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Mangle (Ultraverse Malibu Comics)

Mangle

(Jeremiah Sturm)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This character only appeared in the early issues of Night Man, in 1993. But this plot helped establish the threat of NuWare in the Ultraverse.


Background

  • Real Name: Jeremiah Stürm, Ph.D..
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Mother (presumably deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Briefly a member of the Freex.
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles area.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: None


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Powers and Abilities

Mangle is extremely strong and tough. Bullets will normally bounce on his exoskeleton.


History

Stürm, a Ph.D. in history, was hired by billionaire J.D. Hunt to tutor his son Guy. Stürm was glad – his mother needed round the clock care, and his insurance had run dry. However, he was unaware of the peculiar psychology of Hunt and his son.

Guy Hunt was indeed a good student. But what he liked to study was pain. He was but ten at the start, but he used his resources to torture and break Stürm numerous times. Every time the tutor was badly wounded, J.D. Hunt would use Nuware’s resources to put him back together, albeit in a more and more twisted form. He required first wetware, then exoskeletal braces, to function.

Warped

Stürm ultimately escaped and became known as Mangle, haunting the Frisco nights. As times went by he regained parts of his mental coherence and started to look for Guy Hunt. At first he irrationally attacking boys that looked like Guy. But he then became more collected.

Mangle realized he couldn’t probably get past of Nuware’s defenses alone. However, what stopped him in his most serious attempt was not a Nuware resource, but the Night Man. The hero had been tricked by Guy Hunt into believing that Stürm was a serial killer.

However, in the San Francisco underground he found the Freex. This small group of teenagers with freakish ultra powers who were lost, lonely and desperate. Mangle, with his manic, authoritative personality, took charge. He enrolled them more or less against their will and better judgement in his war against Nuware.

Mangle and the Freex attacked a small military base the Hunts were visiting. Mangle used the Freex to distract the troops there. He almost reached the Hunts – but the Night Man managed to stop him before he could mangle them.


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Description

See illustration.


Personality

Your old, authoritarian history teacher gone psycho. Well, he may not actually be old, but he acts like he’s 50+.

He often mentions that he likes to “play” – that his, hurt and kill, just like Guy does.


Quotes

“So shall it be with all Nuware !”

“Remember – I like to play, and you won’t spoil my game.”


DC Universe History

No problem here, unless you keep his history more or less intact. But Mangle implies Nuware, Nuware means wetware, wetware means the ability to create ultras.

This is not something neutral in a campaign world, and something Luthor would certainly know about and want for himself.


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Mangle

Dex: 05 Str: 10 Bod: 08 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 05 Wil: 06 Min: 04 Occupation: Avenger
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 016 HP: 035

Powers:
Jumping: 02

Skills:
Charisma (intimidation): 06, Vehicles (land): 03

Advantages:
Expertise (History).

Connections:
Freex (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance, SPI, Serious Rage, SIH of Guy Hunt.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Ultraverse.

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