Red Lantern

(Homemade character)

Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


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.

(The concept is a reference to the tradition of bordellos signalling that the are open by lighting up a red lantern. Hence the expression “red lantern district” — Ed.).

(These are very old notes, far preceding the Red Power Rings. In fact, they’re so old that they assume that you speak DCH. In fact, it’s better to read the stats first — Ed.).


Powers and Abilities

Red Lantern can cause an entire city to be overpowered with lust, seeking out sexual partners wherever they might be found. This is a necessary part of her activities, as this serves to power her other abilities. Of course, she can choose to use a smaller area of effect, though she would thereby gain less power.

This effect is widely disapproved by most city leaders, though she tries to keep the origin of this effect a secret.

Additionally, were she to engage in sexual activities, she would gain a massive increase as well. But she is uncomfortable with her newfound womanhood, and is reluctant to experiment until the need is truly great.

Also, note that when she is not using her Broadcast Empath, the APs of her Power Reserve may fluctuate greatly, depending on a variety of circumstances. A reasonable rule of thumb is to say that she always has at least 10 APs of Power Reserve at her disposal while she is operating in a city.

Her occult knowledge represents her readings into Tantric magic. She had thought that her powers might be somehow related to Tantrism, though this proved not to be the case.


Businessman Harold Jenkins took a trip to the Netherlands for a vacation. While he was wandering through the red light district, he came upon an odd Asian woman who asked him if what he sought was what he truly wanted. Would he not rather have power ?

Power was in fact what he wanted, what he had never had throughout his life growing up. She beckoned him inside, and showed him the mystic red lantern. She told him that the lantern would give power, but only to one who was worthy, one such as he.

However, she continued, this power is only meant for women. Do you still want it, she asked him. Of course, he said yes and found himself transformed into the Red Lantern, a female superhuman dressed in a scarlet outfit more appropriate for a hooker than a superhero.

He soon learned that the lantern could transform him into Red Lantern whenever he wished, though only for a maximum of 24 hours at a time. To transform (or to reverse the transformation) he only has to shine the lantern’s light upon himself/herself.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Red Lantern

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 05 Wil: 25 Min: 12 Occupation:
Inf: 08 Aur: 15 Spi: 12 Ressources: 005
Init: 020 HP: 075

Force Manipulation: 00, Power Reserve: 30, Emotion Absorption: 30, Broadcast Empath: 07 (25), Omni-Power: 00, Flight: 04, Skin Armor: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Broadcast Empath can only broadcast Lust. Broadcast Empath has No Range, but has an Area of Effect centered on Red Lantern, with a radius of 25 APs (though the power itself only attacks with 7 APs).
  • Power Reserve may only be applied to Force Manipulation and Omni-Power. Red Lantern may never use more APs of Flight or Skin Armor than she has APs of Power Reserve. Each AP of Flight or Skin Armor which is activated reduces by 1 the number of APs of useable for Force Manipulation or Omni-Power.
  • Emotion Absorption is a strange variation of Energy Absorption. It is only useable to absorb the eroticism exuded by people engaged in sex. This does not affect its victims, but merely serves to power Power Reserve. The APs that she absorbs are equal to the WILL of any such sexually active person(s), but these APs are added using “AP math”. Thus, if only two average people (WILL 2) are having sex, she would absorb 2 + 2 = 3 APs. If an entire city is so occupied, she can absorb larger AP values ; for a city with a population of about a million people, this amounts to 22 APs (1,000,000 = 20 + WILL 2). A city like New York with a population of over 7 million people would grant her 25 APs.
  • Power Reserve starts at 0 APs and is fueled by APs from Emotion Absorption. APs so absorbed last 1 hour (10 APs of time).

Acrobatics (Gymnastics)*: 07, Artist (Dancer): 09, Occultist (Occult knowledge): 02, Thief (Escape artist)*: 07

Attractive, Insta-Change.

Alter Ego, Dark Secret Identity :), Uncertainty.

Red Lantern [BODY 09 SPI 09, Flash: 01].

Alter Ego: Harold Jenkins

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 02
Int: 03 Wil: 09 Min: 06
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02
Init: 008 HP: 015


By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: Home-made.