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Esper Lass (Legion of Super-Heroes enemy) (DC Comics)

Esper Lass


Context

Esper Lass is a member of the Legion of Super-Villains. Unsurprisingly, these are enemies of DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes. She first appeared in 1975.

She is a telepath with a powerful mind blast. Now that we have worked out the game stats for Saturn Girl, the other telepaths of the 30th century can be scaled off.


Background

  • Real Name: Meta Ulnoor.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Legion of Super-Villains, Legion of Super-Rejects.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Esper Lass possesses several abilities derived from her thought-casting power (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Telepathy). She can:

  • Probe for deep or hidden memories (Mind Probe).
  • Plant suggestions into weaker minds (Hypnotism).
  • Directly assault another’s mind with devastating efficiency (Mind Blast).
  • Resist mental assaults or intrusions from others (Iron Will, Mind Field).

Esper Lass delivers a mental attack

Esper Lass also has the normal intensive scientific education given on Titan and is familiar with spacecraft (Scientist, Vehicles (Space)). She is the only known humanoid to master Gil’dishpan dimension-travel technology, a subject which has mystified even Brainiac 5.


History

Meta Ulnoor was considered the most promising young psychic to emerge on Titan since Saturn Girl. Only her temper and arrogance interfered with her achieving power levels equal to the Legionnaire.

While many of Titan’s best teachers tried to rein her in, Meta threw away a chance to achieve high honors on Titan in order to challenge Saturn Girl for her spot in the Legion, in 2981.

When told that Legionnaires must have unique abilities to qualify for membership, she organized the Legion of Super-Rejects to contest with their Legion counterparts for their place in the Legion. They showed impressive power, but arrogance and poor teamwork. As a result of the latter, they lost their fight.

Esper Lass boasts about her mental powers

Angered and shamed, she and her teammate Magno Lad joined the Legion of Super-Villains in hopes of gaining revenge. They were later joined by fellow Super-Reject Micro Lad. Esper Lass was one of the most eager participants in the LSV’s massive assault on the Legion of Super-Heroes in 2985.

She was extremely valuable for her ability to telepathically coerce or control her more psychotic or uncooperative teammates, such as the mad Daxamite Ol-Vir. She also secretly leeched all of the Gil’disphan Zymyr’s dimensional-travelling technology from its mind.

Nevertheless, she was captured with the remainder of the LSV and is currently in custody on Labyrinth, the United Planets prison-world.


Description

A fit, curvy woman with brown hair shaped in a bowl around her head.

She doesn’t so much wear clothing as a few scraps of cloth designed in the 1970’s disco era. She has silver boots, a lavender loincloth, and a suggestion of a blue blouse which still leaves her back, midriff, arms, and legs bare. She also wears a blue tiara or headband.


Personality

She is outspoken and intelligent, though her intelligence is blunted by the fact that she’s also a stereotypically arrogant, gloating, overconfident villainess.


Quotes

“Imra Ardeen… Saturn Girl ! Nobody will remember your name once I – Meta Ulnoor – take your place in the Legion as Esper Lass !”

“We have each sworn to slay one of you – and our blood oath is fulfilled !”

“Why put up with this lunatic ? He thinks there’s a real ‘Darkseid‘ – a god of evil !”

“Turn, behemoth – obey my telepathic commands and turn on your fellow Legionnaires !”


DC Universe History

In the post-boot reality, she could replace the outlaw telepath Nara Minsork, who once tried to strip-mine Brainiac 5’s mind.


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Esper Lass

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 09 Wil: 15 Min: 11 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 019 HP: 055

Powers:
Hypnotism: 12, Iron Will: 05, Mind Blast: 12, Mind Field: 05, Mind Probe: 13, Telepathy: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers are Derived from Telepathy (-1 FC each Power except Telepathy).
  • Mind Field has a Range of Self only (-1 FC).
  • According to some sources, Esper Lass’s Hypnotism, Mind Blast, and Mind Probe only have a Range of 4 APs. This was neither demonstrated nor disproved in the comic books.

Skills:
Scientist: 08, Vehicles (Space): 04

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Titan), Scholar (Gil’dishpan warp technology).

Connections:
LSV (High), Legion of Super-Rejects (Low).

Drawbacks:
MIA to showing up Saturn Girl; Public Identity.

Equipment:
As a member of the LSV, Esper Lass has access to technology stolen or copied from the LSH, allowing Flight and survival in space. See the LSH Equipment writeup for details.


Design Notes

She may have other telepathic powers she has yet to demonstrate, such as Life Sense or Mind Blank ; there is some indication that she may possess Control: 08.


By Chris Cottingham.

Helper(s): Andrew Lee, Dr. Peter S. Piispanen, LSH Sourcebook v. 1 by Mayfair Games for the v1.0 writeup, Chaim Keller’s Legion Help File.

Source of Character: DC Comics (Legion of Super-Heroes, pre-boot).

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