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Cauldron (Thing enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Cauldron the scalding man


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

Context

Cauldron the Scalding Man appeared but twice, in 2006. Both were written by Dan Slott.

Though he’s obscure, he’s exactly the kind of baddie you can just drop in for a random encounter. So that’s useful.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Other Aliases: The Scalding Man.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None known.
  • Base Of Operations: Possibly New York City.
  • Height: 12’ Weight: 3,400 lbs.
  • Eyes: Solid, glowing green. Hair: N.A..


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Powers and Abilities

Cauldron seems to be a pile of animated witch’s cauldrons. Which are fused together to form an humanoid shape and contain a superheated, caustic green brew.

He’s a giant with superhuman strength and durability. He’s strong enough to throw SUVs with one hand.

The liquid within heats his metallic ’skin’. It takes superhuman heat tolerance to touch Cauldron. Even Goliath (William Foster) at his giant size burned himself when trying to catch him. Reportedly, Cauldron’s body is heated at 800°F (425°C).

Don’t spray it

Cauldron can vomit the brew onto his opponents. Apparently the liquid replenishes within him, and he never runs out. The foul mixture is a potent weapon (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Flame project, Acid). As it splashes on the ground will start fuming, saturating the area with choking, opaque green fumes (Fog, Chemical attack).

Cauldron can spit the brew at about 20 feet with effort.


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History

Cauldron stole the dimensional wave inducer that scientific genius Bill Foster (aka Goliath) was working on. Foster and his visiting friend Benjamin J. Grimm gave chase. Though Goliath couldn’t touch Cauldron without getting burned, the Thing had no such problem.

Ignoring a large quantity of Cauldron’s liquid being sprayed on him, Grimm punched the thief in the mouth. This deformed the metal and incapacitated the villain.

I’ll sue !

While being arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Cauldron swore to sue the Thing for the physical and moral damage he suffered. He took counsel with the famous Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg,&Holliway firm. The excessive force lawsuit was unsuccessful, however.

Cauldron apparently escaped betwene 2006 and 2009. He was nowhere to be found in the US prison system during Norman Osborn’s time in power.


Description

Cauldron’s word bubbles are coloured grey. So he presumably has some sort of inhuman, metallic voice.


Personality

One would expect him to be some sort of magical and/or extradimensional  being. And yet Cauldron seems to be a basic, small-time modern American criminal. A thug and a bully, he frequents similar dim-witted minor superhuman legbreakers. He is chiefly interested in money and bragging rights.

Cauldron does not deal well with being harmed or beaten, though. He will not hesitate to fake injury, claim damage, whine, sue, etc. in a most aggravating way.


Quotes

“Hah ! Can’t wait t’tell the guys ! I cooked the Thing ! Rocky hide and all ! Cooked him up like a lobster dinner !”


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Cauldron

Dex: 04 Str: 11 Bod: 08 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 030

Powers:
Acid: 04, Chemical attack: 02, Flame being: 05, Flame project: 07, Fog: 02, Growth: 04, Skin armour: 03, Systemic antidote: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.
  • Flame Being is heat, not open flame, and is Always On.
  • Flame project is actually a super-heated liquid. It has a Range of 01.
  • Acid is always Combined with Flame Project.
  • Fog automatically results from the discharge of his Flame Project/Acid Touch in most environments. It appears at the beginning of the Phase after that discharge without costing Cauldron any Action.
  • Chemical Attack is Combined With, and active throughout, the Fog.
  • There’s a high probability that all of Cauldron’s Powers are Mystic-Linked.

Skills:
None demonstrated

Advantages:
None demonstrated

Connections:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
Altered Anatomy, Distinct Appearance, MPR (No Fine Manipulation), Misc.: Cauldron is a metallic being and is affected as such by various magnetic, metal manipulation, etc. Powers and effects.

Cauldron running away from the Thing with his prize

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: The Thing volume 2 #1 (2006).

Helper(s): Gareth Lewis, Ethan Roe.

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