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Golem of Hayoth (Suicide Squad ally) (DC Comics) fighting Superman in the air

Golem

(Hayoth)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This obscure DC Comics is part of the Israeli national super-team.

He was primarily seen in early 1990s Suicide Squad stories.


Background

  • Real Name: Moyshe Nakhman.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Hayoth.
  • Base Of Operations: Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 300 lbs.
  • Eyes: None Hair: None


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Powers and Abilities

Golem can change the chemical composition of his body at will. Adopting the properties of pliable substances allows him to stretch and expand his body. It also lets him flow around most physical impacts to reduce their effect on him.

He usually only mimics water, oil, sand, mud, and similar pliable substances. It has been theorised that assuming the nature of solid substances such as stone, wood, or steel would result in a lack of mobility. In DC Heroes RPG terms, that’d be using his full Density Increase so his DEX is reduced to 0.

It’s also been theorised that turning to air outside of a confined area could result in his permanent dispersal.


History

An Israeli metahuman, the source of his power unrevealed. Golem operates as part of the Mossad controlled Hayoth group, under the command of Colonel Hacohen.

(A Hayoth is a type of angel in the Old Testament, with four wings and four different faces (man, eagle, lion, oxen). Their best-known appearance was in Ezekiel’s vision where a quartet of them bear G*d’s vehicle.)

Their first known operation was the capture of terrorist, Kobra, who’d been planning actions in Israel. It went remarkably easily, and Kobra was imprisoned within their HQ.

The Golem storms a house

When the freelance Suicide Squad arrived in Jerusalem soon after, the Hayoth were assigned to watch or capture them. What they didn’t notice was that Kobra had used his imprisonment, which he’d planned, to manipulate Dybbuk, Hayoth’s AI member. Dybbuk would soon be forced to destroy the Dome of the Rock , thereby causing outright war.

When the Squad learned of his intentions, Dybbuk dispatched Golem to stop their operative, Count Vertigo from intercepting the planes. Convinced Vertigo was the actual threat, Golem did his best to subdue him. But the planes were still held off until Ramban was able to reason Dybbuk out of the course of action.

Binah

Under the mistaken impression they would be allowed to take Qurac’s President Marlo into custody from the Americans, they infiltrated the American military base where he was a prisoner. This resulted in a three way battle against Jihad, there to free him, and members of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, and Aquaman).

The Jihad were captured, and the other two groups tried to talk things out. But events had been partially orchestrated by the Suicide Squad, to uncover a Quraci mole within the US government. The mole was stationed on the base. He freed the Jihad, leading to another battle against them and the Squad, who appeared to be helping them.

Gevurah

Assigned to guard a former Palestinian terrorist, Kemal Saad, at a peace talks between their two countries in Cairo, none of the team were particularly happy with the assignment, least of all Col. Hacohen, who’d lost family to Saad’s atrocities.

It became more dangerous when the Spectre arrived intending to punish Saad for his crimes. Golem intercepted him first, but didn’t stand long against his power.

Grassbeater

During the United Nation’s global Operation: GRASSBEATER, the members of Hayoth were deputised as Checkmate agents for the duration of the emergency. They eliminated a large Kobra cell hidden in Tel Aviv.


Personality

Calm and level-headed, Golem has no problem leading the way into a fight if necessary, but tries to subdue his opponents as quickly and safely as possible.

A loyal soldier, Golem will follow orders, trusting his superiors to have the best interests of Israel at heart. But he’d still be reluctant to kill those he doesn’t believe deserve such.


Quotes

“I am sorry for this intrusion, Superman. Believe me, I have a great deal of respect for you but, if you do not back off, I will be forced to make you do so.”


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Golem

Dex: 05 Str: 08 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Superhero
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 013 HP: 025

Powers:
Density Increase: 10, Fluid Form: 08, Growth: 09, Self-Link (Snare): 08, Stretching: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Density Increase cannot be used concurrent to any other Powers (-1), and its active APs add to STR (+3).
  • Growth is Minor Marginal (-1).

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Special Credentials (Mossad operative), Languages (Hebrew), No Vital Areas.

Connections:
Hayoth (High), Israeli Government (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance.

Equipment:
He has a communications unit embedded in his wrist [BODY 03, Radio Communications (Scrambled): 08].


Design notes

  • It’s unclear whether he can turn off his powers, as he’s never seen in human form. If he can, he probably needs an Alter Ego.
  • While Molecular Chameleon would have thematically suited his powers better, it’d be difficult to get the necessary AP levels.
  • While it’s been speculated he may be unable to move when mimicking more solid substances, it hasn’t actually been shown. So I’ve interpreted this as a sliding scale, dependant on the APs of Density Increase currently active.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Universe.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, Roger, Adam Fuqua.

Writeup completed on the 27th of October, 2011.

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