Scaredycat (Strikeforce Morituri) in action


(Pilar Lisieux)


Strikeforce Morituri was an intriguing 1986-1989 Marvel series, taking place in its own universe.

It was a military sci-fi saga, centred on superhuman soldiers fighting to repel alien invaders who very nearly crushed Earth.

The main twist was that the treatment giving powers to volunteers was invariably fatal, leaving little life expectancy to the super-soldiers. Hence the name, derived from the famous Latin phrase morituri te salutant  (“those about to die salute you”).


  • Real Name: Pilar Lisieux.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Strikeforce Morituri.
  • Base Of Operations: Morituri Mountain.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

In addition to the normal Morituri physical enhancements, Scaredycat’s speed and reaction time were greatly increased.

Furthermore, she could induce a panic or shock reaction.


Nothing of Pilar Lisieux’s history prior to joining the team is known. A devout mystic, she embraced her new life with enthusiasm, at times almost playfully. However, she always appreciated the seriousness of the war and was never flippant.

She grew to care for Scatterbrain a great deal, but like so many others on the team they only had a few brief days together as a couple before he withdrew into a self-induced coma and she finally succumbed to the Effect while on a mission in Africa.


A short, slim woman with lush brown hair that fell to the middle of her back. She wore a jumpsuit with alternating orange and yellow stripes.


Pillar was a playful, enthusiastic woman who lived every moment to its fullest. She regularly sought guidance from her spirit guide and faced her destiny with no fear and no regrets.


“The greater life isn’t bound by flesh… We all knew when we volunteered for the process we would have a year maximum — at most. All that means is that the true adventure is about to begin !”

DC Universe History

As written, the Morituri were in their own stand-alone universe. However, the idea of the Morituri process works in any universe. Perhaps a new, more determined alien invasion attacks and earth’s normal superheroes are outmatched. STAR Labs or Lexcorp could develop this process to help turn the tide.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 10 Str: 09 Bod: 10 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Soldier
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: n/a
Init: 025 HP: 050

Aura of fear: 14, Superspeed: 08

Weaponry: 05

Free Access, Headquarters (E), Limelight, Popularity.

Strikeforce Morituri (H).

Public Identity, Uncertainty, Morituri Effect.

FLIGHT SHOES [BODY 06, Flight: 07].

The Morituri Effect

All Morituri have a lifespan of 1 year (23 APs) or less from the time they undergo the Morituri Process. Starting 1 month after the Process, the Morituri must roll against their R# each day. For the first six months the RN is 5. The next three months the RN is 11, and for the last three months the RN is 18. The Effect automatically occurs at the end of a year.

Each Morituri experienced a power surge shortly before the effect took place. Add 2 APs to their Powers (or STR, if that was their primary ability) when they fail their R# roll. The number of APs of their highest Power after this addition is the number of phases they have until the effect takes place.

The precise manifestation of the Morituri Effect varied from person to person, but was related to their powers. Scaredycat’s superspeed increased so greatly that she overheated and died. Snapdragon, Vyking, and Marathon exploded, with Snapdragon’s explosion affecting little more than herself while Marathon’s explosion destroyed a Horde mothership.

The GM should select an appropriate fate based on the powers in question and the dramatic potential of the moment.

By Andrew Ross.

Source of Character: Strikeforce Morituri (Marvel).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.