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Silence (Punisher enemy ninja) (Marvel Comics)

Silence


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

Context

A 1992 Punisher story arc featured a collection of stock, cliché international assassins that seemed to come straight from C-list 1980s action movies. Such generic characters are of course useful, if only as a base.

There isn’t much material about these guys. But assigning cookie-cutter stats to these cookie-cutter archetypes seems reasonable, doesn’t it ?


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Madripoor.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: Unrevealed


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Powers and Abilities

Silence is a trained ninja killer. He normally works solo.

As his name hints, he favours silent elimination by surprise. His normal MO is to :

  1. Gather intelligence to select a good ambush spot.
  2. Climb onto something his targets will pass close to.
  3. Wait for hours.

When the targets pass by, he’ll attack them – using the blowgun if they’re not within leaping range, or his paired sai otherwise. Silence seems to prefer the least noisy mode of attack, but his tactics are also determined by the environment.

Silence somehow knew where the Punisher’s abandoned base in Brooklyn was. So he presumably can rely on some sort of efficient informant network. In his game stats, this is modelled as a Street Connection.

Silence’s blowgun could somehow fire four poison darts in about two seconds. Thus, in DC Heroes RPG terms it has Autofire. Perhaps he knows a ninja technique where he holds several darts in his mouth (and is absolutely immune to the poison). Or perhaps he has access to weird low-tech ninja Gadgets.


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History

Silence was one of the seven international hitmen hired by American mobster Rosalie Carbone to eliminate the Punisher. Thinking it would motivate her hires, Carbone offered an astronomical bounty (five mils in early 1990s dollars).

This was a mistake. What it actually did was to encouraged the killers to double-cross each other as they hunted down the Punisher rather than focus on their deadly target.

Whether Silence has ties to the large and powerful ninja organisation the Hand is unknown. He did have access to extensive intelligence, but that may have been through Madripoor criminal players such as General Nguyen Ngoc Coy.

Silence staked out the Punisher’s abandoned base in Brooklyn, perhaps investigating for clues. This is when the Punisher’s estranged support man Microchip dropped by. Silence ambushed Microchip, but at the very second Silence pounced on him Microchip leaned to examine a CD on the floor, which saved his life.

By the time Silence could turn around, Microchip had gotten his handgun out and shot him several times at close range.

Silence hasn’t been seen since and is presumed dead.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Silence is silent.


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Silence

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 013 HP: 010

Skills:
Acrobatics (Athletics): 04, Acrobatics (Climbing): 05, Martial artist: 05, Thief (Stealth): 06, Thief (Security systems): 05, Weaponry (Ninja weapons): 05

Advantages:
Possibly a Language if he’s not from Madripoor originally. Perhaps a Familiarity with ninja lore.

Connections:
International underworld (Low), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:

  • Sai (x2) [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 05), Enhance (Disarm Manoeuvre EV): 01 (cap is 06) ; Descriptors: Piercing, Blunt ; Note : OV/RV when using the Block Manoeuvre is 1 AP, Note: the OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 1 AP, Limitation: Blocking bonuses can only be used against melee attacks, and the GM may rule that some weapons are too large for the sai]..
  • Small blowgun [BODY 01, Range: 02, Advantage – Autofire] w/ Poison darts [BODY 01, Poison touch: 05, Ammo: 09, Limitations: Ammunition load for the Blowgun].
  • Possibly other stuff suck as nekode (climbing claws) given his tactics.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe (Punisher War Zone v1).

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 15th of May, 2011.

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