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Mikas the Soulfather (Iron Man enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Mikas the Soulfather


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mikas the Soulfather is an obscure Iron Man enemy, who only appeared in a 1971 storyline. This story was a strange one, though, and Mikas is an… eccentric and powerful foe.

Said storyline part of an epic, quasi-crossover between multiple Marvel Comics – an unusual approach back then. It involved a time-travelling killer robot from the far future and intricate machinations.

The villains featured in this arc, such as Mikas have an odd quality that makes them both weird and generic. This is quite useful for gamemasters.


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Background

  • Group Affiliation: Agent of Mr. Kline aka the Assassin.
  • Base Of Operations: A subterranean base below Washington, D.C..
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Eyes: Light grey Hair: White


Powers and Abilities

Though it is unclear from the material, and deliberately so, this profile assumes that Mikas was a sophisticated robot.

Mikas is said to have the power of a god, and to be able to tap the power of the earth with his mind to produce a variety of effects. One suspects that “the earth” actually refers to the netherworld, since Mikas’ powers have a strong diabolic theme.

His powers as “lord of Earth and the Inner Mind” include :

  • Controlling the mind of people who have psionic  powers.
  • Powerful blasts of energy.
  • Class 50” strength and durability.
  • Being fireproof.
  • Erecting walls or bubbles of force.
  • Controlling magmatic activity.
  • Infernally-themed teleportation.

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Demon days

Mikas was served by two small, green, scaly “demons” (presumably robots). These are the first thing he sicced at Iron Man. If facing multiple opponents, Mikas might field more such demons.

The bite of those demons somehow made people blind. This worked even on Iron Man, whose armour the demons’ fangs couldn’t penetrate. Maybe the act of biting makes the demons generate an invisible blinding field around themselves, or something.

Mikas the Soulfather's small green demons attack Iron Man

Usually, one demon will keep blinding the target while the other batter it. Both will batter if the target seems to be solidly blinded. However, once they get roughed up a bit, they tend to cowardly stand back and let their master step in.

Behold Doomprayer !

What is Doomprayer ? Who knows. I’ll assume this is a robotic snake anchored to the floor of a pit below Mikas’ cavern. Holographic projectors give the impression that the pit goes on forever and that Doomprayer is near-infinite and coiled around the planet, Jormungand -style.

Doomprayer is Mikas’ master weapon of Mikas. He will activate it when he feels that he is running out of steam. To do so he will teleport himself and his opponents (likely caught in a force field) to another part of the cavern, which looks like the interior of a sword-and-sandals  palace.

A chunk of the floor can be made transparent, revealing the infernal vision of Doomprayer’s pit (an Intimidation attempt made by Doomprayer, in DC Heroes terms). What happens next is presumably Doomprayer bursting through the transparent floor to kill everything.

The Dark Ones !

Likewise, the Dark Ones were never seen in action. We can reasonably assume that they were superstrong combat robots, but what special capabilities they had, if any, will forever remain unrevealed. They might have a special power tied to darkness.


History

Mikas claimed to be a mentally handicaped boy found in Mexico (where he was “birthed in misery and living in squalor”). By this account he was mutated (in “radiation baths”), mentally healed and trained as a killer.

In actuality, he was an insane robot built using technology from the far future of Mister Kline, the Assassin. He was worshipped as an infernal god by scientists at the Mutant Sector research centre, who doubled as a cult serving the Assassin.

Mikas the Soulfather (Marvel Comics) and Marianne Rodgers vs. Iron Man

In 1970, the Assassin ordered Mikas to kill Tony Stark. The Soulfather started by kidnapping Stark’s girlfriend Marianne Rodgers, whose psionic powers had foiled the previous attempt against his life.

Another agent of the Assassin used future technology to give Iron Man a cryptic vision, then teleport him to Mikas’ subterranean base while draining his armour’s power reserves.

Meanwhile, Mikas used his own psychic powers and the Dantesque  decor of his lair to convince the psychologically fragile Marianne that he was a lord of the underworld and she was secretly a demon queen.

Hell is for children

Mikas had 2 small green servants attack and blind Iron Man, but this failed. Still, Iron Man was low on power and highly disoriented, and only barely got out after Mikas threw him into a magma pit. The Golden Avenger tried to attack, but was defeated and ran out of juice.

Stark tried to reason with the dazed Rodgers. Though that did not really work she started feebly advocating for Stark, and Mikas slapped her in anger. This broke his control over her.

Not knowing what to do, Mikas was ordered by the Assassin to activate Doomprayer. He thus teleported to Doomprayer’s room along with Iron Man and Marianne. In a last ditch effort, Iron Man wrecked the room before Doomprayer could emerge from his seemingly bottomless hole, then passed out.

The Guardsman (Kevin O’Brien) eventually found him and rescued him. Though Stark now thought that he was truly in Hell, O’Brien told him that it was just some sort of movie set underneath Washington, D.C., crewed by robots.

Mikas’ severed robotic hand was spotted in the wreckage, but he was never seen again.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Mikas is delusional and unstable. He keeps making vague claims about the terrible, tangled secrets of his own nature, the netherworld, the depths and mutation. He also keeps ranting about being a god, about being unbeatable, how all his enemies should just throw the towel and bow before his power supreme, etc.

What story he has been fed is unclear, but it must be one hell of a tale — no pun intended — with a 1970s sci-fi flavour.

Mikas was confused by strong emotions around him. This made him prone to making up some convoluted and psychotic explanations about things he didn’t understand, ranting about them as he tried to integrate them into his surreal world.

If Mikas survived (albeit missing a hand) and thus discovered the “greatest irony”, as Mister Kline put it — that he was a robot — his mental state must be… interesting.


Quotes

“Quite fitting, sir. Any specific orders ?”

“But of course, Mister Kline. For what else have I trained ? Why else was I… transformed ? As you command… Soulfather goes !”

“For this was my destiny given ! For this… have I traveled this road of fate…. The strength is mine ! The vision… fulfilled !”

“Mine is the power of the earth, Avenger. I draw energy from the lava that feeds the world. I am — as a god. I can give [Marianne Rodgers] knowledge. And — I can destroy you ! My name is Mikas. I am the Soulfather of this overly-simple world. Powers have been granted me — through the agency of mutation… Powers given — by Mister Kline !”

“A god ? I am Lord. Lord of the earth — and of the inner mind.”

“Stay quite as you are, Iron Man. That is a thoroughly fitting posture. Thoroughly fitting – for a man to worship his god. Poor fool. You must have known — gods cannot be killed. Only men can.”

“Even your strongest blows can’t harm me ! Mine is the earth- strength… a strength… supreme ! The play is ended. The curtain… closed. Yours is but a plead… for your pitiable soul. Plead, avenger… PLEAD !”

“Fool ! Did you think I’d ever be unprepared ? That which you’ve just met is an ethereal force-shield ! None may pass through it — but Mikas !”


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Mikas

Dex: 06 Str: 12 Bod: 10 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: Agent of the Assassin
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 016 HP: 030

Powers:
Control: 08, Energy blast: 14, Flame immunity: 06, Force wall: 10, Self-link (Gadgetry): 14, Geoforce: 09, Sealed systems: 12, Teleportation: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Control only seems useable on people with psionic powers (-3, since this is a very rare and usually Control-resistant population).
  • Force Wall is transparent to sight, opaque to sound and gasses.
  • Teleportation leaves a residual sulfurous odour for a full Phase (after which it disappears) — and a pungent cloud of sulfur appears in the Phase that precedes Mikas teleporting in (-1).
  • Teleportation can be used on anything within one of Mikas’ force field, even if that’s outside the usual range. Targets within his force field also receive a -2CS OV/RV to resist being teleported. Those teleportations produce an eerie green light, but not sulfur.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Mister Kline (Low).

Drawbacks:
Minor Psychological Instability, Serious Rage.


Small green demon

“Master, Soulfather — we kill him, we finish him. You see — we make him silent. We make him dead !”

Dex: 05 Str: 07 Bod: 05 Motivation: ?
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: // Occupation: Agent for Mr. Kline
Inf: 02 Aur: 01 Spi: // Resources {or Wealth}: ///
Init: 011 HP: 000

Powers:
Flame immunity: 04, Flash: 12, Self-link (Gadgetry): 07, Shrinking: 02

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flash ignores Shade, has no Range, is tested against BODY/BODY instead of DEX/DEX, and only lasts as long as the responsible demon is within 0 APs of its target.
  • Shrinking is Always On and Already factored in.

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.


Doomprayer

Dex: 04 Str: 17 Bod: 15 Motivation: ?
Int: 02 Wil: // Min: // Occupation: Agent for Mr. Kline
Inf: 08 Aur: // Spi: // Resources {or Wealth}: ///
Init: 014 HP: 000

Powers:
Flame immunity: 04, Self-link (Gadgetry): 17, Growth: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation): 08

Drawbacks:
SPR (anchored in its pit, a bit like that plant-like giant tentacle in that rocket silo in Half-Life).


The Dark Ones

“The master commanded that you fall. All must obey the master’s commands !”

Dex: 05 Str: 12 Bod: 09 Motivation: ?
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: // Occupation: Agent for Mr. Kline
Inf: 02 Aur: 01 Spi: // Resources {or Wealth}: ///
Init: 009 HP: 000

Powers:
Self-link (Gadgetry): 12, Skin armour: 02

Equipment:
OMNI-GADGET ABC (x2): 10.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Iron Man v1 #42-43 (Marvel Comics).

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 28th of June, 2010.

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