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Celestino Naranjo

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Celestino Naranjo
  • Other Aliases: The butcher of the Baja
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Known Relatives: Maria Santiago (wife, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: The Devils
  • Base Of Operations: Jalapa headquarters, mobile
  • Height: 6’6’‘ Weight: 195 lbs. Age: late 40s
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

El Diablo is a large man skilled in firearms and bullwhips. His main strengths are his strong presence, his interrogational abilities and his organizational skills. He’s a multi-skilled man capable of training and leading his men, training dogs, piloting, driving, tracking, camouflage and tactics.

His weaknesses are mainly psychological (see Personality).


The story of Celestino Naranjo is a sad one ; he was born in the old Mexican village of Jalapa. He was told about the state of California from his grandfather, who referred to it as ’the land of promise and wealth‘. Naranjo, believing this, took his beloved wife Maria Santiago to California, but only two days after their arrival they run into problem on a beach ; a gang drove up to Celestino and Maria, in dune buggies, and began taunting them.

An argument started and soon Celestino was beaten unconscious. Maria was raped by the gang and beaten to near death. Celestino watched Maria die in a hospital.

A hating and broken Naranjo returned to his home village. He wanted to kill all Californians in vengeance for the death of his dear Maria. He started a gang of murderers and rapists called the Devils. He renamed himself into El Diablo. The Devils began raiding southern California and killed everyone they met in the most gruesome ways. They, in addition to other commodities, stole vehicles. Upon reaching their home base, designed in a valley near Jalapa, the vehicles were rebuilt into huge dune buggies.

The Devils then raided California for two decades. El Diablo then got the companion of a huge, white dog with one eye named Poncho. Poncho then served El Diablo obediently for 8-9 years.

Since California was a member of a powerful alliance of the post-apocalyptic world, it sought the services of the alliance’s special strike force name the Freedom Force. The Force consisted of seven members, one from each alliance faction. The Force consisted, at that point, of Blade (leader, member of the Family), Doc Madsen (member of the Cavalry), Sparrow Hawk (member of the Flatheads), Raphael (member of the Moles), Leo ’Lobo’ Wood (member of the Clan), Captain Mike Havoc (citizen of the Californian state) and the hybrid Jaguarundi (citizen of the Civilized Zone).

The Force was sent to locate the Devil’s hideout so that an air strike could be called in to destroy them. The mission was proposed by Californian General Gallagher, who was responsible for the Force, but deemed it unnecessary and wanted it shut down permanently.

The mission, therefore, was really meant to be impossible and Gallagher hoped for disaster. Arriving in Baja California, the Force members began their tracking and scouting work. Finding a vehicular track, Jaguarundi was sent away as a quick scout. He was, however, captured first by some farmers, and then later by the Devils themselves. Blade saw no choice except to attempt a rescue of Jaguarundi.

The Force therefore went into the valley, which was a lucky shot since the usual guard watching it was temporarily gone. The usual watchers on top of the valley, the Cocopas Indians, had, however seen the Force and reported about their presence to El Diablo in some time. After several tedious and hard fights they reached and found, with the help of a rebel farmer, the headquarters. Meanwhile, Jaguarundi had been whipped by El Diablo and was now fighting for his life in an arena against a master combatant named Machetazo. The guards guarding the entrance to the caves that were the Devils headquarters were all watching the combat.

The Force assessed the defenses, two heavy machinegun nests on both sides of the entrance. If the guards hadn’t been occupied by watching the match it would have been completely impossible to enter or even survive the situation. The Force spread out and planned ambushing them all unnoticed. They actually had tremendous amounts of luck during this mission; Jaguarundi, who’d been thinking about an escape plan, managed to trick them all and tumbled over the walls of the arena when nobody was expecting that. Everyone then started to chase him down, which left the Force totally free to do what they wanted in the base. Despite the fine defensive structures that El Diablo had set up for the gang, it didn’t work since there were no guards active.

Caught by surprise the Force attacked the crowds with grenades, bullets etc. Heavy combat started, and El Diablo tried to escape using a smoke screen as cover. In the smoke Jaguarundi met the dog Poncho and fought violently with him. It ended when the dog’s sole eye was punctured by one of Jaguarundi’s claws. At that point El Diablo came running and was about to shoot Jaguarundi when he saw his dear dog weeping. The distraction saved Jaguarundi’s life and doomed El Diablo.

El Diablo was caught up by Captain Havoc, who was looking for Jaguarundi, and was gunned down by his M16. El Diablo still managed to shoot Jaguarundi in the thigh before Havoc finished him with a knife in the neck. Having set explosives in the caves and other buildings the Force rushed away from the area. Soon the Devils were no more. (“Devil Strike”)


El Diablo is an imposing figure of man dressed all in black. He has a wild mane and bushy beard of black hair framing a craggy face tanned by constant exposure to the sun. He also has clear blue eyes, immense hands and a thick waist. His voice is deep and booming.


El Diablo is inhumanly evil. He only lives for killing and humiliating ’gringos’, specifically Californians, in vengeance for the killing of his beloved Maria Santiago. In every raid the Devils perform they attempt to kill anyone they find men, women and children alike. As a sign of contempt, El Diablo himself impales the cut-off breasts of women on stakes placed among the dead.

The Devils always use hit and run tactics. He believes himself to be feared and respected, and a great tactician and leader. When his followers haven’t followed his orders perfectly he kills them to set an example and as a punishment. Having performed ’vengeance‘ for the past two decades he’s still sensitive about his own past.

He will not listen to disrespectful talk about him, his mother or Maria. He tries to deny the fact that Maria would probably hate him for what he’s done in her name. He also denies his true name, Celestino Naranjo, and hides behind the name of El Diablo. He has a very hard time understanding that he’s not justified in killing all Californians and that his vengeance should’ve been done with a long time ago already.

His men are all expendable, since new thugs can always be recruited. The most important thing to him is his dog, Poncho. He seems to love his killer dog and will torture anyone offending it. El Diablo also seeks approval of his own greatness from strangers. Thus he will question them about his magnificent defense systems, his training of his men etc. etc. Thus it is possible for a captured enemy to buy himself time by getting El Diablo to speak about his organization. Of course, El Diablo also likes to gloat and will taunt opponents.

Surprisingly, El Diablo will attempt to flee if he realizes that the Devils have been overpowered.


“What do I care ? Gringos are gringos. I hate them all.”

“To me, California is one big store. I take whatever I need when I need it. Clothes, fuel, weapons, you name it.”


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El Diablo

Dex: 04 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Bandit Leader
Inf: 04 Aur: 06 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 013 HP: 035

Animal Handling: 04, Charisma (Intimidation, Interrogation): 07, Military Science (Camouflage, Cartography, Field Command, Tracking): 05, Thief (Stealth): 05, Vehicles (Land, Air): 04, Weaponry (Bullwhips, Firearms): 06, Weaponry (Melee): 04

Area Knowledge (Baja California, Jalapa village and headquarters), Familiarity (Aircrafts), Headquarters (Jalapa, Expansive), Language (Spanish), Leadership, Pet (Poncho)

Cocopas Indians (High), The Devils (High), Machetazo (High), Underworld (Low)

SIH (Californians)


  • .454 Casull revolvers (x2) [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 05, Ammo 06, R#2]
  • Bullwhip [BODY 05, EV 01 (03 w/STR), Stretching: 01, Limitation: Stretching has No Fine Manipulation (-2)]

Henchmen: The Devils of Baja

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Bandit
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 009 HP: 005

Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee): 03

Dune Buggy vehicle, some firearms

Poncho the white dog

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 05 Motivation: Obedience to El Diablo
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Murderous henchdog
Inf: 00 Aur: 00 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 006 HP: 010

Claws: 05, Extended Hearing: 03, Running: 04, Superhearing: 03, Tracking Scent: 07


Charisma (Intimidation): 05, Martial Arts (Natural Weapons): 05

Iron Nerves

MPR (Poncho only has one eye)

By Dr. Peter S Piispanen

Source of Character: The Blade Series by David Robbins, a continuation/spin-off of the Endworlds series

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