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Solitaire

(Nicholas Lone)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Ultraverse was one of the new super-hero settings that appeared during the early 1990s. Solitaire, a street-level costumed crimefighter, appeared in 1993. The series was written by Gerard Jones.

When the comics speculation bubble deflated, the Ultraverse was part of the properties that were sold. It was bought by Marvel, who never did much of anything with these characters.


Background

  • Real Name: Nicholas Lone.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Anton Lone (father, deceased), unknown mother (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Los Angeles.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Solitaire’s bloodstream and tissues are full of nanites . These keep keep repairing his body, even when it is badly damaged. Most gunshots and the like will not really affect him. Although wounded and feeling the pain, he’ll be able to operate without hindrance. The wounds will also close quickly.

He has been documented surviving massed gunfire that resulted in about 40 impacts. However, that left him unconscious for three days. Furthermore, it is not believed that Solitaire could regrow organs or limbs.

Solitaire is also a remarkable acrobat and fighter, a skilled and intelligent detective and an excellent computer hacker. However, he is oddly easy to hit with ranged attacks.


History

Nicholas Lone is the son of Anton Lone, an exceptionally ruthless and powerful crime lord and businessman. Anton Lone chose a call girl to father him, so he could inherit his empire.

When Nicholas was about eight, one of Anton’s fights with the call girl ended in her death. While Nicholas loved his mother, she died while he was too young, leaving him traumatised and unable to remember her face or name.


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Growing down

Nicholas grew up lonely and empty, albeit quite intelligent. He discovered his father’s criminal activities as a teenager. That was about the same time he discovered the first home computers and BBSes. For months, he went online to gain information on his father’s activities, foiling some of his crimes. These mostly were deadly arsons intended as insurance scams.

However, when he first contacted a reporter with hot information, this journalist and a dozen innocents gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Anton Lone had discovered his son’s whereabouts, and made it clear more people would die if that continued.

Nicholas was broken by the slaughter. As a result he became the gossip pages’ favourite bored, rich brat. He drifted, dead inside. He more or less willingly committed suicide by crashing his car over a cliff whilst utterly drunk.

Nanoscale

However, he didn’t die. His father’s men found him. Anton then struck a deal with a secret cabal of apparently alien scientists. These would inject his son with their rarest, most efficient nanotech culture. It worked. Nicholas survived unscathed, and became very hard to hurt. His father was delighted he could save his heir.

Nicholas Lone had been given his second chance at life. This time, he would use that gift to really fight his father. He designed the Solitaire identity, found a lookalike he sent in remote locations with orders to party and enjoy himself, and found new teachers in order to start his career. These built upon what he had been taught years before by Jinn, his father’s bodyguard.

Solitaire speeding on his bike and carrying a LAW

The masked Solitaire bitterly fought crime in the L.A. area. He concentrated his efforts against Anton Lone’s criminal activities. In a matter of months, he became a urban myth in L.A., seen as a defender of the defenceless and foe of criminals everywhere.

Although Lone’s empire was huge, he scored significant victories. These included defeating a sadistic mob king known as King Pleasure (who accidentally died), escaping several times from Jinn and his men through talent and clever manipulations, and taking down a strange monkey cult connected with Lone.

Going nuclear

Then Anton Lone’s plans reached terrible proportions. He hatched a gambit in which he bought nuclear warheads, with the intend of destroying Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Lone had access to special anti-radiation technology that would render Los Angeles habitable again within two years. He was planning to buy low after the detonation and sell when the real estate value would peak again later.

Solitaire became aware of that plot through a clever trick. He had little choice but to storm Anton Lone’s headquarter. He managed to snatch Anton Lone and bring him close to the detonation site, where Lone told him where the bomb was exactly, enabling Solitaire to disarm it.

Programmed mind, part 1

Solitaire then tried to stop psycho criminals Double Edge and the Degenerate. But it became obvious to his agents so something was wrong with him.

Solitaire ignored any information or sentence that had to do with Anton Lone. When confronted by his agents, his mind started to play other tricks on him, creating phantom disturbances to draw his attention away from the struggle against Anton Lone.

Still, Solitaire tried to carry on. He heard about a team led by Jinn heading for New York. They were going to exploit the chaos around the Ultratech tower that Nuware’s CEO, J.D. Hunt, was about to unleash. The mission was to steal the best kept secrets of that corporation right before Hunt could.

Jinn’s team, being equipped with the terribly powerful weapons of the Fire People, was quite successful in appropriating Ultratech’s secrets. Solitaire failed to stop them, and was badly wounded during the fight.

Programmed mind, part 2

This is when Nicholas Lone discovered the other function of the nanites in his blood. They made him loyal to his father. The more he got wounded, the more the nanites could get a hold on his mind. While he physically survived the New York fight, he was now Anton’s obedient son.

Meanwhile, Anton Lone used the stolen Ultratech secrets. He strongarmed JD Hunt into giving him access to the secrets of wetware, the tech that could make ultras . With the help of his son, Lone created three superhumans. These had wetware-based powers and empty, loyal minds.

But the nanites’ conditioning started to break after a few days. Thus, Nicholas Lone went on a quest in L.A. to understand the ever-fleeing memories that were plaguing him. Finding his old HQ, he remembered all about being Solitaire.

Final fight

Nicholas had been followed by Jinn. But they struck a deal, and Jinn would say nothing about Nicholas being Solitaire. Solitaire then made contact with the scientific nanotech cabal working for his father. He paid them to remove the nanites from his body in order to regain his freedom of thought.

Solitaire then fought Jinn, who was killed by Anton Lone, and Anton Lone, who was killed by the first ultra he had created.


Description

Nicholas Lone is not as muscular as most superheroes. He has an athletic but not bulky build.

His gaze is often remembered by the people who see him. It is full of pain and loneliness, and burning with a desire to do good.


Personality

At first glance, Solitaire is your standard acrobatic vigilante – although he tends to focus on his father’s empire.

However he tends to fight more with information, legwork and cunning than raw power. He has something of a talented higher class dilettante fighting crimes rather than the style of a Wildcat, a cop or soldier.


Quotes

“I used to be you. Then I woke up and saw myself in the daylight.”


DC Universe History

See Anton Lone’s writeup.


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Solitaire

Dex: 07 Str: 03 Bod: 08 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 08 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Crime fighter
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 023 HP: 045

Powers:
Invulnerability: 09, Regeneration: 10

Skills:
Acrobatics: 09, Detective: 07, Martial artist*: 07, Military science (demolition): 05, Scientist (computers): 07, Thief (escape artist, security systems, stealth): 05, Vehicles (land, sea)*: 07, Weaponry*: 07

Advantages:
Buddies (network of agent), Connoisseur, Expertise (card games), Confined HQ (an abandoned theater with computer equipment), Scholar (Anton Lone’s empire).

Connections:
Street (High), Underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
Secret ID, Misc.: Attack Vulnerability (-2CS to OV against ranged attacks), Misc.: The nanites will slowly give him a CIA to serve his father ; the more they are used, the more Solitaire falls under his father’s control. When the full CIA is triggered, it also induces amnesia.

Equipment:

  • Smith & Wesson 4506 .45 pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapon: 04, Ammo 08, R#02].
  • STRENGTHENED DUCATI 996R SUPERBIKE [STR 04, BODY 06, Running: 07, R#02. Has had a blue-gray paint job and is thus not red as usual ; it is also modified to have some off-road capabilities].
  • Fighting knife [BODY 08, EV 03 (04 w/STR, 08 w/Martial artist), Bonus : can be thrown – note that he rarely uses it].
  • When expecting very heavy action, Solitaire will gear up with :
    • A pair of submachineguns [BODY 05, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 07, R#02, Advantage : Autofire].
    • And possibly even a M72 LAW rocket launcher [BODY 02, projectile weapon (Area of effect 1 AP): 08, Grenade Drawback, R#2] to take down walls.

Diamonds aren’t forever

After he had the nanites removed by the nanotechnology cabal, Solitaire lost his Powers and the mind control Drawback. His BODY likewise became 05 but he lost his Attack Vulnerability.

However, the nanites were transferred to his costume, which has the following stats : COSTUME [/BODY/ 06, Invulnerability: 07, Regeneration: 08]


Solitaire’s agents

Solitaire has a strong network of agents, à la Shadow, in the city of Los Angeles. Some of the core agents and their notable skills are :

  • Spice (twentysomething pretty girl, Artist (actor): 06).
  • Israel (thirtysomething strong black man, same stats as a police detective).
  • Bug (Scientist (computers): 08, crippled legs and stuttering).
  • Boulevard (bigmouthed street kid with skateboard).
  • Venus (Artist (makeup and disguise): 08).
  • Sugar.
  • Elaine.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Ultraverse.

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