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Tabula of the Gatherers (Avengers enemy) (Marvel Comics)

Tabula


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This android is an obscure enemy of the Avengers, first seen in 1993.

He primarily appeared during the “The Gathering” story arc.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: N/A.
  • Known Relatives: N/A.
  • Group Affiliation: The Gatherers.
  • Base Of Operations: Proctor’s citadel in the Andes.
  • Height: Weight:
  • Eyes: None Hair: None


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Powers and Abilities

Tabula is an artificially intelligent android. He can morph  his body to appear as anyone he wishes.

He also possesses some measure of super-strength and can stretch his body to aid in grappling targets.


History

Tabula is a native of an alternative reality, whose Earth fell victim to the madness of its Sersi. He was saved by Proctor, who claimed his reality had also been a victim of his Sersi. Proctor recruited Tabula into his Gatherers, to hunt down and stop the Sersi’s of other dimensions before they did the same to their worlds.

Some travellers to alternate realities have trouble physically adapting to a dimension where a version of them already exists. They can be left disoriented and weakened. Proctor discovered the “Gathering” ritual as a way around this. It involves locating the traveller’s counterpart and killing them.

At some point, Tabula’s curiosity became a problem to Proctor, so he placed Tabula in stasis.


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616

When one of the Gatherers, the Swordsman (Jarvert) was captured, Proctor released Tabula. He sent him as bait for Earth-616’s  Vision, enabling the other Gatherers to capture him. After swapping the mind of the Vision with that of another Vision they had Gathered from another reality, Proctor sent his Vision to infiltrate the Avengers.

Tabula vs. Hercules

The Gatherers’ Vision failed in his attempt to kill the Swordsman, although he did seriously wound him. He was captured, and led the Avengers to Proctor’s citadel in the Andes.

The Avengers stormed the citadel and battled the Gatherers, freeing their Vision. Proctor revealed to the Avengers that he was a previous Gann Josin of Sersi, and that her increasing madness would be a threat to the world if she was allowed to live.

Proctor activated the self-destruct mechanisms of his citadel. He then teleported himself and Ute away, abandoning Tabula and the other Gatherers to the citadel’s destruction. It is unknown whether he survived.


Personality

Tabula possesses a cold curiosity about the world around him. He tends to speak in a calm, formal tone.

In combat he picks on weaker targets, or tries to support his teammates by restraining their foes from retaliating.


Quotes

“I have served Proctor well in my time, Magdalene. This is nothing extraordinary.”


DC Universe History

The Gathering would probably work better in the DC Universe. There, it’s already established that travellers in Hypertime  cannot survive on a world where a counterpart of them already exists. Substitute Zatanna for Sersi, and the Justice League for the Avengers. Tabula would be a counterpart to Chimera.

Two ways of integrating the story into DC history would be:

  • Substitute Zatanna for Sersi, and the Justice League for the Avengers.
  • Use the DC Circe as the counterpart for Sersi. The JLA (or whichever team you’d like them to have interacted with) would still become alerted to their presence by the Gatherings they’re forced to perform, and would then be in a race to find and protect Circe from the Gatherers, when they discover what’ll happen when they catch her.


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Tabula

Dex: 05 Str: 07 Bod: 07 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Gatherer
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 014 HP: 035

Powers:
Chameleon: 12, Self-Link (Gadgetry): 15, Self-Link (Snare): 15

Bonuses and Limitations:
Self-Link (Snare) has No Range.

Skills:
Artist (Actor): 10

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
The Gatherers (High).

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance.


Design Notes

While he doesn’t show any Self-Link (Snare) in his actual appearances, he does in a pin-up of the Avengers fighting duplicates of the Gatherers in a training session. So I’ve modelled this.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet, Frank Murdock.

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