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Toro

Ruben Cisneros


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

This character is an original creation. We often call these “homemades” or “homebrewed” – think home cooking or craft beer.

Many of these characters were created to take part in tabletop role-playing game sessions. Others were invented as a creative writing exercise, often as part of a community event.

This specific character was part of a RPG campaign run by writeups.org contributor Kal El, set in Barcelona.


Background

  • Real Name: Ruben Cisneros
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Juan Cisneros (father), Laura Bosch (mother), Jordi Cisneros (brother)
  • Group Affiliation: Patrulla Barna (The Barna Patrol)
  • Base Of Operations: Barcelona
  • Height: 6’5” + 10” of horns (Toro)/5’7” (Ruben)Weight: 284 lbs (Toro)/156 lbs (Ruben) Age: 21
  • Eyes: Light Brown (Toro)/Blue (Ruben) Hair: Dark brown (Toro)/Fair (Ruben)


Powers and Abilities

Toro has quite a good combat technique, based in a superhuman strength that grows while he continues fighting new menaces (he began with STR 07) and a physical resistance even higher (BODY 09, Skin Armor: 05).

This technique is backed by a number of special powers : his horns (Claws) that he almost never uses, except for high-speed spinning for digging, and the shape changing into a big bull (basic form of DEX 03 STR 05 BODY 04 Running: 04; recently lost its horns). He recently also lost his running ability, but can still travel at top human speed.


History

Ruben Cisneros was a normal boy from the Gracia district, in Barcelona… normal, or that’s what he thought. One day, during a travel with his scout group to the Montserrat mountain, he fell in a hole. The presence of a lot of corpses in it shocked him forever, but Ruben found something more besides the corpses.

Looking at how he overcame his fear and exited the hole by himself, a group of minotaurs appeared to him telling him he was the Chosen to be the next Toro (Bull) incarnation : inside some men there was a beating bull and the aliens made the one in Ruben take shape.

At that moment, Ruben became Toro. When the metamorphosis takes place, the other half goes to another dimension, from where he can’t see what’s happening to his counterpart, but can maintain telepathic contact.

Ruben Cisneros is now studying Law at the Pompeu Fabra University, and lives in an apartment with his brother Jordi, 15 years old. Their parents are diplomats, and take the whole year traveling. Neither his parents nor his brother know about his secret identity.

For information about the Barna Patrol, look at the upcoming Ariadna’s write-up.


Description

Ruben is 21 years old, 175 cm (about 5’7”) and 72.5 kgs (156 lbs). Little times wears casual in the city, when he goes with his scout friends it’s like a change. He also wears thin glasses.

Toro, on the other hand, seems a little older, around 25, mostly because of his impressive built: he’s 190 cms tall (about 6’5”) plus 10” of horns on the top of his head. He wears a skin-tight black suit with a white “T” symbol on the chest, and dark grey boots.


Personality

Ruben Cisneros is a bit snobbish, but just a little. In fact he notices his mind goes faster than the others and used to dislike to wait them to arrive to the point he is, although he’s growing and tempering his spirit. In spite of it, Ruben has always been a noble boy, and that pure heart awarded him the right to become the “Toro” on this century.

Toro is a serious hero. He’s the materialization of Ruben subconscious. A bit slow, he doesn’t like to be remembered that his other half is more smart than him. Also, he appreciates strength in others, as Ruben does with Intelligence.

When one of both is on the material world, the other is in an empty dimension. They can communicate mentally, but can’t see what happens in the “real” world. If they require the other’s help they must explain each other the situation or switch sides. For a time, Toro and Ruben loose their friendship. But a mystic communion in the Ist Century made them one again and their relationship has turned back to the good terms it was.

Toro is somehow the leader of the Patrulla Barna team, but not in an organized way. He doesn’t give nor receives orders, but orders aren’t needed when they, as friends, act. Perhaps this “leader-feeling” remains from his acting in the first robbery-attempt of the Picture at the University (see Ariadna’s write-up), as he was, more or less, the main defeater of the villains.

Toro and Cisneros passed through weird moments, as both, at the “waiting dimension”, heard voices that came from the real (our) world, during a love subplot involving Toro, Ruben, Pedra Roja and Bombolla, and when the Patrulla Barna’s arch-enemy, Master Mephisto, tried to turn him evil or crazy. The failure to save a man from a gone-crazy T-Rex robot at the S.T.A.R. Labs facilities on Barcelona has also been bothering his mind.


Quotes

“I got a column.”


DC Universe History

Look at Ariadna’s write-up, but the Barna Patrol fits perfectly on the DC Universe’s Barcelona.


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Toro

A 630 + 45 Points Character

Dex: 05 Str: 11 Bod: 09 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 03 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Superhero
Inf: 03 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 0
Init: 015 HP: 065

Powers:
Claws: 05, Digging: 05, Invulnerability: 01, Shape Change: 05, Skin Armor: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shape Change just changes into a bull (-4)

Skills:
Martial Artist: 06

Advantages:
Insta Change, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes

Connections:
Patrulla Barna (High)

Drawbacks:
Alter Ego (Controllable), SIH (Red moving things), Secret ID

Equipment:
Com [BODY 02, Radio Communications: 05]


Alter Ego : Ruben Cisneros

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 08 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Law’s Student
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 05
Init: 015 HP: 070

Skills:
Detective: 03, Thief: 03, Vehicles: 03

Advantages:
Insta-Change, Languages (English, French, Japanese)

Drawbacks:
MPR (nearsighted), Secret Identity, Traumatic Flashback (corpses), Uncertainty

By KalEl el Vigilant

Source of Character: Homemade character (Player: Dani Parra)

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