Penance of Generation X (Marvel Comics)


(St Croix)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Penance was a brand-new character, introduced with the launch of the Generation X comic in 1994. Though the book started strong, in the long run it didn’t have that much of an impact on the greater X-Men mythos.

These notes are from the early 2000s, not long after Generation X was cancelled.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed, used to be Monet Saint Croix, and then a gestalt of Claudette and Nicole St. Croix.
  • Other Aliases: Her nickname is “Penny”, and the evil Emplate calls her “Yvette”.
  • Marital Status: None.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Generation X.
  • Base Of Operations: Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters. (Formerly known as the Massachusetts academy.)
  • Height: Not sure, I would guess around five feet or so. Weight: Also unsure, maybe about 120 pounds.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red


Powers and Abilities

Penance possesses diamond hard skin. Her hair and claws are razor sharp, and can be dangerous if touched. Her skin is so hard that anyone trying to punch her would more than likely hurt themselves.

Penance is also immune to mental contact. Anyone attempting would suffer mental backlash.


Penance was originally the mutant Monet Saint Croix (better known as M.). Her evil brother Marius (Emplate) transformed her into the mute Penance. After Generation X’s first battle with Emplate, Penance was recovered from his clutches. After a bit of a run around, Penance reluctantly joined Gen X.

Later, It was revealed that Penance was Monet. The person posing as Monet at the time was actually a synthesis of Monet’s sister’s Claudette and Nicole. Feeling sorry for impersonating their sister, the twins merged into Penance. This allowed the real Monet to be restored.

Still later, after another confrontation with Emplate, Penance was caught in an explosion. It caused the two twins to separate. But the strange thing is, Penance’s body remained. Thinking that it was an empty husk, the body was left in the School’s medical lab. Then Penance woke up and dug her way out.

The Other Gen X members hunted Penance down. They thought that she had mauled a young student, when in fact the real culprit was a baby sasquatch. After this ordeal, Penance carved “home” in a tree and returned with Gen X.

With the team’s recent dissolution, Penance’s current whereabouts are unknown. It is a good bet though that she might be living with Monet and the twins.



Penance is a strange, oddly beautiful creature. She looks like a red skinned girl with long spike like “hair”, and long talons for hands.

She usually wears a skintight leather suit, which helps to minimize contact with her razor sharp skin.


Being unable to communicate, Penance is often mistaken for a animalistic beast. The truth is she is rather bright. But she is naturally shy (mainly because she is mute) and is often content to watch others from the shadows.

Penance has a taste for apples and also has skills in sculpting. During an ice skating trip, she carved a statue of a man with a staff out of ice. Who this person is and how he’s connected to Penance is a mystery.

DC Universe History

There is serious speculation on whether or not Penance is a mutant or some matter of mystical construct (regardless she still has the Mistrust Drawback). She could be failed experiment of Felix Faust to create a army of invincible soldiers. Or she could be from another dimension, having been brought to DC earth to be an assistant to Dr. fate or another mystic super hero.

Anyway, Penance is more or less a minor character that can be fit in with relative ease. Her origin can be changed without altering her stats, and she might make an interesting addition to the Teen Titans.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 08 Motivation: Unwanted power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: High school student
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 020 HP: 090

Self link (claws): 05, claws: 12, Digging: 10, Skin Armor: 03, Mind Blank: 15, Mind blast: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Self link, skin armor, and mind blank are always on.
  • If anyone attacks Penance physically without a weapon, roll for self link claw damage. The damage from Self-Link (Claws) is Killing damage if striking the hair, and bashing if anywhere else.
  • Claws, digging, self-link and skin armors are all Elementally Linked.
  • Mind Blast is uncontrolled and only occurs if someone attempts to contact her psychically. (Using any power that would be blocked by her mind blank).
  • Mind blank and Mind blast are Elementally Linked.

Artist (sculptor): 07, Thief, (Stealth): 07

Iron Nerves, Ambidextrous, Prehensile feet.

Gen X (High).

Age (Young), Strange Appearance, Innocent, Mistrust (mutant), Socially Inept (Minor, Persuasion only), Serious physical restriction (Mute), Serious Physical restriction (deaf).

By Crinos Galavar.

Source of Character: Generation X.

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