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Roulette (Ghost Rider enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Roulette

(Dude Jensen)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Roulette (Dude Jensen) has no relation with the somewhat better-known Jennifer Stavros (Roulette of the Hellions). He’s a demonic creature who primarily appeared in a 1974 Ghost Rider story arc.


Background

  • Real Name: Dude Jensen.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Servant of the Mephisto.
  • Base Of Operations: Las Vegas.
  • Height: 6’ (human-like form). Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown (Red as Roulette). Hair: Black (None as Roulette).


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Powers and Abilities

Roulette is a fairly powerful demon.

He could withstand the Ghost Rider’s hellfire without harm, yet his own fireballs could affect the sinister skeletal cyclist. Those fireballs are pretty good at starting major fires – at least as good as an old infantry flamethrower.

One of his favourite demonic powers was to appear within a flaming ring in the sky. It is the aperture of a conduit from which he could talk or hurl fireballs (in DC Heroes RPF terms, Warp). He often appears larger than he should within those circles, but this is just a special effect. Much as if the mouth of the Warps were a magnifying lens.

These floating rings give him enormous range. He can be miles away, but watching, attacking and gloating through the Warp’s aperture.

He could also turn his henchman into a demonic servant (Mutation).


History

Back in the 1970s, Dude Jensen was the biggest promoter in the fastest-rising all-American sport — the demolition derby ! His success soon made him an important man in Las Vegas. He could order cops around much like a private militia.

This helped when he contacted Johnny Blaze, then harassed by the police, to organize a never-before-seen event — a cyclist riding in the middle of a demolition derby ! He believed that only a world-class stunt cyclist like Blaze could pull off such a spectacular feat.

Blaze eventually agreed to sign a contract with his benefactor. The event taking place at night, Blaze knew he would participate as Ghost Rider, pretending to wear a costume.


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Games of death and deceit

The genial-seeming Jensen also hired a hitman to attend the special derby. The promoter wanted to use the race as a cover to terminate Red Thompson. This independent demolition derby driver was costing him money since he kept winning against Jensen’s drivers.

The sniper killed Thompson as he was about to ram Ghost Rider and crush him against a wall. But he was then killed by the Rider.

Meanwhile, kidnapped Roxanne Simpson, Blaze’s future wife. She had overheard Jensen planning the hit during the race. However, Roxanne had managed to warn the attorney general. Cops thus came in before Jensen would execute her.

Jensen was apparently done for. But under Simpson’s horrified eyes, he turned into a demonic creature, changed his henchman into a demon, and set the room on fire with a mere gesture. Then he teleported away with Roxanne… to Hell !

To Hell…

A few years before, Jensen had experienced a perfect losing streak. He lost his entire fortune, plus a loan from the casino, in one sitting. As it became clear he couldn’t pay back the loan, the situation escalated. Security took Jensen to a quarry in the desert where they shot him dead.

Roulette's gaudy demon castle near Las Vegas

Jensen lay dead for but a few minutes. He was soon resurrected by “Satan”, who offered him a new lease on life and untold power to wreak his vengeance. In exchange, the newly not-christened Roulette would destroy the Ghost Rider.

(In the entire story, Roulette’s master is called Satan. However, one assumes that it was actually Mephisto using his old trick of passing himself for Satan.)

Roulette offered the Ghost Rider a choice. He could save either Simpson or Vegas – if the Rider left to rescue Roxanne, Roulette would burn the city. The Rider chose to save Roxanne and the former Dude Jensen, from his ring of fire burning in the sky, showered the Strand buildings (ans especially those owned by his murderers) with fireballs.

… and back

While firefighters were busy saving the Strand, the Ghost Rider located Roulette’s floating, demonic castle in the desert near Vegas. The Rider smashed through the castle’s defences, but discovered that Roulette was too powerful for him.

Roulette then summoned “Satan” to obtain enough power to destroy the Rider once for all. As Roulette was basking in the infernal energy pouring in, the Ghost Rider rose to his feet and engulfed Roulette in his hellfire. The combined influxes of diabolical power proved too much for the demon, who overloaded and exploded.

Roulette’s castle might still be around, somewhere in the Vegas desert…


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

As Jensen he’s a tough, authoritative, mob-connected businessman. As Roulette he’s an evil, cruel, Satan-worshipping demon.

Jensen treats talent in a polite, empathic, supportive way. This is in sharp contrast with the way he bosses everyone else around.

Roulette had covenants with his master. For instance, he couldn’t start burning Las Vegas until he made Ghost Rider chose between saving Roxanne or saving the city, and the Rider chose Roxanne. Traditionally, such covenants are the best way to defeat demons like Roulette.


Quotes

(To a policeman roughing up a scruffy-looking stunt cyclist) “Well, be more careful in the future, sergeant — and it’s ‘Mr. Jensen’ to you ! Don’t forget that ! Now tell me what’s going on here ! Take your hand off that young man unless you want to find yourselves on the unemployment line !”

“Finished, Slifer ? Finished… merely because I can’t fire this… gun ? Finished… when I can… change… into *this* ?”

“More than helpless, flame-rider —she’s doomed — for if you try to save her, the entire city will burn in a massive pyre of its own making ! That Roulette swears to you on the name of almighty Satan !”

“A most moving display, flame-rider… but did you truly believe your power superior to mine ? You are a renegade from Hell, drawing your power thru Satan’s every resistance… while I am one of the netherworld’s most loyal charges, aided and encouraged by Lord Satan !”


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Roulette I, the demon of Las Vegas

Dex: 04 Str: 05 Bod: 07 Motivation: Power
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 07 Occupation: Stock-car promoter, Satanic agent
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 017 HP: 030

Powers:
Detect (demons) (ML): 09, Flame project (ML): 07, Magic field: 08, Mutation (ML): 05, Sharpness (Flame Project) (ML): 08, Warp (ML): 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flame Project is its own AV (+0 or +1, depending on your house rules).
  • Magic field is Self Only, but Roulette Can Attack Through the Field.
  • Magic field only protects against Mystical attacks of demonic origin.
  • Mutation effects have a special +15 Modifier to Duration (+3).
  • Sharpness only against defensive powers (e.g. Flame Immunity, Magic Field, Energy Absorption…), not raw BODY (-1). Faced with 10 APs of Flame Immunity it would reduce it to 2 APs. Faced with 6 APs of Flame Immunity it would ignore them and attack straight BODY, assuming no other defences.

Skills:
Weaponry (Firearms): 02

Advantages:
Expensive H.Q. (His magic castle), Insta-change (To his human appearance), Local Hero (Las Vegas), Mystique (Las Vegas).

Connections:
LVPD (High), Las Vegas underworld (Low), Mephisto (Low).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance.

Equipment:

  • In his human form, Jensen carries a .38 special revolver [BODY 03, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo: 06, R#03].
  • The CASTLE radiates Charisma (Intimidation): 10 when seen for the first time. Once the Intimidation is broken, the effect doesn’t resume or attack anew for that person.
  • Ghost Rider speculated that the CASTLE’s defences were impervious to natural assault. He indeed seemed to supernaturally breach a force field when he entered. How it works is unclear and best left at the GMs discretion. The castle presumably can interdimensionally  warp between Hell and Earth, but it likely could only warp to Earth after Ghost Rider came in.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Ghost Rider series in the 1970s.

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