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Stiletto

(Carbone's killers)


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 ?

Oddly enough, his real name wasn’t given in Marvel’s Atlas. Which removes a simple way from telling him apart from Stiletto (Tom Stuart).


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Brasilia, Brasil.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Stiletto is a professional assassin specialising in the use of the slender, sharp knives he’s named after. He chose these weapons since their nature and his technique allow him to strike and kill in silence.

Stiletto usually kills with a stab right in the heart. He uses his speed and the element of surprise to one-shot his victim. The important part is thus to get close to his target.

To achieve this, Stiletto often relies on his presence. He comes across as sinister and impressive, and if he just walks smiling toward his target, the person will often be confused and startled long enough for him to get close enough.

His slim blades are deadly and the man is clever, stealthy and perceptive.

Fallback

Stiletto is no fool. If the gun of a competent marksman clears leather, he knows better than bring a knife to a gunfight. Plus, the silence he relies on will soon be broken.

If that happens, he’ll disengage and try to flee. He’ll usually throw a blade as he does. He’s a very good knifethrower, and if nothing else it’s usually a pretty good diversion.


History

Stiletto 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.

Stiletto worked solo. He tracked down the Punisher after he shadowed his new ally Lynn Michaels, a policewoman in the process of going rogue and becoming a vigilante.

The Brazilian killer sneaked into her apartment when the Punisher was present. Though he managed to bury a blade into the cop’s shoulder, this gave the Punisher the time to gun Stiletto down.

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


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

Stiletto is generally silent on the job, and often wears a disconcerting half-smile.

He’s a patient manhunter and ambusher, knowing full well that he needs to get close to work.


Quotes

“Only two reasons for murder. Love or money.”


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Stiletto

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 012 HP: 010

Skills:
Charisma (Intimidation): 04, Martial artist (EV): 04, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Knives): 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Martial Artist (EV) only while using knives.

Advantages:
Language (Português).

Connections:
International underworld (Low).

Drawbacks:
None demonstrated.

Equipment:

  • Masterwork stilettos (x5) [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 06), Sharpness (EV): 01, Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing].
  • Two or three packs of cigarettes.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

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

Helper(s): Jackson.

Writeup completed on the 10th of May, 2011.

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