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Darkstar (Layna Petrovna) (Marvel Comics)


(Layna Petrovna)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Darkstar (Layna Petrovna) is a minor Marvel super-heroine, who appeared in 1976.

These are extremely old, not very good notes. We’ll have to reorganise our Soviet Super-Soldiers material in a much more modern manner one day.


  • Real Name: Layna Petrovna.
  • Other Aliases: темная звезда (“Tyemnaya Zvezda”).
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Nicolai Krylenko (brother), Sergei Krylov (father), Marlya Krylova (mother, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Soviet Super Soldiers, Former member of the Champion of Los Angeles.
  • Base Of Operations: Moscow, Russia.
  • Height: 5’6” Weight: 125lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown. Hair: Blonde.


Powers and Abilities

Darkstar can tap into the Darkforce  dimension. She can wield the energy she draws from there, and shape it into different shapes.

She can also teleport by traveling through the dark dimension.

Finally she can defy gravity, flying at speeds of up to 120mph.


Layna Petrovna is a mutant born to a nuclear physicist and his wife who were accidentally irradiated during the experiment. When her mother died in childbirth, Petrovna’s father was told that she and her twin brother had died in childbirth as well.

The mutant infants were taken into state custody and when their powers manifested themselves in adolescence, they were turned over to Professor Piotr Phobos who started an academy for training mutants.

Given the name Darkstar, she studied at the academy alongside her brother Nicolai Krylenko (code named Vanguard). Layna was also trained to be a government agent. Soon after the academy was shut down. Darkstar was sent to America on a mission accompanying the 4th Crimson Dynamo.


Afte the mission aborted, she joined the Champions of Los Angeles until the team disbanded. Returning to her homeland, she joined her brother and two others to form the Soviet Super Soldiers.

The Soviet Super Soldiers have fought numerous times for the USSR. When it dissolved have started to fight to defend the Russian people. Their relations with the state have been often shaky since the 80s. They are involved in the main mutant drights movement in Russia, led by Father Garnoff.


Darkstar is a curvaceous woman in her mid 20s. She wears her hair long and has a very light blonde color to it.

She wears a skintight bodysuit that is black with yellow boots and gloves. Yellow stripes connect the gloves and boots, and run along the sides of her body.

She sports a yellow star symbol emblazoned upon her chest. Atop her brow rests a black tiara adorned with a black gem. In civilian attire, she favors simple clothes such as floral dresses.


Tyomni Zvezda is a level headed woman who acts with measure. She never kills or seriously hurt anyone (disabling weapons, throwing people away in water, warping powerful adversaries away, and so on). She has spent all her life training or fighting, and thus greatly enjoys such simple activities as reading a book or going to a museum.

By far Darkstar is the most reasonable of all of her team. She is a capable determined woman, whose patriotic ideals no longer cloud her common sense.

DC Universe History

DC is rich with Russian metahumans, you could just throw Darkstar into the mix as a current or former Russian operative. Instead of the Champions she could have been a member of another Pacific Coast team such as Titans West.

An interesting idea would be for the siblings to be linked to the Nightshade Dimension and the Meta-Zone. Darkstar would somehow gain her Darkforce powers from the former, and her brother would gain his repulsion powers from the latter.


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Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Adventurer
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 065

Darkness: 10, Dimension Travel (travel): 06, Flight: 07, Force Manipulation: 12, Warp: 12

Charisma: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Dimension travel only to the Darkforce Dimension (base cost is 25).
  • Force Manipulation only for simple objects and redirects damage (see below).
  • All powers are Elementally linked to Dimension Travel (-1).

Insta-Change, Language (Russian).

Soviet Super Soldiers(High), Father Garnoff’s underground (High), People’s Protectorate (Low), Champions of L.A.(Low).

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Layna’s constructs

Darkstar is limited to Darkforce constructs that are easy to visualize – mostly emulating simple STR and BODY. Examples include :

  • Giant hands.
  • Flat surfaces.
  • Hammers.
  • Spheres.
  • Walls

If those structures are damaged (they defend with an OV/RV of 12/12, but have an attack vulnerability at -2CS against pure light with a life symbolism, such as Dagger’s projectile or the Eye of Agamotto’s light), Darkstar takes the damage directly on her current BODY condition.

The Darkforce dimension

Layna’s Warp are quite close to Dimension Travel, as they Warp through the Darkforce dimension . This is an apparently empty dimension filled with the stuff of Darkforce. The Darkforce dimension is quite inimical to life, light and sanity – being Warped using Darkstar’s power is damaging on the Spirit, being the equivalent of a Magic blast: 02 attack.

The Super-Soldiers are now used to it, and stoically withstand it like good Russians – but most normals will frantically spend HPs to avoid going mad.

Darkstar can also travel to the Darkforce Dimension and stay there, but nobody wishes to remain in that dimension and stuff rarely happen over there anyway.

By Jackson and Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): The Angel, Paul ’Z‘ Ewande, Pufnstuff, Capita_Senyera, History from OHOTMU.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

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