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Kindred (Wildstorm / Image Comics)

Kindred


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

Context

The Kindred appeared in the eponymous 1994 series, from Image Comics. They are an Island of Doctor Moreau expy  in the Wildstorm Universe, since every super-hero setting apparently needs one.

For additional context you can read the International Operations (I.O.) organisation profile first.


Organization

Full Name :
The Kindred.

Purpose :
The Kindred are the result of a failed experiment of IO. They are animals, genetically modified to get human features (à la Dr Moreau). Their one and only purpose is to avenge from the ones that brought them to this hybrid condition, namely IO.

Modus operandi :
Under Bloodmoon’s guidance, they did abduction missions on US territory. Otherwise, they stay on their island attacking any human trespasser.

Extent of operations :
They stay close to their “native” island. The more audacious of them ventured abroad.

Relationship to conventional authorities :
Nobody, except IO, and the handful of people that came in contact with some of their kind, knows of their existence.

Bases of operations :
Caballito Island, lost offshore from South America. Under Bloodmoon’s leadership, they inhabited the former IO’s complex.

Major funding :
None.

Known enemies :
IO.

Known allies :
None to speak of, though some individual team with well known heroes like Backlash or Savant.


Membership

Number of active members :
Estimated around 100.

Number of reserve members :
None.

Organizational structure :
Tribal by species. They recognized Bloodmoon as their leader.

Known officers :
None.

Known current members :
None.

Known former members :
Dingo (Backlash ally), Sheba (Savant Garde member).

Known special agents :
None.

Membership requirements :
Being an animal that suffered the mutation orchestrated by IO.


History

Founder :
IO.

Other leaders :
Bloodmoon.

Previous purpose and goals :
Bloodmoon used this force to avenge from Marc Slayton’s and John Lynch’s betrayal when he was part of Team 7.

Major campaigns or accomplishments :
Taking control of Caballito Island.

Major setbacks :
Bloodmoon’s scheme to kill Slayton, Lynch and Grifter.
They also failed to send away Ivana and her DV8 team when she got there after the failure of Project: Genesis.


Bibiography

First appearance :
The Kindred #1.

Origin issue :
The Kindred #3.

Significant issues :

The Kindred #1-4

Slayton goes to Cyberjack to get information on the alien responsible Diane LaSalle’s coma. He is taken prisoner by Black Razors monitoring the hacker. He goes to IO, concludes a deal with Colby : in exchange for information on the Daemonites, he leads a Black Razors’ unit to free Lynch and Alicia Turner, abducted by a Kindred. Grifter joins to save Alicia.

Captured by the Kindred, they learn that their leader, the one that commanded the abductions, is a former Team 7 agent believed KIA. He wants to avenge from their former teammate that left him for dead. Lynch, Backlash, Grifter, Alicia and Colby (the last surviving Black Razor of the initial group) manage to kill Bloodmoon and escape the island.

DV8 #26+

During a walk outside of IO’s complex, Copycat is attacked by a Saurian Kindred. While trying to get rid of them with her mind control power, she fumbles and the mind of the creature is trapped in her head. Whether it’s the source of her mental trauma is unclear.

Much later, when Ivana orders her to control Bliss, the mind of the saurian passes to Bliss, Copycat is freed from her mental instability and Bliss starts to act strangely. She finally attacks Ivana and tries to take control of IO. She’s stopped by her father, Sublime and Frostbite, agents of IO’s dissidents willing to overthrow Ivana’s rule.

Backlash

Dingo is a canine Kindred.

Savant Garde

Though it is not specifically stated, Sheba looks like a feline Kindred.



Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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They are all animals that were given human features through genetic manipulation. Their attributes differ by original species, but they all share some common traits. They are highly intuitive (Int), cold headed (Inf), and fanatical (high Spi), and share the same Seeking Justice motivation (though some individual fall more under the Psychopathic behavior).

Bat

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 05
Int: 03 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 013

Powers:
Claws: 03, Flight: 05, Radar sense: 05


Canine

Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 06
Int: 04 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 013

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 07, Claws: 04, Running: 06


Feline

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05
Int: 04 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 014

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 06, Claws: 05, Jumping: 03, Running: 06

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 06, Thief (Stealth)*: 06


Ursine

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 07
Int: 04 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 013

Powers:
Claws: 05, Growth (Always On, already factored in): 02


Insectile

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 04
Int: 04 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 013

Powers:
Cling*: 04, Extra Limb (x2)*: 04, Poison Touch: 05, Skin Armor: 05


Saurian

Dex: 04 Str: 06 Bod: 06
Int: 04 Wil: 01 Min: 02
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 07
Init: 012[014]

Powers:
Claws: 05, Skin Armor: 02, Swimming: 05, Water Freedom: 06


Notable operatives :
Dingo, Sheba.

Resources :
None.

Equipment:
The little equipment they have is the remnant of IO’s complex when they left the island and that they could take away before the return of Ivana.

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Image Comics, Wildstorm Universe.

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