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Fog of the Brotherhood of dada (Doom Patrol character) (DC Comics)

Fog

(Byron Shelley)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Fog was a member of the Brotherhood of dada. These were antagonists for the Doom Patrol, early during the 1990s Grant Morrison run.


Background

  • Real Name: Byron Shelley.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Brotherhood of dada I.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: About 5’9” Weight: About 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Shelley can turn into a psychovorous fog at will. When the Fog engulfs a sapient  being, he swallows their psyche and integrates it into his own being.

Personalities within the Fog have no real power. But the Fog can discuss with his “prisoners” and they can access his speech to interject their own sentences in his speech whenever he talks.

Since the Fog is just a cloud, it’s very hard to stop it, attack it or keep it away.

Aside from his abilities as a mentally vampiric cloud, Shelley is pretty smart and perceptive.


History

Byron Shelley is an Anglo-Saxon man who was recruited by Mister Nobody, the illuminated surrealist activist and madman, as a part of his first Brotherhood of Dada.

The Brotherhood had a plan – to recover a weird painting evoked in lost works by Thomas DeQuincey, which supposedly ate people. This tableau, by the mad Italian painter Piranesi, was destroyed in 1814. But a duplicate was done and ultimately recovered by Horst Eismann, the collector of the strange.

The Brotherhood of Dada mounted a successful assault on Eismann’s retreat in the French Alps, and absconded with the painting. They then went to Paris, and Mister Nobody performed strange manipulations over it in the Champ de Mars. These resulted in reality inversion – Paris was plunged into the dimension of the painting, and the Brotherhood of dada with it.

The Doom Patrol intervened and broke the phenomenon, restoring Paris.

However, much of the Brotherhood of Dada, including the Fog, elected to stay in the Painting. It was a dimension  with subdimensions following the laws of various art schools. The freaks, forever rejected on Earth, had found a world that could accept them and which they could enjoy.


Description

See illustration for both the human form and the Fog form.


Personality

Shelley is a bitter, but competent and intelligent man. He’s very annoyed by the voices of the captured personalities forever interrupting him.

Paradoxically, while he harbours numerous other people, he feels alone and rejected.


Quotes

“Disorienting isn’t it ? Hard to (oh don’t be such a) think (bully !) . *Shut up in there !* Your thoughts (creep !) are all surrealist images. Your…  (listen, are we ever going to get out of here ?) shut up ! You can’t (I only asked) concentrate, can you, Crazy Jane ? You just don’t (I think he’s) know what (asking a perfectly reasonable) to do next.  (question) . Will you all be *quiet*, for God’s sake ! I’m trying to (creep !) I’m trying to be menacing here. There’s nowhere to run.  (“Nowhere to run”. What a cliché !)  I’m going to swallow you (Oh, not another one !) whole. Don’t you feel (Isn’t it) like you’re running in a dream ? You get slower and (crowded enough) slower, no matter how hard you try.  (in here ?)

“‘Byron Shelley’. Can you imagine what school was like ?”


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The Fog

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Rebel
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Absurdist
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 013 HP: 035

Powers:
Fluid form: 18, Self-link (Fog): 05, Mind field: 05, Personality transfer: 09, Spirit drain: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Fluid form also defends against energy attacks (+2).
  • Fluid form cannot be used to smother (-1).
  • All Powers are Contingent on Self-link (Fog).
  • Spirit drain has No Range.
  • Personality transfer only allows to transfer personality to within the Fog if they have been killed (i.e., reduced to negative SPI) through Spirit drain (-2).
  • Mind field is Self Only (-2) – although it protects all psyches within Shelley.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Familiarity (Romantic poetry).

Connections:
Brotherhood of dada (Low).

Drawbacks:
SPI (multiple personalities in the back of his psyche), Creepy appearance (Even when he’s not in his Fog form, the Fog has wisps of psychedelic fog clinging to him), Socially Inept (constant intrusions in his speech).

By Sébastien Andrivet based on Mayfair.

Source of Character: Doom Patrol #26-28.

Helper(s): John Colagioia, Nick Yankovec.

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