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Shaolin Terror Priests (Iron Fist Marvel Comics) standing watch

Shaolin Terror Priests

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Those guys are just martial arts goons with cool visuals — very similar gamewise to, say, Hand ninja. But cool-looking faceless goons are always a good thing, and Immortal Iron Fist seems to be a very popular series with role-players. Which may result in more K‘un Lun madness in some campaigns, and thus Shaolin Terror Priests !

Powers and Abilities

The Priests seem to be competent fighters and weapons specialists with a number of bladed ancient Chinese weapons). Their nature is unknown ; it is quite possible that they are not human – or even really alive. They seem to be fanatically dedicated toward Yu-Ti, and not to value their own lives.

Though very dangerous for normal people, cops and the like, even groups of Terror Priests will be outmatched by highly accomplished fighters.


The relationship between those guys and the Chinese temple of Shao Lin (and the associated body of history, myths, anecdotes and legend) is unclear, but given how K‘un Lun rolls, it is probable that the word ’shaolin’ is actually K‘unlunese, with an unknown signification, and was adopted by the Chinese for K‘un-Lun-inspired martial arts practices.

Shaolin Terror Priests masks closeup

It is also unknown whether the Terror Priests have always served Yu-Ti, or if they specifically serve the current Yu-Ti, Nu-An, who is widely considered to be corrupt and debased. They act as guards, as cannon fodder shock troops and occasionally as sparring partners and arena opponents.

A group (allegedly 100 strong) was used for a demonstration at the beginning of the most recent tournament between Immortal Weapons in K‘un-Lun. They were sent after a randomly selected Weapon, which turned out to be Fat Cobra.

Using his arsenal of secret techniques, and especially area-of-effect attacks such as the Sumo Thunder Stomp, he felled them all in a very short time.


See illustrations.


They do not speak and keep attacking, dying without hesitation. They may be some sort of automaton.


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Terror Priests

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Terror Priest
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 012 HP: 005

Animal handling (horses): 03, Martial artist: 04

Familiarity (mountain survival), Iron Nerves, Language (K‘unlunese)

Other Terror Priests (Low)

Partial Attack Vulnerability (-1CS OV against attacks with a base AV above 08), SIA toward serving Yu-Ti, Misc.: Likely do not speak English

Most Terror Priests wield either some sort of glaive or some sort of scimitar or falchion ; a few have more exotic stuff like tridents, half-moon blades, deer’s antlers blades, axes, etc. Since they’re mooks it doesn’t really matter and all those weapons are considered to be [BODY 05, EV 04 (05 w/Martial artist)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Immortal Iron Fist (Marvel Universe)

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