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Tabur


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Tabur is an obscure Marvel character, tied to Tigra. He only appeared a few times, starting in 1978.

We suggest that you first read our article about Marvel Comics’ Cat People, which explains a lot of context. And if you want you could read the Tigra series as well, which starts with The Cat (Greer Nelson).


Background

  • Real Name: Tabur.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of the New Men, former member of the Cat People.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs .
  • Eyes: Brown with green backdrop Hair: Brown


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Powers and Abilities

Tabur seems to have enhanced physical abilities — strength, agility and speed — but not to a level comparable to Tigra’s. He doesn’t seem to have real combat training, fighting using his raw abilities.

Tabur is strong enough to use a car transmission as a melee weapon. And he’s agile enough to once have landed on his feet more quickly than even Tigra.

He demonstrated night vision. Our game stats also *assume* generic feline senses.

Tabur apparently has decent technological skills – enough to tinker with ’weird science‘ devices invented by others.


History

Tabur was one of the New Men. Meaning an animal hyper-evolved into a sapient humanoid by the High Evolutionary at his historic base of Mount Wundagore, in Transia. He was apparently evolved from a house cat. Tabur might be the only New Man from that stock, though the heroic Lady Shadra might also have been a Felis catus before being uplifted.

One caption implied that he never joined the Knights of Wundagore (the local military). Tabur is said to have been barely tolerated by the other New Men. From later events, we can assume that he behaved in a contemptuous and evil manner.


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Stranded !

Much of the history of the Wundagore base was tumultuous. In the mid-1960s, a rogue creation of the High Evolutionary, the Man-Beast, uplifted his own army to overthrow his creator. The battle was, as the saying go, most fierce and awesome. The H.E. and his New Men only won thanks to the intervention of Thor Odinson.

Tabur found it prudent to watch the battle from a safe distance. He thus saw the Man-Beast defeated, then exiled into space with his followers. Tabur was carefully making his way back when the Wundagore science citadel rocketed off into space. Tabur, the only creature of its kind, was stranded on Earth !

Having lost his only home, Tabur snapped. He decided to become a predator and conqueror. But what he did during the following years is undocumented.

Cats united

He came into contact with the secretive Cat People. They decided to adopt him as one of their own – perhaps in the hope of curbing his evil streak. If so, it didn’t work.

Tabur goes crazy

In 1978 the Cat People built an “electro-genetic patterning” rifle. It could turn Tigra back into a human if she wanted to. The treacherous Tabur stole it and turned the device into a devolution ray. He then rampaged through New Orleans, turning zoo animals into rampaging prehistoric beasts and people into ancestral primates.

The local Cat People and Tigra intervened. But Tabur shot his adoptive community with his ray, turning them all into sabretooths. But as it turned out, they were still loyal toward Tigra in this form. And they were now better fighters.

Tabur was soon defeated by Tigra. She used the evolution ray to revert him to being a house cat. Apparently, the kitty slipped away in the confusion. Tabur eventually evolved back into his humanoid sapient  form, though he now looked a bit different.

Since other New Men such as the Man-Beast have repeatedly pulled off the same feat, this is presumably part of the High Evolutionary’s enhancements.

The Land Within

Tabur somehow discovered and reached the Land Within. This is the dimension  where the forerunners of the Cat People had been imprisoned centuries ago. There he confronted the King and slew him, presumably exploiting the unwillingness of the Cat People to harm each other.

Tabur assumed the royal mantle, presumably due to some sort of local law. But he needed to consolidate his power. And of course there was the matter of being able to leave the Land Within.

Tabur took the Balkatar amulet for his own. The Balkatar is a sort of retainer that could be sorcerously summoned to Earth. Thus, having the amulet meant that Tabur could return to Earth once somebody conjured the Balkatar. The next step of his plan was to capture Tigra and make her his mate, greatly consolidating his legitimacy.

A fur affair

In 1990 somebody finally summoned the Balkatar. Tabur responded to the conjuration. He saw that a near-unconscious Tigra was near the summoner – apparently an ideal situation.

Tabur looking ominous

Things didn’t go well, however. Tigra put up a mean fight before finally collapsing. Worse, the other person present was Agatha Harkness.

The old lady didn’t just defeat Tabur. She used the Tigra amulet to shoot the Tigra soul into Tabur in such a way that :

  1. It made him an ordinary cat again.
  2. It re-balanced Tigra’s soul and freed her of her curse.

Tabur was chased off by Ms. Harkness’ cat Ebony. He hasn’t been seen since.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

He seems to be vaguely nihilistic, somewhat megalomaniacal and unable to play well with others.


Quotes

“Observe, comrade Cat-People — witness your saviour — the instrument of your destiny ! I have come to wipe the human vermin from this world — THAT THE CAT-RACE MAY RULE THE EARTH ! You were too weak — too afraid to do it yourselves — but now Tabur shall lead you !”


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Tabur

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 03 Occupation: Renegade
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 012 HP: 020

Powers:
Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 04, Claws: 07, Extended Hearing: 02, Super-hearing: 04, Ultra Vision: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Ultra Vision is Night Vision Only.

Skills:
Acrobatics: 04, Animal handling (Riding): 04, Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 04

Advantages:
Expertise (Artificial evolution technology).

Note:
Tabur was briefly King of the Cat People in the Land Within, though what it entails in game terms is undocumented. He also apparently usurped the role of the Balkatar but didn’t seem bound by the normal Balkatar code of conduct.

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Distinct Appearance, MIA toward Anti-Social Behaviour.

Equipment:
At one point he had a devolution ray. This is your standard beam that turns mammals into its loose Miocene-era equivalent (so something ape-ish for humans). It presumably turn reptiles into their Jurassic equivalent. The mentality changes accordingly.

Whether a living being can resist this devolution ray is unrevealed. Perhaps 12/12 against the target’s BODY/BODY.

How long the effects lasts is unrevealed. Tabur eventually shrugged off its effects, but being super-evolved he likely was a special case. The beam could also be used to instantly cancel the devolution.


Design Notes

Due to his low screen time, most of the stats are speculative.


By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Marvel Universe.

Helper(s): Ethan Roe, Capita_Senyera, Darci.

Writeup completed on the 9th of December, 2009.

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