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Mindscan of Rancor's Lieutenants (Guardians of the Galaxy enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Mindscan


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

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Rancor’s Lieutenants
  • Base Of Operations: Haven II; formerly Haven
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 125 lbs
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Mindscan has exhibited a range of mental powers, enabling her to read the minds of others at great distances (while they’re still in orbit), exert a level of control over others, sense life, scramble computers with a blast of psychic energy, or use her powers via any of her team mates she’s in psychic contact with.


History

When the mutants left Earth to avoid persecution, just prior the Martian invasion in the 20th Century, the exodus eventually led them to a habitable planet they named Haven. Over time the number of mutants dwindled as more and more of the births resulted in baseline humans, until the nine remaining mutants became an elite ruling over the humans with an iron hand, with Rancor the undisputed leader of the mutants.

A resistance developed among the humans, and when the mutants eventually tracked them down, they discovered that one of their own, Bear, was collaborating with them. They killed Bear and the other resistance members they found at the meeting. They were soon contacted by the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had just located Haven, while searching for the long-lost mutants.

Rancor and her lieutenants were suspicious of the newcomers but met with a few of them. When they discovered that other Guardians were meeting with the underground resistance, Rancor attacked them, ordering the mutants to put down the revolting humans.

They battled the Guardians, losing two of their number, Rhodney and Blaster, and having to face the threat of a new Phoenix host being empowered. Realising there was little chance of victory, Rancor detonated bombs to destroy the planet, determined that if she couldn’t rule haven, no one could, and led the mutants to safety, while the Guardians helped the humans escape to safety on Main Frame’s world.

The mutants followed Rancor as she began a quest to discover what had happened to her ancestor, Logan. In a museum near the former Shi’ar Empire, they discovered one of his broken claws on display, which Rancor took.

Rancor and her lieutenants - groups shot from TSR's gamer guide to the marvel universe

The search led them then to Earth, where they again came into conflict with the Guardians, where Rancor battled the new Guradian, Talon, but they were kidnapped by Doctor Doom, who forced their obedience, causing violent resentment in Rancor, who took some time to realize she couldn’t easily kill him.

They worked for him for a while, again coming into conflict with the Guardians, while Rancor used surprise to attack Doom. The battle was close at times, but ultimately the Guardians won, capturing the mutants. While it initially appeared that Rancor had won, Doom soon rose, revealing that his body had long gone, his brain kept in a cyborg body which included the adamantium skeleton he’d taken from Logan, encasing Victor von Doom’s brain.

Rancor survives the fight due to the intervention of the Guardian, Yellowjacket, and escapes Guardian custody, stealing their med-shuttle, and freeing her Lieutenants.

Learning that the Inhumans had recently been abandoned by their dictator, Loki, they took advantage of it by enslaving them, and loaded them onto a spaceship they forced them to build, setting off in search of a new homeworld. They found one, naming it Haven II, where they set the Inhumans to work building for them.

While the Guardians were off their ship, Rancor dispatched Sidestep, who, aided by Mindscan, teleported onto it, and set it up to gas the Guardians unconscious when they returned to it. The trap worked, and the unconscious Guardians were transported to Haven II, where they were set against individual mutants.

Mindscan was pitted against Yondu, and used her mental powers to attack his faith, ’revealing‘ to him that his god, Anthos, was actually a disguised Thanos. The distraught Yondu lashed out, knocking Mindscan unconscious. The Guardians were eventually teleported away by Talon.


Personality

Stuffy and aloof, Mindscan dislikes the wanton sadism of some of her team mates, but loyally serves Rancor. She appears to be closest to Sidestep, the least brutal of Rancor’s Lieutenants. She’s sensitive about her unusually extended cranium, and insists on keeping it hidden under a large wig.


DC Universe History

The planet which became known as Haven was originally a prison planet for super-villains from Earth, where these unwanted were abandoned to their own devices. A number of the more powerful escaped, but the others were left, and when events on Earth caused the influx of new ’immigrants’, they were completely isolated.

A society developed with the super-powered becoming the ruling class, and this continued down the centuries, even as the numbers of the powered diminished.

When they were eventually contacted by the UP, the rulers violently rebuffed offers to return to Earth, despite the normals among them wanting to leave. When the rebellion got out a request for help, the UP sent a squad of Legionairres, who deposed Rancor and her lieutenants, the surviving members of whom escaped.

The two groups have clashed further, as Rancor has led the mutants in searching for another planet to dominate.


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Mindscan

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 07 Occupation: Lieutenant of Rancor
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 014 HP: 040

Powers:
Control: 04, Hypnosis: 10, Life Sense: 06, Mind Blast: 05, Mind Probe: 10, Telepathy: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Mind Blast only works on machines (-1), and has a Range of 30 APs (+5)
  • Telepathy has the Not Limited by Physical Range Bonus (+4), and allows her to use her powers via willing conduits (+1)

Skills:
None

Advantages:
None

Connections:
Rancor’s Lieutenants (High)

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance

Equipment:
She wears a large wig to disguise her unnaturally large head.


Design Notes

The ’Not Limited by Physical Range‘ Bonus (created by Eric) requires the target only to be within range for the initial link, but, once this is established, the link may be maintained regardless of the distance separating the characters.


By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics

Helper(s): KalEl el Vigilante, Roy Cowan, Eric Langendorff

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