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Context

Nox is an obscure opponent of Batman & the Outsiders. But unlike most of her colleagues, she returned after their 1984 debut story.

She’s conveniently generic and undetailed, *and* she’s part of a themed team (Antaeus, Argus, Diana, Proteus, Vulcanus). So having notes for these guys sounds good to us.

Greek without a paddle

I’ve realised just now that our New Olympians short articles all assume a decent level of Ancient Greek mythology knowledge. Which on second thought is a weird assumption. So :

  • Nox (or Nyx in Greek – Νύξ) means “night”. She’s the goddess of the night, and was born in the primordial chaos before the world.
  • Antæus was a towering demigod who lives in Northern Africa. He famously fought Hercules. Antaeus was inexhaustible as long as he was in contact with the ground.
  • Argus Panoptes was a giant with a hundred eyes, who could see everything.
  • Diana is the Latin name of Artemis (Ἄρτεμις). A lunar goddess of the hunt, wilderness, archery, etc..
  • Proteus was an early god of water, with an ever-changing, fluid nature.
  • Vulcanus was a Roman evolution over Hepæstus. A god of fire, blacksmithing, and volcanoes.

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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: New Olympians.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 5’7” (1.70m). Weight: 130 lbs. (59 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Red. Hair: Black.

Powers and Abilities

Nox can fly, and can emit a dark energy from her hands.

The latter isn’t unlike the Green Lantern energy, but what she can do with it is much less subtle. It is usually limited to giant hands.

History

The New Olympians are a group of mortal supervillains who were given their abilities by the Monitor.

They were assembled by Maxie Zeus to assault the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A., with President Reagan  in attendance.

Batman intervened and challenged the New Olympians to compete with his Outsiders in a variety of contests.

Nox challenged Halo to a gymnastics contest. They were tied until Batman jumped’s Zeus plan. Halo thus had to incapacitate Nox with a flare of her yellow aura.

Months later, Nox appeared among Circé’s army of super-villainesses. Though they took control of New York City, they were dispersed by a counter-force led by Wonder Woman.

In 2008, the New Olympians were seemingly slain. But with her loosely-defined darkness powers, Nox might return.

Nox of the New Olympians (Batman & the Outsiders enemy) (DC Comics)

Personality

Nox seems particularly bitter about beautiful women.

She speaks in an elaborate way.

Quotes

“There are no judges for you to flirt with, as the pretty ones always have… I’ve always lost to the pretty ones – until now !”

“Silence, you simpering fool !”

Nox of the New Olympians (Batman & the Outsiders enemy) (DC Comics) face closeup

DC Heroes RPG

Nox

Dex: 05 Str: 04 Bod: 05
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 05
Init: 013 HP: 020

Powers:

Stretching: 02, Omni-arm: 07, Flight: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

Stretching has no defensive component (-1). On the other hand it’s energy rather than her limbs, making her less vulnerable than textbook Stretching.

Skills:

Acrobatics (Athletics)*: 05

Advantages:

None demonstrated.

Connections:

Maxie Zeus (Low).

Drawbacks:

Distinct Appearance, Attack Vulnerability (-1 CS OV/RV vs sunlight-based attacks), MIA toward humiliating and defeating pretty women.

Motivation:

Mercenary.

Occupation:

Mercenary.

Wealth:

004


Design notes

The Omni-Arm is a bit generous. But there isn’t enough material to get a solid sense of her flexibility, and Omni-Arm happens to be a simple and fun Power.

Also, just giving her Omni-Arm makes the stats much simpler than a more limited alternative would, so let’s uncharacteristically be generous. A bit.

In general, the New Olympians stats are more done in a Mayfair style than a writeups.org style. These are older stats, about characters for whom there isn’t much information, so riffing off similar characters in the game books seemed safer.


DC Adventures RPG

Nox (New Olympians) — Averaged PL 6.8

STR STA AGL DEX
02 03 03 01
FGT INT AWE PRE
03 01 01 01

Powers:

Flight ● 12 points ● Descriptor: ?
Flight 6.

Solid darkness ● 16 points ● Descriptor: Darkness
Move Object 6, Damaging, Quirk 2 (Range is reduced to 1 Rank).

Combat Advantages:

Close Attack 3, Defensive Roll 2.

Other Advantages:

None demonstrated.

Skills:

Acrobatics 5 (+9), Athletics 5 (+7), Close combat (Unarmed) 1 (+7), Deception 1 (+2), Insight 2 (+3), Perception 3 (+4), Persuasion 1 (+2), Ranged combat (Solid darkness) 6 (+7)

Offence:

Initiative +3
Unarmed +7, Close, Damage 2.
Solid darkness +7, Close, Damage 6.

Defence:

Dodge 08
Fortitude 07
Parry 07
Toughness 03*/05
Will 05

* Without Defensive Roll. All scores assuming that his Power is active.

Complications:

  • Merc for Money Nox works for dangerous people – and some, like Maxie Zeus, are unstable.
  • Appearance
  • Vulnerability Toughness, Fortitude and Will get a minus 4 against sunlight-based attacks.
  • Looks can kill Nox is out to defeat and humiliate pretty women.

Powers Levels:

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 07, Dodge/Toughness PL 07, Parry/Toughness PL 06, Fort/Will PL 06.
  • Points total 92. Abilities 30, Defences 17, Skills 12, Powers 28, Devices 00, Advantages 05. Equiv. PL 7.


Writeups.org writer avatar Sébastien Andrivet

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Batman and the Outsiders #14-15.