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Superman in the 1993 Kamandi future

Superman

(1993 Kamandi version)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This is a very… specific version of Superman. And it existed in a rendition of the Kamandi far future that was also rather specific.

Those specific things occurred in 1993 (as is visible from the art style), in two minor DC Comics miniseries.


Background

  • Real Name: Kal-El, Clark Kent.
  • Marital Status: Widowed.
  • Known Relatives: Jor-El (father, deceased), Lara (mother, deceased), Jonathan Kent (foster father, deceased), Martha Kent (foster mother, deceased), Lois Lane-Kent (wife, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 245 lbs. Age: 150+
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


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Powers and Abilities

Superman is still a physical and intellectual powerhouse, with a personality to match. However, he’s less powerful than before due to age and accumulated fatigue and pollution.

His powers and abilities are pretty much the same as before, although diminished. He’s also much more dependent on solar energy than ever before, almost to the level of dependence Namor has to the seawater.

Also, for some reason, his senses seem to have evolved. He no longer has vision powers, but his hunter-like senses are astounding.


History

(It is unclear whether either Kamandi series (the original, or the “Earth’s end” version) are in continuity. Although I suppose this does not matters much due to Hypertime , and subsequent reboots. Although the Superman depicted below was only seen in Earth’s End, it’s not absurd that the mythic Superman whom Kirby’s Kamandi was trying to reach was similar to this version.)


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In his 150 years on Earth, the Man of Steel has seen civilization twice destroyed. Following the second apocalypse, under the shadow of polluted skies, his powers ebbed. He forgot even his own name, becoming a myth for many of the animal tribes that had evolved after the apocalypse.

The original Kamandi quested for him for years after hearing tales of the Great One from a gorilla tribe who possessed Superman’s costume. He, as far as we know, never found him.

Earth’s End continuity

In a variant reality known as Earth’s end, however, a Hypertime version of Kamandi allied with androids. Called Biomech VII’s, this race of biological machines had been programmed to find the cause of the second apocalypse. Among them was an Hypertime version of Ben Boxer.

Superman (Kamandi at Earth's End aged, bearded version)

The biomechs found and rescued the amnesiac Man of Steel. The VII’s brought Superman to their orbiting city above the clouds. There, in the bright sunlight, his mind and powers returned.

Superman helped the biomechs to defeat the Machine Mother, the system’s computer that had killed most of the people in the world.

Aftermath!

The Biomechs then asked Superman to join them in their efforts to cleanse the Earth of subhuman scum. Of course, this sparked conflict as Superman wouldn’t abet such carnage.

Sadly, Superman died at the end of Superman at Earth’s End, lethally wounded by two Adolf Hitler clones. While he could have been healed on Boxer’s airship, Superman decided that it was time to move on. He went into a great fire to disintegrate his corporal existence, together with the corpse of Bruce Wayne.


Description

Superman now has a large white beard and long white beard, a bit like Santa Klaus. He goes bare-foot, making him look even more-hermit like. He still wears a slightly darker version of his costume.

Superman is still a colossus, his broad muscular frame contrasting with his elderly appearance.


Personality

Superman, although diminished and old, is still a highly impressive hero. However, while he’s still a boy scout and idealist, age has frozen these beliefs, making them more conservative.

He’s also more fatalistic and pragmatic. He went as far as using the gun of one of Wayne’s greatest enemies (the Expunger) when it was obvious his powers wouldn’t be enough for the situation at hand. And he gave up on the never-ending fight at the end.

When he was exposed to sunlight by the Biomechs, he regained vivid memories of his formidable and amazing life. This made him look back at the old days in nostalgia.


Quotes

“I’m not gonna let you blow up Gotham City !”


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Superman

Dex: 08 Str: 15 Bod: 11 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 10 Wil: 20 Min: 10 Occupation: Superhero
Inf: 10 Aur: 10 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth}: N/A
Init: 029 HP: 200

Powers:
Analytical smell/tracking scent: 07, Energy absorption (solar): 06, Flight: 12, Invulnerability: 15, Recall: 04, Sealed Systems: 09, Solar Sustenance: 04, Superhearing: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Minor Power Burnout on all powers except Solar Sustenance (see below).

Skills:
Artist (Writer): 04, Charisma (Persuasion): 13, Scientist*: 10

Advantages:
Lightning Reflexes, Popularity, Sharp Eye, Scholar (Survival), Slowed Aging.

Connections:
Ben Boxer (Low).

Drawbacks:
Age (old), Gradual Loss Vulnerability (see below).

Equipment:
Once used a gun known as the Expunger [BODY 05, Projectile weapon: 08, Ammo 20, Advantage : Autofire, Rec. STR 06 unless mounted, R#2].


Superman, man of solar energy

This version of Superman is much more dependent on solar energy than the mainstream Superman. This may have been caused by the pollution and radiation on Kamandi’s world, or by the first apocalypse. This is handled as follows :

  • Partial Loss Vulnerability (Lack of Pure Sunlight, every 8 APs of time, affects all Attributes, and All Powers except Invulnerability and Solar Sustenance. Minimum Physical Attributes are DEX 04, STR 06, BODY 06, minimum Mental and Mystical attributes all set at 04.
  • Minor Power Burnout on All Physical Attributes and all powers except Solar Sustenance (checked each time a power is used ; this means that all powers will be completely gone sooner or later, even Invulnerability). This Limitation is alleviated when Superman is exposed to constant, pure sunlight (such as the upper atmosphere or space).
  • If somehow getting access to pure sunlight (even ’condensed in solar batteries’) he can immediately replenish all lost power by APs equal to the level of the solar source using his Energy Absorption ; after that he’ll recover as usual after a Loss Vulnerability once in pure sunlight again.

By Peter S Piispanen aka The Angel and Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Kamandi at Earth’s End and Superman at Earth’s End – DC miniseries by Tom Veitch.

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