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Goblyn (Alpha Flight) (Marvel Comics)

Goblyn


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Goblyn appeared in 1987, during the Bill Mantlo run on Alpha Flight. She was at first tied to the Scramble story arc, then to the Dreamqueen stories.

These here are very old technical notes, not a full writeup. I suspect we only have them because I think that the main illustration (from an OHOTMU update) is striking. Though I think I remember using Goblyn and her sister in a RPG campaign once.


Background

  • Real Name: N.A..
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Laura (twin sister), Darby (father), Susan (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: Derangers, Beta Flight.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 1,47m Weight: 40kg.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Goblyn is an savage girl, an aggressive near-animal whose intelligence is not immediately apparent.

She’s incredibly fast and adapted to combat and hunting. Goblyn once managed to single-handedly seriously wound a good part of Alpha Flight.


History

Laura and Goblyn are mutant twins. However, their father was a prominent member of a Canadian anti-mutants organization. When the echograph revealed that one embryo had an inhuman form, he was devastated. He and his wife agreed to an experimental protocol to destroy the mutant embryo but keep the seemingly unmutated twin. Laura’s genetic status was not yet apparent.

However, during the operation, Laura sensed what was going on. She moved within the womb to protect her sister. The operation had to be stopped. Yet, when their mother gave birth, only one child emerged ; the mutant one had somehow disappeared. Laura had used her own mutant power to send Goblyn to another dimension .

The good place

At first, Laura and Goblyn could only switch places between the other dimension and Earth. They called the other world “Paradise” and Earth “Hell”. Most people thought that Laura was a shape-changer who transformed in the Goblyn form. Laura also was in an autistic-like condition for most of her childhood.

Little Laura first appeared in the New Life Clinic, the base of Lionel Jeffries (aka Scramble). She apparently was a captive there. She fled along with three fellow prisoners (Janus, Breakdown, Freakout) while Alpha Flight was engaging Jeffries.

The four became the Derangers under the leadership of Bedlam, an insane creature with mental powers. When Bedlam’s team was killed, Laura and Goblyn came in contact with Alpha Flight. They were more or less adopted by Purple Girl, a.k.a. Persuasion, and her mother.


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Later on

Laura broke her autistic-like behavior, and after a big fight with the Dreamqueen, both girls were induced in Beta Flight to learn how to control their powers (Laura was code named Pathway).

However, Laura only wanted a normal life, and left, taking her sister with her.

(They later came back as teenagers, but this was a waste).


Description

Goblyn’s skull is egg-shaped, her skin is of a very deep blue/black that melts into the shadows, she has goat-like legs, and wicked claws. Her eyes are a glowing yellow. She walks like an anthropoid.

She is child-sized, but far more muscular than any child.


Personality

Goblyn is completely devoted to her sister. She’s very young, extremely savage, and follows her instincts. She either likes or hates any given thing, and has a strong empathy toward raw feelings.

After being adopted by Alpha Flight, she made great progress in acting in a civilized manner. It became obvious that her true nature was rather gentle, her ferociousness resulting from her lack of upbringing.


DC Universe History

As badly as Canada has fared in the Marvel Universe, it is done even worse in the DCU. Thus, adding the Flight to the DCU would represent few problems, especially if your DCU of the Flight is based on the paranoid, government conspiracy-driven Flight that was seen in the latest series.

One of the cute stunts would be to stunt that Shaman was actually in his youth the mystic called Flying Fox, a member of the Young All-Stars, and retired after the war.


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Goblyn

Dex: 08 Str: 04 Bod: 08 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 01 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Kid
Inf: 02 Aur: 01 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 01
Init: 017 HP: 015

Powers:
Analytical smell/tracking scent: 08, Claws: 07, Cling: 02, Empathy: 30, Sharpness (Claws): 02, Superspeed: 04, Thermal vision: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Empathy works even through dimensional rifts (+2).
  • Empathy only works with Laura (-4).

Skills:
Military science (camouflage, danger recognition, tracking): 08, Thief (stealth): 10

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (“Paradise”), Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye.

Connections:
Persuasion (High).

Drawbacks:
Age (Young), Arch Enemy (Dream Queen), Dependent (Laura), Mistrust, SPR (cannot speak), Serious Rage, Strange Appearance.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Helper(s): Dave Oak, Kansas Jim.

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