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Spear (Luke Cage enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Spear


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Spear is an obscure Marvel character. He primarily appeared in a 1975/1976 Luke Cage storyline.


Background

  • Real Name: Jasper Daniels.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Jack (brother, deceased), Shadrick (aka Mangler, brother), Mrs. Daniels (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Spear is a powerful athlete and fighter. He had a talent for disappearing in the shadows when fleeing by using his stealth, acrobatics and swing line.

He also uses special-purpose equipment. We *assume* in our game stats that Spear’s equipment was built by the Tinkerer, but it’s just a guess.

Gear

Spear’s costume is thoroughly armoured, even though it looks like super-Spandex.

Daniels also carries a line and grappling hook. Plus some tear gas grenades.

His main weapon is his speargun – a launcher of large bladed projectiles. His spears include :

  • Basic spears.
  • Spears with a trident-like head, which is useful for some trick shots.
  • Explosive spears.
  • Clusters of four small spears. These are used as a called shot to pin a target to a nearby wall through their clothing.
  • Shafts that clamp together once shot, their joint head forming a heavy ramming plate.

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History

While Jack Daniels was in prison, he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. He volunteered to be a test subject for the early cellular regeneration experiments of Dr. Noah Burstein.

But the experiment failed and only accelerated Jack’s painful death. The corpse, still twisted in agony, was sent back to his mother and his two brothers.

Both of Jack’s brothers swore revenge. They would make Burstein suffer and die as Jack did. Jasper became the costumed avenger Spear. He took the lead so his older brother Shadrick, the dim-witted professional wrestler also known as the Mangler, wouldn’t mess things up.

(Marvunapp.com  notes that the published story wasn’t the one that was originally intended. Indeed, it seems likely that Burstein’s dark secret, the reason why Spear and the Mangler were hunting him down, was something more terrible and far-reaching than Mr. Daniels’ death.)

The hunt

Over a few years Spear procured special weaponry, had an armoured costume made, and tracked Burstein down to New York City. He stalked the doctor, terrorising him for days.

Burstein’s friend, Luke Cage, tried to stop Spear on several occasions, but couldn’t nail him.

The Mangler tried to help, but Cage caught him. Thus, Jasper had to leave Burstein alone for a while to free Shadrick. After a daring seventh-floor assault through a window freed Mangler, Spear returned to Burstein and finally shot him. However, an ambulance came in in time, saving the doctor’s life.

The mattresses

Not knowing that Burstein was still alive, Spear packed up to leave New York City. Meanwhile Mrs. Daniels, fearing that the police would kill her sons, came to Cage and his ally Detective Chase. She gave them Spear’s current address if they promised not to kill him.

Cage and Chase caught up with Spear in the nick of time. Spear nearly managed to escape, and leapt on the roof of a bus to make his getaway. Cage nevertheless caught up with him.

The two men fought on the top of the bus and eventually crashed through the windshield, sending the bus careening into the Hudson river. Cage knocked Spear out and handed him over to the police.

2010

Decades later, Spear appeared as a member of the Rivals. It was a loose coalition of mercenary New York City villains coordinated by Nightshade.

Spear vs. Power Man (Marvel Comics)

The Rivals were summoned to take on Iron Fist, Luke Cage and the new Power Man (Victor Alvarez). But they were overwhelmed. Nobody pressed charges, and Spear soon left Ryker’s Island.

Soon after that, the “Spider-Island” crisis mutated Manhattanites en masse. Nightshade and the Rivals tried to force the quarantine blockade to flee while they still could. But they were beaten back by Misty Knight and her operatives.

Heroes for hire

In 2016, Shadrick was beaten and captured by the Preemptive Strike vigilante militia. Jasper allied with the children of two other Preemptive Strike victims – Marta Cardona (Gamecock’s daughter) and “Little” Ben Donovan (Big Ben Donovan’s son).

Cletus Evans (formerly the Disco Devil) and “Cockroach” Hamilton also joined as they feared they were next.

They pooled their money to hire Luke Cage and Daniel Rand. But things went bad and Spear joined Mangler in prison, as did Iron Fist.

Though Spear refused to trust a millionaire White dude, the Heroes for Hire eventually took down the Preemptive Strike conspiracy. It had been fabricating perfect criminal records to frame even complete innocents.

Jasper returned to the life, but Shadrick joined Cage and Rand’s venture.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

In 1975, Daniels was consumed by his need for vengeance. He was so big on that that he wanted it to last and be thorough. He sounded smart and well-educated, and was daring and confident.

Spear (Luke Cage enemy) (Marvel Comics) killing Dr. Burstein

Spear liked making thunderous, theatrical statements and threats. He presumably rehearses. Either that, or he’s a graduate of the Thor School of Improv Monologuing. This was in large part because he felt that his cause was that of righteous justice. But his 2010 appearances also featured elaborate threats full of showmanship.

In 2017, he was markedly less verbose, and pettier. He seemed bitter, angry and tired. Seeing his 100% reformed brother shoved back into prison based on fabrication likely hurt his morale.


Quotes

“Cage, I told you way back in the beginning to stay out of this. Accounts have been settled. Don’t make me have to take you out the way I did with Burstein.”

“You see what they did to him ? Commit a crime and they treat you like you’re a Guinea pig.”

“It leaves you with no time at all, Cage ! You aren’t anywhere as quick as Spear.”

(Text of a death threat sent wrapped around a spear) “There isn’t a Nuremberg  to judge your crimes ; your crimes have been sanctioned by the State, though there is no war to hide your atrocities. But there is a judge, and I am that judge. My spears slice through the deceit of your past. You have been sentenced ! And the sentence is death !”

“Don’t worry Burstein… you won’t have to sweat much longer ! Soon, you’ll burn in the fires of the Hell you created ! And even Cage — even he can’t stop your death !”

“You want to tell me how it feels, Burstein… the way Jack told me while he waited for death ? You aren’t safe anywhere. Not at the clinic. Or a grocery store. You’re fair game.”


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Spear

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Avenge Jack
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Avenger
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 025

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Thief (Stealth): 05, Weaponry (Speargun): 06

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
Mangler (High), Tinkerer (Low), Street (Low). He might retain a Connection with Nightshade.

Drawbacks:
Dependent (Shadrick, zero points).

Equipment:

  • COSTUME [BODY 07, Enhance (Physical Kinetic & Energy RV): 04 (cap is 09)].
  • Line w/grappling hook [BODY 05, 3 APs long].
  • Tear gas grenade (x2) [BODY 03, Fog: 03, Chemical attack: 05, Grenade drawback, Bonus: Chemical attack and Fog are Combined (Chemical attack is active thorough the Fog), R#03].
  • Speargun [BODY 04, Range: 05, Ammo: 02, Telescopic vision: 02, R#02, Note: can launch any of Spear’s spears, Drawback: Long reload time]. It can be loaded with any of the following:
    • Basic spears (x8) [BODY 05, EV 06, Sharpness (EV): 02].
      Some of the spears have two trident-style points instead of a single spear-like point. As a Trick Shot they can be used to pin a target with a STR equal to their BODY.
    • Explosive spears (x2) [BODY 03, EV (Area of effect 0 APs): 07, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun].
    • Set of four pinning spears [BODY 04, Glue: 05, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun]. Those smaller spears are fired all four at once and are designed to pin a target to a nearby surface, normally by shooting through their clothes and into a wall.
    • Broadhead spears [BODY 05, EV (Planned Knockback Attack only): 07, Note: Ammunition for the Speargun]. Those two spears magnetically clamp together as soon as they are shot, to form a sort of spiked plate at the tip of the two shafts. It was used to knock Cage away from the escaping Mangler.

If Daniels uses one of his basic spears in melee — [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 07), Sharpness (EV): 01, Descriptor: Piercing].


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Spear — Averaged PL 9.2

STR STA AGL DEX FGT INT AWE PRE
03 03 04 02 04 02 01 01

Devices

Armoured costume ● 9 points (Subtle, Removable)
Protection 6, Enhanced Fortitude 3.

Speargun Array ● 16 points (Noticeable, Removable)

  • Scope — Senses 1 (Extended Visual 1).
  • Impaling spear — Ranged Piercing Damage 5, Armour-Piercing 2.
  • Pinning spear — Snare 5.
  • Explosive spear — Ranged Explosive Damage 6 with Burst-Area 1 Explosive Damage 4.
  • Knockback plate spear — Move object 6 (Limited 1 – Only backward).

Combat Advantages

Defensive roll 2, Evasion 1, Improved aim, Improved initiative, Precise attack (Ranged, Concealment), Ranged attack 3.

Other Advantages

Equipment 3.

Skills

Acrobatics 4 (+8), Athletics 6 (+8), Close combat (Unarmed) 5 (+9), Deception 2 (+3), Insight 4 (+5), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 2 (+3), Ranged combat (Spear gun) 5 (+10), Stealth 4 (+8), Vehicles 4 (+6) (Limited 2 – Common land vehicles only).

Equipment

Tear gas grenades [Cloud-Area Visual Dazzle 4] ● 12 points

Offense

Initiative +8
Unarmed +9, Close, Damage 3
Spear gun +10, Ranged, See Devices

Defense

Dodge 10 Fortitude 10**
Parry 10 Toughness 11**/5/3*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll
** With Costume

Complications

  • Motivation Previously Revenge, presumably now Mercenary.
  • Relationship His family.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack & Effect PL 8, Dodge/Toughness PL 11, Parry/Toughness PL 11, Fort & Will PL 7.
  • Point total 121. Abilities 40, Defences 24, Skills 20, Powers 0, Devices 25, Advantages 12. Equiv. PL 9.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup updated on the 10th of December, 2019.

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