Susanna Dean (Stephen King's Dark Tower) portrait

Susanna Dean

(Imaginary alternate version)

I do not aim with my hand ; she who aims with her hand has forgotten the face of her father.
I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand ; she who shoots with her hand has forgotten the face of her father.
I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun ; she who kills with her gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.


Susanna Dean is one of the main characters in Stephen King’s great big Dark Tower literary saga. She appears in the second book, if memory serves.

However, this specific profile is my version of Susanna. It was “forked” for tabletop role-playing game purposes. In this continuity, she took a different turn at the end of Dark Tower.


  • Real Name: Susanna Dean.
  • Other Aliases: The Ghost of old Tom Joad.
  • Marital Status: Widow.
  • Known Relatives: Alice (Mother, deceased), Dan (Father, deceased), Eddie (Husband, deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Gunslingers.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile on the east coast of the US.
  • Height: 4’2” Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Susanna is the mistress gunslinger. She is deadly with any number of firearms but none as deadly as the ancient .45 she caries. She is the huge force of personality behind the near-vigilante group known as New Gunslingers or the Sons of Tom Joad.

She teaches them the ways of the Gunslinger. She has the presence to dominate groups of gangsta’s or the intrinsic kindness that people will tell her things they tell no one else. When she abandons her wheel chair she is as quiet as a mouse. There are very few structures she cannot enter given the time.

On the occasions he needs to deal with government or law enforcement she is an expert on ways, means and methods. She has many times extricated her Gunslingers from trouble by finding a loop hole in the law and convincing judges or police that it is the right thing to do to allow it used.

Susanna has retained the mystic powers of Ka-tet and shares the link with her students.

Susanna has no legs below the knees. Although she cannot walk she is far from crippled.


Susanna is the last survivor of Roland’s Seconds Ka-tet and the first of a new order of Gunslingers. She started out life as a civil rights crusader in the 1950s before being drawn into Roland’s quest for the Dark Tower.

Susanna along with fellow gunslingers Roland, Jake Chambers, the XD Oy, and her husband Eddie, fought their way through some truly disturbing Earths to further Rolands quest to the Dark tower. Her husband was killed toward the end of the quest as was her good friend Jake.

The final leg of the journey was for Roland alone. So Susanna took a Door to a world similar to the one she came from. The world had moved on.


Through the door

The place Susanna arrived in 2002 had a huge homeless problem and large stretches of America declining into urban decay. At first she though she had come here to retire with Alternity versions of Jake and Eddie. But it was not to be so.

These new friends were not gunslingers. Years and worlds earlier she had been inspired by folk music to be a civil rights crusader. Now she heard the Bruce Springsteen song The Ghost of old Tom Joad. It pushed her foreword on a new quest.

Man walks around the railroad tracks,
He’s going someplace, and there’s no turning back.
The highway patrol chopper coming up over the ridge,
Man sleeps by a campfire under a bridge.
Shelter lines stretching around the corner,
Welcome to the New World Order.
Families sleeping in their cars out in the South West,
No job. No home. No sleep. No rest.
The highways alive tonight,
Nobody’s fooling nobody as to where it goes.
I’m sitting here in the campfire light,
Searching for the Ghost of Tom Joad.
Hobo crawls out of a sleeping bag,
The preacher lights up a bud and takes a drag.
He’s waiting for a time when the last shall be first and the first shall be last,
In a cardboard box beneath the underpass.
With a one way ticket to the promise land,
With a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand.
Looking for a pillow or solid rock,
Bathing in the cities aqua-duct.
The highways alive tonight,
Nobody’s fooling nobody as to where it goes.
I’m sitting here in the campfire light,
With the Ghost of Old Tom Joad.
Wherever you see a cop beating a guy,
Wherever a hungry new born baby dies.
Wherever there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air,
Look for me Ma, I’ll be there.
Wherever someone’s struggling for a place to stand,
For a decent job or a helping hand.
Wherever someone’s struggling to be free,
Look in their eyes Ma, you’ll see me.
You’ll see me. You’ll see me! You’ll see me!
The Ghost of Old Tom Joad.


Using the revolver left to her by Roland and the skills taught to her by her time traveling Alternity she set out bring Justice to those who had nothing. Quickly she found that she had help.

As she traveled the rust belt and the shanty towns he she taught Roland’s way to those who chose to join her. Over the years she has had students strike out on their own and new ones come to her for teaching.

Large amounts of money have been contributed to Susanna on several occasions. But she still travels as a homeless woman in a wheelchair, often accompanied by one or more of the Sons of Tom Joad.

Susanna as best as she can guess is over 50 but has not showed signs of aging. There are indications that she may actually be getting younger. She has recently come to realize that she as tied to the Dark Tower now as Roland ever was.


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Susanna is a Black woman of indeterminate age whose legs end just below her knees. She has grown adept at appearing as a broken woman who has run out of hope. Yet when she is not hiding herself she has a force of personality to rival the greats.

Most often Susanna is dressed as a homeless person and rides in a in an old but well made wheelchair. On the occasions where she needs to appear in court or in society she wears dark blue or grey suits that make no attempt to hide her missing legs.


Susanna Dean is a forge-hardened woman who has a highly developed sense of right and wrong. She has lost much and learned much. Instead of finding there is nothing left inside her she has truly become her role as a teacher.

Often she thinks of how Roland would have done something. The Mirror Jake and Eddie she knows in this world are just close enough to her lost friends to be heartbreaking. She moves on in her world that is moved on. Roland is constantly on her mind as guidance. She thinks of when he would talk, when he would evade, and when to fight.


“I made it through that huge old mess and there’s still work to do so you’ve got learnin’ to do”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Susanna Dean

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Last Gunslinger/ First teacher
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 009
Init: 019 HP: 025

Empathy: 05, Telepathy: 02, Remote Sensing: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • All powers are usable with students only.
  • All Powers are Transdimensional.
  • Range of all powers is 20.
  • Use of Powers is Fatiguing.

Detective: 04, Martial Artist: 04, Military science (Survival): 05, Thief: 08, Weaponry: 06

Sharp Eye, Lightning Reflexes, Familiarity (Midworld and Endworld), Scholar (Teacher), Schtick (Lightning Reload), Slowed Aging.

New Gunslingers/ Sons of Tom Joad (High); Mirror Jake and Eddie (Low).

CPR (wheelchair bound – Susanna’s legs end just below her knees), Alter Ego (see below), Public Identity.


  • Susanna has one of Roland’s .45 revolvers. It’s the one he did not take to the end of the Earths with him. It was one of his father’s guns [BODY 06, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 06, Drawback: Long reload time; Detect (travelers from other worlds): 08].
    The Guns have mystical significance related to The Eld that was never fully understood as they were fashioned from the blade of Arthur Eld’s sword. Recently the gun has developed the strange habit of growing cold when journeyers from other worlds are near by.
  • Composite Knife [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 06), Invisibility (Metal detectors): 05, Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing]. Susanna caries ceramic composite knife on her at all times. She has grown expert (concealment) at retaining it in all circumstances like courtrooms or even during a body search. She will sometimes pose as a cripple and blindside attack with it.

Detta Walker

Susanna Dean, at one point in time, had traumatic multiple personality Disorder. She was fundamentally changed by her journey of Ka with Roland. Detta Walker, her gutter snipe trash talking angry personality from her MPD days, has reappeared.

Instead of taking over Susanna’s body Detta is a psychic ‘other’ living in her mind. This gives her a unique ability to multi-task.

Detta can use Susanna’s telepathy in a way that keeps her from getting distracted or can control her body if Susanna allows it or is incapacitated. In the case of mental attack or stunning Susanna would need to be defeated twice. Detta has the same Mental and Mystical Stats as Susanna but is much meaner and coarser to deal with.

By Mike Winkler.

Source of Character: Derived from Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels.