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Ebony (Darna enemy) (Mango comics) (Valentina servant)

Ebony

(Darna enemy)


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

Context

Ebony is a Darna foe, and Darna is the major Filipina super-heroine. She’s a sort of pinoy Captain Marvel.

So, in practice, most of our readers will want to first read the Darna character profile, then the Valentina character profile, then Ebony’s.

This is the Mango Comics version of the serpent characters.


Background

  • Real Name: Ebony.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed, presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None, calls Valentina and China “sister,” but that may be a simple honorific.
  • Group Affiliation: Serpent Queens of Tiamat.
  • Base Of Operations: Manila, Philippines, formerly Tiamat.
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue/Orange Hair: Black/Green


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Powers and Abilities

Ebony is Valentina’s muscle. She can transform into powerful giant constrictor roughly the size of an oak tree. She seems to have full control of this transformation including partial transformations where she is covered in scales. She also can retain her limbs or transform them into part of her snake body/tail in virtually any combination.

She typically uses her speed to circle her opponent and quickly ensnare them. In DC Heroes RPG terms that’s a Blindside bonus of -1 CS to OV if her opponent has not seen her use this tactic. From there, she’ll use her shape-changing power to become larger and stronger (in DC Heroes RPG terms, STR 14 and RV 12) and squish her opponents in her deadly coils.

Ebony is the same race as the Serpent Queens. As such has the ability to communicate with all sorts of serpents. She can even use snakes to bite regular humans for unusual effect. If they should survive the experience, their strength and toughness increase dramatically but they can be controlled by Valentina in a similar fashion to her serpentine servants.


History

On the planet Tiamat, lived two races in conflict, the race of “Adarna Warriors” and the race of “Serpent Queens” (resembling Medusa and/or Naga). They became embroiled in a fierce war which ravaged the planet.

The world controlled by the races was desolated in the conflict and the Matriarchs fled to the planet Nibiru (also known as Marte). Valentina and the “Serpent Queens” were left to control Tiamat. But while they ruled the world, it was a hollow victory as the planet was now dead.


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The queen, Valentina made her way to the world of Earth. She integrated herself into human society disguised as one of them. She soon found this world worthy of her rule and brought her ‘sisters,’ China and Ebony, to Earth (it seems likely she has either a dimension travel power or some other ritual  for traveling back and forth).

They began assembling a secret terrorist army to generate fear in the people. China enjoyed the skulking about but both sisters grew anxious to begin the conquest.

Pop, pop, pop music

Valentina disguised herself as Amor!, a new pop-singing sensation. She plotted to turn her throngs of fans into her mindless slaves at a huge concert. China and Ebony dutifully followed in their queen’s shadow, awaiting the time they could poison and crush these verminous humans.

Ebony, Valentina and China (Darna enemies)

Everything was going well until Darna showed up, interrupting the concert at which Valentina was planning on enslaving these stupid humans. Valentina had even taken special hostages that seemed important to Darna, but that didn’t seem to stop her.

While China held the hostages, Ebony was given leave to attack. She quickly coiled around Darna, and even managed to swallow her whole! Unfortunately, in a feat of strength and speed, Darna punched her way out of Ebony’s mouth.

China joined the fray. Zipping around Darna to get behind her, she grabbed the Adarna Warrior and breathed a poisonous cloud of venom into her face. Unfortunately, Darna was able to hold her breath and quickly overpowered China as well. Valentina retreated from the battle as her servants had fallen.


Description

Ebony appears to be a large, muscular and attractive woman in her human form. When she enters battles, she instantaneously morphs into a large, green snake. She usually assumes a form that looks similar to a mythological naga , humanoid from the waist up with a long tail.

This form seems to give her the benefit of her snake form while giving her the ability to hold things with her arms as well. To truly take advantage of her size, she will fully transform into a snake so large she can crush 3 grown men in separate coils and maintain a human or shake head (sometimes with a cobra-like hood) in this form.

When in the full form and size of the snake, she can swallow a human sized object whole.


Personality

Ebony likes to crush things, especially bones. She views humans (especially men) much like mice who are to be toyed with before being crushed. She has a rivalry with China for the attentions of Valentina, who is apparently the only person who could tell her what to do.

She doesn’t really understand why Valentina wants to enslave humanity rather than just kill them all, but she’s willing to give it a try.

She’s not the brightest of ladies. But she knows how to use her strength to full advantage and enjoys showing it off, especially to Valentina. She will use her abilities to squeeze the life out of her playthings, laughing gleefully all the while. Once she feels satisfied that she has defeated her opponent, she will attempt to swallow them.


Quotes

“I wanna crush this Darna’s bones ! Smash her pretty little face !”

“I wanna rend and tear, to grind them all to dust !”

“Krssskkk… I’ve waited a long time for this, Ardarna bird. Today you fly no more !”


DC Universe History

You could easily use them with Valentina, and follow the history presented in her write-up.

Ebony and China could also be used with any of the Serpent Societies or squads as another pair of flunkies. While they are physically formidable in their snake forms, they need leadership to be truly effective and lack enough imagination to truly strike out on their own.

Another take

After rebuilding his transmitter with the help of the Manhunter, Saul Erdel decides to use it in experiments on other celestial objects. Targeting the asteroid belt, he accidentally summons the presence of two natives of what was once a planet, destroyed eons ago. Ebony and China quickly overpower the scientist and begin a rampage, taking over and destroying the city around his home.

They are quickly brought in contact with the Martian Manhunter himself, who manages to subdue the two would be invaders. In prison they meet some Kobra cultists who instantly recognize them as messengers from the gods. Through their newfound friends the come into contact with Kobra, who springs them from jail and makes them his personal lieutenants.


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Ebony

Dex: 03 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Thug/Groupie
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 013 HP: 040

Powers:
Speak with Animals: 10, Animal Control: 07, Animal Summoning: 10, Shape Change: 06, Omni-Arm: 02, Enchantment: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Animal Control, Animal Summoning and Speak with Animals are all limited to snakes/serpents.
  • Shape change includes partial transformation but is restricted to changing to the form of a giant constrictor.
  • Enchantment is limited to the physical statistics of those who survive her or her snakes’ venomous bite and is permanent. Note this also makes the victim subject to Valentina’s control. (see Valentina’s write-up for more details).
  • Omni-Arm is contingent on Shape Change and can only be used to change her arms into snakes (which can use the powers relating to their venomous bite) ; the AP value is usually used on Stretching or Split.

Skills:
Occultist: 04

Advantages:
Language (Tagalog, English and Spanish), Attractive (in human form), Insta-Change, Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
China (High), Valentina (High).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance (when she partially transforms into a snake), Exile (Presumably Voluntary), Secret Identity, MIA (Causing pain), Minor Rage, Attack Vulnerability (-1 CS vs. cold).


Design notes

I did not include the Control power that Valentina has with Ebony and China since they didn’t directly display them, but it is possible they also possess the abilities to Control those who have been bitten by their venom as well as serpents and snakes.

Occultist is speculative based on the “Serpent Queens’” collective knowledge. The attack vulnerability and Tracking Scent are also extrapolated based on real snakes and reptiles. Even though Ebony’s a constrictor, I gave her Poison Touch since she does have oversized fangs like a viper in her full snake form, but did not give her the full mixture of venom China has since she’s never seen using it.

I also gave her the Omni-Arm even though she never uses it since both Valentina and China use it and I assume it is a racial ability.


Snake ? Snaaaaaaaaake !!

The statistics of her Serpent form are as follows:

Dex 04 Str 05 Bod 06
Initiative: 14 (21 during initial phase).

Powers:
Claws: 04, Poison Touch: 04, Analytical Smell and taste/Tracking Scent: 07, Water Freedom: 05, Growth: 03, Stretching 02, Superspeed: 07

Skills:
Accuracy (initiating grapples): 08.

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Claws and Poison Touch are combined powers and represent her fangs and venom.
  • Superspeed is only usable the first phase of combat.
  • Growth and Stretching do not actually increase the size of her torso or features, but her tail and snake form can reach the size of a large tree (approximately 60‘).

By Adam Fuqua

Helper(s): Darci, Gareth Lewis and Kal-El for editing.

Source of Character: Mango Comics Darna 3 issue limited series.

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