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Mordecai the Hunter (Borderlands) aiming a scoped revolver

Mordecai the hunter


Context

Mordecai is one of the four playable characters in the Borderlands video game, and makes his return as an NPC  in Borderlands 2. He’s a desperado space big game hunter/sniper.

We suggest starting by reading our Lilith profile, since this is where all the context, setting info, power level discussion, etc. lives.


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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Other Aliases: Mordecai the Hunter.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile on Pandora.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 125 lbs. Age: 39
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers & Abilities

Mordecai is a remarkable marksman, specialising in highly accurate hunting rifles and revolvers.

He fights at long range whenever possible. Mordecai is on a quest to fight the most powerful, most accurate, fastest-shooting rifle in the universe. Even at close range, he’s surprisingly adept at operating his rifle from the hip.

Bloodwing

His treasured pet is an alien monstrosity. It looks sort of like a large falcon or small eagle, but with gigantic legs and talons. Bloodwing’s species is endangered, and it is conceivable that they have been hunted to near-extinction for safety reasons. Because these things can kill somebody by taking their head off through a military-issue helmet, or shear right through an arm.

Mordecai with a huge revolver

Mordecai competently cares for and trains Bloodwing, which is presumably a rare skill.

Mordecai will usually have Bloodwing starts swooping passes as the enemy closes in. To help it thin the opposition’s ranks the beast has been equipped with wiring to electrify its talons. Bloodwing dives as fast as an eagle, seldom if ever misses and is extremely hard to hit.


Audio

Voice clips from Mordecai in BL games, if you want to get a quick sense of how he sounds.


History

Mordecai was a sharpshooter and a hunter even as a teenager. When he was 17 he reportedly won a marksmanship tournament despite bringing a revolver to a rifle-shooting event. Tempers flared and things went ugly. One surmises that he has been on the run ever since.

Mordecai sends a burning Bloodwing to attack

Mordecai sends a burning Bloodwing to attack.

After meeting his best and closest friend — an alien raptor named Bloodwing — Mordecai ended up on Pandora, a planet halfway between a garbage dump and a wasteland.

One day, he was contacted by a mysterious woman, who insisted that the mythical alien vault on Pandora was real and that she knew where its location.


Description

Mordecai has a Mexican accent, and always wears a distinctive mask/cowl with heavy goggles built into it/ His dreadlocks are held behind in a sort of queue. He’s rail-thin, and reportedly anorexic.

People have described his outfit as looking “like a Truxican wrestler”. So perhaps some or all of Mexico has a new name in the Borderlands future.

Mordecai with a yellow sniper rifle

Though it’s not depicted in-game, Bloodwing is presumably perched in Mordecai’s shoulder when it’s not circling overhead.


Personality

Mordecai seems somewhat misanthropic, and chiefly interested in hunting/killing and caring for his pet.

Like all Vault Hunters, he’s not a nice person at all. But he’s not evil either, especially by Pandora standards. Overall, he seems to fit pretty well on this gods-forsaken planet.

Mordecai the hunter (Borderlands) with his sword and Bloodwing

Mordecai isn’t unlike a raptor himself – circling far from the fray, dispensing death out of the blue, and pitiless.

He stated that he was looking for… something, though he’ll admit he does not know what he’s after. He’s just drifting and looking for what he might be looking for.


Quotes

“Another trophy for my wall.”

(Standing over the corpse of a huge beast he just killed) “So big. So angry. So dead.”


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Mordecai

Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 025

Skills:
Animal handling (Bloodwing): 04, Evasion (Ranged only): 05, Gadgetry (Firearms, orb shields): 04, Martial Artist: 04, Thief (Concealment): 03, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Precision weapons): 08, Weaponry (Melee): 04

Advantages
Credentials (Free access to the Catch-A-Ride network), Lightning Reflexes, Pet (Bloodwing), Schtick (Lightning Reload).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
MPR (Colourblind), Mistrust.

Equipment:

  • MASK [BODY 04, Shade: 02].
  • ORB SHIELD [BODY 02, Blunting: 12, Damage capacity: 10, Regeneration: 02, Skin Armour: 03, Advantage: Damage Capacity regains one AP of Current Condition at the end of every Phase where Mordecai has not been hit by an attack, Limitation: Skin armour only vs. fall damage].
  • Wicked sword [BODY 05, EV 04] and Hidden knife [BODY 04, EV 03].
  • Sniper rifle w/Eridian explosive bullets [BODY 02, Mental blast: 07, Projectile weapons: 07, Telescopic vision: 02, Ammo: 05, Note: Mental Blast can only be Combined with Projectile Weapons, but only fires with 30% of shots (if the first dice for the Projectile Weapons attack rolls a 8, 9 or 0).
  • Scoped revolver w/corrosive bullets [BODY 04, Acid touch: 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Telescopic vision: 01, Ammo: 04, Note: Acid touch can only be Combined with Projectile weapons but ride their Range and has a 0 APs Area of Effect].
  • Incendiary cluster grenades (x5) [BODY 01, Flame project (Explosive radius): 07, Bonus: Half-strength Continuing Damage, Grenade Drawback].

Bloodwing

Dex: 08 Str: 00 Bod: 02 Motivation: Animal
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 01 Occupation: Bird of prey, flying high
Inf: 02 Aur: 00 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 000

Powers:
Claws: 06, Flight (Winged): 07, Shrinking: 01; Telescopic vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is Always On, Form Function and Already Factored In.

Equipment:
Talon tasers [BODY 01, Lightning (No Range): 06, Bonus: Lightning is Combined With Claws].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Borderlands – this entry only covers the first game in the series. Mordecai voiced by Julio Cedillo.

Helper(s): Darci, Coyote’s Own.

Writeup completed on the 5th of August, 2014.

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