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Seoul from Bloodpool (Image Comics)

Seoul


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

Context

Seoul appeared in a 1995 Image / Extreme Comics LS, unarrestingly titled Bloodpool. These four issues felt remarkably like a straight transcription of a tabletop super-hero role-playing game session. Which I reckon isn’t necessarily what one wants to read about a comic, but heh, it’s true. And that’s what gets them a profile !

These guys can thus easily be used as stock Player Characters (the “pre-rolled” kind, so to speak) or as stock young heroes in the background.


Background

  • Real Name: Lily Lee.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Bloodpool.
  • Base Of Operations: An unspecified west coast town.
  • Height: Around 4’10” Weight: Around 110lbs. Age : 15
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Seoul is a mistress of the martial arts. She ws seen parrying bullets with her staff, or outfighting several armed men with ease.

Seoul (Lily Lee) and a spirit advisor

She also has a strange asset. Seoul can call up the spirits of great warriors of the past (apparently always from Asia, such as samurai or great Chinese strategists).These will give her pointers on beating her foes.

The spirit warriors appear by her side and seem quite real, even to Wylder’s enhanced senses. However they require great concentration to maintain, and have never been seen to act. There may be more to them, however. Frex it was stated that Seoul’s martial prowess was also developed by sparring with these warrior spirits.

Seoul has been described has “custodian of the lost warrior spirits of the east” by Wylder. But it may have been a joke rather than an actual indication of her role.


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History

The Bloodpool project was certainly not the finest moment of the US government’s special projects involving superhumans.

About 20 nu-gene active teens were recruited from their families, prodded, tested, operated on, genetically and cybernetically enhanced, and subjected to a dangerous and gruelling training. The promise was that they could one day join the prestigious Youngblood action team. Youngblood was both a powerful combat force and an efficient media tool for the government.

However, Youngblood’s director Graves was discovered to be a demon. Which was an issue. During the upheaval, the new director, Battlestone, decided to forego the Bloodpool contracts. Despite all the promises and all they had been through, the Bloodpool subjects were downsized.

A few trainees (Task, Psilence, Wylder, Fusion, Rubble, Seoul) chose to follow the advice of one of Seoul’s spirit guide. With the support of former Youngblood leader Shaft, they struck on their own as a private, hero-for-hire outfit.

An early, lucky meeting with a millionaire in an unfortunate situation bankrolled them. And thus the group, which kept the Bloodpool name, soldiers on.


Description

See peekchur.


Personality

Seoul acts like a normal, slightly mischievous teenager in everyday life. Yet in combat situations she acts as an efficient, professional warrior in combat situations… most of the time.

Seoul (Lily Lee) striking with her staff

She’ll get back into teenager mode as soon as the tension recedes.

She has a strong aversion to insects, to the point of having once struck Wylder for holding a spider out to her.


Quotes

“We can bill you a flat fee, or would you rather hear our hourly rates ?”


DC Universe History

The Bloodpool might stay a failed government attempt at a super-group, perhaps a Task Force X remnant that Amanda Waller killed in order to make more space for her pet Suicide Squad.

If you want a more recent origin, I’m afraid you won’t escape the DEO… unless you’re willing to resurrect the DDI from Swamp Thing (plus, that would resemble them).


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Seoul

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Bloodpool member
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 03
Init: 020 HP: 040

Powers:
Force shield: 09, Illusion: 09, Power Reserve (WIL): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Force shield can only be performed using a martial arts weapon (-2).
  • Force shield cannot be performed with more APs than the BODY of the object used to block (-1).
  • Illusion can only be used to create the image of the spirit warrior standing alongside her (BC 10, FC 1).
  • Power Reserve requires concentration and cannot be maintained during physical actions (-2).

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 07, Martial arts: 08, Weaponry (martial arts weapons): 08

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Ancient Art of War).

Bonuses and Limitations:
Her Scholar only works when her Power Reserve is activated (-5pts).

Connections:
Bloodpool (High).

Drawbacks:
Age (young), SIH of icky bugs.

Equipment:
Battle staff [BODY 10, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 10 w/Martial Artist)].


Design Notes

The spiritual advice is represented by Power Reserve (WIL) and a broad Scholar, since it can be broad and strategic (such as being advised to create a team with the others). Be generous as to which situation the Scholar from the spirit advisers can apply.

By Eric Jackson and Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Bloodpool (Image comics).

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