This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character was part of a RPG campaign run by contributor Kal El, set in Barcelona.


  • Real Name: Pyremus Heraklyon.
  • Alter Ego: The Painted Dragon.
  • Marital Status: Widower.
  • Known Relatives: Hercules (father), Pyrene (mother, deceased), Harisha Sherezade (wife, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Cult of the Painted Veil (leader).
  • Base Of Operations: Barcelona.
  • Height: 82 feet. Weight: 400 tons. Age: 7,000 years.
  • Eyes: Red Hair: Flaming red. Scales: Dark red, black wings.


Powers and Abilities

Although much smaller than Akalandrazor, Pyremus is much more powerful.

  • His strength is unmatched among the Earth dragons. After all, he is Hercules’s son.
  • His body is heavily armored.
  • His fighting skills so finely tuned that despite his 80 feet he can hardly be hit by anybody but the best of heroes.

He can breath unholy fire capable of melting stone and vaporizing steel, possesses “true vision” and is almost impossible to kill.


Pyremus’ mother, Pyrene, committed suicide after seeing she had given birth to a snake. When he became an adult, Pyremus blamed his father Herakles, who had raped her, and decided he would stripe him from anything he accomplished.

But Herakles had long died. The only thing that remained was his legend, that Pyremus couldn’t tarnish, and the cities he founded.

THAT would be his objective. He headed towards Barcelona and for many years tried to rule it through many ways. Direct attack, subversion, subterfuge, politics, religion… But he was constantly opposed by other two dragons, Akalandrazor and Jorgnurmarydan, and a powerful demonic sorcerer, Maestro Mephisto, who wished the city for himself.

Pyremus was ultimately defeated one night of Saint John on the XVth century. Mephisto trapped him inside a painting of the city the own dragon had created. But in the process he cursed the devil never to be able to leave the city until he was released.

Pyremus remains inside the “Dragon over the city” mysterious painting that has puzzled the art experts for centuries… but not for long.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Pyremus Heraklyon

A 2177 Point Character

Dex: 12 Str: 26 Bod: 10 (22) Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 09 Wil: 12 Min: 11 Occupation: Would-be conqueror
Inf: 09 Aur: 08 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 030 HP: 085

Aura of Fear*: 08, Extended Hearing: 06, Flame Immunity: 13, Flame Project (ML): 12, Flight: 07, Growth: 12, Invulnerability: 15, Magic Shield: 05, Skin Armor: 08, Sharpness (Flame Project) (ML): 08, Telescopic Vision: 07, Truesight: 07, Ultra Vision: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flame Project is Transdimensional.
  • Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.
  • Physical OV is usually 08, 13 when dodging.
  • Physical RV is 35 vs fire, 30 vs impact/force/cutting attacks, 22 against other attacks.

Acrobatics (Climbing, Dodging): 05, Artist (Actor, Painter): 06, Detective (Clue Analysis, Counterfeit Recognition, Law)*: 09, Medicine*: 09, Military Science*: 09, Occultist: 08, Thief (Forgery, Stealth): 08

Connoisseur, Languages (Ancient Greek, Ancient Arabic, Runic), Iron Nerves, Immortal, Scholar [Dragons].

Evil dragons [Low].

Attack Vulnerability (Ancient Greek weaponry and heroes, -2 CS), Authority Figure, SIA (Ruling Barcelona), SIH (Maestro Mephisto), Strange Appearance, Traumatic Flashbacks [Hercules].

By KalEl el Vigilante.

Source of Character: Supernova/Patrulla Barna homemade campaign.