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Steel 8162 of Dragon's Claws (Marvel Comics UK)

Steel 8162

(Shonin Ikeda)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Dragon’s Claws were the protagonists in one of the original comics from Marvel Comics’ British arm. These operated in the year 8162, so I’ve added that to their name as an identifier (like with, say, Spider-Man 2099).

For more context, you should first read our Dragon 8162 character profile.


Background

  • Real Name: Shonin Ikeda.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Shonin Shukei (grand-father, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Member of the Dragon’s Claws ; agent of the National Union of Retired Sports Experts.
  • Base Of Operations: What’s left of Great Britain in the year 8162.
  • Height: 6’7” Weight: 240 lbs. Age: 32.
  • Eyes: Almond Hair: Grey


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Powers and Abilities

Steel is huge, and his strength is borderline superhuman.

He’s also a highly effective martial artist and swordsman, and a pretty good pilot.

In a brawl, he’ll occasionally do a Mister T. That is, pick some guy and throw him a few dozen meters away. It’s efficient, non-lethal and tends to make his point clear.


History

Born in Kobe, Japan, Ikeda found from an early age that he was a giant among his fellow men. Doctors diagnosed that he possessed a hyperactive system that was super-efficient at processing nutrients and proteins and transforming them to muscle. Shunned by his people, Ikeda eventually began to think of himself as a freak of nature.

He decided that to truly belong he would have to place himself with other misfits. The Game fit the bill admirably. However, standing in the way of Ikeda’s ambition was his tyrannical father, Shukei – a warlord within the Yakuza (the Japanese ’mob‘). With poverty and disease rife, the Yakuza held Japan in the palm of its hand.

Shukei called on Steel’s strong sense of honour, demanding that he act as his bodyguard.


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Then, in 8155, a movement describing itself as The People’s Co-operative began to gather force and support. They undermined the Yakuza’s hold. Ikeda detested his father’s ruthless dealings, and secretly yearned to throw his support behind the PCO.

When East Tōkyō erupted into a vast battleground between the PCO’s supporters and the Yakuza, Steel faced the ultimate test of his loyalties.

His father fought and lost to the PCO’s leader, and was left helpless. Steel could have intervened and saved his father, but he judged that the battle had been honourably fought. He turned away, leaving the seedy underworld of Japan behind him forever.

Dragon’s Claws

Injured in the civil unrest that followed, Ikeda’s life was saved by Dragon (in Japan for the Game’s Tōkyō Grand Finale). A bond of mutual respect was forged between the two. Thus, when the Claw’s blocker Megaton quit, Ikeda took his place. He assumed the name Steel as his Game handle.

A few years later, the Game was stopped by the WDC. Steel got into a lot of trouble and reckless behaviour, and was eventually sent into prison.

When N.U.R.S.E. reformed the Claws as a law enforcement unit under Dragon’s leadership, Steel was gotten out of prison and became a part of the Claws again.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Steel is mostly quiet, and intensely loyal to Dragon.

He sees himself as a misfit, and the only way to validate his existence is to have a clear role. Thus he adheres to the medieval bushido, or something resembling it. He likes to do things in traditional, honourable ways.

Steel has a strong emotional investment in the Claws. It’s his reason for living. He’s also attracted toward Death Nell, one of the Evil Dead (and the least psychotic of the lot).


Quotes

“Where you go I will follow, Dragon.”

“We were the unwitting catalysts in this conflict, and must therefore put a stop to it – once for all. Our honour is at stake here !”


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Steel

Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: NURSE agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 018 HP: 040

Skills:
Martial artist: 07, Military science: 05, Thief (stealth): 05, Vehicles (Air, Land, Water): 06, Weaponry (melee): 07, Weaponry (firearms, heavy): 06

Advantages:
Credentials (NURSE, Low), Language (Japanese).

Connections:
Dragon’s Claws (High).

Drawbacks:
Public ID, Creepy Appearance (size).

Equipment:

  • Badass katana [BODY 11, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 09), Sharpness (EV): 01, Descriptor: Slashing, Piercing].
  • ARM PLATES [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 12, Recommended STR 04, Notes:
    • OV/RV bonus when using the Block Manoeuvre is 2 APs (1 AP vs. Ranged).
    • The OV bonus for the Shield Cover Manoeuvre is 2 APs (0 APs vs. Ranged)].

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Dragon’s Claws comics (Marvel UK).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.

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