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Context

During a 1983/84 adventure, the Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) ran into a cadre of stock killers straight from a B-list action movie.

The sniper among this useful lot was Mr. Darrance.

Background

  • Real Name: Mr. Darrance (first name unrevealed).
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Part of a short-lived group of assassins recruited by Damon Dran.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’9” (1.75m). Weight: 145 lbs. (66 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Unrevealed. Hair: Bald (white goatee).

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Powers and Abilities

“Deadshot” Darrance is a highly skilled big game hunter who turned his talent to assassination.

He’s :

  1. A decent tracker.
  2. A patient hunter.
  3. A skilled sniper.

History

Darrance was part of a group of assassins from all over the world.

These were assembled by Damon Dran, the “indestructible man”. He was plotting to capture the Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) and destroy S.H.I.E.L.D..

Although the assassins briefly managed to capture her, she defeated them all, except for the Iron Maiden.

Description

See illustration.

Deadshot Darrance (Marvel Comics) (Black Widow enemy) aiming his rifle

Personality

Darrance speaks in long sentences, with an extensive vocabulary and no contractions.

Since Dran’s killer were an over-the-top collection of ethnic clichés, he presumably is British.

Like some big game hunters, he’s in for the thrill of the kill rather than the hunt itself.

Deadshot disliked having to merely capture the Widow. He prefers assassination.

Quotes

“As much as I would like the head of the world’s foremost secret agent on my trophy wall, I am aware of the prohibiting factors.”

DC Universe Adaptation

(This section proposes ways of using this character in DC Universe stories).

There’s already a Deadshot in the DCU, *and* Deadshot Darrance looks like a twisted Green Arrow.

So we’d suggest using Gunhawk instead.

Deadshot Darrance (Marvel Comics) (Black Widow enemy) face closeup

DC Heroes RPG

“Deadshot” Darrance

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03
Init: 012 HP: 010

Skills:

Military science (tracking): 04, Vehicles (sea, land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 06

Advantages:

Expertise (big game hunting).

Connections:

Mercenary world (Low).

Drawbacks:

Minor Rage.

Motivation:

Mercenary.

Occupation:

Mercenary.

Wealth:

006

Equipment:

  • Sniper Rifle [BODY 01, Projectile weapon: 06, Range: 08, Telescopic vision: 04, Ammo: 01, R#02. Limitation: Projectile weapon has No Range – use the Range given next instead].
  • Browning Hi-Power [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 13, R#2].

Design notes

His Physical Attributes are highballed by 1 AP to make him a bit more distinctive. And to avoid the “he’s a British baddie, and therefore a limp-wristed effete aristocrat” cliché.

You can go either way – there’s simply not enough material to say. With these stats, he’s tougher and more grizzled than one might expect.


DC Adventures RPG

Deadshot Darrance — Averaged PL 4.8

STR STA AGL DEX
01 02 01 03
FGT INT AWE PRE
02 01 01 01

Combat Advantages:

Close Attack 1, Defensive Roll 1, Improved Critical 1 (Precision rifles), Ranged Attack 2.

Other Advantages:

Benefit 1 (Wealth (Well-off)), Equipment 4, Tracking.

Skills:

Athletics 2 (+3), Close combat (Unarmed) 2 (+5), Deception 1 (+2), Expertise (Big-game hunter turned assassin) 6 (+7), Insight 2 (+3), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 1 (+2), Ranged combat (Firearms) 4 (+9), Vehicles 2 (+5) (Limited 1 to common land and water vehicles).

Equipment

Light pistol ● Ranged ballistic Damage 3 ● 6 points
Sniper rifle ● Ranged ballistic Damage 5, Improved Critical 1 ● 11 points

Offence:

Initiative +1
Unarmed +5, Close, Damage 1.
Handgun +9, Ranged, Damage 3.
Precision Rifle +9, Ranged, Damage 5, Crit 18-20.

Defence:

Dodge 06
Fortitude 05
Parry 05
Toughness 02*/03
Will 03

* Without Defensive Roll.

Complications:

  • Mercenary He’s a hitman, Jim.
  • Has tasted blood Deadshot much prefers to kill rather than subdue/capture.

Powers Levels:

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 7, Dodge/Toughness PL 5, Parry/Toughness PL 4, Fort/Will PL 4.
  • Points total 60. Abilities 24, Defences 13, Skills 12, Powers 0, Devices 0, Advantages 11. Equiv. PL 4.


Writeups.org writer avatar Sébastien Andrivet

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel comics.