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Gray King of Cerebro's X-Men (Marvel Comics)

Gray King


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Gray King and the rest of his team are artificially-powered, fake, gisted X-Men copies. They appeared in 1998.

This gives them a curiously familiar-yet-off-target quality that we found interesting. They could be of use in more scenarios.

The Gray King’s powers are visibly based on the Phoenix’s. But though he’s powerful, he’s but a distant shadow of the Phoenix’s power.


Background

  • Real Name: Addison Falk.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Cerebro’s X-Men.
  • Base Of Operations: Hidden Bunker, Florida Swamp.
  • Height: Weight:
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


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Powers and Abilities

The Grey King has powerful telepathic and telekinetic abilities. His telekinetic abilities allow him to lift great weights with his mind. Furthermore, he can maintain himself and his team mates flying independently, even while in combat situations.

His telepathic powers are not fully known. But he is able to psychically block a target’s access to their powers, and can project a bolt of psychic energy at targets.

His powers are apparently modelled after those of Jean Grey, and he is usually surrounded by a phoenix-like shape of energy when using them.

He is also a trained teacher, and an accomplished chess player.


History

Addison Falk is actually an artificial being. He was created by Cerebro when it gained sentience and took on a physical body. He was given a physical body and artificial memories, believing himself to be a teacher at an unnamed university.


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Cerebro first sent them to attack a group of X-Men on board a cruise ship, to abduct Shadowcat. Hostilities erupted between the two groups, seriously damaging the ship. They managed to escape with Shadowcat as their captive. They took her back to the hidden bunker they were using, where she met Cerebro, who appeared as Professor Xavier.

Shadowcat helped Cerebro, believing him to be Xavier, overcome programming left in him by Bastion. The new X-Men were then dispatched to ambush the real X-Men, blowing up their Blackbird in flight, and attacking its occupants.

The real X-Men were saved when Colossus and Nightcrawler arrived in another Blackbird. But that was then shot down by Mercury in Cerebro’s X-Men’s Aurora.

When Shadowcat broke free, they tried to recapture her, but failed, earning themselves Cerebro’s displeasure.

Mutant Defense Net

He next dispatched them to the Cape Citadel space centre. The mission to stop the launch of a space shuttle carrying a Mutant Defense Net, designed to keep track of Mutants, and eliminate them when possible. They again come into conflict with the real X-Men.

During the battle, Cerebro reveals its true nature. This gave the team time to escape with the satellite from the shuttle. However, the real X-Men caught up with them before they could get far. The caught the ersatzes by surprise and destroyed the satellite. Cerebro transports the team away, soon returning them to digital storage.


Personality

The Grey King’s personality seems to have been based on that of Cyclops. As such he is calm, controlled, and stoically devoted to his role as team leader. He is, however, uncertain of his ability as leader, so he tends to question whether or not he’s doing things the right way.

He has discovered a mutual attraction with Rapture.


Quotes

“Hear me ! We are power and might, sent to collect the one who can save the founder. Those set against our mission will perish in fire and water !”


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Grey King

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Teacher
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 014 HP: 030

Powers:
Flight: 06, Mind Blast: 08, Neutralize: 15, Telekinesis: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:
Flight has Range (+1), and is Contingent Upon Telekinesis (-1).

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Expertise (Chess, Teacher).

Connections:
Cerebro’s X-Men (High).

Drawbacks:
SIA (Obey\Believe Cerebro).

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics (Uncanny X-Men #360 & X-Men #80).

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