rank (Captain), Misc. : Although he wears no mask, Captain Triumph cannot be recognized as Lance Gallant, or vice-versa (5 pts).

Connections:
US Armed Forces (Home Front/Low).

Drawbacks:
Secret ID, Alter ego.


Lance Gallant

As Lance, reduce DEX, STR and BOD to 4s and remove all Powers.


Michael Gallant

Mike has the same stats as Lance ; however he has 9 APs of Spirit Travel that are Always On. When he is separated from Lance, he is completely invisible and inaudible and unable to have influence on things in the material world. Only Lance can hear and see him as a ghost.

Michael generally stays near Lance, and often does a bit of immaterial spying before they turn into Captain Triumph.

Ray Winninger wrote the v1 in World at War ; Sébastien Andrivet modernised that.

Source of Character: Crack comics (DCU, from Quality Comics).

Helper(s): History from Who’s Who.

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