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Gearhead in the Rush City DC Comics

Gearhead


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Gearhead (Nathan Finch) primarily appeared in Batman stories from 1997 to 1999.

But this profile is entirely about a second, separate part of his career. Namely his appearances in 2006 LS Rush City, where he had different abilities.


Background

  • Real Name: Nathan Finch.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’5” (roof height) Weight: About one ton (with car body on).
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Bald


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Powers and Abilities

Gearhead is an unusual cyborg. He and his car are one. He seems to have lost his legs, his arms have been replaced by artificial ones, and the rest of his body is weak and withered. But it is prolonged by a heavily tricked out, armoured sports car.

Gearhead (Nathan Finch)'s car body

Furthermore, the car can deploy :

  1. A large array of motorised arms. Many end in tools like buzzsaws or power claws.
  2. At least two machineguns.
  3. Power jacks that allow the car to cling to walls. Presumably it uses the powered arms to climb there.

The body of the car can be explosively jettisoned, usually to escape after having been trapped. But in DC Heroes RPG terms, that sacrifices the Sealed Systems and Shade Powers.

Even after the body has been ejected, getting to Gearhead is pretty hard – the robot arms always get in the way of shots and attempts to reach him. In DC Heroes RPG terms he keeps his DEX, STR and BODY even though his meat body looks exposed.


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History

Nathan Finch lost his limbs to frostbite. But he went bionic in a big way — his head and torso are now part of a special car.

Gearhead (Nathan Finch) producing weapons from under his hood

This version of Gearhead works as a mercenary and hitman on the East Coast. And perhaps beyond.

Gearhead was hired to kill Diego “Rush” Zhao. But when he realised that Rush was looking for a bomb that could blow New York City up, he ditched the contract and focused on getting the bomb. He was thwarted by Rush and Black Canary.

His car and one of his arms were destroyed in the fracas. However, Gearhead managed to crawl away in the confusion.


Description

See illustration.

Gearhead (Nathan Finch) explains that he is the car


Personality

Gearhead is a creepy killer. He seems to be insane and sociopathic. We assumed that he intended to blow New York up (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Nihilist Motivation), but he might have been intending to conduct blackmail instead.

He tends to make little “hee !” noises whenever he’s excited, making him sound even creepier.


Quotes

“Let’s get this straight from the start, Bellingham. The name is Gearhead. And it’s not ’me and my car‘. I am the car.”

“Hee !”


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Gearhead

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 09 Motivation : Nihilist/Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation : Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 012 HP: 015

Powers:
Cling: 06, Extra limbs (x3): 06, Flash: 04, Growth: 04, Omni-Arm: 09, Projectile weapon: 08, Running: 07, Sealed systems: 05, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 09, Shade: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All Powers are Contingent on Self-Link (Gadgetry).
  • Flash is Steady Illumination Only.
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.
  • Sealed systems only while the car body is still there.
  • Shade only while the windshield is still there.

Skills:
Vehicles (Land): 07, Weaponry (His own systems): 06

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Mercenary scene (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, SPR, MPI, Attack Vulnerability (his RV is a 04 against attacks that can affect his meat body directly), Attack Vulnerability (the arms of the car have a RV of 04 against large slashing attacks, such as an axe).

Equipment:
Cell phone.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: DC Universe.

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