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Nik Apocaloff (Ultraverse Malibu comics) vs. Night Man

Nik Apocaloff


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Nikolai Apocaloff fought Night Man in 1994, and likely would have been a recurring villain had the Ultraverse continued. For more context you can see the Night Man character profile.

LIke many villains in the book, Apocaloff had a ncoturnal/horror vibe.


Background

  • Real Name: Nikolai Apocaloff.
  • Marital Status: Apparently single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 180lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

The Apocaloff family’s firstborn sons can transform into werewolves every night. Even in human form, they have night vision and retractile claws.

Nik Apocaloff himself is a skilled, well educated operator. He has a dangerous knowledge of old world secrets, the business world and the underworld.


History

Nikolai is the first born of this generation of Apocaloff. These are an aristocratic Russian family that fled during the October revolution .

That meant, first, he was a werewolf, like his father, his grandfather and the other firstborns before him. And second, that he received an aristocratic education covering numerous bases. It went from fine tobaccos and wines to Russian martial arts to business.

Seeing himself as being above the populace, Apocaloff drifted through the world, making deals. What he knew and learned made him dangerous to several movers and shakers, and he used that knowledge to make sure they always took the right decisions toward him. He also indulged in two hobbies :

  1. The theft of œuvres d’art of interest to him.
  2. The serial seducing-then-killing of young women, leaving behind bodies mutilated with his wolf claws.

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We are the dead of night

When he came to San Francisco, those hobbies led him into a conflict with the Night Man. The nocturnal hero defeated him and had him thrown into prison.

Apocaloff pressured JD Hunt into helping him, and Hunt sent the remote controlled robot Teknight MkI to bust him free. The escape was going alright when a security guard named Eddie Domingo, Night Man’s father, shot Teknight MkI and Apocaloff with a glue canister. As a result, Apocaloff was retaken into custody.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Highly confident and superior, with a noblesse oblige attitude in human form. He’s completely amoral, but certain that the Russians in general and Apocaloffs in particular are superior to other men. He greatly enjoys luxury.


Quotes

“We feel an aristocrat’s firstborn must not be a layabout ! If one would be called superior, one must earn the right !”

“I’m going to wake up on silk sheets stained with your blood !”


DC Universe History

He would probably have an ancestral connection with the Arcane family in the DCU.


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Nik Apocaloff

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 016 HP: 030

Powers:
Claws: 05, Ultra-vision: 05

Skills:
Martial artist*: 05, Thief: 05, Vehicles (land, sea): 04, Weaponry (melee): 06

Advantages:
Alter-ego (human form is alter ego from wolf form, wolf form can only be reached at night), Connoisseur, Languages (Russian, French, Latin, Greek).

Connections:
Underworld (High), JD Hunt (High), Business (Low).

Drawbacks:
Secret ID, MIA to fine cigarettes, Minor Rage (only during full moon), Overconfident.

Equipment:
Heavy cane [BODY 07, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 06 w/Martial Artist)].


Nikolai Apocaloff – werewolf form

Dex: 07 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 019 HP: 030

Powers:
Analytical smell/tracking scent: 07, Claws: 08, Extended hearing: 03, Growth: 01, Running: 05, Skin armor: 02, Super hearing: 03, Ultra-vision: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Growth is Always On and already factored in (-1).
  • Skin armor only vs. falls.

Skills:
Martial artist*: 07, Thief: 05, Vehicles (land, sea): 04, Weaponry (melee): 06

Advantages:
Connoisseur, Languages (Russian, French, Latin, Greek).

Connections:
Underworld (High), JD Hunt (High), Business (Low).

Drawbacks:
Alter-ego (human form – has to shift back at dawn), Secret ID, MIA to fine cigarettes, Catastrophic Rage (only during full moon ; Minor otherwise), Strange Appearance.

Equipment:
Vials of acid (x2) [BODY 01, Acid: 07, Grenade drawback].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Ultraverse.

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