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The Flame (Dazzler enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Flame

(Dazzler enemy)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This bloke is an obscure Marvel villain, seen once in a 1983 Dazzler story. Well, he has returned since, but that was well after this writeup was done.

IIRC, he got a writeups.org entry after I parsed Marvunapp  for villains that looked easy to use in a tabletop RPG, *and* who could be researched without spending a fortune importing comics. A single Dazzler issue was affordable, and a dangerous guy with a fire sword is useful.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: West Coast.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 180lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Unrevealed


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Powers and Abilities

The Flame is a skilled criminal, motorcyclist and driver. His foremost skill is arson. The Flame can efficiently destroy buildings using fire, accelerants and some prep work.

The Flame always sabotage all nearby fire fighting equipment, telephone lines, police boxes, exits, etc.. He ensures that fire engines will be alerted as late as possible, to maximise the damage and (in most cases) the loss of lives.

Gear

His main asset is his distinctive equipment :

  1. The Flame’s gauntlets can shoot volleys of small fireballs or a flamethrower-like flame jet.
  2. He has a flaming sword just like in AD&D.
  3. His motorcycle has special mufflers to make it nearly silent.

History

The Flame is one of the top arsonists for hire on the West Coast. When encountered, he was working in San Francisco for a landlord called Crowley, as part of an insurance scam. One of the tenants put at grave risk by this plot was Alison Blaire – the Dazzler.

Blaire saved all people endangered by the fire. The situation then escalated, since she mistakenly thought the fire had been started by her enemies Mystique, Destiny and Rogue. Dazzler contracted the Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist).

Enraged by having been foiled, the Flame set fire to the recording studio where she was working. The Heroes For Hire’s actions helped prevent a tragedy.

Dazzler then accidentally exposed Crowley and the Flame. She was captured and left to die in the Flame’s next blaze. But she freed herself and defeated the Flame, who was taken in police custody.


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Description

See illustration – conveniently displaying both the Flame and his bike.


Personality

The Flame seems somewhat psychotic. He enjoys his work, and consider himself a lord and master of his trade, the rest of the underworld being péons.

Toughness, efficiency, class, living out revenge fantasies and proving himself top dog are constantly on his mind.

He’ll almost instantly reach zealous hatred of anybody who interfere with his plans, and target that person for death. He doens’t care about any accrued damage to buildings and innocents.


Quotes

(About his bike) “It’s elegant, and efficient… like me.”


DC Universe History

He would have made for an excellent encounter for Flamebird back before Titans West.


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The Flame

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Arsonist
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 018 HP: 050

Skills:
Acrobatics (climbing)*: 06, Martial artist*: 06, Military science (demolition): 08, Thief (stealth): 04, Vehicles (land)*: 06, Weaponry (melee): 05

Advantages:
Expertise (firefighting procedures).

Connections:
Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
SIH of anybody who thwarts his plans.

Equipment:

  • COSTUME [BODY 05, Flame immunity: 05, Shade: 03].
  • Gauntlets [BODY 04, Flame project: 06].
  • Flame sword [BODY 08, EV 04 (05 w/STR, 07 w/Martial Artist), Flame being: 05].
  • SILENCED MOTORBIKE [STR 04 BODY 05, Running: 06, Thief (stealth): 02, R#02].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Dazzler #23 (Marvel Universe).

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