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Firelion of the Nocturnals


Hephestus Gold

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Hephestus “Phestus” Gold
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Nocturnals
  • Base Of Operations: Doc Horror’s house near Peril City (Northern California)
  • Height:  ? Weight:  ?
  • Eyes: Reddish brown Hair: Dark blond

Powers and Abilities

The Firelion is the Nocturnal’s resident combat bunny. He’s a rather powerful pyrokine (easily able to kill goons such as synths in one strike) and an excellent swordsman (which seems to be his preferred weapon).


Hephestus Gold was once a damned fine cop of Asian-Russian decent. He died in the line of duty after his body spontaneously combusted during an apartment building fire. What was left of him after they put out his flaming body with fire extinguishers, was more than is left of nearly every case study of SHC. His head was intact and his spinal cord, along with many of his major organs. He was hustled off to the special burn ward at Pacific Forest Hospital, and there he died. Or so the story goes.

All Phestus knows is, he woke up in a laboratory with other humans possessing latent pyrokinetic abilities, who had all “died” and been resurrected as flame- wielding cyborgs. He was a “Narn K ’Burner‘ Model cyborg”, his new synthetic heat-proof body housing his brain and a few other flesh-and -blood-parts. His was a doomed project, and he would have been terminated had not Doc Horror rescued him from a second death.


See illustrations.


The Firelion seems to be a cross between a lone gunfighter/crimefighter in the old West and the archetypal ronin.

He’s a bit of a lone wolf and wanderer, although he’s obviously quite loyal to the Nocturnals. He enjoys combat a great deal, especially against worthy opponents, and can get excessively worked up when fighting or readying for a fight.

Overall he acts as a cool tough fighting guy, with a relaxed attitude when he’s not fighting. He seems to have very few things, as he travelled for six months with just his clothes, his sword and a relatively small bundle.


“Yes, a burner. The last of my kind. ‘Too dangerous’ said the government.”

“Oooh. Zombies.” (starts slashing and burning)

DC Universe History

The Nocturnals are no strangers to dimension travel, and there’s no reason why Eve and the Gunwitch couldn’t stumble on the DCU. The DCU has also demonstrated that it could harbor large amounts of weirdness without anyone noticing ; thus Peril City could actually exist somewhere in North California, far from most superheroes.

It might even not be completely of this Earth, flittering in and out but always staying close. Only people “in the know” and/or with high Occultist (occult knowledge) skills would now about Peril City.

Or it could actually be a part of Cynosure. He he.


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Warrior
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Servant
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 017 HP: 030

Powers: Flame immunity: 10, Pyrokinesis: 09

Skills: Charisma*: 04, Detective*: 05, Martial artist: 05, Vehicles (land): 04, Weaponry (firearms): 05, Weaponry (swords): 07

Advantages: Iron nerves

Connections: Nocturnals (High)

Drawbacks: Creepy Appearance

Equipment: Katana [BODY 08, EV 04 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial artist)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Nocturnals

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