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Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie in Labyrinth)

Jareth the Goblin King


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Labyrinth was a 1986 eerie fantasy movie by puppets master Jim Henson, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

The film bombed because people are terrible, but it has always been a nerd cult classic (especially among lady nerds) and is fondly remembered 30+ years later.


Background

  • Real Name: King Jareth.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Goblins.
  • Base Of Operations: Goblin City.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 159lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Light brown.


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Powers and Abilities

Jareth is an accomplished wizard with partial control of everything that happens on his lair, the Labyrinth (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Continuum Control, Joined, Remote Sensing). He also crossed to our world (Dimensional Travel) when teenager Sarah invoked him, without knowing herself, to make his step brother disappear.

Jareth (David Bowie) and a crowd of goblins


History

Jareth is the king of goblins. He lives a city in the middle of a labyrinth in a fantasy dimension known as the Underground. He is not a goblin himself, or at least doesn’t looks like one, but seems human. During an interview about the character, David Bowie told that Jareth had “inherited” the job.

Escher-style perspective in the movie Labyrinth

One day, he felt in love with a girl from our world, a 14-year old called Sarah. When Sarah wished her baby brother Toby was hijacked by the Goblin King (a character from a play her dead mother had acted in), he did it so.

Sarah then wished the baby back, and Jareth gave her 13 hours to reach the centre of the Labyrinth. If she failed, the baby would be turned into a goblin.


Description

He looks awesome, of course.

An outside view of the labyrinth


Personality

Full of himself and proud of his deceptive skills, Jareth is a tricky ruler. He keeps his own rules… but will tweak them, when pushed, to win.


Quotes

“I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.”

“Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me and I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down. AND I HAVE DONE IT ALL FOR YOU ! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn’t that generous ?”


DC Universe History

Yet another Fairie ruler? No problem at the DC Universe! Just make sure he gets some kind of connection to the whole lot of the Faerie Realms and widen the Limitation of his Dimensional Travel to those neighbour dimensions, too.


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Jareth

A 1689 Points Character

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Goblin King
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 014 HP: 050

Powers:
Cling (ML): 04, Continuum Control (ML): 09, Dimension Travel: 07, Remote Sensing: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:
Dimension Travel: No Banishment (-1), Travel Only between Earth and Labyrinth Dimensions (BC -400), Needs to be invited (-1).

Skills:
Accuracy (Perception): 07, Acrobatics (Gymnastics): 04, Artist (Dancer): 04, Artist (Musician): 07, Military Science (Camouflage, Cryptography, Field Command, Tracking): 06, Occultist: 07, Thief (Disguise, Stealth): 07

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (The Underground – Dimension), Area Knowledge (Labyrinth – City), Expansive Headquarters (Goblin Castle), Scholar (Contact juggling).

Connections:
Goblins (High).

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Sarah, Misc: Having his influence denied with the right words finishes all his spells and keeps him from enchanting again the victim (-15 HPs).

Rituals:
Dream Bubbles [Mental Illusion: 04, Range: 12, HP Cost: 45]
He might have a Mutation ritual that turns a baby into a goblin, something like Mutation or Transform 1 or 2, Permanent.

Equipment:
During the movie he built a Forgetfulness Peach [BODY 01, Hypnotism: 05, Mind Drain: 04, HP Cost: 39 HPs. Bonuses & Limitations: must be eaten by the target (-1 FC to all), Mind Drain only reduces the effective RV against mental attacks that take place on the 4 APs next to the Drain (thus, it can’t cause bashing or killing damage) (+0), Hypnotism can only erase memories (-2)].


Design notes

01 or 02 APs of Gravity Decrease wouldn’t be totally out of character, but there lacks enough evidence to include them in the regular writeup. Character cost applying the multiplier to Advantages and Drawbacks (standard on 2nd and 3rd Edition DCH rules, would be 2437 HPs).


By KalEl el Vigilante.

Helper(s): William Chamberlin, Puffnstuff, Adam Fuqua.

Source of Character: Labyrinth movie, character portrayed by David Bowie.

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