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Childs of the British Super-Soldiers (Marvel UK)

Childs

(British Super-Soldiers)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Childs was an evil British super-soldier. He appeared in Super-Soldiers, one of the semi-obscure comics produced by Marvel Comics UK during its brief 1990s revival.

For more context, we suggest that you read the Joseph Hauer character profile first.


Background

  • Real Name: Childs (first name unrevealed), formerly codenamed “Revenge”.
  • Note: Childs might be a former Major.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: UK Super-Soldiers, Empire Chemical Enterprises (ECE).
  • Base Of Operations: Canary Wharf, London.
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


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Powers and Abilities

Same abilities as Hauer. Including :


History

Major Childs served during the Falklands war in 1982. He was then a trooper or officer in the Parachute Regiment , and was well known for his bloodlust.

Childs crossed the line when he cold-bloodedly murdered bound and blindfolded Argentinean POWs. However, he stepped on a mine before he could be court-martialed, and went into a coma. From there, he entered the ECE corporation super-soldier program. Among his colleagues were Hauer and Dalton.


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During a mission in Cambodia, Revenge snapped. He slaughtered a whole village and most of the other Super-Soldiers. His colleague Invincible (Joseph Hauer) seemingly killed him, then collapsed from his wounds.

Childs survived, was recovered, and was brought back to England for heavy treatment. During that time, the US super-soldier Nuke also went postal in the middle of Manhattan, where he was opposed by Daredevil (Matt Murdock) and Captain America (Steve Rogers). It was decided the Super-Soldiers project wouldn’t be revived.

Sir Marcus Grantby-Fox, the head of ECE, arranged for Childs to be physically healed and transferred to him. He had Childs implanted with control chips, and made him the head enforcer and wetworker for ECE.

The private sector

When Hauer escaped from suspended animation, Sir Grantby-Fox knew Childs would be his best weapon to terminate him. After Hauer cleft through a roadblock by the Home Guard, Childs was sent with an heavily armored SAS team to kill Hauer, his companion the left-wing journalist Sarah Wilde and doctor Khan. The trio simply knew too much.

Childs left the SAS men to their own devices and underbriefed. He only wanted to headshoot Hauer. After he got too frustrated he even shot his own men dead to clear a bead to Hauer. The assault failed and Hauer escaped.

Sir Grantby-Fox escalated the ante. He had Peter-Henry Gyrich, an American official, send in a manipulated USAgent to kill Hauer in Cambodia. He then had Childs take command of another super-soldiers squad, the Welsh Super-Squaddies.

Their targets now were Hauer, Wilde and the last surviving super-soldier, Dalton (formerly “Dauntless”). Hauer and Wilde had freshly located Dalton in Cambodia.

Not exactly brothers in arms

Childs had orders not to interfere, and was considerably frustrated by this. He sent the inflexible Welsh Super-Squaddies into an all-out assault. But he took too long to change tactics when he saw that the USAgent and Dalton had joined Hauer.

Childs attempts to personally join the fray, but was incapacitated by Sir Grantby-Fox’s pain control implant – which he didn’t know about.

Hauer and his allies eventually stormed the ECE’s headquarter’s on Canary Wharf, London. Childs was unleashed at Hauer. They had a brutal and bloody fight, and Childs was defenestrated. He survived the fall but was almost immediately crushed by an incoming train.


Description

Like almost all super-soldiers he is very tall and is built like a garbage truck.


Personality

Childs likes to kill. He enjoys the tremendous feeling of power he gets when he pulls the trigger or slits a throat. He enjoys war, random carnage, explosions and shooting people.

He feels very angry at anything that could possibly match his killing power. He becomes irrationally frustrated and violent when he cannot accomplish his fantasies about killing opponents he hates. If anybody gets in his way, even an ally, he’ll gleefully kill him.

His ability to handle frustration is rather close to zero.


Quotes

“Nah, I’m not crazy. I just like killing people.”


DC Universe History

Childs is a straightforward, simple villain with lotsa big guns. He can be reused in any plot that calls for such a killer of post-Tarantinesque proportions.


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Childs

Dex: 07 Str: 08 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 020 HP: 040

Powers:
Regeneration: 03

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing)*: 07, Martial artist*: 07, Military science: 06, Thief (Stealth): 05, Vehicles*: 07, Weaponry: 09

Advantages:
Credentials (ECE (Low)), Iron nerves, Lightning reflexes, Schtick (paired firearms).

Connections:
None demonstrated.

Drawbacks:
Catastrophic Rage, MPR (Sir Marcus can trigger incapacitating pain fits in Childs through global remote command).

Equipment:

  • BODY ARMOUR [BODY 08, Flame immunity: 04, Skin armor: 03].
  • Targeting system [BODY 02, Telescopic vision: 04, Thermal vision: 07, X-ray vision: 06, Limitation: X-ray vision only to detect heat sources through obstacles – such as walls)].
  • .44 magnum semi-automatic combat pistol (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo 12, R#02 – usually loaded with super-efficient armour-piercing rounds with the Sharpness (Projectile weapons): 04 Power].
  • Secondary adamantium  combat knife [BODY 16, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 16), Sharpness (EV): 04, Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing].
  • Royal Enfield X-4 Retaliator assault rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Sharpness (Projectile weapons: 02, Ammo: 12, Advantage : Autofire] w/built-in grenade launcher [BODY 04, Range: 06, Ammo: 07].
  • Grenades for the Retaliator are usually straight offensive rounds – [BODY 02, EV 07 (Area of effect), Grenade Drawback)].
  • But sometimes he seems to sometimes uses some kind of HEAT ammunition [BODY 02, EV 12, Grenade drawback – HEAT stands for High- Explosive Anti-Tank. If you want to impress with your knowledge of the fashionable military cutting edge call it a EFP-HE-FT round (Explosively Formed Projectile, high Explosive, Follow Through. Yeah, that’s a mouthful)].
  • Childs also has four grenades of various types on his uniform.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Super-Soldiers (Marvel Universe).

Helper(s): Michael Redman.

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