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Thundermind of the Great 10 (DC Comics)

Thundermind


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Great Ten is an interesting attempt at a team of Chinese super-heroes. For much more context, see our Great Ten team profile.

The attempt at having a book about the team utterly planted, but they’re certainly useful. And of course they could be revised/developed further by those familiar with Chinese cultures.


Background

  • Real Name: Zou Kang.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Great Ten.
  • Base Of Operations: Great Wall Complex, China.
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eyes: White (brown as Zou Kang). Hair: None (black as Zou Kang).


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Powers and Abilities

With the utterance of a trigger phrase, Zou Kang unlocks his full human potential. He thus becomes a Bodhisattva , and enlightened being, who can access the powers of the Buddhist siddhis . Effects he’s exhibited include:

  • Flight.
  • Super-strength.
  • Invulnerability.
  • Bilocation (splitting himself into two identical beings).
  • Telepathy.
  • Telekinesis.
  • The projection of waves of force.

It’s likely he can perform other actions, and looking at a list of the siddhis it’s possible he could also have:

  • Precognition.
  • Postcognition.
  • Heat/cold resistance.
  • Poison resistance.
  • Shrinking.
  • Growth.
  • Weight increase.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Transmutation.
  • Enhanced senses.
  • Teleportation.
  • Shapeshifting.

These are only theoretical, though.


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History

(A general history of the Great Ten can be found in the team’s own entry.)

A history teacher at a Beijing middle school, Zou Kang was chaperoning students on a visit to the National Museum . In the halls, he became fascinated by an ancient scroll that had defied translation since being unearthed.

A flash of insight unlocked its meaning. Zou spoke the transformational mantra “all hail the jewel in the lotus”, causing his first transformation into Thundermind, as his senses and mind expanded.

Thundermind in battle

His first act as Thundermind was the rescue of a ferry boat in danger of capsizing. On board was fellow teacher Wu Zhang, with whom Kang was in love. Unfortunately she became infatuated with Thundermind, even though she’d rarely meet him after that.

Becoming China’s most beloved metahuman, often called China’s Superman, he tried teaching that anyone could become him with the proper training. He later accepted an offer of a place on the Great Ten.


Personality

Supernaturally calm and serene, Thundermind is a paragon of rational thought. He approaches situations with a detached analytical perspective, trying to find the most enlightened and peaceful way to resolve situations. This can make him seem slightly aloof. But it’s a warm rather than cold aloofness, making others feel slightly overwhelmed rather than intrusive.

The only thing which can threaten this calm is if Miss Wu is in danger, but even then he doesn’t overreact to the situation.

Mind and soul

He’ll always think through the implications of a problem. He’ll always consider the cause, more so than most of his team mates, often coming up with useful insights. He has no hesitation in questioning the Party’s actions and motives if they are involved in the situation, which makes the more hard-line members of the Ten lump him in with the former rebels in the group.

He hasn’t been seen socializing much with any of the Ten in particular, but despite his serenity, he has a definite presence in meetings.

Thundermind seems to want to teach others to become enlightened, seeing himself as a role model of what anyone could become.

As Zou Kang, he’s fairly unassuming and polite, and gives no hint of the serene calmness of his other identity.


Quotes

“All hail the jewel in the lotus.”

“I stand with the Accomplished Perfect Physician in my desire to uncover the subtle chains of cause and effect which shape our actions. This conflict has been engineered by forces seeking to destabilize the global balance of power. We must ask ourselves, how much did Beijing know about this attempt to assassinate Black Adam ?”

“The karma of China’s government has borne bitter fruit.”


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Thundermind

Dex: 07 Str: 12 Bod: 12 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 08 Occupation: Super-functionary/Teacher
Inf: 08 Aur: 08 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 028 HP: 050

Powers:
Flight: 07, Invisibility: 06, Mental Freeze: 12, Mental Blast: 10, Mind Probe: 08, Split: 01, Superspeed: 06, Telekinesis: 10, Telepathy: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:
Split has the No AP Loss Bonus.

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Special Credentials (Super-functionary), Languages (Mandarin Chinese), Popularity, Scholar (History, esp. of China).

Connections:
The Great Ten (High).

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (Zou Kang, Controllable), Secret Identity.


Zou Kang

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Super-functionary/Teacher
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 011 HP: 050

Skills:
None demonstrated.

Advantages:
Scholar (History, esp. of China).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Secret Identity.


Design Notes

Superspeed hasn’t been exhibited, but it has been stated as one of the effects he’s achieved of the siddhis.

Most of the AP levels are extremely speculative (even more so than with the rest of the Ten), as there’s little to accurately compare it to.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Comics.

Helper(s): Peter Piispanen, Sébastien Andrivet, Darci.

Writeup completed on the 28th of July, 2010.

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